Next fundraiser for Diabetes Qld

On Friday 17th March, I will be heading up to O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat and joining the participants for the Happy Feet Bushwalk. #HappyFeetBushwalk

The event consists of a night walk to Glow Worm Gully a distance of about 4 km. On the Saturday the participants will walk the 10.89 km of the Box Forest Circuit.

Sunday is a day to recover and head home.

I am hoping that some members from the affiliated cubs of Bushwalking Queensland Inc. can come up on the Saturday and be leaders, so we can have the group size minimised to not interfere with the general public.

I am also looking for donations, just go to my everyday hero site and pay online by various methods.

Group Pic
Border Track Trek 2016 participants
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First real bushwalk for the year

Went into Diana’s Bath in the D’Aguilar National Park and it was the first club bushwalk for 2017.

The day was hot and for some the swim was refreshing. Looking at the water, though, I was hesitant as I have had previous bad reactions to swimming in brackish water. There were fish swimming in the waterhole, but not convincing enough for me to go in!

Anyway it was a great day with great company especially #walkaboutbear.

My mind was thinking of next weekend the #happyfeetbushwalk at Lamington National Park and hoping all was well.

At home, got the mower started with Andy’s help and the proceeded to mow the lawn,. After about five minutes the mower ran fast before conking out. It did this last year. After much cord pulling and adjusting the throttle, it started again, but a short time later stopped. Got a third of the back yard mowed.

And that was it. Sue then came home from shopping and she was distraught.

3 hours to do shopping.

Her mind wanders and she can’t focus. She appears to becoming OCD.  Gawd! How do I help!

After a while she decided to go to the waterfront with a friend. Hope all is OK!

 

First bushwalk – Sunday Creek Fire Tower Site and on

At 6.00 am I was put into the backpack, put in the car and driven to Jimna. The intersection of the Kilcoy-Murgon Road and Sunday Creek Road, to be exact.

After siting there for a while and Gavin changing his shoes for boots, the others arrived – Keith, Jan, Judy and Andy and then we drove down Sunday Creek Road to the intersection with Buffalo Road (451910 7046150). The cars were parked here and we set off up the hill on Buffalo Road. Buffalo Road undulates before descending to cross Buffalo Gully and the ascending to Middle Road after 2km.

Turn right on Middle Road and then after about 300m take the old road to the left (451900 7044600). Follow this road for 1 km as it ascends to the site of the Sunday Creek Fire Tower.

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Return to Middle Road and then turn left to continue along Middle Road. Continue along Middle Road and after about 2km crosses Sunday Creek. Ascend a short distance and turn right down Plank Bridge Road (4150950 7043500) and descend to Six Mile Creek. At this crossing are the remnants of the Plank Bridge.

Return to Middle Road and turn right to continue on towards Bellthorpe Road. After about 1 km Cockalorum Creek Road goes off to the left (451500 7043050). Veer right on Middle Road and descend to cross Six Mile Creek and follow for about 3 km. Turn right onto Bellthorpe Road and walk for about 500 metres to the vicinity of the bora ring (452300 7040900).

Return to the junction with Middle Road, but continue past this junction and the next Middle Road junction (large Y-junction) on Bellthorpe Road for about 3km to a track leading off to the left (name unknown). Follow this track for a short distance as it gradually descends to Six Mile Creek and ascends to Cockalorum Creek Road, about 2.5 km and a T-junction. Turn right onto Cockalorum Creek Road (4153200 7043200) and follow for about 500m to a disused road and turn left. This becomes the Constance Fire Management Trail and become a narrow track following the benched road. The track descends to Sunday Creek, where the bridge has been removed but trail and bicycle tracks show the creek crossing. Ascend the other side and then the track descends to another creek where this bridge has also been removed. Drop not the creek and walk to the right to a track from the creek to regain the road. From here the track opens up as it nears Middle Road (7052600 444700). At Middle Road turn left and follow Middle Road to the junction with Buffalo Road, about 400 metres.

Follow Buffalo Road back to the cars at Sunday Creek Road.

Total distance walked: 21 km

Total time: 7:45 hours.

Diana’s Bath – finally made it!

Long history of trying

After 5 attempts to reach Diana’s Bath in what I think is the easiest way to get there, it was finally reached. What happened?

Attempt 1

Planned to follow the way most other clubs follow by descending from Mount Byron. By the time Mount Byron was reached there was no time to descend to Diana’s Bath.

Attempt 2

This day was cancelled due to heavy rainfall.

Attempt 3

Wet again!

Attempt 4

After having a good look decided to follow the horse trail from Mount Brisbane Road, via Dayboro across to Byron Creek and then follow Byron Creek downstream to Diana’s Bath. The return would be back to the car park and then follow Diana’s Bath Road and Byron Creek Road to Range Road and Chambers Road to the car.

The day came and – another wet day!! Can’t miss a trick. The planed route is on clay so any rainfall is not ideal. So for safety, tail between the legs and up to Mount Mee for a safer walk.

Attempt 5

This time the weather was perfect. Nice sunny day and a bit warm. What a chance to finally get there. So after meeting at the Dayboro Cemetery it was drive to the junction of Byron Creek Road, Range Road and the horse trail. The horse trail was followed as it descended a ridge down to Byron Creek. Some parts of this descent were fairly steep on gravelly surface, which had been disturbed by trail bikes. Once at the bottom a sign to Byron Creek Road and Diana’s Bath Road was encountered, so it was straight ahead.

At the next intersection, a left turn was taken. Andy and I had already followed the track on a previous reconnaissance to the right and finished up back on Range Road.

From here the track ascended to A Break, the highest point on the walk. Even though this was a bigger ascent the track was not as steep as what we had descended. Upon reaching A Break, a break was taken to catch our breath. We actually stopped for morning tea where we thought the climb had ended, but there was one pinch more!

Anyway from A Break, the horse trail was followed as it descended steeply down to Byron Creek (yes, Byron Creek again!). Once Byron Creek was reached a bit of meandering along the creek in amongst lantana before reaching the end of the horse trail.

Turning right at the creek, a part track was followed along the creek till a large cliff stopped our progress. Andy scaled a large boulder and managed to gain a way along the creek, the rest retreated back up he creek to a crossing and across the other side, found a well worn track. This track was followed to Diana’s Bath.

Diana’s Bath is a large waterhole which is about the size of two olympic swimming pools. There is a large slab of rock on the northern side which drops deeply into the pool. A truly wondrous place! After lunch and a swim, it was time to head back, this time choosing the formed foot track.

This foot track soon returned to the creek and although the creek crossing was obvious, the other side was overgrown in lantana. Oh well another bush bash and in clear land past the lantana came across a road. The road was followed to the south to a gate, then crossed the creek and passed onto open land. The road appeared to be going in the wrong direction. Oh well it’s better than fighting lantana. After a while a gate was met with the Power Station notice on it. No access to this land!

A check of the map and we had taken the wrong creek, having found where we should be, followed a path along the creek to cross it, but the steep bank was unrelenting, with lantana being a barrier. There is one way to deal with this jump onto the lantana and break through. Once through, and the creek gained, a road along the creek was found and followed. This track gradually ascended, and lo and behold! the Diana’s Bath Car Park. A break was taken and then it was a walk up the hill on Diana’s Bath Road as the road ascended to the junction with A Break. The road then descended to its junction with Byron Creek Road and a left turn taken. A short distance was a creek crossing which made for a lovely stop.

Form the the walk ascended Byron Creek Road to the junction with Range Road and the vehicles.

What a great day! Pity some other members could not attend to bathe in the glory!

First day on Great Ocean Walk

Friday 09/09/2016 – Day 2 – Apollo Bay to Blanket Bay – 24.53 km

Awoke early and packed the day pack and the headed up for breakfast. Breakfast consisted of porridge, poached eggs and toast, and coffee. The lunch was the prepared with the ingredients for a salad plus ham, with turkish bread and pita bread. It was left to me to construct the lunch as I pleased. After making lunch, wrapping it in glad wrap, and placing it into a container, I then added one apple, two bananas, and an orange, plus a muesli bar. Once all packed it was into the bus for the first leg.

After about half an hour the bus arrived at the start of the Great Ocean Walk in Apollo Bay. After a series of photos were taken, I was even one UHF by Sam and took up my position as tail end Charlie (also called “toilet paper”). Passing along the Great Ocean Road through Apollo Bay and then through the Barham River estuary with the Backwater, the Great Ocean Road entered Marengo. From there the walk followed the coast and into the Marengo Caravan Park. The walk passed through the caravan park to the start of the walking track, with slippery boardwalk. The trail meandered in the vegetation behind the beach passing Swell Point and then entering the beach. After a short stroll along the beach we came to a headland which looked treacherous to pass. Checking the directions, we should have gone up 1A. So we backtracked to the 1A sign and left the beach to follow the path behind the beach. This section took the walkers past Storm Point and then back to the beach. After a short walk along the beach a set of stairs was ascended to a gate. This does not look right. Descended to the beach and continued to the next stairs which was the track of the Great Ocean Walk. Oops!

Once regaining the track, it ascended quickly to Bald Hill Point with its commanding views including seals seen a distance off the coast. This section involved the trekkers passing under low vegetation which contained a koala. A quick descent from Bald Hill Point and the track entered Three Creeks Beach and walked along the beach for 600 m. At the western end was time for a morning tea break. Then the heavens opened. After packing our gear and donning wet weather gear, we headed off.

Being tail end Charlie, I was in company with a person who saw the walk as a real challenge. So far was a battle and I hoped that we would not arrive at the end of this section too late for the rest of the group.

The track ascended quickly from Three Creeks Beach and started to ascend as the Shelly Beach Car Park was reached. From this point the track descended into the Elliot River and then ascended to the Elliot Ridge GOW Campground. By this time, I was far behind the main group but battled on.

The track at this point headed inland ascending all the while to the left turn onto the Elliot Road. Elliot Road was followed up hill to Parker Spur Road, during which leg a lunch break was taken. As I arrived, the leading group then departed. After about ten minutes, we departed. Upon reaching Parker Spur Road, the walk then undulated along Parker Spur to the Johnson Track. This track undulated till its junction with Blanket Bay Track. The Blanket Bay Track had a long slow descent till its junction with the Telegraph Track. Turning down Telegraph Track, the descent became steeper right down to the beach at Blanket Bay.

A short walk along the beach from the steps and then met the rest of the group, boarded the bus and headed back to Bimbi Park.

Off I go

Thursday 08/09/2016 – Day 1 – Travel Day

Woke at 4.30am, and finished packing, had breakfast and had a BGL of 4.4. Woke Sue at 5.30 am and went into the girls room to see if anyone else was coming to the airport.

Departed home at 5.45 am and started a good run. After crossing the Ted Smout Bridge and onto the Deagon Deviation, news of a broken down vehicle came through. On the Gateway Motorway southbound at Nudgee Road. Oh crap! go to get past that! Decided to take the Deagon Deviation to Sandgate Road, after queueing for fifteen minutes and not making much progress.

On Sandgate Road, the traffic was heavy but moving and allowed us to exit to Toombul Road and get onto the Southern Cross Way and then onto Airport Drive and the Domestic Terminal. Picked up my bags, said my goodbyes and then walked to the Virgin Terminal.

Arrived at the check-in at 7.00am, with my flight boarding at 7.25 am. Thank goodness for the early start. How will the others in the group fare? My bag weighed exactly 23 kg, the maximum weight, how about that?!

Collected the rest of my gear, which I had strategically rearranged to the stuff I need in the plane and the rest in the luggage. I made my way to the departure gate, and tried to make up mu mind about buying a coffee. By the time I had decided to do that, there was less time to purchase it than the time left to board.

On the aircraft a Boeing 737-800, found my seat at 15A retrieved my laptop, man bag and folder and sealed in to my seat. I was shortly joined by a couple from Wynnum heading to their daughters place at Torquay. I also managed to remember Kristine’s bear and placed it on my knee at a window and took its photo.

The plane then departed Brisbane for Melbourne a flight of 2 hours and 15 minutes. There was about 6 oktas of cloud all the way to Melbourne, so no sights to behold. I instead, after the coffee and muesli bar, entered into conversation with my fellow passenger and then looked out the window, we were over northern Victoria and while working out where we were, we flew past Tullamarine. Hang on are we on a Jetstar flight? After short time however, the plane swung around 180 degrees and we landed at Tullamarine. Looking down I could not believe the amount of traffic at 10.15 in the morning, as heavy as Brisbane’s peak traffic.

After landing, and collecting the heavy bag, hired a Ecart and loaded the bag onto it. If anyone else has a heavy bag I can use this. So I made my way to Hudsons and waited. Not long after, Sam arrived and the start of the new adventure was getting underway. We waited for another two hours while the rest of the contingent arrived. Then we waited for the bus. It was caught in a snarl on the Calder Highway.

Finally the bus arrived at 1.00pm, and the bus driver, Lee, was very hospitable.

So we loaded our luggage, took our seats and began the next phase of the journey. It took three and a half hours to arrive at Bimbi Park; which included a stop in Apollo Bay, to buy supplies and a six pack of Stella Artois; and were given our room allocations. I was given DE2, Deluxe Cabin 2, a 4 person cabin all to myself. So I unpacked, showered, and changed and then made my way up to the dining hall for dinner.

During dinner, proper introductions were made and the plan for the walk, including the time for breakfast. After dinner, I made my way back to the cabin, wrote this blog, studied and watched some TV -at least channel 24. I couldn’t change channels as the remote was playing up. I selected channels on the set top box itself, but to no avail. Oh well, it was time to turn in, and an early day tomorrow.

The ball rolls

Woke up with a heavy throat, and a bit sniffly. That’s why my blood glucose was all over the shop, I’m coming down with something. Oh well see how the day pans out.

Ironed one shirt for the day and after breakfast and shower, headed off to the bus. The bus ride took me to the train and due to roadworks was held up so I had to catch the later train. Finally at work, and sorted out files. Then decided I had better make an appointment to see the doctor. I booked 8.00am on Friday so I can see him and then go and get the blood test done. This will kill three birds with the one stone. One, I have signed up to be involved in research about diabetes management with Uni of Melbourne. Two, I need a medical prior to the walk on the Great Ocean Walk 2016 #gorw2016. Three, it is time for my annual diabetes review. I advised my supervisor of my plans and I will come into work early to make up for it.

I then advised Charlotte of my plans, and then the conversation started to sort out the accommodation for the Warrie Circuit Trek in March 2017. Decided on targeting “The Mouses House” near to the Warrie Circuit so we can walk out and back without relying on other transport.

Charlotte said she would look into it and then I started the next phase of the strategy as how to conduct the trek. My initial thoughts are to limit to groups of six with departure times from the accommodation. If the parties regimen the chase to nominate who goes in which group, then the participants can be dealt with in their small groups at the start, so they won’t feel like they are staggered. I am also thinking of creating distance markers for every 5 km so the participants and leaders can better monitor the trek.

Then it was lunch time. I remembered I had to go to the Bendigo Bank to pay the water bill, and as I have to pass RACQ on the way back, I also dealt with the car insurance, caravan insurance and my membership. Happy to roll it together and get the discount as a gold card holder, plus other benefits.

Returned to work and had my lunch then finally cleaned up another file.

Off to home I go, and at home got into study, plus turned my mind to a policy for Bushwalking Queensland about unincorporated clubs. Will follow the lead taken by the QWALC.

Then it was bed time.

A day to be proud of

Arose early and packed my gear for a day in Noosa, walking the Noosa National Park and hopefully spot a whale or two. I also managed to print raffle tickets for the espresso machine and decided that the tickets be sold for $2.00 each.

Had a great breakfast and my BGL was at 4.5, a good start for the day. Andy arrived just after 7 and off we went.

The traffic was fairly light for the run up the Bruce Highway and we missed the Yandina turn-off, so went to Eumundi instead. From there it was a quick drive across through Tewantin and on to Noosa Junction before arriving in Sunshine Beach and the meet point at the junction of Surf Street and Parkedge Road. We then waited for the other participants.

We then walked off with Gavins Water Bottle providing the commentary on the Glasshouse Bushwalkers Club Inc. blog at .

After the walk Andy gets back in the car and declares that he is short of fuel. We decided that Coolum would be the best bet, so headed there. Arriving at Coolum, the service station was found but couldn’t turn right to get into it. Andy said he was sure there was one on the Coolum Beach Road between the beach and the Sunshine Motorway. I agreed as I was also sure I had seen one.

Sure enough we found the BP and so while Andy filled up I went and got drinks. I was so thirsty! Andy came in and went to the toilet. So while in there I paid for the fuel, to his surprise.

So we headed home and arriving about 2.45 pm, unpacked the gear and stowed it away and put together the clothes to wash… No soap powder! Sue’s gone shopping and just came back too! Will have to wash later!

Settled down for the afternoon and gloated about the great weekend that had been, I had walked in two days the distance of one day of the Great Ocean Walk. Need to step it up next weekend! Although the Bushcare in the middle of Saturday’s walk gave my upper body a bit of curry!

So the rest of the night was to prepare for work the next day and then go to bed with a bit of Olympics to tire me out!

#GORW2016 Training

Woke early and proceeded to get ready for a training walk with fellow walkers for the Great Ocean Walk 2016 (#GORW2016).

The first thing though was to have breakfast, find my clothes for the walk, and decided how much to take.

Then I had to do the school run first so left at 7.40 am with Lauren and took her to Hercules Road State School. I came back and then took Stacey to Deception Bay High School. Gemma was sick so stayed home. I was early after this chore so went back home to make sure I had everything.

Once I was sure I was ready I drove to Raven Street Reserve and the Downfall Creek Bushland Centre. I met the other walker and we set off with #gavinswaterbottle in tow.
The walk initially followed the concrete track for a couple of hundred metres to the bikeway which traverses the reserve. Turning left we followed this track, passing a scrub turkey’s mound, which had many deep holes in it. It has either been attacked by goannas or the eggs have hatched.

After a few more hundred metres turned left onto an indistinct track and followed this bush track down to a gully, crossed the gully and then followed it out to Raven Street. A shirt distance up Raven Street was the bike path which was then followed to the large bridge over the creek. Just after the bridge, the track to the left was taken and followed to the next intersection, and again turned left. This track was followed to Raven Street, but then a set of stairs were taken as the track paralleled Raven Street out to Hamilton Road. Upon reaching the northern boundary of the Raven Street Reserve. The track was then followed along the boundary to the green bridge and then the green bridge used to cross Hamilton Road and to go into the Milne Hill Reserve.

From the green bridge the road was followed up to the water reservoir and then turned left to go around to the west of the reservoir and to the summit of Milne Hill. This summit gave views across to Moreton Bay and the city.

From the summit the walk descended 75 steps and then three switchbacks to descend to the track that contours around Milne Hill. On the way down we were watched by a swamp wallaby. Turning left onto this track there was more descending to the bike track along Little Cabbage Tree Creek. Turning left once again the bike track was followed to Killarney then kept to the grass following the creek to the entry into Chermside Hills Reserve.

The Giwadha Track was then followed to the left over the bridge and around to the west of the reserve then ascending to Spider Hill. At the base of the hill, the track was taken straight up to the summit. The trees on this summit make viewing difficult. The Stringyark Trail was then followed paralleling Trouts Road before coming out onto Trouts Road. A walkway was then followed through houses down to Roebig Street, which was followed to the roundabout. Going down Steffen Place from the roundabout, the bikeway along Little Cabbage Tree Creek was followed to the Milne Hill Track.

The steps were retraced back into Raven Street Reserve, although on the ascent, we found ourselves meeting the steps about halfway up the flight. Once regaining the Banksia Track, a left turn was made to continue on this track and then a right turn onto the Xanthorrhea Track. This track was then followed to the concrete track leading to Federation Street. This path took us to the fruit bat colony and then we returned to the Creek Track which followed Downfall Creek. This track then returned to the first track and the day use area and car park.

After the walk headed home and had a lazy afternoon catching up on the Olympics. I also dealt with issues with Bushwalking Queensland Inc., Glasshouse Bushwalkers Club Inc., Australian Adventure Activity Standards Technical Working Group, and other matters.

Gloating about the good day I had, I went to bed!