Thorsborne Trail with kids

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Thorsborne Trail with kids

Postby Lizzy » Wed 11 Oct, 2017 5:47 pm

Have just walked the Thorsborne Trail over 4 days on Hinchinbrook Island in the first week of October with kids aged 11 & 13.

I have wanted to do this walk for years and finally the stars aligned! (& bookings!)
The biggest challenge was definitely the heat- it was very hot & humid (about 30 degrees) and coming from down south we really felt it!!! Day 3 we spent a fair bit of time in the pools above Zoe Creek and the walk after that was exposed and roasting- really tested us all especially the boys.

The highlights were definitely the waterholes and waterfalls. The boys loved every swim and feeding the jungle perch March flies :) we stopped and swam everywhere we could.
Food highlight was my 1st attempt at dehydrated spag Bol- everyone was sceptical but it was yum- best I have had camping.
The walk was very dry so no problem with creeks or swamps. The Trail itself posed no problem to the kids, the heat was the hardest. However we did meet a group of ladies completing the walk after an attempt in April when one was washed down a creek- so conditions definitely vary a lot!

John from Absolute North Charters provided the boat transfers along with lots of advice/info on creek tidal crossings, water and crocs. Others didn't fair as well when they weren't given this info (a different operator) and found themselves with no water and having to wait hours for tidal crossings.

We used picaradin repellant and I had treated our clothes and tent with permethrin. John also suggested mossie coils for the camp sites. We faired fairly well with this.
We were warm enough in just silk sleeping bag liners.

A wonderful walk and some fantastic memories
Cheers
Lizzy
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Re: Thorsborne Trail with kids

Postby Lizzy » Wed 11 Oct, 2017 5:52 pm

The falls
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Re: Thorsborne Trail with kids

Postby Lizzy » Wed 11 Oct, 2017 5:59 pm

More falls
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Re: Thorsborne Trail with kids

Postby ofuros » Wed 11 Oct, 2017 6:05 pm

Looks good Lizzy...how were the sandflies ?
Remember wishing I was exploring the island when I viewed it from a mainland lookout...one to keep in mind for the future.
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Re: Thorsborne Trail with kids

Postby nq111 » Wed 11 Oct, 2017 6:20 pm

Nice going.

Looking to do this next year with my kids (they will be 7 and 9).

I was there a few weeks ago (by kayak) and a couple were doing it with a toddler - they were carrying her and took longer than others but appeared to be going ok. More than I would dare try!
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