Take a hike across the spectacular Jinbroken Range, on private property in the Scenic Rim, with the annual Shepherds Walk.
The walk honours the memory of Aboriginal tribe’s people and Chinese Shepherds who lost their lives in conflict circa 1850 in the Kerry Valley.
The event, organised by The Historical Society of Beaudesert through the Beaudesert Historical Museum, is held on the third weekend in July.
Tickets cost $20 for adults and $10 for children under the age of 14, and the cost includes the bus to and from the event as well as a sausage sizzle lunch.
The event begins at 8am at the museum, 54 Brisbane Street Beaudesert, where you’ll board a bus to Christmas Creek to view a memorial monument and hear a short address on the historical significance of the day.
Participants hike from Christmas Creek over the Jinbroken Range to the wash pool on the Albert River in the Kerry Valley.
On the grounds near the river crossing, society members and members of the Beaudesert Restored Auto Club will have everything ready for participants to enjoy a real Aussie sausage sizzle, with tea, coffee, cordial and fresh damper and syrup. Buses will return to the Museum about 2.30pm.
Walkers must carry at least two litres of drinking water and have a reasonable level of fitness to handle steep walking.
About the Shepherds Walk:
Circa 1850 Messrs Barker, Christmas Creek (Western Slopes of Jinbroken Range) and Compigne, Nindooinbah (Eastern slopes of Jinbroken Range) employed many Chinese Shepherds to tend their flocks of sheep. When the sheep required washing prior to shearing, the shepherds would herd them to their respective wash pools at Christmas Creek and the Albert River at Kerry.
The families would visit each other socially for gatherings and would walk from Christmas Creek over the Jinbroken Range to the campsite at Kerry on the banks of the Albert River.
Early one morning there was a confrontation between the Shepherds at Christmas Creek and a group of local Aboriginal Tribesmen. During the skirmish it is reported that three Shepherds were killed, there being no report of Aboriginal fatalities or casualties if any.
Oral history relates that a girl said to be the wife of one Shepherd and sister to another, managed to hide and escaped unharmed, eventually walking over the track to the Shepherds hut by the washpool at Kerry to relate the events.
The annual commemorative walk of about 9km has been held since 1987, and numbers increase each year.
The event, held in association with the Beaudesert Restored Auto Club, is used to raise much needed funds for the maintenance of the Beaudesert Museum.
54 Brisbane Street Beaudesert,