Note: This event is also posted at 3 other meetup groups including Happy Hikers.
Let's start Spring season with camping at Charlie Moreland Camping ground situated in Imbil State Forest near Kenilworth. It is a lush green forest and heaven for variety of bird life. Campsite is situated on the bank of Little Yabba Creek ideal for swimming, canoeing, fishing etc. If you can come only for a day trip then join us for a hike to nearby 'Mount Allan' (class 4) on Saturday morning with stunning panoramic views.
How to reach there: Charlie Moreland campground is about 130km (1.50hrs) north of Brisbane. From Bruce Hwy take Steve Irwin Way exit (Tourist drive 24/Beerburrum) and drive up to Railway St, Landsborough. Then turn left to Caloundra St/tourist Drive 23 to Melany. Past Melany town continue on winding Melany-Kenilworth Rd for 32km and then turn left on Sunday Creek Road. Charlie Moreland campsite is about 5km from here. Last 3km is hard gravel road through the beautiful Imbil State forest and can be reached by conventional vehicles.
Alternative access is via the Eumundi–Kenilworth Road, off the Bruce Highway. Kenilworth is about 28 km from the highway. Then take Melany-Kenilworth Rd and turn right on Sunday Creek Road.
(print these directions or enter Sunday Creek Road, Kenilworth in your GPS or check below Google map link for exact directions).
Click here for Google Map of Charlie Moreland Campground
Campsite Booking: Camping fee is $5.45/night/person and make your campsite booking by ringing [masked] or online from below link (you need to create an account, if you don't have already). Select 'Imbil State Forest (Kenilworth)' and then 'Charlie Moreland Camping area' from the drop down menu. There are no site numbers, just camp anywhere you like.
Camp sites are suitable for tent camping beside your car; caravans; camper trailers; (small) motor homes.
Facilities: Water (unsuitable for drinking though), flush toilets, no showers, individual fire rings (BYO clean wood)
Itinerary: We will reach campsite by Friday 11am and setup our tents & communal gathering spot. In the afternoon we can have these easy walks nearby:
1. Fig Tree circuit (750m return - 45min - Class 2)
2. Little Yabba circuit (1.5km return - 45min - Class 3)
3. Piccabeen circuit (3.5km return - 2 hrs - Class 3)
And/or you can go for canoeing, fishing, swimming in the near by creek.
On Sat morning at 9.30am we will wait for those who are coming on that day and then go for Mount Allan hike (8.8km return - 4hrs) which is rated class 4 with some steep sections - general fitness is required. Last section is to climb the stairs of the 9.6 meters fire tower for a splendid 360° views of the surrounding ranges.
On Sunday we will break our camp around midday and head home.
Essential to bring: enough drinking water (for cooking and hiking as only rain water is available for general washing), food & snacks for your stay, gas stove, tent, warm & water proof sleeping gear (it can be very cold in the forest even in spring), Fire Wood, your medicine and first aid kit, camera, Rubbish bags, insect repellent, printed camping tag or booking number, fun and relaxing attitude. (Note: keep your food safe as Turkeys & Goannas are always looking for a free meal.)