August 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 August to the second Wednesday of September.

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Saturday 15 August: 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 4 ½ hrs actual walking. Map: Mittagong 1:25,000. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w). Transport: ~$100 per car, ~$30 per person.

Saturday 15 August: Orroral Tor – M/R

From Orroral campground along walking track to Orroral valley, climb to high spot above Orroral Tor. After descent to the Tor and a scramble up it, return to campground along the valley floor. Map: Rendezvous Creek 1:25,000. Co-Leaders: Quentin M, Jenny H. Bookings to Quentin. Transport: 96 km, ~$36/car or $9–$12 per person.

Sunday 16 August: Grassy Creek/Old Boboyan Road – M/E-M

Enjoy a wander through the grasslands and forests of the southern ACT. See some of the old homesteads in the area. 4.5 hrs actual walking. Map: Yaouk 1:25,000. Leader: Tom Go. Transport: ~$60 per vehicle, $20 per person.

15–16 August: A Budawang weekend – M/R

On the Saturday we drive to Pidgeon House and climb its ladders for a view over the Budawangs before going to Yadboro for camping. The Sunday walk is a climb of Byangee Walls, including the Cathedral Cave and the Natural Arch. Maps: Milton 1:25 000; Corang 1:25,000. Leader: Gösta L. Transport: ~$144 per car, $36–$48 per person.

16–18 August: Quilty’s Mountain Endrick River – M/R/X

Day 1, Sassafras to camp on (or near) Quilty’s Mountain. Mostly on track. Day 2, explore Quilty’s Mountain and depart via Quilty’s Pass for Quilty’s Clearing. Mostly off track. Day 3, explore the ruined dam on Endrick river and return to Sassafras on track or via Galbraith’s route depending on conditions and group. Points of interest include Camp Rock, Red Johnnys Cave, bora ground, Piercy’s cabin. Map: Endrick 1:25,000. Leader: Mike Ba. Transport: ~$100 per car. Limit: 6.

Tuesday 18 August: Long Point – M/M,X

I’ve never been to Long Point, so let’s do it whilst waiting for Spring. Down the walking track and a wander around McCallums Flat. Around 10 km and 500 m climb. Map: Caoura. Leader: John E. Transport: ~$100 per car. Further details at Limit: 8.

Saturday 22 August: Jerusalem and Purgatory Hills. Snowshoe walk – S/M

From Dead Horse Gap an easy access onto the level southern extension of the Main Range – and to great views all round. Suitable for trying your ‘hand’ on snow without the need for skiing skills. Snowshoe hire is about $25. Maps: Thredbo 1:50,000. Leader: Rupert B. Transport: $50 plus Parks fee.

Saturday 22 August: Wild Cattle Creek –M/M

This walk is south of Captains Flat in the Tallaganda National Park. It is a wander, mostly off track, along ridges through light, open forest and along the wide open valley of Wild Cattle Creek and other watercourses. About 4 hrs actual walking. Return via the purple eatery. Map: Tinderry 1:25,000. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w). Transport: ~$20.

Sunday 23 August: Buckenbowra Tops South – M-L/E

Starting in Monga National Park beyond Braidwood, we follow River Forest Road (closed to cars) and Boundary Fire Trail south of where we went in June to some high points on the escarpment which should have good views towards the coast and nearby ranges. We may go off track to hills 642 502 and 644 501 (1 km return) but this diversion will be optional. Note: there are several short but steep sections on the fire trail. Maps: Monga, Araluen 1:25,000. Leader: Jeff B. Transport: ~220 km ~$80 per car, ~$20–$27 per person. Limit: 12.

Saturday 29 August: Mt Foxlow – M/E-M

From the car park just off Woolcara Lane at the entrance to the Yanununbeyan Conservation Area, we will head off track until we meet the 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 5½ hrs actual walking. Map: Captains Flat 1:25,000. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w). Transport: ~$15.

Sunday afternoon 30 August: Ramble on The Pinnacle – S/E

Enjoy a stroll on The Pinnacle and share some arvo tea. Around 9 km and 200 m climb. No need to book; just meet at the end of Dungowen St Hawker at 1.30pm. Map: Canberra, Canberra Nature Park. Co-Leaders: Rene M and John E. Enquiries to John. Transport: Please drive yourself. Further details at

29–30 August: Castle Gourmet Trip – M/R

Climb the Castle from Yadboro via Kaliana Ridge and Castle Saddle, camp on top, shared gourmet meal in the evening at a favourite spot, side trip to the southern tip Sunday morning then return. Gentlemen are requested to wear a bow-tie for the evening meal and ladies something similarly appropriate. Always a popular trip. Maps: Corang, Enderick 1:25,000. Leaders: Jenny and Rob H. Transport:~ 180 km each way, ~$130 per car, $32.50–$43 per person.

Tuesday 1 September: Mt Woolpack and Roberts Creek – L/M,X

In via Round Flat fire trail, East Tinderry ft, Woolpack ft to Mt Woolpack. Out via some of Roberts Creek ft and back up Roberts Creek to Round Flat. Around 20 km and 600 m climb. Map: Tinderry. Leader: John E. Transport: ~$10. Further details at Limit: 8.

Saturday 5 September: Corin Dam to Pryors Hut – M/M

Enjoy the climb of over 600 m on Stockyard Spur from Corin Dam through the forest to Pryor’s Hut. All on track. If possible we’ll light the fire in the hut at lunch, then return same way down the hill to the cars. Map: Corin Dam 1:25,000. Leader: Quentin M. Transport: $50 per car.

Sunday 6 September: In the shadow of Palerang – S/E-M

A walk in the Tallaganda National Park. From the Forbes Creek track head east of Hoskinstown, follow trails to Mulloon Creek, then along the Palerang fire trail before swinging west off track for about an hour to the creek and the Mulloon firetrail back to the cars. Mostly on track. The forest is different from that near Canberra. About 5 hrs actual walking. Map: Bombay 1:25,000. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w). Transport: ~$15.

For more walks, see the Program for next month.
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