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3 Jun, Mon 9:40AM Two Creeks Track Lindfield to Roseville via Middle Harbour
Grade:3/6 Length 8km  150m Sydney Branch
John H.
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.(NEW!!!) "This walk circles East Lindfield, descending beside Gordon Creek to Middle Harbour and continuing along Middle Harbour to Roseville Bridge. Along the way you will see post-war cobbled tracks and stonework, views of mangrove forests, salt marsh and sweeping water vistas and vegetation communities ranging from moist gullies to Sydney sandstone gully bushland." (Ku-Ring-Gai Council). Booking essential giving your mobile, emergency contact and NPA membership numbers, if I don't already have them. Moderately steep sections, steps and it can be rough in places, though it has had an upgrade recently.
Location: Garigal NP
Map: Parramatta River 91303N Limit: 20. View

6 Jun, Thu 9:00AM Quarantine Station
Grade:1/6 Length 3km  100m Southern Sydney Branch
Brian E.
Walk | A bushwalk of any kind short or longEducational | A trip where the leader will focus on teaching or training.First 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.Slow pace | A trip where the leader will set an easy pace.(NEW!!!) Following the delightful presentation by Pam Forbes and Greg Jackson on the Quarantine Station on North Head, this field trip will ignore the rest of the North Head site and focus solely on this historic part of Sydney Harbour National Park. As A L Rowse once said, a good historian needs a pair of good walking boots. We will walk in the shoes of those who were quarantined there over the course of its history.
Location: Sydney Harbour National Park Limit: 10. View

7 Jun, Fri 10:00AM The Colour walks series No 14: Camellia Gardens Carringbah
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
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

13 Jun, Thu 10:00AM Middle Head to Taronga Zoo
Grade:2/6 Length 8km Sydney Branch
Sue W
Walk | A bushwalk of any kind short or longEducational | A trip where the leader will focus on teaching or training.First 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.(NEW!!!) Sydney Harbour National Park has a new track, the Middle Head - Gubbuh Gubbuh and Georges Head walking track. No walking down Chowder Bay Road anymore.
Location: Sydney Harbour National Park Limit: 10. View

16 Jun, Sun 10:00AM Heritage Walk to Fosters Flat in the RNP
Grade:2/6 Length 2km  10m Southern Sydney Branch
Greg
Walk | A bushwalk of any kind short or longEducational | A trip where the leader will focus on teaching or training.Family | A trip that is planned to cater for children and their parents.First 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.Slow pace | A trip where the leader will set an easy pace.Archaeologist Greg Jackson will be leading an excursion to the remains of the sawmill (c1903 - c1922) and the Scientists Hut (1925 – 1943) on Fosters Flat in the Royal National Park. Hopefully the leaches will be gone. Fosters Flat, just off McKell Avenue, contains archaeological remains of a sawmill operating in the early twentieth century, including the sawmill boiler. This sawmill was operated by James Foster of Waterfall around 1903. Beside the boiler are the remains of a timber-lined pit for the circular saw blade and there is no doubt other structure in the nearby bush. This area still abounds in durable hardwoods, turpentines (Syncarpia glomulifera) and blackbutts (Eucalyptus pilularis), and these quality hardwoods would have been logged extensively with the surrounding woodland containing evidence of this extensive logging. This sawmill was still operating in 1922, providing sawn lumber for the Metropolitan Coal Company before being closed by public pressure. The Scientists Hut (also known as the Zoologist Hut) was built on the sawmill site in 1925 and used by the Royal Zoologists Society to study the habits of birds, notably the satin bower bird. Some members may have already done this walk in 2023. This excursion will be done in conjunction with Sutherland Shire Historical Society. Possible leaches, trip hazards.
Location: Royal NP Limit: 20. View

24 Aug, Sat 12:35PM Griffiths Loop plus Cooks Nose Pass
Grade:2/6 Length 13km  230m Sydney Branch
Greg L.
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)Griffiths Loop - Barren Grounds picnic area - side trip to Cooks Nose - Natural Stone Bridge - loop track back to picnic area. A loop walk entirely on tracks. Beautiful heathland and forest, great scenery, spring wildflowers. Joint walk with Bush Club.
Location: Barren Grounds Nature Reserve
Map: Kangaroo Valley 9028-4S 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

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