Activity Report – Albert River Circuit 2020
Sunday, 15 March, 2020
Under cloudy skies, the group of four left O’Reilly’s along the Border Track. After a short break and morning tea at the turn-off, the walkers crossed the ridge and descended into the river valley via a circuitous path. Water cascaded down the creeks and Albert River, the result of recent rains. The same rains produced luxuriant growth of the rainforest, the centuries old Antarctic Beech Trees looking magnificent. Red seed pods adorned the walking stick palms while many varieties of fungi decorated the fallen logs. Fallen trees across the track, while slowing the progress of the walkers, were the potential location of more fungi in the future
Soon raincoats appeared as light showers fell and gusty winds showered the walkers with raindrops from the leaves. Misty clouds filtered through the tree-tops, creating an ethereal feeling in the rainforest. A lamington cray beside the track took up a defensive position as the party passed while another, in the flowing water beside the lunch-stop, quickly mover under a rock to hide from the observers.
Cloud obscured the normally excellent views from Echo Point look-out so, after a short break, the walkers headed back to O’Reilly’s to enjoy a well-earned “cuppa” before the long drive home.
Enjoy a picturesque walk on graded-tracks through lush rainforest, criss-crossing the upper-reaches of the Albert River. The track features a lookout from Echo Point giving panoramic views from Mt Wupawn to Mt Durigan and south into New South Wales across the Tweed Range, all part of the eroded caldera that surrounds Mt Warning. There are a number of waterfalls along the track as well as some magnificent specimens of Antarctic Beech trees. Lamington Crayfish are also common in the area.
Track Grading: Blue – Moderate. A good level of fitness is required to complete the 22km circuit and the rocky, river crossings. Expect to get wet feet.
Meet: O’Reilly’s Carpark by 7.45am for an 8.00am start
Directions: After turning off the Pacific Highway at Beenleigh, travel thru Beenleigh to Canungra. Turn right at the Outpost Cafe in Canungra and follow the signs to O’Reilly’s. Note: the road to O’Reilly’s is a narrow, winding road so needs to be driven slowly with care. Allow 2 hours from Brisbane Southside.
What to bring: Adequate food for a long walk – morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea plus snacks, 2-3litres water, hat, raingear, warm jacket, torch, whistle. $5.00 NPAQ fee
Nominations Via the website or directly to the leader
Leader: For further information, please contact the leader, Frank Freeman Ph: (07) 3824 3954; Fax (07) 3824 3954;
Email: [email protected]