February 2007

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 February to the second Wednesday of March.

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

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Wednesday 14 February: 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  

Saturday 17 February – Gigerline Gorge – M/R

This is just beyond Tharwa and requires a short car shuttle. Map: ACT 1:100000 Leaders: JennyH and RobH Transport: minimum $6

17-18 February – Genoa River – M/R

From Hopping Joe Creek, walk downstream approx 8kms to a superb campsite. Lots of swimming and river crossings. Map: Nungatta 1:25000 Leader: MegM Transport: minimum $42

17-18 February – Murramarang National Park – M/M/W

Murramarang NP offers some of Australia’s best coastal walking with secluded beaches, spectacular rock platforms, pristine lakes and magnificent spotted gum forests. Carrying day packs only, we’ll explore the coastline between Pebbly Beach and North Head as well as the foreshores of Durras Lake, overnighting in a cottage at South Durras. Includes some rock hopping/scrambling and at least two compulsory swims. Maps: Kioloa and Durras 1:25000 Leader: TerenceU Transport: minimum $32 Limit: 6

Tuesday Evening 20 February 6:00-8:00pm – Jerrabomberra Wetlands – S/E

Last year when I led this walk only 2 people of the group had been to the Wetlands, so here’s your chance! Meet by 6:00pm at the Dairy Flat Road carpark (Map70 D4 Yellow Pages Phone Book) with binoculars and a light meal. We’ll wander around this reserve viewing birds from the hides as well. No need to book, just turn up. Leader: JanetE

Wednesday 21 February: Monthly Meeting – 8:00pm in Main Meeting Room at St Johns Church Hall, Constitution Avenue, Reid

Walking in France: MegM and Frank M will present slides of the south of France coupled with practical information to help you plan your own relaxed exploration of the French countryside.

Thursday Evening 22 February – 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 Hwy (the Gungahlin exit). Will probably do Gecko Hill. No need to book. Map: n/a Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) or Transport: drive yourself

Sunday 25 February – Bullfrog Creek - Ettrema Creek - Rockslabs Creek – M-L/R

This is a reasonably vigorous walk down Bullfrog Creek into Ettrema Creek and exiting via Rockslabs Creek (the first significant creek north of Bullfrog Creek). Great views and marvellous pools. Map: Nerriga 1:25000 Leaders: ReneD and KeithT [email to KeithT] Transport: minimum $25 Limit: 8

Sunday 25 February – Corang Cascades – M/M

We start walking from the Wog Wog entrance of the Morton National Park for less than 3 hours on a pleasant undulating track through stringybark woodland, to a picturesque site beside the Corang River. “The best swimming hole in the Budawangs” some bushwalkers think. From here we can explore the cascades and waterfalls and slide down the rocks. We return to the cars the same way. Map: Corang 1:25000 or CMW Budawangs Leader: JanetE Transport: minimum $25

24–25 February – Southern ACT: Shanahans Mountain – M/R

Route: Shanahans Mountain - Reedy Creek - Horse Gully Hut - Shanahan Falls Creek - Shanahans Mountain. This was a nice walk before the 2003 fire. Hopefully it remains so. Map: Colinton 1:25000 Leader: RobH Transport: minimum $10

Tuesday Evening 27 February 6:00-8:00pm – Cooleman Ridge/Woodland Reserve – S/E

Meet by 6:00pm at Namatjira Street in Fisher, opposite the open parklands (Map 77 G8 in Yellow Pages Phone Book). This walk will include a gentle meandering walk up, along and around the Cooleman Ridge. Bring a light meal and we’ll find a scenic spot to eat it. No need to book, just turn up. Leader: JanetE

Thursday Evening 1 March – Burley Griffin – S/E

Meet at 6:30pm in the car park on the right of the road outside the Governor General’s residence on Dunrossil Drive for a wander along the lake to Weston Park and back. No need to book. Map: n/a Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) or Transport: drive yourself

Saturday 3 March – Kambah Pool - Bullen Range - Red Rock Gorge - Kambah Pool – M/M

This is an old favourite of mine. The views are good and there’s the option of several swims en route. Maps: ACT 1:100000 Leader: RobH Transport: drive yourself

3-4 March – Mounts Townsend and Kosciuszko – L/M, and The Porcupine – M/E

Saturday: (20km+) Charlotte Pass - Club Lake Creek - Northcote Pass - Lake Albina - Mount Townsend (arguably the best view in Australia) - Mt Kosciuszko (picnic dinner and sunset) - Kosciuszko Road (full moonlight). All open alpine country or track, but some steep climbs. I am prepared to arrange lodge accommodation in Charlotte Pass if people book well in advance, otherwise car camp at Island Bend. Sunday: (9km) Mt Wheatley and the Porcupine, sub-alpine. Map: Perisher Valley 1:25000 Leader: JeffB Transport and Park Entry: minimum $50 Lodge: $25-$35 Limit: 12

3-4 March – Shoalhaven Gorge – M/R

This is an old favourite of mine. We drop into the Shoalhaven Gorge from Badgerys Lookout and follow the river downstream to a superb campsite (on a beach) by a large pool at Canoe Flat. This part of the gorge is very picturesque, with magnificent sandstone cliffs running along the top of the escarpment. There are also a couple of large pools with sandy beaches en route for lingering and those inclined can take a stroll up Billy Bulloos Canyon (next to the campsite). Map: Caoura 1:25000 Leader: GeorgeC Transport: minimum $25 Limit: 8

3-10 March – Great Ocean Road – M/E

I propose five days walking on a spectacular, newly opened walk along the Great Ocean Road, Victoria. Drive to Apollo Bay Saturday 3 March and return Friday 9 March. A series of day walks of about 14-18kms based at accommodation at Apollo Bay or Cape Otway for 6 nights. Accommodation expected to cost approximately $30 per night. Flexible about return arrangements – see a show in Melbourne? Maps: Otways and Shipwreck Coast 1:50000 Leader: JaneD Transport: to be determined

Tuesday Evening 6 March 6:00-8:00pm – Around and up Mt Taylor – S/E

Meet by 6:00pm at Badimara Street, Waramanga near the underpass of the parkway (Map 77 P3 Yellow Pages Phone Book) to walk around and eventually up Mt Taylor, all on tracks, where we will eat our meal (although last year people ate earlier because they were hungry!!) Great views of Canberra and Brindabellas. No need to book, just turn up with a light meal. Leader: JanetE

Thursday Evening 8 March – Flat Black Mountain – S/E

Meet 6:30pm, park at end of Frith St near 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 Transport: drive yourself

Saturday 10 March – Fishing Gap - Smokers Gap crossover walk via Billy Billy Rocks – M/R

This is a repeat of an enjoyable trip we did a few years ago. Maps: Corin Dam, Tidbinbilla 1:25000 Leaders: JennyH and RobH Transport: minimum $10

10-11 March – Pinkwood Creek and Deua River Base Camp, Deua National Park – M/E

We will be camping at Pinkwood Creek about 1km from where we park the cars off Pinkwood Creek Road. On day one we will follow Pinkwood Creek through magnificent rainforest (Pinkwood and Palms) to the Deua River and explore along the Deua River, indulging in the occasional swim, before returning to camp. On day two we explore for about 16km the upper reaches of the Deua River near Bendethera, following a bridle trail established in the 1880s for transporting horses racing at Racecourse Flat near Bendethera. If time permits we will explore the Bendethera Caves area. Maps: Nerrigundah & Snowball 1:25000 Leader: BarryK Transport: minimum $40

Sunday 11 March: Little Horseshoe Bend and Great Horseshoe Bend – S/M

Features some of the most spectacular views and interesting rock formations along the Shoalhaven River. Starts near the end of Matodoro Ridge Fire Trail from where we follow an old trail through light open bush to Monitor Mount, then we do a steep walk (descend 400m) down the spur to a knife edge ridge with incredible views that takes us along to Little Horseshoe Bend from where we wade (up to waist deep) across the Shoalhaven River. We then head down stream along the river bank to Great Horseshoe Bend, recrossing the river for the 450m climb up the track over Assay Buttress to the end of the walk at Bullion Hill. Due to a cliff blocking our way we must cross the Shoalhaven River twice and if the automatic river level telemeter gauge reading at nearby Hillview ( is higher than 0.650m the walk will be changed. There will be opportunities for swimming. Numbers may be limited depending on how many people with 4‑wheel drives (Foresters, etc) participate. Map: Touga 1:25000 Leader: MichaelG Transport: minimum $27

Tuesday 13 March – South East Namadgi National Park Huts – M/M

With two cars we can walk from Shanahans Mountain down to Shanahans Falls Creek, across the ridge to Naas Creek, then onto the Naas Valley Fire Trail to visit Demandering Hut. A kilometre or so further North along the fire trail we’ll find Horse Gully Hut. Return will be back South along the fire trail, noting the points of interest on the Namadgi National Park Naas Valley to Horse Gully Hut brochure (available at If time and energy allow, a 2km round trip detour to Potters Chimney up Back or Grassy Creek (yes, that’s its correct name), then to the second car at the Mount Clear camping ground. Around 16km and 350m total climb, with 3.5km of bush. If only one car is available, it’ll be as per the brochure and a little longer and a little flatter. Further details at Map: Colinton 1:25000 Leader: JohnE (contact by 6:00pm the previous Sunday to discuss options) Transport: minimum $12 Limit: 8

Tuesday Evening 13 March 6:00-7:30pm – Around Lake Tuggeranong – S/E

This is a really pleasant wander. Meet at Grounds Crescent, Greenway carpark (Map 87 P7 Yellow Pages Phone Book) by 6:00pm and we will walk around the Lake, Bring a light meal and simply enjoy the peace of the lake. Last year we had marvellous clouds giving a colourful sunset. No need to book, just turn up. Leader: JanetE

Wednesday 14 March: 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  

Thursday Evening 15 March – Yarramundi Peninsula – S/E

Meet at 6:30pm in the National Zoo and Aquarium car park on Lady Denman Drive. We will wander along the lake and around the peninsula. No need to book. Map: n/a Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) or Transport: drive yourself

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