Peta Statham

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Number of Walks Ticked
8.0km
Total Distance Ticked
Name Date Difficulty Distance/Duration
Mount Vane (Jarlo Beetle Track) (North Stradbroke Island - Minjeeribah)
26 Jan, 2021
Medium
8km return
3 hrs
Good short walk on a sandy track. It took us about 2hrs 10mins, including plenty of stops for views, time at the viewing platform at the top, wildflower pics and cicada spotting (there are heaps this time of year).

We started from the car park then went straight up hill. We turned right at the junction between the Kabul and Jarlo Beetle tracks.

The track isn't hard per se, but there are plenty of uphill sections and the sand makes things a little more taxing on the legs. There are a few stairs towards the top. That said, there are plenty of flat sections too. The main thing to consider is that this walk is fairly exposed for much of the way. Combine that with sand reflecting the heat back at you and it can get pretty hot. We started the walk about 9am, but it was still pretty warm (prediction for today was about 31 degrees). Take a hat, wear plenty of sunscreen. The track is probably best done at cooler times of year.

There were lovey little wildflowers, an abundance of grass trees, birds and insects and glimpses out to sea along the way. There were a few interpretive panels, still very clear znd providing interesting information on local fauna and flora. The view from the top is good - bring some binoculars to take a closer look. Another bonus is that, at least today (and the island is busy at the momenr), the track seems pretty quiet. We only saw two other people on the track.

On the way back, either come back the way you came or head down rhe Kabul track at the junction. This will add an extra hour or three (depending on the options you take)

Tip: if you're good at early mornings (unlike me), this may be a good place to see the sun rise. Be on the look out for orb weaver webs. They seems to love to spin them across this path :-)