Townsville Bushwalking Club has been active – and has been keeping its members active – since 1960 but I only came across it recently. My first walk with them was a couple of days ago, on the inland side of Paluma Range.
Fourteen of us met at Paluma village at 8.00, set up the car shuttle, and began the walk about 9.00 from a spot on the Paluma Dam road. It is rough country, cut by the deep narrow valleys of seasonal creeks (all flowing well at this time of year). The beginning of the walk was through rainforest but that transitioned to dry forest (“dry sclerophyll forest” is the technical term) as we progressed. Much of it has been logged, but not recently; the logging tracks still provide access for walkers but that’s all.
“Why Forgotten Falls?” I asked.
“Well, the club knew about them years ago and somehow forgot about them. When we rediscovered them, that’s the name that stuck.” Simple, really.
Walking with a group offers leadership, navigation, car-pooling, security, companionship and encouragement but this group likes to maintain a pace which isn’t conducive to photography. From my small collection of photos, here are two that I liked.
The club maintains a web site and a facebook page so it’s easy to contact. This walk was rated “easy” but was expected to take six hours (we did it in five) and had a couple of challenges, so volunteering for their “hard” walks without a good level of fitness and experience could be rash. As with Wildlife Queensland, non-members are welcome on walks but membership is encouraged.