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This page covers activities for one month starting from the second Wednesday of May. 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 8 May: Wednesday walk

For fit and experienced walkers. Leader: Tim W.


South Black Range Saturday 11 May: Black Range M/E–M

Park the cars at the South Black Range car park. Walk on track to South Black Range trig point with its enormous rock for morning tea, then off track along an open ridge to re-join the track. Swing east off track to lunch through attractive eucalyptus forest and return to the cars. A pleasant and relatively easy walk, 12 km, 200 m climb. Map: Bombay. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) Transport: ~$15.

Saturday 11 May: Trigonometric exercise – L/E

Wander over 5 trigs in the Weston Creek area. From my home in Duffy, top Narrabundah, Cooleman, Arawang, Taylor and Oakey trigs. Flexible arrangements – you can do the lot or join me wherever you want; ring me on 0417 436 877 to find out where and when we are. But please book on the walk as usual. Back at my home, I'll drive you back to wherever you started. Around 20 km and 500 m climb. Maps: Canberra, Tuggeranong. Leader: John Evans 0417 436 877, Transport: Drive yourself. Further details at www.johnevans.id.au


Gudgenby

11–12 May: Yankee Hat Car Park – Old Boboyan Road – Naas Creek – Gudgenby Saddle S/M

This walk that is mainly on fire trails and tracks will allow participants to experience the Namadgi area in autumn. It will provide views of mountains and the Boboyan valley and is based on a 23 km walk in Graeme Barrow's Namadgi and Tidbinbilla Classics. Instead of doing the walk in a day we will take a weekend. The walk is at the upper limit of the "short" category and for those who want to do more I will be offering the opportunity to climb Sentry Box Mountain and Rock on Sunday morning. The walk is suitable for those who would like to extend their day walking experience and start overnight pack walking. Fuel stove use is recommended. Map: Yaouk. Leader: Lorraine Tomlins, 6248 0456(h), Transport: ~$20 per person

Tuesday 14 May: Border Markers NE off Pabral Rd through Coree Creek M/R, X

Walk Pabral Rd to the border. Turn NE and hunt border markers down through Coree Creek and up to Blue Ridge and Genges Trail. I'd suspect the bush will be very thick. Visit the Mt Blundell adit and pits. Return S via Mt Blundell and an unmarked fire trail SW down a spur. Around 10km and 550m climb. Map: Cotter Dam. Leader: John Evans 0417 436 877, Transport: ~$6 per person. Limit: 12. Further details at www.johnevans.id.au

Wednesday 15 May: Wednesday walk

For fit and experienced walkers. Leader: Peter W.

Saturday 18 May: Harrisons Peak – M/M

A walk through open forest near Captains Flat, initially on a fire trail to Harrisons Peak with views from Mt Coree to the Tinderries. We then walk largely off track along a series of open ridges. Linear distance 12 km, about 500 m aggregate climbing during the day. Some spectacular views. About 5¼ hours actual walking. Back via Purple Eatery. Map: Captains Flat. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) Transport: ~$15

Saturday 18 May: Brindabella variety – L/E–M, ptX

An interesting variety of sights and sites south-east of Bulls Head. Visit Bulls Head trig, Pago weir, Warks camp, the Bendora explosives store, Bendora trig (not Bendora Hill) and Bushranger weir. A mixture of fire trails (some not marked on maps) and off-track: Pago Break, Warks Rd, Dwyers Rd, Bendora Rd, Gravel Rd and Moonlight Hollow Rd; off-track sections total 3.5km. Around 16 km and 600 m climb. Map: Tidbinbilla. Leader: John Evans 0417 436 877, Transport: ~$12 per person. Further details at www.johnevans.id.au Limit: 8.

Tuesday 21 May: High Swamp on East Side of Mavis Ridge, Namadgi NP – L/R/X

Start at the Nursery Swamp car park and follow tracks 5 km to Rendezvous Creek, via Nursery Swamp. We then follow a spur to the remote swamp high on Mavis Ridge at grid reference 712 513, which we will reach via the granite outcrop at Spot Height 1406 m (Ref: 725 518). From the swamp it is another 500 metres to Mavis Ridge if time allows. We will then head east to Rendezvous Creek via the shortest route and head back to the cars via the Nursery Swamp track. Most of the day is exploratory for the leader, but it will be a long day and scrubby and slow off-track. Minimum distance: 20 km with 750 metres of ascent. Map: Rendezvous Creek. Leader: Ian Wright 6286 1473, Transport: ~90 km return. Limit: 8.

Wednesday 22 May: Wednesday walk

For fit and experienced walkers. Leader: Mike S.


Depot Beach

(24), 25, 26 May: Durras weekend – Sat M/E, Sun M/M

Leave Canberra Friday night, stay in comfortable cabins at Depot Beach Caravan Park. Saturday will be the spectacular Little Forest Plateau with views to the Budawangs, Pigeon House and beyond. Lunch at Gadara Point. On Sunday, Ross Andrews will lead a walk along the coast south of Murramarang, from Emily Millar Beach to Richmond Beach, thence the Garden of Unearthly Gums, Oaky Beach, North Head and the cars. Two superb walks, about 4½ hours Sat, 5 hours Sunday. Maps: Kioloa, Tianjara, Milton. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) Transport: ~$50. Accommodation: ~$60 depending on numbers.

Saturday 25 May: Ridge parallel to Apollo Road – M/R

Climb from the low end of Apollo Road to follow the ridge along then down to Honeysuckle Creek camp ground. An interesting route with a high outcrop and associated panorama. A short car shuttle is needed. Maps: Williamsdale & Corin Dam. Leaders: Jenny & Rob Horsfield 6231 4535. Transport: $30 per car.

Saturday 25 May: Mt Tennent Challenge (Part 1) – M/E-M

The challenge is to climb Mt Tennent with a laden pack by four different routes over four weeks. Each week we will increase the difficulty of the route and the weight of our packs. From the Namadgi Visitor Information Centre, we will follow the AAWT for several kilometres before heading south on a foot pad to pick up Tennent Fire Trail, which will take us to the summit. Return via the same route. ~11 km + ~800 m ascent, all on tracks or fire trails. Suggested pack weight ~0 kg. Meet in the visitor centre carpark at 8.00 am. No need to book. Map: Williamsdale. Leader: Terence U. Transport: Drive yourself.

Tuesday 28 May: Kowen Forest Trigs – L/M–E

Trig bagging around Kowen Pine Forest; Mt Cohen, Mt Atkinson, Amungla, Poppet Hill and possibly Bald Hill and possibly a few more trig points that are marked on an older and earlier 1:100,00 map but which probably no longer exist. Approximately 32 kilometres and lots of short steep climbs. Map: Bungendore. Leader: Roger Edwards 6288 7863(h) or Transport: ~$20 per car. Limit: 8

Wednesday 29 May: Wednesday walk

For fit and experienced walkers. Leader: Mike S. (for NPA)

Saturday 1 June: Mt Tennent Challenge (Part 2) – L/E–M

The challenge is to climb Mt Tennent with a laden pack by four different routes over four weeks. Each week we will increase the difficulty of the route and the weight of our packs. From Apollo Road, we will follow Tennent Fire Trail to the summit and then down to the Namadgi Visitor Information Centre along a foot pad and the AAWT. ~13 km + ~700 m ascent, all on tracks or fire trails. Suggested pack weight ~12 kg. Meet in the visitor centre carpark at 8.00 am. No need to book. Map: Williamsdale. Leader: Terence U. Transport: Drive yourself. Short car shuffle.

Saturday 1 June: Nattai Gorge/Boxvale Tramway – M/M

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

Saturday 1 June: Mt Coree – L/E

'In the Taratory' is a blogger and tweeter who champions all things ACT, including the bush. In return, I'm taking her and boyfriend to Mt Coree. Come and join us - all on fire trails from Blundells Flat. Around 18 km and 600 m climb. This will be a very moderately paced walk. Map: Cotter Dam. Limit: 8. Leader: John Evans 0417 436 877, Transport: ~$6 per person. Further details at www.johnevans.id.au

Tuesday 4 June: Mt Carrialoo – M/R

This walk features magnificent eucalypt forest, rain forest and heath, and cliff-top views. Starting from the junction of Jacks Corner Road and McPhails Fire Trail, up the fire trail steeply, leaving it at approx 672 E, 567 N to go up through the cliff line on to the Mount Carrialoo Plateau. Through slow scrub and on a foot pad to the cliff top on the SE corner, for spectacular views of the Shoalhaven. Return via a break in the cliff line on the plateau's SW corner. Around 9 km with 500 metres of ascent and descent, some rock scrambling. 2 hours 20 minutes drive from a 7am start in North Canberra, all on bitumen. Map: Bundanoon. Leaders: Peter Conroy and Linda Groom. Transport: $120 per car. Limit: 8.

Wednesday 5 June: Wednesday Walk

For fit and experienced walkers. Leader: John E. (for BBC)


Billy Billy Rocks

Saturday 8 June: Billy Billy Rocks from Tidbinbilla side – S/R

This trip is an EPR (as in 'an Eric Pickering Route'; hopefully not one requiring first aid) entering the scrub part-way up the Fishing Gap trail. Map: Tidbinbilla Leader: Jenny Horsfield 6231 4535. Transport: $28 per car.

8–10 June: Jervis Bay

I have booked a large house at Vincentia for the weekend. Leave Canberra Saturday morning, a 2 hour walk south along the coastline with spectacular views of cliffs and the sea in the afternoon. On Sunday, walk to Steamers Beach, St Georges Head and Summerland Bay through coastal forest and heath with many sea views, and morning tea and lunch on beaches. 4½ hrs actual walking. The house is well equipped so shared meals in house both nights. We will do Abrahams Bosom track, about 2½ hours, on the Monday morning before returning home, at Callala Bay, on the northern side of Jervis Bay. Maps: Sussex Inlet, Huskisson, Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) Transport: $60, Accommodation: ~$90–$100 for weekend, assuming a full house.

Monday 10 June: Mt Tennent Challenge (Part 3) – L/M-R

The challenge is to climb Mt Tennent with a laden pack by four different routes over four weeks. Each week we will increase the difficulty of the route and the weight of our packs. From Apollo Road, we will climb steeply to the summit along a spur line to the south of the trig point. Return to the cars will be via Tennent Fire Trail. ~13 km + ~800 m ascent, on an off-track negotiable route through scrub and a fire trail. Suggested pack weight ~14 kg. Meet in the visitor centre carpark at 8.00 am. No need to book. Map: Williamsdale. Leader: Terence U. Transport: Drive yourself.

Tuesday 11 June: The Granite Labyrinth, Namadgi NP M/R

Start at the Nursery Swamp car park. Head west and up the steep ridge that eventually leads to Spot Height 1447 (Ref: 756 528). Centred on a 1.5 km radius of SH 1447 there is a labyrinth of granite tors, slabs and knolls hidden by scrub. The day will be spent on a route that links up some of the granite features. We will follow a meandering route to the west and drop down to upper Nursery Creek then return via the Nursery Swamp track. The scrub is thick, and it will be slow going for most of the day. A small torch is useful for investigating some of the granite features. Note: This walk is a repeat of the 26 June 2012 trip, with some variations. Minimum distance: 12 km with ~680 metres of ascent. The walk may be postponed if it is wet as the rocks will be slippery. Map: Rendezvous Creek Leader: Ian Wright 6286 1473, Transport: ~ 90 km return. 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 June 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.

Wednesday 12 June: Wednesday Walk

For fit and experienced walkers. Leaders: Peter/Truus F. (for CBC)


Leatherjacket Bay

Friday–Sunday 14–16 June: Light to Light Track Ben Boyd NP – S/E/X

The Lights at each end of this track are, in the south, at Green Cape, and beams out faithfully every night. At the north end a light for Boyd's Tower was never approved, so it remains a silent witness to an extraordinary person. In between is a walk on a made track that winds through heath and forest, but always close to beaches, cliffs and headlands of old twisted rock, and surf-sprayed platforms. The distance of 30 km breaks easily into three short days with stops at the two car-accessible campgrounds, but what we do will be subject to the number of cars. Maps: Kiah, Eden. Leader: Rupert Barnett Transport: $290 per car; NP fee etc $25.

Saturday 15 June: Black Mt and Aranda Bushland – M/E

Meet at 9.45 in the car park opposite 160 Dryandra St, O'Connor. This walk traverses the Bruce Ridge then crosses into the Black Mt Reserve. Traverse the reserve, following the track part way up the mountain, then along the lake to Yarramundi Peninsula for lunch. Home via the cork plantation and the Aranda Bushland. All on track, back at the cars about 4.15 pm. Maps: Black Mountain, Aranda Bushland and Bruce Ridge at http://www.tams.act.gov.au/parks-recreation/parks_and_reserves/canberra_nature_park Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) Transport: drive yourself but please book as usual; there may be someone from your area who needs a lift.


Saturday 15 June: Mt Tennent Challenge (Part 4) – L/M-R

The challenge is to climb Mt Tennent with a laden pack by four different routes over four weeks. Each week we will increase the difficulty of the route and the weight of our packs. From the Namadgi Visitor Information Centre, we will follow the AAWT to Bushfold Flats before climbing through the scrub to pick up Tennent Fire Trail, which will take us to the summit. Return along a foot pad and the AAWT. ~14 km + ~1000 m ascent, on a mix of track, fire trail and off-track negotiable route through scrub. Suggested pack weight ~16 kg. Meet in the visitor centre carpark at 8.00 am. No need to book. Map: Williamsdale. Leader: Terence U. Transport: Drive yourself.

Sunday 16 June: Tinderries mainly by fire trail – M/M

Start at Keewong fire trail, walk to West Tinderry fire trail then at a suitable point, leave trail and walk through forest/open country to peaks to the north of Tinderry Twin Peak. Return along Mount Allen Trail. Short car shuffle required. Distance is about 18 kms with about 14 kms on fire trails and climbs of up to 700 metres. In clear weather there are great views over Monaro and Googong Dam. Maps: Tinderry, Michelago and Williamsdale, but ACT 1:100,000 is easiest to use. Leader: Tim W. after hours on 6281 2275 . Transport: $39 per car.

Wednesday 19 June: Wednesday Walk

For fit and experienced walkers. Leader: Steven R. (for BBC)

Saturday 22 June: Faunce Hill – M/E

Faunce Hill is on the eastern side of the Queanbeyan River gorge on the northern end of Googong Dam. The walk is a mixture of on and off track, starting at the end of Wanna Wanna Rd (off Captains Flat Rd) thence through open forest to the Hill and south to lunch on an open ridge before wandering back to the cars. Plenty of variety and good views. About 5½ hours walking. Map: Hoskinstown. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) Transport: $10.


Bog Hut Site

Tuesday 25 June: Booth Range, Bog Hut site, Namadgi NP – L/R/part X

Starting at the lookout on the Boboyan Road (grid ref: 809401) we will climb to the Booth Range and cross at grid ref: 834391. The main objective is a remote sub-alpine swamp at about 1300 metres altitude where the ruins of a stockman's hut, known as The Bog Hut, are located at grid ref: 844417. If time and scrub permit, we will also climb to the ridge 1 kilometre to the east of the hut site. The afternoon return route will descend the range from Spot Height 1401 on a different spur to the morning's course. This will be an arduous walk, all off track, with an early start and late finish, possibly by torch-light. Minimum distance: 15 km with ~950 metres of ascent. Maps: Colinton, Michelago. Leader: Ian Wright 6286 1473, Transport: ~120 km return. Limit: 8.

Wednesday 26 June: Wednesday Walk

For fit and experienced walkers. Leader: Mike S.

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. Share 4WD costs. Leader: Linda Groom , 02 6281 4917 Limit: 9. This trip is fully booked; waiting list commenced.

Early July: Macdonnell Ranges NT – M/R/X

We will be walking for about 9 days from Ormiston Gorge through the Chewings Range and back to The Ochre Pits. You have read Meg's account of walking in this area in it so now you can experience it. Leaders: Ian H. and Rupert Barnett . Transport: Lots – but cheaper if you combine this trip with the trip to Kakadu. Limit: 6.

Saturday 29 June: Mundoonen Nature Reserve – M/M

This National Park lies just south of the Hume Highway between Gunning and Yass. The area is attractive, open woodland. I plan a fairly light day of walking, about 4 hours, a mix of fire trail and off track. Map: the only published map of the area is Gunning 1:50,000 but I recently got a very detailed map from the ranger which is what I will use. About 4 hours walking. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) Transport: ~$10.

Saturday 6 July: The Peaks of Goorooyarroo – S/E

This walk on the northern fringe of the city traverses, partly on and partly off track, a series of hills with spectacular views over the city and to the Brindabellas. 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 9.45 for this walk – lunch on top of Old Joe with spectacular views. About 4 hours walking. Map: Goorooyarroo at www.tams.act.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0007/390580/cnpmapgoorooyaroo.pdf Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) Transport: drive yourself but please book as usual; there may be someone from your area who needs a lift.


Palerang

Saturday, 13 July: Short walks near Palerang – S/E–X

There are several shortish tracks in the Black Range-Palerang area that I want to check out. The area is great forest and I would like a bit of company as I work out whether any of these tracks will work as part of some longer walk(s). A shortish day but should be fun. Map: Bombay Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) Transport: ~$15

18 July–2 August: Kakadu – M/R/X/W

The walks in Kakadu offered by Walks Secretary Linda for this year's dry season are full. However some of us from her waiting list now have permits for two of those walks, i.e. Dinner Creek (S Alligator R) and Jim Jim–Twin Falls. Maps: El Sherana, Callanan, Jim Jim Falls, all 1:50,000. Leader: Rupert Barnett If you are interested please contact me promptly. Transport: Airfare currently $633, plus share of 4WD either ~$300 or $1200, depending on numbers. Limit: 6. I expect to drive up, and would meet others at Alice Springs to spend some days in the West MacDonnells before the NT walks.

(19), 20–21 July: Southern Highlands bushwalking bonanza – M/M

Drive down Friday night to the Bundanoon YHA, where we stay the weekend. Mt Carrialoo (to be led by Barry Keeley on Saturday) is brilliant and if you like spectacular views and a bit of a challenge, you will love it. On Sunday, we will do another walk in the area, not yet decided but probably the ridge, which runs from Meryla Pass and has spectacular views of the cliffs and gorges in the area, including a view back to Carrialoo. The YHA is a renovated early 20th century home of delightful ambience. Shared meal on Saturday evening. About 5 hours walking each day. Maps: Bundanoon and Picton. Leaders: Stan Marks and Barry Keeley. Bookings to Stan: 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) Transport: ~$60 per person, Accommodation: ~$60 for the weekend.

November 2013: Australian Alps Walking Track (Kiandra to Tharwa) – M/M – L/M

Looking for walkers interested in joining me for a possible 10 days full pack hiking along the AAWT. Approx walking distance each day will be 14–20 km. Will have a day plus stop at Blue Waterholes area. Car shuffles involved and option to join or leave group at Blue Waterholes. Experienced full pack walkers only. Joint activity with Shoalhaven Bushwalkers. Maps: See the AAWT sketch maps available from http://www.australianalps.environment.gov.au/walktrack/map-guide.html Leader: Paul Ellis 5258 1949, borstal@shoalhaven.net.au Transport: tba. 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).