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Walks Program

 

 

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. ** LEADER ADVISES: The Trip is now FULL. **


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.


Aug 3 (Tue) CUMBERLAND FOREST, BIDJIGAL RESERVE (q)
Cherrybrook to Lake Parramatta. Meet at Cherrybrook Metro Station. Walk through Cumberland Forest via the coffee stop. Oratava Ave, Bidjigal Reserve, Darling Mills Creek, Murri-Yanna walk, cross North Rocks Rd, Lake Parramatta. Bus to Parramatta Station. Two suburban bush gems – Cumberland Forest and Bidjigal Reserve. About 13 km on mostly bush tracks with a kilometre or so of leafy suburbia. DISTANCE: MEDIUM. TRIP GRADE: EASY/MEDIUM MAPS: Gregorys, Google. TRANSPORT: PUBLIC


Aug 3 (Tue) CUMBERLAND FOREST, BIDGIGAL RESERVE (q)
Cherrybrook to Lake Parramatta. Meet at Cherrybrook Metro Station. Walk through Cumberland Forest via the coffee stop. Oratava Ave, Bidjigal Reserve, Darling Mills Creek, Murri-Yanna walk, cross North Rocks Rd, Lake Parramatta. Bus to Parramatta Station. Two suburban bush gems – Cumberland Forest and Bidjigal Reserve. About 13 km on mostly bush tracks with a kilometre or so of leafy suburbia. DISTANCE: MEDIUM. TRIP GRADE: EASY/MEDIUM MAPS: Gregorys, Google. TRANSPORT: PUBLIC


Aug 5 (Thu) SEVEN BRIDGES - SYDNEY HARBOUR CIRCUIT - Cycling
Epping to Lane Cove on backstreets & cycle paths then down Burns Bay Rd to FIg Tree Bridge, Tarban Ck Bridge, Gladesville Bridge, Iron Cove Bridge, Anzac Bridge, Pyrmont Bridge & Harbour Bridge. Then its up Miller St to Cammeray & back to Epping via Gore Hill & Epping Rd cycle paths. Note, there are many joining & departing options available. Please ring to confirm details etc by Tues. Helmets, Hi Vis jackets, sunscreen, water, spare tube, pump & repair kit required. Limit 8 experienced riders. DISTANCE: MEDIUM. TRIP GRADE: MEDIUM/HARD MAPS: Street Directory. TRANSPORT: Bike


Aug 7, 8 GARDENS OF STONE NP, NEWNES STATE FOREST (Q)
End of Sunnyside Ridge Road, Head South West and loop back.Fabulous views of the Wolgan Valley and interesting Pagodas. Due to Bushfires and regrowth allow extra time into the Bushwalk please.Exploratory Bushwalk. DISTANCE: MEDIUM. TRIP GRADE: MEDIUM/HARD/EXPLORATORY MAPS: Cullen Bullen. TRANSPORT: $43


Aug 10 (Tue) KU-RING-GAI NP (q)
Meet Myoora Road Terry Hills, walk to Ryland Track, Cooyong Track, Neverfail Gully trail, Aumuna Road, Larool Trail, Larool Road, Aboriginal Engravings, Myoora Road, Terry Hills. Cafe near bus stop, Terry Hills. DISTANCE: MEDIUM. TRIP GRADE: MEDIUM MAPS: Sydway. TRANSPORT: CAR OR BUS, NOT MUCH


Aug 12 (Thu) EPPING - TURRAMURRA - CHATSWOOD - LANE COVE - EPPING - Cycling
Epping, Browns Waterhole, Turramurra, St Ives, Gordon, Killara, Lindfield, Roseville, Chatswood, Lane Cove NP, Epping. Please ring to confirm details etc by Tuesday. Helmets, Hi-Vis jackets, sunscreen, water, spare tube, pump & repair kit required. Party limit 6. DISTANCE: MEDIUM. TRIP GRADE: MEDIUM/HARD MAPS: Street Directory. TRANSPORT: Bike


Aug 17 (Tue) ROYAL NP (q)
Waterfall, Kingfisher Pool, Battery Causeway, the boring pipeline track, Heathcote. DISTANCE: MEDIUM. TRIP GRADE: EASY/MEDIUM MAPS: RNP Tourist. TRANSPORT: TRAIN


Aug 19 (Thu) OATLEY - COMO - WORONORA - MENAI - OATLEY - Cycling
Catch train to Oatley Station. This is a scenic ride around the Georges River precinct. Great views with plenty of climbs. Oatley, Como Bridge, Como, Bonnet Bay, Woronora circuit, Bangor, Menai, Illawong, Alfords Pt, Padstow Heights, Peakhurst Heights, Lime Kiln Bay, Oatley Pk, Oatley Station. Mostly a mixture of shared pathways & on road cycle routes. Approx 45 kms. Please ring to confirm details by Tuesday. Helmets, Hi-Vis jacket, sunscreen, water, spare tube, pump & repair kit required. Party limit 6. DISTANCE: MEDIUM. TRIP GRADE: MEDIUM/HARD MAPS: Street Directory. TRANSPORT: Bike


Aug 21, 22 KANANGRA-BOYD NP (Q)
Uni Rover Trail Carpark, Uni Rover Trail, Lost Rock (Camp).Return the same way. Due to Bushfires and regrowth will be a slower Walking pace.Will camp at Lost Rock and continue to see how much of the walking pad remains.As leader has not walked here since Bushfires this will be exploratory. DISTANCE: MEDIUM. TRIP GRADE: MEDIUM/HARD MAPS: Yerranderie. TRANSPORT: $58


Aug 21, 22 BLUE MOUNTAINS NP - Bushcare
Sat: Bushcare, tree planting and maintenance. We are working from the new causeway. Social evening and stay overnight in cabins at Green Gully before we lose the cabins as guests of NPWS. We are working in a new area which is a level site. Sun: Walk TBA. All new volunteers have to log on to the NWPS VIP site (just the once) and complete the registration. DISTANCE: SHORT. TRIP GRADE: EASY MAPS: Jenolan 1:25000. TRANSPORT: $38.


Aug 24 (Tue) BRISBANE WATERS NP (q)
Classic walk to Pindar Cave, with great views across the Hawkesbury River. Spring flowers. Ideal walk for prospective members. DISTANCE: MEDIUM. TRIP GRADE: MEDIUM MAPS: Gosford, Gunderman. TRANSPORT: TRAIN


Aug 26 (Thu) EPPING - BRADLEYS HD - NEUTRAL BAY - EPPING - Cycling
Epping, Lane Cove, Balmoral, Bradleys Hd, Curraghbeena Pt, Cremore Pt, Kurraba Pt, Kesterton Pk, Forsyth Pk, Nth Sydney, Cammeray, Gore Hill/Epping Rd cycleway, Epping. Lots of spectacular harbour views with plenty of ups & downs. Experienced road riders only (75kms). Please ring to confirm details etc by Tuesday. Helmets, Hi-Vis jackets, sunscreen, water, spare tube, pump & repair kit required. Limit 6. DISTANCE: LONG. TRIP GRADE: MEDIUM/HARD MAPS: Street Directory. TRANSPORT: Bike


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. **


Sep 21 (Tue) NORTH HEAD AND MANLY ENVIRONS (q)
Meet in front of Ferry Wharf in Manly, 10am. We will explore the small streets and back lanes of the Western Hill and arrive at North Steyne Beach. Our walk continues to South Steyne and Shelly Beach where we will stop for ‘morning tea’ and have an opportunity to get a coffee. Then we will walk up toward North Head via the St Patrick’s Estate and Artillery School. At North Fort we will inspect the bush fire damage to the North Head Sanctuary which occurred in October 2020. Our return to the Manly Ferry Wharf takes us by Collins Flat and the Eastern Hill. Wear sturdy shoes. DISTANCE: MEDIUM. TRIP GRADE: EASY/MEDIUM MAPS: Google Maps. TRANSPORT: PUBLIC TRANSPORT


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.


Nov 1-6 GIBRALTAR RANGE-WASHPOOL NP NORTHERN NSW + OXLEY WILD RIVERS NP + NEW ENGLAND NP (Q). The Gibraltar Washpool World Heritage walk is all on track, 45K or up to 100K with side trips. The side trips can be done separately if an issue for timing. Fuel stoves only. Wildflowers should be good. Allow at least one day to get to and from the start of the walk (Mulligans flat). After this walk I would like to do some exploration for future trips in the area: I plan to do at least one rainforest walk, either 5 Day Creek or George’s Creek/River which are closer to Armidale, and the Styx River Gorge which will require water proofed packs. These walks will be all off track with navigation a key issue for some access routes. The two rainforest rivers are regarded as attractive walking with good rainforest and possible multi day options but I would look to one or two nights for this trip to sample access and the rivers quality. There have been fires in the area and falling trees might still be an issue. The Styx is regarded highly in the old UNE guidebook and lends itself to a multi day trip upstream from its junction with the Chandler with exit up Oaky Creek or the ridge depending on time and water levels. I am still investigating access as NPWS staff seem not to have been there. The most direct route appears to cross private property and I would need to identify owner. Alternative access is available from public roads on the other side but limits options for exits and likely requires a car swap to go upstream on the Chandler. If water levels are high there are other gorges worth exploring. I will need to fill in a registration form for Gibraltar Washpool so I need an EOI sooner rather than later to place mark the trip. There is no issue with a subsequent cancellation but NPWS might limit visitor numbers because of covid so adding numbers is likely to be harder. An EOI will be needed for the RF and Styx walks for registration and particularly for planning if a car swap is needed. For Gibraltar Washpool, NPWS webpage has info pages and downloadable maps. For the second trip the old UNE guidebook is the best source of info. DISTANCE: MEDIUM. TRIP GRADE: MEDIUM/EXPLORATORY MAPS: JEOGLA, BIG HILL, HYATTS FLAT, FIVE DAY CREEK. TRANSPORT: $191 +