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Name Date Difficulty Distance/Duration
Mount Edwards (Moogerah Peaks National Park)
17 Aug, 2018
Very Hard
6km return
3 hrs
2/5 stars, 3hrs return at relaxed pace. Overall, a somewhat underwhelming hike. Whilst the summit view is decent, most of the trail is a very dusty uphill walk through the bush. Tbh my knees weren’t feeling great afterwards, a lot of the trail is just pretty much largeish stairs that were not fun going back down. Walk across the dam wall to the start of the trail; the view from the dam is nice of both the lake and the river on the opposite side. The summit has a few trees so a clear photo of the surrounding landscape is a bit difficult. Going off-trail at the peak for a better view is also a little difficult due to the abundance of lantana in the areas away from the track. It should be noted that the peak also faces in the opposite direction as Lake Moogerah, so if you’re wanting a good view of the lake and the surrounding mountains, pick a different hike. The nearby Mt Greville has far better scenery (depending on which Mt Greville trail you take) and is not a lot more difficult. Overall, would not do this hike again. I've done this hike 1 time.
Mt Ngungun (Glass House Mountains National Park)
28 Jul, 2018
Medium
2.8km return
90 mins
3.5/5 stars, 1hr return at slow pace. Very short hike with a decent view, easily a high summit view to trail difficulty ratio. Mostly a walk along a trail, some rocks jutting out at some points along the dirt track - so watch your step. Scenery is decent, a bit of bush, a bit of lush greenery from the abundant ferns, a small cave next to part of the trail. Not heaps of variation along the way, but the walk itself is relatively short, so it is unlikely you will get bored. Summit gives a nice 360 view which includes tibro, beerwah and coonowrin. The ease of the walk and decent summit view can result in large crowds at the summit. I've done this hike 3 times.
Moonlight Crag, Balancing Rock and Castle Crag (Lamington National Park)
13 Jul, 2018
Medium
7km
3 hrs
3/5 stars, 2hrs return at relaxed pace for Moonlight Crag via. Wishing Tree path. The suggested path to the lookout can be divided into three sections. The first section is the Wishing Tree trail, which begins behind the O’Reilly’s accommodation up the hill from the cafe. Follow the path up from the cafe and to the right, taking you to the accommodation car park (not the cafe car park). The Wishing Tree trail starts at the far end of the car park (signed). This will take you through some nice rainforest to the Wishing Tree, an old hollowed out tree with a sign nailed to it. Optional short detours from this trail include Mick’s Tower and the Glow Worm Gully. Following the trail past the Wishing Tree will eventually lead to the second section, a 4WD/small bus gravel road. There are three forks along the gravel road, take the left fork each time to go to Moonlight Crag. The other forks lead back to the main road, Morans Falls, and Balancing Rock (in that order). Each of the forks is signed. This second section involves walking uphill on the gravel road for a while, and has quite poor scenery and ambience. You can take an optional third section after the Balancing Rock fork, winding through the foliage along the cliffside until the lookout is reached. Can be a bit dangerous if you don’t keep your footing, the soil is soft in some areas and quite close to the cliffside. The lookout itself is used occasionally for wedding ceremonies, providing a relatively nice view of Castle Crag and the mountains in the distance. I've done this hike 1 time.
White Rock Multi-User Trail (White Rock - Spring Mountain Conservation Estate)
8 Jul, 2018
Easy
6.5km return
2 hrs
2.5/5 stars, 1.5hrs return at relaxed pace. The bush walk itself is a bit mundane, nothing but dry bush all around. Signage directs you along the White Rock Trail (WRT). The White Rock itself is pretty interesting, cool patterns and gradient and a nice little climb to get to the top, with more opportunity for climbing around. View to the west is actually obstructed a little by another hill, and the relatively low elevation means that you mostly just see bush all around. I've done this walk 1 time.
Witches Falls (Tamborine National Park)
6 Jul, 2018
Easy
3.4km return
75 mins
3.5/5 stars, 1hr return at relaxed pace. A walk through the rainforest largely consists of ferns and tall rainforest palms, with large mossy boulders and felled trees scattered along the path, has a nice nature feel to it. Dirt path that becomes a little muddy with rain, although tree cover prevents too much rain getting through. A small lookout next to the falls provides a view of the landscape but a poor view of the falls themselves, with the base of the falls inaccessible. Would recommend if planning on doing another short hike or other activity nearby; wouldn’t recommend to drive all the way to Mt Tambo just to do this short walk. I've done this walk 1 time.
Lower Creek Circuit (Tamborine National Park)
6 Jul, 2018
Medium
2.4km return
75 mins
3.5/5 stars, 1.25hrs return at relaxed pace. Small lookout at the base of the small Curtis Falls, going out onto the rocks in the river to gives a better view. Ease of the walk also means that there can be quite a few people at the lookout, although there isn’t much to look at so people tend not to stick around long. The Lower Creek Circuit is a loop that branches off the Curtis Falls track but circles back to the same spot, with both sides of the loop following the river closely. Nice scenery, there are spots along the river where you can walk across felled trees to the other side. The river itself runs relatively flat. I've done this walk 1 time.
Morans Falls (Lamington National Park)
7 May, 2018
Easy
4.4km return
90 mins
3.5/5 stars, 2hrs return at relaxed pace. Track is mostly dirt with some stairs every so often, not too much change in elevation. Scenery is nice - interesting treetops, interesting tree logs lying on the ground, interesting moss. Has a nice rainforesty feel without the vegetation being too dense, but does get a bit repetitive after a bit. Lookout view of the falls is partially blocked by some branches. Getting to the actual falls requires deviating off-track slightly; once you reach the final lookout (from which you can't actually see the falls), if you backtrack maybe 20m and hop over the fence, you can walk a couple more metres down to the river and the falls. View from the top of the falls is also pretty nice. Would recommend if staying at O’Reilly’s for the day, it’s a nice relatively short and easy, would be good to combine it with another shortish walk nearby such as moonlight crag or balancing rock. I've done this hike 1 time.
Mount Coolum (Sunshine Coast)
9 Apr, 2018
Medium
2.6km return
90 mins
2/5 stars, 1.5hrs return at a slow pace. A hike that I would do only if I was already in the area. Mostly involves walking up stairs. Basically the same view of the ocean and beach the whole way up. Even at the summit, your view is restricted to the coastline - due to the abundance of foliage at the summit, the inland view is mostly blocked. Because it's very close to populated areas and not too hard, there's a fair number of people on the trail. I'm definitely a mountain > beach person, but tbh I'd rather spend my time at the beach than this hike. I've done this hike 2 times.
Lower Portals (Mt Barney National Park)
30 Dec, 2017
Medium
7.4km return
3 hrs
3/5 stars, 3.5hrs return at relaxed pace. Trail is well defined dirt path with some variation in slope. Scenery along the trail get a little boring after a while as it's mostly just bush. Walking along the river is quite nice though. Good swim at the end. I've done this hike 1 time.