MDWL

90 walks ticked

This Year

11
Number of Walks Ticked
44.4km
Total Distance Ticked

All Time

90
Number of Walks Ticked
473.5km
Total Distance Ticked
Name Date Difficulty Distance/Duration
Table Top Loop (Toowoomba)
3 Jun, 2021
Hard
2km return
2 hrs
A relatively short and easy ascent but the technical aspect of the scrambling will raise the difficulty for some (the most demanding section is just before the top, though those with experience will have little trouble).
Fantail Walk (Toowoomba)
3 Jun, 2021
Medium
1.7m return
45 mins
Pardalote Walk (Toowoomba)
3 Jun, 2021
Easy
1.9km one-way
1 hr
Firetail Walk (Toowoomba)
3 Jun, 2021
Medium
2.12km one-way
50 mins
Picnic Point to Table Top (Toowoomba)
3 Jun, 2021
Hard
12km return
4 hrs
Did this as a loop from the Waterfall Cafe area, incorporating Firetail down and Fantail up. Nice to do to fit in as many of the walks in the area as I knew none of them beforehand.

The road from Stevenson St. to Mt. Tabletop is just over 1.4ks and the alternative route through the bush is a little over 2.8ks. They make a handy loop from the mountain and back.
Coomba Water Hole (Wide Bay Burnett)
2 May, 2021
Easy
800m return
30 mins
Sandstone Overhang (Ravensbourne National Park)
1 May, 2021
Medium
4.8km return
2 hrs
Palm Creek Circuit (Ravensbourne National Park)
1 May, 2021
Easy
3.6km return
75 mins
Rainforest Circuit (Ravensbourne National Park)
1 May, 2021
Easy
1.7km return
40 mins
The Pinnacle and Fairview Mountain via Valley Break (Springbrook National Park)
21 Apr, 2021
Hard
6km return
2.5 hrs
Bally Mountain (Gold Coast)
21 Apr, 2021
Hard
9.5km return
4 hrs
This is now a full loop, the trail splits at a sign about 100m from the parking circle. The anticlockwise (western) half to the peak is a newer path and considerably easier than the more rugged and overgrown clockwise (eastern) half. The eastern half also takes longer to complete and includes some scrambling over minor rock ridges.

If you do ascend from the western approach you’ll initially follow a fire trail the better part of a kilometre before the ascent starts from a marked trail on your left. Just before you get there the path turns squarely towards the peak so you can get a good look at it - and also be able to note how much you’ll be ascending in a comparatively short distance!

It’s a good fun mountain to walk with steep but navigable trails. There’s some minor scrambling along the east side of the peak and a few sections of path at the top were a little overgrown, but navigation was easy and obvious the whole way along. The views from the top are also excellent.
Aquila Loop (D'Aguilar National Park)
11 Dec, 2020
Hard
21km
2 days
Perfectly manageable as a day walk for those used to longer distances. Allow between 7 - 11 hours depending on fitness level. Also worth noting that the Westside Track is currently closed between Lawton Road and Western Window, so be prepared to walk a couple of kilometres along Mount Glorious Road to close the circle.

Completed this loop in a clockwise direction and recommend for others to do so - the second half is the more interesting part and personally I prefer saving the best 'til last. As regards pacing, England Creek Bush Camp (situated directly on the trail) is at the lowest point of the walk. So, you're walking downhill all the way to it and uphill all the way back. Be prepared!

The vast majority of this walk is along fire trails which I personally find pretty mundane, however there's enough interesting flora and fauna and a small spattering of views to make it worthwhile. The trail from Northbrook Mountain Bush Camp to Lawton Road (via Northbrook Mountain) is a much more pleasing rugged trail along a ridge line, and from a hiking point of view the highlight of the trip. Some navigation is required there, however, as the path at times is intermittent or confused with animal trails. Westside Track is also a very pleasing trail and worth doing in itself.
South Kobble bush camp walk (D'Aguilar National Park)
3 Dec, 2020
Very Hard
10km
6 hrs
Did this as part of a large loop including North Kobble and Middle Kobble campsites. Enjoyable though it was it was quite a tough run doing all three in one day.

The access track to South Cobble starts from the fire trail about 600m south of Middle Kobble campsite. At time of writing there is a small cairn and band of pink tape marking the spot. A small but defined path leads you eastwards about 350m up a hillock before descending to the northeast. When you crest a second hillock about another 350m along, the path splits. I took the way going southeast (directly towards the campsite). Not very far along the path becomes intermittent after which I lost it. I descended a steep slope into the valley, utilising animal trails where I could, and even an old logging trail briefly, before I intersected a path again. I followed it down a steep earthy spur but lost it once more. After this I just bush bashed into the creek.

I emerged into the creek just east of the confluence of Kobble Creek and Musket Creek (it's the last confluence before the campsite, about 400m west of it). Following the creek was easy going and the campsite is marked on a small path leading off the north side of the creek. A few log benches are there if you fancy a sit down.

From here there are several ways out but I chose to follow Kobble Creek west and ascend up its South Branch. This was the highlight of the trip for me and well worth doing. It's worth noting the creek was dry when I was there, and it may not be possible to do this during wetter times.

Starting from the campground walk west until you get to the first confluence (Kobble and Musket). Take the branch to the right (Kobble, the more northerly) and continue on. Initially the creek is largely walkable but then becomes progressively more 'rock hoppery'. About half a kilometre west of the confluence you come to a waterfall that must either be climbed or circumvented (the creek here has steep sides so circumventing would require some forethought). The waterfall itself is not a difficult climb however reaching its base is tricky because of a large pool at its foot. I opted to shimmy along a small ledge to its left side, however it should be noted the ledge was narrow, slippery, and directly above rock filled water - an unpleasant combination.

Beyond, the rocks in the creek grow larger and ascend more steeply, requiring an increasing amount of scrambling and in places some non technical climbing. A few hundred metres beyond, a second waterfall also needs to be ascended. It's possible you could circumvent this one more easily however I again opted to climb directly up it. Some level of climbing skill is needed to do so.

Above, the creek becomes narrower and ascends more steeply until you reach a second confluence. Again, remaining to the right (the more northerly) branch, I followed Kobble Creek about another 150m where I came to a third confluence. This is where I turned southwards, taking the way on the left into the Kobble Creek South Branch. At time of writing there was a pink band on a tree marking this point.

Not far into this creek there are two trails that lead up southwards (on your left) onto the ridge line above. Both points are marked by pink ribbon, at time of writing. I took the second path, about 250m from the confluence (third pink ribbon in). The initial ascent is steep and slippery but the path is easy enough to follow, albeit narrow and twisting. Eventually the ascent shallows and you intersect the Piper Comanche/Mt. D'Aguilar access trail. Turn right here and follow it westwards 1200m or so back to the car park.
North Kobble bush camp walk (D'Aguilar National Park)
3 Dec, 2020
Medium
20km return
8 hrs
A pleasant little seating area at the campsite. The campsite itself is signed, so easy to find. The path is a fire trail the entire way along and though that's not the kind of thing I usually go for there's certainly enough nature along the way to keep things interesting.

Easy enough to do this with Middle Kobble on the way back, or even South Cobble if you're a faster walker and start early.
Middle Kobble bush camp walk (D'Aguilar National Park)
3 Dec, 2020
Medium
10km
5 hrs
Easy to combine with North Kobble or South Kobble. The walk to it is along fire trails the entire way. The waterfall is located about 50m north of the camp and has a small path leading to it.
Upper Kobble Creek South Branch (D'Aguilar National Park)
3 Dec, 2020
Medium
4.5km return
3 hrs
Hidden Waterfall (Brisbane Forest park D'Aguilar National Park)
3 Dec, 2020
Medium
5.25km return
2.5 hrs
Piper Comanche Wreck (D'Aguilar National Park)
25 Nov, 2020
Hard
7.5km return
5 hrs
Keperra Saddle (Brisbane City Council Local Walks)
6 Nov, 2020
Medium
4km
2 hrs
Bat Cave Rail Trail Track (South East Queensland)
6 Nov, 2020
Easy
2km return
30 mins