South Kobble bush camp walk

D'Aguilar National Park Bush Camps
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Remote bush camping in open forest beside Kobble Creek.

Getting there

From Mount Glorious Road, this campsite is accessed via the Lepidozamia track. The Lepidozamia track entrance is an hour drive from Walkabout Creek in The Gap.

The campsite's only access is by walking along unmarked trails through steep terrain. You will need to be physically fit, have bushwalking and navigation skills, and have an emergency plan in place with a responsible friend or family member. A topographic map is required to find the campsite - map grid reference: 789 819.

 

Maps

 Brisbane Forest Park Information map

Route/Trail notes

 Follow the Lepidozamia Track for about 2km and take the 4wd track to the right just before the Lepidozamia Track divides. Follow this track steeply downhill for about 1.5km and turn off just before the track veers north. Climb the knoll on the right which is marked as 560. at the top follow a rough indistinct trail south and downhill till you reach the creek above a waterfall, descend this waterfall by a faint track on the northside. Keep rock hopping and following the creek downstream to a meeting of another major stream from the south( on the left). A large pool was there when I walked this. There are camp sites here. Follow this stream south through a number of high walled areas and waterfalls. To return simply retrace your steps. I did mark the trail coming down the knoll but removed it on my exit.

Permits/Costs

 $5 permit fee

Other References

 Nil

Comments

a more direct return is to go up the creek for about 10 min from the camp. just after a big flat left creek branch, go up the long spur heading SW. there's a path on either side of a ditch that runs the whole way up the spur. gradually heading more west you reach a knoll, height not marked on the map but 675m. from here there's a good path west that comes out 50m past the lepidozamia locked gate. this knoll is a common marker point for walks in the 1990s people's guide to SE qld bushwalks. eg. a path south from the knoll comes to a cairn where there's a path left to the piper comanche wreck. to avoid lantana when approaching the 675m knoll from south kobble, try to intercept an old cut logging track that runs just north of the knoll. but even if you get distracted by pig tracks and end up in some lantana it's not too bad. just head for the 675m knoll. i've done this route a few times. it makes south kobble bush camp into a nice circuit walk.

guy taking his kids on 2 Feb, 2020

The path NE from the 560 knoll is definitely better. After the saddle head east. Follow the ridge that gradually bends south, to meet the creek directly at the bushcamp. Stay on the crest of this spur all the way down. If you head south too early you end up in lantana. The correct (if you want an easy day) more easterly ridge is fairly open. If you end up in lantana, the feeder creek running SE to meet S kobbold creek at the bushcamp is also an OK route if it’s dry. The camp is on the north bank of S kobbold creek, just east of a small cliff. It’s a nice spot. About 2h each way.
As these are all old logging paths, look out for old sawn tree stumps as indicators that you’re going the right way. The pink tape is less useful - more like annoying litter. The path is easy to follow for most of the way.

guy taking his kids on 27 Jul, 2019

A great adventure despite not finding the camp.
The walk from the start of the Lepidozamia track to Middle Kobble Break the turn off and to knoll 560 was easy (keep an eye out for the rock cairn on the right for the correct point to leave the Middle Kobble Break, there was pink tape marking the path all the way to the knoll 560 summit).
We then followed the pink tape marked trail down from the knoll heading north east for a few hundred metres and then took a right turn where the path forked to head more southward. We continued following the pink tape which eventually had us heading north easterly again and thought we’d gone too far and so decided to venture south down a gully with GPS indicating the camp was directly in front of us down that gully where I expect it would meet the main creek (N.B. I think this is where we went wrong and that we should have turned more south sooner to come down a more western gulley towards Kobble Creek - we must have missed a feint trail along the way). The rock hopping, overgrown and sometimes loose nature of the rocks in the gully made it very difficult with our overnight packs and we bailed out and scrambled up to instead camp on a flat spot on the spur overlooking the valley. The south Kobble camp would have been directly below us by our reckoning. Unsure of water supply in the creek - the gully leading towards it was bone dry.
Next morning, we pushed directly uphill to the ridgeline, bush bashed our way right/northward along the ridge through thick grass trees and came upon the pink marked trail again that led us nicely around the ridgeline and up to knoll 560 again for the return walk home along the fire breaks.
Despite not reaching the intended camp, we enjoyed a great night out with fantastic star gazing, a few little bats and gliders calling out just after dusk and the kookaburras woke us promptly at 4.40am in time to prep a coffee and watch the sun rise from behind the mountains across the valley.

Elise & Mark on 26 Jan, 2019

Completed this on 2&3 January 2018 with an overnight camp at the creek. Very hot, humid & we experienced thunderstorms & rain. I agree with Moocattle's post on 11-6-16 expanding with the following. The walk from the start of the Lepidozamia track to the turn off to knoll 560 is about 4km and is along a wide 4wd/fire trail & is mostly down hill to this point. A small rock cairn has been placed at the side of the fire trail which indicates the location of the path uphill to Knoll 560. From the knoll head North-East along a fairly well marked track. Approximately 300m from the knoll the track divides - one continuing north-east and another south east down the hill towards the creek. We took the south branch (but possibly a better route would be to continue North east??) and followed the top of the spur in a South Easterly direction down to the creek. The terrain is very steep but the vegetation fairly easy to navigate most of the way until approx 30m from the creek where it is very thick and hard to get through. We arrived at the creek at what we thought were the correct GPS coordinates however were unable to locate the campsite. I believe that were about 100m West of the actual campsite (where Moocattle sat by waterhole) but were unable to reach it due to the flooded creek and thick vegetation. We decided to camp at this location. The creek was flowing and a good source of extra water. The hike back up the steep hill was extremely tough & slow going carrying overnight packs . It took us 4hrs to get there & 6hrs return. Will attach our GPS data but would recommend arriving at the creek a bit further East to properly locate the campsite.

dortwilder on 3 Jan, 2018

Somewhat accurate notes, I'd add that you should head down the ridge north east of knoll 560. There was a very clear track downhill until about 20m from the creek where there was a bit of Lantana. Found South kobble camp after 10m of sitting by the waterhole west of it. There is a small rocky cliff (6m) that we climbed to get to the camp as there was no clear track around the waterhole. Camp was pretty well maintained, wrote in the visitor book, seems like visitors are few and far between. Nice cascades 20m upstream that we went for a swim in.

After a nice camp we headed south up muscat creek (the branch directly south of where we came down on the ridge) towards pipe comanche. Amazing gorge a couple k's up muscat, better than northbrook. Many decent swimming holes and one huge waterfall that took us 30mins to get around up loose scree. Rock climbing skills were necessary to progress any further up the creek. Great walk overall.

Moocattle on 11 Jun, 2016

Did this walk, was not sure if actually made it to the camp site, GPS coordinates/maps indicated it was the camp site, however the area appeared to be overgrown and unmaintained, walked around for about an hour and came across one old beer bottle, use of a GPS highly recommended

mattp on 6 Dec, 2012

A great walk but a leg burner coming out of it.

Laurence Hallam on 24 Oct, 2010

A steep and off track walk with stunning scenery!

Laurence Hallam on 23 Oct, 2010

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