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1 Mar, Fri 10:00AM The Suburbs : Beauty Point to Balmoral via the Spit
Grade:2/6 Length 7km  100m Sydney Branch
(SWAG) Esther
Walk | A bushwalk of any kind short or longPublic Transport | There are public transport options to and from this activity.Leader: Kevin Cliffe Scenic walk from Beauty Point to Balmoral beach via the spit. Limit: 15. View

8 Mar, Fri 9:50AM The Alphabet series: “I” Illawong to Menai; Bob birthday walk
Grade:3/6 Length 8km  150m Sydney Branch
(SWAG) Esther
Walk | A bushwalk of any kind short or longPublic Transport | There are public transport options to and from this activity.Leader: Philip Wright. Bob Rankin's birthday walk. Join us on a magical walk walk from Illawong to Menai. Towering trees including Angophora, coachwood, paper bark, tree ferns, grass trees, mangroves and ferns. Walk along a carpet of red Angophora tree barks. Woronora River, rock formations, caves, creeks, and nice views. Overgrown paths. Rugged at parts.  Wear long trousers and long-sleeved shirts. Limit: 15. View

18 Mar, Mon 9:30AM The Suburbs: Brush Farm repeat
Grade:1/6 Length 5km  50m Sydney Branch
(SWAG) Esther
Walk | A bushwalk of any kind short or longPublic Transport | There are public transport options to and from this activity.LEADER: Kevin Cliffe As part of the Seniors Festival, I have booked 10 spots to the Historic Brush Farm House Open Day & History Talks. Meet at the western side of Eastwood Station and we will walk to the House to join the Open Day and History Talks. Enjoy morning tea/coffee on the balcony. Limit: 10. View

29 Mar, Fri 10:00AM The suburbs: Newtown Street Art and Historic Walking tour . Lynne’s birthday walk
Grade:2/6 Length 8km  100m Sydney Branch
(SWAG) Esther
Walk | A bushwalk of any kind short or longPublic Transport | There are public transport options to and from this activity.Leader: Ros Freeman Celebrate Lynne Hewitt’s birthday. We explore kerbside gardens, historic buildings, St Stephen's Church and cemetery; and the street art of Newtown, including ‘I have a Dream’ painted over two days, initially illegally, now heritage listed and Bob Hawke mural. Visit Warren Ball Avenue,  Newtown’s best street? Easy pace to study the street art.   Limit: 15. View

5 Apr, Fri 9:47AM The Alphabet series :”E” East Lindfield circuit
Grade:2/6 Length 7km  170m Sydney Branch
(SWAG) Esther
Walk | A bushwalk of any kind short or longPublic Transport | There are public transport options to and from this activity.Leader: Heather Lakiss (RSVP to heatherlakiss@gmail.com) This pleasant walk starts from Lindfield Park and heads through the bushland to the Two Creeks Track, which it follows through the national park to, and along, Middle Harbour Creek. The walk returns to Lindfield Park via the picturesque Little Digger Track, and through a few shortcut alley ways in East Lindfield. Steep, rugged and slippery sections. Limit: 15. View

12 Apr, Fri 10:00AM The. suburbs series: Strathfield
Grade:2/6 Length 10km  100m Sydney Branch
(SWAG) Esther
Walk | A bushwalk of any kind short or longPublic Transport | There are public transport options to and from this activity.Leader: Lynne Hewitt. A historic walk of Strathfield. Start from Strathfield Station. Lunch at Strathfield Park. Return home by catching a bus from Coronation Parade to either Strathfield Station, to Central or to other suburbs. Limit: 15. View

3 May, Fri 9:24AM The Alphabet series: “J”: Jacksons Landing to the harbour.
Grade:2/6 Length 10km  100m Sydney Branch
(SWAG) Esther
Walk | A bushwalk of any kind short or longCafe | A trip that involves a relaxed stop at a cafe.Public Transport | There are public transport options to and from this activity.Leader: Philip Wright. We walk from the waterfront estate of Jacksons Landing to Circular Quay, with optional lunch at Chat Thai.  Points of interest: Elizabeth Bay, Jones Bay, Darling Island, Wellcome Wall, Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour, Sydney Aquarium, Barangaroo, Crown Casino, Sydney Observatory, Observatory Hill, Bridge stairs, Argyle Stairs, Clock tower, Museum of Contemporary Art, Wollemi pine and First fleet park Limit: 15. View

7 Jun, Fri 10:00AM The Colour walks series No 14: Camellia Gardens Carringbah (Philip’s birthday walk)
Grade:2/6 Length 4km  50m Sydney Branch
(SWAG) Esther
Walk | A bushwalk of any kind short or longFirst time friendly | A trip that is perfect for most new members (assuming you have a reasonable level of fitness)Photography | A trip that has a strong focus on encouraging people to capture photographs.Public Transport | There are public transport options to and from this activity.
Leader: Philip Wright
Celebrate Philip's Birthday Day at Camellia Gardens.  Located in Caringbah and overlooking beautiful Yowie Bay, the Gardens were recognised by the International Camellia Society as a Camellia Gardens of Excellence in 2014.  There are sixty Camellia Gardens of Excellence in the world, with the Camellia Gardens and Lisgar Gardens in Hornsby being the only two in NSW. The Gardens have over 400 cultivars and species donated and acquired since its first plantings began in 1969, in addition to many other rare ornamental and native plants. The collection is of unique value to Australian horticulture. The Gardens have something for all seasons. The camellias are in season during autumn and winter. Tea house serves delicious devonshire and lunches.   We will play by ear.  A walk at Woronora Cemetery can be added on.
Location: Caringbah Limit: 15. View

21 Jun, Fri 10:00AM The Suburbs series : Macquarie Uni, Eastwood, Denistone
Grade:2/6 Length 8km  150m Sydney Branch
(SWAG) Esther
Walk | A bushwalk of any kind short or longLeader: Kevin Cliffe We walk from Macquarie Uni Station to Eastwood, via Shrimptons Creek. Expect to see water dragons and lots of birds. Limit: 15. View

28 Jun, Fri 9:30AM The suburbs: Ashbury to Lewisham
Grade:3/6 Length 11km  150m Sydney Branch
(SWAG) Esther
Walk | A bushwalk of any kind short or longPublic Transport | There are public transport options to and from this activity.Leader: Lynne Hewitt We walk from Canterbury station to Ashbury, then Ashfield, summer hills, Petersham park  and end at Lewsham. Limit: 15. View

5 Jul, Fri 9:31AM The Suburbs : Sydney Olympic Park Loop
Grade:2/6 Length 10km  100m Sydney Branch
(SWAG) Esther
Walk | A bushwalk of any kind short or longPublic Transport | There are public transport options to and from this activity.RSVP direct to Heather Lakiss heatherlakiss@gmail.com This easy level loop walk encompasses a large amount of Bicentennial Park as it makes its way through the mangroves, past sunken ships and a bird watching hide.  Some urban walking via the edge of Liberty Grove, Rhodes, over the Bennelong Bridge and  Wentworth Point.  All paved walking. Little shade. Limit: 15. View

12 Jul, Fri 10:00AM Suburbs: In the steppes of Central Rose Bay
Grade:3/6 Length 15km  200m Sydney Branch
(SWAG) Esther
Walk | A bushwalk of any kind short or longPublic Transport | There are public transport options to and from this activity.Leader: Kevin Cliffe This walk is not for you if you don’t like steps. Features: Scot college, Cranbrook school, City views, mansions, gardens, many steep sets of steps, beach, Point Piper, Rose Bay, Community garden. Limit: 15. View

26 Jul, Fri 10:00AM Suburb series of walk: Canterbury to Hurlstone Park
Grade:3/6 Length 12km  50m Sydney Branch
(SWAG) Esther
Walk | A bushwalk of any kind short or longPublic Transport | There are public transport options to and from this activity.Leader: Lynne Hewitt A pleasant walk from Canterbury to Hurlstone Park.  Local guide with commentary.   Limit: 15. View

16 Aug, Fri 9:34AM The suburbs series of walk: Parramatta
Sydney Branch
(SWAG) Esther
Walk | A bushwalk of any kind short or longLeader: Lynne Hewitt TBA Parramatta,  Historic wall of parramatta Limit: 15. View

6 Sep, Fri 9:00AM The Alphabet series.”W”. Wild Flower Garden at St Ives
Grade:3/6 Length 9km  250m Sydney Branch
(SWAG) Esther
Walk | A bushwalk of any kind short or longPublic Transport | There are public transport options to and from this activity.Leader: Heather Lakiss. RSVP direct to heatherlakiss@gmail.com Commencing Kitchener Street, St Ives and down to the creek and fire trail via creek, Mueller Track, where the stillness of nature surrounds you, and up to The Wildflower Garden. Continues to Solander Track. Pretty along the creek, with a waterfall (Phantom Falls). Some quite wet tiny tracks. Lots of ups and downs. Those who use hiking sticks, bring them. Visitors/info centre, next to Senses Track, has a coffee machine and native plant nursery.  Return via a slightly shorter route. Limit: 15. View

20 Sep, Fri 9:20AM Suburbs series of walk: Campbelltown
Grade:2/6 Length 10km  100m Sydney Branch
(SWAG) Esther
Walk | A bushwalk of any kind short or long
Leader: Lynne Hewitt.  The Alphabet Series: "U" ..UWS Sculpture and Art Gallery Walk A visit to see the sculptures in Western Sydney University, the Art Gallery of Campbelltown and the Japanese gardens behind the Art Gallery.   The Art Centre is a large outdoor sculpture and manicured park area which features a range of permanent and changing exhibitions. Experience the unique sculptures in a beautiful outdoor setting. Experience the Tether of Time - a 15-metre sculpture and meet Esmeralda, the 10-tonne granite prehistoric wombat. Spring time will enhance our visual and smell sense in our visit to the Japanese Gardens. The Japanese Gardens are a special gift from Koshigaya, Campbelltown's Sister City in Japan.   The Gardens symbolise the beliefs and religion of both Shinto, the indigenous religion of Japan, and Zen Buddhism. The Campbelltown Japanese Gardens feature a traditional waterfall, koi pond, timber bridge, stonework pathways, lush plantings and a 16th Century designed teahouse, handcrafted by Japanese craftsmen. The aim of the garden is to obtain quiet solitude. The design represents elegant simplicity, lending itself to contemplation and heightened awareness. The Gardens is also home to the Arts Centre Cafe, a scenic dining location that overlooks the tranquil gardens.
Limit: 15. View

27 Sep, Fri 9:30AM Suburbs: Chatswood to Macquarie Park
Grade:3/6 Length 11km  200m Sydney Branch
(SWAG) Esther
Walk | A bushwalk of any kind short or long
LEADER: HEATHER LAKISS (RSVP TO HEATHERLAKISS@GMAIL.COM)  Rail to River walk from Chatswood to Macquarie Park via Lane Cove River and The Great North Walk. Slippery sections
Limit: 15. View

18 Oct, Fri 10:07AM The Alphabet series.”W”..Wentworth falls lake circuit
Grade:2/6 Length 8km  100m Sydney Branch
(SWAG) Esther
Walk | A bushwalk of any kind short or longFirst time friendly | A trip that is perfect for most new members (assuming you have a reasonable level of fitness)Public Transport | There are public transport options to and from this activity.Cafe | A trip that involves a relaxed stop at a cafe.LEADER: Philip Wright Start with a coffee at the famous German bakery,  Then walk to Wentworth Falls lake. The circuit around the lake shows you the serene beauty of the lake. Admire the water birds, sculptures and the flora...Maples, tea trees, grevillea ( specific to this area), isopogan, sun Orchid, wild strawberries, tree ferns, and of course Waratahs and rhododendrons flowering in October. There are more species unknown to the leader. Botanists  are invited to join the walk to enrich our knowledge. If you are lucky, you will see redbellied snakes. On return to the station, you can treat yourself with the famous pastries at the German bakery. View

25 Oct, Fri 10:00AM The suburbs series of walk: Dangar Island
Grade:1/6 Length 5km  100m Sydney Branch
(SWAG) Esther
Walk | A bushwalk of any kind short or longPublic Transport | There are public transport options to and from this activity.   
Leader: Lynne Hewitt. Join us for a tour to this idyllic island just a hop, skip and a jump from Hawkesbury River Station, Brooklyn. Upon arrival on this car-free oasis of bush, beach and tranquillity, we will be welcomed by tree-lined palms and jacarandas. On the lower grounds we'll walk past the Bowling Club and Bradleys Beach. On the higher grounds we'll get great views of the Hawkesbury River. We'll also walk past a Blackbutt – Rough-barked Apple Forest. Enjoy the scenic train ride across the Hawkesbury River and a joy ferry ride to the island. Enjoy lunch or Devonshire tea at Dangar Island Depot before taking the ferry back home. Bring money for ferry ($8.50 one way adult, $4.30 one way concession (not sure seniors are considered concession)).
Limit: 15. View

8 Nov, Fri 9:54AM The Alphabet Series: “X” Xacuti at Harris Park
Grade:3/6 Length 13km  130m Sydney Branch
(SWAG) Esther
Walk | A bushwalk of any kind short or longLeader: Derek Hampton RSVP direct to derek.hamptonesl@gmail.com For our Alphabet series, ‘X’ is for Xacuti. Join us to celebrate our multicultural heritage walks with authentic Indian cooking at Harris Park. We start from Kissing Point wharf, go along the cycleway alongside Parramatta River, looking out for native birds at Baludarri Wetlands, stopping briefly at the historical Hambledon Cottage before reaching our destination for our shared group lunch ($20). Parramatta signifies Sydney’s urban buzzy renewal so food streets like this won’t last. Return is by train. If eating, please confirm and email culinary/dietary preference. Limit: 15. View

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