I noticed in the Mt Cougal/Springbrook Thread there was some interest in Bally Mountain.
Having been about 5 or 6 times this year to explore the area I wanted to make a little rant but didn't want to Hijack that thread.
First of all, keeping in line with this site's policy (and a little common sense) - Bally Mountain is an ecologically sensitive area, and as such I won't post exact directions on how to get to the track. Having said that, it's dead simple to navigate if you have a toppo or GPS, and walking is allowed in the area an there IS definitely a track.http://www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au/attachm
Half the fun is finding the start point - why should it be ruined?
Beware that QLD Govt is protecting their purchase however... One of the more out of place signs I've seen out on a walk!
There are peaks on the property; Little Bally mountain and Bally Mountain
Both have well defined tracks going to the summit with little deviation from the West (Bonogin Valley). Don't try to access from Tallebudgerra valley - you will only get strange looks from the locals!
Little Bally is a very pleasant walk, not too strenuous, quite short, and shows off some of the area's goods. There are some absolute beauty xanthorrhoea's up there and a shack (Complete with guestbook - post in this thread if you sign it!)
'Big' Bally is not really big at all - shy of half a kilometer off sea level it is no Everest but has some fantastic views of Springbrook, Tallebeudgerra and Straddie.
There is one exposed section getting up there where those like me will have a gut-in-throat moment.
The south side of the summit has more great views of Springbrook valley.
The razorback between little bally and bally mtn has a track across it and is quite a thrill - quite like the Cougal Razorback but a little more exposed, but not as high (still a very lethal fall though).
The razorback pointing east as seen in most of the literature I have not been able to get to as yet. It looks simple enough to get to, but.. well it always looks simple.