BOOKINGS FOR THIS HIKE WILL OPEN ON JUNE 21
For our easy option this month, I thought you might enjoy a couple of easy walks up at Mt Tamborine followed by lunch at a local winery. There are some nice bushwalks up on the mountain but they are fairly short - which is why I've combined two of them - but, if all goes to plan, it should be a lovely social day. You'll need to drive from one walk to the next so there'll be a bit of a car shuffle but I'm sure you'll work it out.
Rozanne Wallace - Ph:[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.
1. Palm Grove & Jenyns Circuits — 4.5km circuit; Grade - easy
Meet at the carpark in Palm Grove Road, Eagle Heights The first section passes through piccabeen palm groves and rainforest with emergent strangler figs and distinctively-buttressed yellow carabeens. From the Palm Grove Circuit you can then get onto the Jenyns Circuit which leads out into drier eucalyptus forest. Here hoop pines, brush box and grey gums abound and you will visit a grove of ancient cycads. I'll just mention that the last time we were up here a couple of years ago, the Jenyns Circuit was closed but I can't find any references on the National Park website that indicates that this is still the case so I'm guessing it should be fine.
2. Witches Falls circuit — 3.1km return; Grade - easy
Drive to Witches Falls National Park carpark on Main Western Road Witches Falls circuit starts just beyond the commemorative shelter. The track zigzags down the mountain side through an open forest of banksia trees and into rainforest with giant strangler figs. This circuit passes seasonal lagoons surrounded by piccabeen palm groves before reaching Witches Falls. After heavy rain the lagoons fill with water and spring to life with a variety of insect and frog species. The waterfall only flows after recent rain and is best viewed from the lookout platform, accessed via a 200m detour from the main circuit. There is an additional track - Witches Chase - that adds another 3km to this walk (1.5km out and back on the same track) but, from memory, it's not particularly interesting so, if I were you, I'd just do Witches Falls and head off for a nice lunch!
DIRECTIONS: Depending on where you're coming from, it's probably easiest to get up to Mt Tamborine via Oxenford (follow the Pacific Motorway north and take the Mt Tamborine turn-off at Oxenford). At the top, you'll come to a round-about with a big tree in the middle where you would normally turn right to go along Gallery Walk (Eagle Heights Road). Go straight ahead at this roundabout into Palm Grove Road. [url=http://maps.google.com.au/maps/ms?source=s_d&saddr=Palm+Grove+Ave,+Mt+Tamborine+QLD+4272&daddr=-27.937394,153.179541&geocode=FVThVf4drsEhCSm_0J7p_BeRazGqIU9JRfCKXg%3B&hl=en&mra=dme&am... here[/url] for a link to a Google Map that shows the starting point for the two walks.
WHAT TO BRING: Plenty of water and snacks, good walking shoes (you won't need hiking boots), hat and sunscreen. Members are asked to bring a first aid kit on all hikes.
AFTERWARDS: I'd suggest the Cedar Creek Estate Vineyard & Winery in Hartley Road - just around the corner from Witches Falls National Park
COST: We'll pass around the hat again for a $1 contribution to cover our registration on the Meetup website which is around $190 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!