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Feb 1 (Wed) ROYAL NP (q)
Heathcote Station, Karloo Track, Kangaroo Creek, Audley, Honeymoon Track, Loftus Station. Rock hopping, scrub & wet feet in Kangaroo Creek, also multiple swimming spots. Drinking water & coffee available at Audley. Then a long fire trail bash to Loftus. Total walk is about 14km. Party Limit. Contact by email please. DISTANCE: MEDIUM. TRIP GRADE: MEDIUM/HARD MAPS: RNP Tourist. TRANSPORT: Train


Feb 2 (Thu) CITY TO LA PEROUSE - Cycling
Starting from Town Hall Station. A loop ride to La Perouse via Centennial Park, Pagewood, Port Botany, Little Bay, Malabar (maybe lunch at beach), Kingsford, Centennial Park. Then its back to the city via Burke St & a choice of a train home or a ride over the Harbour Bridge & back to Epping (approx 75 kms). Nearly all ’On Road’ riding. Please ring to confirm details by Tuesday. Helmets and high vis jackets, sunscreen, water and spare tube & repair kit required. Limit 6. DISTANCE: LONG. TRIP GRADE: MEDIUM MAPS: Street Directory. TRANSPORT: Bike


Feb 7 (Tue) WAGSTAFFE HEADLAND IN BOUDDI NP (q)
Wagstaffe ferry wharf to headland. Possible trip to Lobster Beach or Tallow Beach for a swim. Coffee at Wagstaffe. DISTANCE: SHORT. TRIP GRADE: EASY/MEDIUM/EXPLORATORY MAPS: Bouddi NP sketch map. TRANSPORT: BUS, FERRY, NOT MUCH


Feb 9 (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. If very hot windless day, we might stop at Dolls Point with quick dip in bay. Bring swimmers in case.Please ring to confirm details etc by Tues. Helmets, Hi Vis jackets, sunscreen, water, spare tube, pump & repair kit required. Limit 6. DISTANCE: LONG. TRIP GRADE: MEDIUM MAPS: Street Directory. TRANSPORT: Bike


Feb 11,12* SHOALHAVEN RIVER (Q)
ROUTE CHANGED. From Badgerys Lookout descend to the Shoalhaven. Walk downstream about 4km to one river crossing then another 1km to camp at Canoe Flat. If river is too high to cross safely we’ll stop and find a good camp spot. Swimming, relaxing. Bring a book. If you want more flat walk exercise, we can explore Billy Bulloos Canyon. Wet feet, rock hopping, Camping on sand. There could be flood debris along river. DISTANCE: MEDIUM. TRIP GRADE: MEDIUM MAPS: CAOURA TRANSPORT: $71.


Feb 16 (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 6 experienced riders. DISTANCE: MEDIUM. TRIP GRADE: MEDIUM MAPS: Street Directory. TRANSPORT: Bike


Feb 18 (Sat) 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. The cabins are not available any more, as the renovations have been completed. You will have to have Covid-19 jabs to join us. DISTANCE: SHORT. TRIP GRADE: EASY MAPS: Jenolan 1:25000. TRANSPORT: $50


Feb 21 (Tue) UPPER MANGROVE CREEK (q) - Packrafting
Drive up to Richard Woodbury Reserve on Mangrove Creek, a tributary of the Hawkesbury River adjoining Popran NP. Paddle upstream to the Mangrove Creek weir on the incoming tide and explore the fresh water section further upstream. Return same way, taking advantage of an outgoing tide back to the cars. Scenic Hawkesbury sandstone country enroute. Life jackets and Alpacka (or equivalent) type packraft required. See: https://www.packraftaustralia.com.au/built-to-order-alpacka-rafts. Also see https://www.cmw.asn.au/home/what-we-do/packrafting. DISTANCE: MEDIUM. TRIP GRADE: MEDIUM/EXPLORATORY MAPS: Mangrove 1:25000 TRANSPORT: $34


Feb 25-Mar 3 TARKINE WILDERNESS TASMANIA (Q)
Day walks and kayaking with base camp in Corinna. Savage and Whyte River walks, river cruise and short coastal track walk. Possible overnight walk to Mt. Donalson. Party limit. Expressions of interest ASAP. DISTANCE: MEDIUM. TRIP GRADE: EASY/MEDIUM MAPS: TBA. TRANSPORT: $LOTS


Feb 27-Mar 8 CRADLE MT - LAKE ST CLAIR NP, LABYRINTH (TAS) (QQ*)
A walk exploring the peaks and tarns (small montane lakes) of The Labyrinth, a special place in this World Heritage area. Hire bus to Cynthia Bay from Hobart. Catch walkers’ boat up Lake St Clair to Narcissus, track to The Labyrinth via Pine Valley. Spend about 5 days in the area taking in Walled Mt, Mt Eros, Mt Hyperion, Big Gun Pass, Lake Helios, Lake Elysia and other places. Depending upon weather encountered and available time we will return to Narcissus and then walk down the edge of Lake St Clair (one of the best walks in the country), and possibly visiting Shadow Lake and Mt Rufus. Hire bus back to Hobart. This is a tent walk so you need a good quality tent that can withstand extreme weather. Bring a lightweight daypack. Stoves only. A book or Kindle in case were confined to our tents by the weather. In 2016 we spent 36 hours in our tents due to bad, wet, windy weather with snow on our tent tops for breakfast! This is only for fit and experienced walkers. Party limit 8. DISTANCE: MEDIUM. TRIP GRADE: MEDIUM/HARD/EXPLORATORY. MAPS: Dome 4035, 1:100,000 Mersey, St Clair TM 06. TRANSPORT: $LOTS . * The Walks Secretary has designated this trip as worth TWO Q walks towards qualifying for full membership of CMW. ** LEADER ADVISES: The Trip is now FULL. Contact leader re wait list **


Mar 10 (Fri) MINNAMURRA RIVER (q) - Packrafting
Early train to Minnamurra Station. Walk to the mouth of the Minnamurra River and paddle upstream with incoming tide to the Princes Highway Bridge. Interesting saltmarsh and mangroves to paddle past on the way. Walk back via a cycleway to Jones Beach and return to Minnamurra Station via coast walk & stop for a coffee at the cafe. Life jackets and Alpacka (or equivalent) type packraft required. See: https://www.packraftaustralia.com.au/built-to-order-alpacka-rafts. Also see https://www.cmw.asn.au/home/what-we-do/packrafting. DISTANCE: MEDIUM. TRIP GRADE: EASY/MEDIUM/EXPLORATORY MAPS: KIAMA, ALBION PARK 1:25000 TRANSPORT: TRAIN


Mar 15-20 KOSCIUSZKO NATIONAL NP (Q)
A stroll (mostly) along fire trails, to avoid scrub and boggy ground — i.e. it’s really an “Antiques Roadshow” style walk. Start at the Round Mountain carpark, Theiss Village f/t, Dargals f/t, Strumbo f/t, Grey Mare f/t, Farm Ridge f/t. Hopefully, there will be time to explore things of interest on either side of the tracks. Given the date and that this is the Snowies, be prepared for cold weather/snow. The good news, is no March flies! Note that Parks has a habit of closing areas at short notice, so I may have to change to another route at the last minute. DISTANCE: MEDIUM. TRIP GRADE: MEDIUM MAPS: Jagungal, Toolong Range. TRANSPORT: $


Mar 16-24 GREAT SOUTH WEST WALK (VICTORIA) - BUSHWALK & CANOE (Q)
Three days canoeing down the Glenelg River from Moleside camping area to Lasletts camping area. Two nights camping at canoe only camping sites. Approx. 40 km’s. Bring your own canoe or hire. Leader hiring which allows the hirer to drop and pick us up along the river. Followed by 4 days walking the coastal section of the Great South West Walk from Tarragal camping site to Portland along the coast (cliff top walking and beaches) via Discovery Bay, Cape Bridgewater and Cape Nelson. Camping in Parks Vic camp sites, 13 km from Tarragal Camp to The Springs Camp, 17 km to Trewalla Camp, 15 km to Mallee Camp, 22 km to Portland. All camp sites require booking and canoe hiring needs to be arranged so please book early. Link to info Parks Vic web site Great South West Walk (parks.vic.gov.au) Glenelg River Canoe Trail (parks.vic.gov.au). DISTANCE: MEDIUM. TRIP GRADE: MEDIUM MAPS: Great South West Walk , Lower Glenelg (1:50) TRANSPORT: $


Mar 18 (Sat) 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. The cabins are not available any more, as the renovations have been completed. You will have to have Covid-19 jabs to join us. DISTANCE: SHORT. TRIP GRADE: EASY MAPS: Jenolan 1:25000. TRANSPORT: $50


Mar26-Apr1 SNOWY MOUNTAINS
We will stay in a lodge in Perisher and do day walks. DISTANCE: MEDIUM. TRIP GRADE: MEDIUM UNFORTUNATELY THE DATE HAS BEEN CHANGED AGAIN, BECAUSE AERIAL SHOOTING OF PESTS WILL TAKE PLACE ON THE ORIGINAL DATE MAPS: TBA TRANSPORT: $187. ** Trip rescheduled from 5/02/2023 **


Apr 7-10 MORTON NP ETTREMA PLATEAU, WANDANDIAN COUNTRY (Q)
Greta Rd, Old 4wd Track, Manning Saddle, Possibility Point, Hamlet Crown, Pioneer Plateau, Jones Ck, Greta Rd. An Easter Circuit over the plateau in generally flat undulating country, 1/3rd on track. Two nights at Manning Saddle with a day walk to Possibility Point with the best views of Ettrema in the whole park. From Manning Saddle across scrubby country to Hamlet Crown then along Pioneer Plateau with spectacular views high above Ettrema. Across Jones Ck to 4WD track back to Greta Rd. Some scrub bashing due to regrowth expected with possible wade through Cinch and Jones Cks.Carry lightweight daypack for day walk. DISTANCE: MEDIUM. TRIP GRADE: MEDIUM MAPS: Sassafras, Nerriga, Yalwal, Touga. TRANSPORT: $93


Apr29-May14 WARRUMBUNGLES, PILLIGA, NANDEWARS (Q)
Approx two weeks car camping with day walks amongst the dramatic volcanic scenery of the Warrumbungles and Nandewars of western NSW, with the possibility of one or two overnight walks. A change of pace in the Pilliga (threatened by gas exploration) viewing traditional Aboriginal rock art plus the modern Aboriginal Sculptures in the Scrub Trail, visiting the iconic Pilliga Pottery and experiencing a wide variety of bird life and other native animals. Walking on formed tracks. Days will vary from short to medium/long. Please contact leader asap if youre interested as we have to book campsites. Party limit of 12. DISTANCE: MEDIUM. TRIP GRADE: EASY/MEDIUM MAPS: See Leader. TRANSPORT: $300 APPROX. ** Note: This Trip also appears on the Walks Program of - Canberra Bushwalking Club. **. ** LEADER ADVISES: The Trip is now FULL. **


Jun-Jul FAN MOUNTAINS / TAJIKISTAN
This a World Expeditions trip to Tajikistan including the Fan Mountain and towns on the Silk Road. The WE webpage provides an overview of the trip and route(s). There is a trip in June, not yet committed, and one in July which is confirmed. If we wished, the June trip could be modified by agreement with WE to align better with our interests and perhaps extended. DISTANCE: MEDIUM. TRIP GRADE: MEDIUM/HARD/EXPLORATORY MAPS: See WE web page for overview. TRANSPORT: $LOTS


Jun26-Jul5 TJORITJA / WEST MACDONNELL NP (NT) ARRERNTE COUNTRY (Q)
Highlights of the western end of the West Macs; a sublime landscape of harsh beauty with spectacular peaks, gorges and canyons.Ochre Pits, Inarlanga Gorge, Alice Valley, Lower Giles Spring, Chewings Range Gap, Defiance Canyon, Pats Canyon, Dog Leg, Mt Giles (1389), Ormiston Pound, Ormiston Gorge, Bowmans Gap, Rocky Bar Gap, the iconic Mt Sonder (1379 m) and Redbank Gorge. Mostly off-track in a hard walking country of spinifex and low scrub over broken rocky country. Some very steep and sometimes exposed ascents and descents 3 - 600m. An overnight camp atop Mt Giles (1389 m) that requires carrying and extra 4-5 litres of water over very rugged country. Base camps for 2 nites at Defiance Canyon and Bowmans Gap. Food pick up at Ormiston Gorge.Good sturdy boots plus stoves. Only for experienced and fit walkers with lots of scrambling over rough country.WALK FULL. Contact leader to go on wait list if interested. Party limit 8. DISTANCE: MEDIUM. TRIP GRADE: MEDIUM/HARD MAPS: West MacDonnell NP # 1. TRANSPORT: $LOTS