Leader - Colin
Distance walked 16.6k
Walkers - Julie, Susan, Paul, Colin
After much wet & stormy weather and possible track closures it was decided at our last meeting to move the walk from the planned Illinbah circuit to Toohey Forest. As it was it was wet all week and prospects did not look good for Saturday. However, on the morning although it started off overcast at least the clouds were high and the expectation was that we could get a walk in without getting drenched. By the time we got to Toohey Forest it was bright sunshine and warming up quickly. It stayed very warm (tending to hot) all day.
We decided to again do the extension behind the Mayne Estate Picnic Area to include the Mayne Ridge Track and the Grey Gum Track in order to get a walk of a decent length. This was a walk 0f 4.5k by the time we got back to the car parking area. This allowed us to saunter around the Sandstone Circuit and have our morning Smoko at the Sandstone Lookout where we had a lively discussion on recycling (costs) and the reversal of the Earth’s magnetic field and sci-fi films about such an event.
Continuing on we turned left at the Toohey Ridge Track and came across a lace monitor goanna where Julie was able to get a good photo. We took a right at the Baileyana Track which would bring us to the M3 road underpass and turned left along a track which would lead us to a beautiful pond where we decided to have lunch and where it was perceptibly cooler near the water. Ducks and water fowl on the water and a small skink investigated Paul’s bag for entertainment.
After lunch we continued on along the outskirts of the forest where it was apparent the strong storms of recent weeks had wreaked havoc by bringing down a lot of trees. We also passed water tanks and did a circuitous route up to the Mt Gravatt café. As Paul and Sue had things to do on the way home it was decided to have our social drinks here with a very pleasant outlook over the city and views as far as the Glass House Mountains.
We continued our circuitous route heading down through Griffith University Mt Gravatt Campus where we came across a type of frilled lizard posing for photos (we took many) and the historic Old Yarranlea State School, passing through the M3 road underpass again and turning south to meet up with the inter-campus link. Down to University Road and almost immediately right to get onto a track that would lead us to the Nathan Ridge Track and eventually back to the Toohey Ridge Track. From here it was an easy walk back to the car park and over some nice board-walk.
It turned out to be a great day for walking and we all enjoyed the outing - Colin