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84 walks ticked

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179.1km
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84
Number of Walks Ticked
567.6km
Total Distance Ticked
Name Date Difficulty Distance/Duration
Paddy's Peak (Mt Barney National Park)
20 Sep, 2020
Medium
8km return
3.5 hrs
Not a bad little hike with great views along the way. It's not as high as its neighbors, but it gives a great perspective of them all. The area was badly burnt during the fires and I think the track suffered as a result. However the terrain is quite open so don't have to do any bushbashing. Bit of spider web bashing though. Nice walk if you don't want to tackle one of the larger mountains but still want to check out the area. GPS would be good, but probably not totally necessary if you are experienced hiking in areas with faint tracks.
Mount Cooee (Glass House Mountains)
19 Sep, 2020
Medium
4.5km return
2.5 hrs
So the description is accurate, after you get off the firetrail it is pretty close to trackless. There are some faint markings, and there is a rough track running across the top, but for the most part you just have to make your own way up and down. There are some nice views on the North Eastern side out towards Mt Beerwah. It's a lot like mt miketeebumulgrai, except slightly worse in the track department, and slightly better in the view department.
Mount Bartle Frere - Eastern Approach (Wooroonooran National Park)
12 Sep, 2020
Very Hard
15km return
12 hrs
Extremely well marked track, would be very difficult to get lost. The walk can be broken down into 1-3km - moderate walk with occassional steep parts, 3-4km - becoming steep, 4-5km - very steep, 5-7km becoming less steep, reach your first boulder field just before the helipad. 7km to summit - scrambling up a big boulder field. None of it is technically difficult, and certainly not navigationally difficult, but it is constant uphill for hours on end. I found the boulder field was about as difficult as the one up Cradle Mountain. Was great to briefly be the highest person in QLD, even if I was freezing and wet and had no view due to the clouds. Excellent hike, I highly recommend it! I also recommend preparing for a lot of leeches if it's wet.
Mt Castle (Main Range National Park)
5 Sep, 2020
Very Hard
12km return
7 hrs
Very draining hike, even though you are technically losing elevation you are constantly steeply climbing/descending, bush bashing, scrambling, attempting to find the track. The views along this hike are unmatched, however the summit views aren't quite as good as the view from the Mt Castle lookout you pass early on. I would say this hike is very similar to Razorback Mountain, possibly a bit harder. So long as you don't go along the cliffs at the start it's not too bad. We tried to check out the cliffs and I came very close to falling when a huge boulder I was leaning on dislodged. Perhaps this ridge was once passable, but I assure you it is no more. I wouldn't even do it with ropes, you just can't trust the rock. The track is surprisingly good despite the fires, but it can be tricky to follow at times so I would recommend a GPS.
Mt Widgee (Queensland)
24 Aug, 2020
Medium
10km return
2 hrs
Was a bit nervous about driving to this one considering the description really emphasizes it is 4wd only. Took my Subaru Forester up to the parking area and it was a pretty decent road. Probably wouldn't want to take a Getz or a low car up there, but certainly an suv with a bit of clearance isn't going to have any trouble.

From there it is a pretty undulating walk along an actual 4wd track that follows the ridgeline . There are some good views, especially when you reach the hangliding launch area where the view is fantastic. Walk a bit further and you will reach the end of the road where you will have to take a faint footpad off to the right to get to the summit. The track is pretty clear, sometimes hidden by the masses of grass trees. If you continue far enough you get to what appears to be a weather station and the view there is absolutely stunning. Kind of similar to the Spring Mountain walk except there's only one road, and the view is a lot better. Only place you may run into trouble is retracing your steps and getting from the summit back to the 4wd track, so just be vigilant on the climb so you remember where to descend.
Mount Goolman (South East Queensland)
22 Aug, 2020
Medium
5km
2 hrs
I started at Hardings Paddock picnic area and walked the long way past Goolman lookout. The vast majority of the walk was along undulating firetrails which have the ocassional sign. When you approach Mt Goolman look out on your left for a footpad that shoots up the side of the mountain. The footpad is pretty well marked and has ribbons up the whole way. This track is pretty steep the whole way up, sort of reminded me a bit of the Tunbubudlas in the Glasshouse Mountains. The view at the top was pretty obstructed, but it was still an enjoyable way to spend a morning. Took me 2.5hrs return from the Harding's Paddock picnic area.
Charlie Moreland to Mt Allan (Conondale National Park)
16 Aug, 2020
Hard
8.8km return
2 hrs
Very well marked firetrail track starting at the surprisingly popular Charlie Mooreland camping site. It begins nice and flat then quickly becomes quite steep - not ridiculously steep like the firetrails in Brisbane Forest Park, but still moderately steep. Not sure if the firetower is actually open, the sign at the start of the walk said it was closed but the door at the bottom of the firetower staircase was open, so who knows. Took me around 1hr up and 45mins down.
Mt Cotton (South East Queensland)
15 Aug, 2020
Medium
5km return
2 hrs
It's not a bad little walk, sort of similar to Mt Elimbah in terms of physical exertion. There is a bit of a confusing network of trails but if you keep heading uphill you will get to the top. There are some alright views, and on a clear day you can see Mt Lindesay and Barney out in the distance.
Mermaid mountain (Queensland)
9 Aug, 2020
Medium
18km
5 hrs
I started from the Lake Manchester Day use area so I could combine it with a walk around the dam. Was a long walk, took me around 6 hours return with constant walking. I turned off from the dam walk just at Light Line road (however there is a small track just after that road that starts off as a creek bed that is a lot more direct). From there it get pretty steep! There are parts of the walk where you using your hands to ascend, and keep in mind this is a fire road, so it's pretty crazy just how steep it gets. After getting to the top, turn left to walk to the lookout. The lookout has a nice view of Lake Manchester and all the way out to Main Range.
Mt Razorback (Lamington National Park)
2 Aug, 2020
Very Hard
15km return
8 hrs
Full days walk, we went all the way to the summit. If I had to compare it to mountains I have done before I would say it is similar to Mt Ernest and Spicers Peak. There are some fantastic views, and some very precarious cliffs. When we arrived we were a bit surprised to find the sign on the fence, we decided to do the right thing and call the number - we had no reception so this meant driving back to Beaudesert. When we did get reception and called we discovered the phone was disconnected. Because of this we decided not to drive in but instead walk, there are plenty of signs saying it is private property but my understanding from other people who have done this mountain is that the fields on the left and right of the road are private, however the road itself and the track are okay to use. The track is pretty easy to follow for the most part, but beyond the cliffs to the summit, they get very faint. I would personally recommend not walking to the summit as there is nothing to see there anyway (besides a small pile of rocks). Even in winter we saw snakes in the knee high grass you have to walk through so we were pretty on edge. The walk to the top of the cliffs was excellent despite being very slippery and steep. Do not do this track in the wet!! All in all a good day up a lesser known mountain.
Brian Burke Reserve / House Mountain (Samford) (Queensland)
28 Jul, 2020
Medium
5km return
2.5 hrs
Nice cruisy walk up the mountain via the firetrails. There are a series of maps along the way, which is handy because at the start it's a bit of a labyrinth - sort of like Spring Mountain. Like others have said there are some partial views through the trees but I would probably leave your camera at home.
Flagstaff Mountain Lookout (Kamilaroi Walking Track) (New South Wales)
17 Jul, 2020
Medium
5.5km return
2 hrs
From the Oxley lookout follow a well marked track to the top of Flag Staff mountain. The track is quite popular and easy to follow. There are a few tracks which split off to other destinations such as Wallaby Rocks. At the top there is a nice Bench of Reflection with an incredible view. Not overly hard but it is quite steep in parts. Great walk to do if you have 2 hours to kill.
Pages Pinnacle (Queensland)
27 Jun, 2020
Hard
6.7km return
2.5 hrs
From the carpark you follow a combination of firetrails and well marked bush tracks until reaching the ridge line. At that point there are two tracks, one on the left running down beside the ridge which leads to the highest point bypassing the iconic razorback ridgeline, and the other heading to the lookout via the ridge. We chose to head up the ridge track, and from there it is a short but fun section of easy scrambling to the lookout. Most people get to the lookout and turn around and head back, however if you descend from the ridge to the track below (or backtrack to the place the tracks diverge) you can continue walking to the very top. The views along the way are better than the views at the very top, but still very enjoyable and rewarding to get to the highest point.
The Pyramid (Girraween National Park)
7 Jun, 2020
Hard
3.8km return
2 hrs
It's a bit like a small easier Beerwah except the rock is so course and grippy. Can walk up the whole way no problems (apart from a few little scrambling sections). Loved the views on the way up and especially at the top. By far the most popular attraction in Girraween, heaps of people there on the weekend.
Mt Norman (Girraween National Park)
6 Jun, 2020
Medium
10.4km return
5 hrs
Nice full day walk with heaps to see along the way! Castle Rock was probably the highlight but Turtle Rock and the Sphinx are worth checking out. Went to Mt Norman and found the "track" to the summit. Overall the scrambling isn't too bad so long as you are relatively agile. There is one part where you are walking in a section of rock that is a bit like an inverted uphill triangle that is getting more and more narrow which is a bit hard going. If you climb to the side of it it's a bit easier. After you get past that part the rest of it is pretty straight forward. If you feel comfortable climbing Beerwah you can probably manage the summit of Mt Norman.
Mount Amos (Tasmania)
17 Feb, 2020
Hard
4km return
3 hrs
This mountain has a bit of a reputation as a challenging climb (not hike) with plenty of warning signs at the bottom alluding to it's difficulty. However I would rate the scrambling as moderate. It is similar to Mt Beerwah in that there are smooth surfaces you have to scramble up but there is nowhere near the same level of exposure, and it's also not as steep. I think it would be very challenging in the wet (there were a few wet patches and we saw people repeatedly slipping and falling on them) but in the dry it's not too bad. The track is very easy to follow and the views are fantastic. Overall I would say the scrambling on Cradle Mountain Summit was more intense.
Hansons Peak (Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park)
15 Feb, 2020
Hard
5km return
2 hrs
Fantastic walk and great alternative to Cradle Mountain if the weather is poor. The track is very well marked and has excellent views the whole way up. There is a little bit of light scrambling but there are plenty of handholds and chains to assist you. From the top you can continue to Cradle Mountain if you wish or go back the way you came.
Cradle Mountain Summit (Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park)
15 Feb, 2020
Hard
18km return
9 hrs
Probably the best views of any mountain I've climbed so far. The summit track is a sidetrack away from the main tracks that circumvent Dove Lake. It starts off as a steep hike, then becomes light rock hopping, then more intense rock hopping, and then scrambling over large boulders. I would rate the difficulty as similar to Tibrogargan with less exposure. Definitely worth heading up there on a clear day, the view is absolutely phenomenal - 360 degrees!
Saint Valentines Peak (Tasmania)
14 Feb, 2020
Medium
9km return
4 hrs
St Valentines Peak for Valentines Day - we appeared to be the only ones who saw the novelty in that, didn't see a single soul on the walk. Was very misty and windy but despite that it was a very enjoyable walk. River crossing early on - can be negotiated relatively easily without wetting your shoes. But our dry clothes didn't last because of the overhanging vegetation on either side of the track. Being quite a misty day everything was wet and it is impossible to do this walk without brushing past a lot of wet bushes. The track is very easy to follow, even in low visibility. Towards the top it gets quite exposed and there is some light scrambling but nothing to extreme. Saw an echidna and one little whip snake.
Northbrook Mtn bush camp walk (D'Aguilar National Park Bush Camps)
12 Jan, 2020
Hard
10.4km
4.5 hrs
Really nice walk, took us about 2 hours return. We walked along the fire roads to the camp site, up to the top of Northbrook Mountain, then down the faintly marked track to the next mountain which links back with the fire road. Would be keen to go back and stay the night at the camp site, would be fantastic waking up to that view!