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Walks Program

 

 

Apr 20 (Tue) SYDNEY EASTERN SUBURBS
Watsons Bay, Hornby Lighthouse and return to a CMW favourite coffee shop, The Gap and southward along the coast to Bondi. Maybe Clovelly and beyond for those who are keen. Bus back to the City. Bring: swimmers if weather permits; money for coffee etc. DISTANCE: MEDIUM. TRIP GRADE: EASY MAPS: Gregorys, Google. TRANSPORT: $OPAL


Apr 22 (Thu) MEADOWBANK - COOKS RIVER TO CRONULLA - Cycling
Epping (100km),Meadowbank (84km) Olympic Pk, South Strathfield, Cooks River Cycle Path, Botany Bay, Cronulla, Bass & Flinders Pt & return with option to catch train home from Cronulla or Wolli Ck. Please ring to confirm details etc by Tues. Helmets, Hi Vis jackets, sunscreen, water, spare tube, pump & repair kit required. Limit 8. DISTANCE: LONG. TRIP GRADE: MEDIUM MAPS: Street Directory. TRANSPORT: Bike


Apr 24, 25 BLUE MOUNTAINS NP BUSH WALKERS ANNUAL ANZAC DAWN SERVICE (Q)
Dunphys Car Park, Carlons Ck, Breakfast Ck, Cattle Dog Ridge, Mobbs Soak, Mt Dingo, Splendour Rock, Mt Warrigal, Blackhorse Ridge, Breakfast Ck, Dunphys Car Park.With Anzac Day occurring on weekend this year this is your chance to attend the Bushwalkers annual Anzac Dawn service at Splendour Rock. This short, dignified service commemorates the bushwalkers (c.30) killed in WW2. Beautiful elevated but dry campsite. We will pick up water at Mobbs Soak and carry the 2 ks to the campsite. All on track. 400m steep ascent/descent x 2. Good walk for fit prospectives. Bring a bladder to collect/carry water for overnight. Carry stoves. DISTANCE: MEDIUM. TRIP GRADE: MEDIUM MAPS: JENOLAN. TRANSPORT: $38


Apr 27 (Tue) WISEMANS FERRY (q) - Packrafting
Wisemans Ferry, Old Great North Road, descend to Macdonald River. Paddle down to near Butlers Crossing and cross the steep, short neck of land over into Webbs Creek. Paddle with the outgoing tide back to Wisemans Ferry. Interesting trip with convict road workings and later the mangroves on Webbs Creek. Need Alpacka type or equivalent pack raft. See: https://www.packraftaustralia.com.au/built-to-order-alpacka-rafts. Also see https://www.cmw.asn.au/home/what-we-do/packrafting. Trip rescheduled from 12 March due to poor weather forecast. DISTANCE: MEDIUM. TRIP GRADE: MEDIUM MAPS: St Albans, Lower Portland TRANSPORT: $18.


Apr 27 (Tue) COOKS RIVER CATCHMENT, INNER WEST SYDNEY (q)
Walk the Two Valley Trail: the park-like banks of Cooks River and the native bushland of the Wolli Creek Valley, which has managed to survive in the inner west. A loop walk of about 13-14km, with a coffee stop mid-morning. Starting and ending at Hurlstone Park Station. DISTANCE: MEDIUM. TRIP GRADE: EASY/MEDIUM MAPS: Sydney Street Directory. TRANSPORT: TRAIN


Apr 29 (Thu) EPPING - BOBBIN HEAD CIRCUIT - Cycling
Epping Station, Browns Waterhole, Kissing Pt Rd & back streets to Bobbin Hd. Then up to Mt Colah & backstreets to Asquith, Hornsby & Turramurra & back down to Browns Waterhole & Epping. Please ring to confirm details etc by Tues. Helmets, Hi Vis jackets, sunscreen, water, spare tube, pump & repair kit required. Limit 8. DISTANCE: MEDIUM. TRIP GRADE: MEDIUM/HARD MAPS: Street Directory. TRANSPORT: Bike


Apr30-May2 MORTON NP (Q)
An on and off track walk through the Budawangs. From Nerriga, Meangora Road, The Vines, Island Mountain, camp at Sluice Box Falls – over the top of Mt Sturgiss – Hidden Valley – camp nearby, Styles Creek – Fosters Mt –Meangora Road. Steep ascents and descents & scrambling. Suitable for fit and experienced walkers only. The route over Mt Sturgis contains exposure. Likely some bush bashing required. Strict party limit. DISTANCE: LONG. TRIP GRADE: HARD MAPS: endrick. TRANSPORT: $71
** Note: This Trip also appears on the Walks Program of - South Coast Bushwalkers. **


May 1-15 MT KAPUTAR NP, COOLAH TOPS NP AND WARRABAH NP (Q)
Day walks in three national parks. DISTANCE: MEDIUM. TRIP GRADE: EASY/MEDIUM MAPS:. TRANSPORT: $261. ** LEADER ADVISES: The Trip is now FULL. **


May 2-22 CARR BOYD RANGES AND PURNULULU WA (Q)
Lake Argyle start with one week in Carr Boyd South, one week in Carr Boyd North, one week in Purnululu. The trip will involve compulsory swims and a helicopter ride between the sections of the Carr Boyds.More information is available at https://notraces-bushwalking-australia.com/tour/carr-boyd-and-purnululu/. DISTANCE: LONG. TRIP GRADE: MEDIUM/EXPLORATORY MAPS: WA: Deception Range, Carlton Gorge, Cooee Creek, Bungle Bungle. TRANSPORT: $LOTS


May 8, 9 BLUE MOUNTAINS NP - Bushcare
SAT: Tree planting and maintenance. Stay overnight in Green Gully cabins as guests of NPWS. Sun: Walk to Bellbird Lookout. Take the opportunity to stay in Green Gully cabins while they are still available. DISTANCE: SHORT. TRIP GRADE: EASY MAPS: Jenolan. TRANSPORT: $37


May 15, 16 KANANGRA BOYD NP (Q)
Uni Rover Trail (URT), Amble Easy Ridge, Wheenge Whungee Ck, Barraliers Crown, Wallarra Heights, URT. A great early winter circuit walk of generally open steep ridges with about half on track through this spectacular country. 500m steep descent and 600m steep ascent. Limit 8, only for fit experienced walkers. Carry stoves. DISTANCE: MEDIUM. TRIP GRADE: MEDIUM/HARD MAPS: YERRANDERIE. TRANSPORT: $58. ** LEADER ADVISES: The Trip is now FULL. **


May 20 (Thu) LOWER GROSE RIVER (q) - Packrafting
Meet at North Richmond, share taxi (or do car shuffle) to end of Cabbage Tree Road and descend steeply (via track) to the Grose River. Paddle downstream to Nepean River and on to the North Richmond bridge (on outgoing tide). Need Alpacka type or equivalent pack raft. See: https://www.packraftaustralia.com.au/built-to-order-alpacka-rafts. Also see https://www.cmw.asn.au/home/what-we-do/packrafting. Trip rescheduled from 6 April due to water quality issues post flood. DISTANCE: MEDIUM. TRIP GRADE: MEDIUM MAPS: Kurrajong TRANSPORT: $17 CAR. TAXI EXTRA


Jun 4-7 SOUTHERN BLUE MOUNTAINS (Q)
This four day trip will depend on the Mt Armour Fire Trail being open after repairs due to the fires. Friday: leave in the morning to drive to the junction of the Colong Stock Route and the Mt Armour Fire Trail, then walk four kms to camp at Colong Swamp. Saturday: Traverse Mootik Walls and descend to camp near the Tonalli River. Sunday: Traverse below the sandstone cliffline of Mt Yuburra with a day pack to the spectacular gap of the Coach and Horses, then continue on to camp at Colong Swamp. Monday: Climb the basalt peak of Mt Colong with a day pack, then return to the cars. Half on fire trails, half off-track with some scrambling on crumbly sandstone. Party limit of eight. DISTANCE: MEDIUM. TRIP GRADE: MEDIUM/HARD MAPS: Bindook, Yerranderie. TRANSPORT: $80. ** Note: This Trip also appears on the Walks Program of - Canberra Bushwalking Club. **


Jun 7-16* WEST MACDONNELLS NP (Q)
A 10 night off track walk in the Hugh Gorge area of the Chewings Range, Central Australia. We will start from Hugh Gorge Track Head and loop out for 5 days to visit Spiral Canyon, Mulga Creek, Peak Alone and various other peaks. Then pick up the second half of food and gear and head up Hugh Gorge and beyond: unnamed canyon, Paisley Bluff, Mount Conroy and finish at Standley Chasm. Pack rafts will be utilised to avoid swimming in the cold canyons. Experience in light weight pack walking on rough ground required. There will be some rock scrambling and bouldering, skills useful but not essential. Maximum pack weight limit of 14 kg per section (excluding water) applies. This terrain is hard on boots. Thanks to Meg M for advice. Party limit of 8, stoves required, medium length days, experienced walkers only, arrive in Alice Springs at least a day before walk. DISTANCE: LONG. TRIP GRADE: MEDIUM/HARD/EXPLORATORY MAPS: West Macdonnell National Park - Map 2 - paper 1:100000 TRANSPORT: $Lots


Jun 12-14 MORTON NP, ETTREMA WILDERNESS, CAVES CIRCUIT (Q)
Greta Rd, Old 4wd Track, 631, Bundundah Ck, Waterfall Cave, Discovery Cave, Passages of Time, Moore Ck, Bollards Cave, Plain Ck, Old 4WD track, Greta Rd. This is my classic Caves Circuit taking in 3 of the best camp caves (sandstone overhangs) on the Ettrema Plateau. 80% offtrack through mainly undulating burnt out country with some minor scrambling and scrub involved. Sometime will be spent exploring the Passages of Time rock formations. Bring stoves, tent/tarp. Suitable for fit prospectives. DISTANCE: MEDIUM. TRIP GRADE: MEDIUM MAPS: Sassafras, Nerriga. TRANSPORT: $73


Jun 19,20 BLUE MOUNTAINS NP (Q)
Woodford Station, Oaks Firetrail, Western Ridge, Unnamed Creek, Western Creek, St Helena Crater (camp), St Helena Ridge, Duck Hole, Glenbrook. Includes off track ridge and creek walking. Suitable for Prospectives. Navigation training given to those interested. DISTANCE: MEDIUM. TRIP GRADE: EASY/MEDIUM MAPS: Katoomba, Springwood, Penrith 1:25000. TRANSPORT: TRAIN


Jun 28-Jul 8 2021 WEST MACDONNELL RANGES NP (N.T.) (Q)
Expressions of interest sought for this walk in the West Macs. Ochre Pits, Inarlanga Gorge, Alice Valley, Giles Spring, Chewings Range, Mt Giles, Canyon of Defiance, Portals Canyon, return via Alice Valley and Ochre Pits. Stunning panoramic vistas and exploring canyons. Base camp at Defiance/Portals for 2-3 nights. Carry water (5+ litres) for one top of the range camp. Mostly off track in hard, rocky, spinifex country so only for fit and experienced walkers. Good boots. needed. Stoves. Take lightweight day pack.NB: This walk depends upon rainfall in the area in the next 5-6 months and the lifting of all Covid restrictions. Limit 8. DISTANCE: MEDIUM. TRIP GRADE: MEDIUM/HARD MAPS: West Macs NP 1;100, 000 Map 1. TRANSPORT: $LOTS. ** LEADER ADVISES: The Trip is now FULL. **


Jul 17, 18 BLUE MOUNTAINS NP (Q)
Perrys Lookdown, Bluegum Forest, Walford Gully, camp and return the same way. Possibly an off-track afternoon walk downstream on Saturday for those interested. Traditional Bluegum weekend. Note: Perrys Lookdown descent and ascent covers about 400m of contours. The track is steep in places but well maintained. Suitable for fit prospectives but in a spectacular part of the universe. DISTANCE: MEDIUM. TRIP GRADE: EASY/MEDIUM MAPS: Mount Wilson 1:25000. TRANSPORT: $36


Jul 31, Aug1 KANANGRA BOYD NP 100 MAN CAVE (Q)
Kanangra Car Park, Kanangra Walls, Crafts Walls, Mt High and Mighty, Mt Stormbreaker, Rip, Rack, Roar, Rumble knolls, Mt Cloudmaker, 100 Man Cave. Return the same way. This iconic walk is the best ridge walk in the KBNP. Sublime vistas from the tops. All track walk with several 200m and 300m ascents and descents. Suitable for fit walkers only. Carry enough water for all day. After the big floods of this year we may have to battle some weeds on the track? Party limit 8. DISTANCE: MEDIUM. TRIP GRADE: MEDIUM/HARD MAPS: KANANGRA. TRANSPORT: $58


Aug 2-9 WEST CHEWINGS RANGE (Q)
Eight days bushwalking in the West MacDonnells. From Ormiston Gorge, cross Ormiston Pound and climb Corner Peak for excellent views. Continue on to the Canyon of Defiance and base camp for three to four nights. Explore different reaches of the Canyon (Alexas Reach will be new for me), and also adjoining gorges. Its possible to do a day circuit to and from Mt Giles from here. Ascend to the top of the Chewings Range via Pats Canyon and camp at the Dog Leg with superb sunset and sunrise views. Descend to Giles Yard Spring and cross the Alice Valley to the Ochre Pits. Experienced walkers with a good head for heights only. Off-track, rough broken rock underfoot, spinifex, steep slopes, short climbs. Possible wet feet. Book by 25 Feb. Party limit of 8. Motel in Alice Springs before and after the walk. DISTANCE: MEDIUM. TRIP GRADE: HARD/EXPLORATORY MAPS: 1:100, 000 West MacDonnell NP Map 1. TRANSPORT: $LOTS ** Note: This Trip also appears on the Walks Program of - Canberra Bushwalking Club. ** LEADER ADVISES: The Trip is now FULL.


Sep 1-20 2021 Wed/Thu QLD CENTRAL HIGHLANDS (Q)
Approx three weeks walking and/or car camping in three different locations: 1. Six nights at Carnarvon Station Reserve (a Bush Heritage property) with drives and day walks. A high clearance 4WD is needed for travelling within the Reserve, these can be hired at a reasonable cost from Charleville; 2. Five nights in the Mount Moffatt section of Carnarvon NP, car camping with day walks. Forester-type 4WD or AWD needed for access; 3. Four days bushwalking in Isla Gorge, exploring new areas. Party limit of 8 for the Reserve, 10 for Isla Gorge, probably more for Mt Moffatt, depending on NP campsite limits. Walks range from short and easy track walks to rough with exposed rock scrambling on loose slopes with scrub. Extensive views, dramatic and colourful rock formations, spring flowers, beautiful woodlands, bottle trees. DISTANCE: MEDIUM. TRIP GRADE: MEDIUM/HARD/EXPLORATORY MAPS: See leader. TRANSPORT: $LOTS ** Note: This Trip also appears on the Walks Program of - Canberra Bushwalking Club. **. ** LEADER ADVISES: The Trip is now FULL. **


Oct 6 (Wed) KU-RING-GAI CHASE NP (q) - Packrafting
Post Pandemic Packrafting - Terrey Hills to Taylors Point (Northern Beaches). Catch 284 Bus from Chatswood Station Stand C to Terrey Hills. Walk down the Nerang Track, then an off track descent to the tidal limit of Smiths Creek. Paddle down Smiths Creek with outgoing tide, a very interesting creek in its upper reaches. At the Cowan Creek junction, we paddle down to Castle Bay, then pack up the boats and climb up and over to Little Lovett Bay on The Pittwater. Finally, paddle across past Scotland Island to Taylors Point & catch a bus back to The City. Need Alpacka type or equivalent pack raft. See: https://www.packraftaustralia.com.au/built-to-order-alpacka-rafts. Also see https://www.cmw.asn.au/home/what-we-do/packrafting. *** Note: Date changed from Mar 29 due to floods and water quality issues ***. DISTANCE: MEDIUM. TRIP GRADE: MEDIUM MAPS: COWAN, HORNSBY TRANSPORT: BUS.