CANBERRA BUSHWALKING CLUB ACTIVITY PROGRAM

May 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 May to the second Wednesday of June.

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.


If you are interested in taking part in Club activities, contact walkinfo@canberrabushwalkingclub.org.au
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Sunday 13 May – Rock Hut Creek – M/M

From the Grassy Creek Valley head due south via Booths Gully into Rocky Hut Creek. I have never been to this area. If end up on private property (unlikely) may need to vary the route a bit. Maps: Bredbo and Michaelgo 1:25000 Leader: RogerE Transport: minimum $12 Limit: 8

Sunday 13 May – Blue Gum Hill – M/M

Blue Gum Hill (also known as Mt Lincoln or Mt Walman) is a 1470m summit between the Corin Dam Road and Booroomba Rocks. We leave the cars at the start of Smokers Trail and walk in a clockwise circuit. Good views from the top in fine weather. Map: Corin Dam 1:25000 Leader: JeffB Transport: minimum $10 Limit: 12

(11)12-13 May – Gulaga (Mt Dromedary) / Bermagui Coast Walk – M/E

Drive to Central Tilba Farm Cabins Friday evening in preparation for an early assault on Gulaga on Saturday. Dinner Saturday night will be at the Dromedary Hotel. Sunday’s walk is a scenic ramble of about 10km that offers vistas of mountain (Gulaga), lake (Wallaga), island (Montague), headland and beach. The track winds around Wallaga Lake and continues to Murunna Point, Camel Rock, Haywards Beach, Keatings Headland, Long Swamp and Moorehead Beach. Maps: Wandell, Central Tilba and Bermagui 1:25000 Leader: BarryK Transport: minimum $40 Accommodation: Central Tilba Farm Cabins at $15 per night ($30 for the weekend)

Tuesday 15 May – Navigation Refresher #2

An evening ‘dead-reckoning exercise’ near Kambah. No pre-requisites. Please book early. Leaders: JennyH and RobH

Wednesday 16 May – MONTHLY CLUB MEETING

8:00pm Main meeting room, St John’s Church Hall, Constitution Avenue, Reid

The Mountain Pygmy-possum: an inevitable casualty of climate change? Presenter: Dr Linda Broome, Broome, Senior Threatened Species Officer, NSW Department of Environment and Climate Change

Extensive surveys and research have shown that this endearing small possum is a true alpine specialist. It does not occur below the winter snowline and spends the winter hibernating under a blanket of snow. Recent trends in population numbers, diminishing snow depths and forecasts of increasing global warming point to a less than optimistic future for the species.

Last Two Weeks of May – Queensland

Last two weeks of May 5-6 one day walks in South-East Queensland, Noosa, Great Sandy and Connondale National Park. Green Mountains and Mt Warning on the way back. Motel, unit and camping accommodation. Expressions of interest please. Bookings were required by the end of April. Leader: DougG Transport: TBA

Saturday 19 May – Navigation Refresher #3 – M/M

A day in the hills at the back of Kambah ‘route and position finding’. No pre-requisites. Map: Tuggeranong 1:25000 Leaders: JennyH and RobH Transport: Drive yourself

Sunday 20 May –Tidbinbilla, Mt Domain – M/M(R)

A grand stroll along the Fishing Gap fire trail and then up through the regrowth to one of the major peaks of the Tidbinbilla Range, for some spectacular views. There will be a climb of about 650 metres. Map: Tidbinbilla 1:25000 Leader: JohnK Transport: minimum $8 Limit: 12

(18)19-20 May – Durras weekend – M/E

Leave Canberra Friday night to stay in comfortable cabins at Depot Beach Caravan Park. The Saturday walk is an ascent of Durras Mountain through the rainforest from the south-west - not the usual Pebbly Beach-Pretty Beach route - with views to take your breath away as you descend facing the sea. Sunday will be the spectacular Little Forest Plateau with views to the Budawangs, Pigeon House and beyond. After the Plateau, return directly home. Eat at the cabins on Saturday night, each person responsible for his/her own meal. About 5 hours walking on Saturday, 4 hours on Sunday. Maps: Kioloa, Durras, Tianjara and Milton 1:25000 Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) or stan.marks@dotars.gov.au Transport: minimum $40 Accommodation: ~$50

19-20 May – Budawangs Peak Bagging – M/R

This trip will visit a number of the small flat top mountains in the western Budawangs. The walk is relatively flat, except for the ascents of the peaks. Peaks will include Flat Top Mountain, Castle Hill, Square Top Mountain, Foster Mountain, Round Mountain and probably Quiltys Mountain. Some interesting passes. Some scrub. Maps: Endrick 1:25000 Leader: KeithT [email to KeithT] Transport: minimum $30 Limit: 8

Tuesday 22 May – The Bog Hut (Oldfields) – M/R/X

KHA report The Bog Hut at Colinton GR844415. Does it still exist in some form? Let’s find out. From the Brandy Flat South car park on the Boboyan Road, a bush bash all the way east and south-east for around 4km with a 400m climb. The return journey is around 8km with 550m total climb. Further details at http://www.pcug.org.au/~jevans. Maps: Michelago and Colinton 1:25000 Leader: JohnE; contact by 6:00pm the previous Sunday to discuss options. Transport: minimum $12 Limit: 8

Saturday 26 May – Nattai Gorge/Boxvale Tramway – M/M

Walk through light forest then traverse the spectacular and beautiful Nattai Gorge near Mittagong. Lunch at Boxvale Creek then back to the cars along the historic tramway alignment. All on track but a steep climb out of the gorge. About 4½ hours actual walking. Map: Mittagong 1:25000 Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) or stan.marks@dotars.gov.au Transport: minimum $30

(25)26-28 May – Kosciuszko National Park: Purgatory, Tin Mines Falls and the Cascade Trail – M/M/X

For ‘almost-winter’ I’d like to explore that low extension of the Main Range south of Dead Horse Gap with the intriguing names - Jerusalem, Paradise… Stockwhip. They should provide big views over the Snowy and youthful Murray, and up to high peaks of Mt Kosciuszko and the Victorian Alps. The Cascade Trail offers a convenient return path, and in between we’ll visit the fading history of the Tin Mine Huts and nearby alluvial workings and Tin Mine Falls, the biggest single-drop in Kosciuszko National Park. Total walking distance is about 55km. We’ll travel Friday night and camp, or YHA ($25), at Thredbo. Map Thredbo 1:50000 Leader: RupertB Transport: minimum $50 Limit: 5

26-27 May – Budawangs: The Shrouded Gods – M/R

We approach via Kalianna Ridge, Seven God pinnacles and Monolith Valley. There will be a dry camp somewhere at the northern end of the heavily dissected and sculptured Shrouded Gods tops. Map: Corang 1:25000 Leader: ChrisL Transport: minimum $30

Saturday 2 June – Mundoonen Nature Reserve – M/E-M

This reserve is just south of the Hume Highway between Gunning and Yass. We will explore the reserve, which is undulating with a cover of nice, open forest. A mixture of track and easy off track. About 4½ hours actual walking. Map: Gunning 1:50000 Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) or stan.marks@dotars.gov.au Transport: minimum $15

Sunday 3 June – High Range – M/R

A walk in steep country along a ridge running north of Corin Dam Road to stunning granite outcrops with superb views up to the peaks of the Brindabella Range and down to the depths of the Cotter Valley. Expect slow going with plenty of fallen timber and post-fire regrowth to negotiate. Map: Corin Dam 1:25000 Leader: TerenceU Transport: minimum $11 Limit: 8

2-3 June – Navigation Refresher #4 – M/M-R

A weekend off-track in Namadgi National Park consolidating map and compass skills. Map: Yaouk 1:25000 Leaders: JennyH and RobH Transport: minimum $11

Tuesday 5 June – Cotter River from Fishing Gap – L/R/X

I understand an old track from Fishing Gap to the Cotter River is no more and a bush bash is now required. Let’s find out. Around 14.5km and 800m total climb. Further details at http://www.pcug.org.au/~jevans. Map: Tidbinbilla 1:25000 Leader: JohnE; contact me 6:00pm the previous Sunday to discuss options. Transport: ~$12. Limit: 8

Saturday 9 June – Mount Clear – L/M

This is a re run of my walk last July. Starting at the Mount Clear car park we follow the Naas Valley fire trail for 3 kms, then make the way through the forest to Mt Clear summit. After this I plan to follow the Mt Clear fire trail south for 2 to 3 kms and then head through the forest in a SSW direction to the north end of Long Flat and then walk back to the cars via the fire trail. Anyone coming on the trip needs to realise it is about 25kms long with a bit more than 600m of climbing. Maps: Colinton and Bredbo 1:25000; ACT Region 1:100000 Leader: TimW Transport: minimum $14

Monday 11 June – Nursery Swamp, Rendezvous Creek Circuit – M/MR

Nursery Swamp - saddle next to Nursery Hill - Rendezvous Creek - track back via top end of Nursery Swamp. Map: Rendezvous Creek 1:25000 Leader: JennyH Transport: minimum $10

9-11 June – Royal National Park – L/E

Leave Canberra around 9:00am Saturday, lunch at the Robertson Pie Shop then a 1½ hour walk at Minnamurra Rainforest. On Sunday we will do Otford-Gairies Beach return (17.8km, 5½ hours actual walking) along the spectacular coastline of the Royal National Park and associated features. On Monday we will do some short walks eg Bombo Headland with its interesting basalt structures (1 hour) then a walk through the rain forest below the cliffs of Macquarie Pass before lunch at the Pig and Whistle, Robertson and home. Nights at Gerringong youth hostel. Shared ‘everyone bring something’ meals both evenings. Map: to be provided Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) or stan.marks@dotars.gov.au. Transport: minimum $60 Accommodation: ~$55

9-11 June – Morton National Park: Bibbenluke and Mt Owen – M/M-R

We were rained out last year and never made it to Mt Owen, so I’d like to try again. Saturday: Wog Wog car park to the Bibbenluke Mountain campsite via Corang Peak and Arch, Conglomerate slopes and Burrumbeet Brook. We’ll base camp here for the weekend. Sunday - we’ll explore the Mt Owen and Mt Cole area. This will require some rock scrambling to get onto Mt Owen - the rough bit. Monday - we’ll return via the same route with a side trip to the Yurnga Lookout for some great views. Map: Corang 1:25000 Leader: JohnK Transport: minimum $25 Limit: 8

Wednesday 13 June – 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: AllanM


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