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  • April 2017
  • Archive of Activities

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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.




Yankee Hat Art Site

Saturday–Sunday 1–2 April: S24C#3 – Frank and Jacks Hut – S/E

Day 1: An afternoon walk from Rendezvous Creek Picnic Area across Middle Creek via Yankee Hat Rock Art and across Bogong Creek to Frank and Jacks Hut. Approx 10 km 100 m climb. Camping at Frank and Jacks Hut (Water Tank/Fire Place/Pit Toilet). Day 2: A morning return along Old Boboyan Road via Yankee Hat Picnic Area crossing Bogong Creek, then over open ground to cross Middle Creek. Approx 10 km 10 0m climb. Ideal bush break for busy people. Suitable as an overnight pack trip for beginners. Map: Yaouk. Leader: Michael de Raadt . Transport: ~ $40 per car. Book: Preferably by email before 1800 Thu. Limit: 16.

Saturday and Sunday, 1 and 2 April – Weddin Mountains (S/E and M/M)

Drive on Saturday morning to Tom Gosling’s new place at Wallendbeen near Cootamundra.  On Saturday afternoon, we will do a walk in the Jindalee National Park between Cootamundra and Temora and, on Sunday, a walk in the Weddin Mts National Park near Young.  The Saturday night meal will be at the local pub.  Maps: Bendick Murrel, Grenfell, Marsden  1:50,000   Leader:  Stan Marks 6254 9568(h) or   Transport: $40; accommodation will be $20 for the weekend at Tom’s house.

Tuesday 4 April: Eastern Side, Tinderry Nature Reserve – L/R

Starting from the Tinderry Road, we follow the Round Flat Fire Trail for 5 kms, then spend most of the day off-track in the catchments of Tinderry and Groggy Creeks before returning on the same fire trail. The off track section is slow going, but we will see numerous attractive granite outcrops and old trees and visit Bluebell Swamp. Off Track: 7.5 km, On Track: 10 km. Bookings by the Friday night before. Minimum distance: 17.5 km with 825 metres of ascent Map: Tinderry. Leader: Ian Wright 6286 1473, Transport: 124 km return Limit: 8.

Wednesday 5 April: Wednesday Walks

Coordinated by BBC Kathy Handel and Peter Wellman.

Friday 7 April: Toddlers Toddle Pinnacle – S/M

This walk in the Pinnacle Nature Reserve features the experience of 'grass tunnelling'. We will walk about 300 m along tracks to a sheltered dip in the hills that is full of metre-high, dry grass, and make pathways, tunnels and nests in it. The grass does not have thorns or prickles, but long sleeves, long pants, closed-in shoes and possibly gardening gloves, are recommended. Meet at the dirt carpark, opposite 117 Springvale Drive, Hawker, ready to leave at 9.30 am. We should be finished by 11.30 am. No need to book. I'd be grateful for a couple of adult volunteers, willing to crawl and wriggle on the day to help make tunnels. Leader: Linda Groom , 02 6281 4917, 0474 507 259 Map: Google Maps. Transport: Drive yourself.

Saturday 8 April: Corner Hill - S/E

An easy walk in the Yanununbeyan National Park to start the year.  We will go to the top of Corner Hill then down for lunch beside the Queanbeyan River.  Back to the cars by the same route.  Around 4hrs walking, finish by 2.45.  Map: Captains Flat 1:25,000.  Leader:  Stan Marks 6254 9568(h) or   Transport: $15.

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.

Saturday 8 April: Geocaches on Coronet Peak – L/R,ptX

Ride Cotter Hut Road to the Australian Alps Walking Track footpad. Walk the AAWT over Cotter Gap to below Coronet Peak. From near the Pond Creek crossing ascend to the south, picking up GC1KD5K Junior split rock. Further south along the ridge is GC1Q2W0 The Middle of Frickin’ Nowhere. Back around to the west of the granite crown, scrambling for GC1M554 The Princess of Namadgi. If time and energy allow, climb Coronet Peak. Around 32km and 1300m climb. Leave Canberra at 5am. Maps: Rendezvous Creek and Corin Dam. Leader: John Evans 0417 436 877, . Transport: You need your own mountain bike and transport. Book by Thursday 6pm. Limit: 8.

Sunday 9 April: Farrer Ridge & Wanniassa Hills – M/E

We will walk along Farrer Ridge then through Wanniassa Hills to Fadden. From there we will follow a section of the Centenary trail to Long Gully Road and then a horse trail to Farrer Ridge Reserve. A different route across Farrer Ridge takes us back to our vehicles. About 12 km and accumulated ascent/descent of 430 m. We will be home in time for lunch. Map: Tuggeranong, Leader:Phillip Starr 6161 3835(h), 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 7 April.

Sunday 9 April: Gibraltar Falls family adventure – S/R

Designed for families with kids aged 7 and upwards, this is a short but varied walk from Woods Reserve up Gibraltar Creek to the delightful cascades at the base of Gibraltar Falls. The route is initially on a footpad, but there are several hundred metres of energetic rock-hopping and some scrub. Will suit parents with some off-track bushwalking experience. After lunch at the base of the falls, we climb a very steep informal track to the top of the falls. The return is easier – a good track built by ACT Parks, on the east side of the creek, with some valley views. About 3km in total, with 250 m of climbing and descent. Bookings required. We will meet at Woods Reserve mid-morning, exact time to be advised when you book. We should be back at the cars by 2 pm. Bring lunch. Map: Tidbinbilla. Leader: Linda Groom , 02 6281 4917, 0474 507 259 Transport: Drive yourself.

Wednesday 12 April: Wednesday Walks

Coordinated by CBC John Danaro (E–M leader Peter Ford and M–H leader Linda Groom).

Wednesday 12 April: Rendezvous Crags – M/R

A circuit to some of the granite outcrops between Rendezvous Crags and Nursery Hill, including Orca Rock.  From the Rendezvous Creek carpark we stay on the true left of the creek for nearly 4 km then head steeply up to the ridge that leads to spot height 1403. The main ascent is about 360 metres and we will start to encounter some granite near the top. The top of the ridge and the spot height are scrubby and lack views, but we will reach an outcrop about 200 metres beyond the spot height that has good views, and, after a short optional scramble, excellent views. From there we turn west and down to Orca Rock (un-scramblable, but photogenic) and descend to Rendezvous Creek and back to the cars. 13 km, total ascent and descent ~ 450 metres, mainly off-track, lots of light to moderate scrub and some thick scrub i.e. very rough terrain but at a moderate pace as my feet are still convalescing. Forecast is cloudy but dry, light winds, max (at altitude) around 14 degrees. This walk replaces the previously-planned walk to Coolumburra Cliffs because of forecast drizzly weather nearer the coast. No need to book, but the usual Wednesday walk participation rules apply. Meet at Kambah shops, 8.30 am. Map: Rendezvous Creek. Leader: Linda Groom , 02 6281 4917, 0474 507 259 . Transport: $10 per person.

(13) 14–17 April: Brogo – M&L/R/W?/X

The Brogo Wilderness lies to the east of Nimmitabell and has a pristine catchment. On Friday we will walk down the ridge between Greens and Robinsons Creeks before dropping into the lower part of Robinsons Creek and thence to the Brogo River. On Saturday we will cross a ridge into Galoon Creek. We will then descend part of Galoon Creek before recrossing to the Brogo River and then climbing westward up to the plateau. Those walkers with a botanical fetish will be excited by the fact that Acacia Blayana is endemic to Galoon Creek. Maps: Nimmitabell, Kydra, Puen Buen & Yankees Gap. Leader: Ian Hickson 6251 6858, Ian Hickson 6251 6858(h), hickson@homemail.com.au Transport: ~$140 per car. Limit: 8.

(Thursday 13) Friday–Monday 14–17 April: Rivers and Ridges in the Blue Mountains – M/M

Drive to Dunphys Camp at the end of the Megalong Valley on Thursday afternoon/evening for a four day walk in the heart of the Blue Mountains. Day 1: Fire trail and track to Mobbs Soak, with a side-trip for spectacular views from Splendour Rock. Day 2: Track down Yellow Pup Ridge to the Coxs River, camp at Kanangaroo Clearing. Day 3: Up the Cox's River, with several river crossings, to the vicinity of Breakfast Creek. Day 4: Up Breakfast Creek (lots of creek crossings) and Carlon Creek back to the cars. 200 m climb from Mobbs Soak to Splendour Rock, 650 m drop into the Coxs River, 400 m ascent in stages from the Coxs back to the cars. Total distance ~45 kms. Also on the CMW program. Maps: Jenolan, Jamison, Kanangra. Leader: Meg M. Transport: $236 per car, ~ $59–$78 per person. Limit: 8.

Saturday–Monday 15–17 April: Mt Namadgi via Middle Creek and return – M/R

Day 1: Yankee Hat car park– Middle Creek– Big Creamy Flat, ~ 500 m climb and 10 km distance. Day 2: Big Creamy Flat– Mt Namadgi and return, ~300 m climb and 5 km return. Day 3: Return to car park down Middle Creek, ~10 km. Map: Rendezvous Creek. Leaders: Jenny and Rob Horsfield 6231 4535(h) or Transport: ~$40 per car.


Booroomba Rocks

Easter Monday 17 April Booroomba Rocks from Honeysuckle Creek M/E–M

Meet at Kambah village to arrange transport then drive to Honeysuckle Creek camping ground. Follow AAWT to Booroomba Rocks car park and thence up the Booroomba Rocks walking track to take in the views at the top. Next head up to the spot height to the south at 1372 m for lunch. Depending on the party possible side trips to another spot height at 1396 m further south, and/or the one at 1353 m to the north-east. Return to cars at Booroomba Rocks car park. This trip is mostly on footpath but there is a small amount of rock scrambling. A car shuffle will be required. Map: Corin Dam. Leader: Tim Wright, 0409 847 534, Transport: $34 per car or $8.50 per person.

Monday 17 April: Twin Hills Walk – M/E

Discover what is on your doorstep.  Meet at 8.30am at the car park on Kellaway St., Hackett for a walk, mostly on track, over and around Mts Ainslie and Majura.  Morning tea at the old Ainslie Quarry and lunch atop Mt Majura.  About 5 hrs walking.  Map:  to be provided on the day. Leader: . Co-leader: Stan Marks. Transport: Drive yourself but please book. I need to know who is coming and there may be someone in your area needing a ride.

Monday 17 April (Easter Monday):  Legoland family walk - S/M

Legoland is an outcrop of giant granite boulders about 40 minutes drive south of Tharwa.  The outcrop contains a maze of cracks, overhangs and viewpoints.  After a 700 metre walk along a fairly level track, we will stop in a sheltered area between the boulders.  From that point there are several exploring options of 50 to 100 metres in length – easier routes for younger kids and more challenging routes for older kids and teenagers.  We will also visit a large cave.  Please wear closed-in shoes with good grip and, whatever the forecast, bring a rain jacket and clothes for cool weather.  Bring lunch.  No need to book.  Meet at the end of the bitumen on Apollo Road (type 'Namadgi National Park – Honeysuckle Creek' into Google Maps), near the public toilets, ready to leave there at 10 am.  From there we will drive together the last 10 minutes on 2WD dirt road, steep in places.  We should be back in Canberra by 3.30 pm.  Map:  Corin DamLeader:  Linda Groom , 02 6281 4917, 0474 507 259   Transport:  Drive yourself.

Tuesday 18 April:  Wingello State Forest – L/R/X

The forest is located 16 kilometers east of Marulan.  Starting in the pine plantation, we'll head east and spend most of the day in the native forests between Johnstones Creek and Nyes Creek.  We'll also walk in the adjacent Morton National Park and visit a prominent sandstone cliff-top that should provide good views.  Much of the walking will be off-track in steep country and some rock scrambling is required.  There is a 2 hour drive each way.  Bookings by the Friday night before.  Minimum distance:  19 km with 735 metres of ascent.  Maps:  Wingello, BundanoonLeader:  Ian Wright 6286 1473,   Transport:  322 km return.  Limit:  8.

Wednesday 19 April: Wednesday Walks

Coordinated by BBC Kathy Handel and Peter Wellman.

Saturday 22 April: 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 20 April. Limit: 8.

Saturday 22 April:  Warking in the Brindabellas – L/E-M

From a base at the Warks Camp area on Bendora Road, three short warks to nearby features.  First, north along Warks Rd, then south-west up Old Mill Rd to join Pago Break.  A short but scrubby entry to Pago weir.  Around 6km return.  Next south-west along Warks Rd to Bushranger weir with another short, but scrubby climb up to the weir.  Around 7km return.  Then drive 1km down Bendora Rd and a 2km return bush-bash to Bendora trig.  Finally, a drive to Bendora Dam and a very short walk.  Around 17km and 400m climb in total.  There is a geocache at each destination.  Map:  TidbinbillaLeader:  John Evans 0417 436 877,   Transport:  $15 per person.

Saturday-Monday, 22-24 (25) April:  Tom Groggin to Top Flat - M/M

Starting at Tom Groggin we follow the Murray River upstream to Tom Groggin Top Flat.  Day 1:  We walk about 10 km from Tom Groggin (NSW side) via Rileys Paddock to a base camp near the river on the Vic side.  Day 2:  Day walk to Top Flat - about 12 km return.  Day 3:  Return to Tom Groggin via the Day 1 route.  The walk is mainly on an old undulating miner's track.  There is a 140 m climb near the start/end and we wade, about knee deep, the Murray at Rileys Paddock on days 1 and 3.  Note that whilst the walk is scheduled for 22-24 April, it could be shifted to 23-25 April depending on weather conditions.  Maps:  Tom Groggin and Jacobs River 1:100,000.  Leader:  Mike Bremers 0428923408, Transport:  ~$220 per car including park entry fee.  Limit:  8.  Please book by 2 pm on Thursday 20 April.

Saturday–Sunday 22–23 April: S24C#4 – Bushfold Flat Hut – M/E

Day 1: An afternoon walk along the Australian Alps Walking Track from the Tharwa Visitor Centre to Bushfold Flat Hut. Approx 12 km, 400 m climb. Dry camping by Bushfold Flat Hut (fire place). Day 2: A morning walk along Australian Alps Walking Track to Honeysuckle Campground. Optional trip to Booroomba Rocks. Approx 12 km, 400 m climb. Ideal bush break for busy people. Suitable as an overnight pack trip for beginners. Map: Williamsdale. Leader: Michael de Raadt . Transport: ~ $40 per car. Book: Preferably by email before 1800 Thu. Limit: 16.

Saturday–Monday 22–24 April: Shoalhaven Sojourn – M/E

Drive down Saturday morning and do the less-travelled East rim of Fitzroy Falls in the afternoon along the way. Sunday will be the coastal walk from Kiama to Gerringong, with stunning cliff and sea views. We will use the train from Gerringong to avoid a car shuffle. Monday morning will be the delightful Bens Walk (and, if time, the Grotto) close to central Nowra. Return after lunch. We will be staying at Michael and Janet’s house in St Georges Basin (accommodation – free if you pat the cats). Maps: Bundanoon, Kiama and Berry Leaders: Stan Marks (Fitzroy Falls) and Michael Sutton (the rest); bookings to Michael Sutton 4443 6734, Transport: 400 km return; approx. $150 per car, $60 per person.

Saturday 22-Monday 24 (Tuesday 25) April: Currockbilly Mountain - Wirritin Ridge, Budawang NP - S/R/X

Plan A is to traverse from Currockbilly Mountain to Wog Wog camping ground along part of the Wirritin Ridge. 24km over 3½ days, with car shuffle. Plan B recognizes we may have only one car, and offers a 3-day less arduous walk; from a camp near Currockbilly. On the second day we'll explore along the Ridge to Mt Roberts, then return - 16km. Both will involve steep slopes, thickening regrowth and narrow and perhaps rocky ridges, but also offer some big views to Pigeon House Mountain and the Coast. Please contact the leader by 18 April for details. Plan A limit 5. Joint walk with NPA. Map: Brooman, plus Corang if Plan A. Leader: Rupert Barnett, rupert.b@iinet.net.au , (h) 6242 5241. Transport: ~200km, $80 per car.

Wednesday 26 April: Wild Cattle Creek - S/M

Note - this replaces the Gudgenby Meadows walk advertised in the CBC program. The weather forecast is slightly better for the Wild Cattle Creek area than for Namadgi.

A circuit through forest to an unnamed tributary of Wild Cattle Creek and then down beside Wild Cattle Creek itself. The tributary is charming and photogenic; it weaves a course between green, semi-open banks and is often only 20 cm wide. Wild Cattle Creek has wide grassy flats – some of the grass is tussocky.  Just under 3 km of firetrail, then about ½ km descent through light to moderate scrub; the rest is fairly open walking with the occasional log to get over.  7 to 8 km, with total ups and downs of 160 m. 
The forecast is for a chance of showers, less than 1mm, mainly mid-morning, max 13 degrees. No need to book. Meet at the Spotlight carpark, 6 Bungendore Road, Queanbeyan, at 8.30 am, for the 1 hour drive. Leader:  Linda Groom , 02 6281 4917, 0474 507 259 . Map: TinderryTransport: $12 per person.

Wednesday 26 April: Wednesday Walks

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

(Thursday 27) Friday–Sunday 28–30 April: Ti Willa Plateau exploration – L/M–R

I've been to Mt Cloudmaker a few times, but I've never visited Ti Willa Plateau. Plan is to leave Thursday afternoon, drive out to the Kanangra Walls car park, with a short walk to camp at the old Dance floor cave. Next morning, follow the track across Kanangra Tops, then along the bumps of the narrow Gangerang Range to Mt Cloudmaker. Then down to Ti Willa Plateau to camp in the 100 Man Cave. Spend the second day exploring the plateau. I've been told there are spectacular views in all directions and I would like to visit the 1000 Man Cave. If time allows, a side trip to Dex Creek Camp and beyond could be a possibility. Return the third day via the same route as the first day. Some scrub and maybe a rock scramble. Approx. 30 km return trip with about 900 m of climbing. Map: Kanangra and the Gangerang sketch map. Leader: Dave Drohan. 0417 181 395 davidndrohan@gmail.com Transport: ~ 500 kms return, $190 per car. Limit: 8.


Orroral Homestead

Saturday 29 April: Heritage Festival – Walk to the Orroral Homestead – S/E

Meet at the Orroral River campground just inside Namadgi National Park at 1.30 pm, walk approx. 4 km on a well made track into the Orroral Valley, passing signage that interprets the settlement history of this beautiful valley. After afternoon tea at the homestead with a talk from local historian Jenny Horsfield we return the same way. Bookings required, and gold coin payment to MOTH (Minders of Tuggeranong Homestead). Leader: Jenny Horsfield 6231 4535(h) or Transport: Make your own way.

Saturday 29 April: Mt Foxlow - M/E-M

From the car park just off Woolcara Lane at the entrance to the Yanununbeyan Conservation Area, we will head along attractive, open ridges close to Foxlow.  Return is along another ridge to end the day at Apple Box Flat.  Short car shuffle, about 10km, 400m aggregate climb, 4 ½ hrs actual walking.  Map:  Captains Flat 1:25,000.  Leader:   Stan Marks 6254 9568(h) or  Transport: ~$20

Sunday 30 April:  Grassy Creek and beyond – L/M

Starting at Brayshaws Hut we'll walk the first section of the Settlers Track to Waterhole Hut, then leave the track and make our way up Grassy Creek past two vestigial sites.  We will get onto the Bobeyan Divide and see several of Harry Mouat's border survey marks dating from 1915, then make our way back down the valley to Westermans Homestead, and back to Brayshaws.  Distance:  17 km, on and off track, including untracked forest Ascent:  300 m Maps:  Yaouk and Shannons FlatLeader:  Phillip Starr 6161 3835(h), 0419 281 096(m), Transport:  $60 per car ($15 - $20 pp.) Booking:  Please book by email before 2pm Friday 28 April.

Sunday 30 April - Corin Dam to Pryors Hut / Mt Gingera return - L/M

Follow Stockyard Spur from Corin Dam to Pryors Hut.  Possibly followed by a further climb up to Mt Gingera depending on the wishes of the party and the conditions.  Return the same way down the hill to the cars.  Trip around 20 km including the allowance for the 1000m climb.  Map:  Corin DamLeader:  David Dedenczuk.  Bookings to leader by 27 April.  David Dedenczuk 0417 222 154,   Transport:  ~$15 per person.  Limit:  12.

 

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