Lucy has taken up the challenge of organising her first hike for the group ... and she's come up with a beauty! This outing will combine a couple of short-ish walks up on the Beechmont Plateau, followed by an exploration of the old Canungra Tramway Tunnel.
I know we're going to end up with a long waiting list for this one but unfortunately we can only schedule one departure ... 'cause we only have one Lucy!!
Please make sure your RSVP is up to date the night before and text the Organiser on the day if you find you can't make it at the last minute.
THE TRACKS - Approx 10kms in total; Fitness/Terrain - Easy; Level 2/3
We'll start the day with a short walk (approx 1 hour return) from Denham Reserve out to Denham Falls where we can go for a paddle or swim and have morning tea.
We'll then take a short drive to Killarney Glen where a steep track descends down to the glen ... and back up again!
Canungra Tramway Tunnel
From there, we'll head down the mountain towards Canungra, stopping to explore the historic tunnel that was once used by the cedar-getters.
And to top off a fantastic hike, we'll head to the Canungra pub for lunch.
CARPOOLING & DIRECTIONS:
Those wishing to carpool should meet at Price Street Nerang at 7.45am. Heading out along this road, turn right onto Beechmont Road (follow the Binna Burra sign) and continue up to the top. At the roundabout, veer right (towards Canungra) going past the Beechmont Primary School then veer right again to continue on Beechmont Road. Turn right onto Windabout Road (which comes up quite soon), continue onto Flemington Road and turn right into Doncaster Drive. Distance from Nerang - 28.4km; allow approx 35 mins.
WHAT TO BRING: Plenty of water, morning tea, swimmers and towel, good walking shoes, hat, sunscreen and insect repellent. Members are also asked to bring a first aid kit on every hike.
COST: We'll pass around the hat again for a $1 contribution to cover our registration on the Meetup website which is around $170 per year. Any additional funds will be donated to the Springbrook SES.
PERSONAL RESPONSILIBITY PHILOSOPHY: The Gold Coast Hiking Meetup Group is not a registered association or official club - it's really just a group of people walking together. As such, we cannot be held responsible for any accidents or injuries that may happen at or occur as a result of our events. We also cannot provide any guidance on fitness levels required. I always try to include the description from the NPWS websites but basically, it's up to individual members to decide whether they are hale and hearty enough to undertake the walk. We like to call this our 'PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY' philosophy!