jgmansell

15 walks ticked

This Year

7
Number of Walks Ticked
99.0km
Total Distance Ticked

All Time

15
Number of Walks Ticked
184.3km
Total Distance Ticked
Name Date Difficulty Distance/Duration
Wilson's Peak (Main Range National Park)
24 Jul, 2019
Very Hard
12km
6 hrs
I did this walk today in perfect conditions and the notes were spot on. No navigation skills needed as long as you can recognise a fence and a rock wall. I was surprised to find the fence in such good condition for most of the way, although there were a few small branches and trees across it in a few places, it must still be being maintained up to a point where no rabbits would venture. Glad I took the poles too as the leaf litter on the steep slopes made for a lot of slipping, one pace forward then slide half a pace backwards. Only one spot at the top with a view, but it was a good one. For reference only, it took slightly over three and a half hours up and back and I am 70, so the 6 hour allowance is quite liberal in my opinion
Mount Superbus (Main Range National Park)
22 Jun, 2019
Hard
10km return
3 hrs
My motivation for doing this walk was mainly because it is the highest peak in SEQ but found it to be much more than that. The directions given are pretty good and although the track was not always clear, I found no real difficulty in navigation. When the track didn't seem clear, stopping and looking around soon made it fairly obvious. After a short break we headed back to the junction then continued on to Mt Roberts and for me this was the best part of the hike with plenty of interesting terrain. Even though there was only one spot where there was any views, I really enjoyed the day. Total altitude gain for the day was over 1500m including a side track, even though the start is about 800metres above sea level, making it quite a bit more than Barney, I thought it quite a bit easier. Unfortunately one of the young guys had to work in the afternoon so we couldn't make it to Lizard Point for the views so will need to do this again.
Bare Rock + Morgan's Walk (Main Range National Park)
12 Jun, 2019
Medium
13km
4.5 hrs
I did this hike including Mt Cordeaux and found it to be an easy, well marked and signed walk with little need of navigation skills. The day was clear so the views were superb at Mt Cordeaux and Bare Rock. A highlight was seeing an Alberts Lyrebird scratching the ground less than 3 metres from us and seemingly oblivious to us. We also heard a Wompoo Fruit Dove right above us but unable to see it but did see a Spinebill close up just near the lookout. I found it an easy but enjoyable walk.
Mt Barney - East Peak - Up South-East - Down South (Mt Barney Summit)
5 Jun, 2019
Very Hard
13km return
9 hrs
Hiked up and down SE Ridge again with another 70 year old on Wednesday to celebrate belated birthdays and had an awesome day in spite of the arctic wind. I agree with walkingwithtim, although some new arrows have been added, they seem to be in strange places, usually where there is no alternative and absent from the spots where they are most needed, particularly when descending.
Coomera Circuit (Binna Burra)
3 May, 2019
Medium
18km
8 hrs
A stunning walk with plenty of waterfalls. It rained the night before the walk and again for about an hour during the walk so plenty of mud and leeches, but also plenty of water to make the falls look their best. The track was easy to follow and pretty straightforward but there was a few trees down along the track that needed to be clambered over. A highlight for me was seeing a huge blue crayfish up close and of course the Coomera Falls. My original intention was to follow the river up from Gwongarool Pool but was advised that it wasn't a good walk to do alone so did the circuit instead, but wasn't disappointed as it was a great day. I stayed at the lodge the night before and after so that I could get an early start and not have to drive home straight afterwards. A walk I would definitely like to do again. All up from lodge to lodge with side tracks to all the falls I clocked 20.5 kilometres in a time of 5 hours 53 minutes so made it back in time for lunch.
Obi Obi Gorge (Kondalilla National Park)
10 Apr, 2019
Very Hard
14km one-way
8.5 hrs
An amazing walk, but found the directions a bit unclear. I think the notes say that when you reach the junction of Skene and Obi Obi, continue heading down Obi Obi, but you are actually heading upstream from this point and the paths were non existent so it is just a matter of taking the path of least resistance. The notes in "Take a Walk in SEQ" say to head uphill as soon as you come to the large rock at the junction of Skene and Obi Obi, but that was near impenetrable shrubs so we had to bush bash for quite some time before finding any sort of a path. There was plenty of water running which was good, but it also meant that the swimming was a challenge heading upstream wearing long pants, boots and carrying a pack. I kept all my gear in a dry bag inside my pack and found that everything stayed dry and the air trapped inside also helped the pack to float. The highlight for me was swimming through the main gorge and seeing that waterfall from water level as you swim round the corner. A great walk for the summer months, I think the water would be freezing in the winter.


































Ships Stern Circuit (Binna Burra)
27 Mar, 2019
Medium
19km
7 hrs

A fantastic walk to the Ships Stern today. The day began with perfect weather for walking, overcast, cool and a beautiful breeze until we reached Charraboomba rock where we detoured to check out the amazing views and have a snack with a brewed coffee. Just as we packed up to begin walking again it began to rain very lightly, not enough to get really wet, but just enough to keep us cool. After passing through a stretch of wet shrubs we were so wet, it was no longer worth stopping to put on the rain gear. From then on the rain increased steadily, ending any hope of catching the great views and soon becoming too wet to take out the phone to capture any more photos. The last 3 hours in drenching rain was fantastic, making up for the lack of views. We arrived back at the car in exactly 5 hours with everything completely drenched except for the rain jacket and pants which were perfectly dry inside the pack.
The Northbrook River Trail (Northbrook Gorges) (Brisbane Forest park D'Aguilar National Park)
4 Dec, 2018
Medium
6km
3 hrs
From the Maiala park to the bridge was around 12k, so further than expected. The walk was amazing and easy enough for kids, providing they can swim a few metres or else be carried through the deeper sections. A great walk for the hot months, short and crystal clear cool water, one to take the grandkids.
Mt Barney via Logans Ridge and return via Gorge (Mt Barney Summit)
31 Jul, 2018
Very Hard
15km return
9 hrs
Went up Logans Ridge and came down SE Ridge yesterday for the second time this month in perfect conditions.
Look out for the path that branches to the left as you approach the bottom of the mountain, this takes you to a new gate 800 metres from Yellow Pinch carpark and is a much better track than than the one following the road for 4km and cuts at least 20 minutes from the walk back. The track is easy to spot going up but not so clear coming down, especially if you are not looking out for it.
Mt Barney - East Peak - Up South-East - Down South (Mt Barney Summit)
16 Jul, 2018
Very Hard
13km return
9 hrs
I ascended via Logans Ridge and descended via SE Ridge and noticed a new sign for The South East Ridge with a new gate 800 metres from Yellow Pinch carpark. Is this a new track? I know they are doing work including new markers but can't find anything about this. We were in front of a couple coming down but they were at the carpark before us and assume they took this track.
This has now been confirmed, the start of the track up SE Ridge is 800 metres from Yellow Pinch carpark, through a new gate.