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This page covers activities for a month starting from the second Wednesday of March. For more walks, click on the Future Walks and Walks Archive tabs.

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 .

This symbol indicates a walk that will count towards points in the 50 Peaks in 50 Weeks event.

Thursday evening, 10 March: Mt Painter – S/E

Meet at 6:30 pm in the car park accessed via the lane beside 57 MacKellar Circuit, Cook and visit this nearby peak with great views. No need to book. Map: n/a Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), stan.marks@infrastructure.gov.au Transport: drive yourself.

Friday 11 March: Early evening climb to Black Mt – S/ E

Meet and park cars by 6.00pm at Firth Rd, off Barry Drive or Clunies Ross St. (Refer Yellow Pages Phone Bk Map 48 P-Q 12-13) From there we will follow the track to the summit of Black Mt. Climb of 200 m. Please bring a torch for safety for the return journey. Leader Janet E. No need to book.

Saturday 12 March (Canberra Day long weekend): Main Range Loop – L/M

A combined CBC/Parkway walk. Can’t get away overnight? In town the Canberra Day long weekend? Walk the classic Summit Walk and Main Range Track from Charlottes Pass to Mt Kosciuszko. Home via Mt Northcote, Mt Lee and Caruthers Peak before dropping down to cross the iconic Snowy River. Around 23 km and 1000 m climb and mainly on track, but not insignificant if you are not a regular walker. Map: Perisher Valley. Leader: John E. Transport: ~$155 + park entry per car. Further details at http://jevans.pcug.org.au Limit: 12.


Ettrema Creek

12–14 March (Canberra Day long weekend): Ettrema Gorge – M/R

Three days Friday – Monday. A leisurely trip in this pristine area. Entry into the Gorge possibly by Bullfrog Creek and then proceeding downstream with some side trips (notably the picturesque Jones Creek) and exit via Myall Creek. Those interested are asked to contact the leader by 5 March for further details. This is a most beautiful area with crystal clear pools. There will be plenty of time for swimming. Expect maximum temperatures around 25°C+. Entry and exit to the gorge are steepish. Once in the gorge walking is relatively flat but involves rock-hopping with a pack and at least one compulsory swim. Side trips are likely to involve rock-scrambling as well. Maps: Touga, Nerriga 1:25000 Leader: Eric P. Transport: ~$36 Limit: 8.

Tuesday 15 March: Sentry Box from the SE – L/R,ptX

Insert quickly via The Settlers Track and Grassy Creek fire trail to the Scabby Range Nature Reserve. Follow the border up to the top of Sentry Box Mountain. Around 28 km and 650 m climb. Maps: Yaouk and Shannons Flat. Leader: John E. Transport: ~$20 per person. Further details at http://jevans.pcug.org.au

Sunday 13 March: Early morning climb Mt Tennent – L/ R–M

If you missed out climbing this mountain with Terence about a month ago here’s another opportunity. Climb of 750 m. We meet at Kambah Shops before 7 am to beat the possible heat. We’ll sort out transport and then park cars just past the Namadgi Centre. From here we start the steep climb up Mt Tennant which is 1383 m above sea level, – we start at about 450 m. Morning tea on the way and lunch at the top. Hopefully return to the cars by about 2ish. Leader: Janet E. Transport: $5 No need to book.

Saturday 19 March: Mt Lincoln/Bluegum Hill – M/R

Smokers Gap car park–dog proof fence – Bluegum Hill – Bluegum Creek – old brumby yard – Smokers Gap. Map: Corin Dam 1:25,000 Leaders: Jenny & Rob H. Transport: ~100 km, $36 per car.

Saturday 26 March: Mt Painter and Black Mt – M/E

Meet 9.00am at end of Frith Road near electricity sub‑station. We will then car shuffle to the start point of the walk at the Pinnacle at the back of Hawker. The walk traverses the Pinnacle and Mt Painter nature parks, the Aranda bushland and frost hollow before ascending Black Mt (lunch) and back to the cars. Finish by 2.30. Map: n/a Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), stan.marks@infrastructure.gov.au Transport: drive yourself


Canoeing on Talbingo Reservoir

Sunday afternoon ramble 27 March: 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 1:25,000. Leader: John E. Transport: drive yourself to Binns St Fraser to meet at 1.15pm. Further details at http://jevans.pcug.org.au

26–27 March: Talbingo Paddle and Walk – S/M

Paddle from “Sue City” (O’Hares Rest Area) 4 km to the campsite on Talbingo Reservoir. Options for the afternoon and next morning include paddling, swimming or walking up some of the many nearby hills for views over the reservoir. A beautiful location suitable for beginners. BYO canoe or contact leader to discuss options. Map: Yarrangobilly 1:100 000 or Ravine 1:25,000 and Yarrangobilly 1:25,000. Leader: Mike B. Transport: $178 per car. Limit: 8.

Tuesday 29 March: Arboretum, hut, tops and weir – L/E–M,ptX

Variety is the spice of life. Visit Bendora arboretum via Bendora Hill (gotta keep those 50 Peaks in 50 Weeks coming), then via Warks Rd to search for Bushranger weir and on to the airport (well, Aerodrome Corner). Gravel Rd and part of Moonlight Hollow Rd before we strike out through the bush up the hill to Forest Knob. I’ll throw in a couple of border markers as we wander through Bushrangers Hill and back to the car. Around 14 km and 700 m climb. Map: Tidbinbilla 1:25,000. Leader: John E. Transport: ~$10 per person. Further details at http://jevans.pcug.org.au

Saturday 2 April: Mt Mavis – L/M–R

Mt Mavis is the 1711 m granite summit just NE of Creamy Flats which offers fine views across the high Namadgi peaks. Starting from Orroral Valley, we follow a good track to the top end of Nursery Swamp, a somewhat overgrown one to Rendezvous Ck, and a non-existent one beyond it. Return the same way. I will take the 14 km at a moderate pace but there will be 3 climbs of about 200 m, 600 m and 200 m respectively, scrub, and scrambling, so some stamina is required. Map: Rendezvous Ck 1:25,000. Leader: Jeff B.; book after 21 March. Transport: ~100 km return ~$37 per car, ~$9–$12 per person. Limit: 12.

Saturday, 2 April: Mt Aggie and Bendora Arboretum – M/E

Follow the track from the car park to Mt Aggie (1471 m) with its spectacular views then along the border ridge track toward Bendoura Hill. After crossing the Mt Franklin Rd, use an old logging road to get to the arboretum for lunch, then on track back to the cars with more views. About 5 hrs actual walking. Map: Tidbinbilla Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), stan.marks@infrastructure.gov.au Transport: ~ $20

Saturday 9 April: Pig Hill – M/M

This romantically named walk is on the eastern edge of the Brindabella National Park. The hill itself provides spectacular 360 degree views. From the locked gate on Doctor’s Flat Road above Dingo Dell, walk 2 km north on an old vehicular track through forest then diverge east, off track along a couple of ridges, much of it open, some of it fairly dense regrowth after the fires, for about 4km before heading up off track to Pig Hill and then, on track, back to the road. Short car shuffle. 4¾ hrs actual walking. Map: Umburra 1:25,000. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350 (w),  stan.marks@dotars.gov.au Transport: ~$10

(Monday 4) Tuesday 5 April: Gungartan and Dicky Cooper Bogong – L/M–R

A combined CBC/adhoc hard FBI walk. Drive to a convenient camp spot and camp Monday evening. (Time to be advised but latish). An early start up the Munyang–Geehi Rd to Schlink Pass. Visit Gungartan to the east and then Dicky Cooper Bogong to the west. Around 24 km and 1000 m climb. Map: Geehi Dam 1:25,000. Leader: Max S. Transport: ~$155 per car, plus park entrance. Limit: 8.


View from Axehead Mountain

10–13 April: Lacys Tableland, Axehead Mountains – M/R/X

Day 1 from Yerranderie to Lacys Tableland via Tonalli Pass. Day 2 Explore Lacys Tableland. Day 3 Green Wattle Creek & Bulls Island Creek. Day 4 Vengeance Peninsula Axehead Mountains to Yerrangerie. Maps: Burrogorang 1:25,000 & Yarranderie 1:25,000. Leader: Mike B. Transport: $190 per car. Limit: 6.

Tuesday 12 April: Flat Rock Spur and Bendora Dam – L/E–M,ptX

Some more variety on the eastern flanks of the Tidbinbilla Range. From the Mt Franklin Rd, walk Chalet, Parrot and Wombat Roads to the top of Flat Rock Spur. Descend an unmarked fire trail to Bendora Dam and ground-truth some sites. Return the same way (which includes a 150 m climb over 500 m up the beginning of Flat Rock Spur). Wander along to visit Snow Gum Arboretum and Snow Gum Hill. Around 28 km and 1300 m climb. Map: Tidbinbilla 1:25,000. Leader: John E. Transport: ~$10 per person. Further details at http://jevans.pcug.org.au


For more walks, return to the top of the page and click on the Future Walks and Walks Archive tabs.


Page last modified on Tuesday 8 March, 2011
This page covers activities from the second Wednesday of April onwards. For more walks, click on the Future Walks and Walks Archive tabs.

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 .

This symbol indicates a walk that will count towards points in the 50 Peaks in 50 Weeks event.

Saturday 16 April: 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 almost up Foxlow where we will have 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), stan.marks@infrastructure.gov.au Transport: ~$15


The Big Hole

16–17 April: Hanging Rock, Cleatmore Caves, Marble Arch, Big Hole – S/M

A pack walk of about 18 km to several interesting features with a nice campsite below Hanging Rock. Most of the walk is across open country or on track; the off-track climb of Hanging Rock and the rock hop along the gorge below Marble Arch are optional. Suitable for people new to pack walking. Map: Kain 1:25,000. Leader: Linda S.; book after 21 March. Transport: 200 km return ~$74 per car, ~$18–$24 per person. Limit: 8.

Easter 21–24 April: Pretty Plain Hut – M/M

How wonderful to have this hut re-built. Included is a day trip from there out to Finlays Lookout. Two nights at Pretty Plain and one at Wheelers. Mostly on fire trails and foot pads. Total distance 48 kms with no really big climbs. Home on Easter Monday. Map: Khancoban 1:50,000. Leader: Steve G. Transport: ~$190 per car.

Good Friday 22 April: Boboyan Trig, Hospital Hill – S/M

A walk from the Boboyan Rd largely off track to nice lookouts over Namadgi with interesting rock formations. Some scrub but I don’t expect it to be very heavy. You can do this as a standalone day walk, returning to Canberra afterwards, or proceed to Old Yaouk to join Stan’s Morgan/Scabby trip. Map: Yaouk 1:25,000. Leader: Jeff B.; book after 21 March. Transport: $52 per car for people returning to Canberra the same day; for people joining Stan’s trip, TBA. Limit: 12.

(22), 23–25 April: Mt Morgan and Mt Scabby – M/M/X

I have booked the cabin at the ‘Old Yaouk’ property on the edge of Namadgi for the weekend. We will drive down on Friday afternoon, walk on Saturday and Sunday, and come home on Monday morning. Both walks are exploratory for me and will take some effort. Saturday will start along the Lone Pine fire trail and then off track, aiming to climb Mt Morgan, a clear peak with great views. Sunday will be Scabby, all off track, following John Evans’ recent route. The cabin is small and most people will need to camp but all can use the toilet and shower and, depending on numbers, the kitchen. Map: Yaouk and Rendezvous Creek, 1:25,000. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), stan.marks@infrastructure.gov.au Transport: ~$30 Accommodation: $75 in cabin, $30 camping (3 nights)

22–26 April: Budawangs – M/R

This loop trip around the Budawangs into some of the lesser travelled areas. The proposed route is: Nerriga Entrance – Piercy Creek Track – Galbraiths Route – Folly Point Track – Hollands Creek – Mt Tarn – Hoddles Castle Hill – Track East of Foster Mountain – West across Running Creek – Alum Track – Nerriga Entrance. Maps: Endrick and Corang 1:25,000 Leaders: Keith T. and Irene D. Transport: ~$36 Limit: 8

Easter Monday 25 April: Naas Valley – M/E

A fairly level walk on a fire trail along Naas Ck upstream from the Boboyan Rd. Views to granite mountains and inspection of historical sites. You can come from Canberra for a standalone day, or join the walk on the way home from Stan’s Morgan/Scabby trip. Map: Yaouk 1:25,000. Leader: Jeff B.; book after 21 March. Transport: ~$60 per car for people coming from Canberra for the day; for people coming from Stan’s trip, TBA. Limit: 12.

Saturday, 30 April: Black Range – M/E–M

Park the cars at the South Black Range car park. Walk on track to South Black Range trig point with its enormous rock for morning tea, then off track along an open ridge to rejoin the track. Swing east off track to lunch through attractive eucalyptus forest and return to the cars. A pleasant and relatively easy walk. Map: Bombay 1:25,000. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), stan.marks@infrastructure.gov.au Transport: $40 per car, ~$15 per person.


Bushfold Flats

Saturday, 7 May: 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 hours actual walking, all on track. Map: Williamsdale 1:25,000. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), stan.marks@infrastructure.gov.au Transport: ~$10

Saturday, 14 May: Harrisons Peak – M/M

A walk through open forest near Captains Flat, initially on a fire trail to Harrisons Peak with views from Mt Coree to the Tinderries. We then walk largely off track along a series of open ridges. Linear distance 12 km, about 500 m total climbing during the course of the day but the spectacular views make it worthwhile. About 5¼ hours actual walking. Map: Captains Flat 1:25,000. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), stan.marks@infrastructure.gov.au Transport: ~$15

Saturday 21 May: Orroral Tor – M/M/X

A walk on pathways, trails and some forest to a Tor for lunch. Great views (weather permitting) of Orroral Valley. Map Rendezvous Creek 1:25,000. Leader Tim W. Transport:~$40


Emily Miller Beach

(20), 21–22 May: Durras weekend – Sat M/E, Sun S/M

Leave Canberra Friday night, stay in comfortable cabins at Depot Beach Caravan Park. Saturday will be the spectacular Little Forest Plateau with views to the Budawangs, Pigeon House and beyond. Lunch at Ngaityung Falls. On Sunday, Ross will lead a walk along the coast south of Murramarang, from Emily Miller Beach to Richmond Beach, thence the Garden of Unearthly Gums, Oaky Beach, North Head and the cars. Each person is responsible for his/her own meals. About 5 hrs walking on both Saturday and Sunday. Maps: Durras/Tianjara/Milton 1:25,000. Leaders: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), stan.marks@infrastructure.gov.au and Ross A. Bookings to Stan please. Transport: ~$160 per car, ~$50 per person. Accommodation: ~$50–$60.

Saturday 18 June: 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 Genges Peak. Map: Cotter Dam 1:25,000. Leader: Roger E. Transport: $30 per car $7–$10 each.


Brandy Flat Hut

Sunday 19 June: Winter Solstice: Brandy Flat Hut – M/E

n former years the club held a Winter Solstice feast on this, the shortest day and longest night and to welcome back the sun. Traditionally many club members came—waiving the 16 walkers only rule. So please come prepared to join in a shared celebratory feast bringing savouries, making pancakes, prepare cheese fondues, or even a luscious pavlova to share—whatever yummy foods you would like to contribute. We’ll meet at the Kambah Shops by 9 am, sort out transport, then drive 1/2 hour to Glendale Crossing. We walk on a gentle undulating track for about 7 km to a lovely grassy area at Brandy Flat with The Hut (and toilet). Here we can prepare and enjoy our feast and salute the sun. Return to the cars on the same track, but with lighter packs!. Please consider bringing a stove to help cook. Please book. Leader: Janet E. Transport: $10


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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).