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  • March 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 March: Wednesday Walks

Coordinated by BBC Kathy Handel and Peter Wellman.

Friday 3 March: Orroral River Toddlers Toddle – S/E

From the Orroral Campground, 200 m or so along a track to a place where the clear waters of the Orroral River flow gently over flattish rocks with shallow pools. Tree-shaded grassy slopes about 10 metres from the water. No need to book but let me know if you can offer or need a lift. Meet at Tharwa, the carpark just over the bridge, at 9.30 am, after which a further 25 minutes drive on bitumen. Back to the cars by 12 noon or earlier if you wish. Map: Rendezvous Creek. Leader: Linda Groom , 02 6281 4917 Transport: drive yourself.


Westerman's Homestead

Saturday–Sunday 4–5 March: S24C#1 – Westermans Hut – S/E

Day 1: An afternoon walk from Brayshaws Car Park along Settlers Track to Waterholes Hut and then Waterholes Fire Trail to Westermans Hut. Camping by Westermans Hut (Water Tank/Fire Place/Pit Toilet). Approx 8 km, 100 m climb. Day 2: A morning walk along Burnt Hill Fire Trail via Burnt Hill and a short cross-country leg across Grassy Creek via Tin Dish School ruin to Brayshaws Car Park. Approx 7 km 200 m climb. Ideal bush break for busy people. Suitable as an overnight pack trip for beginners. Map: Yaouk. Leader: Sean Sunley 0433 073959, . Transport: ~ $60 per car. Book: Preferably by email before 1800 Thu. Limit: 16.

Sunday 5 March – Main Range Loop – L/M

Walk the classic Main Range Track from Charlottes Pass, crossing the iconic Snowy River, to Mt Koscuiszko via Carruthers Peak, Mt Lee and Mt Northcote. Home via the Summit Road. Around 23 km and 1000 m climb and mainly on track, but not insignificant if you are not a regular walker. Limit: 12. Map: Perisher Valley. Leader: David Dedenczuk 0417 222 154, . Book with leader by COB Thursday 2 March. Leaving Canberra at 6:00 am. The walk will only proceed if the weather forecast is good. Transport: ~$165 + park entry per car.

Tuesday 7 March: Tarlo River National Park – L/R/X

The park is located about 30 kilometres northeast of Goulburn. The walk is all on public land in the southeast of the park. However most of the park – including the Tarlo River and its 40 km long gorge – requires access through private land and we won’t get to the river on this trip. The walk is exploratory and will follow a long meandering route, in steep spur and gully country covered with open forests and woodlands. We’ll visit a couple of interesting conglomerate outcrops and slabs and these may require some short rock scrambles. This is an off-track walk of 8 hours or more with up to 12 short, steep ascents. Bookings by the Friday night before. Minimum distance: 17.5 km with 650 m of ascent Map: Chatsbury Leader: Ian Wright 6286 1473, Transport: 282 km return. Limit: 8.

Wednesday 8 March: Wednesday Walks

Coordinated by CBC John Danaro (E–M leader Janet Edstein and M–H leader Jenny Horsfield).

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.

Saturday–Monday 11–13 March: Genoa River – S/M–R

A lazy river trip for the Canberra Day long weekend. From near Hopping Joe Creek, follow the Genoa River downstream for about 6 kms with shortcuts and return via the ridges. Short days with long afternoons beside beautiful pools. Max climb of ~300 metres. The Genoa should have plenty of water in it. Rock hopping and some scrub on the river. The ridges are fairly clear. Max party of 6 due to small campsites. Also on the CMW program. Leader: Meg M. Maps: Nungatta, Yambulla. Transport: $148 per car, $37–$50 per person. Limit: 6.

Saturday–Monday 11–13 March: Sentrybox via the border – M/R

Naas car park–Waterholes Hut–border–dry camp saddle on Sentrybox– Sams Creek (camp)–down Naas to car park. ~35 km, ~500 m climbing. Map: Yaouk. Leaders: Rob and Jenny Horsfield 6231 4535(h) or . Transport: ~$12–$16 per person.

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.

Sunday 12 March: Goulburn Wetlands, Rocky Hill Memorial and Waterworks steaming – M/E

A rare chance to see Victorian steam machinery in action. The Goulburn Waterworks Museum’s 130-year-old steam pump is the only one of its kind remaining in situ in the Southern Hemisphere. Five times a year it is brought to life by knowledgeable volunteers. Start at Goulburn Railway Station, with a stroll along the Mulwaree River pathway to the new Goulburn Wetlands. Then climb to the Rocky Hill Memorial for morning tea. After descent, pass the Gaol to reach the junction of the Mulwaree and Wollondilly. Follow the Wollondilly upstream past the Police Academy to Marsden Weir, location of the Waterworks Museum. After seeing the engines in operation we’ll lunch at the riverside picnic spot, with the chance of a swim. If there is a total fire ban the steaming will be cancelled. There is a café open on steaming days. Return via Fitzroy Street and the Victoria Park Rose Garden. Approx 13 km. Map: PDF map will be supplied. Leader: Tom Gosling 6943 2523, Transport: $60 per car.

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

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

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.

Wednesday 15 March: Wednesday Walks

Coordinated by BBC Kathy Handel and Peter Wellman.


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.

Saturday 18 March: Ridge above Apollo Road – M/R

Apollo Road-ridge-Honeysuckle camp ground. Short car shuttle needed. ~7 km, ~500 m climb. Maps: Williamsdale, Corin Dam. Leaders: Rob and Jenny Horsfield 6231 4535(h) or . Transport: $6 to $8 per person.

Saturday–Sunday 18–19 March: S24C#2 – Brandy Flat Hut– S/E

Day 1: An afternoon walk from Glendale Crossing Car Park up track and fire trail to Brandy Flat Hut. Camping by Brandy Flat Hut (Water Tank/Fire Place/Pit Toilet). Approx 6 km 200 m climb. Day 2: A morning return by the same route. Approx 6 km 100 m climb. Ideal bush break for busy people. Suitable as an overnight pack trip for beginners. Map: Michelago. Leader: Michael de Raadt . Transport: ~ $40 per car. Book: Preferably by email before 1800 Thu. Limit: 16.

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.

Sunday 19 March: Gibraltar Rocks– M/E

Starting at Dalsetta car park we follow the walking track to Gibraltar Rocks, returning via the Gibraltar Fire Trail. A bit of a climb but rewards exist for the effort – there are expansive views from the huge granite rocks as well as from the path to and from the rocks. About 9 km and a total climb of 350 m. We will be home in time for lunch. If you are willing to drive please advise when booking especially if you have an annual pass to Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. Map: Tidbinbilla. Leader: Phillip Starr 0419 281 096(m), Transport: $6 per person, plus entry fees (if applicable). Booking: Please book by email before 2 pm Friday 17 March.

Sunday 19 March: Serenity Rocks at a slow pace – S/R

This walk will take the shortest possible route into Serenity Rocks and the second shortest possible route out, at a pace to suit my convalescing feet. An undulating route totalling 300 metres descent/ascent will take us through beautiful forest and across a small ferny creek to see the view from Serenity Rocks. We will start with about 1 km off-track, with steep slopes, some scrub and some prickly vines. The remaining 5 km is on track, though some of the track is steep and narrow with loose stones. Suit botanisers, photographers, and families with kids over 7. Bookings appreciated but not essential; if this is your first ‘R for Rough’ grade walk with CBC please contact me first. Meet at the Spotlight carpark, 6 Bungendore Road, Queanbeyan, ready to depart at 10 am. The drive takes about 45 minutes and includes some 2WD dirt road. Bring lunch and, whatever the forecast, a raincoat and a warm top since we will be above 1200 metres. Maps: Bombay and Bendoura. Leader: Linda Groom , 02 6281 4917, 0474 507 259 . Transport if shared: $32 per car / $8 per person.

Monday 20 March: Toddlers toddle Murrumbidgee River – S/M

A 300 m circuit to a bank of the Murrumbidgee River that has a flat stretch of rounded stones, just the right size for throwing into the water. Just downstream from the junction with the Cotter River, the water is clearer than in most of the Murrumbidgee. The nearest address to the meeting point that Google Maps recognises is 1635 Cotter Road, Stromlo, which is the old pumping station. Drive past the pumping station, across the bridge over the Murrumbidgee. After 300 m turn left into the Cotter Campground and almost immediately left again back towards the bridge. The meeting point is the bitumen carpark that is almost under the bridge. Please be ready to leave the cars by 9.45 am. We should be finished by noon. No need to book. Leader: Map: Google Maps. Transport: Drive yourself.

Monday–Friday 20–25 March: 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 21 March: The Fortress, Namadgi National Park – L/R/ Part X

From the Yankee Hat car park we’ll follow Bogong Creek for a few kilometres then head northwest, ascending 700 metres to the Scabby Range and the ACT border. The Fortress is the unofficial name for a prominent knoll 2.5 kilometres northwest of Mount Gudgenby. The return route will be close to the morning route. Most of the day is off-track in steep terrain, with difficult scrubby going in places. 7.5 kilometres of the walk is on fire-trails. Bookings by the Friday night before. Minimum distance: 18 km with 890 metres of ascent. Maps: Rendezvous Creek, Yaouk. Leader: Ian Wright 6286 1473, Transport: 110 km return Limit: 8.

Wednesday 22 March: Wednesday Walks

Coordinated by CBC John Danaro (E–M leader John Danaro) and NPA Mike Smith.

Saturday, 25 March - Moonlight Hollow (M/E)

We will walk from Bulls Head to Bendora Arboretum (lunch) and loop back via good tracks through lush forest, with running creeks and ferny gullies.  Last year there were lots of wildflowers.  13km and about 5 hrs actual walking.  Map: Tidbinbilla  Leader:  Stan Marks 6254 9568(h) or Transport: ~$1

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.

Wednesday 29 March: Wednesday Walks

Coordinated by CBC John Danaro (E–M leader Robin Cayzer) and NPA Mike Smith.

Previous monthly walks programs can be viewed by mousing over the year in the archive box below and then clicking on the month required. To return from older program pages, just click the back button of your browser. Alternatively, you can search for a particular walk destination using the search box below.

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

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