- November 2015
- Archive of Activities
Wednesday Walks: ‘Medium/Easy’ and ‘Medium/Hard’ walks are conducted most Wednesdays. 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 email@example.com 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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Sunday am 1 November: 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. Booking: Please book by email before 2 pm Thursday 29 October. Limit: 12.
Monday am 2 November: Earlybird walk – A different Black Mountain walk – 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 Black Mountain. Afterwards there will be an opportunity to go for breakfast.
Leader: Lorraine Tomlins, 6248 0456(h) Meet at the gravel carpark at the junction of Clunies Ross and Black Mountain Drives (UBD 58 Q2). No need to book.
Monday pm 2 November: The Pinnacle – S/E
This is the first of a series of walks of 1½ to 2 hours on most Monday and Thursday evenings during daylight saving, starting at 6.30 pm and ending around sunset. Meet at the end of Dungowan St, Hawker for a walk with views of the Brindabellas. No need to book. Map: Canberra. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h) or Transport: drive yourself.
Tuesday 3 November: Max and Bert's Hut via The Bog – L/M-R, part X
From the Hospital Hill Lookout on the Boboyan Road walk north to north-east and down to Dry Creek, cross the creek, turn to the east and climb over the Booth Range to the scant remains of The Bog Hut. The climb is steep in places and a small amount of scree has to be crossed. From The Bog, Max and Berts Hut is about 3 km to the east with a climb over a spur of the Booth Range of 170 m. The section of the walk between The Bog and Max and Berts is exploratory. Return by a more southerly route, probably by-passing The Bog. About 1,300 m of climbing, distance about 17 km. Mainly open bush but some patches of thick scrub. Maps: Colinton and Michelago. Leader: Philip Gatenby, 6254 3094, Transport: $52 per car. Limit: 8.
Wednesday 4 November: Wednesday walk
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Thursday am 5 November: Inaugural toddlers’ toddle – S/E
Toddlers Toddles are a new series of walks designed to bridge the gap between PRAMbulations and walks with a destination, and to help kids in the 1–3 year age range develop the skills of walking on uneven ground. This Toddle will explore the gently sloping terrain near the beginning of the Mt Tennent track. A meandering circuit of between 300 m and 1 km depending on the inclinations of the kids, with time to examine wombat holes, flowers, feathers and whatever we find, to follow animal pathways and to explore boulders. The walk is gently uphill and off-track to start, and downhill and on-track to finish. The walk will probably take about 1.5 hours including rests and snack time, but can be easily shortened. No need to book. Meet at the bitumen car park just past the Tharwa bridge at 10 am; the start of the walk is a further 5 minutes drive. Leader: Linda Groom 6281 4917. Map: Williamsdale. Transport: Drive yourself, but let me know if you need a lift.
Thursday evening 5 November: Lower Majura – S/E
Meet at the car park on the right just past the last house on Antill St. We will walk along a track that runs around the western side of the base of Mt Majura. No need to book. Map: Hall. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h) or Transport: drive yourself.
Saturday 7 November: Gilberts Mountain – M/M
Starting from near Nerriga, this Budawangs walk follows fire trails then heads to and up the sandstone mountain west of Gilberts Gap (top of map). The cliffs are breached through a series of ledges without significant exposure. The lunch spot is on top of cliffs with grand views across the Endrick River Valley. There is some scrub. Leader: Jeff Bennetts 6231 5899 or 0418 662 870 Book by 2 pm the Thursday before. Transport: 250km return, ~$95 per car, $25–$30 per person. Limit: 12.
Spring Creek Gorge
Saturday 7 November: Queanbeyan River & Spring Creek Gorge – M/R/part X
From the new Day Use area on Woolcara Lane, climb 150 metres through glades and scrub to Corner Hill, then descend 200 m to the large pool on the Queanbeyan River at 124E, 624N (GDA94). Then upstream, mostly about 50 metres above the river with views of its pools and rapids, to the junction of Spring Creek. The creek has a small interesting gorge and it is possible to follow its rocky bed up to Woolcara Lane, to meet the shuffled cars. About 8 km, rock scrambling and loose sloping ground but at a moderate pace, mostly forest with light scrub, though some thick, prickly scrub. The water quality in the river is similar to the Murrumbidgee’s. A one hour drive from Queanbeyan. Leader: Linda Groom 62814917. Map: Captains Flat. Transport: $40 per car. Limit: 12. Late bookings welcome.
Saturday-Sunday 7-8 November: Shoalhaven River and Rainbow Ridge - M/R/W
From Badgerys Lookout, descend ~600 metres to the Shoalhaven, ascend Mt Pollock ~400 metres, then descend via Rainbow Ridge to a lovely campsite on the river. On Sunday, walk ~5 kms downstream and return up Badgerys Spur. Easy-medium walking along the river beneath the casuarinas with several river crossings, steep and rocky over Rainbow Ridge. Great ridgetop views, plenty of swimming opportunities in the river. Map: Caoura. Leader: Meg M. Transport: ~$25.
Sunday 8 November: Molonglo Meander and Arboretum – M/E
A walk on tracks through pine forest and woodland starting from the lake near RSPCA off the Cotter Road at Weston. We cross the Molonglo on a footbridge, proceed through pine forest, then to the south and west of the arboretum. We can return through the arboretum from its western boundary, with a stop at the visitor centre for coffee if we like, and/or an early lunch with views from the top of Dairy Farmers hill. Return to the cars south through the arboretum and the pine forest. About 14 kms with an option for a shorter route if desired. Map: Canberra. Meet at 8.00am at the car parking area by the lake below RSPCA. No need to book. Transport: Drive yourself. Leaders: David and Meredith Hatherly 6154 1513,
Sunday 8 November: Hardy Range – M/R,X
Come to the rarely visited high point of the Hardy Range. Vehicular access is via Bendora Road. The walk itself is along the Pipeline Road, across the Cotter River, briefly along Burke’s Creek Road and then off track and up a scrubby ridge to the Hardy Range high point (1059m). Following return by the same route to the car, we will have a look at Warks Road to see if we can hear the famous resident Whip Birds. Moderate pace. Book with leader by Friday 6/11. Map: Tidbinbilla. Leader: David Dedenczuk 0417 222 154, Transport: $40 per car.
Sunday 8 November: Square Rock – M/M
We follow a track through bush from the Square Rock car park to Orroral Lookout and then on to a monumental group of boulders for morning tea. Hopefully we have a clear day so that we can enjoy the great views. On the way back we peel off to join the Smokers Trail until we come to the old Smokers Trail car park and then back to Square Rock car park. Total distance is about 15 km (all on track). Total climb is about 450 metres. Map: Corin Dam. Leader: Phillip Starr 6161 3835(h), 0419 281 096(m), Transport: $7–$9 per person. Booking: Please book by email before 2 pm Thursday 5 November. Limit: 12.
Monday pm 9 November: Cooleman Ridge – S/E
Meet at the car park on Namatjira Drive just on the Kambah side of Fisher near the speed limit sign. Great views along the ridge. No bookings, just turn up at 6.30 pm. Map: Canberra. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h) or Transport: drive yourself.
Tuesday 10 November: Bullen Range Nature Reserve – M/M–R
A circuit around the Bullen Range Nature Reserve. Starting from the Tidbinbilla Tracking Station cross the Bullen Range to the Murrumbidgee and follow it south to Pine Island. Back up and over the Bullen Range to the tracking station. My aim is to locate two geocaches GC4KRPR and GC62XD4 Mainly on track and through woodland but there will also be some thick scrub and steep ridges to negotiate. About 500 metres of ascent. Maps: Tidbinbilla and Tuggeranong. Leader: Roger Edwards 6288 7863(h) or Transport: ~$5–$6 per person. Limit: 8.
Wednesday 11 November: Wednesday walk
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Thursday am 12 November: Inaugural toddlers’ toddle – S/E: Postponed again because of a wet weather forecast. Bushwalkers can cope with rain but it's not so easy for toddlers!
Thursday pm 12 November: Red Hill – S/E
Meet at 6.30 pm in the car park on Red Hill, near the restaurant. We will walk along the ridge to Hindmarsh Drive and back again. No need to book. Map: Canberra. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h) or Transport: drive yourself.
Saturday 14 November: Gudgenby saddle and ridge to south-east – M/R
An interesting ridge, scrubby with several rock out-crops. Map: Yaouk. Leader: Jenny Horsfield 62314535(h) or Transport: $40 per car.
Saturday 14 November: Byangee Walls – M/M–R
Leaving the Bungendore Gunna Doo Bakery at 7 am will put us at Yadboro just after 9 am. We will walk up to Castle Gap and then scramble up the gully at the back of Byangee. The scramble is not difficult and I will put in a hand rope to use if needed. We will lunch at the top and if time permits take a fast walk out towards Pickering Point. This is a good walk for those wanting to add some easy scrambling to their walking skills. Return via same route. Map: Corang. Leader: Allan Donnelly 0413309546 Transport: $148 per car. Limit: 8.
14–15 November: Sub 24 hour camping #6 (S24C#6) – Pryors Hut – M/E
Day 1: Drive in the Mt Franklin Rd to Mt Ginini car park (Corin Rd closed). An afternoon amble to set up camp by Pryors Hut, then climb Mt Gingera via the footpad. Day 2: A morning return by the same route with views from Mt Ginini. Ideal bush break for busy people. Suitable as an overnight pack trip for beginners. Map: Corin Dam. Leader: Transport: ~$60 per car. Book: Preferably by email before 1800 Thursday. Limit: 16.
Sunday 15 November: Hospital Hill – M/R,X
Come to the rarely visited Hospital Hill. It is rarely visited because it is covered in scrub, there is no track and little to see from the summit. But don’t let that put you off. Access will be via the lovely Yerrabi Track, which terminates at the very scenic Boboyan Trig. Moderate pace. Book with leader by Friday 13/11. Map: Yaouk. Leader:Transport: $40 per car.
Sunday am 15 November: Old Joe Hill circuit – S/M
This walk is within the Goorooyarroo Nature Reserve to a trig station on the ACT/NSW border. After we reach the Goorooyarroo Track we will follow it in a northerly direction for a couple of kilometres (skirting Old Joe) before turning off track to approach the trig from the north. After morning tea on the summit we will head west before turning south-west to rejoin the Goorooyarroo Track and head back to the cars. About two-thirds of this walk is off-track through grasslands and open wooded areas. About 8 km and a total climb of 270m. We will be home in time for lunch. Map: Hall. Leader:Transport: Drive yourself but tell me when you book if you need a ride. Booking: Please book by email before 2 pm Thursday 12 November. Limit: 12.
Monday pm 16 November: Mt Ainslie – S/E
Meet at 6.30 in car park atop Mt Ainslie on the airport side then walk to the west, north and east of the mountain. No need to book. Map: Canberra. Leader: Transport: drive yourself.
Tuesday 17 November: Headwaters of Honeysuckle Creek – M/M–R,X
Starting at Honeysuckle Creek camp site, a gentle walk along the AAWT for 1.5 km, then off track for the rest of the day. Up to Gorilla rocks, then along ridges to the south and west, before finally turning east to circumnavigate the headwaters of Honeysuckle creek. This is an exploratory walk and there is likely to be thick scrub. About 8 km and 500 m ascent. Map: Corin Dam. Transport: ~$40 per car. Leader: David Hatherly 6154 1513 or Limit: 8.
Wednesday 18 November: Wednesday walk
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Thursday pm 19 November: Weston Wander PRAMbulation – S/E
An interesting, somewhat devious route linking the parks and playing fields of Waramanga and Stirling, with some pleasant stretches of solid tree shade. All paved path except for about 100 m of hard-packed soil. About 1 hour 15 minutes walking. Park in the bitumen carpark behind Fisher shops, opposite no 31 Araluen Street Fisher, for a 1 pm start. Designed for parents and grandparents with kids in strollers. Non-members welcome. No need to book. Leader:Map: Google Maps. Transport: Drive yourself.
Thursday pm 19 November: Black Mt hat band – S/E
Meet at 6.30 pm, park at end of Frith St near electricity sub-station. Some distance from the top, there is a track around the mountain with 360-degree views. No need to book. Map: Canberra. Leader: Transport: drive yourself.
(Fri) Sat–Tues (20) 21–24 November: Blue Mountains – Upper Grose Valley, Wild Dog Mountains, Newnes Plateau – M/M
Day 1: Birrabang Canyon, Upper Grose Valley, BMNP, (M/M) A great introductory canyon with no abseils required – no swims with scrambling you need only get wet to the top of your legs. A nice canyon and a spectacular gorge.
Days 2 & 3: Splendour Rock, BMNP (M/M 28km and 1000m climb) Starting in Megalong Valley (Dunphy’s carpark) we’ll walk via fire trail to Mobb Swamp track, ascend to Warrigal Gap; camp overnight at Splendour Rock to enjoy magnificent views of Kanangra Walls and the Wild Dog Mountains.
Day 4: Goochs Crater, Upper Wollangambe River, BMNP (S/E) Spend a half day exploring the crater’s pagodas, caves, and wildflowers. Track and scramble, with mild exposure.
Maps: Mount Wilson, Jenolan, Wollangambe. Leaders: Karen Cody and Bob Salijevic Transport: ~$90 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” one of the walks to visit nearby tourist attractions. There will be a self catered BBQ on Saturday night. Limit: 12. Please book by the 13th November. Further info on each walk is available at: under Upcoming Trips – Blue Mountains.
Saturday 21 November: Nursery Swamp to Rendezvous Creek – M/M
Let’s see how many wildflowers are still in bloom. The track from the nursery swamp carpark is a long steep climb with some steps to the saddle then off track in open country to cross nursery creek. The walk then follows a footpad to another saddle then down to cross rendezvous creek. After the second creek crossing the walk runs parallel to the creek and down to the lunch spot besides refreshing cascades. Return the same route. About 13 km and a total climb of 500 m. Map: Rendezvous Creek. Leader: Phillip Starr 6161 3835(h), 0419 281 096(m), . Transport: $40 per car, $10–$13 per person. Booking: Please book by email before 2 pm Thursday 19 November. Limit: 12.
Sunday am 22 November: Watson–Majura Loop – S/E
Relaxing meander mostly along an equestrian trail of either graded gravel or grass. This is a walk of contrasts with the first part taking us around the lower slopes of Mt Majura, through natural bush with views across the plains to northern Canberra. The second part passes through grassland on the western side of the Federal Highway. The walk finishes with a stroll under multiple rows of tall trees, mostly eucalypts (including Apple Box) with some pine and oaks. Total distance is only 9 km so home for lunch. Map: Hall. Leader:Transport: Drive yourself but tell me when you book if you need a ride. Booking: Please book by email before 2 pm Thursday 19 November. Limit: 12.
Monday pm 23 November: Mulligans Flat North – S/E
Meet at 6.30 in the main Mulligans Flat car park in the suburb of Forde. Go down Horse Park Drive, turn into Francis Forde Boulevard, then left into Amy Ackman St that will take you to the car park. Nice open bush. No need to book. Map: Canberra. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h) or Transport: drive yourself.
Tuesday 24 November: North Googong/Feagans Trig – L/M, part X
Start at Downstream Picnic Area carpark (just N of Googong dam) along Bradleys Creek Fire FT via Gormans Trig (880m) to ford (7.1km) then along stony bed of Bradleys Creek (some rockhopping and snake sidestepping agility required) to Bradleys Inlet then around reservoir edge to Feagans Trig (719m) peninsula for lunch with panoramic water views. Return to Bradleys Creek FT via Feagans Trig TL, possibly chancing an exploratory shortcut across Hells Hole ravine. About 23km and 800m climb – several long and arduous ascents. Map: Hoskinstown. Leader: Eric Glass 6286 3316(h), . Transport: $20 per car. Limit: 8.
Wednesday 25 November: Wednesday walk
See the Wednesday walks information at the head of the Activity program, for conditions on participating. NPA Contact: Mike Smith
Thursday am 26 November: Inaugural toddlers’ toddle – S/E
(Rescheduled from 12 and 5 November because of weather) Toddlers Toddles are a new series of walks designed to bridge the gap between PRAMbulations and walks with a destination, and to help kids in the 1–3 year age range develop the skills of walking on uneven ground. This Toddle will explore the gently sloping terrain near the beginning of the Mt Tennent track. A meandering circuit of between 300 m and 500 m depending on the inclinations of the kids, with time to examine wombat holes, flowers, feathers and whatever we find, to follow animal pathways and to explore boulders and the small creek. The walk is gently uphill and off-track to start, and downhill and on-track to finish. The walk will probably take about 1.5 hours including rests and snack time, but can be easily shortened. No need to book. Meet at the bitumen car park just past the Tharwa bridge at 10 am; the start of the walk is a further 5 minutes drive. Leader: Linda Groom , 02 6281 4917 . Map: Williamsdale. Transport: Drive yourself, but let me know if you need a lift.
Thursday evening 26 November: Black Mt reserve – S/E
Meet 6.30, park at end of Frith St near electricity sub-station. We will do a walk in the reserve, through to Caswell Drive and loop back. No need to book. Map: Canberra. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h) or Transport: drive yourself.
Saturday 28 November: Broom clearing at Cotter Hut – S/E
Annual activity with ACT Parks and Conservation to monitor and remove broom (invasive weed) in Cotter Hut area. Bring gardening gloves and small tools (e.g. loppers, saws, secateurs). Leader: Cynthia Burton Map: Rendezvous Creek. Transport: ~$44 per vehicle.
28–29 November: Max and Berts Hut – M/R
Day 1: South Brandy Flat car park, Dry Creek, Booth Range, hut (beautiful campsite). Day 2: return by a different route. Scrubby but reasonable. Maps: Michelago, Colinton. Leaders: Jenny and Rob Horsfield 6231 4535. Transport: $40 per car.
(Fri) Sat–Sun (27) 28–29 November: Tantawanglo – M/R/W/partX
Come see why conservationists fought, successfully, to save the forests of Tantawangalo. From 211E 271N (GDA94, Cathcart map) descend to an unnamed tributary and then explore Tantawangalo Creek. Clear water cascading among granite slabs, at least one waterfall, sandy pools, beautiful forest, ferns. Lots of rock-hopping, some very thick scrub and some unavoidable knee-deep wading in cool water. Finish at a shuffled car at Postmans Camp 251E 286N (GDA 94, Candelo map). Depart Canberra 3.30 pm Friday for the 3 hour drive, camp with the cars Friday night. Leader: Maps: Cathcart, Candelo, Bemboka.Transport: $160 per car. Limit: 8.
Sunday 29 November: Billy Billy Rocks – S/R
A testing scrub bash up to the Billy Billy Rocks high point. An interesting location. Participants should not object to scrub. Around 6km and 350m climb. More details will be available from the leader for interested participants. Map: Corin Dam. Leader: David Dedenczuk 0417 222 154, Transport: $20 per car. Book by Friday 27 November.
(Saturday) Sunday–Tuesday (28) 29 November to 1 December: Old Yarrangobilly village to Goobragandra – M/E
Camp at old Yarrangobilly village on Saturday night for three-day walk. Leave cars at Macs Crossing (Goobragandra) and old Yarrangobilly. Traverse Horseshoe Fire Trail (an early stock route) and Stokes Hut Trail. Informative trip with ruins of grazing huts (Long Flat Hut, Stokes Hut), existing huts (Venables Hut), a gold mine (Horseshoe gold mine) and associated water-race and fluming from Pidgeon Square Flat with details of former grazing blocks along the way. Maps: Yarrangobilly, Peppercorn, Brindabella, Blowering. Leader: David Lindley 62271275 Transport: ~$190–$210 per car, two car shuffle required. Limit: 4.
Sunday 29 November: Bike Ride: Yarramundi Reach to Tuggeranong and return
This is an enjoyable trip ride on bike paths to Lake Tuggeranong, around the lake and return via a different route. It is about 40 Kms and will take about 3 hours (or longer depending on how quickly we ride). Bring water and snacks. A helmet is compulsory. Map: Canberra Bike Path map: http://files.transport.act.gov.au/cyclingmap/index.html. Leader: Lorraine Tomlins, 6248 0456(h), Meet: at 9 am in the carpark near Yarramundi Reach on Lake Burley Griffin accessed from Lady Denman Drive and in close proximity to the bike path (UBD 58 D7). No need to book.
Sunday morning 29 November: London Bridge to Washpen Crossing – S/E
This is a walk through the southern section of Googong. We will walk from the London Bridge woolshed to the old homestead then we cross Burra Creek to approach the London Bridge arch from the south. We will continue north to the junction of the Queanbeyan River and Burra Creek, visiting Washpen Crossing. Returning we will get a different view of the London Bridge arch by approaching from the north. We then return to the cars by crossing the arch. Total distance is about 9 km (mostly on track). Total climb is about 320 metres. We will be home in time for lunch. Map: Captains Flat. Leader: Phillip Starr 6161 3835(h), 0419 281 096(m), Transport: $2–$3 per person. Limit: 12 people. Booking: Please book by email before 2 pm Thursday 26 November.
(Mon), Tues–Thurs (30 Nov) 1–3 December: Invasive Weed Survey: Kosciuszko National Park
Ground survey (on foot) of areas of KNP over 3 days – day walks - to monitor for possible incursions of highly destructive mouse ear hawkweed (MEHW), first discovered on the main range in 2014. Volunteer surveyors will be oriented to MEHW spotting and work under supervision of Greening Australia and NPWS. Coordinator: Cynthia Burton Map: TBA. Transport, food and Accommodation: provided by Greening Australia (drive up afternoon of 30 Nov) Limit: 4.
Monday evening 30 November: Mulligans Flat East – S/E
Meet at 6.30 in the main Mulligan’s Flat car park in the suburb of Forde. Go down Horse Park Drive, turn into Francis Forde Boulevard, then left into Amy Ackman St that will take you to the car park. Nice open bush, different walk from last time. No need to book. Map: Canberra. Leader:Transport: drive yourself.
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