The 2019 summer walks program:
Walk 1: Lower Portals (Mt Barney NP) Approx. 6km return 5 - 6 hrs Easy.
Date: SATURDAY 2nd February (Leave mid afternoon – return after dark)
We are kicking off the walk season with something a little different this time! With such hot days it makes sense to be like rock wallabies – resting in the heat and being active in the cool … so we are starting this walk at 3pm, walking into the Portals for a swim and dinner then walking out a bit after sundown.
The walk begins at the Lower Portals car park. The 2.4km easy/moderate track takes us to the Mt Barney Creek crossing. A short distance upstream is the Lower Portals waterhole – the perfect spot to relax and cool off and have a picnic dinner as we watch the light change on the cliffs around us before retracing our steps.
Walk 2: Westray’s Grave – Larapinta Falls (Lamington NP) approx. 8km return. Approx. 6 - 7 hrs. Moderate (with lots of boulder hopping requiring good balance)
The end of Christmas Creek Rd is the beginning of the track that takes us to the final resting place of Jim Westray. He survived the crash of the Stintson in February 1937 only to die a few days later during his brave efforts to seek help for the two other survivors. The story is a tragic one; forever part of Australian folklore. To walk in this place, knowing the role of Bernard O'Reilly in securing the rescue of Proud and Binstead, is a humbling experience.The rainforest here is beautiful and there are many cascades and pools to be enjoyed on this low elevation track. It’s not strenuous but care is needed on the roots and rocks that comprise the track in many places.
Larapinta Falls is one kilometer upstream of the grave site and in good conditions (dry creek boulders) should take about an hour one way. If it were slippery we’d add about a half hour to this.
Walk 3: Teviot Brook Loop (Off track – details to be advised)
Date: Sunday 17th February
Description: At the headwaters of the Teviot Brook are some magic places tucked away from the usual routes. Today we slow down and take in the peace and quiet to be found in the forests beneath the summits. More information to follow.
Walk 4: Paddy’s Falls – Paddy’s Ridge Loop (Mt Barney NP) Moderate
Date: WEDNESDAY 27 February
Description: This off-track bushwalk walk extends a regular walk to Paddy’s Falls into a loop walk that takes in Paddy’s Peak (546m) southwest of Mt Maroon. There are interesting cliff features and magnificent views that you won’t see on a regular excursion into this area. If it’s a warm day we can take a dip in Mt Barney Creek before we head home.
Note: This trip will suit beginner bush walkers keen for an off-track adventure.
Walk 5: Barney Gorge overnight pack hike – Lower Portals to Waterfall Creek Camp. Moderate / Challenging.
Date: Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd March
Description: Mt Barney Creek has many route options for overnight camps – one of the best ways to experience the heart of this remote World Heritage area. Depending on conditions on the day we will take a combination of ridge / creek routes to and from our camp at Barney Gorge. If the creek level remains low, it will be an opportunity to walk / rock-hop the length of the creek from Lower to Upper Portals. Once out of the National Park the last section will be down the Waterfall Creek Rd to the camping reserve. As this is a ‘through walk’ a car shuffle will be required at the beginning and end of the weekend.
Note: If you have not carried an overnight pack before this is great time to begin! Experienced walkers in the group will be more than happy to help you out and share tips and advice J If you would like to chat about it – feel free to call!
Walk 6: West Canungra Creek Circuit, (Lamington, Green Mountains Section) 13.9km Approx. 7 hrs Moderate (done in a clockwise direction)
Date: Sunday 17th March (You may choose to stay up on the mountain on Saturday evening – it’s two hours each way to the trail head from Boonah)
Description: Yay - the track is open again post Cyclone Debbie!! Beginning near O’Reilly’s guesthouse, “the circuit descends to 'Yerralahla' (blue pool) passing by some large rainforest trees including Red Cedar Toona ciliata, and then follows the creek for most of its length, crossing it several times. Eels inhabit the West Canungra Creek. They bite when threatened and injuries have occurred.” The circuit includes beautiful waterfalls and ends at the Box Forest featuring many forest giants of great age. To stand among them and enjoy their ancient presence is a fitting end to the hike. On overcast summer days, leaf-tailed geckos may be seen along this circuit. This gecko is endemic to the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area. Fossilized ancestors of this species, from over 20 million years ago, have been found in the Riversleigh Fossil Sites.”
NB For the protection of Lamington's sensitive waterways, habitat for a number of endangered and vulnerable frog species, no swimming is permitted in the creeks and pools of Lamington NP. (These walks notes adapted from NPSRS website)
Do you fancy three days of walking in a special place away from your usual world? Come with us on the delightful Spring Creek Mountain Trail!
SPRING CREEK MOUNTAIN TRAIL 3-DAY WALK – Camp and Cottage
Saturday 6 – Monday 8 April One night camping on private property nestled beside spectacular old growth rainforest and one night at Spring Creek Mountain Cottages and Café.
SPRING CREEK MOUNTAIN TRAIL 3-DAY WALK - Cottage
Friday 14th – Sunday 16th June Two nights accommodated at the popular Spring Creek Mountain Cottages And Café.
SPRING CREEK MOUNTAIN TRAIL 3-DAY WALK – Camp and Cottage
Saturday 7 – Monday 9 September One night camping on private property nestled beside spectacular old growth rainforest and one night at Spring Creek Mountain Cottages and Café.
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Here’s what our guests on this walk are saying about the Spring Creek Mountain Trail -
“This is a time traveller’s journey through ancient forests in the footsteps of pioneers, loggers, graziers and farmers - brought to life by Teresa and present day locals. We recommend this great walk for experienced and novice hikers alike – it is not just a walk!” (Guests: David and Jane)
“… the Spring Creek Mountain Trail is great value for money and I would definitely pay it again with no hesitations - highly recommended! It’s not just about following the rabbit fence – it’s the beauty and history of the surrounding areas that goes with it that counts. And that’s what we got with Horizon Guides! Experience, quality and an amazing time in the bush right from the start.” (Guest: Gail)
“What a wonderful experience joining the rabbit board fence walk - as a newcomer to bush walking I learnt so much. Staying at Spring Creek Mountain Cottages was sheer indulgence and the food was to die for. I have enjoyed this walk so much I will be back to do it again next year!” (Guest: Trish)