Bushwalkers Pilgrimage 2017

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Please remember to keep the dates of 8th -10th September free on your calendars and make the trip to Killarney a must do for the Bushwalking Pilgrimage of 2017. Things are firming up with a number of items now locked in. In keeping with the original idea of helping to inject money into the local economy of a small country town, we are endeavouring to draw on the people of the area to make this an enjoyable and successful weekend for all.

On the Friday night there will be a traditional “Welcome to Country” by the local indigenous people of Githabul. Their native titles among others include areas in such places as Koorelah National Park, Mt Clunie National Park, Mt Lindsay State Forest and Bald Knob State Forest, all areas known well by the South East Qld bushwalking community. This will be followed by the supper and checking out the walks program with your walk leaders. Saturday night we’ve booked the Ridgee Didge Bush Band, a regular for New Years Eve entertainment at the famous Jondaryan Woolshed.

The band in action at the Jondaryan Woolshed.

RIDGEE DIDGE is a 5 piece Bush Band consisting of a violin, acoustic rhythm guitar, mandolin, bass guitar and percussion consisting of lagerphone, cow bell, gazoo and bodhran. The band has been playing bush dances for 33yrs and originated in Clifton (half way between Toowoomba and Killarney). The Band has played for the last 20 yrs at the annual New Year’s Eve Bush Dance to crowds of up to 800 people.

We’ve also negotiated entry into the Killarney Heritage Centre Museum, run by the Killarney & District Historical Society. Your weekend registration wristband will entitle you to free entry, with volunteers on hand to talk you through some of the wonderful photos and artefacts within their collections. Wander around the maze of rooms within the building and learn the history behind the town of Killarney

Killarney Heritage Centre.

Our planning meeting is coming up, so keep watching this space as we finalise the walks program. As promised we’re talking with the locals, including the Cambanoora Gorge Management Group, to find walks that you’ve never done before, as well as offering some of the old favourites in the area. Various grades will be on offer along with a hand out to do the Federation Trail around town at your leisure (it passes 3 cafés ).