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  • March 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.

Short-notice walks are added to this list. Club members who wish to be alerted by email when Short Notice walks are added, please logon and edit your profile accordingly.


Tuesday 1 March: Camels Hump – M/E-M

From the Mountain Creek car park at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, up the Camel Back management trail to the crest of the Brindabella Range. A scramble up Camels Hump from the south for grand views. Exit back to the management trail via the NE spur. An opportunity to slip in south towards Johns Peak to see how the footpad is developing along the crest. Around 14km and 500m climb. Map: Tidbinbilla. Leader: Terrylea Reynolds. Bookings: John Evans 0417 436 877, . Transport: ~$8.

Wednesday 2 March: Wednesday walk

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

Thursday 3 March: Mt Ainslie – Hill training – M/E

In preparation for walking in Tasmania, I am planning to walk up and down Mt Ainslie 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 2 March.

Saturday 5 March: Aranda Bushland Eucalypt Walk - S/E

There are nine species of eucalypt in the Aranda bushland. Our aim is to spot as many of them as possible. We will also be on the lookout for interesting birdlife. Meet at the carpark near the Cork Oaks, accessed from the right after entering the Arboretum. We will proceed from there, passing under William Hovell Drive, to explore the frost hollow, before walking up the slope through grassy woodlands, and returning to the cars by a slightly different route. Map: Canberra. Meet at 8am to beat the heat. Bring some morning tea, back by 11:30 or thereabouts. No need to book. Leader: Jenny S.


Saturday–Sunday 5–6 March: Cbr100Challenge – L/E

I am looking for pacers/company for the Cbr100Challenge 100 km walk. See http://www.cbr100challenge.com.au/ for the route. Ring me to find out where I am, sign on and join me for as little or as long as you like, 8 am Saturday to 8 am Sunday. I also need support crew to bring me junk food in the middle of the night. Can you help? Leader: John Evans 0417 436 877, Transport: please arrange your own.

Mon–Thurs 7–10 March: Midweek Murramarang – M/M/W

The crowds have gone but the water is still warm! Join me on an extended trip to this popular south coast national park. Relaxed day walks (12–15 km each day, no significant climbs) from a base in Durras with plenty of opportunities for swimming along the way. A trip aimed at those who love the feeling of salt on the skin and sand between the toes. Map: Durras Leader: Terence U. Transport: ~$120 per car. Limit: 8.

Tuesday 8 March: Tinderry Range, Southern Knolls – M/R/X

We start at the junction of the Round Flat fire-trail and the Tinderry Road and head west to the crest of the range at GR 054434. We then track north for most of the day, across numerous small knolls and large areas of open slabs, before heading east to the Round Flat fire-trail and back to the start. This is an off-track exploratory walk and likely to be very scrubby, with numerous steep, rocky slabs to negotiate. Minimum distance: 10 km with 600 metres of ascent Map: Tinderry. Leader: Ian Wright 6286 1473, . Transport: 112 km return. Limit: 8.

Wednesday 9 March: Wednesday walk

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

Thursday 10th to Thursday 17th March: Walking in Tasmania with the Hobart Walking Club – Variety of walks – M/M to M/R

The Hobart Walking Club (HWC) and the CBC are working together to arrange visits to each other's favourite walking areas. The HWC will be hosting CBC members for a week in 2016 – Thursday 10 March to Thursday 17 March. Overnight trips (e.g. hut based day walks on Mt Field, Tyndalls and Mt Murchison Circuit) will be offered over the long weekend 11–14 March and then day walks from a Hobart base (e.g. Cape Raoul, Mt Wright, Wellington Falls Circuit) on the final three days. The HWC will also be offering walks with grades similar to the easy/medium Wednesday walks. We will be able to book on walks before arriving in Tasmania. Maps: TBA. CBC Coordinator: Lorraine Tomlins, 6248 0456(h), Accommodation: is the responsibility of participants. Transport: TBA. Bookings: by 30 November – late bookings accepted.

(Friday) Saturday–Monday (11) 12–14 March (Canberra Day L/W): Meroo National Park – S/E and M/M

Drive down on Friday to Sunburnt Beach Campground in Meroo National Park. On Saturday, we will do a return walk on track from Bawley Point to Meroo Head (S/E, 11.5 km, 4–5 hours, no climbing) with the option of an added loop through the forest around Meroo Point Road (M/E, 17 km, 6–7 hours, no climbing). This walk is characterised by sandy beaches, rock platforms, coastal lakes and inland forest. Sunday's walk will be a return walk starting from Tabourie Point, taking in a circuit of Crampton Island (tide permitting) and finishing at Meroo Head (M/ M, 13 km return, 5–6 hours, no climbing). Mostly beach walking, but there will be some track walking through rain forest of tall blackbutt and turpentine and we will encounter coastal lakes along the way. On Monday, we will climb Pigeon House (S/R, 5 km return, 4 hours, 460 m ascent/descent) before returning home. This walk is mostly steep with some flat walking. Steel staircase/ladders near the summit. Map: Milton. Leader: Barry Keeley, 6241 3447 or Transport: $50. Accommodation: Sunburnt Beach Campground in Meroo National Park – free. Limit: 12.

Saturday 12 March: Rob Roy – M/R

A walk in the Canberra Nature Park on the outskirts of Canberra's southern suburbs. We start off along a nice gorge that has some delightful waterfalls (providing it has rained). Shortly after leaving the gorge there will short steep climb through scrub up to the top of Rob Roy. May be home in time for lunch but bring something to eat just in case. Distance about 12 km and 450 metres of climbing. Map: Tuggeranong Leader: Roger Edwards 6288 7863(h) or Transport: Drive yourself to start. Limit: 8.

Sat–Sun 12–13 March: Murrumbidgee headwaters (Long Plain) to Peak River headwaters (Bogong Wilderness Area) via Peppercorn and Brownleys Creek Fire Trails – S/E

This is the second in a series of walks exploring the grazing and mining history of the northern Kosciuszko NP. Day 1: After positioning cars on the Goobragandra Powerline Road and on Long Plain, follow Peppercorn FT west to Pigeon Square Flat; camp overnight at ~1,300 m asl. Approx. 8 km and 210 m climb. Day 2: Continue west along Peppercorn FT, north onto Horseshoe FT and then west onto Brownleys Creek FT and follow to the Goobragandra Powerline Road. Approx. 7.7 km and 200 m climb. Maps: Peppercorn and Talbingo. Leader: David L. Transport: ~$150/car. Limit: 8.

Saturday–Monday 12–14 March: Cascade Hut, KNP – M/E–M

From Dead Horse Gap, walk ~ 9 kms along the Cascade Trail to Cascade Hut. Return via the same route on Monday. A relaxed day on Sunday to explore the surrounds of the hut and perhaps climb a hill. Approx 250 m climbing each way. Map: Chimneys Ridge. Leader: Meg M. Transport: $198 per car, ~$50–$66 per person. Limit: 8.

Sunday 13 March: Nil Desperandum – M/E

From the Tidbinbilla Visitor Centre we will follow the Congwarra Trail and then through Jedbinbilla to Nil Desperandum, a restored homestead that was built around 1895. This will be a journey back in time giving us a glimpse into a way of life long since gone. Around 14 km all on track with some steep sections, total outward climb of 220 m and total homeward climb of 190 m. Map: Tidbinbilla. Leader: Phillip Starr 6161 3835(h), 0419 281 096(m), Transport: $20 per car ($5 – $7 per person). Limit: 12. Booking: Please book by email before 2 pm Thursday 10 March

Wednesday 16 March: Wednesday Walks

See the Wednesday walks information at the head of the Activity program for conditions on participating. BBC Kathy Handal, CBC Janet E.

Wednesday 16 March: Mt Domain – M/R

Become a Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve volunteer for the day! Walk from Fishing Gap to Mt Domain. Around 6 km and 400 m climb. Map: Tidbinbilla. Leader: John Evans 0417 436 877, . Transport: ~$8. Limit: 8.

Thursday 17 March: 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 walk takes about 1 hour 15 minutes actual walking. Non-members welcome, 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: Sue Vidler. Map: Google Maps. Transport: Drive yourself.

Saturday 19 March: Ridge south side of Gibraltar Creek – M/R

Along the ridge, starting near Corin Ski centre; a succession of rocky knolls. About 8 km and 500 m climb. Maps: Corin Dam, Tidbinbilla Leaders: Jenny and Rob Horsfield 6231 4535(h) or Transport: $40 per car.

Saturday 19 March: Corner Hill – S/E

An easy walk in the Yanununbeyan National Park to start the year. We will go to the top of Corner Hill then down to Queanbeyan River. Back to the cars by the same route. Around 2½ to 3 hours walking, so early finish. Map: Captains Flat. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h) or Transport: $15.

Saturday–Sunday 19–20 March: Hume and Hovell Track – M/E

On Saturday leave 8 am, 80 km drive along Brindabella Road to Bossawa campsite. Note – this narrow gravel road has many curves, some corrugations and is steep. Park cars and walk along the Hume and Hovell Track to the Micalong Ck. From the mostly shady track we can view white water with cascades, mini-falls and views of the creek bubbling along with a number of good log bridges to cross. Lunch at Micalong Ck Camp. Return to and car camp overnight in the lovely, grassy Bossawa Campsite. We are allowed to light fires so I expect everyone to create a feast for the evening meal. And I will make pancakes for dessert with home grown fresh raspberries for the topping. On Sunday we wander along the Micalong Swamp Track, the Harold Robinson Track erected over thick reeds making it easy to cross the Chinamans Ck. Flattish walk about 9 km. Leave Bossawa Camp about 3 pm or before. This walk can be done in a day but the campsite is just lovely with facilities and a car camp is very suitable for beginners, as well as veteran walkers who like to camp in scenic spots. Around 16 km and 200 m climb over 2 days. Leader: Janet E. Maps: Couragago and Bobbys Plain or H&H Walking Guide Book p 99. Transport: $25. Book by Wed 16 March.

Tuesday 22 March: Parliament Hill, Blue Mountains National Park – L/R/X

The walk starts at the junction of the Little River fire-trail and the Jerrong Road, 34 km northeast of Taralga. This is a new area for the leader. We will follow the fire-trail north for 6 km then head off-track for the day. We will climb Parliament Hill and explore the woodlands and forests in the catchments of Parliament Creek and Conninghams Creek. This is a long day, with numerous ascents and descents. There is a 2 hour 35 minute drive each way. Minimum distance: 16 km with 850 metres of ascent. Map: Mount Armstrong. Leader: Ian Wright 6286 1473, Transport: 371 km return. Limit: 8.

Wednesday 23 March: Wednesday Walks

See the Wednesday walks information at the head of the Activity program for conditions on participating. CBC Gabrielle W, NPA Mike Smith

Thursday 24 March: Toddlers Toddle, Orroral River – S/E

A repeat by popular demand! 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.

(24) Fri–Mon 25–28 March: Brogo – M/R/W?/X

The Brogo Wilderness lies to the east of Nimmitabel and has a pristine catchment. On Friday we will descend into the headwaters of Greens Creek and thence to the Brogo River. On Saturday we will cross a ridge into Galoon Ck. We will then descend part of Galoon Creek before recrossing to the Brogo River and then climbing westward up to the plateau. Maps: Nimmitabel, Kydra, Puen Buen and Yankees Gap Leader: Ian Hickson 6251 6858, Transport: ~$140 per car. Limit: 8.

Friday–Monday 25–28 March (Easter): Lower Ettrema – M/R/W/X

A walk crossing the lower Shoalhaven into lower Ettrema, almost entirely off track. From the Tallowa Dam Road, across Brooks Plateau on track then descend its southern tip by a previously checked straightforward route, then find a way through the lower cliff line to the Shoalhaven. Swim the Shoalhaven, then follow Steer Creek or a ridge to Drovers Ridge then descend to Ettrema. Depending on time and weather, we may also explore the plateaus or creeks on the southern side of Ettrema. Return to the cars by a similar route. Approx 8 to 10 km per day, with 300 metres ascent and descent each day. Some thick scrub likely. Leader: Linda Groom , 02 6281 4917 Map: Burrier. Transport: $130 per car. Limit: 8.


Friday–Monday 25–28 March (Easter): Bundanoon Gourmet weekend – M/M

Drive down on Friday afternoon and stay at the home of Club member Tom Gosling, now resident at Bundanoon. The Saturday walk will be the beautiful and dramatic Bargo Gorge, about five hrs actual walking. The Sunday walk will be to Wombat Hill, also about five hours just off Meryla Pass overlooking the lower Kangaroo Valley with spectacular views. On Monday, the walk will be one of many local walks before lunch and departure. We will dine out at the local Pub on Friday evening and somewhere else cheap and pleasant in the village on Saturday night. We will have an everyone bring something meal on Sunday night at the house (and don't worry if you don't cook, something will be sorted out). Maps: Bundanoon, Bargo, Picton. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h) or Transport: ~$40, Accommodation: $60.

Friday–Monday 25–28 March (Easter): Bungonia National Park – S/E to M/R

Day 1: Bungonia Tops (aka the Green Track) (S/E, 6 km, 3 hours, on track). Walk through forest and along cliffs tops. Day 2: Bungonia Lookdown – Bungonia Gorge (combining elements t of the Red and White Tracks) (M/R, 13 km, 5–6 hours on track and 450 m steep descent/ascent) We have a steep descent of about 450 m into Bungonia Creek over 1.2 km and will explore the Slot Canyon which involves scrambling over large boulders and wading through pools. After lunch we head east along Bungonia Creek to the confluence with the Shoalhaven River where there is a grassy flat, a fine beach and many reasons to linger. We climb out via the White Track which is steep at first but eases later. Day 3: Trestle Track, Tolwong Chimneys and Blockup Gorge, (M/R, 13 km, 6 hours and 500 m descent/ ascent). This track is fairly steep, but the casuarina-lined banks of the Shoalhaven River are well worth the effort. We will spend some time wandering along the riverbank. We will follow an obvious route upstream and cross the river and walk to the Tolwong Chimneys (remnants of an old copper mine). If we have time we will explore the river south to towards Fordham Canyon and Blockup Gorge. We then retrace our steps to the walk start. Maps: Caoura, Touga, Bungonia, Kooringaroo. Leader: Barry Keeley, 6241 3447 or Transport: ~$30 per person with 3 per car. Park Entry Fee of $8 per day per car. Accommodation: ~ $15 per person per night camping, with hot showers and toilets available in an amenities block. The campground also has BBQ facilities, drinking water and an enclosed cooking area (camp kitchen). Limit: 12. Book: by 26 February.

Saturday 26 March: Middle Creek – M/R

A walk part way up Middle Creek to a rock and a geocache, GC26Y22. Middle Creek is likely to be quite scrubby. Around 15 km and 550 m climb. Maps: Rendezvous Creek and Yaouk. Leader: Roger Edwards 6288 7863(h) or Transport: ~$15.00. Limit: 8.

Monday 28 March Fishing Gap to Mt Domain and return - M/R

Walk up the Fishing Gap firetrail and then follow the newly taped foot pad to Mt Domain. Return the same way. About 12km and 800 m climb. Map: Tidbinbilla. Leaders: Rob and Jenny Horsfield

Tuesday 29 March: Geocache McKeahnie in the Middle – L/R,ptX

Insert via the Square Rock Walking Track, then off-track through dense regrowth to McKeahnie Trig. Further south along the crest gets us to a knoll hiding the geocache GC245R6 McKeahnie in the Middle. Return via a sidle east of the trig. Pick up GC184R1 Orroral Overview at the Orroral Lookout. Around 16 km and 550 m climb. Map: Corin Dam. Leader: John Evans 0417 436 877, Transport: ~$8. Limit: 8.

Wed 30 March: Bonner Hills PRAMbulation – S/E

A circuit that reaches two hilltops on the edge of Bonner, for good views, and includes part of the 'Old Gundaroo Road', which has been turned into a paved pedestrian path on edge of the Mulligans Flat reserve. An hour 20 mins walk designed for parents and grandparents with kids in strollers. Non-members welcome, no need to book. Meet at the Mulligans Flat carpark, at the junction of Amy Ackman Street and Cleggett Street, Forde, at 1 pm. Map: Google Maps. Leader: Linda Groom , 02 6281 4917 . Transport: drive yourself.

Wednesday 30 March: Wednesday Walk

See the Wednesday walks information at the head of the Activity program for conditions on participating. NPA contact Mike Smith. (5th Wed no 2nd walk).

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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