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

Check the Abseiling Page for Wednesday abseiling events

Saturday 2nd September cycle

Lismore to Cawongla cycle with lunch at General Store Cawongla Leader Bob B 0416241417


Wednesday September 6 Recce from Rummery Park through to Blue Fig Rd with possible  walk options.  The purpose of this walk to see if it is feasible to walk through Whian Whian State Forest to Blue Fig Rd for a new first section of the Blue Fig Rd (Upper Rocky Creek) walk. This would enable us to avoid a lengthy initial road walk. Grade: probably 3. Map: Huonbrook.

Leader  Clancy 0432 351 948


Sunday September 3 Nightcap NP walk to Unnamed Falls

This will be a 4 to 5 hour walk to the top of a waterfall. This walk  will take a different route than that taken in the past with  more walking on rainforest tracks.  Morning tea will occur at the waterfall which has great views over Upper Coopers Creek. On return to Rummery Park we will enjoy a bbq at lunch time at around 1.30 pm.  Please bring a folding chair and plates/ cutlery/ drink  and food to enjoy a social after the walk. Bring a picnic if preferred. Distance approx 9 km Grade 2 Map Huonbrook.    Leader Ian 0459496194


Friday September 8 to Sunday 10  Kwiambal NP camp.   Spaces available in the houses due to last minute cancellations

A weekend of short easy walks in a lovely NP the club hasn’t visited before.

Kwiambal is west of Ashford, south-west of Tenterfield. The climate is dry and should be warm with cool nights in September. Wildflowers, views, birds, roos and feral (but pretty!) goats abound.

It lies at the junction of the Severn and Macintyre rivers with rocky river gorges, granite boulders, and cool swimming holes. There are 2 NP houses, one accommodating up to 20, but ideally 15-16, the other 6-7. All necessities are provided in lovely modern kitchens. BBQ’s on big verandahs at both. BYO linen. Also a pretty camp ground by the river, to suit tents or caravans…no power. Camping is $6 pp pn, beds in the houses will vary in price but will be very reasonable; eg: if there are 10 people in the large house it will be approx $17.50 pn each.

Gwen will confirm walk details a bit later, but will vary from a doddle on Friday afternoon to a couple of lookouts and a 2km descent into a rocky gorge and swimming hole, on Saturday a 8-9 km mostly riverside walk with some great views, and on Sunday we may drive to Torrington SCA for a few short but interesting walks, which will be on the way home. There will be plenty of time to explore and rock-hop along the river, swim, or just relax. We will have a communal BBQ at the large house probably Saturday night, and a campfire. And of course our usual shared Happy Hours. Leader Gwen Mc 66547988, 0407846599, mcguinavere@yahoo,


Friday September 8 to Sunday September 10 Bushwalking Pilmgrimage

Bushwalkers of South East Queensland, Central and Northern Queensland (and Northern Rivers)…..

Registration is now open for the 2017 Bushwalking Pilgrimage and forms can be downloaded from the link below.

This year the pilgrimage will be hosted from 8th September at Killarney Show Grounds by YHA Bushies, assisted by the Brisbane Catholic Bushwalkers Club. A detailed walks program and site map will be available on the YHA website closer to the event. The program will also be emailed to all registered participants a few weeks prior to the event. We’ve enjoyed exploring the area over the last six months and can confirm we have discovered some rarely visited beauty spots, along with classic walks of the region. YHA Bushies are aiming for bumper numbers at this year’s event and believe we are offering exceptional value for money with a lot of inclusions, yet managing to keep the costs to what you’ve paid at the previous two events held at Kalbar and Samford. Your $50 early-bird registration will provide:-

·         2 nights unpowered camping at the Show Grounds (powered sites available for an extra $10).

·         A Welcome to Country ceremony by the local Githabul indigenous people on Friday night.

·         Friday night supper; catch-up with other club members and view a DVD of the 1968 Killarney Tornado aftermath that devastated the town.

·         On Saturday participate in exciting new walks or memorable old walks, making new friends from other clubs along the way.

·         Saturday night dinner is included (BYO drinks), to be followed by the Bush Dance starring Ridgee Didge, a popular band from the Southern Downs Region.

·         Sunday morning will be your choice of Yoga, Bike Rides and FMR (Federation Mountain Rescue)  conducting bush safety skills

·         Entry into the Killarney Heritage Museum over the course of the weekend.

·         Entry into the RSL War Memorabilia display over the course of the weekend.

·         Optional cooked breakfast on Sunday (extra $10 cost) in two sittings to accommodate the activities

Two of the walks in the Main Range NP will be led by one of our club members David R. on Saturday and Sunday. Grade 3 to 4 off track. 12 to 15 km or 6 hrs. Maps Killarney and Wilson Peak. Leader David 0427 298339 or email





Friday September 15 to Sunday  September 17Canoeing Clarence and Nymboida Rivers Cancelled due to low water levels

Clarence River Canoe Trail, Section 1.  Whitewater canoeing on the Nymboida River.

The Junction Campsite to Nymboida, 24km. BYO canoe and camping gear for bush camping. Car shuffle required. You may be able to share someone else's canoe.  Details

As at 20 August, we have 3 going, and there is space in one canoe. Leader: Michael Smith


Saturday September 16 Kayaking Blakebrook Bridge to Lismore.

A delightful paddle which showcases the beautiful farmland right next door to the city of Lismore. Lots of bird life and good bass fishing. Start at the Blakebrook bridge over Terania Creek (on Nimbin Road), and finish at the Lismore boat ramp. Car shuffle required. Canoes will have to be lifted over barbed wire fence. Distance: 15 km.  Grade: Medium. Leader: Michael Smith


Saturday September 16 to Monday September 18  Base Camp at Castle Rock Girraween NP

This weekend is the start of the Queensland school holidays but there are still camping vacancies. I suggest that those interested, please book now for the Castle Rock Camping area in Girraween National Park (near QPWS Information Centre) . Camping fee is $6.35/person/night. Options include tent camping or camper trailer/caravan sites. Desley and I have booked for three nights (15/16/17 September). The intention is to walk Saturday and Sunday and for those who are interested do a third walk on Monday. All walks are day walks and are not hard. They are walks that most people will not have done before. If people don’t want to camp on Friday evening, they have the option to stay in Stanthorpe or the pub at Wallangarra.  Meet Saturday morning at 8.00am at the Wallangarra convenience store. Please advise Peter of your intentions.

Saturday 16th    Starting at the Water Treatment Plant off Mt Norman Road we will walk up to the summit of Arrow Rock (Arrow Rock for obvious reasons has a large arrow painted on it. This was painted during the War by the Army so that target practice could be facilitated. The arrow has recently been repainted by locals. From Arrow Rock we will walk along an unnamed ridge for a short distance and then drop into a saddle and up to Mallee Ridge to the entrance of the caves. We will pass the entrance to Valley of the Winds and walk back via magnificent granite slabs to the Mt Norman Day Area. The time for this walk is approx. 5-6 hours. Grade 3

Sunday 17th   We will go to the extremity of the Park and access Elephant Rock through private property (permission granted). Elephant Rock is a most magnificent structure with so many interesting features that a lot of time can be spent there. We will then have an interesting walk along the granite ridges to the start of the graded track at Turtle Rock and then walk back to camp.  The time for this walk is approx. 5-6 hours. Grade 3

Monday 18th    We shall drive past the Mt Norman Day Area on Mt Norman Road and ascend Billy Goat Hill which incidentally has absolutely magnificent panoramic views of the Park. We will then transverse along a granite ridge and end up at the Roundhouse which is a rather unusual structure built in the 70’s (not to be confused with the Stone Cottage). This walk will take approx. 2-3 hours. Grade 3

Leader Peter W.


Sunday September 17 Evans Head Spring Flower Walk

Walk from headland at south end of town via pretty bush tracks onto Chinamans Beach. Walk along beach to headland at north end of Bombing Range Beach. Return via beach and tracks close to beach. Approximately 9 km. Grade 2 Leader Heike K. 0438218201


Wednesday September 20  Hayters Hill Ramble

This 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 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 free-range chook and pig enterprises, as we walk across the farm. These are run by their sons Dave and Hugh who sell at Byron and Bangalow Farmers Markets. It’s 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 there can be a couple of steepish and slippery creek crossings ie Grade 3. As we are going through private property, there is a limit of 20 participants. In past years, these have filled quickly. On booking, directions will be given to the meeting time and place. Leader Brian 66872427


Saturday September 23 Recce Abseil down to Rowland's Creek.  A drop of 100m plus down various features.  A climb/scramble out of the same at a grade of 51%. A walk with gear of approx 4kms.   Experienced and capable club members only.  Grade 7 Contact Shane 0427557823 or  FULLY BOOKED  


Sunday September 24 Jerusalem Creek

A 9km return walk up the beach and back along the Creek, coastal scrub and heath, wildflowers and coffee rock. Lunch at the creek. Grade 2 Meeting 9am Woodburn.  Leaders Bill and Ruth 0409151378 or at


Wednesday September 27 Rowlands Creek Recce

Club members only Leader Trevor 0428222525 –


Wednesday, September 27  7pm. Social night at Crawford House, 10 Wardell Rd Alstonville.

Graeme McGregor will be showing photos of the recent club trips to Blackheath in the Blue Mountains & Pittwater YHA in Sydney.

Tina & David will also show photos of their trip to the Capertee, Gardens of Stone & Wolgan Valley in upper Blue Mts.


Friday September 29 to Monday October 2 Cycling  and Walking Boonah

A mixture of walking and cycling over the long weekend.

Friday  Meet for morning coffee at the Moogerah Café before climbing Mt Edwards. We will walk across the dam wall and climb to the top of Mt Edwards. Once there we should enjoy views right to Brisbane. Will lunch at the top. Distance 5 km Grade 2 Map Mt Alford  

Saturday There will be a 71 km 805 m elevation cycle around Boonah stopping for morning coffee at Kalbar and lunch at Lake Moogerah Cafe finishing at the Dugandan Hotel. Option Morning cycle with morning coffee at Kalbar followed by a drive  up to Mt French with a walk around the summit.

Sunday Mt Cordeaux and Mt Mitchell

Detouring to the west of Mt Cordeaux, the track to Bare Rock (1168m) crosses a rocky saddle north of the peak and re-enters rainforest before ending with a brief scramble to a rocky outcrop. From here there are spectacular views over the northern section of the park. The 350m Morgans walk leaves the Bare Rock track and ends in a grove of montane heath. Distance 13km Grade 3 Map Cunninghams Gap. We visit the Fassifern Valley Lookout before walking through mainly open eucalypt forests. Map Cunninghams Gap Alford Walking through rainforest and open eucalypt forest to the twin peaks of Mt Mitchell which ends on a knife-edge ridge on the eastern peak of Mt Mitchell (1168m) above a sheer cliff Distance 10km Grade 3

Monday There will be a 45km cycle with an elevation of 425m from Boonah stopping at Mt Alford and finishing at the Dungandan Hotel. Cycling option : Boonah to Mt Alford 30 km no hills. Option  Mt Mathieson Heritage Trail is a circular walk through rainforest and open eucalypts with great views to the north of Cunninghams Gap. Distance 8km Grade 2 Map Cunninghams Gap Accommodation will be at member’s choosing either to camp at the Boonah Caravan Park in the Showground or at either of the two cottages reserved in Boonah.  Leader Ian 0459496194


Saturday September 30 Brummies Lookout

Brummies Lookout is a prominent knoll just west of Mt Warning which commands great views of the western slopes of Mt Warning and the Tyalgum valley. This is a circuit walk of about 10km. We traverse a combination of undulating forestry roads and off-track sections. Part of the walk is along Volcano Rd which is an overgrown track with some fallen trees to negotiate. We then move off track and climb to the lookout. This climb, gradual at first becomes steeper as we ascend. The final part of the climb is a rock scramble to the views and lunch. Then it is an easy descent to Brummies Road which we follow back to the cars.  Grade: 3. Map: Brays Creek. Leader Clancy 6621 3896 or 0432 351 948


Saturday September 30 Abseil Boogarem Falls Koonyum Range

A single 80m abseil and a  big scramble. Suit experienced club members only.

Grade 7 Leader Shane 0427557823 or

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