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  • May 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 sponsoring member. Please note that leaders retain the right not to accept any walker.

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Saturday 2 May: Booroomba Rocks – M/E-M

Park the cars at the Honeysuckle Creek camping grounds. Walk on track to the Booroomba Rocks car park and then climb up to the rocks. Great views from top. Return same way. Total distance, 14 km, 200 m climb. Walking time about 4 hours at an easy pace. Meet at Kambah shops at 8.30 for car pooling. Anyone requiring a lift there contact me. Bookings by 2pm Thursday 30 April please Map: Corin Dam. Leader: Bob Lynch 0412746532. Transport: about $10.

2–3 May: Macquarie Pass weekend – S/M

Drive down on Saturday morning. The Saturday afternoon walk will be the spectacular Mt Waratah walk near Mittagong, about 3 hrs. We will stay at the home of club member Tom Gosling on Saturday night. He now lives at Bundanoon and has set up his house for weekends like this. The Sunday walk will start at the Clover Hill car park, part way down the escarpment east of Robertson. We will walk to some falls on the Macquarie Rivulet along a delightful track through rain forest then back to the cars. I estimate about 3½ hrs walking. We will dine out at the local Pub on Saturday evening and at Burrawang for Sunday lunch, returning home on Sunday afternoon. Map: Bundanoon. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h) or Transport: $35–$40. Accommodation: including breakfast on Sunday, will be $20.

(Saturday 2) Sunday 3 May Durras Lake M/M/W

Drive to the coast on Saturday afternoon and stay overnight in a cottage at South Durras. On Sunday, complete a reasonably level 15km circuit of the region’s most pristine coastal lake taking in Punt Arm, Bartleys Arm, the Broadwater and North Arm. A mix of on-track, off-track and beach walking. Note that the walk includes two compulsory pack swims (the water temperature is currently a very pleasant ~22degC). Please phone the leader if you are interested in the walk but are not experienced in swimming with a pack. Map: Durras 1:25000 Leader: Terence U. Limit: 6 Transport: $120 per car

Monday 4 May: Upper Blue Gum Creek - M or L/R/X

A circuit across the top of Blue Gum Creek and towards Blue Gum Hill. We may get to the top of Blue Gum Hill if the scrub gives us time, otherwise we’ll explore one or two granite areas en route. Some semi-open forest and areas of long grass, some very thick scrub, and rock scrambling. Climbs totalling 500 metres, broken into three sections. 2 to 4 km firetrail, 12 km off track. Altitude 1200 to 1450 metres. Exploratory for this leader. The weather forecast for Monday at the moment is pretty good. Map: Corin Dam. Leader: Linda Groom , 02 6281 4917 Transport: $6 to $8 per person depending on starting point & number in car.

Tuesday 5 May: Yaouk Peak – L/R,ptX

A long drive through the south of the ACT to a private property on Yaouk Rd (permission has been obtained). Farm track and footpad most of the way to Yaouk Peak. Descend 600m off-track via the northern spur. Around 14km and 700m climb. Map: Yaouk. Leader: John Evans 0417 436 877, . Transport: ~$25 per person.

Wednesday 6 May: Wednesday walk

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

Thursday 7 May: Fadden corridors of green PRAMbulation – S/E

A circuit of about 1 hour 10 minutes, designed for parents and grandparents with kids in strollers, in the quiet suburb of Fadden, following corridors of green and past one small duck-inhabited pond. On bike path, footpath, with about 100 metres of hard-packed soil. No need to book, just turn up at 1 pm at Fadden Pines Park (enter off Bugden Avenue and park on the far end of the circular bitumen drive). Leader: Linda Groom 6281 4917. Map: Google Maps.


View from Mt Taylor

Saturday 9 May: Hillsides of Woden – L/E

Meet at carpark at the roadside on Sulwood Drive, Kambah about 50 metres from the intersection with Mannheim Street. 8:30 AM-ish start with a climb up Mount Taylor, then along the ridge to Oakey Hill thence a road bash through Lyons to a suitable coffee shop for morning tea. Next resume walking along fire trail to Murphy’s hill (just west of Curtin) and through parkland to Curtin shops. Follow Carruthers Street to Kent Street, Deakin and then along fire trails to summit of Red Hill. Continue along ridge to Davidson Hill then down to Hindmarsh Drive to make a safe crossing at traffic lights to Yamba Drive to return to Mount Taylor and to the cars. About 21 kilometres walking with 500 metres climb. All on fire trails and footpaths. Maps: Canberra, Tuggeranong. Leader: Tim W. 0409 847 534 (could be difficult to contact by phone second half of April), Transport: drive yourself to meeting point but if in need of ride or wish to car pool, please let leader know on booking.

Saturday 9 May: Black Range –M/E–M

Park the cars at the South Black Range car park. Walk on track to South Black Range trig point with its enormous rock for morning tea, then off track along an open ridge to rejoin the track. Swing east off track to lunch through attractive eucalyptus forest and return to the cars. A pleasant and relatively easy walk, 5 hours walking, 12 km, 200m climb. Map: Bombay. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h) or Transport: about $15.

Tuesday 12 May: Opportunity Rocks – M/R

A circuit in Tallaganda State Forest featuring beautiful forest, ferny gullies, and two granite outcrops with views. From the Lewes Camp Fire Trail we’ll follow the short route into Serenity Rocks then southwards to explore Opportunity Rocks. About 10 km; up and down 150 metres, twice; about 1/3 fire trail, 1/3 informal tracks that have some steep loose sections, and 1/3 off track with scrub and unexposed rock scrambling. Departing Queanbeyan at 8 am. Maps: Bombay and Bendoura. Leader: Linda Groom , 02 6281 4917 Transport: $45 per car.

Wednesday 13 May 2015: Cookbundoon Nature Reserve - M/R/X

The reserve was gazetted in 2010 and is located 15 km northeast of Goulburn. It is an area of about 7 km x 1.5 km, with steep gullies and ridges of native forests and woodlands. The area is new to the leader and will be on fire trails and off-track. There is a 1 hour 30 minute drive each way. Minimum distance: 15km with 500 metres ascent Maps: Towrang, Chatsbury 1:25,000. Leader: Ian Wright 6286 1473, Transport: 270 km return. Limit: 8.

Wednesday 13 May: Wednesday walk

See the Wednesday walks information at the head of the Activity program, for conditions on participating. CBC Contact: Robert Dewar

Saturday 16 May: Pheasant Creek–Mt Herlt – M/R

From the Boboyan Road near Rendezvous Creek the route crosses open ground to climb the ridge forming Pheasants Creek then along through scrub to the rock outcrops of Mt Herlt. Descent is directly into Rendezvous Creek. Map: Rendezvous Creek. Leaders: Jenny & Rob Horsfield 62314535. Transport: $40 per vehicle.

Saturday 16 May 15 Lake Burley Griffin - Western (and Optional Central) Basin Loop - M/E

Meet at the National Library at 0830 following the LBG walking/bike track around the western basin (optional extension of the central basin). A 17 km walk for the time poor taking about 4 hours depending on breaks. Will take longer and require a coffee stop if we complete the central basin as well. 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 15 May 15

Sunday 17 May: Serenity Rocks for babies in back packs – S/M

A short version of the Serenity Rocks walk designed for parents and grandparents with kids in back packs. A 9 km walk, through beautiful Eucalypt forest and across a ferny creek to a viewpoint. On fire trail and informal walking track; some sections of the track are steep and loose underfoot. The pace will be set by the needs of the kids in the backpacks. We'll meet in Hoskinstown and drive a further 20 minutes to the start of the walk. Non-members welcome but bookings essential. Leader: Linda Groom , 02 6281 4917 Maps: Bombay, Bendoura. Transport: if shared, $45 per car.


Depot Beach

 (15), 16, 17 May: Durras weekend (Sat M/E, Sun M/M)

Leave Canberra Friday night, stay in comfortable cabins at Depot Beach Caravan Park. Saturday will be the spectacular Little Forest Plateau with views to the Budawangs, Pigeon House and beyond with lunch at Gadara Point. On Sunday, Ross Andrews will lead a walk along the coast south of Murramarang, from Emily Millar Beach to Richmond Beach, thence the Garden of Unearthly Gums, Oaky Beach, North Head and the cars. Two superb walks, about 4 ½ hrs Sat, 5 hrs Sunday. Maps: Kioloa, Tianjara, Milton. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h) or Transport: about $50. Accommodation: about $60 depending on numbers.

16–17 May 2015: Sub 24 Hour Camping #4 (S24C#4) – Bushfold Flat Hut – M/E

Day 1: An afternoon meander along the Australian Alps Walking Track from the Tharwa Visitor Centre. Dry camping by Bushfold Flat Hut. Day 2: A morning return by Mt Tennent Trail. Optional trip to Mt Tennent. Ideal bush break for busy people. Suitable as an overnight pack trip for beginners. Map: Williamsdale. Leader: Sean Sunley 0433 073959, Transport: ≈ $30 per car. Book: Preferably by e-mail before 1800 Thursday. Limit: 8.

Wednesday 20 May: Wednesday walk

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

Thursday 21 May: Jerrabomberra Lake PRAMbulation – S/E

Unknown to most Canberrans, this serene and green walk includes a park filled with mature trees, waterbirds, a section with views across paddocks, and opportunities to gawk at mansions. One of the most scenic PRAMbulations. The route is designed for parents or grandparents with kids in strollers. About 1 hour of walking, a there-and-back route so there is an option to sit out for part of the walk if your baby won't settle. Non-members welcome. No need to book. Meet in the bitumen car park off Bayside Circuit (at the back of nos 77–79 Bicentennial Drive), Jerrabomberra, at 1 pm. Leader: Linda Groom , 02 6281 4917 Map: Google Maps. Transport: Drive yourself.

Saturday 23 May: Honeysuckle Creek: Weed Control

A joint CBC/NPA work party to carry out weed control activities in the Honeysuckle Creek area. Cut and dab equipment provided but suggest bringing gloves and bush saw. Meet at Kambah Village shops at 8:30 am. Map: TBA. Leader: Martin Chalk, NPA. Bookings: Quentin Moran, 6288 9840 (h), Transport: $36 per car.

Saturday 23 May: Harrisons Peak – M/M

A walk through open forest near Captain's Flat, initially on a fire trail to Harrison's Peak with a spectacular view stretching from Mt Coree to the Tinderries. We then walk largely off track along a beautiful open ridge before returning to the cars on track. Linear distance 12 km, about 300 m aggregate climbing during the day. About 5 hours actual walking. Back via Purple Eatery. Map: Captains Flat. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h) or Transport: ~$15.

Sunday 24 May: Pyramid Hill, Tidbinbilla – M/R

Pyramid Hill (or the Sugarloaf) is an 1172 m peak to the south west of Devils Gap in Tidbinbilla. It's easy to get to Devils Gap, but thereafter to Pyramid Hill there is no track. The scrub and boulders will be diabolical, but those with a devil-may-care attitude are sure to enjoy the experience. This is a rare chance to visit this peak, so don't miss out. Bring scrub gloves and some warm clothes. Pace will be moderate, but with stops to admire plants, rocks and birds. We will leave Canberra from the Kambah Shops at 8:00. Map: Tidbinbilla. Leader: David Dedenczuk 0417 222 154, Book: by Friday 22 May. Limit: 8 Transport: $6.


Bimberi Peak

23–24 May: Bimberi Peak from the West – M/M–R

Trip depends on weather (road closed the following weekend for winter). A 3 hour, 220 km drive via Cooma, Adaminaby, and Tantangara and Pockets Saddle roads to the locked gate at Gurrangorambla Creek. Walk fire trail to Oldfields Hut, then AAWT to Murrays Gap to camp, 8km. Either an afternoon or next morning ascent of Bimberi Peak with day packs, 6 km return and nearly 400m climb on rough footpad. Huge views, 2 geocaches. If time and interest, we could whip up Mt Murray for another cache. Around 23 km and 950 m climb. Maps: Rules Point and Rendezvous Creek. Leader: John Evans 0417 436 877, Transport: ~$40 per person. Limit: 8. If the drive is not negotiable, Plan B: walk in from Orroral. Around 50 km and 1900 m climb. Maps: Rendezvous Creek and Corin Dam. Transport: ~$15 per person.

Wednesday 27 May: Wednesday walk

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

Sat 30 May: Mt Tennent M/E-M

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 6pm Friday.

Saturday 30 May: 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 4 hours, a mix of fire trail and off track. Map: Jerrara. About 4hrs walking. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h) or Transport: ~$10

30 May – 11 July: Trekking in Peru – M/M to L/R

Salcantay, Cedros–Alpamayo and Huayhuash circuits plus a Macchu Piccu visit. Trip fully booked (was advertised through CBC Bulletin Board last year); waiting list available. Maps: TBA. Leader: Linda Groom , 6281 4917. Transport: by air and bus.

30–31 May: The Fortress and Sams Creek – M/R/X

This is a reconnaissance along the ACT border between the saddles south of Kelly and north of Gudgenby. Some difficult scrub and terrain. Maps: Rendezvous Creek, Yaouk. Leaders: Jenny and Rob Horsfield 62314535. Transport: $40 per car.

Late May–June: Northern NSW and Central Qld – M/M–R, partly X

Approx. 5 weeks of day and overnight walks, with car camping. Join for some or all of the sections. Visit the NPs of Northern NSW and Southern Qld, including Mt Warning and parts of the Scenic Rim walk. Day walks in Mount Moffat NP in Central Qld to see interesting sandstone formations. Pinnacle hunting in KaKa Mundi NP (exploratory). Forester-style AWDs required for Central Qld. Run jointly with the Coast and Mountain Walkers of NSW. Expressions of interest: ASAP, please. Maps: See leader. Leader: Meg M. Transport: $$$.

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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