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Walks  Programme



Walk Gradings




S  -  Up to 10 km

1 to 3  - Graded track or open terrain. No scrub

1 to 3  - Easy, suitable for beginners

M  -  Up to 15 km

4 to 7  - Bush. Minor scrub, rainforest,rock,creek,rock-hopping, scrambling.

4 to 7  - Medium, reasonable fitness required.

L  -  Up to 20 km

8 to 9  - Bush.  As above + thick scrub, major rocks, scrambling using hands, technical.

8 to 9  - Hard, strenuous.

Fit walkers only.

X  -  Over 20 km

Activity Type

Daywalk  DW       Basecamp  BC      Throughwalk  TW       Social  SOC      Rogaine  ROG

Safety & Training   S&T       Federation   FED       Federation Mountain Rescue   FMR

Walks Program  October - November 2019 

DW Sun 13 October Mt Nebo area

Grade: M 2 3 

Distance: 12km

Water: 2 litres

From Mt Nebo we will drive up to Manorina carpark and take the Morelia track out to the Mt Nebo lookout where there should be great views to the northeast, including Mt Tempest and Moreton Island if the weather is clear.

We will return the same way but with a detour around the Atrax Circuit. We will have morning tea at Mt Nebo before driving down to Jollys Lookout, dropping off a couple of cars at Boombala.

We then walk from Jollys Lookout to Boombala via the Thyglogala track, taking in the Egernia and Pitta Circuits along the way. After lunch at Boombala, we will head home via Jollys Lookout to collect the cars.

Both walks are about 6km and are mainly in rainforest with moderate gradients on good tracks. Birds are usually plentiful and varied. 

SOC  Social dinner Tue 15 October

Venue: Tutto Caffe Espresso Bar, 4/11 Stewart Road, Ashgrove

Nominate by a.m. 14 October

Meet: outside 6.45 p.m.

Parking: in the shopping centre

This month’s dinner is a new venue on a side of town we don’t often go. Tutto’s is an “unpretentious” Italian restaurant in the shopping centre at the corner of Waterworks and Stewart Roads.

Entrees mostly $10-13, pasta mains $18-28, risotto and paella mains $20-30, pizzas $18-25, meat and chicken mains $25-32. Presumably, desserts are also available. Licensed. 

½ DW Sun 20 October Coochiemudlo Island

Grade: S 1 2 

Water: 1 litre

Walk distance: 5 km.

Walk clockwise from the jetty along the Coochie Track, over the red rocks, across the golf course, through the mangroves and melaleuca wetlands then back to the main beach for a swim if you wish. Lunch on the Foreshore, pick up a bite at the Café or maybe just an ice-cream and drink.

Bring a light pack only, hiking boots not necessary - comfy shoes will suffice, hat and sunscreen are a must. 

S&T Sat 26 October - “First Aid Essentials for Remote Walking- practicing your skills.”

Grade: S11 (some motor skill work will be required, e.g. bandaging and CPR)

Distance – nil  

Duration- 0800 till around 1500 hrs (max).

Bring: morning tea, water, lunch, pen, notebook, , Seto/  Aeroform snake bite bandages if available, first aid kits for review, and  appropriate clothing to practice your skills
Aim of session -It is important to keep up-to-date  with your knowledge and skills in first aid. We may go for long periods without experiencing real life first aid situations so repetitive practice is essential to keep up-to-date and confident. We recommend these regular refreshers in combination with completing a formal first aid course but are aware that first aid courses are expensive. BOSQ subsidises formal first aid courses.

Content: this session will focus on:

·         General safety considerations for group and solo bushwalking( recent search and rescue incident discussed)

·         Basic requirements for first aid kits and medication for first aid kits

·         Review of assessment strategies and dealing with a medical scenario.

·         In depth review of critical situations (e.g. snake bites, cardiac arrest, anaphylaxis, dehydration etc.)

·         Wound care

·         Demonstrations by the leader

·         An opportunity for all participants to practice their skills in a friendly environment.  

BC 1-3 November Base Camp -  Blackbutt 

We will be camping at the Blackbutt Showgrounds or staying at the Radnor Hotel in Blackbutt. There is also a motel just up the road if preferred.

The Showgrounds have powered and unpowered sites and good facilities, just a short walk from the hotel and other food outlets in the main street.

We will have dinner at the hotel on the Saturday night and possibly the Friday night too. It has a reputation for good meals at reasonable prices. Accommodation costs are very reasonable:

Camping – $8 per person per night (unpowered); $10 per person per night (powered)

Hotel or motel – $50 per night (single); $80-$90 per night (twin or double)

We will be walking sections of the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail (BVRT) on Friday afternoon, Saturday and Sunday on the way home.

These are some of the best bush sections of the trail and are also the steepest (for a railway line), but the good news is that we will walk them all in the downhill direction with car shuffles.

I plan to do the Blackbutt-Benarkin section (5km) on Friday for those who are there by about 3pm. On Saturday we will walk from Benarkin down to Linville (17km). On Sunday we have a choice of Linville-Moore (7km) or Moore-Harlin (13km), depending on how much energy we have left. Check out the BVRT website for more details of the walks.

If you are interested, please plan ahead as we will need to make bookings no later than mid-October or we will not get in. These venues are very popular with a range of bike, caravan and 4WD groups.

It should be a great weekend with fairly easy walks and a good social occasion.


DW Sat 2 November  Benarkin to Linville on the BVRT

Grade: L 3 4

Distance: 17 km 

Water: 2 Litres 

We will start the walk from Benarkin at 9:00 am. This means a few cars leaving Blackbutt at 7:45 am to drop a couple of vehicles down to Linville at the end of the walk. The remaining campers can leave Blackbutt at 8:45 am to drive to Benarkin. Day-trippers and any campers coming up on Saturday should meet the early drivers at Moore at 8:20 am to be part of the car shuffle. I will coordinate details of the car shuffle arrangements once the bookings are finalised.

The walk is a gentle downhill gradient through eucalypt and hoop pine forest and grassland with a halfway rest stop for morning tea at McNamara’s camp, which has shade, tables and a toilet. We will have a leisurely late lunch at the end of the walk at Linville. There are historic sites of interest along the trail and in Linville.

Tuesday 12 November 2019 Meeting at 7.30pm Little Kings Hall, cnr O’Keefe & Carl streets, Buranda 

Text Box: REMINDER! 
Your membership fees for 2019-2020 are due now. Only $35.00 per annum.




DW Sat 16 November  Daves Creek Circuit and Canungra Hotel dinner 

The Binna Burra area remains closed to the public after the devastating bushfire last month. 

If this outing is able to go ahead in some form, details will be put in the next newsletter and also circulated by e-mail. 

D/W Sat 23 November Belsons Falls/Wanungara Falls

Grade: XL 4 5 

Petrol: $20

Water: 3L

Map: Beechmont 1:25 000

Belsons Falls/Wanungara Falls seem to be one and the same. They are located in the headwaters of the eastern branch of Canungra Creek, and used to be part of the graded track system in Lamington N P.

We follow the Main Border Track, either from BB or O’Rs, then leave the track system at the lowest point between Mt Merino and Wanungara Lkt. It’s all rough off-track from there downstream to the top of the falls.

Don’t know yet whether this walk will be feasible – there won’t be any road access to BB for some time and the trip to O’Rs takes about an hour from Canungra now, (lights at roadworks). The graded track part of the walk alone is quite long. More details in November Footnotes.

First aid matters

Yes, first aid DOES matter – and here are a couple of first aid matters for your consideration.

Snakebite bandages are an important addition to your bushwalking backpack when walking in the Australian bush. So, the BOSQ Management Committee is going to subsidise the purchase of compression and immobilisation bandages that meet the Australian Resuscitation Council standards. It will bring the cost of these bandages down to half price - $8 for two bandages (the Council recommends the use of two bandages in the case of snakebite).

BOSQ will also subsidise $30 towards the $80 cost of first aid courses through Australia Wide First Aid.

Please contact Safety & Training Officer Tom Bor if you are interested in bandages or the first aid course.


Advance Notices 

Future Jatbula walks

This message is addressed to those club members who have been on the walk and want to go again and to those who HAVEN’T been and would like to go in the future, i.e. next year.

The walk is one of the best, quite magical. However, I’ve been there 4 times and won’t be going or leading in the future.

Bookings for the walk are a painful business; bookings open on 1 November (for the following season) and are booked out in 30 minutes. It’s not a matter for those who are interested to perhaps look at it sometime next year. A booking has to be made for prospective participants in that time frame on 1 November, 2019.

I’m happy to assist with general advice for walkers who want to go next year, 1 June to August 2020.

I suggest that those members who are interested should indicate their interest now, by contacting me 0407 638 183, or degfairview@bigpond.com. The interested members can sort out who their leader is going to be later.

For general information about the walk, read the trip report in this edition of Footnotes.

MAKE AN EFFORT AND COMMITMENT, or you won’t be doing the walk as part of a BOSQ program!

Dallas Green  

Sun 10 November  A walk through history

The Queensland Maritime Museum is conducting a walking tour of maritime relics, the coal wharves and railway precinct, South Brisbane Library, Ship Inn and the Maritime Museum. Includes Museum entry and morning tea with scones.

9:30 am Sunday 10 November

Cost $25

Please refer to their website for pre-bookings:


Mini-EXT 29 March – 2 April  NSW Central Coast 

Expressions of interest and nominations are open for a short extended outing in the Gosford area between Sydney and Newcastle using trains and buses to get around.  Accommodation will be in the Hotel Gosford near Gosford Railway Station.

The proposed format is:

29 March: Travel to Gosford.  A late afternoon walk for those arriving early enough.

30 March to 1 April: 3 day walks, with the order being weather-dependent:

- Bouddi Coastal Track, Bouddi National Park

- Fernleigh Rail Trail (Hamilton to Belmont)

- Section of Great North Walk between Patonga and Wondabyne.

2 April: Travel home.

All walks are mostly through bushland. The Fernleigh Rail Trail is unlike any other in Australia as it is almost entirely through thick bush; one section goes through a swamp with palms.

Main options for travel to Gosford are:

(1) Direct rail from Brisbane (but note 4.55 a.m. departure);

(2) Fly to Sydney, train (or cheaper bus/train) to city, train city to Gosford;

(3) Fly to Newcastle, bus to Hamilton, train Hamilton to Gosford.

More details on the walks and transport arrangements will be given later. This advance notice is to allow prospective walkers to set the time aside (and make bookings).


Date claimer - Christmas Party

The BSQ annual Christmas Party will be held Sun 15 December. Venue and other details to be advised, but save the date!


A note about Walk Gradings

On occasions participants may question the gradings applied to club walks as advertised in Footnotes. Gradings are determined by the walk leader, based on a combination of prior knowledge of the walk, references to walk guides and websites, and ideally an on-site recce shortly before the editorial deadline for Footnotes.

The latter is not always possible so sometimes the grading published in Footnotes may not reflect actual conditions, for example recent weather impacts.

Particular features such as steep slopes, loose or slippery rock can also raise the grading for the walk, or if they are only a small portion of the whole the leader may elect to apply an overall lower grading in which case such features should be highlighted in the walk description.

Participants therefore should make allowance for the subjective nature of gradings supplied by our volunteer leaders in good faith.

If there are any concerns, please speak to the leader on nomination. 

A note about Petrol Money

The club encourages car pooling from the walk meeting point whenever possible, and the procedure is for passengers to make a contribution for fuel to their driver based on the distance travelled.

Each passenger contributes the same amount as advised in Footnotes, irrespective of the number of passengers in a vehicle.

For extended trips longer than a few days, the leader may advise different arrangements depending on destination or other circumstances.

It should be noted that other running costs such as wear and tear and potential for insurance excess payments in the event of damage are born by drivers who volunteer their vehicles for club events.

The procedure is covered in the BOSQ BY-Laws:

4.5 Petrol Money. Passengers in cars used in car pooling for BOSQ activities should contribute to the driver the amount advertised in the walk preview.

The Outings Secretary will from time to time determine the formula (in cents per kilometre driven) to be used for calculating passenger contribution amounts, based on the average cost of unleaded petrol in Brisbane. 



DW – Daywalk           BC – Basecamp           TW – Throughwalk           SOC – Social        S&T – Safety & Training

GTW – Graded Track Walk         ACC – Accommodated weekend           OS – Outings sec. to confirm leader

New or Potential Members and Guests are asked to come along to our monthly meeting and say Hi.     You can then discuss the walk with the Leader and nominate for your preferred walk, or social event.

Existing Members:-  If you are interested in nominating to come along to a walk or social event please contact the relevant Leader, preferably by the Tuesday night prior to the walk or social.  



 Bushwalkers of Southern Queensland inc.  (BOSQ)    GPO Box 1274 Brisbane Qld  4001      Ph. 07 3349 1949