Section Three – Collinsville to Kabra

Overview

Still following the inland rivers, the Trail heads to Eungella Dam and Nebo before joining the little used wagon road over Connors Range to the coast at St. Lawrence. The Trail crosses the coastal saline flats before heading inland along another old stock route that follows the Fitzroy River west of Rockhampton. This section is more closely settled with travelling suited to most forms of travel. Crocodiles have been sighted as far south as the Fitzroy River.

Location Map GB3

Location Map Guidebook 3

Rating

Moderate. Recommended for experienced trekkers only.

Climate

Hot, humid summer, warm winter in coastal areas.

Hot, dry summer, warm winter in inland areas. Nights may be cool in winter.

Break camp early and avoid travel during the heat of the early afternoon. Best time to travel is April through to November.

Terrain

Significant climbs at Eungella Dam (Map 5) and Connors Range (Maps 12 & 13). Remainder flat to undulating.

Navigation

Not particularly difficult, but a harsh, remote environment. Virtually all suitable for mountain bikes, horsedrawn vehicles and support vehicles. The short sections which are not suitable are easily gone around

Water

Generally adequate during the wet and early part of the dry season.

Planning Considerations

The best time to travel this section is from about April through November although rainfall (or lack of it) may dictate a shorter trekking season. Grass and water are usually abundant in the early parts of the dry season, becoming scarcer towards the end of August. Availability after August depends on more rain.

Cyclists

Just south of Collinsville the Trail crosses the Bowen River with a minor obstacle to bicycles when the water level is low. Cyclists should detour around the Connors Range, west of St Lawrence, rather than attempt the very rough track. The rest of this section is suitable for mountain bikes.

Recollections

I climbed up over the Thornton Ranges and from some of the peaks I could look down on the lagoons of the Coral Sea. Once on the crest of the ranges I could see my next port of call some

Danny Seymour

1973

[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

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