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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  January - February 2020

½ DW Sat 18 January Shorncliffe 

Grade:   S 1 1

Leader:  John Marshall   

Distance:  8 km

Water:   1 litre

An easy, mostly flat walk around the Shorncliffe peninsula and Sandgate taking in parkland, bikeways and waterfront pathways, views along Cabbage Tree Ck, bay views across to Moreton, fascinating architecture from a bygone era, lagoons and a cafι stop for fish and chips.

Come for convivial exercise in the sea air and hopefully cooler temperature of the late afternoon.


SOC  Social dinner  Tue 21 January

Venue: Breakfast Creek Hotel

Organiser: Neil Douglas

Nominations not essential

This is a club tradition for January, although we have not been for two years. Steaks are $33-47 (almost the same as 2 years ago), but there are a few non-steak menu options as well, $27-35. There is also a counter for dessert and coffee available. You can just turn up, but if you nominate we will keep an eye out for you if you are not there by the meeting time.


DW Sat 25 Jan Lyrebird Lookout/Moonlight Crag/Balancing Rock Circuit

Grade: M 4 4

Leader: Heather Buchanan

Fuel: $20 ex S/bank

Water: Min 2L

Lots of variety on this walk – you could almost say it has it all! A historical site, Antarctic Beech forest, jaw-dropping views, a balancing rock, a waterfall (distant) and a special place to make a wish. Most of the walk is on a rough footpad with a few ups and downs. We are in forest shade most of the way but there will be some short sections in open sun. Please put on the nomination form where you intend to meet. Also, please nominate by Thursday 23 January.


½ DW + SOC Sun 9 February  Bribie Low Tide walk

Grade:  S 3 3

Leader: John Marshall   

Distance:  8.5 km

Water: 2 liters

Walk from Bongaree on the passage side around the southern shoreline to Woorim on the ocean side. The “king” low tide will be happening between 4pm and 4:30pm so we will have a wide beach and hard sand to walk on all the way. Expect to meet lots of friendly dogs on the dog beach. Fine views across Moreton Bay to Redcliffe and Moreton, and plenty of photo ops with driftwood. We finish at Woorim Beach carpark where we can retire for refreshments to the Blue Pacific Hotel. Come along to take the airs in the cool of the afternoon.

Preliminary Option:  The Bribie Seaside Museum at the start point is worth a look. It closes at 3pm Sundays.11

Tuesday  11 February 2020

Meeting at 7.30pm, Little Kings Hall, cnr O'Keefe & Carl Streets, Buranda 


½ DW Sun 16 February  Wivenhoe Hill Trail

Grade: M 3 4

Distance: 13 km

Leader: Mal Dorricott


Fuel: $10

Water: 2-3 Litres


This is a multi-use trail along the shore of Lake Wivenhoe with scenic views of the lake. It is quite hilly with some steep sections but is suitable for reasonably fit beginners. We will carpool from Goodna to the start of the walk with a pit stop at Fernvale.

It is a loop walk with a portable toilet at the start. We will have morning tea on the walk and drive a short distance to Captain Logan day use area for lunch after the walk, where there are excellent picnic facilities.  

Please call me for directions if you intend to meet us at the start of the walk. The walk will be cancelled if the forecast maximum temperature for Esk is more than 32°C.


EXT BC Fri 28 February - Mon 2 March  Woody Head Camp Ground,

Bundjalung National Park, Iluka, North Coast New South Wales

Leader:        Lynne Skaines


A wonderful opportunity to "get away from it all" and relax in this beautiful setting on the ocean front. Lots of tent/camper trailer/caravan sites in grassed surrounds with great facilities. There are also cabins sleeping up to 6 people.

Directions - take the Iluka Road turnoff 72km south of Ballina on the Pacific Highway and follow the signs to Bundjalung/Woody Head. NB: There is an earlier turnoff on the highway to a remote camp ground (Black Rocks) also in the National Park - please ignore as there is no vehicle access between the two sites.

Facilities - drinking water on tap, hot showers ($1 for 4 mins), picnic tables, BBQs. Dine out opportunities in nearby Iluka.

Costs - tent/camper trailer/caravan sites $34 per night for 2 people. A tent site will accommodate  2 x 1-3 person tents. Sites are unpowered with generators not allowed. 

    - cabins are available. Provide own linen/sleeping bag, towel. Check website for details/costs.

     - vehicle access to NSW National Parks $8 per day or the appropriate pass which can be purchased on line.

Walking - there are a number of walks taking in the beaches, wave cut rock platforms and waterways, Iluka Bluff, Iluka Nature Reserve in the immediate vicinity with nothing too strenuous. Lots of bird and marine life. Calm water ocean swimming beach adjoins campground.

For further information: nationalparks.nsw.gov.au

For booking/information: Phone 1300 072 757 or nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/camping-and-accommodation/campgrounds/woody-head-campground


Advance Notices


BC 13-15 March


Leader: Mal Dorricott


  We will be camping at the Pomona Showgrounds or staying at the Pomona Hotel. There are also several B&B’s in the local area 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 township. We will have dinner at the hotel on the Saturday night. Accommodation costs are as follows:

• Camping - $20 (1 person) or $25 (2 persons) per night unpowered; $25 (1 person) or $30 (2 persons) per night powered

• Hotel - $80 per night (single); $120 per night (twin or double)

We will be walking sections of the Noosa Trail Network on Friday afternoon, Saturday, and Sunday. If you are interested, please plan ahead, as you will need to make bookings no later than mid-February, as these venues are very popular.

Please make your own hotel or B&B bookings or notify me if you will be camping so I can make a group booking. It should be a great weekend with very scenic walks and a good social occasion.

The Noosa Trail Network brochure has details of the walks and accommodation and can be downloaded from www.noosa.qld.gov.au/services-facilities/parks-facilities/noosa-trail-network


Mini-EXT 29 March – 2 April

NSW Central Coast

Leader:  Neil Douglas


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). There are already enough nominations for this outing to proceed.


EXT 6-12 Aug

Jatbula Trail

Leader : Sandra Ogata


   I was able to secure a booking for 5 people for 6 days/5 nights from Thu 6 August 2020 to Wed 12 August 2020. Currently, there is myself and Karen Britton booked in, so we are looking for 3 people to join us. 

  This will be the first time for both of us, so please speak to other members who have previously been on the walk for details on this spectacular walk.



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.



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 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