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  • October 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 S, 0412 179 907). 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 John, 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.


PLEASE NOTE "HWC" at the start of most ads in the 6 - 17th October period indicates a joint activity for the visiting Hobart Walking Club

Saturday 1 October: Peak 1409 – M/R

A challenging walk cross country and through scrub to the lovely shale peak in between Tidbinbilla and the Brindabellas. Participants should not object to scrub. More details will be available from the leader for interested participants. Around 12km and 600m climb. Map: Corin Dam. Leader: David Dedenczuk 0417 222 154, Transport: $30 per car. Book by Thursday 29 September.

Saturday 1 October: Wildflower ramble along the river - S/M

Come and see the changes the wet winter and spring has brought to the Murrumbidgee.  A ramble along the river track north from Kambah Pool and back over Forster Hill. A couple of weeks ago we found orchids and a variety of native plants in flower. And the river in flood is spectacular. Meet at Kambah Pool top car park  at 1.30. Bring afternoon tea to have on top of Forster Hill.  About 5-6 km with a few climbs, about 100 m or so. Leader: Jenny Horsfield 6231 4535(h) or

Saturday–Monday 1–3 October: Endrick River – M/M

Drive beyond Nerriga on Saturday morning to do a short walk to Wave Cave, a huge sandstone overhang above Bainbrig Ck. Then back to our accommodation on Endrick River, where there is a hut providing simple accommodation for some of the group; others will need to camp. There are basic cooking facilities (i.e. a gas cook top) which everyone can use but everyone will look after their own food i.e. no organised shared meals. There is a porta loo on site and showers at the Stone Cottage a km away. The Sunday walk will be on track, with optional diversions, to Sallee Plains beneath the cliffs of Quiltys and Fosters Mountains and Hoddles Castle led by Jeff Bennetts. If there is the interest, I will also run the walk to the Vines. There will be a walk to Sassafras Plateau and/or Tea-Tree Ck cascades before we drive home on Monday afternoon. Maps: Endrick and Nerriga Leaders: Jeff Bennetts and Stan Marks. Bookings: to Stan 6254 9568, Transport: ~$40. Accommodation: ~$40–$50 inside, ~$20 outside, depending on numbers.

Sunday 2 October: London Bridge to Washpen Crossing – S/E

This is a walk through the southern section of Googong. We will walk from the London Bridge woolshed to the old homestead. Then we cross Burra Creek to approach the London Bridge arch from the south. We will continue north to the junction of the Queanbeyan River and Burra Creek, visiting Washpen Crossing. Returning we will get a different view of the London Bridge arch by approaching from the north. We then return to the cars by crossing the arch. Total distance is about 9 km (mostly on track). Total climb is about 320 metres. We will be home in time for lunch. Map: Captains Flat. Leader: Phillip Starr 0419 281 096, Transport: $2–$3 per person. Bookings: Please book by email before 2 pm Friday 30 September.

Tuesday 4 October: Joadja Nature Reserve  - M/R/X

The start is 25 km west of Mittagong on the Wombeyan Caves Road. We will spend the day off-track, following steep rocky spurs and creeklines and investigating a prominent cliff line. There will be some steep scrambles and some sections of dense scrub. There is a 2 hour 15 minute drive each way. Minimum distance: 9 km with 500 metres of ascent. Map: Barrallier. Leader: Ian Wright 6286 1473, Transport: 426 km return. Limit: 8.

Wednesday 5 October: Wednesday Walks

Coordinated by BBC Kathy Handel and Peter Wellman.

Thursday 6 October: Tulip Tops Stroll

From the Watson Art Centre we drive to the Tulip Tops Gardens - about 30 mins from Canberra on the  Federal Highway. Here  we wander and simply enjoy the huge flowering trees, view a delightful stream with an abundance of blossoms cascading into it and stroll among flowers in a marvellous colourful Floriade. How can you resist? And just because we are a bushwalking club I expect you all to climb the hill to the Lookout - all of 80 m. You can bring your own lunch or buy extra and sit among the blossoms. We usually stay for about 3 hours. Cost with free tea /coffee, a sausage or egg sandwich is $16, seniors $15, groups of 8 cheaper. Please book although I expect some  may just to turn up. Transport:  $10. Southsiders meet at Cooleman Court ready to leave 9.30am to pool transport, and then we drive to Watson Art Centre to collect others. Leader: Janet E.

HWC Thursday 6 to Monday 17 October: Interclub visit by Hobart Walking Club. "HWC" in the ad title denotes a joint activity with that club

More than 20 HWC members will be visiting to walk with us in the ACT and nearby. A variety of overnight and day trips have been scheduled. Please contact if you are willing to assist, particularly by booking on a walk and offering transport. In addition to the following walks (which, of course, CBC members are invited to attend), a number of ‘boot-fillers’ – self-guided walks – have been suggested to our visitors. These include National Arboretum, Australian National Botanic Gardens, Canberra Nature Park Nature Reserves, Urban shared paths, Floriade any time (finishes Sun 16/10); and visits to the national institutions.

HWC Thursday–Sunday, 6–9 October: Budawangs – Clyde River, Holland Creek Circuit – M/R

Meet at Spotlight carpark Queanbean at 8 am. Yadboro Creek – Castle Gap – upstream on the Clyde River – upstream on Hollands Gorge Creek – up a ridge parallel to Angel Creek – around the base of Tarn into upper Angel Creek – Mt Cole camping cave – slot between Cole and Owen (Interesting!) – Monolith Valley – Yadboro Creek. Mainly off-track. Highlights: natural arch near Castle Gap, rainforest of Upper Angel Creek, cliff-base scenery and a typical Budawangs camping cave, a climb down a tree root, heath country with spring flowers, views and very varied scenery. About six to seven hours walking each day, the main ascents are 450 m (day 1) and 500 m (day 3). Map: The Northern Budawang Range (CMW sketch map) 1:50,000. Leader: Linda Groom 6281 4917, Transport: $126 per car. Limit: 8.

Saturday 8 October: 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. Relisted from July. Map: Tinderry. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568, Transport: ~$20.

Saturday 8 October: #6 Route following and position fix with GPS

This is in the hills at the back of Kambah with morning tea on ‘High Chair’. Ph 6231 4535 or to book.

Saturday 8 October: Orroral Hill – M/R

Beginning at the Orroral Tracking station picnic area, we will follow the Granite Tors walking trail to the Laser Lunar Tower. After Morning tea with views we head off track in a south westerly direction to a saddle between Orroral Hill and a knoll to its north west. From the saddle we need to gain about 100 m to reach Orroral summit. Half the walk is on a very steep track with the other half steeply off track. It involves a total climb of about 600 m and a distance of about 12 km. The going will be fairly slow and scrubby, with some scrambling. Map: Rendezvous Creek. Leader: John Evans 0417 436 877, Transport: $10. Limit: 8. Booking: Please book before 2pm Thursday 6 October.

HWC Sunday evening 9 October: Welcome drinks (Hobart visitors)

HWC Monday 10 October: Settlers Track and Waterhole Hut – M/E

A circuit through grasslands in Namadgi National Park, visiting historic hut and homestead sites from the 19th and 20th century. The CBC guide is an ACT historian. 9+ km, gently undulating. Depart Kambah shops 8am, return mid-afternoon. About 1 hour 20 minute drive from central Canberra on bitumen and 2WD gravel road. Maps: Yaouk and Shannons Flat. Leader: Matthew Higgins, Transport: ~$15. Three or 4 CBC members needed to drive.


Legoland boulders

HWC Monday 10 October: Legoland – S/E

Legoland is the name given to one ridge high above the Orroral Valley. It’s easy walking on a footpad along the ridge, which allows every opportunity to appreciate the huge granite tors (some bearing the scars of rock climbing). There is a cave to explore and, if you’re game, the chance to run up a sloping rock face for views to the green river valley some 350 m below. Around 5 km and 150m climb. Map: Corin Dam. Leader: Janet E.

HWC Monday 10 October: Mt Gingera from Corin Dam – L/M

Meet at Lanyon Marketplace. At 1850 metres, Mt Gingera has excellent views from its granite top. There may be some remnant snow patches near the top and the view is likely to include distant snowy peaks. The route passes through snow gums and alpine meadows, with viewpoints en route, and passes Pryors Hut. Most of the terrain is foot-track, fire trail and footpad. There is about 1km off-track along a high, open ridge to spot height 1847 for more views, and a steep 200 m descent back through light scrub back to Pryors Hut. Around 20 km and 1100 m ascent and descent – requires good fitness. About 1 hour drive all on sealed road. Map: Corin Dam. Leaders: John Evans 0417 436 877, and Terrylea Reynolds Transport: ~$10 per person. Contact the leader if you need transport.

HWC Tuesday 11 October: Ettrema in a day – M/R

Meet at Spotlight car park Queanbeyan at 6.30 am if lots of people are coming or as late as 7.15 am if a smaller group. Alternative meeting point for those coming from Gungahlin, 15 minutes later at the car park near the public toilets, Mick Sherd Oval, opposite 45–49 Gibraltar Street Bungendore. This circuit into Ettrema Gorge, with its cascades, amazingly-clear pools, giant casuarinas and patches of rain forest will delight those who love rock-hopping and varied scenery. We start at ‘the Jumps’, descend Bull Frog Creek, with a scramble past a waterfall, then head downstream on Ettrema Creek and exit via an unnamed side creek with some interesting potholes near the top. Includes some steep rock scrambling. Some wading is likely (the wading can be avoided but it is slower). Also about 1 km of thick scrub on the tops as we walk out. However in October the ‘thick scrub’ will be full of heath-country flowers. Total of 10 km, 300 m descent and ascent, 8 hours. A 2 hour drive mainly on sealed road, with 10 km 2WD gravel road. Map: Nerriga. Leader: Linda Groom 6281 4917, Transport: if shared $80 per car.

HWC Tuesday 11 October: Temple of Doom, Namadgi National Park – M/R

We start with a 400 metre climb up a steep ridge and spend the morning investigating a maze of granite features at 1400 m altitude, including The Temple of Doom outcrop. There are good views of Namadgi National Park at some locations. In the afternoon we descend to Nursery Creek and return via the Nursery Swamp track. The scrub is thick, and it will be slow going. Note: Bring water for all day, scrub gloves, small torch for exploring the cave. Total distance: 10 km off track, 1.5 km on track. 550 metres ascent. Map: Rendezvous Creek. Transport: $9. Leader: Ian Wright 6286 1473, Limit: 8. (6 HWC, 2 CBC. Both CBC members to drive)


Square Rock

HWC Tuesday 11 October: Square Rock – M/E

An old CBC favourite. Square Rock is a huge granite tor which provides great views for lunch. Wonderful bush scenery including Alpine Ash and Snow Gums. Distance is 10 km return with 300 m climb – all on track. We’ll also visit the Orroral Valley lookout, a short detour on the way. Map: Corin Dam. See the Square Rock brochure. Leader: Quentin Moran. Book by 7 October, Ph (02) 6288 9840 or Transport: $29 per car, $10 - $12 per person.

HWC Tuesday 11 October: Bike ride (30 km)

Using bike paths and shared trails, an approximately 30 km scenic ride around Lake Gininderra and creek. For confident riders. On bike and shared path with short periods on linking roads as required. Mainly flat. Leader: Lorraine Tomlins, 0434 078 496 Meet at: Bike Path at 9 am at entrance of Alivio Tourist Park, O’Connor. Map: See Cycling Map


Floriade

HWC Wed 12 October: Early morning Floriade – S/E

Meet at the intersection of Commonwealth Avenue and Albert Street at the traffic lights north of Lake Burley Griffin. An opportunity to view the flowers without crowds. An 8–9am round led by CBC member Chris Francis prior to public opening. Ranked 15 of 193 Canberra attractions (Trip Adviser). How can anyone resist? Floriade has an enticing website which provides comprehensive information including how to get there - the free shuttle bus from the city with timetable, a map and parking information. Here is a review of one of last year’s early morning walks. Everyone welcome. After the early morning walk, walkers can re-enter Floriade. Opening hours are Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm and weekends and public holidays 9am– 5:30pm. No limit. Leaders: Christine Francis 0422 055 072 and John Evans.

HWC Wednesday 12 October: National Library maps ‘white gloves’ event

A private viewing of historic bushwalking maps, pictures, manuscripts and books relating to the ACT, NSW and Tasmania. Thinking of hiking the railway route proposed by Scrivener in 1909 from Queanbeyan to Jervis Bay? Keen to know which Tasmanian roads were suitable for cyclists in 1897? Want to find the Budawangs camping caves that are not on modern maps? Interested in photos of back-country ski-touring in the Snowy Mountains in the 1930s? Was there a walking track across the Tasman Peninsula in 1891? The answers will be in the material selected specially for this viewing by CBC members and NLA staff. Three sessions of 1.5 hours per session, with a maximum 16 people per session, since crowding can put these fragile works at risk. Option for coffee or lunch in one of the Library’s cafes before or after the session. Session times: 9.45 to 11.15 am; 11.30 am to 1 pm; 2.30 pm to 4 pm. When you book please indicate your first and second preference for session times. Leaders: Linda Groom 6281 4917, Professor Jenny Stewart, Professor David Williams and history student Lachlan Bailey.

HWC Wednesday 12 October: Apollo Rocks – M/R

Meet at the National Library at 11.30 am. Parking within approx. 1 km the National Library costs $12 per day. A short, sharp walk in Namadgi National Park, straight up 300 metres from the Apollo Road to an unusual granite outcrop to the south of Honeysuckle Creek. The highlights are the 360 degree view from the top and the devious route to the top of the outcrop – a climb up inside the granite. This final climb has little exposure but includes a stomach-slither that can be rather undignified! Back by a similar route. All off track. About 40 minute drive from south Canberra, all on sealed road. Depart Canberra 11.30 am, should be back by 4 pm. Can be combined with the first of the National Library map sessions. Map: Corin Dam. Transport: ~$40 per car. Leader: Linda Groom 6281 4917,

HWC Wed 12 October: Design and architecture walk in the suburbs of Bonner and Forde – S/E

Meet at the Mulligans Flat parking area, opposite the corner of Amy Ackman Street and Cleggett Street, Forde, at 9.30 am. A walk on paved pathways on the fringe of the newish Canberra suburban area of Gungahlin, with hill top views across nature reserves, water features and a section of the historic Old Gundaroo Road (now a walking path). Anyone with an interest in design will appreciate the range of new domestic architecture, the incorporation of walking routes and remnant woodland into the new suburbs, and even the design of the kids’ playgrounds. Finish by 12.30 pm with option for lunch afterwards in a local café. Can be combined with the afternoon maps session at the National Library. Leader: Cynthia Breheny,

Wednesday 12 October: Wednesday Walks

Coordinated by CBC Terrylea Reynolds and Jenny Horsfield.

Wednesday 12 October: #7 Use of PC with GPSr

An evening demonstration of PC software & digital maps to plan & analyse trips recorded on a GPSr. Ph 0417 436 877 or email to book.

HWC Thursday 13 October: Mt Gudgenby – L/R

One of the ACT’s classic but challenging walks to 1740 metre Mt Gudgenby. The route follows fire trail and a foot pad to the Naas Creek saddle then climbs steeply through mature forest, and some scrub. The final part of the climb is on granite slabs, or, for those less comfortable with exposure, through the scrub on the edge of the slabs. The main Mt Gudgenby peak boasts 360° views that include the Snowy Mountains. 500 m to the north, the secondary peak is a rock stack with intriguing passageways. 21km with 900m ascent/descent and extended areas of scrub. Just over an hour’s drive from South Canberra, partly on 2WD gravel road. Map: Yaouk. Transport: $40 per car. Meet at: 7am at Kambah Village – contact leader if need transport to meeting spot. Leader: Lorraine Tomlins 0434 078 496, Bookings: by email by Friday 7 October.


Mt Palerang

HWC Thursday 13 October: Mt Palerang – M/M

From a very pleasant little picnic/camping area alongside Mulloon Creek we follow a spur and ridge system which is a great approach and gives lovely views. The access ridges have moderate scrub and a few rocky scrambles. Although trees at the summit limit the view the approaching ridges more than compensate. On a clear day there are extensive views to the Brindabellas in the west and to the Budawangs in the east. We may also see Lake George to the north-west and the water spout on Lake Burley Griffin. We will return to our vehicles by a different route. As well as the great views we will experience numerous changes in vegetation and terrain along the way. About 12 km and a total climb of 700 m. Moderate level of fitness required. Map: Bombay. Leader: Phillip Starr 0419 281 096, Transport: ~160 km return, ~$60 per car, ~$15–$20 per person. Please book by email before 2 pm Tuesday 11 October. Limit: 12.

HWC Thursday 13 October: Wave Cave – M/R

Meet at Spotlight car park Queanbeyan. The Wave Cave is a dramatic overhang in a sandstone cliff in the northern Budawangs, with a level floor that could fit dozens of tents. 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 m. Four to five hours actual walking, giving time for photography! About 2 hours drive from Queanbeyan, all on sealed road except for the last 50 m into the parking spot. Map: Nerriga. Leader: John Evans 0417 436 877, Transport: ~$14 per person. Contact the leader if you need transport. Limit: 12.

HWC Friday 14 October: Kybeyan ridge and river – L/R

Meet at Woolworths Caltex service station, Sheppard Street, Hume (cnr Monaro Hwy and Sheppard Street) at 7.15 am. Between Cooma and the Great Divide, the Kybeyan State Conservation area protects an area in which lower rainfall has produced mostly-open forest. The ridges give good views across farmland to the distant snowy peaks in Kosciuszko National Park, and the Kybeyan River flows through granite gorges and flatter areas with sandy banks. This walk is a circuit, which combines some scenic ridge walking with a section of the river that will require some rock-hopping. The terrain is (we think) quite a contrast with Tasmanian walking – dry, mostly open country studded with graceful white-barked gum trees. The main climbs are up 200 m, down 400 m, up 400 m, down 200 m, over 17 km, but the route can be easily shortened if necessary on the day. A 1 hour 35 minute drive from Southern Canberra, the last 5 minutes requiring AWD or 4WD. The access road crosses private property for which permission has been obtained. Maps: Numeralla and Kybeyan. Transport: $80 per car. Leader: Linda Groom 6281 4917,

HWC Friday 14 October: Bango Nature Reserve – M/M

The Bango Nature Reserve, west of Yass, was declared a few years ago and has only recently been discovered by bushwalkers. The walk is a circuit featuring open forest, occasional grassy glades, small creeks, an old hut site, wildflowers, a few grass trees and a trig that has grown out of a granite boulder. This is the only walk offered this week that is to the west of Canberra, and is a little different to the other walks. It is charming rather than spectacular, with the interest coming from the generally open walking, the tree-framed views of the rolling pastoral country that surrounds the reserve and from the distinctive vegetation. Natural interpretation from Isobel Crawford – a great walk for anyone with a special interest in plants. (See the plant list - select "Bango NR" from the Location drop-down arrow.) The route is gently undulating route and covers about 10 km between the 680 and 780 metre contours. Depart north Canberra, about 10 minutes from the city centre, at 8.30 am for the 1 hour 10 minute drive all on sealed road. Maps: Tangmangaroo and Yass. Leaders: Lorraine Tomlins, 0434 078 496 and Isobel Crawford. Transport: $50 per car. Meet at: 8.30 am at ACT Hockey Centre, Mouat Street Lyneham – contact leader if need transport to meeting spot. Bookings: by email and by Friday 7 October.

HWC Friday 14 October: Dinner 5.30–7.30 pm

Visiting Hobart Walking Club members and all CBC members are invited to share a meal at the Star Buffet in the Burns Club at 8 Kett St, Kambah. Come at 5:30pm and meet new and old friends. Transport will be arranged for HWC attendees. The cost is $27.80. Facilitator: Cynthia Burton

HWC Saturday 15 October: Serenity Rocks – M/M

Meet at 8.30 am at the Spotlight car park Queanbeyan. This walk is in Tallaganda State Forest features pleasant forest, ferny creeks, and views from a granite bluff. The bluff has been informally named Serenity Rocks, after the peaceful surroundings. The walk is mainly on fire trail and foot track, (there may be a small amount of relatively easy off track walking) with some steep loose sections of track, the occasional log to step over, and three short creek crossings on low, mossy stones. A semi-circuit of 10–12 km, this is an undulating route totalling around 400m ascent/descent, and about 4 – 4.5 hours actual walking at a relaxed pace. About 45 minutes’ drive from Queanbeyan, or 1 hour 5 minutes from the City Centre, with some short time on 2WD gravel road. Back around 3 – 3.30 pm. Maps: Bombay and Bendoura. Leaders: John Danaro 6254 3814, and Terrylea Reynolds
Transport: ~$12.


Billy Billy rocks

HWC Saturday 15 October: Billy Billy Rocks – S/R

Meet at Kambah shops at 8 am. Although short in distance across the ground, the walk to this destination is a fine introduction to the rampant Namadgi regrowth, which resulted from the 2003 firestorms. The route includes a visit to Bogong Cave, a site which was excavated to provide seminal information on the area’s occupation by indigenous peoples. At the ridge crest there is a scramble up huge granite boulders for uninterrupted views. Around 6 km and 400 m climb.
Transport: $27 per car. Leader: Rob Horsfield, 6231 4535 Limit: 12.

HWC Saturday 15 October: Canberra Centenary Trail, Forde to Hall – L/E

Meet at the entrance to Mulligans Flat Nature Reserve, Amy Ackman St Forde at 8.30 am. Walk the Canberra Centenary trail from the suburb of Forde to Hall Village, all on track. The CCT is a shared 145 km walking and mountain bike track which links many urban and urban fringe locations in Canberra. The route includes part of the Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary, morning tea at the northern camp site and good lunch views from One Tree Hill. See one hundred year old ACT–NSW border markers. Approx 20 km with 500 metres of ascent/descent spread over several points on the route. Map: Hall. Leaders: Terence U. and Virginia B. Transport: ~$4 per person, car shuffle required.

HWC Saturday 15 October: Tinderry Peak – L/R

The Tinderry Mountains form a rugged, rocky range east of Canberra with many granite tors. These tors offer spectacular views of the Monaro, the Great Dividing Range and the ranges of the southern ACT. The walk starts from the Tinderry Road and follows the Round Flat Firetrail for a couple of kilometres before a steep climb to a rocky outcrop to the east of the range. We then walk north-west for a further 2 km through scrub which is thick in places followed by a rock scramble to the highest point on the range, Tinderry Peak (1,619 m). The return route is mostly south from the peak, across Roberts Creek, then contouring to the east of the main ridge before merging with the firetrail about a kilometre from the cars. This is a long/rough walk. There is one section of mild exposure on the final climb to the summit. The horizontal distance is about 15 km, with a total climb of about 600 metres. Expect to be walking for 7 hours. Return drive from central Canberra of 140 km, 30 km of which is 2WD suitable gravel. Map: Tinderry. Tansport: $53 per car. Leader: Philip Gatenby, 6254 3094 or Limit: 12.

HWC Saturday–Monday 15–17 October: Mt Twynam and Watsons Crags – M/R

A two night three day walk in the Kosciuszko National Park, from Guthega Dam at ~1600 m to Mt Twynam and Watsons Crags. Camp for two nights in Twynam Cirque at ~2000 m and from there climb Mt Twynam 2196 m and visit Watsons Crags. Requires winter tents, sleeping bags, and cold weather clothing. Max daily distance ~7 km, Max daily climb ~600 m. Requires receding snow cover and a good weather forecast. KNP is large and we may relocate elsewhere in KNP perhaps Kiandra Tabletop area. Maps: Go to https://maps.six.nsw.gov.au - in top LH corner search for ‘twynam’, then use Basemaps button in top RH corner and slider to mix Vector Map and Air Image - also see measure and co-ordinate tools on top bar. Driving time from Canberra 214 km and ~2 hours 45 minutes. Transport: ~$40 per person. Leader: Peter Conroy 6281 4917,


Corang Arch

HWC Sunday 16 October: Corang Arch and Lagoon – L/M

Mostly on good to rough track. The route takes in some Budawangs icons including Mt Corang and Corang Arch and can have good views in clear weather. Around 22 km and 300m climb. Transport: $86 per car. Leader: Lorraine Tomlins, 0434 078 496. Meet at: 6:30 am at Spotlight Car Park, Kings Hwy, Queanbeyan – contact leader if need transport to meeting spot. Bookings: by email and by Friday 7 October.

Sunday–Monday 16–17 October: Bimberi Peak – M/M

Meet at Lanyon Marketplace. A two-day walk through sub alpine forest to Bimberi Peak, at 1912 metres the highest peak in the ACT. Mostly on track, with the final climb of Bimberi on footpad and through some scrub. Bimberi itself, and its open summit ridge of snow Gums and snow grass, provide excellent 360° views. A long drive. Leader: John Evans 0417 436 877, Transport: ~$40 per person contact the leader if you need transport. Limit: 16.

Monday–Monday 17–24 October: Blue Mountains – up to M/M or L/E

A trip in the Blue Mts with day walks mainly on tracks but away from the main tourist areas. Magnificent sandstone scenery with fine views and wildflowers. Walks (over Tuesday–Sunday) will be selected from: Lawson waterfalls circuit, Mt Solitary from Golden Stairs, Gardens of Stone, Deep Pass and Nayook Canyon, Mt Mouin, Mt Hay, Mt York history trail and a visit to Mt Tomah Botanical Gardens. We will base ourselves at ClanWilliam House in Blackheath. Maps: Katoomba, Jamison, Cullen Bullen, Rock Hill, Jenolan, Mt Wilson, Hartley. Leaders: Linda Stone and Jeff Bennetts; enquiries and bookings to Jeff on 6231 5899 or 0418 662 870 or email - Book ASAP as beds are limited. Transport & Accommodation: TBA - depends on numbers; Clanwilliam is $1680 per week accommodating up to 13. Minimum: 6.

Wednesday 19 October: Wednesday Walks

Coordinated by BBC Kathy Handel and Peter Wellman.

Friday 21 October: Toddlers Toddle at Kowen Creek

A walk of about 150 metres across a flat area to a creek in the native woodland section of Kowen Forest. Designed for toddlers and their support crews. Meet at 10 am at the corner of Sutton Road and Kowen Road (about 1.5 km north of the junction of Sutton Road and Pialligo Avenue). From there it is a 3 minute drive. Should finish by 12 pm. Non-members welcome, no need to book. Map: Google maps. Leader: Linda Groom , 02 6281 4917 Transport: Drive yourself.


Saturday 22 October: Worn Boot Bash – L/M

Mt Clear car park – Naas/Caloola fire trail – scrubby ascent Mt Clear – along border to Westermans Homestead – Brayshaws – Potters Hill – Grassy Creek – car park. 32 km including 500 m climb. Maps: Colinton, Bredbo, Shannons Flat, Yaouk. Leaders: Jenny and Rob Horsfield 6231 4535, Transport: ~60 km each way, $48 per car.

Saturday 22 October: Tharwa Sandwash painting/photography trip – S/E

A short stroll along the Tharwa Sandwash trail, just south of Tharwa, to suit photographers, or just sit and paint. The spot is known to have nesting Bee-eaters in spring. Maps: Williamsdale. Leaders: Alison Milton 6254 0578 and Gösta Lyngå. Transport: ~$14 per car. Drivers needed.

Saturday 22 October: Spring Walk Aranda Bushland – S/E

A morning ramble and wildflower hunt – hopefully we will find all five of the native orchid species that should be out at this time. Bring some morning tea. No need to book. Meet 9 am at the carpark off William Hovell Drive (south-east corner of the bushland). Map: Canberra. Leader: Jenny Stewart or 62864059.

Saturday–Sunday 22–23 October: Brandy Flat Hut – S/E

This walk was cancelled in June due to bad weather. An easy walk in Namadgi National Park along a fire trail to a lovely hut. We’ll meet at Tharwa at 2 pm on Saturday and drive to the Glendale Depot car park in Namadgi National Park. From there we’ll walk along the Brandy Flat fire trail to Brandy Flat Hut (about 5.5 km) where we’ll camp overnight. The following morning we’ll return to the cars by the same route. This is a suitable trip for beginners who would like to try overnight camping. Map: Michelago. Leader: Gerald Dodgson 0438 119 803 Transport: ~ $10 per person. Bookings: Preferably by email before 5pm Thursday 20 October.

Tuesday 25 October: Ridge North of Currockbilly Mtn, Budawang National Park – S/R/X

The walk will start from the Currockbilly car park and we will then climb onto the main ridge about 1½ kms north of Currockbilly where there will be expansive views of the Budawangs and the coast. After reaching the top of the ridge we will walk north along the crest. This section may be quite scrubby and rocky. In the afternoon we will turn west and descend down to the fire trail and thence back to the cars. Map: Brooman. Transport: $90 per car. Leader: Ian Hickson 6251 6858 Limit: 8.

Wednesday 26 October: Wednesday Walks

Coordinated by CBC John Danaro and NPA Mike Smith.

Thursday 27 October: Point Hut Ponds PRAMBulation – S/E

A walk designed for parents and grandparents with kids in strollers around Point Hut Pond and along adjacent corridors of green. Nesting islands in the pond support a great variety of waterbirds. All on bike path and fairly level. About 1 hour's very pleasant walking. No need to book. Non-members welcome. Meet at 1 pm at the Gordon shops, cnr of Lewis Luxton Avenue and Woodcock Drive, outside the IGA. Map: Google Maps. Leader: Linda Groom , 02 6281 4917, 0474 507 259 Transport: Drive yourself.

Saturday 29 October: Rebeccas View and Wombat Lookouts – M/M

From the top of Meryla Pass, south of Moss Vale, we visit outlooks over Sandy Creek (an exciting walk, but not on today's agenda!) and Yarrunga Creekk. Mostly on fire trails but at the end we walk one kilometre each way through the bush to a grand clifftop viewpoint (Wombat Lookout) overlooking Kangaroo Valley and the Shoalhaven Gorge. 14 km and 150 m total uphill. Map: Bundanoon. Leader: Jeff Bennetts, 62315899, 0418662870 or Book by 2 pm the Thursday before. Transport: ~360 km $130 per car.

Saturday 29 October: Explore Red Hill Reserve – S/E–M

Meet at the car park on Mugga Way (opposite Francis Street) at 8.30 am. A quiet Saturday morning exploring some of the many tracks around and over Red Hill and Davidson Hill. About 10 km and 400 m ascents on trails, aiming to be back at the cars by midday. Bring morning tea for a cuppa with a view. Map: N/A Leader: Rowan P. Transport: Drive yourself Bookings: No need to book.

Monday evening ramble 31 October – S/E

Circuit around North Lyneham Ridge and the horse paddocks/reserves of northern Kaleen. Mostly on horse and macropod pads, open paddocks (firebreak-grazing cattle therein) over several stiles, a couple of streets and urban parks to cut through. About 8 km and 80 metres climb. See the "Stone School" now made of timber, remnant vegetation, urban fringe dwellers, overflowing dams = a squillion frogs, inquisitive horses. Park somewhere in the enormous car parks provided by Tennis and Hockey Centres at the end of Ginninderra Drive, walk across Ellenborough Street at the lights to meet the leader by the old plough in front of the Old Canberra Inn for a 6.30 pm departure. (It is not recommended to try to park in the pub's car park–-unless you are running late and coming from Dickson). Leader: Margaret R.

 

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