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Saturday-Sunday 1 & 2 May: Nightcap & Mount Jerusalem National Parks Overnight Hike

This is a follow-on from our 8 March workshop, though others are welcome to join.

Day 1: We'll do a mid-morning hike up to our campsite on the way up to Mount Jerusalem, enjoying views over the Tweed Valley and Wollumbin. We'll then collect water collection for the night from the headwaters of Coopers Creek at Thunderegg Road.

Day 2: We'll be joined by day walkers to complete the circuit of the Postman's Track via the Teatree Lookout, the Postman's Tree, the Pete's Mountain Road/North Rocks Road 4-way intersection, Watts Folly Road to Lost Valley, then finally exiting down to Wanganui.

Grade 3. Phone Steve to join in 0414 312 917

Saturday 1 May: Mindful Meditation Walk, exact location TBC

This walk will be with our guest Lizzie Turnbull, an Insight Meditation teacher as well as a psychotherapist and educator in somatic and mindfulness-based psychotherapies. She has practised within the Tibetan, Zen and Insight traditions since 1984.

Walking mindfully and in silence in the forest is a way of attuning into and feeling into this extraordinary fact of nature, this richness of being, happening all around us. We may recognise that we too are nature; we aren’t separate but deeply interconnected. Mindful awareness is spacious and embodied – we open up and we receive and can be nourished. There will be a guided meditation and suggestions on mindful walking and then, if you like, a time at the end to reflect on our experiences.

The exact walk is TBC because it depends on conditions but will probably be Unicorn Falls.

Final details will be sent out on the Thursday evening prior to the walk.

Approximately 9am-3.30pm. Generally Grade 4. Maximum 10. Leader Jo Hoy, SMS 0409 538133

 

Sunday 2 May: Postman's Track & Lost Valley Hike, Mount Jerusalem National Park

This will be a full-day circuit from Huonbrook of the Postman's Track via the Teatree Lookout, the Postman's Tree, Pete's Mountain Road/North Rocks Road 4-way intersection, Watts Folly Road to Lost Valley, exiting down to Wanganui. Stunning views into the upper Tweed Valley, Mt Doughboy, Wollumbin and the seldom-visited Lost Valley, exiting into Wanganui via a private track.

 

Saturday 8 May: Terania Creek Walk, Nightcap National Park

Starting at the Picnic Area near Protestors Falls, we'll walk along a track until we reach a beautiful swimming hole. We'll then follow the creek to an exit point, where we navigate off-track for a short way to get to a place that we've colloquially named 'Devil's Teeth'. From there we turn back but instead of going exactly the same way back, we'll head to a beautiful hidden cave before heading back to the cars.

Grade 3. Phone Steve to join in 0414 312 917

                          

Sunday 9 May: Cabarita Headland & Bush Tucker Loop

Follow the foreshore trail through a pocket of rainforest, then past an historical aboriginal midden to Norries Head viewing platform to admire the view. Continue along a coastal banksia woodland bush tucker trail. Walk back along the beach to complete the loop back to our starting point.

7km, 2 hours. Grade 1. Leader Lucy Baker, Email: lucy.baker@path2u.com.au

Saturday May 15. Deep Ecology Walk, Wilsons Creek, Mount Jerusalem National Park

During this deep ecology walk, we will explore our interconnectedness with our world through some experiential contemplations and mediations. We will be walking along some parts of the creek in silence with plenty of opportunities to cool off. Bring water, morning tea and lunch

9 - 1pm. Grade 3. Leader Shamila, 66849439 

FULLY BOOKED: (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, MichelleSSMartignoni@gmail.com

FULLY BOOKED: (Interstate multi-day walk) Monday 17 - Saturday 22 May 2021: Fraser Island Great Walk +, Queensland

This is the Fraser Island Great Walk with some on-trail side trips. Only walkers with adequate fitness, experience and gear will be eligible.

Grade 4. Limit 8. Leader: Michelle, MichelleSSMartignoni@gmail.com

Saturday 5-Monday 7 June: Lamington National Park Camp

Based at Binna Burra, this will be 3 day walks, 2 on-trail and 1 on or off-trail (TBC). The aim of the combination of the 3 walks is to experience a variety of scenery, from eucalypt to rainforest to caves to escarpments to creeks and more...

Saturday 5 June, Ship Stern Circuit: An on-trail walk along the edge of the escarpment with spectacular views.

Sunday 6 June, To a beautiful, secret lookout: Mostly off-trail walking to a beautiful lookout (TBC after recce) OR The Coomera Falls Circuit, which is all about lush creeks and rainforest.

Monday 7 June, Dave's Creek Circuit: A shorter circuit that offers a real variety of scenery - unusual volcanic features, a cave, magnificent views and a perfect picnic spot. This shorter walk allows people time to drive home in the afternoon.

Grade 3 OR 4-5 (depending on whether it's all on-trail or includes some off-trail). Limit 15. Leader Michelle, MichelleSSMartignoni@gmail.com

FULLY BOOKED: Saturday 12 - Monday 14 June: Gibraltar Range National Park Off-trail Multiday Circuit

This 3-day, predominantly off-trail circuit will explore granite country and its beautiful waterways in Gibraltar Range National Park, including Murrumbooee Cascades, Coonama Trig, Old Man's Hat & Anvil Rock to name some.

Grade 4-5. Limit 8. Must be fit and experienced. Leaders: Kevin & 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:

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