November 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 November to the second Wednesday of December.

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.

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12-13 November – Southern Budawangs: Belowra Creek Tributaries – M/R

This area in the shadow of Mt Currockbilly has picturesque rainforests and exquisite cascading crystal creeks. I plan to relocate a beautiful waterfall in a shady canyon and to explore more tributaries. Map: Brooman 1:25000 Leader: Chris L Transport: ~$28

12-13 November – Shoalhaven River: Canoe Flat – M/M

We drop down the steep track into the Shoalhaven Gorge from Badgerys 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. On Sunday, we return the way we came in. Map: Caoura 1:25000 Leader: Rene D Transport: ~$20

Tuesday Evening 15 November – Callum Brae Woodland Reserve – S/E

Meet at the stile about 400m down Narrabundah Lane, from the Mugga Lane end, (just past Quamby) by 6:00pm. This is a new nature park worthy of visiting. Walk through open grasslands and bring binoculars for the birdlife. A light meal by one of the dams while looking at birds. No need to book; just turn up with water and food. Map: Phone Book Map 69 J16 Leader: Janet E

Thursday Evening 17 November – Mt Ainslie – S/E

Meet at 6:30pm in the car park at the top of Mount Ainslie and walk to the west, north and east of the mountain. No need to book. Map: n/a Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) or Transport: drive yourself

Friday 18 - Sunday 20 November – Folly Point, Mt Elliott – M/R

This will be a circuit of the Northern Budawangs starting from the Sassafras entrance. Folly Point and Mt Elliott are magnificent vantage points overlooking Hollands Gorge and Clyde Gorge. Other features include Munnuldi Falls, Sluice Box Falls, a traverse of Sturgiss Mountain, Hidden Valley and rainforest in the headwaters of Kilpatrick Creek. Although most of the trip is on tracks there is a scrub bash between the two falls. Maps: Endrick 1:25000 or CMW Budawangs Leader: George C Transport: ~$29 Limit: 8

Saturday 19 November – Mt Burbidge – L/R

A flirt with the skirts of the main Bimberi Wilderness peaks. This will be a day long (and long day) jaunt, in via Middle Creek and Bogong Gap and out via the Yankee Hat saddle. They say there are excellent views down to Rotten Swamp and across to Mt Namadgi from Mt Burbidge. An early start and late finish for strong, quick walkers. More information at Maps: Rendezvous Creek and Yaouk 1:25000 Leader: John E Transport: ~$10 Limit: 8

Sunday 20 November – Moonlight Hollow – M/E

This walk runs on good tracks through quite lush forest, almost entirely unaffected by the fires, from Bulls Head on Mt Franklin Road to Bendora Arboretum (lunch) looping back via other tracks to the start. It ranges between 1000m and 1330m elevation so is generally cooler than the city. About 5¼ hrs actual walking. Map: Corin Dam 1:25000 Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) or Transport: ~$13

19-20 November – Pigeon House Sunrise – S/M

Saturday walk with day packs to Cathedral Cave, Castle Gap and (maybe) Cooyoyo Falls/Drip for a different perspective of the Budawangs. Dinner at the cars then up Longfella Pass for sunset and dry camp. Wake early Sunday for moonlight and dawn walk up Pigeon House (track, day pack) to watch the sun rise over the ocean and the changing hues of the cliffs, and breakfast. Leisurely return to the cars and early return to Canberra (lunch at Old Garage Cafe Braidwood). Maps: CMW Budawangs or Corang and Milton 1:25000. Leader: Jeff B Transport: ~$33-38 Limit: 12

21-25 November (approx) – Week o' walking – L/M-R.

Farewell dull cares for a vagabond's week in spring. First option: traverse western Kosciuszko NP with car-shuffle for a through walk. Second: a loop walk in the Tooma, Dargals, Strumbo area. Third option: something else (Budawangs?). Map: Kosciusko 1:100000 Leader: James A Transport: $33-$55

Tuesday Evening 22 November – Cooleman Ridge Woodland Reserve – S/E

We will have a gentle climb up the side of the hill towards Mt Arawang and then walk along the ridge to Kathers Street in Chapman where we’ll enjoy a light meal. Great views along the way. No need to book, just turn up with water and food at 6:00pm and park cars at Namatjira St opposite the open parklands, near the speed sign. Map: Phone Book Map 77 G8 Leader: Janet E

Thursday Evening 24 November – Mulligans Flat West – S/E

Meet at 6.30pm in the main Mulligans Flat carpark. 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. No need to book. Map: n/a Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) or Transport: drive yourself

Saturday 26 November – Murramarang NP – M/M

Route: Head-to-Head (Wasp Head to North Head). Mainly off-track, some beach stops. To Emily Miller Beach through the Hole-in-the-Wall. Then on to Burrawang forests, the Garden of Unearthly Gums, Richmond Beach headland, and via Oaky Beach to North Head, where we will find our cars. Bring tick protection. Note: 7:30am departure from Bungendore Bakery. Map: Durras 1:25000 Leader: Ross A Transport: ~$33 Limit: 10 fairly fast walkers.

(25) 26-27 November – Morton NP: Monolith Valley and Byangee Walls – M-L/M-R

We'll drive down Friday PM to the Yadboro campsite. Early start Saturday to rocket up Kalianna Ridge, and through to Castle Saddle, via the base of this wonderful landmark. Mandatory stop at DW's T-house. We'll aim to get to the spectacular Monolith Valley and possibly the Green Room before retracing our steps. Sunday we'll have a more civilised start with another scenic walk up to Byangee Walls via Cathedral Cave, the Natural Arch and Castle Gap. We'll scramble up Byangee for lunch on the highest point on the plateau. We'll return via the same route. Map: Corang 1:25000 Leader: John K Transport: ~$35 Limit: 12

26-28 November – Morton NP: Folly Point and Quiltys or Sturgiss Mountain – M/R

Three days in the northern Budawangs that has its first camp at 'one of the best views in NSW'. Then depending on numbers we'll do a side trip to Quiltys, or continue west via Dark Brothers Cave and Sturgiss Mtn to exit on the Corang River side. Some off-track walking and plenty of wildflowers. Map: Endrick 1:25000 Leader: Rupert B Transport: ~$35 Limit: 8

Tuesday Evening 29 November – Red Rocks Gorge – S/E (possible swim)

Meet at the Kambah Pool carpark at 6:00pm. We’ll follow the track to Red Rocks Gorge on the Murrumbidgee River. If hot, people can swim and eat a light meal. No need to book, just turn up with water and food. Map: Phone Book Map 77 A16 and continue on that road. Leader: Janet E

Thursday Evening 1 December – Black Mountain Hat Band – S/E

Meet 6.30pm, park at the end of Frith St near the electricity sub-station. Enjoy some views you didn’t know about - some distance from the top, there is a track around the mountain with 360° views. No need to book. Map: n/a Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) or Transport: drive yourself

Saturday 3 December – Mt Gingera – M/E

Enjoy the spectacular view and wildflowers. Start from Ginini car park via Pryors Hut, all on track with a 200 metre climb. Map: Corin Dam 1:25000 Leader: Michael G Transport: ~$18

Sunday 4 December – Shanahans Falls Creek – M/R

Descend from Shanahans Mountain to Shanahans Falls Creek and return along the Mt Clear Campground track. Some scree slopes and scrub to negotiate in descending to the creek. Short car shuffle required. Map: Colinton 1:25000 Leader: Roger E Transport: ~$18

3-4 December – Genoa River – S/M

Relax for the start of the summer season with a short walk on the Genoa River - only four kms downstream to an attractive campsite with plenty of swimming. The energetic can obtain views from nearby ridges. Suitable for walkers new to camping. Map: Nungatta 1:25000 Leader: Meg M Transport: ~$40

3- 4 December – Big Boggy and Chimneys – M-L/M-R

Revisit the magnificent Upper Thredbo River, post-fires, in wildflower season. Head east up the valley to Teddy's Hut ruin to camp. Spectacular views over the southern Monaro and Cobberas-Tingaringy areas. Wander to Mt Terrible (great place) and-or other parts of Chimneys Ridge. Sunday there will be more views and side-trips on the return to Dead Horse Gap. Mainly offtrack alpine walking. Maps: Thredbo and Kosciusko 1:50000 Leader: James A Transport: ~$40

Tuesday Evening 6 December – Mt Taylor to Farrer Ridge Woodland Reserve – S/E

Park cars by 6:03pm at the Mount Taylor Carpark on Woodcock Road. A gentle stroll along the base of Mount Taylor towards and along the Farrer Ridge as far as Yamba Drive. Enjoy a light meal along this ridge. There is no need to book; just turn up at the start with water and food. Map: Phone Book Map 77 Q5 Leader: Janet E

Thursday Evening 8 December – Goorooyaroo Nature Park – S/E

Be at the parking area on the northern side of Horse Park Drive about 1.5km toward Gungahlin from the Federal Hwy junction (Gungahlin exit) at 6.30 for a walk around the park. No need to book. Map: n/a Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) or Transport: drive yourself

10-11 December – Mt Bimberi – L/M

ACT’s highest mountain at 1911m. Approach from Mt Ginini. A summit camp will be nice. Maps: Corin Dam and Rendezvous Creek 1:25000 Leader: Chris L Transport: ~$17

Tuesday Evening 13 December – Red Hill Woodland Reserve – S/E

Meet at 6:00pm at Astley St, just off Flanagan St in Garran. We will follow the track towards the summit of Red Hill to eat a light meal and then circle around and back to the cars. No need to book, just turn up with water and food. Map: Phone Book Map 69 A13 Leader: Janet E

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

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