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  • May 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.


Tuesday 2 May: Tinderry Nature Reserve –  L/R part X

Starting from the Tinderry Road, we’ll follow the Round Flat Fire Trail for 5 kilometres, 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 in the vicinity of Bluebell Swamp. The trip is in the same area as the walk on 4th April, but the route differs. Off Track: 9 km, On Track: 10 km. Bookings by the Friday night before. Minimum distance: 19 km with 900 metres of ascent Map: TinderryLeader:  Ian Wright 6286 1473,  Transport: 124 km return. Limit: 8.

Wednesday 3 May: Wednesday Walks

Coordinated by BBC Kathy Handel and Peter Wellman.

Friday 5 May:  Toddlers Toddle – Callum Brae Nature Reserve – S/M

Callum Brae Nature Reserve is a pleasant woodland with lots of birds, a few minutes drive south of the suburb of Narrabundah.  Meet at the Nature Reserve entrance, approximately opposite 39 Narrabundah Lane, Symonston, ready to start walking at 9.45 am.  We will walk on grassy fire trail, then off-trail through the woodlands, follow a small gully and climb a 1.5 metre high 'cliff'.  About 400 metres total distance.  This walk is designed for families with kids up to around 4, who are keen to acquire skills such as walking through grass, log-walking, recognising a gully and following it, and walking around ant nests.  Leader:  Linda Groom , 02 6281 4917, 0474 507 259 Map:  Google Maps.  Transport:  Drive yourself.

Saturday 6 May: Yankee Hat Ridge ascent – L/R,X

From the Yankee Hat car park, fire trails to the start of the spur then we will seek to ascend the steep ridge to Yankee Hat (south), returning via SH1447 (Yankee Hat north) and the Rock Art site. About 14 km, 700 m climb, expect some very tough ridgeline walking for spectacular views. Maps: Rendezvous Creek and Yaouk Leader: Rowan P, Transport: ~$50 per car Bookings: Preferably by email, before 5 pm Thursday 4 May. Limit: 6.

Saturday 6 May:  Centenary Trail from Goorooyarroo to Mulligan's Flat

We will meet at the Mulligans Flat car park, Amy Ackman St, Forde and car shuffle to the Goorooyarroo entrance to the Nature Park of the same name, off Horse Park Drive.  We will walk, all on track, back to the Mulligans Flat car park.  The walking is all flat and will probably take around five hours.  Map:  HallLeader:  book direct with leader by email, Stan Marks 6254 9568(h) or   Transport:  $20.

Sunday 7 May:  Booroomba Rocks – M/M

Beginning at Booroomba Rocks car park we will follow the footpad to Booroomba Rocks.  From there we will walk off track to spot height 1396.  The off track section includes some minor rock scrambling, some light scrub and some wonderful granite.  We will return via the same route.  About 9km, with climbs totalling about 400 m.  I expect that we will be home for lunch.  Map:  Corin Dam, Leader:  Phillip Starr 6161 3835(h), 0419 281 096(m), Transport:  $10, Booking:  Please book by email before 2 pm Friday 5 May.

Sunday 7 May: Centenary Trail – Forde to Hall - M/E

Walk along an the Centenary trail from Forde to Hall including the side trip up One Tree Hill. We'll meet in Hall and car shuffle to Forde to the start of the walk. Approx 18km, 350m climb, 5hrs walking. Map: Hall. Leader: Lisa Quilter 0402 928 359 ljq309@live.com.au . Book: By email before 1800 Thu. Limit: 12.

Tuesday 9 May: Ellerslie Nature Reserve –  L/R/X

The reserve is located about 27 kilometres south-west of Gundagai, to the west of the Snowy Mountains Highway. Before 2001, the reserve was part of the Ellerslie State Forest. The walk is all exploratory and we will follow a long meandering route, in steep spur and gully country covered with mixed species native forests and woodlands. There is a mix of off-track and fire-trail walking. There is a  2 hour 20 minute drive each way. Minimum distance: 18 km with 650 metres of ascent Maps: Mount Adrah, Yaven Creek.  Leader:  Ian Wright 6286 1473,  Transport: 430 km return. Limit: 8.

Wednesday 10 May: Wednesday Walks

Coordinated by CBC John Danaro (E–M leader Mark Peirce and M–H leader Barrie Ridgway).

Saturday 13 May:  Honeysuckle Trail to Brindabella Valley – L/E,X

When driving the Mt Franklin Rd, have you seen the gate at the top of the Honeysuckle Trail south of Bendora Hill?  There's a track which descends 700m down a spur to the Goodradigbee River in the Brindabella Valley.  Let's walk down it - then back up.  Around 14km and 700m climb.  Maps: Tidbinbilla and Brindabella. Leader:  John Evans 0417 436 877, Transport: ~$15 per person.

Saturday–Sunday 13–14 May: S24C#5 – Horse Gully Hut – S/E

Day 1: An afternoon walk along Naas Valley Trail passing Demandering Hut to Horse Gully Hut. Approx 9 km, 100 m climb. Camping by Horse Gully Hut (Water Tank/Fire Place/Pit Toilet). Day 2: A morning return by the same route. Approx 9 km 100 m climb. Ideal bush break for busy people. Suitable as an overnight pack trip for beginners. Map: Colinton. Leader: Gerald Dodgson 0438 119 803 or g.dodgson@hotmail.com Transport: ~$60 per car. Book: Preferably by email before 1800 Thu. Limit: 16.

Saturday–Sunday 13–14 May: Max and Bert's Hut – M/R

South Brandy Flat car park–Dry Creek–Booth Range– hut and return. ~500m climb and 8 km distance each way. Maps: Michelago, Collinton. Leaders: Jenny and Rob Horsfield 6231 4535(h) or Transport: ~$40 per vehicle.

Sunday 14 May: Booroomba Rocks – M/M

Beginning at Booroomba Rocks car park we will follow the footpad to Booroomba Rocks. From there we will walk off track to spot height 1396. The off track section includes some minor rock scrambling, some light scrub and some wonderful granite. We will return via the same route. About 9km, with climbs totalling about 400m. I expect that we will be home for lunch. Map: Corin Dam. Leader: Phillip Starr, 0419 281 096(m), . Transport: $10, Booking: Please book by email before 2 pm Friday 12 May.

Monday 15 - Thursday 18 May: Paddle South Coast Lakes from a camp at Depot Beach Campsite - M/M

Winter is approaching but the south coast should still be warm enough to explore some lakes and rivers by kayak. From a campsite at Depot Beach we might explore, Durras Lake NP, The Clyde River Estuary above and below Nelligen and, weather permitting, some near shore paddling from Long Beach or Maloneys Beach on the Clyde estuary. Camp each night at Depot Beach NPWS campsite, campsite fees are $25 per night and include hot showers, please make your own booking at: http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/camping-and-accommodation/campgrounds/depot-beach-campground. Essential equipment includes a robust kayak or sea kayak for the near shore paddling, full flotation safety gear, a car with roof racks, and camping gear. Leader: Peter Conroy, 0409 764 785, . Map: use link: http://www.gpsvisualizer.com/draw/?bg=tw&z=14&c=-35.631409,150.296765&marker= and pan and zoom around, for air image change to "World aerial (Arc GIS)" in top RH corner of screen. Transport cost if shared: $126 per car plus cost of day drives from Depot Beach.

Tuesday 16 May: Tinderry Nature Reserve –  L/R part X

Starting from the Burra Road, we’ll follow the Mount Allen Fire Trail for 5 kilometres, then spend most of the day off-track. We’ll climb to the crest of the Tinderry Range, then visit a granite outcrop and slab on the eastern side, 2.5 kilometres to the northeast of Tinderry Twin Peak. We’ll return to the cars, on an off-track route, through attractive woodlands on the west of the range. Much of the off track section is slow going, with some steep scrambling in rocky terrain. This a hard walk and with a lot of climbing. Off Track: 12 km, On Track: 5 km. Minimum distance: 17 km with 1150 metres of ascent Maps: Tinderry, Michelago. Leader:  Ian Wright 6286 1473,  Transport:  105 km return. Limit: 8.

Wednesday 17 May: Wednesday Walks

Coordinated by BBC Kathy Handel and Peter Wellman.

Saturday 20 May: The Pinnacle and Mt Painter – S/E

Meet at 9.30 am at the end of Dungowan Street, Hawker for a walk with views of the Brindabellas.  Around 6km of walking taking around 1.5-2hr.   No need to book. Map: Canberra. Leader: John Danaro (62543814) danaro@bigpond.net.au Transport: drive yourself.

Saturday 20 May:  Wild Cattle Flat - S/E-M (cancelled due to weather)

Climb via fire trail east of Captains Flat to the trig station atop the Bollard Ridge from which views to the west.  Then follow the ridge as it descends through open forest until you cross Ballinafad Creek.  Lunch on a hill above the creek, then cross Wild Cattle Flat and back to the cars through open forest.  All on track or easy off track.  8km, 300m total climb, about 4 ½ hrs actual walking.  Map:  Tinderry.  Leader:  Stan Marks 6254 9568(h) or   Transport: ~$20. 

Saturday 20 May:  Nursery Swamp and Rendezvous Creek – M/E-M (cancelled due to weather)

Walk some old favourite tracks and routes. routes.  Visit Nursery Swamp walking all on track. Nursery Swamp is one of the outstanding fens of its type on the Australian mainland. A ‘fen’ is a wetland where sedge plants grow closely together leaving no areas of open water.  Return to Nursery Creek and walk the route across and down to Rendezvous Creek.  1km down the creek are cascades.  A geocache at each destination.  Around 15km and 600m climb.  Map: Rendezvous CreekLeader: John Evans 0417 436 877, Transport:~$10 per person. 

Sunday 21 May: Hidden Red Hill glades, a data-driven experience # 1 – S/M

Meet at the top of Strickland Crescent, Deakin at 9 am for a 1 hour walk to some of the lesser known parts of Red Hill – glades dotted with old growth trees and a natural spring (ok maybe it’s more of a soak). We will have views at at least one point.  No need to book. Forecast for Sunday is fine, almost no wind. This walk will ‘finish’ at the carpark on top of Red Hill and will be immediately followed by ‘Hidden Red Hill granite’; walkers are welcome to do either or both walks. It is one of several short walks this Sunday which will provide check-in data for the leaders attending training in the new software on Monday 22nd.  Map: Canberra. Leaders: Peter Conroy plus 2 other leaders tba. conroygroom@gmail.com 6281 4917. Transport: Drive yourself.

Sunday 21 May: Hidden Red Hill granite, a data-driven experience # 2 – S/M

Meet at the parking area at the top of Red Hill at 10 am for a 1 hour walk on the slopes of Red Hill, including a granite outcrop with an optional scramble.  See views of Canberra from unusual perspectives.  No need to book. Forecast for Sunday is fine, almost no wind. This walk is one of several short walks this Sunday which will provide check-in data for the leaders attending training in the new software on Monday 22nd.. It will be immediately preceded by ‘Hidden Red Hill glades’ and will finish at the top of Strickland Crescent, Deakin; walkers are welcome to do either or both walks. Map: Canberra. Leaders: Linda Groom plus 2 other leaders tba. lbgroom@gmail.com 6281 4917. Transport: Drive yourself.

Sunday arvo 21 May: Big Monks, a data-driven experience # 3 - S/E

Big Monks is a trig above the deep south suburb of Banks. At 300m above the Lanyon suburbs, it commands sweeping views to Mt Tennent, Booroomba Rocks and the Bullen Range. An access road climbs steeply towards it, then a footpad. We’ll also visit ‘little monks’, then head south and off-track through open going to additional knolls. On our return, there’s the option of plunging off-track down the hill to find more hidden treasure. Around 7km and 400m climb, so we will be exercised. Walk will start at 1.30pm. Map: Tuggeranong. Leader: John Evans john@johnevans.id.au 0417 436 877. Please book by email or phone, but on Sunday morning by text only. Drive yourself to Orange Thorn Cr Banks for a 1.30pm start.

Tuesday 23 May: Caoura Ridge, Morton National Park –  L/R/X

The walk starts on the Caoura Road, 21 km southeast of Marulan.  We'll follow fire-trails for 5 km, then investigate the base of the upper cliff-line above Tallowa Gorge.  If feasible, we'll follow the base of the cliffs for a few hours, then head back to the fire-trail.  If time allows, we shall also visit the cliff tops above the Shoalhaven Gorge.  The off-track walking may involve difficult scrambling in steep, rocky, and scrubby terrain.  There is approximately 6 km off-track and 11.5 km of fire-trail.  There is a 2 hour 10 minute drive each way.  Minimum distance: 17.5 km with 600 metres of ascent. Maps: Bundanoon, Burrier and Caoura.  Leader: Ian Wright 6286 1473,   Transport: 332 km return  Limit: 8.

Wednesday 24 May: Wednesday Walks

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

Saturday 27 May: Snowy Corner to Tidbinbilla Mountain – M/R

Car park-top of Lyre Bird trail– Snowy Corner–Mt Tidbinbilla–ridge–line–Tidbinbilla Peak–part of the Camel Hump trail-car park. ~700m climb, 10 km, ~6 ½ hours. Map: Tidbinbilla. Leaders: Rob and Jenny Horsfield 6231 4535(h) or Transport: ~$30 per car.

Friday 26 May:  Toddlers Toddle - Red Hill Glades - S/M>

A 400 metre circuit on gently-sloping grassy ground in Red Hill Nature Reserve, investigating logs, rocks and a tiny gully, designed for families with children up to around 4 years old.  The spot catches the morning sun and is sheltered from most winds.  Please be ready to start walking at 10.30 am (note the later than usual start time).  We should be finished by around noon.  No need to book; all welcome.  Park in the pull-out area on the bend in Gowrie Drive, Deakin, about 500 metres before you get to the entrance to the Federal Golf Club.  Map: Google Maps.  Leader: Linda Groom , 02 6281 4917, 0474 507 259 Transport: Drive yourself.

Saturday 27 May:  Snowy Corner to Tidbinbilla Mountain – M/R

Car park-top of Lyre Bird Trail– Snowy Corner–Mt–ridge-line–Tidbinbilla Peak–part of the Camel Hump Trail-car park.  ~700m climb, 10 km, ~6½hours.  Map:  TidbinbillaLeaders:  Jenny and Rob Horsfield 6231 4535(h) or   Transport:  ~$30 per car.

Saturday 27 May:  Harrisons Peak and Ridge with a View- M/M

A walk through open forest near Captains Flat, initially on a fire trail to a beautiful open ridge (the ridge with a view) with a spectacular view from Mt Coree to the Tinderries.  We then walk largely on track to Harrisons Peak, also with spectacular views, for lunch.  A mixture of on and off track to pick up the track to return to the cars.  About 12km and 300m aggregate climbing during the day.  About 5 hrs actual walking.  Map:  Captains FlatLeader:  Stan Marks 6254 9568(h) or Transport:  ~$15.

Saturday–Sunday 27–28 May: S24C#6 – Pryors Hut – S/E

Day 1: An afternoon walk along Mt Franklin Road to Pryors Hut. Optional trip to Mt Gingera. Approx 8 km 300 m climb. Camping by Pryors Hut (Fire Place/Pit Toilet). Day 2: A morning return by the same route. Approx 8 km 100 m climb. Ideal bush break for busy people. Suitable as an overnight pack trip for beginners. Map: Corin Dam. Leader: Michael de Raadt Transport: ~$40 per car. Book: Preferably by email before 1800 Thu. Limit: 16.

Tuesday 30 May:   Coolumburra Cliffs # 4 M/R/ part X

A circuit to continue my exploration of the cliffs of this area, with their dramatic cliff-base scenery and cliff-top views.  From Bulee Gap on the Nerriga-Nowra road, we head north across Willies Creek to Pagoda Pass, and further north on the tops till we find a route down.  Then north east along a cliff base, doubling back along the wide rock balcony on the cliff top.  In the afternoon, we will head back to the cars by going where the scenery beckons, a little east of our morning route.  There will be some scrubby sections, and some rock scrambling.  I am not expecting the rock scrambling to be exposed, though with an exploratory trip one can't be certain.  9 fairly energetic km, with some slow times while we search for routes through cliff lines.  Total ascents and descents around 300m broken into several 50 to 80 metre sections.  Map: Nerriga.  Leader: Linda Groom , 02 6281 4917, 0474 507 259 .  Transport: $90 per car. A 1.5 hour drive from Queanbeyan. Limit: 12. 

Wednesday 31 May: Wednesday Walks

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

 

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