Tickets booked for the Red Deer Festival in September and Gotye at the Riverstage in December…
Saturday 9 to Monday 11 June 2012
Broadwater camping area, our base for two nights. One of many basic camping sites in National Parks operated by the Queensland Government Parks and Wildlife Service, it has pit toilets, “donkey showers” and all manner of wildlife. But no running water; this is strictly bring your own. All for $5.30 per night (about £3.50). Bargain.
(Fairly) early on Sunday morning, Mat (McGuire) and I set off over the Broadwater towards McAllisters Creek, disturbing the kangaroos. Our goal was to reach the summit of Mount Donaldson.
However; it soon became apparent that there was a very good reason why the 24km walk we had embarked on was described in the guide book as 2-3 days in length – there was no path. No path at all. Just a river bed in a steep-sided gorge, with slippery waterfalls, deep pools and sheer banks.
We rapidly came to the conclusion that at our rate of progress and without a topo map there was no way we would reach Mount Donaldson and return to camp in one day… safely. We left the gorge to trek through the bush onto higher ground to the south. The forest was surprisingly pleasant.
Meanwhile, Gem was in pursuit of the wildlife nearer to base…
Back in the forest, Mat and I came to a track along the national park boundary, which also happened to be the border between Queensland and New South Wales. This track followed the ridgeline between the two states, offering some cracking views
Our return journey was much the same as the outward journey, but with some different lines through the bush and the decent of a creek bed in a side valley, to add some interest. We returned to the campsite with no doubt that the full walk would have taken 2-3 days.