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Club Activity Program

August 2010

The program for a month usually covers walks from the second Wednesday of the month to the second Wednesday of the following month. This page covers activities from the second Wednesday of August until the second Wednesday of September.

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


If you are a non-member interested in taking part in Club activities, and want information about activities in the program click on to contact the club. Click on if you are seeking other information about the club.

Please note: Bookings for all walks on a weekend must be made to the walk leader by 2pm on the Thursday immediately before. Some walks may be fully subscribed before this time so early booking is advisable.

If you are not familiar with the procedures of the Club, please read the Walk Information (see menu at left) for details of booking on a walk, gradings, our requirement that all walkers sign an acknowledgement of risks and obligations, equipment hire, search and rescue procedures, etc. For membership enquiries click on .

Wednesday 11 August: Wednesday walk – route to be advised

CBC continues its participation in the Wednesday walks program shared with FBI and NPA. Co-ordinator: Jeff B.

Saturday 14 August: Rendezvous Creek Cross-over – M/R

Nursery Creek car park, top end Nursery Swamp, Rendezvous Creek, Boboyan Road near Gudgenby River. This is usually a very popular trip with a car shuttle. Map: Rendezvous Creek 1:25,000. Leaders: Jenny & Rob H. Transport: ~$40 per car.

Sunday 15 August: Black Mountain and Aranda Bushland – M/E

Meet at 9.30 in the car park opposite 160 Dryandra St, O’Connor. This walk traverses the Bruce Ridge then crosses into the Black Mt Reserve. Traverse the reserve, following the track part way up the mountain, then along the lake to Yarramundi Peninsula for lunch. Home via the cork plantation and the Aranda Bushland. All on track, about 5 hours walking. Map: n/a Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), stan.marks@infrastructure.gov.au Transport: drive yourself but please book as usual; there may be someone from your area who needs a lift.

Tuesday 17 August: Mt Palerang – M/M,X

Mt Palerang seems to be the current place to go (Jeff B last month and Stan M next month), so the Tuesday walkers may as well go there too. Ascend from the SW and descend to the N. Good views. Around 10 km and 400 m climb. Map: Bombay 1:25,000. Leader: John E. Transport: ~$60 per car. Further details at http://jevans.pcug.org.au


Fitzroy and Lady Hordern Falls

(20)21–22 August: Southern Highlands bushwalking bonanza

Drive down Friday night to the Bundanoon YHA, where we stay the weekend. Mt Carrialoo (to be led by Barry K on Saturday) is brilliant and if you like spectacular views and a bit of a challenge, you will love it. On Sunday, we start at the Fitzroy Falls Visitors’ Centre and follow the west rim track then head off via an old ruin and a tree fern forest, to the cliff line across the Yarrunga creek valley from Carrialoo. On Saturday night, the Bundanoon Pub for dinner. The YHA is an early 20th century structure of delightful ambience. Map: Bundanoon 1:25,000. Leaders: Stan Marks and Barry K. Bookings to Stan: 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), stan.marks@infrastructure.gov.au Transport:  ~$60 per person, Accommodation: ~ $60.


The view from Boboyan Trig

Saturday 21 August: Old Boboyan Road to Boboyan Trig – M/M/X

Start at locked gate at ref 799300 (approx) and thence walk the Old Boboyan Road for 8–9 kms then head north-east into the bush to Boboyan Trig. Return to cars via Yerrabi Track. Great views across Gudgenby from Boboyan Trig. Car shuffle will be required. Grade is ‘X’ as leader has not walked the section on Old Boboyan Road for some years but has walked the rest of planned trip. Participants will need to lodge a pre-poll vote in the federal election. Map: Yaouk 1:25,000. Leader: Tim W. Transport: ~$60 per car.

Saturday afternoon 21 August: ‘Show Us Your Limits’ Talk and Walk – Border Markers on the N Urban Fringe – Mulligans Flat Nature Reserve – S/E

Following the very successful second Talk and Walk at Goorooyarroo, a third and final Talk and Walk will be conducted. Join Dr Peter Dowling from the National Trust (ACT) and me for a wander in the Mulligans Flat Nature Reserve to the ACT border. Not only is the walk to the border but we will be covering several millennia of human history in the area. All welcome. CBC members one CBC member is required for every 6 members of the public participating, so join me in providing general shepherding and witty repartee. Or just sign on for the walk. Around 3 hours walking. Meet at 1 pm at the entrance to the northern section of Mulligans Flat Nature Reserve on Mulligans Flat/Gundaroo Road. Map: Hall 1:25,000. Leader: John E. Booking is essential. Transport: Please drive yourself. Further details at http://jevans.pcug.org.au Limit: 40will be reached quickly.

Saturday 21 August: Mt Sunrise and the Plains of Heaven – M/M

A snowshoe circuit from Smiggins Holes taking in some superb and little tracked country to the north of Dainer’s Gap. Maps: Perisher Valley, Geehi Dam 1:25,000. Leader: Terence U. Bookings required by Monday 16 August. Transport: ~$150 per car plus park entry fees. Limit: 6.

Sunday 22 August: Conglomerate castles – M/M

A walk from Wog Wog over, under and around some conglomerate outcrops in the western Budawangs. Features include Tinderry Lookout, The Chute, Goodsell Creek and The Refrigerator. Partly on track but there will be some scrub and easy scrambles around the rocks. Map: Corang 1:25,000 Leader: Jeff B. Transport: ~$25. Limit: 12.

Tuesday 24 August: Snowshoe The Rams Head Range via Kosi and Etheridge – M–L/M

We’ll take the Thredbo chairlift to the Eagles Nest, then proceed to Etheridge and Mt Kosciuszko. Return to chairlift via Swampy Plain River, Cootapatamba Hut and The Rams Head. A 6 am start from Kambah. Around 20 kms. Maps: Mount Kosciuszko & Thredbo 1:50,000 or Perisher Valley & Chimneys Ridge 1:25,000. Leader: Karen C. Transport: $150 per car, Park entry $27 per car, Chairlift $32 per person, Snowshoes & poles $25–$35 per person. We’ll stop at Jindabyne to hire snowshoes. Further details at http://jevans.pcug.org.au Limit: 8.

Saturday 28 August: Wild Cattle Ridge – M/E

A walk near Captains Flat in the Tallaganda National Park. From Wild Cattle Flat Road, we will follow an open ridge south toward Mt Tumanang. The mountain is too far to access this way in a day and we will lunch on an unnamed peak of 1335 m then go on to the cars. Varied vegetation, some interesting views. About 5 hours walking, almost all off track but not hard. Home via the purple eatery. Map: Tinderry 1:25,000. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), stan.marks@infrastructure.gov.au Transport: $60 per car, ~$20

Saturday 28 August: Caving at Wee Jasper

With guidance from Bill W who knows these caves and has been in them many times, a look into a couple of the caves. No ropes required, but helmet and light, and clothes which will get very dirty. Map: Couragago 1:25,000. Leader: John E. Transport: ~$60 per car. Further details at http://jevans.pcug.org.au Limit: 10.

Sunday 29 August: Uriarra former pine forest – M/M

About half on fire trails and half through burnt out pine forest with the possibility of fallen timber to negotiate. Climb up Uriarra Hill, Mt Blundell and Ganges Peak. Map: Cotter Dam 1:25,000. Leader: Roger E. Transport: ~$30 per car, $7–$10 per person.


Bonnum Pic

Tuesday 31 August: Bonnum Pic – M/M,X

This narrow neck with 160r sides is in Nattai National Park, overlooking the Wollondilly River. After seeing it on Google Earth, we have to go. A long drive W of Mittagong. Around 13 km and 300 m climb. Map: Hilltop 1:25,000. Leader: John E. Transport: ~$160 per car. Further details at http://jevans.pcug.org.au


Sassafras Plateau

4–5 September: Upper Endrick – S–M/E (with harder optional side trips)

This pack walk is 11 km each way on flattish fire trails from near Nerriga to a lovely campsite near Endrick River, passing below the impressive cliffs of the Sassafras Plateau in the Budawangs. Relax around the campsite, or on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning do optional side trips with day packs on or off track depending on the interests of the party, perhaps to Sallee Creek, The Vines (both easy), Battleship Rock (rough) and the Aboriginal Bora Ground (longish, great views to Pigeon House), some with co-leader Jeff B. Suitable for people who want an easy pack walk as well as those wanting more on the side trips. Map: Endrick 1:25,000 or CMW Budawangs. Leader: Alison M. Transport: ~270 km return, ~$100 per car, ~$25–$40 per person. Limit: 12.

Saturday 4 September: Worn Boot Bash #9 – L/R

This walk is an extension to a little border-marker hunting by a well-known party. Mt Coree to Hall along (more or less) Percy Sheaffe’s survey line. Approx. 33 km + a few hills and a bridge over the river. Map: ACT 1:100,000. Leaders: Jenny & Rob H. Transport: TBA.


Tunnel on Boxvale Track

Saturday 4 September: 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 hours actual walking. Map: Mittagong 1:25,000. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), stan.marks@infrastructure.gov.au Transport: ~$100 per car, ~$30 per person.


Brandy Flat Hut

Sunday 5 September: Booths Hill – M/R

14 km return and a climb of 700 m. First 5 km are on the Brandy Flat Walking Track, then we will go off track to climb the very steep Booths Hill, 1584 m. Will visit the delightful Brandy Flat Hut built in the 1980s for recreation use but in the style of the older cattlemen’s huts. A very good level of fitness required. Map: Michelago: 1: 25,000. Leaders: Lois P and Quentin M. Book with Quentin. Transport: (54 km from the centre of Canberra ~ $40 per car) Limit: 8.



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


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The photo at the top shows a CBC party climbing a saddletopped with large granite tors on the way to Mt Gungartan in Kosciuszko National Park. The club regularly offers walks in this wilderness area (photo Jeff Bennetts).