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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.

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Wednesday 2 August:  Wednesday Walks

Coordinated by BBC Kathy Handel and Peter Wellman (E-M leader Leigh Hermann, M-H leader Prue Deacon).

Saturday 5 August: Booths Hill – M/R,X

At 1584 metres, Booths Hill is a dominant landmark in south-eastern ACT (and it’s a Percy!). We will start from the Brandy Flat South car park, follow the fire trail north until we head off-track up a spur heading east to our goal. Return via the same route. While not a long walk (about 11km), the walking will be slow due to a 900 metre climb and the vegetation. New destination for leader. To make use of the shorter winter day length, we will leave Canberra early. Map: Michelago. Leader: Jonathan Miller

Sunday 6 August: Snowy Corner – M/M

A steep uphill walk to Snowy Corner on the track to Mt Tidbinbilla.  There will be a little cold wet scrub and steep wet slippery rocky terrain to contend with.  Accordingly, participants should have some appropriate experience.  If snow should make the walk impractical, we will go up the Camel Back Trail, perhaps as far as Camels Hump.  Map: Tidbinbilla.  12km, including effort for climb.  Climb 500m.  Book by COB Thursday 3 August.  Leader: David Dedenczuk 0417 222 154,  Transport: ~$30 per car.

Sunday 6 August:  Nil Desperandum – M/E

From the Tidbinbilla Visitor Centre we will follow the Congwarra Trail and then through Jedbinbilla to Nil Desperandum, a restored homestead that was built around 1895.  This will be a journey back in time giving us a glimpse into a way of life long since gone.  Around 14 km all on track with some steep sections, total outward climb of 220 m and total homeward climb of 190 m.  Map: Tidbinbilla.  Leader: Phillip Starr 0419 281 096(m),   Transport: $20 per car ($5 - $7 per person).  Booking: Please book by email before 2 pm Friday 4 August.

Tuesday 8 August: Tarlo River – M/R/X

An exploratory trip along ridges and creeks to the Tarlo River, then along the river past some large pools. The Tarlo River National Park, north of Goulburn, is rarely visited because access needs to be arranged through private property (which I have done). Probably 13 to 15 km, includes a climb of about 100 m and several undulations in the 30 to 50 m range. Probably fairly open forest on the ridges, possibly scrubby along the river – we’ll find out! Maps: Chatsbury and possibly Taralga. Leader: Linda Groom , 0474 507 259 . Transport: $100 per car. A 1 hour 40 minute drive from Northbourne Ave. Limit: 3 cars.

Wednesday 9 August: Wednesday Walks

E-M leader Mike Morriss (CBC), M-H leader Peter Wellman (BBC).

Saturday 12 August:  Centennial Trail, Mulligans Flat to Hall - M/E

Park the cars next to the public toilets in the park off Gladstone St, Hall.  We will car shuffle to Mulligans Flat from where we will walk back to Hall along the Centenary Trail.  The walk is about 18km and has 400m of climb. It has many good views.  Map: Hall. Leader: Diana Kirby, 0421 851 212, Transport: Drive yourself. Book: by Thursday evening.

Saturday-Friday 12-25 August: Central Australia - shorter option - M/M

Join two others and fly to Alice Springs and hire a vehicle for two weeks of day walks and car camping, visiting the Western Macdonnells (Larapinta), Watarrka (Kings Canyon), Uluru, and Kata Tjuta.  Leaders: Linda Stone and Jeff Bennetts, 62315899, 0418662870 or .  Room for one or two more in the hired vehicle (seven are driving from Canberra).  Please make, by email, an expression of interest without delay if you would like to join us.

Sunday 13 August: Sherwood Daffodils – S/E

From Mountain Creek Road we will walk two kilometres gaining 165 metres in altitude to an open ridge with expansive views.  We then proceed to Sherwood Homestead site for morning tea among the daffodils and jonquils.  Our return is by a different route.  Total distance is about 8 km (Mostly on forest roads and tracks). Total climb is about 300 metres.  We will be home in time for lunch.  Map: Cotter Dam.  Leader: Phillip Starr 0419 281 096(m),  Transport: $5 - $6 pp Booking: Please book by email before 2 pm Friday 11 August

Tuesday 15 August: Orroral Ridge of Stone revisited – M/M-R,ptX

Drive via the Honeysuckle Creek camping ground to the car park on the Orroral ridge.  If the gate is not open, add an additional 10km round trip on fire trail.  First, visit The Belfry and investigate the cairned footpad near it which heads down off the crest.  Then, using the footpad along the ridge, with forays into the rampant regrowth and granite tors, follow the stages of geocache GC4QN1H Workout203.  Find GC21HAX 300 Spartans.  Walk beneath the granite of the Trojan Wall to nab geocache GCJ163 Lego Land with huge views down over the Orroral valley.  Around 12km and 500m climb.  Short bursts of thick scrub and rock scrambling.  If there is any juice left in the tank after that, a 4km return trip down an old road alignment (now a footpad) for geocache GC2CB2P Forgotten Road.  Maps: Corin Dam and WilliamsdaleLeader: John Evans 0417 436 877,   Transport: ~ $10 per person.

Wednesday 16 August:  Wednesday Walks

E-M leader Peter Ford (BBC), M-H leader Peter Wellman (BBC).

Sunday 20 August:  Sydney Spit Bridge to Manly – S/E

This is a lovely coastal walk taking in some of Sydney Harbour’s best sights, sounds, and smells.  10km on a mix of beach, track, and pathway.  The perfect way to round out a weekend if you happen to be in Sydney, for say, a major Rugby game the night before (Australia vs NZ).  Aiming to be finished in time for a lunchtime ride on the ferry back to the city.  Details: see Rowan P, Transport:  Make your own way to Sydney, or contact the leader for other options.  Public Transport to and from Sydney city.  Book: preferably by email by Tuesday 15th August.  Limit: None.

Monday 21 August: Toddlers Toddle, Mount Majura Nature Reserve - S/M

Meet at 10 am in Hackett (at approximately no 8 Verco Street) for a walk designed for families with kids up to 4 years old.  We will do a circuit of about 300 metres through gently-sloping grassland dotted with old-growth eucalypts.  The focus of this Toddle is log-walking - there are excellent opportunities where some of the eucalypts have fallen down.  Should be finished by 11.30 am.  There is no special parking spot, but kerbside parking in quiet Verco Street will be fine.  No need to book.  Non-members welcome (but if this is your 3rd or more walk with the Club, it is time to join!)  Map: Google maps.  Leader: Linda Groom , 02 6281 4917, 0474 507 259   Transport: drive yourself.

Tuesday 22 August: Swamp Creek exploratory – S/R/ part X

Swamp Creek Nature Reserve, which joins the Murrumbidgee near Uriarra Crossing, appears from Google Earth to have two dry waterfalls above large pools. We will try to reach these. In the first 2 km of the walk, our route will cross grassy hills and then follow the creek in its gentle mode. We’ll then climb a hill with good views and descend into the upper section of the creek, where steep slopes guard the waterfalls. Rock scrambling likely, some creek-wading may be necessary. There will be some blackberries and other scrub. 6 km total, some of it at 1 km per hour. 60 metres down, 150 metres up and down, 60 m back up. An 8.30 am start. Map: Umburra. Leader: Linda Groom , 02 6281 4917, 0474 507 259 . Transport: drive yourself but let me know if you need a lift of can offer a lift to any walkers who live near you.

Wednesday 23 August:  Wednesday Walks

E-M leader Tim Wright (CBC), M-H leader Barrie Ridgway (NPA).

Saturday 26 August:  Snow shoe walk around Perisher valley - M/E

Meet at Perisher NPWS station for a 9:30am start.  Follow marked trails around and perhaps venture into back country around Perisher with at least one stop at a coffee shop for refreshment.  Route will be varied depending on the party and may take us past Mount Perisher or to Porcupine Rocks.  Suitable for fairly fit beginners.  Snow shoes can be hired from the Club or in Jindabyne.  It is recommended that participants go up the previous day and camp at Jindabyne or in the Park as the leader will.  If coming up for the day a 5:30am departure from Canberra may be necessary.  Maps: Perisher and snow shoe walking maps available from NPWS station.  Leader: Tim Wright, 0409 847 534, Book: by 9pm Thursday 24 August.  Transport: $38 per person plus Park entry.  Limit: 12.

Saturday 26 August: McKeahnie Trig – L/R

On track from the Square Rock car park towards Square Rock. A short footpad detour to the Orroral Valley lookout. Backing up a bit, we go bush via a possible aboriginal stone arrangement and through thick regrowth to McKeahnie trig. Our objective is a marvellous rock pile built by Surveyor R C Gordon in 1896. It is thought that ladders were made from saplings to get men and materials up to the difficult site. Back the same way. If there is juice in the tank and desire, we can visit Square Rock. Around 15km, 550m climb and nearly 8 hours. Map: Corin Dam. Leader: John Evans 0417 436 877, . Transport: ∼$10 per person. Limit: 8. Book by Thursday evening.

Sunday 27 August: Calvary Ruins and Bullen Range - M/M

We will leave cars on Tidbinbilla Rd., 300m E of Paddys River bridge, and follow the stock route to Barns Trig.  Here we join a fire trail going N/W along the ridge of the Bullen Range.  At a high point we take a branch track off to the west for about 1km.  We go off track about 400m.  to the N and intersect a creek at 8243/7716, the site of the ruins of an adobe cottage.  We will have lunch and then go N/E to the Bullen Range fire trail, which we can follow N for about 1.5km.  We then return via Barnes Trig.  Distance: 11km.  Climbs 550m.  Map: TuggeranongLeader: Mike Morriss 6287 5304 or  Transport: $8 per person.

Tuesday 29 August: Boboyan Trig from Hospital Creek Hut - M/R

Walk from the Yankee Hat car park to Hospital Creek Hut.  Join 10 walkers from the Sydney Bush Club and walk east up through granite tors to Boboyan Trig.  Huge views from the slabs NW of the top, down through the geological fault line.  Return SW from the top through the ‘Snoopy Dog’ rock formation just south of the hut.  Around 15km (6km from Hospital Creek Hut) and 330m climb.  Map: YaoukLeader: John Evans 0417 436 877,   Transport: ~$15 per person.

Tuesday evening 29 August: Navigation refresher #1 An evening with map and compass

This is at the home of Jenny and Rob Horsfield 62314535(h).

Wednesday 30 August: Toddlers Toddle: Harcourt Mountain – S/M

The aim of this walk is to climb a ‘mountain’ – it is usually called Harcourt Hill but it is a mountain if you are 2 or 3 years old!  The climb is about 25 vertical metres, on grass.  There are some small boulders to explore at the top, and the 360 degree views will be appreciated by the grown-ups.  We will descend by a meandering route through clumps of small boulders and isolated old trees.  About 300 metres total walking over 1.5 hours.  No need to book; all welcome.  Meet near 18 Fleetwood Smith Street, Nicholls, ready for a 10 am start.  Map: Google Maps.  Leader: Linda Groom , 02 6281 4917, 0474 507 259   Transport: Drive yourself.

Wednesday Walk 30 August:  A Walk in the (Namadgi National) Park to Lutons Crutching shed – E/M

Note:  8:00am start.  Meeting time and place Kambah Village Shops, leaving at 8.00am.  This is an easy walk in the southern Namadgi National Park, with only one small hill of about 60m.  Starting at the locked gate 0.8 km up the Old Boboyan Road (South) we walk beyond the Boboyan Homestead Ruins to Lutons Crutching shed and then a short cross through open country to the Grassy Flat fire trail and the Lone Pine Homestead ruins.  After a break, we will proceed to the Bulls Flat fire trail before traversing open grassland for about 2 km back to the Old Boboyan Road and a chance to explore the Boboyan Homestead Ruins before heading back to the cars.  Around 16km.  Expected return 5:00pm.  More info on huts  Maps: Yaouk and Rooftop’s Namadgi - ACT South Activities 1:50,000Leader: Robin Cayzer 0417238652.  Transport: 160km return ($60 per car = $15 per person).  Those doing their first Easy/Medium Wednesday walk and also prospective walkers who are not members of either CBC, NPA or BBC must contact the leader prior to Wednesday to discuss the level of difficulty of the walk

Saturday 2 September: London Bridge and Googong Dam - S/E

Starting at the London Bridge car park, we will walk to London Bridge itself, a natural arch, and on to Washpen Crossing at the southern end of Googong Dam.  From there, to the London Bridge homestead and back to the cars.  Walk will be just under 4 hours and involves few hills.  Transport: est $10.  Map: Hoskinstown.  Leader:  Stan Marks 6254 9568(h) or

Tuesday 5 September:  Navigation refresher #2  An evening dead-reckoning exercise – S/E

This revisits the techniques of navigation for conditions of minimal visibility using a ramble out from Jenny and Rob’s home.  Rob Horsfield 6231 4535(h) or

Wednesday 6 September:  Wednesday Walks

E-M leader Robyn Gallagher (BBC), M-H leader Peter Dalton (BBC).

Friday 8 September: Kambah Loop PRAMbulation - S/E

A pleasant circuit that includes green corridors and good views across playing fields to the mountains.  The route is designed for parents and grandparents with kids in prams and takes about an hour.  All on paved path or bike path, includes about 15 minutes of steady uphill.  Non-members welcome.  No need to book, all welcome.  Meet in the car park at the Kambah Woolshed, corner of Springbett Street & O’Halloran Cct, Kambah (just 1 minute off Drakeford Drive), at 1pm.  Map: Google Maps.  Leader:   Transport: drive yourself.

~ Friday 8 September – ~ Sunday 8 October: Wandering the Wet Tropics of Queensland - various gradings

Several bushwalks spread over about one month visiting the tropical coast and hinterland between Townsville and Cairns.  It will be possible to join and leave at many points.  We will start with the Hinchinbrook Island Thorsborne Trail, 8 to 14 Sep (Grade M/M).  Limit 6 for this section.  After that, options include: (a) kayak camping on Kent Island in the Barnard group;  (b) camping and day walking in the Rainforest National Parks near Tully (M/E);  (c) an attempt on Mt Bartle Frere 1611m the highest point in Queensland, climbing from the west and camping at the Western Summit camp;  if cloud is forecast then an easy visit to the crater lakes near Atherton, 2 days, (M/R);  (d) day walking and car camping at Undara Lava Tubes National Park, perhaps four days (S-M/E).  Those driving back towards Canberra may like to visit White Mountains NP or Carnarvon NP (note, some access restrictions).  Maps: tba.  Transport: Fly then hire cars, or drive from Canberra 2400km each way.  Google maps suggests a driving time of 21h, perhaps three days.  Leader: Peter Conroy, 6281 4917,

Saturday 9 September: Navigation refresher #3 Position fixing – M/M

This is a day-ramble in the hills and on the river at the back of Kambah consolidating position finding techniques. ~200 m climb and 15 km distance. Map: Tuggeranong. Leaders: Jenny and Rob Horsfield 6231 4535(h) or

Saturday 9 September: Enchanted Hill – Tuggeranong Creek Headwaters – M/M

Starting at the entrance to Tuggeranong Homestead on Johnston Drive, we follow the Creek to an Aboriginal site in Theodore and then cross the Monaro Highway.  We then follow Rocky Gully to the abandoned railway, which will take us through a cutting to a spur which goes to the top of Enchanted Hill.  Here we will have lunch and enjoy views in all directions.  The return will be via 2 hill tops in the Tuggeranong Hill nature Reserve.  Distance: 12km. Climbs of 700 meters.  Map: TuggeranongLeader: Mike Morriss 6287 5304 or  Transport: Drive to Kambah Shops and car pool.  People in the southern end of Tuggeranong can go to Tuggeranong HS entrance.  There is parking space outside the gates.  $5 per person.

Wednesday 13 September:  Wednesday Walks

E-M leader Cynthia Breheny (CBC), M-H leader Jenny Horsfield (CBC).

Saturday 16 September: In the shadow of Palerang - M/E-M

A walk in the Tallaganda National Park.  From the Black Range car park, follow trails to the ford for morning tea where the Jinglemoney fire trail crosses Mulloon Creek.  Then along the Palerang fire trail before swinging west off track for about an hour to the creek and the Mulloon fire trail back to the cars.  Mostly on track.  About 5hrs actual walking.  Map: BombayLeader:  Stan Marks 6254 9568(h) or Transport: ~$20.

Saturday 16 September: Mt Gudgenby – L/R

From the Yankee Hat car park we walk roughly southwest along the old forest roads through the former Boboyan Pine Forest, then follow a footpad roughly west to the saddle south of Mount Gudgenby and thence to the summit and nearby rocks.  Return by the same route.  Some rough going near the top.  About 16km and 700m   Maps: Yaouk.  Leader: Mac K, 0422 585 519.  Transport: $12 per person.

Sunday 17 September: Gibraltar Rocks & Birrigai Time Trail – M/E

Walking from the Tidbinbilla Visitor’s Centre to Gibraltar Rocks, returning via the Birrigai Time Trail.  A bit of a climb but a gentler gradient than the old fire trail and rewards exist for effort – we will have lunch while enjoying the expansive views from the huge granite rocks.  This track winds enticingly over small creeks, around cool gullies and through open grasslandTotal distance is about 13km (mostly on forest roads and tracks).  Total climb is about 400 metres.  Optional coffee at the visitors centre before driving home.  Map: Tidbinbilla, Gibraltar Rocks  Leader: Phillip Starr 0419 281 096(m),  Transport: $6.  Booking: Please book by email before 2 pm Friday 15 September. 

Tuesday 19 September: Mt Gudgenby and beyond – L/R

Most people have been to the summit of Mt Gudgenby, but most do not venture to the magnificent rock stacks north of the summit.  We will be going to both to locate two geocaches GC1KJHZ and GC16F0A. Some thick scrub and some granite scrambling involved.  About 20 kilometres in distance and 900 metres of climbing.  Early start.  Map: Yaouk.  Leader: Roger Edwards 6288 7863(h) or  Transport: $40.00. per car.  Limit: 8.

Tuesday evening 19 September: Navigation refresher #5 Introduction to GPS

An evening at the home of Jenny and Rob Horsfield 6231 4535(h) or

Wednesday 20 September:  Wednesday Walks

E-M leader Linda Groom (CBC), M-H leader Mike Smith (NPA).

Saturday–Sunday 23-24 September: Navigation refresher #4 Sentry Box Mountain – M/R

Off track in the Namadgi. Day 1: Naas car park, Waterhole Huit– Sheepstation Creek–Lutons Hut. ~200 m climb and 10 km distance. Day 2: Lutons–Sentry Box and return as a side trip, Naas Valley to the car park. ~600 m climb and 12 km distance. Map: Yaouk. Leaders: Jenny and Rob Horsfield 6231 4535(h) or Transport: ~$48 per car.

Saturday-Sunday 23-24 September: Mountain Bike riding in the Southern Namadgi – M/E,R

Start from the Old Boboyan Road (South) car park and ride in to drop overnight gear at Lutons Crutching Shed.  Complete the legs of geocache GC1DZYD A-Z Namadgi Tours.  Camp overnight with the Navigation Refresher party.  On Sunday, join them for the annual assault on Sentry Box.  Around 30km ride and 9km, 550m climb.  Map: YaoukLeader: John Evans 0417 436 877,   Transport: Drive yourself and bring your bike.

Saturday-Monday 24-26 September: Jervis Bay – various grades

I have booked a large house at Vincentia for the weekend.  Leave Canberra Saturday morning and, on Saturday afternoon, do a walk with spectacular views of the both coastline and the ranges to the west.  On Sunday, walk to Steamer’s Beach, St George’s Head and Summerland Bay through coastal forest and heath with many sea views, and morning tea and lunch on beaches.  4½ hrs actual walking.  The house is well equipped so shared meals in house both nights.  We will probably do Little Forest Plateau on Monday morning, a walk of about four hours, and truly spectacular in spring, before leaving for home.  Maps: Sussex Inlet, Huskisson, Tianjara, Milton 1:25,000.  Leader:  Stan Marks 6254 9568(h) or    Transport: $60, Accommodation:  approx. $100 for weekend, assuming a full house.  Book after 23 August.

Sunday 24 September: Mt Stromlo & Environs including Brown Trig - S/E

A pleasant walk with good views and several points of interest.  Total distance is about 9km, mostly on fire trails and walking tracks.  Walking poles could be useful as the fire trail is steep in places.  Total climb is about 200 metres.  The walk finishes with an optional coffee at the Southern X Stromlo Cafe.  We will be home in time for lunch.  Maps: Canberra and Cotter DamLeader: Phillip Starr 0419 281 096(m),  Transport: Drive yourself but let me know if you need a lift. 

Monday 25 September: Rob Roy’s almost-canyon, family walk – S/R

A walk designed to introduce active families with kids aged 9 and upwards to rock-scrambling.  This walk explores an unnamed granite creek in the Rob Roy Nature Reserve, which includes some cascades (usually dry) and a 50 metre long canyon-like section.  The objective is a large pool at the foot of a waterfall (the waterfall is also usually dry).  We’ll cover 1.5km across gently undulating grassland then 1.5km steeply up the creek, returning the same way or by an easier woodland route.  Total 6km, with 150m ascent and descent.  We will start walking from the suburb of Theodore mid-morning, exact time and place to be advised after you book, and should be back at the cars by 2.30pm.  Parents need previous rock-scrambling experience.  Map: Tuggeranong.  Leader: Linda Groom , 02 6281 4917, 0474 507 259   Limit: around 12.  Transport: drive yourself.  Book:  Please book by Saturday 23 September.

Wednesday 27 September:  Wednesday Walks

E-M leader Robyn Gallagher (BBC), M-H leader Peter Dalton (BBC).

Friday 29 September: Toddlers Toddle: Foothills of Mt Tennent – S/M

The walk, designed for families with kids up to 4 years old, branches off the Mt Tennent track to explore a small gully and some granite boulders.  After rain, the gully becomes a tiny creek.  The circuit is about 400 metres and is all within Namadgi National Park.  Meet at 10am in the dirt carpark at the foot of the Mt Tennent track, Naas Road - about 500 metres south of the Namadgi National Park Visitors Centre, and about 3 minutes drive south of Tharwa.  Map: WilliamsdaleLeader: Linda Groom , 02 6281 4917, 0474 507 259   Transport: Drive yourself.

Saturday 30 September: Mt Gingera – L/M

From Corin Dam we have a long ascent to Stockyard Spur and then along the ridge to join the Mount Franklin Road beneath Little Ginini Mountain.  We follow the road south, passing Priors Hut, and after about 2km turn to follow the track to the top of Gingera.  Return via the same route.  27km and about 1100m climb.  Maps: Corin DamLeader: Mac K, 0422 585 519.  Transport: $10 per person

Saturday 30 September:  Navigation refresher #6   Use of GPS to navigate – S/E

Revisiting #2 using Waypoints and Routes.  Map: Tuggeranong.  Leaders: Jenny and Rob Horsfield 6231 4535(h) or

Sat 30 September - Mon 2 October:  Ettrema Plateau to Possibility Point - M/M

From the carpark on Greta Rd, walk 16km out along the Ettrema Plateau on the old 4WD track past Rodgers Hill to a base camp at Manning Saddle.  On Day 2, with a day pack, continue on to Possibility Point for superb views into Ettrema Gorge and Cinch Creek, then back to Manning Saddle.  On Day 3, return the 16km to the cars.  Mostly on track, with some scrub on the final km and a half to Possibility Point.  No significant climbs, as we will be walking along an undulating plateau.  Total distance approx 44km.  Maps: Nerriga, Touga, YalwalLeader: Meg M.   Also on the program of the Coast and Mountain Walkers of NSW.  Transport: TBA.  Book before Thursday 28 September.

Thursday evening 5 October:  Navigation refresher #7 GPS and PC software

An evening demonstration of PC software and digital maps to plan and analyse trips recorded on a GPSr. 
John Evans 0417 436 877, to book.

Saturday 7 October: Booroomba Rocks via Gorilla Rock -M/R

We will walk north along the Australian Alps Walking Track (AAWT) from Honeysuckle Creek Camp Ground before heading off track north-west through bush to Gorilla Rock for morning tea.  We then commence the hardest section of the walk, through bush east then north with a steep climb and rock scrambling to Granite Dome (SH1396).  Here we will enjoy lunch with great views.  After lunch we proceed via rock slabs and bush to the top of the Booroomba Rocks Walking Track (BRWT).  We may walk along the cliff top to visit SH1353 before returning to the cars via the BRWT and AAWT.  Total distance is about 12 km.  Total climb is about 550 metres.  Map: Corin DamLeaders: Phillip Starr and   Meet at Kambah at 8:00am.  Transport: $10 per person.  Booking: Please book by email to Terrylea before 2 pm Friday 6 October.

Saturday 7 October: Ginger Ale – L/M

From Corin Dam we have a long ascent to Stockyard Spur and then along the ridge to join the Mount Franklin Road beneath Little Ginini Mountain.  We follow the road south, passing Priors Hut and Gingera, and continue to the top of the 1700m prominence on the ACT border southwest of Blackfellows Gap (often called Ginger Ale).  Return via the same route.  27km and about 1100m climb.  Maps: Corin DamLeader: Mac K, 0422 585 519.  Transport: $10 per person.

Saturday-Sunday 7-8 October: Family camp, Orroral Valley – S/M

A chance for families to try bush camping in the beautiful Orroral valley.  The camp site is a glade surrounded by trees and granite boulders, with views of the surrounding mountains.  It is about 100 metres from some cascades on the Orroral River.  This walk is suitable for kids five years and older, and for baby-wearing parents.  On Saturday we will leave Canberra around 9.30am and walk 3.5km upstream from the former Orroral Tracking Station, with a stop to explore a giant split rock.  We will be walking mainly off-track, with some logs to climb over and occasional patches of scrub and swampy ground, through gently undulating grassland and forest.  The pace will be slow, and there should be a couple of hours for optional exploring after we reach the camp site.  We will return on Sunday by a slightly shorter route, and should be back at the cars before lunchtime.  There are no toilets or any other facilities.  Camp fires are not permitted.  Map: Corin DamLeaders: Linda Groom , 02 6281 4917, 0474 507 259 and Lisa Quilter.  Transport: Drive yourself.  Limit: around 6 families, depending on number in each family.  Book: Please book by Thursday 5 October; bookings to Linda.

Monday 9 October:  Toddlers Toddle: Trees of Harcourt Ridge – S/M

Starting from the same point as the Toddle of 30 August we will head in a different direction to a flat part of the ridge top, dotted by big old eucalypts with low branches that provide easy climbing, plus scattered granite boulders and soft grass.  300 to 400 metres of walking.  Meet at approximately 18 Fleetwood Smith Street, Nicholls, ready for a 10am start.  We should be finished before noon.  Map: Google Maps.  Leader: Linda Groom , 02 6281 4917, 0474 507 259 Transport: Drive yourself. 

Saturday 14 October: 2017 Worn Boot Bash to Mt Clear- L/E-M

CBC has a tradition of running a WBB each year since 2002.  “… at least a 30km walk and ‘a few hills’”.  Let’s walk to Mt Clear!  Visit places such as Sam Aboud’s Dunny, walk through Long Flat and see old drop log fencing, climb onto the Clear Range via Top Flats and Teatree Swamp Flat, see an ACT border blaze tree and summit Mt Clear at 1603m.  Return to the north, continuing on the Mt Clear Fire Trail, then down the Left Hand Creek Fire Trail to Horse Gully Hut.  The last leg is along the Naas Valley Fire Trail.  We’ll call in at Demandering Hut, then ford Naas Creek three times.  Whew!  Around 36km and 1200m climb.  A looong day for robust walkers.  Maps: Colinton and Bredbo  Leader: John Evans 0417 436 877,  Transport: ~$20.

Saturday-Sunday 14-15 October: Upper Water Race Creek – M/R/X

Water Race Creek is a tributary of the Shoalhaven.  This trip will approach it from the Tolwong Road (the same road used for access to Ettrema).  We’ll park about 600 metres south of The Jumps and head west across the tops, through a mixture of scrub and open flat rocky sections, and descend a tributary of Water Race Creek, aiming to camp near the junction at 353E 222N (AGD66).  Then, without packs, downstream to the top of a waterfall where Water Race Creek drops into a spectacular gorge.  On Sunday we’ll head up Water Race Creek for a while then exit via a ridge.  Scrub, rock scrambling, finding routes through cliff lines.  Over the two days a total of about 18km and 300m down and up.  Map: Nerriga.  Leader: Linda Groom , 02 6281 4917, 0474 507 259   Transport: $100 per car.

Sunday 15 October: Micalong Creek - M/M

We will follow the Hume and Hovell Track downstream along Micalong Creek.  We have lunch at Micalong Creek campsite then return.  Along the way we will admire numerous cascades and hopefully some wildflowers.  Total distance is about 12km all on track or footpad.  Total climb is about 330 metres.  Maps: Bobbys Plains/CouragagoLeader: Phillip Starr 0419 281 096(m),  Transport: $20 pp.  Booking: Please book by email before 2pm Friday 13 October.  Limit: May depend on available transport but a maximum of 12.  The distance to the start of the walk is about 80km along the Brindabella Road which has a long section of rough unsealed road with potholes and corrugations.

Sunday 15 – Saturday 28 October:  Sundown, Girraween, Bald Rock, Richmond Ranges NPs - M/M

Weeks 3 and 4 of October.  Approx two weeks of car camping with day and overnight walking in a selection of these and possibly other NPs in Southern Queensland and Northern NSW.  There are two 2-3 day walks in Sundown NP and day walks of different lengths in them all.  Spectacular spring flowers in some, rainforest in Richmond Range.  Also on the CMW program.  Maps: See leader.  Leader: Meg M.  Transport: $$$.

Friday evening 20 October: Mulligans Flat Spring spotlighting walk – S/E

A joint outing has been booked exclusively for members of Canberra's three major bushwalking clubs, the National Parks Association of the ACT, Canberra Bushwalking Club and Brindabella Bushwalking Club.  This 'twilight tour' of the Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary is on the evening of Friday 20 October 2017.  It will be led by an ACT Parks and Conservation Service ecologist with a good knowledge of the threatened animal species which have been re-introduced to this woodland conservation gem on the northern boundary of the ACT.  These species include Eastern Bettong, Eastern Quoll, Bush Stone-curlew, and New Holland Mouse.  There is an informative video, A Short History of Mulligans on the Woodlands and Wetlands Trust website at for those seeking to learn more about the reserve and its species.  The cost is $30/person, payable in advance.  This covers the cost of employing the ranger and gives us access to the woodland sanctuary which is not otherwise accessible at night.  Please email Isobel Crawford on or phone 6257 1860 for further information and/or to make a firm booking.  We need 20 participants for this to go ahead.  To my mind, it's worth it just to hear the beautifully eerie call of the Bush Stone-curlews, at present being regularly reported on the Canberra Birds chatline.

Friday-Saturday 20-21 October: Long time and night walkabout – L/E

Walk from Hall to Forde on the Canberra Centenary Trail (including One Tree Hill), leaving around 2pm.  Around 20km and 250m climb.  Walk back to Hall, leaving around 11pm and arriving around 4am.  Stop at the CCT northern campsite for a midnight feast.  No moon.  Do one or both walks - the lot is 40km and 500m climb.  Map: HallLeader: John Evans 0417 436 877,   Transport:~$10 per person.  Book by the prior Wednesday evening, so I can organise logistics.

Saturday-Sunday 21–22 October:  S24C#7 – Hospital Creek Hut – S/E

Day 1: Starting at Yankee Hat Picnic Area we will visit Yankee Hat Rock Art, cross Bogong Creek, then a short cross country section through open forest to Old Boboyan Road.  Camping by Hospital Creek Hut (Water Tank/Fire Place).  Day 2: A morning return by Old Boboyan Road, Gudgenby Reforestation Area and ACT Forest Hut.  Ideal bush break for busy people.  Suitable as an overnight pack trip for beginners.  Map: YaoukLeader: Sean Sunley 0433 073959, Transport: ≈ $50 per car.  Book: Preferably by e-mail before 1800 Thu.  Limit: 16.

Wednesday 25 October:  Long Flat and Burnt Hill, Namadgi National Park – M/E

From the car park next to the Mt Clear Campground we walk through the foothills of the Clear Range along the Long Flat Fire Trail, initially to the South South-West for 1.7km, and then turning to the South-East near the junction with Burnt Hill Fire Trail.  We continue along the Long Flat Fire Trail for another 7km to Long Flat where the trail swings, in a meandering way, roughly towards the South-West soon meeting the Carey Fire Trail which runs along the ACT's southern border with NSW.  We turn right at the border, following the undulating path of the Carey Fire Trail westward for 4.8km until we reach Burnt Hill.  From there we turn right again, this time into the Burnt Hill Fire Trail for 3.6km, mostly along Grassy Creek, back to the cars.  Around 17km and 410m climb.  Maps: Bredbo, Colinton and Shannons FlatLeader: Mark P.  Transport: Driving distance 108km return.  Pay $13 to drivers.

Thursday 26 October: Ginninderra Creek PRAMbulation – S/E

A circuit with varied scenery, of about 1 hour 20 minutes (5km) beside Ginninderra Creek.  This walk is part of a series on paths suitable for prams, for parents and grandparents who want to see some of Canberra’s green areas.  No need to book, non-members welcome.  Meet at the end of Swift Place, Macgregor, ready for a 10am start.  Map: Google Maps.  Leader: Diana Kirby, 0422 585 519.  Transport: Drive yourself.

Saturday-Sunday 28-29 October: Coronet Peak – M/M-R

This is a re-enactment of the first ever overnight trip I led, on 5-6 Nov 05.  Can I make it 12 years later? Walk on the Australian Alps Walking Track from the Orroral Valley.  Camp at Pond Creek.  Ascend off-track with a short and easy scramble to Coronet Peak for uninterrupted 360° views.  2 or 3 geocaches.  Return the same way.  Around 30km and 1280m climb over 2 days.  Maps: Rendezvous Creek and Corin DamLeader: John Evans 0417 436 877,   Limit: 8  Transport:~$12 per person.

Sunday 29 October:  Rendezvous Creek Cascades – M/M

Let’s see how many wildflowers are still in bloom.  The track from the nursery swamp carpark is a long steep climb with some steps to the saddle then off track in open country to cross nursery creek.  The walk then follows a footpad to another saddle then down to cross rendezvous creek.  After the second creek crossing the walk runs parallel to the creek and down to the lunch spot besides refreshing cascades.  Return the same route.  About 13km and a total climb of 500 metres.  Map: Rendezvous CreekLeader: Phillip Starr 0419 281 096(m),   Transport: $40 per car, $10–$13 per person.  Booking: Please book by email before 2pm Friday 27 October.  Limit: 12.

Wednesday-Friday 1-3 November:  Mt Jagungal from Round Mountain - L/M

Mid week walk to Mt Jagungal from Round Mountain.  A spring amble to 2061m the highest point in Kosciuszko north of the main range, views from Namadgi to Mt Bogong in Victoria.  Camping near the source of the Tumut River.  The walk is on fire trail and footpad.  Around 30km and 500m climb.  Requires 4 season tents and cold weather sleeping bags.  Map: JagungalLeader: Peter Conroy, 6281 4917,  Transport: Cars to Round Mt carpark.  Limit: 10. 

Wednesday 1 November – Sunday 31 December:  Australian Alps Walking Track with Mac Kirby – L/R,ptX

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.  Please communicate any expression of interest.  Maps: tba.  Leader: Mac K, 0422 585 519.

Saturday 4 – Sunday 5 November: Budawangs.  Galloping Jim’s Route, Battleship Rock and Galbraith’s Route.  S/R/X

We will start from Sassafras and head south on the road before turning east, crossing the Endrick River and then following Galloping Jim’s Route past Battleship Rock and camping at an excellent site on the banks of the Endrick River.  On Sunday we will walk west using Galbraith’s Route back to Newhaven Gap.  This is a very short walk in what may be very interesting country.  Maps: Endrick and TianjaraLeader: Ian Hickson 6251 6858,   Transport $115/car Limit: 8

Thursday-Saturday 9-25 November: The Great South West Walk on foot and by canoe - M-L/E

The Great South West Walk is one of Australia’s lesser known long-distance walking tracks.  Stretching over 240 km, it takes in coastal, forest and river landscapes in south-western Victoria and is serviced by a series of established overnight shelters/campsites.  The plan is to do the walk in three stages: starting from Nelson, near the South Australian border, we walk along the wild and isolated shore-line of Discovery Bay for three nights – this is zen time.  The beach morphs into a long series of coastal cliffs for the next three days, passing Capes Bridgewater and Nelson, to reach the town of Portland at the end of day 6 – time for a day off.  From Portland, the route takes us inland for the next three days, through the Cobboboonee Forest and Lower Glenelg National Park to reach Moleside Campsite on the Glenelg River.  From here the pace changes, as we won’t be walking the last section, but canoeing down the Glenelg River, as it flows through the national park, for the next four days.  There will be time to visit the Margaret Rose Caves on the way before arriving back at Nelson at the mouth of the river.  The itinerary can be downloaded at  Walking days vary from 15-22 km between the campsites: the route does not have a lot of climbing, but there are a few days of beach walking.  It is planned to make food drops to lighten the load for the nine days of walking.  Maps and information Leader: David Briese Costs: $4-500 per person for campsite fees, accommodation and canoe hire.  Travel: You can fly to Portland, but driving is probably the best option – ca 2000km round-trip between Canberra and Nelson, which would be ca. $250 per person return if 3 cars are used (based on 8 people – may vary slightly if less)  Limit: 8.

Saturday 11 November:  Stockyard Spur, Pryors Hut and Mt Gingera - L/M

The walk will start from Corin Dam.  We will then climb steeply up Stockyard Spur to Pryors Hut where we'll have a very well-earned morning tea.  From there we climb to Mount Gingera for lunch and magnificent views.  Expect snow gums and alpine meadows and a chance to reacquaint yourself with your quads and hammies as this walk is about 20 km and a total climb of 1150 m.  A good level of fitness is definitely required.  Map: Corin DamLeader: Transport: $10 per person.  Book: by 2pm, Wednesday 8 November.

Sunday 12 November: London Bridge to Washpen Crossing – S/E

This is a walk through the southern section of Googong.  We will walk from the London Bridge woolshed to the old homestead then we walk beside Burra Creek to approach the London Bridge arch from the south.  We will continue north to the junction of the Queanbeyan River and Burra Creek, visiting Washpen Crossing.  Returning we will get a different view of the London Bridge arch by approaching from the north.  We then return to the cars by crossing the arch.  Total distance is about 9km (mostly on track).  Total climb is about 320 metres.  Home in time for lunch.  Map: Captains FlatLeader: Phillip Starr 0419 281 096(m),  Transport: $2-$3 pp.  Booking: Please book by email before 2pm Friday 10 November.

Saturday-Sunday 18-19 November: Mts Kelly and Burbidge trig bagging and geocaching – M/M-R

Walk across the grasslands from Yankee Hat car park and into the mouth of Middle Creek.  Climb the bottom of the Burbidge spur, then traverse round to near the south arm of Middle Creek and climb to camp at Bogong Gap.  Scramble up Mt Burbidge and explore the tors on the ridge for three geocaches.  Climb Mt Kelly to bag it and for another cache.  Return the same way.  Around 25km and 1000m climb.  Map: Rendezvous CreekLeader: John Evans 0417 436 877,   Limit: 8.  Transport:~$12 per person.

Sunday 26 November: Mt Palerang – M/M

From a very pleasant little picnic/camping area alongside Mulloon Creek we follow a spur and ridge system which is a great approach and gives lovely views.  The access ridges have moderate scrub and a few rocky scrambles.  Although trees at the summit limit the view the approaching ridges more than compensate.  On a clear day there are extensive views to the Brindabellas in the west and to the Budawangs in the east.  We may also see Lake George to the north-west and the water spout on Lake Burley Griffin.  We will return to our vehicles by a different route.  As well as the great views we will experience numerous changes in vegetation and terrain along the way.  About 12km and a total climb of 700 metres.  Moderate level of fitness required.  Map: BombayLeader: Phillip Starr 0419 281 096(m), Transport: $10 per person.  Booking: Please book by email before 2pm Friday 24 November.  Limit: 12.

Saturday-Sunday 2-3 December:  Bimberi Peak – M/E

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 metres), the highest peak in the ACT.  We'll depart Canberra at 1:00pm 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 metres climb).  We'll ascend Bimberi Peak from Murrays Gap following a footpad to the summit (3 km and 390 metre 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 car.  Maps: Rendezvous Creek, Rules Point or Rooftop's Kosciuszko Northern ActivitiesLeader: Gerald Dodgson 0438 119 803, . Transport: Approximately 350 km, $140 per car, $35-45 per person.  Book: by 2pm, Thursday 30 November.  Limit: 16.

Saturday 9 – Sunday 10 December: Nattai River.  Russells Needle.  S/R/X

We will follow the Slott Way Track from near Starlights Trail to the Nattai River and find a campsite near Rocky Waterholes Creek.  We will then walk up the spectacular Russells Needle which has extensive views down the Nattai River before returning to our campsite.  On Sunday we will walk up Rocky Waterholes Creek and use a side gully to climb back onto the plateau and then follow a firetrail back to the car.  Map: HilltopLeader: Ian Hickson 6251 6858,   Transport $155/car.  Limit: 6

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