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Club Activity Program

September 2010

This page covers activities from the second Wednesday of September onwards.

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Wednesday 8 September: Wednesday walk – route to be advised

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

Pigeon House Mountain

(10) 11–12 September: The Castle and Pigeon House – L/M–R, S/M

Two consecutive day walks to the Castle and Pigeon House. The Castle walk will be the more strenuous involving a 700 m climb overall along a track with some steep sections and an exposed rock scramble at the top. The hard work of climbing is rewarded with magnificent views. The Pigeon House walk is shorter than the Castle at 4.8 km, but involves a 480 m climb with some steep sections and ladders near the top. Again, the climb is rewarded with fine views at the top. You can join in one or both of the walks. Camping on Friday and Saturday nights near the Castle trail head at Yadboro. There will be a dawn start for the Castle walk. Maps: Corang and Milton 1:25,000. Leader: Monika B. Transport: ~400 km return, ~$145 per car. Limit: 12.

Saturday 11 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 fire trail back to the cars. Mostly on track. The forest is different from that near Canberra. About 5 hours actual walking. Map: Bombay 1:25,000. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), Transport: ~$15 per person.

Tuesday 14 September: Border marker hunting on the Naas and Sams Creeks watershed – L/R,ptX

Insert quickly to the Maurice Luton fire trail via Gudgenby saddle. Head west to the border, then north over a knoll between Naas and Sams Creeks. Return via Sams Creek fire trail and the same way we came in. Around 23 km and 700 m climb. Map: Yaouk 1:25,000. Leader: John E. Transport: ~$12 per person. Further details at

Saturday 18 September: Bushfold Flats – M/E–M

Follow the Australian Alps walking track from the Booroomba Rocks car park to Bushfold Flats, an area of open forest and grassland. Transit the flats, then follow the track until lunch on a rocky outcrop with views north, east and west. Follow the track to the Mt Tennent fire trail and then drop down, off track, to the Flats and return to the cars. 5 hrs actual walking, all on track. Map: Williamsdale 1:25,000. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), Transport: ~$10

Sat–Wed 18–22 September: Wilderness Coast Mallacoota to Merrica River – M/R

Day 1. Canberra to Merrica River and transfer to Mallacoota then walk to Lake Barracoota. Day 2. Lake Barracoota to Lake Wau Wauka possible side trip to Howe Hill. Day 3. Lake Wau Wauka to Lake Nadgee via Cape Howe. Day 4. Lake Nadgee to Newtons Beach. Day 5. Newtons Beach to Merrica River and return Canberra. Variations depending on conditions and party. Maps: Nadgee 1:25000; Mallacoota 1:50 Survey and Mapping Victoria; Narrabarba 1:25,000 Leader: Mike Ba. Transport: ~$65 per person, Transfer Mallacoota ~$20 per person, Transfer to Lake View ~$20 per person Limit: 4.

Tidbinbilla Peak

Sunday 19 September: Tidbinbilla Mountain – L/M–R

We will leave Canberra at 7:00am to maximise use of daylight hours. I will arrange early entry to the park. Starting from the Mountain Creek car park, we will ascend the Camel’s Back fire track to a point below Tidbinbilla Peak. We will then leave the fire trail and bash up through the 2003 regrowth towards the Tidbinbilla ridgeline. Once on the crest of the ridge, we will head west towards Mt Tidbinbilla, and if time allows, we will proceed to its summit. We shall return by the same route. The climb is about 700m and the walk could take over 8 hours. Pace moderate. Bring full foul weather gear and water. Map: Tidbinbilla 1:25,000. Leader: David D; book before 16 September. Transport: $36 per car+TNR entry fee. Limit: 8

(24) 25–27 September (Canberra LWE): Blue Mountains – M/M

Leave Canberra Friday night and stay in a comfortable 4 bedroom house in Blackheath for the long weekend. Saturday: along the cliff top from Gordon Falls, Leura to Scenic World, Katoomba, including the valley (4–5 hours). Sunday: into and along the valley floor below Wentworth Falls, returning via the Valley of the Waters (6 hours walking, plenty of steps). Monday: Govetts Leap to Pulpit Rock (3½ hours) or Grand Canyon from Evans Lookout (4½ hours). Map: Katoomba 1:25,000. Leader: Edwina Y. Transport: ~$70 per person, Accommodation: ~$75 for the weekend. Limit: 12. This trip is now full: more Blue Mountains trips are available (27)28–30 September and 10–15 October, see below.

Saturday 25 September: Tinderries by Fire Trail – M/M/X

Follow fire trails with a short bush bash to a rocky outcrop at 0445 5017 (Tinderry 1:25,000 map) for a possible lunch spot with great views over the Monaro. Possible side trip to explore the two peaks to the east. Return via fire trails. May need a car shuffle. Maps: Michelago, Tinderry 1:25,000 or ACT Region 1:100,000. Leader: Tim W. Transport:~$45 per car.

Murumbidgee Corridor

Sunday arvo 26 September: Kambah Pool to Tuggeranong – S/E

A combined CBC and Parkway church ramble. Wander the Murrumbidgee River Corridor from Kambah Pool to Tuggeranong behind Urambi Hills. Bring arvo tea to share. Car shuffle required. Around 7km and 100m climb. Map: Tuggeranong 1:25,000. Leader: John E. Transport: Meet at Parkway church, cnr Sulwood Dr and Tuggeranong Parkway, at 1.00pm and we’ll car pool from there ~$2 per person. Further details at

Tues–Thur (27)28–30 September: Blue Mountains

We will base ourselves at Blackheath Caravan Park; you can choose camping or cabins. This trip can be done in conjunction with Edwina’s trip the weekend before, or as a standalone. The walks are negotiable but may include Glow Worm Tunnel and Dry Canyon (M/E–M), Narrow Neck to Clear Hill (L/E), Mt Hay (S/E–M); Centennial Glen and Porters Pass (M/E–M); Ruined Castle (S/E–M). Maps: from among Rock Hill, Katoomba, Jamison, Ben Bullen, Cullen Bullen 1:25,000. Leader: Jeff B; book early (it’s NSW school holidays) if you want a cabin, but in any case by 23/9. Transport: TBA Accommodation: ~TBA. Limit: 12

Tuesday 28 September: More Border Marker Hunting on the north Clear Range – L/R,X

A continuation of 3 August. Drive in the Clear Range fire trail. With permission from land owners, up onto the north Clear Range to border marker R27 then south to around Mt Yarara. Return along the fire trail. Around 20km and 800m climb. Map: Michelago 1:25,000. Leader: John E Transport: ~$10 per person. Further details at

Friday – Monday 1–4 October (long weekend): Kiandra to Orroral Valley on the AAWT – L/M,X

Three and a half days on the AAWT. Leave Canberra Friday lunchtime and drive to Kiandra. Walk 12 km to Witzes Hut. Saturday Witzes to Hainsworth Hut 23 km. Sunday Hainsworth to Oldfields Hut 22 km. Monday Oldfields to Orroral 27 km. Maps: Ravine, Tantangara, Rules Point, Rendezvous Creek and Corin Dam 1:25,000. Leader: John E. Transport: ~$200 per car. Further details at Limit: 4 (3 already booked), + 4 if another cooperative driver can be found.

Saturday 2 October: Old Boboyan Road to Boboyan Trig – M/M/X

Postponed from 21 August. 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. Map: Yaouk 1:25,000. Leader: Tim W. Transport: ~$60 per car.

Square Top Mountain

2–4 October: North-western Budawangs – M/M, partly X

A 3-day trip from the Nerriga entrance to Morton NP to some rarely visited Budawangs mesas with low but interesting cliffs and nice scenery and wildflowers. On Saturday morning we walk 8 km to our campsite on upper Running Creek, from whence we walk out on Monday afternoon. Over half this section is on track. In between we visit with day packs only: Saturday pm Castle Hill; Sunday Smilers Tops, Barneys Hill and Crafts Crown; Monday am the lovely Square Top Mtn. Some scrub and scrambling but I don’t envisage anything very difficult. Maps: Endrick 1:25,000 or CMW Budawangs. Leader: Jeff B; if booking after 23/9 use mobile. Transport: ~270 km return, ~$100 per car, ~$25–$40 per person. Limit: 8. This trip is now full but the leader will accept bookings for a second party to do a similar grade walk nearby possibly to Hidden Valley.

View from near Bora Ground, Quiltys Mtn

2–4 October: Budawang weekend – M/M

I have booked basic accommodation near Nerriga on the edge of the Morton National Park for the long weekend, driving down Saturday morning. We will leave Canberra on Saturday morning and walk to Churinga Head for lunch with a spectacular view over Ettrema Gorge and, if like 2009, wildflowers in abundance (2½ hours easy off track). Then go to our accommodation. On Sunday, will attempt to reach the bora ground on Quiltys Mountain (7 hours walking all on track incl one short, steep section); but if the weather is bad, we will turn around at the Vines (5¾ hours walking, no rough bit). Return home Monday morning. The bunkhouse holds four to six. Others can use tents but all can the shower. Maps: Endrick and Touga 1:25,000. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), Transport: ~$40, Accommodation: depends on numbers, ~$20

Saturday 9 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 different return to the cars via disused logging roads, with running creeks and ferny gullies. About hours actual walking. Map: Tidbinbilla 1:25,000. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), Transport: ~$15

Glow Worm Tunnel

10–15 October: Blue Mountains – day walking in spring from a base in Blackheath

Yes another trip in the Blue Mountains. If you were not able to join the earlier CBC trips perhaps this one will be the one for you. The NSW school holidays will have finished and the spring flowers should be blooming. I plan to do a variety of walks in this beautiful area using the Blackheath caravan park as a base. Here you can camp or hire an on-site van. What we do will be dependent on the weather and party members but I am keen to include Blue Gum Forest, walks in the Wentworth Falls area and possibly the Glow Worm Tunnel. We would travel to Blackheath on Sunday afternoon, spend Monday to Friday walking and return Friday afternoon. Maps: Katoomba, Mt Wilson, Cullen Bullen 1:25,000. Leader: Lorraine T. Transport: TBA Limit: 12.

Tuesday 12 October: Googong Dam Circumnavigation – L/E

A circumnavigation of Googong Dam mainly on fire trails but with some shortcuts of off track walking and river crossings. About 30–35 km with some climbs. Map: Hoskinstown, Captains Flat 1:25,000. Leader: Mike Br. Transport: $24 per car, $6–8 per person.

Wednesday 13 October: Wednesday walk – route to be advised

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

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

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The picture at the top of this page is of the Murramarang National Park on the South Coast of New South Wales. Club walks extend to the coast and the area around Mt Durras (on the right of the photo) is a favourite destination for cabin-based walking weekends (photo David Briese).