Sarah

38 walks ticked

This Year

22
Number of Walks Ticked
90.6km
Total Distance Ticked

All Time

38
Number of Walks Ticked
164.0km
Total Distance Ticked
Name Date Difficulty Distance/Duration
Daves Creek Circuit (Binna Burra)
21 Jul, 2019
Medium
12km return
4 hrs
Sylvesters Lookout (Main Range National Park)
30 Jun, 2019
Easy
940m return
20 mins
Amazing view for very little effort. If you're doing Sylvester's Lookout and Mt Castle Lookout, I would visit Mt Castle Lookout first and Sylvester's lookout on your way back (we did it in that order, mainly due to parking).
Mt Castle Lookout (Main Range National Park)
30 Jun, 2019
Easy
960m return
30 mins
Mt Warning Summit trail (Mt Warning National Park)
23 Jun, 2019
Hard
8.8km
5 hrs
Fantastic hike; challenging, but definitely worth it.
Once you get past the never-ending flight of steps at the start of the Summit Track, it levels out to a more gentle upward gradient and zigzags further up toward the summit, making the hike more enjoyable (especially if you find the steps challenging). There are a number of well positioned wooden benches at parts, which make for great rest stops!
The views are amazing as you get higher, and of course if you're climbing the mountain during winter months it also gets very cold the further up you get, so make sure you take warm clothing! It was 15 degrees when we left the car park and I was unsure whether or not I would need my jacket, but I'm so glad I took it because when I checked the temp nearer the top it was only 6 degrees and we could see our breath!
The rock scrambling at the top of the mountain is both exciting and scary - if you're not a fan of heights, like me! I certainly wouldn't say it was easy, but definitely achievable once you get your mind focused. There is a particularly steep section which really challenged me, but if you push on it does get easier and reaching the summit makes it all worth while. I found going back down the rocks easier than going up, although going back down the track - and particularly all those steps - was more of a challenge with jelly legs and a full bladder.
***NOTE: Make sure you visit the toilets before starting the hike, as there are very few safe pee spots along the way (and for gods sake, if you DO pee along the way, don't leave your dirty toilet paper lying right next to the track! Gross people!)
Plunkett Conservation Park Cave (Queensland)
16 Jun, 2019
Medium
4km return
2 hrs
We took our 7 and 9 year olds on this walk and had a great time exploring. Thanks to the instructions above we were able to find the cave without any problems, which was good because there was a storm rolling in and we were in a bit of a rush to find it and get back to the car! (still got a bit wet, but it just added to the adventure!)
I'd love to go back and do some more exploring on a nice sunny day.
Bushrangers Cave (Lamington National Park)
9 Jun, 2019
Medium
4.2km return
2 hrs
We took our 7 and 9 year olds on this walk today and had an amazing time! The caves are incredible and definitely worth the hike up. Climbing through the small cave was a highlight, make sure you take the time to clamber through (it's hard to miss!)!
We walked along the base of the cliff for approx 200-300m until we reached the end of the caves/overhangs and the track started up towards the summit, then turned around and headed back down.
Certainly not an easy hike for younger kids, although our two managed really well (we go hiking most weekends, so they're used to it). Definitely an adventure! Well recommended!
Donnelly’s Castle (Queensland)
8 Jun, 2019
Easy
500m return
20 mins
What an incredible place to explore! We took our 7 and 9 year olds and had an amazing time clambering over and around and underneath the rocks.
Short little walk up to the lookout (an enormous large boulder, with steps, hand rail and fence for safety), with amazing views, and then we spent ages just exploring. No particular track to follow, but it's not difficult to find your way back to the carpark.
We spotted signs of koalas in the form of droppings, but unfortunately did not actually see any of them (probably making too much noise..).
Well worth a visit!
Hell Hole Falls in Bundjalung Country (New South Wales)
18 May, 2019
Medium
3.8km return
2 hrs
Thoroughly enjoyed this walk with my husband and 7 year old son. Definitely wouldn't have found the place without the instructions on this site, so thanks for that!
We ended up following the road all the way down to Sand Ridge Road on the left, although on the way back we took the little trail that others have mentioned having pink ribbons, although we only saw one ribbon and that was on the way back. Obviously the path less taken! Enjoyed it though. Got the heart going on the way up the steep section, but once it levelled out and we'd made it back to the road, the rest of the walk up to the car was easy.
The walk down the creek was fun. Rocks were a bit slippery and I did land on my butt at one point (I've got to stop doing that! haha, wasn't the first time a slippery rock has gotten the better of me). The rock pools were stunning, although the water was too cold to swim! There's a good amount of water flowing down at the moment, so a lovely time to visit.
We managed the walk fairly easily, even with the uphill parts, but then we do go walking most weekends at this time of year and I'd say our fitness level is moderate / active. My 7 year old set a great pace uphill (husband and I struggle to keep up with him sometimes!), although I think if we'd taken our 9 y/o as well she might've struggled on the uphills a bit (she's not quite as enthusiastic a bushwalker as her brother). So it was a good walk to do while she's away for the weekend (haha).
Araucaria Falls (Main Range National Park)
12 May, 2019
Medium
3.6km return
90 mins
Did this walk today with our 7 and 9 year olds, and really enjoyed it! Went on a bit of a detour on our way (make sure you follow the advice above and don't rely on google maps!! Positive was we got to see more of the countryside than we'd anticipated).
The last creek crossing, just after Kurrajong Picnic area, was passable in our little Hyundai i30, although I certainly wouldn't want to attempt it any time after it'd been raining!
The walk itself is easy to follow, a little steep in spots, although no problem for us today as it obviously hasn't rained recently. It was a perfect length for the kids, they managed really well (even the steep sections on the way back up), and exploring the falls was definitely the highlight for us all.
We plan to head out another day and do some more exploring! With the detour on the way there, we sadly ran out of time, but we all agreed it would definitely be worth another visit!
Browns Falls (Queensland)
5 May, 2019
Medium
1.2km return
1 hr
Amazing walk with our 7 and 9 year olds. We had a lot of fun rock hopping and stream crossing our way to the base of the Falls. Difficult to spot the markers at times, but it's pretty easy to figure out - basically just follow the stream.
We did this bushwalk after Queen Mary Falls, which I felt was a great way to do it - the kids (and us) found Brown's Falls much more interesting and exciting.
Both kids ended up brushing against stinging nettle, so just keep a look out! Fortunately it didn't spoil the rest of the walk and they both said afterwards that they'd love to come back and do the walk again, which is definitely saying something!!