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  • February 2016
  • Archive of Activities

Not yet a member? You are welcome to participate in up to three activities before joining. To express interest to a leader whose contact details are not displayed, email - the leader will contact you. If you are not familiar with the procedures of the Club, please read the Walk Information.

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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Monday evening 1 February: 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.

Tuesday 2 February: More Headwaters of Honeysuckle Creek – M/R,X

Starting at Honeysuckle creek car park, go West for about 3.5 km along the ridge between the two main arms of Honeysuckle creek until we meed the Legoland ridge. Turn South-East along the ridge and between the boulders to the Orroral Ridge road. Then, depending on the day/scrub/inclination of the party, either down the road to the carpark, or follow the watershed by going a little to the East and North to the Spinnaker, from where we will drop down and back to the cars. 10km and a little over 500 metres ascent. Limit: 8. Map: Corin Dam. Leader: David Hatherly, dhatherly@gmail.com 0427 168 764; contact me by 6pm the previous Sunday to discuss options. Transport: ~$40 per car.

Tuesday 2 February: 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 62814148 and Janet E.

Wednesday 3 February: Wednesday walk

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

Thursday evening 4 February: Mulligans Flat – S/E

Meet at 6:30 pm in the main Mulligan's Flat car park. Go down Horse Park Drive, turn into Francis Forde Boulevard as per sign, then left into Amy Ackman Street, which will take you to the Mulligans Flat car park. Nice open bushland. There are loads of walks in this area, we won't duplicate the last one. No need to book. Map: Hall Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h) or Transport: drive yourself.


On Gibraltar Peak

Saturday 6 February: Gibraltar Peak – M/E

Walk the Gibraltar Peak loop, ascending via the new trail and descending via the old Gibraltar Trail. Great views from the top and the weather looks good. Around 8km and 400m climb, 4 hours walking. Bring morning tea, but we’ll be back in town for a late lunch. Leader: Cynthia C. . Map: Tidbinbilla. Transport: ~$8. Meet at 7.30am in Lanyon Marketplace car park near MacDonalds and facing Tharwa Dr. No need to book.

Saturday–Sunday 6–7 February: Corang Lagoon – M/E

On track, Wog Wog to Corang Lagoon. Attractive pools and waterfall. About 7 km each way and total climb ~300 m. Map: Corang Leader: Jenny Horsfield 6231 4535(h) or Transport: $112 per car.

6-7 February (TBC): Alpine weed control – Kosciuszko National Park – S/E to L/M

Monitoring of invasive weeds and rehabilitation of weed-impacted areas, including weed identification training. Leader: Cynthia Burton Map: TBA. Transport and Accommodation: provided by Greening Australia.

6-7 February: Shoalhaven – M/R

Tullyangela Clearing - Wineglass Tor - Tims Creek. Travel north of North Oaky creek to Peach Tree Canal with its old mine workings, then a series of open ridges to Wineglass Tor for panoramic views of Great Horseshoe Bend. More open walking via Specimen Hill then a steep descent to camp upstream of Little Horseshoe Bend, next to a great swimming spot on the Shoalhaven R. Next day, rock hop up Tims Gully to Sparkes Falls, then follow a series of open ridges back to the cars. This classic walk is described, more or less, in “Fitzroy Falls and Beyond”, p178ff. Leader: Lorraine Lorraine Tomlins, 6248 0456(h), Map: Touga Transport: ~ $150 per car Book: by 1 February.

Monday morning 8 February: Earlybird walk around Mt Taylor – S/E

Starting at 7 am, we will walk for 1 to 2 hours from Chifley Shops for a gradual climb and descent to and from Mt Taylor and pause for a view at the vantage points to the top. Around 6 km and 250 m climb. Afterwards there will be an option to sample the delights, including awesome coffee, from the Chifley Grocer in one of the outdoor spaces there. Maps: Tuggeranong, Canberra. Leader: Gabrielle W. Meet: Chifley Shops. No need to book.

Monday evening 8 February: Cooleman Ridge south – S/E

Meet at the very end of Kathner St, Chapman for a walk along the ridge. No bookings, just turn up at 6:30 pm. Map: Canberra Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h) or Transport: drive yourself.

Monday 8 - Wednesday 10 February: Kidmans Hut, KNP wilderness – M/M,X

Weather dependent. Commence Gungarlin R, 12 km to Kidmans Hut where we will camp for 2 nights. Day 2 explore area below Main Range, hopefully find ruins of Alpine Hut. Day 3 Return to car via Burrungubugge Hut ruin and along Gungarlin R. (15 km 300 m, scrub, hard). This walk is mainly exploratory for leader. Maps: Nimmo Plain, Jagungal, Geehi Dam, Kalkite Mountain Leader: Max Smith for further details. Numbers limited.

Tuesday 9 February: Bulee Brook – M/R/W/ part X

A circuit to explore the cascades and cliff lines of Bulee Brook in Morton National Park. Leave the Nerriga-Nowra road about ½ km west of Bulee Gap, cross lower Bainbrig Creek, then through surprisingly-open forest to Bulee Brook. The Brook looks, from Google Earth, to have 2 sections of cascades, probably separated by thick scrub. From there we may explore the tops or bases of cliff lines north of the Brook, depending on time and weather. 9 to 14 km, total descents and ascents around 150 to 300 metres spread over 3 undulations. The ‘W’ grading is just in case the creek crossings are deeper than I expect. 1 hr 45 mins from Queanbeyan, all sealed road. Leader: Linda Groom , 02 6281 4917 . Map: Nerriga. Transport: $80 per car. Limit: 8.

Tuesday 9 February: Mt Clear Car Park Naas & Long Flat Loop - L/M

Proceed east from Mt Clear campground on the Naas F/T for approx. 2.5km and head south following the tributary of Naas Creek to meet the Long Flat F/T and finally the NSW/ACT border. Follow the Mt Clear F/T west before returning to the Long Flat F/T then cross country to the vehicles. Distance approx. 17km, 380m climb, 8km on track. Cost per vehicle about $65. Maps: Coliton 8726-3N & Bredbo 8726-3S. Leader: Michael B. Current weather forecast 10/21 min/max possible showers (Mt Ginini). Max 4 persons.

Tuesday 9 February: 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 10 February: Wednesday walk

See the Wednesday walks information at the head of the Activity program, for conditions on participating. CBC Contact: John D.

Thursday evening 11 February: Bruce and O'Connor Ridges – S/E

Meet at 6:30 pm in the car park opposite 160 Dryandra St, O'Connor for a walk in these two pleasant areas. No need to book. Map: Canberra Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h) or Transport: drive yourself.

Saturday 13 February: Mt Coree – L/E

All on fire trails from Blundells Flat. Around 18 km and 700 m climb. This will be a moderately paced walk taking us to the summit of Mt Coree, which has excellent views on a clear day. Situated in the Brindabella National Park on the NSW side and in the Namadgi National Park on the ACT side, Mt Coree marks the point where the ACT border changes from a straight north-easterly line to following the watershed of the Cotter River. Before European settlement, the mountain was used by Indigenous Australian tribes to hunt for bogong moths. Map: Cotter Dam. Leader: Cynthia C. Limit: 8. Transport: ~$8 per person.

Sunday 14 February: Mt Ginger Ale – M/R and cycle

The idea is to ride mountain bikes from the Ginini car park down the fire trail and around Mt Gingera. We will chain the bikes to trees at the base of Mt Ginger Ale and walk cross country from there. 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 12 February.

Sunday 14 February: Gudgenby River explorer walk – S/M/W

A walk designed for kids aged 4–7, to explore the ACT's largest sand pit. From the Smiths Road crossing of the Gudgenby River, follow the river about 1 km downstream, on sandbanks and through clear pools with fairly level, sandy bottoms. Some wading essential. Swimming is optional though the pools are generally only knee deep. Back the same way or via a parallel firetrail. All within the Gigerline Nature Reserve. Not much shade so long sleeves and good hats recommended. (If you have kids in the 1–3 age range, consider the Toddlers toddle version of this walk on 18 February). No need to book. Meet at the carpark near the public toilets, just across the bridge at Tharwa, at 10.30 am; should be back there by 1.30 pm. Leader: Linda Groom , 02 6281 4917 . Map: Williamsdale. Transport: drive yourself.

Monday evening 15 February: Burley Griffin – S/E

Meet at 6:30 pm in the car park on the right of the road outside the Governor General's residence on Dunrossil Drive for a wander along the lake to Weston Park and back. No need to book. Map: Canberra Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h) or Transport: drive yourself.

Tuesday 16 February: Ridge west of Bushfold Flats, Namadgi National Park – L/R/ part X

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 very steep and scrubby terrain with some rock scrambling. Minimum distance: 14 km with 600 metres of ascent. Map: Williamsdale, Corin Dam. Leader: Ian Wright 6286 1473, Transport: 100 km return. Limit: 8.

Tuesday 16 February: Ridge west of Bushfold Flats, Namadgi National Park – L/R/ part X

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 very steep and scrubby terrain with some rock scrambling. Minimum distance: 14 km with 600 metres of ascent. Map: Williamsdale, Corin Dam. Leader: Ian Wright 6286 1473, iwri5712@bigpond.net.au Transport: 100 km return. Limit: 8.


Hawkweed

(Mon) Tues–Thurs (15 )16–18 February: Weed survey, Kosciuszko National Park

Survey (on foot) of areas of KNP over 3 days – day walks – for possible incursions of highly destructive mouse eared 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 15 Feb. Limit: 4.

Tuesday 16 February: 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 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 62814148 and Janet E.

Wednesday 17 February: Wednesday walk

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

Thurs 18 February: Mt Majura – Hill training – M/E

In preparation for walking in Tasmania, I am planning to walk up and down Mt Majura three times on different routes to achieve around 700 metres in climbing (and about 12 kms). It will be on tracks and is likely to take between 5 and 6 hours. Map: Canberra. Leader: Lorraine Tomlins, 6248 0456(h), Transport: drive yourself. Book: by 6 pm 17 February.

Thursday 18 February: Toddlers toddle Gudgenby River – S/M

A walk designed for kids aged 1 to 3, to the sandy banks and clear pools of the Gudgenby River. From the Smiths Road crossing of the Gudgenby River, walk about 100 m upstream, and wade the river (ankle deep water over level sand) to establish ourselves on a sandbank, from which toddlers can wriggle down a ½ metre slope into the water. We will bring a large shade fly. All within the Gigerline Nature Reserve. (If you have kids in the 4–7 age range, consider the Explorer version of this walk on 14 February). No need to book. Meet at the carpark near the public toilets, just across the bridge at Tharwa, at 9.30 am; should be back there by noon. Leader: Linda Groom , 02 6281 4917 Map: Williamsdale. Transport: drive yourself.

Thursday evening 18 February: Ainslie/Majura Reserve – S/E

Be at the entrance to the park beside 39 Mackenzie St, Hackett, just north of the Grayson St intersection at 6:30 pm for a walk in the saddle between Mt Ainslie and Mt Majura. No need to book. Map: Canberra Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h) or Transport: drive yourself.

Saturday 20 February: Booroomba Rocks – M/M

This will be a shortened walk with an earlier (7:30) start to avoid the afternoon heat. Beginning at Booroomba Rocks car park we will follow the footpad to Booroomba Rocks. From there we will walk off track through light scrub and across wonderful granite to spot height 1396. Expect marvellous views. This is an area not usually visited by tourists as they usually stop at the end of the footpad. We will return via the same route. The total distance is only 9 km but with some steep sections (total climb about 350 m). Home for lunch. Map: Corin Dam. Leader: Phillip Starr 6161 3835(h), 0419 281 096(m), Transport: $36 per car ($9–$11 pp). Please book by email before 2 pm Thursday 18 February.

Sunday 21 February: High Range – M/R

A scrubby walk from the Corin Dam Rd to the rarely visited High Range high point. 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: $20 per car. Book by Friday 19 February.

Monday 22 February: PRAMbulation Isaacs – S/E

A PRAMbulation designed for hot weather with a 10 am start and sections of deep shade. Has tree-framed views to the Brindabellas. About a 1 hour circuit all on sealed path or hard-packed trails, with a couple of stony sections each of about 10 metres but still passable with strollers. No need to book. Meet at 10 am at Isaacs Shops, Farr Place Isaacs (overflow parking in Dumolo Place). Map: Google Maps Leader: Linda Groom , 02 6281 4917 Transport: drive yourself.

Monday pm 22 February: Gossan Hill – S/E

Meet at 6:30 pm, park in the car park behind the old Aranda shops, cnr Jalanga Cres and Bandjalong Crescent, Aranda. We will cross over Belconnen Way to explore Gossan Hill and back to the cars. No need to book. Map: Canberra Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h) or Transport: drive yourself.


Depot Beach

Monday–Thursday 22–25 February: Depot Beach 4 day camp – Easy grade with swimming, surfing, snorkelling

An opportunity to enjoy 4 days' camp at the Depot Beach Campground. Activities include walking around to Pt Upright along a spectacular wave cut platform, walking along to Pebbly Beach to snorkel and surf, a short walk in the rainforest, and another day exploring the Durras beaches. Campers need to bring their own tent or van (powered site $23 per site), gear + food, etc as there aren't shops nearby. Tent sites $5–$10 per person per night, depending on number of participants. Please book asap with me so I can arrange for tent sites and for joint car travel. We will meet at Spotlight in Qbyn, 6 Bungendore Road (aka Kings Highway) by 8.30 am on Monday 22 Feb. Joint activity with CBC & BBC. Leader: Janet E. Transport: ~$50 per person.

Tuesday 23 February: Majura Stone Wall and the Cbr100 route – L/E-M

From Antill St to the stone walls on the northern Majura knoll. Walk the Majura Pine Forest to the Majura-Ainslie saddle, up Mt Ainslie and return to the start. Around 20km and 700m climb. All fire trail except for the walls. Forecast 33°C, so let’s start early. Maps: Hall and Canberra. Leader: John Evans 0417 436 877, . Transport: Drive yourself. Please book.

Tuesday 23 February: 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 24 February: Wednesday walk

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

Thursday evening 25 February: Flat Black Mountain – S/E

Meet 6:30 pm, park at end of Frith St near electricity substation for a wander over and around the little known, low mountain to the north of the main peak for some different views. No need to book. Map: Canberra. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h) or Transport: drive yourself.

Saturday 27 February: Shanahans Mountain Walk on the Wild Side – S/M/X

A circuit up Shanahans Mountain trail and then north over two small knolls on the Booth Range. Return the same way. Partly easy track walking, part in light scrub off track. We should see wildflowers in bloom and a variety of local birds (treecreepers, honeyeaters, cuckoo shrikes and wrens). Around 6 km, height gain ~160 m. Map: Colinton Leader: Terrylea R. Co-Leader: Jenny Horsfield. Transport: Drive yourself to the Namadgi Visitors Centre but tell me when you book if you need a lift. $8 shared transport from there. Limit: 12.

Saturday 27 February: Night walking on the northern Canberra Centenary Trail – L/E

Night walking is most rewarding, not the least being the starry heavens and the bejewelled path side (tiny spiders’ eyes reflecting torch light). Hall to Forde on the CCT. Around 20km and 300m climb. Start at 5pm, finish around 10pm. For quick walkers please. Bring tea to eat on One Tree Hill. Map: Hall. Leader: John Evans 0417 436 877, . Transport: Drive yourself. Please book.


Brandy Flat Hut

27–28 February: Sub 24 Hour Camping #1 (S24C#1): Brandy Flat Hut – S/E

Day 1: An afternoon constitutional along Gudgenby Creek Fire Trail from Caloola Farm. Camping by Brandy Flat Hut. Day 2: A morning return by the same route. Approx 8km 100m climb. Ideal bush break for busy people. Suitable as an overnight pack trip for beginners. Map: Michelago. Leader: Sean Sunley 0433 073959, . Transport: ≈ $30 per car. Book: Preferably by email before 1800 Thu. Limit: 16.

Sunday 28 February: Leap Year picnic and day walks from Honeysuckle Camp ground

Tomorrow is the Leap Day for 2016. CBC invites members past and present to celebrate this once-in-4 year event with a social occasion. It's an opportunity to meet other walkers past and present and renew old acquaintances, explore the old space tracking installation area and other points of interest. Please bring a picnic lunch or BBQ, chair or rug. You may like to camp overnight (but you will need to book with the Namadgi Visitors Centre). Meet at Honeysuckle Picnic Grounds 12 midday. Leader: Janet E.

Sun 28 February to Sat 5 March: Seven days on Flinders Island, Tasmania – M/M–R

All bushwalks are day trips from campsites. Visit: Strzelecki Peak 6–7 hours, a regular but steep track 780 m of ascent and descent in 14 kms, the highest mountain on the island. Also Pillagers Peak and Mt Hauland 440 m of ascent, Mt Killicrankie traverse 4–6 hours, Patriarch Wildlife Centre, Red Bluff and Sellars Point beachwalk 5–6 hours, Wybalenna and other tourist activities. Mostly on track or beaches, some off-track. See: www.parks.tas.gov.au/?base=3834 Flinders Island is 63 km long and 31 km wide. Accommodation will be mostly car based camping at free of charge campsites, with occasional cabin possible. Leader: Peter Conroy, 6281 4917, Expressions of interest by early Feb 2016. Confirm travel by Mon 22 Feb 2016. Maps: Tasmap 1:100 000. www.tasmap.tas.gov.au/do/product/100000DIG/8517DIG Digital download for $2 or printed map for $10, digital download includes GeoTIF and .kml, kml format file will load into Google Earth. Also, at no cost, see www.gpsvisualizer.com/draw and select, Open Cyclemap, WorldTopo4U, or Google Hybrid. Transport: Fly to Flinders Island from Launceston or From Tullamarine Airport Melbourne. See www.visitflindersisland.com.au/sharp-airlines We will hire cars on the island.

Monday pm 29 February: Mt Painter – S/E

Meet at 6:30 pm in the car park accessed via the lane beside 57 MacKellar Circuit, Cook and visit this nearby peak with great views. No need to book. Map: Canberra. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h) or Transport: drive yourself.

3 days in week commencing 29 February: Wog Wog to Mt Cole, Budawang wilderness – M/M

Weather dependent. Commence Wog Wog carpark, follow track via Bibbenluke around base of Mount Cole and Monolith Valley. Return the same way. Approx 42 km, with 16 km longest day. Moderate climbs. Map: Corang Leader: Max Smith for further details. Numbers limited.

 

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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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