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83 walks ticked

This Year

19
Number of Walks Ticked
171.1km
Total Distance Ticked

All Time

83
Number of Walks Ticked
559.6km
Total Distance Ticked
Name Date Difficulty Distance/Duration
Mt Tomaree (New South Wales)
25 Nov, 2019
Easy
2.2km return
45 mins
Very easy walk, quite similar to Mt Coolum. The views at the top are sensational! On the way down we saw a massive python sitting up in a tree. We also checked out the old gun emplacements - not much left apart from the sealed tunnels, but there are some nice views over that side if you divert from the track a little.
Mt Boulder (Woondum National Park)
30 Oct, 2019
Hard
3.2km
2.5 hrs
May not be the most scenic mountain in the region but the hike was sensational. The track is well marked and for the most part pretty clear of loose rocks. As others have said it gets pretty steep towards the end and actually makes for a nice little challenge. In saying that I wouldn't really call it a scramble, just a very steep hike. Took me around 35 minutes to reach the top where you will find a communication tower and a small building - if you walk around the side of the building you will get a fraction of a view through the trees. Similar intensity to Mt Coorora.
Mt Cooran (Sunshine Coast)
30 Oct, 2019
Hard
1.3km return
1 hr
Fantastic walk, doesn't take too long to intercept the track, and once you're on it you will have no problems navigating to the summit. There is some light scrambling but it doesn't last very long. The loose rocks are probably more likely to cause you grief. The view from the top is remarkable, I preferred it over Mt Cooroy. Can be a little intimidating to start with because it feels like you are trespassing, but just ask one of the locals and they will reassure you. Very friendly people living around there!
Neglected Mountain (Lamington National Park)
26 Oct, 2019
Medium
10km return
5 hrs
Fairly straight forward mountain with some exceptional views on your way to the summit (views at the summit are a bit obstructed). Was pretty dry up there so the track was quite clear the whole way, only place you could come unstuck is at the start around the hut where there are a few tracks going off in different directions but as the others have said, follow the ridge and you'll be pretty well right.
Mt Taylor (Australian Capital Territory)
22 Oct, 2019
Easy
2km return
1 hr
Very similar in intensity to Mt Beerburrum. Nice view at the top and a good opportunity to catch some wildlife - we saw heaps of kangaroos up there! Not as touristy as some of the other peaks around Canberra but quite a few locals jogging/hiking around it.
Bukit Lapai (Overseas)
15 Oct, 2019
Medium
2.4km return
1 hr
Nice walk, I did it on my way back to the airport, gives you a great perspective over the region! Can be quite slippery and muddy but otherwise a very well marked and well utilized track.
Mt Kinabalu (Overseas)
13 Oct, 2019
Hard
17km return
2 days
Best way to describe this mountain is 2 Mt Barneys with a Mt Beerwah on top!! Very well kept track, lots of stairs, handrails, ropes, picnic areas and taps every km or so (although you will have to add your own water purification tablet). It gets quite cold and after noon it tends to get fairly overcast/rainy/stormy so you kind of are racing against the clock. First day is continuous uphill for 6km, one nights rest at a very well decked out set of cabins complete with restaurant/bar. Second day you leave at 2am for a very steep walk to the summit (2.5km) which in my opinion was a lot easier than day 1. Missed out on the sunrise because clouds came over just before it rose but got good views on the way down. You have to book with a tour company to get your climbing pass (and they have check stations along the way to make sure). I went with River Junkie because they were the cheapest and I was very satisfied with the package they supplied.
Mt Elimbah (The Saddleback) (Glass House Mountains)
4 Oct, 2019
Medium
1.7km return
75 mins
Not bad for a little mountain. Only took 30mins return but it was a nice little hike. It's pretty burnt up there after a recent fire but the view from the top was great. Excellent vantage point for the other Glasshouse Mountains. The track wasn't really signposted but pretty easy to figure out where to go and the track is fairly well marked.
Burringbar Mountain (New South Wales)
29 Sep, 2019
Medium
3km return
2 hrs
The track was easy enough to follow, starts off as a fire trail then a little way down the road a track pops up on your right. The walk is short and steep and not unlike Mt Coochin. Unlike Mt Coochin there aren't really any views from the top, probably the best view was from where I parked the car and even that wasn't great. Did see a lot of friendly snakes though!
Whitsunday Peak - Whitsunday Island (Mackay, Isaac and Whitsunday)
20 Sep, 2019
Hard
5km return
4 hrs
We used the Whitsunday island water taxi service to get to Sawmill Beach from Shute Harbour. From the beach there is a well marked track to the summit. It's similar to Mt Edwards in terms of difficulty (so not all that difficult). The view from the top is amazing, see all the way out to Hamilton Island and beyond. We were harassed by a March fly that wouldn't leave us alone, apart from that the top is fantastic!
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Mt Tinbeerwah (Sunshine Coast)
16 Sep, 2019
Easy
1km return
45 mins
Like others have said this is a very quick and easy walk. Has a fantastic 360 degree view from the top though and excellent for watching thunderstorms approach.
Mt Cahill (Kakadu National Park)
29 Aug, 2019
Easy
1.5km return
45 mins
Very even and consistent gradient the whole way up, very well marked, you would have to be doing something very wrong to get lost! There is a little structure at the top to see the lookout (which is mostly obstructed by trees). Not a bad hike but you're probably not going to get any amazing photos there.
Mount Cooroy (Sunshine Coast)
18 Aug, 2019
Hard
3km return
2 hrs
After an ill-fated attempt to climb Mt Cooroy earlier in the year I begrudgingly decided to go during the Cooroy Festival. There are properties all along the perimeter of the mountain so there really isn't any way up there without trespassing unless you do it on the one designated day a year. Track was quite nice, views from the top were mint. Very crowded, lots of waiting in queues, lots of people tripping over and dislodging rocks, having people flick branches back into your face, standstills when 2 people going in opposing directions stop to have a chat blocking everyone going up and down. Not the same etiquette you get among more experienced hikers. Won't be doing it again, was more of a box ticking exercise, would have been a nice climb without all the people.
Wild Horse Mountain (Glass House Mountains)
13 Jun, 2019
Medium
1.4km return
30 mins
The easiest of the Glasshouse mountains, yet probably the one with the best views. Get an excellent panorama of the remaining Glasshouse mountains from the little bungalow at the top. Great place to go to watch a sunset, doesn't take very long to walk and it's paved the entire way up.
Mt Joyce Summit Walk (South East Queensland)
8 Jun, 2019
Medium
20km return
5 hrs
Decided to bring our push bikes to save time getting to the base of the mountain. I would say we saved time but it certainly didn't save effort. The track has a lot of sand on it which led to some pretty sketchy moments riding downhill. The walk from the base to the top was really nice, wasn't overly difficult but enough to get your heart pumping. Was a bit of a miserable day but the view is still fantastic! Make sure to check on the SEQ water website before you go, first time we tried it was closed and the track was fenced off.
Mt Philp (Glen Rock Regional Park)
26 Apr, 2019
Hard
4.5km return
4 hrs
Well I wouldn't say it is trackless, there are a lot of paths all leading in completely different directions, what it lacks is a correct path. Following the GPS track from Wikiloc you start at the carpark, walk through a field of knee high grass, get to a small car track (get your hopes up that there is going to be a nice track) then you have to walk up through more knee high grass and bushes filled with spiders. Eventually you get to the ridge and you can follow that up and it gets a bit easier. Very steep pretty much the whole way, reminded me a bit of Mt Barney just in how draining it is. Took me 90 minutes up and 90 minutes down because you have to be so careful descending. Very nice view from the top, surprised they haven't capitalised on it by making an actual track.
Little Bally Mountain and Bally Mountain (Queensland)
18 Apr, 2019
Hard
6.4km return
4 hrs
Walked this via the recommended route in the description from the end of Bonogin Road. The area reminded me a bit of the Spring Mountain reserve only a bit steeper with a better view from the top. The view was sensational, could see Surfers Paradise, Coolangatta, Mt Cougal, Mt Warning from the top of Bally Mountain. Like Spring Mountain there is a labyrinth of different tracks around so was definitely nice to have a GPS to make sure I didn't wander off onto one of the more protected areas.
The Steamers (Main Range National Park)
13 Apr, 2019
Hard
18km return
2 days
Downloaded a GPS track from Wikiloc starting at the Emu Creek campsite, would not recommend that start point. You can intercept the main track but it involves 45 minutes of walking along a creek then bush bashing your way up the side of the cliff. At the top of the ridge there is a clear path up past the steamers. Eventually you will reach an intersection, one route continues on to the summit of Mt Steamer, the other backtracks along the top of the rock formation to Lizard point where you can get that famous photo of the Steamers.

The view was incredible! Involved a little bit of scrambling but wasn't exposed. After that we carried on to Mt Steamer which was only 40mins away or so along a reasonable track. The view from the top isn't as good as the Lizard Point lookout but it is still very nice, better than Wilson's peak. Has a perfect view of Mt Superbus, was great seeing the side profile of Superbus and understanding why it took so long to walk from one side of the 'summit' to the other.

All in all was a day well spent, took longer than expected but I think that was mainly cause we had to do a return trip down the side of steep hill covered in vegetation to get to and from the car.
Mt Woowoonga Summit Walk (Queensland)
31 Mar, 2019
Hard
3.6km return
2.5 hrs
Fairly nice hike along a well marked track to the summit. It reminded me a bit of Mt Coochin only a bit longer (took me 45mins from the carpark to the summit). The views from the top are fairly obstructed so it's difficult to get a good photo. I ended up walking onwards to the higher Mt Goonaneman which has the TV tower at the summit. Wouldn't really recommend it, the track is a bit hard to follow and there is no view from the top of that mountain..also not really sure if I was meant to be walking around the TV tower. I didn't see a sign telling me otherwise though. Nice enough day out but if you want amazing views go to Mt Walsh instead.
Wilson's Peak (Main Range National Park)
25 Mar, 2019
Very Hard
8km
5 hrs
Very detailed description that was all completely accurate. Took me 2hrs up and 1hr 45 down. Very easy mountain to navigate, you walk along the fence for the vast majority so very hard to get misplaced. The first 3/4s is undulating so you don't really gain any altitude until you get to the steep hike up the peak. VERY similar to Mt Cougall, views aren't quite as good and the uphill component is certainly longer. Saw a snake on the way back, fortunately it was on the NSW side of the fence. Could have hugged the fence if it wasn't covered in barbed wire.