Section Seven – Killarney to Ebor

Overview

This section traverses rugged remote country just east of the Great Dividing Range, following the Demon Fault Line. The route is well watered but long climbs require a high level of fitness in walkers, riders and horses. There is a great variety of scenery and access to several national parks including Bald Rock, Gibralter Range and the rainforest wilderness of Walshpool National Park is nearby. A special feature is the most remote part of the Trail, following the Guy Fawkes River through the Guy Fawkes National Park. The higher parts can be bitterly cold in winter and the best time is after the spring rains. There are no facilities on the Trail between Killarney and Ebor, although access is readily available to nearby towns.

Location map GB7

Location Map Guidebook 7

Rating

Challenging. This section should not be travelled alone.

Climate

Temperate – warm summer, cool winter. The higher parts, particularly around Ebor, may experience snow in winter but in the valleys it is much milder. The reverse applies in summer with the valleys hot, but pleasantly mild at higher altitudes. Avoid travelling in the heat of the day.

Terrain

This section of the Trail traverses rugged remote country just east of the Great Dividing Range, following the Demon Fault line. There are some very challenging steep climbs requiring some level of fitness in travellers.

Navigation

Carry a map and compass and know how to use them.

Water

Well watered.

Planning Considerations

There are no facilities on the Trail between Killarney and Ebor so trekkers must be prepared to be self sufficient for this entire section.

Winter frosts burn off the grass so horse travel is best done after early spring rains raise new growth.

TSR Permits

Much of this section follows travelling stock reserves (TSR). Most campsites are on TSRs where Permits are required for camping. See the downloads page for more information.

Cyclists

The mountainous terrain makes almost all of this section difficult for mountain bikes. If you are very determined and prepared for much carrying and pushing of your bike it is possible to follow the Trail but most will find the Timbarra (Rocky) River and the Guy Fawkes River far too difficult and time consuming. The Trail through this part traverses wild country half way between the New England Highway and the coast. It is clear from looking at a road map that there are no roads heading north-south through this part of the country and those with little time may prefer to avoid this whole section by following the New England Highway from Tenterfield through Glen Innes to Armidale on the western side of the Trail. Alternative routes for cyclists are contained in the Guidebook and Route Updates.

Weeds are also a problem in this section and are often in excess of two metres high, blocking all vision of the surroundings and Trail.

Recollections

[We] cycled here heading north. We struggled a great deal up the hill in the dark and it rained throughout the night. This hut saved us from a miserable night – out of the rain, cold and winds. It was

From the visitor's book

2014

Second night’s camp was the BNT shelter on the western side of Musket Flat. This great asset for the Trail was provided by Fraser Coast Regional Council some years ago and it has been a welcome stopping point for many

Dave McLeod

2012

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