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Published January 3rd 2018
Great walk in nature
The walk to Greenes Falls at Mt Glorious is a nice easy bushwalk for families. The well-marked track starts at the Maiala picnic area car park. It traverses through the rainforest to the top of the falls. It was dry when I went there a couple of months ago, but after the recent heavy rains, the falls should now look spectacular.
My friend, Marg, and I combined a walk to the Falls with the short walk through the Rainforest circuit and the 50m Cypress Grove track. The Greenes Falls track was 4.3 kilometres return. It finished at a lookout over the falls.
We saw some hoop pines Araucaris cunninghamii in the Maiala picnic area. Maiala is an Aboriginal word meaning 'quiet place'. These hoop pines are left over from a large hoop pine plantation, which used to be on the mountain. After a short break, we crossed over the road and walked on the Westside track through subtropical rainforest.
Maiala National Park protects a significant sample of rainforests and some open wet Eucalypt forest on the D'Aguilar Range. There used to be logging in the area with a flourishing sawmill. There are some remnants of the steam driven sawmill lying on the forest floor near the start of the track.
Mt Glorious has always been a well-known recreation place for people from Brisbane. Maiala was the first area in the D'Aguilar Range to be declared a National Park. Approximately 260 hectares ((642 acres) were gazetted in 1930.
Hunters used to go up the mountain on hunting trips. I'm not sure what they were hunting. I hope it wasn't native animals. I hope it was feral pigs, which are still a problem today.
I found some photos in the State Library of Queensland showing a hunting party in 1920. The script on the photo read ' A big stringy bark on the top of Mt. Glorious, 21 ft. 6 inches in circumference - a trip at Easter.'
Another photo shows a group on their way up the mountain by car for an outing. I also found an interesting article in Trove which was published in the Courier Mail on Wednesday 2 April 1947. Winifred Moore described a rainy trip to Maiala by bus with seventy people from the National Parks Association on the previous Sunday. Some of the group walked to Greenes Falls and others did the shorter walks nearby.
I was interested to read the story about a pine tree planted in 1938 by Romeo Lahey, to commemorate the visit of the association members when Maiala was first declared a National Park. He was President of the National Parks Association at that time. I wondered if it was the tall hoop pine tree I photographed in the recreation area.
I had heard of Romeo Lahey previously when I was researching Lamington National Park for another story. Mr Lahey outlined the association's chief aims of preserving wildlife of all kinds in its natural state in these national sanctuaries. He was an engineer, timber merchant and national parks advocate. He was born on 2 June 1887 at Pimpama and died in 1968.
There were only two of us on the walk and we saw a couple of shy Pademelons and I saw my first Logrunner bird scratching in the leaf litter on the forest floor.
Unfortunately, my photos of the bird were blurry, but I did manage to get one of it with its back to me. Lucky it didn't see me because these birds usually walk away if they see anyone. Mine just kept scratching around in the leaf litter and I got a good look at its spiny tail. They are sometimes called Spinetailed Logrunner.
The Logrunner is a small, robust, ground-dwelling bird, with a short and sturdy bill. The short wings are rounded and the short, broad tail has obvious spines at the end. Their diet is mainly insects and other invertebrates uncovered via foraging on the forest floor. These scratching leaves "soup-plate" depressions in the ground about 150mm in diameter.
Loved reading your article! Those old photos were wonderful to see along with the photos you took. It's nearly 40 years since I did the Greene's Falls walk...might be time to do it again. Used to 'escape' for theday to Mt Glorious in the 70s when the temps soared in Brisbane, don't know what caused me to stop that habit.