School Holidays hikes for kids
We plan to put on some short holiday walks that will hopefully end in a swimming place. The hikes will be planned a few days ahead when a cooler day is predicted. To get involved, register your interest with Steve and he will let you know when the walks are planned.
Steve 0414 312 917
Wednesday 20 January: Half-day Creek Walk and Swim. Suitable for kids too.
We follow an old logging trail off Mann's Rd, Main Arm, up over a knoll that often overlooks mist hanging in the valleys below. Then we descend down rough terrain into Chowan Creek which has amazing shaded pools and cascades. We walk up stream until we come to the junction with the stream that takes us to Unicorn Falls. Swimming and a picnic lunch will be had upstream at the Falls.
Grade 3, all in shade. Leader Steve. Phone 0414312917
Saturday 30 January 2021: Hell Hole Circuit, Mount Jerusalem National Park
This is a circuit walk of 10kms but with the option to add in a 1.5km side creek return exploration, which is stunning.
We begin with a track walk down to a flat creek, then rock hop and boulder climb, before climbing a steep ridge to access the swimming holes. We then walk on a track back to the cars.
Wearing non slip shoes is essential - Vollies are great.
Generally Grade 3 but with Grade 5 challenges. Max 15 people. Leader Jo Hoy, Phone 0409 538133
Saturday February 6 Easy off-track 'taster' with geology enthusiast Jonny Weston. Koonyum Range, Mt Jerusalem National Park
The aim is to inspire a connection to our local environment and to give a greater sense of possibility for all levels of fitness and ability.
Invited guest, local geology enthusiast Jonny Weston. This a 5hr circuit starting on a road and then traversing through abundant vegetation and along a north facing cliff overhang. Then we ascend to uninterrupted views to Mt Nardi and the Upper Wilsons Creek valley, Short descent to another 1000 metres of cool, shady overhangs. John will explain how these amazing formations came about.
Leader Jo Phone 0409 538 133.
Feb 25- 1 Mar. Camp ,Paddle ,Walk
Upper Noosa Reaches (Lake Cootharaba, Everglades,Cooloola Sand Patch )
This paddle is varied as we have the pleasure of paddling across Lake Cootharaba which is very scenic in itself and then paddling up through the Everglades viewing wetlands and wildlife, to the Upper Reaches of the Noosa River itself.
Visiting along the way , the Kinaba Rangers Station which is a structure on stilts at the edge of the lake
There are fantastic reflections at the campsite on this mirror-like river in the mornings and late afternoons, great for photography. The water is stained black from the tea trees, similar to Lake Ainsworth, and is excellent for swimming.
We shall also visit the iconic Cooloola sandpatch
The trip has been nominated as being 5 days away which include travel to and from Lake Cootharaba (25th, 26th, 27th 28th and 29th February ). We will camp the first night at Booreen Point Campground.
Full trip details available from Desley Phone 0423 807 607 or Steve Phone 0414 312 917
Saturday March 6 Bungawalbin Creek Kayaking
This is a tributary of the Richmond River near Coraki. It is a very long and stunning tidal creek, so we will paddle with the tide,
Limited numbers. A couple of kayaks may be borrowed. Leader Graham Phone 0409 891 278
(Interstate multi-day walk) Monday 10 - Friday 14 May 2021: Cooloola Great Walk, Great Sandy National Park, Queensland
This is a beautiful walk that covers such a variety of terrain - panoramic ocean views, pretty coastal heath, huge sand blows, littoral rainforest, many different types of Eucalypt, the Noosa River, Tea Tree lakes and other wetlands. Beach walking is only on the last afternoon of the walk; the rest is other terrain. We start this 88+km walk in Rainbow Beach and after 5 days and 4 nights, end at Noosa's North Shore. Having done this walk previously from south to north, north to south is actually the better way to go for many reasons. There are 4 well-maintained campgrounds along the way that are walk-in only, therefore just for Cooloola Great Walkers. In order of north to south they are Kauri, Littoria, Dutgee & Brahminy. They all have untreated drinking water, a composting hybrid toilet system (with no toilet paper) & low level tables in the group area to cook and hang out on.
Grade 4. Limit 8. Leader Michelle,
(Interstate multi-day walk) Monday 17 - Saturday 22 May 2021: Fraser Island Great Walk +, Queensland
This is the Fraser Island Great Walk with some additional on and off-trail side trips, including 2 side trips to the western side of the island and 2 side trips to the eastern side of the island. The side trips include off-trail creek walking and sand walking, which could amount to long days. Only walkers with adequate fitness, experience and gear will be eligible.
Grade 5. Limit 8. Leader: Michelle, MichelleSSMartignoni@gmail.com
(NSW non-local multi-day walk) June 2021, dates TBC: Boonoo Boonoo & Basket Swamp National Parks, NSW
A series of shortish (probably 3 day) multi-day walks through these national parks. Details coming.
Grade 5-6. Limit 6. Leader: Michelle, MichelleSSMartignoni@gmail.com
(International multi-day walk) September 2021 & 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 the next two Septembers. Right now it seems unlikely that the virus will be under control for 2021, but we will be making a list of members who may be interested in either year.
For further info, talk to Steve 0414 312 917
To understand more about our Walk Grading System, see below:
Tracks may have some uneven surfaces.
Gradients are slight to moderate.
Up to about 12 km.
Suitable for beginners with above average fitness.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.