A walk around Many Peaks Range

Island under backlit clouds
Magnetic Island from the Shelly Cove track

Late last month I went for a walk on the Town Common with the Wildlife Queensland people, the third or fourth time in six months that I’ve joined them on a field trip. I know the Common reasonably well (e.g. click here for posts about previous visits) but this walk took us to a section I had never visited, the seaward side of the Many Peaks Range on the Northern edge of the Common (click here for a map if you don’t know the area). WQ has already posted a good description of the walk on the branch blog so I will just add photos.

Open woodland between Many Peaks Range and Shelly Beach
Open woodland between Many Peaks Range and Shelly Beach

There were wonderful views across to Maggie from the familiar track from the Quarantine Station to Shelly Cove with low sun (it was an 8 a.m. start) striking through clouds and mist, and I paused several times for photos.

Once we got around the Eastern end of the range  the views opened up again; there’s quite an area of woodland, some of it swampy, and mangroves between the sandy beaches and the seaward side of the range. After quite a bit of relatively level walking we followed the track around the shoulder of the last hill in the range to look down on the claypans between the range and the mouth of the Bohle River. A little further on, the track passes close to a fair-sized tidal creek which runs into the Bohle (map). I didn’t see any crocodile warning signs but that doesn’t mean they are not sometimes around!

Claypans at the Western end of the Many Peaks Range, near Bald Rock
Claypans at the Western end of the Many Peaks Range, near Bald Rock
Mangrove Creek at foot of Many Peaks Range
Mangrove Creek at the foot of Many Peaks Range

The walking was all very easy from here on, along the level, well-formed track which runs past Bald Rock and Tegoora Rock to the park at Pallarenda beach where we began. The total distance was somewhere between 15 and 20km, depending on which signs you believed. That is far longer than most of the WQ field trips but the weather was perfect and no-one complained about the effort.

black and white birds in swamp
Magpie Geese near Tegoora Rock, on the inland side of the range

3 thoughts on “A walk around Many Peaks Range”

  1. In the 1970’s I went to the common quite a few times and walked around ….. seeing brolgas was always special …. I also did a brief geological study of the hills … some spectacular volcanic features to be seen ….

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