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Published February 12th 2022
A scramble in a natural reserve
The hike in Bally Mountain is a return trail that goes directly to the summit. On the mountain, there are many trails but some transverse private property, so make sure to stay on the City of Gold Coast signed trails.
Group Hiking South East Qld and More hiking Bally Mountain. Photo by Author.
The trail is classified 5, meaning the terrain is rugged, steep, with cliffs and scrambling is required. The trail is about 6 km return, allow about 3 hours. The maximum elevation is about 447 metres. It is a challenging hike because of the steepness and the scrambling part.
The hike starts at the carpark - continue walking after the gate until you reach the creek. Just before the creek is a sign with some information about the hike and the territory.
Together with the Group Hiking South East Queensland and More, I hiked Bally Mountain on a misty morning in mid-spring. There were lots of clouds around and it was raining in some areas.
The sky stayed overcast for all the length of the hike, with just a drizzle when we were on top of Bally Mountain.
We could not do the old loop because a sign on the top of Bally Mountain indicated that the trail ended there. So we did a return hike of about 6 km.
It is possible to do Bally Mountain as a circle. The hike includes the trail over beautiful ridges looking down deep cliffs. Bally Mountain Circuit is one of was my favourite hikes, with magnificent views all around.
All the hikers managed the scrambling part but it was a bit challenging, especially with the risk of slipping on the rocks.
After the hike, the group travelled to Mudgeeraba for coffee and refreshments at the Oak Cafe Restaurant.
Bally Mountain Conservation Area in Bonogin is about 483 hectares. It was purchased by the Gold Coast City to add more land to the National Reserve System.
Bally Mountain is part of an important wildlife corridor that runs from Burleigh National Park through to Springbrook Mountain. The Reserve has interesting geological formations, diverse flora and supports a local, nomadic and migratory fauna.
From Brisbane, travel on the M1, take exit 82 at Robina and turn right onto Somerset Drive. Then turn left onto Bonogin Road. Stay on Bonogin Road until there is a gate and a grassy carpark.
To drive to The Oak Cafe and Restaurant, drive to Mudgeeraba town. The Oak Cafe and Restaurant is at 10/19 Railway Street, Mudgeeraba Qld 4213.
What to bring
Hiking gear: a hiking medium backpack, long trousers and shirt with long sleeves, light raincoat, recommended hiking ankle supportive boots, first aid kit, insect repellent (give preference to cream or roll-on that are more environmentally friendly than the spray), hat, sunscreen, gloves, walking poles (if you like to use them) and sock protectors or gaiters.
Consider packing some extra clothes and leaving them in the car. Pack some clean footwear and socks.
For this hike, consider carrying a map or downloading a good app on your smartphone that can help you to navigate in the bush.
Bring a medium day backpack with lots of water, especially if it's a hot day, 2.0 litres of water and snacks. During summer, you can bring electrolytes to dissolve in water to compensate for the loss through perspiration.
You may consider packing sandwiches, fresh fruit, dry fruit, energy bars and small meals.
Walk with family, friends or in a group. Never alone!