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This page covers activities for a month starting from the second Wednesday of May. 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.

Wednesday 11 May: Camels Hump and Johns Peak – M/M–R

We will walk up a steep fire trail to Camels Hump. From there we will traverse south along the ridge line to Johns Peak for lunch. We will pick our way down a steep scrubby regrowth-affected spur to rejoin the fire trail that takes us back to the cars. If the weather is clear, we will have 360 degree views. Distance around 12 km. A climb of around 620 m to Camels Hump + 140 m to Johns Peak. Map: Tidbinbilla. Leader: Monika B. Transport: ~$35 per car. Meet at Kambah Shops at 8:00 am.

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 12km, about 500m total climbing during the course of the day but the spectacular views make it worthwhile. About 5¼ hours actual walking. Map: Captains Flat. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), stan.marks@infrastructure.gov.au Transport: ~$60 per car

Sunday 15 May: Morning Stroll Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve – S/E

A relaxing meander along tracks through open woodland and grassland visiting Black Flats Dam and Sanctuary Loop. Experience the wonderful flora and fauna of this magnificent nature reserve. Among possible sightings are wallabies, kangaroos, wallaroos, platypus, echidnas, water birds and other wildlife… so don’t forget the camera. Home for lunch. Map: Tidbinbilla. Leader: Phillip S. Transport: $32 per car, plus entry fees (if applicable)

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. Leader Tim W. Transport: ~$160 per car


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 hours walking on both Saturday and Sunday. Maps: Durras, Tianjara and Milton. 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. Accommodation: ~$50–$60

Tuesday 24 May: Tinderry Range Cattle Duffing Site – L/E–M, part X

Visit a reputed cattle duffing site in the Tinderry Ranges. All on Round Flat, East Tinderry, Boundary and Bluedell Swamp fire trails. Around 22 km and 900 m climb. Map: Tinderry. Leader: John E. Transport: ~$40 per car. Further details at http://jevans.pcug.org.au

Saturday 28 May: Nattai Gorge and 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 4½ hours actual walking. Map: Mittagong. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), stan.marks@infrastructure.gov.au Transport: ~$100 per car

Sunday 29 May: Cooleman Ridge – S/E

Start at the NW corner of Duffy and wander over Narrabundah Hill and through the Cooleman Ridge Nature Reserve via Cooleman Hill to Mt Arawang. Around 9km and 150m climb. Map: Canberra. Leader: John E. Transport: Meet in the Parkway church car park, cnr Sulwood Drive and Tuggeranong Parkway, at 1.15 pm. Then car pool to NW Duffy ~$4 per car. Further details at http://jevans.pcug.org.au

Sunday 29 May: The Perpendicular Slot, Camel Rock, Churinga Head, Myall Ridge (Ettrema) – S/M–R

A fairly long drive via Tarago and Nerriga. There will be some scrub and scrambling but the walk is only about 8km long and has only short climbs. The views along the clifftops overlooking Ettrema Gorge are fantastic and we will have time for plenty of stops to savour them and several interesting rock features along the way. The top of Myall Ridge is perched in the middle of the gorge. Maps: Nerriga and Touga. Leader: Jeff B. Transport: ~$120 per car. Limit: 12

Saturday, 4 June: Wild Cattle Flat – S/E–M

Climb via a fire trail east of Captains Flat to the trig station atop the Bollard Ridge from which there are views to the west. Then follow the ridge as it descends through open forest until you cross Ballinafad Creek. Lunch on a hill above the creek, then cross wild cattle flats and back to the cars through open forest. All on trail or easy off track. About 4 hours actual walking. Return via the purple eatery. Map: Tinderry. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), stan.marks@infrastructure.gov.au Transport: ~$80 per car

Tuesday 7 June: Ride Warks Road – H

Warks Road is pronounced Walks, so it’s only appropriate that we do a ride. The bottom end leaves the Brindabella Road just before the Thompsons Corner bridge over Condor Creek. It rises beside Lees Creek and Blundells Creek, up the Bulls Head Range to Warks Camp and ends in the Bendora arboretum. Around 50 km (return) and 1750 m climb (and fall), but we’ll go till we want to turn around. Maps: Cotter Dam and Tidbinbilla. Leader: John E. Transport: ~$30 per car. Further details (including bike hire suggestions) 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 Wednesday 11 May, 2011
This page covers activities from the second Wednesday of June 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.

Wednesday 8 June: Cotter Gap – M/E

From the Orroral Tracking Station picnic area site we will walk along the Cotter Hut Road and the Australian Alps Walking Track to Cotter Gap and return. Approximately 18 km return, all on track. Map: Corin Dam. Leader: Rene D. Transport: $50 per car.


Jervis Bay

11–13 June: Jervis Bay gourmet weekend – M/E

I have booked a large house at Vincentia for the weekend. Leave Canberra Saturday morning, a 2 hour walk south along the coastline with spectacular views of cliffs and the sea. On Sunday, walk to Steamers Beach, St Georges Head and Summerland Bay through coastal forest and heath with many sea views, and morning tea and lunch on beaches. About 4½ hours actual walking. The house is well equipped so probably shared meals in-house both nights. Return home via Fitzroy Falls where we will walk before lunch. Map: Sussex Inlet. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), stan.marks@infrastructure.gov.au Transport: ~$240 per car. Accommodation: ~$90 per person for weekend

11–13 June: Yalwal – M/R

This area is on the eastern side of Morton National Park. It has lower relief and generally offers easier walking than Ettrema. The walk will visit a number of interesting looking crowns and cliffs near Yalwal. The proposed route, subject to change, is: Danjera Dam – Clarke Saddle – Reynolds Saddle – Bundundah Creek – Turrama Pass – Strike Creek – Fletchers Crown – Rhyolite Saddle – Danjera Creek – Morley Saddle – Clarke Saddle – Danjera Dam. Map: Yalwal. Leaders: Keith T. and Rene D. Transport: $150 per car. Limit: 8.

 Saturday 18 June: Gorilla Rock, Booroomba Rocks (with possible excursion to Deadmans Hill) – M–L/M–R

We walk along the AAWT from Honeysuckle Creek Camp Ground before heading off into the bush to Gorilla Rock and then to Booroomba Rocks with a steep climb and perhaps some minor scrambling along the way. On the return journey we may detour to the summit of Deadmans Hill. Maps: Williamsdale and Corin Dam. Leader: Phillip S. Transport: ~$40 per car

Sunday 19 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. Leader: Roger E. Transport: $30 per car.


Brandy Flat Hut

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

In 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. Map: Michelago. Leader: Janet E. Transport: ~$40 per car

 Saturday, 25 June: Faunce Hill – M/E

Faunce Hill is on the eastern side of the Queanbeyan River gorge on the northern end of Googong Dam. The walk is a mixture of on and off track, starting at the end of Wanna Wanna Rd (off Captains Flat Rd) thence through open forest to the Hill and south to lunch on an open ridge before wandering back to the cars. Plenty of variety and good views including Gingera and Bimberi. About 5½ hours walking. Map: Hoskinstown. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), stan.marks@infrastructure.gov.au Transport: ~$40 per car

Sunday 26 June: Bungonia Gorge – M/M

Bungonia is about 30 km east of Goulburn. A walk through a spectacular limestone canyon to the junction of Bungonia Ck and Shoalhaven R. Mostly on track, but there are some scrambles on the descent and the track is interrupted by a few hundred metres of climbing around, over, and under large limestone boulders. There is a steep 500m climb out. Map: Caoura. Leader: Jeff B. Transport: ~$100 per car plus ~$2/person Park entry. Limit: 12

Wednesday 13 July: Mount Coree from Blundells Flat – L/E

Starting at Blundells Flat and walking the fire trails to Mount Coree summit for lunch and (weather permitting) great views. Return by a different route on fire trails. Walking distance is 17 km as per my GPS, with 700m of climbing. Fire trails are steep in parts on way up Mount Coree. Meet at the car park opposite McDonalds at Cooleman Court for a 8:30 am departure for Blundells Flat. Maps: Cotter Dam. and ACT 1:100,000. Leader: Tim W. Transport: ~$24 per car. For CBC members this walk would contribute to the 50–50 challenge.

(22) 23–24 July: Gulaga (Mt Dromedary)/ Bermagui Coast Walk – M/E

Drive to Tilba Waterfront Cottages Friday evening where we stay for the weekend. On Saturday we climb Dromedary. It is about a 6 hour walk, all on track and about 14 km return. The climb is moderately hard because 750 m elevation needs to be ascended over 5.5 km. Sunday’s walk is a scenic ramble about 10km which offers vistas of mountain (Gulaga), lake (Wallaga) and island (Montague), headland and beach. The track winds around Wallaga Lake and continues to Murunna Point, Camel Rock, Haywards Beach, Keatings Headland, Long Swamp and Moorehead Beach. Maps: Wandella, Central Tilba and Bermagui. Leader: Barry K. Transport: ~$170 per car. Accommodation: ~$30/person/night.


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(22) 23–24 July: Mount Colong, Southern Blue Mountains – M/M–R

Drive to Batsh Camp Friday night. On and off track via Mount Meier and the Mount Armour Fire Trail, then ascend approx. 400 m up Mount Colong via an eastern spur which I think I climbed over 50 years ago (I hope it’s still there). Lovely grassy campsite in the summit forest close to a permanent spring, with a legal fire to keep warm. Steep descent down basalt scree to Colong Causeway, then return to cars via Kooragang Mountain. A shortish walk to suit the shorter days, with time to explore the large summit of Mount Colong on Sunday morning. Maps: Bindook and Yerranderie. Leader: Meg M. Transport: ~$170 per car. Limit: 8.


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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).