March 2005

The program for a month usually covers walks from the second Wednesday of the month to the second Wednesday of the following month. This program covers from the second Wednesday of March to the second Wednesday of April.

For more walks, see the Program for last month or next month.

If you are not familiar with the procedures of the Club, please read the Information for Walkers for details of booking on a walk, gradings, our disclaimer, search and rescue procedures, equipment hire etc.

If you are interested in taking part in Club activities, contact

Thursday evening, 10 March – Dairy Farmer’s Hill S/E

Meet at 6.45 in the parking area of the National Aquarium. The objective of the walk is Dairy Farmer’s Hill at sunset. Great views. No need to book. Map: n/a Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568 (h), 6274 7350 (w), email: Transport: drive yourself.

Saturday 12 March – Snowy Corner – M/R

This walk starts from the top car park in Tidbinbilla, climbs steeply to the top of the ridge, crosses the Mountain and descends to the Camel Hump fire trail from a point near the Peak. Always a spectacular round. Map: Tidbinbilla 1:25,000 Leader: Rob H Transport: ~$8, there may/may not be a park entry fee.

Sunday 13 March – Corn Trail – M/M

Follow the full length of the trail used in the 1830s from the Clyde Mountain down to the Bolero Valley (drop 500 metres in 14 kilometres).  Part of the trail goes through a rain forest with huge crows nest ferns, tree ferns and cabbage palms, there are also distant views of the Castle, Pigeon House and the coast.  Intend to drop passengers off at the top of the trail next to the Kings Highway for an early morning tea/breakfast while the drivers do a car shuffle (one hour and twenty minutes).  Aim for the drivers to catch up to the rest of the party by lunch.  Be prepared for leeches and a possible knee deep walk through the river at the end of the trail. Maps: Monga & Araluen Leaders: Andrew M and Michael G (all bookings) Transport: ~$27  

12-13 March – Shoalhaven River, Canoe Flat, Billy Bulloos Canyon – M/M

This is the warmest river in our area and provides a nice finish to the summer. We drop into the Shoalhaven Gorge from Badgeries Lookout and follow the river downstream to a superb campsite and pool at Canoe Flat. This part of the gorge is very picturesque, with magnificent sandstone cliffs running along the top of the escarpment. There will be plenty of time for swimming and a stroll up Billy Bullos Canyon. Sunday, we return the way we came in. Map: Caoura 1:25000. Leader: George C Transport: ~$20.

Thursday evening, 17 March – Lake Burley Griffin S/E

Meet at 6.45 in the parking area of the National Aquarium. We will wander around the lake shore on the walking path. A great place to be at sunset. No need to book. Map: n/a Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568 (h), 6274 7350 (w) or Transport: drive yourself

Saturday 19 March – Blue Gum Creek – M/R

This trip is in the area of Mt Lincoln, starting from Smokers Trail car park and climbing the feature roughly north of Lincoln. Map: Corin Dam 1:25,000 Leader: Rob H Transport: ~$8.

Monday 21 March – Square Rock – S/E

This is a pleasant trip with a great spot for morning tea, overlooking Kangaroo Creek and across to Gingera, etc. Map: Corin Dam 1:25,000 Leader: Jenny H Transport:~$8

19-21 March – Kosciusko N.P. – M/M

Mt Jagungal area. Saturday: walk in from Round Mtn along a fire trail through spectacular mountain plains and snow gum woodlands (possibly singed), via Tollong Range, Derschkos Hut and camp by Tumut River, below Mt Jagungal. Sunday: explore the Mt Jagungal area.  Monday: return along Farm Ridge, via Round Mtn Hut to Round Mtn carpark.   Map: Kosciusko 1:100 000. Jagungal 1:25,000 Leader: John K Transport: ~$35. Limit of 8.

(18) 19, 20, 21 March – Canberra Day long weekend trip- Far South Coast- M/R/W

Route: Mimosa Rocks N.P. (Aragunu) – Bithry Inlet – Middle Beach – Nelson Beach – Tathra – Kangarutha Track – Bournda Beach – Tura Beach. A partly exploratory trip along this wonderful stretch of coastline. Scrub, beach walking and tracks. We will also need to swim with packs across two inlets (waterproofing packs needed). Expect to carry water. Friday night departure from Canberra. Limit of 8. Stoves only. Maps: Murrah, Bega, and Wolumla 1:25,000 Leader: Ian S Transport: tba; Car shuttle required.

(18), 19, 20, 21 March – Mt Dromedary /Pinkwood Creek – M/E

Plan to leave Canberra early Friday evening, arriving at Central Tilba Farm Cabins in preparation for an early assault on Mt Dromedary on Saturday, and back to the Dromedary Hotel for dinner on Saturday night. Sunday’s walk is North of Narooma in Deua National Park. It is a scenic rainforest walk with mountain vistas, lush fern gullies, an optional short trek after lunch to the top of ‘two eagles’ Mt, and a visit to spectacular Hanging Mt lookout on the return trip. Optional short walk on Monday before return home. Maps: Nerigundah & Bendethera 1:25000, Leader: Barry K Transport: ~ $40, Accommodation: Central Tilba Farm Cabins at $15 per night ($45 for the long weekend)

Friday 25 March - North of Cotter Rocks- L/M

There is an extensive ridge of rocks to the north of Cotter Rocks that may be worth exploring. Distance is about 26 kilometres with a fair amount of scrub to negotiate. Map Corin Dam & Rendezvous Creek  1:25,000 Leader Roger E. Transport $8.00  Limit 8 

Easter Friday 25 March – Moonlight Hollow – M/E

Walk through forest from Bulls Head on Mt Franklin Road. Much of the area was not burnt and where the fires did go, generally only the ground cover burnt leaving the canopy untouched. The ground cover has regenerated. Lunch at Bendora Arboretum which did not burn. The walk ranges between 1000m and 1330m elevation and will be pleasantly cool. About 15km on good track, 5 hrs actual walking. Map: Corin Dam Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), email (work): Transport: ~$12

Easter Saturday afternoon, 26 March – Mulligan’s Flat – S/E 

Meet at 2pm in the main Mulligan’s Flat car park.  To get there, go down Old Gundaroo Road (off Horse Park Rd toward its western end) until you see the car park on your right. Nice open bush and interesting views from the hills. About 3hrs actual walking. Map: n/a Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) or Transport: drive yourself but tell me when you book if you want a ride

Easter Sunday 27 March – Tidbinbilla – S/E

Following last year’s Great Australian Bushwalk the ACT Government will hold a similar walk at Tidbinbilla starting at 9am.The walk would be around 8-10km with participants being bused to the walk start. It is part of the Easter Extravaganza at Tidbinbilla. Following the walk will be an afternoon of family activities.Once again we are seeking help from walk leaders. The ACT Government contact is Margaret Wade, 62076949, . If you want to be a leader on the day you should contact her ASAP.

 Easter Monday 28 March – Tinderry – M/E 

This walk is just east of the Tinderry range in the national park. Follow the Round Flat and East Tinderry fire trails north from the Tinderry Road through open bush to an unnamed peak of 1335m for lunch then back to the cars.It should be pleasant and cool. Net climb is under 200m. Map: Tinderry 1:25,000. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568 (h), 6274 7350 (w), Transport: ~$15.

25-28 March. Easter Trip – Yaouk, Oldfields Hut, Blue Waterholes, Goodradigbee River, Mount Murray – M/M

A circuit of 60 km across varied terrain. Some lovely campsites. About half is off tracks. It includes a possible look at some of the caves and Cave Creek Gorge. Maps: Yaouk, Rules Point, plus a bit of Peppercorn, 1:25000. Leader: Steve G Transport: ~$20.

25- 28 March – Easter Trip; Circumnavigation and ascent of Jillicambra Mountain – M/R

A great chance to do some end of summer swimming in the splendid pools along the Tuross River before heading to Myrtle Creek. Ascend Jillicambra Mountain and descend the north ridge to the Tuross. Map: Belowra 1:25,000. Leader: Irene D Transport: $25. Limit of 8.

Saturday 2 April – Black Range – M/E

From the Forbes Creek track head, follow the trail north through attractive open forest to South Black Range trig point with its enormous rock for morning tea, then off track along an open ridge for about a km to rejoin the track. Then on to lunch before returning along the track. About 4hrs actual walking. Has some of the feel of a coastal forest. Map: Bombay 1:25,000. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568 (h), 6274 7350 (w), Transport: ~$12

Sunday 3 April – Palerang – M/R

We’ll visit Palerang, the central mountain of the new council with the same name. Going in from the Braidwood-Bombay end we follow the Bombay Fire Trail, visit point 1059 and transverse the rocky ridges of Palerang itself to return via the Mulloon Fire Trail.Maps: Bombay 1:25 000. Leader: Gösta L Transport $15

2- 3 April – Brindabella N.P. - Waterfall Creek from Dingo Dell – M/MR.

This region has gradually been opening up to me as highly worthwhile bushwalking country because of the many open vantage points, clean creeks and mature forests. The proposed route for this trip will include some open and rocky ridges, upper Mountain Creek, the rugged and scenic gorge at Waterfall Creek and a little bit of fire trail. Camp will be somewhere near the top of the falls. Map: Umburra 1:25000 Leader: Chris L Transport: $10

Saturday 9 April – Nattai Gorge/Boxvale Tramway – M/M

Walk through light forest then traverse the spectacular and beautiful Nattai Gorge near Mittagong. Lunch at Boxvale Creek then back to the cars along the historic tramway alignment. All on track but a steep climb out of the gorge. About 4 1/4 hrs actual walking. Map: to be provided Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568 (h), 6274 7350 (w), Transport: ~$30

Sunday 10 April, Tidbinbilla M/M(R)

A walk to explore the ‘bare bones’ of Tidbinbilla’s major peaks - Fishing Gap Car Park to Fishing Gap, Mt Domain, Tidbinbilla Mtn, Tidbinbilla Peak, John’s Peak, Camel’s Back Firetrail to car park. Short car shuffle. Limit of 8 Leader: John K Transport: ~$6. Map: Tidbinbilla 1:25,000

9-10 April – Kanangra-Boyd N.P. – L/R/W

Route: Pindari Top – Colboyd Range – Arabanoo Peak – Christy’s Creek – Badbury Spur – Wallara Ridge – Barralliers Crown – Gogy Ridge – Kanangra Road. Early start both days, short swim (with pack) and wades, limit of eight. Maps: Kanangra & Yerranderie 1:25,000, Gundungera sketch Leader: Ian S Transport: c.$38.00 plus park entry. Friday night departure from Canberra.

April 9-10 – Shoalhaven Crossover – Walk and Canoe the Shoalhaven in one trip – M/M

This popular trip from the last five years traverses a picturesque stretch of the Shoalhaven. It involves a canoe paddle of 15km and a 14km walk with a descent/ascent of 500 metres. While no canoeing experience is necessary, a reasonable level of fitness and water skills will be required to ensure all participants enjoy this wonderful experience. Half the party will descend to the Shoalhaven from Badgery’s Lookout then walk downstream to camp at Fossickers Flat. The other half will paddle hired canoes from Tallowa Dam to Fossickers Flat. On the Sunday, the walkers and paddlers will swap roles. A car swap is required. Please book early, as canoes need to be organised. Map: Caoura 1:25000, Burrier 1:25000 Leaders: Peter H and Steven S Bookings: Peter H

9-10 April – Main Range, KNP – M/M

The Lakes Walk with a difference. From Charlottes Pass follow the walking track to Blue Lake lookout.  After a side trip to Mt Twynam, continue towards Mt Kosciuszko before dropping down to Lake Albina.  A steep climb up from the lake to camp amongst the granite tors near Mt Townsend.  Sunday climb Australia’s two highest peaks Mts Kosciuszko and Townsend before returning to Charlottes Pass via Kangaroo Ridge & Mt Stilwell. Sunday mostly off track.  Map:  Kosciuszko 1:50,000 or the new 1:25,000 map  Leaders: Gloria M/Lauraine R, bookings to Lauraine Transport: $30 + park entry.   Fuel stoves only. Limit 8


Wednesday 13 April – Wednesday Walk

The regular mid-week walk series continues, close to Canberra with a destination to be decided. Contact the leader before 8pm Tuesday to find out destination and meeting place. Leader: Allan M.

For more walks, see the Program for last month or next month.

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