Past Mapleton on the Blackall Range lies a beautiful conservation park left to the community by a lady called Linda Garrett. The entrance to this park is also the start of a section of the Great walk that leads through the hinterland ranges in the back of Mapleton.
The walk today took us through a part of the land Linda Garrett used to own and is particularly spectacular if you like to walk through areas that give you that tropical rainforest feel. Unfortunately with that feel can come the wet sensation of a leech having attached itself to any warm, juicy bodypart. Never mind, just come prepared with salt, or make sure to spray your hiking boots and socks before setting out.
There is something magic about walking through palm forests, with scattered fallen logs covered in moss. The ground covered in palm fronds and small trickling streams running alongside the track.
The walk through Lind Garrett park takes about an hour, after which the trail emerges into an open forest and continues on to a walkers camp where you can camp overnight if you plan to do the Great Walk over a few days.
The view at Ubajee walkers camp is definitely worth the hike, it will take you as far as the eye can see, in the direction of Kenilworth.
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