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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 11 December: Wednesday

The annual Xmas walk for all those who have enjoyed and participated in this year's Wed walks. Often at this walk the tough Tuesday walkers join us. Destination to be decided later – just comes prepared with Xmas goodies to share. Leader: Janet E.

Thursday evening, 12 December: Mt Painter – S/E

Meet at 6.30 pm in the car park accessed via the lane beside 57 MacKellar Circuit, Cook. We will walk on track up Mt Painter for great views from the top. Returning via the horse paddocks and Wybalena Ridge, mostly on tracks. No need to book. Map: http://www.tams.act.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/390605/MTPAINTER.pdf Leader: Diana K. Transport: drive yourself.

Saturday 14 December: Last 6 of the Top 16 Peaks – L/M–R

A year ago we were washed off the Main Range before bagging the top 16 peaks around Mt Kosciuszko. To complete unfinished business, drive to Thredbo, chairlift up and do the Kosciuszko Walk towards Rawson Pass. Off-track up the spur to Unnamed peak on Etheridge Ridge (2180 m) and back down to Rawson Pass. Continue the track to Mt Kosciuszko (2229 m). Return along the iron walk to near Kosciuszko Lookout, then off-track to Rams Head North (2177 m), Knoll WSW of Rams Head North (2160+ m), Knoll NNE of Rams Head (2180+ m) and Rams Head (2190 m). Pick up a W-E footpad back to the iron walk and so home. Opportunities for further rambling if weather and desire so incline. Santa suits may be worn. Around 17 km and 600 m climb. Map: Perisher Valley. Leader: John Evans 0417 436 877, Transport: ~$40 + park entry + chairlift per person. Further details at www.johnevans.id.au


Corang Peak

14–15 December: 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, 16 December: Kama Nature Reserve – S/E

Meet at 6:30 pm. Kama Nature Reserve is located off William Hovell Drive opposite the suburb of Hawker; about 2.5 km from Coppins Crossing turnoff if travelling towards Belconnen and about 2.5 km from Belconnen Way if travelling towards Glenloch Interchange. You can park on either side of the road. My white Land Cruiser YEP03Y will be parked at the entrance to the car park on the Eastern side. We will walk through an underpass then to the Molonglo River. Map: www.tams.act.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/386108/Kama-Nature-Reserve-Self12.pdf Leader: Phillip Starr 6161 3835(h), 0419 281 096(m), Transport: drive yourself.

Tuesday 17 December: Sandy Creek – M/R/W/Part X

This walk has a waterfall, hanging gardens, rainforest, great boulder-hopping, and swimming options with mini waterslides. 2 hours 10 minutes drive from Northbourne Ave. From the car park near Meryla Pass at 599E 586 N (GDA94), NW through moderate to thick scrub to Sandy Creek, then a fairly straightforward route down past the waterfall through rainforest. If time permits we'll go a few hundred metres further down the creek in search of a good swimming hole. Return to the top of the falls, then up Sandy Creek, often walking in the creek on rock slabs that are flat and only ankle deep, but slippery. In few places you will need to lift your knee to chin level and haul yourself up a rock. 7 to 8 km, ~200 metres down and up, ~ 4.5 hours actual walking plus maybe 1.5 hours of stops/optional swims. Map: Bundanoon. Leader: Linda Groom , 02 6281 4917 . Transport: $120 per car. Limit: 8.

Thursday 19 December: Mount Taylor Triple – S/E

The plan for this walk is to go to the summit of Mount Taylor three times via three different routes, taking in the fabulous views of Canberra, Tuggeranong, and the Brindabellas. The descents will be via another three routes. Meeting time is 6:30 pm at Sulwood Drive, opposite Mannheim Street, Kambah. All up, the walk's about 8 km with around 500 metres of climbing. Should finish by civilian twilight at 8:47 (sunset is at 8:17) but please bring a torch. No need to book. Map: Mount Taylor Nature Reserve www.tams.act.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0011/390593/cnpmapmttaylor.pdf Leader: Nathan Holt 0414 628 429 or Transport: drive yourself.

Saturday 21 December: Mt. Gingera – M/M

An excuse to escape the last minute Canberra Christmas shopping frenzy. Great alpine views. Mainly on track except for descent of Mt Gingera which will be off northern end. Afterwards visit Mt Franklin and Bulls Head trigs. Maps: Corin Dam, Tidbinbilla. Leader: Roger Edwards 6288 7863(h) or Please no bookings till after 1 November. Transport: $60.00 per car approx. Limit: 8.

Saturday 21 December: Forde to Hall on the Canberra Centenary Trail – L/E

This northern section of the CCT is the pick of it. Climb gently to the northern ACT border and walk on the newly made earth walking/bike track. Undulating along the ridges and wiggling around contours (an easier gradient for riders), we visit Oak trig, the new northern camp site, One Tree Hill trig and CCT signage and finish at Hall. Around 20 km and 300 m climb, taking about 6 hours – very pleasant walking. Map: Hall. Leader: John Evans 0417 436 877, Transport: ~$5 per person, car shuttle required. Further details at www.johnevans.id.au

Sunday 22 December: Square Rock Walking Track – M/E

Another opportunity to escape the last minute Christmas shopping frenzy. A relatively easy track walk, but with around 270 metres of climb, starting from Smokers Gap on the Corin Road. The track initially climbs through a maze of granite boulders. Halfway along, open grassland at Smokers Flat appears through a stand of tall alpine ash before the track continues through snow gums to Square Rock (1400 metres). At Square Rock there are sweeping views of the Brindabella Range and the Cotter River Valley. We will return to the cars along part of the Smokers Trail. We'll meet at 9.00 am at the Lanyon Marketplace shopping centre. Map: Corin Dam. Leader: Gerald D. Transport: approximately $7 per person.

Wednesday 25 December: Christmas Day Lunch

A slight variation to this year's Christmas Lunch! We are not planning to visit Springbank Island but instead we hope you will enjoy the family atmosphere to be found at the end of Black Mountain Peninsular and will join us there instead. Barbecues and Toilet facilities are available. Do bring your canoe if you have one. Contact the leaders if you hope to join us or want more information Leaders: Doug Wright 6281 4148 and Margaret R.


Jagungal

27–29 December: Mount Jagungal – M/M

A three day pack walk in the northern-central part of Kosciuszko National Park, to the isolated 2061 m Jagungal which has extensive views to the Kosciuszko area in one direction and Namadgi in the other. About 4/5 on track; most of the rest is alpine or sub-alpine walking. Some major ascents but the pace will be moderate. In via Toolong Range and out via Farm Ridge and the Tumut River. Map: Khancoban 1:50,000 or Toolong Range, Jagungal. Leader: Jeff B., Please book by 22 December. Transport: ~380 km, $140 per car, $35–$50 per person. Limit: 8.

27–29 December: Mount Jagungal – M/M

A three day pack walk in the northern-central part of Kosciuszko National Park, to the isolated 2061 m Jagungal, which has extensive views to the Kosciuszko area in one direction and Namadgi in the other. About 80% on track; most of the rest is alpine or sub-alpine walking. Some major ascents but the pace will be moderate. We go in via Toolong Range and out via Farm Ridge and the Tumut River. Map: Khancoban 1:50,000 or Toolong Range, Jagungal. Leader: Jeff Bennetts 0418 662 870(m), jcmbenn@ozemail.com.au, please book by 22 December. Transport: ~380 km, $140 per car, $35–$50 per person. Limit: 8.

Saturday afternoon 28 December: Paddys River – S/M

A short search for the mine-shaft upriver from the Cotter Caves, followed by picnic snack and swim. Map: Cotter Dam, Leader: Rob Horsfield 6231 4535, Transport: drive yourself.

29 December–1 January 2014: Ettrema – M/M–R

Sunday: Enter Ettrema Gorge via Coolumburra Trig and camp at Dogleg Pools. Monday: Walk downstream to Jones Creek junction. Tuesday: Explore Jones Creek in the morning with day packs then continue downstream to camp a km beyond Transportation Spur. Wednesday: Exit the Gorge via Transportation Spur to Quiera Clearing. Some scrub and rock-hopping; plenty of time for swimming in beautiful pools. Waterproof packs for one compulsory swim. Boots not suitable. Short car shuffle desirable. In conjunction with Coast and Mountain Walkers of NSW. Maps: Nerriga, Touga. Leader: Meg M. Transport: ~280 kms, $104 per car, ~$26–$35 per person. Limit: 8


On Mt Twynam

29 December–1 January 2014: Walking in the Snowy Mountains

Stay at a self-catering ski lodge at Smiggins and enjoy walking in the Snowy Mountains. Maps: TBA. Leaders: Mike Morriss and Doug Wright. Bookings and more information Doug Wright 6281 4148 Transport: ~$50–$60 incl park entry. Accommodation: $35 per person per night.

Wednesday 1 January: Gingera – M/M

Welcome the New Year with a climb up Gingera via Stockyard Spur. Map: Corin Dam, Leader: Jenny Horsfield 6231 4535(h) or Transport: $40 per car.

1– 5 January: Deua River – L/R partly X, possibly W

Day 1 is fairly easy: from the Middle Mountain Fire Trail (358 E, 196 N Snowball 3rd edn) down Wambagugga Creek to a pleasant camp site beside the Shoalhaven. About 9 km & 200 metres descent. Day 2 is L/R: Climb east, then north along the Minuma fire trail, east again descending ridges that look partly open on Google Earth, to the Deua where we will camp 2 nights (at approx 483E, 227N Bendethera 3rd edn). About 12 km, main ascent 200 metres, main descent 800 metres, steep loose slopes and areas of thick scrub are likely. Day 3: With day packs, up a side creek to the cliff line at the foot of the Bendethera razorback at 513E, 206N; a previous exploration from above suggests we will not be able to climb up the top of the razorback but even its foot will be spectacular. Day 4 is L/R: 1 km down the Deua then west up a side creek that may have rainforest and then up steep scrubby ridges and back to the Shoalhaven. About 12 km, 800 metre ascent, 200 metre descent. Day 5: A ramble up the Shoalhaven's gentle valley then back to the cars. The 'W' grading is in case we need to swim across the Deua. Maps: Snowball, Bendethera. Leaders: Linda Groom and Peter Conroy , 02 6281 4917 Transport: $80 per car. Limit: 8.

Thursday evening, 2 January: Murrumbidgee River – S/E

Meet at 6.30 pm at Casuarina Sands in the nearest car park to the Cotter Road. (Turn right at the signpost to Casuarina Sands at the big left bend on Cotter Road just before the Murrumbidgee Bridge, then immediately left.) We will walk a couple of kilometres along the riverside track and back again. Those who want to can stay for a swim (care needed if it's getting dark) and/or picnic tea after the walk. No need to book. Map: Cotter (but it isn't needed). Leaders: Linda Stone and Jeff B., Transport: drive yourself

Saturday 4–Sunday 12 January 2013: Northern Kosciuszko National Park car camp – M/M (overall)

From a camp by the cars at Three Mile Dam, we will do a number of day walks over the next week. Options include: Manjar and Black Jack Mountains; Fifteen Mile Ridge; Buddong Falls; Blue Waterholes and Cave Creek; Ravine; Yarrangobilly Caves area; Landers Falls and Big Talbingo Mountain; and Tabletop and/or Four Mile Hut. Maps: TBA. Leader: Jeff B., Please book by 31 December. Transport: TBA. Limit: 12.

Monday 6 January: Mount Ainslie – S/E

This evening walk will follow the Centenary Trail around the northern and eastern sides of the mountain, before heading to the summit and down the hill back to the cars. Meet at 6:30 pm behind the War Memorial in Treloar Circuit. About 7 km – should finish in daylight but please bring a torch. No need to book. Map: Mount Ainslie Nature Reserve www.tams.act.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0006/390597/cnpmapmtainslie.pdf Leader: Nathan Holt 0414 628 429 or Transport: drive yourself.

Tuesday 7 January: Northangera Creek & Monga forest – M/R/

An exploratory circuit north in the Monga NP north of Monga Mountain Road. Eucryphia forest in the morning – pleasantly shady if the weather is hot – then via ridges, probably with scrub, down to Northangera Creek. Back via approx 4 km of the Northern Fire Trial. 9 to 12 km; a W route (as in shape of the letter, not wetness) – down and then up 200 to 250 metres, twice. Some steep slopes with loose soil, patches of viney scrub, and some beautiful open rainforest. Map: Monga. Leader: Linda Groom , 02 6281 4917 Transport: $72 per car. Limit: 8.



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This page covers activities from the second Wednesday of January 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.

Walk details will be advised a few days before the walk, via the Wednesday Walks email list. Walkers who are not members of the BBC, NPA or CBC must contact the walk leader before the walk to discuss the level of difficulty of the walk. (Please note that walk leaders retain the right not to accept any walker.) Non-members must be accompanied by a sponsoring member. Leader: Tim W. 0409 847 534

Thursday, 9 January: Goorooyarroo Nature Reserve – 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 Highway (the Gungahlin exit) to walk to the summit of Old Joe Hill. No need to book. Map: Goorooyarroo Nature Reserve www.tams.act.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0007/390580/cnpmapgoorooyaroo.pdf Leader: Nathan Holt 0414 628 429 or Transport: drive yourself.

Saturday 11 January: McKeahnie Trig – M/R

McKeahnie trig from the Square Rock walking track with the opportunity for a different exit route. The hotter the forecast, the earlier the start will be. Back in town by 2 pm. Around 15 km and 450 m climb. Map: Corin Dam. Leader: John Evans 0417 436 877, Transport: ~$7 per person. Limit: 8. Further details at www.johnevans.id.au

Saturday Morning 11 January: Molonglo Gorge – S/M

A ramble up the gorge track to the Blue Tiles area with morning tea and an optional swim en route. Map: ACT 1:100,000 Leader: Rob Horsfield 6231 4535, Transport: drive yourself.


Orroral Ridge

Sunday 12 January: Deadmans Hill & Orroral Ridge – S/M

We will make an early start to beat the heat. From Booroomba Rocks car park we will visit the gnomes at the top of Deadmans Hill. After returning to the cars we will drive up the Orroral Ridge Road to the car park. Visit the Belfry, Tower Rocks, NmC 105 trig, the Indigenous site, Legoland, Opera House cave, the Trojan Wall and Sentinel Rocks. This is a short walk with great views from Orroral Ridge and two trigs. Map: Corin Dam, Williamsdale Leader: Phillip Starr 6161 3835(h), 0419 281 096(m), Transport: $10 per person. Limit 8

Monday 13 January: The Pinnacle – S/E

Evening walk around the Pinnacle Nature Reserve, with views towards the Brindabellas. Meet at the end of Dungowan Street, Hawker, at 6:30 pm. No need to book. Map: The Pinnacle Nature Reserve www.tams.act.gov.au/parks-recreation/parks_and_reserves/canberra_nature_park/?a=390698 Leader: Nathan Holt 0414 628 429 or Transport: drive yourself.

Tuesday 14 January: Orroral Hill Ridges, Namadgi National Park – L/R/ part X

This is partly an exploratory trip to look at some of the granite slabs and tors in the vicinity of Orroral Hill. Starting at the Orroral Tracking Station site we follow the Granite Tops Walking track for 3 km before heading off track for the day. We will link up a number of prominent slabs and tors northwest of Orroral Hill and visit Orroral Hill Trig before descending to the Lunar Laser site. If time allows we may then visit an outcrop 1 km along the ridge to the northwest of the Lunar Laser Site. It will be slow going in scrub for most of the day, with some steep rock scrambles. The walk may be shortened or postponed if the weather is too hot. Minimum distance: 14 km with approx. 800 m of ascent. Map: Rendezvous Creek. Leader: Ian Wright 6286 1473, Transport: ~90 km return Limit: 8.

Wednesday 15 January: Wednesday Walk

Walk details will be advised a few days before the walk, via the Wednesday Walks email list. Walkers who are not members of the BBC, NPA or CBC must contact the walk leader before the walk to discuss the level of difficulty of the walk. (Please note that walk leaders retain the right not to accept any walker.) Non-members must be accompanied by a sponsoring member. BBC contact: wellmanp@iinet.net.au

Thursday, 16 January: Gungahlin Pond and Percival Hill – S/E

Evening walk around the Gungahlin Pond and Percival Hill Nature Reserve, with views towards the Brindabellas. Meet in the Gungahlin Lakes car park, corner of Gundaroo and Gungahlin Drives, at 6:30 pm. No need to book. Map: Percival Hill Nature Reserve www.tams.act.gov.au/parks-recreation/parks_and_reserves/canberra_nature_park/?a=390602 Leader: Nathan Holt 0414 628 429 or Transport: drive yourself.

Sunday Evening 19 January: Twilight on Wanniassa Hills – S/E

Meet at 6:00 pm at the big water tank on the corner of Long Gully Road. Bring a picnic snack. Map: Canberra, Leader: Jenny Horsfield 6231 4535, robhorsfield@bigpond.com Transport: drive yourself.

Monday, 20 January: Farrer Ridge and Mount Wanniassa – S/E

A walk that will start from Sulwood Drive, opposite Gaunson Street in Wanniassa. We'll head to the summit of Farrer Ridge before heading under Erindale Drive to the summit of Mount Wanniassa, which has great views over Tuggeranong towards the Brindabellas. Meet at 6:30 pm. Maps: Farrer Ridge Nature Reserve www.tams.act.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0011/390584/farrer-ridge-map.pdf Wanniassa Hills Nature Reserve www.tams.act.gov.au/parks-recreation/parks_and_reserves/canberra_nature_park/?a=390604 Leader: Nathan Holt 0414 628 429 or Transport: drive yourself.

Tuesday 21 January: Booths Hill – M/R

(Postponed from November) A scrub bash up to the top of Mt Booth. About 700 metres of climbing and 6 km of scrub. Early start to avoid worst of heat. Maps: Michelago, Yaouk. Leader: Roger Edwards 6288 7863(h) or Transport: about $45.00 per car. Limit: 8.

Wednesday 22 January: Wednesday Walk

Walk details will be advised a few days before the walk, via the Wednesday Walks email list. Walkers who are not members of the BBC, NPA or CBC must contact the walk leader before the walk to discuss the level of difficulty of the walk. (Please note that walk leaders retain the right not to accept any walker.) Non-members must be accompanied by a sponsoring member. NPA contact: msmith@netspeed.com.au

Thursday evening, 23 January: Mt Stromlo & Brown Trig – S/E

Meet at 6.30 pm. Park at the junction of Coppins Crossing Road and Uriarra Road. No need to book. Map: Canberra, Cotter Dam Leader: Phillip Starr 6161 3835(h), 0419 281 096(m), Transport: Drive yourself

23–26 January: Holland Gorge – M/R/W

A strenuous but highly scenic trip: Yadboro–Castle Gap–Clyde River–Holland Gorge–Angel Creek–Crooked Falls–Mt Cole–Monolith Valley–Yadboro. Map: Corang, Leader: Jenny Horsfield 6231 4535(h) or Transport: 340 km return, ~$126 per car. Limit: 8.

(24) 25–27 January: Genoa River – M/R

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 a route adjacent to Yambulla Creek. There are optional side trips. Maps: Yambulla, Nungatta Leaders: Rene Davies and Keith Thomas 6230 1081(h) or Transport: ~$220/car Limit: 8

25–27 January: – Snowy Mts weekend: (various)

Drive down Saturday morning to our accommodation at the Southern Alps Ski Club Lodge at Charlottes Pass. The Saturday afternoon walks will be Mt Stilwell and Spencers Creek, 2 hours and 1¼ hours respectively, led by Ross Andrews and myself. We will do the Main Range on Sunday, 22 km and 6½ hours, all on track, with Michael Sutton and Ross Andrews leading. There will also be a shorter option led by me, details not yet decided. We will do Rainbow Lake, a short but attractive walk, on Monday morning before we go home. Shared meals on both Saturday and Sunday nights. Map: Perisher Valley Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) Transport: ~$50–$60 incl park entry. Accommodation: single room – $125 for the weekend, double/twin – $85 per person for the weekend.

25–27 January: Upper Thredbo River and the Chimneys – S–M/M

A pleasant three-day pack walk in the southern part of Kosciuszko National Park accessed from Dead Horse Gap. On Saturday we follow fire trail and track to a campsite for two nights on the bubbling Thredbo River. Return the same way on the public holiday Monday, but with a possible 3 km pack less detour on a fire trail to a lookout over the Cascades. On Sunday we walk with day packs off track to Mt Leo, Teddys Hut, Mt Terrible and The Chimneys for extensive views. Suitable for people with day walking experience and moderate fitness who would like to try an overnight walk. Map: Chimneys Ridge, or Thredbo 1:50,000. Leader: Jeff B., Transport: ~460 km return, ~$170 per car, ~$40–$55 per passenger, plus park entry. Limit: 12.

Wednesday 29 January: Wednesday Walk

Walk details will be advised a few days before the walk, via the Wednesday Walks email list. Walkers who are not members of the BBC, NPA or CBC must contact the walk leader before the walk to discuss the level of difficulty of the walk. (Please note that walk leaders retain the right not to accept any walker.) Non-members must be accompanied by a sponsoring member. NPA contact: msmith@netspeed.com.au

Thursday evening, 30 January: Campbell Park – S/E

Be at the northern end of the airport side of the Campbell Park offices car park at 6.30. The walk follows the track along the eastern side of the Ainslie reserve toward Mt Majura then loops back. No need to book. Map: www.tams.act.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0006/390597/cnpmapmtainslie.pdf Leader: Phillip Starr 6161 3835(h), 0419 281 096(m), Transport: Drive yourself

Sunday 2 February: Brett and Barnes Trigs – M/E–M

About 16 km with 500 m climbing, mostly on track with approximately 6 hours walking. We will start from the Tidbinbilla Road at the locked gate just before Paddys River, and climb to Barnes trig. Probably also do Miowera trig. Then along the ridge to Brett trig. Maps: Tidbinbilla, Tuggeranong. Leader: Roger Edwards 6288 7863(h) or Transport: $20.00 per car. Limit: 8.

Monday, 3 February: Mount Majura – S/E

This evening walk will follow the Centenary Trail to the summit of Mount Majura. After soaking in the view and touching the trig, we'll head down the eastern side of the mountain, before heading back to the cars. Meet at 6:30 pm at the end of the houses in Antill Street, Hackett. About 7 km – please bring a torch. No need to book. Map: Mount Majura Nature Reserve www.tams.act.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/390578/cnpmapmajura.pdf Leader: Nathan Holt 0414 628 429 or Transport: drive yourself.

Wednesday 5 February: Wednesday Walk

Walk details will be advised a few days before the walk, via the Wednesday Walks email list. Walkers who are not members of the BBC, NPA or CBC must contact the walk leader before the walk to discuss the level of difficulty of the walk. (Please note that walk leaders retain the right not to accept any walker.) Non-members must be accompanied by a sponsoring member. BBC contact: wellmanp@iinet.net.au

Wednesday evening 5 February: Lake Burley Griffin bike ride – M

Ride around the Central and East Basins of Lake Burley Griffin. We'll ride clockwise through Commonwealth, Kings and Grevillea Parks, Jerrabomberra Wetlands, Kingston foreshore, Bowen Park, under Kings Ave bridge and past Reconciliation Place, over Commonwealth Ave bridge back to the start. Around 14 km. Map: Canberra. Leader: John Evans 0417 436 877, Transport: Park in the Regatta Point car park and meet outside the National Capital Exhibition building for a 6 pm start. No need to book, but I'd appreciate contact if you're planning to come. Please contact me if you need assistance with transport. Further details at www.johnevans.id.au

Thursday, 6 February: Aranda Frost Hollow and Mount Painter – S/E

We'll walk from the Caswell Drive service road, through the frost hollow, under Bindubi Street, to the summit of Mount Painter, with its great 360 degree views. Meet at 6:30 pm at the Caswell Drive service road, best accessed from the east-bound lanes of William Hovell Drive. No need to book. Please bring a torch. Maps: Aranda Bushland Nature Reserve www.tams.act.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0006/390588/cnpmaparanda.pdf Mount Painter Nature Reserve www.tams.act.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/390605/MTPAINTER.pdf Leader: Nathan Holt 0414 628 429 or Transport: drive yourself.

8–9 February: Tuross River and ridges – M/R/W

From the junction of the Tuross River and Woila Creek, walk downstream ~5 kms to camp at a lovely pool. Next day, climb 500 metres to a view point to the east of Jillicambra Mtn, descend a long ridge heading north and return to the Tuross via an attractive rain forested side creek, then upstream to the cars. This trip combines a beautiful river with superb ridge top views across the Tuross to the mountains above Woila Creek. The walking is off-track and rough with steep ascents and descents on loose ground, and will involve several river crossings – boots are not suitable unless you are prepared to get them wet. Forester-type AWDs are advisable for the descent to the Tuross. Map: Belowra. Leader: Meg M. Transport: approx 300 kms return, ~$111 per car, ~$28–$37 per person. Limit: 8.

Monday evening, 10 February: Cooleman Ridge west – S/E

Meet at the very end of Kathner St, Chapman. No bookings, just turn up 6:30 pm. Map: www.tams.act.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0007/390589/cnpmapcooleman.pdf Leader: Phillip Starr 6161 3835(h), 0419 281 096(m), Transport: Drive yourself

Wednesday 12 February: Wednesday Walk

Walk details will be advised a few days before the walk, via the Wednesday Walks email list. Walkers who are not members of the BBC, NPA or CBC must contact the walk leader before the walk to discuss the level of difficulty of the walk. (Please note that walk leaders retain the right not to accept any walker.) Non-members must be accompanied by a sponsoring member. CBC contact: Janet E.


Depot Beach

12–14 February: Depot Beach – E

(Swimming, surfing, snorkelling)

Forget bushwalking and pushing through scrub. Join me for a day idling at the beach or stay for a few days. Meet at Spotlight in Queanbeyan, 6 Bungendore Road, aka Kings Highway by 8.30 am on Wed 12 Feb. Day walkers, plus those wishing to camp leave Queanbeyan on the Wed 12 Feb and travel to Depot Beach, just north of Murramurang. After morning tea we all walk around to Pt. Upright along a spectacular wave cut platform and enjoy the beach. Day walkers then return to Canberra and those staying overnight can erect tents and settle in. On Thursday with snorkel gear etc plus lunch, we will walk along to Pebbly Beach to snorkel and surf. On Friday continue to enjoy the beach, maybe a short walk in the rainforest if we feel like it then return to Canberra. This is an opportunity for Wednesday Walkers to enjoy a 3 day camp at the Depot Beach Campground. Campers need to bring all gear including tent and food, as there are no shops nearby. Please book as soon as possible with me so I can arrange for tent sites and for joint car travel. Maps: TBA Leader: Janet E. Transport: ~$40 each person. Accommodation: Tent sites with 2 tents $10 per person.

Thursday evening, 13 February: Flat Black Mountain – S/E

Meet at 6.30 pm. Park at end of Frith St near electricity substation for a wander over and around the little known, low mountain to the north of the main peak for some different views. No need to book. Map: www.tams.act.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0004/390595/cnpmapblackmountain.pdf Leader: Phillip Starr 6161 3835(h), 0419 281 096(m), Transport: Drive yourself

(14) 15–16 February: Budawangs – M/M–R

From the Long Gully campsite, climb 450 metres to Castle Gap and on to the summit of Byangee Walls if time allows. Descend to the Clyde River to camp. Walk downstream to finish at Yadboro Flat. Great views and swimming in magnificent waterholes. There are several river crossings so boots are not suitable. Short car shuffle required. Also advertised on the CMW program. Map: Corang. Leader: Meg M. Transport: $34–46.

Wednesday 19 February: Wednesday Walk

Walk details will be advised a few days before the walk, via the Wednesday Walks email list. Walkers who are not members of the BBC, NPA or CBC must contact the walk leader before the walk to discuss the level of difficulty of the walk. (Please note that walk leaders retain the right not to accept any walker.) Non-members must be accompanied by a sponsoring member. BBC contact: wellmanp@iinet.net.au

Wednesday 26 February: Wednesday Walk

Walk details will be advised a few days before the walk, via the Wednesday Walks email list. Walkers who are not members of the BBC, NPA or CBC must contact the walk leader before the walk to discuss the level of difficulty of the walk. (Please note that walk leaders retain the right not to accept any walker.) Non-members must be accompanied by a sponsoring member. NPA contact: msmith@netspeed.com.au

Tuesday 4th March: Jerrabattgulla Creek, Southern Tributaries – M/R/W/ part X (11+)

The walk is in a Preserved Forest area in the Tallaganda State Forest, east of Jerangle. We will revisit the southern Jerrabattgulla Creek system where I led a walk on 5/3/2013. The going was slow on that trip so we didn't have time to explore one of the bigger tributaries. I also plan to have another look at the waterfall that we found, this time from below. Start on the Jerrabattgulla Forest Road at approx Krawaree 277278. Follow a fire trail north for 2 km to Jerrabattgulla Creek. We will then follow a creek to the base of the falls and continue upstream for a few hours until we intersect the Jerrabattgulla Road. Note: The southern tributaries are densely vegetated and much of the walking is difficult and suitable only for experienced walkers. There may be some wading to reach the base of the waterfall. An alternative walk will be run, at short notice, if the forest access tracks are wet. Maps: Jerangle, Krawaree & South Coast Forest  1:150,000 Leader: Ian Wright 6286 1473, Transport: 200 km approx $74 per car Limit: 8


Wattamolla Beach

8–10 March: Royal National Park Coastal Track – L/M

This walk on the Canberra Day long weekend traverses the length of Royal National Park (RNP) following the Coastal Track. We will walk along cliffs, beaches and escarpments, taking in magnificent ocean views and the rugged beauty of RNP's coastline as we go. On Day 1 most of the track is exposed with no shade making the walk long and arduous. There are many climbs and ascents along the way on stony surfaces with some rock hopping and climbing around headlands, so a good level of fitness and experience carrying an overnight pack is essential. Sat: we drive to Otford and park cars. We then catch the train to Cronulla, board a ferry to Bundeena and camp at Bonnie Vale campground overnight. In the afternoon we will do a short walk around the headland. Sun: from Bundeena we walk 21 km to North Era campground and camp overnight, surrounded by stunning coastal scenery. Swims possible along the way. Monday: walk out to Otford (300 m steep climb), about 10 km. Maps: Port Hacking, Otford. Leader: Barry Keeley, 6241 3447 or Transport: ~$60 Camping fees: ~$25. Limit: 10.

19) 20–31 May (1–2 June): Flinders Ranges: Day Walks – M/M

My plan is to showcase the best of the Flinders Ranges by doing day walks which include Alligator, Hidden, Bunyeroo and Brachina Gorges, Wilpena Pound, Aroona Valley, climbing Mt Remarkable, Rawnsleys Bluff, St Marys Peak and swimming in the Blinman Pools. Some of the tracks follow the Hans Heysen Trail. We would stay in cabins, tents or vans at two campgrounds, Melrose 20–24 May and at Rawnsley Bluff May 25 to 31 May. Accommodation is self-catering, although at Melrose you can dine each night at a delightful cafe or at a hotel. You will need to be fit. This is a joint activity with CBC and BBC. Email expressions of interest to Janet E. Maps: To be advised at the information evening in February when a $50 accommodation deposit will be collected from participants. Leader: Janet E. Transport: Petrol will cost about $600 per person for plus 3500 kms. Accommodation: $30– $50 per person per night in 3–4 person (1 couple + 2 singles) cabins, half that for tents, 12 nights. Limit: 20

2–16 June: Larapinta Trail – M/R/X

Leave Alice Springs on the afternoon of 2nd June, local 4WD transport to Hugh Gorge. From 2nd to 7th walk from Hugh Gorge via Birthday Waterhole, Standley Chasm and Simpsons Gap to NP Headquarters. All on track except for side trips. Back to Alice Springs by minibus. Two nights in Alice Springs to restock, then on 9 June, travel by minibus to Red Bank Gorge for the second stage of the walk. Walk Redbank to Serpentine Gorge from 9 to 16 June, climbing Mt Sonder, and collecting a food drop at Ormiston Gorge where we leave the Larapinta Trail to climb Mt Giles, then to Giles Spring, then rejoining the Larapinta and by minibus back to Alice on the afternoon of the 16th. Includes three days of off-track walking. Walkers should be experienced in trips of 5 days or longer. Maps: tba. Leaders: Peter Conroy & Linda Groom, 6281 4917, Expressions of interest to Peter; full payment of land transport will be required by February. Air Transport: Air fares for this walk and the Kimberleys (Canberra–Alice–Darwin–Kununnurra–Darwin–Canberra) ~$1700 per person. Land Transport: ~$300 per person assuming 8 in the party. Limit: 8.

22 June to 9 July: Kimberleys – M/R/X

From Kununnurra, local transport to Argyle Dam and then by boat to Revolver Creek. Walk west and north through the spectacular Carr Boyd ranges, back to the dam wall in 8 days. Back to Kununurra for the nights of 29 and 30 June. Then by local transport, via Wyndham and the King River Road, to the Cockburn Ranges. 9 days exploring the Cockburn's two massifs, and its gorges and waterholes. All off track and very rocky underfoot. Walkers should be experienced in trips of 5 days or longer and confident rock scramblers. Possibly followed by a commercial canoeing trip for 2–3 days in the Ord River Gorge from 10–13 July. Maps: tba. Leaders: Peter Conroy & Linda Groom, 6281 4917, . Expressions of interest to Peter; full payment of land transport will be required by February. Transport: for air fares see 2–16 June listing. Land Transport: ~$340 per person assuming 8 in the party. Limit: 8



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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).