CANBERRA BUSHWALKING CLUB ACTIVITY PROGRAM

After December 2005

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

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Wednesday 11 January – Wednesday Walk

The regular mid-week walk series continues, close to Canberra with a destination to be decided. Contact the leader before 8:00pm Tuesday to find out destination and meeting place. Leader: Allan M

Thursday Evening 12 January – Campbell Park – S/E

Be at the northern end of the airport side of the Campbell Park offices car park at 6:30pm. The walk follows the track along the eastern side of the Ainslie reserve toward Mt Majura then loops back. No need to book. Map: n/a Leader: Stan Marks stan.marks@dotars.gov.au, 6254 9568(h) or 6274 7350(w) Transport: drive yourself

Saturday 14 January – Kosciuszko NP: Mts Clarke, Northcote, Lee, Carruthers, and Club Lake and Club Lake Ck. – M/M

Starts Charlottes Pass. The first two 2,100m+ summits are rarely visited but give fine and interesting views of the Snowies. Dark and brooding Club Lake is also usually bypassed, and the walk beside the creek leading from it is a sheer delight. Car camp at Island Bend for those staying for Sunday's walk. Map: Perisher Valley 1:25000 Leader: Jeff B Transport: ~$35 plus KNP entry Limit: 12

Sunday 15 January – Kosciuszko NP: Mt Twynam, Blue Lake, Hedley Tarn – M/M

Starts Charlottes Pass. Along the Lakes Walk track to near Mt Carruthers, then north along the Main Range to Mt Twynam, 2,196m and third highest mountain in Australia. Back via Little Twynam, Blue Lake and Hedley Tarn. Map: Perisher Valley 1:25000 Leader: Jeff B Transport: ~$35 plus KNP entry Limit: 12

14-15 January – Tuross River – S/M

Suitable for beginners. From the junction with Woila Creek, walk 5-6 kms down the Tuross to camp on a sandy bend with cliff views and a nice pool. Return the same way. A relaxed summer trip with plenty of swimming in the beautiful Tuross River. Small 4WDs preferable for the drive in. Map: Belowra 1:25000 Leader: Rene D Transport: ~$28

Thursday Evening 19 January – Mulligans Flat East – S/E

Meet 6:30pm in the main Mulligans Flat car park. Go down Old Gundaroo Road (off Horse Park Rd toward its western end) until you see the car park on your right. Nice open bushland. No need to book. Map: n/a Leader: Stan Marks stan.marks@dotars.gov.au, 6254 9568(h) or 6274 7350(w) Transport: drive yourself

Sunday 22 January – Tolwong Chimneys, Shoalhaven Blockup Gorge – M/M

Starts at the end of the Trestle Track in the Bungonia Recreation Area from where we descend 320m down to the Shoalhaven River to cross the river in knee-deep water below the site of the old copper smelter. After inspecting the smelter chimneys we cross back again for an easy walk to almost the start of Blockup Gorge for lunch and an afternoon of swimming. Liloing up part of Blockup Gorge may also be possible depending on conditions. If it’s a hot day we may not attempt the climb out until after 6:00pm, which means arriving home after 8:30pm. The area has some interesting rock formations and nice views but the last section of the track out is steep. Numbers may be limited by the availability of 4WD vehicles. Map: Caoura 1:25000 Leader: Michael G Transport: ~$24 incl. park fee

(Saturday 21) Sunday 22 January – Belowra Creek, Yadboro River – M/M

Arguably the best stretch of pools in the Budawangs. We will car-camp by the Yadboro River Saturday night and walk/swim with day packs on Sunday. Maps: Corang 1:25000 or CMW Budawangs. Leader: George C Transport: ~$28

21-22 January – Kybean River Car Camp – M/M

On Saturday, drive to Numeralla (1½ hours via Cooma). Car camp on private property by the Kybean River. M/M walk with day packs. Climb about 200m to walk along a ridge beside the Kybean River heading south. Drop down to the river for lunch and swims and then return along the river; all in the new nature reserve. Sunday: a shorter walk in the area or visit Tuross Falls and return to Canberra via Captains Flat. Map: Numeralla 1:25000 Leader: Lucinda L Transport: ~$25

21-22 January – Southern Budawangs: Upper Belowra Creek – 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 in the upper reaches of Belowra Creek and to explore more tributaries. Map: Brooman 1:25000 Leader: Chris L Transport: ~$28

Thursday Evening 26 January – Goorooyaroo Nature Park Again – S/E

Meet at 6:30pm in the parking area on the northern side of Horse Park Drive about 1.5km toward Gungahlin from its junction with the Federal Highway (the Gungahlin exit). This walk will be different from the last one in this park. No need to book. Map: n/a Leader: Stan Marks stan.marks@dotars.gov.au, 6254 9568(h) or 6274 7350(w) Transport: drive yourself

Thursday 26 - Sunday 29 January – Tuross/ Jillicambra – M/R/X

Four days away from the holiday crowds exploring some of the creeks and spurs of Jillicambra Mtn. From the Woila/Tuross junction, walk four kms downstream and ascend the large creek on the eastern side of Jillicambra to camp on the forested plateau beneath the summit. The remainder of the route will depend on the temperature and amount of water in the creeks, and allow for some relaxation on the Tuross. Map: Belowra 1:25000 Leader: Meg M Transport: ~$28 Limit: 8 Bookings: by Monday 23 January

Thursday 26 - Sunday 29 January – Chimneys Ridge - Mt Stony; Kosciuszko NP – M/M/X

The upper Thredbo provides access to a number of points overlooking the middle Snowy valley and the Monaro beyond. There's Purgatory and Paradise Hills to the south, and to the east beyond The Chimneys the chance to explore to the high bulks of Mts Stony and Pepper and the streams behind them. Map: Thredbo 1:50000 Leader: Rupert B Transport: ~$50 Limit: 8

(27) 28-29 January 2005 – Kosciuszko Gourmet Weekend – (various walk grades)

We will drive to our accommodation (Southern Alps Ski Club Lodge) at Charlottes Pass on Friday evening. On Saturday, we will offer two walks, the Blue Lake-Kosciuszko circuit (6hrs actual walking all on track) led by Tom G and another walk led by Ross A from the car park at the start of this track along Kangaroo Ridge to the Eastern Ramsheads. On Monday, a short walk (possible options here too), probably 2hrs on track then home. An ‘everyone bring something’ meal on Saturday evening. Map: Perisher Valley 1:25000 Leader: Bookings to Stan Marks, organiser of the weekend, stan.marks@dotars.gov.au, 6254 9568(h) or 6274 7350(w) Transport: ~$50 including Park entry Accommodation: ~$40

Thursday Evening 2 February – Ainslie/ Majura – S/E

Be at the entrance to the park on Mackenzie St, Hackett, just north of the Grayson St intersection. Be there at 6:30pm for a walk in the area between Mt Ainslie and Mt Majura. No need to book. Map: n/a Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) or Stan.marks@dotars.gov.au Transport: drive yourself

Sunday 5 February – Mt Gingera – M/E

Starting near Mt Ginini, we walk along the Brindabella Range to 1857m Mt Gingera, which has views to Canberra in one direction and the Snowies in the other. Mainly easy walking on a fire trail or through open sub-alpine forest, but there is one steep section onto Gingera itself. Map: Corin Dam 1:25000 or ACT 1:100000 Leader: Jeff B Transport: ~$15 Limit: 12

4-5 February – Durras Mountain – S/M

A pretty location and day walk over the mountain and back along the beatch on Saturday. Camp locally. Surf and a short walk on Sunday before the drive home. Map: Durras 1:25000 Leader: Jenny H Transport: ~$30

Sunday 5 February – Umpteenth Ettrema Day Trip – M/R

This popular trip gives day walkers a chance to see why weekend walkers rave about Ettrema. After a steep and rough descent into Ettrema via a creek near the upstream end of Sentry Box Canyon, we bludge for several hours from pool to pool upstream to Rock Slabs Creek (the one downstream of Bullfrog), by which we reluctantly leave. Map: Nerriga 1:25000 Leader: Keith T Transport: ~$27 Limit: 8

4-5 February – Classic Ettrema – M/R

From Quiera Clearing, descend to Ettrema via Transportation Spur, explore Ettrema and Jones Creek, and exit via Rock Slabs Creek after rendezvous with the day trip. This trip includes many swimming opportunities, and much rock hopping. It will not be particularly energetic, but is not suited to those who are slow or nervous on rocks. Map: Touga 1:25000 Leader: Alan V Transport: ~$27 Limit: 8

Tuesday Evening 7 February – Red Rocks Gorge – S/E

Meet at Kambah Pool car park by 6:00pm with bathers and tea. We will walk along the undulating dirt track to the Gorge. Note: It is rough and bushy descending to the river. Enjoy a swim and a light meal by the river, then return the same way. No need to book. Leader: Janet E Transport: drive yourself

Wednesday 8 February – Wednesday Walk

The regular mid-week walk series continues, close to Canberra with a destination to be decided. Contact the leader before 8:00pm Tuesday to find out destination and meeting place. Leader: Allan M

Thursday Evening 9 February – Mulligans Flat – S/E

Meet 6:30pm in the main Mulligans Flat car park. Go down Old Gundaroo Road (off Horse Park Rd toward its western end) until you see the car park on your right. Nice open bushland. There are loads of walks in this area, we won’t duplicate the last one. No need to book. Map: n/a Leader: Stan Marks stan.marks@dotars.gov.au, 6254 9568(h), or 6274 7350(w) Transport: drive yourself

Saturday 11 February – The Rams Heads, Kosciuszko National Park – M/M

From Dead Horse Gap, climb up about 500m to Rams Head South (2050m). Lunch by a waterfall and a chance to climb North Rams Head. Return via the rocky knolls on The Karels to the Dead Horse Gap Trail. Maps: Perisher Valley and Chimneys Ridge 1:25000 Leader: Ross A Transport: ~$35 plus Park entry Limit: 8

Sunday 12 February – Bundanoon Lookout and Creeks – S/M/W

Walk first to beautiful Erith coal mine falls before continuing along the road and track to sample a few lookouts providing views of Bundanoon Creek Gorge; then a steep, slightly bushy descent from Tooths Lookout to the Creek. Enjoy lunch by a delightful creek. Then the best part! Walk/paddle down a small creek and discover a hidden waterfall in a cave. Exit via Fairy Bower Falls. Map: Bundanoon 1:25000 Leaders: Vance B and Janet E. All bookings to Janet Transport: ~$28

11-12 February – Yadboro River - Freemans Creek – M/R

From Wog Wog follow the bridle track via Cockpit Swamp to camp on the Yadboro River. We will walk back up the scenic Freemans Creek to the tops near Corang Peak. Map: Corang 1:25000 Leader: Rene D Transport: ~$27 Limit: 8

(12) 13-16 February – Lake Tali Karng and The Sentinels – L/M-R/W

Tali Karng is an isolated lake of exquisite beauty, hidden deep in Victoria’s Alpine National Park. Formed about 1500 years ago by a landslide from The Sentinels Plateau, it is Australia’s only natural highland lake not of glacial or volcanic origin. Our approach to the lake will be from Tamboritha Road, via Wellington R. and Riggall Spur. Return will via the Valley of Destruction. Note: the walk includes over 30 river crossings. Map: Vicmap Licola-Wellington 1:50000 Leader: Terence U Transport: tba Limit: 6

Tuesday Evening 14 February – Urambi Hill Nature Park – S/E

Meet at Florence Drive in Greenway (Map 87 M9 in phone book) by 6:00pm. We will follow the tracks around and up the hills. Tea as usual in a scenic spot. No need to book. Leader: Janet E Transport: drive yourself

Thursday Evening 16 February – Bruce and O'Connor Ridges – S/E

Meet at 6:30pm in the the car park opposite 160 Dryandra St, O'Connor for a walk in these two delightful areas. No need to book. Map: n/a Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) or stan.marks@dotars.gov.au Transport: drive yourself

(16) 17-18 February – Cathedral Range – M/R

The Cathedral Range is a knife-edged crescent ridge about 100km north-east of Melbourne. The terrain is steep, difficult and loose underfoot in places but the spectacularly rugged peaks and stunning views are ample reward for the effort needed to get there. We’ll tackle the northern peaks (The Cathedral, Cathedral North, Little Cathedral, Neds Peak) and the southern peaks (South Jawbone, Sugarloaf Peak and The Buttresses) with day packs, from a base camp at Cooks Mill. Map: Vicmap OLM Cathedral Range 1:25000 Leader: Terence U Transport: tba Limit: 6

Saturday 18 February – Mt Yarara and Clear Range – L/M

A walk along the Clear Range following the ACT/ NSW border. Mainly on track, although there is a 600m climb, several crossings of the Naas River and a 2km bush bash down a steep slope. Map: Michelago 1:25000 Leader: Roger E Transport: ~$8

Sunday 19 February – Tidbinbilla NR: Cotter River via Fishing Gap – M/M(R)

We’ll start and finish at the Fishing Gap car park. A pleasant stroll along the fire trial to Fishing Gap and then we'll look for the twisting track that once led down to the Cotter through some fine Eucalypt woodland. Lunch by the banks of the Cotter and return via the same route. Should be back relatively early and time for a cuppa at Tidbinbilla Tracking Station. Map: Tidbinbilla 1:25000 Leader: John K Transport: ~$5 Limit: 8

(17) 18-19 February – Kowmung River – M/M

Drive to Kanangra Walls Friday night. After spectacular views from the Walls, descend to the Kowmung via Gingra Range and Brumby Ridge, one of the easiest routes. Camp beneath Orange Bluff, a five star campsite, with the option of walking upstream 1½ km to a superb swimming pool. Return via the same route. 800m descent and ascent. A relatively easy introduction to walking in the southern Blue Mountains. Maps: Kanangra, Yerranderie 1:25000 Leader: Meg M Transport: ~$42+NP fees Limit: 8

18-19 February – Shoalhaven River, Canoe Flat, Billy Bulloos Canyon – M/M

We drop 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 and a stroll up Billy Bulloos Canyon. Sunday, we return the way we came in. Map: Caoura 1:25000 Leader: George C Transport: ~$20

Tuesday Evening 21 February – Jerrabomberra Wetlands – S/E

Meet by 6:00pm at the Dairy Flat Road carpark (Map 69 D1 in Phone book). No need to book, just bring a light meal and binoculars to view the birds and if it's very hot hopefully the bird hides will be cooler. Leader: Janet E Transport: drive yourself

Thursday Evening 23 February – Flat Black Mountain – S/E

Meet at 6:30pm. Park at the end of Frith St near the electricity sub-station for a wander around the reserve. No need to book. Map: n/a Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) or stan.marks@dotars.gov.au Transport: drive yourself

Saturday 25 February – Upper Ginini Falls – S/M

These falls are in the cool high wetlands of the Brindabellas near Mt Ginini. The walk is short and through snow gum bushland and on the edges of peat lands. I would also like to explore a little bit beyond the falls. I wonder if we may see any little black and yellow frogs? Map: Corin Dam 1:25000 Leader: Chris L Transport: ~$17

25-26 February – Corang Cascades – M/M

An easy camp/walk for beginners or any walkers who like to laze beside a river. We start walking from the Wog Wog entrance of the Morton NP for about 3 hours on a pleasant undulating track through stringy-bark woodland to a picturesque site beside the Corang River where we pitch tents. The rest of the day will be spent exploring the river; sliding down cascades and waterfalls. Return on Sunday after another swim. Map: Corang 1:25000 or CMW Budawangs Leader: Janet E Transport: ~$25

25-26 February – Brindabellas – M/M-R

This circuit will traverse the slopes on the Western side on Corin Dam. We will visit the Upper Ginini Falls, Upper Stockyard Creek, Snowy Flats Creek and possibly camp at Hanging Flat. Day two will return via Mt Gingera summit and the Mount Franklin Fire trail. Map: Corin Dam 1:25000 Leader: Chris L Transport: ~$17

Tuesday Evening 28 February – Circumnavigation of Lake Tuggeranong –S/E

Meet at Florence Drive in Greenway (Map 87 M9 in phone book) by 6:00pm. Plan to walk around this lake, which is something I've wanted to do for ages. So join me! Bring water, light meal and possibly camera. No need to book. Leader: Janet E Transport: drive yourself

4-5 March – Tims Gully and Wineglass Tor – M/R

From Tulleyangela Clearing we will proceed either N or S of North Oaky Creek to the old diggings at Peach Tree Canal. From there we will ascend gently to Wineglass Tor for spectacular views of Great Horseshoe Bend, then drop to the Shoalhaven to proceed via Little Horseshoe Bend to camp near the junction of Tims Gully and the Shoalhaven. Next day we will visit Sparkes Falls then follow a series of mainly open ridges back to the cars. This trip has great scenery, historical sites, and, thanks to an early start, plenty of swimming opportunities. It is described in Fitzroy Falls and Beyond, p178ff. Map: Touga 1:25000 Leader: Alan V Transport: ~$27

Tuesday Evening 7 March – Callum Brae Woodland Reserve – S/E

Meet at the stile about 400m down Narrabundah Lane, from Mugga Lane end (just past Quamby) by 6:00pm (Map 69 J19 in Phone Book). Last year we visited this park and it was so pleasant I thought it needed a return visit. We walk through open grasslands, viewing birds and plants. Enjoy a light meal maybe at one of the 3 dams. No need to book. Leader: Janet E Transport: drive yourself

Wednesday 8 March – Wednesday Walk

The regular mid-week walk series continues, close to Canberra with a destination to be decided. Contact the leader before 8:00pm Tuesday to find out destination and meeting place. Leader: Allan M

Sunday 12 March – Corang Peak and Arch – L/M

This is a long 21 km scenic walk. We start from the Wog Wog entrance of the Morton NP. Walk along an undulating track. Lunch at the top of Corang Peak admiring views then continue onto the magnificent huge stone arch. Brave people walk on top and I stay looking at them from the side!! Return the same way. Map: Corang 1:25000 or CMW Budawangs Leader: Janet E Transport: ~$25

Tuesday 14 March – Cooleman Ridge Woodland Reserve – S/E

Meet at 6:00pm with food and water at Namatjira Street in Fisher, opposite the open parklands, near the speed sign. (Map 77 G8 in the phone book) A gentle meander up and around the southern side of Mt Arawang. Enjoy tea at a scenic spot. No need to book. Map: n/a Leader: Janet E Transport: drive yourself

18-20 March – Northern Budawangs: Quiltys, Sturgiss and Elliot – M/R

A magnificent juxtaposition of rainforests, sandstone cliffs and mountain tops with views that will take your breath away. Mostly on tracks but there are some rough sections getting up and down the mountains. Map: Endrick 1:25000 or CMW Budawangs Leader: George C Transport: ~$26 Limit: 8

Saturday 25 March – Shoalhaven Blockup Gorge – S/E-M/W

We descend over 300m into the Shoalhaven River following the Blue Track and then to the start of the Blockup Gorge where we enjoy lunch. This is a superb swimming spot and you can swim, lilo or bring something to keep you afloat if necessary. You need to swim about 300m downstream and then you are in the middle of a steep canyon. One time we saw rock-climbers abseiling down towards us. They were surprised to see us! There is a 300m climb up. The access road is a 4WD so please volunteer; Subarus are OK too. Map: Caoura 1:25000 Leaders: Vance B and Janet E. Bookings to Janet Transport: ~$30 including park fee

Sunday 26 March – Corn Trail – M/M

Follow the full length of the trail used in the 1830's from the Clyde Mountain down to the Bolero Valley (drop 500m in 14km with some up hill). 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. Passengers will be dropped off at the top of the trail and commence walking immediately while the drivers do a car shuffle (80 minutes). Drivers will start walking from the end of the 4WD trail, aiming to catch up to the first party at lunchtime. Be prepared for leeches and a possible knee deep walk through the river at the end of the trail. Maps: Monga and Araluen 1:25000 Leader: Michael G Transport: ~$30

Tuesday 28 March – Dairy Farmers Hill and Cork Plantation – S/M

Sadly this is the last of the Tuesday daylight saving walks so we'll return where we started. Meet at the underpass near Lady Denham Drive and just off Tuggeranong Parkway by 6:00pm with some food and water. We'll follow the tracks to the summit of the Hill where we'll have tea and then saunter along to the Cork Plantation and then wander back to the cars. No need to book. Map: n/a Leader: Janet E Transport: drive yourself

8-9 April – Mt Morgan, Mt Murray – M/M

On Saturday we follow an old bridle trail from Gurrangorambla Creek which goes over Mt Morgan and down to a five star camp site just above the Goodradigbee River. On Sunday, we pick up another bridle trail leading up to the twin peaks of Mt Murray for breathtaking views, then descend to Dunns Flat and return via Oldfields Hut. Maps: Rules Point and Rendezvous Creek 1:25000 Leader: George C Transport: ~$33 Limit: 8

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