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  • April 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.


Saturday 2 April: Moonlight Hollow – M/E

We will walk from Bulls Head to Bendora Arboretum (lunch) and loop back via good tracks through lush forest, with running creeks and ferny gullies. Last year there were lots of wildflowers. 14 km and about 5½ hours actual walking. Map: Tidbinbilla Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h) or Transport: ~$15.

2–3 April: Sub 24 hour camping #2 (S24C#2): Hospital Creek Hut – S/E

Day 1: An afternoon promenade along Hospital Creek Track and Old Boboyan Road from Yankee Hat Picnic Area. Camping by Hospital Creek Hut. Day 2: A morning return by Frank & Jacks Hut and Yankee Hat Rock Art. Approx 10 km 100 m climb. Ideal bush break for busy people. Suitable as an overnight pack trip for beginners. Map: Yaouk. Leader: Sean Sunley 0433 073959, Transport: ~$50 per car. Book: Preferably by email before 1800 Thu. Limit: 16.


Oldfields Hut

Sat–Sun 2–3 April: Oldfields Hut and Bimberi Peak – M–L/E–M

A weekend walk in the Northern Part of the Kosciuszko National Park. Drive to Adaminaby for coffee before parking at the locked gate at the Northern end of Pockets Saddle Road. A 3.5km walk to Oldfields Hut 1330 meters where we will camp overnight and either explore some of the track to Mt Murray or organise the gourmet dinner in the afternoon. (There is the option to remain at Oldfields on Sunday, making an ideal introductory trip for beginners with overnight gear.) An early start on Sunday to Murrays Gap and Bimberi Peak 1913 m for its great views before returning by the same route to the hut, packing up and leaving for the cars. Around 17 km and 600 m climb on Sunday. Maps: Rules Point and Rendezvous Creek. Transport: $50. Leaders: Mike Morriss and Doug Wright 6281 4148

Sunday 3 April: Mt Gudgenby – L/R

A classic walk with great views. From the Gudgenby car park along the valley to the saddle before Naas Creek, then up to Mt Gudgenby. About 18 km and 800 metres climb, with some very thick scrub and some granite scrambling. Map: Yaouk Leader: Lorraine Tomlins, 6248 0456(h), Transport: ~ $40 per car. Limit: 10. Book: by 6 pm Friday 1 April.

Sunday 3 April: Magic Forest Adventure – S/R

This walk aims to introduce kids in the 6 + age range to the Monga rain forest. The rainforest is protected by a 500 m 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 pristine 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. We will return by the same route so there is the option for people to stop and wait. The pace will also suit photographers and botanisers. 9am departure from Queanbeyan. Leader: Linda Groom , 02 6281 4917 . Map: Monga Transport: if shared: $44 per car. Late bookings welcome.

Tuesday 5 April: Two Sticks Hill and Mt Dowling – L/M–E

A walk mainly along fire trails to Two Sticks Hill and then Mt Dowling and Sherwood. Start is from Blue Range Hut. This trip is designed for those interested in geocaches. I intend to look for about 12 on the day. About 18 km and 500 metres of climbing. Map: Cotter Dam Leader: Roger Edwards 6288 7863(h) or Transport: ~$20 per car. Limit: 8.

Tuesday 5 April: Kayak on the lake

Meet at Orana Bay (nearest street address is 21 Alexandrina Drive, Yarralumla), ready to leave at 2 pm, for a couple of hours kayaking on Lake Burley Griffin. The forecast is for a sunny afternoon with light breezes, max 28. BYO kayak or canoe. No need to book. Leader: Peter Conroy, 6281 4917, . Map: Canberra. Transport: Drive yourself.

Wednesday 6 April: Wednesday Walks

See the Wednesday walks information at the head of the Activity program for conditions on participating. BBC contacts Kathy Handal / Peter Wellman.


Orroral homestead

Saturday 9 April: Orroral Valley Heritage Walk – S/E

CBC is organising this walk in conjunction with Minders of Tuggeranong Homestead. Meet at 1.30 pm at the Orroral River campground, just inside the entry to Namadgi National Park. The walk of about 4 km each way goes over into the Orroral Valley and along to the Orroral Homestead, former home of decorated Light Horseman and intrepid pilot Andy Cunningham. Afternoon tea will be served after a talk about Cunningham and his colourful career. Return the same way. Gold coin donation. Bookings required: contact Jenny Horsfield 6231 4535(h) or

Sunday 10 April: Baldy Range – M/E

A fire trail walk of 10km return; there is 400m total uphill, half of which is over in the first hour and the rest undulations through the day. It follows a high range in the northern Brindabellas, south from Doctors Flat Rd, with good views both east and west. Map: Umburra. Leader: Jeff B., book by 2pm the Thursday before. Transport: ~90 km, $30 per car, $810 per person.

Tuesday 12 April: Blue Gum Creek Granite, Namadgi National Park – M/R/X

From the Honeysuckle Creek campground we head north into the upper catchment of an arm of Blue Gum Creek to visit some granite outcrops and slabs. We will return via the southern flank of Booroomba Rocks. This is a mostly exploratory walk with difficult going in places and thick scrub. Minimum distance: 11 km with 600 metres of ascent. Map: Corin Dam. Leader: Ian Wright 6286 1473, Transport: 84 km return. Limit: 8.

Wednesday 13 April: Curtin & Yarralumla Creek PRAMbulation – S/E

A circuit through the leafy suburb of Curtin and past paddocks, with some steeper sections to improve your fitness. The route is designed for parents and grandparents with kids in strollers and takes about 55 minutes. Includes about 5 minutes of short grass and dirt – the rest is on bitumen or concrete paths. No road crossings. Non-members welcome. No need to book. Meet at the end of Crowther Place, Curtin, off Prendergast Street, at 1 pm. Leader: Meredith H. Map: Google Maps. Transport: Drive yourself.

Wednesday 13 April: Wednesday Walks

See the Wednesday walks information at the head of the Activity program for conditions on participating. CBC contacts Phillip Starr 6161 3835(h), 0419 281 096(m), and Jenny Horsfield 6231 4535(h) or

Saturday 16 April: Wild Cattle Flat S/E–M

Climb via fire trail east of Captains Flat to the trig station atop the Bollard Ridge from which views to the west. Then follow the ridge as it descends through open forest until you cross Ballinafad Creek. Lunch on a hill above the creek, then cross Wild Cattle Flat and back to the cars through open forest. All on trail or easy off track. 8 km, 300 m total climb, about 4 hours actual walking. Map: Tinderry. Leader:Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) or Transport: ~$20.


Split Rock

Saturday 16 April: Split Rock Geocache – L/E&R

Walk the AAWT from Orroral Tracking Station to Cotter Gap, then a scrubby walk up to Split Rock for geocache GC15298 Rock of Ages. Around 20km and 900 m climb. Maps: Rendezvous Creek and Corin Dam. Leader: John Evans 0417 436 877, Transport: ~$12 per person.

Saturday 16 April: Snowy Corner – Mt Domain – Fishing Gap – L/R

Exploring some of the planned high level walk along the Tidbinbilla Range. Likely to be scrubby and rocky in parts ~ 16km and 750 m climb. Contact Rob and Jenny Horsfield . The walk will go ahead unless weather conditions are against it.

Tuesday 19 April: Mt Pleasant and Kybeyan Gorge – M/R

A circuit with a view point, a granite gorge and fairly open ridges. Park on the Kybeyan West FT at approx. 121 E, 868 N (GDA94) and walk up to Mt Pleasant (1050 metres). Descend the ridge to the north to the Kybeyan River. Upstream, rock hopping, for about 3 km along the river past bluffs and large pools; the pools have brownish water like the Shoalhaven, then return via ridges to the cars. ~13 km, total ~ 530 m ups and downs. Road access crosses private property for which permission has been obtained. A 1hr 40 min drive from south Canberra. Leader: Linda Groom , 02 6281 4917 Maps: Numeralla, Kybeyan. Transport: $20 per person.

Wednesday 20 April: Wednesday Walks

See the Wednesday walks information at the head of the Activity program for conditions on participating. BBC contacts Kathy Handal / Peter Wellman.

Thursday 21 April: Toddlers Toddle, Legoland Track – S/E

About 300 metres along a track to an area where we can explore a sheltered granite area, and find routes around and sometimes over boulders, and through a small cave. (Not Legoland itself which is a bit far for toddlers, but a granite outcrop part way there). Meet at Tharwa, in the carpark just across the bridge next to the public toilets, at 9.30 am, after which we have a 30 minute drive (20 minutes sealed, 10 minutes dirt). Aim to be back at Tharwa by 12.30 pm. Suitable for toddlers and carried babies who can crawl. No need to book. Map: Corin Dam. Leader: Linda Groom , 02 6281 4917. Transport: Drive yourself; $20 per car if shared.

Saturday 23 April: Washedaway Creek and Little Horseshoe Bend – L/R/W/partly X

From the fire trail junction at ~ 312E 334N (GDA94), south to join the intriguingly rocky Washedaway Creek, follow it downstream to the Shoalhaven River. Down the Shoalhaven, noting a great camp site for future reference, then up the ridge from Little Horseshoe Bend, admiring spectacular views, to rejoin the fire trail near Monitor Mount. Rock scrambling of unknown difficulty in Washedaway Creek, two thigh-deep wades of the Shoalhaven. About 12 km, main descent and ascent 400 m. 1 hour 50 min drive from North Canberra. Map: Touga. Leader: Linda Groom , 02 6281 4917 Transport: $100 per car. Limit: 8.

Saturday–Sunday 23–24 April: Shanahans Mtn – Reedy Creek – M/R

Day 1: Shanahans Mtn–Reedy Creek–Naas Fire Trail –Horse Gully Hut Day 2: Shanahans Falls Creek–Shanahans Mtn. About 20 km and 500 m climb. Map: Colinton Leaders: Jenny and Rob Horsfield 6231 4535(h) or Transport: $48 per car.

Saturday–Monday 23–25 April: Kangaroo Valley Weekend – S/E and M/M

Drive down on Saturday morning to accommodation in Kangaroo Valley. On Saturday afternoon, we will walk on track from the Tallowa Dam Rd to Kangaroo River and back in Morton National Park, about an hour each way. The Sunday walk will be McPhails Fire Trail to Mt Carrialoo (M/ M, 15 km return, 6 hours, 460 m ascent/descent) part on track, much of this through rain forest, and part off track with one stiff pinch and spectacular views at lunch. On Monday, we will walk the Griffins Fire Trail to the Ruins (M/E, 12 km return, 5 hours, 190 m ascent/descent), all on track and then home. There is the option for dining out in Kangaroo Valley on Saturday and Sunday evening or cooking at the accommodation. Maps: Bundanoon, Burrier. Leader: Barry Keeley, 6241 3447 or Transport: $35–40. Accommodation: not settled yet but will be between $60–$100 for the weekend. Limit: 12.

23–25 April: Snowy Mountains Walk: Tin and Kidmans Huts - M/R

Using the new book by Robert Green Exploring the Jagungal Wilderness as a starting point, the walk will commence from the Island Bend walking track and visit Tin and Kidmans Hut for overnight camping with a visit to Mawson hut a possibility. The walking will be mostly off track and there could be some scrub. Exploration and hills climbed will depend on the party’s inclination and weather. Maps: Geehi Dam, Jagungal, Kalkite and SV 1:50 000 Kosciuszko Alpine Area. Leader: Lorraine Tomlins, 6248 0456(h), Transport: ~ $230 per car. Book: by 6 pm Wednesday 20 April.

Monday 25 April: Two creeks adventure – S/R

This walk, an off-track circuit to the Gudgenby River, up to some granite boulders and back across Rendezvous Creek, is designed for families with active kids in the 5 to 10 range who want to try some 'rough' walking. The walk is just 3 km, but we will take time – around 3 hours – to explore passageways through granite boulders, climb over logs, do three creek-crossings, examine potholes and other interesting creek features, and have lunch. Also suitable for baby-wearing parents. A mid-morning start. Rendezvous in Tharwa for the 40 minute drive, all bitumen. Non-members welcome. Map: Rendezvous Creek. Leader: Linda Groom , 02 6281 4917 . Bookings: please book by 8 pm the night before. Transport: drive yourself.

Tuesday 26 April: Nadgigomar Nature Reserve, Eastern Section – M/R

The walk starts on the Mogo Road and is off-track in undulating terrain. The reserve contains one of the best remaining old growth woodlands on the southern tablelands and some small swamps. There is a 1 hour 40 minute drive each way. Minimum distance: 17 km with 150 metres of ascent. Map: Oallen. Leader: Ian Wright 6286 1473, Transport: 224 km return. Limit: 8.

Wednesday 27 April: Wednesday Walks

See the Wednesday walks information at the head of the Activity program for conditions on participating. CBC Janet E. NPA Mike Smith.


Thursday 28 April: Kambah Greenfields PRAMbulation – S/E

A pleasant circuit that includes green corridors and good views across playing fields to the mountains and crosses the giant golden bridge over Drakeford Drive. The route is designed for parents and grandparents with kids in strollers and takes about an hour. All on paved path or bike path, includes about 15 minutes of steady uphill. Non-members welcome. No need to book. Meet in the car park at the Kambah Woolshed, corner of Springbett Street & O'Halloran Cct, Kambah (just 1 minute off Drakeford Drive), at 10 am. Leader: Jenny Horsfield 6231 4535(h) or Map: Google Maps. Transport: Drive yourself.

Saturday 30 April: Mt Foxlow – M/E–M

From the car park just off Woolcara Lane at the entrance to the Yanununbeyan Conservation Area, we will head along attractive, open ridges close to Foxlow. Return is along another ridge to end the day at Apple Box Flat. Short car shuffle, about 10 km, 400 m aggregate climb, 4½ hrs actual walking. Map: Captains Flat. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) or Transport: ~$20.

30 April–1 May 2016 Sub 24 hour camping #3 (S24C#3): Bushfold Flat Hut – S/E

Day 1: An afternoon lope along Australian Alps Walking Track from Honeysuckle Campground. Optional trip to Booroomba Rocks. Dry camping by Bushfold Flat Hut. Day 2: A morning return by the same route. Approx 8 km 200 m climb. Ideal bush break for busy people. Suitable as an overnight pack trip for beginners. Map: Williamsdale. Leader: Sean Sunley 0433 073959, Transport: ≈ $40 per car. Book: Preferably by email before 1800 Thu. Limit: 16.

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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