Last week Pete and I explored a new track to us, the Zig Zag Track, that took us down into the Mulgrave Valley from Gadgara forest on the Tablelands. It was a gentle undulating walk though a variety of forest types before we emerged onto the grassy hilltops overlooking the valley. The views of Bartle Frere and surrounding hills were stunnning, for as far as the eye could see the mottled green of forest soaked up the sunlight and seemed to invite us down.
Miners used this track well over 100 yrs ago. Quickly dropping in altitude, we zig-zagged down the steep slopes finding mine shafts, then rusted rail track and bogey carts and then finally at the bottom, the working site on the bank of a creek. Rusted machine parts littered the Walter Hodgkinson Mine site which was slowly being reclaimed by the forest. We immediately wanted to know more about the place.
We had a quick coffee before pressing on. The track was now largely along the contours just above the Butchers Creek and much of it had been cut into the steep slopes. It was heavily overgrown and difficult to follow. On many occassions it was almost impossible to see.
Finally we abandoned the track and crossed Butchers Creek where it joined the Mulgrave River. We were now on familiar ground and a quick walk along the banks of Mulgrave found us opposite Kearneys Camp site and at the end of a 9 hr walk.
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WHAT OUR GUESTS SAY:
Peter and Trixie - what a good TAG team you make. So well organised; well-planned itinerary; beautiful campsites; healthy and wholesome catering; excellent interpretation; great back-up support; sensitivity to the needs and capabilities of your clients, with plenty of encouragement all round.
The cycle trip adds to past kayaking and walking adventures with you. I'll be back for more! - Happy Camper
TAG provided a perfect mix of relaxation and activity. We biked through amazing Australian bush, camped along peaceful waterways and delved into our tough Australian history.
With great food and generous company it was a very special well supported family holiday. - Bec, John and Family, Sydney
TAG gave us two wonderful days exploring the Australian Bush. Our guide and hostess were friendly and informative. The mountain biking and tramping excursions were well planned and geared to our ability and interests.
We thoroughly recommend Tableland Adventure Guides - Jill and Rob NZ
Another fantastic day with the TAG team who yet again were superb guides to explore the beautiful tablelands. Morning spent Kayaking and afternoon cycling. Really hope to meet up with TAG again in 2013. - ON, UK
Arrived stressed from the Sydney life, but we were soon taken away by the lovely hosts Trix and Peter to enjoy the relaxed chilled out and completely amazing beautiful life in the Tablelands.
We were busy from sunrise to sunset,which is what we had asked for, and they delivered this 110%. - Gai, Sydney
Peter, Jeff and Aimee for an amazing morning of mountain biking and walking in your gorgeous nook of the world. We loved the exertion, views, glorious snippets of info and delightful company.
Lunch at the amazing bird blind was a perfect way to finish off a fantastic few hours. - Karen and Tristan, Sydney
Thank you so much for all of your assistance, both with the planning and during the trip itself. We had a fantastic time.
Each day of riding was really different and we both found the region perfect for cycling. It was a pleasure to meet you and Trixie and hopefully we'll cross paths again on our next cycling trip! - Bianca and Sam – cycle tourists from Melbourne
Thank you very much for the lovely two trips you took us along! We really enjoyed the wonderfully relaxing kayak tour on Lake Tinaroo and the brilliant mountain bike track in the hills, the single trails were great!
You were the perfect guide for us: relaxed, very knowledgeable, easy going and friendly. We were very lucky to meet you and to discover lots of wildlife thanks to you! We appreciated that you were available at such short notice. - Susanne and Edi – Switzerland
Our class 7 from Candlenut Steiner School participated in a two-day TAG program, which included kayaking and mountain bike riding. We absolutely loved the program which was well-paced, challenging and highly enjoyable. Our class found the guides were enthusiastic and they clearly love working with children and adults outdoors. We learned many new games and had many laughs!
Many thanks to the T.A.G. team and their guides! I would highly recommend the T.A.G. team to any other schools who are looking for a challenging and fun-filled camp. - M M Class 7 teacher