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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.

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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.


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: Gibraltar Rocks & Birrigai Time Trail – M/E

Enjoy the opportunity to have a go at the new Tidbinbilla walking track to Gibralter Rocks, returning via the Birrigai Time Trail. A bit of a climb but a gentler gradient than the old fire trail and rewards exist for the effort – there are expansive views from the huge granite rocks as well as from the path to and from the rocks. This track winds enticingly over small creeks, around cool gullies and through open grassland. If you are willing to drive please advise when booking especially if you have an annual pass to Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. Map: Tidbinbilla, Leader: Phillip Starr 6161 3835(h), 0419 281 096(m), Transport: ~ $9 per person, plus entry fees (if applicable).

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.

Sunday morning, 13 May: Mount Ainslie – S/E

A walk to the summit of Mount Ainslie, a walk around the base and climbing to the summit on the north side. Descent on the sealed southern track. About 7 km and a 200 metre climb - home by lunchtime. Map: Mud map on the ACT TAMS website. Leader: Nathan Holt 0414 628 429 or Transport: Drive yourself but let me know if you need a lift.

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.

Tuesday 22 May: Exploring the upper Shoalhaven – M/R/X

A gently undulating walk with varied vegetation and a river which is pretty and has a pristine catchment, but is not spectacular. Two hours drive, to Krawarree Road and then east on Currambene Road (note, not the same as Curranbene Creek Road) aiming to leave the cars at the swamp at approx 37 800E, 21 100S. A kilometre of fire trail, then down a gently-sloping grassy valley to the Shoalhaven, then 3 to 5 km down the Shoalhaven and back up another side valley, returning to the cars by fire trail. Possibly an optional climb of one of the hills for a view, which would add a 150 metre ascent and descent. The leader has not done this route before but has walked nearby. Expect scrub & tussocky grass, some rocky ground and maybe swampy ground. 19 kilometres if we find the terrain fast, fewer if it's slow and we skip the hill climb. Map: Snowball Leader: Linda G. Transport:TBA


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


Tuross Falls

 Tuesday 29 May: Tuross Gorge below the falls – M/R/slightly X

A walk to the spectacular Tuross Falls and Gorge, mostly off-track. Drive approx 2 ¼ hours to park at Tuross Cascades. Cross to the true right of the river and reach the top of the falls via 2 km of light to moderate scrub & 2.5 km of firetrail. Descend 150 metres to reach the river about 250 metres downstream of the foot of the falls for lunch. This descent is steep, sometimes loose underfoot and in places takes you within a metre or two of sheer cliffs, so needs previous scrambling experience. Cross the river on boulders & scramble up 150 metres to exit the gorge. Then a couple of kms of scrub to the falls viewing platform. If time allows we will look for the rocky domes shown on Google Earth at 727827E, 5988517S. Back to the cars via about 3 km of foot track. The leader has done all of this walk recently, except the possible side trip to the rocky domes. Map: Belowra Leader: Linda G. Transport: TBA

Tuesday 29 May: Walk and Talk: East Basin and National Gallery – S/E

Rendezvous on Menindee Drive, Grevillea Park (near the Boathouse Restaurant) at 9.45 am for a walk, mainly on bike paths, through the Jerrabomberra Wetlands to the National Gallery, arriving there around 11.45 am for a picnic lunch in the Sculpture Garden. Then journey to the Snowy Mountain (figuratively!) by attending Prof. Tim Bonyhady's 12.45 pm talk on Eugene von Guérard's North-east view from the northern top of Mount Kosciuszko 1863 in the National Gallery's Project Gallery. (The painting is of a view towards Jagungal from Mount Townsend.) The talk is free of charge and there is no need to register for it. After the talk, walk back across Kings Avenue Bridge to the cars. Around two and a half hours actual walking. Transport: Drive yourself. Map: The Canberra and Queanbeyan Walking and Cycling Map, follow link from http://www.tams.act.gov.au/move/cycling/cycling_and_walking_map Leader: Jenny Horsfield 6231 4535(h)

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 Janet E. 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

Saturday 9 June: Gibraltar Rocks & Birrigai Time Trail – M/E

Enjoy the opportunity to have a go at the new Tidbinbilla walking track to Gibralter Rocks, returning via the Birrigai Time Trail. A bit of a climb but a gentler gradient than the old fire trail and rewards exist for the effort – there are expansive views from the huge granite rocks as well as from the path to and from the rocks. This track winds enticingly over small creeks, around cool gullies and through open grassland. If you are willing to drive please advise when booking especially if you have an annual pass to Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. Map: Tidbinbilla Leader: Phillip Starr 6161 3835(h), 0419 281 096(m), Transport: ~ $9 per person, plus entry fees (if applicable).

9–11 June: Budawangs – M/R

Wog Wog – Burrumbeet Brook – Mt Tarn – Mt Haughton – Mt Hoddle – Sallee Creek Wog Wog. Not much elevation change but some scrub. Maps: Endrick and Corang Leader: Keith Thomas 6230 1081(h) or Transport: ~$100 per car Limit: 8

Monday 11 June: Majura – Ainslie traverse – L/E

Starting from the end of the houses in Antill Street, Hackett, walking to the summit of Mount Majura, before heading downhill to the valley between the two mountain. After morning tea by the old Ainslie Dams, we'll walk to the top of Mount Ainslie via the Old Tip Track for lunch. The return to the cars will follow the track behind the houses in Ainslie and Hackett. About 16 km long, all on track, with 600 metres in climbing. Map: Hall / Canberra, Leader: Nathan Holt 0414 628 429 or Transport: ~ Drive yourself but tell me when you book if you need a ride.



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 June 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 .

Wednesday 13 June: Wednesday Walk – CBC – M

Coordinator: Janet E.


Red Rocks Gorge

Saturday 16 June: Murrumbidgee River corridor – Casuarina Sands to Kambah Pool – M/M

Starting from Casuarina Sands, a walk following the Murrumbidgee River corridor to Kambah Pool. About 14 km in all. Car shuffle required. Map: Cotter Dam/ Canberra/ Tuggeranong, Leader: Nathan Holt 0414 628 429 or Transport: ~ Drive yourself but tell me when you book if you need a ride.

Saturday 16 June 2012: Gorilla Rock, Booroomba Rocks – M/R

We walk along the AAT from Honeysuckle Creek Camp Ground before heading off into the bush to Gorilla Rock for morning tea and then through bush to Booroomba Rocks with a steep climb and rock scrambling along the way. We will enjoy lunch, with great views, at Booroomba Rocks then return via walking track. Map: Corin Dam Leader: Phillip Starr 6161 3835(h), 0419 281 096(m), Transport: $10 per person.

Saturday 16 June: Black Mt and Aranda Bushland – M/E

Meet at 9.30 am in the car park opposite 160 Dryandra Street, 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 the Aranda Bushland. All on track, about 5 hrs walking. Map: Canberra Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) or Transport: drive yourself but please book as usual; there may be someone from your area who needs a lift.

Saturday 23 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 Road) 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. A mixture of on and off track. Map: Hoskinstown Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) or Transport: ~$10

Sunday 24 June: The Perpendicular Slot, Camel Rock, Churinga Head, Myall Ridge (Ettrema) – S/M–R

A fairly long drive (with early start) via Tarago and Nerriga. There will be some scrub and scrambling but the walk is only about 8 km long and has only short climbs. The views along the clifftops overlooking Ettrema Gorge are excellent and we will have time for plenty of stops to enjoy 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: ~320 km return, ~$128 per car, ~$32–$40 per person Limit: 12

Saturday 7 July: The Peaks of Goorooyarroo – S/E

This walk on the northern fringe of the city traverses, partly on and partly off track, a series of hills with spectacular views over the city and to the Brindabellas. Be at the parking area on the northern side of Horse Park Drive about 1.5 km toward Gungahlin from the Federal Hwy junction (Gungahlin exit) at 8.30 for this walk – and be home for lunch. About 4hrs walking. Map: n/a Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) or Transport: drive yourself but please book as usual; there may be someone from your area who needs a lift.

Sunday 8 July: Red Hill Nature Reserve – M/E–M

Starting from Deakin, walking to the summit of Red Hill, taking in the great views along the ridgeline to Hindmarsh Drive. Follow the eastern and northern edges of the reserve back to the cars. About 10 km in all, finish by lunchtime. Map: Canberra. Leader: Nathan Holt 0414 628 429 or Transport: ~ Drive yourself but tell me when you book if you need a ride.

7–8 July: Mount Kelly–Mount Scabby – M/R

Boboyan – Mount Kelly – Mount Scabby – Sams Creek. Expect a cold night. If weather or snow conditions are unsuitable, this walk will be relocated. Maps: Yaouk and Rendezvous Creek Leader: Keith Thomas 6230 1081(h) or Transport: ~$70/car Limit: 8


Climbing Mt Palerang

Wednesday Walk 11 July: 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 Captains Flat Road, Briars Sharrow Road, Plains Road, Hoskinstown Road, Forbes Creek Road and Mulloon fire trail to the ford over Mulloon Creek. On a clear day you can see Braidwood, the Budawangs and the Brindabellas. The access ridges have moderate scrub, rock scrambles and a rock climb. There are also a few kilometres of fire trail walking. Distance: 11.3 km, Climb: 500 m Map: Bombay Leader: Phillip Starr 6161 3835(h), 0419 281 096(m), Transport: ~ $10 per person. We will meet at Queanbeyan Swimming Pool, Campbell Street for an 8:30 am start.

Thursday 12 July: Walk & Talk: Botanic Gardens and Black Mountain – S/E

Some exercise for both body and Brain. Rendezvous at the Botanic Gardens car park at 9.20 am. We will walk through the gardens and then, by a devious combination of tracks, around and over Black Mountain, returning to picnic on the Eucalypt lawns around 11.30 am. At 12.30 pm we will hear how our Club emblem is surviving by attending a free talk in the Gardens Theatrette on 'Saving the Northern Corroboree Frog in the ACT'. The speaker is ecologist Dr Murray Evans. Admission to the talk is by gold coin donation; no need to book for the talk. Transport: drive yourself, or catch Action bus route 3 from Woden or Belconnen, alighting in Daley Road, ANU. Map: Black Mountain Nature Reserve Leader: Linda G. http://www.tams.act.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0016/13246/cnpmapblackmountain.pdf


Snow in the Brindabellas

Saturday 14 July: Winter snowscape – Painting and/or photography – S/E

Why not create or capture your own Winter Wonderland Snowscape, either with brush or camera. We're planning a short trip to the Brindabella National Park, possibly Top Crossing or the Sawmill ruin. Hopefully we'll  find snow on flowering wattle or other Winter marvels to paint or photograph.  Clothing suitable for snow should be worn e.g. boots, jumper, parka, long trousers, gloves and beanie - if it is cold. Map: Umburra Leaders: Alison M. Gösta L. Bookings to Alison Transport: ~$24 per car, $6–$8 per person.

Saturday 14 July: Mundoonen Nature Reserve – M/E–M

This reserve is just south of the Hume Highway between Gunning and Yass. We will explore the reserve, which is undulating with a cover of open forest. A mixture of track and easy off track. About 4½ hours actual walking. Map: Gunning 1:50,000. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) or Transport: ~$15


Bargo Gorge

(20), 21, 22 July – Southern Highlands bushwalking bonanza

Drive down Friday night to the Bundanoon YHA, where we stay the weekend. Mt Carrialoo (to be 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) or Transport: estimate per person ~$60, accommodation ~ $60 for the weekend.

(20)21– 22 July: Beginners cross country ski weekend – S/E

Two days of informal instruction and short ski tours in the Mount Selwyn/Three Mile Dam area, from accommodation near Adaminaby. Suitable for complete beginners who are reasonably bushwalking-fit, though people with several weekends cross-country skiing experience will also benefit. We have booked a cottage for six (1 Queen bedroom and 2 x twin bedrooms) at Snowy Mountains Alpine Cabins, 8 km from Adaminaby. Accommodation cost will be around $100 per person for the 2 nights; BYO linen and food, including something to share for dinner. Full, non-refundable payment for the accommodation please within a week of your signing up for the trip. Alternatively you can book your own accommodation in Adaminaby, or snow camp. BYO skis, stocks and boots (rent in Cooma). If there is insufficient snow, we will do walks in the area with grades up to M/M. Map (for skiing) Cabramurra. Map if we end up bushwalking: Tantangara.. Leaders: Linda G. & Peter C. Transport: ~$70 per person

Saturday 28 July: Nursery Swamp & Nursery Hill – M/R

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 we 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. If the going is too difficult or we are pressed for time we can return to the walking track earlier. Distance around 15 km with climbs totalling about 450 m. Map: Rendezvous Creek, Leader: Phillip Starr 6161 3835(h), 0419 281 096(m), Transport: ~ $11

Saturday 28 July: Square Rock and Smokers Trail – M/M

Square Rock is one of my favourite ACT walks. A track through bush from the Square Rock car park marks the beginning of this walk to a group of boulders that are a great place for lunch. Fantastic views on a clear day. On the way back we peel off to join the Smokers Trail until we come to Smokers Trail car park. Car shuffle required. Map: Corin Dam, Leader: Nathan Holt 0414 628 429 or Transport: ~ $10

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).