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This page covers activities for a month starting from the second Wednesday of June. 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.

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: 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.


Westerman's Homestead

Sunday 17 June: Settlers Track – S/E

A delightful walk near Grassy Creek in southern Namadgi/ ACT visiting pioneer settlements, firstly Brayshaw's Hut and then onto Waterhole Hut and Westerman's Homestead. About 9 km return with some moderate climbing sections, all on track or fire trails. Maps: Yaouk and Shannons Flat. Leader: Quentin Moran, 6288 9840 (h),   Transport: ~$66 per car. Limit: 12.

Tuesday 19 June: More Boot and Bulbeck Sites at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve – M/M,X or L/R,ptX

Wander around TNR looking for a number of sites documented in the Boot and Bulbeck 1991 Cultural Resource Survey and Conservation Plan. If time and inclination allow, investigate the bottom of the Snowy Corner footpad, or even up it to Mt Domain. Around 11+ (up to 23) km and 150+ (up to 1000) m climb. Map: Tidbinbilla. Leader: John Evans 6288 7235(h), Transport: ~$5 per person. Further details at http://jevans.pcug.org.au

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

Saturday 23 June: Canberra Centenary Trail: Section 1 – Parliament House to the Federal Highway – L/E,ptX

CBC is involved with a number of other local walking organisations in promoting the Canberra Centenary Trail, which will be officially opened next year. Come and get a sneak peek, urban and urban fringe walking from Parliament House via a bit of Central Basin, Anzac Parade, Mt Ainslie, Mt Majura to the Federal Highway. Help spot not flora and fauna, but loos, car parks and features of interest to the general public. Around 20 km and a couple of hills to climb (500 m). Maps: Canberra and Hall. Leader: John Evans 6288 7235(h), Transport: ~$5 per person, car shuttle involved. Further details at http://jevans.pcug.org.au

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 30 June: Northern Monga Forest and Gilligooly Gully – M/M

A circuit in the pleasant northern part of Monga State Forest. Approx 1 hr 30 minutes drive via Braidwood, leaving the cars just off the Kings Hwy. Walk up the Narranghi Fire Trail then off track to see some old gold mining trenches. Lunch in a grassy clearing at an abandoned homestead site. Climb Narranghi Trig (though its forested summit lacks views) then descend into the delightful Gilligooly Gully which has grassy patches, ferns and 15 metre high wattles. About 4 hours actual walking covering 15 km, of which half is off track with light to moderate scrub. Mostly gentle gradients except the descent into the head of Gilligolly Gully which drops 150 metres in about a kilometre. May need to wade a shin-deep creek. Limit: 4 cars, due to limited parking space. Map: Braidwood Leader: Linda G. Transport: $15 per person

Sunday 1 July: Waterfall, Stockyard Creek –M/R

This trip is from Corin Dam via Stockyard Spur. It is a pleasant spot. Map: Corin Dam Leaders: Jenny & Rob Horsfield 6231 4535(h).Transport: ~$44 per car.


Monday 2 July: Walks planning evening, 7.30 pm

Ever wished you could find someone who is a mine of information about a walk you would like to do? The walks planning evening is an opportunity to button-hole experienced leaders and discuss possible walks, with maps at hand. At Linda and Peter's house, 96 Strickland Crescent Deakin. BYO maps, supper provided. RSVPs not essential, but priority access to cheesecake with chocolate & ginger crust will be given to those who RSVP.

Tuesday 3 July: Mt Herlt granite slabs – L/R,ptX

Walk to Rendezvous Creek from the Nursery Swamp car park. Climb through thick regrowth to the massive Mt Herlt granite slabs on the side of the Mavis ridge. Around 15km and 800m climb. Map: Rendezvous Creek. Leader: John Evans 6288 7235(h), Transport: ~$10 per person. Further details at http://jevans.pcug.org.au

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

 



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 July 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 .


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.

Saturday 21 July: Shannahan Falls Creek – M/R

Shannahan Mountain, Sh. Falls Creek, Horse Gully Hut, Mt Clear car park. A short car-shuttle is required. Map: Colinton Leaders: Jenny & Rob Horsfield 6231 4535(h) Transport: ~$66 per car.

(20) 21– 22 July: Beginners Cross Country ski weekend

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 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; booking early will give you the best chance of securing accommodation. Alternatively you can book your own accommodation in Adaminaby, or camp. BYO skis, stocks and boots (rent in Cooma). If there is insufficient snow, we will do bushwalks in the area. Map (for skiing) Cabramurra . Map if we end up bushwalking: Tantangara. Leaders: Linda G. and Peter C. Transport: ~$70 per person. This is a joint activity with the Canberra Cross Country Ski Club. Limit: 12.

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

Saturday 28 July: Mt Painter and Black Mt –M/E

Meet 9.30 am at end of Frith St near electricity sub‑station. We will then car shuffle to the start point of the walk at the Pinnacle at the back of Hawker. The walk traverses the Pinnacle and Mt Painter nature parks, the Aranda bushland and frost hollow before ascending Black Mt (lunch) and back to the cars. Finish by 2.30. Map: ACT 1:100,000 Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) or Transport: drive yourself

Sunday 29 July: Mt Tennent – M/M – pt X

An early start from the Namadgi Visitors' Centre to Mt Tennent for good views from the top, weather depending. The walk is on track, quite a few steps, with a steep last km to the summit. I'd also like to divert off-track to look at the big scar on the side of the mountain (hence the part X). Map: Williamsdale Leader: Nathan Holt 0414 628 429 or Transport: drive yourself – please advise if you need transport.

Saturday 4 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 and other watercourses. About 10 km and 4 hrs actual walking. Return via the purple eatery. Map: Tinderry. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) or Transport: ~$20.

Sunday 5 August – Mt Wee Jasper – M/X

Starting from the Fitzpatrick Trackhead near Wee Jasper, we'll follow the Hume & Hovell Track to the summit of Mt Wee Jasper for lunch, a climb of about 700 metres, before heading back downhill. A new one for me but all on track – about 15 km in all. Map: Couragago Leader: Nathan Holt 0414 628 429 or Transport: ~ $70 per car

Thursday to Sunday 9–12 August: Cross country skiing 4 day trip

A four day ski tour carrying packs and camping in the snow, probably from Munyang towards Grey Mare Range, route to be decided according to snow conditions. Requires prior experience with similar trips. Maps: Mount Kosciuszko & Khancoban or as advised. Leaders: Linda G. and Peter C. Transport: $30 or as advised. This is a joint activity with the Canberra Cross Country Ski Club. Limit: 8

Saturday 11 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 13km, 600 m aggregate climb and 6 hours actual walking. Map: Captains Flat. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) or Transport: ~$40 per car, ~$15 per person.

Saturday 18 August: 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.

(17), 18–19 August: Royal National Park

I have booked three cabins at the Ben Ricketts Reserve near Robertson and we will drive down on Friday night. On Saturday, we will do a spectacular and beautiful walk in the Royal National Park, from the southern end to North Era beach and return about 5½ hrs actual walking. On Sunday, we will do the short but also beautiful walk (1½ hours) at Minnamurra Rainforest then visit the Illawarra Fly, a brilliant treetop walk ($22). Map: Otford Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) or Transport: ~ $60 per person. Accommodation: ~$60.


(31 August), 1–2 September: – Bundanoon gourmet weekend – M/M

Drive to Bundanoon YHA on Friday evening, our base for the weekend. On Saturday, we will walk to Bonnum Pic. Distance: 16 km Climb: 400 m, 5½ hrs walking. On Sunday, we will do the Four Lookouts walk, about 3 hours walking. Both have spectacular views and, based on previous experience, lots of wildflowers. The YHA is a renovated early 20th century home of delightful ambience. Shared meal on Saturday evening. About 5 hours walking each day. Maps: Picton and Mittagong. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) or Transport: ~ $50 per person, Accommodation: ~ $60.

(7)8–10 September: Cloudmaker and 100 Man Cave – L/M–R

Drive to Kanangra Walls Friday night for a three day walk with time to appreciate the comforts of 100 Man Cave where we will camp for two nights. Mostly on track, but with broken quartzite along some of the ridges, off track near the Cave and a scramble off the end of the Walls. We will take day packs on the middle day to search for 1000 Man Cave on the eastern side of Ti Willa Plateau. Approx 700 m ascent/descent first and last days (not all at once). Superb southern Blue Mountains views and early spring flowers. Map: Kanangra Leader: Meg M. Transport: ~500 km return, $200 per car, ~$50 per person. Limit: 8.

26 June to 20 July 2013: Kakadu – M/R/X/W

Three walks in succession in the South Alligator River and Jim Jim Falls area – probably a 6 day walk around Dinner Creek, a 6 day Koolpin Gorge to Gunlom walk, and a 10 day circuit from Jim Jim Falls to Twin Falls and return. There is likely to be an option to do either the Dinner Creek and Koolpin walks, or the Jim Jim/Twin walk, joining or leaving the group by public transport. Would suit people who have previous experience on several overnight 'Rough' grade walks and experience in walks of 5 days or longer. Rock scrambling, scrub & possibly compulsory swims. Maps: El Sherana, Callanan, Koolpin, Goodparla and Jim Jim Falls, all 1:50,000. Transport. Airfare around $600, share of 4WD rental around $750 plus petrol. Leader: Linda G. Expressions of interest to Linda Limit: 9.



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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).