Well our training was interrupted by Cyclone Debbie who wreaked havoc on the whole Whitsunday/ Mackay area so we have been unable to finish the walk because the trail was closed. We are still unsure if is open but we are heading down to check it out, so fingers crossed.
We wanted to get on trail early and Crediton Hall was four hours from home, so we decided to leave on Saturday night and drive to Crediton Hall. It would mean we would arrive after dark and have to set up camp in the dark with the only light coming from our new headlamps. So on arrival, we donned our headlamps and proceeded to set up the tent, from whoa to go in less than 15minutes. The tent went up easy and effortlessly. For ease of erecting the tent , David’s hours of research has paid of.
We worked out that it was about 26km to Denham Range campsite and the brochure indicated that it was a challenging track with long difficult descend , so we wanted to give ourselves plenty of time. Well it was challenging made worse by the track being damaged by the cyclone .
The day started with us unable to find the trailhead, we left Crediton Hall, followed a farm road until the road finished with a gate with a huge bull on the other side. Neither David or I wanted to take on the bull so we hunted around to see where else the trail could be. We had been warned that the trail had been quiet effected by the cyclone and only rudimentary maintenance had been done. After a few false starts we eventually found the trail hidden by a few fallen trees and obscured by other cyclone debris. The morning was slow going numerous times David had to scout ahead to find the trail.
Although cyclone damage was very evident the bushland was still very beautiful. Going was slow with a few exciting adventures climbing over and around build up of trees, and rubble, including having to climb over a huge fallen tree which came up to waist height.
Lunchtime found us on a forrestry track rather than the small walking track we had been following. We stopped and laid out my new Matador ground sheet (love this product perfect for on trail lunch breaks). I sat down and took of my shoes and gaiters, both were full of blood and little fat leeches, it was a bit confronting. They certainly had a good feed then had fallen off, it was a bit yucky but a quick rinse and all ok. Will have to watch.
What was suppose to be a 25km hike ended up closer to 30km and very slow going. Don’t know where we went wrong but it was starting to get dark and we were both getting a little worried, when we stumbled upon the camp site.We were both spent. The last 5-6 km of trail was actually a four wheel drive track which sounds easy but the track was up and down like a roller coaster ride and we both had aching feet. However the trail rewarded our perseverance with an amazing campsite. Perched on the top of a mountain, looking out over the Denham ranges. We pitched the tent near the edge and made dinner by headlight. I know this sounds silly because this is really only our first camping/hiking adventure but I truly believe this is who I am meant to be, this is where I’m meant to be.