Plunkett and Wickham Circuit

2 h 15 min to 3 h 30 min

7.3 km
circuit

↑ 229 m
↓ -229 m

Hard track
Starting from the end of Flesser Road, Tamborine, this walk takes you on a circuit in the woodlands of Plunkett Conservation Park and Wickham National Park, optionally visiting the Grass Tree Lookout with a side trip. Embark on a pleasant journey in the open eucalypt forest that is richened by the grass trees and colourful wildflowers sprinkled throughout the track. The lively forest is home to koalas and southern greater gliders, so keep an eye on treetops to have a chance of spotting one. Rare bird species such as the white-throated needletail and Albert’s lyrebird reside in the park as well. Dogs are allowed to join you on this track considering they’re on leash. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-27.8267154,153.167744)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Pacific Motorway, M1
  • Turn on to then drive for 420 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 5 onto Computer Road and drive for another 370 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 3 onto Cuthbert Drive and drive for another 910 m
  • Turn left onto Darlington Drive and drive for another 1.9 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 1 onto Stanmore Road and drive for another 1.1 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Stanmore Road and drive for another 3.8 km
  • Keep left onto Stanmore Road and drive for another 45 m
  • Turn slight left onto Beaudesert Beenleigh Road, 92 and drive for another 6.6 km
  • Turn right onto Chardon Bridge Road and drive for another 390 m
  • Turn left onto Plunkett Road and drive for another 510 m
  • Turn right onto Flesser Road and drive for another 580 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the end of Flesser Road, Tamborine, head towards the metal gate near the green “Plunkett Conservation Park'' sign along the dirt road. Head over/around the said gate and join the Flesser Break track as you pass by a green signpost to your right. After about 445 metres, turn right at the T intersection and cross the creek via the Main Break. Shortly after crossing the creek, turn left at the 3-way intersection and join Brays Break to continue along Plunkett and Wickham Circuit(counterclockwise).....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
Find the gate at the start.
After another 75 m (at the intersection of Flesser Break & Point Break) continue straight, to head along Flesser Break.
After another 345 m (at the intersection of Main Break & Flesser Break) turn right, to head along Main Break.
After another 20 m cross the ford.
After another 30 m (at the intersection of Main Break & Brays Break) turn left, to head along Brays Break.
After another 215 m (at the intersection of Highpoint Break & Brays Break) turn left, to head along Brays Break.
After another 50 m cross the ford (about 15 m long)
After another 640 m (at the intersection of Powerlink Break & Brays Break) turn right, to head along Powerlink Break.
After another 280 m (at the intersection of Powerlink Break & Vics Break) turn left, to head along Vics Break.
After another 220 m (at the intersection of Vics Break & Scree Break) continue straight, to head along Vics Break.
After another 270 m turn right.
After another 115 m turn sharp right, to head along Drovers Break.
After another 890 m (at the intersection of Tower Break & Drovers Break) continue straight, to head along Drovers Break.
After another 390 m (at the intersection of Drovers Break & Wallys Access) turn right, to head along Drovers Break.
After another 90 m (at the intersection of Black Rock Break & Drovers Break) veer right, to head along Black Rock Break.
After another 370 m continue straight, to head along Black Rock Break.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This optional side trip takes you to the Glass Tree Lookout via the Grass Tree Beak track, providing you with great northeasterly views. Keep in mind that this side trip will add around 40 minutes to your hike out & back. To start this optional side trip turn left here. On returning from this side trip turn sharp right when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 90 m (at the intersection of Black Rock Break & Grass Tree Break) turn right, to head along Black Rock Break.
After another 105 m continue straight.
After another 245 m turn left, to head along Black Rock Break.
After another 130 m continue straight.
Keep right.
After another 165 m turn right, to head along Black Rock Break.
After another 150 m turn left.
After another 490 m turn right, to head along Highpoint Break.
After another 295 m turn sharp left.
After another 380 m turn sharp right, to head along Main Break.
After another 730 m (at the intersection of Brays Break & Main Break) continue straight, to head along Main Break.
After another 55 m (at the intersection of Main Break & Flesser Break) turn left, to head along Flesser Break.
After another 345 m (at the intersection of Flesser Break & Point Break) continue straight, to head along Flesser Break.
After another 95 m come to the end.

This optional side trip takes you to the Glass Tree Lookout via the Grass Tree Beak track, providing you with great northeasterly views. Keep in mind that this side trip will add around 40 minutes to your hike out & back.
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Black Rock Break & Grass Tree Break Start heading along Grass Tree Break (a vehicle track).
After another 460 m turn right, to head along Grass Tree Break.
After another 370 m (at the intersection of Grass Tree Break & Allys Break) continue straight, to head along Grass Tree Break.
After another 510 m turn right.
After another 205 m come to a seat., has a backrest.
"Grass Tree Lookout".
The end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 1.5 km to the main route.
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Terrain
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Plunkett and Wickham Circuit


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 7.3 km
Time 2 h 15 min to 3 h 30 min
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (2/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (2/6)

Some facilities on route
Seat: There is one 4.1 km (plus an extra 1.6 km along side route) from the start.


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