Twelve members and one guest registered for the walk. After a few rainy days during the week, it was great to get a magnificent fine winter’s day for the walk. We followed the pre-planned route at a leisurely pace, stopping frequently to allow the “tail” to catch up. Due to the recent wet weather, a section of the Roses Circuit was badly damaged by horse riders so frequent detours were necessary. Our route allowed two traverses of the tunnel. On returning to the carpark, we drove to the Martin Rungert Park in Mooloolah for lunch. Coffee at the bakery and local café received good reviews. We headed home via various routes. A good day’s walking was had by all. Thanks to everyone for your company and convivial discussions.
Dalarcha National Park is a small national park of 138 hectares and is situated between the towns of Landsborough and Mooloolah. Dularcha is the Aboriginal word for the Blackbutt tree. The park is somewhat unique as it has a heritage-listed, disused railway tunnel that is over 100 metres long and is slightly curved. The park was declared a reserve so that train travellers could appreciate a view of forest scenery. The tunnel was closed in 1932 when the railway line was moved to the east. We can walk through the tunnel which is now home to large moths and, at a certain time of the year, the home of micro bats. We will start our walk at the northern end of the park as parking for our vehicles is better at the Mooloolah end. The walk starts on the old railway line before passing through the tunnel and continues mainly on old timber logging tracks. We will do a circuit in open eucalypt forest and take in Roses Track, Gully Track and the Connection Track before rejoining the old railway line, a distance of about 8 kilometres. The park is home to bush birds and at this time of the year the Purple Peaflower should be in bloom.
Directions Meet at the national park parking area around the corner from 2 Dorson Drive (off King Road) Mooloolah. UBD Sunshine Coast Map 96 reference F2. GPS coordinates – -26.77178 152.96374
Nominations via the NPAQ website or directly to the leader
What to bring morning tea to have during the walk, 1 ½ litres of water, torch, sun screen, hat, walking pole and picnic lunch and chair for after the walk.
This activity will be conducted in keeping with Queensland Government’s COVID-19 directions at the time of the activity. Please do not attend this activity if you have been feeling unwell with COVID-19 related symptoms in the 7 day period before this activity.