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This page covers activities for a month starting from the second Wednesday of October. 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 12 October: Wednesday Walk (CBC) – M/R

This trip starts near the bottom end of Apollo Road, climbs steeply and follows the ridge on the southern side of the road to descend near Honeysuckle Creek Camp Ground. An interesting trip with views from some rocky outcrops. It involves a car shuttle. Maps: Williamsdale, Corin Dam Leader: Rob Horsfield 6231 4535(h) Transport: ~$8 per person Arrangements: Meet at Kambah Shops 0800hrs.


15–16 October: 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 2200 m climb. Maps: Corin Dam and Rendezvous Creek. Leader: John Evans 6288 7235(h), Transport: ~$10 per person. If a couple of non-walkers could help with transport, I'd be very grateful. I also need a PC and mobile phone equipped walk controller in Canberra. Further details at http://jevans.pcug.org.au Limit: 8.

Saturday 15 October – Moonlight Hollow 2 – M/E

This walk follows good tracks through lush forest, mostly unaffected by the fires. We will walk from Bulls Head to Bendora Arboretum (lunch) then return to the cars via disused logging roads, with running creeks and ferny gullies. About 5¼ hrs actual walking. Map: Tidbinbilla Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), Transport: ~$15

Tuesday evening 18 October: Prospective new CBC Walk leaders training night

Would you like to put something back into your Club by leading a walk? Come along to an information night, pick up a few ideas and have a go! Heaps of assistance available via co-leaders and mentors. It’s not difficult when you know what to do. Map: Bring any you have. Bring a little supper to share. Contact John Evans 6288 7235(h), to book. Further details at http://jevans.pcug.org.au

Saturday 22 October: Mt Gudgenby – L/R

Mt Gudgenby via its SE saddle. Around 18 km and 750 m climb. Map: Yaouk Leader: John Evans 6288 7235(h), http://jevans.pcug.org.au Transport:~$10 per person. Limit: 4.

Saturday 22 October: Ridge east of Nursery Swamp – M/R

This is mainly off-track and scrubby at times. Some good rock slabs and views to both east and west. Map: Rendezvous Creek Leader:Rob Horsfield 6231 4535(h) Transport: ~$10


Depot Beach and Mt Durras

(21), 22–23 October: Durras weekend 2 – M/E

Leave Canberra Friday night, stay in comfortable cabins at Depot Beach. Last time we were at Little Forest Plateau, we found a route off the escarpment, through Jailhouse Pass, honeycombed with little grottoes, rainforest dingles and gullies reminiscent of the famous Green Room in the Budawangs. The track goes on to the Clyde. We will explore as much of it as we can do in a day on the Saturday. On Sunday, we will follow the coast to Pretty Beach (lunch) then climb Mt Durras via the main track thence an ancient logging track through magnificent forest back to Snake Bay and back to the cars. About 5 hrs walking each day. Maps: Tianjara/Milton and Durras/Milton. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), Transport: ~$45, Accommodation: ~$60–$70 depending on numbers.

Monday pm 24 October: Black Mountain – S/E

This one of a small number of walks for those like me trying to increase the number of peaks they have climbed for the 50 peaks in 50 weeks challenge. This walk will be 1½ to 2 hours and will take in some of the tracks as well as the peak. Meet at 4.30 pm at the substation at the end of Frith St Action, behind CSIRO (UBD 48 P13). No need to book. Map: Sketch map available on the ACT TAMS website. Leader: Lorraine T. Transport: drive yourself or cycle.

Tuesday 25 October: Clear Range from the East – L/R,X

With permission from the NSW land owner, cross the Murrumbidgee River south of Michelago and climb 400m to the Clear Range, visiting the Cotter hut on the way. Hunt border markers for 5km south along the border. Return via the Clear Range Fire Trail. Around 19+km and 700m climb. For fast walkers. Maps: Michelago and Colinton. Leader: John Evans 6288 7235(h), Transport: ~$12 per person. Further details at http://jevans.pcug.org.au

Thursday pm 27 October: Mt Majura – S/E

I will meet you in Hackett on Antill St near the entrance to the nature park. (UBD 40 E16). This walk will be 1 ½ to 2 hours and will take in some of the tracks as well as the Mt Majura peak. I will go on some different tracks and we can see some of the good work done by the local park care group. See you at 4.30 pm and there is no need to book. Map: Sketch map available on the ACT TAMS website. Leader: Lorraine T. Transport: drive yourself or cycle.

Friday pm 28 October: Gecko Hills and Old Joe Hill – S/E

We will meet on Horse Park Drive in the car park at the entrance to Goorooyarroo Nature Reserve (UBD 30 G16). This walk will be about 2 ½ hours long with some steep climbing up Old Joe Hill. See you at 3.30 pm and there is no need to book. Map: Sketch map available on the ACT TAMS website. Leader: Lorraine T. Transport: drive yourself or cycle.

Saturday 29 October: Mt Tumanang – M/M/X

This peak lies east of Captains Flat. The walk will start at the NE corner of the pine forest near Whites Creek GR218 433. We will move east for about a km, climbing from about 1,050 m to the Tumanyang Ridge, about 1,300m. We will then move roughly south, climbing three lesser peaks until we hit Tumanyang itself, 1,476m at GR233 412. The walk is only about 8km linear but anticipate a demanding day but quite doable. Back via the Purple Eatery. Map: Tinderry Leader: Stan Marks 6274 7350 or Transport: estimate $15–20 per person.


Saturday 29 October: Worn Boot Bash #9 – L/E,ptX

Our Club's Worn Boot Bash has a 10 year history. The inaugural 'rules' had it starting and finishing at a well known house in Kambah and involving 35km and a few hills. The first, organised by Rob Horsfield in August 2002, had participants crossing the Murrumbidgee River in chest high water early in the day. If we don't set another route this year, he threatens to repeat it! From Greens picnic area in Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, across the (ankle deep) Tidbinbilla River and up Spur 1 to the Camel Back fire trail. Bag Camels Hump, Pierce Trig and Black Spring Mountain. Return along the lower east flank of the range, taking in Nil Desperandum and other nearby sites. Around 35 km and 950 m climb. Fire trail is hard on the feet. Map: Tidbinbilla Leader: John Evans 6288 7235(h), Transport: ~$8 per person. Further details at http://jevans.pcug.org.au

Saturday 29 October: Grass Trees and Camels Hump – M/M

The walk starts at the northern end of the Tidbinbilla Range. We will visit a stand of magnificent grass trees before heading up onto Tidbinbilla Range to Camels Hump. Walk is mostly on fire trail with a 200 m exposed steep rocky scramble off track to the summit. Back the same way. 360 m climb and around 13 km. Map: Tidbinbilla. Leader: Lois P. Transport: $12. Limit: 12.

29–30 October: Shoalhaven River and Rainbow Ridge – M/R

Descend Badgerys Spur ~500m to the Shoalhaven, then ascend ~400m to Mt Pollock and descend again via steep and narrow Rainbow Ridge to an attractive campsite under the casuarinas near a big pool on the river. Next day, wander five to six kms downstream to Badgerys, then back up the Spur to the cars. Great views, pleasant river walking and swimming, two river crossings (wear suitable runners or sandshoes). Map: Caoura Leader: Meg M. Transport: ~$108 per car, $27–36 per person.

Sunday 30 October: Bundanoon Gorge from the east – S–M/R/X

Most of the walks in the Bundanoon area are on the town (western) side of the gorge. This walk will approach the eastern side of the gorge rim from the Meryla Rd, and include the overlook of the narrow canyon section downstream of the dam. 10–12 km. ~200–300 m. Forest, some scrub and scrambles across side creeks. Map: Bundanoon. Leader: Jeff B. Transport: ~340 km return ~$30–$35 per person. Limit: 12

(4) 5–6 November: Barren Grounds Reserve Weekend – M/M

Drive down Friday night to Ben Ricketts Environmental Preserve. Barren Grounds is home to the rare Ground Parrot and Bristle Bird. On Sat we will do a 20 km walk through heath country close to the edge of the escapement, visiting Drawing Room Rocks, and enjoying several spectacular views of the coast and nearby ranges along the way. Sun will be a shorter walk (8 km) in Macquarie Pass National Park, climbing up to a number of waterfalls. Map: Kangaroo Valley Leader: Barry K. Transport: ~$50 Accommodation: ~$50 per person for the weekend.


Broom

Saturday 5 November: Broom clearing 19th 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 although it will be a bit earlier in order not to clash with the 50th anniversary celebrations. 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 Leader: John T. Transport: $12.

Sunday arvo 6 November: A ramble in Mulligans Flat Nature Reserve – M/E

A ramble around Mulligans Flat NR to get an idea of what life is like behind a 1.5m high electric fence – cat free! Around 7km and 100m climb. Map: Hall. Leader: John Evans 6288 7235(h), Transport: Please drive yourself, to meet by 1:30pm at the entrance to the NR in Forde (via Horse Park Drive, Francis Forde Boulevard as per sign, Amy Ackman St which will take you to the Mulligans Flat car park). Let me know if you are coming. Further details at http://jevans.pcug.org.au

Monday evening, 7 November: The Pinnacle – S/E

This is the first of a series of walks of 1 ½ to 2 hours on most Monday and Thursday evenings during daylight saving, starting at 6.30 pm and ending around sunset. Meet at 6.30 at the end of Dungowan St, Hawker for a walk with views of the Brindabellas. No need to book. Map: Canberra Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) or Transport: drive yourself


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 November 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.

Thursday evening, 10 November: Black Mt 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: Canberra Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), Transport: drive yourself

12–13 November: Ahearn Lookout, Starlights Track, Nattai River, Troys Creek Track – M/M

A relatively easy pack walk in the Nattai National Park not far from Mittagong, in the southern part of the Greater Blue Mountains. Features views of sandstone cliffs from a grand lookout and a lovely campsite at McArthurs Flat. 26 km. Elevation gain: 200 m Sat and 550 m Sun including steep bits and undulations. Mostly if not all on tracks and fire trail; there is supposedly a track to the lookout but I have not done that section before. Map: Hilltop. Leader: Jeff B. Transport: ~450km return, ~$45–$60 per person. Limit: 12

Monday evening, 14 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 pm. Map: Canberra Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), Transport: drive yourself

Tuesday 15 November: Nyes Creek – M/R/X

Area unknown by leader. The idea is to drop into the upper reaches of Nyes Creek and follow it downstream for a few hours, hopefully we will get to the gorge area. Map Wingello Leader Roger Edwards 6288 7863(h) Transport ~$120 per car. Limit: 8.

Thursday evening, 17 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: Canberra Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568 (h), 6274 7350 (w) or Transport: drive yourself

Monday evening, 21 November: Mt Ainslie – S/E

Meet at 6.30 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: Canberra Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), Transport: drive yourself


Bungonia Gorge

19–20 November: Bungonia 50 years later – M/M

Fifty years ago a group of budding bushwalkers went through Bungonia Gorge and downstream along the Shoalhaven to what was called Cedar Flats for camping and swimming. A couple of months after this precursor walk they formed the Canberra Bushwalking Club. Every 5 years we celebrate by following the same route or the easier route via Mount Ayre. Even people who have joined later are welcome. Map: Caoura Leaders: Gösta L. - Transport $30–$35 per person. Note: Could someone please volunteer as a back-up leader for this trip?

Sunday 20 November: 3 walks on the AAWT to Namadgi Visitors Centre – M-L/E

Namadgi National Park invites CBC members to assist in the public 25th celebration of the formation of the Australian Alps National Parks MOU. Each of three Ranger led walks needs 2 CBC members to accompany them, to provide general bushwalking patter and, if possible, tales of walking parts of the AAWT. Maximum 10 members of the public in each group. 1 - Honeysuckle Creek camp ground to NCV; 2 – Booroomba Rocks car park to NVC (buses take walkers to start); 3 – NVC to Cypress Pine Lookout and return. A typical AAWT camp site also needs to be set up to demonstrate gear. Facilitator: John Evans - , (h) 6288 7235. Please let me know by 14 November if you would like to be involved. A great opportunity to showcase CBC! Transport: ~$5 per person. Further details at http://jevans.pcug.org.au

20–21 November: Woila Creek – S/R/X

Day 1 from Currambene Creek Road descend to Woila Creek to explore and camp. Day 2 return via alternative ridges. Maps: Snowball  & Badja Leader: Mike B. Transport: $120 per car Limit: 4

Thursday evening, 24 November: Mulligans Flat – S/E

Meet at 6.30 in the main Mulligans 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: Hall Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), Transport: drive yourself

Saturday 26 November: Sentry Box Mountain – M/R

Naas Car Park, Lutons Crutching Shed, Sentry Box Mountain and return. Some good bush with great views from the top. Map:Yaouk Leaders: Paul B., Rob Horsfield 6231 4535(h). Transport: $12–$50 per person.

Saturday 26 November: Mt Clear – M/M

From the Mt Clear campground in souther Namadgi, walk 3 km along the Naas Valley fire trail then head off track up towards the summit 1603 m for 3.5 km. A 500 m climb and approx 14 km in length. Very steep towards the top. Maps: Collinton and Bredbo Leader: Lois P. Transport: ~ $15-$18. Limit: 8.

Sunday 27 November: Two Sticks Hill and Mt Dowling – M/E

A shortish walk mainly along fire trails to Two Sticks Hill and then Mt Dowling. Start is from Blue Range Hut. About 350 metres of climbing. Map Cotter Dam 1:25,000. Leader Roger Edwards 6288 7863 Transport $36 per car. Limit: 8

Monday evening, 28 November: Coppins Ridge – S/E

Meet 6.30, 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: Canberra Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), Transport: drive yourself


Lake Albina - Main Range

(2), 3–4 December: Kosciuszko weekend: M/M

Drive there Friday night and stay at the Southern Alps Ski Club Lodge at Charlottes Pass. The Saturday walk is the Charlotte’s Pass–Blue Lake junction–Main Range–Kosciuszko loop. Those interested can climb the unnamed peak behind the toilets at Rawsons Pass, which is the 4th highest peak in the country. Shared meal Sat night. Another shorter walk on Sunday, route to be decided. Map: Perisher Valley Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), Transport: ~$5

0–$60 incl park entry. Accommodation: single room – $110 for the weekend, double/twin – $71 for the weekend based on current rates.

4–7 December 2011, Mother Woila, Tabletop, Woila Creek – M/R/X

Day 1 from Curranbene Creek Road via Mt Dampier to vicinity of Mother Woila. Day 2 Table Top Mountain to Woila Creek. Day 3 Woila Creek to Curranbene Road. This walk is in part exploratory. Maps: Snowball & Badja Leader: Mike B. Transport: $120 per car. Limit: 4

27–28 (29) December: Snowy Mountains – M/M

Drive to Perisher Tuesday 27 December. Walk (easy) in the Perisher – Guthega area where we will have BYO lunch. Then check in to Lake Jindabyne Hotel where we shall spend the next two nights, time for a swim in the indoor pool before evening BBQ overlooking Lake Jindabyne. Breakfast is included in the hotel tariff. BYO lunch for walk from Thredbo to Mount Crackenback (not using the chairlift) to Dead Horse Gap on the Wednesday. Catered evening group meal at the hotel. Check out by 10 am on Thursday for return to Canberra. Optional pub lunch at Bredbo. Map: Perisher Valley Leader: Tim W. Transport: ~$50–$60 incl park entry. Accommodation (approximate rates per person per night): single $95, double $47.50, twin $55/$40, triple $50/$40/$40 (configuration double and bunk beds, ensuite). Booking ASAP recommended to secure accommodation peak tourist season.

(27), 28–29 January: Snowy Mts weekend – M/M

Drive down Friday night and stay at the Southern Alps Ski Club Lodge at Charlottes Pass. The Saturday walk is Charlottes Pass to Dead Horse Gap


via the Ramsheads with two options, one mostly on track and the other mostly off. The two groups will meet for lunch at the Kossie Lookout and go on together from there. A further walk, a loop from Thredbo to Dead Horse Gap via the Ramsheads will be undertaken by drivers and anyone else who wants to do it. Shared meal Sat night. Another shorter walk on Sunday, route to be decided. Map: Perisher Valley Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), Transport: ~$50–$60 incl park entry. Accommodation: single room – $110 for the weekend, double/twin – $71 for the weekend at last advice.


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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).