- December 2015
- Archive of Activities
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Wednesday Walks: Two walks, one 'Medium-Easy' and one 'Medium-Hard', are conducted most Wednesdays. Walks are conducted in turn by leaders from the Canberra Bushwalking Club (CBC), Brindabella Bushwalking Club (BBC coordinators are Peter and Kathy ) and National Parks Association ACT (NPA coordinator Mike ). 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 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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Tuesday 1st December: Ridge West of Bushfold Flats, Namadgi National Park – L/R/partX
From the Booroomba Rocks carpark we will follow the Alpine Track for 2 km then head off-track to the north, to investigate the rocky knoll west of Bushfold Flats. We will visit a number of steep bluffs and granite outcrops before descending steeply to Blue Gum Creek and following tracks for 8 km back to the cars. This is a hard walk in steep and scrubby terrain with some rock scrambling. Minimum distance: 14 km with ~600 metres of ascent. Maps: Williamsdale, Corin Dam. Leader: Ian Wright 6286 1473, Transport: 100 km return. Limit: 8.
Wednesday 2 December: Wednesday walk
See the Wednesday walks information at the head of the Activity program, for conditions on participating. BBC Contact: Peter Wellman
Wednesday morning 2 December: Three parks of Fadden PRAMbulation – S/E
A circuit that starts and ends at Fadden Pines, with its good playground, and traverses two other parks, some playing fields, and green corridors, with no road crossings. Designed for parents and grandparents with kids in strollers, this is the last PRAMbulation for 2015. About 1 hour 15 minutes actual walking. Note the earlier start time because it's summer, and that it's a Wednesday not the usual Thursday. No need to book. Meet at Fadden Pines Park car park, entrance off Budgen Avenue (opposite the villa development of 171 Bugden Avenue) at 10 am. Leader: Linda Groom , 02 6281 4917 Map: Google Maps. Transport: Drive yourself, or let Linda know if you need a lift.
Blue Mountains canyoning
Wed–Sun 2– 6 December: Canyoning – Newnes Plateau – M/R/W/X/abseiling
Come for all four days or just the weekend. Four days of great canyoning and camping. I will be driving up on Wednesday 2 December and returning Sunday afternoon. The choice of canyons will depend on the fitness, skills and interest of the group but could include, Heart Attack, Surefire, Galah, Tiger Snake, Hole in the Wall and Rocky Creek. Maps: Rock Hill, Mount Morgan. Leader: Allan Donnelly 0413309546 Transport: $214 per car Limit: 6.
Thursday evening, 3 December: YA 90 trig (‘Mt Sheaffe’) – S/E
Meet at Shopping car park, Farr Place, Isaacs for a 6:30 start. The walk starts a couple of streets away but parking there is limited. We will be walking in Isaacs Ridge Nature Reserve starting with an off track climb, ascending approximately 100 metres to YA 90, then returning on track through the pine forest. Map: Canberra. Leader:Transport: Drive yourself, no need to book.
Thursday evening 3 December: Weetangera Methodist cemetery – S/E
Continuing a birthday theme established last year, walk from The Pinnacle via the Bicentennial National Trail across the back of Hawker to the Weetangera Methodist Cemetery. Return to champagne or your favourite mocktail. Around 6 km and 50 m climb. Map: Canberra. Leader: John Evans 0417 436 877, Birthday person: All arranged. Transport: Drive yourself to the Springvale Dr entrance to The Pinnacle NR at the reservoirs for a 6.30 pm start. No need to book. Bring goodies to share.
Friday morning 4 December: Molonglo/Uriarra forest – S/E
A short early morning walk through a mixture of wooded ridge, pine forest and Molonglo river corridor. All on track, with views eastwards and over a lovely stretch of the river downstream from Coppins Crossing. This area is gradually being squeezed by the Denman Prospect development so it is a chance to see what will soon be gone. 7.5 km. Transport: Meet at 7.30am in the north-east corner of the Cooleman Court car park at Weston, near the bike path going past McDonalds. No need to book. Map: Canberra.Leader: Meredith Hatherly 6154 1513,
Friday 6 pm 4 December: Participant meeting for Walking in Tasmania with the Hobart Walking Club 10–17 March
Nara Peace Park behind Hyatt Hotel. CBC Coordinator: Lorraine Tomlins, 6248 0456(h),
5–6 December: Bimberi Peak – M/E–M
This is a good introductory trip for day walkers who would like to try out overnight camping. It also provides an opportunity to climb Bimberi Peak (1913 metres), the highest peak in the ACT. We’ll depart Canberra at 1:00 pm on Saturday and drive via Adaminaby to the locked gate at the northern end of Pockets Saddle Road. With overnight packs we’ll walk to Oldfields Hut where we’ll camp overnight (3.5 km). The next morning, with day packs only, we’ll take the trail to Murrays Gap (4.5 km and 200 metres climb). We will ascend Bimberi Peak from Murrays Gap following an indistinct footpad to the summit (3.0 km and 390 metres climb). Following morning tea with fabulous 360 degree views we’ll return along the same route back to Oldfields Hut for lunch and then back to the cars. Maps: Rendezvous Creek, Rules Point or Rooftop’s Kosciuszko Northern Activities. Leader: Gerald Dodgson 0438 119 803, Transport: ~350 km, $140 per car, $35–$45 per person. Bookings: Please book by email before 2:00 pm Thursday 3 December.
Sunday 6 December: Bike Ride: Hockey Centre Car Park to Gold Creek and Return
This is another enjoyable trip ride mainly on bike paths and will take you through some relatively new suburbs and along the new bike path parallel to Horse Park Drive in Moncrieff. You should be a confident rider, as we will need to go on the road shoulder to connect with the bike path along Ginninderra Creek near William Slim Drive. It is about 40 kms long 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 car park at the Hockey Centre in Lyneham south east of the junction of Ginninderra Drive with Mouat Street. (UBD 49 F2). No need to book.
Sunday 6 December: Monga rainforest adventure – S/R
This walk aims to introduce kids to the beautiful Monga rain forest, where Eucryphia trees provide deep, cool shade. The rainforest is protected by a 500 metre band of thick, sometimes prickly, scrub and tree ferns, which will take us about 30 minutes to traverse, after which we will explore the forest and a small creek and look for monkey vines. 4 km, ascent/descent 130 metres. Mostly open understory after the scrub, with some steep sections of loose soil in the forest. The pace will also suit photographers. 9am departure from Queanbeyan. Leader: Map: Monga. Transport if shared: $44 per car. Late bookings welcome.
Sunday 6 December: Mt Clear – L/R
Will commence on fire trails, but will leave them to head cross country. Should be nice views. Participants should not object to scrub. Around 17 km and 500 m climb. More details will be available from the leader for interested participants. Map: Bredbo. Leader: David Dedenczuk 0417 222 154, Transport: $40 per car. Book by Friday 5 December.
Monday am 7 December: Earlybird walk – around Mt Arawang – 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 Mt Arawang. Afterwards there will be an opportunity to go for breakfast. Map: Leader: Meet: on Lincoln Close Chapman (UBD 77 D6). No need to book.
Monday pm 7 December: Goorooyarroo Nature Park and Sammy’s Hill – S/E
walk is mostly on fire trails and through pleasant grassland to a hill with
views. Meet at 6:30pm on the northern side of Horse Park Drive about 1.5km
toward Gungahlin from the Federal Hwy junction (Gungahlin exit). Map: Goorooyarroo Nature Reserve at www.tams.act.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0007/390580/
cnpmapgoorooyaroo.pdf Leader: Phillip Starr 6161 3835(h), 0419 281 096(m), Tansport: drive yourself, no need to book.
>Tuesday 8 December: Sugarloaf Creek – M/R/X possibly W
A hot-weather circuit featuring creeks and rain forest. From the Misty Mountain Road (708E, 597N GDA 94) descend a ridge to Sugarloaf Creek; follow its tributary from 711E 605N upstream, then cross a ridge, roughly near spot height 435, to meet another tributary and follow it back down to Sugarloaf Creek. Around 8 km and 6 hours actual walking. 350 metres total descent/ascent. All off track, lots of rock hopping on possibly slippery rocks, possibly some wading, some sections of very thick scrub. Depart Queanbeyan 7 am for the 1.5 hour drive. Map: Monga. Leader: 6281 4917. Transport: $48 per car. Limit: 12.
Wednesday 9 December: Wednesday walk
See the Wednesday walks information at the head of the Activity program, for conditions on participating. CBC Contact:
Thursday evening 10 December: Mount Majura – S/E
This evening walk will follow the Centenary Trail to the summit of Mount Majura. After heading to the summit, we’ll head down the eastern side of the mountain, before heading back to the cars. Meet at 6:30pm at the end of the houses in Antill Street, Hackett. About 8km – please bring a torch. Map: Mount Majura Nature Reserve www.tams.act.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/390578/cnpmapmajura.pdf Leader: Transport: drive yourself, no need to book.
Saturday 12 December: Mt Tennent - L/E
Start from the Namadgi Visitors Centre and take the trail to the top of Mt Tennent and return. On track all the way. Distance is 14kms and the total climb is about 750 metres. Great views from the summit and a good Saturday morning workout. Meet at Kambah shops at 7.30 and car pool from there. Should be back at cars before 2.00PM. If you need transport and to register for the walk contact Bob Lynch via email at or via phone or SMS on 0412746532.
Saturday 12 December: Kambah Pool to Red Rocks Gorge – S/E
Meet 1.30 pm at the top car park (on the left before the road descends and forks) at Kambah Pool. We will walk less than 3 km upstream mostly on the walking track above the Murrumbidgee to a swimming hole just below Red Rocks Gorge. Return the same way; estimated time back at the cars about 5 pm. Bring hat, swimmers, towel, old shoes to wear in the river, sunscreen and drinking water. Map: Tuggeranong – not required. Leader: Jeff B., . Please book (by 10am on the day) so I know numbers and can notify you if the walk needs to be cancelled (weather, insufficient participants, etc). Transport: drive yourself
12–13 December: Tuross River and Ridges – M/R/W
From the junction of the Tuross River and Woila Creek, walk downstream ~5kms to camp by a lovely pool. Next day, climb 500 metres to a view point to the east of Jillicambra Mtn, descend a ridge heading north and return to the Tuross via an attractive rain forested side creek, then upstream to the cars. This trip combines a beautiful river with superb ridge-top views across the Tuross to the mountains above Woila Creek. The walking is off-track and rough with steep ascents and descents on loose ground. There are several river crossings, so boots are not suitable unless you are prepared to get them wet. Forester-type AWDs are advisable for the descent into the Tuross. Map: Belowra. Leader: Meg M. 6254 5902, Transport: ~300 kms return, ~$114 per car, ~$29–$38 pp. Limit: 8.
Sunday 13 December: Weed identification training, Duffy – S/E
Training from 8–11 am at Narrabundah Hill on how to identify and report on invasive weed species in Namadgi and KNP. Morning tea provided. Leader: Cynthia Burton, Transport: Drive yourself or let me know if you need a lift. Limit: 8.
Monday pm, 14 December: Urambi Hills – S/E
Meet at 6:30 pm at Learmoth Drive (Turn from Athlon Drive into Learmoth Drive, pulling over to the left, about 50 metres from the traffic lights). We will enjoy a pleasant stroll with views. Map: Tuggeranong. Leader: Phillip Starr 6161 3835(h), 0419 281 096(m), Transport: Drive yourself, no need to book.
(Tues), Wed–Thurs (15) 16–17 December: Invasive Weed Survey, Kosciuszko National Park (Trip full-reserve list only)
Ground survey (on foot) of areas of KNP over 2 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. Transport to survey sites by helicopter; must be willing to use this form of transport. Cynthia Burton Map: TBA. Transport, food and accommodation: provided by Greening Australia (drive up afternoon of 15 Dec) Limit:10.
Wednesday 16 December: Wednesday walk
See the Wednesday walks information at the head of the Activity program, for conditions on participating. BBC Contact: Peter Wellman
Thursday pm 17 December: Mount Ainslie – S/E
This evening walk will follow the Centenary Trail around the northern and eastern sides of the mountain, before heading to the summit and down the hill back to the cars. Meet at 6:30 pm behind the War Memorial in Treloar Circuit. About 7 km – should finish in daylight but please bring a torch. Map: Mount Ainslie Nature Reserve www.tams.act.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0006/390597/cnpmapmtainslie.pdf Leader: Nathan Holt 0414 628 429 or Transport: drive yourself, no need to book.
Friday 18 December: Afternoon kayaking on Lake Burley Griffin
Two to three hours on the lake, starting at 3.30 pm. Starting point will depend on the weather forecast and will be decided the day before. BYO kayak or canoe, and lifejacket. Suitable for beginner paddlers and families with older kids who can swim well. Map: Google Maps Leader: Linda Groom , 02 6281 4917 Late bookings welcome. Transport: drive yourself.
Saturday 19 December: Southern ACT Walkabout – M/M,ptX
Enjoy the drive through the centre of Namadgi National Park to the ACT's southern border. Walk the fire trail going east along the border through Burnt Hill. A little further on we turn north and go off-track down a drainage line to Back or Grassy Creek – it looks like open woodland on Google Earth. We then follow Back or Grassy Creek back up to the start. Expect border markers, geocaches and indigenous and European sites. Around 10 km and 250 m climb. Additional options (e.g. Yerrabi Track) if desired. Maps: Shannons Flat and Bredbo Leader: John Evans 0417 436 877, . Transport: ~$17 per person.
Monday evening 21 December: Mount Taylor Triple – M/E
The plan for this walk is to go to the summit of Mount Taylor three times via three different routes, taking in the fabulous views of Canberra, Tuggeranong, and the Brindabellas. The descents will be via another three routes. Meeting time is 6:00pm at Sulwood Drive, opposite Mannheim Street, Kambah. All up, the walk’s about 8km with around 500 metres of climbing. Should finish by civilian twilight at 8:47 (sunset is at 8:17) but please bring a torch. Map: Mount Taylor Nature Reserve http://www.tams.act.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0011/390593/cnpmapmttaylor.pdf Leader: Nathan Holt 0414 628 429 or Transport: drive yourself, no need to book.
Tuesday 22 December: Snow Gum Hill Loop – M/R
From Snow Gum Arboretum walk south over Snow Gum Hill and beyond to join the Mt Franklin Road for a further1.5km south. Descend east 300m off track to join Parrot Road below and return via track to re-join the Mt Franklin Road. Total distance 8.5km plus descent & ascent of about 300m. Off-track approx 2km. M/R in places but most on track. Map: Tidbinbilla. Leader: Mike Banyard.
Friday 25 December: Christmas Day
Do come and join us and help us celebrate Christmas Day. We will be meeting right at the end of Black Mountain Peninsular from midday onwards. Barbecues and toilet facilities are available. Bring your lunch, shared nibbles, and a canoe, if you have one. Please contact the leaders if you want further information on the day’s arrangements. Look for the CBC signs at the end of Garryowen Drive. Leaders: Doug Wright 6281 4148 and Margaret Roseby 6166 0118 or 0428 142 733. Transport: Drive yourself. No need to book.
Bogong High Plain
Saturday evening 26 December: Boxing Day Circumnavigation of Hall Village – S/E
Seek leave from the visiting relos (or bring them if they are walkers) and escape for a couple of hours for a circumnavigation of the peaceful village of Hall. Includes some lanes, churches, historic sites, several over/through fence clambers and some long grass in paddocks, so lower leg covering is mandatory, (our slippery friends also like farm dams)! Meet at 6 pm by the village well in the Gladstone Street Park (next to the toilet block) About 110 minutes of walking. Bring left-overs to share in the park afterwards. Map: UBD map 28 A2 Leader: Margaret Roseby 0428 142 733. Transport: Drive yourself.
26 December– 2 January: Walks in the Victorian Alpine National Park – Variety of walks – S/E to L/R
We will be based in Falls Creek at the self-catering Australian Alpine Club Lodge http://aacfallscreek.com/. There will be at least two walks available each day to choose from – one medium to hard and one easy. A sample of the proposed walks include Wallace Hut – Mt Cope Circuit; Pretty Valley – Cope Saddle; Heathy Spur – Mt Nelse – Watchbed Creek; Pretty Valley – The Jaithmathangs; Rocky Valley – The Park – Fitzgeralds and Kelly Huts; Langford Gap – Fitzgeralds Hut; Junction Spur to Howman’s Gap; Mt Cope; Wallace Heritage Trail; and The Aqueduct Trail. May also do some walks in the Mt Buffalo area. Maps: Nelse, Fainter, Mt Wills (all 1:25,000), Buffalo, Falls Creek, Vicmap Outdoor Leisure Series Bogong Alpine Area (all 1:50,000). Leader: Barry Keeley 6154 6391 or 0415 152 389 or Book: For information and bookings contact me until 13 August and then Jill Bell on 0422677866 or until I return at the end of September. Transport: TBA. Accommodation: Shared accommodation costs of $33 per night per person. Maximum of 2 persons to a room and each room has an ensuite. There are no Park Entry fees. Accommodation deposit will be required by end of October and full payment end of November. Please note that the walk is now full, however I can place you on a reserve list.
Wednesday 30 December: Legoland explorer walk – S/R
Come explore one of the ACT's most spectacular granite outcrops, where boulders bigger than houses hide a fascinating series of caves and cracks. The pace will be designed for families with kids 4 to 6 years. Will also suit baby-wearing parents and older kids who are patient with the pace of the younger kids. We follow a track for about 600 metres and will then spend a couple of hours exploring. We will have the option of a shady cave for lunch. No need to book. Meet at Kambah Shops at 9.30 am, in the car park facing Marconi Crescent; back in Canberra by 2 pm. Map: Corin Dam Leader: Linda Groom , 02 6281 4917 Transport: drive yourself but let me know if can offer or need a lift. Last 10 minutes of the drive is on dirt but suitable for larger 2WDs.
Wed–Mon 30 Dec–4 Jan: New Year's eve + 3 days in the Snowies – various grades and activities
Join our group to Gunuma Ski Lodge at Smiggins. Activities include fishing, coffees at Charlottes Pass and long /short walks, e.g. Rainbow Lake, Porcupine Rocks, Guthega Trig-Consett Stephen Pass, Mt Tate, Guthega Waterfall, Plains of Heaven, Mt Twyman and around Blue Lake and simply enjoy being in the mountains. We hope participants will help lead walks. Self-cater for breakfasts and lunches. We organise people into catering groups of 4 so you only need to cook one evening meal. This has worked out extremely well previously and is fun. The kitchen is well equipped with storage space for your food. There are TVs, lounges and a deck to enjoy life! Cost is $35 per person per night / $350 per couple for the 5 nights. Leader: Janet E. Please email me asap and by 5 Dec to ensure availability of a room.
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