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29 Jul, Fri 10:01AM Colour Walk Series: Magnolia
Grade:2/6 Length 11km  60m 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a reasonable level of fitness)Public Transport | There are public transport options to and from this activity.(DRAFT - do not publish yet) Leader for the day: Kevin Cliffe.  From Burwood, we walk to the Millenium Walk, Hen and Chicken Bay, Concord, several parks and back to Burwood.  We will see a community garden, Bushells Tea and Magnolias in bloom. Azalea, Camellias are also in bloom at this time of the year.  There are many choices for lunch at Burwood's Chinatown. View

12 Aug, Fri 10:01AM West Head wild flowers
Sydney Branch
(SWAG) Esther
Walk | A bushwalk of any kind short or long(DRAFT - do not publish yet) Leader: Claire Finnigan Be amazed at the masses of wild flowers View

19 Aug, Fri 10:07AM Colour walk series No 2: Auburn Botanical garden
Grade:1/6 Length 6km  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.This is the time to see Cherry tree blossoms. The Auburn Botanic Gardens are composed of several themed gardens and areas:
  • The Japanese garden
  • the scented garden
  • the sunken rose garden
  • the Australian native and rainforest garden
  • the amphitheatre/open air theatre
  • the reflection pool
  • the maze
  • the fauna reserve
  • an equal access playground
  • and several picnic areas with barbecues
View

19 Aug, Fri 10:00AM Powells Creek
Grade:2/6 Length 8km  70m Sydney Branch
(SWAG) Esther
Walk | A bushwalk of any kind short or longPublic Transport | There are public transport options to and from this activity.(DRAFT - do not publish yet) Leader: Kevin Cliffe Just recently found this little walk around in my extended neighbourhood. Ramble along Powells Creek.  Some waterbirds were seen including a spoonbill.  Explore the housing estate Liberty Grove and loop back to the restaurants and shops percinct in North Strathfield, where you can have a Korean lunch, cafe lunch or a lunch in the park. View

26 Aug, Fri 10:00AM Colour walk series No 3: Royal Botanical Garden
Grade:2/6 Length 9km  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)Public Transport | There are public transport options to and from this activity.Cafe | A trip that involves a relaxed stop at a cafe.Today we'll visit the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, an oasis of 30 hectares in the heart of the city. Wrapped around Sydney Harbour, the Gardens occupy one of Sydney's most spectacular positions. Established in 1816, it is the oldest scientific institution in the country and is home to an outstanding collection of plants from Australia and overseas. From the provocative rare and threatened plants of the world to the romantic rose garden, the themed garden areas show the diverse beauty of nature. Optional lunch at Chai Thai View

28 Aug, Sun 9:30AM Mermaid Pool and Tahmoor Gorge
Grade:4/6 Length 10km  400m Sydney Branch
Esther
Walk | A bushwalk of any kind short or longPhotography | A trip that has a strong focus on encouraging people to capture photographs.(DRAFT - do not publish yet) Due to popular demand, this popular walk is to be repeated. To be led by Mike McLeod of Southern Highland Branch. A circuit rugged walk (rather rocky) along the Bargo River and Tahmoor Gorge. We will do it slowly to take in and take photos of the beauty of the walk. Highlights: fantastic views, Mermaid Pools. Waterfalls. wallaby, birds, majestic gum trees, wildflowers galore. Some very steep and slippery parts.Video of 2020 Tahmoor Gorge Mermaid Pools Several creek crossings. Limit: 10. View

3 Sep, Sat 9:30AM Colour walk series No 4: Boongala Native Gardens and Rainforest
Grade:3/6 Length 13km  180m Sydney Branch
(SWAG) Esther
Walk | A bushwalk of any kind short or longWe will visit the Boongala Native Gardens and Rainforest, followed by O’hara’s Creek Walk in Kenhurst. Own car transport required.   Steep and slippery sections. View

9 Sep, Fri 11:02AM Colour Walk Series No 5: Bowral to Mittagong
Grade:3/6 Length 10km  300m 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.(DRAFT - do not publish yet) Walk from Bowral station to Gumnut Patisserie for coffee and their delicious pastries.  Then walk to Corbett Gardens, Bowral Lookout, Mount Gilbraltar, Jellore Lookout, Mittagong Lookout. Walk finishes at Mittagong. Expect to see some tulips on the way and a very long day. Many steps and overgrown paths. Steep and rocky sections
Location: bowral
Map: Southern highlands View

16 Sep, Fri 9:17AM Colour walk series No 6: Rock orchids galore
Grade:3/6 Length 11km  240m Sydney Branch
(SWAG) Esther
Walk | A bushwalk of any kind short or longCafe | A trip that involves a relaxed stop at a cafe.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.(DRAFT - do not publish yet) Spring is orchid time.  Sylvan Grove Native Garden has such an array of Rock Orchids. They are majestic flowers to admire.  https://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/environment/parks-reserves/sylvan-grove-native-garden It s also a botanical garden with a variety of plants.  After the garden, we will take a walk in Georges National Park with great views of the river.  Spring flowers including native orchids will be plenty. Can arrive early to have coffee before the connecting bus. More options on South Side of the Station.   Steep and slippery sections
Map: Picnic Point View

18 Sep, Sun - 24 Sep, Fri Colour Walk Series: A few days in the Mountains
Sydney Branch
Esther
Accommodation | An activity that involves an overnight stay, using hard-roofed accommodation such as a cabin, hut or hotel.Walk | A bushwalk of any kind short or long(DRAFT - do not publish yet) Co-leaders: Bob R and Ewan Cain. Expression of Interest is sought to stay a few days in Upper Blue Mountains and do day walks. Expect to see waratahs, orchids, wattles and other native flowers.   Itinerary includes: Mount Wilson; Wallangambe; Grose Valley; Six foot track; Grand Canyon; Blue Gum Swamp; Mount Solitary     Steep and slippery sections
Map: Blue Mountains View

18 Sep, Sun 10:16AM Crossing the Blue Mountains anniversary walk
Grade:4/6 Length 10km  450m Sydney Branch
Esther
Walk | A bushwalk of any kind short or longPublic Transport | There are public transport options to and from this activity.(DRAFT - do not publish yet) Leader: Allan Porter. To mark the anniversary of "Crossing the Blue Mountains 2020", we will do the "Magical Wentworth Falls to Lawson via Bruces Walk" again. Begin with the Maple trees lined streets of beautiful Wentworth Falls. It’s a memorable walk with wildflowers galore (Waratahs, Bearded Orchids, Sun orchids, Caladenia, greenhoods) waterfalls, caves, gum forests, sassafras’s forests, birdlife and majestic views. This walk is not for you if you don’t like creek crossings (5), steep climbs and vertical ladders (4). Steep and slippery sections, slides and rock scrambling.
Location: Wentworth Falls Limit: 15. View

30 Sep, Fri 9:34AM Colour walk series No 7: Australilan Botanical Garden
Grade:3/6 Length 10km  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.The Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan showcases Australian flora amongst 416 hectares of rolling hills, lakes, lawns and gardens. In the late 18th century, the discovery of a new continent filled with exotic plants unknown to the rest of the world created waves of excitement in the field of botany. The Australian Botanic Garden displays approximately 2000 of these plants via themed gardens across the site as well as the Connections Garden, a four-hectare intensely cultivated space right in the heart of the Garden. Other features of the Garden include a restaurant, visitor centre with gift shop, free gas barbecues and acres of Cumberland Plain Woodland to explore. Come Spring, the paper daisies become an attraction for visitors. Various species of Waratahs will be flowering too. After seeing the floral display, we will walk to the Sundial, Mount Annan Peak, the Blue Tree before leaving the Garden to visit Lake Yandel'ora before catching the bus home. Expect a long day.  
Location: Mt Annan View

30 Sep, Fri 10:02AM Colour walk series No 8: Cherry Tree Walk
Grade:2/6 Length 12km  50m Sydney Branch
(SWAG) Esther
Walk | A bushwalk of any kind short or longCafe | A trip that involves a relaxed stop at a cafe.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.We visit Gumnut for coffee and pastries on arrival. Cherry Tree Walk is a beautiful walk in Bowral. It consists of a walking/bike track beside the Mittagong Rivulet and 526 cherry trees that have been planted, dedicated to each and every soldier who died during the Vietnam War. The walk is particularly attractive in spring when the cherry trees are in flower. Incorporated into the design of the War Memorial has been a monument, inscribed with the names of the Australians who gave their lives in the service of their country. Then we continue to the Southern Highlands Botanical Garden. Expect a very long day. View

14 Oct, Fri 9:36AM Neighbourhood walk: Birdwood Gully Walk at Springwood
Grade:2/6 Length 6km  150m 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.(DRAFT - do not publish yet) Leader will be Denise Mort. Birdwood Gully Walk: Gorgeous by Day and Magical by night. It  is  a beautiful short round trip walk that showcases the rainforest environment on the valleys of the Blue Mountains. Very easy access, some steep steps, overhangs, footbridges over streams, lyre birds, ferns and amazing atmosphere. Limit: 12. View

21 Oct, Fri 10:00AM Rumbalara Explorer from Gosford Station
Grade:3/6 Length 8km  300m Sydney Branch
(SWAG) Esther
Walk | A bushwalk of any kind short or longPublic Transport | There are public transport options to and from this activity.(DRAFT - do not publish yet) Pretty well the grand tour of the Rumbalara Reserve, this walk takes in much of the great scenery the reserve has to offer. The walk covers both the lower and upper sections of the reserve and passes through the great variety of forest on show. The walk also passes three of the four bronze sculptures in the reserve. Yaruga picnic area would be a great spot to stop for lunch with it’s facilities and excellent views. View

28 Oct, Fri 10:19AM Colour Walk Series : Campbells Rhododendron Garden in Blackheath
Grade:2/6 Length 10km  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.To avoid the crowd in Rhododendron Festival on the first Saturday of November, we will visit Blackheath for it's wonderful display of Rhododendrons and Azaleas.  I have also noticed in the previous years, rhododendrons bloom much earlier than the official Rhododendron Festival date. Start with a coffee in one of Blackheath's fabulous cafes.  Visit Campbell Rhododendron Gardens.  Have a pie for lunch in a much loved pie shop in Blackheath before heading home.
Location: Blackheath, Blue Mountains
Map: Blue Mountains View

4 Nov, Fri 10:00AM Drummoyne loop
Grade:2/6 Length 11km  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.(DRAFT - do not publish yet) Points of interest: The largest chocolate factory in Australia Drummoyne Park Taplin Park Battersea Park Quarantine Reserve Henry Lawson Park Abbotsford Cove Windward Manor Five Dock Bay Fig Tree Bay Werrell Reserve Hen and Chicken Bay Bill Fisher Reserve Interesting windows and houses Campbell Park Lysaght Park Russell Park View

18 Nov, Fri 9:45AM Strickland Tour
Grade:3/6 Length 9km  260m Sydney Branch
(SWAG) Esther
Walk | A bushwalk of any kind short or longVery pretty walk. Strickland Falls, Cabbage Tree loop, Arboretum loop, red cedars, tall tallowood, planted from 1877, many orchids: Cryptostylis erecta. Creek crossings, slippery and steep sections.
Map: Gosford 91312S Limit: 10. View

6 Jan, Fri 10:01AM Short summer walks: Cooper Park
Grade:2/6 Length 6km  150m Sydney Branch
(SWAG) Esther
Walk | A bushwalk of any kind short or long(DRAFT - do not publish yet) Cooper Park is a large bushland reserve with many walking tracks and recreational facilities available. Cooper Park's worth as a recreation area was recognised as far back as 1885 when the Government was asked to purchase land from the Cooper Estate for recreational purposes. It was not until 1913 that Sir William Cooper agreed to give the whole of the gully from Victoria Road, Bellevue Hill to Manning Road, Double Bay to the Council as a park. Subsequent additions over the years have brought the Park up to its present area of 38 acres (15 ha.) The creek running through the Park is largely natural and follows the line of a volcanic dyke of the Jurassic age while the hillsides support a wide variety of native trees and shrubs. Development over the years included extensive walking tracks/paths, with shelter sheds built and picnic areas laid out. View

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