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Bush Club Current Quarterly Walks Program 2018
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Notes:
Members have access to the full version which includes leader and meeting, transport arrangements and advance notices for overseas trips.
Extra walks are added at short notice throughout the season.
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DateGradeRoute and Description
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MARCHClick here to view or download the grading guide - 3 pages
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Sun
4 Mar
to
Sun
11 Mar
Mixed M
Medium pace
various km
various climbs
Snowy Mountains
Day walks with ski lodge accommodation. 
6
Wed
7 Mar


Slow pace
approx 8km
mostly flat
Surburban
Musical Meander: Canterbury to Wolli Creek. From Canterbury we follow the Cooks River as it meanders through the parklands of Hurlstone Park and Marrickville. From Wolli Creek we catch a train to the city. At St Andrews Cathedral at 12:30 the Navy Band will entertain us. A donation is requested. 
7
Wed
7 Mar

3 M
LTW
Medium pace
13km
500m climbs
Blue Mountains
Crossing the Blue Mountains Stage1 - Lapstone to Glenbrook: Walk along Nepean River then climb to Portals Lookout - steep scramble ascent with some exposure. Great views from the lookout. Visit Tunnel View lookout before descending to the causeway on Glenbrook Creek before the final ascent to Glenbrook.   Map: Penrith
8
Fri
9 Mar

2
CYCLE
Unhurried pace
42km
11m climbs
(New)
Wyong
Bike Ride Tuggerah Station to North Entrance and return: All on bike trail along Tuggerah Lake foreshore. We will stop for coffee at The Entrance and for lunch in the foreshore park at Chittaway before returning to Tuggerah Station.  Map: Central Coast Council Cycling maps
9
Sat
10 Mar

3 M
Medium pace
22km
450m climbs
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
Wahroonga to North Turramurra: Street walking from Wahroonga Station to the Grosvenor Track, down to Gibberagong Hole, up the Murrua Trail to Bobbin Head via the Bobbin Head Trail, along Cowan Creek to the Warrimoo and Darri Tracks to North Turramurra. From there a bus to Turramurra Station.  Map: STEP
10
Sun
11 Mar

3+ M
Fast pace
21km
400m climbs
(New)
Lower North Shore - Sydney Harbour
Artarmon to Manly: From Artarmon Station to the Spit Bridge, via Flat Rock Creek, Tunks Park, Primrose Park, Mosman and Beauty Point staying as close to the Middle Harbour foreshore as possible. Then on to Manly with side trips to Grotto Point and Crater Cove. Grade is higher end of 3 just becasue fo distance.  Map: Harbour to Spit Walks
11
Sun
11 Mar

5 M
Medium pace
6km
300m climbs
Newnes State Forest
Gang Gang Canyon, Tunnels and Falls: 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. 5M
Map: Cullen Bullen
12
Mon
12 Mar


Medium pace
15km
150m climbs
Sydney Harbour National Park
Circumnavigate NORTH HEAD: Manly Wharf- Shelley Beach- Old Quarry- North Head Sanctuary- Hanging Swamp- Fairfax Lookout- North Fort (lunch)- Q Station- (afternoon tea)- Collins Flat- Little Manly- Manly Wharf. Joint walk with NPA.  Map: STEP Inc. Northern Sydney Harbour Foreshore sheet 4
13
Mon
12 Mar
to
Fri
16 Mar
4 M
Medium pace
61km
unknown climbs
Kangaroo Island
WALK FULL
5 Day Wilderness Trail: A full pack walk along this new Kangaroo Island Great Walk with its rugged, remote and spectacular coastline of towering cliffs of limestone and coagulated magma, storm-blasted coastal scrub and massive arcs of bone white beach. WOW!
We will camp at designated campsites, and must carry our own tents, stoves and food. See link: http://www.kangarooislandwildernesstrail.sa.gov.au/home. Party limit applies and places can book out quickly.  Map: provided by KI visitors centre
14
Tue
13 Mar


Unhurried 
pace
Approximately 7 km
Minor asc and desc
Lane Cove
St Leonards Station to Lane Cove Plaza through bushland parks: From the station we walk through Gore Hill cemetery and then some street walking down to bushland tracks near Lane Cove Golf course. Cross River Rd and enter Warraroon Reserve to Tambourine Bay Reserve. Walk up to Lane Cove Plaza via Riverview. Some street walking and well formed bush tracks. Some steps and stairs.  Map: STEP WALKING TRACKS OF Lane Cove Valley. Bushwalks around Lane Cove. 7th edition also useful.
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Tue
13 Mar

3 M
Medium pace
8-9km
unknown
climbs
Blue Mountains National Park
Faulconbridge to Springwood: Numantia Falls, an aboriginal-like cave plus rock garden & kangaroo engraving. Half is on a good track and half on a not-so-good track with a short section along a slippery creek track (but easy). A no-hurry trip 
16
Tue
13 Mar

4 M
Fast pace
21km
800m climbs
(New)
Berowra Valley NP
Hornsby to Berowra: A longish walk around edge of suburbia however far enough away not to be annoyed by the hustle and bustle of everyday life! A relatively pretty walk with a few hills thrown in to bring us back to the reality of walking. Our route from Hornsby Station to Berowra Station will follow the Great North Walk. Joint walk with SBW.  Map: Hornsby & Cowan 1:25,000
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Tue
13 Mar
to
Thu
29 Mar
4 M
Medium pace
250km
Plenty of moderate climbs (200m or so)
Great North Walk
Circular Quay to Newcastle: You don't have to travel far from Sydney to do a long distance iconic walk. Mostly camping with some options for hotels/caravan parks. A couple of food drops. People can also elect to join us to do some shorter sections. Joint walk with Sydney Bush Walkers.  Map: GNW
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Wed
14 Mar

3 M
LTW
Medium pace
17km
500m climbs
Blue Mountains
Crossing the Blue Mountains Stage 2 - Glenbrook to Woodford: Descend to DuckHole on Glenbrook Creek then a steep 150m climb on rough track to St Helena Ridge before meeting the Oaks fire trail for the walk to Woodford  Map: Penrith, Katoomba
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Thu
15 Mar

3 M
Unhurried pace
12km
200m climbs
Ku-ring-gai National Park
Bobbin Head circuit: Circuit walk from park gates along Warrimoo Track to Bobbin Head (coffee stop) then return via Gibberagong Track to Murrua Rd. Water views, some slippery sections. 
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Fri
16 Mar

6 M
Medium pace
12km
Climbs TBA
Wollemi National Park: Wolgan Rock- course changed
Early start. Numbers are strictly limited.
Park at GR 342 178 on Wolgan Road. Walk north west, then north, then north east towards Woolpack Gap. Stay underneath the cliffs and try to find a way up at about GR 347 205 (alternatively, traverse further east to Collett Gap). Once on top, walk to Collett Gap and from there, to Wolgan Rock. Return either via Collett Gap or the new pass at GR 347 205 (if it is possible). Exploratory. Scrambling and exposure. Map: Ben Bullen
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Sat
17 Mar

3 M
Medium pace
10km
260m climbs
Blue Mountains National Park
Scenic and Historical walks of Medlow Bath: Joint walk with NPA. Circuit walk visiting tracks below the Hydro Majestic. Spectacular views, with some exposure on cliff edges and narrow passes. Visit the three Brothers and view the recent landslide on the Colosseum track, lookouts and Marks Tomb.  Map: Katoomba
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Sat
17 Mar

3 M
Medium pace
13km
350m climbs
Blue Mountains National Park
Springwood circuit: Springwood station to Sassafras Gully, Perch Ponds, Martins Lookout and return to Springwood via Magdala Creek track. Swim possible. Joint walk with NPA  Map: CMA Springwood
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Sat
17 Mar
to
Sun
18 Mar
4 M
Medium pace
30km
1500m climbs
Blue Mountains National Park
Mt Victoria to Blackheath overnighter: Mt Victoria - Victoria Creek - Grose River - Govetts Creek (side trip up and down Perry's Lookdown: with or without pack, your choice!) - Junction Rock - Govetts Leap - Blackheath. Initial few kms along fire trail to stretch the legs, then mostly shady bush track along the creeks and rivers. Several ups and downs including 400m and 600m individual climbs. Some exposure on the (very solid) staircase up to Govetts Leap. Joint with SBW.  Map: Mt Wilson, Katoomba
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Sun
18 Mar


LTW
Unhurried pace
10-12.km
No major climbs
(New)
Sydney Harbour
Twilight Trot Series: Walk 5: Taronga Park Wharf to Kurraba Point Wharf: We browse the inlets and bays enjoying the lovely views of Sydney Harbour as the light changes from daylight, to twilight to darkness.The walk is mainly in reserves and consists of flat harbourside tracks with some street walking. There are some steps but nothing major. Bring afternoon tea and dinner as we will find scenic spots along the harbour to enjoy our breaks. Please ensure that you bring enough water and a torch with new batteries. We will be finishing in the dark.  Map: Sydney Harbour Foreshores,
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Tue
20 Mar


Medium pace
10km
Minor climbs
(New)
Lane Cove River
Thornleigh, Pennant Hills Park Devlins Creek, Byles Creek, return to Thornleigh: bush tracks, parks 
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Tue
20 Mar

3 M
Medium pace
18km
150m climbs
Great North Walk....mostly
Hornsby to Epping: Some street walking from Hornsby Station will lead to the Bluegum Track and then on to the Great North Walk. We follow this through to Thornleigh where we walk some suburban streets before once again picking up the Great North Walk on the other side of Thornleigh. The first section has many short ascents and descents, with one significant climb. As we pass Thornleigh Station there is an opportunity for an early exit. After lunch there is a long descent down into the valley and after crossing the creek [as the stepping stones have been washed away there may be some rock hopping] we follow the track down through the Lane Cove Valley along the creek. If there has been rain there may be a number of creek crossings in this section. We then leave the GNW and turn on to the Whale Rock Circuit. This track will take us through to Epping where once again there is a short street section to the station.  
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Wed
21 Mar


Medium pace
13km
Minor climbs
Great North Walk - Woolwich to Lane Cove
Coffee opportunites on the way, exiting to North Ryde station: Mixture of street, park, bushland walking.   Map: GNW strip map
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Wed
21 Mar
to
Tue
27 Mar

CYCLE
Unhurried pace
140km
Gentle climbs on rail trails
Northern Victoria Rail Trails
TRIP FULL, wait list applies
Riding the High Country and the Murray to the Mountains Rail Trails High Country Rail Trail: Old Tallangatta To Wodonga 40 km.
Murray to the Mountains Rail Trail: Bright To Wangaratta 114km.
Average 35kms per day.
Accommodation is shared rooms in a large holiday property at Beechworth Limit 13 Cost $570. Map: Rail Trails of Victoria
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Wed
21 Mar

3 M
Medium pace
12km
370m total asc/des
Lawson, Blue Mtns National Park
Waterfalls of north and south Lawson: Two waterfall circuits visiting numerous falls and lookouts. North circuit 210m asc, South circuit 160m asc.   Map: Katoomba
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Wed
21 Mar

3 M
Unhurried 
pace
15km
Mostly flat
Great Coastal Walk
Day 4 of 9: Morning Manly to North Head circuit, afternoon Manly to Spit . Lunch at about 12.30pm near Manly Wharf. Mostly track, a few streets. Map: Sydney's Great Coastal Walks
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Sat
24 Mar
to
Mon
26 Mar
6 M
Medium pace
20-24km
1200m
climbs
Wollemi National Park
Baker Ridge and Holbrook Castle: Strictly limited numbers. Private property access has been arranged.
Day 1 – Friday 23 March. Early start. Drive to Widden Valley and park at the national park boundary at GR 471 767. Ascend Baker Ridge until about GR 468 740. The objective now is to find water in the gullies below. Camp at Baker Ridge and visit Holbrook Castle. Distance about 6km.
Day 2 – Saturday 24 March. With day packs only, walk south, then east on Baker Ridge, through the labyrinth of spurs, till about GR 490 722. Return to the camp. If time permits, visit Sheep Station Point. Distance 8-12km.
Day 3 – Sunday 25 March. From the camp, walk into a side gully to the west and down to Widden Trail and the cars. Distance 6km.
Exploratory. Scrambling and exposure. Map: Mount Pomany, Coricudgy
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Sun
25 Mar

3 M
Medium pace
12km
Minor climbs
(New)
Middle Harbour Foreshore
Minimal Impact Awareness: Artarmon to Clontarf: Are you new to bushwalking? This walk is designed to educate and inspire new bushwalkers in the principles of Minimal Impact and Leave No Trace. Starting with a briefing at Artarmon station, we'll head down to Clontarf via Tunks Park and Spit Bridge. Two creek crossings. Bring: sturdy gloves and a bag for rubbish so we can put into practice what we learn; Keepcup for a coffee at the end of the walk; your usual requirements for a day walk. Sign up early as this walk is being advertised to the public on the Bushwalking NSW website and places are strictly limited.  Map: google
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Tue
27 Mar

3 M
LTW
Medium pace
20km
250m climbs
Berowra and Mt Ku-ring-gai National Parks
Berowra to Wahroonga : Berowra Station-Waratah Bay-Appletree Bay -Bobbin Head then Gibberagong Track to Wahroonga than street walk to Wahroonga Station.  Map: Berowra Valley NP
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Tue
27 Mar

Training 
LTW
Unhurried 
pace
5 minute walk
Maybe some stairs!
Kirribilli Neighbourhood Centre
How To Pack For An Overnight Walk: Interested in trying a packwalk, or just see how others do it?
A review on what to take on an overnight packwalk with an emphasis on lightweight gear, food and clothing, with plenty of time for discussion. Ideal for beginners or those wanting an update. Limited numbers- Essential to book 
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Thu
29 Mar

6 M
Medium pace
6km
600m climbs
Wollemi National Park- date changed from 30 to 29 March
Ravines and Slots of Koopartoo Mesa South: Park at GR 430 228 on Wolgan Road and make our way up Minotaur Lair Gully, then use Minotaur Pass at GR 419 230 to climb up to the top of Koopartoo Mesa. From here, walk SW and find a way down into a tributary of Koopartoo Gully at around GR 415 226. Moving SSE, investigate slots and pagodas until about GR 416 222. From here, walk W and use the tape to descend at GR 414 222, or, if time allows, traverse to GR 413 220 and use a known double tape descent route from GR 414 221.
Descend to Wolgan Rd at GR 420 216 and walk 1.5km back to the cars (alternatively, a car shuffle could be set up). Partly exploratory. Scrambling and exposure. Map: Ben Bullen
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APRILClick here to view or download the grading guide - 3 pages
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Mon
2 Apr

3 M
Medium pace
20km
500m climbs
(New)
Berowra Valley NP
Berowra Loop: Berowra to Mt Kuringai via Waratah Bay then Mt Kuringai to Berowra via Lyrebird Gully. Option to do half the walk and finish at Mt Kuringai Stn. Each side of ridge has a significant climb (approx 250m)  Map: Hornsby
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Tue
3 Apr
to
Mon
9 Apr
Mixed 
Medium pace
45km
No major climbs - walks not yet determined - will depend upon group
Kosciuszko National Park
Snowy Ramble : 3 day walks from lodge at Smiggins and short pack walk to base camp at Cesjacks Hut with day walks from hut. The level of walks will depend upon the group and different levels of walks may be offered each day - Grades 3+ & 4 as likely to be off track components crossing snow grass, creeks and possibly boggy areas. One of the walks may be a high ridge walk circumnavigating the Wrights Ck catchment valley in the Mt Stilwell area.
4 nights accommodation will be at Gunuma Lodge $34 per person per day self cater, payable on booking. Lodge limit 12.
Tuesday 3rd will be a travel day avoiding Easter traffic.
The last 2 nights we spend at Cesjacks Hut - about 2km walk in. Tents will be required as the hut is reasonably small and has a resident rodent. The hut has views over the surrounding valley and mountains. From the hut Morrie will lead us on a day walk. This part of the walk has a limit of 8 unless additional 4WD vehicles are available. This would be an excellent introduction to pack walking and camping (without having to carry the pack far).
The Snowy Mountains should be lovely at this time of year, crisp air hopefully with no flies. Map: Perisher & Jagungal
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Wed
4 Apr

3 M
LTW
Medium pace
14km
300m climbs
Blue Mountains
Crossing the Blue Mountains Stage 3. Woodford to Bullaburra: Short street walk then bush tracks past Edith Falls, Hazel Falls, Burgess Falls, Frederica Falls then Empire Pass track and Dantes Glen track finishing at Bullaburra station.  Map: Katoomba
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Thu
5 Apr
Bush Club Committee Meeting, 4:30pm, Thornton Room
Kirribilli Neighbourhood Centre, 16 Fitzroy St, Kirribilli
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Thu
5 April

2+ 
Unhurried 
pace
12km
180m climbs
Lane Cove Valley
Gordon to Roseville: We will go via Blackbutt creek, Lane Cove River, Gt Nth Walk and Symons Track. After ascending one of Sydney's newest tracks to Crimson Hill we traverse the old UTS campus then take a short, steep off-track section to Sugarbag creek then some street walking via Loyal Henry Park to Roseville station. Mostly fire trails and shady tracks.  Map: STEP Lane Cove Valley
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Sat
7 Apr

3 M
Medium pace
15km
150m asc/desc
Heathcote National Park
Waterfall to Helensburgh: Joint walk with NPA. From Waterfall station follow tracks to Camp Coutts and then ascent to Mt. Westmacott with good views. Descend and follow firetrails and tracks to Helensburgh.  Map: Appin
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Sun
8 Apr
to
Fri
13 Apr

Medium pace
Various km
500m climbs
Central West NSW
WALK FULL, wait list operating
Great Escape to Orange: Expressions of interest are invited for another Great Escape ..... walking in the beautiful central west around Orange. Accommodation will be in lovely modern self contained cabins at the base of Mt Canobolas. We will arrive at the cabins late on Sunday afternoon and depart the following Friday morning. The cost is $330. This includes 5 nights accommodation and 4 evening meals [a day longer than last year]. The total cost will need to be paid by November 30th, 2017. No refund will be given unless your place is taken by another club member. Each day will involve the use of club cars. One day will involve driving on an unsealed road.  Map: Orange / Cudal
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Sun
8 Apr
to
Thu
19 Apr
6 M
Medium pace
120km
8000m climbs
Wollemi
Complete East to West Traverse: (Fully Booked). This walk will attempt to traverse the Wollemi NP 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 12 days. Please note that this walk is now closed. Exploratory. Scrambling and exposure. 
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Tue
10 Apr


Unhurried 
pace
14km
No Major climbs
Middle Head
Discovering Hidden Sydney Part 3: Ferry from Circular Quay to the Zoo. Explore the coast to Middle Head and discover some fascinating relics from our past. Wonderful views. Opportunity for coffee. A brief commentary along the way. Short cut return via some street walking. Return to Circular Quay via ferry.   Map: Sydney UBD
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Wed
11 Apr

3 M
Medium pace
14km
250m asc/desc
Heathcote National Park
Woronora Escarpment and Barden Ridge: Joint walk with NPA. Great views and spectacular flora in the Sutherland Shire. Steep short descent to cross Woronora River with a steep climb 150m to Lucas Heights. Follow pristine bush walking in the Barden Ridge area and then return.  Map: Campbelltown.
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Thu
12 Apr

3 M
Unhurried 
pace
12km
350m climbs
Berowra Valley
Hornsby to Thornleigh: We will go via Blue Gum Walk, Joe's Mountain circuit, the Jungo and then to Cherrybrook via the Calicoma track. All on track but rough in places with steps and creek crossings.  Map: CMA Hornsby
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Sat
14 Apr
to
Sun
15 Apr
Grade 3M Medium pace 36km
1000m cum ascent
Great North Walk overnighter
Thornleigh to Cowan: a great packwalk close to Sydney along the Great North Walk. Mostly good bush track, some fire trail. Water and toilets at Crosslands, although we'll continue onto Lyrebird Creek to camp. Lots of ups and downs, maximum ascent 220m, multiple creek crossings. Maps: Hornsby, Cowan.
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Sat
14 Apr

3
CYCLE
Medium pace
About 45km
80 m ups and downs
South Coast
Thirroul to Unanderra: Mainly flat riding, some hills. Combination of cycle paths, cycle lanes and some light traffic on roads. Helmet compulsory. Must be confident on roads. Morning tea at North Wollongong café; picnic lunch or possibility to purchase from 'takeaway shop' on the way. Expect to finish ride at 2 pm approx. 
50
Sun
15 Apr


LTW, SEA
Medium pace
12km
400m climbs
(New)
Blue Mountains NP
Grose River via Paterson Range and Donna Track, EXPLORATORY: Explore the Grose river close to the Devils Wilderness.
From Paterson Range fire trail we will take the Donna Track to the Grose River. From the track the drop down (400 mtrs) to the Grose will be off track and require some exploration.
We will then explore a section of the Grose to the north, looking for an exit (400 mtrs ascent) on an old unnamed fire trail. If this proves impossible we will return the same way we came in.

Some of this walk will involve rock scrambling along the river edge and route finding. (Joint walk with All Nations Bushwalkers) 
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Tue
17 Apr

3 M
Medium pace
15km
200m ups & downs
Northern Sydney
Oxfam Trailwalker Stage 1: Practising what I preached by leading a Themed Walk. Why wear yourself out over 48 hours when you can do gently over 7 days. First in a series of 7 to cover the 2017 trail from Brooklyn southwards to Tania Park in Balgowlah. This stage follows the GNW from Brooklyn to Cowan.  Map: Oxfam Trailwalker Book
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Wed
18 Apr


Medium pace
15km
250m climbs
Blue Mountains
Blackheath Station Circuit via Grand Canyon: Blackheath Station- Neates Glen- Grand Canyon- EVANS lookout (lunch)- cliff top walk to Govetts leap- Popes glen- Blackheath. Joint walk with NPA.  Map: Katoomba CMA
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Wed
18 Apr
to
Tue
24 Apr
3
CYCLE
Unhurried 
pace
155 total km
Gentle climbs on rail trails
Northern Victoria Rail Trails
Riding the High Country and the Murray to the Mountains Rail Trails:
High Country Rail Trail: Old Tallangatta To Wodonga 40 km.
Murray to the Mountains Rail Trail: Bright To Wangaratta 114km.
Average 35kms per day. Accommodation is shared rooms in a large holiday property at Beechworth. Limited numbers. Map: Rail Trails of Victoria
This is the second string ride for those who missed out on Col Isaac's ride and is timed to segue into Vickie Presdee's Vic rail trail ride starting 24 April. Bookings for this ride will close on 16 February 2018  Map: Victorian Rail Trails
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Wed
18 Apr
to
Tue
24 Apr
3 M
Medium pace
10-14km per day
Up to 1000m climbs
Mt Buffalo National Park
Car camping trip with a series of day walks in the magnificent granite country of Mt Buffalo National Park near Bright in northern Victoria. Walks are all medium degree of difficulty between 10 and 14 kms in distance. We will be camping in the Lake Catani Campground in the National Park and driving to walks on roads that are mostly sealed with the occasional section of good quality dirt road. No public transport options are available, participants need to bring their own vehicles or make their own arrangements to share. This is being run in conjunction with the Victorian Rail Trail trip organised by Vicki Presdee. Participants can do either trip or join both. 
Tue - Gorge Heritage Walk 2.5ks, Underground River Track 2.5ks, View Point Walk 4ks, The Monolith 1.8ks (Total 10.8ks)
Wed - The Big Walk (11.3ks) 1000metres ascent
Thu - The Cathedral- Hump Track 2kms, Le Souef Plateau Track 3.5ks, Old Galleries 1ks, Challwell Galleries 1.7ks (Total 8.2ks)
Fri - Dicksons Falls Nature Walk 2ks and The Back Wall Track 12ks (Total 14ks)
Sat - South Buffalo Track 8ks and the Horn 1k (Total 9ks)
Sun - Macs Point Track and part of Mollisons Galleries Track to Eagle Point and Og Gog and Magog 12ks
Mon - Eagle Point and Mt Dunn Track 12ks
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Sat
21 Apr

3 M
Medium pace
20km
300m climbs
Lane Cove National Park & Great North Walk
Chatswood to Waverton: A simple walk starting at Chatswood Station, following the Rail to River track and then joining the Great North Walk to Waverton. On tracks and some street walking. Limited numbers.  Map: STEP maps
56
Sat
21 Apr

3 M
Medium pace
Approx 12km
No major climbs, but lots of undulations
Wentworth Falls
Cliff-line tracks around Wentworth Falls: From WF station, walk via Darwins Track across the Shortcut Track to Consoc Hut, down to Lilians Bridge, Osmodeus Pool for a possible dip, Edinburgh Castle Rock, Nature Trail back to Consoc for coffee, thence Overcliff & Undercliff Walks with many lookouts, then down to Wentworth Falls (this is optional) and back to station. This is good work-out, visiting lots of look-outs that don't usually get a look-in.  Map: Katoomba
57
Sun
22 Apr

Training 

(New)
Turramurra
Provide First Aid: A terrific, one day (10 hour), face-to-face course including practical skills & assessment to provide basic first aid in an outdoor environment.
*Unique Student Identifier (USI) number: If you do not have a USI for First Aid Training, apply on-line at www.usi.gov.au before enrolling in the course.
*Enrol in the course by emailing walterbaer@yahoo.com.au
*Course provider will be All Aid/First Aid
*Cost: $125. Full refund for club walk leaders, 50% refund for club members, on successful completion of the course. For refund contact Bush Club Treasurer, bushclubtreasurer@gmail.com or PO Box 3079, Regents Park 2143 
58
Tue
24 Apr


Unhurried 
pace
12km
mostly flat
Sydney Coastal Walk
Day 5 of 9, Sydney's Great Coastal Walk: The Spit to Kirribilli. Mostly track, street finish. Harbour at its best, great views. Map: Sydney Great Coastal walk
59
Tue
24 Apr
to
Sat
1 May

CYCLE
Medium pace
18-53km per day
Victorian Bike Ride- Ride full, wait list operating
Bendigo & Ballarat: A series of bike rides around the Bendigo and Ballarat area that will include the O'Keefe Rail Trail and the Skipton Rail trail which we will ride one way and organise a private transfer for the return trip. Also included is a walk on the Leanganook Track including Mt Alexander and part of the Coliban Main Channel. On one of the proposed rides we will catch a train one way and ride the return trip. The other rides are creek and river rides through parks and scenic areas. Rides range in distance each day and are on well formed tracks, a hybrid bike is suitable.
We will be staying in caravan parks with various accommodation options and you will need to make your own bookings and transport arrangements.
Please contact leader for a detailed itinerary. Please note that this is a Joint activity with NPA.  Map: Bendigo and Ballarat
60
Thu
26 Apr

3 M
Medium pace
15km
200m climbs
Lane Cove Valley
Epping to Wahroonga: Epping Station, Terrys Creek, Great North Walk to Comenarra Parkway, Coups Creek, the Glade, Wahroonga Station. Slippery creek crossings. Map: STEP Lane Cove Valley
61
Fri
27 Apr
Attention Leaders: A note for your diary. The Leaders function will be held Friday 27 April. Invitations sent.
62
Fri
27 Apr
to
Sun
29 Apr
4 M
Medium pace
32km
1200m climbs
Kanangra-Boyd National Park
WALK FULL, wait list operating
Hundred Man Cave: Kanangra Walls-Hundred Man Cave and return with a day of exploration or relaxation in the middle. My 21st anniversary of going to this special place.
On the middle day we can visit Thousand Man Cave and follow the escarpment to Compagnoni Pass (a chain & spikes here) and return to camp via Ti Willa Plateau. Or, you can relax with a good book.
Day 1 12kms, 450m asc.
Day 2 8kms, 300m asc.
Day 3 12kms, 450m asc.
No tent needed. Limited numbers. Joint walk with Sydney Bush Walkers (SBW)  Map: Kanangra
63
Sat
28 Apr

to
Sun
29 Apr
Training 

(New)
Turramurra
Remote First Aid: A comprehensive two day, face-to-face, course including practical skills to provide primary care & secondary assessment for a single patient during extended delay situations.
*This course is available to individuals that have enrolled in the Provide First Aid course offered on Sunday, 22 April 2018, or have previously completed a Provide First Aid course.
*Unique Student Identifier (USI) number: If you do not have a USI for First Aid training, apply on-line at www.usi.gov.au before enrolling in the course.
*Enrol in the course by emailing wallterbaer@yahoo.com.au
*Course provider will be All Aid/First Aid
*Cost: $300. Full refund for club walk leaders. 50% refund for club members, on successful completion of the course. For refund, contact Bush Club Treasurer, bushclubtreasurer@gmail.com or PO Box 3079, Regents Park 2143 
64
Sat
28 Apr

4 M
Medium pace
8km
300m
climbs
Ben Bullen State Forest
From Heaven To Hell And Back: Ben Bullen State Forest, part of the Gardens of Stone region, encapsulates, in a relatively small area, everything that is exciting and interesting about bushwalking – incredible rock sculptures, tall pagodas, narrow slot canyons, magnificent caves, verdant forests and more. Find out why this area must be protected for future generations. This walk includes a visit to the stunning Hall of Elrond. All off track, scrambling and exposure. Map: Cullen Bullen
65
Mon
30 Apr
to
Thu
11 May
4
Medium pace
230km
No Major climbs
VICTORIA / SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Aussie Camino Pilgrimage: From Portland (VIC) following Great South West walk to Nelson, continue to Port MacDonnell then Mt Gambier to Penola (SA). Some days of 30 km, includes cliff, beach and level walking Shared accommodation in hotels, caravan parks etc. Use of hired mini bus to cover in-between sections without suitable facilities. Estimated cost of accommodation and mini bus hire $800, own food and drinks expenses. Deposit will be required by end January 2018 and no refunds will be paid unless your place is taken by another club member. Limit on numbers. Expression of interest sought. Exact departure date will be dependant on accommodation and weather conditions. Well signposted walk between major cities/towns following good tracks and roads.  Map: SA / VIC Map
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MAYClick here to view or download the grading guide - 3 pages
67
Tue
1 May


Unhurried 
pace
10km
No Major climbs
Watsons Bay
Discovering Hidden Sydney Part 4 : An amble through some of Sydney’s historical and hidden attractions with a brief commentary along the way. Circular Quay to Watsons Bay, Hornby Lighthouse, Jacob’s Ladder, Macquarie Lighthouse, South Head Cemetery, Vaucluse Park and return back to Watsons Bay probably to catch the 2.15 or 2.45pm ferry back to Circular Quay. If anyone wants to check their UBD, they will see that it is not a long walk but there are around twenty points of interest to be taken in. I can promise you a day full of interesting history and some of Sydney’s most spectacular scenery.   Map: Sydney UBD
68
Thu
3 May
Bush Club Committee Meeting, 4:30pm, Thornton Room
Kirribilli Neighbourhood Centre, 16 Fitzroy St, Kirribilli
69
Wed
2 May

3 M
LTW
Medium pace
15km
400m climbs
Blue Mountains
Crossing the Blue Mountains Stage 4 - Bullaburra to Leura: Walk north of the highway on Bruce's Walk via Wentworth Falls then on to Mt Hay Rd north of Leura. Good tracks and several small to medium climbs. Road walk to Leura at the end  Map: Katoomba
70
Fri
4 May

5 M
Medium pace
10km
500m
climbs
Mugii Murum-ban State Conservation Area
The south east cliffs of Genowlan Mountain: Park vehicles on the Capertee to Glen Davis Road at approximately GR 268 298. Head out along a spur to the north, descend into and cross Dog Trap Creek at approximately GR 271 306 before ascending a long north orientated ridge towards the cliffs of Mount Genowlan. Climb up a further 200m to reach a point on the cliffs where the drainage tips to the west. From this point explore the headwaters before ascending through the next line of cliffs before heading ENE to a compound slot at GR 275 330. Descend through the cliff line and return to the cars via a northern tributary network of Dog Trap creek. Exploratory. Scrambling and exposure. Map: Glen Alice
71
Sat
5 May

4 M
Medium pace
22km
500m climbs
Berowra Valley National Park
Hornsby to Berowra: From Hornsby Station we'll walk to Hornsby Heights and head for Galston Gorge and Crosslands on the Great North Walk, then to Berowra Station via Calna and Sams Creeks. Joint walk with Sydney Bush Walkers (SBW)  Map: Hornsby
72
Sun
6 May


LTW, SEA
Medium pace
13km
400m climbs
(New)
Blue Mountains NP
Devils Wilderness, EXPLORATORY: Explore a section of the Devils Wilderness via Browns Ridge to the Grose River and return via Wilderness Ridge.
Portion on disused fire trail, but majority will be off track including rock scrambling along the river and steep climbs.

You must be familiar with off track and river scrambling. (Joint walk with All Nations Bushwalkers)
 
73
Tue
8 May


Slow pace
approx 9km
mostly level
Surburban
Musical Meander.: From Sydney Hospital we follow the Federation Track through Woolloomooloo, Rushcutters Bay, Trumper Park and Centennial Park to UNSW. After lunch in the grounds of the University we will be entertained by the Australian Ensemble. This ensemble always gives a very enjoyable concert. After the concert [and coffee] we return to the city by bus. 
74
Fri
11 May
to
Fri
18 May
4 M
Medium pace
153.8km
various climbs
Hume and Hovell Track Stage 1.
Yass to Tumut: Yass to Tumut via Hume and Hovell Track.
https://www.humeandhovelltrack.com.au/plan/ Map: TBA
The Hume and Hovell Track is an epic trail in the south east of NSW that traverses rugged and beautiful countryside following a mix of public roads, fire trails, purpose built single track and over 100 footbridges.
The track stretches 426km and passes through the towns of Yass, Wee Jasper and Albury and nearby the towns of Tumut, Talbingo and Tumbarumba offering a variety of topographies, vegetation types and land uses, as well as numerous points of historic interest. Along the way, there are 17 campsites, picnic facilities, numerous boardwalks and three major bridges over significant rivers.
I am planning on doing the walk in three stages, stage one being from Yass to Tumit. This section is a 7 day 6 night walk, camping along the way. More info can be accessed via the website listed above.
75
Fri
11 May

5 M
Medium pace
8km
400m climbs
Mugii Murum-ban State Conservation Area
The Ravine South of Point Hatteras and more: Park on the plateau at GR 250 324. Walk on the fire trail and visit Mine in the Sky. Continue to Spot Height 1031m, then descend into the gorge to the east. Explore the gorge, eventually linking with Genowlan Mountain Trail at about GR 256 330. Next, visit The Grotto and Ladders Defile, before walking back to the vehicle. Exploratory. Scrambling and exposure. Map: Glen Alice
76
Sat
12 May

3 M
Medium pace
17km
200m climbs
Heathcote National Park
Heathcote to Waterfall: From Heathcote station follow roads and tracks to pick up Pipeline Track. Follow Pipeline until Battery Causeway and then along the Bullawarring track visiting picturesque pools and lookouts along the way. Climb Mt. Westmacott and finish at Waterfall Station. Joint walk with NPA.  Map: Campbelltown
77
Sat
12 May

4 M
Medium pace
23km
750m climbs
Brisbane Water National Park
Wondabyne to Little Wobby: We'll start with a hill climb from Wondabyne Station then walk via Kariong Brook to Mt Wondabyne, then on fire trails to Rocky Ponds and Little Wobby. We'll get a mid-afternoon ferry from there to finish at Brooklyn.   Map: Gosford & Broken Bay
78
Sat
12 May

KAYAK
Medium pace
About 15km
Nil climbs
Sydney Harbour
Watsons Bay Breakfast Paddle: Paddle from Watsons Bay past Camp Cove, Bottle Glass Point, Shark Bay, Steele Point, Shark Island, Rose Bay then back to Watsons Bay. Weather dependent. Early start. Bring drinking water and breakfast. Sea kayaks essential. Contact Leader to discuss suitable kayak and experience. Start and finish at the beach near Robertson Park, Military Road, Watsons Bay. Conditions: Open water, tidal, some heavy traffic. PFDs compulsory. 
79
Wed
16 May

3 M
Medium pace
14km
260m climbs
Sutherland Shire
Sutherland to Heathcote: From Sutherland Station follow roads and tracks to Woronora River. Continue along Pipeline fire trail and bush tracks to Heathcote Station. Joint walk with NPA  Map: Port Hacking/Campbelltown
80
Fri
18 May

6 M
Medium pace
12 km
Climbs TBA
Wollemi National Park: Red Rock Creek and Woolpack Gap
Early start. Numbers are strictly limited. Walk transferred from 16 March.
Park at GR 342 178 on Wolgan Road. Walk north west, then north, then north east towards Woolpack Gap. Stay underneath the cliffs and try to find a way up at about GR 347 205 (alternatively, traverse further east to Collett Gap). Once on top, walk west to the lookout point at GR 341 203. From here, walk north east and down underneath the cliff line above Red Rock Creek, at around GR 342 210. Traverse underneath the cliff line all the way to Woolpack Gap, descend through the pass and walk back to the cars. M333E Exploratory. Scrambling and exposure. Map: Ben Bullen
81
Sat
19 May

3 M
Medium pace
13km
700m climbs
Blackheath area
2 Popular Blackheath walks: Grand Canyon, Evans Lookout Circuit and Walls Ledge, Porters Pass and Centennial Glen Circuit; Use cars to connect the two walks; joint walk with NPA Map: CMA Katoomba
82
Sat
19 May

4 M
Medium pace
26km
900m climbs
Ku-ring-gai Chase & Berowra Valley National Parks
Brooklyn to Berowra: This walk will be on the GNW from Hawkesbury River Station to Berowra Station. We'll be on fire trail for the first 6kms then on track to Cowan via Jerusalem Bay, then to Berowra via Berowra Waters. There are lots of individual climbs in this walk, so must be fit. A joint walk with Sydney Bush Walkers (SBW).   Map: Cowan & Hornsby
83
Sat
19 May

5 M
Medium pace
10km
400m
climbs
Ben Bullen State Forest and Gardens of Stone National Park
Witches Watch, Hecates Cauldron and Tara Point: Park the vehicles at around GR 306 175 on the branch road off the Bicentennial National Trail. Follow the Great Dividing Range north to Gordian Knot and then to Witches Watch, a spectacular lookout above Hecates Cauldron. From here, descend into the Cauldron and explore it underneath the cliff lines and also above, amidst “the bubbles”. Visit the Tower of Hope and other attractions. Descend into the headwaters of Baal Bone Creek, cross the valley and climb up through Tara Slot onto Tara Point. More amazing views. From here, move up to the ridge and re-connect with the vehicles. Unbelievable views, rock formations and pagodas. Scrambling and exposure. Map: Ben Bullen, Cullen Bullen
84
Tue
22 May


Unhurried 
pace
8km
No Major climbs
Lapstone
Discovering Hidden Sydney Part 5: A shortened version of a popular Club walk taking in the Old Lapstone Tunnel, the Spurline and Lukersville Platform. Fascinating historical aspects, some street walking with a brief commentary, wonderful views, coffee and lunch in Glenbrook and early finish. Map: Sydney CBD
85
Tue
22 May

3 M
Medium pace
16km
200m ups & downs
Northern Sydney
Oxfam Trailwalker Stage 2: Practicing what I preached by leading a Themed Walk. Why wear yourself out over 48 hours when you can do gently over 7 days. Second in a series of 7 to cover the 2017 trail from Brooklyn southwards to Tania Park in Balgowlah. This stage follows the GNW from Cowan to Berowra.  Map: Oxfam Trailwalker Book
86
Wed
23 May


Unhurried 
pace
15km
minor climbs
Sydney Coastal Walk
Day 6 of 9: Circular Quay to Watsons Bay. Walk via Darling Point, Point Piper, Neilson Park, Vaucluse. See where the poor folk live. Mainly street walking. Top coffee.  Map: Sydney Great Coastal Walk
87
Wed
23 May

3 M
LTW
Medium pace
20km
600m climbs
Blue Mountains
Crossing the Blue Mountains Stage 5 - Leura to Blackheath: Bruce's walk to Katoomba airport then Pilcher track, Grand Canyon, Evan's Lookout then Clifftop track and Braeside track to Blackheath. Opportunity to stay in the mountains and do Stage 6 the next day. Some accommodation available  Map: Katoomba
88
Thu
24 May

3 M
LTW
Medium pace
19km
250m climbs
Blue Mountains
Crossing the Blue Mountains Stage 6 - Blackheath to Hartley Vale: Short street walk on the western side of the highway then bush track to Mt Boyce, Fairy Bower, Mt Piddington, Witch's Glen and Pulpit Rock, Mt Victoria. Street walking to Lockyers Long Alley before descending to the valley floor to complete our Blue Mountains Crossing.   Map: Katoomba, Mt Wilson
89
Fri
25 May

5 M
Medium pace
8km
400m
climbs
Mugii Murum-ban State Conservation Area
South West Mount Airly returning via Gap Creek: Park vehicles at Airly Gap, GR 238 326. Walk south and then west following the alignment of the former ‘tramway/self- actuated incline to the transfer station site then the double track skip haulage to the high level tunnel through the SW end of Mount Airly; climb the spur to the top of the SW corner of Mount Airly, inspect the crest /edge of cliff line before heading north to descend into a tributary of Gap Creek and hence back to the vehicles. Exploratory for the leader. Scrambling and exposure. Map: Glen Alice
90
Sat
26 May

3 M
Medium pace
15km
400m climbs
Blue Mountains National Park
Historic Walks at Mt. Victoria.: Joint walk with NPA. Experience historic sites and great walks at Mt. Victoria. Visit iconic sites eg Engineers Cave, Pulpit rock, Coxs and Bushrangers caves and plenty more.  Map: Mt Wilson, Hartley
91
Sat
26 May
to
Sun
27 May
Sat 3M
Sun 2
Unhurried 
pace
13 & 9km
300m & 150m climbs
Kanangra-Boyd National Park
Two day-walks: This could be a good introduction to this area via two day walks rather than a full pack walk. A nice, rarely used campsite (about 250m from cars) with a running stream nearby. Early expressions of interest appreciated.  Map: Kanangra
92
Wed
30 May

3 M
Medium pace
10km
260m asc/desc
Blue Mountains National Park
Blackheath Circuit: Circular route all on track visiting Porters Pass, Colliers Causeway, Centennial Pass plus a short circuit to view the climbing wall.  Map: Katoomba
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