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AUSTRALIA TREKKING, QLD

Mount Warning Summit

Hiking Mount Warning

  • Name: Mount Warning
  • Location: Northern Rivers region of N.S.W
  • Summit elevation: 1,156 m
  • Elevation change: 
  • Round-trip distance from trailhead*:
  • Round-trip time from trailhead**:
  • Difficulty:  Hard, but i consider it one of the easiest climbs ive done.
  • Water on trail: No
  • Trailhead facilities: Free parking
  • Date: 6 Times in the past few years.
  • Team:  Jarryd, Ruairi, Christel and once just by myself.

Mount Warning is a very nice and easy trek only 8.8km return. There is a formed path all the way to the last 400m where there is  chain that helps you get to the Summit Lookout platform.

Mount Warning is the central volcanic remnant of an ancient shield volcano, the Tweed Volcano, which would have been about 1,900 m above sea level or just under twice the height of the current mountain. This volcano erupted around 23 million years ago. As the mountain’s central vent cooled it shrank, forming a depression at the top that has greatly eroded.View above the clouds

GETTING TO MOUNT BARNEY

  • Region: Northern NSW, Treed Range
  • Trailhead parking: Yes
  • Trailhead facilities : Composting Toilet
  • Trailhead coordinates:  -28.399320, 153.281752
  • Summit coordinates:   -28.400117, 153.266067

BY CAR:

The mountain is located 14 kilometers west-south-west of Murwillumbah. The trailhead carpark is located on Mt Warning Road, off Kyogle Rd. The car park usually fills up by mid morning, but most choose to hike for sunrise.

THE HIKE

From carpark follow the trail signs up 4.4km to the summit, the path is well formed switchbacks made by NPS At approximately every 1km there is a clearing suitable for rescue helicopter. However as the sign at the trailhead states it can take 4 to 6 hrs so take your time and avoid heavy rain storms. It usually only takes me about 2.5hrs these days to get up and back.

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One thing the I highly recommend is please remember to take enough water and wear proper footwear. I’m so sick of seeing hungover backpackers and other fools wearing there clubbing  clothes , or people in thongs thinking just because they read it 8.8km,I can do this mentality. There is NO WATER ON THIS WALK therefore 1 x 600ml water bottle that you litter on the walk is not enough. I always carry 1 to 2 extra bottles as well as my 3L to give to someone who i think is struggling.

I get very annoyed when I hear on the news that someone had to get rescued off this mountain, like seriously if your to unfit or cant do it then don’t waste your time and the rescue chopper’s time.  It may sound easy, but when was the last time you walked 4.4km up a set of big rocky uneven stairs?

 THE SUMMIT

At the last 400m you will reach a chain and posts that help you ascent the summit, the summit has 2 look out platforms which offer seating and amazing views of sunrise, not that in my 6 attempts have i actually made it there before sunrise.  Me on the Summit

CONCLUSION

 

If you are just starting out bushwalking and or want a good fitness challenge then I highly recommend this walk. You will be the first people in Australia to see the morning sunrise if you make it to the top. One day I will stay in Murwillumbah so i dont have the 2.5 hrs drive from Brisbane in the morning. Camping is not permitted on Mt Warning, but there is suitable private camping grounds on Mt Warning Road before the trailhead carpark.

 

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AUSTRALIA TREKKING, QLD

Mount Greville Summit

Hiking Mount Greville

  • Name: Mount Greville
  • Location:Scenic Rim, QLD, 100km south west of Brisbane
  • Summit elevation: 720m
  • Elevation change:
  • Round-trip distance from trailhead*:
  • Round-trip time from trailhead**:
  • Difficulty: Very Hard but Medium if stay on trail
  • Water on trail: No
  • Trailhead facilities:Free parking
  • Date: 17th July 2016
  • Team: Jarryd & Rhys

Mount Greville is a very nice and quiet trek only 6km return. This walk was only moderately difficult when the trail was followed.

The local Uragapul people call this mountain, Meebatboogan, meaning place where the eagles rest. In 1828, the mountain was named after the Scottish botanist Robert Kaye Greville by the European explorer Allan Cunningham thanks Wikipedia.

GETTING TO MOUNT BARNEY

  • Region: 
  • Trailhead parking: Yes
  • Trailhead coordinates:  Start at Carpark
  • Summit coordinates:   -28.071892°, 152.500219°

BY CAR:

From Aratula drive towards Cunningham’s Gap and turn off at the Spicers Gap Rd. Follow this road for about 8 km( it does become dirt for a while) then turn into Mt Greville Rd find the start after about 800m driving or so along Mt Greville Rd.

THE HIKE

2016.07.17 - Mount Greville (41)From carpark off Spicers Gap Rd walk through the gate walk uphill to the sign posts about 400m,

There are three alternatives Waterfall Gorge, South East Ridge and Palm Gorge. Today we chose to walk up  the SE Ridge and comes down Palm Gorge, however i think we decened down Waterfall Gorge

Follow the rough track up SE ridge lots of scree at the bottom and a few cairns on the way up. There are some rocky slabs to scramble on and through and if you lose the rough trail then keep heading up through the grass trees.
Eventually you will come to a second wide rocky slab with great views of the southern Fassifern valley and the southern Mountains of the Main Range, Mt Ballow, Mt Barney, Mt Edwards, Mt Moon, Mt Maroon and Moogerah Dam.

There is a lower rocky slab with the same view. Keep tracking up to the left through the Grass Trees till you enter forest again near another cairn note a well traveled footpath that descends into Palm Gorge, Keep following the trail up hill to the summit.

 

 

 

2016.07.17 - Mount Greville (20)

On the Descent look for a rough trail that heads up hill about 10 min from the summit. it leads to the head of a steep rocky Gorge that has a stunning view of Spicers Peak framed in its middle. About 10 min again from here locate the cairn and footpad that descends into Palm Gorge. Just keep following this down and take your time. There are loose rocks and slippery palm fronds on the ground but is well worth it.

 

Follow the rough footpad all the way back to the signposts and turn downhill to the carpark. These were the trail notes that we followed, however on the decent we went down what we thought was Palm Gorge but i learnt later that we had descended to the left and that was Waterfall Gorge.

Nearing the end of the gorge we had to scramble down 2 mini waterfalls and 1 very large sketchy decent down the last waterfall easily a 10m fall, so be careful.  Because of the thick fallen palms and trees we could not locate the trail back to beginning so we followed our Topographical maps and GPS heading and made it back to the car park by just following the creek bed from Waterfall Gorge. The last 250m was a dash through thick Lantana Bush to the original firetrail and onto the carpark.

 THE SUMMIT

Summit of Mt Greville in the background, while this was a very enjoyable walk  the view from the summit was restricted due to the trees, i think the views from this vantage point on the exposed rock to be the best.

2016.07.17 - Mount Greville (42)

CONCLUSION

Don’t always trust what you read on other websites and be ready for an adventure, take plenty of water and other supplies you never know where you might end up. I always bring my phone with spare battery so i can keep referring to offline topo map with GPS headings. This Hike only took approximately 4hrs, could have been much faster if we stuck to the SE Ridge but hey we dont follow the rules.

2016.07.17 - Mount Greville (2)

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Mount Barney Summit

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Hiking Mount Barney

 

  • Name:Mount Barney
  • Location:Scenic Rim, QLD, 130km south west of Brisbane
  • Summit elevation:1,359m
  • Elevation change:1,132m
  • Round-trip distance from trailhead*: 18km
  • Round-trip time from trailhead**:10hrs
  • Difficulty: Very Hard
  • Water on trail:Yes (Located along base near first campsites then at stream at the saddle must filter)
  • Trailhead facilities:Free parking
  • Date: 10th May 2015
  • Team: Jarryd & Rhys

Mount Barney is one of the toughest day hikes I have done in Australia to date.

If you’re looking for a full day adventure with a decent amount of scrambling then this is the mountain for you. After much discussion and research on how to go about this hike we choose the SE Ridge Accent and Peasants Decent (Longer) but smoother on our joints.

* NOTE : AussieBushWalking.com  states 14.4km and the KML file we followed was 14.2km and 9hrs for an ascent of Mt Barney via South East Ridge and descent via Peasants Ridge. I agree with time however upon looking at my KML file we walking approximately 18km, we did investigate the Rum Jungle Camping ground and nearby creek for some freshwater.

**NOTE: The round-trip time for this hike listed above is based on my own personal experience. Do not assume this information to be a reliable representation of reality.

GETTING TO MOUNT BARNEY

  • Region:McPherson Range, Mt Barney National Park
  • Trailhead parking: Yes
  • Trailhead coordinates:  -28.286528° 152.726142°
  • Summit coordinates:  -28.280586° 152.698416° 

BY CAR:

Access to Yellow Pinch Picnic area on Upper Logan Rd

THE HIKE

 

Mt Barney Trail 3d

“Head to the locked gate at Yellowpinch and follow the gravel road uphill to Yellowpinch, go through the metal gate at the top and start walking downhill for about 2.5 km to a crossing of the Logan River. Follow along this road up through Cronan Creek for about another kilometre until you pass campsite 10 and look for a track on your right that goes steeply uphill.

The start of the South East ridge track is marked by a tree that has a Cross etched onto the trunk. At the top turn left and head uphill along a footpath when you come to a rock outcrop go to the right and keep heading up hill. At the next outcrop go left then right, where you should end up on a narrow ridge. Keep going up! until you come to a steep deep gully go down and heading to the left climb an obvious route up.20150510_103149_184 Keep going up past a razor back ridge. Where after a while you will come to a shallow gully where you head uphill to the right to rocky slab that is a bit slippery so be careful. Keep going uphill follow the trail until another steep section and rock slab. 20150510_122052Keep going and the summit soon comes into view. Keep going uphill with a few scrambles to the top of a rocky knoll. I found I reached here in about 3 and half hours from Yellowpinch and followed the faint trail through scrub uphill to the summit.

Once you finish enjoying the summit head west and downhill for about an hour aiming for what looks like the creek There are obviously many different descent routes some over rock slabs some down gullies. Generally, follow a south by south west bearing.  Once at the Campsite or as its called Rum Jungle cross the creek and showing the way. After 10 mins or so the route descends.

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Decending to the Saddle

There will be some orange survey triangles. Keep the rocks to your left as the track steeply descends a narrow rocky ridge. When you descend to a small clearing the trail turns right then left and keep going down till you come to a steep rocky slab that can be slippery. Descend this carefully! keep following the path downhill till you reach the sign at the beginning of Peasants Ridge. Follow the road to the beginning of SE Ridge and retrace your steps back to the carpark at Yellowpinch. This walk was done when the weather was good and rock dry” Aussie Bushwalkers

No need to paraphrase this as we followed these simple directions plus someone’s KML file on my Garmin GPS.

 

THE SUMMIT

 

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Summit of Mount Barney 1359m

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CONCLUSION

If you’re up for a serious challenge and want to have your ass kicked, then Mount Barney is exactly what you’re looking for. We couldn’t walk properly for days our knees were burnt out.

 

 

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