April 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 April to the second Wednesday of May.

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 April – Queanbeyan River – S/E-M

Park at Apple Box Flat on Woolcara Lane off Captains Flat Road. Walk mostly off track along the ridges in the vicinity of the river with a sandy spot on the river for lunch, a somewhat different route from last year. Then cross-country back to the cars. About 4 hrs walking. Map: Captains Flat 1:25000 Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) or Transport: minimum $15

Sunday 15 April – Greys Point – S/R

East of Marulan the Shoalhaven River has cut a spectacular gorge through high sandstone cliffs. Between Badgerys Lookdown and Tallowa Dam access to the northern clifftops is largely prevented by private property, but an 8km return walk within Morton National Park to a lookout at Greys Point is possible. The route is scrubby and the gully of Bullangalong Creek must be crossed. Map: Caoura 1:25000 Leader: JeffB Transport: minimum $25 Limit: 12

14-15 April – Shoalhaven Canoe Trip

Shoalhaven – Tallowa Dam to Fossickers Flat up and back canoe trip. Hire canoes at Tallowa Dam and paddle up to Fossickers Flat for overnight camp. Return the next day. Note: if there is sufficient interest in incorporating the traditional Shoalhaven crossover into this trip and a co-leader volunteers, then that will be arranged. Traditional crossover entails a canoe paddle of 15km and a 14km walk with a descent/ascent of 500m. Half the party will descend to the Shoalhaven from Badgerys Lookdown then walk downstream to camp at Fossickers Flat. The other half will paddle hired canoes from Tallowa Dam to Fossickers Flat. On Sunday, the walkers and paddlers will swap roles. Details and photos at Maps: Caoura and Burrier 1:25000 Leader: PeterH Transport: minimum $32 Canoe Hire: $150 per canoe for 2 days.

16-26 April – Two Rivers Track plus Extensions – M/M

Kangaroo Valley road, Red Rocks Reserve, Shoalhaven River, Grassy Creek, Two Rivers Track to Clyde River and Yadboro, Monolith Valley, Burrumbeet Brook, Corang Plateau, Wog Wog. Maps: Moss Vale, Kiama and Ulladulla 1:100000 Leader: RobH Transport: TBA

Wednesday 18 April – Monthly Meeting – 8:00pm in Main Meeting Room at St Johns Church Hall, Constitution Avenue, Reid

Secrets of the Hawkesbury - The Great North Walk: The story of a classic multi-day walk from Sydney to Newcastle: a group of CBC members walked the track in July 2006, travelling through a diverse range of natural habitats and bushland as well as rural and urban settings, including Sydney Harbour, Berowra Valley, Hawkesbury River, Watagan Mountains, Lake Macquarie and the Newcastle coastline. Presenter: JennyH

Saturday 21 April – Wild Cattle Ridge – M/E

A walk near Captains Flat in the Tallaganda National Park. From Wild Cattle Flats Road, we will follow an open ridge south toward Mt Tumanang. The mountain is too far to access this way in a day and we will lunch on an unnamed peak of 1335m then go west and south to the cars. Vegetation is varied, and there are some interesting views. About 5 hrs walking, all off track, not hard. Home via the purple eatery. Short car shuffle. Map: Tinderry 1:25000 Leader: StanM 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) or Transport: minimum $20

Sunday 22 April – Smokers Gap to Orroral Valley Crossover (Car Swap) – M/E

This 20km walk is a classic and goes every year. This is a chance to walk the whole of the scenic Orroral Valley. Choose to begin walking at either the Orroral carpark and walking up to Smokers Gap, a climb of 400m, or start at the Smokers Gap carpark and descending 400m to the Orroral Valley carpark. Both parties meet for lunch and to return car keys to the owners. Car drivers, please be aware that you will be driving another person’s car to the start of the walk, You return to your own car after you complete the walk with the same passengers. Maps: Corin Dam and Rendezvous Creek 1:25000 Leaders: TerenceU and JanetE. Bookings to JanetE Transport: minimum $12

21-22 April – Deua National Park: Mother Woila via Middle Mountain – M/R

The west-side approach to Mother Woila has been de-wildernessfied somewhat by a fire trail going most of the way, but that shouldn’t stop an interesting ascent and bagging of this notorious and rugged landmark. The approach via Middle Mountain should minimise hill climbing. Maps: Badja and Snowball 1:25000 Leader: ChrisL Transport: minimum $25

21-25 April – Coricudgy area – M/R/part X

Jones Hole–creek to the south of Mount Davis–ridge north and west of Mount Davis – Coricudgy Creek – Razorback Creek – Harris Hole – Gavins Swamp. A five day off-track trip in rugged Wollemi National Park, where you don’t know what you may find. I do know there are some remarkable iron oxide formations (similar to those in limestone caves) in an overhang beside one of the creeks. Expect rain-forested creeks with a fair bit of wading, sandstone ridges with great views, beautiful eucalypt forests, colourful sandstone cliffs, a big camping cave, and scrub. Not for the faint-hearted. We will drive up on the Saturday morning to start walking Saturday after lunch. Map: Coricudgy 1:25000 Leader: MegM Transport: minimum $81

Tuesday 24 April – 4 Peaks South-East of Corin Dam Road from Woods Reserve – L/R/X

Suggested by a Tuesday walking companion, this walk will cover the rocky ridgeline of hills that march along the south-east side of the Corin Dam Road, from the turn off from Tidbinbilla Road to Woods Reserve. Starting from the Reserve, we’ll climb nearly 400m up to the first peak south-east of Gibraltar Falls, then down and up and down, etc. Return by following Gibraltar Creek back up to the car. Around 12km and 900m total climb. Strenuous walking for a fit and experienced party. Further details at Map: Tidbinbilla 1:25000 Leader: JohnE (Contact by 6:00pm the previous Sunday to discuss options.) Transport: minimum $7 Limit: 8

Wednesday 25 April – Black Mt and Aranda Bushland – M/E

Meet at 9:30am in the car park opposite 160 Dryandra Street, O’Connor. This walk traverses Bruce Ridge then crosses into the Black Mountain Reserve. Traverse the reserve, following the track part way up the mountain, then to the Cork Plantation for lunch. Home via Aranda Bushland. All on track, about 4 hrs 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 need a ride.

Wednesday 25 April – Namadgi National Park: Boboyan Trig Circuit – M/M-R

From the Naas Car Park we’ll take a very scenic walk along the broad Naas Valley past the ruins of Boboyan Homestead. We’ll take a right turn up the Old Boboyan Road and lunch at the base of Boboyan Hill. A steep and scrubby climb of 250m to Boboyan Trig for some stunning views across to Mount Gudgenby, etc. We’ll finish with a leisurely 40 minute walk back to the cars along the Yerrabi walking track. See the following web address for more info A short car shuffle is required. Map: Yaouk 1:25000 Leader: JohnK Transport: minimum $16

Saturday 28 April – Nursery Swamp, Rendezvous Creek – M/M

This walk requires a car shuttle and is a variation on previous similar trips. Instead of taking the usual track from Nursery Creek to Rendezvous Creek it is intended to cross on the saddle near Nursery Hill. Map: Rendezvous Creek 1:25000 Leader: JennyH Transport: minimum $12

28-29 April – Pallin Pass (Day Walk and Car Camp) – M/R

This is a walk in the Little Forest Plateau area of the Budawangs with scenic cliff top walks and breathtaking views of the central Clyde and upper Pigeon House gorges. Features en-route include Harper Head, Ngaitung Falls, Gadara Point and Mt Bushwalker. We will drive to Meroo Point on Saturday afternoon for a gourmet night before the walk. Maps: Tianjara and Milton 1:25000 Leader: GeorgeC Transport: minimum $40 Limit: 12

(27)28-29 April – Eurobodalla National Park: Bingi Dreaming Track – M/R

The Bingi Dreaming Track follows part of the Dreaming track used by the Brinja-Yuin people. It passes through a variety of plant communities from eucalyptus forests to heathlands. We will be car camping at the Congo Point campground. The 16km Saturday walk will commence from the campground and follow the Dreaming track to Bingi Point (an historical Aboriginal area) and return via the coastal route where we will encounter spectacular headlands, rock formations and beautiful secluded beaches. On Sunday will do a shorter walk to Moruya Heads. Maps: Moruya and Bodalla 1:25000 Leader: BarryK Transport: minimum $40 Accommodation: Congo Point Campground at $5 per night

28-29 April – Corang Peak, Corang Arch, Yurnga Lookout – M/E-M

A Budawangs walk, all along tracks (but with some short sections which are steep, boggy and have overhanging scrub) featuring magnificent views. We will watch the sunset from Yurnga Lookout on Saturday, and explore the Canowie Brook area (near our likely campsite) on Sunday morning. Suitable for people with M/M day walking experience who would like to try weekend walking. Maps: CMW Budawangs or Corang 1:25000 Leader: JeffB Transport: minimum $25 Limit: 8

Saturday 5 May – 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 along an open ridge to rejoin the track for a while. Swing east then south off track before returning to the cars. About 4½ hrs actual walking. Map: Bombay 1:25000 Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), or Transport: minimum $15

Sunday 6 May – Stockyard Spur – M/MRX

Corin Dam, up to the top of Stockyard Spur then down to waterfall on Stockyard Creek and return. Map: Corin Dam 1:25000 Leaders: JennyH and RobH Transport: minimum $11

Tuesday 8 May – Navigation Refresher #1

An evening theory refresher. Start 7:00pm Please book early. Leaders: JennyH and RobH

Tuesday 8 May – South Namadgi Huts and Ruins – L/M/part X

The southern Namadgi National Park needs a few more old ruins, so come and help me explore those already there. A long drive to near the southern border of the ACT, so we might as well visit a few sites. An 8.8km return easy walk north-west up Back or Grassy Creek comes first, starting at Brayshaws Hut, to visit Westermans and Waterholes Huts. We then drive back up the Boboyan Road to the Mount Clear car park. Finally, a 12.6km return trek on fire trail and creek flats to Sam Aboud’s dunny and Chalkers Chimney, with a jump across the creek to Potters Chimney. Around 22km and 350m total climb. It will be a longish day. Further details at Maps: Shannons Flat, Yaouk, Colinton and Bredbo 1:25000 Leader: JohnE (Contact by 6:00pm the previous Sunday to discuss options.) Transport: minimum $15 Limit: 8

Wednesday 9 May – Wednesday Walk

The regular mid-week walk 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: AllanM

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