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22 walks ticked

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21
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234.6km
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22
Number of Walks Ticked
255.6km
Total Distance Ticked
Name Date Difficulty Distance/Duration
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
Paradise and Little Falls (Bunya Mountains)
4 Jul, 2021
Easy
2.5km return
45 mins
Barker Creek Circuit (Bunya Mountains)
4 Jul, 2021
Easy
10km return
3 hrs
Westcliff Lookout (Bunya Mountains)
4 Jul, 2021
Easy
4.8km return
75 mins
Koondaii Circuit (Bunya Mountains)
4 Jul, 2021
Easy
3km return
1 hr
Festoon Falls and Mcgrory Lookout (Bunya Mountains)
3 Jul, 2021
Easy
1.6km return
30 mins
Scenic Circuit (Bunya Mountains)
3 Jul, 2021
Easy
4km return
80 mins
The Cream Track (Springbrook National Park)
22 May, 2021
Hard
11.5km return
4.5 hrs
Started at Tally, goes up and up and up and up. The views and teahouse at the top are worth it. It's well signed and even has stairs at the bottom. It's a fun hill to run back down, with a float in the creek at the bottom as a rewards. Don't forget to visit Gorge falls too, which is at the bottom of the hill.
Stinson Crash Site from Christmas Creek (Lamington National Park)
21 May, 2021
Hard
15km return
8 hrs
Managed to get this one done after finishing Larapinta. Started from the bottom of the climb at around 12:30pm and got back to the car park at about 4:00pm.

Although it's fairly well trodden and marked It's a tricky track with it's steepness and would be a formidable challenge in the wet. We were grabbing tree roots and on all fours for first couple hundred metres of elevation. It should be noted that there is a (easier) track just off to the left as you look up the hill which is not as steep as the immediately obvious slog of a climb at the start.

There seems to be multiple ways to ascend the plateau at the top, but we followed the limited pink & orange hiking tape around to the SE which eventually goes back to the NW through a break in the cliff and up to a rock face where someone has attached climbing rope to a tree for easy climbing up to the top of the plateau. From here it's a steady, but relatively steep walk along the top of the ridge to the camping area.

There's not a whole lot of the wreck left above ground, just some old rusty frame, but it's still a unique sight. The memorial is still fairly well kept. A lot of sporadic rain up the top in the mid afternoon.

Overall a challenging but worthy bushwalk. Come prepared. Plenty of lawyer vine on the track.
Westray's Grave from Christmas Creek (Lamington National Park)
21 May, 2021
Medium
7.5km return
3.5 hrs
Nice walk. Did Larapinta and Stinson in the same day, 2 fit young blokes, started at 9:30am, back to car at 4pm. Some awesome swimming holes along here, good to wake you up on the way back in winter. Hikers tape is sporadic so just stick to the creek's direction if lost. Beware of stinging plants and lawyer vine
Larapinta Falls (Lamington National Park)
21 May, 2021
Medium
14km return
5 hrs
Did this walk yesterday and it was great. Had attempted it once before but didn't give ourselves enough time for how overgrown it was after covid shutdowns. This time we started from the new and only carpark (after the first causeway/bridge, limited to 10 cars) at 9:30am and made it back to westrays grave at about 12:30 before doing Stinson wreck. The track is fairly well trodden at the moment so moving is quite easy, there's a bit of landslide and fallen trees around.

It hadn't rained in a couple of weeks but the falls were still full and spectacular. Just follow the south Branch of the creek up and down and you'll have no dramas, just keep in mind there is a major fork in it heading up, and keep left, bring a GPS if you're unsure. If you can't find a track just rock hop your way up.