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South East Queensland Guidebooks

Postby dalehikes » Mon 28 Oct, 2019 7:39 am

Hi all, so guide books regularly come up in conversation and the usual trio are the first to be mentioned - Take A Hike, Bushpeoples Guide and Secrets of the Scenic Rim.

I have managed to collect quite a few more, and though I would show them in case anyone was hunting for more obscure titles. Some of these were incredibly hard to come by!

Let me know if you need some info!
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Re: South East Queensland Guidebooks

Postby CBee » Mon 28 Oct, 2019 7:59 am

Nice collection. Secrets of the Scenic Rim is a fantastic guide, similar to Chapman's books, you could read it over and over. What is the Mt.Barney Guide like (top right)?
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Re: South East Queensland Guidebooks

Postby dalehikes » Mon 28 Oct, 2019 12:06 pm

CBee wrote:Nice collection. Secrets of the Scenic Rim is a fantastic guide, similar to Chapman's books, you could read it over and over. What is the Mt.Barney Guide like (top right)?


It's a good read for historical purposes. Most of the routes are still exactly the same and have barely changed. Contributions by many people not just one author. Good data like seasonal weather (different to modern times) and other heights etc.
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Re: South East Queensland Guidebooks

Postby CBee » Mon 28 Oct, 2019 5:34 pm

Nice. I also suggest Rankin's "Beyond the Horizon" to bushwalkers. Nice read of his adventures and stunning photos of Mt. Barney and Main Range (also Western Arthurs and other areas).
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Re: South East Queensland Guidebooks

Postby dalehikes » Tue 29 Oct, 2019 8:28 am

CBee wrote:Nice. I also suggest Rankin's "Beyond the Horizon" to bushwalkers.


Yes that is an incredible book, so too is the precursor to that 'On the edge of wilderness'. Just a lot harder to find.

Of course we can't mention South East Queensland books without the classics which are must reads. 'Green Mountains' by Bernard O'Reilly and 'One Mountain After Another' by Arthur Groom.
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Re: South East Queensland Guidebooks

Postby Lyrebird » Tue 29 Oct, 2019 4:24 pm

Impressive :D . I have seven of those. Still chasing Lackner's Green Mountains guide; I have the Binna Burra version. The Mount Barney Guide looks really interesting! Does the Walkers' Guide to SEQ's Scenic Rim have anything unique in it? I hadn't struck it before.
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Re: South East Queensland Guidebooks

Postby dalehikes » Wed 30 Oct, 2019 5:23 pm

Lyrebird wrote:Does the Walkers' Guide to SEQ's Scenic Rim have anything unique in it? I hadn't struck it before.


There are lots of places mentioned in the book that have fallen out of popularity, for no reason other than when popularity of hiking dropped, the knowledge of the places became far less known.

If you carefully read every sentence in the book, incredible secrets are within. One place I went to is mentioned in that book and nowhere else and it's spectacular!
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Re: South East Queensland Guidebooks

Postby Lyrebird » Thu 31 Oct, 2019 6:41 am

Interesting, thanks. I'll keep an eye out for it. I found the same thing with the Lackner books, which clarified several mystery trails.
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Postby dalehikes » Thu 31 Oct, 2019 8:17 am

Lyrebird wrote:I found the same thing with the Lackner books, which clarified several mystery trails.


They certainly do! They pack a punch for such a small book!
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Re: South East Queensland Guidebooks

Postby ofuros » Wed 04 Aug, 2021 1:44 pm

A couple of the older, rarer guides above are available through National Library of Australia, Copies Direct....if you just have to have a copy. Pdf format is $19 per 25 pages so it can add up. Research purposes.

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Re: South East Queensland Guidebooks

Postby Lyrebird » Wed 04 Aug, 2021 4:17 pm

Thanks for the tip, I'll check it out. Not that anyone's going anywhere beyond the reach of Google Maps/a UBD at the moment :lol: An internet research project could be a Godsend...
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Re: South East Queensland Guidebooks

Postby grunter » Wed 04 Aug, 2021 7:34 pm

Just purchased the white cover Lackner Binna Burra book. The Walker's guide to S.E. Qld's scenic rim published in 1964 will be hard to find i feel.
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Re: South East Queensland Guidebooks

Postby dalehikes » Mon 16 Aug, 2021 10:41 am

grunter wrote:The Walker's guide to S.E. Qld's scenic rim published in 1964 will be hard to find i feel.


Indeed it is very hard to come across!
It is the first edition of the subsequently titled 'The Bushwalkers guide to South East Queensland'
I have all 4 editions published.

The entire book is a collection of hike reports that were originally published in BBW newsletters, so thats another source if you cant track one down.
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Postby ofuros » Mon 16 Aug, 2021 1:54 pm

Adding to the guidebook collective...

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Re: South East Queensland Guidebooks

Postby grunter » Mon 16 Aug, 2021 6:15 pm

My Qld collection. I passed on buying the Toowoomba, Bushwalkers 1st edition and brown cover Binna Burra book lately. My Tassie collection is around 30 books so need to limit my purchasing.
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Re: South East Queensland Guidebooks

Postby Lyrebird » Tue 17 Aug, 2021 9:37 am

Well, if we're doing shelfies :lol: My collection is still a work in progress. Pioneering has some interesting accounts from the late 19th century of places that are now part of Lamington and Carnarvon Gorge National Parks.

Grunter, is the first edition Bushwalkers' guide still available? I'd love to have it. I did a quick Google search but could only find second editions online.
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Re: South East Queensland Guidebooks

Postby grunter » Tue 17 Aug, 2021 10:45 am

1st edition long gone. Waited ages fir the 2nd edition to pop up. Nice collection :)
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Postby Lyrebird » Tue 17 Aug, 2021 11:00 am

I thought it sounded too good to be true! Cheers :)
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Re: South East Queensland Guidebooks

Postby metastable » Tue 17 Aug, 2021 4:21 pm

Not technically a bushwalking book, but one I have on the shelf (although an older edition)

https://www.rockhoundz.com.au/shop/book ... d-edition/

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Re: South East Queensland Guidebooks

Postby dalehikes » Fri 20 Aug, 2021 12:48 pm

I have many more additions to my bookshelf now, should I do a flex? Hehe.

I once had a second copy of the 1st edition Bushpeoples guide but i've since sold it.
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Re: South East Queensland Guidebooks

Postby grunter » Fri 20 Aug, 2021 3:18 pm

Yes. Flex away!
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Postby grunter » Tue 24 Aug, 2021 9:22 am

2nd edition on sale on eBay ATM.
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Re: South East Queensland Guidebooks

Postby ofuros » Fri 03 Sep, 2021 1:54 pm

For those wanting a look before they track down a copy...part of the Bushpeople's guide to bushwalking in South East Queensland is online.

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Re: South East Queensland Guidebooks

Postby CBee » Fri 03 Sep, 2021 8:22 pm

IMO, modern aerial imagery makes most of the old guides content fairly obsolete (or at least a big chunk of it), since most of descriptions are based on vegetation as primal difficulty.
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Re: South East Queensland Guidebooks

Postby Lyrebird » Sat 04 Sep, 2021 11:59 am

I like them for their historical value; I also collect other types of books. I also find they're a good source of inspiration and ideas for walks, particularly in places I'm not very familiar with. The older ones are not always very reliable, but they're a good indication of what walks are available, which can then be checked on the modern maps.
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Re: South East Queensland Guidebooks

Postby CBee » Sun 05 Sep, 2021 1:21 pm

Rankin's books are definitely inspirational. As John Chapman for Tasmania. These are guides that have made me interested in doing more particular and extreme walks and also provided me with useful topo maps. After reading these two authors, the only thing I wanted to do is rushing to prepare my pack and go. But most of walking guides in general (such as Take a Walk in... for example) I find pretty pathetic in the narrative and infos, not to mention the lack of decent maps. Maybe good if you are into collecting stuff and dust or you just like to stick to well worn paths. But neither useful for beginners or veterans. IMO.
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Re: South East Queensland Guidebooks

Postby dalehikes » Wed 08 Sep, 2021 7:20 am

grunter wrote:Yes. Flex away!


A very specific subject, but a collection of books nonetheless.
These books all relate to the Stinson Crash in Lamington National Parkm made famous by Bernard O'Reilly's 'Green Mountains'.
I have excluded Green Mountains as it is the one everyone has already.
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Re: South East Queensland Guidebooks

Postby grunter » Wed 08 Sep, 2021 11:39 am

Check out the movie Sons of Matthew from 1949? Film at Lamington. It is on Prime Video.
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Postby dalehikes » Wed 08 Sep, 2021 12:38 pm

grunter wrote:Check out the movie Sons of Matthew from 1949? Film at Lamington. It is on Prime Video.


Yes, I've got that movie as well.

I enjoyed it much more than i expected to. :lol:

The Rankin dvd's of places around the Scenic Rim are quite enjoyable as well.
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Re: South East Queensland Guidebooks

Postby ofuros » Tue 28 Sep, 2021 9:48 pm

Downloadable Ebook...Bora rings, burial caves, travel routes, paintings, stone implement quarries, meeting places, historical pics, clan boundaries all within the SE Qld landscape. May be of interest.

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