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This page covers activities for a month starting from the second Wednesday of August. 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 July: Nursery Swamp and Nursery Hill – M/X

We will leave from the Nursery Swamp car park just off Orroral Road and follow the Nursery Swamp walking trail. From the end of the trail we walk off track to Nursery Hill where will have lunch. We will then return, off track, roughly parallel to the walking track we came in on. We will turn back to meet the walking track at about its half-way point. From there we follow the track back to our vehicles. This walk is almost half on track while the rest will be off track and new for this leader, hence the X in the grading. If the going is too difficult we can return to the walking track earlier. Distance around 15 km with climbs totalling about 450 m. Map: Rendezvous Creek. Leader: Phillip S. Transport: ~$40 per car.

Sunday 17 July: Square Rock (a short walk off Corin Road) – S/E

An old favourite and why not. Because we like it! About 8 km return – all on track and 200m climb. Suit bushwalking beginners. A leisurely mid-morning start. Square Rock provides great views. We’ll visit the Orroral Valley lookout on the way back too. Map: Corin Dam. Leader: Quentin M. Transport: ~$28 per car. Limit: 12

Sunday 17 July: Mt Domain – M/R

Walk along the fire trail to Fishing Gap then off track through patches of regrowth and with some rock scrambling to reach the peak. Lunch at the top whilst admiring views of Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve and the Cotter Valley. Total climb of about 700 m. Map: Tidbinbilla.Leader: Mike B. Transport: ~$36 per car + TNR entry fee. Limit: 8

Tuesday 19 July: Brayshaw Territory – L/E–M

Visit many of the sites of European settlement in the Naas Creek valley. Around 27 km and 250 m climb, mostly on fire trails. Map: Yaouk. Leader: John Evans 6288 7235(h), jevans@pcug.org.au. Transport: ~$20 per person. Further details at http://jevans.pcug.org.au

Wednesday 20 July: Wednesday Walk (FBI) – M

Leader: Barrie R.

(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 10 km 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 per person per night.

(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

Sunday 24 July: Morning Stroll – Cooleman Ridge – S/E

This circuit takes us from the northern most end of the Cooleman Ridge Nature Reserve along a well defined equestrian trail for much of the walk, with views from the northwest around to the south across grassy pastoral leases to the multiple mountain ranges. From the top of Mt Arawang there are spectacular views in all directions. The last part of the walk is along the ridge top and around the backs of houses, overlooking the suburb of Chapman and across to Black Mountain. The total distance is only 8.5 km but with some steep sections, which will slow us down…. home for lunch. Map: TAMS Cooleman Ridge Nature Reserve. Leader: Phillip S. Transport: Drive yourself but tell me when you book if you need a ride.

Tuesday 26 July: Endrick River and Round Mountain – L/M–R/part X

A partly exploratory walk in the Budawangs, starting from the Nerriga entrance to Morton National Park. We’ll walk on track to the Endrick River, which we’ll wade, then follow the Redgrounds Track for a couple of kilometres before heading south in search of another river crossing. Once across the river we’ll head for Round Mountain, climbing it from the east. From the summit we’ll look for an exit through the mountain’s western cliff line and return to the cars via Running Creek. A couple of short, steep climbs, patches of scrub and rock scrambling will be involved. Also, early start and expect wet feet. Contact leader by 6pm Sunday 24 July so transport can be organised. Map: Endrick. Leader: Philip G. Transport: ~$36 per person. Limit: 12

Wednesday 27 July: Wednesday Walk (NPA) – M

Leader: Henry H.


Camel's Hump

Saturday 30 July: 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 and another 140 m to Johns Peak. Map: Tidbinbilla. Leader: Phillip S. Transport: ~$32 per car, plus entry fees (if applicable).

Tuesday 2 August: Snowshoe West of Mt Kosciuszko – L/R

We’ll ascend from Dead Horse gap via the alternate AAWT route to Cootapatamba Hut and then head northwest, to the western side of Mt Kosciuszko. Return will be along a similar route. 5:30am start from Kambah. Around 20km and 700m of climbing. Further details at http://jevans.pcug.org.au Maps: Perisher Valley and Chimneys Ridge. Leader: Karen C. Transport: $150 per car, Park entry $27 per car, Snowshoes and poles $30–$35 per person. We’ll stop along the way to hire snowshoes. Limit: 8.

Saturday 6 August: Mt Palerang – M/M

Palerang is a mountain near the Great Dividing Range south of the Kings Highway (the pointy one on the right as you approach Braidwood). Access is via Rossi and Forbes Creek. On a clear day you can see Braidwood, the Budawangs and the Brindabellas. The access ridges have moderate scrub and a few easy scrambles; there are also a few kilometres of fire trail walking. Map: Bombay. Leaders: Phillip S. and Edwina Y. Bookings to Edwina. Transport: ~160 km return, ~$60 per car, ~$15–$20 per person. Limit: 12

Saturday 6 August: Wild Cattle Creek – M/M

This walk is south of Captains Flat in the Tallaganda National Park. It is a wander, mostly off track, along ridges through light, open forest and along the wide open valley of Wild Cattle Creek. 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: ~$20 per person

6–14 August: Victorian Alps; Snow shoes – L/M–R

Drive to Harrietville. Climb Bungalow Spur on the track and camp 3–4 nights near Federation Hut. Explore Mt Feathertop area, including steep snow if feasible. Return to Harrietville and drive to the carpark near Mt Bogong. Climb Bogong and probably camp near a hut. Lots of fantastic scenery if conditions are good. Tents, snow shoes essential. Map: Bogong Alpine Area, 1:50,000. Leader: John I. Transport: ~$370 per car.

Sunday arvo 7 August: Circumnavigate Lake Tuggeranong – S/E

A combined CBC/Parkway church ramble. Sunday arvo rambles have changed from the last Sunday to the first Sunday of the month. Walk/wheelchair/ride/jog around Lake Tuggeranong. Around 7km. Further details at http://jevans.pcug.org.au Map: Tuggeranong. Leader: John Evans 6288 7235(h), jevans@pcug.org.au Transport: Drive yourself, to meet in the car park by the Scout Hall/ramp on Mortimer Lewis Drive, on the east side of the lake, by 1:30pm.


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 8 June, 2011
This page covers activities from the second Wednesday of September 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 August 10: Wednesday Walk: Bonnum Pic – L/M–R

Bonnum Pic is a point that juts out spectacularly from a dry sandstone plateau that lines the Wollondilly River in the Nattai National Park. It is surrounded by magnificent cliffs that tower over the valleys below. The walk will include scrambling up and down sandstone slabs; lowering yourself about three metres on a hand-line down a rock face and walking along tracks. The plateau supports a variety of flowering shrubs and plants. Late in August 2010, the area was a picture of spring flowers so we are hoping some of them will be on show for this trip. Walk: about 16.4 km. Climb: undulating 400 m. Water: none you have carry enough for the day. Meeting place: Watson Arts Centre carpark, 1 Aspinall Street, Watson ACT. Time: 6:30 am. Map: Hilltop. Leaders: Ann G and Steve R Transport: ~$155 per car

Saturday 13 August: A Ridge with a view –M/E–M

Walk from the Spring Creek car park along a series of ridges through open forest to an unnamed grassy peak for lunch with spectacular views from Lake George to the Tinderries. Similar return. Part on and part off track, about 5½ hours actual walking. Map: Captains Flat. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), stan.marks@infrastructure.gov.au Transport: ~$40 per car, ~$15 per person

Tuesday 16 August: Namadgi National Park between Naas Creek and Mt Boboyan – M/R

Several spot heights, hopefully with granite tors on them located between Naas Creek and Mt Boboyan. Map: Yaouk. Leader: Roger E. Transport: ~$60.00 per car.

Saturday 20 August: Black Mountain and Aranda Bushland – M/E

Meet at 9:30 am 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 Aranda Bushland. All on track, about 5 hours walking. Map: TAMS Black Mountain Nature Reserve and Aranda Bushland Nature Reserve 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.

Sunday 21 August: Morning Stroll; Lake Burley Griffin – East Basin and Jerrabomberra Wetlands – S/E

This walk takes us from the Carillon in a loop around the East Basin of Lake Burley Griffin with an excursion into Jerrabomberra Wetlands. This is a relaxing walk with the possibility of sighting a large number of bird species, especially water birds in their natural habitat. There is some shade but most of the walk is in the open. Total distance only 10 km so home for lunch. Map: Canberra and TAMS Jerrabomberra Wetlands Nature Reserve. Leader: Phillip S. Transport: Drive yourself but tell me when you book if you need a ride.

Saturday 27 August: Southern ACT Heritage Walk – L/E–M

Start at Old Boboyan Road and cross country to the Settlers Track. On to Waterhole Hut and Lone Pine Homestead. If time permits a side trip to Lutons Crutching Shed before returning to cars on Old Boboyan Road. Most of this walk is on tracks. Linear distance is approximately 19 km with a total climb of around 400m. Early departure from Canberra. Maps: Yaouk and Shannons Flat. Leader: Tim W. Transport: ~$60 per car.

Saturday 27 August: Square Rock and Smokers Trail – M/M

This is a popular walk but a new one for your leader. A track through bush from the Square Rock car park marks the beginning of this walk to a monumental group of boulders. Hopefully we have a clear day so that we can enjoy the great views. On the way back we peel off to join the Smokers Trail until we come to Smokers Trail car park. We will have vehicles at this point to take us back to Corin Road. Map: Corin Dam. Leader: Phillip S. Transport: TBA in August it.

Saturday 27 August: Map and compass navigation exercise – S/M

If your leader becomes incapacitated, or you become separated from the party, would you be able to find your way out of the bush? Regular bushwalkers should have at least basic skills in map and compass, even if they are not leading walks. I will be conducting a training exercise for prospective leaders and regular walkers who wish to learn how to navigate. Participants must bring their own map and compass. I strongly recommend that they also purchase and read Finding Your Way in the Bush, obtainable from the Club (see website), before the activity. Map: TBA. Leader: Jeff B. Transport: TBA Limit: 6

Sunday 28 August: Gilberts Mountain – M/M–R

Gilberts Mountain is immediately west of Gilberts Gap in the Budawangs – it is an isolated sandstone mesa with views up and down the Endrick River and over Bulee Brook. Access is from Nerriga, partly on track and partly through the scrub. There is a pass through the cliffs with a short section of scrambling. Map: Endrick. Leader: Jeff B. Transport: ~300 km return, ~$108 per car, ~$27–$36 per person. Limit: 12

(26) 27–28 August: Southern Highlands bushwalking bonanza

Drive down Friday night to the Bundanoon YHA, where we stay the weekend. Mt Carrialoo (led by Barry Keeley on Saturday) is brilliant and if you like spectacular views and a bit of a challenge, you will love it. On Sunday, we will walk the spectacular and beautiful Bargo Gorge, twice as deep and twice as wide as Boxvale, on track. The YHA is a renovated early 20th century home of delightful ambience. Shared meal on Saturday evening. About 5 hours walking each day. Maps: Bundanoon and Picton. Leaders: Stan Marks and Barry Keeley. Bookings to Stan: 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), stan.marks@infrastructure.gov.au Note that I will be away during July. Email bookings will be dealt with on my return. Transport: ~$60 per person, Accommodation: ~$60 per person for the weekend.


Cloudmaker

(26) 27–28 August: Cloudmaker and 100 Man Cave – L/M–R

Drive to Kanangra Walls Friday night. Lengthening days and cool weather are ideal for climbing Cloudmaker, and 100 Man Cave offers a protected campsite for the night. Mostly on track, but with broken quartzite along some of the ridges, off track near the Cave and a scramble to get off the end of the Walls. Superb southern Blue Mountains views and early spring flowers. Approx. 700 m ascent/descent each day (not all at once). Map: Kanangra. Leader: Meg M. Transport: ~500 km return, $185 per car, $46+ per person. Possibly a NP entry fee of $7 per car per day. Limit: 8

Saturday 3 September: Maginot Line – M/E

A walk in the Brindabella National Park. From its junction with Doctors Flat Road west of Dingo Dell, we will follow the Maginot fire trail until morning tea then head off track through open forest for about ½hour to the Hickory Ridge with its spectacular views. We will then drop down to the Mullion Creek valley floor thence back to the cars. Map: Umburra. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), stan.marks@infrastructure.gov.au Transport: ~$40 per car.

Saturday 10 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. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), stan.marks@infrastructure.gov.au Transport: ~$45 per car.

10–11 September: Piercy Clearing – S/E

A walk in the Budawangs below impressive sandstone cliffs to a nice campsite near Piercy Creek. The basic walk is about 9 km each way, level and on good tracks, so is suitable for people wanting to try pack walking as well as others wanting an easy trip. There will be optional side trips to plateau viewpoints near Tea Tree Creek cascades, and via Crossroads Pass (next NW of Piercy Creek); if also taken, the walk grade would become M/M. Map: Endrick. Leader: Jeff B. Transport: ~300 km return, ~$108 per car, ~$27–$36 per person. Limit: 8

Wednesday 14 September: Wednesday Walk (CBC) – M

Leader: Phillip S.

Saturday 17 September: Bundanoon Gourmet Weekend – M/M

Drive to Bundanoon YHA on Friday evening, our base for the weekend. On Saturday, we will walk the Nattai Gorge from the Mt Waratah (Hidden Ck) car park to the Boxvale exit. Spectacular scenery. On Sunday, we will do the Four Lookouts walk, overlooking valleys in the area. When we were last there, on this weekend a few years ago, the place was covered in pink flowers. Barry Keeley will lead this day. The YHA is a renovated early 20th century home of delightful ambience. Shared meal on Saturday evening. About 6 hours walking on Saturday; 4 hours on Sunday. Maps: Picton and Mittagong. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), Stan.Marks@infrastructure.gov.au. Transport: ~$150 per car, ~$50 per person. Accommodation: ~ $60.


South Black Range

Saturday 24 September 2011: 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, 12 km, 200 m climb. Map: Bombay. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), stan.marks@infrastructure.gov.au Transport: ~$40 per car, estimate per person~$15

1–3 October: Budawang Weekend – M/M

I have booked basic accommodation near Nerriga on the edge of the Morton National Park for the long weekend. We will leave Canberra on Saturday morning and walk to Churinga Head for lunch with a spectacular view over Ettrema Gorge and, if like 2010, wildflowers in abundance (2½ hours easy off track) then go to our accommodation. On Sunday, we will walk to the Vines, a beautiful and varied walk (6 hours all on track); those interested can go on to the bora ground on Quiltys Mountain (another hour, on track except for one short, steep section) weather permitting. Return home Monday morning. The cabin holds four and has a basic stove. Others can use tents but all can use the shower at the Stone Cottage. Map: Endrick and Touga. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(w), 6274 7350(h), stan.marks@infrastructure.gov.au. Transport: ~$120 per car. Accommodation: depends on numbers, ~$20 camping, $40 inside.


Corang

1–3 October: Corang Peak, Corang Arch, Yurnga Lookout, Mt Tarn – M/E–M

A walk mainly on tracks in the Western Budawangs, starting at Wog Wog. There are excellent viewpoints and interesting rock formations. We will camp near Burrumbeet Brook both nights and visit Mt Tarn, with its lake and views over Holland Gorge, with day packs. Map: Corang. Leader: Jeff B. Transport: ~270 km return, ~$100 per car, ~$25–$33 per person. Limit: 8

(7) 8–10 October (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 Narrow Neck cliff top with views over the Megalong and Jamison Valleys. Sunday: into and along the valley floor from Furber Stairs to Ruined Castle (7 hours walking, plenty of steps). Monday: Grand Canyon from Evans Lookout (3½ hours). Map: Katoomba. Leader: Edwina Y. Transport: ~$280 per car Accommodation: ~$75 for the weekend. Limit: 12

Wednesday 12 October: Wednesday Walk (CBC) – M

Leader: John D.

Advance notice

12 and 24 hour walks

You might like to take on a personal challenge to extend your walking limits. Once we get a few more daylight hours (maybe October, November) we could have a go at:

long time walkabout – 12–hr walk – L/E–M

The aim of this trip is to just walk for 12 hours. A circuit from the Yankee Hat car park via Gudgenby saddle to join Sams Creek Fire Trail. Down the beautiful Naas Creek valley to Lutons Crutching Shed, a short walk down the Grassy Creek Fire Trail, then return via the Old Boboyan Road. View many sites of historical interest. All on fire trail and footpad. Guaranteed breaks each hour and a very manageable 3 km/hr average speed. Around 30 km and 600 m climb. Map: Yaouk. Leader: John E.  Emerging details at http://jevans.pcug.org.au

long long time walkabout – 24–hr walk – L/E–M

The aim of this trip is to just walk for 24 hours. Starting from Corin Dam, climb via Stockyard Spur to Pryors Hut. Follow the Mt Franklin Fire Trail (with a side trip to Mt Gingera) to Cotter Hut. Walk out via the AAWT to the Orroral Valley, then via Smokers Trail and the Square Rock Walking Track to the Smokers Gap car park. All on fire trail and footpad. A couple of longish breaks with a hot drink, as well as short breaks. Around 55 km and 2200m climb. Maps: Corin Dam and Rendezvous Creek. Leader: John E. Emerging details at http://jevans.pcug.org.au

Meanwhile, keep your preparation going – 4 are already booked for each walk.


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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).