- December 2014
- Archive of Activities
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 sponsoringd member. Please note that leaders retain the right not to accept any walker.
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Monday evening, 1 December: YA 90 trig ('Mt Sheaffe') – S/E
Meet at Shopping car park, Farr Place, Isaacs for a 6:30 pm start. The walk starts a couple of streets away but parking there is limited. We will be walking in Isaacs Ridge Nature Reserve starting with an off track climb, ascending approximately 100m to YA 90, then returning on track through the pine forest. Map: Canberra Leader: Phillip Starr 6161 3835(h), 0419 281 096(m), Transport: Drive yourself. No need to book.
Monday 1 December: Isaacs Pines PRAMbulation – S/E
A walk designed for parents, and grandparents, with kids in strollers. A circuit through part of Isaacs and into the adjacent shady pine forest with occasional views to the Brindabellas. On wide bike path, sealed footpaths, and hard-packed forest trails, with about 5 minutes of somewhat stony forest trails. A bit more up and down than most PRAMbulations, though most of the pine forest route is level. Finish at the grassy playground next to Isaacs shops, with optional time for the kids to play; takeaway coffee is available from the shops (but there are no public toilets). About 1 hour 20 minutes actual walking. Meet at 10 am at Farr Place, Isaacs Shops. Non-members welcome. No need to book. Map: Google Maps. Leader: Sue Vidler 6290 0490. Transport: drive yourself.
Tuesday 2 December: Ettrema in a day – M/R/W
A circuit from the Jumps (391E 201N AGD 1966), down Bullfrog creek to Ettrema Gorge (417E 193N) then back up the next side creek (419E 207N, to 406E 204N). Cascades, crystal clear pools, some rainforest, some scrub, one camping cave, and lots of rock-hopping. No compulsory swims but some optional ones and one wade. About 11 km, 350 m of descent and ascent, 7 to 8 hours actual walking. A 1 hour 50 minute drive from Queanbeyan. Map: Nerriga Leader: Linda Groom , 02 6281 4917 Transport: $100 per car. Limit: 8. Late bookings considered.
Wednesday 3 December: Wednesday walk
See the Wednesday walks information at the head of the Activity program, for conditions on participating. BBC Contact: Peter Wellman,
Wednesday evening 3 December: Southside Stroll –The dead centre of Tharwa – S/E
Instead of digging down they raised the cemetery up! A 3 km round trip through an avenue of poplars will get us to this unique place. The de Salis cemetery overlooks the confluence of the Gudgenby and Murrumbidgee Rivers. Meet in the parking area above the picnic toilets in Tharwa, just over the Murrumbidgee River Bridge on the left, for a 6.30 pm walk start. No need to book. Map: Williamsdale. Leader: John Evans 0417 436 877, Transport: Drive yourself, but please contact me if you need a lift and I'll try to assist.
Thursday evening, 4 December: Frost Hollow, Cork Plantation and Arboretum – S/E
Meet at 6:30pm in the car park accessed via the lane beside 57 MacKellar Circuit, Cook. We will walk on track to the Arboretum via the Cork Plantation and the Aranda Frost Hollow. Returning to the cars on different tracks. No need to book. Map: Canberra Leader: Diana K. Transport: drive yourself
Saturday 6 December: Lake and meadows morning walk – S/E
A walk designed for parents with kids in backpacks and anyone who would like to walk before the heat of the day. From Yarralumla Bay, the walk will follow informal tracks (not bike path), which meander past tranquil corners of the lake. It will return through the bushland and meadows of Stirling Park, past the hut sites of workers who built the Hotel Canberra. About 5 kilometres in 1 hour 45 minutes on tracks or grassland, includes a few minutes of rocky lakeshore with a side-slope. Meet at the parking area next to the Elizabeth McKay Aquatic Centre, Alexandrina Drive, on the eastern side of Yarralumla Bay for an 8 am start. No need to book. Map: Canberra or Google Maps. Leaders: Linda Groom , 02 6281 4917 Transport: drive yourself or let Linda know if you need or can offer a lift.
Saturday 6 December: Lake Burley Griffin - Western Basin Loop M/E
Meet at the National Library at 0730 following the LBG walking/ bike track around the western basin. A 16 km walk for the time poor taking about 4-5 hours depending on breaks to allow for an early finish. Walk limit: 8 due to the shared nature of the LBG track. Leader: Edwina Y. Transport: drive yourself or let me know if you need a lift. Bookings required by 3pm, Friday 5 Dec 14.
Sunday 7 December: Tributaries of Sugarloaf Creek – M/R/W/X
A hot-weather circuit designed for maximum time near creeks and in rain forest, in the interesting country that is to your right as you drive down Clyde Mountain. From the Misty Mountain Fire Trail (708E, 597 N GDA 94) descend a scrubby ridge to Sugarloaf Creek; follow its tributary from junction at 711E 605N upstream, then cross a ridge, roughly near spot height 435, to meet another tributary and follow it back down to Sugarloaf Creek. Around 8 km but can be shortened if the going proves slow or the pools too hard to resist. Height changes, apart from the gentle gradients of the creeks, are: down 200 metres, up and down 150 metres on the intervening ridge, back up 200 metres to the cars. All off track. Depart Queanbeyan 7.30 am for the 1.5 hour drive. Map: Monga. Leader: Linda Groom , 02 6281 4917 . Transport: $48 per car. Booking: Late bookings considered. Limit: 12
Goorooyarroo Nature Reserve
Monday evening 8 December: Goorooyarroo Nature Park and Sammys Hill – S/E
This walk is mostly on fire trails and
tracks through pleasant grassland and to a hill with views. Meet at 6:30 pm on
the northern side of Horse Park Drive about 1.5 km toward Gungahlin from the
Federal Hwy junction (Gungahlin exit) Map: Goorooyarroo Nature Reserve at
cnpmapgoorooyaroo.pdf Leader: Phillip Starr 6161 3835(h), 0419 281 096(m), Transport: Drive yourself. No need to book.
Tuesday 9 December: Yankee Hat North and Middle Creek – M/R/part X
Yankee Hat rock art, up Yankee Hat North for geocache GC33R07 Oh My Hat!. Saddle, then down NW and up Middle Creek a way to geocache GC26Y22 Dinner Rock. Return true left Middle Creek and Gudgenby grasslands. Around 15km and 600m climb. Maps: Rendezvous Creek and Yaouk. Leader: John Evans 0417 436 877, Transport: ~$12 per person.
Thursday 11 December: PRAMbulation, Queanbeyan riverside walk – S/E
An afternoon walk designed for parents and grandparents with kids in strollers, beside the tranquil, if not entirely crystal, waters of the Queanbeyan River. A 40-minute circuit on bike paths, with solid tree shade in parts. We will head downstream, then back up past a cascading weir and across a suspension footbridge. Includes four road crossings. Playtime option at the end of the walk in the Glebe Park playground which has a shade awning and partial tree shade. No need to book. Non-members welcome. Meet in the bitumen car park next to the small basketball court, at the southern end of Glebe Park, Thorpe Avenue, Queanbeyan, at 1 pm. Map: Google Maps. Leader: Linda Groom , 02 6281 4917 Transport: Drive yourself or let Linda know if you need a lift.
Thursday evening 11 December: Black Mt Hat Band – S/E
Meet 6:30pm. Park at the end of Frith St near the electricity substation. We will walk to the top of Black Mountain and on the way down take the track around the mountain for 360° views of Canberra. No need to book. Map: Canberra Leader: Diana K. Transport: drive yourself
Sunday 14 December: Canberra Centenary Trail: Hall Village to Mulligans Flat Nature Reserve in Forde L/E
Starting from Hall at 0700 following the walking/ bike track along the northern ACT border and the CCT signage. Good views from a number of spots along the way, up One Tree Hill and drop into the northern camp site. Around 20 km and 300 metres climb. A good walk for the time poor taking from 5-6 hours depending on breaks to allow for an early afternoon finish. Map: download at http://www.tams.act.gov.au/parks-recreation/recreational_activities/centenary-trail. Leader: Edwina Y. Bookings close 3pm Friday, 12 Dec 14. Transport: drive yourself to Mulligans Flat Nature Reserve, Forde. Car shuffle required. Limit: 8.
Monday evening, 15 December: Kama Nature Reserve – S/E
Meet at 6:30pm. Kama Nature Reserve is located off William Hovell Drive opposite the suburb of Hawker; about 2.5km from Coppins Crossing turnoff if travelling towards Belconnen and about 2.5 km from Belconnen Way if travelling towards Glenloch Interchange. You can park on either side of the road. My white Land Cruiser YEP03Y will be parked at the entrance to the car park on the Eastern side. We will walk through an underpass then to the Molonglo River. Map: www.tams.act.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/386108/Kama-Nature-Reserve-Self12.pdf Leader: Phillip Starr 6161 3835(h), 0419 281 096(m), Transport: Drive yourself. No need to book.
Monday 15 December: Fadden Pines PRAMbulation – S/E
A morning walk designed for parents, and grandparents, with kids in strollers, through suburban Gowrie to the delightful Fadden Pines Park, where we will stop for about 20 minutes play time at the playground. All on bike path, fairly flat, with about 1/3 of the walk in good shade. The playground also has a shaded area, and public toilets. About 1 hour actual walking. Optional coffee at the Common Grounds Café afterwards. Meet at 10 am in the Gowrie Shops car park, Jeffries Street, outside the café. Non-members welcome. No need to book. Map: Google Maps. Leader: Linda Groom , 02 6281 4917 Transport: drive yourself or let Linda know if you need a lift.
Tuesday 16 December: Tallaganda National Park – L/R/part X
The start is 12 km south of Captains Flat on the Wild Cattle Flat road. We will spend the day off-track in the forests of Tallaganda National Park. We will investigate a rocky bluff at GR 219429. The day's route will differ from the previous walk. Distance: 15 km with 500 metres of ascent. Map: Tinderry Leader: Ian Wright 6286 1473, Transport: 155 km return Limit: 8
Wednesday 17 December: Wednesday walk
See the Wednesday walks information at the head of the Activity program, for conditions on participating. BBC Contact: Peter Wellman,
Thursday evening, 18 December: Urambi Hills – S/E
Meet at 6:30 pm at Learmonth Drive (Turn from Athllon Drive into Learmonth Drive, pulling over to the left, about 50m from the traffic lights). We will enjoy a pleasant stroll with views. No need to book. Map: Tuggeranong Leader: Phillip Starr 6161 3835(h), 0419 281 096(m), Transport: Drive yourself. No need to book.
Christmas Twilight Meal at Legoland 4pm Sunday 21st December - S/E
My idea is to take an evening picnic meal up to Legoland and from this wonderful rocky outcrop enjoy the view while celebrating an early Christmas in the bush in the company of fellow walkers, and of my family, son Michael and Bel before they return again to Brazil. So...on the Sunday before Christmas please meet at the Kambah Shops by 4 pm and from there we will organise transport. We drive to Honeysuckle Campground and then onto a rather rough unsealed road for about 5 kms up to where the old colimation tower use to be. We park cars here and with our Christmas goodies and maybe a few carol song sheets ( anyone please bring them) walk for about 40 minutes on a track to the Legoland Outcrop. Here we will have our meal, sing carols and look at the stunning view returning to the car before it gets too dark. Leader: Janet E. Transport: No need to book just turn up at Kambah ready to leave by 4pm. Petrol $12.
Monday evening, 22 December: Farrer Ridge and Wanniassa Hills – S/E
We will stroll along Farrer Ridge then on to Wanniassa Hills. Return via a different route. Meet at 6:30pm on Sulwood Drive, Wanniassa, between Sainsbury Street and Gaunson Crescent. Map: Tuggeranong Leader: Phillip Starr 6161 3835(h), 0419 281 096(m), Transport: Drive yourself. No need to book
Thursday 25th December Christmas Day: Lunch at Black Mountain Peninsular
We hope you will be able to join us right at the end of Black Mountain Peninsular this year on Christmas Day. Any time from midday onwards. Barbecues and toilet facilities are available. Bring your lunch, shared nibbles and a canoe if you have one. Contact the leaders if you want more information. Leaders: Doug Wright 6281 4148 and Margaret Roseby 6166 0118, 0428 142 733.
27–29 December: Mt Twynam, Watsons Crags – M/M
An alpine pack walk from Guthega, featuring wildflowers and fine views. Sat: 7km to a campsite on Pounds Ck at 1950m for both nights. Sun: with day packs to Twynam (3rd highest in Australia, 2196m), Watsons Crags ("peninsula" of 2000m+ elevation extending far into Geehi Gorge), and possibly Mt Anton (11km ret). Early finish Mon. The walk is short horizontally but rates medium distance because of the uphill walking. Bring stove if cooking. Map: Perisher Valley, or Rooftop's Kosciuszko National Park Forest Activities Map Jindabyne – Khancoban. Leader: Jeff B., by 2 pm Tues 23 Dec. Transport: ~460 km return, ~$175 per car, ~$45–$60 per person, plus park entry. Limit: 12.
27–30 December: The Upper Kowmung River M/R–X
This is a classic Blue Mountains river trip with much rock hopping and scrambling. There will many compulsory swims so warm weather will be welcome and good pack waterproofing a necessity. The descent into the river and the climb out on the return are significant. I will be accessing the Kowmung from the south at the junction with Tuglow Hole Creek and exiting either at the Ruby Creek Junction or via a ridge near Hatchers Hollow. A car shuffle will be needed. Maps: Shooters Hill, Gurnang, Yerranderie. Leader: Lorraine Tomlins, 6248 0456(h), Transport: ~ $190 per car. Book: by 19 December.
View from Mt Tate
27 December–1 January 2015: Walks in the Snowy Mountains
Stay at a self-catering Ski Lodge at Smiggin Holes and enjoy day trips in the Snowy Mountains. Leaders: Janet Edstein and Mike Morriss. Information and booking: contact Doug Wright 6281 4148 Transport: $60 plus park entry fee. Shared accommodation cost: $35 per person per night.
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