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Walks  Programme

 

 

Walk Gradings

Distance

Terrain

Fitness

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   May - June 2019

 

SOC Thurs 16 May  Sunset Walk – Mowbray Pk to Southbank

Grade: S 2 3 (many steps down)

Leader: John Marshall 

Meet: Mowbray Park Ferry  

Distance: 4km

A pleasant walk through the side streets of Kangaroo Pt, Dockside, Main St underpass, then staying up high to take in the views at The Cliffs Café and River Tce, down the steps and around to Southbank. Option to stay for an evening snack at a random eatery.  

DW Sat 18 May Boonah Hills

Grade: M 4 5

Leader: Lynne Skaines

Meet: Boonah

Water: 2 litres minimum    Petrol: $15 from Brisbane

It's time to think about improving fitness levels in anticipation of our winter walking program when, hopefully, we will be taking on mountain challenges.

We will be walking on a quiet, formed gravel road with some steep ascents and descents in a rural area close to town. This walk will be the ideal fitness preparation with added bonus and rewards of some of the best views in SE Qld.

We will lunch at Mt French NP day use area and finish the day with a walk in the NP.

NOTE: If you are intending to join the walk, please remember May 18 is Federal Election Day and make appropriate arrangements to register your vote. See www.aec.gov.au

 

SOC Tue 21 May  Dinner

Venue: Elio’s Osteria, 119 Winstanley Street, Carina Heights

Organiser: Neil Douglas

Meet: Outside 6.45pm  Nominate by 19 May

This Italian restaurant is an old favourite that we seem to visit each year.

Entrees mostly $10-15, mains mostly $25-30, desserts $8-13. Servings tend to be generous so entrée size may do for a main.

BYO corkage $1.50. One bill per table. Ingredients may contain Soviet nuclear reactor waste (so they say).

 

DW Sat 25 May Bushrangers Caves and Wagawn

Grade: M 5 5

Leader: Heather Buchanan 

Please nominate by Thursday 23 May.

Meet: Numinbah Valley Hall   Water: min 2 litres

Petrol: $20 from Brisbane; $8 from Hall

This walk starts on the Qld/NSW border and follows the border fence up to Bushrangers Caves which are quite an impressive sight.

From the Caves we follow a rough, and often steep, footpad to Wagawn Lookout which is located on the graded track system in Lamington National Park. If there is time, we’ll visit Garragoolba Lookout as well, for the clearer views.

For the walk back down to the valley, we’ll simply be re-tracing our steps. Some clambering up and down rock is involved, but nothing technical.

No pre-outing has been possible as yet, so don’t know how much recent use the route has had – gaiters and gloves may be useful.

Don’t forget to pack the essentials and please nominate by Thursday 23May.

 

DW Sat 1 June Paddys Knob

Grade: M 4 4

Leader: Neil Douglas

Meet: 6.30am

Petrol: $35    Water: about 1½ litres

Paddys Knob is at the end of a long ridge west of the Main Range, in the general area of Gambubal Forest and Cons Plain. It overlooks Condamine Gorge to its south.

The Knob itself used to be private property but it has now been incorporated into the Main Range National Park. Our route will be partly on a road easement through private property and then in the national park.

Our walk starts from the road to Gambubal and heads up through pasture and then into rainforest on an old logging road. 

After more pasture it re-enters rainforest on a road that leads to regenerating cleared land and finally the Knob itself in open forest.

The best views of Condamine Gorge and surrounding areas are just before the Knob. The return route is the same.

It’s a long drive via Yangan and Tannymorel, hence an early start. For fuel economy I would like to minimise the number of vehicles going from Goodna. The last 10km or so is good gravel.

 

DW Sat 8 June  Mt Greville

Grade: M 4 5

Leader: Lynne Skaines

Meet: 7.15am

Petrol: $15  Water: 2 litres min 

Our old favourite, beautiful Mt Greville 770m above sea level. A wonderful walk.

We will ascend initially via Waterfall Gorge and part way through the ascent leave the Gorge via a steep off-track climb to a ridge which will eventually bring us to explore the rocky slabs and outcrops at Echo Point which give great views over Moogerah Dam.

It is then a further ascent via a steepish, rocky footpad under the cliffs to the summit for lunch.

Descent will be via south-east ridge from where there are magnificent views of the surrounding mountains and countryside.

There is some rocky scrambling and steep ups and downs involved. Reasonable level of fitness required.

Tuesday 11 June 2019  Meeting at 7.30pm  Little Kings Hall, cnr O’Keefe & Carl Streets, Buranda

 

DW Sun 16 June White Rock via Pyros Peak

Grade: M 4 4

Leader: Mal Dorricott 

Meet: Redbank Plains 

Water: 2 litres  Distance: 10km

From the picnic area we will walk into Pyros Peak with short detours to The Bluff and Little White Rock lookouts. It is a long gentle climb to the top of Pyros Peak through pleasant forest.

After a break to enjoy the view, we do a short but steep descent from the summit down to a gully to pick up a section of forest road called Narelles Climb. This leads up to join the main walking track which we will follow to White Rock for morning tea.

Those who wish can do a short scramble to the top of White Rock for spectacular views. We will return to the picnic area via the Ridgetop Track for an early lunch.

The walk is not long, but it is up and down with some uneven sections, so reasonable fitness and good footwear are required.

Parking may be limited at the picnic area but there is plenty of space in the nearby horse float parking area.

DW Sat 22 June Cronans Falls with Extras

Grade: M 4 5

Leader: Heather Buchanan

Water: 2 litres

Petrol: $20 ex Brisbane

Map: Mt Lindesay

Because the walk in to Cronans Falls is only short, about 2 hours,  I’ve added some interesting extras to round out the day.

We’ll be visiting two lookouts, with a bit of rock scrambling required on one, some ups and downs, (but no major height gain), and some creek crossings. There are great views from the lookouts of the surrounding peaks.

Some of the walk is on new tracks and some on road.  We’ll visit the base as well as the top of Cronans Falls.

On previous walks in the area we’ve had multiple sightings of koalas so stay alert and on the lookout, we may be lucky again.

Please nominate by Thursday 20 June, and don’t forget to indicate your preferred meeting place. 

DW Sun 23 June Brisbane Square Mile Walk

This will be a combined walk with Brisbane Catholic Bushwalking Club, starting at West End.

It will follow the original boundary of Brisbane town. Distance is approx 12km.

More details in June Footnotes.


 Advance notices

EXT 15-21 June  Cairns area

Leader:  Neil Douglas

Meet: Cairns airport 1pm 15 June   Departure: For flights leaving after 1pm 21 June  Full details of this outing were given in the April newsletter.

 

SOC Fri 26 July-Sun 28 July – Christmas in July

ACCOM Bunya Mountains House

BC Bunya Mountains

Grade:  M 3 3

Leader:  Patrick O’Donoghue  

Drive: 256km via Toowoomba/Oakey or via D’Aguilar Hwy/Yarraman. Allow around 3 hours. Some sections of gravel road near the mountain.

Petrol: There is no fuel available on the mountain.

If members are towing a van, check with Main Roads/RACQ, as there are some vehicle towing restrictions on access to Bunya Mountains.

Members who are vanning or camping should book to stay at Dandabah Camp Ground – book through QNPWS at www.npsr.qld.gov.au/ or 13 74 68. Toilets and showers at Dandabah Camp ground.

I have booked a house “Clearview” for 8 people (all booked ATM) and if new people are interested, please email me and I will put you on a waiting list or suggest options.

Members looking to book their own accommodation close to Dandabah or Bunya Ave should contact Bunya Mountains Accommodation Centre on 4668 3126 or www.bunyamountains.com.au

Members should aim to arrive Friday early-mid afternoon.

Saturday Walk will be along the escarpment from Mt Kiangarow to Paradise or Dandabah – along the recently renovated section of track.

Sunday walk will be arranged and organised by members on the weekend.

I will be discussing and arranging Saturday Night Xmas function, in consultation with Judy and Chris – most probably roasts and contributions of food, or contribution to offset the cost of the meal. More information closer to the event.

Bunya Mountain National Park is one of the gems in the NP estate and is famous for its Bunya Pines.

Patrick 

 

EXT 29 July-5 August  Jatbula

We have obtained approval for 5 participants for the above walk. Please register and commit to the walk before 1 June 2019.  First in best dressed.

Travel Brisbane to Darwin 29 July.  Commence walk at Katherine Gorge 31 July.  Six days, five nights. Complete walk at Edith Falls 5 August. 

Travel to Darwin afternoon 5 August. Can take late night flight (same night) about 1am from Darwin to Brisbane, landing about 5am, 6 August or, if overnighting in Darwin, later that day 6 August – or your own arrangements if sightseeing in Darwin.

The walk is one of the best in the country, with excellent camp sites and swimming holes each night.  The only catch is the heat; about 33 deg Celsius average maximum. Total distance about 60km. This time of the year, crisp mornings and warm days.

Contact Dallas Green


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. 


                           

PLEASE ASSIST LEADERS BY NOMINATING FOR WALKS BY THE TUESDAY PRIOR TO THE WALK *

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.  


                                                                                                     

   

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