December 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 December to the second Wednesday of January.

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Thursday evening, 10 December: Goorooyaroo Nature Park/Sammy’s Hill – S/E

Be at the parking area on the northern side of Horse Park Drive about 1.5 km toward Gungahlin from the Federal Hwy junction (Gungahlin exit) at 6.30 pm for a walk around the park. No need to book. Map: n/a Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), Transport: drive yourself.

12–14 (Sat–Mon) December: Tuross River and Kybean Ra, Wadbiliga NP – M/E–M(X)

Trip cancelled.

Monday evening, 14 December: Mt Ainslie Quarry – S/E

Meet in the car park at the back of the War memorial, on the eastern side. We will do a walk in the Ainslie reserve, including a visit to the disused quarry, thence to the top and down the easy way to the cars. No bookings, just turn up at 6.30 pm. Map: n/a Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), Transport: drive yourself.

Tuesday 15 December: Tuesday Twilight #9, Tralee to Melrose – S/M

Park in Henry Melville Crescent Gilmore for 6.30 pm access through Corbett Park under the highway to this pleasant area of open woodland. If there is any sea breeze to be had, it will be here. Gaze down on (currently) peaceful, rural Tralee and ridge walk to views of Melrose Valley. Easy bush, but not all on tracks. Leader: Margaret R.

Thursday evening, 17 December: Cooleman Ridge – S/E

Meet at the car park on Namatjira Drive just on the Kambah side of Fisher near the speed limit sign. Great views along the ridge. No bookings, just turn up at 6.30 pm. Map: n/a Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), Transport: drive yourself.

19–20 December: South-western ACT Border – L/R(X)

Trace the border from the Naas/Sams Creek watershed to mounts Kelly and Scabby, starting and finishing from the Naas car park. Map: Yaouk 1:25,000 Leader: Rob H. Transport: 160 km return, $15–$20 per person.

Sunday 20 December: Legoland – S/M–R

Legoland is a jumble of huge granite boulders above Orroral Valley, at 1300m so cooler than Canberra. There are tunnels, balconies looking across to Namadgi peaks and the Cathedral Cave. We will also explore other outcrops along the ridge. Cars will be driven to the top of the ridge so there will not be much climbing. Map: Corin Dam 1:25,000. Leader: Jeff B. Transport: ~110 km, $41 per car, $10–$15 per person.

Tuesday 22 December: Rendezvous Ck–Nursery Swamp – M/M

Circular 15 km walk up from Orroral Valley (Nursery Swamp car park), across to and down Rendezvous Creek. Climb saddle between spot heights 1351 and 1337 to southern end of Nursery Swamp. Follow Nursery Creek upstream to complete walk. During the walk we will try to locate several sites of significance. 500m total climb. Map: Rendezvous Creek 1:25,000. Leader: Mike Br. Transport:~$40 per car, $10–16 per person

26–29 December (Sat–Tues): Nadgee – M/M

Day 1: Drive to Merrica River entrance to Nadgee Nature Reserve; park near Ranger Station. Catch pre-arranged transport to Mallacoota, about a 1 hour 20 minute drive, and then a boat across Mallacoota Inlet. Half day walk along fire trails, tracks, beach and sand dunes to camp at Lake Barracoota, a serene freshwater lake. Day 2: A longish slog along the beach, then over magnificent sand dunes and across the border into NSW. Camp at or near the Bunyip Hole. Day 3: track through coastal heath, beach walking past Nadgee Lake, more track to camp at either Little River or Newton’s beach, depending on water availability. Day 4: walk out. Need to carry water for lunch and some emergency water each day. I have booked with the NPWS for a party of 8. Maps: Mallacoota 1:50,000; Nadgee 1:25,000; Narrabarba 1:25,000. Leader: Linda G. Transport: Costs estimate of $116 per person, comprising: park booking $15 per person, chauffered transport Merrica River to Mallacoota $25 per person (cost to be confirmed); boat across Mallacooota inlet $20 per person; petrol costs $56 per person if four in a car.

27 December – 3 January: Ettrema – M/R

This meandering trip around the northern end of Ettrema extends into some of the lesser travelled regions of the Ettrema area. Distances travelled each day are generally short with most of the intended route in Ettrema Creek and nearby creeks. The proposed route is: Quiera Clearing – Transportation Spur – Ettrema Creek – Pintannie Saddle – Cabbage Tree Creek – Leyden Creek – Bundundah Creek – Manning Saddle – Jones Creek – Myall Creek – Quiera Clearing. The actual route will depend on the weather and also on party inclinations. Maps: Nerriga, Touga, Caoura, Sassafras, Yalwal and Burrier 1:25,000 Leaders: Keith T and Irene D. Transport: ~$33 Limit: 8

1–3 January (Fri–Sun): Kowmung River – M/R/W

Day 1: Short car swap. Drop into the Kowmung from the west down a steep ridge near the junction with Tuglow Hole Creek, then downstream past Morong Falls. Day 2: Through Morong Deep. Day 3: continue downstream then exit via a long ridge and around 7 km of fire trail. Compulsory swims, some with jumps, lots of rock scrambling, a nicely acrobatic trip. Maps: Shooters Hill 1:25,000. Gurnang 1:25,000. Leader: Linda G. Transport: est $152 per car.

Tuesday 5 January: Bargo Gorge – M/R/W

Rockford Bridge – Bargo River and Gorge – Nepean River – return along cliff top route. River crossings, rock platforms, lunch and swim at a deep cool pool. Map: Picton 1:25,000. Leader: Brian S. Transport: ~$120 per car, $30–$40 per person.

Thursday evening, 7 January: Campbell Park – S/E

Be at the northern end of the airport side of the Campbell Park offices car park at 6.30 pm. The walk follows the track along the eastern side of the Ainslie reserve toward Mt Majura then loops back. No need to book. Map: n/a Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), Transport: drive yourself.

Saturday 9 January: The Castle (Budawangs NSW) – L/R(X)

Climb the Castle from Yadboro Camp Ground (Grid Reference 447877) for great views to Byangee and Pigeon House – be sure to bring your camera. You will need to carry plenty of water as there may be none after crossing the Yadboro River. The walk will start early Saturday morning to avoid the heat during the climb. You may like to get there the night before and stay at the camp ground. Map: Corang 1:25,000. Leader: Peter J. Transport: ~180 k each way with a considerable section of dirt road, ~$140 per car. Limit: 6

11–14 January: Bundanoon – M/R(X)

Descend Coal Ck to Bundanoon Ck thence up Tallowa Gully. Return via ascent through cliff line to Nyes Ck (pack-hauling, some minor rock scrambling) and back up Bundanoon Ck, or, retrace our steps along Bundanoon Ck. Exit via Fairy Bower Falls track, or perhaps investigate a route up an unnamed creek to Mount Carnarvon. Options dependent on weather and party inclinations. Wet feet, rock hopping, boulders to negotiate, possibly cramped campsites, some lovely rainforest. Map: Bundanoon 1:25,000. Leader: Ian S. Transport: $120 per car; Train? Limit: 6

Monday evening, 11 January: Kowen Forest – S/E

Go down Sutton Road about 1½ km from its intersection with Pialligo Rd and Yass Rd to the Kowen Rd. Go down Kowen Rd until the junction where the road to Molonglo Gorge goes off to the right. There is a car park on the left. We will walk to the Blue Tiles recreation area on the Molonglo and back via a ridge with views. Start at 6.30 pm. Map: n/a Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), Transport: drive yourself.

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