CANBERRA BUSHWALKING CLUB ACTIVITY PROGRAM

October 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 Saturday 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.


If you are interested in taking part in Club activities, contact walkinfo@canberrabushwalkingclub.org.au


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Saturday 13 October: Tidbinbilla Western Slopes – Cow Flat Creek Cliffs – S/R

From Bendora Dam we climb to an area with many interesting ancient sandstone cliffs overlooking Cow Flat Creek. There used to be a beautiful tree fernery and cascade between these cliffs. Map: Tidbinbilla 1:25,000. Leader: Chris L  Transport: ~$15

Sunday 14 October: Mt Foxlow– M/E-M

From the car park off Woolcara Lane at the entrance to the Yanununbeyan Conservation Area, we will head off track until we meet the Mt Foxlow fire trail, then about 2km up Foxlow itself for lunch. Return initially along the fire trail then swing off track along a ridge through attractive light forest to end the day. Short car shuffle, about 5hrs actual walking, morning is a totally different route from last year. Map: Captains Flat 1:25,000. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), stan.marks@dotars.gov.au Transport: ~$15

13–14 October: Castle Gourmet Evening – M/R

This has become an annual event. Drive down to Yadboro Saturday, climb the Castle, 10 course meal plus wine. Gentlemen in bow ties please, ladies an appropriate equivalent. Camp on top, visit southern lookout Sunday morning, then return via Braidwood. Map: CMW 2’’=1 mile Leaders: Jenny and Rob H  Transport:~$28.

Tuesday 6–8pm 16 October: Red Hill Woodland Reserve – S/E

Meet by 6pm at Astley St, just off Flanagan St in Garran (Map 68 Q13 Phone Bk) We will follow the steepish track up to Red hill where we will eat our tea and then circle around the hill returning to the cars. Bring a light meal. No need to book. Leader: Janet E.

 Wednesday 17 October, 8pm – MONTHLY MEETING

The Loft, Weston Club
1 Liardet Street, WESTON

Two rivers track – Budawangs walk

Sunday 21 October: Gudgenby Swamps and Yankee Hat paintings – S/E

A walk partly on track and partly through open country to the Aboriginal rock art site below Yankee Hat mountain in the southern ACT. The outward route will follow the swamps along Bogong Ck and the return will follow Middle Ck. Maps: Rendezvous Ck, Yaouk 1:25,000. Leader: Jeff B  Transport: ~$12.

20–21 October: Budawangs Folly Point Track Clearing, historic club event

In the past, CBC has also been involved setting out the tracks in Monolith Valley, etc. This weekend is to be strongly supported by the National Parks and Wildlife Service. The Folly Point Track and lookouts are spectacular and the spring flowers should still be in abundance. NPWS will provide transport from the car park to Newhaven Gap. There is no need to walk with a heavy pack as it will be a car-camp. Bring a day pack, and if possible a saw and secateurs. Many hands make light work. Further information can be found in the article in this It. Maps: CMW Budawangs Sketch Map 1:50,000 or Endrick and Tianjara 1:25,000 Leaders: Gillian H and Irene D. (Bookings to Gillian please). Transport: ~$25

(19), 20–21 October: Gerringong Falls Weekend – M/E

Leave Canberra Friday evening. On Sat we will do a 15km walk in Budderoo National Park to the spectacular views and virgin wilderness of Gerringong Falls. Sun will be a shorter walk (10km) up to Drawing Room Rocks in the Barren Grounds Reserve ascending from a point close to Berry. We will be staying at The Ben Ricketts Environmental Preserve ( http://www.benricketts.org.au/ ). Map: Kangaroo Valley 1:25,000. Leader: Barry K  Transport: ~$40. Accommodation: $20–25 per night.

Tuesday 6–8pm 23 October: Cooleman Ridge Woodland Reserve–S/E

Meet by 6pm at Namatjira St in Fisher, opposite the open parklands (Map 77 G8 in Phone Bk) 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: Janet E

Tuesday 23 October: Upper Mavis Ridge – L/R,X

From the Nursery Swamp car park, track and taped footpad to Rendezvous Creek. Climb 550m SW up onto the Mavis Ridge to just N of Mt Mavis (SH1711). Follow the ridge 3.7km to the NW, overlooking Big and Little Creamy Flats and across to Mt Namadgi and Mt Kelly Spur. Back down to Rendezvous Creek and home. Around 19km and 1100m total climb. Strenuous walking for a fit and experienced party. Route not fully known to the leader. May be physically demanding, with delays and diversions from the intended route. Map: Rendezvous Creek 1:25000. Leader: John E Transport: ~$9. Further details at http://jevans.pcug.org.au/ Limit: 8.

Saturday 27 October: Bendora–Camels Hump Crossover – L/R,X

One party will walk from the Mt Franklin Road via Bendora Break to the Cotter River, then down Burkes Creek Road to a convenient spur to climb 750m to Camels Hump. The Camel Back fire trail will lead to the other car. The other party will enjoy the reverse, including a 1000m total climb up to Camels Hump and up the Bendora Break. Around 20km and 750m/1000m total climb. Strenuous walking for a fit and experienced party. Route not fully known to the leader. May be physically demanding, with delays and diversions from the intended route. Map: Tidbinbilla 1:25000. Leaders: Chris L and John E  Transport: ~$15. Further details at http://jevans.pcug.org.au/ Limit: 8 in each party.

Sunday 28 October: Orroral Valley to Legoland and beyond – MM

From Orroral carpark cross the Orroral R walk up a firetrail and through a forest to the magnificent rocky outcrops known as the Belfry, Cloisters and Legoland. Eat lunch dangling legs from Legoland. We continue walking along the ridge through open forest before descending to the valley floor. This can be slippery and steepish. We return to the cars looking up to the scenery that we have earlier walked. Total walking about 14km and climb of 350m. Map Corin Dam. Leader Janet E  Transport $9

(26), 27–28 October: Durras weekend 2 – M/E

Leave Canberra Friday night, stay in comfortable cabins at Depot Beach. On Saturday, Ross will lead a walk along the coast south of the Murramarang Resort, from Wasp Head to Richmond Beach headland, thence the Olympic Pool, through the Garden of Unearthly Gums, via Oaky Beach and climb up to North Head to the cars. If you like the coast, do this one. On Sunday, we’ll do the iconic Pigeon House with its spectacular views. About 5 hrs walking on Saturday, 3½ hrs on Sunday. Bookings to Stan please. Maps: Durras/Milton 1:25,000. Leaders: Ross A and Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), stan.marks@dotars.gov.au Transport: ~$40, Accommodation: ~$50

Monday evening 29 October: Narrabundah Hill – S/E

This is the first of a series of walks of 1½ to 2 hours on Monday evenings until Christmas and nearly all Thursday evenings during daylight saving, starting at 6.30pm and ending around sunset. Narrabundah Hill is in Duffy not Narrabundah. Meet in the car park at the junction of Eucumbene and Warragamba Drives, Duffy. We will climb the hill and 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

Tuesday 6–8pm 30 October: Around and up Mt Taylor – S/E

Meet by 6pm at the corner of Badamira St and Nemarang St, Waramanga near the underpass of the parkway (Map 77 p3 Phone Bk) to walk up and around Mt Taylor, all on tracks. Great views of Tuggeranong and Brindabellas. No need to book, just turn up with a light meal. Leader Janet E.

Thursday evening 1 November: The Pinnacles– S/E

Meet at 6.30 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), stan.marks@dotars.gov.au Transport: drive yourself.

Sunday 4 November: 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, which we follow south to Mt Tumutbulla (1321m) for lunch. Just south of there, we drop to Wild Cattle Creek along another fairly open ridge, then back to the cars. Vegetation is varied, some interesting views, mostly off track. About 5½ hrs actual walking. Home via the purple eatery. Map: Tinderry 1:25,000. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), stan.marks@dotars.gov.au Transport: ~$20

3–6 November: Jagungal–Grey Mare–Valentines – L/M

Round Mt – Valentines circuit. Use the new holiday for a 4 day wander up Jagungal, some huts and remaining snow or variation in the area depending on conditions. Maps: Khancoban 1:50000. Leader: Robert B  Transport ~$50 Limit: 8.

Monday evening 5 November: Jerrabomberra Hill S/E

Meet at 6.30 in the car park on the Jerrabomberra Hill Road, just off Halloran Drive, Jerrabomberra. The road up the hill has been closed to traffic and is now a walking track. No need to book. Map: n/a Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), stan.marks@dotars.gov.au Transport: drive yourself

Tuesday 6–8pm 6 November: Jerrabomberra Wetlands – S/E

Meet by 6pm at the Dairy Flat Road carpark (Map70 D4 Phone Bk) with binoculars and a light meal Last year when I led this walk only a few people of the group had been to the Wetlands before, so here’s your chance! No need to book. Leader:Janet E.

Tuesday 6 November: Mt Franklin to Cotter River – L/R,X

From the Mt Franklin car park, up past the new information shelter built by Adelaide Uni students to Mt Franklin trig. Then via a series of spurs 850m down to the confluence of Stockyard Creek and the Cotter River. Return via up. Around 12km and 1050m total climb. Strenuous walking for a fit and experienced party. Route not fully known to the leader. May be physically demanding, with delays and diversions from the intended route. Map: Tidbinbilla 1:25000. Leader: John E  Transport: ~$15. Further details at http://jevans.pcug.org.au/. Limit: 8.

Thursday evening 8 November: The Cotter – S/E

Meet at 6.30 in the car park where the Cotter Pub was once. Go down the Cotter Rd, cross the Murrumbidgee (long, white bridge) and the Cotter (short bridge) and the car park is just on the left. The walk initially follows the river, then a ridge with views. Return via the Cotter Caves. No need to book. Map: n/a Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), stan.marks@dotars.gov.au Transport: drive yourself

Friday 9–12 November: Merrica River, joint pack walk with FBI

The campsite is on a beach next to the northern boundary of the Nadgee Nature Reserve and will require a walk of about 4 km. There will be day-walks from the camp on Saturday and Sunday. The drive from Canberra to the ranger station is 4 hours. Map: Narra-barba. Leader: Doug W  Transport: $60 Park Fees $15.

Saturday 10 November: Broom clearing 15th year – Cotter Hut

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 1:25,000. Leader: John T  Transport: $11.

Saturday 10 November: Mt Namadgi via Middle Creek – L/R,X

You are invited to a champagne lunch on Mt Namadgi to celebrate my birthday. You bring your lunch, I’ll bring the champagne. Around 22km and 800m total climb. Strenuous walking for a fit and experienced party. Route not fully known to the leader. May be physically demanding, with delays and diversions from the intended route. Maps: Yaouk and Rendezvous Creek 1:25000. Leader: John E  Transport: ~$12. Further details at http://jevans.pcug.org.au Limit: 8.

Saturday 10 November: Corin Dam to Pryor’s Hut – MM

Start from the Corin Dam carpark and walk up a steepish and mainly through open forest on a track to Pryors Hut. This involves a climb of 650 m. Lunch at the hut and return the same way down. Map: Corin Dam. Leader: Janet E  Transport: $9

Sunday 11 November: GR819638 (AGD66) – M/M

Great views to Booroomba Rocks, Blue Gum Hill and the western face of Mt Tennant from the top of the unnamed peak immediately to the west of Bushfold Flats. The approach is on track but the final ascent is scrubby and steep. Map: Williamsdale 1:25000 Leader: Terence U  Transport: ~$8 Limit: 8.

(9), 10–11 November: Mt Bimberi – L/E-M/X

Bimberi is the ACT’s highest peak. We will drive to nice accommodation at Adaminaby on Friday night. After an early start we will drive to the locked gate on Pocket Saddle Rd and then follow the fire trail to Murray’s Gap, thence off track to Bimberi. 15km on track and 5km off track. Saturday night, an everyone bring something shared meal. Sunday will see us enjoying Yarrangobilly Caves until lunch, then home. A new walk for me but doesn’t seem to present too many problems. Map: Rules Point and Rendezvous Creek 1:25,000. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), stan.marks@dotars.gov.au  Transport: ~$50 Accommodation: $30

10–11 November: Mts Murray and Bimberi – M/M-R

Leaving cars near Gurrangorambla Ck (N of Tantangara Dam), we follow fire trails for about 6km (300m ascent) to Dunns Flat where we will camp. From there on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning we will visit (with day packs) Mt Murray (1845m) and Bimberi Peak (1911m) on the ACT’s western border. Each side trip is about 5–6km return with 500m altitude gain. There could be scrubby sections through after-fire regrowth. Map: Rules Point, Rendezvous Creek 1:25,000 Leader: Jeff B  Transport: ~$30. Limit 12.

Monday evening 12 November: Red Hill S/E

Meet at 6.30 in the car park on Red Hill, near the restaurant. I have arranged for drinkies at the eatery when we get back. No need to book. Map: n/a Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), stan.marks@dotars.gov.au Transport: drive yourself

Tuesday 6–8pm 13 November: Callum Brae Woodland Reserve – S/E

Meet by 6pm at a stile 400m down Narrabundah Lane, from Mugga Lane end, just past Quamby). This is a little gem of a park. We walk through open grassland viewing birds and plants and seeing Canberra from a quite different vantage point. Bring a light meal to eat at a scenic spot somewhere on the walk. No need to book, just turn up. Leader: Janet E

Wednesday 14 November: Wednesday Walk

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


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