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

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 -see TAMS website. 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.

Heavy Pack

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.

Saturday 15 June: Mt Gingera from Corin Dam (with loooong optional extension up the Brindabellas, returning at night) – L/M or L/M–R

An early start. From Corin Dam, walk the steps and Stockyard Spur, past Pryors Hut and up the footpad to Mt Gingera. Descend the SW flank of the Gingera ridge to visit Brumbys Flats and the huge grey-burnt Snow Gums. Return to Pryors Hut and so back to Corin Dam. Around 20 km and 1100 m climb. Warm clothing a must. Enquiries to Edwina. OR, on returning to Pryors Hut, an optional walk along the crest of the Brindabella Range through Little Ginini Mountain, Stockyard Gap, Mt Ginini, Mt Franklin, Aggie Gap, Mt Aggie – or until we want to turn around. Return via the Mt Franklin Rd and the Stockyard Spur steps at night. Up to 40 km and 2000 m climb. Let's say 16–18 hours of walking. Discuss gear requirements with John. Maps: Corin Dam, Tidbinbilla. Leaders: John Evans and Edwina. Bookings to John 0417 436 877, Transport: ~$7 per person. Further details at www.johnevans.id.au Limit: 8 for the extended trip.

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.

Tuesday 18 June: Hardy Hill and other trigs – M/M–E

The aim is to visit a number of trig points near the Cotter Dam; Hardy Hill, Condor Hill, Mt McDonald, and CE1 with a side trip to Mt Moore. (Mt Moore does not qualify for 'stretch your legs' event trig bagging.) Mainly on forestry roads but a kilometre of thick scrub up to Hardy Hill. 450 metres of ascent. May do as 2 or 3 walks i.e. we will drive and start at several spots. Map: Cotter Dam. Leader: Roger Edwards 6288 7863(h) or Transport: ~$16 per car. Limit: 8.

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.

Sunday 23 June: Perigee–syzygy walk – S/E

A supermoon is the coincidence of a full or a new moon with the closest approach the Moon makes to the Earth on its elliptical orbit, resulting in the largest apparent size of the moon's disk as seen from Earth. The technical name is the perigee-syzygy of the Earth–Moon–Sun system. This event will occur on 23 June. The moon rises at 4.55 p.m. Start walking at about 4.30 pm for about 6 kilometres around Mt Stromlo and Mt Brown, mainly on track. A torch and warm clothing are a necessity. Maps: Canberra, Cotter Dam. Leader: Roger Edwards 6288 7863(h) or Transport: drive yourself. Limit: 8.

Sunday 23 June : BT 2 Mount Painter to Black Mountain – M/E

Another blatant exercise in collecting trigs. Starting from Cook, we'll follow the path to the top of Mount Painter (trig), before heading east towards Black Mountain. The path will take us through the Aranda bushland and under Caswell Drive. From there, we'll skirt the east of the Black Mountain reserve south towards the lake, before heading up a steep southern spur of Black Mountain. About 10 km and 350 metres in climbing. Car shuffle required. Map: Canberra. Leaders: Barb V and Nathan Holt 0414 628 429 or Transport: Drive yourself.

Bog Hut
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.

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.

Tuesday 2 July: Border markers near Hall – L/M/X

(Rescheduled from 27 April when the heifers were being weaned.) From Binns Street Fraser and the Dunlop Grasslands Nature Reserve, follow the ACT border across Wallaroo Road and the Barton Highway through private property to One Tree Hill and return. Permission has been obtained from relevant landholders. Bag One Tree and Baldy trigs. Check out the Crowajingalong site and osage-orange trees. Around 18 km and 350 m climb. Map: Hall. Leader: John Evans 0417 436 877, Further details at www.johnevans.id.auTransport: ~$10 per person. Limit: 8.

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 (click the link for a copy). Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w)

Sunday 7 July: Listening to lyrebirds on Tidbinbilla slopes – M/M

Mid-winter is the prime time for this amazing bird's courtship dance and song and the eastern slopes of Tidbinbilla Range is the prime place to experience their performances. From the car park on Mountain Creek we will walk on the track going north and climbing steadily to the ridge of Tidbinbilla Range. After 4 km and a climb of about 200 m we will turn south and contour back, crossing 3 gullies to a ridge above Cascade Trail. It's then along this trail back to the cars. The distance is short, about 7 km but the southern traverse will be steep and scrubby. It can be taken slowly, with stops to listen to the lyrebird performances. Map: Tidbinbilla. Leader: Mike Morriss 6287 5304 or Transport:~ 90 km return.

Tuesday 9 July: Various trig points south of Canberra suburbs – L/E

More trig bagging for the CBC 'Stretch Your Legs' program. Start at Big Monks Trig then to Rose Trig and Gigerline Trig. A short car shuffle involved. Afterwards drive to two other spots to ascend to Tharwa and Melrose Trigs. About 700 metres of climbing. Will share cheap bottle of wine at lunch to celebrate a participant who is claiming his 30th birthday. Access permission has been granted from all property owners. Maps: Tuggeranong, Williamsdale. Leader: Roger Edwards 6288 7863(h) or Transport: ~$8 per car. Limit: 9.

Wednesday 10 July: Wednesday Walk

For fit and experienced walkers. This walk will be essentially the same as that led by Mike Morriss on Sunday 7 July (Lyrebirds). Meeting place: Kambah Shops at 8.30 am. Leader: Mike Morriss (for CBC) 6287 5304 or



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 July 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.


Palerang

Saturday 13 July: Rekkies near Palerang – S/M/X

There are two 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). The first runs starts where one of the fire trails crosses Mulloon Creek and I want to check out where it goes. I have a fair idea but want to confirm. The second is a track near the semi-abandoned property we transit on the Black Range walk. Should be fun. Map: Bombay. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), Transport: ~$15


Saturday 13 July: BT 3 North Belconnen – M/E

Any excuse to bag some more trigs ... in this case, two hills that aren't often walked on CBC walks. Starting from near the golf course, the route follows the edge of Gungahlin pond before heading up to the trig on Percival Hill. From there, it's back to the pond wall and along Ginninderra Creek to the Bicentennial National Trail, then west towards Melba and the climb to the trig on Mount Rogers. Around 14 km and 200 metres ascent. Car shuffle required. Map: Hall. Leader: Nathan Holt 0414 628 429 or Transport: Drive yourself.

Tuesday 16 July: Creeks and valleys, western side of Mt Clear, Namadgi NP – L/R part X

From the Mt Clear campground at the southern end of the ACT, we will spend most of the day off-track on a route that links up some of the many small creeks between Mt Clear and the Naas Creek, though we will not be going to the Mt Clear summit. Some of valleys are grassy but there will also be scrubby spurs and ridges. Minimum distance: 16 km with 500 metres of ascent. Maps: Bredbo, Colinton. Leader: Ian Wright 6286 1473, Limit: 8 Transport: ~160 km return.

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 6242 5241. 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.  I am planning a walk from Meryla Pass to Lake Yarrunga through magnificent rain forest on the Saturday, all on track but with 200–300m climbing and, on Sunday, a walk from Fitzroy Falls, initially along the west edge track, then along the Redhill fire trail to some ruins from the 1850s, and an attractive glade of fern trees before lunch on the edge of the Yarrunga Gorge. The YHA is a renovated early 20th century home of delightful ambience. Shared meal on Saturday evening. About 5 hrs walking each day. Map: Bundanoon and Picton. Leaders: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), Transport: ~$60 per person, Accommodation: ~$60 for the weekend.

Sunday 21 July: BT 4: Majura – Ainslie traverse – M/E

Starting early from the end of the houses in Antill Street, Hackett, walking to the summit of Mount Majura (trig), before heading downhill to the valley between the two mountains. After stopping for a beverage by the old Ainslie Dams, we'll walk to the top of Mount Ainslie via the eastern side. The return to the cars will follow the track behind the houses in Ainslie and Hackett. About 15 km long, all on track, with 600 metres in climbing. Maps: Hall, Canberra. Leader: Nathan Holt 0414 628 429 or Transport: Drive yourself.

Tuesday 23 July: Mount Wanniassa to Forster Hill – M/E

More blatant trig bagging for the CBC 'Stretch your Legs' program. Start at Mount Wanniassa then to Tuggeranong Trig (which is nowhere near Tuggeranong Hill) via Fadden Pines, then to TG 26 on Urambi Hills and finally to Forester Hill. Car shuffle required. About 300 metres of climbing. Map: Tuggeranong. Leader: Roger Edwards 6288 7863(h) or Transport: ~$8 per car. Limit: 8.

Saturday 3 August: Wild Cattle Creek – M/M

This walk is south of Captains Flat in the Tallaganda National Park. It is a wander, mostly off track, along ridges through light, open forest and along the wide open valley of Wild Cattle Creek and other watercourses. About 10 km and 4 hours actual walking. Return via the purple eatery. Map: Tinderry. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) Transport: ~$20.

Tuesday 6 August: Wanganderry Walls – M/R

From the Wanganderry Road (~ 482E, 001N 3rd ed of the map) along firebreak and track to spot height 737, then off track NW through about 1.5 hours of thick scrub before bursting out on to the amazing sandstone domes above Wanganderry Walls. We will explore about a kilometre of the sandstone tops, before returning by crossing Bonnum Pic Creek at 484E, 048N and picking up the Bonnum Pic track (but not going to BP itself). Total about 16 km, with a 160 m drop into the creek and out again and many small ups & downs. Some rock scrambling in the descent to the creek. This walk features stunning views and with luck some wildflowers. Depart North Canberra 7 am for an approx 2 hours 20 min drive. Map: Hilltop. Leader: Linda Groom , 6281 4917 Transport: $150 per car. Limit: 8.

Saturday 10 August: A ridge with a view – M/E–M

Walk from the Spring Creek car park along a series of ridges through open forest to an unnamed grassy peak for lunch with spectacular views from Lake George to the Tinderries. Similar return. Part on and part off track, about 13 km, 600 m aggregate climb and 6¼ hours actual walking. Map: Captains Flat. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) Transport: ~$40 per car, ~$15 per person.

Wednesday 14 August: Wednesday Walk

For fit and experienced walkers. Leader: Rene Davies (for CBC) 62301081

(5) 6–10 (11) October: Blue Breaks – M/R

Drive to Yerranderie Sat 5 Oct for a five day walk in the Blue Breaks, exploring Lacys Tableland between Lacys and Reilly Creeks. We will access the plateau via Tonalli Pass and descend to the juntion of Bull Island and Green Wattle Creeks before returning over Vengeance Peninsula and the Axeheads. Drive home Fri 11 Oct. Magnificent spring flowers and spectacular cliff views; mostly off-track with some rock scrambling. Run jointly with Coast and Mountain Walkers of NSW. Maps: Yerranderie, Burragorang. Leader: Meg McKone 6254 5902(h), Transport: ~520 km return, ~$50–$66 per person. Limit: 8.

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 62581949, borstal@shoalhaven.net.au Transport: tba. Limit: 8.



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