Date: Saturday, 17 October, 2020.
For this walk we will head out on the Main Border Track from the entrance at O’Reilly’s Guest House. After approximately 4.5km we will continue ahead bypassing the branch right to the Albert River Circuit. We continue a further 500m and turn right onto a track that bypasses Bithongabel on our way to Echo Point. After we meet the border, we will be in NSW for the final 1.2km passing two lookouts at Cominan on the way. Echo Point marks the southern extent of the track network. West of this is mainly wilderness. Echo Point, overlooking the Tweed Range and Lamington wilderness area, lives up to its name, if you try calling.
Spectacular views to the south and east include the Tweed Valley and Mt Warning. To the south west is Mt Worendo, Mt Wupawn, and Mt Durigan. A feature of these border ranges is the growth of rainforest on the precipitous sides due to the high rainfall, a southerly aspect, and the presence of basaltic soils. The rainforest here has been shaped by the persistent south-east winds.
After the walk, we will hopefully have time for coffee at O’Reilly’s Mountain Café.
This activity will be conducted in keeping with current Covid-19 health department guidelines regarding social distancing and good hygiene practices. Be aware that, if you are over 70 (over 50 for people of indigenous background), and/or have co-morbidities, you are at greater risk of Covid-19.
If you are feeling unwell, please do not attend this activity.
Walk Grading: Blue (Intermediate) Long, mostly flat with gentle grades. Walkers would need to be of average or better fitness and capable of enduring a total distance of approximately 17km. return.
Meet: O’Reilly’s Green Mountains Car Park at 8.00am for 8.15am walk start.
What to Bring: Hat, sunscreen, sturdy footwear, light jacket, rain gear (just in case), torch, whistle, min 2 litres of water, morning tea, lunch, and positive outlook, optional afternoon tea, camera, and binoculars. $5.00 NPAQ Fee (pay on day).
Directions: Travel from home by appropriate major highway to Canungra. Then take the National Park Road to O’Reilly’s. From central Brisbane allow for a 115km journey taking nearly 2 hours (either via Jimboomba or M1 turning off at Beenleigh or Yatala). Make suitable adjustments depending upon your starting location and route.
Nominations: Direct to leader.
Leader: Ron Owen, Ph. 07 3345 3423 or Mobile 0490762414, Email: [email protected]