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This page covers activities for one month starting from the second Wednesday of November. 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.

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.


Broom in flower

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

Tuesday 20 November: Breakfast Creek Ridges & Tors, Namadgi National Park – L/R

From the Yankee Hat carpark in Namadgi we will walk south-west for a few kilometres on tracks, then follow a meandering route off track for the day, linking together granite features on ridges above Breakfast Creek. A recent reconnaissance indicates that after the initial 400 m scrubby ascent to 1400 m altitude, the scrub is easier going. The main feature of the day is a soaring cluster of tors overlooking Naas Creek at Yaouk 738 371. We head for home, via a small swamp at the head of Breakfast Creek, then follow a ridge east to intersect the Old Boboyan Road near Hospital Creek Hut. About 20 km (includes 8 km of tracks) with ~550 m of ascent. Map: Yaouk Leader: Ian W. Transport: ~100 km return. Limit: 8

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.

Saturday 24 November: McKeahnie Trig-Kangaroo Creek – M/R

Smokers Gap, Square Rock Track, along ridge to McKeahnie Trig, descent to Kangaroo Creek; short car shuttle. Map: Corin Dam. Leaders: Jenny & Rob Horsfield 6231 4535(h). Transport: ~$30 per car.

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.

Thursday evening 29 November: Southside evening stroll, Mt Stromlo – S/E

I'm wanting a new walk leader to lead a walk with me. How about it – contact me and have a go! For walkers joining this amble, meet outside the boom gate at the entrance to the Mt Stromlo observatory area at 6 pm. No need to book. We'll wander around the fire trails on the west side of Mt Stromlo, including to a couple of interesting features. Mt Stromlo Observatory has asked CBC to contribute a short and easy walk to their soon-to-be updated brochure, so here's our chance to help. Around 7 km and 100 m climb. Maps: Canberra, Cotter Dam. Enquiries: John Evans 0417 436 877, Transport: drive yourself. Further details at www.johnevans.id.au


Ettrema Creek

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.

1–2 December: Mt Namadgi – M/R

Mt Namadgi is mentioned on the program a couple times already as a goal or destination for day walks. This trip, over 2 days should be more relaxed. It will go in and out via Middle Creek and camp at Big Creamy Flats. The climb to Mt Namadgi will be without packs and we should have enough time to have a good look around. As we will be in the Bimberi Wilderness Area we will need to use fuel stoves. Maps: Yaouk, Rendezvous Creek. Leader: Lorraine T. Transport: ~$15 per person. Limit: 6

Sunday 2 December: Gigerline Gorge – M/R

Picnic area off Smiths Road, light scrub along western contour to Reedy Creek; return as per outward route or down gorge depending on river levels. Map: Williamsdale. Leaders: Jenny and Rob Horsfield 6231 4535(h). Transport: $15 per car.

Monday evening 3 December: Goorooyarroo Nature Park – Sammy's Hill – S/E

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 6.30 pm for a walk around the park. No need to book. Map: Goorooyarroo Nature Reserve (Canberra Nature Park Maps) online. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) or Transport: drive yourself.

Tuesday 4 December: Tuesday Walk – usually L/M–R

Would anyone like to lead a Tuesday walk? TBA. Enquiries: John Evans 0417 436 877, Also contact me if you'd like to receive Tuesday walk notifications.

Thursday evening 6 December: West Side Story Mt Ainslie Reserve – S/E

Meet in the car park at the back of the War memorial, on the eastern side. We will walk along the western side of the reserve. No bookings, just turn up at 6.30 pm. Map: Mt. Ainslie Nature Reserve (Canberra Nature Park Maps) online. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) or Transport: drive yourself.

Thursday evening 6 December: Southside evening stroll Kambah Pool to Red Rocks Gorge – S/E

I'm wanting a new walk leader to lead a walk with me. How about it – contact me and have a go! For walkers joining this amble, meet outside the boom gate at the top of Kambah Pool at 6 pm. No need to book. We'll wander down the Murrumbidgee River Corridor to Red Rocks Gorge. Around 8 km and 50 m climb. Map: Tuggeranong. Enquiries: John Evans 0417 436 877, Transport: drive yourself. Further details at www.johnevans.id.au

8–9 December: Brandy Flat Hut, Booth Hill – S/M–R

An easy trip: walk to Brandy Flat hut Sat pm, set up tents, early ascent Booths Hill Sunday am. Map: Michelago. Leaders: Jenny and Rob Horsfield 6231 4535(h) Transport: ~$24 per car.

Monday evening 10 December: Mt Stromlo – S/E

Meet at 6.30 pm, park at the junction of Coppins Crossing Road and Uriarra Road. We will walk on some of the old trails on the side of Mt Stromlo with some views. No need to book. Map: Canberra. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) or Transport: drive yourself.

Wednesday 12 December: Tuesday Walk on Wednesday, McKeahnie Trig and Square Rock – M/R

As we did last year, meet the Wednesday walkers for a convivial lunch. Luncheon at Square Rock; we'll go via McKeahnie Trig. New starters always welcome. Around 14 km and 350 m climb. From memory, very scrubby. Map: Corin Dam. Leader: John Evans 0417 436 877, Transport: ~$6 per person. Further details at www.johnevans.id.au 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 December 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.

Friday–Saturday 14–15 December: Aussie Top 10 Peaks – L/M, ptX

You can do a commercial trip to the Aussie top 10 peaks for around $2K. Mine will be rougher, but less expensive. A 2-day wander to Mt Kosciuszko 2229 m, Mt Townsend 2209m, Mt Twynam 2195 m, Rams Head 2190 m, Unnamed peak on Etheridge Ridge 2180 m, Rams Head North 2177m, Alice Rawson Peak 2160 m, SH2159 – Unnamed Peak SW of Abbott Peak 2159 m, Abbott Peak 2145 m, Carruthers Peak 2145 m. We'll also throw in: Knoll NNE of Rams Head 2180+ m, Knoll WSW of Rams Head North 2160+ m, SH2136 – Unnamed Peak (Mt Dubious?) W of Mt Twynam 2136m, Mt Northcote 2131 m. But it has to be Friday–Saturday. Around 46 km and 2000 m climb. Maps: Chimneys Ridge, Perisher Valley and Youngal. Leader: John Evans 0417 436 877, Transport: TBA per person + park entry. Further details at www.johnevans.id.au Limit: 8.

15–16 December: Mother Woila – M/R (or L/R)

On this weekend walk we will visit Mother Woila. Woila is a somewhat mythical objective that I first visited about 30 years ago. This time we will not be doing the circuit but approaching from Dampier Trig. This route has been popular for CBC walkers in the past. Maps: Snowball, Badja. Leader: Lorraine T. Transport: TBA.


The road to Feathertop

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.

27 December–1 January 2013: Genoa River – M/R

A relatively easy 6-day walk to a section of the Genoa River that is not usually reached in a weekend. A pleasant river walk with lots of rock hopping and wet feet, but no compulsory swims. We leave the cars at the picnic area at GR152708 and follow fire trails north to Nungatta Creek, which is followed to the Genoa River. The Genoa is then followed downstream with the intention of returning to the cars via the knoll between Mounts Wakefield and Merragunegin. There are optional side trips to some of the peaks in the area. Maps: Yambulla and Nungatta. Leaders: Rene Davies and Keith Thomas 6230 1081(h) or Transport: ~$220/car. Limit: 8.

 (28) 29 December–1 January 2013: Christys Creek and Kowmung River – M/R/W

Leave Friday afternoon or evening for a four day walk along the Uni Rover Trail and Amble Easy Ridge to Christys Creek, through Bulga Denis Canyon (which is a gorge, not a narrow slot) on the Kowmung, returning to Kanangra via a 900 metre climb on track up Roots Ridge. Beautiful river scenery in the heart of the Blue Mountains. Waterproof packs for a short compulsory swim in Christys Ck and possible deep wades on the Kowmung; wear sandshoes or runners – boots not suitable for the frequent river crossings. Leader: Meg M. Map: Yerranderie. Transport: 500 km, $185 per car, ~$46 per person. Limit: 8.

Wednesday 9 January 2013: Wednesday walk

Contact: Mike Morriss mike.morriss123@gmail.com 6287 5304.

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.


Monolith Valley

25–28 January 2013: Classic Budawangs walk – M/R

Yadboro – Castle Gap – Clyde River – Holland Gorge – Angel Falls – Mt Cole – Valley of Monoliths – Kalianna Ridge – Yadboro. Spectacular landscape with a mix of river and creek walking, rainforest, some scrub. Maps: Corang and CMW Budawangs. Leader: Jenny Horsfield 6231 4535(h) or Transport: ~$140 per car.

(26), 27–28 January 2013: Snowy Mountains weekend – both main walks – M–L/E–M

Drive down Saturday morning to our accommodation at the Southern Alps Ski Club Lodge at Charlottes Pass. The Saturday afternoon walks will be Mt Stillwell and probably Spencers Creek, 2 hours and 1½ hours respectively. Two options on Saturday: The first, all on track, to be led by Michael Sutton, will be from Dead Horse Gap, up 500 m to a coffee at lunch at the Eagles Nest and then down Merritts nature track to Thredbo village. Either a short car shuffle or a 5 km stroll from Thredbo back to dead horse gap. The second option will be from Charlottes Pass to the Blue Lake junction on a good track, then via a basic track and easy off track to Watsons Crags. Less climbing but longer than the other. Shared meals Sat and Sunday nights. We will do the Porcupine, a short but attractive walk, on Monday morning before we go home. Map: Perisher Valley. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) or Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), stan.marks@infrastructure.gov.au Transport: ~$50–60 incl park entry. Accommodation: single room – $120 for the weekend, double/twin – $75 per person ($150 for the room) for the weekend.

26–28 January 2013: Ettrema Creek for novices – M/R

This walk is to the spectacular Ettrema Gorge with its lovely pools, waterfalls and high cliffs. Although graded medium, it is on the easy end of that grade as it averages only 9 km per day. Although the entire walk is off-track it would be suitable for fit novice overnight walkers. The leaders can provide advice regarding gear and food. From Quiera Clearing we follow extensive rock slabs to Transportation Spur and descend steeply to Ettrema Creek to camp at the Jones Creek confluence. On the second day we do a side trip up Jones Creek to the waterfall. On the last day we walk upstream on Ettrema Creek to Myall Creek and follow this back to Quiera Clearing. Maps: Touga and a very small bit of Nerriga. Leaders: Rene Davies and Keith Thomas 6230 1081(h),  kthomas@pcug.org.au Transport: ~$110 per car Limit: 8.

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.

Wednesday 13 February 2013: Wednesday walk

Contact: Janet E.


View from Mt Tate

(22) 23, 24 February 2013: Snowies 2 (various)

Drive down Friday night and stay at the Southern Alps Ski Club Lodge at Charlottes Pass. Two Saturday options: Mt Tate, to be led by Edwina Yee, out along the ridge past the Guthega trig, Consett Stephen Pass and on to Tate, returning via the Tate Ridge, 11 km, 550 m climb and 6¼ hours walking. The other is to Twynam and Guthega (car shuffle, estimate 14km, 400 m climb and 5¾ hours walking), slightly longer but easier than Tate. Both are a mixture of on and off track. On Sunday, a shorter walk, route to be advised. Map: Perisher Valley. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) or Transport: ~$50–60 incl park entry. Accommodation: single room – $120 per person for the weekend, double/twin – $75 per person ($150 for the room) for the weekend.

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


Flinders Ranges

27 April–13 May 2013: Flinders Ranges – various grades

Base camps with day walks. Make your own way to Melrose S.A. (2 days drive from Canberra) ready to start walking on Monday 29 April. Camp or stay in cabins or vans at Melrose. From Melrose we will do day walks including Alligator Gorge, Hidden Gorge, Devils Peak, Mt Remarkable, plus a rest day. On Saturday 4 May we'll travel to our next base at either Rawnsley Bluff or Wilpena Pound (to be decided). From there we will do day walks including St. Marys Peak (tough), across the Pound, Aroona/Wilpena NP, Blinman Pools and a rest day. There will be an information evening in February. This is a joint activity with BBC. Expressions of interest to Leader: Janet E. Transport: each car to arrange. Maps: tba. Accommodation: 1 bedroom for 1 couple ~ $135 per day; 2 bedroom ~$165 + $28 extra person, or camp for ~ $15 per person. Accommodation needs to be booked ASAP. Limit: 20.

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).