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Many events on our program are being postponed because of our local disasters, for example, it will be weeks, months or longer before there will be access to Red Rd at the end of Huonbrook. The road no longer exists past Johnsons Rd. It is like a glacier gouged everything out of the valley. Much of Nightcap NP is now open,  however Mt Jerusalem NP is closed.

Postponed because of the recent disaster, but on again soon: Deep Ecology- Wilsons Creek

During this deep ecology walk we explore our interconnectedness with our world through some experiential contemplations and mediations. We will be walking along some parts of this beautiful rainforest creek in silence with plenty of opportunities to cool off. Bring water morning tea and lunch 9 - 1pm Leader Shamila 6684 9439

Postponed because of the recent disaster, but on again soon: Overnight Hike in our local Nightcap National Park

We will ascend into Lost Valley from Huonbrook and visit the seldom seen, 50m waterfall, then visit a number of falls and cascades in the upper reaches of Rocky Creek. Returning down North Rocks Rd. Mainly on track but bush bashing is the way to visit these hidden waterfalls. Grade 3, Leader Lauren freerangechange@gmail.com Assistant leader, Steve 0414 312 917

Postponed because of the recent disaster, but on again soon:  Secret Chasm and Lost Valley

Meeting at Rummery Park, we will hike up Peates Mtn Road, then clamber through the mossy, secret chasm on the side of the Wanganui Gorge, then on to Lost valley up above the 150m waterfall into Wanganui. Full day, Grade 3. Leader Jo 0409 538 133

Postponed because of the recent disaster, but on again soon:  Lower Portals introductory overnight hike weekend - we plan to list some more overnighters real soon

The Lower Portals is a beautiful creek near Mt Barney in SE Qld with large boulders and cliffs descending into a pristine, pebbly creek.  It is a 2 - 3 hour walk which, though short, will be fairly strenuous with plenty of ups and downs.  The reward is a small, remote campsite near beautiful rock pools.  From the campsite, we will set off to explore the beautiful creek and rock pools for as far as we wish, walking, wading, rock hopping and swimming.  We will return to camp in the afternoon and spend the night before some more creek fun in the morning followed by the hike out to the cars.

We will leave early (say 6am) on Saturday 26th March and return late afternoon/evening on Sunday 27 March.

It's a grade 4 walk but talk to me about any concerns if you would like to come.  Max 8 people.  Get in early.  You will need your own overnight hiking gear but it's possible this can be borrowed. Leader: Chris 0422 005 771 mullumc@gmail.com .  Please no phone calls during business hours but outside business hours fine or text or email. 

Sat-Sun 9-10 April. Kayak Campout, Jerusalem Creek, Black Rocks NP Cancelled due to Park closure

We will be paddling down Jerusalum Creek to the Ocean. Limited to 8. 

It's a 4km paddle so won't take very long and won't require a lot of paddle fitness.  It does mean we get to paddle and be in a remote campsite.  You will need to organise your own kayak and camping gear.  The kayak will need to be able to get you and your gear to the campsite.  We can discuss what is needed if you are interested.

Difficult to grade as it is not walking, but let's say 3.

Leader, Chris 0422 005 771 mullumc@gmail.com

3 -10 May 2022: Fraser Island Great Walk

Fraser Island Great Walk 90km. After a night at Inskip Point we will catch an early morning ferry and then taxi to Dilli Village. Day 1 walk from Dilli Village passing scribbly gums and the Wongi Sandblow and a refreshing swim at Lake Boomanjin for lunch, then onto Lake Benaroon; a total of 13.5km. Day 2 pass through tall forests on the way to lunch at Central station followed by a swim in the emerald waters of Basin lake. Then onto Lake Mackenzie for a swim in its aqua blue water making it 14.1km for the day. Day 3 a rest day at Lake Mackenzie or the option for those keen to walk to Kingfisher Bay Resort for the day.  Day 4 walk to Lake Wabby through tall open forest and rainforest 11.9km. Day 5 walk to Valley of the Giants to see huge beautiful trees, 16.2km. Day 6 walk to lake Garawongera 13.1km. Day 7 walk to Happy Valley then the crystal clear Eli Creek, about 15km. Day 8 taxi back to Inskip Point and the ferry to Rainbow beach. Taxi availability has not yet been confirmed so dates may have to change slightly.

Leader Steve 0414 312 917 Max 8 people. Fully Booked

Saturday 7 May, Forest Bathing with David 

Rocky Creek Dam, Big Scrub Loop. Leader David david@davidroland.com.au to register

Sunday 15 May, Coopers Creek Headwaters

We hike 1.5km to Red Rd and then drop into our favourite gorge in the headwaters of Coopers Creek, running off Mt Jerusalem, returning via the Flying Fox Lookout. Because we may encounter recent landslides this hike is limited to experienced members only.

Grade 4, phone Steve, 0414 312 917

Sunday 22 May, Rocky Creek scramble Stage 2 

Starting at the Rummery Rd causeway, we make our way up this really interesting stream with its waterfalls and cascades. This stage finishes at the Blue Fig Rd causeway. We then walk back along Blue Fig Rd to Nightcap Range Rd where we will do a short car shuffle back to the start. The creek section is all offtrack and there are several small rock scrambles to get around the waterfalls.

Grade 3-4.  Leader Dave,  0402 470 546, assistant leader Chris 0422 005 771

Sunday May 29, Koonyum Range Traverse Subject to the safety of this route being checked out

We will split into 2 groups. One group will ascend the Range from Upper Wilsons Creek while the other group will descend down a very steep slope that leads across the Koonyum saddle. The 2 groups will cross over on the ridge line that has views over the Main Arm valley and as far as Wollumbin and Tweed Heads. This a spectacular hike for very fit offtrack hikers as it takes 8 hours and involves steep ascents/descents in a mossy, bouldery gully at one end and a very steep vegetated slope at the other, albeit with plenty of trees for handholes. No exposure to cliffs. This is an annual trip for the Club since members discovered this route in 2020. 

Leaders, Dave 0402 470 546 and Steve 0414 312 917

Fully Booked Sunday 8 May 2022 Saturday 14 May 2022: Sea Kayak, Hinchinbrook Island to Mission Beach

This will be organised, fully supported & accommodated by Coral Sea Kayaking from Mission Beach, FNQ. They come well recommended by our sources. They provide food, water, sea kayaks (single/double), tents, chairs, mattress, two navigators and transport from Mission Beach (the destination) to Lucinda the starting point on the channel overlooking the southern part of the Island. The itinerary takes in beach camping on the magnificent Hinchinbrook Island (eastern side), the largest continental island in Australia and island hops north to Mission Beach. Have a look at Coral Sea website for more info. Will suit fit and active people, ideally with some kayaking experience. A double kayak offers the opportunity to buddy up with someone less experienced. May is dry season time of year, after the wet and stinger seasons with a consistent SE tail wind. Group size is limited to 13 people, first in best dressed. Any surplus places after one week from publication of this event will be offered to NRBC. Each person will do their own booking with Coral Sea on forms I can supply. Deposit of $490 per person required with booking. Cost will be $2,450 per person less up to 15% group discount. By next year Its quite probable that participants will be required to be fully vaccinated for bookings and interstate travel.

Leader Rob Goodwill : 0410 485 969

Saturday 4 June, Forest Bathing with David & Jo

Rocky Creek Dam, Big Scrub Loop. Leader David david@davidroland.com.au to register

Sunday 5th June, 10- 2pm: Cooking for Multi Day Hikes

This event will give you ideas of what food to bring on multiday hikes. We will go through food to pack for lightweight breakfast, lunch and dinners. Then we will do some cooking and tasting dinner options. A link to two pdf camp cookbooks will be provided, one free one paid. This event will take you beyond  prepackaged dehydrated meals and show you how to make your own cheaply. Leader lucy.baker@path2u.com.au

November 2022: 22-day Bundian Way Hike

We will be retracing an ancient indigenous path from the Snowy River gorge through to the ocean at Eden in the southern-most part of NSW. This track was painstakingly re-discovered by author John Blay ( On Track ) with the help of local elders. Coastal people used it to walk to the high country to feast on Bogong moths in summer, and by tribes from north east Victoria to help with whale hunting each spring. The route is always on some sort of track starting in the Byadbo wilderness, breaking out into seldom-used roads leading west and east of the small border town of Delegate and through another forested range to the coast. 

This will eventually get funding to be a national hiking route, but we thought we would rather do it now before it becomes too developed. The route is not available to the general public and is only shared with hiking clubs. Steve and Barbara are setting off the day after our Xmas party to meet John Blay and to check out food drop sites etc. Exact dates will be decided when they return in mid-January. Numbers will be limited. Talk to Steve to express your interest. 0414 312 917

(International multi-day walk) September 2022: Indian Himalayas

Some of our members have established a close personal contact directly with one of India's pre-eminent expedition companies.

In 2018, 12 of us trekked for 16 days at high altitude in a seldom-visited, high desert region of Ladakh where we were totally away from civilisation. After acclimatising for 5 days in Leh, we started the trek at 4700m and gradually climbed to the highest pass of 5330m, all the while surrounded by snow-capped peaks in excess of 6000m. Most of these peaks have never been climbed. We were supported by a dozen staff and 32 ponies that carried our shelter and fresh food through a barren, rocky landscape that is no longer visited even by seasonal shepherds.

In 2019 we walked amongst forests and high pasture from Manali towards Daramshala, over 2 passes of around 4800m, with most of the trek between 3000m and 3500m. On this trek, we saw a few goat and sheep herders away in the distance grazing on their high pastures. Halfway through we spent 2 nights camped opposite the last remote Indian village that is only occupied during the summer months.

We had 2 expedition groups set to do this Bara Bhangal trek in 2020 but the Covid virus put paid to that.

We have made reservations with Kapil, our expedition leader, for Septembers 2022. This will obviously be subject to the virus being under control before departure.

For further info, talk to Steve 0414 312 917

To understand more about our Walk Grading System, see below:

Grade 1

  • Tracks may have some uneven surfaces.

  • Gradients are slight to moderate.

  • Up to about 12 km.

  • Suitable for beginners with above average fitness.

 

Grade 2

  • Tracks may have some rough sections.

  • Gradients are generally moderate.

  • There may be some steep sections.

  • Up to about 15 km.

  • Walkers should have above average fitness and some hiking experience.

 

Grade 3

  • Tracks are likely to vary from moderately uneven to rough.

  • Some sections may be off-track.

  • Some gradients are likely to be reasonably steep.

  • There may be some moderate rock hopping or easy rock scrambling.

  • Above average fitness and hiking experience required.

 

Grade 4

  • Tracks are generally rough with some off-track sections.

  • Some gradients will be steep.

  • There may be some rock hopping and/or rock scrambling with some height exposure.

  • Above average fitness and bushwalking experience required.

 

Grade 5

  • Tracks are rough and may be mainly off-track.

  • Conditions similar to those described in Grade 4 but more demanding.

  • A high level of fitness and considerable hiking experience required.

 

Grade 6

  • Generally off-track.

  • Strenuous walking conditions in steep, rugged and remote terrain.

  • Includes moderate to difficult rock scrambling with moderate to high height exposure. 

  • Only for very fit and experienced hikers.

 

Grade 7

  • Off-track strenuous walk in very steep, rugged and remote terrain.

  • Challenging conditions, including difficult rock scrambling and severe height exposure.

  • Suitable only for the very fit and very experienced walkers.

 

Exploratory Walks

  • For members only.

  • May be conducted to determine conditions on a walk not previously attempted.

 

If a quoted grading does not adequately describe a planned walk, the walk leader must ensure that appropriate additional information is included in the walk description.