Trip Diary

08-2012 Peel Island (An Ekka tradition)
08-2012 Moreton Island
07-2012 Rocky Point
06-2012 Blakesleys
06-2012 The Bedroom
05-2012 Breakfast on Karragarra
05-2012 St Helena
05-2012 Perigee Bedroom
02-2012 Queen Mary II
02-2012 Mud Island
11-2011 St Helena
11-2011 Shorncliffe to Redcliffe
10-2011 Weinam Ck to Dunwich
10-2011 Peel Island
10-2011 Breakfast on Karragarra
10-2011 St Helena and Green Island
09-2011 Wivenhoe Dam
08-2011 Fraser Island
08-2011 Canaipa Passage
08-2011 Karragarra
08-2011 Stradbroke Island
07-2011 St Helena
07-2011 So long, and thanks for all the fish.
05-2011 Green Island
05-2011 Wivenhoe Dam
04-2011 Upper Noosa River Weekend
04-2011 Easter at Woodgate
04-2011 Mud Island
04-2011 Karragarra for Breakfast
02-2011 Bongaree
02-2011 St Helena
01-2011 Weinam Ck to Blakesleys
10-2010 Moore to Blackbutt Rail Trail
10-2010 Whitsundays
09-2010 Mud Island
09-2010 Redcliffe
09-2010 Girraween
08-2010 Upper Noosa River
08-2010 Potts Point
08-2010 Peel Island
08-2010 Gateway to City Bike Ride
08-2010 Mud Island
07-2010 Blakesleys Afternoon Paddle
07-2010 Kedron Brook to Scaborough (and return)
04-2010 Colmslie Beach
04-2010 Brighton Park
01-2010 Nundah Creek
01-2010 Blakesleys
01-2010 Upper Noosa River (with a difference)
01-2010 New Year Paddle
12-2009 Potts Point
08-2009 Raby Bay to Peel Island
08-2009 Wynnum Creek to King Island
07-2009 Sandgate to Redcliffe
05-2009 St Helena
04-2009 Wellington Point to Peel
04-2009 Breakfast on Karragarra
03-2009 King Island
03-2009 Mission Point
03-2009 Mud Island
01-2009 Morning Tea at The Pin
01-2009 Circumnavigate Macleay Island
01-2009 New Year Recovery Paddle
12-2008 Caniapa
12-2008 Pine Rivers
11-2008 Coochie Night Paddle
10-2008 Breakfast at Karragarra
10-2008 Girraween
10-2008 Coomera Falls Circuit
09-2008 Hinchinbrook Island
09-2008 Manly Harbour Festival
09-2008 Linville to Blackbutt Rail Trail
08-2008 Weekend at Blakesleys
08-2008 Old Woman Island
08-2008 Circumnavigate Macleay Island
07-2008 Upper Noosa River
07-2008 Weinam Creek to Dunwich
06-2008 Scarborough to Bongaree
06-2008 Wellington Pt to St Helena
06-2008 North Stradbroke Jazz Weekend
05-2008 Point O'Halloran to Blakesleys
04-2008 Upper Noosa River
04-2008 Aquatic Paradise to St Helena Is
04-2008 Eprapah Creek
03-2008 Paradise Point to Moreton Island
03-2008 Wynnum Ck to Tangalooma Point
03-2008 Amity Point weekend
03-2008 Bremer River
03-2008 Brisbane River - Gregors Ck to Barneys Rocks
02-2008 Play Day - Coochie Mudlo
02-2008 World Wetlands Day Paddle
02-2008 Brisbane River night paddle
01-2008 Australia Day Week
01-2008 Blakesleys 3/4 Moon Paddle
01-2008 Shorncliffe to Nudgee
01-2008 Brisbane River - Barneys Rocks to O'Sheas Crossing
12-2007 Raby Bay to One Mile via Blakesleys and Potts Point
12-2007 Diamond Head to Tipplers
12-2007 Wynnum Ck to Green and St Helena Islands
11-2007 Bike Ride Bay Islands
11-2007 Tingalpa Creek
10-2007 Potts Point Night Paddle
10-2007 Return to Gilligans Island
10-2007 Salt Water Creek and Coomera River
09-2007 Elimbah Creek
09-2007 Scarborough to Caboolture River
09-2007 Fraser Island Whale Watching
09-2007 Circumnavigate Russell Island
08-2007 Pine Rivers Night Paddle
08-2007 Linville to Blackbutt Rail Trail
08-2007 Brisbane River City Reach
08-2007 Peel Island
08-2007 Brisbane River
08-2007 Green Island Day Trip
07-2007 Pine Rivers Night Paddle
07-2007 Mooloolah River
07-2007 USS Kitty Hawk in Brisbane River
06-2007 Black Tie on Peel Island
05-2007 Harrys Hut Camping Weekend
04-2007 Theodolite Creek
04-2007 Upper Burrum River
04-2007 Circumnavigate Big Woody
04-2007 Walkers Point to Toogum
03-2007 Boat Passage to Big Sandhills
12-2006 Woodgate to Mon Repos
10-2006 Fraser Island Whale Watching
04-2005 Keppel Islands
12-2004 Fraser Island
10-2004 Munna Point Camping Weekend
10-2004 Mooloolaba to Maroochydore
09-2004 Coochie Mudlo Island
08-2004 Karragarra Island
07-2004 Wellington Point to St Helena Island
06-2004 Noosa River Camping Weekend
05-2004 Brisbane River Night Paddle
04-2004 Budds Beach to Moreton Island
10-2003 Bulwer to Tangalooma
05-2003 Eatonsville to Harwood Island


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Coomera Falls Circuit
Date: 12-10-2008
Distance: 13Km
Conditions: Light rain
Rain. Well make it spats. Either way, together with the cool change it was enough to make dinner at Blakesleys followed by a night paddle an unattractive proposition. Time to head for the hills. Make that Lamington National Park and the Coomera Falls Circuit. This particular walk had a glowing write up in the 'Bushpeople's Guide to Bushwalking in Southeast Queensland' (1991).

While there had been a tiddle of rain in Brisbane, we hadn't watched the tally for the catchment of the Hinze Dam. Furthermore, we were only wearing walking shoes so we left with an open mind as to where we would end up. The people on the desk at the information centre were friendly, clearly local and reassured us that there hadn't been much in the way of rain so crossing the creek wouldn't be an issue. When we said we would probably only walk to the falls given the time of day, one (with legs suspiciously like a bushwalker) suggested to continue on past the falls for another Km before turning back. Wondering how far that Km might be we were reassured it was only 15 minutes further up the track.

It was a dull day and decidedly cool in the misty rainforest where everything was softly washed and dripping. The track was wide, covered in leaf litter and studded with flat top rocks to direct any surface run off. There was plenty of bird call from high in the canopy including whip birds. We only saw an occasional yellow breasted bird fly low across across the track. Around 2Km from the start the track to the falls peels off to the right. A scrub turkey was ready and waiting. In fact he may as well have been sitting on the bench seat.

Here on the track follows gentle downhill grade. The forest is surprisingly tropical with many palms, creepers, birds nest ferns and elkhorns. Giant strappy leaves suggestive of spider lilies marked small water courses from where frogs which sounded more like a voice emulator pinged. Along the way the vegetation changed abruptly to tall grasses with cones on the ground suggestive of she oaks. On walks like these it would be great to have someone around who can tell you more about the plants.

The lookout over the Coomera Falls was breathtaking. Cantilevered out over a sheer drop by the time I figured out how far is was to the bottom of the chasm, it was one very quick step back. We continued on as recommended. The track narrowed and hugged the fern covered gorge wall. After 500m it crossed the creek, then back again twice after which a landslide had closed a section of the track requiring two more crossings. By now my score was four leeches to Mark's one. We sort refuge on a massive tree trunk in the middle of the creek for lunch.

While it would have been only another 4Km to complete the circuit as compared with returning the way we had come, we found some of the creek crossings a bit awkward on account of slippery rocks. Next time would be the circuit. Back at the track entrance we found that most of the cars had left. A currawong and scrub turkey were cleaning up the barbeque plate while many other turkeys strutted around the camp grounds. The terraced tent sites are attractive being shaded, but very firm underfoot and a real challenge for tent pegs.

Driving back down the range we pulled over to watch the paragliders drift overhead, land and launch. These guys are seriously equipped with a pile of navigational gear strapped to their lap. Once up and away they settle into a large padded cocoon. Floating around as if in a comfortable armchair, they change the profile of their chute to loose altitude or circle. While some people made landing look easy, there still seemed to be a bit of hit and miss involved.

Walking to the Coomera Falls was a great day out and it is easy to understand why so many paddlers are cross trainers. Who knows, more paddlers might yet be corrupted into taking the uphill route.
Setting out along the Border Track
Misty rain forest
Dripping wet
Spikey welcome
Border patrol
Track leaf litter
Frog corridor
Thriving elkhorns
Nearing the ridge
With grassy banks
And flowering shrubs
The chasm with creek
Coomera Falls
Falls in the gorge
Spiney buttresses
Time for lunch
Misty return
View from Binna Burra
Gather your wing
And get ready for lift off
Coomera Falls Circuit Map
GPS Trackfile (OziExplorer .plt)