Nicole Howarth

11 walks ticked

This Year

Number of Walks Ticked
Total Distance Ticked

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Number of Walks Ticked
Total Distance Ticked
Name Date Difficulty Distance/Duration
Lower Portals (Mt Barney National Park)
5 Mar, 2023
7.4km return
3 hrs
Awesome walk! Very steady pattern of up and down all the way. Took my kids (11&13).. about 1hr20min in, an hour spent swimming in the creek and rock hopping and the same 1hr20 return. It was a very hot day so definitely ensure you are well prepared. Spotted quite a few wildlife. The giant monitor lizards are pretty cool. Track is clear though, easy to follow except the cross over the creek and turn left part near the portals. If I hadn't read this prior we would have found it harder to pick up and follow the track. Reccomend this for fit active kids! My sons adhd so he loves it. Daughter found it a little more hard going on the return.
Three Falls Trail (Mount Field National Park)
12 Jan, 2023
6.5km return
2.25 hrs
I did the three falls circuit as a solo wander. It was a great, very easy to navigate track. Quite heavily foot trafficked, lots of families with kids and tourists.. especially to the first point -Russell falls. I did the loop in 1hr45 with an hour of actual movement according to my tracking app. the rest were times stopped to enjoy the waterfalls and take in the beauty. I also did the added on tall trees circuit. There's one section at the end of the full loop near lady Barron which is all stairs which had me gasping for air as I tried to run up it. There were quite a few flights! Hahaha I would love to come back and tick off some of the more challenging hikes but this was a good one to break up my work week.

Bare Rock track and Morgan's Walk (Main Range National Park)
13 Nov, 2022
4.5 hrs
A clear easy path, well used, a steady climb, the views from both bare rock and cordeux summit are absolutely beautiful. Path is mostly shaded by trees which is amazing in summer. Kids (10 & 13) survived the 12.6km, completed in 3hrs20minutes. would like to return some time for sunrise!
Mt Ngungun (Glass House Mountains National Park)
26 Sep, 2021
2.8km return
90 mins
Perfect climb for kids! 30minutes up. We spent about 40 minutes up the top just exploring, and taking photos. Ran back down again. Kids loved it.
Morans Falls (Lamington National Park)
15 Aug, 2021
4.4km return
90 mins
Easy walk, well marked track, my daughter (12) and I ran the track. Enjoyed sunset and views then headed back up in the dark with headlamps.
Pages Pinnacle (South East Queensland)
10 Jul, 2021
6.7km return
2.5 hrs
Love this hike, 2.5 hour round trip In a group so there were certainly lots of slower moving moments and a reasonable amount of time spent at the two 'photo oportunity points'. Starts with a decent steep Firetrail most of the way up, requiring a good cardiovascular level. There's a small amount of rock scramble across the pinnacle- the best part in my opinion. Can be windy and much cooler in winter. Start early if you can, track looks to get busy! Passed lots of hikers on the way back down. (We started at 730am).
Purling Brook Falls Circuit (Springbrook National Park)
19 Jan, 2021
4km return
2 hrs
Gorgeous easy walk. I can jog most of it on solo missions, can complete the track in under an hour with lots of time for photos. Two waterfalls to admire if there's been rainfall... I usually go right after some rain for some heavier water falls. Easy to take children to do if you choose. My kids loved it.
Mt Barney East peak south east ridge (Mt Barney National Park)
7 Jul, 2019
9km return
8 hrs
This was a tough climb, we had summitted mount Beerwah & Tibro in the same day a few months earlier so wanted a more challenging climb. In this one we found it! we left late in the morning, i wouldn't recommend starting later than 8am (we started at 9am) otherwise decent will be likely in the dark. The entire mountain was surrounded in white out. We passed only 3 other humans who were on their way back down as we headed upwards, 2 were park rangers who recommended we didn't travel up to the summit. It was wet, raining in parts with low visibility but we pushed through, the climb was long, and challenging as we went off track several times accidentally. We hit multiple false summits, then the final summit was reached with no sight to see. The sun parted for a few seconds as my partner and i said 'i love you' to each other for the first time. Worth it for that singular moment alone.

The trek back down was difficult as we moved fast paced. We went way off course as visibility meant we had only a few meters in front and required navigational equipment to bring us back towards the track. We had come down the wrong side of the cliffs and with the waning light it was definitely a push of luck. We lost light at marker 4 and went off track again. We had to pull out headlights, retrace and travel back up the mountain to find the marker paths again. Due to it being cold in the middle of winter the sweat beads were turning into icicles on our clothes. It was overall a super tough climb but we will be back to do it again with the light of day and clear visibility. Starting much earlier.

Key points: Start as early as you can maybe even before daybreak
Take navigation equipment and headlamps
Have plenty of water and food on hand.
Mount Beerwah (Glass House Mountains National Park)
23 Mar, 2019
Very Hard
3.6km return
3 hrs
We summitted 2 of the glass mountains in the one day, it was hard but we wanted a challenge. It was hot and the middle of the day when we started Beerwah. Tibro we started early, went up and down in good time. We stopped for lunch then started on Beerwah at midday. The rocks were burning hot by this time, (my hands blistered) so be aware that early climbs are best if you can in the summer.
There were tourists barely up the side of the first leg, burning their hands. We unfortunately witnessed one fall quite badly trying to turn around. If you are not nimble, cannot climb, or are afraid of heights... don't try it. simple as that. In saying that, i have seen children climbing it with ease.

Free hand rock climbing is something you need to be comfortable with. The views are incredibly rewarding and worth it, as are the sand stones all carved away by weathering.

Tips: climb early in the morning, take sunscreen, and HEAPS of water. bug spray is a must as mosquito's will get you first then bugs are thick and swarm at the top of the mountains.
Mt Tibrogargan (Glass House Mountains National Park)
23 Mar, 2019
Very Hard
3km return
3.5 hrs
Tips: climb early in the morning, take sunscreen, and HEAPS of water. bug spray is a must as mosquito's will get you first then bugs are thick and swarm at the top of the mountains.
Be agile and good at free hand rock climbing, ensure you are not afraid of heights, wear well gripped shoes or be prepared to go barefoot in some areas. Not recommended for inexperienced climbers.

Views are unreal though, worth the climb. I've made the trip up several times now.
Mt Taranaki (North Island NZ)
30 Dec, 2015
Very Hard
12.6km return
8 hrs
Spent the last day of the year... scaling my home town mountain. The most challenging climb I'd done. 9 hours. Worth pushing to the peak in every sense of the word.