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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  August - September 2019



DW Show Day Wed 14 August  Bally Mountain

Grade: S 6 5

Leader: Neil Douglas

Meet: Macgregor  or Mudgeeraba

Petrol: $18

Water: about 1½ litres 

Bally Mountain is only 490m high but is very interesting – there are several good viewpoints offering views of features such as the Cougals, part of Springbrook, Mt Warning and the Gold Coast, a razorback and even a short natural tunnel!

This walk has been done in each of the last two years but we will descend on a different route this time.

There are several approaches to the mountain but we will start and finish at the end of Bonogin Road on the northern side, going first to Little Bally and then across the saddle to Bally Mountain.

The ascent starts on a very old farm road and we will pass a ruined farmhouse near the summit. The traverse across to the main peak is partly on a fairly wide razorback with some short, mild scrambling and some exposure.

For the descent we’ll continue west from the summit and down a short cliff break. There will be a safety rope for people who don’t feel confident descending this. Once at the base there’s a well used foot pad back down to Bonogin Creek.

Lunch will probably be beside pools at the base of the mountain. If people are interested we’ll explore further upstream to a kind of wilderness ranch which was bought up by the City Council to add to the conservation reserve. This was closed to the public for feral animal control when I did a recce in the area last year.

A bit back along Bonogin Road there’s a small country café where we’ll have refreshments if it’s open on a Wednesday, otherwise at Mudgeeraba.

This outing is for experienced walkers only. If there is any rain around it will be modified or postponed because of potentially slippery conditions.

 DW Sat 17 August Glen Rock

Grade: S 6 6

Leader: Neil Douglas

Meet: Goodna   (home of the bunyip catcher)

Petrol: $22 ex Goodna Water: about 1½ litres

Glen Rock is a prominent rock buttress about 830m in elevation and is the most distinctive feature of Glen Rock Regional Park about 40km south of Gatton.

This may be the first time the Club has climbed Glen Rock. We’ll take the most direct route, which starts near the day use area, and return the same way.

There are spectacular views from the ascent ridge and particularly from the summit.

The route is not technical but it is very steep in places. Good, strong footwear is essential and one walking pole is recommended for the descent.

For experienced walkers only. 


DW Sun 18 August Karawatha Forest

Grade: M 2 4

Leader: Mal Dorricott

Meet: 8am

Distance: 14km (moderate – suitable for fit beginners)

Water: 2 litres

From here we will do a large circuit walk taking in most of the prominent points in the reserve, including Frog Hollow, Poets Rock and the lovely Melaleuca Circuit.

There are some new tracks to explore on the western side of the park and an excellent lookout with great views. We will experience a range of vegetation types, including wetlands.

Lunch will be at the Illaweena Picnic Area at the other end of the reserve. You can visit the excellent Discovery Centre after the walk if you wish.

This bush area really is a hidden gem in an urban setting, so if you haven’t been here before, come along and be surprised at what is on your doorstep. Bring morning tea and lunch for the walk.


SOC Tue 20 August  Dinner

Venue: Junction Hotel, cnr. Ipswich & Annerley roads, Annerley

Organiser: Neil Douglas

Nominate by a.m. 19 August

Meet: Outside 6.45pm

Parking: generally available on-site

It’s a while since the Club has been to this hotel bistro.  Mains $24-30, desserts $7-9, but on Tuesday nights you can get 2 mains from a special menu for $30 (we will hope for even numbers).


DW Sat 24 August  Mt Barney

Grade: L 8 8

Leader: Euey Mangan

Meet: 5am 

Distance: 15km

Water: 3 litres

Barney is one of the highest peaks in SEQ and probably the toughest day walk the club does. We'll ascend via South East Ridge, which has scrambling up rock slabs and hand holds as it becomes steeper near the top.

I always carry a rope for difficult spots. The views are magnificent from the summit and the sense of accomplishment is incredible, but if you have a problem with heights, this walk isn't for you.

You must be fit and I suggest having lots of water or maybe even Gatorade before we leave the car park. Also water at the car for your return. Plenty of food and snacks, as this is a long day, as well as warm clothing and a headlamp in case of a late return. Also gaiters or long pants (not jeans) because of the scunge on the descent via Peasants Ridge. 


DW Sun 25 August  Toohey Forest to Mt Gravatt Outlook Reserve and return

Grade: M 3 4

Leader: Graham Englart

Meet: 8.30am  

Water: 2 litres

Walk distance: 14km.

Toohey Forest Park (includes Mt Gravatt Outlook Reserve) is approximately 260 hectares and 10km south of Brisbane CBD. Toohey Forest adjoins bushland owned and managed by Griffith University.

We will use multi-use and walking tracks, some sealed others gravel and dirt. Commence on the Hibbertia track onto Pultenaea track under the motorway through Mt Gravatt Campus to the Mt Gravatt Outlook Reserve’s Acacia way and ascent to Mt Gravatt Lookout where we will have morning tea, coffee and take in the views.

Walk the Federation Track to Federation Lookout (1.4km some steep sections) and continue to Gertrude Petty Place Picnic Area for lunch.

Summit Track (1.2km some steps) back up the rise to join the Acacia track and return via the Nathan Ridge and Wilcox tracks to our cars.

Approximately a 4-hour walk plus stopovers for morning tea and lunch. Walk is suitable for reasonably fit beginners. Good forest canopy along the way. Keep an eye out for koalas. Conveniences at McDonalds and Mt Gravatt Lookout only.


DW Sat 31 August  Mt May

Grade: M 5 5

Leader: Heather Buchanan

Meet: 6:30am

Water: 2 litres min

Petrol: $15.00

Mt May, (alt 823m), is a rocky mountain with twin peaks near Maroon Dam. We’ll be doing a circuit taking in both peaks to make the most of the specky views.

Part of the walk is uphill on a steep gravel road, but the rest of the walk is entirely on the mountain. At this time of year there would normally be a profusion of wildflowers, but with the area in severe drought, displays will be affected.

Please nominate by Thursday 29 August.


½ DW Sat 7 September  Redland Conservation Area, Mt Cotton

Grade: S 3 5

Leader: Tom Bor

Meet: 0845 hrs

Distance: approx. 8km return

Water: 1.5 litres (minimum)

Equipment: usual, one or two poles will be handy on the gravelly descents. Binoculars would be handy.

Lunch: yes bring lunch.

Walk Time: 3-4 hrs excluding snack at West Mount Cotton Nursery/ café post walk, the nursery has views of Brisbane cityscape.

We will be walking on Redland Conservation land. The centre piece of this walk will be the spectacular views (subject to air quality) of Moreton Bay (on the eastern side) and the Scenic Rim on the western side of Mt Cotton.

We will spend at least 45 minutes on the summit identifying landmarks, peaks and islands. The summit of Mt Cotton is 230m and we need to ascend (only for 25 minutes) a steep bitumen road to the summit.

Once we finish our time at the summit we will descend and ascend a gravelly saddle and pick up more ridges of Mt Cotton. From here we descend steeply to the quarry entrance at the roundabout before we back track picking up the NW track that leads to the main West Mount Cotton Rd trail head. We will return the same way.

The walk involves some short steep ascents and descents on gravelly tracks so reasonable fitness is required but we will not be pushing too much.

We will have lunch on the summit on the way back. At the end of the walk we will drive a very short distance to the West Mt Cotton Nursery for coffee and scones. There are picnic tables on the summit!


DW Sun 8 September  The Spit … by rail

Grade: M 3 3

Leader: John Marshall

Meet: On Gold Coast train

Water: 1 litre (plenty of taps)

Sun protection: lots

Walk: 14km – on hard and soft sand, gravel, bitumen, concrete and grass

go card: bring

Avoid the coast traffic and take the train to Helensvale and then the tram to Main Beach tram station where we will commence our walk. But first! – a morning tea/coffee stop in one of the trendy Tedder Ave cafes.

Over to Main Beach where we will walk up the beach at low tide to The Spit Dog Beach and then onto the Gold Coast Seaway wall. This offers great views down the coast and up to Stradbroke Island(s) and the Moreton sandhills, and inland to the mountains.

We then follow the 3km Federation Walk through revegetated sand dunes back down to Main Beach. You can preview this walk on Google Earth street view from co-ordinates 27.936 , 153.428 .

We then continue on part of the Gold Coast Oceanway down to Surfers Paradise, appreciating the engineering and landscaping of this wonderful recreational asset.

We round off the activity with refreshments and/or a meal at Steam Punk – generous servings with vintage R&B. Cavill Ave. tram station is adjacent for our journey home, they run every 10 minutes.

Do come along and take the sea air!

Tuesday 10 September 2019 CLUB MEETING  & AGM   Little Kings Hall, Carl & O'Keefe Sts, Buranda  7.30pm


DW Sat 14 September  Warrie to Mt Nimmel

Grade: M 5 4

Leader:  Neil Douglas

Meet: (a) 6.30am Macgregor

(b) 7.30am Mudgeeraba-Springbrook road

Petrol: $20 ex Macgregor

Water: about 2 litres

The Club hasn’t done this interesting walk for a while. A car needs to be shuffled to the end of the Mt Nimmel road and then we drive to Upper Springbrook.

The walk starts at the Canyon Lookout and follows the Warrie Circuit track past Rainbow and Goomoolahra Falls before turning off on a foot pad that goes to the Warrie (or Springbrook) Pinnacle.  For those who want to do so a climb of the pinnacle is possible.

We then traverse around the base of the pinnacle and head north along the crest of the ridge to Mt Fairview.  This is straightforward except for one rock step that has to be descended. 

At Mt Fairview a fire trail is met, which we follow north to Mt Nimmel.  Here there is a second car shuffle to bring the cars down from Springbrook.

Refreshments afterwards at Polly’s Kitchen, or at Mudgeeraba if it is closed.

If there is any rain the walk will be postponed or cancelled because of a slippery rock face.





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