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Walk in Cunningham's Footsteps

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Historical walk at Cunningham's Gap
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Portrait of Allan Cunningham

On Sunday 7th of June the National Parks Association (NPAQ) will host a fifteen kilometer walk in the Main Range National Park.

The walk closely follows the route taken by explorer Allan Cunningham (13 July 1791 27 June 1839) when he set out to explore the area in 1827 and if all goes well will arrive at the same places Cunningham did at the same times of day. Cunningham's journey resulted in the discovery of a route through the mountains between the fertile lands of the Darling Downs and Brisbane. Now known as "Cunningham's Gap".

The aim of the walk (besides a good dose of history, scenery and pleasant exercise) is to raise funds for the NPAQ so they can continue the important job of campaigning and lobbying for the preservation of existing national parks in their natural state and the reservation of new areas that have been identified as deserving of national park status. The NPAQ have been at this mission since the 1930's and have made significant contributions to national parks in Queensland.

Camping will be available for Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th on the property of Spicers Lodge. However, only 30 people will be able to camp. There is no limit to the number of people who wish to only participate in the Walk.

Participants will be expected to raise funds for NPAQ by either making a minimum personal donation of $50 or a sponsorship target of $200 via Every Day Hero (details for setting up your Every Day Hero page to come after registration).

What to bring:

All gear and supplies if you are camping. For the walk, bring 2 litres water, lunch, snacks, sunscreen, wet weather gear, boots (gaiters recommended), compass, binoculars, and a camera.

Registration for the walk is required:

Please contact Athol or Maria Lester on:
07 3300 2191 / 0408 682 419

Or find further details and online registration at the NPAQ website:
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Why? History, scenery, exercise and you get to help out with a good cause.
When: 7th June 2015
Phone: 07 3367 0878
Where: Cunningham's Gap
Cost: $50.00
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