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SAMPLE
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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SEPTEMBER
5
Prospective members must contact the leader before attending any walk, ADVISE THEIR PROSPECTIVE STATUS and obtain the leader's permission.
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Fri
14 Sep

5 M
Medium pace
6km
300m climbs
Mugii Murum-ban SCA
Pagoda Spurs and Ravines South of Point Hatteras: Park on the plateau at GR 250 324. Walk on Point Hatteras Trail to GR 250 330; walk east 100m, then turn south and explore the first spur to its end at GR 251 328; descend into the gorge to the east and walk up it to its end at GR 251 332. From here, move east and explore the second spur to its end at around GR 253 328. Walk NE, cross another ravine and attempt to gain a high point on the cliff edge at GR 255 330. Walk N from here to GR 255 333 above the W-E running gully; walk above the gully W to the trail. Re-connect with the cars. Exploratory. Scrambling and exposure.   Map: Glen Alice
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Sat
15 Sep

2
Unhurried pace
Approximately 10km
No major climbs
(New)
Beecroft/ Cheltenham/Lane Cove National Park
Marie Byles, A Spirited Life: Beecroft to Cheltenham - An afternoon walk.
Saturday 15th September will be a wonderful opportunity to visit a National Trust property and see an exhibition about the life of Marie Byles an extraordinary woman who had very close connections with our club. She was a conservationist, mountaineer, explorer, bushwalker, buddhist and the first female lawyer in NSW. The weekend of the 15th and 16th September has a variety of different activities to honour the life of Marie Byles at her home (Ahimsa) who together with Paddy Pallin was primarily responsible for the founding of The Bush Club on the 19th September 1939.
2018 marks the centenary of the legislation allowing NSW women to become lawyers and be elected to parliament and the program has been put together at Ahimsa to honour Marie, the first female lawyer in NSW and to celebrate that legislative achievement.
The afternoon walk will commence with a 10 minute walk from Beecroft Station to the Byles family home followed by a 2 hour bush and urban landscape heritage walk conducted by the Friends of Ahimsa. There will be members of the public on the walk as well as it is not a Bush Club event. The walk will include street walking as well as bush walking and it will finish at an exhibition of Marie's life at Ahimsa in Cheltenham. There will be afternoon tea there followed by an opening of The Marie Byles: A Spirited Life Exhibition by the Mayor of Hornsby Phillip Ruddock. This will be followed by an Ahimsa bushland wander with Marie's friend and neighbour Martin Fallding.
After the walk we will walk to Cheltenham Station (about 15 minutes). Expected arrival time at Cheltenham Station will be approximately 5PM. Members who attend this activity will not be covered by Bush Club Insurance as the walks primarily will not be led by a Bush Club leader except to and from the stations.  Map: Step Map: Lane Cove Valley: Road Directory,
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Sat
15 Sep

3
Medium pace
19km
couple of 150m approx climbs
Ku-ring-gai Chase & Berowra Valley NPs
Berowra to Berowra circuit via Mt Kuring-gai: Starting at Berowra head down west side via Sams and Calna Creeks to Lyrebird track then up to Mt Kuring-gai. Cross freeway then Mt Kuring-gai track down to Cowan Creek, follow Cowan Creek to Waratah Bay then back up to Berowra.  Map: Hornsby
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Sat
15 Sep
to
Sun
16 Sep
3 M
Unhurried pace
20km
500 climbs
(New)
Wollangambe Wilderness
Bell to Wollangambe Crater: Bell-Wollangambe River-Crater-Return Bell
Classic short pack walk into Pagoda Country at unhurried pace to better enjoy- explore- it's many features: majestic pagodas, great views, sections of canyon, crater, camp-cave and more. Great campsites. Suitable for full pack hikers of all abilities. Some easy rock-scrambling. Several short steep ascents/descents.
Joint activity UBMBC   Map: Wallangambe
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Sun
16 Sep
to
Tue
25 Sep

Unhurried 
pace
10-15 km
300m typical climbs
Portugal
TRIP FULL, short waitlist operating
Douro Valley and Porto: Day walks: See terraced vineyards for port and table wines in the World Heritage listed Alto Douro, olive trees, almond groves, World Heritage listed Porto old city. Stay in twin or double rooms. No dorms, no huts.
Accommodated so don’t need to carry your luggage. Typical day walk: 10-15 km, ascent 300m, same descent. All on track. No scrambling. Unhurried pace. Day packs only. Cost:Hotel: about EUR 50/night/person twin share. Plus food, drink and local transport.
Leader speaks Spanish, but not Portuguese. Party limit 12. Expressions of interest sought. This is an overseas trip, so the normal insurance arrangements of the Bush Club do not apply. Participants to arrange own international air travel and travel insurance.
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Mon
17 Sep

4 M

Medium pace
26km
850 climbs
(New)
Broken Bay SRC/Brisbane Water NP/Kariong Sacred Lands
Little Wobby to Kariong via Mt Wondabyne & Mt Lyre: Little Wobby, Rocky Ponds, Mt Wondabyne, Staples LO, Bulgandry, Bambara, Lyre Trig, Hieroglyphs, Kariong. Delightful ferry ride, significant Darkinjung rock engravings, spectacular views, wildflowers. Bus to Gosford Stn at end. Ferry cash only $7.70/$3.90 seniors (show card). Tracks (some steep & rocky), trails.  Map: Gosford
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Tue
18 Sep

3 M
LTW
Medium pace
19km
400m climbs
Ku-ring-gai Chase NP
Wahroonga Station to Berowra Station: Wahroonga stn to Berowra stn via Bobbin Head and Apple Tree Bay. Some street walking at the start before joining the Gibberagong track to Bobbin Head. From Bobbin Head the walk takes us to Apple Tree Bay. The walk follows Cowan Creek to the start of the climb to Berowra station. Lovely bushtrack with some firetrail walking.   Map: Hornsby, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
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Tue
18 Sep

3 M
Limited breaks
Medium pace
10km
200m climbs
(New)
Berowra ValleyNP
Berowra to Mt.Kuringai (via The Pipeline Track): We meet at top of Berowra Station,Pacific Highway side.Follow the track down to Waratah Bay,thenst around to Appletree Bay,and up The Pipelline,where we join the track and street back to Mt.Kuringai Station. Limited breaks and constant pace. Morning tea Appletree Bay and additional short stop at the Top of The Pipeline. Map: Berowra Valley
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Tue
18 Sep


CYCLE
Medium pace
50km
(New)
Cycle the M7
Casula to Rooty Hill return: Cycle path all the way. Lunch at Rooty Hill Pub (Lone Pine Tavern). An enjoyable ride with some hills. Bring water and sun cream. No helmet - no go! Joint with Sutherland BC, NPA, St George Bicycle User Group.

 
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Tue
18 Sep

3 M
Medium pace
Approx. 19km
600m climbs
(New)
Royal NP
Heathcote Loop: Starting from Heathcote Station we will walk to Karloo Pool and then Uloola Falls where we will visit an Aboriginal rock engraving site. Then following the Uloola Track to Audley before heading back to Heathcote via Kangaroo Creek and the Engadine Track. Joint walk with SBW.  Map: Port Hacking
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Tue
18 Sep

3 M
Medium pace
12km
250m climbs
(New)
Brisbane Water National Park
Pindar Cave: Wondabyne Station to Pindar Cave, waterfall and return.
Wonderful varied undulating ridge-top track with wildflowers, orchids and a waterfall. Steep climb at beginning.   Map: Gosford, Gunderman
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Wed
19 Sep

3
Medium pace
approx 10 kms
No major climbs
(New)
Bidjigal reserve
Darling Mills creek to Lake Parramatta: Walk in the footsteps of Cavan. An area not much walked by the club since our past president last trod this way. Scale a massive flood retention dam towards the hidden gem that is Lake Parramatta.  Map: Bidjigal res.
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Wed
19 Sep


Medium pace
20km (or shorter option 10km)
Flat walking
(New)
Parramatta River
Sydney Rivers: Alighting at Kissing Point Wharf we walk to Mortlake car ferry and cross to southern bank. Walk to Rhodes via foreshores including those of Yaralla and Rivendell Estates. We cross to north side of river over old Meadowbank railway bridge. Meadowbank is half way for walkers who prefer a shorter option. From Meadowbank we walk along cycle way / footpath which is adjacent to river to Parramatta. Plenty of green spaces and historic features to be viewed.  Map: Walking Coastal Sydney
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Wed
19 Sep

4 M
Medium pace
10 to 12km
150m climbs
(New)
Marramarra NP
Kellys Creek: Starting along Sermelfi fire trail, we'll then head down the spur to Kellys Creek then make our way downstream for about 3km. We can then hook up with Fern Tree fire trail and climb up a creek, and to Neich fire trail. Car shuffle back to the start. About 50% off-track, but not too hard.  Map: Wilberforce
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Thu
20 Sep

3 M
LTW
Medium pace
15km
500 climbs
Royal National Park
Otford to Figure of Eight Pool circuit: The walk starts with a short climb at Otford Stn before entering the Royal National Park. Mostly bush track and fire trail. Beautiful views along the coast. Side trip to the Figure of Eight Pools (low tide due at 10.41). Will require rock hopping  Map: Otford
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Fri
21 Sep

1
Slow pace
8km
Flat
City West
Discovering Hidden Sydney Part 9: Town Hall to Town Hall via Ultimo and Blackwattle Bay. : An amble through some of Sydney’s historical and lesser-known attractions with a brief commentary and plenty of opportunity for participant input, cappuccinos and cakes. In this walk we discover where Hell Hole, Purgatory and Paradise are. We see Sydney’s first fire station and some lovely stretches alongside Johnstons Bay. Lunch in the vicinity of The Tramsheds. Opportunity to return by light rail. Early finish.  Map: Sydney UBD
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Sat
22 Sep

4 M
(distance)
Medium pace
23km
500m climbs
Brisbane Water NP
Wondabyne to Umina Beach: The walk will begin at Wondabyne Station and go via Kariong Brook, the Waratah Patch, Warrah Lookout, Pearl Beach and Umina Beach, with a bus to Woy Woy.
There should be plenty of spring flowers including waratahs.
The pace will be a little above medium, with limited numbers.  Map: Gosford & Broken Bay
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Tue
25 Sep

3 M
LTW
Medium pace
19km
250 climbs
Sydney Harbour
Taronga Zoo to Manly: Taronga Zoo to Manly via Spit Bridge: All on defined track. Some street and beach walking. Beautiful views of Sydney Harbour. Exit for shorter walk at Spit Bridge. Morning tea at Frenchy's Cafe, Chowder Bay Road.  Map: Sydney Harbour
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Tue
25 Sep

3 M
Medium pace
Approx. 15 km
660m climbs
(New)
Kuring-gai Chase NP
Cowan to Berowra: A shortish walk along the Great North Walk track with a few ups and downs and some nice ridge top walking. Great views over Berowra Waters and lovely bushland throughout with wildflowers blooming. Joint walk with SBW.  Map: Cowan
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Wed
26 Sep

3 M
Medium pace
16km
150 climbs
(New)
Sydney Harbour
Neutral Bay Wharf to The Spit: Coastal walk from Neutral Bay to the Spit, all on track. Joint walk with SBW.   Map: Sydney Harbour
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Thu
27 Sep

3 M
Medium pace
17km
No significant climbs
Georges River National Park
Riverwood to Picnic Point: We follow Salt Pan Creek, then the Georges River with some street walking and conclude our day at Sylvan Grove Wildflower Garden when the native orchids will be at their best.  Map: Street Directory
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Fri
28 Sep

Unhurried pace
Approx 12 km
No major climbs
(New)
Sydney Harbour
Tony Hickson's 70th Birthday Celebration Walk: The walk will be a morning walk around Sydney Harbour starting at a ferry stop in the Mosman area and taking in MIddle Head followed by a celebratory lunch at the Buena Vista Hotel in Mosman and return home by bus. Exact details of the event will be sent to all participants after RSVP's have been received.
Please RSVP by Thursday 20th September.   Map: Sydney Harbour Foreshore Walks
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Sat
29 Sep

3 M
Medium pace
19km
550m climbs
Ku-ring-gai Chase & Berowra Valley NPs
Mount Colah to Berowra: Beginning at Mount Colah Station the walk will travel via Apple Tree Bay, Mt Kuring-gai, Lyrebird Gully and Sams Creek to Berowra.  Map: Hornsby
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Sun
30 Sep
to
Thu
11 Oct

Unhurried 
pace
15-20km/day
500m average climbs
Spain
TRIP FULL, short wait list operating
Grenada and the Alpujarras: Day walks: The Alpujarras are the southern slopes of the Sierra Nevada, continental Spain's highest mountain range. See white-washed Andalucian villages, ancient olive trees, irrigation systems dating from the Arab occupation and still in use, the World Heritage listed Alhambra, Generalife and Albayzín, and North Africa (on a clear day). Walk on inter-village donkey tracks.Stay in twin or double rooms. No dorms, no huts. Day packs only. Accommodated so don’t need to carry your luggage. Typical day walk: 15-20 km, ascent 500m, same descent. All on track. No scrambling. Unhurried pace. Cost: Hotel: about EUR 50/night/person twin share. Plus food, drink and transport. We will rent cars (but not donkeys) for the Alpujarras area which is relatively remote. Leader speaks Spanish, has already been three times to the Alpujarras and would like to go again. Party limit 10 because of rental cars. Expressions of interest sought. This is an overseas trip, so the normal insurance arrangements of the Bush Club do not apply. Participants to arrange own international air travel and travel insurance.
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OCTOBER
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Prospective members must contact the leader before attending any walk, ADVISE THEIR PROSPECTIVE STATUS and obtain the leader's permission.
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Mon
1 Oct

3
Medium pace
10km
No major
climbs
(New)
Glenbrook
Glenbrook - Lennox Road Bridge plus Zig Zag rail tunnels: First up Glenbrook to 1865 rail tunnel entrance (from Sydney). Cross the GWH to view the tunnel exit (took the leader only 10 years to "discover" the exit). Walk a fire trail to climb under the Lennox Road Bridge, built by 20 convicts under the supervision of David Lennox, and which still operates. Then a steep descent to view the underside of the Knapsack Viaduct Bridge plus the Lucasville train station. Then walk back to Glenbrook station.  Map: Penrith
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Wed
3 Oct

3 M
LTW
Medium pace
15km
400m climbs
Ku-ring-gai Chase NP
Wahroonga Station to Mount Kuring-gai Station: Wahroonga stn to Mt Kuring-gai stn via Bobbin Head and Apple Tree Bay. Some street walking at the start before joining the Gibberagong track to Bobbin Head. From Bobbin Head the walk takes us to Apple Tree Bay and on to the Mt Kuring-gai track. Lovely bushtrack with some firetrail walking.   Map: Hornsby, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
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Wed
3 Oct

3 M
LTW
Medium pace
About 20km
Some climbs of 100m
Northern Sydney
Oxfam Trailwalker Stage 7 - Davidson Park to Balgowlah: Practising what I preached by leading a Themed Walk. Why wear yourself out over 48 hours when you can do it gently over 7 days. Seventh in a series of 7 to cover the 2017 trail from Brooklyn southwards to Tania Park in Balgowlah. This final stage goes from Davidson Park (Roseville Bridge) via Bantry Bay, Ararat Reserve and Seaforth Oval to the finish at Tania Park, Balgowlah. Will anyone earn a certificate for completing the entire series ? Exit by bus.  Map: Oxfam Trailwalker Map Book
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Thu
4 Oct
Bush Club Committee Meeting, 4:30pm, Thornton Room
Kirribilli Neighbourhood Centre, 16 Fitzroy St, Kirribilli
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Fri
5 Oct
Last day to book in for a Birthday Walk or to advise Allison Boyle that you will be attending the 7 Oct Birthday Celebrations
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Sat
6 Oct

4 M
(distance)
Medium pace
22km
300m climbs
Yengo NP
Mogo Campground to Mt Manning & Mt Lockyer: From Mogo we'll walk to Mt Manning to visit a nice aboriginal cave then travel on the Old Great North Road to historic Circuit Flat Bridge. From there we'll walk to Mt Lockyer where there should be waratahs in abundance.  Map: Kulnura
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Sun
7 Oct
SocialBush Club 79th Birthday Celebrations
2nd/3rd Lindfield Scout Centre, Beaconsfield Pde, Lindfield
Invitations have been sent. Please RSVP 5 Oct
If you are walking that day you need to contact the leader.
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Sun
7 Oct


Unhurried
pace
12.7km
170m climbs
79th Birthday Walk - Garigal NP
Roseville to Lindfield: This unhurried walk will begin at Roseville Station. We'll walk through the streets to the Little Diggers Track and have a late morning tea at Echo Point Park near Roseville Bridge. Then, we'll walk next to Middle Harbour and Gordon Creeks and through the streets to the birthday function.
Limit 15  Map: Parramatta River
40
Sun
7 Oct

2
Unhurried pace
Approx 10 km
Minimal climbs
(New)
79th Birthday Walk - Garigal NP
3 Parks Walk Lindfield to Lindfield: Meet east side Lindfield Station - walk to 7 Little Australians Park. Two Creeks Track to Echo Point Park then via Roseville Park to 2nd/3rd Lindfield Scout Hall for party.  Map: Two Creeks Track Council Map.
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Sun
7 Oct

3 (due to short steep down hill bit)
Medium pace
12 kms
<100m ascents
79th Birthday Walk - Lane Cove Valley
Gordon to Lindfield: Blackbutt creek, Lane Cove River park, Great Nth Walk, Symons track to Crimson Hill then to the former UTS then short but steep off-track section to Sugarbag creek. Street walking to Lindfield Scout hut and BC birthday party via Loyal Henry park. A grade 2 walk apart from the short steep down hill bit.  Map: Walking Tracks of the Lane Cove Valley by STEP
42
Sun
7 Oct

4 M
Medium pace
22km
570m climbs
79th Birthday Walk - Various Reserves & Garigal NP
Balgowlah Heights to Lindfield: The walk will begin from outside the Balgowlah Golf Course and go via Seaforth Oval, Bantry Bay, Roseville Bridge and the Two Creeks Track to Lindfield.
This walk will be part of the Bush Club's 79th birthday get together at Lindfield. This is a lengthy walk so you'll need to be comfortable with an early start, a steady pace above medium and limited breaks.   Map: Parramatta River.
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Sun
7 Oct

Kayak 

Unhurried
pace
unknown km
79th Birthday Paddle - Middle Harbour
From Healey Way, Killarney Heights we'll explore sections of Middle Harbour before packing up and then a short drive to the 2nd/3rd Lindfield Scout Hall for the 79th Birthday celebrations. PFDs compulsory. About 3 hours. 
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Wed
10 Oct

3 M
LTW
Medium pace
16km
700m climbs
Blue Mountains NP
Carlon's Farm to Cox's River and return via Breakfast Creek: Walk via Ironpot Mountain, Ironmonger Spur, Breakfast Creek and Carlon Creek. Good quality track but some short steep descents and multiple short creek crossings. Possible stinging nettles so gaiters or long duds recommended. Great views, wonderful bush and nice waterways.  Map: Jenolan, Jamison
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Mon
8 Oct
to
Tue
9 Oct
4 M
SEA
Unhurried pace
~5 per daykm
1000 climbs
(New)
Wolgan Valley
Donkey Mountain: All off track. Steep climb (350 m ascent/descent each day) to access a maze of slots, passages and caves. Slippery surfaces, loose rock & exposure to be expected. High level of fitness needed & be prepared for plenty of scrambling. Magnificent views, rock formations, ledges, caves & wildflowers.

Two separate day walks: Day 1, exploring the northern end of the mountain.
Day 2, exploring the central and southern end of the mountain.
Overnight camping at the Newnes campground (12km drive to/from walk start). Optional; additional camping Sunday & Tuesday nights!!  Map: Cullen Bullen
46
Wed
10 Oct

3 M
Medium pace
19km
Numerous small climbs
Sydney Harbour - Lane Cove River
Waverton to Lane Cove River NP: Waverton Station - Harbour Foreshore - Fig Tree Bridge - Great North Walk - Fullers Bridge  Map: Lane Cove Valley Walking Tracks Sheet 2 (STEP 1:10,000)
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Thu
11 Oct
to
Sat
20 Oct
3&4 
Medium pace
Approx 130km
No major climbs
South coast and south-western region of WA
A taste of the Bibbulmun Track in 10 day walks:
Walk Full
Highlights of the Bibbulmun Track on selected day walks between Albany and Walpole over 10 days. We walk the last section (Denmark to Albany), with walks of 20k+ from Cape Howe over 3 days, and finish at Albany, then a rest day. Next, we catch a bus to Walpole for four days of medium grade walks, with one rest day in between.

Accommodation covers 4 nights at two different locations: first at remote Cape Howe Keepers Lodge between Denmark and Albany; the second based in the town of Walpole. There will also be 2 nights in Albany in transit.

Pre-booked travel from Perth to Albany and from Albany to Walpole via TransWA bus at around $55 (concession rate). Cost: approx. $120 pppd includes daily transfers  Map: Bibbulmun Track maps
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Fri
12 Oct

1
Slow pace
5km
Flat
Cockatoo Island and Garden Island
Discovering Hidden Sydney Part 10 - The Islands of Sydney Harbour: Two easy walks linked by ferries from and to Circular Quay. There will be a brief commentary as we see grain silos carved into solid sandstone, the largest convict built public works in Australia and the terrible conditions in which they lived. We discover Sydney’s only in-situ relic from 1788. We see where the only casualties from an enemy attack on Sydney occurred.   Map: Sydney UBD
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Sat
13 Oct

4 M
(distance)
Medium pace
22km
380m climbs
Berowra Valley & Lane Cove NPs
Hornsby to Macquarie Park: The walk will begin from Hornsby Station and go via Thornleigh to the Lane Cove Valley. From there it's to De Burghs Bridge and Macquarie Park Station.
There's plenty of shade if the day is warm. An early start with limited numbers.  Map: Hornsby & Parramatta River
50
Sun
14 Oct

Social 
CYCLE
Medium pace
50km
See route profile on website for climbs
Spring Cycle 2018
North Sydney to Sydney Olympic Park:
Cancelled
Seeking expressions of Interest for a Bush Club group to join with hundreds of cyclists for this annual trip through the City and Inner West to Sydney Olympic Park. This is a fun cycle not a race. All you need is a bicycle and some training to enjoy a wonderful day out. Detailed information of the route on:- http://springcycle.com.au/ride-info/ride-options/classic-ride/
Fully supported by marshal volunteers, bicycle mechanics, sweep/support bus, police, traffic controllers, first aid teams. Registration Fee will be required. Participants will be expected to join in a training program to help prepare for and enjoy the Spring Cycle.
51
Sun
14 Oct
to
Thu
18 Oct

Medium pace
Approx 17 km each day
Approx 500m climbs each day
(New)
Warrumbungles NP
Car camping and day walks in Warrumbungles NP: We will walk the Grand High Tops via The Breadknife, Mt Exmouth and Belougery Split Rock Circuit. 3 days of walking and car camping at a comfortable site with hot showers and toilets. Wonderful walking with spectacular views.   Map: Warrumbungles NP tourist map
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Mon
15 Oct
OPENING DATE FOR WALKS FOR THE SUMMER PROGRAM
(Dec 2018 - Feb 2019) Send your walks to the Walks Secretary:
1. via the online form on the Bush Club website (preferred)
2. by email to walkssecretary@gmail.com
3. by letter post to PO Box 207, Milsons Point, NSW 1565
53
Tue
16 Oct

3+ M
LTW
Medium pace
20km
600 climbs
Blue Mountains
Blackheath circuit via Grand Canyon: Blackheath Station to Neates Glen via Braeside Fire Trail - Grand Canyon - Evans Lookout - along the Cliff Top Walk to Govett's Leap - return to Blackheath via Pope's Glen  Map: Katoomba
54
Sun
21 Oct

3 M
Fast pace
13.4km
650m ascent/descent
Jerusalem Bay
Great North Walk Part 6: Cowan to Brooklyn 
55
Sun
21 Oct
to
Sat
27 Oct
3 M
Medium pace
45km
No major climbs
Kosciuszko N.P
Wait list operating
Round Mtn Hut to Wheelers Hut: From Round Mtn to Wheelers via F/T and some off track. Accommodation at the beginning and the end of the walk - need to book beforehand. Pace will be a 'relaxed' medium. Expressions of interest sought.  Map: Kosciuszko Alpine Area, SV Map
56
Mon
22 Oct

3 M
LTW
Medium pace
15km
500 climbs
Royal National Park
Otford to Figure of Eight Pool circuit : The walk starts with a short climb at Otford Stn before entering the Royal National Park. Mostly bush track and fire trail. Beautiful views along the coast. Side trip to the Figure of Eight Pools (low tide due at 13.34). Will require rock hopping  Map: Otford
57
Wed
24 Oct

1
Unhurried
pace
6km
Minor climbs and steps
Coastal Sydney
Sculptures by the Sea, Coogee to Bondi: Late afternoon walk from Coogee to Tamarama, then view Sculptures by the Sea on section to Bondi then option of meal at Bondi Icebergs Club
Map: Walking Coastal Sydney
58
Wed
24 Oct

3 M
Medium pace
20km
Numerous small climbs
Middle Harbour
Artarmon to Lindfield: Artarmon - Northbridge - Middle Cove - Castle Cove - Roseville Bridge - Lindfield  Map: Walking Tracks of Middle Harbour Valley (STEP 1:10,000)
59
Thu
25 Oct

3+ M
LTW
Medium pace
19km
400m climbs
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
Wahroonga Station to Berowra Station: Via Bobbin Head and Apple Tree Bay. Some street walking at the start before joining the Gibberagong track to Bobbin Head. From Bobbin Head the walk takes us to Apple Tree Bay. The walk follows Cowan Creek to the start of the climb to Berowra station. Lovely bushtrack with some firetrail walking  Map: Hornsby, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
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Thur
25 Oct
CLOSING DATE FOR WALKS FOR THE SUMMER PROGRAM
(Dec 2018 - Feb 2019) Send your walks to the Walks Secretary:
1. via the online form on the Bush Club website (preferred)
2. by email to walkssecretary@gmail.com
3. by letter post to PO Box 207, Milsons Point, NSW 1565
61
Sat
27 Oct

3 M
Fast pace
19.5km
860m ascent/descent
Brisbane Waters NP
Great North Walk 7: Wondabyne to Patonga 
62
Sat
27 Oct

3 M
Medium pace
18.5km
350m climbs
Sydney Harbour
Spit Bridge to Manly & return: This is one of my old favourites, walking from Spit Bridge to Manly with all those wonderful Sydney Harbour views along the way. We'll have morning tea at Manly before making the return journey. Lunch (fish 'n chips perhaps) can be at Clonnie's Kiosk at Clontarf Beach near the end of the journey. An early start with limited numbers.  Map: Parramatta River & Sydney Heads
63
Sat
27 Oct

Training
Slow pace
Theory 0km Practical 2km
No major ascents or descents
Lane Cove NP
Map and Compass Training: Expressions of interest sought for a 3-hour Saturday morning map and compass training session. Both theory and practical included. Please send leader an email setting out your current knowledge level and reasons for wishing to attend. Limited places available.  Map: Participants must bring Cowan 1:25,000 topo map
64
Sun
28 Oct

5 M
Medium pace
9km
300m climbs
Newnes State Forest
Temple Creek, Holy Grail Ravine and Last Crusade Point: Find out why this unique unprotected area, part of the Gardens of Stone region, must be protected for future generations. Park vehicles on the Blackfellows Hand Trail at GR 327 090. Walk north down into Temple Creek, then turn west and walk along the base of the cliffs to Last Crusade Point and Ravine. Climb to the tops, then descend into Holy Grail Ravine. Walk to the end, then climb out on the eastern side and return to the vehicles. Scrambling and exposure.   Map: Cullen Bullen
65
Mon
29 Oct

3
Medium pace
18km
150 climbs
Sydney Harbour National Park
Taronga Park Zoo wharf to Manly: Ferry to Zoo, Bradley’s Head, Chowder Bay, Middle Head, Balmoral, the Spit then Manly scenic walkway to Manly wharf. Joint walk with NPA.   Map: Walking Coastal Sydney
66
Wed
31 Oct

2
Unhurried
pace
11-12km
A few steepish streets but no major climbs
Surburban
Musical Meander Woolwich Wharf to Huntleys point Wharf: This walk will follow parts of the Great North Walk around Woolwich, Hunters Hill, over the Tarban Creek Bridge, around Huntleys Cove to Huntley Point Wharf. There is some parkland walking but it is mostly on paths. From Huntleys Point we take a ferry to Circular Quay. Lunch will be eaten on the ferry. From Circular Quay we walk through the Botanical Gardens to the Conservatorium where students from the Vocal and Opera studies will entertain us. A gold coin donation is requested. 
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NOVEMBER
68
Prospective members must contact the leader before attending any walk, ADVISE THEIR PROSPECTIVE STATUS and obtain the leader's permission.
69
Thu
1 Nov

3 M
Medium pace
17km
No significant hills
Royal National Park
Loftus to Bundeena: From Loftus Station to the Honeymoon Track; Audley; Winifred Falls; Anise Falls; Bonney Vale; Bundeena. Private ferry to Cronulla.  Map: RNP Tourist Map
70
Thu
1 Nov
Bush Club Committee Meeting, 4:30pm, Thornton Room
Kirribilli Neighbourhood Centre, 16 Fitzroy St, Kirribilli
71
Fri
2 Nov

2
Slow pace
13km
Minor climbs
Balmain
Discovering Hidden Sydney Part 11: Town Hall to Circular Quay via Anzac Bridge, Balmain and ferry. This will be mostly pavement walking. There are some uninteresting sections but I hope to take you to places in Balmain that you haven't been before and alert you to traces of its history that still remain visible today. There will be a brief commentary and plenty of opportunity to stroll, to pause, to sit in the sun (I hope) and to reflect on Sydney’s past.   Map: Sydney UBD
72
Sat
3 Nov

3 M
Medium pace
17km
550m climbs
Berowra Valley NP
Mt Kuring-gai to Cowan: From Mt Kuring-gai Station we'll walk down through beautiful Lyrebird Gully, then to Sams Creek, up the hill to the fire trail, to Berowra Waters and on to Cowan.
This walk is on the Benowie Track and Great North Walk with some good viewpoints. An early start with limited numbers.   Map: Hornsby & Cowan
73
Sat
3 Nov
to
Mon
5 Nov
6 M
Medium pace
32km
1000m climbs
Wollemi National Park
Middle Hill and Blackwater Creek: Day 1. Drive to Mount Coricudgy. With water for the day, walk to Middle Hill and set camp at around GR 541 694. Explore the nearby area that shows a couple of interesting slots. About 10km. Day 2. Find a way down into the creek to the north, explore a possible volcanic ‘neck’ on the way, then descend into Blackwater Creek. Take water, climb a ridge to the west and walk back to the camp. About 10km. Day 3. Find a way down into the creek to the south and follow it to Blackwater Creek, exploring a number slots along the way. Walk up Blackwater Creek and find an exit at around GR 545 658. Walk the ridge and then the trail back to the cars. About 12km. Exploratory. Scrambling and exposure.   Map: Coricudgy
74
Sun
4 Nov

3
Medium pace
10km
484m ascent/descent
Brisbane Waters NP
Great North Walk 8: Wondabyne to Mooney Mooney - this walk will be exploratory for the leader with the help of the usual guides. All on track as much as possible. 
75
Mon
5 Nov

3 M
Medium pace
14km
300 climbs
Illawarra Escarpment SCA
Coalcliff to Austinmer/Thirroul: From Coalcliff we take the Wodi Wodi track, the trackhead being a short stroll from the station. Our path then ascends sharply before snaking a leisurely 11km along the Forest Walk. Views are superb across the panoramic coast below, as we wander through upland swamps and tall blackbutt-apple shale forest. Then we descend Sublime Point track and some local streets to either Austinmer or Thirroul stations. 
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Tue
6 Nov

3 M
LTW
Medium pace
19km
400 climbs
Sydney Harbour
Taronga Zoo to Manly via Spit Bridge. All on defined track. Some street and beach walking. Beautiful views of Sydney Harbour. Exit for shorter walk at Spit Bridge. Morning tea at Frenchy's Cafe, Chowder Bay Road.   Map: Sydney Harbour
77
Tue
6 Nov

3 M
Medium pace
15km
377 m ascent / 389 m descent
Kurnell, Kamay Bay National Park / Cronulla Beaches
Kurnell to Cronulla: This walk passes by Cape Solander Lookout and Whale Observation Platform, Cape Bailey Lighthouse, Boat Harbour Beach and Rock Platform, Wanda and Elourea beaches, finishing at Cronulla Beach. Opportunity for a swim. Coffee at the end of the walk. Bring morning/afternoon tea and picnic lunch.  Map: Kurnell, Cronulla
78
Tue
6 Nov

3 M
Medium pace
approx 15 km
approx 190m climbs
Ku-ring-gai Chase N P
Wahroonga Station to North Turramurra shops via Bobbin Head: Some street walking from Wahroonga Station takes us to the start of the Gibberagong Track. After descending into the valley we follow Cockle Creek to Bobbin Head. At Bobbin Head we set off on the Warrimoo Track and head up along Cowan Creek. There are a few steep climbs on this section. Near the end of the Warrimoo we turn onto the Darri Track which takes us to the shops at North Turramurra where there are buses back to Turramurra Station. There are a number of creek crossings on this walk. 
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Thu
8 Nov

3 M
Medium pace
12km
150m climbs
Glenbrook
Glenbrook, Kanuka Brook: Glenbrook Stn, Glenbrook Crk, Kanuka Brook, Kanuka Cave trk, Redhands Track, station.   Map: Penrith
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Fri
9 Nov

3 M
CYCLE
Medium pace
46km
Each river requires an ascent/descent which can be challenging.
Sydney's South West
Cycle over 4 bridges: Revesby; Sutherland; Oatley; Riverwood; Revesby. From Revesby Station we cycle over Alfords Point Bridge; then Woronora Bridge; Como Bridge and, finally, Salt Pan Creek Bridge. Plenty of options to leave early.  Map: Street Directory
81
Fri
9 Nov

3 M
LTW
Medium pace
About 15km
Some climbs of 50m
Northern Sydney
Turramurra to Eastwood via Avondale Dam: We’ll walk through the delightful Sheldon Forest to Mimosa Oval then make a diversion to Avondale Dam (I’ll be surprised if anyone other than Warwick Blake has seen this), then to Mac Uni Sportsfields, Browns Waterhole, and finally the Terrys Creek Track to Eastwood railway. Refreshment opportunity there.  Map: STEP - Lane Cove Valley Sheet 2
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Sat
10 Nov

3 M
Medium pace
13.8km
530m climbs
Woy Woy
Woy Woy to Spion Kop & return: From Woy Woy Station we'll walk to Park Bay and up the steep hill on fire trail to Waterfall Creek. Then we'll travel cross country to Spion Kop, which sits above Woy Woy, with terrific views to the open sea. On the return journey we'll visit a nice aboriginal cave. Limited numbers.  Map: Gosford
83
Sat
10 Nov

3 M
Medium pace
20km
400m climbs
Glenbrook
Glenbrook to Springwood: Glenbrook Stn, Glenbrook Crk, Duckhole, St Helena Ridge, Bunyan L/O, Magdala Crk Magdala Crk, Springwood station. . Short sections of this walk are on an indistinct pad and rough.   Map: Penrith and Springwood
84
Sat
10 Nov

3 M
Medium pace
16.1km
680m ascent/descent
Mooney Mooney Creek
Great North Walk 9: Mooney Mooney to Somersby. This walk is exploratory for the leader with the help of the usual guides. All on track as much as possible. 
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Sat
10 Nov

Kayak 
Unhurried
pace
16km
Paddle Como, Woronora River, The Needles
Paddle Como, Woronora River, The Needles: Woronora River, The Needles. Conditions: Sheltered, tidal, light traffic. Opportunity to have a swim. Bring life jacket, hat, sun cream, water, morning/afternoon tea and lunch.   Map: Woronora River
86
Tue
13 Nov

3+ M
LTW
Medium pace
20km
600 climbs
Blackheath
Blackheath Circuit via Grand Canyon: Blackheath Station to Neates Glen via Braeside Fire Trail - Grand Canyon - Evans Lookout - along the Cliff Top Walk to Govett's Leap - return to Blackheath via Pope's Glen.   Map: Katoomba
87
Wed
14 Nov
to
Wed
28 Nov
5 M
Medium pace
220km
Major climbs with some over 500m
Alpine National Park, Victoria
McMillans Track: Victoria has some fantastic high country walking. The McMillans Track is a lesser known cousin of the Australian Alps Walking Track and runs from Woods Point to Omeo, along the southern edge of the Victorian Alps. Great scenery and deep river valleys.

The track varies a lot in standard and is more like a route in places with parts of it overgrown, so expect some scrubby bits. There are a number of river crossings and the degree of difficulty will depend on how much snow and rain falls in the coming winter & spring.

There will be a food drop halfway. Transport arrangements to be confirmed but likely to be local buses. Joint walk with SBW.   Map: Lots
88
Fri
16 Nov

3 M
LTW
Medium pace
16km
300m climbs
Blue Mountains NP
Mt Victoria - Lawsons Long Alley and Lockyers Road. : Explore these old routes down the western side of the mountains. Well formed tracks and steady grades up and down. Some level street walking at the start and finish.  Map: Hartley
89
Fri
16 Nov

6 M
Medium pace
12km
400m climbs
Wollemi National Park
Capertee Creek Gorge and Mount Dawson: Park at GR 420 250 and walk up Capertee Gorge all the way to the non-negotiable waterfall at GR 387 242, checking out an interesting short canyon and tunnel just before that point. Now, walk back a few hundred metres, climb out on the northern side and walk to Mount Dawson. From there, head east to a pass at GR 393 238 and come back down into the Capertee Creek Gorge. Keep under the cliff line this time, whilst making our way back. The first section is through private property; access has been arranged. Partly exploratory. Scrambling and exposure.   Map: Ben Bullen
90
Sat
17 Nov

3 M
Medium pace
19km
430m climbs
Garigal NP
Lindfield to St Ives: Beginning at Lindfield Station this walk will go via the Two Creeks Track to Roseville Bridge, Davidson Park Reserve, the upper reaches of Middle Harbour Creek and the Cascades Trail to St Ives.
We'll get a bus from there to Gordon Station. This is a nice shaded walk if the weather's warm. An early start with limited numbers.  Map: STEP or Hornsby & Parramatta River Topos
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Sat
17 Nov

5 M
Medium pace
8km
300m climbs
Ben Bullen State Forest
Pagoda Maze: Find out why Ben Bullen State Forest, part of the Gardens of Stone region, must be protected for future generations. Park the cars at GR 276 193 on Moffits Trail. Climb N and explore several pagoda ridges, before crossing into Gardens of Stone NP to visit Palatine Rock and Tarpeian Rock with their spectacular views. Then on to the amazing Pagoda Maze, best part of which is located back in the State Forest and is therefore unprotected.
Scrambling and exposure. Map: Ben Bullen
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Mon
19 Nov

3 M
LTW
Medium pace
15km
500 climbs
Royal National Park
Otford to Figure of Eight Pool circuit. The walk starts with a short climb at Otford Stn before entering the Royal National Park. Mostly bush track and fire trail. Beautiful views along the coast. Side trip to the Figure of Eight Pools (low tide due at 11.23). Will require rock hopping.   Map: Otford
93
Wed
21 Nov

3 M
Medium pace
12km
100m climbs
Royal National Park
Heathcote to Heathcote via lower Kangaroo Creek: We take the track to the junction of Engadine Creek with Kangaroo Creek. Then walking upstream along Kangaroo Creek we are overwhelmed by the many beautiful natural pools together with the amazing angophora forest. We will have lunch at the "Olympic" Pool (I think it's the best natural pool in the RNP) with ample time for a swim if you want to test the refreshing waters. Exit Kangaroo Creek at Karloo Pool to return to Heathcote. 
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Thu
22 Nov

3 M
LTW
Medium pace
15km
400m climbs
Ku-ring-gai Chase NP
Wahroonga Station to Mount Kuring-gai Station: Via Bobbin Head and Apple Tree Bay. Some street walking at the start before joining the Gibberagong track to Bobbin Head. From Bobbin Head the walk takes us to Apple Tree Bay and on to the Mt Kuring-gai track. Lovely bushtrack with some firetrail walking.   Map: Hornsby, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
95
Fri
23 Nov

6 M
Medium pace
12km
400m climbs
Wollemi National Park
Red Rock Creek and Woolpack Gap: 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 use the Amphitheatres Pass to climb on top of the escarpment. 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. Exploratory. Scrambling and exposure.   Map: Ben Bullen
96
Sat
24 Nov

TrainingSydney
First Aid Training Session
97
Sat
24 Nov

3
Medium pace
40km
One big hill and some ups and downs
Cycle
Four Canals and a Greenway: Enjoy water views, riverside pathways, inner-city haunts & joints. Cycle Cooks River Canal, Lewisham, Haberfield, Lilyfield, Newtown return to Wolli Creek. Some traffic, but mostly cycle paths and quiet streets. Must be confident riding on the road. Bring water and sun cream. Can bring morning and afternoon tea, or plenty of places to purchase along the way. Lunch at Newtown. No helmet no-go.   Map: Numerous
98
Sat
24 Nov

4 M
Medium pace
21km
900m ascent/descent
Ourimbah Valley
Great North Walk 10: Somersby to Greta Rd. This walk is exploratory for the leader with the help of the usual guides. All on track as much as possible. 
99
Sun
25 Nov

2
Unhurried
pace
approx 12 km
A few short steep climbs but nothing major
Coastal Surburban
Musical Meander SPECIAL : Taronga Zoo Wharf to Mosman Art Gallery. From the wharf we take the lovely coastal track to Bradleys Head then continue on to Chowder Bay. From Chowder Bay we make our way to the old forts at Middle Head. After a brief stop at the forts we continue on to Balmoral then up to the Art Gallery at Mosman. Here we will be entertained by THE SYDNEY MALE CHOIR. This wonderful choir has preformed around Australia as well as overseas. The concert will be from 2-4pm and is a TICKETED EVENT. At the time of submitting this walk there was no definite information as to whether tickets would be available at the door or have to be pre purchased on line. This information will be given early in November so if you are interested, check here at that time. Tickets will be approx. $20. If you do not wish to attend the concert you are welcome to just come for the walk. 
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Sun
25 Nov
to
Mon
3 Dec

CYCLE & WALK
Relaxed pace
Ride around 35km per day, walk 10-16km
Minor climbs
South and Central Gippsland
Cycling and walking in Gippsland: 4 Rail Trails over 6 days and walk at Wilsons Promontory 1 day.
Trip Full, wait list operating

Bass Coast Rail Trail: Wonthaggi to Anderson 32 km The Trail meanders through farmland, coastal bushland, historic coal mining reserves and rugged coastline. Panoramic views of Bass Strait from the Bourne Creek Trestle Bridge at Kilcunda
The Great Southern Rail Trail: Port Welshpool to Leongatha, 68km, is a mostly flat or gently undulating trail through lush dairy farmland areas of remnant bush and lowland scrub.
Grand Ridge Rail Trail: Mirboo North to Boolarra, 13 picturesque kilometres between Mirboo North and Boolarra in the Strzelecki Ranges in Gippsland. The return ride is 26km.
Central Gippsland Rail Trail: Traralgon to Stratford 56 km a mostly flat trail through small towns and irrigation dairy farming.
Ride 35 km per day. Walk 10-16 km Accommodation shared rooms. South Gippsland at Waratah Bay, Central Gippsland at Coongulla, Cost $600.00 limit 10 Map: Rail Trails of Victoria
Car shuffles each day Maps: Rail Trails of Victoria, National Parks Victoria Wilsons Promontory
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