IF YOU CAN'T GET A PLACE ON THIS HIKE, WE HAVE A SECOND GROUP NOW DEPARTING AT 10am - SEE SEPARATE EVENT LISTING.
Always a lovely walk, the combination of these two tracks offers lots of variety in terms of geography, geology and viewing points.
Rozanne Wallace - [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 WALK: We will combine the Lower Bellbird Circuit and the Caves Circuit. Extract from the National Parks website:
Lower Bellbird circuit — 13.6km loop (Allow about 4 hours walking time) Class 4
This track branches off the Ships Stern circuit 3.7km from the track entrance. The track passes through a patch of dry rainforest, regarded as an example of the rise of the “dry adapted” flora now widespread in Australia. Follow the track below Bellbird lookout and emerge at a clearing, once a dairy farm. The Lower Bellbird Circuit comes out on the Binna Burra Road. Head up the road for a short way until you come to the National Parks office (lower carpark) and you'll find the start of the Caves Circuit which will bring you back up to the main park entrance where you started.
AFTERWARDS: Coffee and cake (or lunch - depending on when we get back) at the Lamington Teahouse.
WHAT TO BRING: Plenty of water, lunch and snacks, good walking shoes (you don't need hiking boots for this one), hat, sunscreen, first aid kit and insect repellent. Members are asked to bring a first aid kit on all hikes.
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!