CANBERRA BUSHWALKING CLUB ACTIVITY PROGRAM

January 2009

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 January to the second Wednesday of February.

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 requirement that all walkers sign an acknowledgement of risks and obligations, search and rescue procedures, equipment hire, etc.


If you are interested in taking part in Club activities, contact walkinfo@canberrabushwalkingclub.org.au
Where an email address is given below in the form [email to mickeym] the actual email address is mickeym@canberrabushwalkingclub.org.au 

Wednesday 14 January: 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.

Thursday evening, 15 January: Mulligan’s Flat East – S/E

Meet 6.30 in the main Mulligan’s Flat car park. Go down Horse Park Rd, then Mulligan’s Flat Road and follow the signs to the car park (take Francis Forde Boulevard then left into Amy Ackman). Nice open bushland. No need to book. Map: n/a Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), stan.marks@infrastructure.gov.au Transport: drive yourself.

Saturday 17 January: Crack-of-Dawn No 2 – M/M

Start around sunrise and finish around lunch time to avoid the worst of the heat. The walk will be in Goorooyaroo Nature Reserve on the ACT’s northern border. Limit: 8. Map: Hall 1:25000. Leader: Terence U. Transport: TBA

Sunday 18 January: Monga forests–tree ferns and 500 year old eucryphia trees – M/M

Pleasant walking in the Monga N.P. mostly on tracks but with diversions into some rare and unusual rainforest areas. Map: Monga 1:25000. Leader: Chris L. Transport: ~$80 per car, $20 to $27 per person.

Monday evening, 19 January: Goorooyaroo Nature Park again – S/E

Meet at 6.30 pm in the parking area on the northern side of Horse Park Drive about 1.5 km toward Gungahlin from its junction with the Federal Hwy (the Gungahlin exit). Will probably do Old Joe. No need to book. Map: n/a Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), stan.marks@infrastructure.gov.au Transport: drive yourself.

Tuesday 20 January: Left Hand Creek and Mt Clear – L/E-M,X

A long fire trail bash for Tuesday traipsers to places which just have to be visited (once). We begin with a poke about the intersection of the Long Flat and Naas Valley fire trails and nearby Back or Grassy Creek and Naas Creek, to try to identify several European historical and zoological sites of significance. Following the Naas Valley fire trail, we visit two hut sites, then Demandering Hut and Horse Gully Hut. Turning east onto the Left Hand Creek fire trail, we visit a large tabular aplite dyke which crosses the creek. The Mt Clear Fire Trail climbs a further 500m to Mt Clear, the 16th highest named hill in the ACT. South of Mt Clear near The High Forest we go bush and  descend 300 m to Chalkers Chimney. A direct route back to the car. Around 27 km and 950 m total climb – shortened if a hot day. Route not fully known to leader. Maps: Colinton and Bredbo 1:25000. Leader: John E. Transport: ~$60 per car, ~$15–$20 per person. Further details at http://jevans.pcug.org.au Limit: 8.

Wednesday 21 January: Monthly ‘Meeting’, 6pm

BYO barbecue.  If barbecues are disabled because of fire danger, bring a picnic tea and still enjoy the company of friends.  Black Mountain Peninsula.  Follow the CBC signs on Garryowen Drive.

Thursday evening, 22 January: Ainslie/Majura – S/E

Be at the entrance to the park on Mackenzie St, Hackett, just north of the Grayson St intersection. Be there at 6.30 pm for a walk in the area between Mt Ainslie and Mt Majura. No need to book. Map: n/a Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), stan.marks@infrastructure.gov.au Transport: drive yourself.

Saturday 24 January: Li-Lo Wallow, Red Rock Gorge-Kambah Pool – S/R/W

Bring your own li-lo. Map: Tuggeranong 1:25,000. Leaders: Jenny & Rob H. Transport: n/a

24–26 January: Kosciuszko N.P–Valentine Falls and the Rolling Ground – L/M(R)

Saturday: Guthega power station to Schlink’s Pass, and onto Valentine’s Hut to establish base camp. If time permits an afternoon trip to Mawson’s Hut. Sunday: day pack walk along the creek to Valentine Falls, on to Grey Mare’s hut and return to camp via the main trail. Monday: Valentines Hut to Schlink Pass, Dicky Cooper Bogong, Rolling Grounds and to Guthega village. The mountains are magic this time of the year and there be lots of wild flowers. Come prepared for all types of weather. There’ll be a car shuffle. Maps: Geehi Dam and Jagungal 1:25,000. Leader: John K. Transport: ~$220 per car, ~$55–$73 per person with park fees. Limit: 8.

24–26 January: Kosciuszko long weekend – various ratings

Leave Canberra mid morning Saturday. That afternoon we will do an off track walk of about 2hrs in the vicinity of Mt Stillwell. On Sunday, we will offer the Blue Lake-Main Range-Kosciusko circuit (6 hrs walking all on track) and probably a walk to Mt Townsend, Australia’s second highest peak led by Ross Andrews. On Monday morning, I will offer a walk of about 1¾ hrs at Sawpit Creek on the way home. Two ‘everyone bring something’ meals in the evenings. Map: Perisher Valley 1:25,000. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), stan.marks@infrastructure.gov.au Transport: ~$50–60 incl park entry. Accommodation: (Southern Alps Ski Club Lodge, Charlottes Pass) ~$50–60 for weekend

24–27 January: 2009: Tin Mine Falls, The Pilot, and Purgatory! M/M-R, part X

Down the Cascade Trail for another attempt to visit the hidden heights of Tin Min Falls, a day to visit the tors and twin peaks of The Pilot, and the slog back up the Trail is avoided by exploring past Paradise and Purgatory (Hills) instead. Maps: Thredbo 1:50,000. Leader: Rupert B. Transport ~$200 per car, $50–$67 per person plus Parks fee.

Thursday evening, 29 January: Cork Plantation and nearby – S/E

Meet at 6.30 in the Black Mt Reserve car park which is accessed only from William Hovell Drive. Just follow the signs but, if going west (e.g. from Parkes Way or the Tugg Parkway), you will need to do the u-turn west of the interchange but before you get to Bindubi St. We will wander through the cork plantation and past the Himalayan Cedars then west of the arboretum. No need to book. Map: n/a Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), stan.marks@infrastructure.gov.au Transport: drive yourself.

Saturday 31 January: Casuarina Sands to Bulgar Creek – S/E

An afternoon and evening walk. From Casuarina Sands we follow the Murrumbidgee River track 4.5km upstream to a large pool near Bulgar Creek. After a swim we have a picnic tea then return to the cars around sunset. The walk will be shortened and the swimming time lengthened if the day is very hot. This walk is unsuitable for people with ophidiophobia. Map: Cotter Dam 1:25,000. Leader: Jeff B. Transport: ~$5.

Saturday 31 January: Crack-of-Dawn No 3 M/M

Start around sunrise and finish around lunch time to avoid the worst of the heat. The walk will be in the Square Rock area of Namadgi National Park. Limit: 8. Map: Corin Dam 1:25,000. Leader: Terence U. Transport: TBA

31 Jan–1 February: Mt Namadgi in via Middle Creek and returning by Cotter Gap – M/M-R

Journey to the Mountain that gives its name to our much loved National Park. The first part of the walk will be mainly off track up Middle Creek. We will return via Little Creamy Flats and then onto the Australian Alps Walking Track through Cotter Gap and ending at Orroral. With two days and camping overnight, we will have time to explore Mt Namadgi and, to include a visit to Cotter Rocks on the way back. There will need to be a car shuffle. Maps: Rendezvous Creek 1:25,000 and Corin Dam 1:25,000. Leader: Lorraine T. Transport: ~$60 per car, ~$15–$20 per person. Limit: 8

Monday evening, 2 February: Aranda Bushland – S/E

Meet at 6.30 in the car park accessed via the lane beside 57 MacKellar Circuit, Cook and wander around the bushland. Great views. No need to book. Map: n/a Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), stan.marks@infrastructure.gov.au Transport: drive yourself.

Tuesday 3 February: Gibraltar Creek and Falls – M/R,WX

Starting from Corin Dam Road near where Billy Billy Creek joins in, the Tuesday treaders will follow Gibraltar Creek down its course over Gibraltar Falls, past Woods Reserve and down to opposite Mushroom Rock. To fill in the day, we’ll then visit Mushroom Rock and Gibraltar Peak. Around 7 km + 5 km and 400 m drop + 300 m climb. Car shuffle required. Map: Tidbinbilla 1:25,000. Leader: John E. Transport: ~$20 per car,~$5–$7 per person. Further details at http://jevans.pcug.org.au Limit: 8.

Thursday evening, 5 February: Mulligan’s Flat – S/E

Meet 6.30 in the main Mulligan’s Flat car park. Go down Old Gundaroo Road (off Horse Park Rd toward its western end) and follow the signs to the car park (take Francis Forde Boulevard then left into Amy Ackman). Nice open bushland. There are loads of walks in this area, we won’t duplicate the last one. No need to book. Map: n/a Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), stan.marks@infrastructure.gov.au Transport: drive yourself.

(6) 78 February: Two Heads Sydney Harbour S/E

Catch the Murray’s coach to Sydney Friday night, staying at the Railway Square Youth Hostel. An early start Saturday for the walk to South Head from Double Bay, and on Sunday for the walk to North Head from Spit Bridge. Opportunities for a swim on both days. Camp Saturday night on Cockatoo Island, Sydney Harbour’s largest island (between Balmain and Drummoyne), in comfortable hired tents each twin share with mattresses, fold-up chairs, gas lights. Cooking on island bbq-kitchen. Return Canberra on 4 pm Murrays coach arriving back at 7.15 pm Sunday evening. Map: brochures, if available. Leader: Tom G. Accommodation: $75 for 2 nights. Transport: $30 return, plus ferry to and from Cockatoo. N.B. I have pre-purchased bus seats and accommodation, and will require pre-payment of $105 by 15 January. Limit: 12

(6)7–8 February: Canoe and camp in the Shoalhaven Gorge – M/W

Beg or borrow a canoe or kayak and join me in a very popular and classic CBC trip . Leave Canberra on Friday evening and camp at the Bendeela camping area situated just before the Kangaroo Valley town, then drive onto Tallowa Dam next morning. On Saturday we canoe from the Tallowa Dam into the spectacular Shoalhaven Gorge on flat water to a sandy beach suitable for our campsite. This trip is suitable for people who haven’t paddled before but you need to be able to swim and feel confident /comfortable in deep water. Lifejackets will be provided with the canoes. Canoes, Canadian 2-man-type, can be hired at Kangaroo Valley on the way. The cost is $175 per canoe, i.e. $85 each person for the 2 days. Please book by 1 Feb as I need to book canoes. Map: Caoura 1:25 000 and Burrier 1:25 000. Leader: Janet E. Transport: Mileage is 450 kms return so $162 shared between all participants in each car.

Monday evening, 9 February: Mt Ainslie again – S/E

Meet at 6.30 in car park atop Mt Ainslie on the airport side then another route on and around the mountain. No need to book. Map: n/a Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), stan.marks@infrastructure.gov.au Transport: drive yourself.

Wednesday 11 February: 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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