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|23-25 Oct, Fri-Sun||Lost Chord Crater, Lee Castle and Labyrinth Peak|
|(Fully Booked) A 3-day pack walk.
Day 1: Park at Benjang Gap, GR 300 930. Walk to Lee Creek and then upstream to GR 328 904. Take water for the day (or carry from home). Climb to Lost Chord Crater, continue to Lost Chord Saddle, then climb south west on Tal Tal Ridge to about GR 339 890. Descend into a tributary of Lee Creek at about GR 330 884. Take water for high camp and next morning, climb westwards and camp at around GR 324 885. If time permits, explore high cliffs to the south east (we may even camp there). About 12 km.
Day 2: Spend the morning exploring Lee Castle immediately to the north west, then descend into Lee Creek, take water for the high camp and the next day and climb to Labyrinth Saddle (eastern end) at GR 315 903. Then climb Labyrinth Peak, GR 311 901, to camp. About 6 km.
Day 3: Return to the Labyrinth Saddle. Explore around to the north and north east. If possible, descend into a tributary of Lee Creek at around GR 316 909; otherwise return to the saddle and use a known descent route to the north. Walk back to the cars. About 8 km. Exploratory. Scrambling and exposure. 6M, M333E.
Location: Wollemi NP
Map: Talooby 89324N View
|23 Oct, Fri 10:10AM||Parramatta to Shoalhaven Heads: Section 8: Watsons Bay to Bondi Beach|
|Grade:3/6||Length||11km||270m||Southern Sydney Branch|
|(Fully Booked - Ask leader about waiting list) We walk from Parramatta to Shoalhaven Heads in sections. This week we walk from Watsons Bay to Bondi Beach. Highlights: Rivercat ride across the beautiful Sydney Harbour with million-dollar views; Lady Bay Beach Nudist beach, Lightkeeper's cottage, Hornby Lighthouse; the famous "Gap"suicidal spot; incredible rock formations and cliff rock views; The Federation Cliff Walk wanders through Sydney's most famous ocean cliff lookouts that are breathtaking, parks, historic sites, harbour views, and more. We end our walk at the world famous Bondi Beach where you can have a well earned beer. And, oh, did I mention whales?
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View last week's tracking and photos
https://www.alltrails.com/explore/recording/rushcutters-bay-to-watsons-bay-db53e24 Observe social distancing. Bring hand sanitizer. Steep and slippery sections
Location: Watsons Bay
Map: Watsons bay Limit: 17. View
|24 Oct, Sat 8:00AM||McLeans Pass – Mt Jamison – Dead Tree Camp|
|(NEW!!!) A walk for those who love pagodas, rock scrambling and superlative views of the Capertee Valley and the Gardens of Stone National Park in all its glory! Rock scrambling and some off-track walking.
Location: Gardens of Stone NP
Map: Ben Bullen 89314S Limit: 15. View
|25 Oct, Sun 9:07AM||Harbour Circle: Part 3 Huntley point to Balmain East|
|Grade:3/6||Length||14km||180m||Southern Sydney Branch|
|(Fully Booked - Ask leader about waiting list) Co-leader:
Stuart Sew Hoy
This is Part 3 of a 60 km, four-day walk, circling Sydney Harbour with the Sydney Harbour and Gladesville Bridges as its eastern and western points. This is a magnificent walk focusing on the harbour itself – the expanse of water, the bridges, islands, urban bushland and city skyline. The route winds along parts of the foreshore, into bays and on to headlands, through bush, along historic streets and over grand bridges. Part 3 starts from Huntleys Point Wharf and finishes at Balmain East Wharf. View Esther's future walks
Last Sunday’s tracking and photos
Location: Sydney Harbour
Map: Walking Coastal Sydney Limit: 12. View
|26-30 Oct, Mon (11:00AM)-Fri (14:00PM)||Barrington Tops|
|Southern Sydney Branch|
|(Fully Booked) Co-leaders: Bob Rankin, Ewan Cain and Hugh Hodge. We will stay in Gloucester and do day walks in Barrington Tops and Woko National Park. Very steep and slippery sections.
Location: Barrington Tops NP and Woko NP Limit: 16. View
|26 Oct, Mon||Explore Sydney|
|(NEW!!!) Walk from Central along the disused railway line, Darling Harbour, Barangaroo, Observatory, over the Harbour Bridge, Kirribilly, the old Submarine terminal, finish at North Sydney. Many options for stopping if the weather becomes unpleasant. Renate Wood is the co-leader. Flights of stairs in places. Possibly wet and slippery.
Location: City of Sydney
Map: Sydney Street Directory Limit: 14. View
|26 Oct, Mon 8:37AM||Valley Heights to Blaxland|
|(Allan’s Group) Janet R.|
|(Cancelled) We walk along Valley Heights fire trail, up to and along Greens Road. Then drop down to Florabella Track and take Pippas Pass to Blaxland. Note: different start and finish points. One very steep uphill. Send through your phone, emergency phone and NPA# please to confirm your place. Observe Covid safety. Use hand sanitizer. Ups and down. One very steep up hill. Rough tracks.
Map: Springwood 90304S Limit: 15. View
|26 Oct, Mon 6:00AM||Wentworth Falls circuit via Valley of Waters and Roberts Pass|
|(NEW!!!) (Fully Booked - Ask leader about waiting list) Starting at Wentworth Falls Station, walk to Conservation Hut, Lyrebird Lookout, Queen Victoria Lookout, Empress Lookout, down to Valley of Waters, along Vera Falls Track to Empress Falls, Sylvia Falls, Britannia Falls, then along, Roberts Pass, up to Moya Point Lookout, Gladstone Lookout and back to Wentworth Fall Station via Edinburg Castle Rock. Steep and slippery sections, many steps, creek crossings and sections of muddy track.
Location: Bell Limit: 15. View
|27 Oct, Tue 10:07AM||Wentworth Falls|
|(Cancelled) Doing the Charles Darwin Walk to top of waterfall and return. View|
|28 Oct, Wed||Bobbin Head, North Turramurra|
|(NEW!!!) Sphinx Loop Track and Apple Tree Bay and return. View|
|28 Oct, Wed 8:00AM||Heathcote to Bundeena via Maianbar|
|(Nearly fully booked) We walk from Heathcote Station to Bundeena. An interesting walk through the unique flora and sandstone forests of the Royal National Park, passing through Audley Weir, Winifred Falls, Anice Falls, then on an overgrown track to Maianbar and on to Bundeena. Steep and slippery sections, overgrown tracks. Limit: 12. View|
|29 Oct, Thu||Cabarita to Meadowbank|
|(NEW!!!) Walkers are greeted by the ever changing view on various surfaces along the Parramatta River foreshore. The river has more than 12 tributary creeks flowing into it and is the main tributary of Sydney Harbour. Good paths and a river crossing. The foreshore path is shared with bicycles, prams etc so care is needed. Hazards include viruses.
Location: Parramatta River
Map: Google Limit: 8. View
|30 Oct, Fri||More of The Labyrinth|
|Park at Wolgan Road and go through Minotaur Lair to Point Sol. Continue east, then north, exploring high pagodas around the cliff edge. Then walk west to the central spine and have a look at the blind slot at GR 422 233. Head along the spine of the ridge and find a way down to the next level towards west at about GR 420 236. The idea is to explore the next 250 m of pagodas and slots, until 4170 E. Return either via Ariadne Thread or down to Minotaur Lair if there is no time. Partly exploratory. Scrambling and exposure.
Location: Wollemi NP
Map: Ben Bullen 89314S View
|30 Oct, Fri 6:00AM||Mt Victoria Circuit via Coxs Cave|
|(NEW!!!) Starting at Mt Victoria Station walk to Coxs Cave, then along Dunns Leap Track to Hornes Point, Pulpit Rock, Bushrangers Cave back to the station. Steep and slippery sections, section of not well-marked track. Limit: 12. View|
|30 Oct, Fri 9:30AM||Parramatta to Shoalhaven Heads: Section 4|
|Essential to RSVP by email. Include your member no, mobile no and emergency contact no. We will walk from Parramatta to Shoalhaven Heads in sections. This week we walk from Chiswick to Drummoyne along the Parramatta River (encore). Attractions: Bill Fisher Reserve, Taplin Park, Brett Park, Nield Park, Leichhardt Park, Callan Park, King George Park, Iron Cove Bridge. Observe social distancing. Bring hand sanitizer.
Map: Parramatta River Limit: 13. View
|31 Oct, Sat||Cathedral Cave and Diamond Cavern|
|This is a walk in the unprotected part of the Gardens of Stone region, currently threatened by coal mining. We will visit two stunning locations – Cathedral Cave and Diamond Cavern, starting and finishing on a fire trail off Sunnyside Ridge Road. Find out why this area must be protected for future generations. All off-track. Scrambling and exposure.
Location: Newnes SF
Map: Cullen Bullen 89313N View
|31 Oct, Sat 9:00AM||Fairmont Resort – Sublime Point|
|Fairmont Resort - Gladstone Pass - Lindemans Pass - Copeland Pass - Sublime Point. Calling all adventurous walkers! This is an exciting walk which takes in the very scenic Gladstone Pass with its patches of rainforest then onto Lindemans Pass before tackling the steep Copeland Pass with its ascent via a system of ropes which will give us access to Sublime Point. Rock scrambling on ropes and along the base of the escarpment. Slippery in places.
Location: Blue Mountains NP
Map: Katoomba 89301S Limit: 15. View
|31 Oct, Sat 8:30AM||Minnamurra River|
|Paddle from the river mouth past beaches, mangroves and bushland to Swamp Road and return. PFDs compulsory. Must have own kayak and transport. Limit: 16. View|
|1 Nov, Sun 9:00AM||Harbour Circle: Part 4 Balmain East to Circular Quay|
|Grade:3/6||Length||14km||170m||Southern Sydney Branch|
|This is Part 4 of a 60 km, four-day walk, circling Sydney Harbour with the Sydney Harbour and Gladesville Bridges as its eastern and western points. This magnificent walk is focusing on the Harbour itself – the expanse of water, the bridges, islands, urban bushland and city skyline. The route winds along parts of the foreshore, into bays and on to headlands, through bush, along historic streets and over grand bridges. Part 4 starts from Balmain East Wharf and finishes at Circular Quay. View Esther's future walks Some slippery sections.
Location: Sydney Harbour Limit: 12. View
|1 Nov, Sun||Nepal and Bhutan|
|Southern Sydney Branch|
|(Postponed) Honey gatherers trek eastern Nepal near spectacular Annapurna ranges to view ancient dying tradition of harvesting honeycomb of the giant black bee, the largest bee on our planet, nestled on cliff walls. 15 day trip in November, moderate grade, homestay and tents. Leader will provide itinerary on inquiry. Cultural sensitivity a major prerequisite and a good level of fitness. We will visit World heritage sites in Kathmandu and then fly to Bhutan for a cultural tour 6 days, and climb up to Tigers Nest Monastery... Leader is organising trip with a reputable friend in Nepal who has a company that we have used over the years. Altitude for both Nepal and Bhutan will not be higher than approx 3200 metres. This is an overseas trip and own insurance required. Expressions of interest contact. Limit: 10. View|
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