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Club Activity Program

November 2010

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

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

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Thursday evening, 11 November: Black Mountain Hat Band – S/E

Meet 6.30, park at end of Frith St near electricity sub‑station. Some distance from the top, there is a track around the mountain with 360 degree views. No need to book. Map: n/a Leader: John E.  Transport: drive yourself.

(All day) Fri–Sun 12–14 November: Mt Victoria/ Mt Carlyle & the lost cairns of the Black Allan Line – L/R, X

This trip aims to re-locate historic cairns of the Black Allan Line, built from 1870–72. The majority of the trip takes place along the south-western edge of Nadgee Reserve. We’ll begin with a 20 km walk, half of which consists of a bushbash and 250 m descent off Mt Carlyle. This is the type of terrain best suited to human bulldozers… I know you are out there... please give me a call! Time permitting, we will then pick up extra cairns between the Princes Highway and Mt Victoria Trig, namely cairns 13.4–13.12, most of which involve less than 1 km walk off a fire trail. Maps: S.R. Brookes Map of the Croajingolong National Park 1:70,000, Eden 1:100,000 Leader: Karen C Transport: ~$240 per car. Further details at Limit: 8.

Broom in bloom

Saturday 13 November: Broom clearing (18th year) at Cotter Hut

The club’s long-term environmental project aimed at removal of this invasive species from the Upper Cotter area will take place again this year. Each year club members go to the area around the Cotter Hut and locate and clear any new broom plants that can be found. The seeds of this species can stay in the soil for well over 20 years and each plant can produce thousands of seeds. Our contribution has involved searching the area to locate infestations, removal by lopping or digging and detailed mapping. You will have the opportunity to travel to the Upper Cotter by vehicle and spend the day in a remote part of Namadgi. No special skills needed. Map: Rendezvous Creek 1:25,000. Leader: John T. Transport: ~$12.

Saturday 13 November: Mt Gingera – M/M

We will park at the Ginini locked gate and car shuffle up to the car park on Mt Ginini. From there, we will follow the ridgeline to Little Ginini and Pryor’s Hut, thence on track up to the summit of Gingera for lunch and great views. Then return to the cars via the track. Map: Corin Dam 1:25,000. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), Transport: $60 per car, $15–$20 per person.

Sunday 14 November: Dry stone walls above Glendale Crossing – S/M

Join Tim the Yowie Man on a ramble to search for his long lost second cousin Billy Bunyip. If no joy, at least we’ll visit the dry stone walls. Anyone know why they were built? A beer/ice cream on the way home at the Tharwa General Store. Around 6 km and 300 m climb. Map: Michelago. Leader: John E. Leave town around 12.30 pm. Transport: ~$8 per person. Further details at

Monday evening, 15 November: 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. Map: n/a Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), Transport: drive yourself

Tuesday 16 November: A weir-d day in the Brindabellas – L/M,ptX

A modest day below Piccadilly Circus ground-truthing weirs for KHA. At least it’s a change from border markers. Via Old Mill Road and 300 m down a ridge to Warks Road, visit Piccadilly weir, Lees Creek sawmill, Ferny weir, Bulls Head weir, Pago weir and Warks weir. If time and enthusiasm allow, a further poke around Bulls Head. Around 15 km and 700 m climb. Maps: Cotter Dam and Tidbinbilla. Leader: John E. Transport: ~$8 per person. Further details at

Thursday evening, 18 November: Red Hill – S/E

Meet at 6.30 in the car park on Red Hill, near the restaurant. We will walk along the ridge to Hindmarsh Drive and back again. No need to book. Map: n/a Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), Transport: drive yourself

Corang Peak

(19) 20–21 November: Mongarlowe and Monga Forest – M/E–M

Drive down Friday night to Moon Cottage near Mongarlowe: The walks will depend on the day, if Saturday is warm, we will do Sugarloaf Ck, at the base of Clyde Mt, a shortish but very pleasant creek walk and, if cool, Corang Peak and Corang Arch and, if time permits, the Conglomerates. Sunday will be in the Monga area either ‘The Secret Forest’, on slightly overgrown forest track to a splendid Plumwood forest with pretty creek running through, remnant Dixsonia ferns or the Dasyurus track which is the Monga to Corn Trail connector and a 3 hr on track wander through coral fern and delightful forest. Finish at lunch. Well protected from sun and never too hot. The house holds 9; others can camp. Maps: Corang, Monga, Currowan 1:25,000. Leaders: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) or and David E. Bookings to Stan please. Transport: $115 per car, estimate per participant, $35

Saturday 20 November: Border Markers around Burnt Hill and Long Flat – L/M,X

Starting at the ACT’s southern border, a trip E and N along the border, probably mainly on fire trails, over Burnt Hill and along the Boboyan Divide. If time allows, through the S end of Long Flat and onto the S end of the Clear Range. Around 21 km and 700 m climb. Maps: Shannons Flat and Bredbo. Leader: John E. Transport: ~$65 per car. Further details at

Monday evening, 22 November: Mt Ainslie – S/E

Meet at 6.30 pm in car park atop Mt Ainslie on the airport side then walk to the west, north and east of the mountain. No need to book. Map: n/a Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), Transport: drive yourself

Tuesday 23 November: More Border Marker Hunting on the N 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 20 km and 800 m climb. Map: Michelago. Leader: John E. Transport: ~$10 per person. Further details at

Thursday evening, 25 November: Mulligan’s Flat – S/E

Meet at 6.30 pm in the main Mulligan’s Flat car park in the suburb of Forde. Go down Horse Park Rd, turn into Francis Forde Drive, then left into Amy Ackman Drive which will take you to the car park. Nice open bush. No need to book. Map: n/a Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), Transport: drive yourself

Orroral Ridge

Saturday 27 November: Ridge of Stones – Painting and/or Photography – S/E

A short walk along the ridge above the Orroral Valley where large boulders and nice forest will inspire your brushes and your cameras. Map: Corin Dam 1:25000 Leader: Gösta L. Transport: ~$37 per car, $9–$12 per person.

Sat–Mon 27–29 November: In Strzelecki’s Footsteps – L/R, X

Day 1 Starting at Dr Forbes Hut we’ll climb Hannels Spur ascending approx 1500m (over 8km), setting up camp near where Strzelecki did, below the crest of the Abbott Range. Day 2 we’ll ascend to the crest of Abbott Range and then onto Mt Kosi, returning to Mt Townsend and heading North along Townsend Spur to camp near the trig station at 1,838 metres. Day 3 we’ll head northwest down to the Geehi River. (I’m thinking that it only makes sense to combine a trip up Australia’s greatest ascending spur with the longest continuous descent I can find.) The descent itself is described in Snowy Mountains Walks by the Geehi Bushwalking Club 8th edition p55. 6 AM start from Kambah Shops. Around 40 kms / 2000m climbing. Maps: Mount Kosciusko 1:50,000 or Perisher Valley 1:25,000. Leader: Karen C.  Transport: $160 per car, Park entry $27 per car. Further details at Limit: 8.

Sunday arvo ramble 28 November: Dunlop Grasslands Nature Reserve and surrounds – M/E,X

A wander from Binns St in Fraser across the top of Dunlop. Touch the ACT–NSW border and a little of Ginninderra Creek. Use some of the Bicentennial National Trail. Around 14 km and 50 m climb. Map: Hall. Leader: John E. Transport: drive yourself to Binns St Fraser to meet at 1.15 pm. Further details at

Sunday 28 November: Mt Nungar, Gulf Plain – M/M

This will be a walk just south of Tantangara Dam, in cool sub alpine/montane valley country all above 1200 m. After a short car shuffle we climb 1710 m to Mt Nungar (steady 400 m ascent) to enjoy fine views across northern Kosciuszko National Park. We then descend to Schofields Hut and walk north to Circuits Hut and the sinkholes of Gulf Plain. Map: Tantangara 1:25,000. Leader: Jeff B.; please book after 15 November. Transport: ~330 km return, ~$120 per car, ~$30–$40 per person. Limit: 12.

Monday evening, 29 November: Coppins Ridge – S/E

Meet 6.30 pm, park at the junction of Coppins Crossing Road and Uriarra Road with your car pointing west. We will drive to the start point of the walk in the area between these roads and the Molonglo River. No need to book. Map: n/a Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), Transport: drive yourself

Thursday evening, 2 December: Aranda Bushland and Frost Hollow – S/E

Meet at 6.30 pm in the car park accessed via the lane beside 57 MacKellar Circuit, Cook (go through the gate) and we will walk through the Aranda Bushland and Black Mt Reserve and return to the cars via the Aranda frost hollow. No bookings. Map: n/a Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), Transport: drive yourself

Saturday 4 December: Uriarra Circuit – S/E

An afternoon walk of about 7 km, from Shepherds Lookout at the western end of Belconnen to the Molonglo and Murrumbidgee Rivers. All on track but there is a 150 m ascent on the return. There will be time for a swim and an evening meal; we will finish on dusk. Map: Umburra 1:25,000. Leader: Linda S. Please book after 15 November. Transport: nil

Monday evening, 6 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), Transport: drive yourself

Tuesday 7 December: Coal Creek Bundanoon (Morton NP) – M/R

Coal Creek flows into Bundanoon Creek on the southern side of Bundanoon village. Our route will descend this rocky creek through rainforest and return via the same way, or if we feel like it, explore possible exits through the cliff-line (nothing hairy!). Map: Bundanoon 1:25,000. Leader: Ian S. Transport: $120 per car

Wednesday 8 December: 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).