- October 2015
- Archive of Activities
Wednesday Walks: ‘Medium/Easy’ and ‘Medium/Hard’ walks are conducted every Wednesday. Walks are conducted in turn by leaders from the Canberra Bushwalking Club (CBC), Brindabella Bushwalking Club (BBC) and National Parks Association ACT (NPA). Destination and meeting place details are emailed a few days before each walk. Control your receipt of Wednesday Walk emails via your membership profile. Contact Janet, co-ordinator of Wednesday Walks, via firstname.lastname@example.org for general enquiries. If you are not a member of CBC, BBC or NPA 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 to not accept any walker.
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Saturday 3 October: Gibralter Rocks & Birrigai Time Trail – M/E
Walking from the Tidbinbilla Visitor's Centre to Gibralter Rocks, returning via the Birrigai Time Trail. A bit of a climb but a gentler gradient than the old fire trail and rewards exist for effort – we will have lunch while enjoying the expansive views from the huge granite rocks. This track winds enticingly over small creeks, around cool gullies and through open grassland. Optional coffee at the visitors centre before driving home. Map: Tidbinbill. Leader: Phillip Starr 6161 3835(h), 0419 281 096(m), Transport: $6, Booking: Please book by email before 2 pm Thursday 1 October. Limit: 12.
3–4 October: Family camp, Tallaganda NP
A chance for families with kids to experience camping with a remote feel in beautiful forest beside Mulloon Creek, Tallaganda NP. Only 500 metres from the cars, but some scrub and a log crossing of the creek en route. Yabby catching on Saturday afternoon. An option on Sunday morning to explore several hundred metres up a tributary – thicker scrub and some loose rock and scrambling – to falls and cascades. Leaving Canberra around 1 pm Saturday, back by early afternoon Sunday. 50 minutes drive from Queanbeyan. Joint CBC–NPA activity. Map: Bombay Leaders: Linda Groom , 02 6281 4917 and Graham Scully for NPA. Contact: Linda to book. Transport if shared: $48 per car.
3–5 October – Endrick River weekend
Drive beyond Nerriga on Saturday morning to do a short walk (2 hours return) to Churinga Head with lots of wildflowers and a spectacular lunch spot overlooking Ettrema Gorge. Then back to our accommodation on Endrick River, where there is a hut providing simple accommodation for some of the group; others will need to camp. There are basic cooking facilities (i.e. a gas cook top) which everyone can use but everyone will need to look after their own food i.e. no organised shared meals. There is a porta loo on site and showers at the Stone Cottage a km away. The Sunday walk will be on good track to the Vines through a mixture of heath and forest with some good views and a extension on overgrown tracks to the Bora Ground near the Endrick trig on Quiltys Mountain for those who want it, led by Jeff. There will be a walk to Round Mountain led by Jeff before we drive home on Monday afternoon. Maps: Touga, Endrick Leaders: Stan Marks and Jeff Bennetts (inquiries to Stan), 6254 9568(h) or Transport: ~ $40, Accommodation: probably about $40–50 inside, about $20 outside, depending on numbers.
Sunday 4 October: Square Rock – M/R
A rare chance to visit the true summit of the Square Rock feature. The true summit is just off the track near the section that overlooks the Orroral Valley. It's a lovely area, largely untouched by the 2003 fires. Should be a few nice birds starting to flitter back into the neighbourhood. Map: Corin Dam Leader: David Dedenczuk 0417 222 154, Book: by Friday 2 October. Transport: ~$20 per car.
Tuesday 6 October: Navigation Refresher #5 – GPS
GPS: setting-up, position fix, mark a waypoint. Leaders: Jenny & Rob Horsfield 6231 4535. Club GPSs available for loan.
Tuesday 6 October: Bredbo River – M/R/part X
From the point at which the Good Good Road crosses the Bredbo River, we will follow the river downstream, aiming to reach the giant pool at the junction with Cowra Creek, and return by a similar route. A narrow reserve allows this walk to be done without crossing private property, though the adjacent property appears to be largely undisturbed bushland. The riverscape is a mixture of tranquil pools, cascades and rapids, and there is at least one small gorge-like section. Some rock hopping, some traverses on side-slopes, possibly some shallow wades. The scrub is light but often prickly. A 1 hr 45 minute drive from South Canberra, the last 30 minutes of which requires AWD/4WDs. Map: tba. Leader: Linda Groom , 02 6281 4917 Transport: $66 per car. Limit: 12.
Wednesday 7 October: Wednesday walk
See the Wednesday walks information at the head of the Activity program, for conditions on participating. BBC Contact: Peter Wellman,
Thursday 8 October: Waterways and woodlands of Forde PRAMbulation – S/E
A circuit on the excellent system of paved walking paths in Forde, visiting the suburb's woodland fringe, its ponds and some of its streets of architecturally interesting new homes. The walk is designed for parents and grandparents with kids in strollers and takes around an hour. Non-members welcome. No need to book. Meet at the Heritage Park parking area, opposite no 13 Francis Forde Boulevard, Forde, at 1 pm. Leader: Linda Groom , 02 6281 4917 Map: Google Maps. Transport: Drive yourself.
Saturday 10 October: Navigation Refresher #6 – Using a GPS – S/E
A short day west of Kambah: McQuoids Saddle, Forster Hill, New Station Creek - High Chair - McQuoids Saddle, to consolidate use of a GPS. Leaders: Jenny & Rob Horsfield 6231 4535. (Club GPSs available for loan).
Saturday, 10 October: Mt Alexandra to Boxvale –M/M
This walk will start at Lake Alexandra in Mittagong and will head up Mt Alexandra to the Katoomba Lookout (from which Katoomba and the high rise buildings of the Sydney CBD can be seen on a clear day) for morning tea. We will then head down the ridge to Gibbergunyah Creek and join the Nattai River for a few hundred metres before heading up the Nattai Creek to the forty-foot falls, where we will have lunch. From there, back to the Boxvale car park and a short car shuffle back to the start. Map: Mittagong Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h) or Transport: ~ $30
Sunday 11 October: Shepherds Lookout, Murrumbidgee River – M/E
From Shepherd's Lookout in Belconnen follow the trail down to the Molonglo River, cross the river, follow the Uriarra Loop Walk, and then climb back up to Shepherds Lookout for a final view of the Murrumbidgee River towards the ACT/NSW border. About 10 km and a total climb of 300m. We will be home in time for lunch. Map: Umburra. Leader: Phillip Starr 6161 3835(h), 0419 281 096(m), Transport: Drive yourself but let me know if you need a lift, Booking: Please book by email before 4 pm Thursday 8 October. Limit: 12. Leader out of town until Thursday afternoon so will reply to emails and advise further details then.
Monday 12 October: Early Bird Walk – Mount Majura – S/E
Starting at 7 am, we will go for a walk for 1 to 2 hours mainly on urban bushland tracks to the summit of Mount Majura. Afterwards there will be an opportunity to go for breakfast. Map: http://www.tams.act.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/390578/cnpmapmajura.pdf Leader: Lorraine Tomlins, 6248 0456(h), Meet: at the carpark on Antill Street in Hackett (UBD 50 E1) No need to book.
10-17 October: Blue Mountains - up to M/M or L/E ## note amended information ##
A trip in the Blue Mts with day walks away from the main tourist areas. Walks are tentatively Narrow Neck, Sassafras Gully/Magdala Glen, Fortress Ridge, Glow Worm Tunnel/Dry Canyon, Mt Mouin, Blackfellows Hand Cave/upper Wolgan lookouts, Hazelbrook Circuit, Devils Hole. Walks will generally alternate between short, medium and long. They will be mostly on tracks and generally avoid major climbs out of the valleys but there are some steep sections. As there has been a majority preference among those booking so far for staying under a roof, I have booked Clanwilliam House in Blackheath for all of us. Maps: Katoomba, Jamison, Springwood, Jenolan, Cullen Bullen, Ben Bullen. Leaders: Linda St and Jeff B. Book: With Jeff B., by Th 1 Oct at the very latest but please book as early as possible. Accommodation: $266 per person for 7 nights (~$38 per night) based on 6 people sharing; cost will fall if more people come. Transport: TBA.
Tuesday 13 October: Bobeyan vales and hills – L/M
This walk at Bobeyan (officially Boboyan) visits several sites relating to the lives and deaths of the locally significant Brayshaw family. We enjoy the valley landscape then climb the big timbered slopes of Bobeyan Hill and Pheasant Hill, returning to the start in a big loop. Mostly off track, about 12 km, 300 m climb. Leader: Matthew Higgins 6247 7285, Transport: $15.
Wednesday 14 October: Wednesday walk
See the Wednesday walks information at the head of the Activity program, for conditions on participating. CBC Contact: Barrie R.
Thursday evening 15 October: Navigation refresher #7 – GPSr and PC software
An evening looking at interfacing GPSr to PC. Use of digital mapping software (e.g. OziExplorer, Garmin's BaseCamp) and maps (e.g. NSW LPI TopoView digitised 1:25000 topo maps for PC, OZTopo vector maps for GPS) to plan, record and analyse trips. We'll also look at Google Earth and other software. Bookings to: John Evans 0417 436 877, Transport: Drive yourself to UTM 55H 685271-6088292 (MGA) (38 Rocklands St Duffy). Bring a little supper to share. Late bookings welcome.
Saturday 17 October: Currockbilly – M/M
Leaving the Bungendore Gunna Doo Bakery at 8 am we will drive via Mongarlowe to the track head on the Western side of Currockbilly. We will follow the trail up to the top of Currockbilly and have a leisurely time enjoying the views. Return via the same route. Map: Brooman. Leader: Allan Donnelly 0413 309 546 Transport: $88 per car. Limit: 8.
Saturday 17 October Lake Burley Griffin - Western Basin Loop M/E
Meet at the National Library at 0800 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 and a coffee stop. 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 16 Oct - email only please.
17–18 October: Southern Highlands weekend –M/M/X
We will stay at the home of Club member Tom Gosling, now living at Bundanoon. Drive down Saturday morning and en route, will do a walk in the Bangadilly National Park, off to the left of the Highway just north of Marulan. The walk is in the southern part of the Park which is new to me (not the same area as Mt Penang, which we did on 15 August). We will follow a route in the Park Plan of Management, part on and part off track. There are cliffs that may provide interesting views and perhaps some walking along the Wingecarribee River, 3–4 hours total. The Sunday walk will be in the area north of Mittagong and east of the Nattai River. I have done some of this walk beside and near the Nattai River before but I recently got a new guidebook from the Southern Highlands Bushwalkers with some new stuff in it, a mixture of track (mostly) and some off track, about 4 hours walking. We will dine out at the Bundanoon Pub on Saturday evening. Accommodation: $20. Maps: Hanworth, Mittagong. Leader: Stan Marks 62549568 or Transport: ~$50.
(Fri) Sat–Tues (16) 17–20 October: The Blue Breaks Exploring Tonalli, Bimlow and Lacys Tablelands – M/R/X
We will start our 4 days walk from Yerranderie having camped there on Friday night. After accessing the plateau via Tonalli Pass, we will follow a roughly anti clockwise route, initially on Tonalli Tableland then into Lacys Creek with the possibility to explore a canyon. To continue we will need to climb onto Bimlow and Lacys Tableland. To finish we will retrace our outward route back to Yerranderie. There should be good views and a plethora of wild flowers. The walking will be mostly off track with scrub and some rock scrambling. Maps: Yerranderie and Burragorang. Leader: Lorraine Tomlins, 6248 0456(h), Transport: ~$180 per car. Limit: 8.
Sunday 18 October: Little Ginini and Ginini – M/R
This is a rare chance to walk to the summit of the unfairly overlooked Little Ginini. We will use the Mt Franklin road and park at the base of (big) Ginini. Then it’s an easy walk down the fire trail, prior to a bash through the scrub to the top of Little Ginini. We will return by the same route, and climb up the fire trail to the summit of (big) Ginini to round out the day. The walk is suitable for those who don’t mind pushing through scrub. Map: Corin Dam. Leader: David Dedenczuk 0417222154 Book: by Friday 16 October. Transport: $40 per car.
Tuesday 20 October: Tallaganda National Park – L/R/ part X
The walk is in the northern section of Tallaganda National Park. From the junction of the Forbes Creek road and the North Black Range fire trail, we follow the fire-trail for 8 km, and then walk off-track for most of the day. We will take a long meandering route east then southwest, through forests, swamps and undulating ridge country back to the cars. This is a long exploratory trip with steep and scrubby ridges in places and some rock scrambling. Minimum distance: 20 km with ~ 600 metres of ascent. Map: Bombay. Leader: Ian Wright 6286 1473, Transport: 106 km return. Limit: 8.
Wednesday 21 October: Wednesday walk
See the Wednesday walks information at the head of the Activity program, for conditions on participating. BBC Contact:
Thursday pm 22 October: PRAMbulation – Kambah Golden Bridge Circuit – S/E
This circuit, designed for parents and grandparents with kids in strollers, passes through playing fields and past a community garden, and crosses Drakeford Drive on the golden bridge. About 1 hour actual walking, plus a short break at a playground if the group wishes. Park in the bitumen carpark opposite 57 Springbett Street, Kambah, for a 1 pm start. Non-members welcome. No need to book. Leader: Linda Groom 6281 4917. Map: Google Maps. Transport: Drive yourself.
Saturday 24 October: 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 day of fairly light walking, about 4 hours, a mix of fire trail and off track. Walk deferred from 31 May. Map: Jerrara. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568 or Transport: ~$10.
Saturday 24 October: Mt Palerang – M/M
Palerang is a mountain near the Great Dividing Range south of the Kings Highway (the pointy one on the right as you approach Braidwood). Access is via Rossi and Forbes Creek. On a clear day you can see the Budawangs and the Brindabellas. The access ridges have moderate scrub and a few easy scrambles; the return trip is mostly on walking track. Map: Bombay. Leaders: Phillip Starr and Edwina. Transport: $60 per car, $15–$20 per person. Bookings: Please book with Edwina by 2pm Thursday 22 October. Limit: 12.
Sunday 25 October: Family day at Gundaroo – S/M
This tour and picnic of the family property on Brooks Creek is for accompanied children and adults. During a loop walk, we will be shown the creek and discover its little critters, climbing trees, tree house, climbing nets and gnome homes. Bring seats for lunch around a small BBQ fire. Billy tea, damper on a stick and potatoes in foil will be supplied. Adults without children are also most welcome. A joint CBC–NPA activity. Map: Lake George. Leaders: Tulley, 9 years old and Freya, 8 years old with guidance from their mother Bronwen Scully, and Linda Groom. Bookings: to Bronwen 6236 9600 Transport: TBA.
Horse Gully Hut
24–25 October: Sub 24 hour camping #5 (S24C#5) – Horse Gully – S/E
Day 1: An afternoon toddle along Naas Valley Trail passing Demandering Hut. Camping by Horse Gully Hut. Day 2: A morning return by the same route. Ideal bush break for busy people. Suitable as an overnight pack trip for beginners.
Map: Colinton. Leader: Sean Sunley 0433 073 959, Transport: ~$60 per car.
Book: Preferably by email before 1800 Thu. Limit: 16.
24–25 October: Mt Namadgi – M/R
Day 1: Old Boboyan Road car park, Middle Creek, Big Creamy Flat, Mt Namadgi, dry camp. Day 2 Return: Scrubby but reasonable. Map: Rendezvous Creek. Leaders: Jenny Horsfield 62314535(h) or Transport: $40 per car.
Wednesday 28 October: Wednesday walk
See the Wednesday walks information at the head of the Activity program, for conditions on participating. NPA Contact: Mike Smith
Saturday 31 October: North Black Range –M/M/part X
This is an exploratory walk in the area immediately to the north of the Black Range walk done on 22 August. We will drive several km down the North Black Range fire trail to the point (786 302) where we normally head east toward some private property in the middle of the park. We will follow an old vehicular track, passing north of the private property to see where it goes. In due course, I expect to swing north west to rejoin the fire trail at about 810 309 transiting some minor high points on the way before walking back to the cars. My experience of the area suggests attractive eucalyptus forest. About 4–5 hours and 8 km walking. Map: Bombay. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h) or Transport: about $15.
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