Jeff

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Number of Walks Ticked
149.9km
Total Distance Ticked
Name Date Difficulty Distance/Duration
Wilson's Peak (Main Range National Park)
19 Jun, 2022
Very Hard
12km
5 hrs
The entrance to this walk is about 30 or 40 metres up Hardcastle Rd where there is a turnabout parking area. The rabbit fence is clearly visible from here. A new rabbit fence is currently being built, so it's easy to follow the track for the first 4 undulating kilometers. For the last 2 kilometers the track thins out and pretty much rises straight up. When the rabbit fence ends you have to go RIGHT and skirt halfway round a cliff face till you see a rock access to the top. Do a short rock scramble, then follow a foot pad to the summit which is marked by a cairn. Twenty metres from the cairn is a great place to have lunch and view the scenery. Total time to do the hike was 5 hrs 15 min incl. a 30 min lunch break.
Larapinta Falls (Lamington National Park)
14 Nov, 2021
Medium
14km return
5 hrs
You now have to walk 500 metres to get to the gate at the park entrance. From here it is a short walk down to Christmas Creek. At the point of entry, you can rock hop across the creek. You don't have to go up to the big log or further down the creek. Look carefully and you'll see a sign on the other side. From here the track is fairly clear though there are a few spots where fallen logs make navigation difficult. The secret is to push ahead and keep close to the creek. It took us one hour twenty-five to get to Westray's Grave. There is a huge sign at the grave so you can't miss it. Not far from Westray's we crossed to the left side of the creek and followed small trails till we had to cross to the right. We crossed to the left again about 100 metres before the falls. We didn't do any rock hopping and didn't even get our socks wet the whole trip despite it having rained heavily 3 days before. It took us about an hour fifteen to get to the falls. Larapinta Falls were truly spectacular. We spent half an hour there taking pictures and having lunch, but decided to skip on a swim. Coming back only took us 2 hours 15 mins (not including the 500 metre walk back to the cars. All in all it was a great day- the weather was perfect, the falls were amazing and the track not too difficult.
Mt Roberts + Lizard Point (Main Range National Park)
5 Sep, 2021
Hard
12.2km return
8 hrs
It was a foggy day. We managed to follow the steep track up to the Superbus junction without too much difficulty, although it was physically challenging. From here the track was a bit sketchy going over rocks and through thick rainforest nevertheless it was still traceable till we reached the Steamers Lookout. The lookout can be accessed by a little track on the left about 20 metres from the cliff face. The track then winds its way up to Mt Roberts which is identified by a stone cairn. From here the track hugs the right side of the cliff face. which on the day was covered by a dense blanket of fog. There is one spot where the track emerges onto a rocky outcrop with lots of Spear Lilies. Rather than going straight ahead and having to do some rock climbing, there is a track that goes around these rocks. Eventually, you reach the Lizard Point campsite and Lizard Point itself seems not that far away. It had taken us 4 hours to get there. We had views to the west but fog covered the east side. We stopped for a 15 min lunch break then it started to rain all the way back. We were sliding and slipping down the mountainside from Superbus junction on and we were soaked and cold. On the way back in the bushfire and regrowth section we lost the track twice. The main track was either 10 metres to the left of us, or 20 metres to the right . It could do with a few more pink ribbons in this area. I saw no more than 5 or 6 on the whole track. We eventually got back to the cars around 3.40 pm. It was an interesting adventure, despite being a miserable day. We all vowed we would definitely do the walk again, but on a nice, sunny day!
Mt. Mathieson Circuit (Main Range National Park)
12 Jul, 2021
Medium
10.5km
3 hrs
This was an enjoyable walk and offered great views of Mt Mitchell and Mt Cordeaux. The track was clearly delineated and easy to follow. I wouldn't describe it as a physically challenging walk, but rather a moderately or slightly difficult one- certainly no problem for the average fit person. Governor's Chair just 80 m off the track also offers fantastic views and is a great place to have lunch.
The Cream Track (Springbrook National Park)
8 Nov, 2020
Hard
11.5km return
4.5 hrs
This is an easy track to follow, now that National Parks have erected convenient signposts. It starts off nice and flat with 4 creek crossings then it's uphill all the way. You start with some new steps, and after the steps, the track just keeps heading up, past the banana plantations, and then into more rainforest. There was only one spot near the top that could have done with a sign. The track seems to keep going uphill but actually, you have to turn right and cross a small stream. Once you reach the top there is a park and some lookouts. The day we went, It was freezing cold at the top. The thermometer on the tea house read 12^C, so a hot chocolate was more than welcome. I was surprised It only took us about 2 hours 10 mins to get there, and that's with 5 or 6 stops to wait for slower walkers.
Northbrook Mtn bush camp walk (D'Aguilar National Park)
23 Aug, 2020
Hard
10.4km
4.5 hrs
Certainly doesn't take 4.5 hrs. We did it in 3hrs 10 mins return. That included a meal break at the top. The bush camp is easy to find. Just take a left at the water tank, and another left at the camping sign. Keep going straight ahead to the summit. Can't miss it.
Mount Superbus (Main Range National Park)
18 May, 2020
Hard
10km return
3 hrs
On weekends there will be cars parked at Teviot Lookout and Brett Rd entrance, a hundred yards away. Enter thru the steel gate, head up the road 100 metres, and then turn right just before the second gate. From here head thru a space in the lantana, cross the bridge, go around a fallen tree, then, 75 metres past the bridge, turn left. You'll see an arrow made of rocks on the ground. Follow this track up the ridge. As there has been a fire here recently, there are hardly any pink ribbons so you have to follow very faint trails for a while. A bit tricky in this area, Then it heads steeply uphill and the track becomes clearer and stays that way to the top. Near the top, you can turn right to Mt Roberts and LIzard Point. Fantastic views I am told. Mt Superbus is the left trail, about 10 mins away. There is a bit of a view on the way to the summit but not much. At the summit, there is a small cairn and a tin box with notebooks and pens.
Lake Manchester loop (Brisbane Forest park D'Aguilar National Park)
1 Sep, 2019
Medium
17km
5 hrs
Pretty much a 17k version of the Enogerra Dam walk. The views of the lake and the lily pads are quite beautiful but by the end of the hike, you've seen enough half-dead grass and gum trees to last you for a lifetime. I did the track clockwise as recommended but I took the first trail to the left. This was a super steep trail that dead-ended at the top of a mountain The left turn I was meant to take was further on. Apart from that, I navigated the track without any mishaps. The log cabin is about a third of the way along the track and is a great place to stop and have lunch. About two thirds along the track you come to the Blue Gum Flats camping area. In the final leg of the walk, you get to pass several farming properties but unfortunately, you don't get to see much of the lake, When the car park finally comes into view you can breathe a sigh of relief. Saw some interesting birds on the walk, like red-backed wrens, red browed finches and the yellow-tailed black cockatoos. Certainly would not do this walk in summer!
Mt Coochin (East and West Peaks) (Glass House Mountains National Park)
4 Aug, 2019
Medium
2.8km return
2 hrs
The trail notes are pretty accurate, however if you take the SE Ridge trail back, which I don't recommend if you're not a bushwalker, turn left not right when you reach the circumvention track. If you go right you come out on a road.
Mt Maroon (Mt Barney National Park)
14 Jul, 2019
Hard
6km return
5 hrs
We did this walk on a beautiful clear day with great 360 views of Lake Maroon. Mount Barney, Mt Lindsey and even Mt Warning way in the distance. To find the start of the walk you don't go right to the end of Cotswold Rd. but stop at the first car parking area near a little dam. From here you head off to the right and you'll see the track. At first the track is well defined but at a rocky section there is a right turn. Later there is an obvious left turn which takes you up the gorge. Overall it's a physically challenging climb but no special rock climbing skills are required. If you're young and reasonably fit this track shouldn't be a problem. We got up in under 2 hours and down in one and a half hours.
Bally Mountain (Gold Coast)
9 Jun, 2019
Hard
9.5km return
4 hrs
Did the anticlockwise track up Bally Mtn. Was surprised at how easy the track is to follow even though there are no signs. You stay on the main track/road which veers right then uphill and back down till you reach the creek. Here you should see a trail on the other side of the creek which is marked by a pile of rocks in the centre of the creek bed. You simply follow this well-defined track all the way to the top of Bally Mtn where you can enjoy some fantastic views of the Gold Coast and the surrounding countryside.We came down a third path which goes down the centre of the mountain. This track is very steep and slippery. It's marked with pink ribbons in places and eventually comes out in a paddock which is part of the Conservation area. You'll also see a house nearby.
Stairway Falls (Lamington National Park)
3 Jan, 2019
Hard
14km return
7 hrs
Did this walk on December 31 via the Blue Pool. Took about 2 hrs 20 m to get there from O'Reillys. Stairway Falls are about 2 ks downstream from the Blue Pool. Cross to the other side of the Blue Pool to pick up the track. This old track is still quite good in parts. Pink ribbons are pretty sparse but you can't get lost if you follow the creek. No other major creeks to confuse you. I wore long pants but the stinging trees still got me in the arms. A great swimming hole awaits you at the end, above and below the falls! Didn't see a single snake.
Stairway Falls (Lamington National Park)
13 Dec, 2018
Hard
14km return
7 hrs
Must be more than 10 km as Blue Pool is 10 km return. Stairway Falls must be at least 12 or 14 km.
Mt Greville (Moogerah Peaks National Park)
8 Jul, 2018
Hard
6km return
3 hrs
Went up SE Ridge. Easy to follow. One and a quarter hours to the top. No difficult climbing like the Glasshouses Mtns. Fantastic 180* panoramic views of the surrounding countryside on the way up. Enjoyed lunch on the summit with views of Lake Moogerah. Went back by Palm Gorge winding my way through lots of rocks and Palm Trees. Palm Gorge turn off, to the right, is a fair way down the SE Ridge track. Two stone steps are the indication you're on the right track. Got back to the car in about 3 hrs.