81 km Double-Marathon Mud, Run for the Mary River, September 2008

Lindsay TitmarshI recently met the very interesting local legend ‘Lindsay Titmarsh’ at a talk on dingoes at the Hervey Bay Community Centre. I took a photo of Lindsay holding a paper article with a picture of himself in his 20’s and a very interesting editorial he wrote on dingoes, ‘Living with the Wild Ones’. Noticing that I was into fitness Lindsay told me about his massive history making 81km mega ‘ultra’ marathon run he did when he was 60. It was his way of saying “No” to the proposed dam on the Mary River on Sunday, 7 September, 2008. I found it so interesting, impressive and inspiring I have asked him to forward his account of the event, which he has, so that I can share it with the public in this blog story. We’ve also made tentative plans to possibly go wild pig spotting together on his mangrove islands and to have a look around his property ‘Tandora’, so that should be another interesting blog story!

Lindsay Titmarsh Mary & SusanLindsay also kindly gave me one of his books ‘Mary & Susan’ Sister Rivers of the Fraser Coast and autographed it for me. The images and photographs are so magical and it is full of awesome and educational history!

To visit a place on this overcrowded planet of ours, where no other person has ever been, should certainly give the lucky participant a thrill. So it is when I venture out into the largely unexplored wilderness of the combined estuary of the Mary and Susan Rivers. Viewing an ancient, twisted mangrove tree for the very first time or standing in a few square metres of open mud in an otherwise seemingly endless scrub, is just magic.

He has also published another book being:

Tandora – A Pioneer’s Dream The author presents 36 chapters of ‘no holds barred’ interesting reading that has something for everyone. Droughts, floods, dingoes, wild pigs, horses, cattle, birds, trees, earthworks are just some of the topics explored.

Lindsay TitmarshRead more in full here of Lindsay’s massive effort and Erica’s report here!

Some people write letters, some people attend rallies, but for Lindsay Titmarsh of Tandora, a history making 81km mega marathon run was his way of saying “No” to the proposed dam on the Mary River on Sunday, 7 September, 2008. “I live with my family at Tandora, the only property situated beside the estuary of the Mary River. Having lived here for just over 100 years, we have seen the watercourse change dramatically in that time,” explains Mr Titmarsh. “For all of my life I have looked at the two hilly headlands, North Head and South Head, which are only one kilometre apart and form the mouth of the Mary River. Nobody has ever traveled on foot from one headland to the other. “I’ve wanted to be the first to do this run for years. The threat of a dam on the Mary River has given me the extra motivation to go ahead with my plans this year, a couple of weeks after my 60th birthday. I hope it will draw attention to the importance of the Mary River for the estuary and for the communities that live along it’s length.”I hope my run will help us prevent the damming of the Mary.”

 

 

O’Reillys Rainforest Retreat – We’re on the Road to No Where!

Some pictures from my trip to O’Reillys Rainforest Retreat last weekend.

In rainforest I am definitely, “In my element – You are where you should be and you fit in. You’re in your zone and no one can stop your game.”

I went down for a 35km paid hike to the Stinson plane crash, which is supposedly being rescheduled due our inebriated tour guide getting us, a group of eleven completely lost!

We walked lost in circles for 9km and 7.5hrs once away from Echo point and were told prior to our walk by the guide we would not even be going to the Stinson crash site, which is why we were there?

O’Reillys General Manager Shane O’Reilly stated to me on the phone they went through after our hike and the track was not even cleared so none of the group would have made the hike anyway, aside from the fact that the guide was drinking heavily the night prior, also took four bottles of wine on the hike and not knowing where to go.

O’Reillys proudly boasts 100 years of hiking this route, yet does not know the accessibility or check the tracks condition before advertising paid hikes to the public?

I have reached an agreement with O’Reillys Rainforest Retreat General Manager Shane O’Reilly in relation to remuneration for the inconvenience and dangerous situation, that I am now satisfied with.

It appears General Manager Shane O’Reilly has reneged and is not extending the offer of a free walk to me anymore …..

Positives of the hike, I met a lot of nice people & still hiked 25km mainly in circles. Here is an awesome clip made by one of the hikers  … ‘We’re on the Road to No Where!’

I also went to Buderim Falls,  Kondalilla Falls, Mapleton Falls & climbed Mt Cooroora at Pomona. Whilst I was away two of my photos were used in the background on Hannah McEwan’s weather segment on WIN News Wide Bay. How very exciting ….

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Some more images from a photography tour on went on with / for Palace Adventures last weekend on Fraser Island!

Fraser Island Marathon “The run so good they had to ban it!”

UPDATE: Letter John Glaister | Director-General (Seems the Minister has passed my questions even higher).
FINALLY CONFIRMATION: THERE IS NO SPECIFIC PENALTY FOR A PERSON RUNNING ON FRASER ISLAND!!! YAY!
Obviously there is no ‘Fraser Island Marathon’ event now and no permit, but on the upside it appears one could still possibly enjoy running on the Island at their own leisure and own choice of whether there is a ‘personal safety risk’ keeping in mind the dingo safety rules, whether they are in a dingo prone area or not & most importantly ‘stick to groups’!!

 

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Mt Warning – near the Queensland border 1,156 m

Mt Warning 1,156 m (3,793 ft) above sea level, near the Queensland border.
9km, return walk took me 2:25mins, 1420 calories burn’t.
What a magical spiritual experience, beautiful rainforest the whole way, I’ll definitely be climbing this mountain again!

Mount Kosciuszko – Australia’s Highest Mountain 2,228 m

Today I climbed Mount Kosciuszko!

2,228 metres (7,310 ft) above sea level, Australia’s Highest Mountain
Distance: 22km (loop) – Charlotte Pass to Blue Lake, Main Range & Summit Walk home. 2535 calories burnt.
It was freezing at the top, you can hear the wind in the clip, magical scenery, saw one black centipede, one black crow and a finch.
I was also visited the Australian War Memorial and Parliament House in Canberra before the Mountain hike.
I even phoned the Environmental Ministers office to discuss the new QPWS ‘Do Not Run’ rule on Fraser Island, State Member Steven Miles wasn’t in today so I spoke directly to the Federal Environmental Ministers office of Greg Hunt and advised of the situation …. more info here!
Check out our awesome stretcher tents, so comfy, my portable investment home!
The night before the climb we camped at Island Bend and had 80km winds in the snowy mountains nearly lifting our tents off the ground for about seven hours!
I’m sure I got about 2 hrs sleep before my morning assault on the mountain! Failure is NOT an Option!

EVENT UPDATE FRASER ISLAND MARATHON: PERMIT REFUSED “The run so good they had to ban it!”

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DUE TO NEW (Late Jan 2015) DINGO SAFETY RULES: DO NOT RUN. RUNNING OR JOGGING CAN TRIGGER NEGATIVE DINGO INTERACTION.
– MINISTERS OFFICE: I’m still waiting on a response from the new minister’s office on – What is the current governments view / stance on this?
– COMMUNICATION FROM TEAM LEADER | SOUTHERN TOURISM AND RECREATION PERMITS:
I have forwarded your questions onto the appropriate officers (Rangers) for a reply.
These matters do not have any bearing on the basis of the decision, which is that the safety communication had changed and any permit must be consistent with these messages.
– FRASER COAST MAYOR: No response
– QUESTIONS STILL TO BE ANSWERED:
• These questions do have a bearing and big impact as to what people can do on the island.
If I am doing my community hikes I will need to advise people very specifically of the new dingo rules and any repercussions or possible fines.
If due to gravity I engage in a light downhill jog on one of the many steep hills, I want to know the rules.
• Could you please also specifically respond as to why the dingo safety rule changed when the reported women had slowed to a walk and were standing still for a period of time before the actual attack?
I need to clearly and specifically understand with evidence why this is different to dingo attacks in relation to walking, camping, swimming and passing out in the bush.
• What are the repercussions if you are caught ‘trail running or jogging’ in the national park?
• Will rangers be issuing a fine?
• Do they have the authority to do this and if so how much?
• What is the different to walking in groups or running in groups?
• There has been numerous attacks on walkers and people standing still plus in groups so why is walking not banned or listed as triggering negative behaviour also?
• If a dingo attacks a child will we be fining or reprimanding the parent that ‘runs’ to their aid?
• Will fines be issued to the parents of children that ‘run’ on the beach or play on Fraser Island.
I feel your current (FIDCRMS) are extremely misleading to the public and should be more specific and include years of evidence on the Island –
• “Do not walk. There have been many cases with significant evidence of walking triggering a negative dingo interaction and people have been bitten and attacked”.
• “Do not pass out drunk. There have been many cases with significant evidence of passing out drunk triggering a negative dingo interaction and people have been bitten and attacked”.
(Sufficient evidence of an attack – Jul 30, 2012 – German tourist who was attacked by dingoes on Fraser Island)
• “Do not swim. There have been many cases with significant evidence of swimming triggering a negative dingo interaction and people have been lunged at and attacked”.
(Sufficient evidence of an attack – were a dingo was killed that lunged at the girl swimming at Eli creek in Jan 2015)
• “Do not run in the vicinity of dingo prone areas as per areas of concern mentioned on the Fraser Islands Conditions report” (being up top on the other side of the island to the proposed course)
So what exactly is the risk?
Recent history of dingo attacks has, as far as we know, centred on areas where people stay overnight, cooking food and in some cases feeding dingos, a situation which can encourage dingo aggression.
Organised runs on Fraser Island have a long history starting in the 1980s.
The routes are away from risk areas like campsites, mostly on remote trails.
To my knowledge there have been no dingo attacks during organised runs.
For this new Fraser Island run we had planned participant briefings and advised runners to run in pairs or larger groups, on encountering a dingo to stop and face the dingo. Since there are many runners in a race any stopped group will shortly be joined by others. These precautions ensure the risk is much lower than that presenting for campers at the main island overnight sites.
Parks staff may well know more details about dingo behaviour, but a necessary step before imposing extreme strategies is public consultation and scrutiny of the evidence. Because this strategy affects public events on Fraser Island it has long term implications for the public perceptions of the island’s safety and tourism industry. If the island is not safe for an organised and supported run, how safe will remote walkers feel? How soon before you have to ban camping? or swimming at high visitor areas?
A big THANK YOU to everyone for your support to date and the valuable time you have invested into this AWESOME event (Excluding Qld Parks, what a hideous Experience!), the whole event had been organised in the background and was pretty much ready to go (with Qld Parks not advising they were looking at changing the dingo safety rules the whole time). Thanks to my fitness & hiking / adventure friends, all businesses involved, TRAQ, especially Greg Waite (Co-founder TRAQ), Fraser Coast SES, Kingfisher Bay Resort, 4 Week Program, Design House, Graphic Screen Printing, Bay City Engraving, the official confirmed volunteers …. stay tuned folks there is talk of a “PROTEST RUN!”

More info here!

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Stay tuned and “Happy Power Walking” ……

UPDATE 17.02.2015;  ON HOLD – PERMIT REFUSED

Due to a NEW Fraser Island Dingo Conservation and Risk Management Strategy (FIDCRMS)  – DO NOT RUN. RUNNING OR JOGGING CAN TRIGGER NEGATIVE DINGO INTERACTION. – Introduced by QLD Parks after the third week in January 2015.
I am still corresponding with Qld Parks on numerous questions that need specific clarification and will advise.
I will also be communicating direct with the Ministers office now that they are out of care taker mode.

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OFFICIAL COMPLAINT: NEW DINGO SAFETY RULES | FRASER ISLAND MARATHON |  PRESS RELEASE

I have been advised in person by Matt Davies | Visitor Management from Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service via a phone call , 4 February 2015 at 11:30am that there is new dingo Safety Rules; BEING DO NOT RUN. RUNNING OR JOGGING CAN TRIGGER NEGATIVE DINGO INTERACTION.
I have also been informed they will now not be issuing a permit for my Fraser Island Marathon Event Proposed for the 19th of July 2015 as it will contradict their new rules. An email is supposed to be sent at some stage ….  2 days on and still no notice?????

  • I am extremely interested as to how Qld Parks intend to maintain this Policy?
    Especially as there is no evidence that runners are at more of a risk. Attacks have happened to a range of visitors, the two women attacked in October 2014 were not running at the time – this is the really important point, running is simply not relevant to risk of attack. Qld Parks really need to have a rethink as this is clear discrimination and I cannot see how they will be able to defend this Policy.
    The new policy banning running is simply not appropriate, and makes the Park service look amateurish and unrealistic.
  • 10647106_387231901432673_5765589970881632444_nI have been working towards this event for six months, Parks have been supportive, we had a plan in place to manage the dingo risk and confidence in it. My Marathon Proposal has all the relevant processes in place to make people safe. Importantly the risk for an event falls on the event organiser, not Parks; I am a local, I understand the risks and we have them covered, including briefing entrants before the run.
  • 10636258_715980451825684_2583485308637997144_nEvents like this also bring important benefits: publicity for the region, future visitors, money injected into the local community / Fraser Island and promoting healthy activity regionally (The Fraser Coast has 65% of people being either obese or overweight) – all this will be lost.
  • I have applied for an internal review of the decision, lodged a formal complaint and will be speaking direct to the Minister for National Parks, Recreation, Sport who has been contacted. I have also asked for a comment from our State Member who’s office has contacted me and the Mayor. I have also contacted the Butchulla People & Queesnland South Native Title Services  about any New Native Title requirements that may need to be respected or adhered to in relation to the Great Walk Tracks.

This isn’t something we would deal with and can’t see how Native Title would impact your application to hold your event.
Erin Lang | Administration Officer – Legal
Queensland South Native Title Services

  • FIMI was told by Matt they on the 4 February 2015 Qld Parks have been discussing these new rules since before Christmas with Matt even telling me to apply for my permit plus I also had a face to face appointment with Matt to discuss all aspects of the race including my eight page safety contingency plan and six page proposal during this time frame / period. It is my belief that Qld Parks should have disclosed these new impending rules to me and been honest before I applied the permit application. I have also been advised in writing my application fee is not refundable. (We will see about that)Matt only made contact via phone when I emailed on the 4th “Are you not getting my emails, I’m not getting a reply?” …. numerous time was spent asking Matt to answer emails throughout the process ….
    On Wednesday, 24 December 2014  Matt approved for a notice to go up to advertise the event was coming on social media, even though Parks was discussing in the background to implement new dingo safety rules of no running on Fraser Island unbeknown to me ….quote Matt “Yes I’m comfortable with this going up given the dates and exact location are not mentioned.”


Sent:
Wednesday, 4 February 2015 12:08 PM
To: Jeanette Maynes
Cc: Sunshine Fraser Permits
Subject: RE: Dingo Safety Rules

Hi Jeanette,

It is really important for you to thoroughly read through the Information Notice that will be sent to you today or tomorrow. This notice includes review and repeal provisions should you wish to take that course of action. This is standard procedure that we need to follow in relation to your application. Permit fee is refundable but not application fee.

2 days on and still no notice?????     Notice eventually received …..

  • Total of invoice complied for compensation to lodge with an Official Complaint at the Queensland Minister for National Parks, Recreation, Sport dues to Qld Parks staff not being upfront since before Christmas in relation to the impending new dingo safety rules / policy that would affect the event.

– 5 hrs writing all website pages and race terms & conditions / legalities, (10 Pages)
– 2hrs liaisoning with Kingfisher Bay resort, including phone calls, emails
– 5hrs liaisoning with TRAQ, including phone calls, emails, safety contingency plan
– 1hrs liaisoning with SES, Fraser Island Police & Ambulance, including phone calls, emails
– 5hrs creating risk safety management plan (eight pages) as per Matt from Qld Parks request to provide
– 3hrs creating Marathon Proposal (Five Pages) as per Matt from Qld Parks request to provide
– 1 hr organising finishers shirts and the artwork design
– 1hr organizing finishers medals
– 2hrs organising insurance, underwriters reviewing race terms & conditions / legalities, including phone calls, emails
– 10hrs, logo design, poster, social media design, website template as per Qld Parks approval in writing to advertise upcoming event
35hrs @ $100 + gst per hour = $3,500 + gst

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  • On the 13th of January I was contacted by a Claire Wright | Ranger, Visitor Management, “As Matt indicated I have experience in assessing competitive running events in protected areas and already have some ideas to run past you. My intention is to work collaboratively with you over the coming months so that the event can be delivered safely and productively and that your permit facilitates this to best effect. As you are well aware Fraser Island presents unique challenges, particularly with regard to visitor safety and experiences. I  will call you for a bit of an initial chat when I get back from leave next week but in the meantime we are looking at a tentative date to visit Hervey Bay and meet with you of Friday February 6th.”(I was initially informed the permit would be all finalised in January)……..”– the permit would be approved sometime after the meeting on 6th as our visit up to meet with you forms part of our assessment process.  There is a certain level of detail required for your permit and this will take a little time but please be assured the more time spent in planning  the event and having  this properly represented in a workable and helpful permit the better. (13th of January)”…..” I always intended to speak with you on the phone prior to our meeting on 6th  ……. What I can confirm is that there is no other event booked in for that location on that date at this stage and I will ensure the day is kept reserved pending your assessment . (19th of January)” ….”QPWS and this Region  is supportive of the utilisation of Great Walks and is working positively with groups to promote running events, but Fraser Island is unique in terms of being home to dingoes and the delivery of Dingo- safe public contact messages must necessarily be factored into the assessment of your permit application. I am not able to comment further at this stage but will endeavour not to keep you waiting any longer than absolutely necessary. (21st of January)”…..”
    ……. on 4 February 2015 I emailed Claire to confirm our appointment time for the 6th and have heard nothing nor did she ever ring me as she said she would in numerous emails. I have been completely led on by Qld Parks in relation to my event.
  • The proposed Marathon course is on the other / Western side of the island and is not even in the main dingo prone areas of concern being Happy Valley, Eli Creek, The Maheno, K’gari, Cathedral Beach, The Pinnacles, Burad to Indian Head and Waddy Point to Duling including Orchid beach.
  • I have not seen a dingo once on any Fraser Island track in any of my hikes being – 2 x Z Force 10km, 15 x Lake McKenzie 20km, 1 x Eurong 28km, 2 x Eurong 56km and 1 x 90km Dilli Village to Happy Valley.
    That’s 550km of Fraser Island walked / run on foot and not one single dingo ever seen on the Great Walk track.
  • I have asked Matt from Qld Parks on the 4 February 2015 to forward the New Dingo Safety Brochure plus the exact new ruling / wording / policy.
    What exact date where the rules / policy were implemented / approved / changed?
    What are the repercussions if you are caught ‘trail running or jogging’ in the national park?
    Will rangers be issuing a fine? Do they have the authority to do this and if so how much?
    Will this be consistent across the island eg. at campsites, kids playing on the beach, etc.
    I have not received a response to date …..
  • It’s interesting to note the two sisters attacked on the other side of the island nowhere near the proposed marathon course weren’t even running when attacked, they were standing still?
    “The sisters, both mothers-of-two, were about 1km from their holiday unit at Yidney Rocks when they slowed to a walk after the dingoes began watching them and growling. “We knew it was bad. We stood tall and shoulder to shoulder and stayed still and stared them in the eye, which they say is the best thing to do,” Ms McGovern said….. more info here
  • Could Qld Parks please explain the difference between a dingo attack on a walker or a dingo attack on a jogger standing still?
  • If runners and joggers are not allowed to enjoy the Fraser Island Great Walk & hiking tracks how is that different to walkers and all national / international tourists. Fair is fair, same rules for all?
  • QLD Parks website reads:
    “Walk in groups – People walking alone on Fraser Island have been threatened and bitten by dingoes.” …. So the new 2015 dingo safety measures are to ban running & jogging in groups, but you can still walk even though walkers are bitten by dingoes as per their website?
  • As a dingo was killed that lunged at the girl swimming at Eli creek in Jan 2015, will we also be banning all swimming and visits to popular waterholes for dingo safety rules on Fraser Island? More info here
  • If a dingo attacks a child will we be fining the parent that ‘runs’ to their aid?
  • Will fines be issued to the parents of children that ‘run’ on the beach or play on Fraser Island.
  • I feel you have more chance of being attacked by a dog walking your local streets
  • I wonder about the dingo safety contingency plan for the Australian Outback Marathon at Ayers Rock / Uluru, isn’t there dingos there too, they seem to manage?

“I don’t feel running / jogging or walking is necessary an issue unless at dawn or dusk more so on the eastern beach as this is the dingoes natural food foraging time”
– Ray Revill | Fraser Coast Wildlife Sanctuary

dingo 1Maybe it’s time we discuss the real issue here being the safety and fun of all; humans and dingoes.
AND IMPLEMENT A SOLUTION!

  • Dingos should be being fed.
    That fact they are not and are starved completely contradicts Qlds Parks latest “Working on Fraser Island” potential employee information image here clearly stating “Conservation of the Fraser Island dingo is of national significance”
  • Should the dingos perhaps be in some sort of large enclosure separated from humans? Problem Solved?
  • IMG_4899Would this work as they are territorial? Perhaps two or three enclosures could work?
  • They could be a possible tourist attraction where safe selfies could be taken from outside a fence during feeding times. Starvation Problem Solved?
  • As the Fraser Island dingoes are nearly extinct (experts suggest less than 100 exist) should we be starting an immediate breeding program?…..to quote Qld Parks again “Conservation of the Fraser Island dingo is of national significance”
  • Should it be compulsory for all tourists to tick a terms and conditions box when purchasing their barge ticket acknowledging they are entering dingos natural territory and do so at their own risk accepting all responsibility for themselves and their children?
  • Should those that break the dingo safety rules be fined?
    This money could be spent on food for the starving dingoes!

Big Woody Island Middle Bluff Lighthouse

Some pics we took the other day when my mate Carol and I decided to explore Big Woody Island and Middle Bluff Lighthouse heritage listed in 1866. We walked about 1.5km along the rock lined tracked (with 100’s of spiders & their webs) then scaled down a cliff face to walk back to the boat via the beach.

Big Woody Island Middle Bluff Lighthouse

Relive the fascinating history of Queensland’s early light keepers as you explore around the lighthouses. Follow the walking track up to the Middle Bluff Lighthouse from the Gas Shed. For your safety, please do not enter or climb on the lighthouse complex structures. A rock-lined track once linked the Middle Bluff Lighthouse to the North Bluff Lighthouse. The track can now only be seen in places and is not sign posted.
[More info here]

Some interesting images here.
Woody Island Lighthouses & Ancillary Building Site – Interesting History here.

Some interesting images here. (Pictured below)
“A call for tenders for the construction of lighthouses and a lightkeeper’s cottage on Woody Island was advertised in the Maryborough Chronicle on 26 May 1866. ….. John Simpson was appointed as the first lightkeeper of Woody Island and the lighthouses became operational on 1 October 1867.  Simpson, remained at Woody Island until 1870, when he was transferred to the Sandy Cape Lightstation. Simpson’s replacement was Peter Hardie, lightkeeper, who remained on Woody Island until 1897. In 1883, Hardie’s daughter, Sarah May Hardie, died of lung congestion and was buried south of North Bluff. It is thought that a number of other unmarked graves are located in the area.
Woody Island Lighthouses & Ancillary Building Site – Interesting History here.

Fraser Island Marathon 2015!

“If You Ain’t On Fraser, You Ain’t No Where!”

I am proud to announce I am the organiser & Race Director of the 2015 Fraser Island Marathon.

LATEST UPDATE – PROPOSED RACE DATE SUNDAY 19th JULY 2015

• EVENT PENDING (EARLY MARCH): proposed route confirmation & final plotting – waiting for fire bans to lift, numbers confirmation and further meetings with Parks for final authority assessments & permit finalisation. Without this permit, as per Parks time frame above (which has extended from January 2015) the event will not go ahead.

• LATE MARCH (Pending Parks Assessment & Permit Approved or Not) – TICKETS MAY GO ON SALE!!!!
(Exact ticket release date to be advised – will now need to consider if viable to proceed with the event this year due to new minimal time frame for marketing and sales)

• No more details can be advised till final permit approval. Sorry.

• Stay tuned, happy training and thank you for your support!

– Jeanette Maynes “The Motivator”

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Race DATE & EVENT details announced early 2015!
This will be one of the Most EXCITING, ADVENTUROUS & PICTURESQUE EXTREME Marathons in the ENTIRE World!
Explore the world’s largest sand island on foot – 42km or 25km option of Non Stop Hills, Soft Sand, Eucalyptus Woodland, Pristine Lakes & Magical Rainforest!
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90km Fraser Island Great Walk in 2.5days!

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What an awesome five day Adventure on Fraser Island!!!
We walked the 90km Fraser Island Great Walk in just 2.5 days!
(Myself, Carol, Susie & Tash – the Awesome Foursome!)

Starting at Dilli Village 6:30am on Friday morning, we trail walked through the amazing surrounds to Happy Valley by Sunday lunch 12noon! Staying at Lake Wabby via Central Station the first night on the track and Valley of the Giants the second night.

1795218_10152800835797277_9031225481823971146_oA big thank you to RANGO our support crew for looking after us and bringing the supplies into remote areas each day to ‘Rango’s Angels!’  (bedding, tents, food, clothes & BEER!)
We couldn’t have done this sensational achievement without you and your awesome jokes! (I don’t get it?)

A big thanks also to Carol for her excellent organisation skills with the trip / accommodation plus her vehicle got smashed and another vehicle pulling out the week prior, so with some quick genius work from her we still pulled the trip off! Really appreciated by all involved with the epic recovery and two new support 4WD’s!

Best Adventure to date I think, just absolutely breath takingly beautiful and challenging the whole way with nonstop hills, soft sand, and magical nature to immerse yourself in – eucalyptus woodland, rainforests, sand blows /dunes and pristine lakes!

1st day was 42km a trail marathon, day two 26.5km – 29km, day three 16.5km straight to the bar at Happy Valley for a burger and beers!

We saw a few animals – three dingos, a few goanna’s, lots of butterflies, I nearly ran over a small black snake, and an owl followed us for about 5km plus a dingo even tried to eat my dencorub!

Carol & I also took a power pack so we could charge up the iphones to use runkeeper over the few days.

I burnt 9,445 calories during the week!

Fraser Island –  is a heritage-listed island located along the southern coast of Queensland, Australia, approximately 200 kilometres (120 mi) north of Brisbane. Its length is about 120 kilometres (75 mi) and its width is approximately 24 kilometres (15 mi). It was inscribed as a World Heritage site in 1992. The island is considered to be the largest sand island in the world at 1840 km². It is also Queensland’s largest island, Australia’s sixth largest island and the largest island on the East Coast of Australia.

The Maheno – is the most famous of Fraser Island’s wrecks and has become a landmark attraction. Built in 1905, the SS Maheno was one of the first turbine-driven steamers. She plied a regular route between Sydney and Auckland until she was commissioned as a hospital ship in Europe during World War One. She also served in the Mediterranean and the Red Sea.

In 1935, she and her sister ship the Oonah were sold to Japan for scrap.
The rudders of the boats were removed and they were being towed to Japan. When they reached Queensland Waters, a cyclonic storm snapped the tow chain and the Maheno drifted helplessly onto Fraser Island’s ocean beach.

Eli Creek – the largest creek on the eastern beach of Fraser Island, pours up to four million litres of clear, fresh water into the ocean every hour.

Lake McKenzie – has an area of 150 hectares and is just over 5 metres (16 ft) in depth. The beach sand of Lake McKenzie is nearly pure silica. It is a perched lake sitting on top of compact sand and vegetable matter 100 metres (330 ft) above sea level.

Lake Boomanjin – Another perched lake on the island is  which at 200 hectares in size, is the largest perched lake in the world. In total there are 40 perched lakes on the island, half of all known lakes of this kind on the planet. Lake Boomanjin is fed by two creeks that pass through a wallum swamp where it collects tannins which tint the water red.

Lake Wabby – is the deepest lake on the island, at 12 metres (39 ft) in depth and also the least acidic which means it has the most aquatic life of all the lakes….. More info here.

Wanggoolba Creek is a fresh water creek on Fraser Island with its source in the Pile Valley and mouth on the Western shores of the island. Wanggoolba Creek at Central Station is a popular tourist destination due to the crystal clear waters flowing over white sand through a rainforest valley.

The Flora of Fraser Island is unique and diverse. More than 865 species of plants thrive on the island. It is the only place on Earth where tall rainforest grows in sand. The island contains the largest extent of wallum heath remnants in Queensland. In Pile Valley, 1,000 year old rough-barked satinays are found. Despite being logged the kauri pines dominate in some areas. Scribbly gums, red gums, piccabeen palms, Blue Quandong, brush box and pandanus all grow on Fraser Island.
[Info via – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fraser_Island]

WOW AGAIN!! I’ve already planned the next few hikes over there in my head, just can’t get enough of the place!!

[Images via Jeanette, Susie & Carol – Digital cameras, iPhones & GoPros!]
Fraser Island Great Walk map here Fraser Island Great Walk topographic map (PDF, 2.3M)*.
Click on thumbnail to enlarge images.

Pomona King of the Mountain

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10669003_880584225298831_3556877164980287351_oYesterday I entered the Pomona King of the Mountain Race and I’m feeling it today!
A good sore all over – legs, arms, shoulders, back; talk about the Ultimate Workout and Awesome Fun!

I went with a friend who participated in the Zinc 96.1FM Mountain Dash 2.8km before the main race. I also got chatting to Sarah Mycroft who is the first woman to run continuously around Australia, and went in the race at the last minute too! It’s Excellent to be among and meet so many friendly and like minded people!

The main race at 3pm, The Bendigo Bank International Mountain Challenge, is a steep, almost vertical climb up the mountain, 4.2km race to the top of the 439 metres high mountain and back.
I came 88th out of 100 competitors in 52:20mins = 650 calories ✔

Looking at the Splits on Runkeeper I took  34:57 mins to pretty much crawl to the top and 17:23mins to get back down to the finish line.

On the way down one of the volunteers asked me if I had ‘Jelly Legs’ yet?
I thought hardly, I’d been up and down the mountain about seven times before without ‘Jelly Legs’ but certainly not at this pace!
Opps spoke to soon, as I hit the the base of the mountain to run home ‘Jelly Legs’ totally kicked in, now I knew what he meant.
I had to really concentrate as I didn’t have control of my legs like I normally did, they went abit numb also, quite an unusual feeling!

Bendigo Bank International Mountain Challenge Winners:
Men
1st Ben Duffus – 23.47
2nd Lance Downie 26.16
3rd Aaron Knight 26.26

Women
1st Kim Beckinsale 31.11
2nd Leslie Saunders 31.39
3rd Shona Stephenson 33.37
Check out the results here !

What an Awesome Event! So well organised! Sensational Volunteers & Supporters!!!
Just loving my calf burn today!
See you next year!
Keep up the good work Barry!
Talk about Livin’ the Dream, couldn’t think of anything else I’d rather do on that Sunday arvie!

Pomona King of the Mountain Facebook page HERE and the history of the race HERE!

[Some of the image are by Simon Green, Michael Leadbetter and the Sunshine Coast Daily]

JAIL 2 JUSTICE WALK DERRYN HINCH

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More info here, here and here from after the walk.

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10361997_10152317452388673_2832631163909102899_n“Until I decided to walk 180km from Langi Kal Kal Prison to Melbourne  in my Jail 2 Justice campaign the longest I had walked in years was in Hervey Bay – from the caravan park to the pier and back.

That’s why it is somehow fitting that there is a Hervey Bay connection this weekend with my campaign through your Enzo’s to the Pier and return. I am honoured  that Jeanette Maynes suggested to me that her free community walk should be a 10km Queensland celebration of ours.

The goal of Jail 2 Justice is twofold. To honour the families of the victims of crime. To ‘walk a mile in their shoes’. And to draw attention to my petition for a national public register of convicted sex offenders. When I was released from jail in March we had 43,000  signatures. That figure has grown by more than 80,000  to 115,000.

The campaign, and the walk,  have a strong Queensland  connection. On the final day, next Monday, we walk from Brunswick – where Jill Meagher was killed – to Parliament House in Melbourne to present the petition  to  Victorian  Premier Denis Napthine.

Joining me on that final stage will be Daniel Morcombe’s  mum and dad, Denise and Bruce Morcombe. This amazing couple have endorsed my campaign.

Thanks for taking part this weekend. I believe Australian  parents are angry, frustrated and scared about their children’s futures. A new national law, outlined in my petition, is a start.”

Derryn Hinch
Ballan
Victoria
May 20, 2014

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THIS IS AN APPEAL to police, to the courts, to the child welfare authorities, to the so-called protectors of this community. It is an appeal to sanity. And if I don’t do this, I will never be able to forgive myself if something awful happens to another child. And, believe me, it will.” – Derryn Hinch

Sweet and Sour – Saturday, 17 May 2014

THERE WERE MIXED FEELINGS on a chilly May dawn today when we started our ten-day Jail 2 Justice walk from Langi Kal Kal Prison to Melbourne.
Positive vibes that we were trying to do something for a community wracked with anger, frustration and fear over what’s been going on in our courts and parole system.
But also the underlying truth that many of our supporters, including most of those walking today, have personal stories to tell and all of them sad ones.
They are the people we walked for today. A symbolic ‘walk a mile in their shoes’ event to show that Australians do care and want to do something about it.
About 45 of us started out from Langi Kal Kal this morning. At the end of the first ten kilometres I stole a quote from a baseball movie: ‘Build it and they will come’. – Derryn Hinch

Please keep up to date with the ‘Jail 2 Justice Walk’ daily updates here!

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Jeanette Maynes am dedicating this weekend’s Fraser Coast FREE 10km Challenge – Community Walk / Run to support, honour and promote Derryn’s inspirational ‘Jail 2 Justice Walk’ and acknowledge the victims, survivors and their families in our region / nationwide as is paramount we all do our bit to raise awareness, protect all children, change the laws and BREAK THE SILENCE! Children deserve and are entitled to love, happiness, honour, protection and security.

Jail 2 Justice Walk - Derryn Hinch petitionPLEASE SIGN THE PETITION HERE!!! –
….In Australia, the rights of convicted sex offenders seem to take precedence over victims’ rights. Especially with paedophiles. Serial sex offenders have their names, photos and addresses, suppressed by the courts on release…… We, the undersigned, insist, that by the end of 2014, the Australian governments, state and federal, through their attorneys-general, unite to publish an ongoing national public register of all convicted sex offenders similar to Megan’s Law in the United States.

 

 

Castle Hill Townsville & Magnetic Island

Johnathan Thurston (http://www.johnathanthurston.com.au/ ) told me today at Brisbane Airport (he was on the same flight out of Townsville)  that he does Castle Hill in 11 mins!!! I did it yesterday but didn’t take much notice of my time (though I just checked and it looks like I took about 25mins to get to the top on runkeeper!!!). I was out exploring Townsville on foot starting at Castle Hill, returning to the Casino via The strand. Give it a go next time you are in Townsville, Awesome Workout & Magnificent View!!! –http://www.explore-townsville.com/castle-hill.html

I also spent two days on Magnetic Island prior doing two big trail runs to check out the beautiful scenery and the Forts walk which leads to historic WWII fortifications and infrastructure.
More info here, a must do if you are visiting the island!

WE SURVIVED – EURONG 60KM CHALLENGE!!!

NOW THIS IS LIVING!

I’m happy to report we made it on foot from Kingfisher Bay Resort to Eurong Resort return with quite a few laughs!

Having run and completed the Noosa Half Marathon (21km), strolled around Noosa National Park  and climbed Mt Cooroora at Pomona the weekend prior  –  myself,  Susie & Carol decided we needed an even bigger challenge to celebrate our success!

Travelling on the dawn Barge from River Heads we set of at 8am with our overnight gear, food & 3L of water for Eurong – hiking across the width of Fraser Island.

The diversity of the terrain is magnificent, breath taking and so naturally beautiful always changing from bush tracks leaving Kingfisher resort to soft sandy tracks, steep slopes and hills the whole way (Sleeper Hill!), refreshing tropical rainforest, back to scrub and bush, then a surf beach at Eurong!
We had meal breaks at Lake Mckenzie and Central Station, pulled in at Basin Lake for a look. and thoroughly enjoyed a hot shower, buffet dinner, beers and warm sleep at Eurong!

On day two we were up at 5am, after coffee with headlamps attached we set off at 5:45am. Carol was bravely first up front on spider patrol with my walking pole positioned vertical ready for any frontal assault. We all took turns to lead and set the pace.

Check out the spider web I ran into and took out with my head 5cm from the spider on day one when leading!!! Specsavers Anyone? (images below)

Time taken was 5:50mins on the 1st day not including breaks (time with breaks 7hrs)  and 5:18mins (time with breaks 6hrs)  on the way back the next day! We Smashed it, even though legs and shoulders were alittle stiff on day two for the return. We probably ran about 12km of our overall total distance, being easy runs on the downhills.

56+ km’s = 5,400 calories ✔

We are definitely going again to Eurong, so stay tuned for the date everyone to come along!
…. I’m also currently planning 90km Challenge on the Great Walk!
…. and will be doing another 20km Challenge to Lake McKenzie within the next two months.
Keep up to date for the latest adventures on facebook!

Noosa Half & Mt Cooroora

Some images from Noosa Half (21km) & Mt Cooroora Weekend!

The Noosa Half was a hideous run the whole way but we finished and that’s always good – I was 16 minutes slower than I wanted to be! … and had six big power spews when I got home afterwards! Then I tucked into a nice steak burger and beer!

On the way home the following day after a stroll around the Noosa National Park Carol, Susie & I decided to climb Mt Cooroora at Pomona!

Well done everyone, another awesome weekend of fun and adventure!

Mt Walsh & Utophia Falls

What an Awesome Adventure Day at Mt Walsh in Biggenden, A big thanks to the Maryborough guys, especially Florian and Jenny for letting me tag along. Was so much FUN and a sensational workout with cool people!!
Mt Walsh 2hrs 38 mins, 460m high = 930 calories ✔
+ 2.4km stroll to Utopia Falls = 240 calories ✔
Get outside everyone and start enjoying nature!

Mount Walsh day use area

Turn off the Maryborough-Biggenden Road 2km east of Biggenden or 80km west of Maryborough. Travel a further 5.3km along the signposted National Park Road to the picnic area.
See Mount Walsh National Park map (PDF, 177K)  [Info via Qld Parks]

Utopia Rock falls from From Biggenden

From Biggenden travel along the Maryborough-Biggenden Road for 22km, turning right at Innooroolabar Road. Follow this road for about 2.5km and then take the first right at Utopia Road (no street sign). Follow Utopia Road until you reach the car park.

 

Tough Mudder #2

What a Fun Weekend with an Awesome Group of People!!

PROBABLY THE TOUGHEST EVENT ON THE PLANET – Tough Mudder events are hardcore 20 km-long obstacle courses designed by British Special Forces to test your all around strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie. With the most innovative courses and half a million inspiring participants, Tough Mudder is the premier adventure challenge series in the world.

If you’d like to do the event you can find out more here!

This event was held in Queensland at Caloundra on Saturday the 17th of August and was my 2nd Tough Mudder!

Tough Mudder #1 review here!

10km Challenge!

A huge thank you to everyone that was up at 6:30am and came on the 10km Challenge run / walk this morning!

We had magical weather in Hervey Bay and it was so gorgeous outdoors on the bike track.

I had a 72 year old, a 68 year old, 7 and an 8 year old, a diabetic, our Fraser Coast Mayor, walkers from Maryborough, my regular exercise friends and lots of fit and fun Hervey Bay Locals!

One walker accidently forgot to turn at the Pier and ended up at the Boat Club adding an additional 3km to his walk plus is 67 and a diabetic  … well done and very keen I must say!

I ran backwards and forwards during the walk chatting and checking on everyone to make sure they were all doing ok, and met some really nice and interesting people, all ages, and like minded!

WIN news even turned up to film the start.

A big thank you to Enzo for giving participants 20% OFF their Coffee!

Well done everyone, you should be very proud of yourselves and thank you so much for your support of the Fun and Fitness I’m trying to create on the Fraser Coast.

I think as per your suggestions we may have to make this a more regular event!

For those that enquired about shirts for the walk they are available here!

Please follow my PT page on facebook or my website for all the latest Adventure Day news and events!

Hmmmmm perhaps 15km next time? 😀

Facebook Feedback:

“Great way to start the day. Congratulations and thanks Jeanette , this is a terrific initiative. Thanks to everyone for joining in.” – Gerard O’Connell | Fraser Coast Mayor

“Thanks Again Jeanette little miss (8 year old daughter) hasn’t stopped talking about our walk can’t wait to do it again cheers” – Samantha Moore

“It was fun. I look forward to the next one. Thank you all for your efforts in organizing it.” – Roger Duncan

“Thanks Jeanette, for inspiring us all once again. It was wonderful to have my teenagers join in and run!” – Cheryl Virgo

“What a great event. Keep an eye out as Jeanette Maynes has said that there will be more to come.” – Kim Parnell

TAKE THE 10KM CHALLENGE WITH THE MAYOR & MAYNES!

Jeanette has teamed up with Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O’Connell to challenge Fraser Coast residents to a fun 10km walk on our beautiful Esplanade in Hervey Bay.

Fraser Coast Chronicle Story Here.

It’s FREE and anyone is welcome.

“Jeanette wants to support people to get out of their comfort zone and walk alittle further than they usually would. It’s all in the mind, anyone can walk 10km, the body does what the mind tells it. Once people realise that with a strong focused mind they can do anything, the possibilities in life are endless!”

The walk starts at Enzo’s in Scarness Park to the Pier and back – Sat 20th of April, 6:30am Sharp.
There is 20% OFF Coffee for Participants at Enzo’s!
Participants should have a moderate level of fitness … if not, turn half way & do 5km!