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This page covers activities for one month starting from the second Wednesday of August. 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 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, about 4hrs, 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.

Sunday 18 August: Mt Foxlow – M/M

Come and visit the very close-by, but little known Yanunubeyan National Park. We will drive down Woolcara Lane to an access point to the west of the park. The walk will be on ridges leading up to the peak, but mostly we will be off track, in a light understory. 600 m climb. ~5 hours walking. Map: Captains Flat. Leader: David D. Transport: ~$16.

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: http://www.tams.act.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0007/390580/cnpmapgoorooyaroo.pdf
Leaders: Nathan Holt and 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.

Monday 26 – Thursday 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,

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.

Sunday 1 September: Mt Wee Jasper – M/M

A 730m climb is a great way to start the Spring and to blow away those winter cobwebs. From the Fitzpatrick track head, we will climb the Hume and Hovell track. It’s 7.8 km from the trackhead to the summit. 6–7 hours walking. Map: Couragago. Leader: David D. Transport: ~$20.

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 Creek, 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: Brogo River – M/R/Part X

The Brogo River is a pristine stream lying on the escarpment to the NE of Nimmitabel. On Friday night we will drive to near the Tuross River and walk for about 1 hour along a fire trail to camp at Back River. On Saturday we will walk along the Razorback Fire Trail to the eastern side of the Brogo River and then descend to a large river flat to camp with a bonfire. Sunday morning we will climb 850m west to the Kydra Range and admire the view and the Casuarina nana. From there it is west back down to a fire trail and hence to the car. Beginners welcome. Maps: Yowrie, PuenBuen. Leader: Ian Hickson 6251 6858, Transport: ~$125 per car. Limit: 8.

(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. Leaders: Tom Gosling and 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.



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 September 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 11 – Friday 13 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 – book your own on the Bundanoon YHA web site. Or drive from Canberra to do any of these as day walks. Limit: 8 for the rough-graded walks; others welcome to share the accommodation; do easier self-guided walks in the area.

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.

Saturday 14 September: Booroomba trig and Blythburn Cottage –L/M

From the Tidbinbilla Rd north of Castle Hill, walk through the ‘Booroomba’ property to Booroomba trig (which is nowhere near Booroomba Rocks). Steeply down to cross Blue Gum Creek and visit Blythburn Cottage, built around 1885 (the site of an all-female dairy!). Exit via track into Namadgi National Park, crossing Blue Gum Creek again and so to the northern end of Bushfold Flats. Join the AAWT and ascend to the north ridge of Mt Tennent and down to the Namadgi Visitors Centre. I would encourage walkers who wish to extend their day walking to join in. We have nearly 12 hours of daylight and can take the walk at a moderate pace. Around 20 km and 800m climb. Maps: Tuggeranong, Corin Dam, Williamsdale. Leader: John Evans 0417 436 877, Transport: ~$10 per person; car shuttle required. Further details at www.johnevans.id.au Limit: 12.

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.

Sunday 15 September: Peak 1409 – M/R

Peak 1409 is the prominent rocky shale peak visible from Canberra as being in between Tidbinbilla and the Brindabellas. Located only a few crow-flying kilometers NE of Corin Dam, but along rough scrubby terrain. The walk will commence at the dam, proceed around a bend in the Cotter River and then follow ridges up to the summit. If the road is closed, we may need to try an alternative route from Fishing Gap. This is an exploratory walk for the leader. ~600 m climb. Map: Corin Dam. Leader: David D. Transport: ~$15.

Tuesday 17 September: Jerrabattgulla Creek, Southern Tributaries – M/R/W/part X

The walk is in a Preserved Forest area in the Tallaganda State Forest, 20 km 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 to a creek junction at Krawaree 271294. We then follow the side creek south 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, Krawarree and South Coast Forest Map 1:150,000. Leader: Ian Wright 6286 1473, Transport: 200 km ~$74 per car. 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

Friday 20 September: CANwalkFloriade8am walk – S/E

CANwalk is an association of many Canberra walking groups, facilitated by the Heart Foundation. CBC is assisting in the conduct of a 45 minute early morning walk through Floriade, starting at 8am, on each morning of Floriade from Saturday 14 September to Sunday 13 October. Map: Canberra. Leader: John Evans 0417 436 877, Bookings open to Club members and the public. Transport: drive yourself. 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. Leaders: Tom Gosling and Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) Transport: ~$15 per person.

Tuesday 24 September: Creeks and Spurs, 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, Transport: ~160 km return, ~$64 per car. Limit: 8.

Saturday-Monday 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. Leaders: Michael Sutton and Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) Transport: ~$60 per person. Accommodation: ~$120.

Three days in October: Canberra Centenary Trail – L/E

The Canberra Centenary Trail is due to be opened in October. There is more information at http://www.tams.act.gov.au/parks-recreation/recreational_activities/canberra_centenary_trail. Let’s get an early look at it by walking it in 3 non-contiguous days. Around 50 km and some climbs each day. Some walking in the dark involved. Maps: Bedulluck, Hall, Canberra, Tuggeranong. Leader: John Evans
0417 436 877, Transport: drive yourself/car shuttle or pickup. Further details at www.johnevans.id.au

Tuesday 1 October: South Coast – Burrewarra Point to Tomakin – M/M

Long drive (2¼ hours). From Burrewarra Point car park walk on track past WW2 radar station No. 17 Radar Station RAAF to lighthouse Burrewarra Point Light thence cliff top footpad and little-known beaches West to Barlings Island for lunch (some rock-hopping required). Good chance of whale sightings close inshore as this is the middle of Southerly migration period. After lunch a choice of a scenic inland walk along Bevian Rd, returning through Mogo State forest to junction of George Bass Drive and Bevian Rd; or a short drive to Broulee for level stroll around Broulee Island (Broulee Nature Reserve). Car shuffle between Burrewarra Point and Bevian Rd. Around 14 km and 400 m climb (10 km and 100 m for Broulee option). Map: Mogo. Leader: Eric G. Transport: ~$130 per car. Limit: 12 (3 cars).

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.

Friday 4 October: CANwalkFloriade 8 am walk – S/E

A repeat of Friday morning 20 September.

(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.

Tuesday 8 October: Kosciuszko NP – Burrungubugge Hut Ruin – M/M–R

From Locked gate on the Island Bend FT, follow IBFT to Burrungubugge river. Follow direction of the track marked on the Kalkite Mountain map to Hut. From a recent report the track is over grown. About 11 km and 300 m, a mixture of FT and off track. If time allows, visit the weir on the Gungarlin River – add 4 km and 100m. Leader: Max S. (please contact me before 4 October). Maps: Kalkite Mountain and Geehi. Transport: ~$140 per car. Limit: 8.

Sunday 20 October–Saturday 2 November: Blue Mountains– M/E – L/E–M

Up to two weeks of day walks in the Blue Mountains based at Blackheath Caravan Park, with a choice of camping beside the cars or staying in a cabin. Walks will alternate between medium and long; whilst mostly on track, substantial ascents are involved some days. Walk options include: Devil’s Hole/ Nellies Glen; Junction Rock/Grand Canyon; Glow Worm Tunnel/Dry Canyon; Narrow Neck/Clear Hill; Newnes Pipeline Track; Hippocrene and Vera Falls; Six Foot Track Megalong to Coxs River; Fortress Ridge; Mt Mouin; Mt Hay; Blue Gum Forest; Deep Pass/River Caves Canyon; Mt Solitary; Blackfellows Hand Rock/pagodas. I am happy for people to stay for all or part of the period; feasibility and cost will depend on how well your available dates match others’. Maps: from Katoomba, Mt Wilson, Jenolan, Jamison, Rock Hill, Ben Bullen, Cullen Bullen, Mt Morgan, Hampton. Leader: Jeff Bennets, 0418 662 870(m), Please send expressions of interest to me ASAP (preferably before end August, especially if wanting a cabin) to get the best options for sharing. Transport: depends on which walks you do, and numbers travelling at the same time; it is 600 km there and back not counting day travel. The Club’s standard transport cost rules will apply. Accommodation costs: http://www.bmtp.com.au/b-accommodation.html Limit: 12 at any one time.

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. 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 300m ascent. Possibility of wild flowers. Map: Oallen. Leader: Cynthia B. Transport: ~$70 per car, 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).