FRIDAY 29 SEPTEMBER TO WEDNESDAY 4 OCTOBER,
Leader: Matt 0438 720 235
Cost: $300 plus petrol
Emerg Off: Kerry 0421 022 250
Your Green Gully Track takes you deep into the Apsley-Macleay gorges in Oxley Wild Rivers National Park.
The four days and five nights will bring different challenges and experiences. From awe inspiring ridge top views and towering rock outcrops bouncing with endangered Brush-tailed Rock- wallabies, to fern lined gullies and crystal clear mountain streams, Green Gully has it all.
We will have each hut to ourselves and may only cross paths with other walkers on the first and last days. The track is a great wilderness experience.
The Green Gully Track is unique in the range of walking experiences on offer. There are no formed walking tracks - the entire track is along management trails, creeks or ridgelines. Days one and four are along four wheel drive management trails, day two provides opportunities for off-track walking and some navigation skills, while day three is all about water, rock hopping and picking your way through Green Gully gorge.
Day 1 - Cedar Creek To Birds Nest Hut 17km
Your first day is spent walking along a long ridge that separates Green Gully Creek gorge from Kunderang Brook valley. Walking conditions and navigation is relatively easy, as you are walking on a management trail used by National Parks staff to manage the park.
Day one provides a glimpse of what is to come - lots of short, steep climbs and descents with glimpses of spectacular views through tall timber. Birds Nest Hut is located on the banks of Brumby Creek, which you will cross again at the end of day two. Confusingly, you will cross Birds Nest Creek on your last day as you climb out of the gorge. Birds Nest Hut is so named as the general locality is known as Birds Nest, rather than being named after the creek it is next to.
Day 2 - Birds Nest Hut To Green Gully Hut 15km
A relatively easy climb in the morning to the highest point on the track at Birds Nest Trig is balanced by a descent in the afternoon
Lunch is spent on top of The Rocks, gazing at the walk that awaits along the floor of Green Gully gorge on day three. As you start the descent, we’ll stay on top of the ridge.
When you reach the bottom, there are seven creek crossings before you reach Green Gully Hut. We will keep an eye out for Brush-tailed Rock- wallabies watching from the clefts in the rocks as you approach Brumby Pass, where two imposing cliff faces almost meet.
Day 3 - Green Gully Hut To Colwells Hut 13.5km
Time for wet feet, as the track crosses Green Gully Creek at least 35 times today. The amount of water in Green Gully Creek is constantly changing, so conditions can vary enormously. If the first few crossings are over waist deep we will retrace our steps to Green Gully Hut and walk back up the hill to the junction of The Rocks Trail and Birds Nest Link Trail, then to Colwells Hut.
This section of the walk is nothing short of stunning. You feel like you are in a lost world, hemmed in by impossibly steep slopes. Green Gully Canyon can feel like an impassable obstacle, but there is a narrow gravel bank to provide safe passage before clambering up the rocks. As the creek cascades though many rocky passages, photographic opportunities abound.
Day 4 - Colwells Hut To Cedar Creek 17.5km
Last day on the track. The trail climbs over 600 metres in the first three kilometres, and has beautiful views over pockets of World Heritage status Gondwana relic dry rainforest. We again cross over Birds Nest Creek which is home to endangered Stuttering Barred Frogs.
Upon reaching Kunderang Trail, we repeat the first 10 kilometres of management trail from the first day. That night is in comparative luxury of Cedar Creek lodge - a hot shower, huge deck, gas barbecue, comfy lounges, thick mattresses, a flushing toilet and warm fire beckons.
The last day will be taken up driving back to Brisbane with a lunch spot in between.
One of the great parts of this walk is no need to bring tents, mattresses or cooking gear. You can read about someone else’s trip here https://lotsafreshair.com/green-gully-track-trip-report-part-1/
The walk is only open to six and most spots are taken so please call to put your name on the waiting list.