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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


COVID 19 Requirements: It is very important to abide by the COVID 19 Requirements which means you should not take part in the walks on this day if you are showing any of the symptoms of COVID 19.  This includes fever, a cough, tiredness, shortness of breath, sore throat, headache and other symptoms which can be found on the Qld Govt site: https://www.covid19.qld.gov.au 

Walks Program  February - March 2021

Repeated and postponed walks this Saturday 13/2/2021

There will be 2 short notice daywalks this Saturday, a hard and an easy option.

(1) Belsons Falls
The recent walk to Belsons Falls (also called Wanungra Falls according to ancient signage) was successful in getting to the falls, but several people who were interested in going couldn't do so on the day.  Therefore, Heather has very kindly offered to lead another walk there this Saturday for their benefit and for anyone else keen to go.  It will be a long day - up to 24 km and 8 hours of walking, but only the last 600 m is off-track.  Departure time will be earlier than the first trip, likely to be 6.30 from Canungra, but confirm with Heather (3814 2556).  More info on the walk in the January newsletter and the trip report in the February one.

(2) Spicers Gap area
The easier option will be the walk in the Spicers Gap area that couldn't be held on 10 January because of the COVID lockdown.  Details as in the December newsletter.  Nominate to John Hegarty (0407 962876) if interested.

Thanks to both Heather and John for offering these walks.

 

Social Dinner Tuesday 16 February 2021 

Venue:             Ribs and Rumps, 5/55 Railway     Terrace, Milton

Organiser:        Neil Douglas (tel: 3349 1949)

Nominate by     15 February

Meet:                6.45 p.m. outside restaurant

Parking:            Try your luck in side streets around Park Road, Milton

Public transport: Couldn’t be easier – the restaurant is in the Milton Station complex: trains every 15 minutes, even at night 

This is a new venue for the club and has spacious seating.  Entrees $15-19, steaks $24-50, burgers $17-22, non-steak mains $23-32. 

BC Friday 19 February - Sunday 21 February The Settlement Camping Area

Carricks Road, Springbrook, Springbrook National Park 

Leader:        Lynne Skaines

Contact:      0407 030 152 

  This camp, apart from the fact it is in a NP of wonderful natural beauty, 

is to facilitate a weekend of great walking without a heap of travelling up and down the mountain roads. The walks can also be done as day walks.

The grassed camping area has 11 sites suitable for tents, camper trailers and campervans. Not suitable for caravans.

There are non-flush toilets but no showers, drinking water, cooking shelter and free electric BBQ. No campfires or generators allowed, and rubbish must be taken out.

Cost - $6.75 per person per night. Booking either on-line or by phone is compulsory. For further information:  www.parks.des.qld.gov.au/parks/springbrook

 

DW Saturday 20 February Cream Track (Springbrook - Tallebudgera) 

Grade:      M 4 5

Leader:     Lynne Skaines

Contact:    0407 030 152

Meet:        8am Goomoolahra picnic area (at  End Springbrook Road)

(if you require carpooling,      please advise and I will endeavor to facilitate)

  Water:      min 2 litres 

  The Cream Track was a bridle trail constructed early last century as a shortcut to take cream from Upper Springbrook down to the dairies on the South Coast. After World War II it fell into disuse but in recent years has been resurrected as a walking route partly with the involvement of

Gold Coast City Council.

  We will commence with the steep descent through rainforest on a well formed and signed walking track and sometimes on an old road. In the valley, lovely Tallebudgera Creek will be our morning tea or an early lunch stop depending on our walking pace and number of scenery-viewing stops along the way. After our break we will commence the long ascent retracing our steps to Goomoolahra where we will take the short walk to view the Falls. Walking poles are recommended for those needing them on the descent.

 

DW Sunday 21 February 2021  Twin Falls Circuit 

Grade:          S 3 3

Leader:         Lynne Skaines

Contact:        0407 030 152

Meet:            8am Tallanbanna picnic area

(if you require carpooling    please advise and I will endeavor to facilitate)

Water:           min 2 litres  

  This is an easy graded track walk of 4kms often overlooked in favour of the longer Warrie Circuit. It has Falls and rainforest scenery and expansive views. We will return to the picnic area, where there are toilet facilities, for morning tea before driving to The Settlement Day use area to begin a second walk......... 

Purlingbrook Falls and Warringa Pool 

Grade:            S 3 3 

  This is a walk of 6km providing wonderful views of the spectacular 106m drop of Purlingbrook Falls. Initially the walk takes us along the escarpment then descends via lots of stairs to the valley and the out-and-back track to Warringa Pool a favourite swimming hole. On return we will cross a brilliantly engineered bridge at the base of the Falls before beginning the ascent on a well graded track. Lunch will be taken at the day use area where there are picnic tables and toilet facilities. 

DW Saturday 27 February 2021 GTW Mt Hobwee Circuit 

Grade: L 3 4

Leader: Heather Buchanan

Contact: 3814 2556(can leave message), mob day of walk only 0432 123025

Meet: 7:45am top carpark Binna Burra OR 7:00am Canungra if transport required. Please advise where you’ll meet.

Water: 2.5L min

Map: Lamington track map 

  At the time of writing, the Mt Hobwee Crct is still closed but I’m optimistic that the situation will change by late Feb. The rangers are slowly re-opening the tracks in Lamington NP. At a distance of approx. 18.5klms (some maps say 20klms), you’ll get the chance to really stretch your legs on this walk. The beautiful cool rainforests of Lamington are the perfect place to escape the summer heat. There are no views from the summit of Mt Hobwee anymore but there are several lookouts along the way with great views down into NSW. Being in the wet season, be prepared for mud, leeches, and maybe wet weather. Also, as it’s a fairly long walk, some extra energy snacks may be useful. Please advise where you’ll meet when nominating, and please nominate by Thursday 25 Feb.

 

**Advance notice** 

BC Friday 5 March - Monday 8 March 2021

Woody Head Campground, Bundjalung National Park,Iluka, North Coast New South Wales 

Leader:             Lynne Skaines

Contact:           0407 030 152 

  A wonderful opportunity to "get away from it all" and relax in this beautiful setting on the ocean front. Lots of tent/camper trailer/caravan sites in grassed surrounds with great facilities. There are also cabins sleeping up to 6 people.

Directions - take the Iluka Road turnoff 72km south of Ballina on the Pacific Highway and follow the signs to Bundjalung/Woody Head. NB There is an earlier turnoff on the highway to a remote campground (Black Rocks) also in the National Park - please ignore as there is no vehicle access between the two sites.

Facilities - drinking water on tap, hot showers ($1 for 4 mins), picnic tables, BBQs. Dine out opportunities in nearby Iluka.

Costs - tent/camper trailer/caravan sites $34 per night for 2 people. A tent site will accommodate 2 x 1-3 person tents. Sites are unpowered with generators not allowed.

           - cabins are available. Provide own linen/sleeping bag, towel. Check website for details/costs.

            - vehicle access to NSW National Parks $8 per day or the appropriate pass which can be purchased on-line.    

Walking - there are a number of walks taking in the beaches, wave cut rock platforms and waterways, Iluka Bluff, Iluka Nature Reserve in the immediate vicinity with nothing too strenuous. Lots of bird and marine life. Calm water ocean swimming beach adjoins campground.

For further information:   www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au 

For booking/information:

Phone 1300 072 757 or 

www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/camping-and-accommodation/campgrounds/woody-head-campground 

 

 

Tuesday 9 March  2021

Meeting at 7.30pm 

Little Kings Hall, Cnr O’Keefe & Carl streets, Buranda 

CovidSafe supper will be provided 

 

 

**Advance notice** 

Mini-EXT 21/25 March 2021 NSW Central Coast

Leader:             Neil Douglas

Tel:                   3349 1949 

  Nominations are open for a short extended outing in the Gosford area between Sydney and Newcastle using trains and buses to get around.  Accommodation will be in the Hotel Gosford near Gosford Railway Station.  This will be identical to the outing that was going to be held at a similar time last year but had to be cancelled because of the coronavirus. 

  The proposed format is:

21/3: Travel to Gosford.

22/3 to 24/3: 3 daywalks, with the order being weather-dependent:

 - Bouddi Coastal Track, Bouddi National Park

 - Fernleigh Rail Trail (Hamilton to Belmont)

 - Section of Great North Walk between Patonga and Wondabyne.

25/3: Travel home. 

  All walks are mostly through bushland.  The Fernleigh Rail Trail is unlike any other rail trail in Australia as it is almost entirely through thick bush; one section goes through a swamp with palms. 

  Main options for travel to Gosford are:

(1) Direct rail from Brisbane (but note 4.55 a.m. departure).

(2) Fly to Sydney, train (or cheaper bus/train) to city, train city to Gosford.

(3) Fly to Newcastle, bus to Hamilton, train Hamilton to Gosford.

 

  Note that this outing could be cancelled at short notice if Greater Sydney is a declared COVID hotspot at the time. 


                                                                               

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.