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32 walks ticked

This Year

7
Number of Walks Ticked
63.5km
Total Distance Ticked

All Time

32
Number of Walks Ticked
344.8km
Total Distance Ticked
Name Date Difficulty Distance/Duration
Toolona Creek Circuit (Lamington National Park)
10 Sep, 2022
Medium
19.8km return
7 hrs
Completed in 3.5 hrs half running half walking. Went at first light the morning after some rain and it was gorgeous, the beech trees and waterfalls were awesome. Shorts and a light t-shirt were fine, only managed to nab one leech. The trail was littered with slippery rocks and roots on the Toolona section of the trail. Only saw other hikers whilst returning to Green Mountains trailhead.
Korogoro Walking Track (Hat Head National Park)
6 Sep, 2022
Easy
3.2km return
2 hrs
Was cold and windy in the shade but well worth it.
Connors Walking Track (Hat Head National Park)
5 Sep, 2022
Medium
3.3km one-way
2 hrs
Did this one when some fairly strong southerlies were blowing, wish I had warmer clothes for the exposed sections. Good walk in close proximity of the Hungry Gate Campground (which was also exceptional)
Mt Mitchell (Main Range National Park)
12 Jun, 2022
Medium
10.98km
3.5 hrs
Fairly easy track with an awesome view out across most of the main range and Barney/maroon at sunrise. Was about 1°C with wind chill on top of that. The wild wind was forming layers of cloud that were rolling fast up and over the south west side of mount Cordeaux and Mitchell which looked absolutely spectacular. Walking back down it was like having a whole new hike, as we couldn't see the beautiful rainforest in the dark on the way up.
Mt Barney - East Peak - South Ridge (Mt Barney National Park)
1 Jun, 2022
Very Hard
17km return
10 hrs
Ascended and descended staying up at Rum Jungle for the night. The track had quite a few trees blown down on it but was easily navigable, took us about 5 hours up with heavy packs and plenty of rest stops. Even the views from south ridge are impressive. We thought the cold snap and wind storms were virtually over but it was still very likely below freezing up in the saddle at night with loud galelike winds forcing us out of the old hut site and keeping us up all night. The saddle creek was still running nicely and it was overall very enjoyable, doing sunrise at East peak and sunset overlooking East peak halfway up west peak.
Pages Pinnacle (South East Queensland)
14 Jan, 2022
Hard
6.7km return
2.5 hrs
Denham Falls walk (South East Queensland)
3 Jan, 2022
Medium
2.5km return
1 hr
Twin Falls Circuit (Springbrook National Park)
19 Oct, 2021
Medium
4.6km return
90 mins
Twin Falls Circuit (Springbrook National Park)
13 Oct, 2021
Medium
4.6km return
90 mins
Warrie Circuit (Springbrook National Park)
13 Oct, 2021
Hard
17km return
5 hrs
Mt Barney - East Peak - Up South-East - Down South (Mt Barney National Park)
6 Oct, 2021
Very Hard
15km return
10 hrs
As many others have said, it is challenging but rewarding. Views are pretty awesome the whole way up and the track is fairly easy to find/assess although there are quite a few spurs which diverge. We found the last half of the climb thrilling. There are a couple of ranger's markers on the ascent at the moment, mainly at about 1/3 the way up and then at the final ascent through the exposed gully.

At the moment there are a couple of ropes on faces/steps about 2/3 of the way up to help haul yourself or packs. When you come to about the last 1/4 of ascent the peak can look intimidating, there is a lot of scrambling (borderline climbing) in an exposed rocky gully where the east face threatens you with falling. Wouldn't recommend in the wet without some ropes.

Descent was straightforward, there is a section about 1/2 the way down from the rum jungle, where the obvious track may seem to keep to the east of the south ridge. It actually diverges west and over some rocky outcrop. We took the east route and had to navigate west back to the main track (on an obvious track) at the base of a big fairly smooth rock face, with a big fallen tree on it.

Our group (young and fit) completed this route in just under 9 hrs return to Mt Barney Lodge Country Retreat, including time for exploring campsites, photography, eating and a swim. If we could do it again we would start an hour+ before sunrise.

Went through about 3.5L water each on a day with no cloud and high of about 30 degrees. Definitely take at least 4L each. It rained quite heavily ~4 days before, the gorge creek in the east-west saddle was running nicely while we were there, could definitely be used for a top up given recent enough rain.

Make sure you know what you are getting into when you attempt this route. Be adequately prepared physically, mentally and with your gear. There is not much shade on this ascent. Use the ranger's checklists for this walk.
Boolimba Bluff (Carnarvon National Park)
10 Jul, 2021
Hard
7.1km return
3 hrs
Moss Garden (Carnarvon National Park)
9 Jul, 2021
Medium
7.5km return
3 hrs
Amphitheatre (Carnarvon National Park)
9 Jul, 2021
Medium
8.4km return
4 hrs
Wards Canyon (Carnarvon National Park)
9 Jul, 2021
Medium
9.8km return
4 hrs
Art Gallery (Carnarvon National Park)
9 Jul, 2021
Medium
11.5km return
4 hrs
Cathedral Cave (Carnarvon National Park)
9 Jul, 2021
Hard
18.2km return
6 hrs
Boowinda Gorge (Carnarvon National Park)
9 Jul, 2021
Hard
18.4km return
6 hrs
Big Bend (Carnarvon National Park)
9 Jul, 2021
Hard
19.4km return
8 hrs
Carnarvon Gorge (Carnarvon National Park)
9 Jul, 2021
Hard
28km return
8 hrs