Hey guys, I realise that this is an old thread but just wanted to thank everyone for the wealth of information and history about this location. I've hiked much of modern trails of the gold coast / northern nsw and am starting to now look at the less known ones. I'm new to this community but am loving what I see here, you're all good people.
tas-man, thanks for posting that link, its a great video.
Having just hiked up the Cougals, then traversing to Boyds Butte and dropping down into Currumbin just a few weeks ago it is great to see an Ariel view of the location. Fair amount of lawyer vine between the Cougals and Boyds though but not too difficult to find a way.
Just a thread bump to let people know that the Cream Track website - http://www.thecreamtrack.com.au - has now got a lot more information about the history and development of the track to ensure that it remains accessible and clearly defined, and so avoiding unintended trespass on private property.
This video gives some history of the creation and use of the track over several generations -
You can scramble easily enough from East to West Cougal but the only way around to the base of the cliffs on the West Cougal in order to travel on the watershed over to Springbrook, is to descend around East Cougal just before the summit climb and stay around the same altitude all the way around East and West Cougal to the ridgeline. It used to have the odd bit of tape. We, on one occasion continued at about the 700m contour all the way to Numinbah Gap, above Crystal Ck. Not recommended for many. It was that occasion which cemented the route over Springbrook as the preferred extension of any 'entire scenic rim' walk we've done. I once ascended to the ridgeline between West Cougal and Springbrook from one of the tributaries of Tallebudgera Ck after descending the Cream track. There was a cut track angling all the way up. I've no doubt it crossed private land though. There is a cliff break some distance along the south side of the plateau above. It is slippery and most often wet. I remember tape on that too.. No doubt known to some of the Gold Coast Bushwalkers. It made for a nice daywalk circuit from the top off Springbrook.
This information possibly affecting the Springbrook end of the Cream Track was posted in the Bushwalkers and Hikers in SE Qld Facebook page.
“For regular users of the Cream Track at the back of Tallebudgera Valley which takes you through to Springbrook, I received an email from Gold Coast City Council stating the private property at the top of the track in Springbrook is currently for sale. Future use of the complete track will depend on the new owners giving permission for use. Stay tuned.”
I received a message from the Cream Track website administrator; some of you may have also received it.
Dear [Lyrebird] I am writing to let you know that Serenity Farm at Springbrook Mountain (upon which part of The Cream Track transits) which previously issued you a permit to walk - is being sold at auction this month. This means that the right to access the private property portions of the track will shortly cease. Any decision to continue a system which would allow walkers access to the private property sections of the track in future will rest solely with the purchaser / new owner. City of Gold Coast maintain and control the Tallebudgera end of the track up to the tiny creek crossing near the North East boundary of the farm. They may decide to re-route the track from that point up if there is a discontinuance of legal access, but that is something that may require some lobbying to achieve - so I would urge you keep an eye on the website for any developments in that regard. This is one of few notices ever sent to http://www.thecreamtrack.com.au permit applicants, but we thought it was important to let you know and hope you don't mind the intrusion.
It appears to have been sent to a large number of people on a mailing list so I assume there's no issue with republishing it here.
Here's the real estate listing, for any of you with suitably deep pockets . They're selling the adjoining block 2960 as well. https://www.realestate.com.au/property- ... -203014942 Hopefully the GCCC will strike a similar agreement with the new owners. For those of you who are also GCCC ratepayers (or regular visitors), I'm thinking it may be worth an email to the Council, just to let them know there's some interest.