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Sunday 29 November: Paddle/Hike at Clarrie Hall Dam

This is a relatively short paddle to the mouth of a pristine rainforest creek flowing from the National Park. We exit our flotilla of 3 person Canadian canoes and kayaks, don walking shoes and walk along the rocky creek bed and arrive at a waterfall we aptly named "Bloody Irenes'. The pool is perfect for a swim.

There is room for 6 extra paddling adults and 3 children. PFDs will be provided if you don't have your own. Bring morning tea and lunch and be prepared to cool off in the multiple water holes. If you have your own kayak/canoe, you're most welcome. Meet at Clarrie Hall Dam car park close to the retaining wall. The Dam is near Uki.

Grade 3. Limit 14. Contact Richard A. 0476 797 000

Saturday 5 December: ROCKY CREEK SERIES, WALK 4 - The Rocky Creek Source, Nightcap National Park

Rocky Creek is an endless series of rock pools, cascades and waterfalls. It passes through World Heritage listed rainforest and is one of the most beautiful streams in Australia (I think) .

We will 4WD up North Rocks Road to the edge of Nightcap National Park, then hike up to the 4-Ways along Tungun Road to the old log bridge over Rocky Creek. Entering the creek, we criss cross it several times in a sedate rainforest glade, which is dwarfed by some enormous Brush Box trees. Soon we come to a major waterfall with 2 other side streams cascading into the main flow. There are several other cascades and 'slippery dips' before we cross over Gibbergunyah Road. There are some smaller water features as we climb to the very source, just below the Historic Nightcap Trail. We then follow the trail back to the 4-Ways.

Full day walk. Grade 3-4. Leader Steve 0414312917 (phone can't receive texts), byronhikers@gmail.com. Booking a few days ahead is essential

Sunday 6th December: Mount Cougal East Peak, Springbrook National Park

This is a day walk on the NSW/Qld border, starting from the Garden of Eden Road, Tomewin, near Murwillumbah. There is a rough track (steep in places) following the border fence for most of the route and then some rock scrambling near the peak. The track initially passes through some tall grass and then beautiful rainforest with fantastic Tweed Valley views from the top.

About 4 hours, 8.5 km return. Maximum 10. 

After walking back to the cars, those who wish for more can join a walk from the cars down a bush trail (a bit overgrown) to the Cougal Cascades rockpools for a swim. We then walk back up the hill again to the cars. Extra walking time for this is about 2 hours.

Grade 4. Leader Lucy, 0420 664 631 lucy.baker@path2u.com.au

FULLY BOOKED: Saturday 12 December: Broken Head, 7am

This 3-hour walk will surprise with a bit more variety than just sand and rocky headlands. Bring gaiters, togs, camera and sunscreen as we will finish off with a swim. The early start is to ensure car parking and to beat the summer heat. 

Grade 3. Maximum 12. Leader Desley, 0423 807 607

Sunday 13 December, 2pm: Byron Hikers Club Family Christmas Party, Brunswick Head Beach

The secluded party place is an open but shady spot under the trees approx 200mts south of Bruns Surf Club.  

Access from fire trail or beach. The fire trail will have pink ribbons located on the left of the track to guide you.

Bring food and drinks to share and spend the afternoon sharing hiking yarns or playing 'Pin the camping spot on the topo’, and french cricket. Any suggestions for other frivolous activities is welcome.  Jo 0409 538 133 or, Steve 0414 312 917

Friday 18-Monday 21 December: 4-Day Wild Waterfalls Hike, Nightcap & Mount Jerusalem National Parks

We start by rock-hopping up Coopers Creek towards Mt Jerusalem (leaving overnight packs at the beginning), then return and camp in Doon Doon saddle. 

Day 2: We walk towards Mount Nardi but drop down into the Terania Basin via Gracie's Crag. Camp on Terania Creek.

Day 3: We ascend up a narrow ridge, over the camel's hump above Protestors Falls and visit the 100m waterfall above Protestors. We  camp on Tungun Road.

Day 4: We descend Rocky Creek gorge to the Blue Fig ford, then climb towards Peates Mountain. We then drop into Lost Valley and exit into Wanganui.

Several waterfalls every day.

Grade 4. Leader Steve 0414 312 917

Thursday 14 - Tuesday 19 January 2021: Mersey Forest Road Walk, Walls of Jerusalem National Park, Tasmania

This 5.5-day walk precedes two other multi-day Tasmanian walks through the Du Cane Range & Western Arthurs. It's a simply stunning walk through mountains, rivers and lakes that starts at the Mersey Forest Road area and includes camping on top of Mount Ragoona, making our way through the Never Never and passing through and then camping atop more mountains and more beautiful lakes. It's a great one for people who've done the Overland Track and/or Walls of Jerusalem and are looking for something new. Only very fit and experienced multi-day walkers who are known to the leader can attend.

Grade 5-6. Limit 6. Leader Michelle, MichelleSSMartignoni@gmail.com

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, MichelleSSMartignoni@gmail.com

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

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

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:

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.

Byron Hikers Club Inc. INC2000733  ByronHikers@gmail.com  Steve 0414 31 2917