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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.


Thursday 1 December: Afternoon kayaking on Lake Burley Griffin

Up to two hours paddling, 5–7 km, starting at 4:30 pm. The starting point will depend on the weather forecast and will be decided the day before. BYO kayak or canoe and lifejacket. Sit-upons are not appropriate. Wear sun protection and wind protection if the conditions are cool. Suitable for beginner paddlers and families with older kids who can swim well. Be aware that the lake can be quite choppy when the summer easterly wind kicks in. Map: Google Maps. Leader: Derek S, 0481 123 800. Booking: Please book by email at least two days before the paddle. Transport: Drive yourself to the starting point.


Oldfields Hut

Saturday–Sunday 3–4 December: Bimberi Peak – M/E–M

This is a good introductory trip for day walkers who would like to try out overnight camping. It also provides an opportunity to climb Bimberi Peak (1913 m), the highest peak in the ACT. We’ll depart Canberra at 1pm on Saturday and drive via Adaminaby to the locked gate at the northern end of Pockets Saddle Road. With overnight packs we’ll walk to Oldfields Hut where we’ll camp overnight (3.5 km). The next morning, with day packs only, we’ll take the trail to Murrays Gap (4.5 km and 200 m climb). We will ascend Bimberi Peak from Murrays Gap following an indistinct footpad to the summit (3km and 390m climb). Following morning tea with fabulous 360 degree views we’ll return along the same route back to Oldfields Hut for lunch and then back to the cars. Maps: Rendezvous Creek, Rules Point or Rooftops Kosciuszko Northern Activities. Leader: Gerald Dodgson 0438 119 803, Transport: ~350 km, $140 per car, $35–$55 per person. Please book by email before 2pm Thursday 1 December.

Saturday–Sunday 3–4 December: Coastal camping and kayaking – M/M (10 km and 300m height gain).

Saturday: Drive to Murramarang NP and set up camp at the Pebbly Beach campground. That afternoon, there will be a medium walk to the top of nearby Durras Mountain. I will conduct a shell survey at Clear Point on the return leg. Sunday: Break camp early to meet with tour company Region X for a half day sea kayak tour of the Guerilla Bay area, cost approximately $95, but participants will qualify for a discount. Suitable for beginner kayakers. Map: Kioloa Leader: David Dedenczuk 0417 222 154, Transport: $150 per car. Limit: 12. Book with leader by Friday 18 November.

Monday evening, 5 December: Mt Majura – S/E

Meet at 6.30 pm at the entrance to the park beside 39 Mackenzie Street, Hackett for a walk up Mt Majura. Wear a hat and sunscreen and bring a bottle of water. No need to book. Maps: Canberra, Hall. bit.ly/MtMajura Leader: Transport: drive yourself.


Coronet Peak

Tuesday 6 December: Coronet Peak geocaches – L/R,ptX

There is a geocache, GC1M554 The Princess of Namadgi, under the west side of the granite cap. So not the usual final approach to Coronet Peak. Another two caches are in the area (GC1KD5K Junior split rock on the way in and GC1Q2W0 The Middle of Frickin' Nowhere 500 m south of the peak), so this will be a long day for quick walkers with a return via torchlight at night. Around 35 km (25 km on Cotter Hut Road and AAWT) and 1300 m climb with boulder scrambling. Maps: Rendezvous Creek and Corin Dam Leader: John Evans 0417 436 877, Transport: ~$12 per person.

Wednesday 7 December: Wednesday Walks

Coordinated by BBC Kathy Handel and Peter Wellman.

Thursday evening, 8 December: Mulligans Flat West – S/E

Meet at 6.30pm at the Mulligans Flat car park on Amy Ackman St, Forde, opposite the entrance to Cleggett Street. A pleasant bush trail. Wear a hat and sunscreen and bring a bottle of water. No need to book. Map: Hall. bit.ly/MulligansFlat Leader: Transport: drive yourself.

Saturday 10 December  Mount Tennent - M/M

An 0800 start from the Namadji Visitors' Centre to Mt Tennent with great views from the top. The walk is all on track with plenty of steps but it will be at a sedate pace. Map: WilliamsdaleLeader: Edwina Y.    Transport: drive yourself or let me know if you need a lift. Bookings: required by  5pm, Friday  9 Dec.

Saturday 10 December - Burrinjuck Canoe Trip – Devils Pass

Paddle from Woolgarlo to Devils Pass in the Yass River arm of Burrinjuck Dam.  The dam needs to be close to full, as it is now, for Devils Pass to be accessible by water.  About 14 km of paddling - suitable for novices. BYO canoe, paddle and buoyancy vest. Bring boots because we may do a very short climb to get a good view of the Pass.  Map: Yass 1:50 000. Leader: Mike Bremers 0428 923408,mcbremers@gmail.com. Transport: $90 per car including Woolgarlo entry fee.

Saturday 10 December: Ginini Falls with geocacher Cankid – M/R

A trip to log GC2G23C GININI FALLS (if we can get there) – and to admire the views of course. A couple of others on the Mt Franklin Walk. Around 11km and 780m climb out. Fit and experienced walkers welcome to hold my hand. Map: Tidbinbilla. Leader: John Evans 0417 436 877 john@johnevans.id.au . Transport: ~$16 per person.
GC6JAYP Franklin Fireplace, GC6BPP1 Yowie Sighting and GC6BPPJ Yowie Chase

Saturday-Sunday 10-11 December 2016 - Guthega Village to Mt Twynam and Watsons Crags - M/R

A two day journey in the high Snowy Mountains. Late winter snow has now cleared from the main range and from Guthega Village we plan to reach the summit of Mt Twynam 2196m and Watsons Crags 2136m. Expect wildflowers, the sound of tumbling water, and late snow patches. Good tents, sleeping bags, and warm clothing required as we will be camping above the treeline. Large hat, fly veil, and repellent essential.  Walking with packs from Guthega Village at 1590m on foot track to Illawong Bridge 2.6km, then 2.6km on faint foot pad to camp in Twynam Cirque at about 2020m and Lat-36.393835, Long148.321821.  Then light packs for 1km to the summit. Map: Click on
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 Max daily distance 12km.  Transport: Driving distance 223km. Driving Time 2h55m. Cost ~$40.  Leader Peter Conroy. Email conroygroom@gmail.com Limit 8.

Monday evening, 12 December: Farrer Ridge and Wanniassa Hills – S/E

We will stroll along Farrer Ridge then on to Wanniassa Hills. Return via a different route. Meet at 6:30 pm on Sulwood Drive, Wanniassa, between Sainsbury Street and Gaunson Crescent. Map: Tuggeranong. Leader: Phillip Starr 6161 3835(h), 0419 281 096(m), Transport: drive yourself. No need to book.

Monday–Thursday 12–15 December: Alpine weed survey – Kosciuszko National Park (KNP) – M/M

Conduct survey of mouse ear hawkweed infestations in KNP under direction of Greening Australia (GA) and NSW Parks. NSWP/GA will provide hut-based accommodation, transport and some meals. Map: Location TBA. Coordinator: Cynthia Burton, Book: By 30 November.

Tuesday 13 December: Tinderry Nature Reserve – M/R/X

We start at the junction of the Round Flat Firetrail and the Tinderry Road.
We follow the trail for 2 kilometres then head off-track for most of the day. The main objective is a large granite slab known as The Onion. In April we climbed to the top; on this trip we will traverse the base of the cliff to get a better view of the slab. In the afternoon we will visit other attractive outcrops; the route and distance will be determined by how hot the day gets. There are some steep rock scrambles and some thick scrub and fallen timber in places. Bookings by the Friday night before. Minimum distance: 11 km with 600 metres of ascent. Map: Tinderry. Leader: Ian Wright 6286 1473, Transport: 124km return Limit: 8.

Wednesday 14 December: Wednesday Walks

Coordinated by CBC Janet Edstein,

Thursday evening, 15 December: Campbell Park – S/E

Be at the northern end of the airport side of the Campbell Park offices car park at 6.30 pm. The walk follows the track along the eastern side of the Ainslie reserve toward Mt Majura then loops back. Map: http://www.environment.act.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0006/390597/cnpmapmtainslie.pdf Leader: Phillip Starr 6161 3835(h), 0419 281 096(m), Transport: Drive yourself, No need to book.

Thursday 15 December: Afternoon kayaking on Lake Burley Griffin

Up to two hours paddling, 5–7 km, starting at 4:30 pm. The starting point will depend on the weather forecast and will be decided the day before. BYO kayak or canoe and lifejacket. Sit-upons are not appropriate. Wear sun protection and wind protection if the conditions are cool. Suitable for beginner paddlers and families with older kids who can swim well. Be aware that the lake can be quite choppy when the summer easterly wind kicks in. Map: Google Maps. Leader: Derek S, 0481 123 800. Booking: Please book by email at least two days before the paddle. Transport: Drive yourself to the starting point.


Brandy Flat Hut

Saturday 17 December: Billy Range / Brandy Flat Hut – M/R,X

From the Glendale Depot car park, ascend the steep ridgeline to the Billy Range via SH1288 for views across Gudgenby Creek, Booth Range, and Clear Range to the East and Nursery Hill to the West. Follow the ridgeline south to Brandy Flat Hut, then return via fire trail to the cars. About 9 km off track exploratory, and 6 km fire trail for the return with total ascent of 650 m off track and 125 m on fire trail. Map: Michelago Leader: Rowan P, Transport: ~$10 per person Bookings: Preferably by email, before 5 pm Thursday 15 December. Limit: 8.

Sunday 18 December: Evening meal and carols at Legoland – S/E

Please meet by 4 pm at Kambah Shops opposite the petrol station to pool cars then we drive up to Honeysuckle Campsite. From there it's a short 40 min walk past some huge triangular rocks, then onto another array of enormous rocks known to CBC as 'Legoland'. After exploring a little of the caves below and squirming through narrow chutes and over rocks, we eat our evening meal overlooking the Orroral Valley. After the meal we sing Christmas carols, which echo down the valley. It's fun and a nice way to celebrate Christmas, especially for those who may not have families close by Leader: Janet Edstein, Transport: $14. No need to book, although you can email me if you wish.

Monday evening, 19 December: Goorooyarroo Nature Park and Sammy's Hill – S/E

This walk is mostly on fire trails and tracks through pleasant grassland and to a hill with views. Meet at 6:30 pm on the northern side of Horse Park Drive about 1.5 km toward Gungahlin from the Federal Highway junction (Gungahlin exit) Map: http://www.environment.act.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0007/390580/cnpmapgoorooyaroo.pdf Leader: Phillip Starr 6161 3835(h), 0419 281 096(m), Transport: drive yourself, No need to book.

Wednesday 21 December: Wednesday Walks

No Wednesday Walk.

Thursday evening, 22 December: Uriarra Loop - S/E

Meet at 6:30. Turn left off Uriarra Road (1 km before Uriarra Crossing) and drive down to Uriarra East Reserve where our walk begins. This 3.5 km walk with sandy river banks and views is mostly flat and easy except for the short steep rocky section along the Molonglo River before the track leaves the river. Optional swim at walks end. If you wish to spend some more time at the Reserve then please bring your picnic dinner and enjoy a meal with good company in very pleasant surroundings. I will supply fuel for the wood-fired BBQs for those who wish to use them. Map: http://www.environment.act.gov.au/parks-conservation/parks-and-reserves/find-a-park/murrumbidgee-river-corridor/swamp-creek/Swamp-Creek,-Uriarra-and-Shepherds-Lookout-Map Leader: Phillip Starr 0419 281 096(m), Transport: Drive yourself, No need to book.

Sunday 25 December: Christmas Day Lunch at Black Mountain Peninsular

We hope you will be able to join us again this year at the far end of Black Mountain Peninsular at any time after midday on Christmas Day. Barbecues and toilet facilities are available close to where we will set up a table not far from where you can park. Bring your lunch, nibbles to share, a chair and a canoe if you have one and feel like launching it to enjoy the peace of the lake. For further information, please contact either of the Leaders: Doug Wright 6281 4148 or Margaret R.


Mt Jagungal

Tuesday–Friday 27–30 December: In Paddy Pallin's footsteps to Mt Jagungal – L/R

This walk is based on an account of Paddy Pallin's favourite walk, to Mt Jagungal via the eastern ridge, published in Wild magazine 25 years ago. Paddy did the walk in three days but, being mere mortals, we will allow an extra day! It is a 50 km circuit walk from Round Mountain trackhead via Round Mountain Hut, the Tumut River, Doubtful Gap, Cesjacks Hut, Jagungal Gap, Mt Jagungal, O'Keefes Hut and the Farm Ridge Fire Trail. Map: Khancoban 1:50,000. Leader: Derek S, 0481 123 800. Booking: Please book by 20 December. Transport: 500 km.

Wednesday–Thursday 28–29 December: Guthega Trig, Mt Tate – S–M/M

Starting from Guthega, this alpine circuit involves a steady ascent to Guthega Trig, crosses to the Rolling Ground, descends to Windy Creek to camp, then climbs Mt Tate, Mann Bluff and Gills Knobs on the way back. Around 16 km with 400 m ascents each day; plenty of time to enjoy the views and take photographs. Stoves required. Map: Geehi Dam or Rooftop's KNP Jindabyne-Khancoban. Leader: Jeff Bennetts, 62315899, 0418662870 or Transport: 400 km return, ~$152 per car, $38–$50 per person,plus park entry. Limit: 12. Book: By 2 pm 26 December.

Thursday 29 December: Kids' Expedition down the Gudgenby River – S/M/W

Designed for families with active kids aged 4 to 8 years, this expedition will float down the Gudgenby River on lilos and boogie boards, for about 2 km kilometres, all within the Gigerline Nature Reserve. The Gudgenby River is usually about 10 cm deep with occasional pools about ½ metre deep and flows gently through sandbanks. We'll start upstream of the Smiths Road Crossing and end at the junction of the Gudgenby and Murrumbidgee. We will car-pool to return drivers back to collect their cars (about 3 km by road). Parents will need to accompany their kids by floating with them, or by wading and walking beside the water. Meet in Tharwa at the carpark just over the bridge, next to the public toilets, at 10.30 am; from there it is a 5 minute drive to the start. Bring lunch. Should be finished by 2 pm. Please contact me beforehand so I can provide you with more information on gear and safety, and can let you know in case I have to cancel due to unusually high or low water levels. Map: Williamsdale. Leader: Linda Groom , 02 6281 4917, 0474 507 259 Transport: Drive yourself.

Friday 30 December - Thursday 5 January: Gunuma Lodge at Smiggins – H, M and E walks

Join our group staying at Gunuma Ski Lodge at Smiggins for a week, celebrate New Year’s Eve in the mountains and do a variety of activities - walks, fishing, coffee at Charlottes Pass or simply enjoy being in the mountains. Walks may include to Rainbow Lake, Porcupine Rocks, around Guthega, Smiggins, Mt Twynam and to Blue Lake and others. Self-cater for breakfasts and lunches. People are organised into catering groups of 4 so you only need to cook for one evening meal, depending on numbers.
Previously this has worked out extremely well and is fun. The kitchen is well equipped with storage space for your food. Check it out www.gunumalodge.com.au. Please email me asap to book, and later I will email out Info about the Lodge and a Walks Itinerary. Accommodation cost is $30 p/n $210 per person for 7 nights. 2 in a room or pay for the whole room. Full payment to me by 28th Nov. National Park Pass $17 per car p/day = $119 or buy a year’s Pass $ 190. Transport tba and pooled where possible. Leader: Janet Edstein,

Saturday 31 December 2016 – Sunday 1 January 2017: Kids' Ettrema adventure – M/R

Designed for families with energetic kids 8 years or older, this walk descends Bull Frog Creek to Ettrema Creek, known for its clear water and cascades. We'll camp in rainforest next to a small waterfall with a choice of swimming pools. On Sunday we will exit via a steep side creek which includes some fun water-filled potholes. Parents need recent experience at the equivalent of CBC 'rough' grade level, and in multi-day hiking. Kids need to be confident in scrambling and in jumping from rock to rock. Everyone, in case they fall in, should be able to swim 25 metres. Day 1: 6 km in 5 hours, descending 280 metres. Day 2: 5 km in 5 hours, ascending 340 metres and descending 60 metres, with about 1 km of scrub. All off track except for 1 km. Map: Nerriga. Leader: Linda Groom , 02 6281 4917, 0474 507 259 Transport: Drive yourself.

Saturday–Monday 31 December–2 January: Shoalhaven River – M/M

From Badgerys Lookout, descend 600 m to the beautiful Shoalhaven River, then walk downstream ~ 6 kms to Canoe Flat vicinity where we will camp for two nights before returning the same way. On Sunday, explore Billy Bulloos Canyon or just laze around and enjoy the river. Bring goodies for New Year's Eve. Approx. 8 kms each way. Wear footwear suitable for river crossings and waterproof your pack in case the river is up. Also on the CMW program. Map: Caoura. Leader: Meg M. Transport: $104 per car, ~$26 per person.

Sunday–Tuesday 1–3 January: Walking in the Snowy Mountains

Are you interested in staying in a self-catering ski lodge at Charlottes Pass to enjoy relaxed walking and the wild flowers? A limited number of beds are available with lodge costs $61 single, $87 double per night. Contact: Doug Wright 6281 4148 as soon as possible to secure a place and for further information.

Monday evening 2 January: Southside stroll to de Salis Cemetery – S/E

Meet at the car park just over the Tharwa bridge on the left at 6.30 pm. The de Salis cemetery at Tharwa is a unique, dry-stone wall enclosed burial site for the area's pioneers of the late nineteenth century. The placement of plots reflects the social and cultural order of the time. The site is approached through a lovely avenue of poplars. A short 3 km round trip, flat. Bring a picnic tea to enjoy afterwards. Leader: John Evans 0417 436 877, Map: Williamsdale Transport: Drive yourself. No need to book.

Tuesday 3 January: The complete Booroomba Rocks – cliffs, top and butt – S/M

From the Booroomba Rocks car park, walk the Booroomba Rocks Walking Trail to the cliff top. Then off-track to SH1396 through a band of scrub and onto lovely runs of granite slabs. Take in the views and 'feel the serenity'. Finally, we'll go down under Booroomba's Southern Butt(ress) to gaze up the towering cliffs. Around 6 km and 350 m climb. Leader: John Evans 0417 436 877, Map: Corin Dam Transport: ~$10. Please book by Sunday 1 January.



Corang Arch

Saturday– Sunday 7–8 January: Corang Arch and Lagoon – L/M

Mostly on good to rough track and some scrub, via Mt Corang and Corang Arch, with good views in fine weather, and a superb swimming lagoon at the campsite. Around 22 km and 300m climb. Maps: Corang and Endrick. Transport: $86 per car Leader: Jenny Horsfield 6231 4535(h) or

Sunday 8 January 2017: Monga Eucryphia – M/R/part X

A circuit in Monga National Park to see the Eucryphia forest (open-understory rainforest with small creeks) in an area about 5 km south of Penance Grove. We will also visit Milo Trig and walk along a pleasant closed section of the River Forest Road. Around 8 km, of which 4.5 km is on fire trail. The off-track sections include some very steep, loose slopes, and sections of scrub containing prickly vines, large logs and waist-high ferns where it can take 40 strenuous minutes to cover 400 metres. A good shady walk for a hot day. 1 hour 35 min drive from Queanbeyan, best driven in AWD/4WDS. Map: Araluen Leader: Linda Groom , 02 6281 4917, 0474 507 259 Transport: $96 per car. Limit: 12.

Monday 9 January: Kambah Pool – evening swim and meal

Join us for a swim in the Murrumbidgee from 5.30 p.m. onwards. Please bring bathers, a towel, and food for an evening meal. No need to book, just turn up. Park at the Kambah pool car park. When you reach the river bear left to find other CBC members. Leaders: Doug Wright 6281 4148 and Janet Edstein,

Tuesday 10 January: McKeahnie Trig, Namadgi National Park –  M/R

The walk starts at Kangaroo Creek four kilometres before Corin Dam. We’ll climb to McKeahnie Trig, visiting a number of granite outcrops along the way, then head southeast for a kilometer to more big boulders, before turning back. The walk is all off-track with slow going and difficult scrub for much of the route and some rock scrambling may be required. Bookings by the Friday night before. Minimum distance: 8 km with 500 metres of ascent Map: Corin Dam. Leader:  Ian Wright 6286 1473,  Transport:  94 km return. Limit: 8.

Wednesday 11 January: Wednesday Walks

Coordinated by CBC John Danaro danaro@bigpond.net.au

Thursday evening, 12 January: Frost Hollow, Cork Plantation and Arboretum – S/E

Meet at 6.00 pm (note earlier start to allow time for a slightly longer walk) in the car park accessed via the road beside 61 MacKellar Circuit, Cook. We will walk on track to the Arboretum via the Cork Plantation and the Aranda Frost Hollow. Returning to the cars on different tracks. No need to book. Map: Canberra. Leader: Diana K. Transport: drive yourself.

Saturday 14 January: Queanbeyan River Gorge Kayak / Walk – M/M/W

Paddle 3 km from Tin Hut Inlet in the south of Googong Dam up to the rapids in Queanbeyan River, then explore up river approximately 2.5 km on foot. Return for a swim and some rapids running before paddling back. Possible side trip to London Bridge if time and group permit. Life jackets required. Please book by 5 pm Thursday 12 January. Map: Captains Flat. Leader: Rowan P, . Transport: $20 per car.


Westermans Hut

Saturday 14 January: Grassy Creek and Waterholes Trails – M/E

Starting from the Boboyan Road at the southern end of the ACT, this 15 km circuit follows the NSW border NW then Grassy Creek valley back to the cars. We visit Waterholes Hut and Westermans Homestead along the way. All on track or fire trail, above 1200 m altitude so cooler than Canberra. Maps: Shannons Flat and Yaouk, or Rooftop's Namadgi – ACT South. Leader: Jeff Bennetts, 62315899, 0418662870 or book by 2 pm Thursday. Transport: 160 km return, ~$60 per car, $15–$20 per person. Limit: 12.

Saturday–Sunday 14–15 January: 9 Mile Diggings – Tabletop Mtn – M/M

Day 1: Kiandra – 9 Mile Diggings – Broken Dam Hut. Day 2: Tabletop Mtn and 4 Mile Hut as side trip – return. About 40 km and 600 m climb. Maps: Cabramurra, Denison Leaders: Jen and RobHorsfield 6231 4535(h) or Transport: TBA.

Monday evening 16 January: North Majura Ridgeline –S/M

Meet at nature park gate at 6.30 pm on high edge of Antill Street just south of its intersection with Aspinall Street. If coming from Hackett direction DO NOT cut across Antill, but use the roundabout to turn your vehicle south-facing to access dirt carpark up on top of embankment. A wander through what had been relatively recently, horse paddocks to the northern ridgeline of Mt Majura (not going to the summit). What exactly we do will depend on the temperature of the evening, if very hot we will stay lower and cling to gullies, if not, go higher and use the stone wall as part of the ascent. Boots, lower leg covering, and eye protection (the bushes throw out gritty bits that are annoying in the eyes) needed, all on footpads (not paths). Map: UBD 40 F12. Leader: Margaret R.

Monday–Thursday 16–19 January: Alpine weed survey – Kosciuszko National Park (KNP) – M/M

Conduct survey of mouse ear hawkweed infestations in KNP under direction of Greening Australia (GA) and NSW Parks. NSWP/GA will provide hut-based accommodation, transport and some meals. Map: Location TBA. Coordinator: Cynthia Burton, Book: By 30 December.

Wednesday 18 January: Wednesday Walks

Coordinated by BBC Kathy Handel and Peter Wellman.

Wednesday 18 January: Paddle to the BBQ

Arrive in style in your kayak or canoe for the Club’s January barbeque (6 pm, Black Mountain Peninsula). Depart from the bitumen car park on the small peninsula off Lady Denman Drive, near Scrivener Dam, where the floating barrier meets the western shore. There is a 40 metre carry across grass to the water. This sheltered starting point should let us take advantage of the forecast winds, westerly 12-13 knots when we paddle towards Black Mountain Peninsula, dropping to 5 knots and turning NNE for our paddle back. Times: on the water ready to leave Scrivener Dam at 4.45 pm. Depart Black Mountain barbeque area for return trip around 7.15 pm. No need to book, but if the wind forecast changes, please phone me on the day to check whether we need to change the start point. Map: CanberraLeader: Linda Groom , 02 6281 4917 . Transport: Drive yourself.

Thursday evening, 19 January: Black Mt Hat Band – S/E

Meet at 6.30 pm in the car park at end of Frith Street near the electricity substation. We will walk to the top of Black Mountain and on the way down take the track around the mountain for 360-degree views of Canberra. No need to book. Map: Canberra. Leader: Diana K. Transport: drive yourself.


Friday–Tuesday (20) 21–24 January: Canyoning in the Wollemi & Blue Mountains – M/M

Day 1: River Caves and Deep Pass Canyons, WNP (M/M/W 8 km & 300 m ascent track). A series of short, enjoyable strolls and scrambles through mostly dry canyons, with a great rock cleft to explore along with aboriginal paintings. No abseils, although you will get your feet (or more) wet in a few spots if you slip. A few climbs use fixed safety ropes. Day 2: Wollangambe Two Canyon, Wollangambe River, BMNP, (M/M/W 10 km and 500 m ascent) A great introductory canyon, which is traversed by li-lo, walking in shallow water and scrambling over boulders. We will stop to walk up side creeks to visit the lower reaches of Serendipity, Whungee–Wheengee and Waterfall of Moss Canyons. No abseils, although one short descent will be done with a safety rope. Each person needs to be confident in water over their heads. Day 3: Grand Canyon, Upper Grose Valley, BMNP (M/M/W 7 km & 350 m) We will avoid the abseil by walking in and returning via the exit. A number of compulsory swims are required, one up to 30 m. Day 4: Birrabang Canyon, Upper Grose Valley, BMNP, (M/M/W) 8 km & 350m ascent. A great introductory canyon with no abseils or swims required. With scrambling you need only get wet to the top of your legs. A nice canyon and a spectacular gorge. Gear: A helmet, slip resistant shoes, wetsuit and a cotton covered li-lo are required. Maps: Rock Hill, Wollangambe, Mount Wilson, Katoomba Leaders: Karen Cody and Bob Salijevic, . Transport: ~$100 per person with 3 per car. Accommodation: Free camping available on 7 acres of private property, with hot showers and toilets available. Feel free to 'wag' one of the walks to visit nearby tourist attractions. There will be a self-catered BBQ on Saturday night. Limit: 16. Book: by the 7 January. Further info on each canyon is available at: https://sites.google.com/site/feralkaza/home under 'Upcoming Trips – Blue Mountains'.

Saturday 21 January: Dawn sortie, Orroral Tor – S/M

Taking inspiration from an idea of Terence Uren, this walk starts and finishes early to avoid the heat. From Orroral campground we follow a pleasant track above the river out to Orroral Valley and then head up a wooded, scrubby spur to a fine rock outlook, then back along an old track near the river. About 7 km, 150 m climb. Map: Rendezvous Creek Leaders: Jen and Rob Horsfield 6231 4535(h) or

Saturday–Monday 21–23, optional Tuesday 24 January: Snowy Mountains weekend – (various grades)

Drive down Saturday morning to the Southern Alps Ski Club Lodge at Charlottes Pass where we stay. The Saturday afternoon walks will both be to Mt Stillwell, one direct from the lodge about 3 hours, led by Ross Andrews and the other from the locked gate, about 2 hours led by me. There will be two walks on Sunday, Watsons Crags, about 20 km and 6 hours, 60% on track, led by Chris Roper and Rennix Gap, 4 hours all on track, led by me. On Monday, we will drive to Thredbo then go via the chair lift to the start of the Kosciuszko walking track but will head west along the track to Dead Horse Gap, again about 4hrs. There is the option of staying on an extra day but the participants will need to organise those walks themselves. There will be shared meals on Saturday and Sunday nights but not on Monday night. Maps: Perisher Valley, Chimneys Ridge, Geehi Dam, Kalkite Mountain Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h) or Transport: ~$50–$60 incl. park entry. Accommodation: single room – $90 for the weekend, double/twin – $80 per person for the weekend.

Monday evening, 23 January: Mt Painter – S/E

Meet at 6.30 pm in the car park accessed via the road beside 61 MacKellar Circuit, Cook. We will walk on track up Mt Painter for great views from the top. Returning via the horse paddocks and Wybalena Ridge, mostly on tracks. No need to book. Map: Canberra. Leader: Diana K. Transport: drive yourself.

Tuesday 24 January: Emu Flat, Namadgi National Park –  L/R

From the Corin Dam road we’ll follow Smokers Trail for a few kilometres then head off-track to the Emu Flat clearing. We then head west and steeply downhill for a few kilometres, through dense forest, to rejoin Smokers Trail. We’ll follow the trail to the Square Rock Walking Track then head off-track again to Spot Height 1457 and back to the start. The off-track walking will be slow going with thick scrub in places. Bookings by the Friday night before. Minimum distance: 17.5 km with 725 metres of ascent. 9.5 km off-track. Map: Corin DamLeader:  Ian Wright 6286 1473,  Transport:  81 km return. Limit: 8.

Wednesday 25 January: Wednesday Walks

Coordinated by CBC John Danaro danaro@bigpond.net.au and NPA Mike Smith.

(Wed 25) Thursday–Sunday 26–29 January: Kowmung River – M/R/W

Drive to Kanangra on Wednesday for a 4 day walk over the Australia Day long weekend. From Kanangra Walls, traverse Bullhead Ridge and descend Cambage Spire (some exposed rock-scrambling here) to the Kowmung River (~11 kms and ~800 m descent). It's ~10 kms down the river, with some rock-hopping, and numerous river crossings and deep wades or swims, so waterproof your pack and wear suitable footwear – sandshoes or shoes with a good grip. Boots are not suitable. Return up Roots Ridge to Kanangra Walls (~10 kms and ~800 m ascent). This is one of the most beautiful stretches of the Kowmung River, with lovely pools and grassy campsites below the bluffs. Also on the CMW program. Maps: Kanangra, Yerranderie. Leader: Meg M. Transport: $190 per car, ~$47 each.

Thursday-Sunday 26-29 January: Tuross River and Jillicambra Mountain – S/R/W/X

On Thursday we will walk downstream on the Tuross R from Tuross Falls to Bunbury Ck.  This will mostly be a fun day of wading, sliding, swimming and a couple of short jumps.  The afternoon will be spent swimming at the camp site.  On Friday we will climb up to the east and then head north and camp in the headwaters of Myrtle Creek.  The afternoon will be spent lying under a tree.  On Saturday there will be a quick side trip up Jillicambra and then we will descend west back down to the Tuross R for an afternoon of swimming. On the last day we will climb up to the west onto the fire trails and back to the car.  Afternoon, cool drinks in Cooma. Around 30km and 1100m ascent/descent.  Map: Belowra. Leader: Lorraine Tomlins, 6248 0456(h), Transport: $125 per car. Limit: 8. Book: by Monday 23 January.

Saturday 28 January: Murrumbidgee River from Casuarina Sands – S/E–M

Meet at 2:00 pm. Drive down Cotter Road, turn right at the Casuarina Sands sign (just before the bridge over the Murrumbidgee River) then turn immediately left and proceed past the amenities block to the farthest bays in the car park. We wander upstream along the river, under the bridge and beyond, to a nice swimming hole. Distance walked and swimming time will depend on the heat. We will be back in Canberra by 5–6 pm. Map: Cotter Dam Leader: Jeff Bennetts, 62315899, 0418662870 or Transport: No need to book.

Sunday 29 January: Murrumbidgee River, a pool on the ACT/NSW Border – S/M

About 600 m north of Uriarra Crossing on the Fairlight Road. We park cars at a locked gate on a track to the right, which follows the northern bank of the Murrumbidgee River. About 500 m along this track we climb over a spur and re-join the river. We then go down stream to a large pool on the ACT side of our border with NSW. We will have lunch here and have time to do some swimming. It is a good spot for bird watching. Map: Umburra. Leader: Mike Morriss 6287 5304 or Transport: cost determined on the day.

Monday evening, 30 January: Lake Ginninderra – S/E

Meet at 6.30 pm, parking at the lake end of Townsend Place, John Knight Memorial Park. This is a pleasant, easy walk around the lake. All on track. No need to book. Map: Canberra. Leader: Diana K. Transport: drive yourself.

Tuesday 31 January: Mt Tennent – L/E

A morning walk up Mt Tennent. Around 14km and 800m. Approximately 4 hours. Bring plenty of water and morning tea. Map: Williamsdale. Leader: John Evans 0417 436 877 john@johnevans.id.au . Transport: Drive yourself to meet at the Namadgi Visitors Centre outer car park at 6.30am. No need to book.

Wednesday 1 February: Wednesday Walks

Coordinated by BBC Kathy Handel and Peter Wellman.

Thursday evening, 2 February: Mulligans Flat – S/E

Meet at 6.30 pm in the main Mulligans Flat car park. Go down Horse Park Drive, turn into Francis Forde Boulevard as per sign, then left into Amy Ackman Street, which will take you to the Mulligans Flat car park. Nice open bushland. There are loads of walks in this area. We won't duplicate the last one. No need to book. Map: Hall. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h) or Transport: drive yourself.


Talbingo Reservoir

Saturday–Sunday 4–5 February: Talbingo Paddle and Walk – S/M

A joint CBC/NPA outing. Paddle from 'Sue City' (O'Hares Rest Area) 4 km to the campsite on Talbingo Reservoir. Options for the afternoon and next morning include paddling, swimming or walking up some of the many nearby hills for views over the reservoir. A beautiful location suitable for beginners. BYO canoe or kayak. Map: Yarrangobilly 1:100 000 or Ravine and Yarrangobilly Leader: Mike Bremers 0428923408, Transport: ~$170 per car. Limit: 8.

Saturday–Sunday 4–5 February: Blue Waterholes, Cave Creek and the Goodradigbee River – S/E

This is a good introductory trip for day walkers who would like to try overnight camping. We'll depart Canberra late morning on Saturday and drive via Adaminaby and Long Plain Road to the Blue Waterholes camping area. On the drive in we'll make a short stop to check out Coolamine Homestead. Following a general exploration of the area around Blue Waterholes we'll follow Cave Creek down to its junction with the Goodradigbee River where we'll set up camp for the night. This is a delightful area to camp. If we encounter hot weather, there will be the opportunity to cool down by going for dips in Cave Creek and the Goodradigbee River. On Sunday, we'll return to Blue Waterholes camping area along the same route. Maps: Peppercorn, Rules Point or Rooftop's Kosciuszko Northern Activities. Leader: Gerald Dodgson 0438 119 803, g.dodgson@hotmail.com . Transport: ~360 km, $140 per car, $35–$45 per person. Bookings: Book by email before 2:00 pm Thursday 2 February.

Sunday 5 February: Queanbeyan River loop ride – hard difficulty pushbike ride

Meet at London Bridge car park at 8:00 am. Covering 19.7 km. The starting point for the mountain biking trail is at the London Bridge car park and explores the hinterland around the Queanbeyan River. The loop ranges between moderate and difficult terrain and has some steep grades along with two crosses over the river. Up to 300 m of climbs and descents could be involved. Participants should have a mountain bike or good hybrid and be comfortable with riding on rough terrain. Bring plenty of water and sunscreen. Map: Hoskinstown. Leader: David Dedenczuk 0417 222 154, Transport: $15 per person. Book by Thursday 2nd February.

Monday evening, 6 February: Cooleman Ridge – S/E

Meet at the car park at 6.30 pm on Namatjira Drive just on the Kambah side of Fisher near the speed limit sign. Great views along the ridge. No need to book. Map: Canberra. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h) or Transport: drive yourself.

Monday–Thursday 6–9 February: Depot Beach 4–day camp

Easy grade with swimming, surfing, snorkelling. An opportunity to enjoy 4 days camp at the Depot Beach Campground. Activities include walking around to Pt Upright along a spectacular wave cut platform, walking along to Pebbly Beach, short walk in the rainforest, a day spent at North Head, as well as gazing at the stars and doing nothing. Campers need to bring own tent or van (powered sites $34 per night, Unpowered $24 per night 2 people) food, etc as there aren't shops nearby, chair. Showers $1. Accommodation needed for 3 nights, National Park Pass $8 per car per night. Depot Beach contact Pass.depot.beach@environment.nsw.gov.au 02 4478 6582. Please book asap so I can arrange tent sites and joint car travel. Joint activity with BBC. Transport: ~$50 each person includes travel to North Beach. Leader: Janet Edstein,

Tuesday 7 February: Tinderry Range –  M/R

The walk starts at the junction of the Tinderry Road and the Calabash Road. We’ll head north through the timber reserve and the Tinderry Nature Reserve to the Gulwan knoll on the crest of the range. We’ll continue north along the range for the rest of the day, before heading east to the East Tinderry Fire Trail and then back to the cars. The crest of the range is difficult going on broken rocky ground, with scrubby sections and some rock scrambling required, but there are good views from some of the knolls.  The final route will be determined by how hot the day is. Although this grades as a fairly short walk, the off-track section is difficult. Bookings by the Friday night before. Minimum distance: 9.5 km with 550 metres of ascent. Map: Tinderry. Leader: Ian Wright 6286 1473, Transport: 122 km return Limit: 8.

Wednesday 8 February: Wednesday Walks

Coordinated by CBC John Danaro danaro@bigpond.net.au

Thursday evening, 9 February: Gungahlin Hill Nature Park – S/E

Meet at 6.30 pm in the car park for this Nature Park. It is accessed off the Barton Highway, 1.5 km east of the Gundaroo Drive roundabout, difficult to access directly from the east. There are interesting and different views. No need to book. Map: Hall. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h) or

Friday 10 February: Toddlers Toddle – Gudgenby River – S/M

Walk down a steep bank and along the Gudgenby River, which at this point could be described as the ACT's longest sand pit. Shallow running water. In the Gigerline Nature Reserve. Everyone will need to take their shoes for a knee-deep wade. Total about 300 metres return, descent/ascent about 5 metres. No need to book. Meet at the car park just across the bridge in Tharwa, next to the public toilets, at 9.45 am. Should be back in Tharwa by noon. Map: Williamsdale Leaders: Linda Groom , 02 6281 4917, 0474 507 259 and Meredith Hatherly. Transport: Drive yourself.

Friday–Sunday 10–12 February: Cesjacks Hut and Mt Jagungal – M/R

Friday 1:00 pm departure for northern KNP via Cooma, leaving cars at the KNP gate and walk in to Cesjacks Hut camp (~2.5 km). On Saturday, high alpine off track walking to climb Mt Jagungal, 15 km return to Cesjacks Hut and about 900 m total ascent. Return to cars Sunday for the drive home. Maps: Jagungal Leader: Rowan P, Transport: ~ $280 per car, 4WD required. Limit: 8.

Saturday 11 February: Kayaking towards a full moon

Kayak on Lake Burley Griffin to Springbank Island for a picnic dinner, then return east heading towards the full moon which rises at 8.09 pm. Likely timetable will be: depart from carpark at the Burley Griffin Canoe Club, Morshead Drive, Duntroon, at 4.45 pm. Arrive Springbank Island approximately 5.45 pm. Depart Springbank Island around 7.30 pm. Arrive back at cars 8.30 pm by moonlight. Timetable and starting point may have to be changed, depending on wind conditions. The island has BBQs and toilets. BYO kayak or canoe. Map: Canberra. Leaders: Linda Groom and Peter Conroy. Please book with Linda: lbgroom@gmail.com, 6281 4917, 0474 507 259. Transport: drive yourself.

Saturday–Sunday 11–12 February: Oldfields Hut – Murrays Gap – Bimberi Peak – M/M or L/M

After an early start and morning tea at Adaminaby, we then go to the locked gate at the end of Pockets Saddle Road. There is a 5 km walk with packs to camp around Oldfields Hut. There will be optional short walks before a gourmet meal on Saturday evening. We will start early to climb Bimberi Peak. Some of us may do part of this walk, perhaps as far as Murrays Gap. We then return to Oldfields Hut, pick up camping gear, and return to the cars for the long drive back to Canberra. Around 23 km and 950 m climb for the full trip over 2 days. Maps: Rendezvous Creek and Rules Point. Leaders: Doug Wright and Mike Morriss. Bookings: Doug Wright 6281 4148 Transport: ~$40 per person.


Monday–Thursday 13–16 February: Alpine weed survey – Kosciuszko National Park (KNP) – M/M

Conduct survey of mouse ear hawkweed infestations in KNP under direction of Greening Australia (GA) and NSW Parks. NSWP/GA will provide hut-based accommodation, transport and some meals. Map: Location TBA. Coordinator: Cynthia Burton, Book: By 30 January.

Monday evening, 13 February: Burley Griffin – S/E

Meet at 6.30 pm in the car park on the right of the road outside the Governor General's residence on Dunrossil Drive for a wander along the lake to Weston Park and back. No need to book. Map: Canberra. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h) or Transport: drive yourself.

Tuesday morning 14 February: Gigerline Trig – S/M

A walk in the Canberra Nature Park on the outskirts of Canberra’s  southern suburbs. We follow the Murrumbidgee River south from Tharwa and then head east to the trig point before returning the same or similar way. Great views from top. About 100 metres from the trig is a large band of rock that has a geocache, GC22727 Gigerline Guardpost, located at it. Will be visiting this as well.  Distance about 8 k with 300 metres of climbing. Map: Williamsdale. Home by lunchtime. Leader: Roger Edwards 6288 7863(h) or Transport: about $1.00, after meeting at Lanyon shops. Limit: 8.

Wednesday 15 February: Wednesday Walks

Coordinated by BBC Kathy Handel and Peter Wellman.

Thursday evening, 16 February: Ainslie/Majura Reserve – S/E

Be at the entrance to the park beside 39 Mackenzie Street, Hackett, just north of the Grayson Street intersection at 6.30 pm for a walk in the saddle between Mt Ainslie and Mt Majura. No need to book. Map: Canberra. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h) or Transport: drive yourself.

Monday evening, 20 February: The Pinnacle – S/E

Meet at 6.30 pm at the end of Dungowan Street, Hawker for a walk with views of the Brindabellas. No need to book. Map: Canberra. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h) or Transport: drive yourself.

Wednesday 22 February: Wednesday Walks

Coordinated by CBC John Danaro danaro@bigpond.net.au and NPA Mike Smith.

Thursday evening, 23 February: North Lyneham Eucalyptus Reserve – S/E

Meet at 6.30 pm at the end of Narambi Place, North Lyneham for a walk through this reserve. No need to book. Map: Canberra. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h) or Transport: drive yourself.

Friday–Sunday 24–26 February: Snowy Mountains pack walk from Guthega – M/M

A joint BBC/NPA/CBC trip, 3 days, 2 nights. This is a lovely walk along the Main Range with time to explore with only day packs. From Guthega we walk north up the ridge to Consett Stephen Pass where we camp on the first night with time in the afternoon to explore the Tate West Ridge. The second day we walk south-west along the Main Range to Mt Anderson where we spend the night with time in the afternoon to explore Mt Anderson. On the third day we will possibly go up Mt Anton or Little Twynam before returning to Guthega via the lower slopes of Little Twynam and Illawong Lodge. Leaders: Terrylea Reynolds and Barrie R. Transport: 446 km, $55 per person. Maps: Perisher and Geehi Dam Book: By 17 February. Limit: 8.


Lake Albina

(Fri 24) Saturday–Sunday 25–26 February: Lady Northcote Creek – Kosciuszko National Park – M/E&R/X

Lady Northcote Creek lies on the western side of the main range and drains into the Geehi River. We will start from Charlottes Pass and walk over to near Albina Lake and then down the creek. We will camp at or near the hut on Strzelecki Creek. Sunday morning is a 1,000 m climb back up to Watsons Crags and then back to the cars. Map: Perisher Valley. Transport: $185 plus park entry per car. Leader: Ian Hickson 6251 6858, Limit: 8.

Monday evening, 27 February: Gossan Hill – S/E

Meet 6.30 pm, park in the car park behind the old Aranda shops, cnr Jalanga Cres and Bandjalong Crescent, Aranda. We will cross over Belconnen Way to explore Gossan Hill and back to the cars. No need to book. Map: Canberra. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h) or Transport: drive yourself.

Saturday–Monday 11–13 March: Bemboka Walls – South East Forest NP – M&L/E&R/X

The walk will start from north of the Bemboka Pie Shop and then go east over Bemboka Peak and on to Bemboka Walls where there should be extensive views over the Bemboka Valley. From here we will turn north and cross Desert Creek and then go over a ridge into Double Creek. We will then climb Warrigal Mt and descend back into Double Creek before returning to the cars via Pigeon Box Mt and Indian Head Mt. Map: Yankees Gap. Transport: $150 per car. Leader: Ian Hickson 6251 6858, Limit: 8.

Sunday 12 March: Nil Desperandum – M/E

From the Tidbinbilla Visitors Centre, we will walk to the restored settler's pise cottage on the edge of the forested slopes of the Tidbinbilla Range. This will be on a track through a burnt-out pine plantation. We will then take a track which loops around the head of Hurdle Creek. This is through healthy native forest. We will return to the cottage, going off track for a short distance. We can expect to be back to the Visitors Centre in time for a coffee, or some may wish to visit other parts of the Nature Reserve. Map: Tidbinbilla. Leader: Mike Morriss 6287 5304 or Transport: ~$8.

Monday–Thursday 13–16 March: Alpine weed survey – Kosciuszko National Park (KNP) – M/M

Conduct survey of mouse ear hawkweed infestations in KNP under direction of Greening Australia (GA) and NSW Parks. NSWP/GA will provide hut-based accommodation, transport and some meals. Map: Location TBA. Coordinator: Cynthia Burton, Book: By 28 February.

Tuesday 14 March: Blue Gum Hill Cliffs – L/R

Above Blue Gum creek are some nice granite slabs with two geocaches hidden among the rocks. Possibly scrubby along the tops. Distance about 16 kms, ascent about 600 m. Map: Corin Dam. Leader: Roger Edwards 6288 7863(h) or Transport: ~$20 per car. Limit: 8.


Mt Townsend

Thursday–Sunday 16–19 March: KNP 2100+m Hills – L/ M–R

Leave Canberra Thursday evening, stay in Jindabyne overnight. On Friday depart from Charlotte Pass and top as many 2100 m+ peaks as the group can manage, and weather allows. Camp at Wilkinsons Creek 1st night, and at Cootapatamba Hut 2nd night. Traverse Ramshead Range and Etheridge ranges before returning to cars Sunday pm for drive home. Route will vary based on weather and group. Map: Perisher Valley. Leader: Rowan P, Transport: $250 per car + park entry fees. (Jindabyne house accom no charge.) Limit: 8. Book by 5 pm Tuesday 14 March.

Sunday 19 March: Yankee Hat North – M/R

Joint NPA/BBC/CBC activity. Starting at the Yankee Hat car park, we will skirt the southern flanks of the mountain before following a tributary of Bogong Creek towards the saddle between the north and south peaks. The walk will be very scrubby. Walk 10 km, and 500 m climb (15 gradable km) Leader: David Dedenczuk 0417 222 154, Map: Rendezvous Creek Please contact leader to advise wish to participate by Thursday 16 March. Meet at Kambah Village shops at 8: 00 am. Transport: 140 km, $56 per car.

March 2017: Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail – M/E–M

Five days, four nights, walking this new wilderness trail in Flinders Chase NP for $161 per person, through spectacular coastal scenery. The campsites take up to 12 people. More info available from website kangarooislandwildernesstrail.sa.gov.au and Australian Geographic SepOct 2016. We can also spend additional time on Kangaroo Island and on the mainland of South Australia. Please contact leader soon if you are interested so bookings can be made. Leader: Meg M. Transport: $$$ to SA and Kangaroo Island, + $161 for the walk. Limit: 12.

Tuesday 28 March: 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 km 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.

Saturday 8 April: Tuggeranong Homestead and Enchanted Hill – M/M

We will park cars near the entrance to Tuggeranong Homestead, off Johnson Drive and follow Tuggeranong Creek upstream to the Monaro Highway. We then go off track through open woodland, and follow the now closed railway for about 1 km to where we take a steep ridge to the top of Enchanted Hill. The long climb (310 m from the start) is rewarded by marvellous 360° views. The return will be via part of the Tuggeranong Hill Nature Reserve and will include an Aboriginal site. Map: Tuggeranong Leader: Mike Morriss 6287 5304 or Transport: $5 per person.

6 June – 3 July 2017: Carr Boyds, Drysdale River and Keep River – M/R/X/W

Three trips near Kununurra, WA. The Carr Boyds from 8 to 14 June, with rugged gorges, small canyons and high plateaus. Drysdale River National Park from 16 to 27 June, noted for Indigenous art, wildlife, rocky side creeks and Solea Falls. Keep River National Park 29 June to 2 July, with its unusual rock formations. Suit people with previous experience of multi-day trips at CBC ‘rough’ grade. Maps: tba. Leader: Linda Groom Transport: Airfares to Kununurra $1500 to $2200 return. Boat and helicopter transfers Carr Boyds approx. $500 per person. Float plane transfers approx. $1400 per person return. Plus cost of ground transfers to Keep River. Expressions of interest to Linda; note that emails may not be answered before late September.

June–July 2017 – Uganda: Gorillas, Nile River and Mountains of the Moon. Gorillas walk M–ML/R, Rwenzoris M–L/R

Looking at arranging a CBC member’s only trip to Uganda from June to July 2017. Due to the difficulties of travelling between National Parks the trip will be done with a local tour operator http://www.kazingatours.com/Uganda. The tour is for 26 days and includes the Gorillas, Kidepo National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park (Murchison Falls), Semuliki National Park (Chimpanzee tracking) plus plenty of opportunity for bird watching. Costs depends on the number of participants but for a group of 2–3 people it is: 26 day tour $US4585 + $US600 (Gorilla tracking). There are optional guided day walks also which vary between $45–$USD100. The more travellers, the less for each person, excluding the Gorilla tracking fee. Costs are based on Medium budget accommodation. The maximum number of persons is 6. The walks in the Rwenzori Mountains are separate from the above tour and are to be booked via the Rwenzori Trekking Services Company. Options include treks to Weismanns Peak (6 days, $USD850) or a 4 day trail walk. Further information, including full trip itineraries, costs, security and travel insurance requirements will be provided to those interested. Leader: Mark Buganda

Wednesday 26 July – Tuesday 8 August 2017: Ridges and gorges of Razorback, West MacDonnells – M/R/partly X

You will need to be in Alice Springs on Tues 25 July and not leave AS until Wed 9 August. Two walks (approx seven days each) over two weeks in the West Macs. Week 1: Explore the narrow ridges and gorges on the western side of Mt Razorback from base camps by delightful pools in Crawford Creek. I don't know what we will find, but it looks spectacular! Off-track walking with steep climbs and scrambles. Week 2: Another off-track walk, possibly along the Chewings Range between Ellery CK and the block west of Hugh Gorge, including Peak Alone (unnamed, 1179 metres). Also on the CMW program. Maps: West MacDonnell NP Maps 1 and 2 Leader: Meg M. Transport: $ lots – return flights to Alice Springs, bus transport to start and end of walks ~$200. This trip is now full.

July – early September: Central Australia – M/M

Three weeks in the red centre including the Western Macdonnells, Watarrka (Kings Canyon), Uluru and more. Spend a week driving there and another week coming back with interesting places along the way, or fly to Alice Springs and hire a vehicle. Camping beside the cars with day walks. Leaders: Linda S. and Jeff Bennetts, 62315899, 0418662870 or Additional expressions of interest before a planning meeting in March. Limit: 12.

Advance notice: Australian Alps Walking Track with Mac Kirby

I plan to walk the Australian Alps Walking Track in the spring / early summer of 2017. I expect to take about a fortnight for each of the three sections: Walhalla to Hotham, Hotham to Thredbo, Thredbo to Tharwa. I plan to take a couple of days break between sections (i.e. in Hotham and in Thredbo). I will welcome companions for the whole walk or for parts of it. Exact dates and other details to be worked out to suit the party. Expressions of interest to Mac K.

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