HORIZON GUIDES: Autumn Day Hikes 2021
1 Paddy’s Ridges Loop (Mt Barney NP) Moderate
Sunday 28 February 2021 Cost: $65 pp
Description: This off-track bushwalk walk extends a regular walk to Paddy’s Falls into a loop walk that takes in nearby ridges and features southwest of Mt Maroon. There are interesting cliff areas and magnificent views that you won’t see on a regular excursion into this area. NB We cross Mt Barney Creek near the trail-head at the start and finish of the walk.
Note: The trip will suit beginner bush walkers with reasonable fitness and agility who are keen for an off-track adventure.
2 Mt Mattheson Circuit (Main Range NP) 8km. Easy, some moderate rough sections.
Sunday 7 March 2021 Cost: $65 pp
Description: Today’s walk is one of the most diverse and historically interesting circuits on the Range. Starting at the Spicer’s Gap picnic area near the pioneer grave site the track climbs gradually through rainforest before coming onto a ridgeline of open eucalyptus forest. From Mt Mattheson (752m) the track follows a sharp ridge with birds eye views of the Great Divide. Small volcanic cliffs add variety with ferns and orchids sheltering in their crevices. Turning southwest the track meanders through rainforest before opening out onto old logging tracks and joining the historic basalt-cobbled pioneer road. This takes us back to the start via the Governors Chair lookout and Moss’s Well.
3 Knapp’s Peak Reserve (Private access) Approx. 7.5km Elevation +/- 270m approx. 5-6hrs Challenging.
Sunday 14 March Cost: $65 pp
Description: This striking peak lies to the north of Mt Maroon on private land. Significant cliffs and sedimentary rock outcrops support diverse flora and fauna. This is an OFF-TRACK bushwalk so be prepared for long grass, uneven footing over rocks and steep sections throughout. The easterly views from the top are rewarding and we may be entertained by peregrine falcons in the updraughts! A great introduction to off-track walking on a little-visited peak.
GONDWANA FESTIVAL 2 - 21 March 2021 : events across the Scenic Rim.
4 Toolona Circuit (Lamington NP Green Mountains Section) Toolona Creek circuit 17.4km return Approx. 7.5hrs Moderate +
Sunday 28 March Cost: $80 pp
Description: A glorious immersion in GREEN! The Toolona Creek circuit branches from the Box Forest Circuit near Elabana Falls, then continues beside Toolona Creek, up through a gorge, and past its headwaters to emerge on the Border Track near Wanungara lookout. The narrow Toolona Gorge creates a protected moist and shady refuge for many ancient flowering rainforest plants. The king fern Todea barbara is a relict of one of the oldest fern families, Osmundaceae, evolving even before Gondwana formed.
The return trip via the Border Track passes Mount Bithongabel. Many large clumps of Antarctic beech Nothofagus moorei trees are found in the area. …. Leeches are highly likely…
5 Lizard Point (Main Range NP) 8 - 9 hours return. Challenging. +/- 400 m Elevation.
Easter Monday 5 April Cost: $80 pp
Lizard Point juts from the Main Range as a prominent shelf on the skyline north of Mt Roberts. It’s quite a spectacular view-point from which to survey the headwaters of Carneys and Wild Cattle Creeks and many of the peaks of the Fassifern. This ridge walk through dense rainforest is rough and challenging. From Teviot Gap it involves a steep climb following the line of the old rabbit fence to gain the ridgeline and then takes a rough rocky foot track through rainforest and over Mt Roberts (1327m) before the trail brings us out to Lizard Point. We return by the same route.
ABOUT OUR WALKS Our day-long eco-interpreted bushwalks are open to anyone with an urge to get out and experience the magnificent Scenic Rim region – and beyond. Groups are small and walks are spaced out to allow time for recovery (and training) for the next walk. You can do as many or few walks as you wish but bear in mind that it’s a good idea to keep up regular walking in between to maintain fitness for the next hike. The hikes offer a range of challenges so read the notes carefully before reserving your place.
These are group hikes and natural history interpretation is an integral part of the guided experience. You are expected to stay with the group. These are NOT fast-paced races to a destination! No drones please.
Our aim is to get out and explore the many facets of our amazing region, note the changes and develop a deeper understanding of the natural richness on our doorstep and, of course, become walking fit with a wonderful group of like-minded bushwalkers.
The nature of the Scenic Rim terrain means that there are few ‘easy’ walks on graded trails. The majority of routes feature uneven ground and ascents and descents, often with rocky sections. The gradients are sometimes very steep. We always allow plenty of time to complete walks so that there is not the necessity to speed through walks or to feel you are not keeping up.
Participants transport themselves to the start of the walk after meeting at the pre-arranged rendezvous point for the day. (Usually an optional car pool is arranged on the day.) Details of the meeting place and times are emailed one week prior to the walk, along with the names of fellow walkers and a list of necessary items to bring.
Come walking with Horizon Guides this season!
See you all very soon - yours in bushwalking.