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

Wednesday 12 December: Wednesday walk – S/E

An easy walk to Square Rock and celebrate a Xmas luncheon there. Map: Corin Dam. Leader:  Janet E.

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.

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 2209 m, Mt Twynam 2195 m, Rams Head 2190 m, unnamed peak on Etheridge Ridge 2180 m, Rams Head North 2177 m, 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 + park entry. Further details at www.johnevans.id.au Limit: 8.


Woila Mountain

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 Tomlins, 6248 0456(h), Transport: TBA.

Tuesday 18 December: Thunder Bluff, Namadgi National Park – L/R/X

Start at Nursery Swamp carpark and follow the walking track for a few kilometres before heading off-track along Nursery Creek and a ridge, northwest to near its source. The main feature of the day is a massive 50 metre boulder & slab overlooking Rendezvous Creek at Grid Ref: 736 530. The name given in the climbing guide, ACT Granite, is Thunder Bluff. We will then head north-east for about 1 km to explore some smaller granite features on a rocky hill (Grid Ref: 746 533 ) to the southwest of Orroral Hill. Depending on how hot the day is and the difficulty of the scrub, we will either return via Nursery Creek or via Orroral Hill, the Lunar Laser site and the Orroral Valley. Minimum Distance: 14 km with ~680 m ascent. Map: Rendezvous Creek. Leader: Ian Wright 6286 1473, Transport: ~90 km return. Limit: 8.

Wednesday 19 December: Wednesday walk

For fit and experienced walkers. Leader: Peter Wellman (for BBC)

Wednesday evening 19 December: Tim the Yowie Man's Majura Stone Walls – S/E/X

Tim the Yowie Man, Canberra's very own cryptonaturalist and environmentalist, reported on stone walls on the flanks of Mt Majura in his Canberra Times feature on 17 November. Have you seen them? Let's take a peek, accompanied by TYM to provide the patter. Around 3 km and 170 m climb. Map: Hall. Leader: John Evans 0417 436 877, Transport: Drive yourself to park at the gate into the Mt Majura Nature Reserve on the northern end of Antill St Watson, opposite the caravan park, by 6pm. Further details at www.johnevans.id.au

Saturday 22 December: Ferns and forests of Monga – M/R

A circuit from the River Forest Road up a dry creek where tree ferns shade the open understory, along the Link Road fire trail then down a creek, which has 2 kilometres of Eucryphia forest, again with largely open understory. These gems are guarded by scrub, Monga's finest, with thigh-high vegetation obscuring uneven ground, and bonus lawyer vine. In approx 4 hours of actual walking we will spend about 45 minutes in patches of this scrub. This plus the occasional log to clamber over and some steep slopes produces the 'rough' rating but the cathedral-like forests are well worth it. Back along the road. About 11 km and 100 m ascent and descent. 1 hour 10 minute drive from Queanbeyan. Map: Monga Leader: Linda Groom , 02 6281 4917 Transport: $48 per car. Limit: 12.

22–23 December: Orroral to Mt McKeahnie – S/R

Start 1:00 pm Saturday, walk up the Orroral to Sawpit Creek, camp, early side trip Sunday to Mt McKeahnie then return to cars. Maps: Rendezvous Creek, Corin Dam. Leaders: Jenny and Rob Horsfield 6231 4535(h). Transport: ~$40 per vehicle.

25 December: Christmas Day Lunch

Before going bush this Christmas why not come and join us for a traditional relaxed Christmas Day Lunch on Springbank Island, Lake Burley Griffin, this year underneath magnificent shady trees. There is a barbecue area and toilet block on the island. We meet up at 12:00 noon at the Lakeside end of Lawson Circuit, Acton Peninsular – the road entrance to the Australian National Museum. Leader: Doug W. Please contact him for further information and please let him know in advance if you are able to bring a boat or a canoe which can be used to ferry people and goodies across to the island. Transport: Arrange your own.


The road to Feathertop

26 December–1 January 2013: Victorian Alps, variety of walks – S/E to L/R

This trip is now fully booked. Leaders: Barry Keeley, 6241 3447 or and Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) or

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) 29–30 December: Ramsheads, Chimneys – L/M

A Snowy Mountains car camp (Friday and Saturday nights) based either at Thredbo Diggings or Ngarigo camping area on the Alpine Way. On Saturday we climb from Dead Horse Gap to the rock formations of the Ramsheads, whose highest point is 2190m (14 km, 900 m up mostly morning). (If there is a general preference to use the chair lift to knock 500 m off the climb, I will consider that.) On Sunday we walk to the Chimneys 1885 m along the upper Thredbo River (16 km, 350 m ascent). Much of the walking is on track or through open alpine areas and the pace will be moderate. Maps: Chimneys Ridge, Perisher Valley. Leader: Jeff B., , bookings close 2:00 pm 24 December. Transport: ~460 km return ~$170 per car, ~$45–$60 per person, plus park entry. Limit: 12.

 (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. Short car shuffle desirable. Please book in before 22 December. Leader: Meg M. Map: Yerranderie. Transport: 500 km, $185 per car, ~$45 per person. Limit: 8.

Sunday 30 December: Twilight Stroll, Wanniassa Hills – S/E

Mugga Lane to Wanniassa Hills and return. Bring a snack. Map: ACT 1:100 000. Leaders: Jenny and Rob Horsfield 6231 4535(h). Transport: self-drive if possible.

Thursday evening, 3 January 2013: Campbell Park – S/E

Be at the northern end of the airport side of the Campbell Park offices car park at 6.30 pm. The walk follows the track along the eastern side of the Ainslie reserve toward Mt Majura then loops back. No need to book. Map: Mt Ainslie Nature Reserve (Canberra Nature Park Maps) online. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) or Transport: drive yourself.

Sunday afternoon 6 January: Paddys Iron Mine, Cotter Caves, Swim – S/E

Cotter picnic area – up the side of Paddys River – Caves, Iron Mine and ore adits and return. Swim, pool at junction Paddys and Cotter Rivers, bring a snack. Map: Cotter Dam Leaders: Jenny and Rob Horsfield 6231 4535(h). Transport: Drive yourself if possible.

Monday pm, 7 January: Kowen Forest – S/E

Go down Sutton Road about 1½ km from its intersection with Pialligo Rd and Yass Rd to the Kowen Rd. go down Kowen Rd until the junction where the road to Molonglo Gorge goes off to the right. There is a car park on the left. We will walk to the Blue Tiles recreation area on the Molonglo and back via a ridge with views. Start at 6.30 pm. Map: Canberra 1:100,000. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) Transport: drive yourself.

Tuesday 8 January: The Battlements Outcrop & Honeysuckle Crag, Namadgi National Park – M/R/X

Start at Honeysuckle Creek Campground. Follow the Orroral Ridge Road & then part way down the Orroral Link Road, through pleasant forests for 6 km. The rest of the day is off-track. Leave the road and ascend to the small outcrop known by climbers as The Battlements, at Corin Dam 786570. We'll also explore along the ridge for about 1.5 km south-east as there appear to be other large tors & slabs in the forest. We will then follow the ridge north-west & north-east back to the cars via Honeysuckle Crag (also known as Spinnaker Rock). Distance: About 14 km Ascent: 450 m. The off track sections are likely to have moderate to thick scrub. Map: Corin Dam. Leader: Ian Wright 6286 1473, Transport: ~80 km return. Limit: 8

Wednesday 9 January 2013: Wednesday walk

For fit and experienced walkers. Leader: Mike Morriss 6287 5304 or

 



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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.

Wednesday 9 January 2013: Wednesday walk

For fit and experienced walkers. Leader: Mike Morriss 6287 5304 or

Thursday evening, 10 January: Mulligans Flat – S/E

 Meet at 6.30 pm in the main Mulligans Flat car park. Go down Horse Park Drive, turn into Francis Forde Boulevard as per sign, then left into Amy Ac kman St which will take you to the Mulligans Flat car park. Nice open bushland. No need to book. Map: Mulligans Flat Nature Reserve (Canberra Nature Park Maps) online. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) Transport: drive yourself.

Saturday 12 January: Bundanoon and Coal Creeks – S–M/R

After a car shuffle, we descend to Bundanoon Creek through breaks in the sandstone cliffs at View Point and Larkins Gap. If it's hot, we may have a swim or paddle at the bottom. We return to Bundanoon via the shaded semi-rainforest of Coal Creek and a waterfall near an abandoned mine. About 8 km with 400 m gradual altitude gain, mostly off-track. Map: Bundanoon. Leader: Jeff B., Transport: ~300 km return, $111 per car, at least $28 per person, plus park entry for one car. Limit: min 6 (at least 2 cars required for shuffle) max 12.

Saturday 12 January: Cheyenne and Morass Flats – L/M–R

Corin Dam to Mt Franklin Rd, but this time try to follow an old vehicle track (which is marked on the 1st edn Corin Dam map) N to the top of the flats. Visit the site of the Stockyard Creek arboretum – 2 lonely fir trees remain. Continue N through Cheyenne and Morass Flats, looking for an insulator on a tree, a remnant of the telephone line which once ran from Bulls Head to the arboretum. Up to Mt Ginini, visiting the 1st edn map-marked Ginini arboretum site, and other places. Along the ski run to the S, then down to the Mt Franklin Rd and so home. A bit cooler 900 m higher than Canberra; an early start to beat the heat. Around 24 km and 1300 m climb. Map: Corin Dam. Leader: John Evans 0417 436 877, Transport: ~$6 per person. Further details at www.johnevans.id.au


Depot Beach

12–13 January: Durras weekend – M/E

Saturday: a day walk up Durras Mountain then back along the coast to car camp at Depot Beach, optional swims en route. Sunday: a walk south along the coast to Richmond Beach through beautiful spotted gum forest. Map: Durras. Leader: Jenny Horsfield 6231 4535(h). Transport: ~$120 per vehicle.

12–13 January: Budawangs/Morton National Park – Wog Wog, Corang Peak, Canowie Brook, Corang River, Goodsell Creek and return – M/M

This walk is about 25 km over two days with about half of it off track. The route takes in some Budawangs icons and there will be enough time for swimming. The walk is a good introduction to both overnight walking and the Budawangs. While we could camp at the base of the Conglomerate Slope, the guidebook – Ron Doughton's Bushwalking in the Budawangs – talks about a 'tremendous campsite' on the Corang River that I would like to investigate. Maps: Corang and CMW Budawangs sketch map. Leader: Lorraine Tomlins, 6248 0456(h), Transport: ~ $35 per person

Monday evening, 14 January: Goorooyarroo Nature Reserve again – S/E

Meet at 6.30 pm in the parking area on the northern side of Horse Park Drive about 1.5 km toward Gungahlin from its junction with the Federal Hwy (the Gungahlin exit). Will probably do Old Joe. No need to book. Map: Goorooyarroo Nature Reserve (Canberra Nature Park Maps) online. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) Transport: drive yourself.

Tuesday 15 January: Tuesday walk – M/R

Route to be advised via Tuesday walks email list. To join the Tuesday walks email list contact John Evans Map: tba. Leader: Linda Groom. Transport: tba.

Wednesday 16 January: Wednesday walk

For fit and experienced walkers. Leader: Peter Wellman (for BBC)

Thursday evening, 17 January: Majura Reserve – S/E

Be at the entrance to the park beside 39 Mackenzie St, Hackett, just north of the Grayson St intersection at 6.30 pm for a walk in the reserve but not up the mountain. No need to book. Map: Mt. Majura Nature Reserve (Canberra Nature Park Maps) online. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) Transport: drive yourself.

Saturday 19 January: Molonglo Gorge, Swim – S/E

River track along the gorge to the Blue Tiles area and return with a swim en route. Map: ACT 1:100 000. Leaders: Jenny and Rob Horsfield 6231 4535 (h). Transport: self drive if possible.

Saturday 19 January: Mountain Creek swimming holes – S/R or M/R

A walk designed for hot weather, up Mountain Creek from Top Crossing to some pleasant swimming holes and a long lunch at approx . 657 E, 014.N. Option to explore further up the creek if you're keen. The route to the swimming holes involves wading, scrub and rock scrambling. If we have suitable 4WDs to reach Top Crossing the walk will be only around 6 km return. Otherwise we will leave the cars at the Maginot Trail junction which will add 6 km return of fire trail and 250 m of descent and ascent. Map: Umburra. Leader: Linda Groom , 02 6281 4917 Transport: $40 per car. Limit: 12.

Sunday 20 January: Fine dining high with style – S/E

Enthusiasts needed who would like to join me Dining Out on top of Mt Aggie. From the Mt Aggie car park on the Mount Franklin Road you need to walk one and a half kilometres up a reasonably open slope climbing for a 100 metres with your accoutrements to get to the top of Mt Aggie. The top is an open area with rock platforms that look across the valley to the Bogong High Plains in Victoria where light tables and chairs can be set up in an area that lends itself to great photography. We would need a minimum of eight people to be able to carry up the equipment so do let me know early if the idea appeals to you so we can discuss the best way to enjoy the day and organise the event. In any case I envisage that we would all need to meet at my house beforehand to finalise as to who can provide and carry what up the slope as well as firming on the menu, the table setting and the appropriate dress for the occasion. Map: Tidbinbilla. Leader: Doug W. Transport: tba.

Monday evening, 21 January: Black Mt Reserve – S/E

Meet at 6.30 pm, park at end of Frith St near electricity substation. We will do a walk in the reserve, through to Caswell Drive and loop back. No need to book. Map: Black Mountain Nature Reserve (Canberra Nature Park Maps) online Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) Transport: drive yourself.


Tidbinbilla Peak

Tuesday 22 January: Spur to SH1491 on the Tidbinbilla Ridge – L/R/ptX

A razor spur rises 800 m from the Cotter River to the Tidbinbilla Ridge at SH1491. Let's explore part of it from the top. Take the Camel Back fire trail to the Tidbinbilla Ridge, then U-turn up through Johns Peak to SH1491. Descend the spur as far as we want (this is the eXploratory part), remembering that we'll have to climb back up. The spur looks quite severe on Google Earth. Return via Tidbinbilla Peak and the usual spur SE to the fire trail. Around 14 km and 1000 m climb. Route not fully known to the leader. Will be physically demanding, with possible delays and diversions from the intended route. Fit and experienced walkers only. Map: Tidbinbilla. Leader: John Evans 0417 436 877, Transport: ~$8 per person. Limit: 8. Further details at www.johnevans.id.au

Wednesday 23 January: Wednesday walk

For fit and experienced walkers. Contact: Mike Smith (for NPA)

Thursday evening 24 January: Gossan Hill – S/E

Meet at 6.30 pm, park in the car park behind the old Aranda shops, cnr Jalanga Cres and Bandjalong Crescent, Aranda. We will cross over Belconnen Way, transit Gossan Hill, Bruce Ridge, Black Mt Reserve and back to the cars. No need to book. Maps: Bruce Ridge and Black Mountain Nature Reserve (Canberra Nature Park Maps) online. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) Transport: drive yourself.

24–27 January: 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 Transport: ~$160 per car.


Monolith Valley

25–28 January: 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: 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 Sunday: 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) 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: 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) or Transport: ~$110 per car Limit: 8.

Sunday 27 January: Mt Kelly – L/R

I've never met these crazy guys who walk OxFam's 100 km in 24 hrs. They're driving from Sydney and flying from Adelaide to do Kelly. Shall we accompany them? Around 28 km and 900m climb. For fit and fast experienced walkers. Maps: Rendezvous Creek and Yaouk. Plan B if too hot. Leader: John Evans 0417 436 877, Transport: ~$12. Further details at www.johnevans.id.au

Monday evening 28 January: Murrumbidgee River – S/E

No need to book. Meet 5.30 pm (an hour earlier than most Monday walks; it is a public holiday) at Casuarina Sands (turn right off Cotter Rd at the Casuarina Sands sign, then immediately left – there is an amenities block near where we park). We will walk a couple of kilometres upstream then stop for a rest, swim or paddle and return the same way on dusk. Bring: a torch in case we're delayed; old shoes to wear in the water if you don't want the yabbies nipping your toes; and a container if you want to collect blackberries. Map: Cotter Dam. Leader: Jeff B., . Transport: drive yourself.

Tuesday 29 January: Bogong Creek Falls – L/R

From the Yankee Hat car park, follow fire trails to where Bogong Creek leaves the tree line. Follow the creek upstream, between Yankee Hat South and Mt Gudgenby with great views to these features, for 4 km to the falls. A pretty spot and the trip is a useful recce to sus out the going to 'The Fortress' (the 1730+m feature to the West). Return the same way. Around 16 km and 550 m climb. Map: Yaouk. Leader: John Evans 0417 436 877, Transport: ~$12 per person. Further details at www.johnevans.id.au

Wednesday 30 January: Wednesday walk

For fit and experienced walkers. Contact: Mike Smith (for NPA)

Thursday evening 31 January: Mulligans Flat – S/E

Meet at 6.30 pm in the main Mulligans Flat car park. Go down Horse Park Drive, turn into Francis Forde Boulevard as per sign, then left into Amy Ackman St, which will take you to the Mulligans Flat car park. Nice open bushland. There are loads of walks in this area, we won't duplicate the last one. No need to book. Map: Mulligans Flat Nature Reserve (Canberra Nature Park Maps) online. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) Transport: drive yourself.

Saturday 2 February: No Name Canyon – M/R/W partly X

From the carpark at the foot of the Corn Trail, up (south) on the No-Name Fire Trail for about 4.5 kilometres, drop west into the unnamed creek that runs parallel to it, descend this scenic but slow creek to a canyon which runs from approx. 682 E 510N downstream for a kilometre. Follow the creek back to the cars. We have followed the canyon 40 vertical metres above it and think it has no abseils, but will take some gear just in case. Several compulsory swims. Around 1 hour 55 min drive from Queanbeyan. Please let us know about your canyoning experience when you register. Map: Araluen. Leaders: Linda Groom and Peter Conroy, 6281 4917, . Transport: $80 per car Limit: 6

2–3 February: Far Bald Mountain – L/E–M

A pack walk to a 1750 m dome in the mid-north of Kosciuszko National Park, which has views to Jagungal in one direction and Tabletop in the other. On Saturday we walk about 14 km on fire trails, via Fifteen Mile Ridge and Happy Jacks Pondage, to a campsite near Dodgers Ck. On Sunday we climb the mountain (6 km return, partly off track) with day packs, before walking out on the fire trail. Map: Toolong Range. Leader: Jeff B., Transport: TBA. Limit: 8.

Monday evening 4 February: Mt Ainslie east ridge – S/E

Meet at 6.30 pm in car park atop Mt Ainslie on the airport side then another route on and around the mountain. No need to book. Map: Mount Ainslie Nature Reserve (Canberra Nature Park Maps) online. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) Transport: drive yourself.


Shoalhaven River

4–5 February: Tallowa Paddle

Paddle about 12 km from Tallowa Dam (Lake Yarrunga) up the Shoalhaven River arm and camp near where the river flows into the lake (about 1 km downstream of Fossickers Flat). A beautiful location suitable for novices. BYO canoe/kayak or contact leader to discuss options. Maps: Caoura and Burrie. Leader: Mike Bremers 0428923408, Transport: $166 per car.

Tuesday 5 February: Naas Creek and Gorge – L/R

From the carpark near the Mt Clear Campground follow the fire trail for 1 km, cross Naas Creek at a leapable point, then northwards through park-like country interspersed with scrubby patches to the saddle at 834E, 305 N; descend the pleasant Shanahans Falls Creek (which seems to have no falls, unless you count stumbles over tussocky grass) to its junction with Naas Creek; up Naas Creek for approx 2 km through a scenic gorge that requires rock scrambling then back along the fire trail. About 18 km with approx 200 metres climb and descent, and several opportunities to dip into creeks if the weather is hot. Map: Colinton. Leader: Linda Groom , 02 6281 4917 . Transport: $56 per car. Limit: 12.

Wednesday 6 February: Wednesday walk

For fit and experienced walkers. Leader: Peter Wellman (for BBC) wellmanp@iinet.net.au

Thursday evening 7 February: Goorooyarroo Nature Park & Gooroo Hill – S/E

Meet at 6.30 pm in the parking area on the northern side of Horse Park Drive about 1.5 km toward Gungahlin from its junction with the Federal Hwy (the Gungahlin exit). Will do Gecko Hill. No need to book. Map: Goorooyarroo Nature Reserve (Canberra Nature Park Maps) online. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) Transport: drive yourself.

8–10 February: Danjera and Bundundah Creeks – M/R–X

I've never been there, but have talked to someone who walked in the area 10–15 years ago. Follow the Yarramunmun Fire Trail from Yalwal for 2–3 km then descend W to Diggers Flat. Proceed upstream, then via Rhyolite Saddle and Strike Creek to camp on Bundundah Creek. Day 2 is planned to be a loop without packs across Ettrema Plateau towards Possibility Point unless something else (Bundundah Creek?) looks more attractive. Return to cars on day 3. Each day is lower end of M distance, terrain unknown but expect some steep, rocky and scrubby bits. Map: Yalwal. Leader: Alan V. Transport: ~ $160 per car. Limit: 8.

(8), 9–10 February: Northern Kosciuszko weekend – M/E

I have booked the newly opened Wolgal Lodge, comfortable accommodation that National Parks operates at Kiandra. Drive down Friday afternoon/evening to Kiandra. The Saturday walk will be south along the Australian Alps Walking Track to four mile hut. The Sunday walk will also be on track, north of Kiandra but not on the AAWT. Shared meal Sat night. If it rains, we can visit the Yarrangobilly caves. Maps: Tantangara and Cabramurra. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) Transport: ~$50–$60 incl park entry. Accommodation: about $70 for the weekend assuming 8 participants.

Saturday morning 9 February: Dawn Sortie, Apollo Road, Bushfold Flat, AAWT, Tharwa Information Centre – M/E

 Early start, route as per the above, car shuttle needed. Map: Williamsdale. Leaders: Jenny and Rob Horsfield 6231 4535(h) Transport: ~$20 per car.

Monday evening, 11 February: Cooleman Ridge west – S/E

Meet at the very end of Kathner St, Chapman for a walk along the ridge. No bookings, just turn up at 6.30 pm. Map: Cooleman Ridge Nature Reserve (Canberra Nature Park Maps) online Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) Transport: drive yourself.

Tuesday 12 February: Tuesday walk – usually M–L/M–R

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

Wednesday 13 February: Wednesday walk

For fit and experienced walkers. Leader: Eric P.

Thursday evening, 14 February: Bruce and O'Connor Ridges – S/E

Meet at 6.30 pm in the the car park opposite 160 Dryandra St, O'Connor for a walk in these two pleasant areas. No need to book. Maps: Bruce and O'Connor Ridges Nature Reserves (Canberra Nature Park Maps) online. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) Transport: drive yourself.

16–17 February: Corang Lagoon – S/E

Foot track from Wog Wog to the lagoon and return. Maps: Corang, Endrick. Leaders: Jenny and Rob Horsfield 6231 4535 (h). Transport: ~$112 per vehicle.

Monday evening 18 February: 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. Maps: Aranda Bushlands and Black Mt. Nature Reserves (Canberra Nature Park Maps) online. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) Transport: drive yourself.

Wednesday 20 February: Wednesday walk

For fit and experienced walkers. Contact: Mike Smith (for NPA)

Thursday pm, 21 February: 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: Red Hill Nature Reserve (Canberra Nature Park Maps) online. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) Transport: drive yourself.


View from Mt Tate

(22) 23–24 February: 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 14 km, 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. Maps: Perisher Valley (for both walks), Geehi (for the Tate walk). Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) 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.

Saturday 23 February: Honeysuckle Creek – navigation exercise – S/M

A training exercise in map and compass near Honeysuckle Creek, for prospective leaders and regular walkers who wish to learn how to navigate. Participants must bring their own map and compass. They must also purchase and read Finding Your Way In The Bush, obtainable from the Club (see website), before the activity. Return to Canberra afterwards, or camp by the cars at Honeysuckle Creek (fees apply) and join the Legoland walk the next day. Map: Corin Dam (essential). Leader: Jeff B., Transport: ~100  km, ~$37 per car, $9–$12 per passenger (+ camp fee if staying overnight). Limit: 7 plus leader.

23–24 February: Budawangs – M/R

From the Yadboro River, climb to Castle Gap (~350 m ascent), then descend to the Clyde River and walk downstream to the Western Distributor Road. If we have time, we will climb Byangee Mountain (an extra 100 m). Great cliff views and swimming in the Clyde. Wear sandshoes or runners – you will get wet feet. Short car shuffle needed. Map: Corang. Leader: Meg M. Transport: ~360 kms.


Oldfields Hut

23–24 February: Oldfields Hut – Mt Murray and Mt Morgan – Gourmet dinner – M/M

From the locked gate on the Pocket Saddle Road north of Tantangara dam there is an easy 3 km fire trail to the campsite at Oldfields Hut. Saturday afternoon those who wish may climb the track to Mt Murray saddle to work up an appetite for a bow-tie gourmet dinner. A 7 a.m. morning start on Sunday to walk the 6 km track to where a short climb gets you to the top of Mt Morgan for early lunch before returning to the hut to pack up and walk the 3 km back to the cars for a latish return to Canberra. Maps: Rules Point, Rendezvous Creek. Leaders: Co-leader required, contact Doug W.; bookings to Doug. Transport: 280 km, $120 per car.

Sunday 24 February: Legoland – S/M

A very short walk (finishing early afternoon) among the granite boulders of Legoland, Trojan Wall and Sentinel Rock. All over 1200 m elevation, so cooler than Canberra. Some (straightforward) scrambling is involved over rocks, through tunnels and onto balconies with fine views. Come from Canberra on the day, or spend a pleasant Saturday night camping by the cars at Honeysuckle Creek (fees apply) with the navigators. Map: Corin Dam. Leader: Jeff B., . Transport: ~100 km, ~$37 per car, $9–$12 per person (+ camp fee if staying the previous night). Limit: 16.

Wednesday 27 February: Wednesday walk

For fit and experienced walkers. Contact: Mike Smith (for NPA).

Late Feb–early Mar: 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 Loddon' is going. Contact leader by mid-November for details. Joint activity with NPA. Maps: tba. Leader: Rupert Barnett

Saturday 9-Monday 11 March: Southern Blue Mountains – M/M–R

A three day walk on the Canberra Day long weekend to look at two rarely-visited ridges of the Kowmung River, run jointly with Coast and Mountain Walkers. Saturday: descend from Kanangra Walls to the Kowmung River via Brumby Ridge and camp at Orange Bluff (800 m descent). Sunday: ascend Orange Bluff Ridge for great views over Bulga Denis Canyon, walk along Scotts Main Range to Mt Feld, descend Denis Ridge to the Kowmung (400 m ascent and descent). Monday: return via Roots Ridge (800 m ascent). Map: Yerranderie. Leader: Meg M. Transport: 500 kms, $185 per car, $46 pp. Limit: 8.


Wattamolla Beach

9-11 March: Royal National Park coastal walk – M/M

This walk on the Canberra Day long weekend traverses the length of Royal National Park (RNP) along the coast covering about 28 km over 2 days. We will walk along cliffs, beaches and escarpments, taking in magnificent ocean views and the rugged beauty of Royal National Park's coastline as we go. Sat: drive to Otford and park cars. We then catch a train to Cronulla, board a ferry to Bundeena and camp at Bonnie Vale campground overnight. Sun: from Bundeena we walk 18 km to North Era campground and camp overnight, surrounded by the stunning coastal scenery. Swims possible along the way. Monday: walk out to the Otford Pie Shop, about 10 km. Maps: Port Hacking and Otford. Leader: Barry Keeley, 6241 3447 or Transport: ~$60. Camping fees: ~$25. Limit: 10.

Saturday 9–Monday 11 March: Kanangra Car Camp – M/E or M/R

Kanangra Walls is an isolated sandstone plateau in the southern Blue Mts not far from Oberon, with magnificent views. We will camp beside the cars at Boyd Crossing each night. The walks are: (Sat) Uni Rover Trail to Lost Rock, or Wallaby Pass and Mt Bungin; (Sun) Plateau walk with views all over or Spire Point (for an unusual view of Kanangra Walls, Thurat Spires and Danae Brook Falls); and (Mon) Box Ck Falls or Morong Falls (both west of the sandstone, in granite – finish around lunchtime). You will have a choice between M/E and M/R options. Maps: Shooters Hill, Kanangra & Yerranderie. Leaders: Stan Marks and Jeff B., bookings to Jeff 6231 5899(h) jcmbenn@ozemail.com.au Transport: ~$70 (based on 3 per car), plus park entry if the voucher machines are operational. Limit: 16

23–24 March: 2 days Hume and Hovell Track – M/M

On Saturday 8 am drive the Brindabella Rd to walk the Hume and Hovell Track along Micalong Ck. From this delightful track waterfalls and views of the creek bubbling along can be seen. We return the same way and car camp overnight in a delightful, grassy area known as Bossawa Campsite. This is a walk and car camp very suitable for beginners, as well as veterans. Next day after breakfasting on pancakes made by me, we wander along the Micalong Swamp Track for a few hours then return drive to Canberra. This is a joint activity with BBC. Leader: Janet E. Map: Couragago / Bobby's Plain or Hume and Hovel Walking Guide Book p 99. Transport: tba Please book by 20 March so transport can be arranged.


Flinders Ranges

6–20 May: Flinders Ranges – Mostly M and one at L/R

Two base camps from where we will do day walks in the beautiful Flinders Ranges including some of the Heysen Trail. Make your way to Melrose S.A. (2 days drive from Canberra) by Monday 6 May ready to start walking on Tuesday. First week day walks including Alligator Gorge, Hidden Gorge, Devils Peak, Mt Remarkable, plus a rest day. Second week 12–20 May staying at Rawnsleys Bluff, day walks including St Marys Peak (v tough), across the Pound, walks in Aroona/Wilpena NP, Blinman Pools, a rest day and drives through beautiful gorges. You will need to be fit. There will be an information evening in February. This is a joint activity with BBC. Leader: Janet E. Expressions of interest to Janet who will then email out a more detailed walking program. Transport: each car to arrange. Maps: tba. Accommodation: ~ $30–$55 per person per night in 4 person (1 couple + 2 singles) cabins or in vans, or $120/ $165 per night for a double cabin, or tent for ~ $15 per person. Accommodation needs to be booked asap. Limit: 20.

26 June–20 July: Kakadu – M/R/X/W

Three walks in succession in the South Alligator River and Jim Jim Falls area. 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 Limit: 9. This trip is now fully booked and has a waiting list.

 

 



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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).