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  • January 2015
  • Archive of Activities
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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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Saturday 3 January: Murrumbidgee River – S/E

No need to book. Meet at 3.30 pm at Casuarina Sands (turn right off Cotter Rd before the Murrumbidgee bridge at the Casuarina Sands sign, then immediately left – there is an amenities block near where we park). If it is cool to mild we will walk 5 km to the big pool at Bulgar Creek junction where we will have the option of a swim and picnic tea before returning. If it is hot we will just walk a couple of kilometres upstream then have a longer stop there. Bring a torch in case we're delayed and old shoes to wear in the water if you don't want the yabbies nipping your toes. Map: Cotter Dam (not required) Leader: Jeff B., Transport: Drive yourself.

Saturday 3 January: Cbr100Challenge Training – Mt Tennent – L/E

A quick (as quick as I can go at the moment) trip up Mt Tennent. Around 14km and 800m. Approximately 3 and a half hours. Map: Williamsdale. Leader: John Evans 0417 436 877, . Transport: Drive yourself to meet at the Namadgi Visitors Centre outer car park at 7am. No need to book, but please contact me if you need a lift and I’ll try to assist.

Monday, 5 January 2015: Mount Taylor Triple – M/E

The plan for this walk is to go to the summit of Mount Taylor three times via three different routes, taking in the fabulous views of Canberra, Tuggeranong, and the Brindabellas. The descents will be via another three routes. Meeting time is 6:00 pm at Sulwood Drive, opposite Mannheim Street, Kambah. All up, the walk's about 8km with around 500 metres of climbing. Should finish by civilian twilight at 8:51 (sunset is at 8:22) but please bring a torch. No need to book. Map: Mount Taylor Nature Reserve www.tams.act.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0011/390593/cnpmapmttaylor.pdf Leader: Nathan Holt 0414 628 429 or Transport: drive yourself but let me know if you need a lift.

Tuesday 6 January: Orroral Hill outcrops, Namadgi National Park – L/R

A walk to look at some of the enormous granite slabs and tors in the vicinity of Orroral Hill. Starting at the Orroral Tracking Station site we follow the Granite Tops Walking Track for 3 km before heading off track for the day. The scrub is thick. The route and distance will be determined by how hot the day is. Distance: up to 14 km with 800 m of ascent. Map: Rendezvous Creek Leader: Ian Wright 6286 1473, Transport: 97 km return Limit: 8

Wednesday evening 7 January: Southside Stroll – Farrer's Grave – S/E–M

I first met William Farrer as a young stamp collector. Come and see where the originator of the 'Federation' strain of wheat lies at rest under a marble obelisk. The obligatory geocache 'Overlooking the scene of his labours' is nearby. 1.5 km round trip through lightly timbered grazing land with 40m climb, so not too taxing. Meet at 6.15 pm in the Point Hut Crossing sealed car park before crossing the Murrumbidgee. We'll car pool the last 3 km as parking is limited at the stile. No need to book. Map: Tuggeranong 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 8 January: Aranda Bushland, Kiers Trig and Frost Hollow – S/E

Meet at 6:30pm in the car park accessed via the lane beside 57 MacKellar Circuit, Cook (go through the gate). We will walk in the Aranda Bushland to the Kiers Trig point and then pick up a trail to the Aranda Frost Hollow. Returning to the cars on different tracks. No bookings. Map: Canberra Leader: Diana K. Transport: drive yourself

Saturday 10 January: Kambah Pool to Jews Corner and return – M/E

River track each way with a swim at Jews Corner and/or Kambah Pool. Map: ACT 1:100 000 Leader: Rob Horsfield 6231 4535. Transport: meet Kambah Pool 0800hrs.


Mt Townsend

10–11 January: Mt Townsend – L/R

Visit the highest tarn in Australia on the upper slopes of the nation's second highest mountain. Enjoy the wildflowers and spectacular rocks. On Saturday afternoon, we will drive down and camp at Sawpit Creek near Jindabyne. This will allow for an early start from Thredbo on the Sunday. We will take the Thredbo chairlift and walk the Main Range track to a point below Townsend. Then it is off-track to the summit. Return via the same route. 22 km. Book by 6 January. Map: Perisher Valley Leader: David Dedenczuk 0417 222 154, Transport: ~460 km return. $175 per car or $45–$60 per person. Plus park entry and chairlift. Limit: 8

Saturday 10 Jan 15 Lake Burley Griffin - Western Basin Loop M/E

Meet at the National Library at 0700 following the LBG walking/bike track around the western basin. A 16 km walk for the time poor taking about 4 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 9 Jan 15.

Saturday 10 January: Cbr100Challenge Training – 40km on the 50km route – L/E

A wander along most of the 50km route for the Cbr100Challenge. LBG, Anzac Parade, Mt Ainslie, Ainslie-Majura saddle, down to Federal Highway, back of racecourse, Lyneham and O’Connor Ridges, Black Mountain, cork oaks, back via south side of LBG. Maps: Canberra and Hall. Leader: John Evans 0417 436 877, . Transport: Drive yourself to meet at Mr Spokes bike hire on LBG at 6.30am. Book by 6pm Friday.

Sunday 11 January: Cooleman Ridge – S/E

This circuit takes us from the northern-most end of the Cooleman Ridge Nature Reserve along a well-defined equestrian trail for much of the walk, with views from the northwest around to the south across grassy pastoral leases to the multiple mountain ranges. From the top of Mt Arawang there are spectacular views in all directions. The last part of the walk is along the ridge top and around the backs of houses, overlooking the suburb of Chapman and across to Black Mountain. The total distance is only 9 km but with some steep sections...home for lunch. Map: Tuggeranong, Leader: Phillip Starr 6161 3835(h), 0419 281 096(m), Transport: Drive yourself but tell me when you book if you need a ride. Please book by 2 pm Thursday 8 January.

Monday 12 January 2015 – Mount Ainslie – S/E

This evening walk will follow the Centenary Trail around the northern and eastern sides of the mountain, before heading to the summit and down the hill back to the cars. Meet at 6:30 pm behind the War Memorial in Treloar Crescent. About 7 km – should finish in daylight but please bring a torch. No need to book. Map: Mount Ainslie Nature Reserve www.tams.act.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0006/390597/cnpmapmtainslie.pdf Leader: Nathan Holt 0414 628 429 or Transport: drive yourself but let me know if you need a lift.

Tuesday 13 January 2015: Source of the Murrumbidgee – S/M

A 10 km return walk mostly on Peppercorn Firetrail to the source of the Murrumbidgee River. A small bit of scrub bashing near the source so bring your gaiters. A short walk but a long drive to Long Plain north of Kiandra. Map: Peppercorn 1:25000 Leader: Mike B. Transport: $175 per car. Book: by 3 pm Sun 11 Jan. Limit: 8.

Tuesday 13 January 2015: Boolijah Creek – M/R/W/part X

A circuit suitable for hot weather. Highlights include cliff-base boulder gardens, rainforest, and an awesome junction where two big waterfalls meet. From the Nerriga-Nowra Road at 554E 112N (GDA94) walk north on the Yarramunmun fire trail for 5km, to 554E 150N, then northwest down through the cliff line to explore two sandstone pillars (recommended by Shoalhaven Bushies). Descend to Boolijah Creek, then upstream to the junction at 543E 150N. Continue upstream, scrambling, wading and with short swims, till time runs out, then exit back to the fire trail. About 13 km and 8 to 9 hours including breaks, 300 m descent. Depart Queanbeyan at 6.15 am for the 2 hour drive. Map: Sassafras Leader: Linda Groom , 02 6281 4917 Transport: $112 per car. Limit: 8 Late bookings considered.

Wednesday 14 January: Wednesday Walk - Booroomba Rocks – M/M

Distance around 9 km with climbs totaling about 400 m. This will be a shortened walk with an earlier start to avoid the afternoon heat. Beginning at Booroomba Rocks car park we will follow the footpad to Booroomba Rocks. From there we will walk off track to spot height 1396. The off track section includes some minor rock scrambling, some light scrub and some wonderful granite. We will return via the same route. I expect that we will be home for lunch. Map: Corin Dam, Leader: Phillip Starr 6161 3835(h), 0419 281 096(m), Transport: $10. Rendezvous: Kambah Village, Cnr Drakeford Drive and Marconi Street (opposite service station), for 8:00 departure.

Wednesday evening 14 January: Southside Stroll – Lake Tuggeranong – S/E

Help me push my wife around. A lazy lap of Lake Tuggeranong. For extra exercise you can push Gay's wheelchair. Prams, dogs on leash also welcome. Meet at 6.30 pm in Bartlet Place, between Club Pink and the Tuggeranong Town Park. No need to book. Around 7 km. Map: Tuggeranong 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 15 January: Mt Painter – S/E

Meet at 6:30pm in the car park accessed via the lane beside 57 MacKellar Circuit, Cook. We will walk on track up Mt Painter for great views from the top. Returning via the horse paddocks and Wybalena Ridge, mostly on tracks. No need to book. Map: Canberra Leader: Diana K. Transport: drive yourself

Saturday 17 January: Bundanoon Creek – S/M–R/X

From Riverview Lookout, we descend through rainforest beside cascading Dimmocks Creek to its junction with Bundanoon Creek, for a swim and/or a look around the gorge. Return the same way. About 6 km total walking and 340 m ascent much of which is off track. Map: Bundanoon Leader: Jeff B., book by 2 pm the Thursday before. Transport: 300 km return, ~$110 per car, $30–$40 per person. Limit: 12.

Saturday 17 January: Cbr100Challenge Training – Forde to Hall and return via the Canberra Centenary Trail – L/E

Join me for as much or as little as you like. Ring me to find out where I am. Around 40 km. Map: Hall Leader: John Evans 0417 436 877, Transport: Drive yourself.

(16) 17–20 January: Wollemi & Blue Mountains National Parks – Newnes and Upper Grose Valley area – S/E to M/R

Saturday: Newnes Glow Worm Tunnel, Bells Grotto and Wolgan View Canyons (S/E); no abseils or swims required. Possible stops at Gooches Crater, Upper Wollangambe River, to explore the pagodas, caves, and wetlands. Sunday: Du Faur Creek (Clatterteeth Canyon), (M/M/W 12 km & 250 m climb) A great introductory canyon which can be traversed by li-lo, walking in shallow water and scrambling over boulders. Each person needs their own cotton covered li-lo and wetsuit and should be confident in deep water. Possible side trip into Bell Creek with its classic canyon constrictions. Monday: Pierces Pass to Victoria Falls, (M/R 9 km & 850 m climb) We'll descend to the Grose River via the Hungerford Track, walk to Burra Kurrain Flat and then ascend to Victoria Falls. All on bush track, car shuttle required. Tuesday AM: Dargan Creek Canyon, (S/M/W 3 km & 100 m climb) This excellent introductory canyon has some reasonably sustained constrictions and requires short swims. Further info on each walk at https://sites.google.com/site/feralkaza/home under 'Upcoming Trips – Wollemi & Blue Mountains National Parks'. Maps: Wollangambe, Lithgow, Mount Wilson and Katoomba Leaders: Karen Cody, and Bob S. Please book by: the 8 January. Transport: ~$80 per person with 3 per car. Accommodation: Free camping available on 7 acres of private property in Dargan, with hot showers and toilets available. Feel free to 'wag' some of the walks to visit nearby tourist attractions. Saturday night we will eat at a nearby Pub, and on Sunday night we'll have a self-catered BBQ. Limit: 12


View from Mt Majura

Monday, 19 January 2015 – Mount Majura – S/E

This evening walk will follow the Centenary Trail to the summit of Mount Majura. After soaking in the view and touching the trig, we'll head down the eastern side of the mountain, before heading back to the cars. Meet at 6:30 pm at the end of the houses in Antill Street, Hackett. About 7 km – please bring a torch. No need to book. Map: Mount Majura Nature Reserve www.tams.act.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/390578/
cnpmapmajura.pdf
Leader: Nathan Holt 0414 628 429 or Transport: drive yourself but let me know if you need a lift.

19–22 January: Rowleys Hut Leura Gap loop – M/M–R

A reasonably relaxed 4-day loop with an emphasis on flexibility bearing in mind summer walking conditions. Potentially hot and possible fire danger (including complete fire ban) the walk has planned easy-outs and will be postponed if weather or fire conditions are unfavourable. Day 1: Rowleys Hut to Dunns Flat Creek. Day 2: Dunns Flat to Leura Gap Day 3: Leura Gap to Dunns Flat Creek. Day 4: Dunns Flat to cars or Upper Cotter to cars. Maps: Rendezvous Creek and Rules Point Leader: Michael B. Bookings by 12 January please. Transport: ~$65 per car. Limit: 5

Wednesday 21 January: Wednesday walk

See the Wednesday walks information at the head of the Activity program, for conditions on participating. BBC Contact: Peter Wellman,

Thursday evening 22 January: Mt Stromlo and Brown Trig – S/E

Meet at 6:30pm. Turn off Cotter Road onto Mount Stromlo Road and then park opposite the water treatment plant, a couple of hundred metres before the boom gates. Map: Canberra and Cotter Dam Leader: Phillip Starr 6161 3835(h), 0419 281 096(m), Transport: Drive yourself. No need to book.

Saturday 24 January: Molonglo Gorge – S/E

River track from car park to Blue Tiles area with a swim en route. Map: ACT 1:100 000 Leader: Rob Horsfield 6231 4535. Transport: Meet Molonglo Gorge car park 0800hrs.

(23) 24–27 January: Kowmung River (Bulga Denis Canyon) – M/M–R

Drive to Kanangra Walls Friday evening for a relaxed four-day walk through one of the most scenic sections of the Kowmung River. Descend Cambage Spire (rock scrambling) to the Kowmung and walk through Bulga Denis Canyon, which is a gorge, not a narrow slot. Exit up Roots Ridge. Descent and ascent of ~800 metres. Frequent river crossings; waterproof your pack, as some crossings can be deep; expect to get your shoes wet. Joint walk with Coast and Mountain Walkers. Maps: Kanangra, Yerranderie Leader: Meg M. Transport: ~500km return, $185 per car, $46+ pp. Limit: 8

(24) 25-26 January: Canoeing Albury to Howlong - M/E/W

Since I have a damaged foot we are going canoeing for two days on the Murray - a winding river with nicely-high water levels at the moment, river red gums and plenty of choice of grassy banks to camp on. We will hire Canadian canoes in Albury. Depart Canberra on Saturday 24th to stay overnight at a caravan park near Albury. Start canoeing around 8 am Sunday morning, about 6 hours paddling. Bush camp that night. Paddle another 5 hours on Monday. The canoeing company will drive us back to Albury (35 minutes drive). Drive back to Canberra that afternoon or at your own pace. The Canoeing company will provide canoes, lifejackets, waterproof barrels, maps and notes; we provide the rest and guide ourselves. Canoe hire plus the pick-up at the end = $80 to $120 per person depending on numbers. Leaders: Peter Conroy and Linda Groom , 02 6281 4917 . Map: tba. Transport: $260 per car. Limit: 8.


Booroomba Rocks

Sunday 25 January: Booroomba Rocks – M/M

Beginning at Booroomba Rocks car park we will follow the footpad to Booroomba Rocks. From there we will walk off track and across wonderful granite to spot height 1396. Expect marvelous views. This is an area not usually visited by tourists as they usually stop at the end of the footpad. The total distance is only 9 km but with some steep sections...home for lunch. Map: Corin Dam, Leader: Phillip Starr 6161 3835(h), 0419 281 096(m), Transport: $36 per car ($9–$11 per person). Please book by 2 pm Thursday 22 January.

(24), 25–26 January: Snowy Mts weekend: (various)

Drive down Saturday morning to our accommodation at the Southern Alps Ski Club Lodge at Charlotte Pass. The Saturday afternoon walks will be Mt Stilwell and Spencers Creek, 2 hours and 1¼ hours respectively, led by Ross Andrews and me. We will do the Main Range on Sunday, 22 km and 6½ hours, all on track, with Michael Sutton and Ross Andrews leading. I will also lead the Rennix Track, about 4 hours for those who want a shorter option. We will do Rainbow Lake, a short but attractive walk, on Monday morning before we go home. Map: Perisher Valley Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h) or Transport: ~$50–$60 incl park entry. Accommodation: single room – $125 for the weekend, double/twin – $85 per person for the weekend at last advice. Please note that I will be away for part of December.

Monday, 26 January 2015 – Mount Tennent – M/M

An 0800 start from the Namadgi Visitors' Centre to Mt Tennent for good views from the top, weather depending. The walk is on track, quite a few steps, with a steep climb to the summit. Map: Williamsdale Leader: Nathan Holt 0414 628 429 or Bookings: please book by 6pm on Thursday, 22 January 2015. Transport: drive yourself but please advise if you need transport.

Wednesday 28 January: Wednesday walk

See the Wednesday walks information at the head of the Activity program, for conditions on participating. NPA Contact: Mike Smith msmith@netspeed.com.au

Thursday 29 January: Two Ponds PRAMbulation, Inner North – S/E

A walk designed for parents and grandparents with kids in strollers, that takes in two inner north wetlands. Meet at Lyneham shops, in Hall Street outside the Lyneham Primary School, at 1 pm. From there on bike path around the Lyneham Wetlands, and then up the corridor of green that leads to the Dickson Wetlands, returning by almost the same route. Mature trees provide sections of shade. One bit of bumpy paving over a footbridge. About 1 hour 10 minutes actual walking. Optional coffee at Tilleys afterwards. No need to book. Map: Google Maps Leader: Marg Roseby 0428 142 733. Transport: Drive yourself or let me know if you need or can offer a lift.

Thursday evening 29 January: Campbell Park – S/E

Be at the northern end of the airport side of the Campbell Park offices car park at 6:30pm. The walk follows the track along the eastern side of the Ainslie reserve toward Mt Majura then loops back. Map: www.tams.act.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0006/390597/cnpmapmtainslie.pdf Leader: Phillip Starr 6161 3835(h), 0419 281 096(m), Transport: Drive yourself. No need to book.

Saturday, 31 January 2015 – CBR100 Challenge training - Weston Creek Circuit – L/E pt X

I'm training for the 50km version of the CBR100 to be held in March. A walk that will circumnavigate Weston Creek, visiting each of the trigs around Weston Creek (Stromlo, Narrabundah, Cooleman, Arawang, Taylor and Oakey). Around 25km all up with starting time depending on the weather forecast. Bookings: By 2pm Thursday 29 January please. Map: Canberra Leader: Nathan Holt 0414 628 429 or Transport: drive yourself but let me know if you need a lift.

Monday evening 2 February: Goorooyarroo Nature Park – Sammys Hill – S/E

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 6.30 for a walk around the park. No need to book. Map: n/a Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h) or Transport: Drive yourself.

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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. Since April 2014, these are included in the monthly program. Those prior to 2014 are listed here and can be searched with other archived walks via the search box below.

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