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QUEENSLAND BUSHWALKERS CLUB Inc. Newsletter PO Box 2199 Sunnybank Hills QLD 4109 Email Phone



PO Box 2199 Sunnybank Hills QLD 4109 Email Phone No 0478 239384

February 2018

239384 February 2018 Richard discovers Keyhole Falls, Koreelah NP (see report

Richard discovers Keyhole Falls, Koreelah NP (see report p.3)

Photo: Michael H

Club News

From the editor Welcome to the February newsletter. The summer heat has certainly made itself felt this year, with January being reported as the third hottest on record. Despite this, club members have been walking enthusiastically in many parts, with the QLD / NSW border area getting a thorough workout.

There are interstate excursions to Tasmania planned as well, which could encounter anything from heatwaves to snow conditions if recent weather reports are anything to go by. Good luck to those adventurers!

The committee has given notice of a general meeting required to ratify a change to club rules.

There are details of walks past and planned, and social opportunities to meet others in the club.

Enjoy your reading and see you on the trail.

Michael H

Walks Planning & BBQ

A walks planning social BBQ meeting is planned for 25 February at 62A Sewell Road, Tanah Merah. Bring along a plate to share and ideas for walks. See QBW's website for the downloadable calendar.

25 February

QBW proposed change to Club Rules

A bit of bureaucratic red tape has meant that the club has to vote again on a proposed change to club rules to include life membership. A notice has been emailed to members and a special meeting will be held with the regular meeting this Tuesday, 6 February, 7.30pm to resolve the matter.

Please consider attending – mainly for social reasons of course as there's a lot to catch up on after the summer recess – but if you can't attend, you may vote by proxy vote.

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Christmas Party 2018

The club committee is hoping to lock in the QBW Christmas party venue as soon as possible. If anyone has good suggestions about possible venues please contact Lynn (Social Secretary) on 0419 686 559.

Wynnum Manly Social Evening

A social evening is planned for Thursday 1 March. Organisers envisage a leisurely stroll along the waterside esplanade from Manly to Wynnum as the day surrenders to a glorious sunset, silhouettes of graceful palms swaying gently in the balmy tropical air, sibilant sounds of the sea, seafoood, wine and the merriment of familiar company, dancing and romancing - oops, and then a walk back. Interested? Please contact Lynn (Social Secretary) on 0419 686 559. The walk starts at 5.30pm at the Manly Boat Club and goes to Pelican's Nest at Wynnum (a flat 3km return walk).

First Aid Training

Thanks to those members who recently attended First Aid training days. Helen, Patricia, Aileen, Gerry and Mary updated their certificates. Other members are also encouraged to book a day with St Johns to gain or refresh these skills. QBW may offer a rebate of costs. Membership We welcome Lindsay Forsyth to the club. Lindsay has already joined a few walks (see photo on page 3) and we look forward to your company on many more. The club currently has 46 members. The annual fee is $30. Payment can be given or sent to Helen McAllister or directly transferred into the club bank account. Payment details are on page 8. Note that you also need to fill out a membership renewal form, sign it and either post, email or hand it to Helen. The club email is

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January 2018

General News

Pilgrimage 2018 Note your diaries for Pilgrimage 2018 – it will be held on September 28-30 at Jimna (near Kilcoy). Larapinta Trek for Melanoma Research Melanoma Institute Australia (MIA) is organising a fund raising trek along the Larapinta Trail, Northern Territory on 17-23 September 2018. For details see or phone 02 9911 7339.

Tips from the Institute when walking outdoors are:

1. Overexposure to sun UV radiation is the most

common cause of melanoma.

2. Avoid sun exposure between 11am and 3pm.

3. Seek shade and wear protective clothing.

4. Wear a floppy hat and use SPF 50+ sunscreen.

Great Noosa Trail Walk

The Great Noosa Trail Walk is being held on the Queens Birthday long weekend 29 Sept – 1 October 2018. This event was cancelled last year due to the weather. Bookings are limited to 150 people and tickets go on sale on 1 July 2018. For more details see:

29 September

Proposed Walks

Carnarvon Gorge NP

Patricia is planning an excursion to Carnarvon Gorge National Park for Easter 2018. Camping will be at Takarakka Bush Resort just outside the park. Site costs for 2 adults are: Unpowered $38pn/powered $46pn. Book early if you can and mention QBW so that we can be together. People with large tents who are willing to share them are very welcome as this will bring down the average cost. To discuss or to let Patricia know you have booked please phone her on 0448 526 618.

29 Mar – 2 April 2018

Coming Walks

Any person wishing to come on a club walk must contact the walk leader first. The leader will organise the meeting place and car pooling and has full discretion on who can come on the walk. If possible provide leaders with plenty of forward notice if you wish to nominate for a walk or if you change your plans. Nominations close 9:00pm on the Wednesday prior to a weekend trip or by 9.00pm on the Monday before Wednesday trips. More details are available in the club calendar.

February 2018



Upper Byron Creek (Mt Glorious)



Gerry Burton

0408 793 715



Currumbin Creek Kayak (Currumbin)KYK


Aileen Elliott

0457 144 012



Club meeting

7.30pm (Buranda)


Richard Kolarski

0455 879 785


Wed-Thu Nungulba Falls (Rathdowney)



Richard Kolarski

0455 879 785



Mt Hobwee (Green Mountains)



Aileen Elliott

0457 144 012



Boghaban Falls via Moonjooroora Crk


(Numinbah Valley)


Richard Kolarski

0455 879 785



Somerset Trail (Mt Mee) Patricia Kolarski

D/W 0448 526 618

17-18 Sat-Sun

Goomburra Walks with Gold Coast BWC

(Goomburra) John & Lyn Daly

B/C 0417 611 810



Larapinta Falls (Christmas Creek)



Gerry Burton

0408 793 715



Wednesday Wander Richard Kolarski

D/W 0455 879 785



Tasmania South Coast Track



Gerry Burton

0408 793 715



Coomera Circuit (Binna Burra)



Helen McAllister

0419 684 319



Tallebudgera Crk & Burleigh NP



Lynn Sawtell

0419 686 559



Walks Planning Meeting & BBQ 3pmSOC 62A Sewell Road, Tanah Merah



0417 527 017

March 2018



Wynnum Manly foreshore walk



Lynn Sawtell

0419 686 559



Club meeting

7.30pm (Buranda)


Richard Kolarski

0455 879 785

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Past Walks

Keyhole Falls Walk

Richard, Mary and myself met up with Gerry at Boonah and we arrived at Koreelah National Park campground on schedule. We did a brief warm-up side walk to look at Koreelah Falls and were greeted by the shrill cacophony of thousands of cicadas. Thankfully this racket eventually eased off, otherwise we would have all come home deaf.

6 December 2017

otherwise we would have all come home deaf. 6 December 2017 Walking along Trough Creek Photo:

Walking along Trough Creek

Photo: Michael H

We set off along a gazetted road that crosses private property for a couple kilometres, then entered the National Park again. We picked up Trough Creek at this point and followed it easily along the rocky slabs. A reasonable flow was coming down the creek which created many pleasant falls and pools. We admired one pool/waterfall combination as we approached but then realised that it would prove difficult to get around it due to steep cliffs on either side. Richard went left while I went right. Gerry and Mary followed Richard. At least Gerry did, as Mary slipped off the cliff into the pool. Suitably refreshed from her swim, Mary then joined us for morning tea.

from her swim, Mary then joined us for morning tea. Mary's favourite swimming hole Photo: Michael

Mary's favourite swimming hole

Photo: Michael H

More strolling along the delightful creek led us to the main (key?) objective, a 40m high series of rocky cascades with Keyhole Falls near the top. We picked a way up the cliff to the right with some difficulty but the sight of the unique falls – formed by a round hole in a solid rock wall – was due reward (see page 1). After a few photos we continued up the creek until we found an old logging track, badly overgrown. We

roughly followed this until we located the road, then followed that back down the hill, effectively looping back on the direction we had come. A stone cairn at the side of the road marks the spot where a pad leads down about 200m to the top of Keyhole Falls. We returned to the falls for more photos.

of Keyhole Falls. We returned to the falls for more photos. At Keyhole Falls Photo: Richard/Mary

At Keyhole Falls

Photo: Richard/Mary

Then it was back up the hill to the cairn, and a walk of several kilometres along the road to the car. The total walk was approximately 12 kilometres and took about 5 hours. It was definitely worth it and I would like to do it again. Thanks to Richard for driving and Mary and Gerry for your good company. Postscript:

On 6 January Richard led another walk to Keyhole Falls, this time starting from Acacia Plateau. The group arrived at the same pool where Mary had taken an unexpected swim on the earlier walk. After successfully negotiating the cliff, Aileen sat down above the waterfall to photograph Bobby making his way across the rocks. A March fly attacked her and in the altercation her camera fell into the pool. Sadly it could not be retrieved, despite the heroic efforts of Mary and Richard to search for it on the bottom. Aileen was most thankful for their efforts and concern. Thanks to insurance she now has a new camera. It seems Mary just can't get enough of swimming in that pool!

Michael H

can't get enough of swimming in that pool! Michael H Richard, Mary & Lindsay cool off

Richard, Mary & Lindsay cool off

Photo: Aileen

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Border Ranges B/C

Camping spots are usually hard to find on long weekends but three members of our group were able to head off on the Thursday afternoon and found plenty of space for all of us at Forest Tops, my preferred camping site. We had grassy spots for our tents, toilets, and a cooking shelter.

26 – 28 January 2018

A remarkable feature when driving up to Forest Tops

was the number of White-headed Pigeons found just standing in the middle of the road. They let the cars get very close before ambling off to the side of the

road or flying away.

before ambling off to the side of the road or flying away. On the Booyong walk

On the Booyong walk

Photo: Patricia

Our walk on Friday was the Booyong Track from Forest Tops to Sheepstation Creek campground, a distance of 9km plus the 2km Rosewood Circuit.

We were in no hurry and wandered along enjoying the rainforest. It was a hot, humid day but we were much cooler up in the Ranges and forest shade.

A car shuttle earlier in the day saved us the long

road walk back uphill to our camp in the afternoon.

The rest of our group arrived early afternoon.

afternoon. The rest of our group arrived early afternoon. A buttressed tree Photo: Patricia In the

A buttressed tree

Photo: Patricia

In the late afternoon a fine misty rain started to fall

before a full-blown storm arrived. Aileen, Helen and Robin and Marion had separate shelters for us where we could be as a group for Happy Hour away from the other campers.

Saturday’s walk was Brindle Creek Track for Helen, Gerry and I while Richard and Aileen went exploring along Gradys Creek, Marion and Margie did the Booyong Track walk they’d missed out on the day before. Robin did a drive around to all the lookouts towards Barr Mountain.

Again in the evening the misty rain started. Helen left us after our walk and Richard decided to bail out and head for home and dry weather. The rest of us eventually had an early night listening to the rain on our tents.

Sunday and everything was wet. No walking today. Gerry left straight after breakfast and Aileen and I went soon after to do a drive to the lookouts but we were in cloud so no views. A coffee at MacDonalds in Beaudesert finished off the weekend. Thanks to all who came. It was good to get away from the Brisbane heat and enjoy a rare basecamping weekend.


Patricia K

Westray’s Grave D/W Sunday

7 January 2018

Hot, hot, hot everywhere and definitely not the time to do the scheduled Cronan’s Cascades so a forested walk beside Christmas Creek seemed the perfect substitute.

The initial creek crossing was OK with not a lot of water coming down the creek. Most of the track is taped though it’s not possible to get lost with the creek on one side and the cliffs on the other. There are quite a few tree falls since Cyclone Debbie last year so there was a bit of scrambling over, under, around and through.

was a bit of scrambling over, under, around and through. Thankful for shade Photo: Patricia This

Thankful for shade

Photo: Patricia

This is not a long walk so there was plenty of time for those keen to cool off in the creek to enjoy the very cold water. Not my cup of tea at all!!!

All up I think there was nine of us on this walk. Thanks to the drivers.

Patricia K

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Coast to Coast Walk (England) – July/Aug 2017

For some years, I had been contemplating walking both the West Highland Way in Scotland and the Coast to Coast in England, so finally I decided that 2017 was the year and that I would combine the two walks in one trip. We started the West Highland Way in July, and completed the Coast to Coast during August. Although this was in the middle of the British summer, and their peak holiday and tourist season, we ran into surprisingly few on the walk, so that a lot of the time we were on our own. Eighteen days of walking 190 miles/300 kilometres seemed daunting, but I thought that doing it over a few extra days would make each day’s distance a little less, with the average being 16 kilometres, the longest day being about 26. This would allow it to be done at a more relaxed and comfortable pace. Initially, my intention was to travel solo, but Mary then Aileen asked if they could come along, and Alison from RBW made up the fourth. We stayed at B&Bs and local inns, carrying only our daypacks, and having our other luggage transported daily to the next night’s lodgings. Our evening meals were mostly at pubs and sometimes Indian restaurants.

The Coast to Coast is not an officially designated “National Trail” and as such is not as well signposted, particularly in the Lakes District, but further east local authorities and some helpful landowners have erected some signage. This means that one cannot rely on signs for navigation, so as well as the guide books and maps, I took along a compass & my GPS with a borrowed UK SD card, showing topo and land marks, and downloaded tracks and waypoints from the internet.

The walk was popularised by Alfred Wainwright, who traversed the country in 1972, and has been slightly amended to avoid private land where there is no right of way. It passes through three National Parks: the Lakes District, Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors and at time shares paths with the Pennine Way, Lyke Wake Walk and the Cleveland Way. It leads walkers from village to village; down country lanes and roads; along bridleways and paths; follows disused railway lines; through fields and woodlands; up and down mountains and fells; through bogs and across numerous rivers and streams.

The traditional starting point is the west coast village of St Bee’s. After travelling there by train from Fort William, the end point of the West Highland Way, we had a “rest” day scheduled. As the local general store did not have much to offer, we walked over the headland, with its spectacular views and red sandstone cliffs, to the nearby town of Whitehaven to stock up on supplies. Mile Zero is marked by a monument and on the way we followed custom, dipped our toes in the Irish Sea and collected our pebbles from the stony beach to carry across the country. The weather was perfect and we had hazy views across the sea to the Isle of Man and to Dent Hill and the fells of the Lake District.

of Man and to Dent Hill and the fells of the Lake District. Rock cairn on

Rock cairn on Dent Hill

Next day was our first day of the actual walk from St Bee’s to Ennerdale Bridge, through the villages of Moor Row and Cleator, and having walked the headland the day before, we were able to have a shorter day. Moor Row is marked with a monument to the Coast to Coast and leads to the country lane of Wainwright Passage. This was a bit of a rainy day, and as we climbed Dent Hill, it was shrouded in mist and so unfortunately we missed out on the views. The large rock cairn indicated we had reached the top but we did not linger as the winds picked up. After a false turn at a five way junction, with no signposts, we eventually were on the steep track down through the forest to the picturesque, trickling Nannycatch Beck. Here the rain and wind began in earnest and we had a short and wet stop for lunch before hurrying to our lodgings at Ennerdale Bridge.

The next day was one of the wettest days on our trip, unsurprisingly, as this area records the highest rainfall in Britain. As we followed the rocky path along the bank of Ennerdale Water, the mist gradually turned to rain, and so by the time we reach the YHA Black Sail Hut, I was drenched through and cold, despite wearing a raincoat and pants. This was when I lost my faith in Zpack raincoats. We were very grateful to be able to sit inside the hut while we ate lunch and warmed up, and by the time we were ready to leave, the weather had cleared and the rest of the day was warm and sunny.

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After a false start in the wrong direction, we climbed a steep ascent up Loft Beck, the high point of the day, and then followed the path into Borrowdale Valley, passing the ruins of railways used in the former times in the slate mining industry. It was then a bit of a slog along the road to our destination of Stonethwaite. The following day was beautiful and sunny as we climbed up Greenup Gill, with its torrents and waterfalls, to Lining Crag and took a break to admire the stunning view back to where we had begun. After meandering around the cairns and bogs at the top, we followed the high route across the undulating peaks of Calf Crag, Gibson Knot, Helm Crag, and the Lion & the Lamb. We were rewarded with breathtaking views down to Grasmere, once the home of Wordsworth, where we spent the night, but unfortunately, time did not permit us to visit Dove Cottage, his home.

time did not permit us to visit Dove Cottage, his home. Village of Patterdale From Grasmere,

Village of Patterdale

From Grasmere, we followed the low route along Tongue Gill over the pass to the pretty mountain lake of Grisedale Tarn and although it was a misty and drizzly climb up, it started to fine up as we descended through sheep fields, with views to Ullswater. After crossing the picturesque stone bridge over the Grisedale Beck, we continued on to the village of Patterdale.

The next day began with a steep walk close to Satura Crag and after a few more ups and downs we began our final climb up Kidsty Pike. At 780m, this is the highest point on the route, and with the ups and downs of the day, we climbed over 1300m. From here we could see across the Lake District and the Pennine Mountains. We took some photos, but with a storm cloud rapidly approaching, we quickly put on our raincoats and began scurrying

down the steep descent towards Haweswater. Luckily the squall did not last long, as there was some hail and we all were a bit cold by the time it passed.

The walk along Haweswater reservoir was scenic but seemed interminable and then we had an extra few kilometres to our destination of Bampton. It was then on to Kirkby Stephen, passing through the village of Shap, with its ruins of Shap Abbey by the River Lowther.

We left the Lakes District behind and the landscape eased to the rolling farmlands. Supposedly the route passes Robin Hood’s unmarked grave, although we did not find it, but we did pass and find some concentric stone circles dating back 6000 years.

find some concentric stone circles dating back 6000 years. Crossing the bogs near Nine Standards On

Crossing the bogs near Nine Standards

On the way to Keld from Kirkby Stephen, we crossed the Pennines, the watershed of the British Isles and as we approached the summit of the Nine Standards, a sudden storm came up from behind us so that we had to shelter from the blustering winds and rains on the leeward side of these huge ancient cairns. When it had eased slightly, we set off across the peat bogs, following the blue (summer) route, trying to avoid stepping into the mud, until finally the rain stopped just as we reached the large flagstones that marked our way across the worst of it. We then had a bit of a laugh going down the hill, jumping, and zig zagging to avoid falling in the bogs, not with complete success. Our descent followed the River Swale, passing the ruins of defunct smelting mills to Reeth.

We then were onto the Pennine Moors, and the start of the Yorkshire Dales, leaving behind Cumbria as we entered North Yorkshire. We took the low route to Reeth, a typical Yorkshire village ringed by drystone walls, and used as a location for the television show 'All Creatures Great & Small', passing the ruins of Marrick Priory, up the Nuns’ Steps then through the villages of Marrick and Marske before descending to Richmond. This Norman market town is dominated by its ancient castle ruins dating back to the 11 th century. Here we

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had a “rest” day and enjoyed the luxury of staying two nights in one place, although we ambled around the town taking in its sights.

although we ambled around the town taking in its sights. Purple heather on the moors The

Purple heather on the moors

The path to Dansby Wiske is the flattest stage of the walk and along the way we visited the church graveyard in Bolton on Swale and visited the grave of Henry Jenkins, who died in 1670 at the alleged age of 169.

We then left the Dales and were into the Yorkshire Moors, with its purple heather clad hills stretching out before us. The days and villages passed by: Ingleby Cross, Osmotherly, Arncliffe Wood, Blakey Ridge, crossing the Cleveland Hills and North York Moors, and partly following the Cleveland Way before leaving it to follow a disused railway line across desolate moors. We stopped at Lordstones Café, originally built into the hillside, but now sadly very touristy.

We crossed the River Esk at Egton Bridge and

followed the toll road to Grosmont Station. Here we watched the steam train used in the Harry Potter movie, before climbing up to Sleights Moor, and here we had our first glimpse of the North Sea: confirmation that we were coming to the end of our trek.

As this was a short day, and we reached the main road into Whitby by mid-morning, we made an impromptu decision to catch the bus into the town. As we soon found out, it seemed that most of Britain had also decided to visit Whitby on this sunny Sunday and the streets and lanes were crowded with jostling hordes: a bit of a shock to the system after the solitude of the moors and dales. Nevertheless we walked out to the pier to the statue of Captain Cook, and the site of the Abbey before catching a taxi to our lodgings.

On our last day, we followed a woodland trail through Little Beck Wood to the Falling Foss Waterfall. Eventually we reached the coastal trail, with its high rugged cliffs, to Robin Hoods Bay, our final destination. This village is a very picturesque fishing village and reputed smugglers haunt. Here we followed the final steep descent down to the sea, threw in our pebbles, which we had carried across England, and dipped our boots in the sea.

had carried across England, and dipped our boots in the sea. Then, being in England, we

Then, being in England, we stopped at the pub on the way back to our final B&B, to celebrate with a beer and ice cream, and a final meal of fish and chips.

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Gerry Burton

General Information QBW Management Committee


Richard Kolarski

0455 879 785

Vice President

Sandy Thomas

0403 821 525


Lynn Nicol

0400 705 041


Aileen Elliott

0457 144 012

Outings Officer

Patricia Kolarski

0448 526 618

Membership Officer

Helen McAllister

0419 684 319

Media Officer

Michael Hoopmann

0401 527 017

Training Officer


Social Secretary

Lynn Sawtell

0419 686 559

Other Voluntary Positions

Equipment Officer

Gerry Burton

0408 793 715

Supper Convenor

Mary Sherlock

0457 990 067


Noelene McCay

0407 658 023


Gerry Burton

0408 793 715


Richard Kolarski

0455 879 785

Insurance Hotline

1300 574 980

Meeting Place

Club meetings are on the first Tuesday of the month starting at 7.30pm. There is no club meeting in January.

Meetings are held at the Little King's Hall on the corner of Carl and O'Keefe Streets, Buranda. Entry is via the gate on Carl St. There is parking within the grounds and in Carl Street.

Tea/coffee and cake/biscuits are provided after the meeting.

A coin donation is appreciated.


Probationary Membership

A non-member automatically becomes a Probationary Member

on his/her first walk after signing the Acknowledgement of Risk

form. No fee is payable to become a Probationary Member.

A Probationary Member must become an Ordinary Member on

his/her second walk by filling out a membership form and paying the membership fee.

Ordinary Membership

A person may become an Ordinary Member by filling out and

signing a membership form, having a proposer sign the form and handing the form with the membership fee to a committee member or walk leader.

The proposer may be any current member of the club.

An Ordinary Member has the right to vote at an AGM or be elected to a committee position.

Members of Another Bushwalking Club

Members of another bushwalking club which is affiliated with Bushwalking Queensland Inc. (or an interstate Federation) and who are covered by the same insurance do not need to become

a member of our club to go on our walks. However QBW

members will have priority if there is a limit on numbers.


Pay fees or other items direct to the QBW club account at:

BSB: 124-057 Account No: 20421276 Account Name: Queensland Bushwalkers Club Reference: Include your name and what the payment is for – eg “RSmith member fee”.


Additional information is available on the club website at URL:

Club Equipment

Compasses Topo Maps

Steripen First Aid Kits

Garmin GPS

5 GPSs which have a 20 metre contour topo map of the whole of Australia included.

PLBs with inbuilt GPS

5 PLBs with inbuilt GPS. The PLBs will be made available at

each club meeting and will need to be returned at the following

club meeting.

Contact Gerry Burton on 0408 793 715 to book these items.

Reciprocal Walks with Other Clubs

Redland Bushwalkers Club

The only stipulation is that Redland club members have priority over visitors. Calendar is available at:

Bushwalkers of Southern Queensland (BOSQ)

BOSQ allows financial members from other bushwalking clubs affiliated with Bushwalking Queensland to join in BOSQ activities without having to become members of BOSQ or pay visitor fees. This will be with the agreement of the activity leader. Members of BOSQ will have priority for nominations. Calendar is available at

YHA Bushwalkers

Members of other BWQ affiliated clubs can join up to three walks per calendar year. Calendar is available at:

Gold Coast Bushwalkers

Gold Coast Bushwalkers may admit as honorary members financial members of bushwalking clubs affiliated with BWQ. This dispensation will be at the discretion of the Management Committee.

Ipswich Bushwalkers Inc

Intending walkers must contact the leader in advance. The newsletter also contains a full description of the grading system and a list of Committee members and their contact numbers. Calendar available at

Feature Pic

available at Feature Pic Kookaburra at Mt Nimmel Lodge, December 2017 Photo: Michael

Kookaburra at Mt Nimmel Lodge, December 2017

Photo: Michael H

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