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This page covers activities for one month starting from the second Wednesday of September. 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 walks in the program send an email to . For other general information about the club email .

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.

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.


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This page covers activities from the second Wednesday of October 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 walks in the program send an email to . For other general information about the club email .

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.

Monday evening, 12 November: Coolemon 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 6.30pm. Map: n/a. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) Transport: drive yourself.

Tuesday 13 November: Monga Granite exploratory – M/R/X

From the junction of Granite Bluff Forest Road and Stoney Creek Road (E 60500 N58800), walk south towards the gentler slopes that start at the small saddle at around E 60260, N 60220, and that run for about 2.5 km south to E 60300 N 56000. I suspect there is some interesting granite around here. Then, if time permits, east to McCarthys Creek to look for stands of plumwood. This walk is completely exploratory for this leader. Some superb forest is guaranteed; thick scrub is likely. If the scrub is too thick there are several nearby firetrails to escape to. ~1 hour 20 minute drive from Queanbeyan, best suited to Subaru Foresters or above. Map: Monga. Leader: Linda Groom 6281 4917, Transport: ~$10 per person.

Wednesday 14 November: Wednesday Walk

CBC Leader: John Denaro 62543814

Thursday evening, 15 November: Red Hill – S/E

Meet at 6.30 pm 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: n/a. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) Transport: drive yourself.

17–18 November: Rendezvous Creek and broom clearing – M/M

Walk on a track via upper Nursery Creek to Rendezvous Creek. We then follow Rendezvous Creek upstream via clearings and hopefully moderate scrub (haven’t been there since the fires) to its source at Cotter Gap. From there the Alpine Walking Track leads us to Pond Creek and camp. On Sunday we walk about 2 km to join the activities of the 20th Annual Broom Clearing Day at Cotter Flats, then cadge a lift back to Orroral Valley and any vehicles we left there. Stoves required. Leader: Alan V. Map: Rendezvous Creek. Transport: ~$10/person. Limit: 8 or whatever lower number the authorities impose.

Sunday 18 November 2012: Broom Clearing 20th year at Cotter Hut

The Club’s long-term environmental project aimed at removal of this invasive species from the Upper Cotter area will reach a significant milestone this year. In addition to the removal exercise we will celebrate the occasion with Parks and Conservation staff. Each year Club members go to the area around the Cotter Hut and locate and clear any new broom plants that can be found. The seeds of this species can stay in the soil for well over 20 years and each plant can produce thousands of seeds. Our contribution has involved searching the area to locate infestations, removal by lopping or digging and detailed mapping. You will have the opportunity to travel to the Upper Cotter by vehicle and spend the day in a remote part of Namadgi. No special skills needed. Map: Rendezvous Creek. Leader: John T. Transport: $12

Monday evening, 19 November: Mt Ainslie – S/E

Meet at 6.30 pm in the 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:n/a. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) Transport: drive yourself

Wednesday 21 November: Wednesday Walk

BBC Leader Peter Wellman 6288 5985

Thursday evening, 22 November: Mulligans Flat – S/E

Meet at 6.30 pm in the main Mulligans Flat car park in the suburb of Forde. Go down Horse Park Drive, turn into Francis Forde Boulevard, then left into Amy Ackman Street, which will take you to the car park. Nice open bush. No need to book. Map:n/a. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) Transport: drive yourself.

(23) 24–25 November: Monolith Valley Project revisited – M/M

A re-run of one of the work parties in the Monolith Valley in the early 1990s, without the work, camping at Coyoyo Creek. Map: tba. Leader: Mike Morriss, 6287 5304 Transport: ~$40 per person.

24–25 November: Tinderries – M/R

From Round Flat firetrail up a steep ridge to a saddle at E 064, N 462 where there are flat spaces in the forest for several tents, with water 200 metres away in Roberts Creek. From there without packs we will visit the Onion. On Sunday we will climb Tinderry Peak, leaving our packs part way up, and later explore the giant granite slab at E 066, N 470. Only about 8 km on Saturday and 11 km on Sunday, but slow going with steep slopes and some thick scrub.Map: Tinderry. Leader: Linda Groom. or 6281 4917. Transport: ~$48 per car. Limit: 8.

Westermans
Westermans homestead

24–25 November: Southern Namadgi valleys and homesteads Walk – S/E

An overnight walk suitable for overnight beginners / intermediate day walkers in the delightful valleys of southern Namadgi national park taking in historic huts and homesteads. Drive to Brayshaws car park on the Boboyan Road on Saturday morning. Walk the new Settlers Track via the side of Pheasant Hill to Waterhole Hut 3.7 km and set up tents. Then do a half-day walk north along Waterholes Fire Trail to Lutons Shed taking in Lone Pine Homestead - about 6 km one way. Sunday morning we will walk west along a fire trail towards Scabby Range Nature Reserve 4.5 km one way before returning to pack up and walk out via Westermans Hut along the Settlers Track. Maps: Yaouk and Shannons Flat. Leaders: Lois Padgham and Quentin Moran. Bookings to Quentin 6288 9840 or Transport: $47 per car, $11–$18 per person. Limit: 12.

Monday evening, 26 November: Majura Reserve – S/E

Be at the entrance to the park beside 39 Mackenzie Street, Hackett, just north of the Grayson St intersection at 6:30pm for a walk up Mt Majura. No need to book. Map: n/a. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) Transport: drive yourself.

Tuesday 27 November: Nadgigomar left and right banks – M/M

A circuit with some firetrail, open ridges, and sandy river wades or possibly short swims, to admire the dryish country with graceful white gums, casuarinas, rocky outcrops and the Shoalhaven, which runs clear here through extensive sandbanks and small rapids. This walk will follow a similar route to the walk of 7 September, but with some time on the true left bank of the river. Recommended for the difference of its scenery to the usual Canberra-based walks. An easier standard than most Tuesday walks. 1 hr 20 minute drive from Queanbeyan, requires Foresters or above. Map: Durran Durra. Leader: Linda Groom 6281 4917, Transport: ~$50 per car.

Wednesday 28 November: Wednesday Walk

NPA Contact Mike Smith 6286 2984.

Thursday evening, 29 November: Aranda Bushland and Frost Hollow – S/E

Meet at 6.30 pm in the car park accessed via the lane beside 57 MacKellar Circuit, 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: n/a. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) Transport: drive yourself.

1–2 December: Myall and Ettrema Creeks – M/R

Descend to Ettrema via Myall Creek and exit via Transportation Spur, with a possible side trip up Jones Creek. This is a classic weekend trip in what many regard as the finest scenery and walking area in our region. It is an opportunity for those who are reasonably comfortable rock hopping and on steep slopes to extend their walking experience. The trip is low on the ‘M’ distance but thoroughly rates the ‘R’ grading. Leader: Alan V. Map: Touga. Transport: ~$130 per car. 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 9658(h), 6274 7350(w) Transport: TBA. Accommodation: ~$25 per night per person. Full payment of accommodation is required by end of October.

24–27 January 2013: Ettrema Gorge – S–M/R/W/X

Descend via Tullyangela Creek through Dungeon Canyon (sounds gloomy) to Ettrema Creek. Explore upstream, including the rainforest, rapids and perhaps old mines of Jones Creek. From Myall Ck return to the road via Jingles Pass then across the tops (a bit of scrub). Some rock hopping and scrambling, and a short swim. Joint activity with NPA. Map: Touga. Leader: Rupert Barnett, 6242 5241, Transport: ~$160 per car.

8 (Fri)–10 February 2013: Boolijah, Danjera and Bundundah Creeks – M/R–X

This area East of Ettrema is accessed via the Yarramunmun Fire trail. On each of the trips CBC has made there the reaction has been ‘we should go more often’. Details are tba, but given how long it has been since I was last there it should be graded X. Leader: Alan V. Map: Sassafras. Transport: tba.

Late Feb–early March, 2013: Western Arthur Range, Frenchmans Cap, Tasmania – M/M–R

Two of the best walks in the different topography, forests of Tasmania’s south-west; come for either. The first skylines the intricate maze of a glaciated ridge, while the Cap is a rewarding walk to a lonely quartzite fang also with wonderful views; we’ll also see how the Dick Smith – initiated bypass around the ‘sodden Lodden’ is going. Contact leader by mid-November for details. Joint activity with NPA. Leader: Rupert Barnett, 6242 5241

26 June 2013 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 and 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. Expressions of interest to Linda 02 62814917 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).