Northern Rivers Bushwalkers Club

 

Three days notice must be given to the Leader if you want to participate in any of the walks

On each Monday and Wednesday a club cycling event is held. For further details see the Cycling Page

 

Friday March 2 Kayak Ballina Island Circuit

Ballina island circuit.  Launching at North Creek beach on The Serpentine, paddling under Missingham Bridge and up the river with the incoming tide to Fisheries Creek and the canal then catch the outgoing tide down North Creek to the start point.  Distance is 9km, about 2.5 hours paddling time.  High tide is 1.8m at 9:40am at the trawler harbour.  Depending on the pace there may be an option of a short stop after 2km at the small harbour near the Ramada for a coffee at the Evolution café.  Leader Greg Mc, 0427 949375

 

Saturday March 3 Two Lookouts Walk Nightcap and Mt Jerusalem NPs

Starting at the end of Huonbrook Rd we climb up to Mt Jerusalem Road before heading past the “Loo with a View’ and on to Tea Tree Lookout below Nightcap Bluff for morning tea. We then retrace our steps and then walk towards Mt Jerusalem and finish up at the Flying Fox site which offers one of the most dramatic views in our region. The two lookouts overlook Doon Doon and much more of the Mt Warning caldera. After lunch we return to Huonbrook. Distance 9 km Grade 2 Map Huonbrook Leader Ian 0459496194

 

Sunday March 4  - Brunswick Heads to Mullum Kayak (with possible return option)

Further details TBA Leaders Winston & Heike. Text 0414-997722

 

Sunday  March 4 Abseil Boogarem Falls Koonyum Range

A big single pitch of 100m and then a big rope assisted climb out.

Grade Single, Dry, 100m Leader Shane 0427557823 shane@mse.net.au

 

Friday March 9, Deep Ecology Walk 3838

Starting at Rummery Park, we will walk in silence up the Peates Mountain rain forest path before cutting across to the 3838 Chasm. Lunch on the edge of the Wanganui Gorge. There will be several Deep Ecology readings along the way to 'ground' us into the environment. Grade 3.

Limited numbers so book early with Steve, 0414 312 917

 

Friday March 9 to Monday March 12 Girraween NP Camp

Friday. Meet at Castle Rock Camping area for an afternoon walk to the Junction. This is an easy start to the weekend about 2 hours return. Bring swimmers as there are some lovely pools on the way.

Saturday Morning walk to the Sphinx and Turtle Rock, about 3-4 hours, 7.5 km return.

Afternoon A short drive takes us to Dr. Roberts car park , where we will explore the Underground Creek and  possibly Dr. Roberts Waterhole. These are both fairly easy walks.

Sunday Mt.Norman is a longer walk about 11km return, taking around 4-5 hours.

Alternatively a shorter variation is possible for from the Mt. Norman day-use area. 4km return, 1.5-2 hours.

Monday  Our last walk before packing up and heading home is Castle Rock. Taking around 1.5-2 hours, 5 km return. We will be camping at Castle Rock. To camp in the National park a permit is required and must be pre- booked and paid for. This can be done online at www.npsr.qld.gov.au or phone 137468

All walks are Grade 2 Leader Lou 0431074462 or lou.miller2@gmail.com

 

Saturday March 10 Abseil Sphincter Falls Mt Jerusalem NP

A multi pitch in water and scramble out.

Grade Multi, Wet, 70m Leader Shane 0427557823 shane@mse.net.au

 

Saturday  March 10 to Saturday  March 17 Great Southern Rail Trail and Prom Country Cycling / Walking

Cycling over 100km of Rail Trails in South Gippsland, Victoria as well as enjoying a smorgasbord of local walks along the coastline, in temperature rainforests and at Wilsons Promontory National Park. A program of cycling and walking activities is offered based at Foster. . Check out the link: http://www.greatsouthernrailtrail.com.au/    a  picturesque rail trail close to Melbourne, Phillip Island and Wilsons Promontory. Leongatha is located in the foothills of South Gippsland's Strzelecki Ranges with a population around 5,000. The trail passes through wide-open spaces of lush dairy country before entering tea tree and eucalypt bushland near Koonwarra. The trail has a fine gravel surface and passes through bushland, swamp scrub and lowland forest. There is abundant local wildlife; kangaroos, wallabies and bird life thrive in this area. At the foothills of the Hoddle Range, there are slightly steeper parts of the trail and many cuttings and embankments. The small town of Fish Creek has a strong arts scene and plenty of options to eat and restock supplies. There is a climb from Fish Creek to Hoddle Summit where there are views over Corner Inlet and Wilsons Promontory from the peak. We will be staying at the Prom Central Caravan Park , 38 Nelson St Foster. (Tel No. 0356822440) http://www.promcentralcaravanpark.com.au/accommodation/ .  The choice is camping or staying in a cabin. The cost of a 2 bedroom ensuited cabin is $110 per night or $90 per night including linen etc. The prices quoted are for 2 people. Extra persons in the cabin attract an extra fee of $15 per night. Please note for a 7 night stay there will be a $10 per night reduction ie $100 or $80. Please book your accommodation and register with Ian 0459496194. Bikes can be hired in the local area. Please organise with Gary. There is a bus from Southern Cross Station to Yarram stopping at Foster. https://www.vline.com.au/getattachment/44615b59-182d-456a-a25d-57b25de3d88b/Yarram-Melbourne-(via-Leongatha,-Koo-Wee-Rup-a-(1)

Leader Gary Wa. 0429427656

 

Saturday March 17 Minyon Circuit

Walk from the picnic area at Minyon Grass to the base of Minyon Falls and on to Quondong Falls before returning via the top of Minyon Falls. A picturesque walk through rainforest on maintained tracks. Some rock scrambling at the bottom to get to the base of the falls and rock hopping across Repentance Creek. . Distance 13 km. Grade 2

Leader Kerrie P. 0432872148

 

Saturday March 17 to Sunday March 18 Abseil Camp at Iron Pot. Toonumbah NP

Sat recce and set up of Eden Creek Falls.

Sun the two pitches at Eden Creek Falls.

Grade Multi, Wet, 2 x 50m Leader Shane 0427557823 shane@mse.net.au

 

Saturday March 17 to Wednesday March 21 St Kilda Cycling

Based at Ellwood we will ride along Melbourne cycleways starting from the pier at St Kilda each day.  On each of the 3 days will be riding around 70 km of mainly cycleways in Melbourne. Destinations will be Williamstown / Altona, Gardiners Creek and Merri Creek / Moonee Ponds. Leader  Ian 0459496194

 

Wednesday March 21 to Saturday March 24 Cycling  Rail Trails at Yea and Mansfield

Wednesday Yea to Tallarook return.77km  Can be shortened to 55km return. Quite easy riding remembering the rail trails are graded ie only have inclines!! The ride takes you through some lovely bushland and beside the Goulburn River.

Thursday Yea to Alexander. 68km return. This section includes a tunnel and great scenery.

Friday Drive to Mansfield. Rest day. Mansfield has a lot of interesting history on the Rail Trail, the original rail line, the Kelly Gang including a monument to the policemen who were shot,and the making of The Man from Snowy River.., so plenty to do for the day..

Saturday Mansfield to Bonnie Doon .44km return. An easy ride with a spectacular bridge crossing at Bonnie Doon over part of the Eildon Weir. Leader John M. Organiser Noeleen  0402522288

 

Friday March 16 to Tuesday March 20 Upper Noosa Reaches Kayaking Everglades

This paddle is varied as we have the pleasure of paddling across Lake Cootharaba which is very scenic in itself and then paddling up through the Everglades viewing wetlands and wildlife, to the upper reaches of the Noosa River itself. There are fantastic reflections on this mirror-like river in the mornings and late afternoons, great for photography. The water is stained black from the tea trees, similar to Lake Ainsworth, and is excellent for swimming.

1.    The trip has been nominated as being 4 nights away (16th, 17th, 18th 19th March). The first night will involve a pre-paddle camp at the Elanda Point campsite on the edge of Lake Cootharaba and information for camping or canoe hire can be found at following website: http://www.elanda.com.au/    and click on (right hand side boxes) Hire a Canoe or Put up the Tents.   No bookings are taken and the park works on a walk up or first in basis at the office between 8am to 6pm. As the park is quite extensive you will always get in at Elanda Point with the possible exceptions being Easter and Christmas. Alternatively if people want more salubrious accommodation, there is accommodation at Kin Kin. Please look after your own bookings and payment for your accommodation for the first night.

2.    Lake Cootharaba is relatively shallow and on windy days the waves can be quite steep. On a previous occasion, Peter watched an overloaded Canadian canoe being swamped. As such, if windy conditions are encountered on return, it is proposed that Peter will take the group of paddlers (with drivers) who have sea-worthy boats across Lake Cootharaba to the cars and then bring the cars back to Harry’s Hut, which is only about 45 mins paddle from campsite no. 1.  A couple of years ago during an east-coast low we had to store the boats under the Rangers Station and hoped that the water level in the lake did not rise to the point that it would reach the boats. We then had to walk from the Rangers Stations (under atrocious conditions) to Elanda Point and return the following weekend to pick up the boats. The moral of the story is, if there is a possibility of an east-coast low, then cancel the trip.

3.    Peter requires you to book the Noosa River campsite as well in advance as possible to secure the bookings so it would be good to have expressions of interest where possible within the next month. Peter will then have an indication of numbers and can organise booking of the river campsites.

4.    Water requirements.  You will have to take enough potable water for drinking for the trip however I boil the river water for tea, coffee and cooking use and have never had any problems with this.Information on this paddle: http://www.upstreampaddle.com/noosa.html  

Friday Travel to Elanda Point campsite where we will camp the night.  Find Elanda Point camping information at www.elanda.com.au  

Address: 204 Lake Flat Rd, Boreen Point QLD 4565  Phone: (07) 5485 3165

Saturday We will meet at the Elanda Point launch ramp at 8.30am for a 9.00am launch. We will then paddle across Lake Cootharaba and have morning tea at the Rangers Station at Kinaba. From here we will then paddle to Camp Site No 1 and No 2 via Fig Tree Point and Harry's Hut. We will be staying at these river campsites for 3 nights. There are basic toilets at both these camp sites. Each camp site has a limit of 8 people so depending on the number of nominations we may have to book both sites.

Sunday We will have an early start to paddle to camp site No 3 and we will then walk up the Cooloola Sand Patch track. The walk showcases Cooloola's outstanding natural diversity, with enormous sand hills, perched lakes and forest and we will head down to the surf where you may like to have a swim.  We should be back at camp between 12-1pm.

Monday There is the option of walking to Wandi Waterhole or paddling upstream to Teewah Creek.  These options will be discussed at the time and depending on people's wishes we may have a group going to each of these places.

Tuesday We will have an early start for our return paddle back to Elanda Point and the cars.  The reason for the early start is that sometimes the breezes can pick up  and make it quite choppy for the return paddle across the lake. Having said that, the lake is very shallow in some places and you can virtually walk near the shore towing the boat. On the club website March programme, a link has been attached showing a  vintage National Parks document showing paddling times and distances to various locations on the upper reaches of the Noosa River and also showing Lake Cootharaba and the individual camp sites.

Leader Peter W  peterdubilu@yahoo.com.au

 

 

Wednesday March 21 Club AGM Crawford House Alstonville 7 pm

 

Saturday  March 24 Abseil Boomerang Falls

A short walk and then a 50m abseil in or out of water with a scramble back to the top for another go.

The best for the least effort. Worth doing many times.

Grade Single, Wet or Dry, 50m Leader Shane 0427557823 shane@mse.net.au

 

Sunday March 25 Uralba Reserve Uralba Reserve

Mostly on trails through the woods, some old road bits, one steep section with creek crossing.  Short steep off-track excursion around fence.  Occasional views from escarpment to ocean and north to Ballina.  Some fallen trees may have to be negotiated. Approx. 10 km.  Grade 2.  Map Wardell  Leader Heike K.  0438218201 or email heikekerber@yahoo.com.au

Noosa River Map and Kayaking Times