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BEECHMONT / CANUNGRA HISTORICAL HIKE

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!!

ORGANISER:
Lucy -[masked]

RSVPs:
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
Denham Reserve
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.

Killarney Glen
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.

Canungra Pub
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!

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  • Lucy

    Thanks for all your nice comments about how wonderful the hike was on Sunday but a special thanks goes out to all those members who took great photos. There was some amazing pics of each place we went and some crazy pics. As you can see Jann likes to keep her lippy on at all times on a hike, Peter B. swings himself over a gate ... a remarkable feat and Amy likes to swim with crocs on, don't know how she keeps those on! We have a unique bunch and I wouldn't have it any other way. Thanks for sharing this day with me. Lucy.

    4 · February 12, 2013

    • Pete T

      Pretty good effort for your first hosting, Lucy. As for all the photographers, not much action escapes Sharon's lens....be very afraid.

      1 · February 13, 2013

    • Rozanne

      I had thought about organising a hike, but I think that Lucy has set the bar too high.....

      February 13, 2013

  • jacquie s.

    thank you for a fabulous day Lucy.. extremely well organised and FABULOUS company from all who attended

    February 13, 2013

  • Colin B.

    Here are the Track Maps (created via GPS and Google Earth). If you are familiar with Google Earth these are great fun to play with as they give you a tour and you can store images. For the technically minded I have stored the Track Maps on the Tamborine Mountain Natural History Association web site and linked the images to the place-holders on the Gold Coast Hiking Meetup Group web-site. Click on the following link and it should auto open in Google Earth if you have it installed - otherwise it may prompt you. http://www.naturalhistory.org.au/tmsite/phocamapskml/bws/20130210-DenhamRes-KillarneyGlen.kml

    February 12, 2013

  • Tim

    Pat is a real local legend!

    February 11, 2013

  • Amy

    Great job Lucy! I hope there is more to come. :-)
    Hey i took a scenic drive up Darlington Range Rd, (only to get a huge rock lodged in my brakes) so it wasn't until about 4.15 that i passed Killarney Glen on the way home and noticed that Pat was still hard at work at the glen!

    February 11, 2013

    • Lucy

      He certainly is dedicated and has a great passion for it. Killarney Glen would have to be my favourite place ... a hidden treasure indeed.

      1 · February 11, 2013

  • Sharon J

    What more can I say? It was one of those special days to be looked back on time and time again! Thanks for putting all that planning in to it Lucy! Great to see what others see through a viewfinder, so much has been captured that I do not need to load many photos up!

    February 11, 2013

  • Will

    Hi Kev & George,

    I found a waist drink holder in my car, I'm not too sure whose this is, if you could give me a call on[masked] we can arrange a time I can drop it off to you next time I'm up your way.

    Cheers

    Will

    February 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you Kerry for asking me along. Thanks Lucy and all in attendance for the fantastic day's hiking.

    February 11, 2013

  • Deb C

    Just been checking out the photos - wow to all the photographic staff we had on hand today - top shots,that captured the day. Thanks Lucy, job well done. The swim was the highlight I think- but again love the photos and thank you for your efforts. Good people , good fun

    1 · February 10, 2013

  • Lucy

    I don't know Rozanne, but just watch this space another little beauty just might turn up one day. But I do know I'd be hard pressed to better this one.

    1 · February 10, 2013

  • Rozanne

    Thanks Lucy - a really great relaxing day out. You're right they don't get much better than this. It was wonderful to have Pat along - he was a wealth of information. Now what are you going to organise for your next day out :-)

    1 · February 10, 2013

  • Di

    Tim and I had a fabulous day shared with a fun group of people thanks to Lucy organising a terrific hike with different venues, and lunch at the Canungra pub and then to top of the day a vist to the Tunnel of Bats. 5 star experience :)

    1 · February 10, 2013

  • Lucy

    You couldn't get a better day than this. It all went smooth like clockwork. I'm still coming down after a such a high lol.

    1 · February 10, 2013

  • Jann

    Lucy really pulled the rabbit out of the hat with this hike. Pat Fitzgerald was an amazing narrator telling us about the flora and history of Denham Reserve and Killarney Glen. Brilliantly organised and managed Lucy THANKS :) Great people enjoyed the lunch at Canungra pub and the visit to the bat filled tunnel.

    1 · February 10, 2013

  • Colin B.

    Lucy did a fabulous job on this one.

    February 10, 2013

  • Deb C

    Laid back - no rush - informative - great swim - a lot of fun with great company in a lovely scenic area. The rock pools were absolutely beautiful.

    February 10, 2013

  • Rosemary

    Fantastic fun day.

    February 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will be coming as Kerry's +1 See you at Nerang car pool site.

    February 10, 2013

  • Colin B.

    The National Parks at Binna Burra & O'Reilly's are closed until further notice so lots of people will be looking for places to walk. With so many on the waiting list and having been in this area before I would be willing to lead a second group. I say just turn up and we will wait half an hour before starting? I will check with a friend at Beechmont to see whether she has heard anything about Killarney Glen & Denham Reserve being closed.

    February 7, 2013

    • Lucy

      That's right Jacquie, only one group will be going with me. I did send you a message today about there being one opening but it's been taken up now.

      February 9, 2013

    • jacquie s.

      i was talking to Colin thanks Lucy.. as i wanted to know if he was still taking a group.. smiles..

      February 9, 2013

  • Lucy

    Don't forget we're having lunch at the Canungra Hotel, it's been booked.

    February 9, 2013

    • Angela

      But I've already planned my sandwich......!

      February 9, 2013

    • Lucy

      Glad it was just in the planning stage lol.

      February 9, 2013

  • Lucy

    Hi all, just a few reminders. For those who want to carpool on Sunday please make it known via this site so I know who to expect. We'll meet at the corner of Price and White Streets, Nerang (shopping centre carpark) at 7.45am and we will depart shortly after that. If you can't make the hike please update your RSVP asap as there are many members on the waiting list who would like to attend. My mobile is[masked] if you need to contact me. Weather is looking good for the day. Lucy.

    February 6, 2013

    • Deb C

      I am getting lift with Angela - but we are calling in at Nerang as well

      February 9, 2013

    • Di

      Car pooling!! :)

      1 · February 9, 2013

  • Pete T

    Anyone (not stuck on the waiting list) interested in carpooling from around Palm Beach, rather than Nerang which unfortunately involves driving half of the total distance to Doncaster Drive solo, before we can even start carpooling. Number’s[masked]

    February 9, 2013

  • Lucy

    Sorry forgot to mention, the tracks are open ... all good to go ahead for Sunday. Lucy

    February 8, 2013

    • Lucy

      Rozanne the weather forecast for tomorrow is mostly sunny, mild with a slight breeze.

      February 9, 2013

    • Rozanne

      Still think we'll need our umbrella's and welly boots :-)

      February 9, 2013

  • Denis c.

    Hope not raining

    February 8, 2013

  • Sarah W.

    Sorry for short notice, but I know there's a long waiting list and my two "visitors" can't make it. Have fun!!!

    February 8, 2013

  • Lucy

    Please note: Contrary to previous discussions there will only be one group going on this hike on Sunday ie those who have rsvp'd as attending. The tracks (and surrounding area) we are going on are not commonly known or used by large groups and are maintained by a few volunteers who are fairly protective of the area so I want to keep this group limited to 20 people to limit any intrusion onto the environment. There is a collection box at the Denham Reserve for donations and the money is used for the upkeep of the area. For the members who missed out (ie those on the waiting list) I will organize with Karen to have another hike soon. Lucy.

    February 8, 2013

  • Tim

    There's a spot!

    February 8, 2013

  • jacquie s.

    Thats great...i will be there jacquie

    February 7, 2013

  • Angela

    That sounds great Colin count me in.

    February 7, 2013

  • Rosemary

    I'll be carpooling Lucy. Thanks.
    Yes Deb, there will be people to carpool with at Nerang. We sort out who takes their car when we see how many people there are.

    February 7, 2013

  • Deb C

    I I go to NERANG WILL THERE BE ANYONE ELSE THERE TO CAR POOL WITH? yOUR CAR OR MINE - JUST WOULD PREFER NOT TO DRIVE THERE BY MYSELF

    February 7, 2013

  • jacquie s.

    No chance of 2 groups going considering the numbers?

    February 6, 2013

    • Lucy

      Hi Jacquie, as this is my first hike I am only able to do the one group but I plan to do this hike again very soon so keep an eye out for it. Lucy

      February 6, 2013

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