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  • April 2014
  • Archive of Activities
Not yet a member? You are welcome to participate in up to three activities before joining. To express interest to a leader whose contact details are not displayed, email - the leader will contact you. If you are not familiar with the procedures of the Club, please read the Walk Information.

When to book: Bookings for all walks on a weekend must be made to the walk leader by 2pm on the Thursday immediately before. Please note that leaders retain the right not to accept any walker.

Wednesday Walks: Wednesday walks are run jointly with the Brindabella Bushwalking Club (BBC) and National Parks Association ACT (NPA). Details are emailed a few days before each walk. Contact Janet, co-ordinator of Wednesday Walks to be added to the email list. If you are not a member of the BBC, NPA or CBC you must contact the leader before the walk to discuss the level of difficulty and must be accompanied on the walk by a sponsoring member.

Short-notice walks are added to this list. Club members who wish to be alerted when Short Notice walks are added, please logon and edit your profile accordingly.


Crossing the River Styx

Tuesday 1 April: Cuumbeun Nature Reserve, Four Ravines – L/M–R

We start 10 minutes from Queanbeyan and walk in the northern and southern sections of the Cuumbeun Nature Reserve to a point overlooking Googong Reservoir, before returning via a different route. Where possible we will walk off-track but there are sections of fire trail. The off-track walking is quite fast in open eucalypt woodlands and there is only light scrub, apart from short sections in the ravines. The four ravines are all short but require steep scrambles with some exposure on the exits. This is a long walk so we will need an early start. Minimum Distance: 26 km with approx. 1000 metres of ascent. Maps: Bungendore, Hoskinstown Leader: Ian Wright 6286 1473, Limit: 8 Transport: Approx. 50 km return

Wednesday 2 April: 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: Peter W.

Saturday 5 April: Mt Tennent (Part 1) – L/E–M

From Apollo Road, we will follow Tennent Fire Trail to the summit and then down to the Namadgi Visitor Information Centre along a footpad and the AAWT. ~13km + ~700m ascent, all on tracks or fire trails. Map: Williamsdale Leader: Terence U. Transport: Drive yourself. Short car shuffle.

Saturday morning 5 April: Googong Geocaching - M/E-M,ptX.

Great views over Googong Dam and the cascades on the Queanbeyan River below the dam. Geocaching around the northern section of the Googong Western Foreshores and Shoreline Walks. Another short loop around the beginnings of the Bradleys Creek Walk and Black Wallaby Loop Track. Home by early afternoon, but bring brunch/lunch. Around 10km and 280m climb. Maps: Hoskinstown and Tuggeranong. Leader: John Evans 0417 436 877, . Bookings open till 2pm Friday. Transport: ~$6 per person. Further details at www.johnevans.id.au.

Thurs–Sun (3) 4–6 April: Budawangs – M/M–R

Day 1 – Long Gully campsite, via Kalianna Ridge to campsite. Possible trip to the Castle. Day 2 – Monolith Valley past the Seven Gods and to a camping cave on the side of Mt Cole. Day 3 – Around Mt Cole to Mt Owen, down into Monolith Valley, Kalianna Ridge and returning to Long Gully campsite. Map: Corang. Leader: David D. Transport: $34–$46 per person.


Climbing Mt Palerang

Sunday 6 April: Mt Palerang – M/M

Palerang is a mountain near the Great Dividing Range south of the Kings Highway (the pointy one on the right as you approach Braidwood). Access is via Rossi and Forbes Creek. On a clear day you can see Braidwood, the Budawangs and the Brindabellas. The access ridges have moderate scrub and a few easy scrambles; there are also a few kilometres of fire trail walking. Map: Bombay. Leaders: Phillip Starr and Edwina Yee. Bookings to Phillip 6161 3835(h), 0419 281 096(m), Transport: ~160 km return, ~$60 per car, ~$15–$20 per person. Limit: 12

Wednesday 9 April: 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.

Saturday 12 April: Mt Tennent (Part 2) – L/M

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. Map: Williamsdale Leader: Terence U. Transport: Drive yourself.

Saturday 12 April: Wild Cattle Flat – S/E–M

Climb via fire trail east of Captains Flat to the trig station atop the Bollard Ridge from which views to the west. Then follow the ridge as it descends through open forest until you cross Ballinafad Creek. Lunch on a hill above the creek, then cross wild cattle flats and back to the cars through open forest. One creek crossing, otherwise all on track or easy off track. 8 km, 300 m aggregate climb, about 3¾ hrs actual walking. Return via the purple eatery. Map: Tinderry Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h) or Transport: ~$20


Yankee Hat rock art

Sunday 13 April: Yankee Hat Aboriginal Art Site plus a climb to the top of Yankee Hat Mountain – S/E or M/M

From the Old Boboyan Rd. car park to the Yankee Hat art site is about 6 km of easy track walking. To the Yankee Hat Summit and back will add an extra 3 km of steep scrub walking. Map: Yaouk, Rendezvous Creek. Leader: Mike Morriss 6287 5304 or Transport: $52 per car.

Tuesday 15 April: Washedaway Creek & Little Horseshoe Bend – L/R/W/partly X

From the fire trail junction at ~ 309E 333N (AGD 1966, 2nd ed of map), south to join the intriguingly rocky Washedaway Creek, follow it downstream to the Shoalhaven River. Here the 'exploratory' part of the walk ends. Down the Shoalhaven, noting a great campsite for future reference, then up the spectacular ridge from Little Horseshoe Bend to rejoin fire trail near Monitor Mount. Rock scrambling in Washedaway Creek, two thigh-deep wades of the Shoalhaven. About 12 km, main descent and ascent 400 m. 1 hr 50 min drive from North Canberra. Map: Touga Leader: Linda Groom , 02 6281 4917 . Transport: $100 per car. Limit: 8.

Wednesday 16 April:

Wednesday Walk See the Wednesday Walks information at the head of the Activity program, for conditions on participating. BBC Contact:

16–23 April: Walls of Jerusalem to Mt Ossa, Tasmania – A Deciduous Beech Walk – S–M/M–R

Australia's only winter deciduous shrub, Fagus, reaches peak autumn colours about Anzac Day. Our route takes us from the intricacies of the Walls of Jerusalem past alpine tarns fringed with Fagus and Huon Pine to a camp high above the Mersey River and a grand panorama of 'The Reserve'. From the Overland Track we'll climb Mt Ossa (the State's highest), and exit through Lees Paddocks. Maps: 1:100 km Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair NP or Mersey. Leaders: Rupert Barnett ; Philip G. Contact the leaders promptly, preferably by email. From February to mid-March contact Philip only. Limit: 6.

(17) 18–21 April: Mootik Plateau and Tonalli Range – M/R/part X

A chance to explore an interesting but seldom visited part of the southern Blue Mountains. Drive to Batsh Camp Thursday night. Leave cars at the Mt Armour Fire Trail and access Mootik Plateau via Colong Gap. Explore the Plateau for a view of Yerranderie Peak, and aim to descend near Woolpack Head – if not possible, we will descend the northern side of Colong Gap. Camp on the Tonalli River. Ascend the Tonalli Range near Zucchetti Head, check out the narrow, rocky ridge near Mount Yuburra. Descend near Coventry Head to Butchers Creek (camp). Kowmung Mtn, Chiddy Obelisk, Kowmung and Tonalli Gaps, Mt Colong (camp near spring). Return to cars via Mt Armour Fire Trail. Mostly off-track with scrub and rock scrambling. Views of well-known features from unusual angles. Run jointly with Coast and Mountain Walkers of NSW. Maps: Bindook, Yerranderie. Leader: Meg M. Transport: ~$180 per car. Limit: 8

Saturday 19 April: Moonlight Hollow – M/E

We will walk from Bulls Head to Bendora Arboretum (lunch) and loop back all on good tracks through lush forest, with running creeks and ferny gullies. 14 km and about 5 hours actual walking. Map: Tidbinbilla Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h) or Transport: ~$15

Saturday 19 April: Mt Tennent (Part 3) – L/M

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 footpad and the AAWT. ~14 km + ~1000 m ascent, on a mix of track, fire trail and off-track negotiable route through scrub. Map: Williamsdale Leader: Terence U. Transport: Drive yourself.

Sunday 20 April: Booroomba to Bushfold – M/E

Booroomba Rocks car park to Bushfold Flats and return. All on track. Distance about 12 km total – gradual climb on return leg. We'll take in the old farmhouse site at the northern end and the hut/shed at the southern end of Bushfold Flats. Maps: Corin Dam, Williamsdale. Leader: Quentin Moran, 6288 9840 (h), Transport: $31 per car, $8–$12 per person. Limit: 12.

21 April (Easter Monday): Tidbinbilla to Gibraltar Peak Grade – M/E

Meet at Kambah Village shops for an 8:30 departure to Tidbinbilla Visitors Centre. Follow footpaths through reserves to the recently opened trail up Gibraltar Peak. Great views from the top. Return via Birrigai and coffee/tea at the shop at the Visitors centre – it should be open on a Public Holiday. An easy walk on footpaths of about 12 km with climbing of about 400 metres. Map: Tidbinbilla. Leader: Tim W. 0409 847 534 . Transport: cost $24 per car.

Tuesday 22 April Mt Tennant via landslip route

From Namadgi Visitor Centre cross Naas Rd and follow creek bed to foot of slip then a steep and long scramble to summit. Confident climbers only. Return by way of South ridge to saddle then Easterly descent via another creek bed to park edge then follow contour North to start point. Slip section is vegetation free but scrub will be encountered elsewhere. Return route mostly exploratory for leader. Approximately 12km and 800m climb. Walk will be cancelled for safety reasons if rain predicted. Map: Williamsdale. Leader: Eric Glass 6286 3316(h),or preferably . Transport 50k return. Limit 8.

Wednesday 23 April:

Wednesday Walk See the Wednesday Walks information at the head of the Activity program, for conditions on participating. Leader: Eric P.


Saturday 26 April: Canberra Centenary Trail – Section 1 – Parliament House to Horse Park Drive – L/E

From Scrivener's Camp we will climb to Parliament Drive, head across the lake and up Anzac Parade to Mounts Ainslie and Majura and then down to Horse Park Drive. ~20 km + ~600 m ascent. Map: download at http://www.tams.act.gov.au/parks-recreation/recreational_activities/centenary-trail Leader: Terence U. Transport: TBA

Sunday 27 April: Canberra Centenary Trail – Section 2 – Horse Park Drive to Old Gundaroo Road – L/E

This section of the trail will take us through Goorooyaroo Nature Reserve and Mulligans Flat Nature Sanctuary. ~17 km + ~300 m ascent. Map: download from http://www.tams.act.gov.au/parks-recreation/recreational_activities/centenary-trail Leader: Terence U. Transport: TBA

Monday 28 April: Canberra Centenary Trail – Section 3 – Old Gundaroo Road to Hall Village – L/E

Much of the day will be spent following the northern part of the ACT Border, including an ascent of One Tree Hill, before dropping down to the village of Hall. ~19 km + ~300 m ascent. Map: download at http://www.tams.act.gov.au/parks-recreation/recreational_activities/centenary-trail Leader: Terence U. Transport: TBA

25–27 April: Bundanoon weekend 2 – S–M/E

We will stay at the home of club member Tom Gosling, now resident at Bundanoon. Drive down on Friday morning in time for lunch at Tom's place (each to provide his/her own). There will be three walks. The Friday afternoon walk will be in the Bundanoon area, about 3 hours, taking in a series of lookouts over Bundanoon Gorge. The Saturday walk will probably be in the vicinity of Fitzroy Falls, a mixture of track and off track, to see some old ruins c.1850 and then, through open bush, to a lookout overlooking Mt Carrialoo. We will do another walk of about 6.5 km on Monday morning, in the vicinity of Nellies Glen and Carrington Falls. Will return to home via Belmore Falls with lunch at Sutton Forest pub. Casa Gosling is a largish house but, while some will get beds, some will be in on mattresses in the lounge and maybe there will be a tent in the back yard. We will have everyone bring something for the meal on Friday night at the house and we will dine out at the local Pub on Saturday evening. Maps: Bundanoon Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h) or Transport: $35–40.

26–27 April: Weekends in the southern Namadgi #2 – Coronet Peak – S/R

An easy half-day to Pond Creek campsite, an early morning climb then an easy half day out. This would be suitable as an overnight pack trip for beginners. Maps: Corin Dam, Rendezvous Creek. Leaders: Jenny and Rob Horsfield 6231 4535. Transport: ~$32 per car.

26–28 Apr 2014: Mt Olympus, Tasmania – S–M/M–R

From the historic Echo Point Hut by Lake St Clair we climb to a hidden shelf on Mt Olympus, and camp amongst the autumn colours of fagus for two nights. On the second day a moraine gives us an easy route to a northern plateau in the Range, and the option of continuing along a rocky arête to big views from the southern summit. If there is interest, a further couple of nights could be spent on The Labyrinth. Maps: Olympus. Leaders: Rupert Barnett ; Philip G. Contact the leaders promptly, preferably by email. From February to mid-March contact Philip only. Limit: 6.


Tuesday 29 April: Canberra Centenary Trail – Section 4 – Hall Village to Black Mountain – L/E

Urban walking through Belconnen plus Gossan Hill Nature Reserve and the fringes of Black Mountain. ~19 km + ~200 m ascent. Map: download at http://www.tams.act.gov.au/parks-recreation/recreational_activities/centenary-trail Leader: Terence U.

Wednesday 30: April Canberra Centenary Trail – Section 5 – Black Mountain to Stromlo Forest Park – L/E

Today's highlights include the summit of Black Mountain, the Cork Oak Plantation and the National Arboretum. ~21 km + ~500 m ascent. Map: download from http://www.tams.act.gov.au/parks-recreation/recreational_activities/centenary-trail Leader: Terence U. Transport: TBA

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From 2011, a system was set up to send out emails advising of walks that for various circumstances are planned outside the normal monthly cycle. These "Short-notice walks" are listed here and can be searched with other archived walks via the search box below.

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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).