UPDATE – For our 2020 event we are unable to use beautiful Bellbird Grove as our Checkpoint 5 location. Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service have informed us that delayed regeneration work is taking place in the area. This may impact on our event weekend.
Thankfully, we have been working with our committed stakeholders and have rerouted our trail to create a new 100km route for 2020.
Find out more comprehensive details of the trail in the Oxfam Trailwalker Brisbane sections including the new and updated section 5, section 6 and section 7 below.
Starting your 100km journey at Mount Glorious, you will enjoy lush rainforest, leafy vegetation and banks of moss. The wide fire trails are easy underfoot, but the first 28 kilometres are effectively two lengthy descents, followed by two long ascents into our Bush Checkpoints – Dundas Road and Hammermeister road. On the plus side, the spectacular views of Lake Wivenhoe as you ascend will make up for this being one of the more challenging sections of the trail – and if you’re quiet, you might even see some wallabies or bandicoots!
What goes up, must come down and it’s all downhill in the next section as you make your way to Lake Manchester, our first support crew checkpoint. Take it slow, and enjoy the spectacular rainforest scenery and native bushlands as you wind your way back into the arms of friends and family, safe in the knowledge that over a third of your journey is done!
After some much needed TLC, a hot dinner and maybe some extra layers of clothing, you will head into the night crossing over approximately 17 creeks of varying depth, you are then faced with a reasonably short, but very sharp incline up to Scrub Road, Checkpoint 4. Armed with tea, coffee and cuppa soups, our army of volunteers will be on hand to to congratulate you on your journey so far and cheer you on your way.
A steady descent and relatively gentle section leads you to another large support crew checkpoint at Enoggera Dam where you can refuel, reorganise and prepare for the final two sections ahead. Try to avoid the temptation to jump into Enoggera Reservoir for a dip!
The shortest section of the trail, Section 6 will see you make your way from Enoggera Reservoir towards Mt-Coot-tha via the beautiful shared trails surrounding Gap Creek Reserve as you approach our final checkpoint Green Hill Reservoir.
The final 11km of walking trail will lead you to the Hoop Pine picnic area, Mount Coot-tha and our leafy green finish line. Here you will be greeted with triumph and adulation as your Oxfam Trailwalker journey is complete.
Want to know what will be at each checkpoint? See our breakdown of what to expect on event weekend.
|100km Cumulative distance:||15.5km|
|Section 1:||Grade 4|
Setting off from Maiala Picnic Ground car park at Mount Glorious, you will take your first steps in the D’Aguilar National Park, heading down Joyners Ridge Road. Enjoy the rainforest as you descend towards England Creek Road, then take a deep breath before climbing your way up the challenging Goodes Road. Don’t forget to take the time to enjoy the glorious views west towards Lake Wivenhoe. When you arrive at the top you have made it to Dundas Road Bush Camp, Checkpoint 1.
|100km Cumulative distance:||28.3km|
|Section 2:||Grade 4|
You will begin your descent from 600 metres above sea level and head south along Cabbage Tree Range Road, down to an elevation of 100 metres. From here, you will begin the long haul back up rugged Taylors Break, before turning left onto Double Break. A short walk along the bitumen of Forestry Road, you then continue to climb up to 500 metres above sea level, until you reach Hammermeister road, Checkpoint 2.
|100km Cumulative distance:||45.7km|
|Section 3:||Grade 4|
After a short walk along the bitumen of Forestry Road, the trail joins Light Line Road heading south. From here you will walk along the ridge line of Boombana Knob, where you will enjoy a slow descent from Boombana Knob to the northern tip of Lake Manchester. Taking North Lake Manchester Road along the west side of the lake, keep an eye out for snakes basking in the sunshine on the trail. As you walk past the log cabin by the lake, don’t let the beautiful scenery distract you, keep going until you reach Lake Manchester recreation site. Continue through the picnic area and cross Lake Manchester Road where you will find our spacious checkpoint situated near the white house. Relax and enjoy a well-deserved rest and massage from your support crew.
|100km cumulative distance:||63.1km|
|Section 4:||Grade 4|
Heading around the south side of Lake Manchester you will pass horse paddocks before the trail takes you along the aptly named Creek Road. You may need a change of footwear as you dip your toes in one of the many creek crossings along this part of the trail, before reaching the final 4 kilometres of this section – which includes a steep descent of 100 metres over a single kilometre. You will ascend 240 metres over the final 3 kilometres of this section before arriving at the bush checkpoint – Scrub Road storm shelter. During the event there will be an additional water point and toilets available along this section, about 300 metres off the track.
|100km cumulative distance:||79.4km|
|Section 5:||Grade 4|
Heading south from Checkpoint 4 on South Boundary Road, you will come to the intersection with Creek Road, where you will continue on South Boundary Road heading east. Taking in the scenery along South Boundary Road, you will eventually reach the intersection with E-break. Heading north on E-break you then make your way towards Enoggera Reservoir where you will turn right and continue east, following the Reservoir Track. After a short time you will turn right and make your way around the dam wall and into Checkpoint 5 Enoggera Dam.
|100km cumulative distance:||89.3km|
|Section 6:||Grade 3|
Depart Enoggera Dam and continue through the residential area before meeting the Boscombe Road junction. Follow the trail east onto Boscombe Road trail before heading down to the Gap Creek Reserve. The trail route will take you through suburban streets before heading into Green Hill Reservoir for some much deserved respite. Make sure you check out the stunning city views from the lookout spot behind the reservoir building if you have a spare 5 mins!
|100km cumulative distance:||100km|
|Section 7:||Grade 4|
The final section will take you up Mt Coot-tha via Citriodora Trail, cross along the Litchfield Track and descend down to the finish via the Powerful Owl & Pinnacle trails. Enjoy the relative ease of these last few kilometres as you head to the FINISH LINE! What a triumphant feeling! Your Oxfam Trailwalker journey is complete!
*Measured distance is 100.3km
The difficulty ratings in this map book have been developed using the Australian Walking Track Grading System, which forms part of the national industry standard to
assist walkers in judging the suitability of trails to their walking ability. Each section is graded from its hardest component; it may have some easier components than
the ultimate grade. For further details about the grading system employed, search ‘Australian Walking Track Grading System’ online.
From the DES website:
D’Aguilar National Park is striking in its diversity of environments and plant communities. Take a journey through open eucalypt woodlands, scribbly gum forests and lush subtropical rainforests. More than 800 plant species are found in these forests, some of which are rare and threatened.
The cool mountain tops and forest flats of D’Aguilar National Park provide a rich and varied habitat for wildlife. The cooler mountain climate is ideal for ferns and mosses. Endangered giant barred frogs inhabit the mountain streams and yellow-bellied gliders are active in the open forest at night. Owls also live here, preying on small animals, including possums and snakes. The park provides excellent bird watching opportunities: bell miners can often be heard throughout the forest.