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Walks on the Wildside - Strangler Cairn Conondale National Park

  • Saturday, February 20, 2016
  • 8:40 AM
  • Conondale National Park

Walks on the Wildside



Next Saturday is the walk to the Strangler Cairn in Conondale National Park. The walk is about 7 km round trip, easy walk, a few steps but not steep. The cairn itself is a stone carved art work by stone artist Andy Goldsworthy who was commissioned by the Sunshine Coast Council. The cairn sits in a space in the forest where a huge strangler fig fell. The idea of the cairn is to grow a fig over the cairn and watch nature take its course. A sapling from the fallen fig has been planted in the top of the cairn.

 

To get there you turn down Booloumba Creek Road, about 7 km south of Kennilworth on the Maleny Kennilworth Road. (Left turn if you are coming from Maleny, right turn from Kennilworth). Booloumba Creek Road is sealed for around 4 km but then becomes gravel. It's about another 2km to the day areas and we need the second day area to set off from. Car pooling in 4WDs would be a good idea as there are two shallow creeks to cross and another deeper one just as you enter the second day area. We walked around it and jumped a small  area of water, no big deal! 

 

I realise this may sound daunting if you have small chidren but from about 8 up would enjoy it. I have decided that we should all meet at the Charlie Moreland Reserve at Little Yabba Creek and sort out 4WD vehicles at 8.40 ready to head off just before 9. It is a great opening in the forest with a large log suitable for sitting on so please bring a snack for morning tea in the forest. The large resident python was there the day I was there but he kept to himself! 


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