Inspired by the recent blockbuster documentary ‘Everest’, we packed the van and gallivanted inland for some adventure. By no stretch of the imagination are we expert hikers like the Sherpas; heck we are not even close to those mountaineers conquering Everest.
Waking up in the bush on a Sunday morning to hike between 2-5 hours with a day-pack chock-full of fruit and water is us, for now anyway!
Located 289km North-West of Brisbane, on the outskirts of the small rural town Biggenden, Mt Walsh National Park is basically in the middle of nowhere and this is what makes it a memorable adventure. Driving through and being in historical, remote and almost untouched parts of Queensland provides the opportunity to slow down and disconnect from the hustle and bustle of daily life.
Before setting up our home away from home for a night under the stars at the bottom of Mt Walsh, we followed a dirt road full of country surprises on the backside of the mountain range and then a 1.5km bush walk to the Utopia Rock Pools/Waterfall Creek. We gasped in astonishment at the natural three tiered rock pool awaiting our entrance. Unfortunately, there had not been enough rain in the area for the falls to be flowing, so we will be back! The water from the mountain was catacomb cold yet energising, it was almost like we had been reborn.
Mt Walsh rises 703m above sea level and is an exposed granite rock with rugged ridges and steep forested slopes. It is recommended that intermediate bush walkers tackle the summit as the trail is slippery and steep, also partially unmarked therefore it was so easy to become disorientated! Kudos to a previous hiker, our saviour, who had tagged trees with hot pink ribbon and spray painted bright blue arrows on the rocks!
Like Everest, almost at the summit of Mt Walsh there was ‘The Balcony’, only without the snow, frostbite and loss of oxygen. Instead, the air was fresh and crisp, there was a light whistle through the trees and sweat trickling down the middle of our backs.
We were peaking!