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
Daywalk DW Basecamp BC Throughwalk TW Social SOC Rogaine ROG
Safety & Training S&T Federation FED Federation Mountain Rescue FMR
½ DW Sat 17 March
Grades: S 3 3 and S 2 4
Leader: Mal Dorricott
Distances: 5km and 5km – both walks suitable for reasonably fit beginners
Water: 2 litres
We will do two short loop walks which start in close proximity to each other. The first walk is a fairly easy 5km loop around the scenic Gold Creek Reservoir. It skirts around the hills and gullies surrounding the reservoir, so is quite undulating with a couple of medium climbs.
The track is quite good with lots of shade and plenty of birds, including bellbirds. We will have morning tea after the walk and then drive a few kilometres back down Gold Creek Road to Jones Road, to access the western section of Mt Coot-tha Forest.
Here we will do a 5km loop walk by following the Gold Creek, Tunnel and Boscombe Road Trails. Most of the walk is on forest roads with a couple of short but steep sections.
Each walk will take about 2 hours, so we will be
finished in time for lunch at the Brookfield Reserve, where there is a café.
Members can choose to do either or both walks.
SOC Tue 20 March
Venue: Asian House Carina, Shop 3 & 4,
82 Meadowlands Road, Carina
“With our great variety of
Chinese food, you're sure to find a dish that you'll love.” This and other
info about the restaurant is at
Grade: M 3 3
Water: 2 litres
This month marks the 110th anniversary of the declaration of Queensland’s first national park at Witches Falls on Mt Tamborine. Small by other park standards, it nevertheless offers some spectacular forest specimens, lovely palm glades and native birdlife for us to see as we walk the circuit.
We will then drive over to Palm Grove Forest with the best collection of buttressed trees to be found anywhere, definitely a photographic opportunity.
Finish with a visit to Tamborine Mt Botanic Gardens, a real gem established in a former lantana filled gully. Retire to the coffee and cake venues to cool our heels and smell the ambience of the tourist scene. Tamborine: so near yet often overlooked.
Leaving town while the Commonwealth Games are on!!
Extended Outing (Last minute notification) Snowy Mountains Trip April 2018 Dates: Monday 2nd April to Monday 23rd April 2018
Date: 12th April Move from Thredbo Diggings to Long Plain Hut
Date: 12th April to 19th April Ghost Gully Camping GroundDate: 19th April to 23rd April Return to Brisbane
DW Easter Monday 2 April
Grade: M 3 4
Leader: Pat Lawton
Walk: Approx 10km
If you are not going away over the Easter break but want to do a walk come with me on a trip to the Lower Portals.
We won’t be going via the usual lower Portals track. Instead we will start the walk at Drynan’s Hut and walk over barrier ridge. Before we start walking we will pay a visit to the beautiful Drynan’s waterhole on Barney Creek. This was a popular swimming hole before the Lower Portals Track was constructed but as it is on private property it is now closed to the public.
The walk over barrier ridge is on an old road – steep in parts. Once down to the flats we will be on private property almost all the way to the Lower Portals.
The Lower Portals is one of the most popular spots at Mt Barney, and no doubt there will be other people enjoying a swim.
We will return via the same route, with a short detour (across the creek) to visit the Catholic Bushwalkers hut built in 1967 and still very well maintained.
This is a different route to the Portals and as I have the property owner’s permission to access the land, come along and see a bit of new country not available to the public.
Hoping to see you on Easter Monday.
DW Sat 7 April
Grade: S 4 4
Distance: 7km return. Approx 5 hours.
Leader: Alison Horsley
Water: 2 litres
Petrol: $10 from Samford
This walk goes to the remains of a Piper Comanche aircraft located near a creek in the Mt Glorious area. It crashed in 1977, killing the lone pilot.
Although not a long walk, it is in dense forest on overgrown logging tracks, with many fallen trees and vines making the going slow. It involves some scrambling and can be slippery underfoot, especially after rain. The final steep downhill section is trackless but is well marked by tape on trees.
You may wish to wear gaiters or long pants as there is some rough scrub to navigate. The area is renowned for leeches so repellent is recommended. It's a fairly short walk and should take less than 5 hours, including stops for morning tea and lunch.
You can either meet and car share from Samford for the 30 minute drive up to the Maiala picnic area or else meet at Maiala (where there are public toilets). There is only limited parking at the start of the walk at the junction of Mt Glorious Road and Lepidozamia Road.
Tuesday 10 April 2018
Little Kings Hall, cnr O’Keefe & Carl streets, Buranda
EXT 1-8 September
Leader: Neil Douglas
Meet: 11.30, 1 September at Adelaide airport
Flights: Please book to arrive by the meeting time on the first day and to depart on or after 12 noon on the last day
Expressions of interest now open.
This trip will have the option of doing a daywalk each day, or else one or two optional throughwalks plus daywalks on the other days. The proposed itinerary (which can be modified according to the wishes of the group) is as follows:
1/9: Meet Adelaide, drive to Port Pirie.
2/9: Daywalk to Hidden Gorge or Mt Cavern, OR start Mambray Creek to Melrose throughwalk.
3/9: Daywalk to Alligator Gorge or Mt Remarkable, OR finish throughwalk.
4/9: Daywalk to (Mt) Dutchmans Stern, drive to Wilpena Pound
5/9: Daywalk (e.g. Mt Ohlssen Bagge, Bridle Gap, St Mary Peak, Bunyeroo Gorge, Brachina Gorge) OR start Cooinda Camp to St Mary Peak throughwalk
6/9: Daywalks as above, OR finish throughwalk.
7/9: More walks around Wilpena, or do Mt Brown walk (Quorn area). Drive to Port Pirie.
8/9: Drive to Adelaide.
EXT Katoomba Accommodated – Blue Mountains Walks
Wed 2 May - Wed 9 May 2018
We now have 18 interested members for our BOSQ accommodated stay for 7 nights at KCC Conference Centre in Katoomba – we can still accept more.
Confirmed nominations and payment should be made by end of March when nominations will close. All up accommodation costs including some catering and bed linen charge will be approx. $530 per person for the 7 nights. Payment arrangements will be advised on nomination.
Accommodation will be in ‘Hartley’ building with heated bunk rooms, a large meeting/dining area and fully equipped kitchen. Bunkrooms have mattresses, doonas and pillows supplied and an ensuite. You will not need to bring a sleeping bag, but for hygiene reasons a bed linen set must be hired for a nominal fee (even if you do use a sleeping bag).
Preliminary program outline:
Check in: Arrive Wed 2 May from 2pm. Allow 2 to 3 hours for train travel from Sydney airport to Katoomba, so choose a flight arriving Sydney around midday. There is a local bus from Katoomba station to the venue. Catered 3 course evening meal at the venue 6pm.
Thursday 3 May: Catered cooked breakfast and supplied pack lunch for an early start on our first walk down into the Jamison Valley to Mt Solitary (16km return). This starts just a short walk from the venue. You can choose to go all the way to Mt Solitary or do the shorter version to Ruined Castle. Return the same way with an option to catch the Scenic Railway back to the top.
Thursday night we will eat out in one of the many eateries in Katoomba.
The rest of the walks have yet to be determined, but suggestions are welcome. There will be a moderate/difficult walk (grade M 4 4) and an easy tourist walk each day to choose from.
We can hire a local mini bus to ferry us around to the start points and pick ups, some days we may use the train and local bus services.
In-house Catering is suggested for 3 nights – the first night on arrival to obviate the need to do immediate shopping, and the Friday and Saturday nights to avoid weekend crowds at the restaurants and cafes. The catering cost is $37 pp per day but includes cooked evening meal and breakfast, lunch, morning and afternoon teas and supper. The portions are very generous! Special diets can be catered for.
These costs are included in the indicative accom. cost of $530. Other days we can eat out or self cater using the kitchen.
Check out: Wed 9 May by 2pm.
Opal Cards will be required for all travel on trains and local bus. These can be purchased at Sydney Airport. If you have a Queensland Seniors Card, you can apply in advance on-line for the Opal senior/pensioner concession card and enjoy impressive savings!
Fitness and gear: While most of the tracks are popular and well maintained, effort is required to get down and up the huge cliffs, usually by sandstone block steps or steel gantry steps and ladders. Ensure you wear comfortable footwear with good grip – such as quality joggers or walking shoes/boots. A daypack is all you will need to bring, and include a warm jacket.
Enquiries: John Marshall – firstname.lastname@example.org 0474 480 056, or leave message on 5498 6780.
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GTW – Graded Track Walk ACC – Accommodated weekend OS – Outings sec. to confirm leader
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