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|13 May, Sun 9:00AM||Burrill Lake Bush|
|From Wildflower Reserve walk west to upper reaches of lake. Follow shoreline to boat ramp then fire trail and track to Cooper Creek. Some off-track to shoreline then to outskirts of Kings Point. Return to Wildflower Res via bush track. Figure of 8 walk can be varied. View|
|13 May, Sun 9:45AM||Butterflies, Camellias and Blue Gums|
|Killara to Gordon Walk. FOKE (Friends of Ku-ring-gai Environment) Event. Discover the remarkable story of Dr Gustavus Athol Waterhouse (1877-1950), famed for his expertise on butterflies. Athol lived close to his famous younger brother - Professor Eben Gowrie Waterhouse whose home and garden ‘Eryldene’ is today one of the most significant and popular house and gardens to visit in Sydney. Athol’s house, ‘Allowrie’ was built in Stanhope Road around 1905. Its memorable gardens were once the site of a magnificent ‘butterfly garden’. It was also near to some of the best butterfly collecting places along the hill top bushland ridges of east Killara. This leisurely walk will wander along Killara’s streetscapes of camellias and blue gums. Perhaps even a butterfly may be spotted? The walk will finish at ‘Eryldene’ where visitors have the option to enter this beautiful camellia garden (entry fee $12 where Eryldene has arranged a special dedicated tour for those interested in joining this tour) or if they wish join a Mother's Day High Tea (bookings essential as this is Eryldene’s busiest day and the celebratory teas need to be pre-booked with Eryldene on (02) 9498 2271 or www.eryldene.org.au). Note the Garden Café will not be open over the Mother’s Day weekend). Bring hat, water & wear good walking shoes. If wet, wear raincoat and bring umbrella. View|
|13 May, Sun 8:30AM||Mount Solitary Traverse|
|(Postponed) Starting at Kedumba Valley Road and finishing at the Golden Stairs. Walking the length of Mount Solitary and enjoying great views from lookout points. Steep ascent and descent with some rocky climbs to negotiate. Some steep and rocky sections.
Location: Blue Mountains NP
Map: Katoomba 89301S and Jamison 89302N Limit: 8. View
|14 May, Mon 9:30AM||Devils Hole|
|(Mal’s Group) John H.|
|Foot track via Nellies Glen, Megalong Valley then return via Devils Hole. All tracked. Some very steep and rocky bits and steps.
Map: Katoomba 89301S Limit: 20. View
|14 May, Mon 9:00AM||North Narrabeen to Manly via Long Reef|
|Walk from North Narrabeen to Manly via Long Reef at low tide. Joint walk with Bush Club. View|
|15 May, Tue 7:00PM||Bushwalking NSW General meeting – Warragamba dam wall|
|You are invited to the Bushwalking NSW May General Meeting. The keynote presentation: How can we keep the Warragamba dam wall as is? To be presented by Harry Burkitt, Colong Foundation & Alex Allchin, Bushwalking NSW. Hear about the latest in the NSW state government’s plans to raise the Warragamba Dam wall. The proposal would, during flood events, inundate 4,700 hectares of pristine World Heritage listed national parks and 65 kilometres of wild rivers - twice the length of the Franklin River that was under threat in the 1980s. How can bushwalkers help protect these precious, wild places? Come to learn about this issue from a bushwalker’s perspective and learn how you can take action! www.bushwalkingnsw.org.au View|
|15 May, Tue 10:11AM||Douglas Park|
|(Jean’s Group) Dianne E.|
|Streets, parks, ups & downs, lovely district views, hopefully great autumn colours in this cute little town. Train return to Macarthur for coffee, train to city. View|
|15 May, Tue 9:30AM||McPhails Fire Trail|
|Grade:3/6||Length||12km||450m||Southern Highlands Branch|
|McPhails Fire Trail is a downhill walk from the highlands into Kangaroo Valley. The Pipeline Lookout is an excellent morning tea stop before descending through rain forest and around Mt Carrialoo into the valley. Rough track, unfenced cliff edges, very steep descent.
Location: Morton NP
Map: Bundanoon 89281S Limit: 20. Map: Bundanoon 8928-1-S View
|15 May, Tue 10:40AM||South Coast|
|Coastal walk to Kiama via headlands, beaches (waterways, maybe across open to the sea) and some rock walking (slippery surfaces). Moderate pace. Carry morning tea, lunch and water for a full day walk. Train return to Central. View|
|16 May, Wed 9:00AM||Fire Ecology|
|Grade:2/6||Length||10km||200m||Southern Sydney Branch|
|It's time to do a check on how the bush is recovering after the January fires. Multiple site visits and short walks. Burnt bush land might be more than a little black.
Location: Royal NP
Map: Port Hacking 91294N Limit: 10. View
|16 May, Wed 9:37AM||Huntley Point to Hunters Hill|
|Level ramble Huntley Point to Hunters Hill. View|
|16 May, Wed||Sutherland to Heathcote|
|From the station follow road and tracks to Woronora and river. Pick up Pipeline Track and follow diverting at times to bush tracks and viewing points. Eventually cross Heathcote Road and continue to scouts training camp and along roads to finish. Steep sections, slippery conditions.
Location: Heathcote NP
Map: Port Hacking 91294N and Campbelltown 90291N View
|17 May, Thu 9:49AM||Cabarita to Rhodes|
|(Jean’s Group) Ann P.|
|Streets, paths, water views, ups & downs. Train return to city. View|
|17 May, Thu 6:00PM||Rachel Carson’s Ocean Trilogy|
|NPA/WEA Event. Rachel Carson’s ‘ocean trilogy’ cannot be underestimated. Her ‘biography of the ocean’, that she wrote between 1941-1955 empowered readers to understand the fragility of Nature and led her to write her final masterpiece Silent Spring (1962). Book at WEA, SYDNEY Ph: (02) 9264 2781 www.weasydney.com.au View|
|18 May, Fri 8:30AM||Manly to North Head|
|Grade:2/6||Length||12km||200m||Southern Sydney Branch|
|A walk via Shelly Beach. Delightful coastal walking and lots of cultural history as well. Bring your camera.
Location: Sydney Harbour National Park Limit: 12. View
|18 May, Fri||Red Rock Creek and Woolpack Gap|
|(Postponed) 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 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.
Location: Wollemi NP
Map: Ben Bullen 89314S Limit: 8. View
|18 May, Fri 8:55AM||Wilsons Glen|
|Explore various fire trails and tracks in the area. Mostly out and back. Rock scrambling and creek crossings. Some off-track is a possibility.
Map: Katoomba Limit: 20. View
|19 May, Sat 9:30AM||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. Some rock scrambling.
Map: Katoomba 89301S View
|19 May, Sat 8:30AM||Illawarra Escarpment: Stanwell Park to Austinmer|
|Walk the Illawarra Escarpment one way from Stanwell Park to Austinmer via the Forest Walk and Sublime Point Track. All on track; steel ladders to descend Sublime Point. Cliff edges.
Location: Illawarra Escarpment SCA
Map: Appin 90291S and Bulli 90292N Limit: 14. Best Walk: Illawarra Escarpment Traverse View
|19 May, Sat 9:00AM||Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment Transverse|
|This walk is a hidden gem and offers the most amazing variety of vegetation. Also lovely scenic views and sometimes rare fauna. Plant ID as we go and a brief lunch break BYO. Bookings essential. View|
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