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This page covers activities for a month starting from the second Wednesday of November. 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., 6231 5899(h) or 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


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. replaced by Alan V. - 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


Woila wilderness

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

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

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.

(25) 26–27 November: The lost cairns of the Black Alan Line – East of Monument Track (KNP) – S/R, X

Depart Friday night, leaving Civic at 4:00 pm This trip will take us into the Byadbo Wilderness. We'll camp out Friday night along the way, then travel via 4WD along the Byadbo and Monument Track, stopping to see Cairn No 6, which is in original condition as described by Alexander Black in his diary. Saturday involves a 12 km return trip with 400 m ascent to find Cairns 6.2 and 6.3, while Sunday involves a 4 km return trip with 100m ascent to locate Cairn 6.1 Map: Tombong 8624-S 1:50,000 Leader: Karen C. Transport: ~$200 per car. 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

Thursday evening, 1 December: Aranda Bushland and Frost Hollow – S/E

Meet at 6:30 pm in the car park accessed via the lane beside 57 MacKellar Crescent, 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: Canberra Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) or Transport: drive yourself

Saturday 4 December: Unnamed rocky tributary of Tuross River – M/R – X/W

A trip to explore an interesting creek in the Badja State Forest. After a two and a quarter hour drive, we will leave the cars about 1.5 kilometres along Burkes Road (a little used but well-made fire trail which is off Peters Road) at a spot where a fallen tree has blocked it. Then walk a further 3 km east along the fire trail through pleasant forest and descend north down a ridge, dropping from around 950 m to meet the unnamed creek where it crosses the 380 m contour line. From there up the creek to the 700 or maybe 800 m contour, exit up a ridge and about 3 km back along a fire trail which rejoins Burkes Road. This creek has a large catchment, shows tantalising flashes of white on Google Earth and may traverse similar geology to that of Tuross Gorge, so should be interesting. Rough and rocky terrain a certainty; compulsory swims a possibility. I have recce'd only a little way past the fallen tree. Map: Belowra Leader: Linda G. Transport: $120 per car.


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: ~$50–$60 incl park entry. Accommodation: single room – $110 for the weekend, double/twin – $71 for the weekend based on current rates.

3–6 December: Rams Head Range and Kosciuszko circumnavigation – S/M

A pack walk beginning at Dead Horse Gap and climbing to a camp spot near the Rams Head with an optional side trip to South Rams Head. Day two we head north, join the track from Thredbo chairlift and have optional climbs to the summits of Kosciuszko and Townsend before setting up camp below Mt Townsend. Day three involves a walk to the south and west of Kosciuszko, where we cross the Swampy Plain River and climb back onto the Rams Heads to reach camp at North Rams Head. The last day is shorter. We drop down to the Australian Alps Walking Track, which will take us back to Dead Horse Gap. Map: Thredbo and Kosciuszko 1:50000. Leader: Mark Hopkins 6282 8481 or . Transport: ~$180 per car, ~$60 per person.

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

Monday evening, 5 December: Goorooyaroo Nature Park–Sammys 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 Highway junction (Gungahlin exit) at 6.30 pm for a walk around the park. No need to book. Map: Canberra Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) or Transport: drive yourself


Tuesday evening 6 December: 'Preparing for an overnight bushwalk'

This evening activity seeks to provide prospective overnight campers with information on the important aspects of bushwalking/camping. The evening will start with a quick demonstration of backpack weight/volume and will be followed by a discussion on backpack contents, and balancing needs vs wants and capability vs capacity. Seating is limited so please book a place. The venue will be advised when you book. Contact: Paul B.

Thursday evening, 8 December: West Side Story Mt Ainslie Reserve – S/E

Meet in the car park at the back of the War Memorial, on the eastern side. We will walk along the western side of the reserve. No bookings, just turn up at 6:30 pm. Map: Canberra Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) or Transport: drive yourself


Depot Beach

9–11 December: Depot Beach – M/E

Leave Friday night. Camp at Depot Beach camping area, in Murramarang National Park. Day 1 Durras Lake via Rock Platform (low tide) or through forest to North Durras beach then Discovery Trail and Lake Walk to Mount Agony Rd then return along lake to car shuffle at Lake Road. 13 kms/5 hrs, over 16 km if we add a return via fire trails. Day 2 Drive to North Head camping area south of South Durras, then explore the coastline going to Three Island Point and to Honeysuckle Beach/Oakey/Richmond Beaches then return. Maps: Tianjara/Milton and Durras/Milton Leader: Lois P. Transport: $45, Camping $10pn +NP fee. Amenities block, wood fireplace (BYO wood if you want a fire), covered picnic table.

Monday evening, 12 December: Mt Stromlo – S/E

Meet 6:30 pm, park at the junction of Coppins Crossing Road and Uriarra Road. We will walk on some of the old trails on the side of Mt Stromlo with some views. 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 9 November, 2011
This page covers activities from the second Wednesday of December 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.

15–18 December: Endrick, Sturgiss, Haughton – M / R / partly X

Leaving the cars at the Alum Fire Trail car park, in from Nerriga, we will wade the Endrick to Tea Tree Creek and then walk to Camping Rock Creek (this is mostly on fire trail). Day 2: a scramble up Sturgiss and then across to camp near Hoddle and Haughton. Day 3 round to the west of Hoddle and along the base of the interesting cliff line of Foster Mountain to a camp in tall forest. On the last day across country with a short scramble to the top of Flat Top Mountain and then out by the Alum Fire Trail. Map: CMW The Northern Budawang Range. Leaders: Peter C. and Linda G. Transport:$120 percar

Sunday 19 December: Mt Eliza – S/M

One of the few ACT named peaks I have not been up (because it is a short walk). Propose to hike to top and then visit Gibralter Peak and return to cars via Mushroom Rock. Two ascents of 200 and 100 metres, maybe 1 or 2 kilometres of scrub bashing. Probably home early afternoon. Map: Tidbinbilla Leader: Roger Edwards 6288 7863(h) or Transport: $28 per car. Limit: 8.

26–29 January: Long weekend, Kowmung River – M/M–R

A four day walk taking it easy on the beautiful Kowmung River. Drive to Kanangra Walls Thursday morning and descend to the river via Cambage Spire (some rock-scrambling on the spire). Fri and Sat walk a total of about 9 kms along a very scenic stretch of the Kowmung through Bulga Dennis Canyon (a gorge, not a narrow canyon) with plenty of time for swimming. On Sunday, climb out via Roots Ridge. Descent and ascent of ~800 m. Wear sandshoes or runners suitable for river crossings. Maps: Yerranderie and Kanangra Leader: Meg M. Transport: 500 kms, ~$50–$67. Limit: 8


Snowgums - Deadhorse Gap

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 Kosci 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) or Transport: ~$50–$60 incl park entry. Accommodation: single room – $110 for the weekend, double/twin – $71 for the weekend at last advice.


Ettrema Creek

27 December 2011–2 January 2012: Ettrema – M/R

This 7 day trip will visit some of the lesser travelled regions of the northern Ettrema area. Distances travelled each day will not be great and most time will be spent in Ettrema and nearby creeks. Although the proposed route will be provided in the December Activity Program the actual route will depend on the weather and also on party inclinations. If the weather forecast for this week is for extremely hot conditions the trip will be relocated to Genoa River. Maps: Nerriga, Touga, Caoura, Sassafras, Yalwal and Burrier Leaders: Keith T. and Irene D. Transport: ~$40 Limit: 8

28–31 December: Upper Brogo Gorge – M/M–R, W, E

I'm told the Club's 'tiger walkers' of old did this as a standard 2-day trip, but to avoid any hurry along its 40 km let's give it four. The spurs in and out of the gorge are at times steep (but spectacular) and the gorge might require a swim, but at the top we'll cross the Tuross with just one step. If rain makes the gorge inadvisable we'll go elsewhere. Maps: Puen Buen, Yowrie 1:100,000 Leader: Rupert Barnett 6242 5241, rupertb@cyberone.com.au Transport: $150/car. Limit: 6.

11–17 February 2012: Du Cane Range and Mt Olympus, Tasmania – M /R, W, X

Two connected walks: from the Overland Track a 4-day circuit along the lofty Du Cane Range and Mt Gould, then restock and continue south to Mt Olympus. The walk ranges from the intricate beauty of the tarns and pines of The Labyrinth, the spires of the knife-edged Geryon and Acropolis, to panoramas over half of Tasmania. Much off track but (mostly) okay; a joint CBC/NPA trip. Leader: Rupert Barnett 6242 5241, rupertb@cyberone.com.au Limit: 6.

21–26 February 2012: South Coast Track – Precipitous Bluff, Tasmania – M/R, W, X

From the end of the road south of Hobart walk around the southern coast to New River Lagoon, then return over Precipitous Bluff and Pinders Peak to Lune River. A rewarding mix of coast and mountain; a joint CBC/NPA trip. Leader: Rupert Barnett 6242 5241, rupertb@cyberone.com.au Limit: 6.



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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).