Photo of the Week – Paul and Bridgett

It’s been a while between posts, but over the next few weeks I’ll try and post a few images from my recent outings. This one was something a bit different for me. My good friends Paul and Bridgett recently celebrated their first wedding anniversary. Bridgett contacted me on the sly to help organise a surprise photo shoot for them at one of their favourite spots: Browns Falls.

She wanted to get dressed up in their wedding clothes and have a bit of fun under the falls. In the end the water was too cold, but we still got some great shots and had a fun day out. This is one of my favourites.

Paul & BridgettI also had time for a landscape shot of the falls. Something I’ve wanted another crack at since our last visit. Browns Falls

It really is a gorgeous spot. You can check out my previous post about the “Waterfalls Drive” here. It is a great day out.

Gap Creek Falls

Date: 13 April 2014

One of the last remaining track walks starting from Cunningham’s Gap that Maree and I were yet to do was to Gap Creek Falls. I guess the thought of driving up the range only to walk back down again just never appealed to us. However, with overcast weather and cloud covering all the peaks we decided it was a good day to head down the range. Continue reading

Mt. Matheson Circuit

Date: 9th June 2012

Looking to make the most of the long weekend Maree and I decided to head out for a walk. We decided on a circuit starting at Spicers Gap on the Main Range heading up Mt. Matheson. The walk started from the picnic ground next to the Spicers Gap campsite and was built by the National Parks Association. The track is nice and wide most of the way and had some really interesting features and a different outlook of the surrounding area.

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Cold, Windy but Beautiful at Girraween

Date: 10 – 11 Sep 2011

Day 1:

Main Range at Sunrise from the Highway

Maree and I decided to get away for the weekend to Girraween N.P. near Stanthorpe. We got away to an early start on the Saturday morning which meant we got to the camp site by about 8:30 in the morning. There was a moderate number of people camping in both the Bald Rock Creek and Castle Rock Campsites and we chose the latter as we hoped there would be more exposure to the sun.

By 10:00 we were set up and ready to go. The plan for the day was to head out to The Sphinx and Turtle Rock to investigate the climbing opportunities there. The track heads off from the Southern End of the campsite and is also the starting point for the Mt. Norman and Castle Rock walks. The walking was extremely pleasant with the clouds clearing to a beautiful day and the good quality track providing easy walking up a gradual incline for most of the way. The only downside was the wind which was gusting to around 30 to 40KM/H. Continue reading

Sylvesters Lookout to Mt. Castle

Campsite on Mt. Castle

Date: 1 August – 2 August 2011

Walkers: Tom and Myself

Day 1
Well I promised in my previous post from Hole in the Wall that I’d be back to this area soon. Wasn’t sure it would be this soon, but Tom was heading off overseas this weekend for 6 months so I thought this would be a great place to take him as a fairwell. Continue reading

Cunningham’s Gap to Hole in the Wall

Laidley Valley & Mt. Castle

Date: 9 July – 10 July 2011

Walkers: Myself

Day 1 

I wanted to get off track for a change after not having done anything like this since our Lost World walk last year. So after getting ideas from my trusty Take a Walk book I decided on Cunningham’s Gap on the Main Range as my starting point. I would follow the range North as far as I could in a day and at that stage the idea was to head back the way I’d come. As usual though, things didn’t all go according to plan.

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Main Range, Mt. Lindsay and Wild Oasis

Here’s a few pictures from yesterday’s adventures.

Creek Crossing #3

This was the road to the start of our intended walk yesterday near The Steamers on the Main Range and was the point where we started to get worried about whether we would reach our intended destination in the 2wd Tuscon. Damn that water was cold!! Continue reading

Mt. Cordeaux & Bare Rock

Mt. Cordeaux Peak from the Lookout

Date: 7/5/2011

Walkers: Maree, Myself

Walk Description:
Mt. Cordeaux, along with Mt. Mitchell, are the two peaks that stand over each side of Cunningham’s Gap in the Main Range National Park. With a stunning Autumn day the decision to head out for a walk was extremely easy to make. The drive from Ipswich took about an hour and we arrived at the top of the gap by about 10AM. This was despite the large road works heading up the range reducing the traffic down to one lane. Continue reading

Spicers Gap & Spicers Peak

Date: 6 – 7 Nov 2010

Walkers: Myself

Day 1:

I arrived at Spicers Gap campground at around 5PM. The main purpose of staying out overnight was to give the new tent a test run. I had vague memories of the campsite from when I stayed there with family when I was young. It isn’t huge but has space for a reasonable number of tents on nice grassy sites with plenty of trees for shade. There is a toilet but no showers or creek nearby.

The tent took a bit of tweaking to set up properly and I was inside by around 8 because it got quite a bit cooler than I expected. Getting in and out of the Terraform is fairly simple and there is plenty of width in the bug shelter to store clothes and other things on both sides. The height can be a bit limiting and made getting out of clothes a bit tricky. I also noticed the slippery nature of a silnylon floor that I have read about. My Neo-air kept wandering down the very slight hill to one side all night. Overall though, I stayed dry despite the large amount of dew and well protected from the mozzies.

Day 2:
I set off for the Governors Chair car park by about 8 in the morning after packing up. The road had a few decent puddles but they didn’t stop a few 2WD sedans that I saw from making the trip. I was following track notes from “Take a Walk in SE Queensland” for Spicers Peak. These instruct you to head out to the Governors Chair lookout then continue on from there. I discovered that the locked maintenance road that leaves the carpark to the South in fact ends up in the same place as long as you take the left branch at one point. This would be much quicker than trying to follow the old fenceline as the book instructs.

Mt. Mitchell

After heading over the first rise and down into a small gully there are some of the usual National Parks signs warning of the dangers of proceeding any further. From here you start heading up the NW ridge to the peak. After 5 minutes the remnants of the maintenance road turns into a narrow foot pad and the gradient increases further. Looking North from here provides the initial views of Mt. Mitchell. You can see the outcrop where the Mt. Mitchell walk ends.

Before long you arrive at a spot where the track runs close to the Eastern cliff face where there are more views in this direction. From here you can see all of the Moogerah Peaks including Mt. Edwards which we did a few weeks ago and Moogerah Damn. Continuing on I saw the first of many rocky outcrops along the cliff edge. The track bypasses this without deviating too far, before continuing steeply until I reached the first set of cliffs running perpendicular to the ridge.

The track notes I was following recommended contouring along the base of the cliffs until you get to a rocky slab that you can scramble up. This is the route I took and avoids the original track that requires a scramble up the edge of the main cliff face where there have apparently been fatalities. This route isn’t without its difficulties though and requires bush bashing your way through some very thick vines that run down a small gully.

Once at the top of this line of cliffs the foliage became much more sparse and the number of grass trees increased as you ascend and head back towards the main ridge to avoid another set of cliffs. Once reaching the ridge I was greeted with a brilliant panoramic view from the South-East all the way around to the North-West. The grass trees were spectacular aswell.

View to the North

After following the ridge up to the final line of cliffs that surround the peak I detoured to the right towards a patch of rainforest. On the way up I ascended all the way to the base of the cliffs as I couldn’t see the diagonal route that the track notes described. Either way has its tricky bits. Finally you reach the last haul up a steep and slippery section through the rainforest, keeping an eye out for stinging nettle which camouflages itself amongst the other shrubs.

The peak is mostly overgrown except for a clear lookout to the East round to the South where you can see further down the range. There is also a large rock cairn at the top. I stopped for lunch and a break in the shade here before turning around for the return trip. This was mostly straight forward and followed my ascent in reverse. The trickiest bit was locating the rock slab needed to detour the first set of cliffs again.
Overall, a tuff but very worthwhile little day walk.

View to the East from the summit

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