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

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 Groom and Peter Conroy, 6281 4917, Transport: $30 or as advised. This is a joint activity with the Canberra Cross Country Ski Club. Limit: 8


Lego Land

Saturday 11 August: Two huge rocky outcrops Legoland and Booroomba Rocks + views – M/E

A chance to explore and photograph two huge granite outcrops with superb views. Drive past Honeysuckle camping ground and park at the Honeysuckle Collimation tower car park. From here walk and explore the huge rocky ledge of stone known as Legoland via the huge triangular rock aboriginal shelter. There is a huge cavern underneath Legoland and also narrow scrambles for those inclined. We will have morning tea dangling our legs over the rocks and looking at the view of Orroral Valley below and all the mountains in the distance. Then return and park at the Honeysuckle car park . From here walk 5 kms and climb up about 260 m to the Booroomba Rocks where we will eat lunch enjoying more superb views. Please book and meet at Kambah shops by 8.30 am where I will organise transport. Those needing a lift can probably be catered for too. Map: Corin Dam Leader: Janet E. Transport: $15 per person.

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 11 August: 12 Historic sites at Glenburn–Burbong – S/E

Have you ever visited the 12 historic sites nearby the Burbong Bridge over the Molonglo, just east of Queanbeyan? It is a fascinating collection of sites (actually in the ACT), including stone and slab homesteads, graves, charcoal kilns and copper mines. You can download a free colour monograph on the sites from http://www.npaact.org.au/category.php?id=64. The area is maintained by a small group of very keen people, the Friends of Glenburn, along with assistance from ACT Rangers. Let's give them a hand, pay a bit forward and walk and work for the day. Blackberry lopping seems to be a high need – conservation can be historical, as well as environmental. We can even drive in! Map: Bungendore. Leader: John Evans 6288 7235(h), Transport: free for willing workers. Further details at www.johnevans.id.au

Sunday 12 August: Bundanoon Gorge from the east – S–M/R/X

Most of the walks in the Bundanoon area are on the town (western) side of this scenic sandstone gorge. This walk will approach the eastern rim from the car park where Patons Fire Trail leaves the Meryla Rd. We will see the narrow canyon section downstream of the dam. 10–12 km, 200–300 m uphill. Forest, some scrub and scrambles across side creeks. This walk will be upstream of the area visited in October last year. Map: Bundanoon. Leader: Jeff B., Transport: ~340 km return ~$34–$45 per person. Limit: 12


Tuesday 14 August: Navigation Refresher #1

7–30pm at 11 Studley St; Kambah. An evening looking at maps and compass. Leaders: Jenny & Rob Horsfield. 6231 4535(h)

Tuesday 14 August: Granite Tors: Honeysuckle Creek – M/R

From the Honeysuckle Creek campground we will follow the Alpine Walking Track north for about 20 minutes, then go bush and follow a meandering route to the northwest and west, in the upper catchments of Honeysuckle and Blue Gum Creeks. The route will link up some interesting granite features that the leader has found on a previous reconnaissance. There is a mixture of typical Namadgi scrub and more open Mountain Gum forests, as well as a sheltered sub-alpine bog. About 12 km with a couple of ascents of 150 metres. Map: Corin Dam Leader: Ian W. Limit: 8 Transport: TBA

Saturday 18 August: Canberra Centenary Trail: Sections 7 and 8 – Tuggeranong to Parliament House via S Canberra ridges – L/E,ptX

Follow the proposed route of the CCT beside Tuggeranong Creek, through MacArthur onto the Isaacs Ridge. Then via Red Hill and down Melbourne Avenue to Parliament House. Around 30 km and 300m climb. Maps: Tuggeranong and Canberra. Leader: John Evans 6288 7235(h), Transport: ~$10 per person, car shuttle required. Further details at www.johnevans.id.au

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.

Sunday 19 August: Morning Stroll: Lake Burley Griffin – East Basin and Jerrabomberra Wetlands – S/E

Reprising a walk of Phillip's from March that had to be changed due to flood damage and postponed in May due to conflicting events. This walk takes us from the Carillon in a loop around the East Basin of Lake Burley Griffin with an excursion into Jerrabomberra Wetlands. This is a relaxing walk with the possibility of sighting a large number of bird species, especially water birds in their natural habitat. There is some shade but most of the walk is in the open. Total distance only 10 km so. Home for lunch. Map: Canberra Leader: Nathan Holt 0414 628 429 or Transport: ~ Drive yourself but tell me when you book if you need a ride.

18–19 August: Corang Peak and Corang Lagoon – M/M–R

Mostly on walking tracks, this walk is suitable for reasonably fit people who have had little weekend walking experience. Wog Wog Car Park–Corang Lagoon–Broula Brook–Canowie Brook – Corang Peak–Wog Wog car park. Maps: Corang Leader: Rene Davies and Keith Thomas 6230 1081(h) or Transport: ~$25 Limit: 8

Tuesday 21 August: Navigation refresher #2

7-30 pm 11 Studley St; Kambah. #1 not a pre-requisite but would help. An evening Dead-Reckoning Exercise, mud-map & compass in the dark at the back of Kambah. Leaders: Jenny & Rob Horsfield 6231 4535(h)

Saturday 25 August: Murrumbidgee River Corridor – Casuarina Sands to Kambah Pool – M/M

Starting from Casuarina Sands, this is an undulating walk following the Murrumbidgee River corridor to Kambah Pool. It has wonderful views over the river and Bullen Range. 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 25 August: Art/Photography, Shepherds Lookout, Murrumbidgee River – M/E

From Shepherd's Lookout in Belconnen follow the trail down to the Molonglo River, cross the river then continue to Uriarra Crossing, follow the track around Sturt Island, walk off trail to the confluence of the Molonglo and Murrumbidgee Rivers, then climb back up to Shepherds Lookout for a final, magnificent view of the Murrumbidgee River towards the ACT/NSW border. Approx 8 km and 3–4 hours. Depart from Shepherds Lookout car park, Stockdill Street, Holt at 10 am. Map: Umburra: Leaders: Rob Horsfield and Chris M. Bookings to Chris Transport: n/a

Sunday 26 August: Navigation Refresher #3

0800 hours at 11 Studley St; Kambah. #1,2 not pre–requisites but would help. A day in the hills west of Kambah position–finding and using route cards. Leaders: Jenny & Rob Horsfield 6231 4535(h)

Tuesday 28 August: Mt Domain via spur to Snowy Corner – L/R

Let's see how scrubby it is south of the Snowy Corner cairn on the Tidbinbilla Ridge. To Mt Domain, then down to Fishing Gap and back via the Ashbrook Rd fire trail. Around 16 km and 750m climb. Map: Tidbinbilla Leader: John Evans 6288 7235(h), Transport: ~$8 per person. Further details at www.johnevans.id.au

Saturday 1 September:Smokers Trail carpark to Orroral Valley carpark cross-over – L/E

This is a repeat of a walk cancelled due to torrential rain in June this year . This cross-over walk is an opportunity 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. About 20 km and 400 m climb. 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. I will need another leader to help with this walk. Map: Corin Dam, Rendezvous Creek Leader: Janet E. Transport: $14


(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.

Friday 7 September: Nadgigomar Nature Reserve (southern section) – M/M

A walk down ridges to lunch on a sand bank of the Shoalhaven River at around 568E 923N. An optional short shin-deep wade. Back by a different route & then 3 or 4 km of fire trail. The ridges in this area are pleasant walking: mostly gentle in gradient & largely free of understorey, with occasional steep stony sections and patches of scrub. The high points provide some views between graceful white gums. Around 13 km in total. One and a quarter hours drive from Queanbeyan, via Euradux Road. The road is best done in 4WDs (Forester or above). Map: Durran Durra Leader: Linda Groom , 02 6281 4917 Transport: $50 per car. Limit: 12.

(7) 8–9 September: Gulaga (Mt Dromedary)/Bermagui Coast Walk – M/E

Drive to Tilba Waterfront Cottages Friday evening where we stay for the weekend. On Sat we climb Mt Gulaga. It is about a 6 hour walk, all on track and about 14 km return. The climb is moderately hard ascending about 750 m over 5.5 km. Sunday's walk is a scenic ramble about (10k) which offers vistas of mountain (Gulaga), lake (Wallaga), island (Montague), headland and beach. The track winds around Wallaga Lake and continues to Murunna Point, Camel Rock, Haywards Beach, Keatings Headland, Long Swamp and Moorehead Beach. Maps: Wandella, Central Tilba and Bermagui. Leader: Barry K. Transport: ~$170 per car, ~$50 per person. Accommodation: ~$32 per person per night.

(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.


8–9 September: Navigation Refresher #4

A weekend off-track in the Namadgi with pack, map & compass. This is usually a popular trip (Sentry Box). People who don't wish to practice navigating are also welcome. Map: Yaouk Leaders: Jenny & Rob Horsfield 6231 4535(h) Transport: ~130 km return, $52 per car.

Sunday 9 September: Mount Major and mounts minor – M/R

We will climb Mount Major (1330 m) from the Jinglemoney Firetrail and then follow the ridge part way towards Mt Lowden. We will spend a little time exploring the tops in this area, which are a rather magical mixture of orange granite, snowgrass, ferns and rainforest-like patches. There are also some good views. The main ascent is about 250 metres up Mt Major. The most difficult terrain is about 20 minutes of thick scrub on a steep slope amongst boulders; there is also a bit of scrambling. Around 5½ hours actual walking. A 45 minute drive from Queanbeyan. Map: Bombay. Leader: Linda Groom , 02 6281 4917 Transport: $50 per car Limit: 12

Tuesday 11 September: Renns Bluff – L/R/W/pt X

Bungonia SCA–Mt Ayre–Shoalhaven River–exploratory spur–Renns Bluff–Mt Pollock–Rainbow Ridge–Shoalhaven River – return via Mt Ayre. Tracks, off-track sections mostly open scrub. Nice views, steep descents/ascents, river crossings, some exposure. ~14 km, 1000m total ascent. Map: Caoura. Leader: Brian S. Transport: ~$100 per car, + park entry fee.

Tuesday 11 September: Navigation #5

7-30 pm at 11 Studley St; Kambah. An introductory evening on the GPS. #1- 4 not pre-requisites. Leaders: Jenny & Rob Horsfield 6231 4535(h)

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This page covers activities from the second Wednesday of September 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 .

14–17 September: Spring snowshoeing – M/M

Fancy travelling ~60 km on snowshoes without having to sleep in the snow? On offer are four ~15 km day trips from a Smiggin Holes lodge. Previous experience not necessary but you must have a reasonable level of fitness. Maps: Perisher Valley, Geehi Dam, Chimneys Ridge. Leader: Terence U. Transport: ~$200/vehicle + KNP entry and overnight parking fees + (possible) chairlift/oversnow transport. Accommodation: $90 per person (twin share). Limit: 8.


Palerang

Saturday 15 September: In the shadow of Palerang – S/E–M

A walk in the Tallaganda National Park. From the Forbes Creek track head east of Hoskinstown, follow trails to Mulloon Creek, then along the Palerang firetrail before swinging west off track for about an hour to the creek and the Mulloon firetrail back to the cars. Mostly on track. The forest is different from that near Canberra. About 5 hrs actual walking. Map: Bombay Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) or Transport: ~$15

Sunday 16 September: Knolls in Billy Range – M/M

Propose to check out the knolls about 4 kilometres north east of Glendale Crossing. About 450 metres of climbing and some scrub bashing involved. Map: Michelago. Leader: Roger Edwards 6288 7863(h) or Transport: ~$52 per car. Limit: 8

Tuesday 18 September: Navigation Refresher #6

7-30 pm at 11 Studley St; Kambah. An evening outdoor exercise using GPS (waypoints, etc). Leaders: Jenny & Rob Horsfield 6231 4535(h).

Tuesday 18 September: Exploring the Upper Shoalhaven #2 – M/R, possibly L/R, X

From the end of Middle Mountain Road (approx 372E 182N) an exploratory walk through pleasant forest that is gently sloping and mostly open, and down a tributary to meet the Shoalhaven a little upstream of the point reached on a trip in the same area in May, then up the river & back to the cars to complete the circuit. The river will have some scrub, some steep slopes and probably some rock scrambling. We will aim to keep our feet dry. This walk is all within Deua National Park. About a 2 hour drive from Queanbeyan. Map: Snowball Leader: Linda Groom , 02 6281 4917 Transport: tba Limit: 12


Boxvale Creek

Saturday 22 September: Nattai Gorge/Boxvale Tramway – M/M

Walk through light forest then traverse the spectacular and beautiful Nattai Gorge near Mittagong. Lunch at Boxvale Creek then back to the cars along the historic tramway alignment. All on track but a steep climb out of the gorge. About 10km, 4½ hrs actual walking. Map: Mittagong Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) or Transport: approx $30

Tuesday evening 25 September: Navigation refresher #7 – An introduction to PC software for GPS

8pm at UTM 55H 685271-6088292 (MGA94). Various digital mapping applications and ancillary software, which can interface with a GPS, are demonstrated. These make useful walk planning and recording tools. Presenters: Keith Thomas and John Evans. Please book with John at 6288 7235(h), .

Note: TBA

Navigation Refresher # 8: Direction, Time and Position using Sun and Stars with Geometric/Technical Drawing methods.

Sunday 29 September: Billy Billy Rocks – S/R

Since the 2003 bushfires access to this rock cluster has been made more difficult by thick regrowth and fallen timber. This walk tries a new approach (for the leader). Starting where the Billy Billy Creek crosses the Corin Rd., it will follow a ridge north of the Creek for about 2.4 km., south west,to the Billy Billy Rocks. After some exploring of the many clefts in the rocks we will have lunch on a high spot. The return will be south, across the head of Billy Billy Creek to a smaller cluster of large rocks called by Josephine Flood 'Bogong Rocks'. After more exploring of rock clefts, we will descend to the Square Rock car park and follow the Corin Rd. back to the cars. The distance is about 6.5 km. with total climb of 400m with some difficult scrub and rock scrambles. Map: Corin Dam Leader: Mike M. Transport; ~72 km return, ex Kambah, ~$30 per car


View from Quilty's Mountain

29 September – 1 October: Budawang Weekend– M/M

I have booked basic accommodation near Nerriga on the edge of the Morton National Park for the long weekend, driving down Saturday morning. We will leave Canberra on Saturday morning and walk to Churinga Headland for lunch with a spectacular view over Ettrema Gorge and, if like 2010, wildflowers in abundance (2½ hrs easy off track) then go to our accommodation. On Sunday, will walk to the Vines, a beautiful and varied walk (6 hrs all on track); those interested can go on to the bora ground on Quiltys Mountain (another hour on track except for one short, steep section) assuming the weather allows it and someone comes who is prepared to lead it. Return home Monday morning. The cabin holds four and has a basic stove. Others can use tents but all can use the shower at the Stone Cottage. Map: Endrick and Touga Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) or Transport: ~$40, Accommodation: depends on numbers, ~$20 camping, $40 inside.

(5) 6–8 October (Canberra LWE): Blue Mountains – M/M

Leave Canberra Friday night and stay in a comfortable guesthouse in Katoomba for the long weekend. Saturday: Wentworth Falls including Vera Falls, Wentworth Pass and National Pass. Sunday: into and along the valley floor from Furber Stairs to Mt Solitary (climb optional). Monday: Centennial Glen and Porters Pass (3½ hours). Each walk has great valley views. Map: Katoomba. Leader: Edwina Y. Transport: ~$80 per person. Accommodation: ~$75 for the weekend. Limit: 16.

6– 8 October: Main Range Cross Country skiing– L/M

Walk several kilometres, camp below the snowline and do day tours from the tents to the Main Range. The camp will probably be on a tributary of the Club Lake Creek but location will depend on snow conditions. We will cross the Snowy River, which may involve wading, to get there. Will suit people with previous experience in back-country ski touring. Map: Perisher Valley Leader: Peter Conroy, 6281 4917, Transport: tba. Limit: 12.


Buckenbowra

20–21 October: Buckenbowra Wilderness – M/R partly X

A walk to explore the ridges, beautiful forest, creeks and possibly small gorges in Monga National Park. We will park near Penance Grove (15 minutes from Kings Highway), walk 3 level km along the now closed River Forest Road, climb 380 metres in 5 km on the Boundary Fire Trail, descend 700 metres in 3.5 km on the ridge from 64E 503N to 67E 493N to an unnamed creek. Previous experience in this area suggests this ridge will be dryish and fairly open. The creek has a couple of sections that look on Google Earth like small gorges; we expect to find a rain forest campsite before or between the gorge-like sections. On Sunday we have the option of returning via a creek tributary (in which we have previously found lovely rain forest) from 681E 507N or by ridges or by the steep Turtle Fire Trail. Expect some scrub and loose and slippery rocks. Fuel stoves only. Maps: Monga, Araluen. Leader: Linda Groom , 02 6281 4917 Transport: TBA Limit: 8

26 December–1 January: Victorian Alps – variety of walks S/E to L/R

We will do a number of day walks, utilising a number of walks leaders, in the region over this period, including Mt Feathertop, Bon Accord Spur, Swindlers Spur, the Razorback, Diamantina Spur, Mt Tabletop, Cobungra River and The Twins, Mt Blowhard. We will be staying at the Leeton Lodge in Mt Hotham for 7 nights. Maps: Feathertop, Harrietville, The Twins, Tabletop, Fainter 1:25,000; Dargo Plains, Cobungra 1:50,000. Leaders: Barry K. and Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) or Transport: TBA. Accommodation: ~$25 per night per person. Full payment of accommodation is required by end of October.

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 Groom , 02 6281 4917 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).