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  • February 2017
  • 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.


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

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 10th February: Toddlers Toddle,  Gudgenby River - S/M/W

From Sunshine Road bridge across the Gudgenby River, we will walk about 150 metres downstream to a sandy bank suitable for water play. We will be walking in ankle deep water most of the way. The bottom is mostly level sand, but there are a couple of sections of about 5 metres and 15 metres long, of small rounded stones which can be a little slippery. Toddlers will need a hand sometimes and maybe an occasional lift. The river here is sparkling and runs at a good pace for sailing bark boats, but still gently enough for safe play. I will pitch some shade canopies at our stopping spot.  We should be back at the cars by 12 noon.  Map: Williamsdale. Leaders: Linda Groom , 02 6281 4917 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: Evening swim

Jen and Rob Horsfield will cancel their twilight walk on Sat 11th and instead will be down at Kambah Pool (the main pool down the steps) from about 5.30.  People may want to come and even bring a cool drink and/or a picnic.  No need to book.  Park at main car park down the hill on the left after the roundabout. Leaders: Jenny & Rob Horsfield 6231 4535. Transport: drive yourself.

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 Groom , 02 6281 4917 . 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.

Tuesday evening 14 February: Wanniassa hills wander with a cuppa after – S/E

Meeting at 6:00 pm, at 26 Fihelly Street Fadden. Leaving from my back door, we will walk around the eastern side of the reserve and return via the Karralika ridge track around sun set. Mostly on track with a short uphill section of grassland to cross between tracks. Finishing with either espresso coffee or a cup of tea and cake back at my place. If possible, bring a plate to share. Booking preferred by Tuesday midday. Map: Tuggeranong. Leader: Dave Drohan, davidndrohan@gmail.com Limit: 12 Transport: drive yourself.

Tuesday evening 14 February: Blackberry Picking– S/E

Drive out to the Cotter River Car park where we can come together before leaving at 6.30 pm to drive into the  Pierces Creek area to pick blackberries in the shade for an hour. We will return later to the Cotter River to have an evening meal in the dusk.  Leader: Doug Wright 62814148 dougwri@grapevine.com.au

Coordinated by BBC Kathy Handel and Peter Wellman.

Thursday 16 February: Cycle to a café

The aim is to meet at Farmers Daughter cafe, Yarralumla shops, at 9.30 am, having arrived by bike. A good way to keep fit between walks! Northsiders who would like some company on the ride please meet Linda at the bottom of the ramp off Commonwealth Avenue Bridge (National Library side of the bridge, where Commonwealth Avenue crosses Flynn Drive) at 9.10 am. Southsiders meet Peter at the off ramp where Carruthers Street crosses Yarralumla Creek, Curtin (near the bend in Martin Street), at 9 am. Or choose your own route to the café. After coffee or a juice at the café, make your own way home. Map: Canberra. Leaders: Linda Groom and Peter Conroy. Please book with Linda Groom , 02 6281 4917 . Transport: drive yourself.

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.

Sunday 19 February: Shepherds Lookout, Murrumbidgee River – M/E

From Shepherds Lookout in Belconnen follow the trail down to the Molonglo River, cross the river, follow the Uriarra Loop Walk, and then climb back up to Shepherds Lookout for a final view of the Murrumbidgee River towards the ACT/NSW border. About 10 km and a total climb of 300 m. We will be home in time for lunch. Map: Umburra, Leader: Phillip Starr 0419 281 096(m), Transport: Drive yourself but let me know if you need a lift. Booking: Please book by email before 2 pm Friday 17 February.

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.

Tuesday 21 February: Penrose State Forest – L/R/X

The forest is located about 20 kms northeast of Marulan. Most of the forest is a pine plantation but there are areas of native bushland and wetlands. We’ll follow forest tracks and creeks, visit the Stingray Swamp Flora Reserve and traverse the base of a small cliff-line, which may require some rock scrambling. Off Track: 13 km, On Track: 7 km. 1 hour 40 minute drive each way. Bookings by the Friday night before. Distance:20 km with 450 metres of ascent. Map: Canyonleigh, Wingello. Leader: Ian Wright 6286 1473, Transport: 320 km return. Limit: 8.

Wednesday 22 February: Wednesday Walks

Coordinated by CBC John Danaro (E–M leader Mark Peirce) 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.

 

Saturday 25 February: Jews Corner – M/M

Kambah Pool-river track to the bend near the Bullen Range-swim and return. ~6 km each way, <100 m climbing. Map: ACT 1:100 000. Leaders: Rob and Jenny Horsfield 6231 4535(h) or . Transport: N/A.

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.

Tuesday 28 February: Tinderry Range, Southern Knolls –  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: TinderryLeader:  Ian Wright 6286 1473,  Transport: 122 km return. Limit: 8.

 

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From 2011, a system was set up to send out emails advising of walks that for various circumstances are planned outside the normal monthly cycle. Since April 2014, these are included in the monthly program. Those prior to 2014 are listed here and can be searched with other archived walks via the search box below.

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