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  • January 2016
  • 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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Friday–Sunday 1–3 January: Kowmung River M/M

From Kanangra Walls, descend ~900 m via Brumby Ridge to camp at Orange Bluff. Possible toddle without packs upstream, then a relaxed walk downstream to camp at the base of Roots Ridge. Up Roots Ridge ~900 m to Kanangra Walls. Plenty of time for swimming. River crossings – expect wet feet. Maps: Yerranderie, Kanangra.. Leader: Meg M. Transport: $190 per vehicle, ~$48–$63 per person. Also on the CMW program.

Fri 1 – Sun 3 January 2016: Mounts Scabby and Kelly – M/R/part X

Day 1: From Kennedys Road Yaouk, we will climb to the summit of Mt Scabby for extensive views from its open tops, then camp in the grassy bowl below the peak, at the source of the Cotter River. Around 8 km and 700 vertical metres. Day 2: Along the Scabby range, dropping our packs at the beautiful Scabby tarn, up Mt Kelly with day packs, and possibly an exploration of the granite tops of Kelly Spur, 10 to 13 km, ascents and descents 400 to 500 metres in an undulating route. Day 3: From the tarn back to the cars, route to be decided, but likely to be back at the cars by lunchtime. The relatively short distances will give us time to explore. All off track except for a few km at the start; there will be some scrub, some forest with fallen logs, some open alpine walking and an unknown amount of rock scrambling (depends how keen we are to do some exploring). Access requires landholder permission which has been obtained. Maps: Yaouk and Rendezvous Creek. Leader: Linda Groom , 02 6281 4917 Transport: $90 per car.

Saturday 2 January: Cbr100 training - 25km route – L/E

Walk the Cbr100 Challenge 25km route. Campbell High School, Anzac Parade, Commonwealth Avenue bridge, Melbourne Avenue, Red Hill, Kent St, Dunrossil Drive, Scrivener Dam, southern flank of Black Mountain, West Basin and back to the start. For quick walkers please. Details at http://www.cbr100challenge.com.au/25km/ . Around 27km and 620m climb. Map: Canberra. Leader: John Evans 0417 436 877 john@johnevans.id.au . Transport: Drive yourself to an 8am start at Campbell High School. Please book.

Monday pm 4 January: Campbell Park – S/E

Be at the northern end of the airport side of the Campbell Park offices car park at 6.30. The walk follows the track along the eastern side of the Ainslie reserve toward Mt Majura then loops back. Map: www.tams.act.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0006/390597/cnpmapmtainslie.pdf Leader: Phillip Starr 6161 3835(h), 0419 281 096(m), Transport: Drive yourself, no need to book.

Tues-Thurs 5–7 January: The High Country – M/M-R, part X

A three day walk in the high country, starting from Guthega. The walk will mostly be above the tree line and off track. It will involve some thick scrub and rock scrambling. The first two days have climbs of about 500m. Contact leader for more details. Bookings by Sunday 3 January, preferably by email. Note that this walk is also on the NPA (ACT) program. Maps: Perisher Valley and Geehi Dam. Leader: Philip Gatenby, 6254 3094, Transport: $167 per car. Limit: 8.

Tuesday 5 January 2015: Bainbrig Creek and a search for the Wave Cave – M/R/X

From the Nerriga–Nowra road we will descend into upper Bainbrig Creek through a steep and ferny gully at ~423E 145 N (AGD66), then follow the southern cliff-line downstream. I have some vague information that within 1.5 km we should find, at the foot of this cliff-line, the massive overhang called the 'Wave Cave'. From there we will retrace our steps to the ferny gully, and if time explore further upstream and find another exit. The route is designed to maximise tree and cliff shade from late morning till around 3 pm. Seven to 10 km, of which 2 km is on fire trail and the rest is a very rough mixture of scrub, slab walking, cliff-base terrain and creek. Main descent/ascent 150 metres. Map: Nerriga Leader: Linda Groom , 02 6281 4917 Transport: $80 per car. Limit: 8.

Tuesday 5 January: Evening meal and swim at Kambah Pool – S/E

Please join us at Kambah Pool from about 5.30 pm onwards for a relaxing swim and then enjoy your evening meal. Bring bathers, towel, and food, drinks. No need to book. Park at the Kambah Pool car park and look for other CBC members. Leaders: Doug Wright and Janet E.

Wednesdy 6 January: Afternoon kayaking on Lake Ginninderra

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.

Thursday pm 7 January: Frost Hollow, Cork Plantation and Arboretum – S/E

Meet at 6.00 (note earlier time) in the car park accessed via the road beside 61 MacKellar Circuit, Cook. We will walk on track to the Arboretum via the Cork Plantation and the Aranda Frost Hollow. Returning to the cars on different tracks. No need to book. Map: Canberra. Leader: Diana K. Transport: drive yourself.

Saturday 9 January 2016: Source of the Murrumbidgee – S/M

A 12 km return walk, mostly on Peppercorn Firetrail, to the source of the Murrumbidgee River. A small bit of scrub bashing near the source, so bring your gaiters. A short walk but a long drive to Long Plain north of Kiandra. A total climb of 330 m in small increments. Map: Peppercorn. Leader: Mike Bremers 0428923408, Transport: $175 per car. Book: by 3 pm Thurs 7 Jan. Limit: 8.

Saturday 9 January: Cbr100 training - Mt Tennent and Bushfold Flats – L/E

The usual Mt Tennent walk, plus a loop down the AAWT to Bushfold Flats and return up the Mt Tennent Fire Trail. For quick walkers please. Two start locations and times. Either Namadgi Visitors Centre at 8am or Lanyon Marketplace at 6am. Around 20km and 1100m climb, or 40km and 1250m climb. Maps: Williamsdale and Tuggeranong. Leader: John Evans 0417 436 877 john@johnevans.id.au . Transport: Drive yourself Namadgi Visitors Centre or Lanyon Marketplace. Please book.

Sunday 10 January: Mt Townsend – L/R

A long drive and a long walk to Australia's second highest mountain. The walk will include a visit to Australia's highest tarn. More details will be available from the leader for interested participants. Map: Perisher Valley. Leader: David Dedenczuk 0417 222 154, Transport: $100 per car. Book by Friday 8 January.


Bells Creek Falls

Sunday 10 January: Bells Creek Falls Adventure – S/R

An exciting walk designed for families with kids aged 7 and over. Also suitable for baby-wearing parents with good balance in rocky creeks. After descending through open forest for about 500 metres we slither down a steep earth slope and follow the creek down for a kilometre through tall casuarinas and sandy pools. Lunch will be in a delightful area of granite boulders and slabs, with cascades, a small swimming pool and views of the Araluen Valley. Option for older kids to descend to the foot of the falls. Return the same way. Includes rock hopping and rock scrambling. Descent/ascent 120 metres. We will meet in Braidwood mid-morning then drive a further 15 minutes; the drive is all on bitumen except for 100 metres 2WD dirt at the end. Map: Monga Leader: Linda Groom , 02 6281 4917 Late bookings welcome. Transport: $60 per car if shared.

Monday pm 11 January: Farrer Ridge and Wanniassa Hills – S/E

We will stroll along Farrer Ridge then on to Wanniassa Hills. Return via a different route. Meet at 6:30 on Sulwood Drive, Wanniassa, between Sainsbury Street and Gaunson Crescent. Map: Tuggeranong. Leader: Phillip Starr 6161 3835(h), 0419 281 096(m), Transport: drive yourself, no need to book.

(Mon 11) Tues–Thur 12–14 January: Weed survey, Kosciuszko National Park

Survey (on foot) of areas of KNP over 3 days – day walks – for possible incursions of highly destructive mouse ear hawkweed (MEHW). Volunteer surveyors will be oriented to MEHW spotting and under supervision of Greening Australia/NPWS. Coordinator: Cynthia Burton Map: TBA. Transport,food and accommodation: provided by GA (drive up afternoon of 11 Jan). Limit: 4.

Tuesday 12 January: Evening meal and swim at Kambah Pool – S/E

Join a group of us at the Kambah Pool each Tuesday in January and February from 5.30 pm onwards. Please bring bathers, towel and food, drinks. No need to book just turn up, park at the Kambah Pool car park and look for other CBC members. Leaders: Doug Wright 6281 4148 and Janet E.

Wednesday 13 January: Wednesday walk

See the Wednesday walks information at the head of the Activity program, for conditions on participating. CBC Contact: Meredith and David Hatherly

Thursday 14 January: Orroral River Toddlers Toddle – S/E

Postponed to Thursday 21 January.

Thursday pm 14 January – Black Mt hat band S/E

Meet at 6.30 in the car park at end of Frith St near electricity substation. We will walk to the top of Black Mountain and on the way down take the track around the mountain for 360-degree views of Canberra. No need to book. Map: Canberra. Leader: Diana K. Transport: drive yourself.


Blue Mountains Canyoning

(Friday) Saturday–Tuesday (15) 16–19 January: Blue Mountains and The Wollemi – M/M

Day 1: Dumbano Tunnels BMNP (M/M/W 10km off track & 300m ascent) A series of deep, water sculpted canyons with tight bends and shallow pools, featuring examples of 3 types of tree ferns. No abseils, wet to your waist in a few places. Day 2: Devils Throat & Camp Creek, NewnesPlateau(M/M/X 10 km off track & 400 m ascent) We’ll walk around and under this unique formation which forms the base of Alacatraz Canyon. On return, we’ll do a short detour to capture some great views of the pagodas along Carne Creek. Day 3: Wollangambe River (Wollangambe One canyon) BMNP, (M/M/W 10 km & 500 m ascent) A great introductory canyon which is traversed by li-lo, walking in shallow water and scrambling over boulders. Note: each person will require their own cotton covered li-lo and wetsuit and should be confident in water over their heads. Day 4: Rocky Creek Canyon WNP (M/M/W) A dark, deep and beautiful canyon, we will return by coming back up through the canyon. No abseils, several swims up to 50 m, wetsuit required. Maps: Lithgow, Cullen Bullen, Wollangambe, Rock Hill. 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: 7 January. Further info on each walk is available at: https://sites.google.com/site/feralkaza/home under Upcoming Trips – Blue Mountains.

Saturday 16 January: Blatant Brindabella Geocaching, a road trip – M/E-M,ptX

Enjoy a drive up to the Brindabella Range and along to Mt Ginini car park, with short walks to find geocaches. Find GC5G6Y6 A Short Way to the Top, walk up to Mt Ginini for GC2ATPT As far as we got, then down to Ginini Flats for GC1622K VHF. GC4XZ1R Marking our territory 5 is near the side of the Mt Franklin Rd as we drive back. Just before the Mt Franklin car park we stop for GCMVPJ Wild Wild West (the western most point of the ACT), then walk up to Mt Franklin for GC14GM4 Franklin – the old & the new and GC22E2G Franklin Forty. A stop at Aggie Gap for GC2ATQ1 On the way back 2 and then a stroll up to Mt Aggie for GC22F70 Aggie’s View. Further towards home, we’ll stop at the Chalet Rd car park and walk up Bendora Hill for GC4XZ0Y Marking our territory 4. A bush bash down to the arboretum for GC168AH Pining for you. Near Bulls Head we will find GC3XWJK Norky’s 2000th, then GC2K7TC Take the Bull by the Head. Back on the sealed Brindabella Rd, if time and energy allow, GC2J04P Biker does a Tank Slapper, GC2J55N Biker ….. O Oh!, GC49YFK Brindabella Beauty, GC3TZBT Weird Weir IX – Marshalls, GC2J072 Biker has a High Side, GC5QAJP Condor Cabin and GC3V231 Weird Weir X – Bluerange. Not just for cachers, there are great views, interesting features, border markers and weirs. With 15 stops and little walks (longest 4km), you can sit out any you don’t want to do. Around 15km and 400m climb. Maps: Corin Dam, Tidbinbilla and Cotter Dam. Leader: John Evans 0417 436 877, . Transport: ∼$15 per person.

Sunday 17 January: Peak 1409 – M/R

A challenging walk cross country and through scrub to the lovely shale peak in between Tidbinbilla and the Brindabellas. Participants should not object to scrub. More details will be available from the leader for interested participants. Map: Corin Dam. Leader: David Dedenczuk 0417 222 154, Transport: $40 per car. Book by Friday 15 January.

Monday pm 18 January: Goorooyarroo Nature Park and Old Joe Hill – S/E

This walk is mostly on fire trails and to the top of Old Joe Hill with a great view towards Canberra and the mountains. Meet at 6:30 on the northern side of Horse Park Drive about 1.5 km 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: Nathan Holt 0414 628 429 or Transport: drive yourself, no need to book.

Tuesday 19 January: 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.

Tuesday 19 January: Evening meal and swim at Kambah Pool – S/E

Join a group of us at the Kambah Pool each Tuesday in January and February from 5.30 pm onwards. Please bring bathers, towel and food, drinks. No need to book just turn up, park at the Kambah Pool car park and look for other CBC members. Leaders: Doug Wright 6281 4148 and Janet E.

Wednesday 20 January: Wednesday walk

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

Thursday 21 January (transferred from 14 Jan): Orroral River Toddlers Toddle – S/E

From the Orroral Campground, 100 metres or so along a track to a place where the clear waters of the Orroral River flow gently over flattish rocks with shallow pools. Tree-shaded grassy slopes about 10 metres from the water. No need to book but let me know if you can offer or need a lift. Meet at Tharwa, the carpark just over the bridge, at 9.30 am, after which a further 25 minutes drive on bitumen. Back to the cars by 12 noon or earlier if you wish. Map: Rendezvous Creek. Leader: Linda Groom , 02 6281 4917 Transport: $32 per car if shared.

Thursday pm 21 January – Aranda Bushland, Kiers Trig and Frost Hollow – S/E

Meet at 6.30 in the car park accessed via the road beside 61 MacKellar Circuit, Cook. We will walk in the Aranda Bushland to the Kiers Trig point and then pick up a trail to the Aranda Frost Hollow. Returning to the cars on different tracks. No bookings. Map: Canberra. Leader: Diana K. Transport: drive yourself.

(22) 23–26 January: Kayaking and bushwalking at Corner Inlet – M/R/W

From Port Welshpool, Victoria, 4 days of kayaking and bushwalking based in the clear, semi-protected waters of Corner Inlet, with a commercial kayaking guide. BYO kayak or hire at Port Welshpool. Itinerary will depend on weather; for likely itinerary and approximate prices see www.seakayakaustralia.com/tours/multi-day-tours/corner-inlet-wilsons-promontory.html though we will add a day’s walking into the remote, scrubby north end of Wilson Prom NP. Suit fit beginners with good upper body strength, as well as experienced kayakers. Maps: tba. Leader: Linda Groom 6281 4917. Transport: if shared, $475 per car. Limit: 12. Expressions of interest by late November please, though earlier if possible to allow booking of shared cabin or camping accommodation Friday night.

Saturday 23 January: A lap of LBG – L/E

Needing some exercise? Join me for as little or as much as you like of a lap of Lake Burley Griffin. Meet at the National Library at 7am, so Central Basin could be a minimum. I need to walk quick. Around 28km. Map: Canberra. Leader: John Evans 0417 436 877, . Transport: Drive yourself. Please book.


Mt Townsend

Sat–Mon 23–25 (26) January: Snowy Mts weekend – (various)

Drive down Saturday morning to the Southern Alps Ski Club Lodge at Charlotte Pass where we stay. The Saturday afternoon walks will be Mt Stillwell and Rainbow Lake, 2 hours and 1¼ hours respectively, led by Ross Andrews and me. We will all do Watson's Crags on Sunday, approx. 20km and 6hrs, 60% on track. There are two options on Monday. Some participants will choose to go back after the Monday walk but there is also the option of staying on an extra night. On Monday, I will lead the Rennix Track, about 4 hours for those who are going home and others wanting a shorter option. Ross Andrews will lead a harder option, only available to those staying on for the Tuesday walk. There will not be a shared meal on Monday night. Ross, or another leader, will also lead a walk on the Tuesday. Maps: Perisher Valley, Geehi Dam, Kalkite Mountain. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h) or Transport ~$50–$60 including park entry. Accommodation: single room – $90 for the weekend, double/twin – $80 per person for the weekend.

Saturday 23-Tuesday 26 January: Genoa River - S/M-R/ partly X

Four days total: three short days down the Genoa River from Hopping Joe Ck to the Vic border, with plenty of time for swimming and lazing, followed by a route out over the ridges on the last day. Approx 12 kms on the river, and 6kms with 300m climbing along the ridges. Parts of the river are quite rough with scrub and rock hopping. Waterproof your pack. Joint trip with CMW. Maps: Nungatta, Yambulla. Leader: Meg M. . Transport: ~480 kms, $182 per car, $45 pp. Limit: 8.

Monday pm 25 January: Black Mountain – S/E

The walk will start from near the substation at the end of Frith Road. Please meet at 6.30 pm. We'll head to the summit, take in the Forest Track, before heading back to the cars. All on track. Map: www.tams.act.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0004/390595/cnpmapblackmountain.pdf Leader: Nathan Holt 0414 628 429 or Transport: drive yourself, no need to book.

Tuesday 26 January: Orroral Adventures – L/EandR,ptX

A short search for the second SATAN command antenna site. Walk the Granite Tors Walking Track from the Orroral Tracking Station – that’s easy. Head 500m SE from the geodetic observatory to find geocache GC2133V Something’s out there. Then plunge 350m down through the bush to the start. Next, park beside Orroral Rd before the camping ground and climb the valley side to find GC21TQK Land of sweeping plains & ragged mountain ranges. Next, down to the valley for GC61YX6 Orroral Observation, GC61YVV Orroral Overpass, GC620PN Ordovician Orroral, GC61YVA Herbert’s House and GC61YWF Heratige [sic] Hike and an indigenous site. Look for GC61XED Weird Weir XX – Orroral at the picnic area. Around 15km and 700m climb. Map: Rendezvous Creek. Leader: John Evans 0417 436 877, Transport: ~$12 per person.

Wednesday 27 January: Wednesday walk

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

Thursday pm 28 January: Mt Painter – S/E

Meet at 6:30 in the car park accessed via the road beside 61 MacKellar Circuit, Cook. We will walk on track up Mt Painter for great views from the top. Returning via the horse paddocks and Wybalena Ridge, mostly on tracks. No need to book. Map: Canberra Leader: Diana K. Transport: drive yourself.

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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