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Feb 29 (Thu) EPPING - SPIT RESERVE - BALMORAL - EPPING - Cycling
Epping, Lane Cove, Spit Reserve, Balmoral, Georges Heights, Middle Head, Chowder Bay, Clifton Gardens, Bradleys Head, Epping. A great ride with fabulous harbour views & a good workout. Approx 70kms, experienced road riders only. Please ring by Tues to confirm details etc. Helmets, high vis jacket, sunscreen, water, spare tube, pump & repair kit required. Party limit 6. DISTANCE: LONG. TRIP GRADE: MEDIUM/HARD MAPS: Street Directory. TRANSPORT: Bike


Mar 2, 3 BUNGLEBOORIE (DINGO) CREEK, WOLLEMI NP, DHARUG COUNTRY (Q)
Waratah Ridge, old 4WD track, Bubblebath exit track, Bubblebath Canyon, Bungleboorie/Dingo Ck. Return same way. Mostly undulating country, 2/3 rds track with some minor scrambling, exposure. Short steep descent to beautiful campsite beside a stunning rain-forest creek below towering cliffs. A short wade across the creek, possibly waist deep. Suitable for fit prospectives. Bring stoves, tent/tarp. DISTANCE: MEDIUM. TRIP GRADE: MEDIUM MAPS: WOLLANGAMBE. TRANSPORT: $58


Mar 3 (Sun) SOUTH MAROUBRA BEACH, KAMAY BOTANY BAY NP MALABAR SS MINMI SHIPWRECK COAST (Q)
A fascinating coastal walk from South Maroubra Beach to Frenchman`s Bay along the Kamay Botany Bay National Park and Malabar Coast. Pleasant coastal ti tree, banksia forest heath tracks and beaut beaches for swims along the way. Good tracks with raised sections and steps. Magic Point, Boora Point. Great ocean views, Interesting coastal geological features, amazing honeycomb sandstone, Malabar Shipwreck site. We visit the SS Minmi shipwreck at Cape Banks - bridge access and some fascinating historic sites such as the Old Coast Hospital ruins and cemetery. Early history is explained on notices, Interpretative signage. The Henry Head Lighthouse, WW 2 bunkers and gun emplacements, Browns Rock and Storm Rock, Little Congwong and Big Congwong Beaches for swims. Historic Bare Island Fort, La Perouse history, First Fleet arrival, the Macquarie Watchtower at Frenchmans Cove, La Perouse Museum -- incredible early architecture, Cove Beach walk to Frenchmans Reserve, Old fig trees and Darawhal land council historic building. Yarra Bay Bicentennial Park walk finish at 4.30 pm. Distance About 14 kms. No big up hills. Will put some cars at walks’ end at Yarra Bay before walk start. Go to this link https://photos.app.goo.gl/cc3Ni3eXSQP6pe2Q9 to see pics from a similar walk in 2018. DISTANCE: MEDIUM. TRIP GRADE: EASY/MEDIUM MAPS: Sydney TRANSPORT: Not much. ** Trip rescheduled from 21/01/2024 **


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.


Mar 18 (Mon) TOMAREE NP
Walk from One Mile Beach to Birubi Point. This is a 7.5km section of the much longer Tomaree Coastal Walk. It includes some beach walking and pleasant coastal heath, all along formed paths and steps. The walk is part of the Koala Shores Holiday program. Car shuffle required. DISTANCE: SHORT. TRIP GRADE: EASY MAPS: See National Parks website. TRANSPORT: $


Mar 19 (Tue) TOMAREE NP
Tomaree Head Summit walk along paved path and stairways, an invigorating walk up to the 161m peak, stunning ocean views over Port Stephens. Option to walk the lower track around the old quarantine station. The walk is part of the Koala Shores Holiday program. DISTANCE: SHORT. TRIP GRADE: EASY MAPS: See National Parks website. TRANSPORT: $


Mar29-Apr1 ETTREMA PLATEAU MORTON NP (Q)
Greta Rd, old 4wd track, Manning Saddle, Dog Leg Cave, Possibility Point, Lost Pools, Greta Rd. A walk on the Ettrema Plateau. Mostly flat undulating country. 2/3rds on track. 2 nites at Manning Saddle with day walk to Possibility Point. A stunning 300 degree view of Ettrema/Cinch Cks from a narrow peninsular 400m above the creeks. The best view of Ettrema in the park. Bring stoves. Some sections of scrub bashing. DISTANCE: MEDIUM. TRIP GRADE: MEDIUM MAPS: NERRIGA, YALWAL TRANSPORT: $93


Apr 24, 25 Wed/Thu BLUE MOUNTAINS NP BUSH WALKERS ANNUAL ANZAC DAWN SERVICE, SPLENDOUR ROCK (Q)
Dunphys Car Park, Medlow Gap, (road) Mobbs Soak, Splendour Rock. (track). Return via Mt Dingo, Mt Warrigal, Blackhorse Ridge, Breakfast Ck, Dunphys Car Park. (track). The short dignified service commemorates the 13 bushwalkers killed in WW2. This service has been commemorated on and off since 1948. Beautiful elevated but dry campsite with spectacular views over the Kanangra Boyd NP to Mt Cloudmaker and Kanangra Walls. We will pick up water at Mobbs Soak and carry an extra 2-3 litres to the campsite. All on track. 400m steep descent/ascent on return. NOTE: This is a midweek walk. Bring an extra bladder to fill for dry campsite. Stoves only. DISTANCE: MEDIUM. TRIP GRADE: MEDIUM MAPS: JENOLAN. TRANSPORT: $38


May 11, 12 NOOROO BUTTRESS, KANANGRA BOYD NP, GUNDUNGRA COUNTRY. (Q)
Kanangra Rd, Whalans fire trail, Belarah fire trail, Ferny Flat, Whalania Ck, Nooroo Buttress, Mt Guouogang (1291m), Ferny Flat, return same way. A c.900m rocky descent to Whalania Ck (camp) then a rock scramble up this very steep narrow and sometimes almost razorback ridge 990m to Mt Guouogang. Arguably the highest ridge in the KBNP. This is only for very experienced fit walkers who not afraid of heights and exposure. Stunning views of Mt Paralyser and Whalania Deep. Walk wont go out if rain predicted. Bring stoves. Max. 6. Possible scrub on the Krungle Bungle Range. DISTANCE: MEDIUM. TRIP GRADE: VERY HARD MAPS: JENOLAN. TRANSPORT: $77


Jul29-Aug8 KAKADU NP (Q)
A walk across the Arnhem Land plateau from Flying Fox Ford on the South Alligator River to Jim Jim Falls. Highlights include Koolpin Gorge, Lost Watch Pool, Pandani Pool, Twin Falls Creek, Amphitheatre Falls/Pool, Rain Forest Creek (Steps Falls), Jim Jim Creek/Falls and several Aboriginal art sites. This walk is only for those fit and experienced walkers who can handle hot walking conditions and warm overnights. Average day temps. 30-33 degrees, nites 17-20 degrees. Also includes some scrambling, scrubby country and walking over stone country. Expect a few stings from irate Green Ants when walking through their country!The Med/Hard grading means just that because of the heat and humidity and we may have to carry extra water on 1 or 2 days. No food drops. Camp fires allowed. Mozzie nets needed, tent optional, lightweight tarp may come in handy if it rains, chance less than 10%. Note: This walk is subject to approval from Traditional Owners (TOs), Kakadu N Parks and securing transport to and from Darwin. We usually find out about approval Feb - March.Walk is FULL. Contact leader about being put on EOI wait list. DISTANCE: MEDIUM. TRIP GRADE: MEDIUM/HARD MAPS: 1:50000,KOOLPIN, JIM JIM FALLS, 1:100000, JIM JIM TRANSPORT: $LOTS


Aug11-Sep1 2024 SWITZERLAND VIA ALPINA - ALPINE PASS ROUTE (Q)
Switzerland, The Alpine Pass Route traversing Switzerland from Sargans in the east, to Montreux in the west. Flight to Zurich, train to Sargans and from Montreux. Leader will be arriving earlier and staying on in Switzerland after the walk. 19 stages following the original Alpine Pass Route crossing 16 alpine passes for a total of 23,000m of elevation. Many variations possible including transport and heavily dependent on weather conditions. The walk will be structured with time to enjoy the villages and the alpine scenery, possible side trips if unfavourable weather on the passes. In order to travel light, have flexibilty with our itinerary and stay in remote locations, accommodation will vary from guesthouses to basic huts and possibly some ultralight camping. Accommodation will be basic but we will buy meals along the way, with the biggest expense likely to be restaurant meals each night. In order to facilitate travel and access to tourist sites, it’s expected that only a small, light pack will be carried with a bare minimum of gear, please contact me for more details. Party limit; Exploratory. DISTANCE: LONG. TRIP GRADE: MEDIUM/HARD/EXPLORATORY MAPS: swisstopo. TRANSPORT: $APPROX 3000


Aug25-Sep11 CENTRAL QUEENSLAND HIGHLANDS (Q)
(I have now been able to finalise the dates with CSR.) A two-week trip with possible extensions, car camping with day walks of varying levels of length and difficulty. Six nights with a base camp at Billabong Campsite in the beautiful Carnarvon Station Reserve, a Bush Heritage property now largely rehabilitated from pastoral damage, followed by four nights in the spectacular Mount Moffatt Section of Carnarvon NP. I plan to drive home with short stays at Timmallallie NP in the Pilliga and the Warrumbungles to view the spring wildflowers. High clearance 4WDs are essential for access to the Carnarvon Station Reserve, and can be hired from Cunnamulla or Roma. Vehicles of at least AWD Forester-type standard are needed for Mt Moffatt. Bookings (for vehicles, campsites and motels/caravan parks while travelling) will need to be made many months in advance. Walking mostly on tracks, but with a few off-track exploratory excursions in rough terrain. We will need to take all our own water and fuel into Carnarvon Station Reserve.Party limit of 12. DISTANCE: MEDIUM. TRIP GRADE: EASY/MEDIUM/EXPLORATORY MAPS: Vandyke, Consuelo, Warrong, Mt Howe 1:100000 TRANSPORT: $LOTS