October 2008

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 11 October: Moonlight Hollow 2 – M/E

This walk follows good tracks through lush forest, mostly unaffected by the fires. We will follow the same route from Bulls Head to Bendora Arboretum (lunch) as the walk of this name earlier in the year but with a quite different return via disused logging roads to the cars, with running creeks and ferny gullies. About 5¼ hrs actual walking. Map: Tidbinbilla. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), Transport: ~$10.

Saturday 11 October: Upper Mavis Ridge – L/R,X

Some of the best that Namadgi has to offer. 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 around 4km to the NW, with stunning views overlooking Big and Little Creamy Flats and across to Mt Namadgi and Mt Kelly Spur. Drop down to Rock Flats, then to Cotter Gap and home via the AAWT. Around 21km and 1100m total climb. Up to 12 hours walking. Physically demanding walking for a fit and experienced party. Route not fully known to leader. Map: Rendezvous Creek 1:25000. Leader: John E. Transport: ~$10. Further details at Limit: 8.

11–12 October: Mount Kosciuszko on snowshoes – M/M

Ride the Thredbo chairlift to get elevation. Walk over to Kosciuszko. The snow should be well packed down by then and so the walking will be ideal. Camp in a sheltered spot to revel in the sunshine and admire the sunset. Winter gear and tents needed. Ice provided; also aiming for sunshine. Snow shoes can be hired. Ideal trip for those who have snow shoed previously. Map: Mt Kosciuszko 1:50,000. Leader: Steve G. Transport:and park entry: ~$50.

Tuesday 14 October: Bungonia Creek and Slot Canyon – M/R

Bungonia SRA Bretons Creek – Bungonia Creek (option to explore upstream to the base of Jerrara Falls/Bungonia Falls – Bungonia Slot Canyon and BlockUp – Shoalhaven River – Mt Ayre – Bungonia SRA. Some scrambling to get through the BlockUp. Approx 12 km, 450 m steep descent/ascent, mostly dry feet. Cancelled if raining (Park Regulations), leader will put on alternative walk in the area. Map: Caoura. Leader: Brian S. Transport: ~$25 (+Park Entry Fee).

Wednesday 15 October, 8pm: Monthly Meeting

Drought in the West MacDonnells – a presentation by Meg M

Main meeting room, St John’s Church Hall, Constitution Avenue, Reid

Sunday 19 October: Tuggeranong Hill/Mt Rob Roy – M/M

(Note: repeat walk for a definite purpose). Ridge walking at its very best. From Covenant College, Gordon over Tuggeranong Hill, there on to Mt Rob Roy, returning by a different route. Some off track and plenty of hillwork (800 m). Map: Tuggeranong 1:25,000. Leader: David P.

(17)18–19 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), Transport: ~$45–50, Accommodation: ~$50.

17–19 October: Namadgi and Coronet Peak M/R

Day 1. We start from Nursery Creek car park, walking to the saddle on track, then up Nursery Creek, across to Rendezvous Creek, and over the ridge to Big Creamy Flats to camp. Day 2. Climb Mt Namadgi with packs, look at the borah grounds, and follow the ridge to the north. Rocky outcrops on this ridge are a highlight. After lunch we will be challenged by thick scrub on the route down to Little Creamy Flats where we camp. Day 3. Climb onto the ridge to the north and walk to Coronet peak. Drop down to the AAWT for lunch, after which we have a track slog back to Orroral picnic area. Maps: Rendezvous Creek and Corin Dam 1:25000. Leader: Mary H. Transport:~ $10.

Tuesday evening 21 October: Callum Brae Woodland Reserve – S/E

Meet by 6.30 pm at a stile down Narrabundah Lane, from Mugga Lane (just past Quamby). This is a little gem of a park. We walk thru open grassland visiting 4 dams, listening to the frogs, looking at huge old gums, wandering along the creek and viewing Canberra from the east. No need to book. Leader: Janet E.

Saturday 25 October: Mt Mavis and Mt Herlt – L/R,X

From the Nursery Swamp car park, follow the NS track then taped footpad to Rendezvous Creek. Then 600 m up to Mt Mavis (SH1711). Fabulous views and granite; some scrambling. Then SE down along the ridge and up to Mt Herlt, above the 1600 m contour. North down to Rendezvous and so home. Around 18 km and 1100 m total climb. Physically demanding walking for a fit and experienced party. Route not fully known to leader. Map: Rendezvous Creek 1:25000. Leader: John E. Transport: ~$10. Further details at Limit: 8.

Saturday 25 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, which we follow south to Mt Tumutbulla (1321 m) 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), Transport: ~$15.

Sunday 26 October: Namadgi NP Booths Hill and Brandy Flat Hut – M/R

An energetic hill walk commencing from the carpark on the Boboyan Rd, near the Yankee Hat turnoff. Initially we’ll be following the track in the direction of Brandy Flat Hut for about 3 kms, before heading bush along the ridge line to Booths Hill for views and lunch. The afternoon program will include a bash down to Brandy Flat Hut and a return to the cars via the ascending track. The bushbashing part could be a bit scratchy, and thus gaiters/long pants and gloves are recommended. Map: Michelago 1:25,000. Leader: John K. Transport: ~$9. Limit: 8.

25–26 October: Mt Scabby – L/M-R

From the Gudgenby carpark, cross Gudgenby Saddle to Sams River Fire Trail, then climb to the extensive granite slabs of Mt Scabby for panoramic views. Camp in NSW. Though it is quite a long climb to the summit, the pace will be moderate. Map: Yaouk 1:25,000. Leader: Meg M. Transport: ~$12.

Tuesday evening 28 October: Cooleman Ridge Woodland Reserve

Meet by 6.30 pm at Namatijra Street, Fisher, opposite the open parklands (Yellow pages phone bk Map 77 G8).This walk includes going up Mt Arawang and along Cooleman Ridge. Great views all around. No need to book. Leader: Janet E.

Tuesday 28 October: Brumby Yards and Upper Blue Gum Creek – L/M,X

Brumby Yards (not the ones on the way to Blue Gum Hill) are said to be located SE from the top bend in Smokers Trail – let’s find them. Then a wander through the upper reaches of Blue Gum Creek. We’ll then wing it by crashing W to an interesting site and back via Smokers Trail. Around 16 km and 600 m total climb. Map: Corin Dam. Leader: John E. Please contact me if you would like to co-lead. Transport: ~$9. Further details at

Saturday 1 November: Mt Namadgi via Mavis Ridge – L/R,X

A day-walk to a classic Namadgi National Park destination in the Bimberi Wilderness. Scrub, regrowth, granite and magnificent 360° views from the sub-alpine top which also boasts other features. Substantial climbs and a long day. Around 19 km and 1300 m total climb. Thirteen hours walking. Physically demanding walking for a fit and experienced party. Route not fully known to leader. Map: Rendezvous Creek 1:25000. Limit: 8. Leader: John E. Transport: ~$10. Further details at

Saturday 1 November: Mt Aggie and Bendora Arboretum – M/E

Follow the track from the car park to Mt Aggie with its spectacular views then along the border ridge track toward Bendoura Hill. Use an old logging road to get to the arboretum for lunch, then on track back to the cars. The area is a mixture of vegetation types from very alpine to ferny creeks. About 5 hrs actual walking. Map: Tidbinbilla. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), Transport: ~ $10

1–5 November: Nadgee Wilderness Epic Walk – M/M

Extended walk through the lovely Nadgee Wilderness area following the Merica River- Harry’s Hut– Nadgee Lake– Newtons Beach circuit. Drive to Eden Friday afternoon and stay at Great Southern Pub overnight. Saturday early start, drive to Merica River and head into the wilderness for a 22km walk over undulating country to camp overnight at Harry’s Hut on the Nadgee River. Sunday stroll further south for 6km to overnight at Nadgee Lake with possible additional side trip (10km return) to Cape Howe. Monday head north for 14km to overnight at Newton’s Beach. Tuesday head back for 10 km to Merica River and the cars. Bring bathers to check out some lovely beaches on the walk back. Maps: Nadgee and Narrabarba 1:25,000. Leaders: John K and Lois P. Transport: ~$56 (310 k, measured). Accommodation: ~$20 for the first night. Park Fees: $5 per person per day Note: that the walk party is limited to 8 and the walk is almost fully subscribed. If you would like to put your name down, please contact Lorna C.

1–2 November: Corang Plateau track clearing

This is a work party with the NPWS on a particularly spectacular part of the track. Last year’s Folly Point weekend was very enjoyable; this one should be good too. Please book by the end of September so that we can suitably liaise on numbers with the NPWS. Map: Corang 1:25,000. Leader: Rob H..Transport: ~$25.

Tuesday evening 4 November: Around Lake Tuggeranong

Meet at the Grounds Cres carpark (Map 87 P7) in Greenway. This is a really pleasant walk around the lake and simply enjoying the peace and light. Bring a camera. No need to book. Leader: Janet E.

Friday 7 November: Licking Hole Creek – Rotten Swamp to Cotter River – L/R,X

Follow Licking Hole Creek from where it rises in Rotten Swamp to its confluence with the Cotter River. Camp overnight at Cotter Flats. Join in the Broom Clearing the next day. Around 19 km and 600 m total climb. Strenuous walking for a fit and experienced party. Map: Rendezvous Creek 1:25000. Leader: John E. Transport: ~$21. Further details at Limit: 4.

Saturday 8 November: 16th Broom clearing 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: ~$12.

Sunday 9 November: Bulls Head and Blundell’s Creek – M/E-M

This is a wander, mainly on track, in the area between Blundell’s Creek and Bulls Head. It starts from Mills Post Rd with lunch at or near Bulls Head returning to Blundell’s Creek Rd. The walk includes a variety of vegetation from Alpine snow guns to the ferny Blundells Creek. About 4–5 hrs actual walking. Map: Cotter Dam and Tidbinbilla 1:25,000. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), Transport: ~$10.

Sunday 9 November: Long Point to Badgerys Spur – M/M

Classic trip along the Shoalhaven River. River crossings, optional swims. Short car shuffle. Joint walk with NPA Sydney. Map: Caoura 1:25000. Leader: Brian S. Transport: ~$25

Monday evening, 10 November: The Pinnacles – S/E

This is the first of a series of walks of 1½ to 2 hours on most Monday and Thursday evenings during daylight saving, starting at 6.30 pm and ending around sunset. Meet at 6.30 pm 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), Transport: drive yourself.

Tuesday evening 11 November: Mt Taylor and Farrer Ridge

Meet at the corner of Badamira and Nemarang Street, Waramanga near the underpass of the parkway (Map 77 P3) We walk up Mt Taylor and enjoy the views, then continue onto Farrer Ridge. No need to book. Leader: Janet E.

Wednesday 12 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.

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