jgmansell

21 walks ticked

This Year

4
Number of Walks Ticked
35.0km
Total Distance Ticked

All Time

21
Number of Walks Ticked
244.2km
Total Distance Ticked
Name Date Difficulty Distance/Duration
Mt Barney - East Peak - Up Logan's - Down South (Mt Barney National Park)
30 May, 2021
Very Hard
5km one-way
6 hrs
Went up Logans Ridge and came down SE ridge for a 72nd birthday present with 5 members of the family in almost perfect conditions. Recent fires and rains have caused a few changes since I last did the walk but basically stay as close to the top of the ridge as possible and you can't go too far wrong, Coming down, the S E Ridge seems to have been affected more than Logans by the weather, particularly on the lower section where invasive weeds have taken over large swathes of the understory and even the trees. Unless something is done to eradicate it, I can imagine a good wet summer would allow it to completely cover the track and make it nearly impossible to find. The best route up in my opinion as long as you don't mind a good scramble and walking next to big drop offs.
Mt Maroon (Mt Barney National Park)
15 May, 2021
Hard
6km return
5 hrs
Did this for the third time in 4 weeks as prep for Logans Ridge hike at the end of the month. Started walking at 7am and made the summit at 8:18 and had the place to ourselves until 2 others joined us, they planned on getting there for sunrise but got lost and spent hours finding the way up, but were still very cheerful. Lots of others coming up as we went down so glad we started fairly early and beat the crowds. Getting very busy as this time of the year on Saturdays so start early if you don't want others sending rocks down on your head.
Mt Maroon (Mt Barney National Park)
8 May, 2021
Hard
6km return
5 hrs
Did this walk for the second time this month in perfect conditions. We arrived at about 7am to find over 20 cars parked, I hadn't realised that there was so much parking space before. As we started climbing we soon passed a couple of small groups going up before several others came down after they went up early to catch the sunrise. We got to the summit in an hour and a half and only had to share the space with 4 other walkers. On the way down there were a few large groups of over a dozen in each heading up and when we got back to the carpark there was over 30 cars, so my advice is get there early if the weather is good and it is a weekend, or else the summit will be crowded.
Cradle Mountain Summit (Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park)
8 Feb, 2021
Hard
18km return
7 hrs
I did this walk clockwise, starting from the lake and heading up to Hansons peak then following the Face Track, then the summit and returning via Marrions Lookout. The weather was absolutely perfect with uninterrupted views the whole way. I had previously hiked to Marrions Peak 10 years ago and although it is the most common route, I found going via Hansons much more interesting, although slightly longer. I thought the walk was pretty straightforward until the reaching the boulders, then it needed to be taken a bit more slowly as it would be easy to slip between them and do yourself a real injury. Although the walk was easier than Logans Ridge, Mt Barney, it was also a much nicer walk with truly amazing views for the whole way. The total time taken was 7 hours 30 minutes, including almost an hour on the summit, countless photo stops, and lots of talking with other walkers so actual walking time would have been very close to the 6 hour mark. I would recommend putting this walk on top of your list, the best walk I have ever done.
Flinders Peak (Ipswich - Flinders Goolman Conservation Estate)
16 Jun, 2020
Hard
6.5km return
3.5 hrs
I have hiked most of the peaks in SEQ over that last few years but never thought much about this one even thought it is the closest decent peak to home, thinking it would be pretty boring, how wrong I was. I found it to have all the things that make a walk memorable, steep climbs, scrambles, great views and plenty of interesting features. I left the carpark at just before 7am and made it to the summit in just under an hour and a half. After a short stop for a bit of exploring, photos and a handful of trail mix I headed back down, expecting to be back at the car in about an hour. I hadn't walked for long before I realised that I had taken a wrong turn and was about to turn back before spotting the secret caves, so continued on to explore them. After a good look around I started back to find where I had taken a wrong turn, and somehow went even further astray. The way ahead was blocked so rather than backtracking again, decided to bush bash in the hope of picking up the trail again, bad decision, now even further away from where I wanted to be. Next bad decision, just head downhill then skirt around to find the trail further down. I soon ran into impenetrable lantana, so again made another decision, head back up. After some time of slipping and sliding one pace up and sliding two paces down made it to the rock wall and with the trail a hundred metres ahead just climbed straight up. Made it back to the summit again two and a half hours later before heading down again. A great day.
Warrie Circuit (Springbrook National Park)
16 Mar, 2020
Hard
17km return
5 hrs
I did this walk again yesterday and wasn't disappointed, the waterfalls were at their best and surprisingly not a single leech! The wind was howling when we parked the car at the lookout but wasn't noticeable once we started to descend into the valley. Previously I clocked the walk at about 14.5 kilometres but this time visited Twin Falls first, then the cave and later on took the track to the Pinnacle so ended up at 19.8. The path to the Pinnacle was easy to miss, the track runs into a large tree with a couple of arrows that have almost faded, at what is almost a T junction and the track to the Pinnacle [ to the right] had a few branches across it. A few parts of the track were almost invisible and we had to stop a couple of times to make sure we hadn't gone astray, ferns have almost covered the track in places but there are a few pink ribbons that are a help. I would advise a gps to make sure not to miss the turn off. The Pinnacle was a real highlight for me and I would highly recommend doing the extra couple of kilometres if you want fantastic 360 views and don't mind a bit of a rock scramble. I initially had two attempts at reaching the peak but the wind was so strong that I couldn't hang on even on hands and knees. I was about to give up when there was a bit of a lull in the wind so took the opportunity to make a dash for the summit, and so glad I did. There was a fair bit of debris on the track and a few trees down.
Wilson's Peak (Main Range National Park)
24 Jul, 2019
Very Hard
8km
5 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 track and 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 National Park)
5 Jun, 2019
Very Hard
15km return
10 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 (Lamington National Park)
3 May, 2019
Medium
17.4km
6 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 (Lamington National Park)
27 Mar, 2019
Medium
21km
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 National Park)
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 National Park)
16 Jul, 2018
Very Hard
15km return
10 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.
Mt Barney via Logans Ridge and return via Gorge (Mt Barney National Park)
10 Jul, 2018
Very Hard
15km return
9 hrs
Went up Logans and down SE Ridge yesterday in perfect conditions. My first time up Logans and loved it. It was definitely more technical than SE Ridge but I think it took less effort, probably because it was more direct and the fact that most of the walk was on rock so very solid under foot whereas the SE Ridge was very loose and made for lots of slipping. Neither of us had done this route before so we were a bit apprehensive but were pleasantly surprised overall. We did make a few wrong turns by not keeping on the high ground, if you do that you can't go wrong. It took us a total of 4 hours to reach the summit including all stops for photos and just to take in the views, and I am no spring chicken. This is the route of choice for me in the future.
Spicer's peak (Main Range National Park)
22 Jun, 2018
Very Hard
6km return
4 hrs
First time I have done this walk and really enjoyed it even though I was with a group of fit young men [ I am 69 ]. I agree with Peter Hill that it is probably best to head straight up rather than head to the right at the first scramble, nothing too difficult and good views at several points on the way up. The track was fairly easy to follow but would be hard to get lost even if it was overgrown as long as you follow the ridge. It took us an hour and a half to reach the summit, and about an hour down plus half an hour on the top for a snack and a break.
I would definitely to this again, but will probably travel a little lighter, especially leave the 2kg camera and lens behind and maybe go alone or with someone closer to my age so that I can enjoy the journey and not see how fast I can do it.
Mt Norman (Girraween National Park)
2 Jun, 2018
Hard
10.4km return
5 hrs
I did this walk on Thursday as well as the pyramid, Sphinx and Turtle Rock. I walked from the sign near the junction to the left, then the right as far as the granite slab several times and couldn't find the arrow marking the start of the rock scramble to the summit. This is the first time I haven't found a point that I was looking for, so could someone please tell me where it is so that I can do it next time. I have previously climbed Tibrogargan and Beerwah severel times and Mt Barney without any trouble. I even read through some articles while I was up there but no luck. Photos would be nice too if it is difficult to describe. Thanks heaps.
john
Warrie Circuit (Springbrook National Park)
26 Apr, 2018
Hard
17km return
5 hrs
A truly awesome walk after rain when all the falls are flowing well, the meeting of the waters is brilliant, a walk I will do again and again.