Hikers cross national park from north to south
WHAT is believed to be the first recorded crossing of Mount Walsh National Park at Biggenden, from Mt Walsh in the north to Waterfall Creek (Utopia) in the south, took place recently when a group of seven bushwalking enthusiasts completed the hike.
Led by Moira Thompson, who has many years of experience exploring this unique park, the group was able to walk seamlessly from north to south, with seven mountains to scale on the way.
As there is no water at an altitude of 700m, especially during this time of drought, three water drops of 15-40 litres were made by Mrs Thompson and her husband Glenn.
Mrs Thompson said this was critical to the success of the three-night, four-day hike.
"Added to this, emergency services were notified of the route plan,” she said.
"This included where exits could be made, and GPS co-ordinates were messaged in at each camp location.
"The climb up Mt Walsh cliff face with 20kg pack was the most difficult part
"But after that it was just one foot after another for 16km over very rocky ground.”
Ian Robert, who walked with Harry Frauca (Mrs Thompson's father) when he was a student at Kepnock School Bundaberg in the 1980s, said in the old days of exploration with Harry, you could light a fire and boil the billy
"But those days are gone, so we all used fuel stoves,” he said.
Mrs Thompson said while many large trees on Mt Walsh had dead leaves, it was surprising to see the lush green vegetation and bird life.
The youngest of the group, Lachlan, 14, and his brother Isaac, 12, enjoyed the adventure with their father, Mrs Thompson said these young, experienced bush walkers led some sections of the hike.
"The water at Waterfall Creek, was not drinkable, but very refreshing,” she added.