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Club Activity Program

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

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Saturday 1 August: Camels Hump and Johns Peak – M/M–R

We will walk up a steep fire trail to Camels Hump for morning tea. From there we will traverse south along the scrubby ridge line to Johns Peak for lunch. We will then retrace our steps to re-join the fire trail that takes us back to the cars. If the weather is clear, we will have 360 degree views. Distance around 12 km. A climb of around 620m to Camels Hump and another 140m to Johns Peak. Map: Tidbinbilla. Leader: Phillip Starr 6161 3835(h), 0419 281 096(m), Transport: $8 - $10 per person, plus entry fees (if applicable). Limit: 12 people. Booking: Please book by email before 2 pm Thursday 30 July.

1–16 August: East and West MacDonnells – M/R/W/X

East MacDonnells: Bus to Trephina Gorge, then six days exploring the slot canyons, gorges and ridges of Mordor Pound (permission has been gained from the leaseholder). This is exploratory, with probable swims and possibly climbs in the canyons (Jennings Gorges). West MacDonnells: A nine day walk with the highlight of camping (and clearing lots of rocks) on top of the Chewings Range between Mt Giles and Giles Yard Spring. Ellery Ck Big Hole, Fish Hole, Portals Canyon, Canyon of Defiance, top of Chewings Range, Giles Yard Spring, Ochre Pits. Compulsory swims and climbs involved. Take advantage of the rain! Expressions of interest: asap, please. Run jointly with Coast and Mountain Walkers of NSW. Maps: Alice Springs, Hermannsburg. Leader: Meg M. Transport: $$$. Limit: 8.

Sunday 2 August: Swamp Creek Nature Reserve – S/R/X

An afternoon walk to explore a small nature reserve near Uriarra Crossing, through grasslands and along the creek bed, with some optional rock scrambling at the upper end of the reserve to check out what looks, on Google Earth, like a small gorge with a swimming hole. I am using this walk as a reconnaissance for a kids’ summer trip, but Totally Topo followers will be interested in it for other reasons. 6 km, main ascent 60 metres up a creek-side hill, relaxed pace. No need to book but let me know if you can offer or need a lift. Meet at Uriarra Crossing, in the bitumen car park on the west side of the Murrumbidgee, just upstream from the bridge, at 1 pm. Phone me on my mobile if you can’t find the carpark. Map: Umburra. Leader: Linda Groom , 0468 344 381. Transport: $3-4 if shared.

Tuesday 4 August: Tinderry Range – L/R/X

From the Burra Road we follow the West Keewong and other trails east for 6 km before heading off-track for most of the day. Ascend to spot height 1325 m (GR 057 528) and follow the crest of the Tinderry Range south for 4 km, passing over a couple of large knolls to the saddle 500 metres north of Tinderry Twin Peak, which we won't visit on this trip. We then head northwest, off-track for 8 km, following a series of steep spurs back to the start. This is a long walk with some thick scrub and rock scrambling. Minimum distance: 20 km with ~950 metres of ascent Maps: Tinderry, Michelago, Williamsdale Leader: Ian Wright 6286 1473, Transport: 112 km return Limit: 8

Wednesday 5 August: Wednesday walk

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

Saturday 8 August: Bango Nature Reserve – S/M

This is a new walk for me though other members have walked there before. The reserve is about 10 km north of Yass. The area is covered in open eucalypt forest with some grass trees and a few creeks. The plan for the day is a relaxed walk to points of interest in the reserve e.g. an old ruin, a trig at the top of a hill. Probably 3½ hours walking. Maps: Yass and Tangmangaroo. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h) or Transport: ~$15

Saturday 8 August: Gigerline Geocaching – M/M,X

Some geocaching in the Gigerline Nature Reserve off Smiths Road. Walk along the banks of the Gudgenby and Murrumbidgee Rivers. 14 caches. Around 10km and 300m climb. Map: Williamsdale. Leader: John Evans 0417 436 877, . Transport: ~$8 per person.

Tuesday 11 August: An interesting cave site on the southern approach to Mt Herlt – M/R/X

On a previous walk we came across a cave that is worth another visit. The approach is via the Rendezvous Creek grasslands and up a wooded spur on to the ridge that leads to Mt Herlt. The exit will be exploratory – out via Middle Creek. The walk will just scrape into M for length but will be rough and scrubby on the ascent and descent. ~400 m climb, ~13km distance Map: Rendezvous Creek. Leader: Jenny Horsfield 6231 4535(h) or Transport: $40 per vehicle Limit: 8

Wednesday 12 August: Wednesday walk

See the Wednesday walks information at the head of the Activity program, for conditions on participating. CBC Contact: Mike Morriss 6287 5304 or

Stranger Ponds

Thursday 13 August: Stranger Pond PRAMbulation – S/E

A semi-circuit that starts out like a regular PRAMbulation and then gets a little different as we move from paved path to hard-packed soil path for about 10 minutes and pass a series of ponds and paddocks. Good for waterbirds and views. The route is designed for parents and grandparents with kids in strollers and takes about 55 minutes. Non-members welcome. No need to book. Meet in the dirt carpark near Bonython Primary School, in Bardolph Street, Bonython (opposite No 1 Morice Place), at 1 pm. Leader: Linda Groom , 02 6281 4917 Map: Google Maps. Transport: Drive yourself

Saturday 15 August: Worn Boot Bash

To be advised. Leaders: Jenny & Rob Horsfield 6231 4535.

15–16 August: Bundanoon weekend – M/M

We will stay at the home of club member Tom Gosling, now resident at Bundanoon. Drive down on Saturday morning. We will do a walk en route at the Bangadilly National Park, which is off to the left of the Highway just north of Marulan. The Sunday walk is the one that was rained out in early May. It 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, again about 3 hrs walking. We will dine out at the Bundanoon Pub on Saturday evening and at the Robertson pub for Sunday lunch, returning home on Sunday afternoon. Accommodation: $20 Maps: Canyonleigh, Hanworth and Robertson. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h) or Transport: ~$50.

15–16 August: Training weekend: Winter camping and walking in Orroral – M/M

Namadgi in wintertime is wonderful, and the walking then can be very rewarding. Here is a chance to try out your winter equipment, while safely camping next to the cars. A chance too to have a couple of modest walks. We will drive to the Orroral Campground on the Saturday and in the afternoon, we will do the Granite Tors walk. On the Sunday, we will do the lovely little walk up to Nursery Swamp. Map: Rendezvous Creek Leader: David Dedenczuk 0417 222 154, Transport: $30 per car.

Sunday 16 August: Exploratory walk north of Mt Tennent – M/R

Up the Mt Tennent track (AAWT) from the Namadgi Visitors Centre end, for about 3 km, gaining about 350 metres in height. Where the track turns south, we will leave it and head northwest along a spur to spot height 1101. In the area up to 1.5 km north of the spot height, we will look for what Google Earth suggests are rocky areas (with views?) and grassy glades and a creek which, at approximately 683992E, 6068445S (Google Earth co-ordinates), appears to have a short open rocky area which may have cascades. Return along the fence-line along the edge of the farmland. About 12 km, 450 metres ascent and descent, areas of thick scrub, possibly some rock scrambling. Map: Williamsdale. Leader: Linda Groom , 02 6281 4917 . Happy to receive bookings up to 9 pm Saturday night. Transport: $20 to $24 per car. Departure from south Canberra will be 8.30 am, aiming to be back at the cars before 3 pm.

Tuesday 18 August: Return to our Southernmost Point – L/M

This walk to the ACT's southernmost point begins/ends near the Mt Clear Campground. We travel through beautiful mountain forest and high meadows and see several hut ruins and stockyards. The climax is surveyor Freddie Johnston's 1915 fire-damaged but still standing reference tree at the southernmost point (NB the border fence and the true border do not align and the walk is framed accordingly). Some off-track. Around 17km and 300m climb. Maps: Colinton and Bredbo. Leader: Matthew Higgins. Bookings: John Evans 0417 436 877, Transport: ~$15

Wednesday 19 August: Wednesday walk

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

Black Range Trig

Saturday 22 August: Black Range – M/E–M

This is the walk that was not completed on 9 May. 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 before returning to the cars. A pleasant and relatively easy walk, 5 hours walking, 12 km, 200 m climb. Map: Bombay. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h) or Transport: ~$15

Tuesday 25 August: Parliament Hill, Blue Mountains National Park – L/R/X

The walk starts at the junction of the Little River fire-trail and the Jerrong Road, 34 km northeast of Taralga. This is a new area for the leader. We will follow the fire-trail north for 6 km then head off-track for the day. We will climb Parliament Hill and explore the woodlands and forests in the catchments of Parliament Creek and Cunninghams Creek. This is a long day, with numerous ascents and descents. There is a 2 hour 35 minute drive each way. Minimum distance: 16 km with approx. 850 metres of ascent Map: Mount Armstrong Leader: Ian Wright 6286 1473, Transport: 371 km return Limit: 8

Wednesday 26 August: Wednesday walk

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

Thursday 27 August: Molonglo Gorge – S/E

A walk beside and above the Molonglo River where it flows through a gorge with cascades and lovely pools. All on track. Approx 6.2 km return, and 3½ hours including a break at the picnic area at the head of the gorge. All welcome; the pace will be designed for any parents with babies in backpacks that want to come along. No need to book but let me know if you need a lift. Meet at the corner of Sutton Road and Kowen Road at 10 am. Leader: Linda Groom , 02 6281 4917 Map: Bungendore. Transport: $3 per person if shared.

Saturday 29 August: 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. All on trail or easy off track. 8  m, 300 m total climb, about 4 hours actual walking. Map: Tinderry. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h) or Transport: ~$20

Saturday 29 August: Punch Bowl Creek and Blythburn Cottage – M/M, ptX

From off the Corin Rd, walk old fire trails to the top of Punch Bowl Creek. Follow a footpad (it was there in 2007) down through White Horse Flat onto the Booroomba property. The landowner has granted permission. Visit Blythburn Cottage, the location of Elizabeth McKeahnie's all-female dairy and cattle station. Loop back via vehicle tracks visible on Google Earth but not known to me. Around 16 km and 400 m climb. Maps: Corin Dam, Tidbinbilla. Leader: John Evans 0417 436 877, Transport: ~$10 per person.

Sunday 30 August: Red Hill, Tidbinbilla – S/R

Tidbinbilla has a Red Hill too. But it is little known and little visited in comparison with its famous Canberra cousin. Before the 2003 fires there was a Red Hill track in Tidbinbilla, but it no longer exists. The best way to get to Red Hill now is to take the Camel Back track to a nearby saddle and to bush bash through the wet sclerophyll forest from there. Suitable for walkers who don't mind threading their way through scrub. Map: Tidbinbilla Leader: David Dedenczuk 0417 222 154, Transport: $20 per car.

29–30 August: Nursery Hill–Rendezvous Creek–near-by spot height – M/R/X

This is a good trip for beginners to over-night backpacking. The side trip Sunday morning is to reconnoitre the spot height feature west of the campsite. Map: Rendezvous Creek Leaders: Jenny & Rob Horsfield 6231 4535. Transport: $32 per car.


(28) 29–31 August: Cloudmaker, 100 Man Cave and 1000 Man Cave – L/M-R

Drive to Kanangra Walls Friday night for a three day walk with time to appreciate the ambience of 100 Man Cave where we will camp for two nights. Bring a light daypack to visit the spectacular 1000 Man Cave with views to the Blue Breaks and Sydney skyline. Mostly on-track with some broken quartzite sections along the ridges and a short spell off-track. Approx 700 m ascent and descent on the first and last days. Ridge walking with superb Blue Mountains views. This walk is in conjunction with the Coast and Mountain Walkers of NSW. Map: Kanangra. Leader: Meg M. Transport: $190 per car, $48-$63 per person. Limit: 8


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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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