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Club Activity Program

  • August 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 and Wednesday 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 13 August: Mt Domain – M/R

Link road, Fishing Gap fire trail to Fishing Gap then up the partly cut track to Mt Domain and return. Height ~800m, distance ~10 km. Map: Tidbinbilla. Leaders: Jenny & Rob Horsfield 6231 4535 or Transport: ~$28 per car.

Saturday–Sunday 13–14 August: Cascade Hut snowshoe – M/E

Out and back via Cascade trail from Dead Horse Gap, KNP, 11 km / ~350 m climb each way. Drive down Saturday morning about 3 hours or meet in Jindabyne / Dead Horse Gap if you are already at the snow. The route follows fire trail, climbing steadily up and over the Great Dividing Range. Suitable for beginner showshoers and snow campers. Return Sunday via the same route and drive back to Canberra. Snow shoes can be hired from club or in Jindabyne. Map: Chimneys Ridge. Leader: Rowan Peck Transport: ~$160 per car + share park entry fees. Limit: 8. Book by email by 10 August.

Saturday–Sunday 13–14 August: Bundanoon weekend – S/E

We will stay at the home of club member Tom Gosling, now resident at Bundanoon. Drive down on Saturday morning. The afternoon walk will be a route lined with flowering gum trees and wattles near Mittagong. The Sunday walk will start at the Clover Hill car park, part way down the escarpment east of Robertson. We will walk to some falls on the Macquarie Rivulet along a delightful track through rain forest then back to the cars, again about 3 hours walking. We will dine out at the Bundanoon Pub on Saturday evening and at the Robertson pub for Sunday lunch, returning home on Sunday afternoon. Accommodation: $25. Maps: Mittagong and Robertson. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568 or Transport: ~$50.

Sunday 14 August: Watson–Majura loop – S/E.

Relaxing meander mostly along an equestrian trail of either graded gravel or grass. This is a walk of contrasts with the first part taking us around the lower slopes of Mt Majura, through natural bush with views across the plains to northern Canberra. The second part passes through grassland on the western side of the Federal Highway. The walk finishes with a stroll under multiple rows of tall trees, mostly eucalypts (including Apple Box) with some pine and oaks. Total distance is only 9 km so home for lunch. Map: Hall. Leader: Phillip Starr 0419 281 096, Transport: Drive yourself but tell me when you book if you need a ride. Booking: Please book by email before 2 pm Friday 12 August.

Tuesday evening 16 August: Night walk by torchlight on Black Mt, Canberra – S/E

Meet at the substation at the end of Firth Rd at 7:00 pm to walk up the hill. We will go up the Summit Trail and do a quick circuit of the Forest Trail. Likely to be finished by 8:30 Bring torches. Map: Canberra Leader: David Dedenczuk 0417 222 154, Transport: Drive yourself. No need to book.

Wednesday 17 August: Wednesday Walks

Coordinated by BBC Kathy Handel and Peter Wellman.

Wednesday evening 17 August: Club grub

Meet at the Canberra Southern Cross Club Woden at 6 pm for a meal together prior to the 8 pm monthly meeting. Convenor: John Evans, 0417 436 877, Ask for me at reception. No need to book.

19 August–25 September: Olympic Mountains, Ts’y-los Provincial Park, Banff National Park – M to L/R/part X

A 9 day hike in the Olympic Mountains, day walks from cabins near Mt Rainier, a 6 day hike in the remote Ts’ylos Park, 6 days on the Rockwall Trail in Kootenay NP, day hikes near Banff. Leader: Linda Groom 6281 4917, Maps: tba. One place remaining as at 24 June.

Westermans Homestead

Saturday 20 August: Grassy Creek and beyond – L/M

This walk was postponed in May due to bad weather. 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. Ph 0419 281 096 or Bookings: Please book by email before 2pm Thursday 18 August. Transport: $60 per car, $15–$20 per person.

Sat–Sun 20–21 August: Booth Hill – M/R

Suitable for beginner back packers. Day 1: On track Glendale Crossing to Brandy Flat Hut. Day 2: Early side trip climbing Booth Hill, then return to cars. About 12 km and 600 m climb. Map: Michelago. Leaders: Jenny and Rob Horsfield 6231 4535 or Transport: $32 per car.

Sunday 21 August: Castle Hill – M/M

Access from near Nerriga via fire trail and overgrown track. A double-topped hill on the western edge of the Budawangs with good views from the top of the low sandstone cliffs. About 15 km with 300 m of ascents. Map: Endrick. Leader: Jeff Bennetts 6231 5899 or 0418 662 870, Transport: ~250 km, $95 per car, $25–$30 per person. Limit: 12. Please book by 2pm the Thursday before.

Monday 22 August: Booroomba geocaching – L/R,ptX

A Tuesday walk on Monday. From the Booroomba Rocks car park, we’ll warm up by heading 5km round-trip along the AAWT for geocache GC64309 Six Stars. Then 4km round-trip up Deadmans Hill for geocache GC11Q3B COLLIMATE (A.C.T. Investigate. Then up the Booroomba Rocks Walking Track to the edge of the cliff and (if my courage holds) down to the base of the South Buttress for geocache GC131CQ Jamming the Line. There is another geocache, GC131CC Vertical Bushwalking, which requires a descent of the middle rocks to under the North Buttress. Around 15km and 700m climb. Maps: Corin Dam and Williamsdale. Leader: John Evans 0417 436 877, . Transport: ~$10 per person. Book by Sunday evening.

Wednesday Walks 24 August: see participation caveats in green box above

Wednesday 24 August: Orroral Campground to Geodetic Station. CBC  Grade M/E

Start at Orroral Valley camp ground and follow the Orroral Heritage Walking Track.  Stop at historic homestead for AM tea, then walk on to Tracking Station car park.  Follow Granite Tops Walking Track to Geodetic Station for lunch whilst taking in the fine views (weather permitting) over Orroral Valley.  Return to Orroral Tracking Station car park where walk ends.  A car shuffle will be required. Map: Rendezvous Creek.Around 13 kms walking all on footpaths.  Climbing of around 450 metres. Should finish walk at around 3:00PM. Transport: $9 per person. Leader: Tim W. 0409 847 534 .  Meet at Kambah Village shops car park opposite Woolworths service station at 8:15 for an 8:30 departure.
Weather forecast for Mount Ginini on Wednesday 24 August: 95% chance of snow above 1200 metres, south-east winds 15 – 25km/h, temperature range zero to plus-1 degree.
Plan B   Should the forecast inclement weather eventuate, as a plan B we could drive ourselves to the Mount Taylor car park on Sulwood Drive, walk up Mount Taylor and down to “ A Bite to Eat” cafe at Chifley shops, and warm up with hot coffee and some cakes.  Return to the cars can be via the fires trails.  This can be decided by participants on Wednesday morning.

Wednesday 24 August: Hill to north of Booroomba Rocks - M-H

GRADE 11 (bbc) about 13 km and 500m climb,  some track and some scrub (maybe thick)  (exploratory for me). Leader:  Barrie R. In view of the weather forecasts  (which is a bit confusing as different sites give different forecasts)  it seems best to have a walk not too far away and in an area offering other options such as staying on tracks all day. This walk commences at the Booroomba Rocks Car Park and follows the AAWT to Bushfold Flats and morning tea possibly at Bushfold Hut. Then to Georges Creek near its junction with Blue Gum Creek. From here we leave the track and climb the ridge southwards to the summit before descending to the AAWT again and back to the cars. Maps: Williamsdale and Corin Dam. Cars: about $11 a person. Meeting: Kambah Village Shops, across the road from the petrol station, Leaving at 8.30 am.
Weather forecast for Canberra :  90% chance of rain , 10-30 mm,   4-11*C
NOTE: if the forecast changes significantly for the better we may go instead to Tinderry Peak, about 14km and 700 m climb, part track, part off-track, in which case I will put out a further post on Tuesday night.



Brayshaws Hut

Saturday 27 August: Brayshaws, Potters Hill, border, Brayshaws – M/M

Over the hill and down to Grassy Creek then up and around on fire trail to Boboyan Road and Brayshaws. Height ~250 m, distance 10 km. Map: Shannons Flat. Leader: John Evans 0417 436 877, Transport: $45 per car.

Saturday–Sunday 27–28 August: Southern Highlands weekend – S/E

We will stay at the home of club member Tom Gosling, now living at Bundanoon. Drive down on Saturday morning. The Saturday afternoon walk will be from Tooths Lookout to Tom’s place, initially through rain forest, via beautiful Fairy Bower Lookout, along Nicholas Pass with dramatic cliffs, valley views and eucalypt forest to Amphitheatre, thence back to Tom’s. The Sunday walk will be the east rim of Fitzroy Falls. I haven’t done it before but it should be a good morning’s walk along the rim of the gorge and through wattle and other wild flowers. We will dine out at the Bundanoon Pub on Saturday evening. We drive home on Sunday afternoon. Accommodation (including breakfast): $25. Map: Bundanoon. Leader: Stan Marks (h) 6254 9568 or Transport: about $30.

Sherwood Daffodil

Sunday 28 August: Sherwood daffodils – S/E

From Mountain Creek Road we will climb over a locked gate and walk two kilometres gaining 165 metres in altitude to an open ridge with expansive views. We then proceed to Sherwood Homestead site for morning tea among the daffodils and jonquils. Our return is by a different route. Total distance is about 8 km (Mostly on forest roads and tracks). Total climb is about 300 metres. We will be home in time for lunch. Map: Cotter Dam. Leader: Phillip Starr 0419 281 096, Transport: $5–$6 per person, Booking: Please book by email before 2 pm Friday 26 August.

Tuesday 30 August: PRAMbulation beside Lake Ginninderra – S/E

Meet at 10 am at Diddams Close. Note: Diddams Close has 3 branches – the northern-most branch leads to a boat ramp, the next most northern branch leads to public toilets and a beach, and the southern branch leads to a dog park; please park in the next most northern branch. A waterside route through parkland on the Ginninderra peninsula and part way up Ginninderra Creek. Designed for parents and grandparents with kids in strollers. About 1 hour 15 minutes actual walking. No need to book. Leader: Carol A. Map: Google Maps. Transport: Drive yourself.

Wednesday 31 August: Wednesday Walk - Tinderry Peak - M-H

Note departure  time 8.00 am ***
Grade:  medium/hard,   11-12 (BBC scale) about 14 km, over 600m climb, scrub, rock scrambling
Leader: Barrie R.
From the Tinderry Road we’ll walk along the Round Flat Firetrail for about one and a half kilometres then off track up Roberts Creek to a saddle south of Tinderry Peak from where we’ll climb the peak.  Possibly thick scrub in places and rock scrambling.  Rock scramble  on the approach to the peak. Probably return via a ridge to the east of the peak ( about 3 km) and then along fire trails.   Distance of about 14 kilometres and over 600 m climb. At least half the walk will be on trails  A great walk, varied vegetation, fantastic views.
It will be cold, as this area is over 1200 m, and showers are possible.  So, as usual on all mountain walks, plenty of water, food, warm clothing, rain gear, torch. If the weather turns out to be really bad we will do a different walk but will decide at Kambah.  I would suggest having a spare set of clothes to change into back at the cars just in case we get caught in a shower.
Map: Tinderry 1:25000
Cars: $14 pp.    all wheel drives would be appreciated.
Weather: The forecasts for this Wednesday are somewhat inconsistent.   The BoM for Canberra is 8* - 16* c,  90% chance of rain,  6-15 mm .  Elders weather is suggesting only 1-5 mm.   The forecast for Cooma is much better than for Canberra.  The Elders summary of the synoptic chart for Wednesday states a weakening trough will cause a few showers over NSW, VIC and TAS.  Last Wednesday with a dire forecast we had a great walk without rain.
Meeting: Kambah Village Shops  no later than 7.50 am, to leave by 8.00 am ***
Please note :
Anyone who is not a member of either the Brindabella Bushwalking Club, The National Parks Association, or the Canberra Bushwalking Club or who is not used to doing medium/hard walks must contact the leader in advance to discuss their suitability for the walk.   In addition, non club members need to be sponsored and accompanied by a club member.

Wednesday 31 August: Wednesday Walk - NAMADGI -  Settlers Track – Brayshaw’s Hut, Waterhole Hut and Westermans Homestead - E-M

Leader:  Robin Cayzer
Meeting  Place:   Kambah   opposite the Caltex Station
Departure   time  8.00 am   NOTE EARLY START
Grade :   medium/easy, 7 (BBC scale) 10 km to 15km, generally flat – some gentle slopes.
We will start at Brayshaw’s Homestead on the Boboyan Road and follow the Settlers Trail to Waterholes Hut (3.7km) and on to the Waterholes Fire Trail;  from here, if the weather is really bad we will continue on the Settler’s Trail  to Westerman’s Homestead and back to Brayshaw’s, or otherwise head west on a footpad to meet up with the Bicentennial National Trail (Grassy Creek Fire Trail) and follow this east criss-crossing the NSW/ACT border to Westerman’s Homestead and back on the Settlers Trail to Brayshaw’s.
As its likely to be cold, this area is between 1200 and 1300m,  please be prepared for wet weather and possible winds.Maps: Yaouk and Shannon’s Flat or Namadgi ACT South Activities Map  1:50 000.
Transport: $20 4WD cars preferred - although it should be ok as there’s only a small amount of dirt  to drive on.


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