Twilight Climb Story Bridge, Brisbane

Great adventure for mother / son to share is the twilight climb up to the 80m above sea level summit of the Story Bridge in Brisbane, with the sun setting it is a magical experience not to be missed.

Begins with a safety briefing and summary of the adventure ahead. I am glad I hadn't had a drink to steady my nerves as there was a compulsory breathalyser test.

Climbers cannot take loose objects, including cameras, phones or GoPros, on the Bridge. This is to safeguard against anything falling from the Bridge

We slip into our matching blue and grey climbing uniforms and step out on to the Story Bridge and clip on our safety line and start our ascent up the1136 steps.

The leader provides interesting facts and figures on the Story Bridge including that it is a cantilevered bridge that opened on 6 July 1940 and took five years to construct.

Standing on top of the Story Bridge with my son, Ben surrounded by stunning panoramic views of Brisbane skyline and suburbs, the river and to the south to Mt Barney and to Mt Beerwah in the north.

As the day turns to night, the sunset surrounds the city skyline and the light fades and the city light look like twinkling stars as you descend.

So you have a special memory of your climb the leader will capture photos of you during your climb

Muddy hike - Belli to Point Glorious

A muddy hike heading through long grass then up a very steep hill, clay sticking to our boots and a few backwards slides where the hiking poles were put to good use.

After more long grass, the trail widened into a lovely forest of palms, on a trail littered with fallen branches, lots of bark and leaves, scribbly gums, a few small creeks to cross.

Big puddles had us stepping carefully as we edged around hoping not to slide in the clay and end up in the puddle.

Heading out of the forest we headed up Point Glorious Road toward the lookout. 180 degree panorama views from the lookout over lush green farmland, coast and hinterland, towers at Black Mountain with Mt Cooroora and Mt Bottle and Brush in the distance on one side and a closer view of Mt Eerwah on the other.

A couple of the hills to go down on the way back – appx 16kms a great day out in nature

Noosa Trail Network hike - why not join this hike for October 2017

Fantastic way to spend the long weekend out in nature hiking national parks, state forest, private property, council parks and road reserves on the Great Noosa Trail for 3 days and camping at Kin Kin and Cooran. Enjoyable company chatting to many different people and hearing their stories and hiking with some of my friends – Carolyn, David, Karin, Cathy, Ngaire, Sally.

We started the 1st day hike of appx 22kms at the beautiful Lake MacDonald before continuing through rainforest and farmland and some road walking.

A welcome sight was the Pop-up Tea house by Eumundi Rotary at about 17km point - a place to rest weary bodies, a break from the hot sun and if needed ‘bail out’ point to catch the shuttle bus.

After a quick cup of tea and sandwiches I was soon on my way for the last 5kms to Shepperson’s Park and then to Kin Kin ready to put up the tent for the night.

A tasty buffet of local fare at the Kin Kin General Store finished off the day.

Day 2 appx 24kms  - started off with a hearty breakfast of eggs and bacon. They told us it will be the hardest day with lots of hills – and yes they got that right!

We followed the trail from Kin Kin to Cooran via Woondum National Park. As we hiked through farmlands the sky was a beautiful blue and the rolling hills very green. I looked up and saw this steep hill and immediately thought hope I don’t lose momentum on the way up and YES just near the top I did so I asked a guy behind me to give me a quick push to help me start off again.

 Rest at the James McKane lookout overlooking Mt Cooroora gave me time to check my foot which was developing a blister - hiked another 5kms to Cooran where we camped at Cooran Recreation Club. Walking past tent city it sounded like snoresville as nearly every second tent someone was snoring – than heavens for earplugs!

After another hearty breakfast on Day 3 hiked 10kms from Cooran to Pomona through the forests of Tuchekoi National Park – gentle and undulating they said – but what about the hills!! Heading up one hill when a dog came straight for me and nearly knocked me over backwards. There was an option to climb Mt Cooroora, before heading into Pomona, however, my blister decided not this time.

Well done to the organisers of this hike who had to coordinate approximately 150 hikers. If you are interested for 2017 then check out:

Champagne & Nibbles - Sunset & Full Moon - Mt Coolum

Climb to Summit of Mt Coolum for the Sunset and Full Moon

Sunset from Mt Coolum

Have you ever enjoyed the sunset across the range from the summit of Mt Coolum and watched moonbeams over the ocean as the full moon rises whilst enjoying champagne, nibbles and chocolates?

The volcanic dome-shaped Mt Coolum rises 208 metres above sea level on the Sunshine Coast in
Queensland and the summit is accessed by an 1.6km return track that takes you up many steps. Walk through open forest ,woodlands, shrublands, and then low montane heath on the summit where there is a 360 degree view of the coastal area, including Point Cartwright and the Glass House Mountains to the south, the Blackall Range to the west, and Noosa Heads to the north.

21 people gathered at the base of Mt Coolum, feeling excited at being on the summit at night and unsure of what to expect when it was time to descend by the light of the full moon.

With such a big group I asked Sue if she could be our tail-end Charlie to make sure we didn’t lose anybody.

A quick check that everybody had a torch or headlamp that may be needed incase the moon wasn’t bright enough for our descent.

LET THE CHALLENGE BEGIN – can we make it to the summit in 20minutes in time for the sunset?

Everybody took off at a great pace until we reached the 100 or so steps in the middle. People started to slow down holding onto trees whilst they got their breath. Off we go again – stand aside as the super fit fitness fanatics came running down the steps.

No more steps so let’s take a breath and have a look at the view before the final climb on rocks and small boulders to the summit.

Is that a dinosaur we see in the distance – Palmersauras Park or maybe we could have a game of golf after at the Palmer Resort!

I found I had a little shadow following me (all of about 6 or 7 years old) and when I stood aside to let her go she looked at me with her big blue eyes and said no – her mum was just behind her. This little fit girl followed me to the summit for the last 5mins and a hi-five was in order when we made it!

Nearly everybody arrived at the summit by 6.25pm so we quickly gathered around and did a head count before heading down a small track to the western side of the mountain to view the sun setting over the Glasshouse Mountains / Blackall Range. Cameras clicking and people lining up for their photo opportunity.

As the sun slowly went behind the range we moved to overlook the ocean and watch the full moon coming out behind the clouds casting a reflection on the water.

Champagne, nibbles and chocolates were shared as we sat on the rocky outcrop with the wind blowing in our hair. People taking in the views around them and enjoying the game of hike and seek the moon played with the clouds.

We descended the mountain by the light of the full moon


Peters Falls, Conondale Range



After meeting at Charlie Moreland and everybody sorted out for the carpooling we started off on the rutted road to Peters Creek carpark in Funnels Hut Road ready for the hike to Peters Falls.

Perfect weather for the start of our hike on the wide leaf littered Fire Management Trail with a few hill climbs to get the heart pumping.

Lots of trees to climb under and over and an area to negotiate with the help of Tony where there had been a small landslip.

It is a real joy to be out in nature and hear the sounds of the birds singing and sharing the trail with a great group of friends

What is happening up ahead? Nothing much just Carolyn stepping over and Cassandra nearly stepping on our first python snake for the day – it’s head raised having a look at this group in its territory. We had to go around it as it slowly made its way off the track.  We saw another one further on the track and I heard a whisper that Cassandra nearly trod on a brown snake.

After hiking the undulating fire management trail we turned onto the Conondale Range Great Walk track which took us to the Tallowood Walkers camp for a short break before heading to Peters Falls.

Back on the track we came across an old disused logging arch. During the forestry era this was attached to a bulldozer and used to drag logs away for processing.

The signpost showed 1.4km to Peter Falls – WOW! What a beautiful spot – we had this rainforest gem all to ourselves, small trickling waterfall, large rock slabs, rockpools. Hard to leave this very scenic and peaceful place.

It was lovely walking under the shade of the tree ferns that lined the track and crossing over Peters Creek where we continued up the hills and gradually the tree cover started to thin as we arrived closer to Sunday Creek Road where we walked back to our car.