Permanent Waterhole Track
  • Length: 2km

  • Duration: 1hr

  • Grade: 3

  • Style: Return

  • Start: Unnamed Road, Sundown

  • End: Unnamed Road, Sundown

  • Closest Town:

  • Location: Sundown National Park

  • Distance from state capital: 299 km

  • State: QLD

  • Latitude: -28.914993

  • Longitude: 151.585873

Permanent Waterhole Track is a 2km, grade 3 Return hike located in Sundown National Park Queensland. The hike should take approximately 1hrs to complete.

Summary

Permanent Waterhole is an easy walk upstream from the Broadwater camping area in Sundown National Park. As its name suggests, this waterhole on the Severn River is permanent even in the driest of times and is ideal for bird watching in early morning or late afternoon. See ducks, herons, cormorants and tiny azure kingfishers along the river. Watch eastern grey kangaroos browsing on the grassy flats around The Broadwater and camping area.

About the region

Sundown is a national park in Queensland, Australia, 198 km south west of Brisbane. The park contains spectacular gorge country and a number of peaks higher than 1,000 m.

Access to the park from New South Wales is via a turn-off into Mingoola Station Road at the Mingoola School, along the Bruxner Highway. Then turn right into Glenyon Dam Road and then another right into Permanents Road, which promptly enters the park. This section is the most developed with the Broadwater Camping Area providing toilets, boil-your-own hot showers (boiler on site), short walking tracks, sheltered tables and taps with river and rain water provided at the ranger station. this section is easily accessible for 2WD and motorhomes/caravans/campertrailers under 5 meters.


For more information on this hiking trail, please visit Queensland.com

 

Rawnsley Bluff Hike and Wilpena Pound Lookout
  • Length: 11.3km

  • Duration: 5hrs

  • Grade: 4

  • Style: Return

  • Start: Unnamed Road, Flinders Ranges

  • End: Unnamed Road, Flinders Ranges

  • Closest Town:

  • Location: Rawnsley Park Station

  • Distance from state capital: 418 km

  • State: SA

  • Latitude: -31.618695000

  • Longitude: 138.600018000

Rawnsley Bluff Hike and Wilpena Pound Lookout is a 11.3km, grade 4 Return hike located in Rawnsley Park Station South Australia. The hike should take approximately 5hrs to complete.

Summary

This spectacular hike in Rawnsley Park Station climbs the Wilpena Pound escarpment, providing views into the Pound from the Wilpena Pound Lookout, and views south and east to Chace Range.

From the carpark inside Rawnsley Park Station the walking trail begins by following the creek bed, then climbing the foothills of the main range (Bonney Sandstone). The trail gradually steepens until you reach Lone Pine Lookout, providing views along the escarpment and to Elder Range. From here the trail becomes less steep as you approach the summit.

At Wilpena Pound Lookout you can see inside Wilpena Pound.

At Rawnsley Bluff there is a dry stone survey cairn, constructed by Samuel Parry in 1858 as a trigonometrical survey marker.

Rawnsley Bluff was named after H.C. Rawnsley who falsely presented himself as a surveyor to the Governor of South Australia in 1850. Within three months he was found to be incompetent and discharged.

On the escarpment, take the left fork for 600m to reach Wilpena Pound Lookout (4 hours return).

The right fork leads to Rawnsley Bluff, which is 1.5km further down the trail (5 hours return).

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Total distance: 5551 m
Max elevation: 938 m
Min elevation: 465 m
Total climbing: 608 m
Total descent: -92 m
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Western Circuit
  • Length: 4.5km

  • Duration: 1.5hrs

  • Grade: 3

  • Style: Circuit

  • Start: Unnamed Road, Sundown

  • End: Unnamed Road, Sundown

  • Closest Town:

  • Location: Sundown National Park

  • Distance from state capital: 299 km

  • State: QLD

  • Latitude: -28.914993

  • Longitude: 151.585873

Western Circuit is a 4.5km, grade 3 Circuit hike located in Sundown National Park Queensland. The hike should take approximately 1.5hrs to complete.

Summary

The Western circuit at Sundown National Park veers off from the Permanent track near The Broadwater camping area and heads away from the river to open high ground. Woodland birds such as spiny-cheeked, yellow-faced and fuscous honeyeaters and golden whistlers favour this area near the western boundary of the park. Take in expansive views up the valley into the park as well as to the south and west. Descend back to the camping area via open flats where eastern grey kangaroos graze.

About the region

Sundown is a national park in Queensland, Australia, 198 km south west of Brisbane. The park contains spectacular gorge country and a number of peaks higher than 1,000 m.

Access to the park from New South Wales is via a turn-off into Mingoola Station Road at the Mingoola School, along the Bruxner Highway. Then turn right into Glenyon Dam Road and then another right into Permanents Road, which promptly enters the park. This section is the most developed with the Broadwater Camping Area providing toilets, boil-your-own hot showers (boiler on site), short walking tracks, sheltered tables and taps with river and rain water provided at the ranger station. this section is easily accessible for 2WD and motorhomes/caravans/campertrailers under 5 meters.


For more information on this hiking trail, please visit Queensland.com

 

Echidna Circuit
  • Length: 3.5km

  • Duration: 2hrs

  • Grade: 1

  • Style: Circuit

  • Start: Nature Trail Trail, Onkaparinga Hills

  • End: Nature Trail Trail, Onkaparinga Hills

  • Closest Town:

  • Location: Onkaparinga River National Park and Recreation Park

  • Distance from state capital: 27.6 km

  • State: SA

  • Latitude: -35.140020959

  • Longitude: 138.587487750

Echidna Circuit is a 3.5km, grade 1 Circuit hike located in Onkaparinga River National Park and Recreation Park South Australia. The hike should take approximately 2hrs to complete.

Summary

A narrow trail takes you over moderate slopes and through lovely pink gum, grey box and sheoak bushland. Enjoy the winter and spring floral displays, including stunning orchids. You will see some ruins, get great views of the gorge, and get a good workout.

The Echidna Hike begins from a small roadside carpark at Gate 12 on Piggott Range Road. It’s easy to combine this hike with the adjacent Nature Hike into a 7km hike.

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Total distance: 2925 m
Max elevation: 0 m
Min elevation: 0 m
Total climbing: 0 m
Total descent: 0 m
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Clifftop Hike
  • Length: 0.9km

  • Duration: 30 mins

  • Grade: 2

  • Style: Return

  • Start: Cape Borda Rd, Cape Borda

  • End: Cape Borda Rd, Cape Borda

  • Closest Town:

  • Location: Flinders Chase National Park

  • Distance from state capital: 267 km

  • State: SA

  • Latitude: -35.751769971

  • Longitude: 136.601439966

Clifftop Hike is a 0.9km, grade 2 Return hike located in Flinders Chase National Park South Australia. The hike should take approximately 30 mins to complete.

Summary

A short walk from the Cape Borda Lighthouse to the nearby clifftop. Pause at the lookout to watch for seals, whales and dolphins.

The trail begins from the carpark at Cape Borda Lighthouse. An alternative is to start the hike from the vehicle entrance gate, where there is a small carpark and connecting walking trail to the end of the Return Road Hike. This adds another 700m (one-way) to the hike, or 2.3km return.

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Total distance: 1443 m
Max elevation: 162 m
Min elevation: 146 m
Total climbing: 0 m
Total descent: -3 m
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Bald Rock Creek Circuit
  • Length: 2.2km

  • Duration: 1hr

  • Grade: 3

  • Style: Circuit

  • Start: Pyramids Rd, Girraween

  • End: Pyramids Rd, Girraween

  • Closest Town:

  • Location: Girraween National Park

  • Distance from state capital: 253 km

  • State: QLD

  • Latitude: -28.83208

  • Longitude: 151.937661

Bald Rock Creek Circuit is a 2.2km, grade 3 Circuit hike located in Girraween National Park Queensland. The hike should take approximately 1hrs to complete.

Summary

Girraween National Park is located 260 kilometres south-west of Brisbane in the Southern Downs area of Ballandean. Girraween is home to pretty-as-a-picture running streams, massive granite outcrops and acres of woodland which come to life each spring with colourful wildflowers.

About the region

Girraween National Park is an area of the Granite Belt in the Darling Downs region of Queensland, Australia reserved as a national park. Girraween is known for its spectacular flowers, dramatic landscapes and unique wildlife. Bushwalking and rock climbing are the most popular activities in the park.

The park is situated 40 km south of Stanthorpe. The southern boundary of the park is the state border between Queensland and New South Wales. It is a twin park with Bald Rock National Park, which lies across the border in New South Wales, and features Bald Rock, the second-largest monolith (after Uluru) on the continent. Curiously, South Bald Rock and West Bald Rock lie in Girraween National Park in Queensland, not in Bald Rock National Park in New South Wales.


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Wine Shanty Circuit
  • Length: 10km

  • Duration: 4hrs

  • Grade: 4

  • Style: Circuit

  • Start: 550 Mount Lofty Summit Rd, Summertown

  • End: 550 Mount Lofty Summit Rd, Summertown

  • Closest Town:

  • Location: Cleland Conservation Park

  • Distance from state capital: 14.9 km

  • State: SA

  • Latitude: -34.964365521

  • Longitude: 138.714049710

Wine Shanty Circuit is a 10km, grade 4 Circuit hike located in Cleland Conservation Park South Australia. The hike should take approximately 4hrs to complete.

Summary

The Wine Shanty Hike is a 4 hour 10km loop bushwalk through Cleland Conservation Park. A hike through stringybark forest, the trail combines some steep climbs with gentler sections. Hike past Keirs Ruin, an old farm house abandoned in the 1900s. Watch out for koalas, echidnas, kangaroos and bandicoots as you follow these tracks through the forest.

The loop can be accessed from several places:

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Total distance: 12823 m
Max elevation: 579 m
Min elevation: 348 m
Total climbing: 332 m
Total descent: -381 m
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Montezuma Falls Trail Hiking Australia
  • Length: 9.5km

  • Duration: 3hrs

  • Grade: 2

  • Style: Return

  • Start: Montezuma Falls Car Park

  • End: Montezuma Falls Car Park

  • Closest Town: Rosebery

  • Location: Zeehan Montagu

  • Distance from state capital: 319km

  • State: TAS

  • Latitude: -41.829933

  • Longitude: 145.502484

Montezuma Falls is a 9.5km, grade 2 Return hike located in Zeehan Montagu Tasmania. The hike should take approximately 3hrs to complete.

Summary

An easy walk, through rainforest, along the route of the historic North East Dundas Tramway. At 104m, Montezuma Falls are one of the highest waterfalls in Tasmania and the track takes you right to the base of the falls.

Highlights

Walking from Williamsford, the track is almost entirely through pleasant and open park-like rainforest. This includes leatherwood, myrtle, sassafras, giant tree ferns and eye-catching fungi.

You’re sure to get close to several different birds along the way, notably White’s thrush, which is a medium-sized and speckled brown and white ground dwelling bird. It forages quietly on the rainforest floor and, when disturbed, flies only a short distance before settling again, enabling you to get a second look.

An 1890 mineral survey showed the falls marked as Osbourne Falls. Montezuma was the name of the last Aztec emperor of Mexico (1466-1520). In Tasmania, his name appears to have originally been applied to a mining company — the Montezuma Silver Mining Company, which was formed in 1891 and held leases on the northern slopes of Mt. Dundas.

The creek immediately below the falls was once spanned by a wooden trestle bridge that was 160 ft. long and 50 ft. high and took five months to build. Today derelict pieces of timber, moss-covered concrete piers and rusty bolts are the only remains of this bridge.

The North East Dundas Tramway that ran from Zeehan to Deep Lead (now Williamsford) was constructed to facilitate access to mining sites in the Mt. Dundas and Mt. Read areas.

Surveying of the line commenced in 1895, and the ceremony to mark the ‘turning of the first sod’ was performed on 17 January 1896 before a crowd of 500 people. By January 1897 the first five miles of the line were in use and the official opening of the line through to Williamford was held in June 1898.

The gauge was 2 ft., which was a relatively narrow gauge and explains why the line was known as a tramway rather than a railway. The narrowness of the gauge was chosen to suit the winding hillsides and also to assist in lowering the cost of construction.

The line continued to operate infrequently until 1925 and was officially closed on 4 July 1932 and the rails were removed in the early 1940s.

Region

The Western Wilderness

Getting there

Follow the signs to Williamsford and Montezuma Falls 2km south of Rosebery on the Murchison Highway (A10).

Tips

Picnic, toilet facilities and shops in Rosebery.

Level track suitable for all age groups.

Supervise children, flowing waters, unprotected track edges, weather may change quickly.

Dogs are welcome if kept on a leash. Bicycles are permitted and this track is well-suited for mountain bikes.

 

Total distance: 9469 m
Max elevation: 395 m
Min elevation: 263 m
Total climbing: 495 m
Total descent: -495 m
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For more information about this hiking trail please visit Parks and Wildlife Service Tasmania

 

Friendly Beaches Trail Hiking Australia
  • Length: 5.9km

  • Duration: 2hrs

  • Grade: 2

  • Style: Return

  • Start: Friendly Beaches Carpark

  • End: Friendly Beaches Carpark

  • Closest Town: Friendly Beaches

  • Location: Friendly Beaches Reserve

  • Distance from state capital: 179km

  • State: TAS

  • Latitude: -41.987001

  • Longitude: 148.288189

Friendly Beaches is a 5.9km, grade 2 Return hike located in Friendly Beaches Reserve Tasmania. The hike should take approximately 2hrs to complete.

Summary

This track is just 10m long and lands you on a long white sandy beach. From here you can explore for minutes or hours in either direction.

Highlights

The Friendly Beaches form part of Freycinet National Park. Fishing and surfing are two popular pastimes, although persons enterering the water must be aware that this is an unpatrolled beach and conditions can be dangerous.

One of Tasmania’s few native terrestrial mammals that is on the threatened species list is found in the area. Indeed, the New Holland mouse was first discovered in Tasmania in 1976 in the heathlands of the Friendly Beaches. It is listed as rare.

Region

The East Coast and Flinders Island

Getting there

From highway A3, take road C302 and then the turn-off to the Friendly Beaches.

Tips

Park entry fees apply.

Bush toilets near car park.

Supervise children, unpatrolled beaches, swimming not recommended.

No pets, firearms or bicycles.

 

Total distance: 5830 m
Max elevation: 11 m
Min elevation: 1 m
Total climbing: 34 m
Total descent: -35 m
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For more information about this hiking trail please visit Parks and Wildlife Service Tasmania