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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.

Saturday 1 July:  Hardy Range geocaching – M/M-R

Drive to the bottom of Hardy Hill.  Walk up an old fire trail to the top for geocache GCWE2M Hardy ha ha.  Next, walk the crest of the Hardy Range generally to the SW, first following an old vehicle track alignment which finally peters out, then off-track.  We’ll find geocache GC15Z1V Rocky Road.  A southerly arc down to Cotter Hill and its stony cairn, then steeply down to Pipeline Road.  Walk back up Pipeline Road to the start.  Around 12km (4km of which is off-track) and 500m climb.  Maps: Cotter Dam and TidbinbillaLeader: John Evans 0417 436 877, Transport: ca. $10 per person

Sunday 2 July:  Molonglo River, Uriarra Crossing to Coppins Crossing – M/R

Walk upstream from Uriarra Crossing to Coppins Crossing through lichen-encrusted gorges and whispering Casuarinas.  10 km walk, climb 200 m.  River crossings required and slippery rocks to be negotiated.  Some light scrub.  Car shuffle required.  Maps: Canberra, Cotter, Umburra.  Leader: David Dedenczuk 0417 222 154, . Contact leader before COB Thursday 29 June.  Meet at Cooleman Court car park at 8:00 am.  Transport: 20 km, $7 per car.

Wednesday 5 July: Wednesday Walks

Coordinated by BBC Kathy Handel and Peter Wellman(E-M leader Peter Ford, M-H leader Peter Dalton).

Saturday 8 July:  Mulligans Flat - S/E

We will meet at the Mulligans Flat car park, Amy Ackman St, Forde and spend a few hours ambling around the park.  This is my favourite Nature Park and I’ve been there probably 200 times over the years.  Come and enjoy it with me.  Home for lunch.  Map: Hall:  Book direct with leader by email.  Leader:   Stan Marks 6254 9568(h) or  Transport: Drive yourself.

Saturday 8 July:  Tidbinbilla Tromp – L/E

Walk up the Devils Gap Fire Trail to the crest of the SE rim of the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve.  An optional short ascent of The Pyramid.  Follow fire trails through the old Gibraltar Creek Pine Forest area (now part of TNR) to Mushroom Rock.  Back up to Gibraltar Peak, then down to the ring road.  Around 14km and 800m climb.  6 geocaches.  Map: TidbinbillaLeader: John Evans 0417 436 877,   Transport: ca. $5 per person.

Saturday–Sunday 8–9 July: Snowshoeing, Pryors Hut – M/E

Day 1: A morning walk up Stockyard Spur Track to Pryors Hut. We will don the CBC’s new snowshoes and explore the Mt Gingera and Brumby Flats area during the afternoon. Approx 10 km, 600 climb. Camping by Pryors Hut. (Fire Place/Pit Toilet). Day 2: A leisurely departure and return down Stockyard Spur Track. Approx 8 km 200 m climb. Map: Corin Dam. Leader: Sean Sunley 0433 073959, Transport: ~ $40 per car. Book: Preferably by email before 1800 Thu. Limit: 8.

Sunday 9 July: Hills of Goorooyarroo - M/M

This walk is within the Goorooyarroo Nature Reserve to a trig station on the ACT/NSW border. Before Old Joe we will take a short walk to Burnt Stump Hill to enjoy the view. After we reach the Goorooyarroo Track we will follow it in a northerly direction for a couple of kilometres (skirting Old Joe) before turning off track to approach the trig from the north-east. After morning tea on the summit we will head west to re-join the Goorooyarroo Track. After climbing Sammy’s Hill we will head back to the cars. About one third of this walk is off-track through grasslands and open wooded areas. About 12 km and a total climb of 350m. We will be home in time for lunch.
Map: Leader: Phillip Starr 0419 281 096(m),  Transport: Drive yourself but tell me when you book if you need a ride. Booking: Please book by email before 2 pm Friday 7 July.

Tuesday 11 July: Orroral Loop – M/R

From the Orroral Tracking Station car park (sealed road all the way to there), over the Orroral River bridge via the minitrack site and along the Link Track a bit. When it looks right, a steep 470 vertical m climb up through The Cloisters to The Belfry. Wander along the Ridge of Stone (named by Graeme Barrow) footpad through the cave at Legoland and on to the Trojan Wall. Geocache GCJ163 Lego Land will beckon. Plunge down the side of the ridge to opposite New Fishloch Yards, then down along the true left side of the Orroral River. Visit the indigenous rock shelter near the bridge and so home. Around 12km and 550m climb and descent, very steep. Maps: Corin Dam and Rendezvous Creek. Leader: John Evans 0417 436 877 . Transport: ~$10 per person. Book by Sunday evening.

Wednesday 12 July: Wednesday Walks

Coordinated by CBC John Danaro (E–M leader Robin Cayzer and M–H leader TBA).

Thursday evening 13 July: Club Grub – a social extravaganza

Come for a schnitty and beer (or food and drink of your choice) from 6pm at the Weston Creek Labor Club, 4 Teesdale Place Stirling. A great way to meet and mix with other CBC members. Facilitator: John Evans 0417 436 877. Give me a bell if you need any more info. No need to book, just turn up and sign on the Acknowledgment of Risks and Obligations form!

Saturday 15 July:  Wild Cattle Creek - M/M

This walk is south of Captains Flat in the Tallaganda National Park.  It is a wander, mostly off track, along ridges through light, open forest and along the wide, open valley of Wild Cattle Creek and other watercourses.  About 10km and 4 hrs actual walking.  Map: Tinderry.  Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h) or

Saturday 15 July:  Mt Coree – L/E

All on fire trails from Blundells Flat.  Up Curries Rd, along Two Sticks Rd, past the Coree Camp Ground on Pabral Rd and up the Coree Summit Rd.  Excellent views on a clear day.  Return clockwise around Pabral Rd.  2 geocaches.  Around 19km, 800m climb and 6 hours.  Map:  Cotter DamLeader:   John Evans 0417 436 877, Transport: ~$8 per person.

Sunday 16 July: Bushfold Flats – L/M

We follow the Australian Alps walking track from the Booroomba Rocks car park to Bushfold Flats, an area of open forest and grassland. Continue following AAWT along the Flats and then up to the Mt Tennent fire trail and then drop down, off track, to the Flats and return to the cars. About 16km and 600m climb. Depending on the mood of the party we may add an extra 2km and 200m climb by visiting Mt Tennent. Maps: Corin Dam and Williamsdale. Leader: Phillip Starr 0419 281 096(m), Transport: $10 pp. Booking: Please book by email before 2 pm Friday 14 July.

Sunday 16 July: Orroral Homestead and Lunar Laser Dome M/E-M

We will follow the Orroral Valley Heritage Trail from the Nursery Swamp Carpark to the Orroral Homestead and then to the site of the Orroral Valley Tracking Station.  We will then follow the trail up to the Lunar Laser Dome and return by the same route.   Approx 14km and 500m climb.  MapRendezvous Creek.   Transport: ~ $10 ea.   Leader: Lisa Quilter 0402 928 359,   Bookings: By email before noon 14 July.

Wednesday 19 July:  Wednesday Walks

Coordinated by BBC Kathy Handel and Peter Wellman (E-M leader Robyn Gallagher, M-H leader Barrie Ridgway).

Friday 21 July:  Burley Griffin Ramble Part 1 - L/E

Day 1 of a four day circuit of Lake Burley Griffin and some nearby ridges and hills.  Sign up for the full walk or just come for a day or two.  From Yarralumla we'll head to Weston Park and on to the National Arboretum before finishing at Black Mountain.  Map: CanberraLeader: Terence U.  Transport: Drive yourself.

Friday evening-Sunday 21-23 July: White's River Hut snowshoe, Kosciuszko NP – S–M/M

After camping at Island Bend on Friday night, we start early Saturday from Munyang following the fire trails up Schlinks Pass to Horse Camp Hut and on to White's River Hut for an overnight stay.  Share or build your skills snow camping, and in emergency alpine shelters.  Return via the opposite side of the valley to Munyang on Sunday.  About 20km and 450m climbing and descenton alpine fire trails.  Map: Geehi Dam.  Leader: Rowan P.  Bookings: Rowan P, by 8pm Wednesday 19th July.  Transport: about $160 per car from Canberra, plus park entry fees if applicable. Limit: 8 

Saturday 22 July:  Pinnacle to Black Mt - S/E

Meet 8.30am at the car park at the end of Frith St behind the Black Mt CSIRO and near the electricity substation.  We will then car shuffle to Dungowan St, Hawker where we will start the walk at about 8.45.  We will walk through the Pinnacle Reserve and then walk to Mt Painter, with good views to the Brindabellas, then lunch near the Aranda Bushland.  Back to the cars via Black Mt Reserve by 2pm.  Map: Canberra.  Leader:   .  Co-leader Stan Marks.  Transport: drive yourself but please book as I may need to ask you to give someone a ride.

Saturday 22 July:  Burley Griffin Ramble Part 2 - L/E

Day 2 of a four day circuit of Lake Burley Griffin and some nearby ridges and hills.  Sign up for the full walk or just come for a day or two.  From Black Mountain we'll head through ANU and then follow the lake shoreline to Acton, Kings Park, Aspen Island, Grevillea Park, Molonglo Reach, Jerrabomberra Wetlands, Bowen Park, Reconciliation Place and Lennox Gardens.  Map: CanberraLeader: Terence U.  Transport:  Drive yourself.

Saturday 22 July: Shoalhaven River – M/R

This circuit through Nadgigomar Nature Reserve follows gently undulating ridges to a part of the Shoalhaven where the river runs clear between large sandbanks. At one point we climb 50 m above the river for views of Mt Palerang in the distance. The walk is mostly off-track through fairly open eucalypt forest, with occasional patches of scrub; it only just scrapes into ‘rough’ grading because of a few steep-side gullies we need to cross. This area is drier than Canberra and catches the winter sun nicely; Saturday is forecast to be sunny. 10 to 14 km, depending on which route we choose on the day; several ups and downs mostly in the 50 metres range. A 1 hour 20 minute drive from Queanbeyan, the last 20 minutes on dirt, best done in AWD/4WDs. Map: Durran Durra. Leader: Linda Groom , 0474 507 259 . Transport: $64 per car.

Sunday 23 July:  Burley Griffin Ramble Part 3 - L/E

Day 3 of a four day ramble circuit of Lake Burley Griffin and some nearby ridges and hills.  Sign up for the full walk or just come for a day or two.  We leave the lake today and head along Stirling Ridge on the way to Red Hill Nature Reserve, Mt Mugga Mugga Nature Reserve, Isaacs Ridge and Farrer Ridge.  Maps: Canberra, TuggeranongLeader:  Terence U.  Transport: Drive yourself.

Monday 24 July:  Burley Griffin Ramble Part 4 - L/E

The final day of our four day circuit of Lake Burley Griffin and some nearby ridges and hills will take us back to where we began via Mt Taylor, Oakey Hill, Curtin Horse Paddocks and the Old Canberra Brickworks.  Maps:  Canberra, TuggeranongLeader:   Terence U.  Transport: Drive yourself.

Tuesday 25 July: Three creeks of Rob Roy – M/R/part X

There is some interestingly rough country in the Rob Roy Nature Reserve if you avoid the fire trails! After a short car shuffle to Crespin Place, Banks, we’ll head south for 1.2 km to an un-named creek, then follow the creek as it rises 150 metres in 1.5 km through rocky terrain, past a waterfall (probably dry). Then north across country to another unnamed creek, previously explored and quite pretty. From this creek we’ll climb to a hilltop at 880 m that has 360 degree views. A steep, loose descent to a third creek, where we pick up a foot pad and head back to the shuffled car at the Big Monks carpark. About 10 km, with two main climbs of about 200 metres each. Map: Tuggeranong. Leader: Linda Groom , 02 6281 4917,   Transport: Drive yourself but let me know if you need or can offer a lift. Please book by previous Sunday.

Wednesday 26 July:  Wednesday Walks

Coordinated by CBC John Danaro (E–M leader Peter Ford) and NPA Mike Smith (M-H leader Philip Gatenby).

Wednesday 26 July – Tuesday 8 August 2017: Ridges and gorges of Razorback, West MacDonnells – M/R/partly X

You will need to be in Alice Springs on Tues 25 July and not leave AS until Wed 9 August. Two walks (approx seven days each) over two weeks in the West Macs. Week 1: Explore the narrow ridges and gorges on the western side of Mt Razorback from base camps by delightful pools in Crawford Creek. I don't know what we will find, but it looks spectacular! Off-track walking with steep climbs and scrambles. Week 2: Another off-track walk, possibly along the Chewings Range between Ellery CK and the block west of Hugh Gorge, including Peak Alone (unnamed, 1179 metres). Also on the CMW program. Maps: West MacDonnell NP Maps 1 and 2 Leader: Meg M. Transport: $ lots – return flights to Alice Springs, bus transport to start and end of walks ~$200. This trip is now full.

Saturday 29 July:  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 homestead and back to the cars.  A flat walk.  Map: HoskinstownLeader:   Stan Marks 6254 9568(h) or Transport:  $10 per person.

Thursday evening 27 July: Lake Burley Griffin evening cycle

Heading off at 6:30 pm, a quick cycle anti-clockwise around the whole lake.  You will need a good lamp, beanie and gloves.  Map: Canberra.  30km, taking about 1.5 hours.  Book by cob Tuesday 25 July.  Leader: David Dedenczuk 0417 222 154,  Transport: drive yourself to meeting point to be advised.

Saturday 29 July:  Callaghan Hill – M/M, ptX

A loop on management trails and off-track in the northern part of the Rob Roy Nature Reserve east of Conder.  The walk begins with a 300m climb over 3km, passing through Big Monks with views to Mt Tennent, Booroomba Rocks and the Tidbinbilla Range.  The track dips then climbs again for views over the solar farm beside the Monaro Highway.  Around 12km and 700m climb.  Map: TuggeranongLeader: John Evans 0417 436 877, Transport: ca. $5 per person.

Saturday 29 July - Sunday 3 September:  Central Australia - M/M

Three weeks in the red centre, camping beside the cars and doing day walks.  We will also spend a week driving there and another week coming back seeing interesting places along the way.  Leaders: Linda Stone and Jeff Bennetts . Vehicles travelling from Canberra are full but we will accept bookings on a reserve list.

Saturday 12-Friday 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  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.

Wednesday 2 August:  Wednesday Walks

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

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 6161 3835(h), 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 14km and has many good views.  Map: Hall.  Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h) or  Transport: Drive yourself.

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 6161 3835(h), 0419 281 096(m),  Transport: $5 - $6 pp Booking: Please book by email before 2 pm Friday 11 August

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.

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.

Navigation refresher 2017

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).

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 Rob and Jenny 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 – ~ 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

Wednesday 13 September:  Wednesday Walks

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

Saturday–Sunday 16–17 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.

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 23 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

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 from Governor Head with spectacular views of both the 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 spend Monday morning in the National Botanic Gardens Jervis Bay annex before leaving for home.   Lunch will be at the eatery on Cambewarra Mt, with views north, east and south.  Maps: Sussex Inlet, Huskisson.   Leader:  Stan Marks 6254 9568(h) or    Transport: $70, including park fees.  Accommodation: about $90-100 for weekend, assuming a full house.   Note:  I will be away from about 23 July to 23 August.

Wednesday 27 September:  Wednesday Walks

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

Thursday evening 28 September: 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 30 September - Monday 2 October:  Ettrema Plateau to Possibility Point - M/M

From the carpark on Greta Rd, walk 16 kms 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 16 km 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 44 km.   Magnificent spring wildflowers are to be expected along the plateau.   Maps: Nerriga, Touga, Yalwal.   Leader: Meg M.    Transport: TBA.  Book before Thursday 28 September.

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: $$$.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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