Sep29-Oct3 BUDAWANGS (Q)
Starting at Sassafras, off track via Middle Creek to Endrick River, then on track to The Vines, then on track to Hidden Valley. We will camp near Hidden Valley the first night and then ascend Sturgiss Mountain on Day 2 going over the top, then descend the south side of Mt Elliot to the beautiful Holland Gorge. Along Holland Creek, Camping Rock Creek, Castle Head, Watsons Pass and Folly Point, return via the track & fire trail to Sassafras. Going over Sturgiss there is some exposure and this walk is not suitable if you don’t have a head for heights. Bush bashing required. Fit & experienced walkers only. Party limit 6. Partly exploratory for leader. DISTANCE: LONG. TRIP GRADE: MEDIUM/HARD/EXPLORATORY MAPS: Endrick, Corang, Tianjara. TRANSPORT: $91 ** Note: This Trip also appears on the Walks Program of South Coast Bushwalkers. **
Sep30-Oct2 KANANGRA-BOYD NP KOWMUNG RIVER, GUNDUNGRA COUNTRY (Q)
Start Uni Rover Trail, Mt Pallin, Ghosts Mountain, Kowmung River, Megalith Ridge, Morong Hill, 4WD track, Uni Rover Trail. A solid walk with a base camp for 2 nites to explore how this once stunning river has fared (recovered?) from the floods and debris over the last few years. Only for fit and experienced walkers. Expect some sections of scrub and a steep descent/ascent of 700m.Bring a waterproof day pack for a possible short swim?. DISTANCE: MEDIUM. TRIP GRADE: MEDIUM/HARD MAPS: Kanangra, Yerranderie, 1:25, 000. TRANSPORT: $77
Sep30-Oct2 NAMADGI NP (Q)
A walk in southern Namadgi. Camping at the same site for 2 nights. Brayshaws Hut, WaterholeHut, Waterhole fire trail, Bulls Flat fire trail to Grassy Creek fire trail and camp on Grassy Creek. Middle day, walk to Lutons Shed or explore the local area. Last day out along Grassy Creek fire trail via Westerman Hut to the cars. DISTANCE: MEDIUM. TRIP GRADE: EASY/MEDIUM MAPS: Yaouk, Shannons Flat. TRANSPORT: $142.
Oct 2023, NEW ENGLAND; GIBRALTAR WASHPOOL NPS; GEORGES RIVER; DAY CREEK AREA (QQ)
Dates flexible seeking expressions of interest. 1. Explore top of Georges River and downstream to Currawinya Creek junction to base camp; explore granite section downstream and potential swimming etc. Need waterproof packs for descent of river. There are some small water falls to be negotiated and long sections of good river walking with rainforest. 2. Follow Around top of Five Day Creek and explore rivers to east and connection to Bellinger River (possible extension through to Thora). 3. Gibraltar Washpool National Park World heritage walk and exploratory walk in WashPool Creek. Possible inclusion of ecologist to explain the forest ecosystem and ecological significance. Guide has worked with NPWS in the area (additional cost to be confirmed). There are other river sections and side gorges to explore depending on weather and fire situation if summer is as dry as predicted. Top end of WashPool Creek is very rocky and difficult with limited campsites. Some of the side creeks are canyons and worth exploring as day walks with some scrambling and wet bits. Waterproof packs / daypacks for creeks and exploring. Stoves, swims, wet feet, rainforest campsites. PiPi flat is recommended for camping but options are limited. DISTANCE: MEDIUM. TRIP GRADE: EASY/MEDIUM/EXPLORATORY MAPS: Hyatts Flat; Geogla. TRANSPORT: $255 approx.
Oct 3 (Tue) BLUE MOUNTAINS N P
A picnic to reflect on the life of recently deceased CMW member Sue Olsen. Walk from Glenbrook station via road and track to Euroka or drive in. Return the same way. Bring memories and some food to share. Water, tea and coffee makings plus soft drink provided. Transport available from Glenbrook station to Euroka. DISTANCE: SHORT. TRIP GRADE: EASY MAPS: Penrith. TRANSPORT: $24.
Oct 5-12 MUTAWINTJI NP, KINCHEGA NP, BROKEN HILL - Social/Historical
Eight days in western NSW exploring two remote national parks, including a guided tour of Mutawintji historic site, Menindee Lakes, also Broken Hill, Silverton and Sculpture Park. Day walks only. Expressions of interest a.s.a.p. Accommodation in Broken Hill caravan park, but tents required for overnight stays in national parks. DISTANCE: SHORT. TRIP GRADE: EASY/MEDIUM MAPS: Ask leader. TRANSPORT: $LOTS
Oct 7, 8 BUDAWANGS - QUILTYS MOUNTAIN (Q)
A mostly off track walk to Quiltys Mountain. We will camp on rock platforms on top, nice views. From Sassafras, Middle Creek, Endrick River, Quiltys Pass and return. River crossings, scrambling, possible wet feet and carry water for camp a short distance. Fit walkers able to scramble. You must be comfortable off track & fit. Party limit 6. DISTANCE: MEDIUM. TRIP GRADE: MEDIUM MAPS: Corang TRANSPORT: $84.
Oct 8 (Sun) SYDNEY CITY
First part of the Federation Track (Sydney to Melbourne), Circular Quay, Woolloomooloo, Rushcutters Bay, Trumper Park, Centenial Park, Waverley Cemetery, Clovelly, Coogee. Bus 314, 315, X13 to Bondi junction, or Bus 373, 374 to Circular Quay. Meet at McDonalds at Circular Quay. DISTANCE: MEDIUM. TRIP GRADE: EASY MAPS: Book: Federation Track, Bill Avery. TRANSPORT: $2.5
Oct 12-15 DUNGEON CANYON AND ETTREMA GORGE (Q)
Starting at Touga, a totally off-track walk with a few compulsory full pack swims depending on water levels. From Touga Road, cross country past Mother Butlers Swamp, then traversing Tullyangela Creek through Dungeon Canyon to the junction with Ettrema Creek. Wild, rugged and beautiful country. Then following Ettrema Gorge to exit at Murrays Pools. Some bush bashing required. Fit & experienced walkers only. Party limit 6. DISTANCE: MEDIUM. TRIP GRADE: MEDIUM/HARD MAPS: Touga. TRANSPORT: $86. ** Note: This Trip also appears on the Walks Program of - South Coast Bushwalkers. **
Oct 15 (Sun) DHARUG NP (q)
The Mill Creek circuit, 11km. An excellent time for spring flowers, especially waratahs and orchids. Also the peak time for birds. DISTANCE: MEDIUM. TRIP GRADE: MEDIUM MAPS: Gunderson, Mangrove. TRANSPORT: $21.
Oct 21-22 UPPER BLUE MOUNTAINS NP - Bushcare
Galong Creek - Megalong Valley. Tree planting and maintenance. Working in a new area, it is a level site .All new volunteers have to log on to the NPWS VIP site (just the once) and complete the registration. We are now camping across the road from the work site, going up Friday afternoon, coming home Sunday morning. DISTANCE: SHORT. TRIP GRADE: EASY MAPS: Jenolan 1:25000. TRANSPORT: $50
Oct 21, 22 ETTREMA CREEK, MORTON NP WANDANDIAN COUNTRY (Q)
Touga Rd, Boomerang Pass, Ettrema Creek, Murray Pools, Coolumburra. An introductory circuit walk to this stunning wilderness creek winding below towering sandstone cliffs to a beautiful campsite beside the creek. All off track with a steep 300m scree/scrubby descent to the creek then some basic rock hopping and minor scrambling. Stunning swimming pools. Wet feet and some wading. Possible short 4-5 m swim depending upon creek level. Waterproof your pack. A good walk for fit prospectives. Bring stove and tent. Early exit. Limit 9. DISTANCE: MEDIUM. TRIP GRADE: MEDIUM MAPS: NERRIGA. TRANSPORT: $93
Oct 28 (Sat) TUGGERAH - TERRIGAL - GOSFORD - Cycling
A new exploratory ride on the Central Coast. Meet at Tuggerah Station the ride south around the lake to the Entrance for morning tea then it south down the coast visiting Toowoon Bay, Bateau Bay, Crackneck L/O, Foresters Bch, Wamberal, Terrigal, Avoca, Kincumber, Gosford & possibly on to Woy Woy. Lots of great views & lots of steep hills. A mixture of Shared Paths & On Road riding. Experienced riders only. Limit 5. Approx 60 kms. Please ring by Tuesday to confirm details. Helmets, Hi-Vis jackets, sunscreen, water, spare tube & repair kit required. DISTANCE: LONG. TRIP GRADE: HARD/EXPLORATORY MAPS: Street Directory. TRANSPORT: Bike
Oct 31 (Tue) SYDNEY INNER WEST - Social/Historical
Central Station, Powerhouse Museum (Exhibition: Atmospheric Memory), Wentworth Park, Fish Market (Lunch), Blackwattle Bay, Jubilee Park. Finish at the Tramsheds. Catch the Light Rail back. DISTANCE: SHORT. TRIP GRADE: EASY MAPS: Sydney Street Directory. TRANSPORT: PUBLIC TRANSPORT
Nov 11,12* MORTON NP BOLLARDS CAVE WANDANDIAN COUNTRY (Q)
Greta Rd, Old 4WD Track, Plain Creek, Moore Ck, Bollards Cave. Return same way. This is a good introductory walk for beginners to overnight walking. Half on track mainly over undulating country with some minor scrub and scrambling to a great campsite beside Moore Creek. Optional swim in pool. DISTANCE: MEDIUM. TRIP GRADE: EASY/MEDIUM MAPS: NERRIGA SASSAFRAS TRANSPORT: $93
Nov 14 (Tue) ILLAWARRA ESCARPMENT (q)
Stanwell Park, Bullock Track to Mt Mitchell lookout, Maddens Plains, Sublime Point, then down the steep track (ladders and stairs) to Austinmer. About 16km; includes ascent/descent of about 400m each at beginning and end of walk. Extensive coastal views, varied landscapes and wildflowers. See https://npansw.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/illawarra-escarpment-walking-track.pdf for more information. DISTANCE: MEDIUM. TRIP GRADE: MEDIUM MAPS: Bushwalking in the Sydney Region, vol 2. TRANSPORT: TRAIN
Dec 4-11 KOSCIUSKO NP (Q)
Round mountain, Farm Ridge, Doubtful Gap, Happy Jack Plain, Gungarlin River, Bulls Peak Creek, Doubtful Creek, Mt Jagungal, Toolong Range, Round Mountain. Hope to have an early morning exit on the 11th. Possible wet feet and scrub, carry stoves. DISTANCE: MEDIUM. TRIP GRADE: MEDIUM/EXPLORATORY MAPS: 1:25 000 Toolong Range, Old Adiminaby, Nimmo Plain, Jagungal. TRANSPORT: $
Feb10-Mar1 NEW ZEALAND KAHURANGI NP AND NELSON LAKES NP (Q)
Alpine walks to climb peaks and mountain passes. Walk 1: 4 days, Cobb valley, Salisbury Lodge, Gordons Pyramid, Mt Arthur hut, Mt Arthur, Flora Stream, Bullock Track, Cobb Reservoir. Walk 2: 4 days, Rolling River, Ghost Valley, Mt Owen, Rolling River. Walk 3: 10 days, Lake Tennyson, Waiau hut, Lake Thompson, Waiau Pass, Blue Lake hut, West Sabine hut, Upper Travers hut, Cupola hut. On-track and off-track. Scrambling. Experienced multi-day walkers only. Huts and camping. Limit of 6. DISTANCE: MEDIUM. TRIP GRADE: MEDIUM/HARD/EXPLORATORY MAPS: Goland Downs BP23, Takaka BP24, Wangapeka Saddle BQ23, Tapawera BQ24, Murchison BR23, Kawatiri BR24, Mount Robert BS24, Ada Flat BT24 all available on-line. TRANSPORT: $LOTS
Mar 17-19 2024 PORT STEPHENS, KOALA SHORES HOLIDAY PARK - Social/Historical
A sojourn at Koala Shores Holiday Park, Lemon Tree Passage, Port Stephens. Arriving Sunday 17th March, option of visiting Tilligerry Habitat Park. Monday 18th March, walks close to Koala Shores. Tuesday 19th March, walk to top of Mount Tomaree, and Tomaree Coastal Walk. Wednesday 20th March, return home. There is accommodation in Koala House for 12 people, in the Lodge for 9 people, in 2 and 1 bedroom cabins, caravans and tents. We need to pay a deposit on Koala House, so need firm indications of interest by September 1st. Koala House is set up for singles and couples. This is a celebration for the class of 1944, but all are welcome, including other family members. Dinners in Koala House and local clubs. DISTANCE: SHORT. TRIP GRADE: EASY. TRANSPORT: $73.