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PO Box 2199

QUEENSLAND Sunnybank Hills

QLD 4109
CLUB Inc. Phone No 0478 239384
Newsletter April 2016

Richard at Mt Anne, Tasmania (Report p.4,5) Photo: Mary Sherlock

Club News
From the editor but you do need to mark this date in your diary!
Welcome to the April edition of the newsletter. Date: 2-4 December (Friday-Sunday)
This month's edition features the challenging Mt Anne Venue: Grooms Cottage, Binna Burra
Circuit walk in Tasmania as well as the popular local Cost: Only $50!
knee tester, Mt Barney. Do our intrepid walkers make it
to the summit? Read on to find out. What you get: 2 nights accommodation, walk options
and an evening of amusement/entertainment.
We also have some useful information about coming
events and a free app to put on your phone to increase Theme: The theme is yet to be decided. If you have a
your walking safety. And be sure to join other members good suggestion, please advise a committee member.
on 10 April at 74 Kallista St Rochedale where Richard Membership
will host an afternoon of socialising & walks planning. The club currently has 63 members. People who are
Enjoy your reading and see you on the trail. not members may be invited on one walk, but must
Michael H become a member if they wish to do more walks.
QBW Christmas Party Walker Guidelines / Information Sheet
Do not miss the social event of the year!!! A whole The club provides information on the website
lot of fun, great memories, good times with friends. recommending what to take on a walk, safety tips, etc.
Importantly if walkers intend to nominate for a walk or
You don't need to make a decision yet about what withdraw a nomination, they should advise the leader
to wear or what to eat, or which walk you will do, about this as early as possible prior to the walk.

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General News Brisbane Bike Trails
Brisbane City Council has produced information about
Emergency + App
the steadily expanding bike trails network around
The National Triple Zero Awareness Work Group is Brisbane, the website address is:
contacting bushwalking clubs encouraging members to
download the Emergency + app to their smart phones. recreation/sports-leisure/cycling-brisbane/brisbane-
The most critical information emergency resonders
need initially is the location of the person. This app Connect with Creeks Week 9-17 April
automatically supplies location details from a smart An amazing array of activities and events is scheduled
phone when a call is made. It is available for Apple all over South East Queensland to help people connect
IOS, Android and Windows. The app is free. with the local waterways. Kayaking, tree planting and
The work group has numerous examples where lost or bird watching are just a few. Some require early
injured bushwalkers have used the app to pinpoint their registration so check out the details as soon as
location for emergency services. It works! possible at the Healthy Waterways website.
Access to O'Reilly's Walks Queensland Globe
Bushwalking Queensland has obtained some The Queensland Department of Natural Resources has
information about walking at Green Mountains in a product called Queensland Globe. This plugin
Lamington National Park. enables users to overlay Google Earth with various
features onto a device like a smart phone. Topographic
Apart from the well known Booyong Walk, Tree Top maps are also available. And even better, they are free!
Walk, & Gardens loop, generally all the tracks and
features that are shown on the O'Reilly's Walking Track Karawatha Discovery Centre
Map, which is available for sale to the public in the The Karawatha Bushland experience has just got a
Mountain Cafe and Giftshop, are accessible. whole lot better with the opening of the Discovery
Enquiries to the Activities Manager, Luke Flesher, Centre. This provides information about much of the
would be appreciated however to determine if any flora and fauna of the local area. It also presents this
exclusive event is being held on the day; or drop in to information in interactive exhibits, which makes for a
the Discovery Centre at Reception where you can fun visit for kids and adults alike. Next time you plan a
enquire and register your group's walk in the intentions walk at Karawatha, start at the Discovery Centre –
book. accessed off Acacia Road.
For example, Moonlight Crag is often used for
weddings, especially in the winter months.
Coming Walks
Contact: Activities Manager - Luke Flesher on
Any person wishing to come on a club walk must
07 5544 0644
contact the walk leader first. The leader will organise
Club groups would not normally require private vehicle the meeting place and car pooling and has full
access to the O'Reilly's internal roads, but you would discretion on who can come on the walk. If possible
need to seek permission if required. Walking groups provide leaders with plenty of forward notice if you wish
should be aware of O'Reilly's vehicles using the to nominate for a walk or to change your plans.
internal roads at any time and step aside as they pass
Nominations close 9:00pm on the Wednesday prior to
as the roads are narrow.
a weekend trip or by 9.00pm on the Monday before
Note: Walking access to Pats and Lukes Bluffs is best Wednesday trips.
gained from the Python Rock track or around the
More details are available in the club calendar.
perimeter of Luke O'Reilly's Farm as this property is
managed by a separate entity and guests would be April 2016
expecting not to be disturbed by a walking group on 2 Sat Fountain Falls (O'Reilly's) D/W
the private road past the farmhouse. Patricia Kolarski 3341 7509
The other features and tracks we can visit on foot are: 9 Sat Stinson Wreck (Christmas Creek) D/W
Red Road past the Mountain Villas to access Norm Johnston 300 554136 (w)
Morans Falls 10 Sun Walks planning (Rochedale) SOC
Castle Crag Richard Kolarski 0422 429 717
Moonlight Crag 16-17 Sun Running Creek (Rathdowney) D/W
Lyrebird Lookout and the link up to the Morans Gerry Burton 0408 793 715
Creek Forestry Camp 17 Sun Daves Creek (Binna Burra) D/W
Wishing Tree Track Helen McAllister 0419 684 319

Any further enquiries, please contact: 23-25 Fri-Sun Goomburra (Main Range) B/C
Patricia Kolarski 3341 7509
Jana Joachim, Director of Sales and Marketing 30 Sat Wynnum to Cleveland bike ride B/R
O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat Mary Sherlock 0457 990 062
07 5502 4906 30-2 Fri-Mon Combined Club Campout B/C

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Past Walks

Mount Barney via Peasant’s Ridge 28 Feb D/W Mobile phone reception on the mountain was OK, so
Members, that we arranged for Steve to walk out with the parties
ahead of us.
Michael Peel, Bob Hammelswang, Aileen Elliott, Mary
Sherlock, Laurie Lawrence, Norm Johnston Five hours camping reduced to two and a half hours is
still time enough to attract the leeches. Don’t think the
Guests and prospective members: rest of us who kept moving suffered the same fate.
Tom Plunkett (Beaudesert), Gary Stubbings Back to the cars at Yellow Pinch by 2.30 pm. It was a
(membership application lodged), fast walk, even though we saved about two hours by
Travis Musicka, Dana Stubbings, Tony (Stevo.) not going to East Peak.
Stephenson (Woodenbong, NSW) Plenty of time for coffee so we headed for coffee at
Dave Whitney, Matthew Martin (Bonalbo – Old Rathdowney and an interstate conversation.
Bonalbo, NSW) Butchery Cafe was closed but the Pub gave us a
choice of beer and coffee. The beer was memorable
but I’m not so sure about the coffee.

Timings (approx.)
7.10 am Start from Yellow Pinch
8.05 am Leave vehicle road and start climb
9.40 Morning tea break (usually there is a
11.30 - 12.00 Lunch break at the old hut site
2.00 pm Photo shots back to the Mountain
before Yellow Pinch
The Walk 2.30 pm Walk ends at Yellow Pinch
Well, this was the next best thing to Bushwalkers’ (This was a faster walk than is usual)
State-of- Origin.
The Queensland contingent met at Maccas Beaudesert
at 6.00 am. A short stop-over to fuel up Mary’s monster
and off we set for Yellow Pinch. Arrival at the Pinch
was at 6.55 am and we were walking by 7.10 am.
For the record a 6.00 am start is recommended
notwithstanding the early start for club members on the
North-side or West-side of Brisbane.
The climb up was relatively uneventful except that
Mary and ‘Stevo’ took a detour up the creek that comes
down from Garves Gorge. When we discovered them
missing the real question was: “Are they ahead or
behind”? It’s the classic dilemma and thankfully was
quickly resolved with the old “Hey, Bob”.
‘Stevo’ had a touch of altitude sickness (yes, we
ascended pretty quickly!) so opted to camp with a
mobile and an expected five hour wait for our return.
From this point (the resting log) the track gets steeper
and I’m reminded that Peasant’s ridge is no easier than
the others; just a little less ‘scary’. After a cracking
pace and a short rest for morning tea we reached the Thanks to Tom Plunkett for navigating up front, and
saddle camp site, also known as “Rum Jungle”. The setting the pace.
last hour before the saddle saw a deterioration in the Thanks to those who provided vehicles.
weather with strong winds and light rain. Plenty of
cloud and definitely no views or photo opportunities. Sorry for those who didn’t “summit” but there’s now a
reason to do the mountain again!
The consensus (unanimous, I think) was we opt for
lunch and choose not to walk the last hour onto East Next time, South East Ridge if you don’t mind a bit of
Peak. exposure.
We crossed-over with a number of couples who had Norm Johnston
camped the night and they confirmed the lack of views.

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Mt Anne Circuit (Tasmania) 21 February T/W
On February 21th 2016 on a beautiful summers day at Mt Field National park, Richard said we are going to do
the Mt Anne circuit. I must have had the biggest smile on my face as Mt Anne had been closed due to fires and
had only just opened. Plus Richard had been reading all the write ups and it sounded extremely difficult so he
said maybe we just climb Mt Anne, then as it was such a beautiful day he said "No we will do the whole circuit".
Day 1
We packed up to start walking just after lunch. I took the bare necessities. Richard packed extra in case it got
really cold. We both had PLBs and Richard had his trusty GPS.
After registering for the circuit we started from Condominium Creek in Mt Anne National Park to climb 700 metres
up a spur on mainly man made steps. We stopped often to look towards Mt Anne and to see the amazing view of
Lake Pedder with its fingers of land going to the waters edge. I saw what looked like two people fishing, one
person standing up and the other person stooping over, but the next day Richard pointed out that they hadn't
moved so I guess it was just a scrub of some sort. After 2 hours walking up the ridge we saw a flat area where
people had camped and a toilet and a small trickle of water. Just as we got out our water bottles to collect water
two girls were returning from summiting Mt Anne and said the hut was up a little further and that there was a
water tank there.
The hut had 2 floors so I took the top floor, a small hot area which cooled down at night. We hung our food up on
a cable between water bottles that had been slotted through the cable to stop the rats. We didn't have much to
read apart from a girly magazine and the sign in book, which had stories of people having to stay in the hut for
days as the weather was that bad. There were also stories of the rats and how big they were and how this rat had
eaten through a jet boil lid, so I imagined that I heard them moving around and did not have a very good sleep.
Day 2
We awoke next morning to a misty rainy windy day not able to see more than 5 metres in front of us, so we
decided to walk to Shelf Camp, our next camp which is just past the turnoff to climb Mt Anne and hope the
weather would clear.
Setting up our tents was a challenge. The Shelf Camp is flattened rock with a flat stone wall giving a little bit of
shelter. I thought I would go on the upper level but if Richard hadn't yelled out my tent alas would have gone to a
place never to be seen again. (I read it happened to another bushwalker and 4 people had to sleep in a 2 man
tent). Our tents were attached to rocks and to make sure my tent was not going to go away I put a large rock
inside it.
Luckily for us the weather cleared in the afternoon so we took a chance to the summit. Mt Anne is 1425 metres
high and the highest mountain in south west Tasmania. There were cairns to follow most of the way and we did
have a rope and a sling. We only took what we needed. I had a small day pack and Richard had his through pack
which made it harder for him. We had to haul the pack over some of the difficult places. The beginning of the
climb was over large boulders and then up a rock face on hands and knees sometimes along a ledge and up
another rock face along another ledge and then climbing up over large boulders to the top.

On the summit of Mt Anne

The summit was amazing, no clouds, no wind and with views to Mt Lot, Lots Wife, Lake Pedder and all the
mountain ranges stretching for miles. We did worry how we were going to get down but it turned out no trouble
from what we had done.
It was a very windy night that night with the wind blowing in gusts and trying to blow us off the shelf. The noise
was incredible in our tents as every loose end flapped then quietened only to start up again.

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Day 3
Next morning we watched the sunrise on Mt Anne and
trying to make out where The Notch was. The Notch was
supposed to be quite hard to climb and we were due to
do it today. It was magnificent though looking back to Mt
Anne and Mt Eliza and the dolerite columns which
showed up orange as the sun hit them and all the white
fluffy clouds in the valleys below.
We followed a path until the rocks and then there were
rock cairns to follow over big boulders. We hoped that we
could get up this Notch as I did not want to go back
climbing these boulders again. As the morning wore on
we thought we had missed The Notch, but no, there it
was as we turned a corner. We clambered down to the
bottom of The Notch and Richard took the rope and up he
climbed excited that he found it so easy. The hardest bit
was trying to lift his big pack up with the rope. I thought I
could climb up with my pack on but I found I had to Mt Anne from Shelf Camp
stretch too far and it wasn't worth the risk. So Richard
hauled my pack up too.
We then traversed around the side of Mt Lot. Richard spotted a white bird flying in a down draft ( Richard looked it
up when he got home and it was a Grey Goshawk). It looked so pretty against the green bush. We clambered
over the summit of Mt Lot and down Lightning Ridge
which is all large boulders. My legs had to stretch to
reach the next one. We looked down and could see
where our next camp site was at Judds Charm and the
Lonely Tarn.
The vegetation was short and thorny and our fingers
were a bit worn where we grabbed twigs to hang on to.
Then we came to the tree line and into ancient Pandani
forest which was wet and slippery and then out in the
open to our campsite which was mainly wet and boggy
button grass. We found two reasonable sites, one by
the lake and one a bit more in the open which was the
one I had.
Richard came over to see what time we were going to
have tea and found me holding on to the tent for dear
life. He went for a walk and found a better place and we
carried the tent, still up, to its new site which was much
Scrambling on Mt Lot more sheltered.
Day 4
Our last day had misty rain and bad visibility. The wind got worse just about blowing us off our feet. When the
wind blew I would stop and when it lulled I would run. The button grass was boggy and in one place I slid up to
the top of my thighs in mud and all I could do was laugh
while Richard took the photo. Don't worry Richard had his
turn falling in the bog but he only lost one leg in the mud.
We were that wet and muddy we didn't care any more so
we just went as fast as we could to Red Tape Creek
which is the end of the walk and then the extra 8 kms
back along the road to the car.
Thanks Richard for leading the walk and having enough
faith in us to do it.
Mary Sherlock
I would like to add that I would not have been able to do it
without Mary. Her constant cheerfulness and optimism
plus her help over the difficult patches made the walk for
me a pleasure rather than an endurance test. Plus the
fact that she could keep up with me on the good bits!
Mary in the bog Richard

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General Information Garmin GPS
5 GPSs which have a 20 metre contour topo map of the whole
QBW Management Committee of Australia included.
President Robin Laban 0478 239 384
PLBs with inbuilt GPS
Vice President Mary Sherlock 3209 8514
5 PLBs with inbuilt GPS. The PLBs will be made available at
Secretary Marion Laban 0405 536 718 each club meeting and will need to be returned at the following
Treasurer Gerry Burton 0408 793 715 club meeting.
Outings Officer Richard Kolarski 0422 429 717 Contact Robin Laban on 0478 239 384 to book a loan of these
Membership Officer Patricia Kolarski 3341 7509
Editor Michael Hoopmann 0401 527 017
Training Officer Vacant Reciprocal Walks with Other Clubs
Social Secretary Helen McAllister 0419 684 319
Redlands Bushwalking Club
Other Voluntary Positions Only stipulation is that Redlands club members have priority
Equipment Officer Vacant (see Robin) over visitors. Calendar is available at:
Supper Convenor Mary Sherlock 3209 8514
Librarian Nolene McCay 0488 490 264
Bushwalkers of Southern Queensland (BOSQ)
BWQ Rep Anne Kemp 3371 2707
BOSQ allows financial members from other bushwalking clubs
BWQ Rep Richard Kolarski 0422 429 717
affiliated with Bushwalking Queensland to join in BOSQ
activities without having to become members of BOSQ or pay
Insurance Hotline 1300 723180 visitor fees. This will be with the agreement of the activity leader.
Members of BOSQ will have priority for nominations.
Meeting Place Calendar is available at
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
YHA Bushwalkers
and O'Keefe Streets, Buranda. Entry is via the gate on Carl St. Members of other BWQ affiliated clubs can join up to three
There is parking within the grounds and in Carl Street. walks per calendar year. Calendar is available at:
Tea/coffee and cake/biscuits are provided after the meeting.
A coin donation would be appreciated.
Membership Gold Coast Bushwalkers
Probationary Membership Gold Coast Bushwalkers may admit as honorary members
A non-member automatically becomes a Probationary Member financial members of bushwalking clubs which are affiliated with
on his/her first walk after signing the Acknowledgement of Risk BWQ. This dispensation will be at the discretion of the
form. No fee is payable to become a Probationary Member. Management Committee.
A Probationary Member must become an Ordinary Member on
his/her second walk by filling out a membership form and paying Ipswich Bushwalkers Inc
the membership fee. Intending walkers must contact the leader in advance. The
Ordinary Membership newsletter also contains a full description of the grading system
and a list of Committee members and their contact numbers.
A person may become an Ordinary Member by filling out and Calendar available at
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. Feature Pic
The proposer may be a friend who is a member of the club, a
QBW walk leader, the Membership Officer or one of the
committee members.
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.

Club Equipment
Compasses Topo Maps
Steripen First Aid Kits A summers day in Iron Pot Creek,
The above are for use on loan by members at nil cost. Toonumbar NP, NSW

Contact Richard Kolarski 0422 429717 to obtain these items.

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