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13-14 October - BRAIN weekend excursion to Bellthorpe National Park

Dates Sat 13 Oct 2012 - Sun 14 Oct 2012
Venue Bellthorpe National Park (Branch Creek, West Bellthorpe)
Format Botanical walk
Host BRAIN

There are two options for involvement next week - a day trip or an overnight stay.

Here are the details:

Day Trip to Stony and Branch Creeks

We'll be meeting at 8.30am at the Stony Creek day use picnic area where BRAIN had a day trip last year. We'll leave some vehicles here and then take other vehicles and drive to upper Branch Creek and do a downhill walk back to the Stony Creek picnic area. It's about 10k but we'll be doing a leisurely pace. Bring all the usual equipment and supplies: packed lunch and snacks, water bottle, hat, camera, sunscreen and insect repellent.

For those who aren't up to a 10k walk, some of us will be doing some more sedate pottering about in the Stony Creek area, similar to last year. Photos below from last year show the vicinity of the day use area. Map below gives you an idea of the location of Stony Creek.

Overnight Stay at West Bellthorpe

We'll be overnighting at the West Bellthorpe Research Station, a Griffith University facility. The Butterfly and Other Invertebrates Club will be setting up a UV light and insect attracting light sheets and investigating insects and other nocturnal critters. The Research Station has some bunk beds and there might be a couple still available if you get in quickly. Otherwise, there's space on the mown lawn for campsites and even small caravans. There's cooking facilities, hot showers and flush toilets. A small fee per head will apply for those staying overnight. You'll need to bring pillows, linen and sleeping bags if you manage to score a bunk, otherwise you'll need all the usual camping equipment.

Bellthorpe National Park lies at the southern end of the Conondale Range. The terrain is quite rugged with open eucalypt forest, rainforest, waterfalls and cascades along picturesque Stony Creek.

Stony Creek near Woodford
Map of Bellthorpe