Lamington: Wanungara Falls (Belsen Falls)

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Lamington: Wanungara Falls (Belsen Falls)

Postby Kuhr » Tue 12 Feb, 2019 8:00 am

Hello everyone

In the Daley's "Take a Walk in South East Queensland" book there is described a walk to Wanungara Falls (Belsen Falls) in Lamington National Park. The description mentions walking nearly all the way to a bend in the border track roughly half way between Green Mountains and Binna Burra.

Twice now I have tried to follow this route, turning off just before a bend in the border track, and I have route searched, rock hopped and bush whacked along the little creek there for a short distance, looking for any sign of the abandoned graded track that used to run along here. I have seen two pieces of pink tape, but nothing more than this, and no sign there was ever a graded track there. The progress was tediously slow along the extremely wet and slippery small boulders in the creek, or the thick foliage alongside the creek. (Meanwhile half the forest's leeches have tried to make a meal of me, but I was well enough covered and protected to keep them at bay - one small success!)

Both times I have felt it would take me many hours to push through all these to the falls, so I have abandoned the walk both times. I feel I must be missing something obvious here. Has anyone else managed to walk to the top of these falls alongside this creek, and is there some sign I am missing, or traces of the old track - maybe I am missing where you need to cross the creek or something?

Interested in any clue to this, and photos would help if possible.
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Re: Lamington: Wanungara Falls (Belsen Falls)

Postby ofuros » Wed 13 Feb, 2019 11:17 am

Hang in there, Kuhr...sooner or later someone will chip in with some useful info. :wink:
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Re: Lamington: Wanungara Falls (Belsen Falls)

Postby Lyrebird » Wed 13 Feb, 2019 4:23 pm

Interesting. I've been meaning to do that walk for some time but haven't made it yet.
I've attached an image from an old sketch map of Lamington that I think is about 1930s vintage (and an image of the key). It shows the track they refer to, marked as leading to 'cascades'. It also shows another track that starts at the same point and heads north west. I'm not sure how well these tracks were graded, and TAW is a great book but nearly ten years old, so what was 'obvious' in 2009 may not be so obvious now. I don't think it's shown on the big map in the Binna Burra lounge, so I don't know how long ago it fell into disuse?
Anyway, hope the images help.
The problem with Lamington is that you can be a few metres off a track and not see it, particularly if it's an old one. I spent three hours looking for the Bull Ant Spur entrance, only to give up, return to the car and find that I'd pretty much parked on top of it.

Happy hunting!
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Re: Lamington: Wanungara Falls (Belsen Falls)

Postby ofuros » Thu 14 Feb, 2019 4:15 am

Told you so....info with a historical map thrown in too, nice. :mrgreen:

...and with my early morning bleary eyes I can see old off-track routes to the Giants Garden area, another along Darlington range & a creeky shortcut down to Ungurungbana Falls, just above Coomera Falls lookout.

Love the old sketch map, Lyrebird. :wink:

P.s. Just a thought, maybe O'Reillys & Binna Burra should have some maps in their shops/cafes, printed up in that old style... 8)
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Re: Lamington: Wanungara Falls (Belsen Falls)

Postby cough » Thu 14 Feb, 2019 11:35 am

I've seen photos/videos of the top of Wanungara Falls on Instagram and they didn't look too impressive. Apparently it's too difficult to get down to the base of the falls without a rope.
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Re: Lamington: Wanungara Falls (Belsen Falls)

Postby Kuhr » Thu 14 Feb, 2019 7:48 pm

Thanks for the sketch. I think I see where I went wrong. I was on the wrong tributary perhaps.

Attached a screenshot from omsand from my trip, think I turned off too soon, which is odd, take a walk book map looks like this tributary.
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Re: Lamington: Wanungara Falls (Belsen Falls)

Postby Lyrebird » Fri 15 Feb, 2019 10:11 am

No worries at all. I wondered if you'd hit the wrong tributary but didn't like to ask :lol:.
I do enjoy the Take a Walk track notes but I've found their maps are very general; of course they say themselves that they're only a guideline. When I get a chance I'll wander around there myself, you've got me curious!
Love the old sketch map, Lyrebird. :wink:

Isn't it cool? I'm told it was done in the 1930s by someone called Tim who lived at Tamborine. I scored a copy of a copy. When I get a chance I'll scan the whole thing and put it up, because it's really useful.
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