1 Secret Spring / Mt Maroon foothills. Moderate. Approx. 10km 5 - 6 hrs Car shuffle required
Sunday 2 August Cost: $65 pp
Description: Mt Maroon has many secrets and today we visit a sweet spring that runs tea-coloured clear all year round – even during the deepest drought. Most of our walk is through open forest and along the way vistas open out on to the peaks and valleys of the Mt Barney area. Being in the foothills the terrain is undulating so you can expect some short climbs and descents with rough ground underfoot. After a break at the Spring, we follow fire trails through the forest to the road near Mt Barney Creek.
2 Teviot Gap – off track walk. Approx. 8km 4 – 5 hours Challenging
Sunday 9 August Cost: $65 pp
Description: Tucked away in the upland forests of the Main Range are many places of rugged beauty and quiet peace. This little off-track ramble takes us to some of these places that you won’t find on a map. Shhhh …. don’t tell! Be prepared for steep ground, creek bed rock-hopping and no tracks.
3 Paddy’s Falls – Paddy’s Ridge Loop (Mt Barney NP) Moderate
WEDNESDAY 12 August 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: This trip will suit beginner bush walkers keen for an off-track adventure.
4 The Steamers (Main Range NP) 7 – 8 hrs Challenging (off track)
Sunday 16 August Cost: $80 pp
Description: A two-hour drive (last bit requires SUV) brings us to the start of this walk however it’s worth the journey to visit one of the most dramatic geologic features in SE Queensland! The Steamers rise as steep cliff sections atop a ridge to the west of the Main Range NW of Mt Superbus. They are named the Prow, Funnel, Mast and Stern for their resemblance to a massive ship. The view from the western end of the Stern is one of the best in the region. There is not really any track so be prepared for steep climbs and rough ground with a section of steep scree as we head up on to the ridge and traverse the various features of the Steamers before returning by the same route.
NB The final section to the viewpoint off the end of the Stern involves an exposed and very narrow short section of ridge. Extreme care is required and this part is not recommended for those nervous of heights. The walk is still very rewarding without this final scramble.
5 Green Mountains Escarpment Trails Approx. 12kms / 5 – 6hrs Moderate
Sunday 30 August Cost: $65 pp
Description: Today we venture on to some of the almost-forgotten walks around Green Mountains and the O’Reilly’s Resort. The first section is along the familiar Border Track then we veer off to visit the historic Forestry Department Cairn. From here a faint old trail winds across the headwaters of Moran’s Creek and climbs steadily through magnificent stands of forest giants. (Keep an eye out for old track markers and signposts.) Nearing the dramatic escarpment that rises from the Albert River glimpses of the valley are gained at Lyrebird Lookout and Orchid Grotto Lookout. This section features many ancient Antarctic Beech trees. Moonlight Crag Lookout is the perfect lunch spot before we take more trodden paths to Moran’s Falls … and then the easy track to the café!
6 CANCELLED Mt Joyce Circuit, Wyaralong Dam. Moderate (steep climb to the summit!) Approx. 15.5km / 5 - 6 hours
WEDNESDAY 9 September Cost: $65 pp
Description: Mt Joyce (Elevation 450m) offers one of the best views in the region! But it takes a bit of effort to get there … Starting at the Wyaralong Dam wall the Shoreline Trail brings us to the base of Grass Tree Trail, a steep climb up the ridge. Nearing the top we take a bush trail for the rest of the hike to the summit. This is a total elevation gain of around 300m. After enjoying the terrific view we descend initially down the way we came, then steeply down to the Ridgeline Trail. We can either turn left and head back to the start or take the side trip to Ngumbi Campsite before returning to the Trail Head.
7 Ivory’s Rock Circuit Hike. (private property, no general public access to walk) Moderate (steps and loose sections) Approx 9km / 5 hours
Sunday 20 September Cost: $75 pp
Description: The prominent volcanic peaks near Flinders Peak are the focus of this intriguing circuit track at Ivory’s Rock Camping. Traversing up to the base and around the main peaks the trail gives access to wonderful views and many points of geologic interest as well as varying flora and fauna habitats around the cliffs and caves of the peaks. A must do!
9 Hardings Paddock to Flinders Plum 19km 6 - 7 hours Moderate – mostly fire trail. Car shuffle required.
Wednesday 30 September Cost: $65pp
Description: Forming part of the Boonah to Ipswich Trail this nice long multi-use trail takes us south to the base of Flinders Peak. Many great view points and vistas along the way and plenty of ups and downs on wide graded tracks through the rugged landscape make this a satisfying day out.
10 Lever’s Plateau Rabbit Fence Walk overnight Moderate/Challenging 22km & 15km
COST $395pp (includes transport from Beaudesert, guide and driver, meals & accommodation @ Wild Mountains)
Saturday 3 /Sunday 4 October
Description: An overnight adventure along the historic Rabbit Board Fence! The first day begins in the foothills east of towering Mt Lindesay where we join the fence and walk a rollercoaster trail through many forest types with spectacular views. It’s a big day but carrying only a daypack makes it good leg stretch – of course, you will enjoy the day more if you are reasonable fit and have been hiking regularly.
Upon arrival at Wild Mountains we settle into our camp and relax around the fire until dinner, a short stroll away in the main hall.
Our second day begins with a shuttle back up to the Fence where the trail continues across Lever’s Plateau, passing by spectacular Long Falls then loosing altitude all the way down to the Lion’s Rd on the Qld/NSW Border. Our transport meets us here for the return to Beaudesert.
- There are many sharp ascents and descents (no stairs) that may not suit a person with knee or other physical issues.
- Our personal overnight gear is transported to the bush campsite at Wild Mountains. You may take your own tent and mat or choose to stay in one of the shared basic canvas huts. Full details on enquiry.
11 Apple Tree Park to Purlingbrook Falls Trail Head (Springbrook NP) Approx 7.1km 5 – 6 hrs Moderate
Sunday 11 October Cost: $65 pp
Description: Today’s walk is the last section of the GC Hinterland Great Walk. Initially taking the power line easement for about 1km the track then drops down into the catchment of the Little Nerang Dam. After crossing Little Nerang Creek the track heads upstream up the side of a narrow gorge with pools and cascades cut into older rocks from beneath the ancient Tweed volcano. After 1km the track emerges at a basalt slab above the beautiful Warringa Pool.
The track continues on the other side of the creek to Purling Brook Falls, where a massive cliff of cream-coloured rhyolite, 100m high, looms over a deep gorge of black basalt. After crossing the suspension bridge, a steady climb brings you back to the top of the plateau. Just before crossing the top of Purling Brook, the track branches left to The Settlement camping area where we end our hike.
12 Girraween NP Camp
Sat 17 and Sunday 18 October Cost: $140 pp for two days guided walking (includes campsite fee)
Saturday: Mt Norman return including Castle Rock Approx 15km return. Full day.
Sunday: AM First Pyramid 3.4km return approx. 2½ hrs or Dr Roberts Waterhole and Underground Creek 3.5km return. Approx. 2½ hrs
NB ACTUAL walk program may vary.
Description: For a wildflower finale to the 2020 program we travel to Girraween NP near Stanthorpe for a camping and walking weekend. There are many walk options here and no matter what we do, the walking in this granite wonderland is sensational! The flora is spectacular, especially in spring and the bush is alive with birds and other fauna.
In 1930, after intense lobbying from local GP Dr Roberts, land was set aside to create Bald Rock NP for the protection of the Superb Lyrebird and the common wombat. Nearby Castle Rock NP was established in 1932. They were then known collectively as Wyberba NP. Further land acquisitions lead to amalgamation of these parks into Girraween (meaning ‘place of flowers’) NP and land additions continued until 1980 which enlarged the Park to 11, 800ha.
(The campsite at Bald Rock has already been reserved for our group) If you prefer not to camp there are accommodation options the closest being Girraween Environmental Lodge www.girraweenlodge.com.au (trouble is you may not want to go walking once you arrive here…) and there are also B&Bs not far away.
You will need to provide your own food and camping gear. More details, including transport arrangements will be advised closer to the date once we have a group assembled. NB There are good amenities here however showers are not available due to the ongoing drought.
For more background on Girraween go to www.epa.qld.gov.au and follow the links to Parks and Forests to select Girraween.
13 Full Moon Hike!! Mt Mattheson Trail – 8km Moderate. Approx. 5 hours
Saturday 31 October Cost: $65 pp BYO dinner and snacks.
Description: There is nothing quite as magical as being in the bush as day gives way to the night – especially on a full moon! Mt Mattheson is a favourite circuit walk and 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 eucalypt forest. From Mt Mattheson (752m) the track follows a sharp ridge with bird’s 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 where we will have dinner and watch the moonrise at 5.45pm. From here it’s about a 30-minute walk to the vehicles.