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  • March 2015
  • 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.

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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Sunday 1 March 2015 – Gibraltar Peak – M/E

Starting from the Tidbinbilla Visitors Centre, we will follow a walking trail up to the summit of Gibraltar Peak, with its fabulous views over Tidbinbilla and the Murrumbidgee valley, making the climb well worth the effort. From there, we'll complete the circuit back to the cars. About 13km all up. Should be finished by lunchtime. Bookings: by 2pm Thursday, 26 February please. Map: Tidbinbilla Leader: Nathan Holt 0414 628 429 or . Transport: around ~$10 per person.

Sunday 1 March: Monga Rainforest Adventure – S/R

(Rescheduled from 8 February.) A walk designed for active kids aged 7 to 12 and their parents or grandparents. A circuit of 4 km from the River Forest Road with the highlight being magical Eucryphia forest, with a few monkey vines and a small clear creek. Mostly open under storey, but we will also have to get through 200–300 metres of scrub which guards the rainforest. Good shade. Meet in Braidwood, after which there will be a 10–15 minute drive. Map: Monga Leader: Linda Groom , 02 6281 4917 Transport: drive yourself or let Linda know if you need or can offer a lift. Bookings welcome up to 8 pm the night before.

Tuesday, 3 March: Nadgigomar Nature Reserve Western Section – L/M

The walk is in the Sunset Mountain section of Nadgigomar Nature Reserve 35 km north of Braidwood. The terrain is hilly or slightly undulating and there are extensive mature, dry sclerophyll woodlands. A fire has recently burned through some of the reserve and our route will take us in and out of burnt areas. The route is mostly off-track. Minimum distance: 17 km with approx. 500 metres of ascent Map: Oallen Leader: Ian Wright 6286 1473, Transport: 192 km return Limit: 8

Wednesday 4 March: Wednesday walk

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


Saturday 7 March: CBR100 Challenge training – Lake Burley Griffin circuit inc Black Mountain, Mount Ainslie – L/E

Last training walk before the CBR100 Challenge. A complete lap of Lake Burley Griffin, including visiting Black Mountain and Mount Ainslie. You're welcome to join me for as long or as short as you like – phone me to check where I am. Bookings: By 2pm Thursday 5 March please. Map: Canberra Leader: Nathan Holt 0414 628 429 or . Transport: drive yourself but let me know if you need a lift.

(6) 7–9 March (Canberra LWE): Blue Mountains – L/M–H

Leave Canberra Friday night and stay in a comfortable guesthouse in Katoomba for the long weekend. Saturday: Mt Solitary from Katoomba Falls via Furber Steps, return same way. Sunday: Rodriguez Pass via Govetts Leap and Junction Rock to Evans Lookout. Monday: Porters Pass and Centennial Glen (half day). Each walk is on track and has great valley views but involves lots of stairs. Map: Katoomba Leaders: Edwina Y. and Quentin M. Bookings to Edwina. Transport: ~$78 per person with 3 per car. Accommodation: singles $28 per night (dorm rooms only). Accommodation includes light breakfast. Limit: 8.


Wattamolla Beach

7–9 March 2015: Royal National Park Coastal Track – L/M

This walk on the Canberra Day long weekend traverses the length of Royal National Park (RNP) following the Coastal Track. We will walk along cliffs, beaches and escarpments, taking in magnificent ocean views and the rugged beauty of RNP's coastline as we go. On Day 1 most of the track is exposed with no shade making the walk long and arduous. There are many climbs and ascents along the way on stony surfaces with some rock hopping and climbing around headlands, so a good level of fitness and experience carrying an overnight pack is essential. Sat: we drive to Otford and park the cars. We then catch the train to Cronulla, board a ferry to Bundeena and camp at Bonnie Vale campground overnight. In the afternoon we will do a short walk around the headland. Sun: from Bundeena we walk 21 km to North Era campground and camp overnight, surrounded by stunning coastal scenery. Swims possible along the way. Monday: walk out to Otford (300 m steep climb), about 10 km. Maps: Port Hacking, Otford Leader: Barry Keeley, 6241 3447 or Transport: ~$60 per person. Camping fees: ~$25. Limit: 8.

7–9 March: Jillicambra Mountain – M/M–R

An off-track walk in the rugged Wadbilliga NP for the Canberra Day long weekend. From the Woila Ck–Tuross R junction, walk downstream ~ 3kms. Ascend a side creek to camp on a forested plateau on the eastern side of Jillicambra Mtn. Climb the mountain (1026m), descend an eastern ridge and camp at a beautiful pool on the Tuross R. Return 5kms upstream to our cars. AWD vehicles required. Map: Belowra Leader: Meg M. Transport: ~340kms return, $125 per car, $31+ pp. Limit: 8.

7–9 March: Stone Bridge and Merriangaah Peak – M/R/part X

From a camp on a high, grassy, semi-island in the Snowy River, we explore a granite gorge downstream on Saturday afternoon. On Sunday, we head upstream to the Stone Bridge, where the Snowy River disappears into a stone tunnel. On Monday, we climb up 350 m to Merriangaah Peak. Feel free to skip a day and stay at the camp, and watch for platypus in the Snowy's clear pools. The campsite is an easy 3 km walk from the cars, and is on crown land just outside the Merriangaah Nature Reserve boundary; we are permitted to camp there. The walks are off track, with some rock hopping and scrub. A 3-hour drive from Canberra via Nimmitabel. Maps: Tombong 1:50,000, Bukalong Leader: Linda Groom , 02 6281 4917 . Transport: $160 per car. Limit: 12. Late bookings considered.


7–9 March: Bundanoon Gourmet Weekend – M/E

Drive down on Saturday morning. We will stay at the home of club member Tom Gosling, at Bundanoon. The Saturday afternoon walk will be around the cliff line at Bundanoon, about 3 hrs taking in the spectacular Fairy Bower Falls. The Sunday walk will probably be the Wombat Hill walk, about five hours just off Meryla Pass overlooking the lower Kangaroo Valley with dramatic views. On Monday, we will probably do the short but beautiful Erith Coal Mine loop. We will dine out at the local Pub on Saturday evening and have "an everyone bring something" meal on Sunday night at the house. Map: Bundanoon Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h) or

Tuesday 10 March: Cbr100Challenge Training – Walk the 25km route – L/E

It’s getting close, so best to maintain walk fitness. Westside@ActonPark – Black Mountain – Scrivener Dam – Red Hill – Melbourne Avenue – Commonwealth Ave bridge. Around 25km and 675m, starting 6.20am. Map: Canberra. Leader: John Evans 0417 436 877, . Transport: Drive yourself. Late bookings welcome.

Wednesday 11 March: Wednesday walk

See the Wednesday walks information at the head of the Activity program, for conditions on participating. CBC Leader: Linda Groom , 02 6281 4917 6281 4917

Thursday 12 March: Southside Stroll – M/E

How about a stroll north from Kambah Pool along the Murrumbidgee River track? A few geocaches too. Around 8km and 480m climb. Maps: Tuggeranong, Canberra, Cotter Dam. Leader: John Evans 0417 436 877, . Transport: Drive yourself to meet at the top Kambah Pool car park by 6.30pm. No need to book.

Saturday 14 March- Yaouk Gap – Porcupine Creek – M/R/X

This is a reconnaissance along this section of the ACT border involving scrub and steep terrain. Map: Yaouk Leader: Rob Horsfield 6231 4535. Transport: ~$80 per vehicle.

Saturday 14 March: Cbr100Challenge Training – night walking from Duffy to Westside@ActonPark – L/E

The 100km next weekend will see us walking through the night. Here's an opportunity to get used to the conditions. Leave from my home in Duffy at 8pm; pick up the route on the Cotter Rd and walk via Red Hill. Around 25km and 300m. Should finish around 2am. Map: Canberra Leader: John Evans 0417 436 877, Transport: ~$4, car shuttle required. Late bookings welcome.

14–15 March 2015: Sub 24 Hour Camping #2 (S24C#2) – Hospital Creek Hut – S/E

Day 1: An afternoon saunter along Yankee Hat Track then Bogong Creek. Camping at Frank and Jacks Hut. Day 2: A morning return by Old Boboyan Road via Hospital Creek Hut. Ideal bush break for busy people. Suitable as an overnight pack trip for beginners. Map: Yaouk. Leader: Sean Sunley 0433 073959, Transport: ≈ $50 per car. Book: Preferably by e-mail before 1800 Thu. Limit: 8.

Mt Tennent M/E-M - Sun 15 Mar 15

For the time poor meet at Namadgi Visitors Centre ready to depart at 0800 for a half day trip up to Mt Tennent and back. Map: Williamsdale 1:25000. Leader: Edwina Y. Transport: drive yourself or let me know if you need a lift when you book. Bookings by 2pm Friday.

Tuesday 17 March: Cbr100Challenge training – Mt Tennent and Bushfold Flats – L/E

Last (thank goodness) training. From the Namadgi Visitors Centre, walk up the track to Mt Tennent. Return via the Mt Tennent Fire Trail, then north up Bushfold Flats to pick up the AAWT and so back to the ridge. Return down the hill. Around 15 km and 900 m. Map: Williamsdale. Leader: John Evans 0417 436 877, Transport: a donation to my Cbr100Challenge charity.

Wednesday 18 March: Wednesday walk

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

Thursday 19th March: Point Hut Pond PRAMBulation – S/E

An afternoon walk designed for parents and grandparents with kids in strollers, around Point Hut Pond and along adjacent corridors of green. Nesting islands in the pond support a great variety of water birds. About 1 hour's very pleasant walking all on bike path, fairly level. No need to book. Meet at 1 pm at the Gordon shops, cnr of Lewis Luxton Avenue and Woodcock Drive, outside the IGA. Map: Google Maps Leader: Linda Groom , 02 6281 4917 . Transport: Drive yourself.


21–22 March: Two contenders for the CBR100Challenge – L/E:

John Evans

Walks of 25, 50 and 100 km are being organised by Cbr100Challenge on the Canberra Centenary Trail. I have a team of 3 to do the 100 km in 36 hours. I'm looking for support crews for the event – can you help me? Contact me to discuss details. We'd also appreciate some moral support. Come and walk a bit with us and cheer us on – check the Twitter feed at http://www.johnevans.id.au/wp/21-22-march-2015-cbr100challenge/ 'Follow me on the walk' tab, to find out where we are Maps: Canberra, Tuggeranong Leader: John Evans 0417 436 877,

Nathan Holt

I'm part of a team of three CBC members doing the 50 km in 14 hours. I'll be putting on quite a few training walks between now and the Challenge, either in the walks programme or as short notice walks. Maps: Canberra, Tuggeranong. Leader: Nathan Holt 0414 628 429 or Cost: $150–$190 per person!

21–22 March: Shoalhaven River – M/R/W

This replaces the previously advertised Shoalhaven River trip. Paddle Tallowa Dam on Lake Yarrunga to Fossickers Flat (camp) and return. Could be time available for paddling towards up Kanagroo Valley on Sunday. Kayaks will be hired in Kangaroo Valley if needed. Map: Burrier Leader: Trevor C. Cost: TBA + canoe hire

Sunday 22 March: Bike Ride at Googong. Western Foreshores ride, 19.7 km return, moderate

We will meet at the upper Foreshores car park at 9:00 am. The ride follows management trails through grassland and open woodland to the southern end at Tin Hut car park. It provides many scenic vantage points of the dam and the Queanbeyan escarpment to the east. You will need a sturdy mountain bike or similar. Map: Googong Foreshores. Leader: David Dedenczuk 0417 222 154, Limit: 8 Transport: drive yourself. Book by Friday 20 March

Wednesday 25 March: 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

Saturday, 28 March: Moonlight Hollow

We will walk from Bulls Head to Bendora Arboretum (lunch) and loop back via good tracks through lush forest, with running creeks and ferny gullies. Last year there were lots of wildflowers. About 14 km and 5½ hours actual walking. Map: Tidbinbilla Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h) or Transport: ~$15

28–29 March: Gudgenby Circuit – M/R

The route is over Mt Gudgenby to a dry camp in the northern saddle, then a descent to the Sams Creek fire trail and returning via the saddle on the south side of Gudgenby. A steep climb and some scrub. Map: Yaouk Leaders: Jenny & Rob Horsfield 62314535. Transport: ~ $40 per vehicle.


Ballinafad Creek

Sunday 29 March: Ballinafad Creek adventure – S/M

A short walk in Tallaganda National Park, designed for families with kids in backpacks or self-propelled kids up to around 12 years old. From the Wild Cattle Flat Road at 234E 494N (GDA94), south 1.5 km through semi-open forest to Ballinafad Creek. Relax on the creek's grassy banks, build dams, float bark boats etc. Older kids can explore further up the creek. Return the same way. A pretty area, the only disadvantage is scattered poo from the cattle that wander from the nearby property into the Park. A 9.30 am departure from Queanbeyan then a 1-hour drive via Captains Flat. Map: Tinderry Leader: Linda Groom , 02 6281 4917 . Transport: Drive yourself or $40 per car. Limit: 16. Late bookings welcome.

30–31 March: Shanahans Mt Reedy Creek – M/R

Day 1. Booths Range north to join the long ridge south of Reedy Ck to camp. Distance 8km all off track 654 descent. Day 2. Return via Naas Fire Trail to Mt Clear camp ground (lunch) then 350m climb to cars. Distance 16km 550 m climb all but 3km on fire trail. Map: Colinton Leader: Michael B. 0414959967 Transport: approx. $60/car. Limit: 5 Bookings by 26 March please.

Tuesday 31 March: Mares Forest National Park – L/R/X

The walk starts on the Wombeyan Caves road, 15 km northeast of Taralga. This is a new area for the leader. We will spend the day off-track investigating this recently declared park. There is a 2 hour 20 minute drive each way. Minimum distance: 15 km with approx 600 metres of ascent Map: Richlands Leader: Ian Wright 6286 1473, Transport: 344 km return Limit: 8

Tuesday 31 March: PRAMbulation – circumnavigation of Mount Rogers – S/E

This walk, designed for parents and grandparents with kids in strollers, features extensive views. After about 10 minutes of uphill on concrete pathway, we follow a 'hat-band' route around Mt Rogers on hard-packed dirt path. About 1 hour actual walking. Meet at 1 pm in Brophy Street, Fraser, at a small car park at the right-angle bend in the street's northeast corner. Map: Google Maps. Leader: Linda Groom , 02 6281 4917 Transport: Drive yourself.

Previous monthly walks programs can be viewed by mousing over the year in the archive box below and then clicking on the month required. To return from older program pages, just click the back button of your browser. Alternatively, you can search for a particular walk destination using the search box below.

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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