A test of my fitness - 24 km hike Summer Falls

A great 24km hike on Sunday tested out my fitness. No wet feet with the 3 very low creek crossings to Booloumba Creek day use area then a steep climb to Summer Falls and return.

Perfect weather for hiking as we crossed the 1st creek the sun filtered through the trees showing us the gravel road to hike towards the next creek crossing, farm gates made from old rusted tools and birds singing in the trees and the chatter of hiking mates was a good start to the day.

We started the switchback climb towards Summer Falls passing the turn off to Mt Allan and Artist Cascade. Lots of different flora lined the track. As the hill seemed to go on forever it was good to see the many Great Walk signs telling us 6.2kms, Easy track, 3 kms to Summers Falls.
We crossed over a couple of main roads before the last few kilometres walk down to Summer Falls and the camping ground.

I have camped at Summer Falls before and it is a lovely spot with a large open area also small private areas with platforms.
A very enjoyable lunch break overlooking the falls with the water falling over the phyllite rocks and reflections in the rockpools.

As we hiked back to the Booloumba Creek day use area a small bandit type snake slithered across the track and we were serenaded by the bellbirds and greeted by cows in the paddock.