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This page covers activities for a month starting from the second Wednesday of April. 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 the Join CBC button in the main menu.

Saturday 14 April: Mt Foxlow – M/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 Mt Foxlow where we will have lunch. Return initially along the fire trail then swing off track along a ridge through attractive light forest to cars. Short car shuffle, about 13 km, 600m aggregate climb, 5 hours actual walking. Map: Captains Flat, Leader: Phillip Starr 6161 3835(h), 0419 281 096(m), Transport: $16

Sunday arvo 15 April: Canberra & Region Heritage Festival – Marking the ACT Border – A ramble – S/E

100 years ago Percy Sheaffe and others marked the ACT border. Hear about their exploits as you ramble to see a border marker in Goorooyarroo Nature Reserve. Led by the Canberra Bushwalking Club. Bookings essential. Around 7 km and 200 m climb. Map: Hall. Leader: John Evans 6288 7235(h), Transport: drive yourself. Further details at http://jevans.pcug.org.au Limit: 20

Tuesday 17 April: An introduction to the Tinderrys – tor 066461 – M/M,ptX

 An excellent, relatively easy walk for those wanting a look at the Tinderrys. The drive from Michelago to Round Flat fire trail provides spectacular views to the massive granite ridge containing the Onion, Tinderry Peak and Tinderry Twin Peak. We'll walk in the Round Flat fire trail, then strike off north and west to visit the tor at GR066461 (MGA 94). Return down Roberts Creek to the fire trail. Around 9 km and 300 m climb. Map: Tinderry. Leader: John Evans 6288 7235(h), Transport: ~$12 per person. Further details at http://jevans.pcug.org.au


Aboriginal rock art at Yankee Hat

Saturday 21 April – Canberra & Region Heritage Festival – Indigenous and European Sites – A Day in the Bush – M/E–M

Walk the grasslands of the Gudgenby valley to see indigenous rock art, remains of European settlement and views to the mountains at the heart of Namadgi National Park. Led by the Canberra Bushwalking Club. Bookings essential. Around 12 km and 150m climb. Maps: Rendezvous Creek and Yaouk. Leader: John Evans 6288 7235(h), Transport: drive yourself. Further details at http://jevans.pcug.org.au Limit: 10.

Saturday 21 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 Doctors Flat Road above Dingo Dell, walk 2.2 km north on an old vehicular track then swing east, off track along a couple of ridges, much of it open, some of it dense regrowth after the fires, for 1.4 km to the lunch spot on an open knoll. Then head up, mostly off track 2.2 km to Pig Hill and 1.6 km on track back to the road. About 8 km, aggregate climb, 350 m and 4½ hrs actual walking. Short car shuffle. Map: Umburra Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) or Transport: ~$10


Tidbinbilla Peak

Tuesday 24 April: Johns Peak, Tidbinbilla Peak and Tidbinbilla Mountain – L/R

Wander up the Camel Back management trail then U-turn onto the Tidbinbilla Ridge. Scramble up to Johns Peak. Walk the crest to Tidbinbilla Peak and Tidbinbilla Mountain. Descend through Snowy Corner to the Lyrebird Trail and visit the waterfalls on the Cascade Trail. For strong walkers. Around 14 km and 1200 m climb. Map: Tidbinbilla. Leader: John Evans 6288 7235(h), Transport: ~$5 per person. Further details at http://jevans.pcug.org.au

Saturday 28 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, 12 km, 200 m climb. Map: Bombay. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) or Transport: $40 per car, estimate per person~$15

Saturday 28 April: Orroral Homestead Heritage Ramble – S/E

A ramble up the valley to the homestead from the Orroral campground. At the homestead light refreshments will be provided by MOTH (Minders of Tuggeranong Homestead) for a gold coin donation and there will also be a talk about the location's European history. This activity is a CBC contribution to Heritage Week. Map: Rendezvous Creek Leader: Jenny Horsfield 6231 4535(AH) Transport: TBA


Orroral homestead

28–29 April: Orroral Valley–Mt McKeahnie – M/R/X (NOTE: change of leader)

A overnight pack walk from Orroral campground to Sawpit Creek (10 km up the Orroral Valley) where we will camp. Hopefully we'll catch up with Jenny at the Homestead en route (see walk above). Perhaps an optional short exploratory walk before dinner. Early rise Sunday to climb 680 m to Mt McKeahnie (with day packs only) and return to camp - 9 km round trip for the day walk. Then we'll pack up and amble leisurely the 10km back down the valley. Suitable for those wishing to experience their first overnight walk. Map: Corin Dam, Leader: Quentin Moran, 6288 9840 (h), Transport: $45 per car. Limit: 8.

Saturday 5 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 360 degree views. Then briefly follow the Mt Tennent fire trail for 500 m off track to get to the Flats and return to the cars. 5 hours actual walking, almost all on track, 14 km, 200 m climb. If the group is large and I can get a second leader, we may split the group and give those who want it the opportunity to climb Mt Tennent, an additional 3 km and 200 m climb. Map: Williamsdale. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) or Transport: ~$10

Sunday 6 May: Castle Hill afternoon ramble – S/M

We like to do this walk at least once a year. It's a short steep climb of a hill that overlooks Lanyon from the west. Good 360° panoramic views. Map: Tuggeranong Leaders: Jenny & Rob Horsfield 6231 4535(h).Transport: ~50 km return, $20 per car.

Tuesday 8 May: A search for Old Fishloch Yards and SH1339 – L/M

Plod in the Cotter Hut Road from Orroral to search for Old Fishloch Yards, possibly near Sawpit Creek. Returm to the weather station and bash up the ridge to SH1339 for great views over the N Orroral Valley. Crash down the side and return via the left bank of the Orroral River for a way. Around 18km and 500m climb. Maps: I Leader: John Evans 6288 7235(h), Transport: ~$12 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.


This page covers activities from the second Wednesday of May onwards. For more walks, click on the Current Month 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 .


Green Gully Hut

11–15 May: Green Gully Track – M/M/W/X

A hut based four day/five night 65 km circuit north west of Port Macquarie in the Apsley Macleay Gorge section of the Oxley Wild Rivers National Park. Includes some walking on management trails and one day of creek wading. Neither leader has done the walk or walked in the area before. Map: Green Gully Leaders: Lorraine T. and Terence U. Bookings to Terence Accommodation $120 per person Transport: TBA Limit: 6.

Saturday 12 May: Horseshoe Hill – M/M/X

Beginning on Woolcara lane about 2–3 kilometres before Tinderry Crossing we will head generally east for a few kilometres and then south to Horseshoe Hill where we will have lunch, hopefully with panoramic views. We will return a different way. Short car shuffle will be required. About 13 km, partly off track, 450 m aggregate climb. Map: Captains Flat, Leader: Phillip Starr 6161 3835(h), 0419 281 096(m), Transport: $13.

Saturday–Sunday 12–13 May: Coronet Peak – S/MR

An easy overnight trip, suitable to both beginners and those who would enjoy a pleasant overnight sojourn and the panoramic surrounds from the peak's top. Base camp at Pond Creek. Maps: Corin Dam, Rendezvous Creek Leaders: Jenny & Rob Horsfield 6231 4535(h) Transport: 112 km return, ~$45 per car.

17–21 May: Yuraygir National Park – M/M/X

Spend four days walking the longest stretch of protected coastline in NSW. A mix of big beaches, heathland plains, coastal lagoons and rocky headlands, starting at Angourie and finishing at Red Rock. Leader has not done the walk or walked in the area before. Maps: Yamba, Brooms Head, Sandon, Bare Point, Red Rock, North Solitary Island Leader: Terence U. Camping Fees: TBA Transport: TBA

Saturday 19 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 aggregate climbing during the day but the spectacular views. About 5¼ hrs actual walking. Back via the Purple Eatery. Map: Captains Flat. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) or Transport: ~$15

Sunday 20 May: Rendezvous Creek, Boboyan Road – M/MR

Nursery Swamp car park, top end Nursery Creek, Rendezvous Creek, down to Boboyan Road. Always a popular trip; requires a car shuttle. Map: Rendezvous Creek Leaders: Jenny & Rob Horsfield 6231 4535(h) Transport: ~130 km return, ~$52 per car.


Depot Beach

(25), 26– 27 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 Gedara Point or Ngaityung Falls. On Sunday, we do the Pretty Beach–Pebbly Beach and return walk, with a mixture of coastline and rain forest. Two superb walks, about 4½ hours Sat, 5 hours Sunday. Maps: Kioloa/Tianjara/Milton Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) or Transport: ~$50, Accommodation: ~$50–$60

Saturday 26 May: Orroral Hill – M/R/X

Beginning at the Orroral Tracking Station picnic area, we will follow the Granite Tors walking trail to the Laser Lunar tower and then head off in a south westerly direction to a saddle between Orroral Hill and a knoll to its north west. From the saddle we need to gain about 100 m to reach Orroral summit. Half the walk is on a very steep track with the other half steeply off track. It involves a total climb of about 600 m and a distance of about 12 km. The going will be fairly slow and scrubby, with some scrambling. Map: Rendezvous Creek Leader: Phillip Starr 6161 3835(h), 0419 281 096(m), Transport: $10, Limit 8.

Sunday 27 May: Orroral Valley up to Legoland and return – M/M

Park cars at the Orroral Valley Carpark and walk up the fire trail, about 400 m and continue onto the Honeysuckle Collimation Tower– well it use to be there. Walk along the ridge to Legoland. Explore the caves underneath and eat lunch dangling legs along the rocks looking at truly spectacular views. After lunch walk on a kinda track to the mass of rocks, some call Elephant's Nest. From here we descend the often slippery slope to the Orroral Valley floor. If lucky, I'll find the track and we return along the shaded valley track to the cars by about 4pm (about 13km and climb about 400m) Map: Corin Dam Leader Janet E. Transport: $ 14

Saturday 2 June: Wild Cattle Flat – S/E–M

Climb via fire trail east of Captains Flat to the trig station atop the Bollard Ridge from which 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 8 km, 300 m aggregate climb, about 4 hours actual walking. Return via the purple eatery. Map: Tinderry. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) or Transport: ~$20

Sunday 3 June: Smokers Trail Carpark to Orroral Valley carpark cross-over – L/E

Approx 20 km. A chance to walk the whole scenic Orroral Valley. Either start from the Smokers Trail carpark and walk mainly downhill through alpine forest or start from the Orroral Valley carpark and walk uphill with about 400 m climb to Smokers Gap. We meet at Sawpit Creek for lunch and exchange car keys. Drivers need to be aware that there is a car swap before the Walk so that all walkers eventually walk back to the car they started with. Also I need another leader to help with this walk. Map Corin Dam , Rendezvous Ck Leader J. Transport: $ 14


Murrumbidgee River

Tuesday 5 June: Murrumbidgee River – M/M

From the old quarry on the Cotter Road descend to the Murrumbidgee River and on to Casuarina Sands. Then follow the river to Uriarra Crossing. If there is ample time will continue to Shepherds Lookout and return. Short car shuffle involved. In order to avoid the forests of blackberries it is likely that we will follow the ridges above the river for the 6 kilometres north of Casuarina. Map: Umburra and Cotter Dam Leader: Roger Edwards 6288 7863(h) or (Please no bookings between 22 April and 18 May as I will be away) Transport: ~$20 per car. Limit: 8

17-25 August: West MacDonnell National Park – M/R

A nine day off-track walk. The trip will be run jointly with the Coast and Mountain Walkers of NSW. This trip is at present fully booked. Start at Ormiston Gorge, camp in Bowmans Gap, climb the ridge which forms the north side of the Gorge with day packs. Explore the Woolshed Yard area, access the Red Wall from its north-flowing creek. Climb Peak 1307 metres on the NE corner of Ormiston Pound, camp on its southern side. Climb Mt Giles (via Bas’s Ridge?) and camp on top if conditions are suitable. Camp near Giles Yard Springs and finish at the Ochre Pits. Maps: West MacDonnell NP Maps 1&2. Leader: Meg M. Transport: $100+ for bus from Alice Springs. 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).