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23 Jun, Fri Airly Canyon
Grade:5/6 Length 6km Sydney Branch
YB
Walk | A bushwalk of any kind short or longCo-leader – Peter Medbury. Park at Airly Gap and walk north west all the way up Airly Canyon. Once out of the canyon on the tops, traverse east, exploring the spurs along the way, before descending to Airly Gap. Partly exploratory. Scrambling and exposure.
Location: Mugii Murum-ban SCA
Map: Glen Alice 89314N Limit: 8. View

24 Jun, Sat Valley of the Dinosaurs and Ultimate Slot
Grade:5/6 Length 6km Sydney Branch
YB
Walk | A bushwalk of any kind short or long(Updated Details) Find out for yourself why this unique area, currently under threat, must be protected, now. Park on the road from Mount Airly to Genowlan Trig where there is suitable space. Walk up the road to the top of the plateau and then take the road to Genowlan Trig. Leave this road at about GR 253 320 and head east to the top, southern end of the Valley of the Dinosaurs. We will then proceed down the valley stopping to explore as many slots as possible on both sides. Next, visit the Ultimate Slot and then return to the road and to the vehicles. About 6k. Partly exploratory. Scrambling and exposure. 5M.
Location: Mugii Murum-ban SCA and (Airly-Genowlan)
Map: Glen Alice 89314N Limit: 8. View

26 Jun, Mon Newnes Cliffs
Grade:6/6 Length 6km Sydney Branch
YB
Walk | A bushwalk of any kind short or longCliffs above Newnes Campground. Park the vehicles at the Newnes Campground. Make our way up and find a way to above the cliff line, then explore several pagoda spurs above the Newnes Campground. If there’s time, explore a couple of interesting slots to the north. There are several return options, depending on time. Includes potentially impossible sections. Exploratory. Scrambling and exposure.
Location: Wollemi NP
Map: Ben Bullen 89314S and Mount Morgan 89311S Limit: 8. View

1-2 Jul, Sat-Sun Lee Creek and Duet Saddle
Grade:6/6 Length 20km Sydney Branch
YB
Walk | A bushwalk of any kind short or longCamp | a trip that involves an overnight stay, usually in a tent.Co-leader Ian Thorpe. Drive on Friday night to Kandos or camp near the walk start. Early start on Saturday morning. Day 1. Drive one car GR 390 853 and another one to GR 388 816 on Nullo Mountain Road. From the second car, take a ridge W to Lee Creek. Take water and climb into Duet Saddle in Bylong Labyrinth. Our progress from here will depend on the available time, but we will try to get to as close as possible or to the Goat Mountain. Establish high camp. About 8k. Day 2. Make our way N to Lee Creek, then up onto Tal Tal Range, follow it SE and descend into Bylong River; then walk E to the first car. Private property access will be arranged. About 12k. This is a recce walk for the planned Wollemi traverse. Exploratory. Scrambling and exposure.
Location: Wollemi NP
Map: Growee 89324S Limit: 8. View

7 Jul, Fri Donkey Mountain
Grade:6/6 Length 6km Sydney Branch
YB
Walk | A bushwalk of any kind short or longSouth eastern cliff line of Donkey Mountain. This is the second walk to this area, to re-visit some of the highlights of the first walk and to explore further. Park on Wolgan Road at GR 386 199. Walk up SSE towards the NE end of Donkey Mountain. At about GR 387 190, turn SW and sidle underneath the cliffs, visiting spectacular overhangs, including Masterpiece Wall. At about GR 376 183, take the ramp up to the next level and explore it, moving NE to the extent possible. What happens next will depend on what we will find, but generally the aim is to eventually gain the top of the mountain and return via one of the known passes. Exploratory. Scrambling and exposure.
Location: Gardens of Stone NP
Map: Ben Bullen 89314S Limit: 8. View

8 Jul, Sat The Southern Valleys
Grade:5/6 Length 8km Sydney Branch
YB
Walk | A bushwalk of any kind short or longBen Bullen State Forest west of the Great Dividing Range 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. This unique area is currently under serious threat from mining. Find out why this area must be protected for future generations. All off track, some rock scrambling and exposure.
Map: Cullen Bullen 89313N Limit: 8. View

14 Jul, Fri Old Baldy and Skywalker Traverse
Grade:5/6 Length 6km Sydney Branch
YB
Walk | A bushwalk of any kind short or longStart at Newnes Campground and walk up Petries Gully and on to the top of Old Baldy. Traverse the summit westwards, enjoying the amazing views, then use Campground Defile to descend to the lower level and walk Skywalker Traverse eastwards. Come down into Petries Gully and return to the cars. Scrambling and exposure. Partly exploratory.
Location: Wollemi NP
Map: Ben Bullen 89314S and Mount Morgan 89311S Limit: 8. View

17 Jul, Mon Petries Slots – Part 3
Grade:6/6 Length 12km Sydney Branch
YB
Walk | A bushwalk of any kind short or longStart at Newnes Campground and walk up the Pipeline Track to about GR 447 274, then climb north west to the saddle and continue north on the ridge till GR 445 275. Descend and investigate a major slot to the west. Then, investigate the second major slot 400m north, approaching it either from the bottom or from the top. Exit via Petries Slots Pass at GR 440 283. This plan will be modified frequently during the walk as the terrain is very dissected and full of surprises. Exploratory. Scrambling and exposure.
Location: Wollemi NP
Map: Ben Bullen 89314S and Mount Morgan 89311S Limit: 8. View

22-23 Jul, Sat-Sun Bylong Labyrinth Area
Grade:6/6 Length 20km Sydney Branch
YB
Walk | A bushwalk of any kind short or longCo-leader Ian Thorpe. Drive on Friday night to Kandos or camp near the walk start. Early start on Saturday morning. This is a recce walk for the planned Wollemi Traverse. Details to be advised after the walk of 1-2 July 2017. Exploratory. Scrambling and exposure.
Location: Wollemi NP Limit: 8. View

27 Jul, Thu The Towers
Grade:5/6 Length 12km Sydney Branch
YB
Walk | A bushwalk of any kind short or longCo-leader – Peter Medbury Drive about 1km past Airly Gap; park the cars and walk on the trail around Mount Airly Check out the cave houses on the way, then climb The Towers – the area of high pagodas centred at around GR 222 350. Explore the area, then return the same way. Scrambling and exposure.
Location: Mugii Murum-ban SCA
Map: Glen Alice 89314N Limit: 8. View

3 Aug, Thu Treasure Chest Spur and City in the Sky
Grade:5/6 Length 6km Sydney Branch
YB
Walk | A bushwalk of any kind short or longPark up on the plateau at GR 245 316. Walk on the fire trail to GR 253 319, then head NNE and locate Treasure Chest Spur. Advance to a spectacular area of many pagodas, City in the Sky, at around GR 257 325. Explore on both sides of the spur, moving NNE all the time. Visit two high points at the end of the spur, then find a way down to the fire trail at around GR 259 329. Follow it back to the vehicles. Partly exploratory. Scrambling and exposure.
Location: Mugii Murum-ban SCA
Map: Glen Alice 89314N Limit: 8. View

11 Aug, Fri Firefly Point to Galaxies Gully East
Grade:6/6 Length 10km Sydney Branch
YB
Walk | A bushwalk of any kind short or longPark at the locked gate GR 434 258 and walk on Wolgan River Trail to about GR 461 262, visiting a cave house ruin on the way. Next, attempt to ascend along the ridge all the way up to Firefly Point at GR 461 258. From here, climb to spot height 858 and continue along the ridge. If time permits, descend into Firefly Creek around GR 455 252, then climb back out on the ridge. Finally, descend into Galaxies Gully East, and then all the way back to the Wolgan River Trail and to the cars. Partly exploratory. Scrambling and exposure.
Location: Wollemi NP
Map: Mount Morgan 89311S and Ben Bullen 89314S Limit: 8. View

12 Aug, Sat Newnes SF
Grade:5/6 Length 6km Sydney Branch
YB
Walk | A bushwalk of any kind short or longHowling Arch, the Pool of Diana and the Pool of Aphrodite. Find out for yourself why this unique area, currently under threat, must be protected, now. Drive to approximately GR 468 058 on the Deep Pass Trail. Head down a spur trending slightly west of south and then south as it nears Dingo Creek. Visit Howling Arch, an amazing natural feature. Enter Dingo Creek and progress downstream for about 1.3km, visiting the scenic Pool of Diana on the way, continue underneath high cliffs to GR 476 048, the start of a north north west trending ravine. Follow the ravine up, visiting the spectacular Pool of Aphrodite along the way, to eventually reconnect with the trail and the vehicles. All off track, some rock scrambling and exposure.
Map: Rock Hill 89312N and Cullen Bullen 89313N Limit: 8. View

18 Aug, Fri Koopartoo Mesa South
Grade:6/6 Length 6km Sydney Branch
YB
Walk | A bushwalk of any kind short or longRavines and slots of Koopartoo Mesa South. Park at the Wolgan Road, GR 420 216. Make our way up Koopartoo Gully to a known (but tricky) pass at GR 414 222. Once above, head east to about GR 416 222 and, starting from here, explore this extremely dissected terrain. Return the same way. Exploratory. Scrambling and exposure.
Location: Wollemi NP
Map: Ben Bullen 89314S Limit: 8. View

22 Aug, Tue The Labyrinth
Grade:6/6 Length 9km Sydney Branch
YB
Walk | A bushwalk of any kind short or longThe 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. Exploratory. Scrambling and exposure.
Location: Wollemi NP
Map: Ben Bullen 89314S Limit: 8. View