SAT 1st to MON 3rd OCTOBER,
COOLOOLA WILDERNESS TRAIL,
Leader: Iain Renton Ph: 0401 429 085
Meet at: St Brigid’s, 78 Musgrave Rd, Red Hill
Time: 6.00am Saturday
Grade: S32 and L35
Location: North of Noosa
Emerg Off: Terry Silk Ph: 3355 9765
The Cooloola Wildeness Trail runs from Lake Cootharaba to Rainbow Beach Rd. It crosses a broad flat sandy plain with the Noosa River meandering across it through extensive wet lands. We will only be sampling the northern end of the walk starting and finishing at the Mullens Car Park on Rainbow Beach Road. I decided to do the walk this way to avoid a long car shuffle that would need to be added to an almost three hour drive from Brisbane. The walk is somewhere between a walk-in base camp and a through walk.
We will leave Brisbane at six on Saturday morning, have a break, coffee, bite to eat, etc., at Gympie and then drive the final 45 minutes to the start of the Wilderness Trail. The walk to our campsite (Neebs Waterhole) is 8.1km. The camp is next to a large lagoon on the upper reaches of the Noosa River and is set in wallum heath (melaleuca and banksia) and woodland (bloodwood and eucalypt, including the gorgeous scribbly gum). We should arrive at Neebs Waterhole at around one in the afternoon, have lunch and then set up camp. The rest of the afternoon is free to have a swim, relax and enjoy this beautiful spot (I will be bringing a pack of cards and maybe even some sketching stuff). Next morning we will continue along the wilderness trail with day packs. Our turn around point will probably be where the track crosses Cooloola Way, the return trip being about 17 kms. If we went as far as Neebs Waterhole it would be 26.2 kms return, but there isn't any great reason to walk that far as the country is similar. After spending our second night at Neebs Waterhole we will walk back to the car park on Monday morning, arriving about midday or a bit before. We will have lunch at Gympie or a roadhouse nearby and then get back to Brisbane at a reasonable time.
If you haven’t done a lot of through-walking this could be the walk for you as you will only be carrying a through pack load for 8 kilometres (2.5 to 3 hour’s walk) on Saturday and the same on Monday. The country is relatively flat, so there are no big mountains to climb. Sunday will be a long walk but only carrying a day pack load. This your chance to enjoy a lovely wilderness campsite and visit an area that the club hasn't done much before. If you are interested let me know soon.