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|Start Date||End Date||Place||Leader Name||Notes/Hazards||Walking Grade||Distance (km)||Asc/Desc (m)||Map||Walk Limit||Branch||Walk Description|
|22 Aug. 2017||22 Aug. 2017||Morton NP||Joan Lowe||Rough fire trail and fallen trees.||3||8||100||Burrier 8928-2N||20||Southern Highlands||Kangaroo River Fire trail. The Kangaroo River Fire trail leads from Tallowa Dam Road down to Lake Yarungah. The fire trail winds through forest with beautiful ferns and interesting rock formations to a lovely lunch place on the banks of Lake Yarungah. Return by the same route.||2653|
|22 Aug. 2017||22 Aug. 2017||Wollemi National Park||Yuri Bolotin||6||9||Ben Bullen||8||The Slots and Pagodas of The Labyrinth|
Park at GR 430 228 on Wolgan Road and make our way up Minotaur Lair Gully; pass through Minotaur Lair, then turn north and climb up the tributary creek to about GR 421 234. Explore the many slots of The Labyrinth, moving westwards, until about GR 415 233. Exit via Minotaur Lair Gully; the exact route will depend on what we will find and may include Ariadne Thread. About 9km. Exploratory. Scrambling and exposure.
|23 Aug. 2017||23 Aug. 2017||Upper Blue Mountains NP||Adrian Jones||Cliff edges, river crossing, slippery sections.||4||20||670||Katoomba/Mt Wilson||12||Illawarra||Blackheath to car park on Mt Hay Road. From the station follow roads and paths to Popes Glen Track. Follow track and Pulpit Rock Track to Pulpit Rock. Follow Hat Hill Road to Perrys Lookdown car park and descend, 670m, to the Grose River. Possible side trip to the Blue Gum Forest. Cross the Grose River and ascend 390m to Du Faur Head. Continue along Lockleys Track with side trip to Lockleys Pylon to car park.||2781|
|26 Aug. 2017||26 Aug. 2017||Blue Mountains NP||Adrian Jones||Cliff edges, river crossing, loose rocks and slippery sections.||4||20||920||Jamison/Katoomba||15||Illawarra||Mt Solitary Traverse, Wentworth Falls to Katoomba. Commencing from Kedumba Valley Road descend and cross Kedumba River. Steep ascent to Mt Solitary. Continue uphill to eventual descent of the Koorowall Knife-edge. Follow Ruined Castle Ridge Track with a steep ascent up the Golden Stairs to the finish line. A classic Blue Mountains walk with two big up and down sections.||2782|
|26 Aug. 2017||1 Sep. 2017||Ballina||Helen Moody & Scott Rawstorne||Sit in kayaks; experienced paddlers. PFDs compulsory. Kayaks also available for hire.||3||15-25km daily||25||Far North Coast||(BOOKING UP QUICKLY) Week of day paddles in Northern Rivers region. Joint activity with Illawarra Ramblers run by Helen and Scott, who runs the Global Paddler website and has published several Paddlers Guides - to NSW, QLD, VIC. There will be 6 day paddles, chosen with weather conditions in mind. One free day midweek.||2833|
|28 Aug. 2017||28 Aug. 2017||Wollemi National Park||Yuri Bolotin||6||6||Ben Bullen, Mount Morgan||8||Park the vehicles at the Newnes Campground. Ascend Cathedral Canyon till about GR 421 273. From here, explore three consecutive spurs running south east. Exit via Mount Tricky and Cathedral Canyon. Exploratory. Scrambling and exposure.|
|29 Aug. 2017||29 Aug. 2017||Nattai NP||Joan Lowe||Rough track, fallen trees and unfenced cliffs.||3||12||100||Hilltop 8929-2N||20||Southern Highlands||Aherns Lookout is found by following the beeginning of Starlights Track. Take a left fork leading to Rocky Waterholes Lookout and just past this junction look for a right turn which meanders along the ridge to Aherns Lookout. This gives views over the Nattai with Mt Jellore easily identified. Return by the same route.||2785|
|1 Sep. 2017||1 Sep. 2017||Gardens of Stone National Park||Yuri Bolotin||6||6||Ben Bullen||8||Park on Wolgan Road at GR 370 191 (The Style). Walk up south east to the saddle on top of Donkey Mountain at GR 376 183. Descend to the first ledge on the southern side and explore it to its full extent. Return to the saddle and come down to the second ledge. Visit Masterpiece Wall and the cave before it. Retrace to about GR 373 181, climb back on top from there, then descend to the cars. Exploratory. Scrambling and exposure.|
|4 Sep. 2017||7 Sep. 2017||Blue Mountains NP||Adrian Jones||Cliff edges, river crossings, loose rocks and slippery sections. One section off track, about 1 to 2 hours.||3||Illawarra||Emu Plains to Katoomba. Four day camping and hotel trip with vehicle support. From Emu Plains Station to the top of the Golden Stairs, Narrow neck, Katoomba. Two nights camping and one night hotel accommodation. Day 1, Emu Plains to Glenbrook, o/n camp. Day 2, Glenbrook to Woodford, o/n camp. Day 3, Woodford to Wentworth Falls, Hotel accommodation. Day 4, Wentworth Falls to Katoomba.||2789|
|5 Sep. 2017||5 Sep. 2017||Milsons Point to Wollstonecraft||Sue Ann Miller||3||12||12||Southern Highlands||2792|
|8 Sep. 2017||19 Sep. 2017||Wollemi National Park||Yuri Bolotin||6||140||8000||various||Walk closed||Complete East to West Traverse|
Co-leader: Ian Thorpe
This walk will traverse the Wollemi National Park from its easternmost point near Bulga in the Hunter Valley to its westernmost point at Oz Mountain next to Bylong Valley Way. It is expected to take 11-12 days. About 140km. Exploratory. Scrambling and exposure.
Please note that this walk is now closed.
|9 Sep. 2017||9 Sep. 2017||Kentlyn||Beth Michie||One set of well formed steep steps. Deep water. Cliffs.||2||3||20||Macarthur||Not far, not fast. Rich wildflower area, many rare plants. Possible koalas. In Spring time, this patch on the upper Georges is ablaze with wildflowers. Bring your plant book, and your swimmers. All on formed track, mainly flat, with some stairs down to the river. Back by 3.||2847|
|12 Sep. 2017||12 Sep. 2017||Mt Alexander NR||Pamela Warren||Rough tracks and some steep sections.||3||11||50||Mittagong 8929-2S||20||Southern Highlands||The Boxvale Track. A circuit walk which includes the old tramway track, tunnel and lookout giving views towards the Blue Mountains.||2806|
|17 Sep. 2017||17 Sep. 2017||Dharawal NP||Beth Michie||Some rough spots on the track.||2||5||5||Macarthur||Iluka Swamp. Not far, not fast. Plenty of plants to see. Experience the grandeur of the rare O'Hares Creek Shale Sandstone Woodland, before entering a pristine wetland environment. Bring your plant book and your swimmers, lunch, drink etc.||2848|
|18 Sep. 2017||21 Sep. 2017||Budawang Range||Adrian Jones||Cliff edges, rock scrambling, river crossings, loose rocks and slippery sections. Rope will be placed to assist scrambling to summit of the Castle.||3||Various||Various||Limited numbers||Illawarra||Car camping trip with four classic day walks, Pigeon House Mountain, The Castle, Byangee Mountain and Mt Bushwalker. Various kms, grades 3 and 4. Camp site, Long Gully.||2790|
|19 Sep. 2017||19 Sep. 2017||Barren Grounds||Joan Lowe||Rough track, slippery rocks and creek crossing.||3||8||50||Robertson 9028-4N||20||Southern Highlands||Griffiths Walk is a circuit walk through varied vegetation including forest and open heathland. A short detour to a look out gives views along the coast. There are many birds and a lovely lunch spot by the creek.||2786|
|26 Sep. 2017||26 Sep. 2017||Red Rocks NR||Joan Lowe||Rough track, unfenced cliff edges, slippery after rain.||3||13||75||Berry 9028- 3N||20||Southern Highlands||Red Rocks Nature Reserve is on the top of Mt Camberwarra. A rough fire trail leads out to a trig point overlooking Kangaroo Valley. On the return a side track leads out to Brown Mountain Lookout over the coast. Aboriginal rubbings are seen on both tracks.||2787|
|29 Sep. 2017||29 Sep. 2017||Wollemi National Park||Yuri Bolotin||6||6||Ben Bullen||8||The Ledge between Koopartoo Ravine and Koopartoo Gully|
Park at GR 412 209 on Wolgan Rd and climb NW into Koopartoo Ravine. Walk up the ravine, then climb E to the base of the cliffs at about GR 405 217. Follow the ledge SE and then around to the extent possible, ideally all the way to Koopartoo Gully at about GR 415 221 or even beyond to GR 420 221. Descend to the Wolgan Rd. Includes possibly impossible sections. About 6k. Exploratory. Scrambling and exposure
|30 Sep. 2017||3 Oct. 2017||Warrumbungle NP||Mark Goodson||3||15||Warrumbungle NP||20||Sydney||Mostly on track walking to some of the Warrumbungles most spectacular peaks.||2889|
|3 Oct. 2017||3 Oct. 2017||Old Argyle Road Bundanoon||John Ashhurst||Rough track, deep creek crossings, may need sandals.||3||13||50||Bundanoon 89281S||20||Southern Highlands||This is a circuit walk along Old Argyle Road into Penrose State Forest. Circle back through the forest crossing the upper reaches of Paddys River to return to Old Argyle Road.||2869|
|4 Oct. 2017||4 Oct. 2017||Royal NP||Adrian Jones||Cliff edges, river crossing, loose rocks and slippery sections.||3||15||230||Otford||15||Illawarra||Waterfall to Otford. From the station follow the Couranga Track crossing the Hacking River. 150m ascent on an off track section to Bola Heights. Follow trails to the Coast Track with 230m ascent to Otford with option to visit Werrong Beach.||2783|
|6 Oct. 2017||6 Oct. 2017||Mugii Murum-ban SCA||Yuri Bolotin||5||8||Glen Alice||8||Gap Creek Pagodas|
Co-leader – Peter Medbury
Park at Airly Gap and walk up Gap Creek. Explore its northern branch, then climb out to the tops at about GR 231 335 and explore the pagoda spurs on the northern side of Gap Creek, moving east. Descend into Airly Gap. About 8km. Exploratory. Scrambling and exposure.
|7 Oct. 2017||7 Oct. 2017||Royal NP||Adrian Jones||Cliff edges, loose rocks and slippery sections.||3||17||270||Appin/Otford||15||Illawarra||Stanwell Park to Burning Palms and return. Follow roads and fire trail from station with a steep ascent, 190m, on track and grass areas to Bald Hill. Follow new track to Otford Gap. Continue on Coast Track, Cliff Track and descend 210m to Burning Palms. Head south on Coast Track and ascend 170m to Otford Lookout. Return via same route to station via Bald Hill.||2784|
|10 Oct. 2017||10 Oct. 2017||Mt Alexandra NR||Joan Lowe||Rough track, slippery rocks, river crossing, steep descent.||4||9||200||Mittagong 8929-2S||12||Southern Highlands||White Cat Mountain (local name). The walk follows Winters Fire trail to a lookout giving views towards Sydney looking down on the M5 Mortorway. From the top an indistinct track leads down to the Nattai River. After crossing the river a well formed track leads to Lake Alexandra.||2788|
|15 Oct. 2017||15 Oct. 2017||Namadgi||John Hutton||A walk in Bimberi Wilderness, organised by Geehi Bushwalking Club. Contact leader for further details.||2634|
|17 Oct. 2017||17 Oct. 2017||Barren Grounds||David Weatherall||Rough track often wet, muddy and slippery, unfenced lookout.||3||10||50||Robertson 9028-4N||20||Southern Highlands||Flying Fox accessed by a fire trail has the remains of the flying fox used to bring timber up from the valley. The walk then returns to the Cooks Nose Lookout a wonderful lunch spot. On the edge of the escarpment there are spectacular views.||2799|
|21 Oct. 2017||21 Oct. 2017||Blue Mountains NP||Greg Layman||Sensational Blue Mountains scenery, spring wildflowers. See BITSR-1, walk 59 (Lockley Pylon). A little bit of steep scrambling and off-track.||3||12||260||Katoomba 1: 25 000||10||Sydney||A short circuit walk around Fortress Ridge, then Mt Hay Rd. – Lockley Pylon – return. We will also visit a very special cave location|
|24 Oct. 2017||24 Oct. 2017||Bonnum Pic Track to Escarpment||John Ashhurst||Steep rough track slippery creek crossing, fallen trees, unfenced cliff edges.||3||8||100||Hilltop 89292N||20||Southern Highlands||Nattai NP. Wanganderry Pass Fire Trail to the escarpment edge. This walk is along the first part of the Bonnum Pic Track. Leaving the fire trail there are a couple of steep gullies to negotiate before joining an old fire trail and then a bush track leading to the escarpment. Wild flowers are prolific and the view spectacular.||2870|
|31 Oct. 2017||31 Oct. 2017||Bondi Beach to Bronte||Sue Ann Miller||2||3 or 5||12||Southern Highlands||Bondi Beach to Bronte (Sculptures by the Sea) or Bondi Beach to Coogee.||2793|
|7 Nov. 2017||7 Nov. 2017||Mt Jellore||Joan Lowe||Very steep and rough track, unfenced lookout.||3||10||200||Mittagong 8929-2S||12||Southern Highlands||Mt Jellore is an outstanding landmark in the Southern Highlands. The walk follows a fire trail through a private property to Mt Jellore. The final 150 metres are very steep and give access to a trig point. A little further on there are spectacular views. Return by the same route.||2800|
|9 Nov. 2017||25 Nov. 2017||Overland Track & Three Capes Walk, Tasmania||Richard Thompson||3||75, 46||600, 400||15||Sydney||Two iconic tracks in Tasmania. First the Overland Track (with a beautiful Pine Valley extension) which is a must do walk for either the first time or the fifth time. Then we do the Three Capes Walk which is just lovely and greatly enjoyed by my group in 2016. Do either or both. Both require permits booked as early as possible (from July 1 for Overland track; now for Three Capes).||2611|
|10 Nov. 2017||10 Nov. 2017||Mugii Murum-ban SCA||Yuri Bolotin||6||8||Glen Alice||8||Land of the Stone Dragon and Genowlan Canyon|
Map: Glen Alice
Early start. Park on the plateau at GR 250 324. Walk on Genowlan Mountain Trail to about GR 266 339 – the take off point to the Land of the Stone Dragon. Descend into the Dragons Mouth, then continue on the rising spur southwards to the top of Genowlan Canyon at GR 273 333. Descend towards the southern cliff edge of the Hammer, then walk counter clockwise, visiting the northern cliff edge of the Hammer, before retracing towards the trail at about GR 267 332. Walk back to the cars. Exploratory. Scrambling and exposure.
|11 Nov. 2017||11 Nov. 2017||Newnes State Forest||Yuri Bolotin||5||6||Cullen Bullen||8||The spectacular Gang Gang Falls and the ecosystems of Gang Gang Gorge that they are feeding are unlikely to survive the expansion of underground coal mining, recently approved by the Government. See this unique area whilst you can.|
Park at GR 398 038. Descend into Gang Gang Canyon and walk all the way through to Gang Gang Tunnels, visiting a cave at about GR 309 400 seen on the previous trip, as well as the cave at GR 405 043. After exploring the Gang Gang Tunnels, turn south and walk to the falls at GR 407 045, whilst inspecting the caves along the way. Continue south to visit Lots Wife and the adjacent cave. Find a way out to the western side and re-connect with the cars. About 6km. All off track, some rock scrambling and exposure.
|17 Nov. 2017||17 Nov. 2017||Wollemi National Park||Yuri Bolotin||6||13||Ben Bullen||8||The Wonders of Alcatraz|
Note early start. Only a few places left on this walk, which promises to be a spectacular adventure. Numbers are strictly limited due to multiple private properties access.
Park at GR 357 188 on Wolgan Road. Walk N, then NW, then SSW and locate a narrow ridge at around GR 332 192. Now, climb this ridge and find a way to the tops. Follow the escarpment NW, then N around a tributary of Liberty Gully till about GR 331 201. From here, walk SE and visit a high point at around GR 333 199. Retrace NW, descend the gully to the W and make our way to the top of Alcatraz. Find a descent via the gully to the S; alternatively, use Woolpack Gap. About 13k. Scrambling and exposure. 6M, M333E. Exploratory.
|21 Nov. 2017||21 Nov. 2017||Mt Alexander NR||Joan Lowe||Rough track, steep steps, slippery rocks and 4 creek crossings.||3||11||100||Mittagong 8929-2S||20||Southern Highlands||Mt Alexander Circuit - Red Track. This walk follows the track through forest, along creeks and beneath the M5 Motorway. The Nattai River and Gibbergunyah Creek are crossed on the way. There are views and waterfalls along the route.||2801|
|24 Nov. 2017||24 Nov. 2017||Mugii Murum-ban SCA||Yuri Bolotin||6||14||Glen Alice||8||Mothers Arms and more|
Map: Glen Alice
Early start. Park on the plateau at GR 250 324. Walk on Genowlan Mountain Trail to about GR 267 355; explore the area to the east, moving southwards towards the northern extent of Mothers Arms at GR 268 348. Explore Mothers Arms, moving southwards and re-join the road at about GR 267 345. Walk back to the vehicles. Exploratory. Scrambling and exposure.
|25 Nov. 2017||26 Nov. 2017||Lakes Loop Walk, Mt Kosciuszko||Frank Bakker||A walk organised by Geehi Bushwalking Club. Contact leader for further details.||2637|
|4 Dec. 2017||10 Dec. 2017||Kosciuszko NP||Richard Thompson||3||40||600||15||Sydney||Kiandra to Round Mountain mostly via the Australian Alps Walking Track. Some lovely areas to visit on this route, staying near some great Koscie huts. And, of course, a climb of Mt Jagungal is an option for us.||2612|
|17 Dec. 2017||17 Dec. 2017||Kentlyn||Beth Michie||Some unformed track. Deep water. Bunyips.||2||2||Macarthur||Pre Christmas retreat to sanity. No cash registers within cooee. Not far, not fast. Easy walk to the best private, secluded swimming hole on the Georges River. Bring your plant book, bring any book, and your swimmers, and prepare to relaaaxxxxxx. Bring your tent if you want to stay the night.||2849|
|26 Dec. 2017||31 Dec. 2017||Kosciuszko NP||Mark Goodson||The walks are a combination of on tracks and off and will require in places some rock hopping and rock scrambling and the grades will vary from grade 3 to 5.||4||15||200||Perisher Valley 85252S, Geehi Dam 85252N, Kalkite Mountain 86253N, and Chimneys Ridge 85241N||30||Sydney||Best Walk: Main Range Circuit. Using Kahane Lodge in Perisher as a base, we will explore a series of walks.||2890|
|31 Dec. 2017||3 Jan. 2018||Kosciusko NP||Greg Layman||5||45||650||Contact leader||8||Sydney||4 days exploring the Main Range and surrounding area of the Snowy Mts. Great alpine walking, beautiful and unique lakes, grand views all round|
|17 Feb. 2018||25 Feb. 2018||Lord Howe Island||Joe Pike||Variety of walks up to grade 3, mostly leisurely. Harder walks optional.||3||32||Illawarra||Expressions of interest invited for a proposed Lord Howe Island trip 17th to 25th February 2018.Lovely walks and many other activities are available on this beautiful island paradise. Be early or those on the list will be given priority and these trips usually book out quickly. Once costing is available a non refundable deposit will be required to hold your place.|