Toolona Circuit

What we'll do

Distance: 17 km return:
Time: 6+ hours approximately (+ lunchtime stop)
Area: O’Reillys Canungra
Start Time: 8.30 am
Meet-up time: 8.15 am
Difficulty: Grade 4

PLEASE CHECK ALL WALKS AT 7.30 AM 0N THE MORNING OF ALL WALKS TO SEE IF THEY HAVE BEEN CANCELLED OR AMENDED.

Walk leader: Warwick[masked]

Meet up in the car park at O’Reillys.

Carpool Meet at Helensvale Homeworld or Nerang Fair @ 7.00 am, leaving at 7.15 am

For Car Pooling please put up a shout out early offer/or would like. Suggest $8 per person. Remember it's not the true cost but the thought and appreciation that counts.

The first part of the walk to Picnic Rock is easy and the surface is a compacted rock and concrete track.

I highly recommend the 100 metre detour to Elabana Falls.

The walk along Toolona Creek crosses the creek over 5 times and takes you to or past around 7 small waterfalls (sometimes a short track will leave the main track to take you to a waterfall). It is really a spectacular walk.

If it has been wet, I suggest you wear gore-tex footwear & warm (woollen) socks as will get very wet. There are close to a dozen creek crossings - and if it has had a lot of rain you can't skirt around the. Leeches could also be out in force, but anyone doing this part of the world should be fairly accustomed to these little critters by now.

Once we reach Toolona Falls which take approximately 3 1/2 hours, you soon join up with "The Border Track". If we have time and the weather suits, we will turn left and head to Mt Wanungara. The Lookout is approx 50 min walk from Toolona Falls and is a good spot to take a break for lunch. Here you can see views of the Tweed Valley, Murwillimbah, Mt Warning and even Byron Bay and North Stradbroke Island on a clear day. Mt Wanungara is also home to a majestic Antarctic Beech forest.

The return trip to O'Reillys on the Border Track is all down hill and fairly straightforward

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/

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