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Mapleton to Ubajee Walkers Camp

I did this walk in August 2010.  It was my first through walk so it was a short walk for trial only. I parked the car on Mapleton Forest Drive road where the Great Walk track connects.  I was too concerned about parking the car overnight at the Mapleton Falls carpark as I have heard there are lots of break ins there.  I parked about midday then walked to Gheerulla Falls - around 5 km.  I then walked back the short distance to the Ubajuu Walkers camp.  Note this short distance is a bit of a climb but I took it steady.  There was no one else in the campsite so I had the pick of sites.  Not only are there low tables to eat on  - most have stump chairs as well - just the thing for a tired back.  The outlook from Ubajee viewpoint is a lovely surprise.  Next morning I simply walked out to the car  which had survived the night unscathed.

The Great Walks seem to be a great idea - but I cannot help wondering why they have not catered for the overnight throughwalker and made some circuit walks that cater for people who work during the week.  I am unlikely to get the time to do any full walks and the thought of having to walk one way then back again to do an overnight is a real pain.  I don't want to have to put people out by driving me backwards and forwards - I want to drive to a point, park safely, complete a circuit then drive home next day.  Map  Photos below are from my short first through walk.

Signpost Ubajee viewpoint, Gheerulla  Falls Great Walk Ubajee viewpoint

My Blackwolf Bivy bag at Ubajee walkers camp

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