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  • May 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.


Sunday 1 May: Mt Clear – M/R

Map: Bredbo. Leader: David Dedenczuk 0417 222 154, Meet Kambah Shops 800 am. From the Mt Clear Campground in the far south of Namadgi NP, we commence walking on the Mt Clear fire trail. We leave the fire trail to head cross country up ridges to the summit of Mt Clear. There will be some scrub of varying calibre to contend with on the climb, but this will be compensated for by nice views. Return same route. Around 17 km and 500 m climb. Book by Friday 29 April. Transport: 160 km.


Flinders Ranges

Monday-Monday 2–16 May: Flinders Ranges in South Australia – M/M and one at L/R

A joint CBC/BBC activity. Enjoy walking and driving in the beautiful Flinders Ranges and Heysen Trail within the Mt Remarkable and Wilpena National Parks in SA.

Accommodation is mostly self-catering in cabins, your van or tent at two campgrounds, Melrose township situated at the foot of Mt Remarkable and at Rawnsley Bluff 17kms south of Wilpena Pound. There will be several group meals. Allow two days for travelling to the Flinders and return. Although we walk on tracks you will need to be fit. Please email expressions of interest. There will be an information evening in March. Some of you may like to plan touring in the Clare Valley wineries), Kangaroo Island or elsewhere in South Australia afterwards. Tues 3–Sun 8 May: Melrose Campground. Ready to start walking on Wednesday 3rd May. Walks include climbing Dutchmans Stern, walking in Alligator Gorge, Hidden Gorge and climbing Mt Remarkable. Sun 8 – Sun 15: Leave Melrose for Rawnsleys Bluff Camp Ground. On the way ride on the Pichi Richi steam train (~$48) through the most scenic Pichi Richi Pass. From Rawnsleys Pk Campground day walks include climbing the steep rocky track 700 m to St Marys Peak or just halfway to the Saddle for fab views of the Wilpena Pound, sightsee and walk in Aroona Valley, Bunyeroo and Brachina Gorges, Blinman Pools, Wilpena Pound Lookouts, along Blacks Gap to Wilpena Pound, Arkaroo and other spots.Leader: Janet E. Transport: Note, most roads are sealed. Mileage, roughly 3500kms from Canberra to Melrose /Wilpena Pound and return, plus another ~ 900 kms travelling to the walks. Transport Costs ~ $600 each person. Maps: HEMA map and NRMA have a reasonable Flinders map. Limit: 20. Accommodation: $30– $50 per person per night in 3–4 person (1 couple + 2 singles) cabins, half that for tents. Accommodation in cabins needs to be confirmed asap.

Tuesday 3rd May: Burrinjuck Nature Reserve – L/R/X

The walk commences 4 km from the Burrinjuck Dam and starts with a 580 metre climb to Barren Jack Mountain. This is an exploratory walk, in native forests and woodlands, with steep ascents and descents and 10km of off-track walking. If time allows, we shall visit some rocky outcrops high above the dam wall, to the northwest. There is a 1 hour 40 minute drive each way via Yass. Minimum distance: 20 km with approx 1300m of ascent. Map: Childowla. Leader: Ian Wright 6286 1473, Transport: 238 km return. Limit: 8.

Wednesday 4 May: Wednesday Walks

Led by BBC Kathy Handel and Peter Wellman,


Gibraltar Peak

Saturday 7 May: Gibraltar Peak loop – M/E–M

Bag an easy Percy in this iconic peak. Plentiful wildlife and awe inspiring views. From the Tidbinbilla Visitor Centre we will follow newly established, well-marked trails past Birrigai and up to Eliza Saddle before turning to Gibraltar peak. After a break for lunch we will return downward following the Gibraltar fire trail and open grasslands to Dalsetta, then a track that leads us past picnic areas and playgrounds, back to our starting point. A total distance of 12 km including roughly 450 m climb. Map: Tidbinbilla . Leader: Michael de Raadt, Transport: $20 per car. Limit: 12. Booking: Please book by email before 2 pm Thursday 5 May.

Saturday–Sunday 7–8 May: Mt Kelly – M/R

Out and back via Sams Creek fire trail – mostly overgrown. About 30 km and 800 m climb. Maps: Yaouk, Rendezvous Creek. Leaders: Rob and Jenny Horsfield 6231 4535(h) or Transport: $44 per car.

Saturday–Sunday 7–8 May: Budawangs Track Maintenance – M/M

A pack walk (usual overnight gear required) in/out of campsite at a location (TBA) in Corang Plateau area to carry out track maintenance activities. A joint activity with NPWS and Shoalhaven bushwalkers. Some food will be provided by NPWS. Further details available in late March. Map: TBA. Leader: Cynthia Burton Transport: TBA.

Monday 9 May: PRAMbulation, circumnavigation of Mount Rogers – S/E

A walk designed for parents and grandparents with kids in strollers, featuring extensive views. The walk begins with about 10 minutes of uphill on concrete pathway through narrow parkland, then follows a 'hat-band' route around Mt Rogers on hard-packed dirt path. About 1 hour in total. No need to book. Non-members welcome. Meet at 1 pm in Brophy Street, Fraser, at a small carpark at the right-angle bend in the street's north east corner. Map: Google Maps. Leader: Linda Groom , 02 6281 4917. Transport: Drive yourself.

Tuesday 10 May: Mt Bullongong L/M,X

Walk up the Keewong fire trail into the Tinderry Nature Reserve and then cross country to Mt Bullongong and another high spot. I tried this walk 20 years ago and failed as it was discovered to be on private property. Subsequent to that time the mountain has moved a kilometre to the west and is now in the reserve!!! About 6 kilometres of scrub. Ascent approx 500 metres, distance approx 16 kilometres with approx 6 kilometres of scrub. Maps: Captains Flat, Michelago and Tinderry. Leader: Roger Edwards 6288 7863(h) or Transport: Aprox $32 per car. Limit: 8.

Wednesday 11 May: Wednesday Walks

Led by CBC Mike Morriss and Linda Groom 02 6281 4917 .

Wednesday 11 May: Wave Cave – M/R/part X (Wednesday Walk – harder option)

The Wave Cave is a dramatic overhang in a sandstone cliff in the northern Budawangs. From the Nerriga-Nowra road we will cross a plateau area of forest and flowering heath, then descend on a cairned route through a cliff line to cross Bainbrig Creek and climb to the creek's southern cliff line. We will explore some of the cliff-base scenery before visiting the Wave Cave. Seven to 10 km, depending on how much exploring we do, of which about 2 km is on fire trail and the rest is a very rough mixture of scrub, slab walking, cliff-base boulders and creek. Main descent/ascent 150 metres. Around five hours actual walking. About 2 hours drive from Queanbeyan, all on sealed road except for the last 50 metres into the parking spot. Map: Nerriga. Leader: Linda Groom 02 6281 4917. Transport: Drive yourself or $40 per car if shared.


Billy Billy rocks

Saturday 14 May: Billy Billy Rocks – M/R

Up and back from Fishing Gap fire trail. About 3 km each way and 600 m climb. Maps: Corin Dam, Tidbinbilla Leaders: Jenny and Rob Horsfield 6231 4535(h) or Transport: ~$40 per car.

Saturday 14 May: Black Range – M/E–M

Park the cars at the South Black Range car park. Walk on track to South Black Range trig point with its enormous rock for morning tea, then off track along an open ridge to rejoin the track. Swing east off track to lunch through attractive eucalyptus forest and return to the cars. A pleasant and relatively easy walk, 5 hours walking, 12 km, 200m climb. Map: Bombay. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) or Transport: about $15.

Sunday 15 May: Wild Cattle Creek adventure – S/M

A short walk in Tallaganda National Park, designed for families with kids in backpacks or with self-propelled kids from around 7 to 12 years old. The highlights are a tiny unnamed creek (about 20 cm wide) and then the chance to float bark boats as we walk downstream on Wild Cattle Creek. 9 km in total, with most of the climb, of about 150 vertical metres, in the first hour. 2.5 km of fire trail and the rest off track, mostly through open forest or on grassy creek banks, but with a few patches of light to moderate scrub. A 9 am departure from Queanbeyan then a 1 hour drive via Captains Flat. Bookings required. Map: Tinderry. Leader: Linda Groom 02 6281 4917. Transport: Drive yourself or $40 per car if shared.

Sunday 15 May: Mt Yarara - M/R

Map: Michelago. Leader: David Dedenczuk 0417 222 154, Meet Kambah Shops 800 am. We drive past Caloola Farm, down the Naas Valley fire trail to near the entrance to the National Park. From there we start walking and climb cross-country up ridges to the summit of Mt Yarara. There will be some scrub of varying calibre to contend with on the climb. There are interesting rocks (micaceous granite) to be seen in this area. Return same route. Book by Friday 16 May. Transport: 104 km.

Monday–Wednesday 16–18 May: Budawangs Track Maintenance – M/M, possibly R in places

A pack walk (usual overnight gear required) in/out of campsite at a location (TBA) in Monolith Valley area to carry out track maintenance activities. A joint activity with NPWS and Shoalhaven bushwalkers. Some food will be provided by NPWS. Further details available in late March. Map: TBA. Leader: Cynthia Burton Transport: TBA.

Tuesday 17 May: Namadgi National Park – Battlements, Spinnaker Rock and other granite features – M/R,X

This walk is based on one led by CBC's granite hunter some years ago. It is about 14 km long with about 450 metres of climbing. From the Honeysuckle Creek Camping ground follow the Orroral Road, then the Orroral link Road for a total of about 6 kms. Then off track through moderate (and possibly, in places, thick) scrub visiting various granite outcrops including some favoured by local climbers. Map: Corin Dam. Leader: Lorraine Tomlins, 6248 0456(h), Transport: ~$45 per car. Limit: 12. Book: by 6pm Friday 13 May.

Wednesday 18 May: Wednesday Walks

Led by BBC Kathy Handel and Peter Wellman.

Wed 18 May: Toddlers toddle on a farm – S/E

We will visit the property of Club Member Ros Woodward, 5 minutes beyond Queanbeyan. We aim to walk/toddle just a few hundred metres, with chooks and sheep to look at, and some interesting rocks. No need to book. Meet at the junction of Captains Flat Road and Powell Drive at 9.30 am, after which it is a 2 minute drive to the property. Map: TBA. Leaders: Linda Groom and Ros Woodward, 02 6281 4917 Transport: Drive yourself.


Thursday 19 May: Belconnen PRAMbulation – S/E

Join me for a delightful turn around the lake at Belconnen. Meet at 11am on Thursday 19th May at the end of Townsend Place (off Aikman Drive). Parking available. We will be walking approx 8km and take around 2 hours. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/3JvwC5uGiFp Leader: Julie Sunley 0433 222 644 Transport: Drive yourself.

(Fri 20) Saturday–Sunday 21–22 May: Mt Colong (Southern Blue Mountains) – M/M–R

Drive to Batsh Camp Fri night. Climb Mt Colong via Colong Causeway to camp on the broad summit in a beautiful forest near a spring. Plenty of time to explore the summit and see the views. Return via Colong Point, the Mt Armour FireTrail and Baralliers Pass. Approx 500 m total climb, 24 kms, mainly off-track. Some rock scrambling through clifflines. Also on the CMW program. Maps: Bindook, Yerranderie. Leader: Meg M. Transport: TBA. Limit: 8.

(Fri 20) Sat–Sun 21–22 May: Durras weekend – M/E

Leave Canberra Friday night, stay in comfortable cabins at Depot Beach Caravan Park. Saturday will be the spectacular Little Forest Plateau with views to the Budawangs, Pigeon House and beyond with lunch at Gedara Point. On Sunday, the route will be from Pebbly Beach along the coastline on track to Snake Bay, then via an old track to Mt Durras, returning on track to the cars. Two superb walks, about 4½ hours each. Maps: Kioloa, Tianjara, Milton. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) or Transport: about $50. Accommodation: $80–$100 depending on numbers.

Saturday 21 May: Mount Boboyan Circuit – M/E–M

After a drive to the far south of the ACT, start walking at the Old Boboyan Road following it for approximately 7.5 kms and then through the bush to meet the Yerrabi Track and thence to the top of Mount Boboyan to take in views (weather permitting). Return along the track to Yerrabi carpark. Walking distance approximately 11 kms mostly on fire trail or footpath with about 400 metres climbing. About 5 and a half hours walking. A car shuffle will be required. Map: Yaouk. Leader: Tim W. 0409 847 534. Transport: $15 per person.


Westermans Homestead

21–22 May 2016 Sub 24 Hour Camping #4: Westermans Hut – M/E

Day 1: An afternoon ramble along Old Boboyan Road and Waterholes Fire Trail via Boboyan Homestead Ruin, Lutons Shed and Waterhole Hut. Camping by Westermans Hut. Day 2: A morning return by Burnt Hill and Long Flat Fire Trail. Approx 10 km and 100 m climb. Optional trip to Wrights Hill. Approx 2 km and 100 m climb. Ideal bush break for busy people. Suitable as an overnight pack trip for beginners. Maps: Yaouk, Shannons Flat, Bredbo. Leader: Sean Sunley 0433 073959, Transport: $60 per car. Book: Preferably by email before 1800 Thu. Limit: 16.




Square Rock

Sunday 22 May: Square Rock – M/M

From the new Square Rock car park we climb steeply up to Smokers Trail. We will follow Smokers Trail until morning tea after which we will follow a footpad to join the Square Rock trail. We will take a short diversion to Orroral Lookout and then on to a monumental group of boulders for lunch. Hopefully we have a clear day so that we can enjoy the great views. On the way back we will follow the Square Rock trail back to our cars. Total distance is about 15 km (All on track). Total climb is about 450 metres. Map: Corin Dam. Leader: Phillip Starr 6161 3835(h), 0419 281 096(m), Transport: $7-$9 pp. Booking: Please book by email before 3pm Friday 20 May. I will reply to your emails and supply further details about 4pm on Friday.

Tuesday 24 May: 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 25 May: Conder Views PRAMbulation – S/E

A circuit with views to the mountains and cute ponds. The route is designed for parents and grandparents with kids in strollers and takes about an hour. Includes about 20 minutes steadily uphill. All on bike path or paved footpath. No need to book. Meet in the large bitumen car park near the playing field at the end of the unnamed cul de sac, signposted Conder Playing Fields, off Heidelberg Street, Conder, near Vikings Lanyon at 1 pm. Leader: Meredith Hatherly 6154 1513, 0413 39625, Map: Google Maps. Transport: Drive yourself.

Wednesday 25 May: Wednesday Walks

Led by CBC Jocelyn Fitzhardinge and NPA Mike Smith.

Saturday 28 May: Grassy Creek and beyond – L/M

Starting at Brayshaws Hut we’ll walk the first section of the Settlers Track to Waterhole Hut, then leave the track and make our way up Grassy Creek past two vestigial sites. We will get onto the Bobeyan Divide and see several of Harry Mouat’s border survey marks dating from 1915, then make our way back down the valley to Westermans Homestead, and back to Brayshaws. Distance: 17 km, on and off track, including untracked forest Ascent: 300 m Maps: Yaouk and Shannons Flat. Leader: Phillip Starr 6161 3835(h), 0419 281 096(m), Booking: Please book by email before 2pm Friday 27 May. Transport: $60 per car ($15 - $20 pp.)

Tuesday 31 May: Coolumburra Cliffs #2 – M/R,part X

From Rolfes Gap, near Nerriga, descend north across Coolumburra Creek and up to the cliffline. Find a route up through the cliffs and then north east through rocky leads and scrub to the creek that enters a slot at 391 E, 160N (AGD 1966). Since this faces south I am hoping for some ferny vegetation. Follow the slot for 500 metres, with possible tricky rock scrambling, descend to re-cross Coolumburra Creek. From this point the trip stops being exploratory – we will climb a straight forward pass on to a broad and scenic rock balcony, and then follow a cliff-base route, past a camping cave, back to the cars. About 9 km, 300 metres ascents and descents spread over 3 sets of ups and downs. Drive 1 hr 40 minutes from Queanbeyan. Map: Nerriga. Leader: Linda Groom 02 6281 4917 Transport: $88 per car. Limit: 8.

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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