Note the earlier start, due to things the organiser has to do in the afternoon.
This is one of those special places that not even many locals know about. I'm guessing this hike is around a 5km return trip, but nobody's ever actually measured the distance to my knowledge. It does involve a couple of creek crossings, a nice little rock scramble at the end and maybe even a few leeches, but the falls at the top are definitely worth the effort, especially after the rain last week.
I'm going to play Scrooge here, and limit the numbers on this hike to 10, purely because this hike includes a section that crosses private property. The sign at the "carpark" gives us permission to be here, but I don't want to upset the locals by taking a huge group, and there is limited space to park here. If you miss out at first, check the attendees list a day or so before, as some people cancel later in the week.
Chris L - no mobile phone number so PLEASE make sure your RSVP is up to date the night before.
Follow Tallebugera Creek road from West Burleigh, around 14km up the valley, and turn left on Mt Cougal Road. Follow this (dirt) road until you come to an unbridged creek crossing with a "private property" sign. Note that this is NOT the Mt Cougal National Park in Currumbin Valley. Please leave any gates you pass on Mt Cougal road as you find them.
WHAT TO BRING:
Water, sunscreen, hat, decent walking shoes. All members are asked to bring a first aid kit to every hike.
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.
OUR PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY 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, injuries or drowned cameras (as happened to someone who shall remain nameless last time around) 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 since there wasn't one this time, 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!