THE FIRST GROUP FOR THIS EVENT FILLED UP WITHIN MINUTES SO I'M GOING TO ADD A SECOND OPTION. THOUGHT I'D PUT IT ON THE SUNDAY, JUST IN CASE THAT SUITS SOME MEMBERS BETTER.
As you may have read in the paper or heard on the grapevine ... Wollumbin Mt Warning is now open again. I thought there'd be a few of you keen to get up to see the view again so here we go ...
(Please Note - If you are planning on climbing Mt Warning at another time over the next couple of months, please check first with the National Parks office in Murwillumbah. Tweed Shire Council will be closing the road at some stage before Christmas to do some resurfacing - I have been told it will take about two weeks and I believe it will be done before the beginning of December but I don't have definite dates as yet for when the access road ... and therefore the mountain ... will be closed again)
Meetup HQ have advised that they've changed the waiting list system. I didn't really know how it worked before and I have no idea how it works now - just be aware that it's apparently doing something different!
Jann (P:[masked]) will be doing the honours. This is Jann's first time hosting one of our hikes ... so please be gentle with her :)
DAYLIGHT SAVING: Unless otherwise noted, all times for Gold Coast Hiking Meetup Group events are QUEENSLAND TIME
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.
Summit Track – 4.5kms each way
Time: Estimate 4 to 5 hours for the return trip.
Grade: Strenuous - for experienced hikers ONLY
A well-marked track winds up from the Breakfast Creek parking area to the summit, passing through a variety of vegetation communities – from subtropical and temperate rainforest to wet sclerophyll forest and heath shrubland. A final rock scramble at the top brings you to the summit platform’s 360 degree views which give you the best perspective of the surrounding caldera. For most of the year, the summit is the first place on the Australian mainland to see the sun’s rays each morning. Precautions: Be aware that the temperature drops rapidly as you ascend so wear or take warm clothes with you. Suitable footwear should be worn and we ask that you keep to the marked track to avoid causing erosion or harming the rainforest vegetation.
WHAT TO BRING: Plenty of water (at least 2 litres), sunscreen and insect repellent (I find that Rid seems to keep the leeches at bay!) Members are also asked to bring a first aid kit on every hike.
AFTERWARDS: I can recommend Rainforest Cafe on Mt Warning Road for great food, good coffee and a gorgeous setting where the tables are set out along the creek.
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!