Leader - Paul
Total Distance - 21.9k
Walkers - Michele, Julie, Mary, Leigh, Paul, John, Steve, Colin
Four of us (Paul, Steve, John, Colin) met at the Mt Tamborine Visitor Information Centre. We were to meet up with another four at Canungra (Michele. Julie, Leigh, Mary) but the Mt Tamborine group were delayed for half an hour by a huge low-loader carrying a huge excavator stuck at the first jack-knife corner up the goat track from Canungra. We got out to advise the driver that there was no way for him to carry his load further and we assisted as best we could to guide the driver and his load down to a safe spot to unload his excavator (for a job 500metres further up the road).
We met the Canungra Group and continued on to O’Reillys. We started off along the Border Track as smartly as we could as we were already late for a long walk of 21.9k. We found the turn-off for the Albert River Circuit and was met soon after by logs blocking an older track and wondered what else was in front of us. Further on there was lots of zigzagging down the mountain before we came to the headwaters of the Albert River and Echo falls where we had a quick smoko standing up before pushing on.
We Zigzagged further down the hill, coming back to the river each time to see many more beautiful falls and cascades including Gurrgunngulli Falls, Mirror Falls, Joolbahla Falls, Gwahlahla Falls and others– a delight to see and what a pity we did not have the time to do further exploration of the river bed to get those “calendar” shots.
We crossed the river and started the climb out. We knew it would be fairly long and boring from here so we looked forward to our lunch stop at Echo Point. Echo Point affords panoramic views to the south toward Mount Warning. It was warm in the sun and we enjoyed our lunch with another group who were on their way to camp at Ratatat Hut.
The next milestone was to get back to the Albert River/Border Track junction. We heard yelps of delight ahead and knew that the girls had reached the junction. We stopped for a breather and then made the last push back to O’Reilly’s. All were tired but delighted we had completed the walk in good time and in good weather. All were ready now to face the Border Track walk from O’Reilley’s to Binna Burra - Colin