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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  June - July 2018


DW Sat 16 June Stradbroke Island

Grade: M 3 4

Leader: Alison Horsley 

Distance: 14km

Costs: For seniors, water taxi $7 return; buses $3.60.

Water: 2 litres min.

Bring: Snacks, lunch, hat, sunscreen, insect repellent.

This outing begins with a water taxi ride from Cleveland to Dunwich, then a bus ride to the Amity Point turnoff. We walk beside paved and unpaved roads to Flinders Beach on the northern side of the island.

A beautiful beach walk follows as far as Cylinder Beach and from there we walk up to Point Lookout to have lunch and admire the spectacular gorges. We will keep a hopeful lookout for whales which migrate between late May and early November each year.

We then return via bus to catch the ferry back to Cleveland. This walk is suitable for reasonably fit beginners. 

SOC Tue 19 June Dinner

Venue: Tarragindi Thai, cnr Toohey and Marshall Roads (6 Gapap Street), Tarragindi

Organiser: Neil Douglas 

Parking: in shopping centre carpark        

We seem to go back to this Thai restaurant every year because there’s an extensive menu of tasty dishes and a good ambience (some rate it among the best Thai eateries in Brisbane). 

Mains are mostly in the $16-26 range and desserts $6.50-9.50. 

DW Sun 24 June Barney Gorge via Lower Portals and ridges

Grade: M 5 5

Leader: Lynne Skaines  

Water: 2 litres min

Fuel: $20

This walk follows the rough track into the Lower Portals where we will cross Barney Creek (and get feet wet in the process) and have a short break before climbing up the relatively steep ridges of the foothills.

There are great views of Mts Barney and Maroon. After some steep ascents we will descend to Barney Gorge Campsite and lunch beside the beautiful Barney Creek. We will return via a shorter ridge walk to the Lower Portals, again cross the creek and return to the Car Park via the track.

The recent recce showed it is possible to cross Barney Creek without getting wet feet. Water levels will probably continue to drop with lower rainfall at this time of year.

There is considerable regrowth on the ridges after fires of last year. Previously discernible footpads have almost disappeared in places although following the ridge line will get us where we need to be.

Gaiters, long pants and walking pole are recommended.

Good level of fitness required for this wonderful walk.  

* Please advise intended meeting place when nominating. 

DW Sat 30 June  Piccabeen and Somerset Trails, Mt Mee

Grade: M 2 3

Leader: Bronwyn Menkens 

Distance: 14km

We’ll start with the especially lovely Piccabeen Trail – only 1km, but worth it for the cool forest experience. Then we’ll follow the 13km Somerset Trail, gently climbing through a range of vegetation to the escarpment for lunch with a view to Somerset and Wivenhoe dams.

Suitable for beginners. 

DW Sat 7 July  Mt Nebo Forest Circuit

Grade: S 3 3

Leader: Di Edwards,  

Bring: Snacks, lunch, 2 litres water. The walk should finish early afternoon.

We will be walking on quite shady forestry access roads with a long, long descent to a pretty creek crossing where we will probably have a good break.

We follow the creek a short distance before we start back up the range. This is a steep climb but we can have frequent breaks. The climb levels out and we will enjoy lunch with a view.

There is a wide variety of vegetation on this walk and when walked recently it looked very fresh and green.

A fair degree of fitness is required as the uphill section is steep at times and quite long. However it's the cool time of the year to really get some exercise. 

Tuesday 10 July 2018

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

 DW Sat 14 July Bally Mountain

Grade: S 6 5

Leader: Neil Douglas 

Petrol: $18

Water: about 1˝ litres

Bally Mountain (apparently pronounced “ball-ee”), 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 is being offered again this year because some people who were interested couldn’t go on the first outing last May.

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 is 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. The descent is on a faint footpad which is steep in places and involves negotiating a cliff break at one point. Lunch will probably be beside pools at the base of the mountain.

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


Advance notices

EXT 1-8 September Flinders Ranges (Mt Remarkable NP and Wilpena Pound)

Leader: Neil Douglas

Meet: 11.30 1 September at Adelaide airport

Expressions of interest now open.  Full details of the proposed itinerary were in the March newsletter.


EXT 24 November-1 December South-east Tasmania

Leader:  Neil Douglas

This outing will spend most time on the Tasman Peninsula but we will also do at least one walk in the Hobart area.

Highest priority will be to do the newly rebuilt track to Cape Raoul. Second priority will be a long circular daywalk taking in the first part of the old Cape Pillar track, then the last part of the Three Capes Track via Retakunna Hut, Mount Fortescue and Cape Hauy (optional side trip).

There are various other walks available in the area including Shipstern Bluff and Remarkable Cave to Mt Brown and Crescent Bay.

In Hobart, weather permitting, we will walk to Collins Bonnet on the western side of the Mount Wellington plateau.  There is an easier option walking across the plateau and a harder one climbing up from the western side.  If the weather is unsuitable then lower altitude alternatives will be done.

Expressions of interest now open.




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 3875 1090