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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   April - May 2019

Track closures

1.             Owing to recent bushfires, Boonoo Boonoo, Bald Rock and Basket Swamp national parks are closed until the end of April, and Girraween south of the road through the park is closed until further notice. 

2.             Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service also advise that Ngungun in the Glasshouse Mountains will be closed from April to August for track upgrades. 

3.             And finally, the following areas will be temporarily closed from Tuesday 7 May until late 2019:

Green Mountains (campervan site) camping area

Green Mountains (tent site) camping area

Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk walkers' camp at Green Mountains.

For more information regarding the Green Mountains Camping Area Ecotourism Revitalisation Project, go to https://parks.des.qld.gov.au/tourism/ecotourism /green-mountains/.

The Green Mountains Day Use Area, including the car park, toilets, BBQ and picnic facilities will remain open for day visitors.

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Thurs 11 April – SOC Sunset Walk Teneriffe to Hamilton

Grade:   S 2 2

Leader:  John Marshall  5498 6780   0474 480 056   johnbne@bigpond.com

Meet:  Teneriffe Ferry Terminal  4 pm

go card:  bring 

Join us for a pleasant flat 4 km walk from Teneriffe via Newstead House and the northern bank of the river to Hamilton where we will check out the Portside Wharf area. See the progress on the Kingsford Smith Drive widening project and the historical display panels on the way. Return by CityCat to the start point with the option of refreshments nearby. 

DW  Sat 13 April Westray’s Grave and Larapinta Falls

Grade: M 5 5

Leader: Peter Trehearn

Water: 2 litres

Petrol: from Brisbane $20

Initially we continue in the cars for about 15 mins to a small car park.

This walk follows Christmas Creek upstream on a rough path through rainforest to the site of James Westray’s grave in a beautiful glade in the forest. His story and that of the Stinson crash is well known but visiting the area never fails to evoke admiration for the heroism and bushmanship of the persons involved.

We then rock hop and scramble up a boulder strewn Christmas Creek for a kilometre (1hr 15 mins) to the spectacular Larapinta Falls. An easily accessible pool at the bottom may entice people to have a quick dip before lunch and retracing our steps back to the carpark.  

SOC  Social dinner Tue 16 April

Venue: Jackpot Dining, 100 Boundary Street, West End

Organiser: Kym Schluter (tel: 0401 716 506)

Nominate by 14 April

Meet:   Outside 6.45 p.m.

Public transport: if you don’t want the hassle of finding a parking space, the frequent West End 199 BUZ bus route stops at the door, or at a pinch the restaurant is within walking distance of South Brisbane station and the Cultural Centre bus station. 

This is a “cheap and cheerful” Chinese restaurant with almost everything less than $14.  Service is claimed to be very quick so there should be plenty of time to go to one of the other nearby eateries for dessert and coffee for those interested. 

https://www.jackpotdining.com.au/   

DW Easter Sat 20 April Bally Mountain

Grade: S 6 5

Leader: Neil Douglas 

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 over Easter, 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 Easter Monday 22 April  Alpaca Farm (on road to O’Reillys) to Canungra Creek

Grade: M 4 4

Leader: Pat Lawton 

Petrol: $20

It is 3 years since I last did this lovely walk. In that time the Alpaca Farm has closed (due to lack of business as a result of road closures etc.). However, I have managed to obtain permission to access the land and walk in this beautiful part of the world.

The walk will start at the Alpaca Farm and we will make our way down through farmlands to Yandoya situated on Canungra Creek for morning tea.

Unfortunately, we have to retrace our steps uphill to our lunch spot on some cliff bluffs overlooking the Canungra Valley. The views from the lunch spot will compensate for the uphill climb.

After lunch we will make our way past more bluffs and interesting sections, up to Kamarun Lookout and more great views. From there it is only a short walk back to the Alpaca Farm and the cars. The entire walk is on private property.

Come along and join me on this great walk and you can be assured of a lovely day. 

SOC Thurs 25 April  Anzac Day Sunset Walk – Spring Hill

Grade: S 2 3

Leader: John Marshall

Meet:    Anzac Memorial – Eternal Flame, Ann St at 3pm

go card:  bring

After a short period of reflection at this special place, we will walk up towards Spring Hill, observing the historic Tower Mill and WWII bomb shelters.

We will then walk past some distinctive colonial dwellings still extant in some of the back streets in Brisbane’s original suburb, the Spring Hill Baths and terrace houses on Gregory Terrace.

We will then venture over to Victoria Park and finish the walk at RBWH bus station for a return bus to the city. Spring Hill is a hill, so be prepared for ups and downs, about 3.5km in all. 

DW Sat 27 April  Illinbah Circuit

Grade: L 5 5

Leader: John Marshall

Walk: 17km

Petrol: $17

Water: 2 litres

Recently reopened after the Debbie deluge closed it, the Illinbah Track in Lamington NP has a variety of vegetation and many, many crossings of the Coomera R. You will get your boots wet and be prepared for some scrambling up steep creek banks.

We will walk in the anticlockwise direction. It is a fine walk for the reasonably fit. 

DW Sun 5 May BVRT – Harlin-Toogoolawah walk

Grade: M 1 3

Leader: Graham Englart 

Water: 2 litres

Walk distance: 15km.

The weather in May should be cooler than earlier months, thus the meet-up time of 8.30am and a walk set-off of 8.45am from Harlin should provide those travelling the 2 hours from Brisbane a more respectable leave time.

Walkers will be shuttled the 15km to the set-off point at Harlin and join the Brisbane Rail Trail back to Toogoolawah.

The walk passes through the Yimbun Tunnel, which is a Heritage-listed tunnel 4km from Harlin.

Further along the track, is the underpass at the Brisbane Valley Highway where we can enjoy morning tea in the shade.

Following this, the track takes us through open paddocks to Cemetery Road for a final stop-over under a tree that provides limited shade before the final 4km of the track.

We will pass the airstrip on our way to Toogoolawah where we can enjoy lunch in town or under shelter at the Information Centre at the meet-up point.

Approximately a 4-hour open walk with no conveniences. Hats and sunscreen are a must. 

DW Sat 11 May  Castle Hill and Kholo Gardens

Grade: S 3 3 and S 2 2

Leader: Mal Dorricott, 

Meet:  Blackstone 

Distances: 5km and 3.5km

Water: 2 litres

You don’t have to be able to pronounce the name of the park to join us for these two interesting walks near Ipswich, but it helps if you are Welsh.

The first walk will explore the historical site where Lewis Thomas (the “coal king”) established very successful coal mining operations and built a grand mansion on a hill on top of his mines, hence the name Castle Hill.

The historical Lewis Thomas trail is well signposted and takes you on a journey back through time to the days when coal was won by candlelight from these fields.

There are many relics of these prosperous times to enjoy. After this two-hour walk we will have coffee (or tea) at a delightful venue nearby, before a short drive across Ipswich to the charming Kholo Gardens on the bank of the Brisbane River at Muirlea.

Here we will do a leisurely and scenic stroll through the parklands along the river before having lunch in the beautiful gardens.

The first walk does have some steep and uneven sections, so proper footwear is recommended.

Bring snacks for the walks and lunch for after. Come and enjoy two of the best kept secrets of Ipswich.

 

Tuesday 14 May 2019  Meeting at 7.30pm  Little Kings Hall, cnr O’Keefe & Carl streets, Buranda

 

DW Sat 18 May  Boonah Hills

Grade: M 4 5

Leader: Lynne Skaines

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.

 


 

Advance notices

EXT 15-21 June  Cairns area

Leader:  Neil Douglas

Meet: Cairns

Departure: For flights leaving after 1pm, 21 June.

Nominations and expressions of interest open. There are currently enough nominations for the outing to go ahead.

This outing will include a number of daywalks to the south and west of Cairns. It will be accommodated, spending most nights at a caravan park in Innisfail but with one night, probably the first one, on the Atherton Tableland. The group will meet in Cairns on 15 June and drive to the first night’s stop. The trip will end in Cairns on 21 June.

These are the walks that are planned:

·   One of the Misty Mountains Trails in the Upper Tully-Ravenshoe area.

·   Walshs Pyramid (outside Gordonvale).

·   Mt Tozer (outside Tully).

·   Either (harder option) Mt Bartle Frere or (easier option) Palmerston NP tracks.  An easier Bartle Frere option would be to go only as far as Broken Nose.

·   Goldfields Track that runs between Babinda and the Atherton Tableland. If the group was big enough for two vehicles to be hired, a two-way walk (with key swap) would be possible.

 

SOC Fri 26 July-Sun 28 July – Christmas in July ACCOM Bunya Mountains House

BC Bunya Mountains – Dandabah Camp Ground

Grade:  M 3 3

Leader:  Patrick O’Donoghue 

Drive: 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

 

 


Advance notices

EXT 15-21 June  Cairns area

Leader: Neil Douglas

Nominations and expressions of interest open. There are currently enough nominations for the outing to go ahead.

This outing will include a number of daywalks to the south and west of Cairns. It will be accommodated, spending most nights at a caravan park in Innisfail but with one night, probably the first one, on the Atherton Tableland. 

The group will meet in Cairns on 15 June and drive to the first night’s stop. The trip will end in Cairns on 21 June.

These are the walks that are planned:

·         One of the Misty Mountains Trails in the Upper Tully-Ravenshoe area.

·         Walshs Pyramid (outside Gordonvale).

·         Mt Tozer (outside Tully).

·         Either (harder option) Mt Bartle Frere or (easier option) Palmerston NP tracks. An easier Bartle Frere option would be to go only as far as Broken Nose.

·         Goldfields Track that runs between Babinda and the Atherton Tableland. If the group was big enough for two vehicles to be hired, a two-way walk (with key swap) would be possible. 

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  

 


                           

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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