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, Wednesday and Thursday a club cycling event is held. For further details see the Cycling Page


Sunday October 7 - Cobaki Broadwater/Creek paddle

We will be launching from Pioneer Park on Kennedy Drive, Tweed Heads West, near the old Maritime Museum.

The GPS coordinates are 28° 11' 22.8" S, 153° 30' 38.5" E. The plan is to paddle through Cobaki Broadwater and up Cobaki Creek as far as the tidal limit. We will have morning tea (BYO) on the bank of the creek before returning. Total distance = 15 to 20 km with grade medium “plus”.  Leader Scott R.   Email or text 0413 756 414.


Tuesday October 9 Ballina Social Bike Ride 

Starting from Thursday Plantation this ride will meander for 20 km mostly flat around some areas of Ballina that you might not have seen before. Leader Peter H 0466 581 281


Saturday 13th October Sunday 14th October Recce  Gibbergunyah Creek Nightcap NP. Thru Walk  One Vacancy

Saturday early start at Rummery Road Gate,  Down Rummery and Fosters to Rocky Lake and then  follow Gibbergunyah Creek to its source.  Unknown area but suspect there to be many waterfalls and height exposure. Camp spot unknown etc. Should be arduous travel in thick under growth in places. Limit to 4 participants  Leader Alan G 0490342883 or


Friday October 12 to Sunday October 14 Binna Burra Camp

Saturday - walk to Nagarigoon Falls, Ballanjui Cascade to the Upper Ballanjui Track and return visiting Tullawall approx. 14 km , Sunday - walk the Daves Creek Circuit approx. 12 km Grade 2

Accommodation can be booked individually using the Binna Burra website. You  can choose to pitch your own tent, bring a campervan, use lodge style accommodation or let me know if you want to share with others in a Safari Tent (2-6 people)

Leader Heike K. 0438 218 201  email


Sunday October 14 Hayters Hill Ramble

The walk is on a mix of reserves and the private land of two families – the Hollands and the Trevor-Jones. Both families have links to the original Hayters. We first meet the Hollands who will lead us through parts of their farm with remnant rainforest; regeneration areas, and a cabinet timber plantation. They also have beef cattle, a farm stay and a mountain bike trail, part of which we will walk. After morning tea we continue to the neighbouring property to meet Owen & Julie Trevor-Jones for a look at the Hayters Hill beef cattle and pig enterprises, as we walk across the farm. They also have free-range chooks, on a lower part of the farm, which we may see from a distance. These are run by their sons Dave (pigs and cattle) and Hugh (chooks), who sell at Byron and Bangalow Farmers Markets.

It is then a short ramble to the Coopers Shoot trig for lunch with 360 deg panoramic views. After lunch we explore part of the Hayters Hill reserve, finishing around 2.30 - 3 pm back at the cars for a cuppa with more great views.

While most of the walk is very open and grade 2, a small area of Lawyer vine may be encountered and if it rains, there can be a couple of steepish and slippery creek crossings i.e. grade 3. A hiking pole could be handy if you have one. As we are going through private property, there is a limit of 20 participants with preference given to club members. When booking, directions will be given to the meeting time and place. Leader Brian S 6687 2427   (No bookings before Sept 24)



Friday October 19 to Monday, October 22  Upper Noosa Reaches  (Lake Cootharaba, Everglades) Bushwalking and Kayaking camp.  

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.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:    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, I have watched an overloaded Canadian canoe being swamped. As such, if windy conditions are encountered on return, it is proposed that I 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.  Accommodation:   I have booked Campsite 1 on the Noosa River. This campsite has a limit of 8 participants. An additional campsite will be booked if more than 8 participants nominate for this trip. (The second campsite will be booked and coordinated by member(s) of that group.)

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.  

Friday Travel to Elanda Point campsite where we will camp the night.  Find Elanda Point camping information at    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.Itinerary may change depending on group preferences, weather etc.

Information on this paddle:  

Limit:  Up to 16 participants – members only. Leader: Peter W. Phone 6687 6626 or 0429 950 352  Email:


Saturday and Sunday October 20 and 21 Bungonia

Bushwalking NSW Annual Bush Camp 2018



Sunday October 21 Rocky Creek to Gibbergunyah Rd    FULLY BOOKED

Meet at Rummery Park, enter Rocky Creek via Blue Fig Rd and then scramble up the beautiful, scenic, cascading creek bed. There are some difficult vine-bashing scrambles to get around some of the larger waterfalls. Walker's can return via Tungun and Peates Mtn Rd or continue up to Gibbergunyah Rd.  Grade 5. Leader:  Steve 0414312917


Wednesday October 24   Club Social   7 to 8.30pm Bangalow

Slide night with presentations from recent trips to Ladakh; and Croatia and Slovenia. Please bring supper to share.

Venue: Bangalow Heritage House, corner Deakon and Ashton Street, Bangalow.

Inquiries Lou Miller  phone 0431074462 or  email  


Saturday October 27 - North Creek Kayak (Skennars to Lennox Head and return)

Launching from the boat ramp at southern end of North Creek Rd (Lennox Head), we will paddle upstream with the tide into Ballina Nature Reserve - up to Ross Lane and possibly beyond. BYO lunch to enjoy en route. Distance 12-14 klms, grade medium.

Leaders Winston & Heike. Text 0414-997722












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