October 2006

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 October to the second Wednesday of November.

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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Saturday 14 October: Googong and Cumbean Reserves – M/E

The Cumbean Nature Reserve lies between Captains Flat Rd and the northern end of Googong Dam. This walk begins at the Cascades Car Park near the dam wall, follows the Bradleys Creek walk for a while and then crosses into the Cumbean Reserve, where we follow a basic track through open bush to an unnamed lookout for lunch. Return via a somewhat different route, part off track. About 4 hours actual walking. Map: Hoskinstown 1:25000 Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) or Transport: ~$10

Sunday 15 October: Great Horseshoe Bend –S/M

Strenuous 6km walk commencing at Bullion Hill going down to Great Horseshoe Bend on the Shoalhaven River in the Bungonia recreational Area. There are spectacular views along more than one half of the track and a 400m climb back out. As the road there (Matadooro Ridge Fire Trail) is only accessible by high clearance vehicles (Subaru Foresters, etc) numbers may be limited. Map: Touga 1:25000 Leader: MichaelG Transport: ~$29

14-15 October: Marica, High Ground, Milk Shanty – M/MR

Springtime ramble near Kiandra, with wildflowers, Jagungal views, and running water. Spectacular gorge scenery also. Camp early, then daypack explorations Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning. Note: an exploratory trip, entirely off-track. No fires or trekking poles. Map: Ravine 1:25000 Leader: JamesA Transport: $40-$50 Limit: 6

Sunday 22 October: Gulph Lookout, Johnstones Creek – S/M

A 10km walk almost all on fire trails. (Maps do not show the full length of the trails.) Visit a cliff top viewpoint overlooking Bundanoon and Nyes Creek gorges, then backtrack to Johnstones Creek and its rainforest. Maps: Wingello and Bundanoon 1:25000 Leader: JeffB Transport: ~$25 Limit: 12

(20)21-22 October: Durras Weekend 2 – M/E

Leave Canberra Friday night to stay in comfortable cabins at Depot Beach Caravan Park. On Saturday, Ross will lead a walk along the coast south of the Murramarang resort, from Wasp Head to North Head. Starting at high tide, it’s along beaches, Richmond Beach headland, the Olympic Pool, through the Garden of Unearthly Gums, via Oaky Beach and a climb up to North Head. Bring tick protection. If you like the coast, do this one. On Sunday, we’ll do the iconic Pigeon House with its spectacular views. Eat at the cabins each night. About 5 hours walking on Saturday, 3½ hours on Sunday. Bookings to Stan please. Maps: Durras/Milton 1:25000 Leaders: RossA and Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) or Transport: ~$45‑$50 Accommodation: ~$40

Tuesday 24 October: Booroomba Rocks from the East – M/R/X

A wander from Honeysuckle Creek to Booroomba Rocks car park, then down the Australian Alpine Walking Track to Booroomba Creek. North to a knoll, then west down and up the eastern flank of Booroomba Rocks. Along the rim to where the track arrives, then south-west to meet the track. 12km distance with 650m total climb. Further details at Contact the leader by 6pm the previous Sunday to discuss options. Maps: Corin Dam and Williamsdale 1:25000 Leader: JohnE Transport: ~$10 Limit: 8

Saturday 28 October: Mt Lincoln – M/R

This walk is in the Blue Gum Creek area and has become an annual favourite for my wife and me. Map: Corin Dam 1:25000 Leaders: JennyH and RobH Transport: ~$10

Sunday 29 October: Tumutbulla Ridge – M/M

A walk east of Captains Flat in the Tallaganda National Park. Climb from Wild Cattle Flats Road east along a fairly open ridge to the track along the ridge which forms the Great Divide at this point, and follow it south to Mt Tumutbulla (1321m) for lunch. From there, we drop to Wild Cattle Creek along another fairly open ridge, then back to the cars. Vegetation is varied and there are some interesting views. The walk is mostly off track. About 5¼ hours actual walking. Home via the purple eatery. Map: Tinderry 1:25000 Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) or Transport: ~$20

28-29 October: Picture Canyon Revisited – M/R

This trip to the rarely visited area in the north-west corner of the Budawangs sketch map will approach the area from Sassafras, the opposite direction from the previous trip in August. Maps: Endrick, Nerriga, Sassafras and Tianjara 1:25000; CMW Budawang Sketch Map Leader: KeithT [email to KeithT] Transport: ~$28 Limit: 8

(27)28-29(30) October: Ben Boyd National Park – M/M

Saltwater Creek - Light to Light track to Green cape and return. An excellent opportunity of seeing whales on their southern migration. Friday night departure from Canberra. Depending on the availability of people and vehicles I would like to make this a three-day trip. However it’s fine if you can only make it for the weekend Note: Stoves only. Map: Kiah and Narrabarba 1:25000 Leader: SandyB Transport: TBA.

Thursday Evening 2 November: Pinnacles Nature Park S/E

This is the first of a series of walks of 1½ to 2 hours duration on Thursday evenings during daylight saving, ending around sunset. Meet at 6:30pm at the end of Dungowan St, Hawker for a walk with views of the Brindabellas. No need to book. Map: N/A Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) or Transport: drive yourself

Saturday 4 November: Broom Clearing - 14th Year @ Cotter Hut

With strong encouragement from Namadgi National Park management the Club’s long-term project aimed at removal of this invasive species from the Upper Cotter area will take place again this year. Each year club members go to the area around the Cotter Hut and locate and clear any new broom plants that can be found. The seeds of this species can stay in the soil for well over 20 years and each plant can produce thousands of seeds. Our contribution has involved searching the area to locate infestations, removal by digging and detailed mapping. You will have the opportunity to travel to the Upper Cotter by vehicle and spend the day in a remote part of Namadgi. No special skills needed; if you have ever dug up weeds then you know what to do! Map: Rendezvous Creek 1:25000 Leader: JohnT Transport: ~$11

Saturday 4 November: Mt Aggie and Bendora Arboretum – M/E

Walk from the Aggie car park on track to Mt Aggie, then a mixture of on and off track back to the arboretum and the cars. The area is a mixture of vegetation types with some views. Car shuffle required. About 4 hours actual walking. Map: Tidbinbilla 1:25000 Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) or Transport: ~$20

Saturday 4 November: Heritage Festival, Orroral Valley – S/E

Celebrate our local heritage with a walk along the bush track from Orroral Campground to the old pioneer homestead still standing in Orroral Valley. Over afternoon tea hear of the exploits and adventures of the pioneer airman, Andy Cunningham, who lived at Orroral in the 1902s. Family groups welcome. Bookings required. Leader: JennyH

Sunday 5 November: Mt Gudgenby – M/R

Walk from the Boboyan carpark to Mt Gudgenby for good views from the top. The ascent of the mountain is off track. Map: Yaouk 1:25000 Leader: ReneD [email to ReneD] Transport: ~$13

4-5 November: Two out of Three Peaks in one Weekend in Morton NP – M/R

On the Saturday we drive to the Pigeon House, climb it and then go to Yadboro to camp. On the Sunday there is the option of the Castle (with John) or Byangee Mountain (with Gösta). People can chose what suits them best and we might even be able to wave to each other from these two great mountains. As Meatloaf once said ’two out of three ain’t bad’. Maps: Milton and Corang 1:25000 Leaders: JohnK and GöstaL. Book with JohnK. Transport: ~$35 Limit: 12

Tuesday 7 November: De Salis knobs - Eighty Acres to Cotter Gap from Orroral – L/M-R

I’ve heard of the hills south of Eighty Acres on the Cotter Hut Road and north of Cotter Gap referred to as De Salis knobs. Let’s stroll up the Orroral Valley in the early morning, then along the Cotter Hut Road to Eighty Acres. Then south over a knob or two to Cotter Gap and home via the Australian Alpine Walking Track. 23.1km distance and 700m total climb. Further details at Contact me by 6pm the previous Sunday to discuss options. Maps: Rendezvous Creek and Corin Dam 1:25000 Leader: JohnE Transport: ~$10 Limit: 8

Wednesday 8 November: Wednesday Walk

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

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