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  • July 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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Saturday-Sunday 2-3 July: Bundanoon Gourmet Weekend

Get out of Canberra on election morning. Stay at the home of club member Tom Gosling in Bundanoon. Leave Canberra mid Saturday morning. The first walk will start after lunch at Lake Alexandra in Mittagong and head up Mt Alexandra to the Katoomba Lookout (from which Katoomba and the high rise buildings of the Sydney CBD can be seen on a clear day). Then head down the ridge to the Nattai River for a few hundred metres before heading up to the forty foot falls and back to the Boxvale car park and a short car shuffle. The Sunday walk will be Mt Jellore, an icon of the area visible from Echo Point, Katoomba. This is all on track, through mostly open forest. We will dine out at the local Pub on Saturday evening. Maps: Hilltop and Mittagong. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), or Transport: $40; accommodation, including breakfast on Sunday, will be $25.


Fadden Pines

Monday 4 July: Fadden 'three parks' 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. About 1 hour 15 minutes actual walking. No need to book. Meet at Fadden Pines Park car park, entrance off Budgen Avenue (opposite the villa development of 171 Bugden Avenue) at 1 pm. Leader: Jenny Horsfield 6231 4535. Map: Google Maps. Transport: Drive yourself.

Wednesday 6 July: Wednesday Walks

Led by BBC Kathy Handel and Peter Wellman

Saturday 9 July: Ridge west of Nursery Swamp – M/R

Nursery Swamp track, saddle above Rendezvous Creek – along ridge, return via Nursery Swamp. About 12 km, 450 m climb. Map: Rendezvous Creek. Leaders: Jenny and Rob Horsfield 62314535 Transport: $40 per car.

Saturday 9 July: The four peaks of Goorooyarroo – S/E

This walk on the northern fringe of the city traverses, partly on and partly off track, a series of hills with spectacular views over the city and to the Brindabellas. Be at the parking area on the northern side of Horse Park Drive about 1.5 km toward Gungahlin from the Federal Hwy junction (Gungahlin exit) at 9.45 for this walk –lunch on top of Old Joe with spectacular views. About 4 hours walking. Map: Hall. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h) or Transport: drive yourself but please book as usual; there may be someone from your area who needs a lift.

Saturday 9 July: Lower Molonglo Nature Reserve – S/E

A walk through the Kama Nature Reserve and the Lower Molonglo Nature Reserve to a vantage point overlooking the Molonglo River. A latish start and early finish. Distance about 11 km and 100 metres of ascent. There is a steepish short rock scramble (40 metres) up to the vantage point through light scrub or you can stay by the river bank. Apart from this the walk is entirely on trails. Maps: Canberra and Cotter Dam. We'll celebrate the 30th birthday of one of the participants; bring your own cup. Leader: Roger Edwards 6288 7863(h) or . Transport: Drive yourself to start. Limit: 12.


Pryors Hut

Saturday–Sunday 9–10 July: Sub 24 hour camping #5: Pryors Hut – M/E

Day 1: An afternoon roam up Stockyard Spur Track. Camping by Pryors Hut. Approx 8 km 500 m climb. Optional trip to Mt Gingera. Approx 5 km and 200m climb. Day 2: A morning return by the same route. Approx 8km. Ideal bush break for busy people. Suitable as an overnight pack trip for beginners. Map: Corin Dam. Leader: Sean Sunley 0433 073 959, Transport: ~$40 per car. Book: Preferably by email before 1800 Thu. Limit: 8.

Sunday 10 July: Yankee Hat North – M/R,X

A rare (and rarely sought) opportunity to visit the scrubby horror known as Yankee Hat North. We will walk along the tourist track to near the Indigenous art site, before leaving the track and jumping onto a scrub infested ridge. About 700 m climb. Start of 7:00 am to maximise daylight, but bring a torch just in case of late return. Leader: David Dedenczuk 0417 222 154, Transport: $40 per car. Map: Yaouk. Book: by Thursday 7 July.

Sunday 10 July: Shepherds Lookout, Murrumbidgee River - M/E

From Shepherd's Lookout in Belconnen follow the trail down to the Molonglo River, cross the river, follow the Uriarra Loop Walk, and then climb back up to Shepherds Lookout for a final view of the Murrumbidgee River towards the ACT/NSW border. About 10 km and a total climb of 300m. We will be home in time for lunch. Map: Umburra Leader: Phillip Starr 0419 281 096(m), Transport: Drive yourself but let me know if you need a lift, Booking: Please book by email before 2 pm Friday 8 July.

Wednesday 13 July: Wednesday Walks

Led by CBC Bob Dewar

Saturday 16 (+ optionally Sunday 17) July: Bundanoon – M/E–M

After a short car shuffle, we do a walk above and just below the sandstone cliffs, linking together a number of the separate walking tracks, from Coal Mine Falls to Glow Worm Glen. There will also be some short off-track sections, which could have some scrub. Features include lookouts, waterfalls, gorges, rainforest, and the glow worms at dusk. About 14 km, with up to 400 m total altitude gain spread across the day.  Participants will have the options of returning to Canberra in the evening, or staying over on Saturday night at Tom Gosling’s home in Bundanoon to avoid the late drive home.  For those staying over there would be a shortish walk on Sunday morning and return to Canberra on Sunday afternoon. Map: Bundanoon. Leader: Jeff B., Transport: ~300 km return, $111 per car, at least $28 per person, plus park entry for one car. Limit: 12.

Saturday 16 July: Fishing Gap to Mt Domain and return – M/R/X

Walk up the Fishing Gap fire trail and then follow the newly taped foot pad to Mt Domain. Return the same way. About 12km and 700 m climb. Map: TidbinbillaLeader: Phillip Starr 0419 281 096, phillipstarr1945@gmail.com Transport: $7-$9 pp, plus entry fees (if applicable). Limit: 8 people. Booking: Please book by email before 2 pm Thursday 14 July.


Nursery Swamp

Saturday–Sunday 16–17 July: Nursery Hill – Rendezvous Creek – M/R

Suitable for beginner back packers. Day 1: Nursery Swamp, Nursery Hill, Rendezvous Creek. Day 2: early side trip to knoll to west – Nursery Swamp – car park. About 24 km and 700 m climb. Map: Rendezvous Creek. Leaders: Jenny and Rob Horsfield 6231 4535(h) or Transport: $40 per car.

Sunday 17 July: Woods Reserve to Gibraltar Falls - S/R/partly X

A short but challenging adventure for the time poor. A circuit from Woods Reserve up Gibraltar Creek, rock-hopping where possible, to the base of Gibraltar Falls, checking out a swimming hole for summer on the way. Then up a very steep informal track to the top of the falls. We will return via a track which seems to have been freshly built by ACT Parks, on the east side of the creek. Only about 3km in total, but still a challenge with 250 metres of climbing and descent and sections of scrub, and the rock-hopping may be icy. A 9.30 am start from South Canberra; we should be back at the cars by 1 pm. Bring a morning snack. Map: Tidbinbilla. Leader: Linda Groom , 02 6281 4917   Transport: $20 per car.

Monday 18 July: Snowshoe? the Gingera Ridge – L/M

No snow since last Wednesday up there, but the temperature has been low. From Corin Dam, 10km and 1150m climb to Mt Gingera. Snowshoe the Gingera ridge if possible. A full day for stout walkers. May involve return by torchlight. Around 20km and 1200m climb. Map: Corin Dam. Leader: John Evans 0417 436 877, . Transport: ~$15. Limit: 4. Please book by 3pm Sunday.

Tuesday 19 July: Headwaters of Ettrema – M/R/X

An exploration of the top of Ettrema, where this famous creek starts in a shallow gorge, and of the nearby areas of open rock slabs and pagodas. Interspersed with scrub, some of it likely to be thick. Start from the Nerriga-Nowra Road and head north. Entirely off track, probably 8 km with the main descent and ascent 150 metres. Rock-scrambling likely in the creek and through cliff-lines. The weather forecast for this area is better than for Canberra on Tuesday. Map: Nerriga. Leader: Linda Groom , 02 6281 4917   Transport: $80 per car; 1 hour 40 minute drive from Queanbeyan. Limit: 8.

Wednesday 20 July: Wednesday Walks

Led by BBC Kathy Handel and Peter Wellman

Thursday 21 July: Lyneham and Dickson wetlands PRAMbulation – S/E

A walk designed for parents and grandparents with kids in strollers, that takes in two inner north wetlands and bike paths lines with mature trees. Meet at Lyneham shops, in Hall Street outside the Lyneham Primary School, at 1 pm. From there, around the Lyneham Wetlands and up the corridor of green that leads to the Dickson Wetlands, returning by almost the same route. One bit of bumpy paving over a footbridge. About 1 hour 10 minutes actual walking. Map: Google Maps. Leader: Jacqui R. Transport: Drive yourself.

Saturday 23 July: The World of Rob Roy – M/M

A very diverse walk in the Canberra Nature Park to the south of Banks, leading to the summit of Rob Roy. Our route takes in a pretty creek with waterfalls, an ascent through box and peppermint forest, and (approaching Rob Roy) terrific views north to Tuggeranong, west to the Brindabellas and to the east out over Royalla. With any luck, we will see some interesting birdlife as well. From Rob Roy, we return to our starting point through more open country to the east, with a steepish final descent back to the creek. 12 kms and 450 metres climb. Map: Tuggeranong. Leader: Jenny S. Limit: 12 Transport: $15 per car.

Saturday 23 July: Wild Cattle Creek – M/M

This walk is south of Captains Flat in the Tallaganda National Park. It is a wander, mostly off track, along ridges through light, open forest and along the wide open valley of Wild Cattle Creek and other watercourses. About 10 km and 4 hours actual walking. Map: Tinderry. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h) or Transport: ~$20.

Sunday 24 July: Ridge above Breakfast Creek – M/R

This is the high ground south of Frank and Jack's hut. Height ~400 m, distance ~14 km. Map: Yaouk. Leaders: Jenny & Rob Horsfield 6231 4535(h) or Transport: ~$40 per car.

Sunday 24 July: Mt Majura and Dry Stone Wall – S/M

This walk starts at Antill Street following a footpad in an easterly direction towards the Centenary Trail. After reaching the Centenary Trail we will turn right and follow it to the summit of Mt Majura. After catching our breath over morning tea we will walk off track through open forest down the northern flank until we reach the southern end of a large dry stone wall about 300 metres in length. After a short walk from the northern end of the wall we re-join the Centenary Trail and head back to our cars. Total distance is about 7 km. Total climb is about 370 metres. We will be home in time for lunch. Map: Hall. Leader: Phillip Starr 0419 281 096(m), Transport: Drive yourself but let me know if you need a lift. Please book by email before 2 pm Friday 22 July.

Tuesday 26 July: Spinnaker Rock (by special request) – S/M

A relatively short walk commencing from the intersection of Apollo and Booroomba Rocks Roads. From Sundial Rock we head SSE down the valley to the grasslands and then head NE up the ridge to Spinnaker Rock, having a look at some interesting boulders on the way up. Overall, pleasant walking, great views from Spinnaker Rock, and a large overhang type rock on the way down. Partly on and partly off track. Some thick scrub. Perhaps wet feet. Some rock scrambling. The descent from Spinnaker Rock back to Sundial Rock is steep, scrubby and loose underfoot. You should be fit, and be comfortable walking off track. We will meet at Kambah Village Shops and leave there at 9.00 am. Leader:   Barrie R. . Cars: We will car pool from Kambah Shops. About $10 p.p. Numbers are limited. Forecast for Tuesday in Canberra :  partly cloudy, 40% chance of rain, 0-1 mm,   temp range :  2-9ºC. Map: Corin Dam. Please book in with the leader no later than midday Monday 25 July, giving your name, address and emergency phone number.

Wednesday 27 July: Wednesday Walks

Led by CBC Bob Dewar and NPA Mike Smith.

Saturday 30 July: Snow shoe walk around Perisher – M/E

Meet at Perisher NPWS station for a 9:30 start. Follow marked trails around Perisher with at least one stop at a coffee shop for refreshment. Route will be varied depending on party and may take us to Porcupine Rocks. Suitable for beginners. Snow shoes can be hired from club or in Jindabyne. Participants may like to go up the previous day and camp at Jindabyne or in the park as leader will. Map: Perisher, and snow shoe walking maps available from NPWS station. Leader: Tim W. 0409 847 534 Transport: $38 per person plus park entry.

Saturday 30 July: Ski tour from Guthega

The options, depending on weather and snow, include Mt Tate and the delightful ridge to its north, or the Pounds Creek valley, or if windy the Snowy Valley and the shelf of old-growth forest on the true left of Spencers Creek. Maximum likely ascent 500 metres. For intermediate skiers fit enough to ski for 6 hours or so. A 3 hour drive from Canberra. Depart Guthega 9.30 am. Map: Kosciuszko. Leader: Peter Conroy, 6281 4917, Transport: drive yourself if already at the snow, or $160 per car if driving from Canberra, plus share of park entry fee.

Saturday 30 July: Geocaches above the Cotter Hut Road – L/E&R,ptX

From the Orroral Tracking Station insert 10km along the Cotter Hut Road. Off-track for 2km and climb 200 vertical metres for geocaches GC2EZ3M Nenya and GC2BZH9 Kissing Head Rock. Return via Smokers Trail and the Orroral Valley. Around 20km and 500m climb. A walk suitable for those wanting an easy insert and exit, with a short introduction to the Namadgi bush. Maximum altitude 1300m. Maps: Corin Dam and Rendezvous Creek. Leader: John Evans 0417 436 877, . Please book by 12noon Friday. Transport: ~$12. Limit: 8.

Sunday 31 July: Bushfold Flats – L/M

Follow the Australian Alps walking track from the Booroomba Rocks car park to Bushfold Flats, an area of open forest and grassland. Continue following AAWT along the Flats, then up to the Mt Tennent fire trail. We then drop down, off track, to the Flats and return to the cars. About 16km and 600m climb. Depending on the mood of the party we may add an extra 2km and 200m climb by visiting Mt Tennant. Map: Corin Dam and Williamsdale. Leader: Phillip Starr 0419 281 096(m), Transport: $10 pp, Booking: Please book by email before 2 pm Friday 29 July.

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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