Treks & Activities Event
RGSQ recommends that all attendees at this event be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or exempt.
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This trip combines optional walks and a presentation and tour by the management of Binna Burra of the history and particularly the recovery plans following the disastrous fires of late 2019.
Although this is a day trip, participants would be able to make arrangements to book camping facilities and accommodation directly with Binna Burra for the nights before and/or after the formal trip. It is advisable to book as accommodation is still somewhat limited and can be booked out https://www.binnaburralodge.com.au/accommodation/.
Those travelling to Binna Burra for the day will meet in Canungra at the DJ Smith Memorial Park in the centre of town at 9:00 am sharp. We can arrange carpooling for the drive to Mount Roberts and Binna Burra for those returning to Canungra on the same day.
We will have time for a morning tea at the Teahouse before commencing the Tullawallal Circuit walk by 10:15 am.
Bob Reid will conduct the Tullawallal Circuit Walk which takes us along the main Border Track through rainforest on the eastern side of the ridge for about 1.9 km to the track junctions at the ‘Coomera Seat’. From here, ascend to the summit of Tullawallal where we find the closest stand of Antarctic Beech (Nothofagus moorei) trees to Binna Burra.
We will walk back to the Coomera Seat then follow the circuit track back to Binna Burra on the western side of the ridge, generally in more open vegetation with more Eucalypts (or Corymbias).
The total climb is given as 175 m but happens over 2.5 km so grades are easy, with a few steps, but no flights of steps.
A 2021 description of the walk by Elaine P is:
Really easy (very gentle grade up, practically level) with dense forest until atop the boulders at Tullawallal, which then provides glimpses across the valley. Beautiful ferns, mushrooms and beech trees with whipbirds, bellbirds and some chattering birds (unknown). A few spiked plants with spikes in top and underside of each leaf, impressively serious defense! https://www.aussiebushwalking.com/qld/se-qld/lamington-np/tullawallal-circuit
The plant hazards mentioned above are easily avoidable with a little care!
We should be back at Binna Burra by 12:30 for lunch at the Teahouse.
An alternative stroll for those who do not wish to come to Tullawallal would be the 1.2 km Rainforest Circuit with very easy grades. This walk starts on the Border Track then has a (signed) route across the very low ridge to the circuit back to Binna Burra from Tullawallal. Those who choose this option would be responsible for themselves so we ask that no-one does this on their own, and with other RGSQ participants, if possible
Lunch is at the Tea House Café will be at approximately 12.30pm at your own cost
A presentation will be given by the management of Binna Burra starting at approximately 2pm on the formation and history of Binna Burra with some concentration on the plans and recovery from the bushfires which destroyed much of their facility in Spring 2019.
Cost: $5 members, $10 non-members, which of course excludes meals and any accommodation
Limit: 20 participants, registering on the website or through the RGSQ Office (3368 2066).
Further details will be circulated to registered participants closer to the event.
Convenors: Bob Reid 0412 625 944, Chris Spriggs 0400 908 378