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You are most welcome to apply to join our Mid Week Walking Group for one of our walks, for a 3-4 hour walk/hike in and around the Gold Coast/Northern NSW. Upon joining we have a $5 fee which includes your first walk and the remainder goes towards our out of pocket expenses. Any money over is put towards group events as mentioned here. All types of walks undertaken along with the occasional social event including barbecues, cheese & wine walks, evening theatre trips and more.

For attending the walks, walkers must have appropriate footwear, either walking boots or recognised sports walking footwear. Boots are best, why, because they help to prevent you from twisting your ankle or from slipping or tripping on tree roots that protrude from the pathways which can cause you to break, twist or badly sprain your ankle. This may sound dictatorial but in reality is just friendly advice, as walking in bushland has many obstacles, plus bring your own water supply and carry a small amount of first aid for example, elastoplasts, bandages, tape and anything else you feel appropriate. For those completely new to bush walking we advise you carry a light rain jacket/poncho and some warm clothing as the mountain regions can become very cool/wet compared to the coast. Start times will vary from 9am to 11am start, depending on location. A $2 a walk fee will be collected in cash at the start of the walks, please bring a gold coin as no change is given,(please note: DO NOT offer a $50,$20,$10 note and expect change) this is to help pay for our membership of the Meet-up website and out of pocket group expenses, maps, compasses and the like.

Occasionally we may hold other events outside of walking for example kayaking/paddle boarding/BBq’s so it is imperative you read and agree with our conditions of joining which can be found here; Please click and read in full: (http://www.meetup.com/Gold-Coast-Mid-Week-Walking-Social-Group/pages/Conditions_of_Membership/)

Please note: It Is Your Own Personal Responsibility! Please be aware and accept by walking with us, that The Gold Coast Mid Week Walking and Hiking Group is not a registered association or official club. We are 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 walks. We also cannot provide any guidance on fitness levels required. It's up to individual members to decide if they want to participate in the walks and as such, must be responsible for themselves at all times.

Upcoming events (5+)

Monday Brunch

Le Vintage Boutique Cafe

A get together for all those who have or have not been to a lot of walks / paddles and would like to catch up. Wazza is doing a huge fundraiser in June/July and we want to support him by getting social and donating a gold coin. Come for coffee, cake, brunch or whatever!!

Pasta A'La Ann Bassini Pasta Home made Gnocchi $20

Location visible to members

Ann is hosting a Pasta Day as a fundraiser for Wazza’s Wheezer’s. Please join in and if you haven’t already experienced one of Ann’s amazing dishes then this is a wonderful opportunity to do so and you will be supporting her efforts and contributing towards Warwick’s admirable walk, paddle and bike ride between all the Woolworths stores from Coffs Harbor to Beenleigh. The Donation is $20

Mt Warning - Summit Challenge

Mt Warning

A$2.00

Meet Up time: 9.15am Start 9.30am Location: Car Park Mt Warning Rd. Mt Warning is one of the classic walks of the east coast. It is attained by a very good graded track but with a few great views on the way up. The beginning of the walk involves around 600 steps that make you wonder why you are here but then settles into a steady incline of zig zags for most of the remaining 4 km. It takes a bit of effort but this stage is only rated Moderate. There will be plenty of rest stops on this section. This rainforest section is alive with Cedar, Flooded Gum, Piccabeen Palm, Moreton Bay Fig, Brush Box and many more. Suggested meet up point for CAR POOLING: Hungry Jack's at Mudgeeraba, (right at exit 79 turn off). Meet 7.55 leave 8.10. Experience tells us that even so more than in other walks, we may split into two groups (mainly due to the rock climb) It would be advisable where possible to car pool according to your probable finishing time. Approx. 200 mtrs from the summit there is a seat with a view for those who do not want to climb the harder final section. This climb is up a relatively steep rocky chute with the aid of a chain. The area is not exposed but does require a degree of care on the rocks, especially if wet. The 360 degree views are out of this world if the weather is kind. Gloves on the chain climb are recommended against cold and chaffing. After lunch at the top it is a matter of retracing our steps to the car park. Total distance 8.8km to a height of 1175 m. Graded as Moderate to Hard Grade 4 (depending how high you go) This is not our easiest walk but is certainly within the capabilities of a moderately fit person. There is a great little coffee shop just down the road to celebrate the victory and share tales of heroism and conquest ............. Medical emergency: Please carry some first aid with you on every walk. As a minimum it should be a good 100m strong crape bandage. In chemists from $10-12), elastoplasts, medical tape, plus anything you consider an essential. Accidents can a DO happen on our walks, don’t think it won’t be me and don’t expect others to be carrying your emergency supplies if you do have a mishap. A strong bandage to support a badly twisted/sprained ankle will get you home safely or a broken one back in less pain and agony. Remember we are responsible for our own self and that includes emergency procedures. Our Risk Management Plan can be found at: https://www.meetup.com/Gold-Coast-Mid-Week-Walking-Social-Group/pages/22612444/GOLD_COAST_MID_WEEK_WALKING_RISK_MANAGEMENT_PLAN/

Winter at Mt Barney.

Mt Barney Lodge

A$100.00

Two days, two walks, a few drinks, a BBQ dinner with great views and bacon and eggs for brekky. https://tri.ps/t4PNP Meet at Mt Barney Lodge at 9.30 am. At this time of year, the creeks should be drier if not dry. The pools at the Cascade and Lower Portals will still have water, but will be a touch cool for swimming. Walk Leader Warwick[masked] Car Pooling: Meet at Nerang Fair 74 - 98 Beaudesert-Nerang Rd or Homeworld Helensvale for combined car pooling. Meet 7.45 am leave 8.00 am. Please give driver $10 Wednesday: Lower Portals Track: 10 kms return Time: Approximately 4 hours walking time Grade: Class 4 This is probably the most popular short walk in the area, as the 40 metre rock gorge and deep waterhole invite you to swim, explore and revisit time and time again. It is one of the few graded and maintained tracks in the area. The 3.7 km walk rollercoasters over 10 short hills in open eucalypt forest. The walk has moderate to steep grading and at times becomes quite challenging. Mid winter, it should not be too hot walking, but extra water is still recommended. Near the end of the walk we need to cross Mt Barney Creek, either by rockhopping, or wading through the creek, perhaps up to our knees. This visit, we will carry on further up the track once we cross the creek to see if we can find our way behind the falls at the Portals. Thursday: Cronan Creek Track: 13 kms return Time: Approximately 4 hours walking time Grade: Class 4 The falls are located near the end of the Cronan Creek Track, which starts at the Yellow Pinch Car Park at Mt Barney National Park. This is a lovely 13 km return hike that takes you through varied terrain, from open bushland to rainforest. It is not a difficult track to walk, other than the steep section near the beginning and the numerous creek crossings, some of which may result in you getting your feet wet. Spare dry socks and wearing of shorts may be an advantage. Bring your own linen or let the Lodge provide it all for you @$20 per head. Moringararah and Boolamoola at Mount Barney Lodge are not just guest rooms - both houses are ours for the night. They hold 12 and 6 people respectively. Each feature: Fully self contained kitchen. Bring your own linen and food or let the Lodge provide it all for you @$20 per head. No TV, no phones, no computer or videos. Colonial furniture and fireplace Complementary firewood for inside fires during the winter months Veranda with superb mountain views Outdoor eating patio with gas BBQ provided Camping is available on site.

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PURLINGBROOK TO APPLE TREE VIA WARRINGA POOL

Apple Tree Park

A$2.00

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