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

Saturday 13 July: Billy Billy Rocks - S/R/X

This walk is out and back from Smokers Gap via the Bogong Cave (excavated by Josephine Flood in the 70s). It is hoped to re-establish a route up the rocks. Recently we couldn’t find it due to regrowth changing the usual appearance of things. Map: Corin Dam. Leaders: Jenny & Rob Horsfield 6231 4535(h) Transport: ~$30 per car.

13–14 July: Mount Scabby – Mount Kelly – L/R

Boboyan – Sams Creek – Mount Scabby – Mount Kelly – Boboyan. Expect some snow on the ground and a cold night. On the last three trips to this area in July, the overnight ambient temperature has been –10°C. If weather or snow conditions are unsuitable, this walk will be relocated or cancelled. If I don’t know about you or your walking ability you will be quizzed mercilessly about your walking experience. There will be an early start on Saturday morning (leaving Canberra at 5:30 am) and on Sunday night there will probably be an after dark finish (about 6 pm back at the cars). Please contact me if you would like further information. Maps: Yaouk, Rendezvous Creek. Leader: Keith Thomas 6230 1081(h), 0421 607667(m), or Transport: ~$70 per car. Limit: 8.

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.

Wednesday 17 July: Wednesday Walk

Medium/hard walk for fit and experienced walkers; may include off-track walking and rock scrambling. Leader: Doug Finlayson for BBC, 6281 5810.

Saturday 20 July: Bullen Range trigs - M/E–M

Up to 16 km, 500 m climb spread over several ascents, mostly track, approx 6 hours walking. We will start from the Tidbinbilla Road at the locked gate just before Paddys River, and wend our way to Barnes trig (1). Then along the ridge firetrail to Brett trig (2) and possible views to the Tidbinbilla skyline, and to the east over the Murrumbidgee and Tuggeranong urban area. We will return along the firetrail, turn off-track to explore the Calvary pise ruins, then reconnect with a track for a short while, enter leasehold property for the approach to Miowera trig (3). Back to the cars through the Miowera pine forest. Maps: Tidbinbilla, Tuggeranong. Leaders: Cynthia C and John Evans, bookings to Cynthia Transport: ~$5 per person. Limit: 12.

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.

Wednesday 24 July: Wednesday Walk

Medium/hard walk for fit and experienced walkers; may include off-track walking and rock scrambling. Leader: Mike Smith for NPA, 6286 2984.

Saturday 27 July 2013: Trigs from Orroral Valley – L/M

Starting from the Orroral Tracking Station Carpark we follow the Granite Tors Walking Track to the Geodetic Observatory and Trig NMC 106. Return to the car park then take the track up to the Honeysuckle Colimation Tower Site and Trig NMC 105. Return to the cars and on the way home we will do the short walk to Orroral Ford Trig. About 20 km (99% on track) with a total climb of about 900 m. Maps: Corin Dam, Rendezvous Ck. Leader: Mike Bremers 0428 923408 or Transport: $24 per car. Limit: 8.

Tuesday 30 July: Our southernmost point with Matthew Higgins – L/E–M

This walk to the ACT’s southernmost point begins/ends near the Mt Clear Campground. We travel through beautiful mountain forest and high meadows and see several hut ruins and stockyards. The climax is surveyor Freddie Johnston’s 1915 fire-damaged but still standing reference tree at the southernmost point (NB the border fence and the true border do not align and the walk is framed accordingly). Some off-track. Around 17km and 300 m climb. Maps: Colinton, Bredbo. CBC Leader: John Evans 0417 436 877, Transport: ~$15 per person. Further details at http://www.johnevans.id.au Limit: 12.

Wednesday 31 July: Wednesday Walk

Medium/hard walk for fit and experienced walkers; may include off-track walking and rock scrambling. Leader: Henry Hatch for NPA, 6290 1138.

Friday–Sunday 2–4 August: Ski tour – M/M

Route to be decided a few days beforehand, according to snow conditions. For intermediate skiers with snow camping experience. Map: tba. Leader: Linda Groom , 02 6281 4917 Transport: probably $160 per car.

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. Now fully booked

Tuesday 6 August: Navigation refresher #1

An evening with maps and compass at the home of Jenny and Rob Horsfield 6231 4535(h). Interested persons are requested to please book as soon as possible.

Wednesday 7 August: Wednesday Walk

Medium/hard walk for fit and experienced walkers; may include off-track walking and rock scrambling. Leader: Peter Wellman for BBC, 6288 5985.

10–11 August: Hut site east of Booth Range – M/R/X

Hopefully a pleasant overnight trip to an attractive location. Maps: Michelago, Colinton. Leaders: Jenny and Rob Horsfield 6231 4535(h). Transport: ~$40 per car.

Tuesday 13 August: Deadmans Hill, Namadgi NP – M/R part X

Start at the Booroomba Rocks car park and walk east to the summit of Deadmans Hill. We will then visit some granite tors and slabs about 600 metres east of the summit that the leader hasn’t visited previously. We then descend the northern flank of the hill to the main feature of the day, which is a steep slab with good views. After a tricky scramble to get to the base of the slab we will continue to the Alpine Walking Track and investigate another small slab close by, before following the track back to the cars. Although a relatively short walk, it is mainly off-track in thick scrub with very steep, rocky slopes to negotiate in places. Minimum distance: 8 km with approx. 450 metres of ascent. The walk may be postponed if it is wet as the rocks will be slippery. Maps: Corin Dam, Williamsdale. Leader: Ian Wright: 6286 1473, Transport: ~80 km return. Limit: 8.

Tuesday 13 August: Navigation refresher #2 – S/E

An evening review of the principles and practice of Dead Reckoning at and near the home of Jenny & Rob Horsfield 6231 4535(h). This is how to navigate at night, in thick scrub or in a blizzard without a GPS. Nav. Refr. #1 is not a prerequisite. Interested persons are requested to please book as soon as possible.

Wednesday 14 August: Wednesday Walk

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



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This page covers activities from the second Wednesday of August 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.

Saturday 17 August: 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, with 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 17 August: Navigation refresher #3 – M/M

A day in the hills at the back of Kambah following a route and position fixing. Map: Tuggeranong. Leaders: Jenny and Rob Horsfield 6231 4535(h). Transport: N/A.

Tuesday 20 August: Three trigs and a waterfall – L/R/X

Starting in Pierces Creek Forest at the TNR locked gate walk south along the Tidbinbilla Range Rd over Black Spring Mountain to Pierces Trig, follow our footsteps for about 1 km to a point approx due east of Pierces Creek Falls. Walk 1.6 km (250 m descent) off track to the falls. Ascend Hardy Range (200 m climb) and head NW approx 2 km to Cotter Hill Trig. Descend to Pipeline Rd and follow it north for about 6 km and then make the final ascent to Hardy Trig. Expect patches of regrowth and a descent on a scree slope to the falls. About 18 km (4 km off-track) with a total climb of about 1100 m. A short car shuffle required. Maps: Tidbinbilla, Cotter. Leader: Mike Bremers 0428 923408, Transport: $36 per car. Limit: 10.

Wednesday 21 August: Wednesday Walk

Medium/hard walk for fit and experienced walkers; may include off-track walking and rock scrambling. Leader: Peter Wellman for BBC, 6288 5985.

Saturday 24 August: Apollo Rocks – M/R/slightly X

From the Apollo Road at 809E 609N, south, finding a way straight up for 350 metres through scrub and granite bluffs to the outcrop at 809E, 603N. This outcrop has a route inside it that allows access to the very top, with great views. Then SW along the ridge and down to the tracking station site. Thanks to Rob H for introducing me to this ridge (by a far more sensible route). Leader: Linda Groom , 02 6281 4917 Map: Corin Dam. Transport: $36 per car. Limit: 8.

Saturday, 24 August - The Four 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: n/a 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.

26–29 August: Budawangs 4 day hike – M/M

Commencing at Sassafras and finishing at Wog Wog and following trails past Quiltys Mountain to Styles Creek on to Mount Haughton, Mount Tarn, Bibbenluke Camp, Monolith Valley (a possibility), Burrumbeet Brook and Corang Plateau. Car shuffle required. Experienced full pack walkers only. Maps: Endrick, Corang. Leader: Paul E Limit: 6.

Tuesday 27 August: Granite Outcrops, Top of Kangaroo Creek, Namadgi NP – L/R part X

Starting at the Smokers Gap carpark, we will spend the day on a meandering route on the ridge to the north of Smokers Gap at the head of Kangaroo Creek. The oft visited Billy Billy Rocks are close by, but we will not go there on this trip as there are numerous other granite outcrops and knolls to investigate hidden in the Mountain Gum forests. This is a hard walk; mostly off-track in thick scrub with rocky slabs to negotiate in places. Minimum distance: 13 km with approx. 500 metres of ascent. Map: Corin Dam. Leader: Ian Wright 6286 1473, Transport: ~80 km return. Limit: 8.

Wednesday 28 August: Wednesday Walk

Medium/hard walk for fit and experienced walkers; may include off-track walking and rock scrambling. Leader: Philip Gatenby for NPA, 62543094,

Saturday 31 August: In the shadow of Palerang - S/E–M

A walk in the Tallaganda National Park. From the Forbes Creek track head east of Hoskinstown, follow trails to Mulloon Creek, then along the Palerang firetrail before swinging west off track for about an hour to the creek and the Mulloon firetrail back to the cars. Mostly on track. The forest is different from that near Canberra. About 5hrs actual walking. Map: Bombay. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) Transport: ~$15.

31 August–1 September: Navigation refresher #4 – M/R

A weekend off-track in the southern Namadgi consolidating the principles and practice of navigation with map and compass. Map: Yaouk. Leaders: Jenny & Rob Horsfield 6231 4535(h). Transport: ~$50 per vehicle.

Tuesday 3 September: Yankee Hats, Namadgi NP – M/R

Start from the Old Boboyan Rd car park and walk over both summits. This walk is off track and some regrowth is expected. Maps: Rendezvous Ck, Yaouk. Leader: Ian Hickson 6251 6858, Transport: ~ 120 km return. Limit: 8.

Tuesday 3 September: Navigation refresher #5: GPS I

GPS: Setting up and position fix. An evening at the home of Jenny & Rob Horsfield 6231 4535. Please book early.

(6), 7, 8 September: Bundanoon gourmet weekend - M/M

Drive to Bundanoon YHA on Friday evening, our base for the weekend. On Saturday, we will walk the spectacular and beautiful Bargo Gorge, twice as deep and twice as wide as Boxvale, on track. On Sunday, we will do the Four Lookouts walk, about 3 hours walking with spectacular views. Based on previous experience, both will have lots of wildflowers. The YHA is a renovated early 20th century home of delightful ambience. Shared meal on Saturday evening. About 5 hours walking each day. Maps: Picton, Mittagong. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) Transport: ~ $50 per person. Accommodation:~ $60.

Tuesday 10 September: Mount Major and Unnamed Rocks – M/R/X

From the Jinglemoney Firetrail, up the ‘usual’ Mount Major and mounts minor route, then continue on an exploratory route south west to a granite bluff. The main ascent is about 250 metres up Mt Major, and 3 other ascents of less than 100 metres each. Beautiful and varied forest, lichen-encrusted orange granite, views. Steep slopes, rock scrambling, patches of thick scrub. Map: Bombay. Leaders: Cynthia C and Linda Groom. Bookings to Cynthia. Transport: $50 per car. Limit: 10.

Tuesday 10 September: Navigation refresher #6: GPS II

GPS: Creating and using Waypoints. An evening at and near the home of Jenny and Rob Horsfield 6231 4535. Please book early.

Saturday 14 September: 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 Captain’s Flat Road) 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. A mixture of on and off track. Map: Hoskinstown. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) Transport: ~$10.

14–15 September: Woila Clearing – M/R

This walk is out and back from Pikes Saddle, descending and returning on a long spur to Woila Creek. The country is spectacular. Map: Badja. Leaders: Jenny & Rob Horsfield 6231 4535(h). Transport: ~$100 per car.

Wednesday 18 - Friday 20 September: Exploratory walks in the Southern Highlands – M/R and L/R, partly X

From a base at Bundanoon YHA, three exploratory day walks. The likely program is: Wednesday: Mt Jellore – fire trail, then an off-track climb of 150 metres to the top of a striking volcanic mountain, may require route finding through bluffs, 6 hour day? Thursday: the spectacular Russells Needle - mostly off track including a descent of 150 metres into the scrubby Jellore Creek and up again (twice), descent and climb of 100 metres on a razorback (twice), route finding through bluffs in several places, some exposure, will take a rope, 8 to 11 hour day. Friday: (c) Manandoo Falls or Sandy Creek – scrub, rock scrambling, 6 hour day? Maps: Hilltop, Mittagong, Bundanoon. Leader: Linda Groom , 02 6281 4917 Transport: $240 per car. Accommodation: $32 to $37.50 per person per night. Please contact leader by late July to ensure accommodation. Limit: 8.

Thursday 19 September: Navigation refresher #7: GPS and PC

An evening looking at interfacing GPS to PC. Use of digital mapping software (eg. OziExplorer, Garmin’s BaseCamp) and maps (e.g. NSW LPI TopoView digitised 1:25000 topo maps for PC, OZTopo vector maps for GPS) to plan, record and analyse trips. We’ll also look at Google Earth and other software. Bookings to: John Evans 0417 436 877, Transport: Drive yourself to UTM 55H 685271–6088292 (MGA94). Bring a little supper to share. Further details at http://www.johnevans.id.au

Saturday 21 September: Serenity Rocks – M/M

Park the cars at Mulloon Creek. Walk on track to Serenity Rocks through attractive bush with spectacular views at lunch before returning to the cars. A pleasant walk, about 12 km, 300 m climb. Map: Bombay. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) Transport: ~$15 per person.

28–30 September: Royal National Park – M/E

I have booked accommodation at Bundeena, a large house. We will drive down on Saturday morning. In the afternoon, we will walk Lady Carrington Drive, once a road but now a walking track through rain forest etc. On Sunday, we will do the spectacular and beautiful walk along the coast of the Park, from Bundeena to Wattamolla and return, about 6 hours walking. On Sunday, we will do the short but also beautiful walk from Garawarra Farm to North Era beach for lunch (3 hours) before driving home. Map: Otford. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) Transport: ~$60 per person. Accommodation: ~$120.

1–10 October: Southern ACT border walk - M/R

This part of the ACT border from the Clear Range to Gingera is challenging bushwalking through some great country. The leader has recently checked it out and thinks of it as good value as a long-distance walk. Map: ACT 1:100 000. Leader: Rob Horsfield 6231 4535(h) Transport: TBA. Expressions of interest are requested sooner than later.

(4), 5–7 October: Tom Groggin–Maguires Bridge - L/M/X

Starting at Tom Groggin we follow the Murray River downstream mostly on track for about 35 km to Maguires Bridge on the western side of the range. Day 2 is about 21 km and includes 700 m of climbing. Days 1 and 3 are shorter but day 3 may involve a river crossing (if safe) and/or several km scrub bashing. Car camp at Tom Groggin on the first night and pack camping beside the river on the next two nights. Car shuffle required. Maps: Tom Groggin, Youngal, Scammels Lookout. Leader: Mike Bremers 0428923408, Transport: ~$120 per person. Limit: 5.

(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 junction 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–M/L

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 to 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: http://www.australianalps.environment.gov.au/walktrack/map-guide.html Leader: Paul E, 6258 1949. Transport: tba. Limit: 8.

Sunday 10 November: Nadgigomar Nature Reserve – S/M

This 10 km walk through gently undulating open eucalypt forest in a little-visited nature reserve, will include climbing Sunset Mountain and Mayfield, a total of less than 300 m ascent. Possibility of wild flowers. Map: Oallen. Leader: Cynthia B. Transport: tba, from Spotlight in Queanbeyan. Limit: 12.



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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).