Hencamp Creek is about 50 km north of Townsville, between Rollingstone and Ollera Creeks. We have approval from the owners to do this walk (access is only through private property) and we will keep the number of cars to a minimum by car-pooling.
If you have a taste for adventure then this could be a day just perfect for you. This is a difficult yet typical creek walk of the Townsville Bushwalking Club: effort given for a breathtaking reward. We will pass through scrubby bushland to start, then enter creek and rock hop up the creek, admire the views of cascades and pools, scramble over and around larger boulders, clamber up rock faces, walk along exposed cliff edges, and if necessary, go through the bush to get past blockages in the creek. The creek is a steady incline as we climb up the range and the rocks may be slippery in parts. There are nice cascades and pools along the way. There is an exploratory element to this walk.
On this walk we aim to reach a waterfall just beyond our traditional lunch spot.
About 11 am we should get to a beautiful pool and canyon, about 7 km from start, 220 metre altitude. This is the traditional club lunch spot – but we will go further this year, a potential waterfall beckons. From here it is exploratory – we will go left and bushbash over the steep scrubby bluff so be prepared for a bit of scrub bashing and scrambling up along loose surfaces.
Lunch should be at a nice pool or waterfall.
Distance will be about 15 km total.
Stop at Rollingstone corner store for ice creams, head down to the park to enjoy our ice creams on the creek bank. Then drive home. Back in town about 6 pm.
Non members – $5 insurance fee.
Other important things to bring: money for car pooling. Change of clothes for trip home.
Usual day walk requirements (lunch, morning tea, snacks, afternoon tea; sunscreen, hat). Long sleeve clothing for protection from scratches, thorny and stinging stuff is recommended. Insect repellent – strongly recommended. Mozzies may be prevalent (mozzies have been fierce on our recent walks).
Water – refill from creek. Carry 2 litres for start. If uncomfortable drinking creek water recommend you treat refills, or carry more water. The majority of the walk is national park and no agriculture or human habitation in the creek upstream, but treating water is still recommended.
If you were not at the pre-walk meeting, contact the Townsville Bushwalking Club ([email protected]) for a full briefing, approval to attend and the meeting point locations. You can also get more details about the Townsville Bushwalking Club at their website: townsvillebushwalkingclub.com