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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  September - October 2019

 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. 

SOC  Tue 17 September Dinner

Venue: Ambrosia, 180 Oxford St (cnr Pine St), Bulimba

Organiser: Neil Douglas

Nominate by a.m. 16 September

Meet: outside 6.45pm

Parking: best in Pine St or the shopping carparks entered either side of Pine St

CityCat: a few minutes’ walk from the Bulimba ferry wharf   

Cuisine is Mediterranean style: mezes (entrees) $7-16, souvas (wraps) $15, mains $23-32, salads $17-22. The wraps are economical and tasty medium-sized meals. Dessert and coffee also available. 

DW Sat 21 September  Montserrat Lookout-Mt Barney National Park

Grade: M 5 5

Leader: Tom Bor,  

Meet: 0630 hrs (leaving time) Goodna 

OR 0080 hrs (leaving time) Boonah  

Distance: approx 12.5km

Special requirements: 4WDs from Boonah (numbers limited to how many 4WDs we get) currently we have my own and another vehicle (Mal’s) – can take 8 including drivers comfortably and 10 uncomfortably.

Fuel: $15 from Goodna  to Boonah, $6 from Boonah to Cleared Ridge

Water: 2.5 litres (expect spring time temperatures)

Walk Time: 6-7 hrs

After doing the 4WD climb to the top of Cleared Ridge from Mt May campsite we descend into the headwaters of Yamarha Creek and then we will cross the creek and ascend onto a moderately steep ridge to the top of Mt Montserrat (Montserrat Lookout), elevation of 1015m.

We will have morning tea here and marvel at the “best view ever” of Mt Barney and those with a “Peakfinder” app can use it to identify all the complex peaks of the Barney group. 

The next leg is a steep descent on a spur that will take us to the intersection of Yamarha and Barney creeks. We then proceed down Barney Ck to have a look at the Upper Portals (gorge formation) and also have lunch.

Once we are well nourished we will back track a little and find the track which ascends up to Cleared Ridge. This ridge is spectacular and visually breathtaking and has a few rocky outcrops to pass.

This ridge meets the end of a 4WD fire trail which is steep in parts and eventually passes the T-junction we took to Yamarha Creek.

Please expect a challenging walk with spectacular views. This walk will be cancelled if the 4WD track is wet and slippery. 

BC Fri 27-Mon 30 September  Pilgrimage

The annual bushwalkers Pilgrimage will be held at Camp Laurence on Lake Moogerah from Friday 27 September to Monday 30 September.

Members of all Bushwalking Clubs are invited to come along and join in the fun. Length of stay is flexible – 1, 2 or 3 nights, either camping or bunkroom accommodation..

There will be walks on offer on Sat and Sun, a Bushdance on Sat night, and activities for children.

A booking form is available for either online registration, or for printing out and mailing.

Neil Gray from BOSQ will be leading one of the walks, or you can join one of the other club leaders on their walk.

Check out the following websites for all you need to know to join in the fun on this special weekend.

Information website (with a nice video):  https://bushwalkqld.wordpress.com/ pilgrimage/pilgrimage-2019/

Online form:   https://form.jotform.co/91812277242860

pdf form for printing:   https://bushwalkqld.files.wordpress.com/2019/07/pilgrimage-booking-form-2019.pdf 


DW Sat 5 Oct  Pages Pinnacle

Grade: S 5 5

Leader: Heather Buchanan

Meet: 7am Macgregor

 OR 8:15am Numinbah Valley Road 

Petrol: $15

Water: 2 litres

 Pages Pinnacle is a prominent rocky peak at the end of a ridge in Numinbah Valley overlooking Hinze Dam.

The club hasn’t visited this area for some time so that’s a great excuse to check it out again. It’s only a half day walk and we should be finished by just after lunchtime.

Part of the walk is on steep gravel road but most of it is on a rough, and steep in places, well-used footpad.

We’ll be traversing right around the base of the Pinnacle to check out the impressive cliffs from below initially, then the track takes us up onto the ridge leading out to the Pinnacle.

There’s an option here to traverse a rocky razorback, but one needs a head for heights, and then to meet up with the rest of the group at the other end. Those not going across the razorback will follow the base of these cliffs to the small saddle at the other end.

Next, we head up the Pinnacle itself, some easy rock scrambling is involved but there is a sheer cliff on one side. It’s not necessary to go all the way to the top to enjoy the spectacular 360 degree views.

For the return journey we partly retrace our steps to a footpad which takes us down to the gravel road. This is then followed back to the cars.

This area is popular with joggers and other walkers out training on the steep roads, so it could be busy on a Sunday. The weather could be fairly warm by early Oct, so please make sure you have enough water.

Please nominate by Friday 4 October. 


DW Sun 6 October Ships Stern Circuit

Grade: L 3 4 

Leader: Lynne Skaines

Meet: 6.30am Sunnybank

OR 7.30am Canungra

OR 8.30am Binna Burra

Petrol: $18 from Sunnybank

Water: 3 litres

This is a graded track walk of approx. 20km. There are possible side-tracks to Upper and Lower Ballanjui Falls, Charraboomba Rock and numerous lookouts on the way to Ships Stern above the Numinbah Valley with wonderful views of Ballanjui Falls, the Valley, Egg and Turtle Rocks and to the Gold Coast.

It takes in varied vegetation of open eucalypt forest including scribbly gum, piccabeen palm stands and rainforest. Hopefully, the rock orchids may still be blooming.

A truly beautiful Lamington National Park walk.


Tuesday 8 October 2019

Meeting at 7.30pm

Little Kings Hall, cnr O’Keefe & Carl Streets, Buranda 


DW Sun 13 October  Mt Nebo area

Grade: M 2 3

Leader: Mal Dorricott

Meet: 8am at Mt Nebo

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.


Advance Notice

BC 1-3 November  Blackbutt

Leader: Mal Dorricott

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.


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