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27 May, Mon 9:12AM Wentworth Falls to Leura via Inspiration Point
Grade:3/6 Length 11km  380m Sydney Branch
John H.
Walk | A bushwalk of any kind short or longPhotography | 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!!!) A great walk in the Blue Mountains avoiding most of the dramatic rises and falls. Beautiful autumn colour and unique views from the lookouts at Inspiration Point looking back to Wentworth Falls and out towards Mittagong. Booking essential giving your mobile, emergency contact and NPA membership numbers, if I don't already have them. People who book on the weekend are welcome, but you may not receive an acknowledgement. There is some street walking, many steps in places and creek crossings. Tracks can be muddy and slippery.
Location: Blue Mountains National Park
Map: Katoomba 89301S Limit: 20. View

1 Jun, Sat 8:00AM Dicksonia Ravines
Grade:5/6 Length 10km  270m Sydney Branch
Anton
Walk | A bushwalk of any kind short or longPhotography | A trip that has a strong focus on encouraging people to capture photographs.(Fully Booked - Ask leader about waiting list) A walk through an enchanted and rarely visited tree fern forest. We will climb down into a hidden world of mossy logs, giant tree ferns, (‘Dicksonia Antartica’) and small streams. Many of the old tree ferns have fallen over, but are boldly regrowing in unusual directions, giving the appearance of giant caterpillars. We will travel through two steep-sided creek valleys that are northern tributaries of Dingo Creek. Time permitting, we will also climb up onto the pagodas separating the ravines for views across the Dingo Ck system. Mostly off-track, some thick bush, and some exposed spots. Off-track. Some rock scrambling.
Location: Blue Mountains National Park
Map: Rock Hill 89312N Limit: 8. View

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 9:30AM Bundeena to Marley Headland
Grade:2/6 Length 8km  200m Southern Sydney Branch
Brian E.
Walk | A bushwalk of any kind short or longPhotography | 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!!!) It might just be the start of the whale migration. Let's check the coast out and see what's around, BEFORE the long weekend floods the place with walkers! Bring binoculars and camera and come for a leisurely stroll.
Location: Royal National Park
Map: Port Hacking 91294N Limit: 12. 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

6 Jul, Sat 8:30PM Mailmans Walking Track – Mt Olive – Emerald Pool – Hominy Creek Trail – Mt Olive Trail
Grade:3/6 Length 14km  450m Sydney Branch
Mark G.
Walk | A bushwalk of any kind short or longPhotography | A trip that has a strong focus on encouraging people to capture photographs.With luck, there will be some winter flowers out as we walk down to the spectacular Emerald Pool and enjoy several lookouts along the way on this wonderful circuit, not all that far from the maddening crowd!
Location: Popran NP Limit: 20. View

20 Jul, Sat 8:00AM The Cliff Lines to Point Cameron
Grade:5/6 Length 13km  500m Sydney Branch
Anton
Walk | A bushwalk of any kind short or longPhotography | A trip that has a strong focus on encouraging people to capture photographs.(Fully Booked - Ask leader about waiting list) Point Cameron is a great destination, but the journey there is quite astonishing. This is a long, at times challenging walk through some of the best scenery the Gardens of Stone has to offer. First we must trudge through a kilometre or two of thick scrub, but our payoff is an extended cliff and pagoda top walk high above the eastern side of the Capertee Valley. On our way, we will see Jamison Pass, the Plain of Shards, Ngamperi Rock (the original Nipple Rock) and the Pondage Canyon. Time permitting, we can also drop in on Stargate Tunnel on our return. Off-track.
Location: Gardens of Stone NP
Map: Ben Bullen 89314S Limit: 8. View

24 Aug, Sat 8:00AM Butterbox Point – Mt Hay – Venus Tor – Boorong Crags
Grade:3/6 Length 10km  200m Sydney Branch
Mark G.
Walk | A bushwalk of any kind short or longPhotography | A trip that has a strong focus on encouraging people to capture photographs.(NEW!!!) The last time I walked this area at this time of year, the flowers were in profusion, and the views are, of course, spectacular at any time of the year. Plus, Butterbox Point has some amazing sandstone sculptures that are quite stunning, as are Venus Tor and the Crags. Rock scrambling.
Location: Blue Mountains National Park
Map: Katoomba 89301S and Mt Wilson Limit: 12. View

28 Aug, Wed 9:00AM Hornsby to Normanhurst including Lisgar Garden
Grade:3/6 Length 10km  100m Sydney Branch
Brad S.
Walk | A bushwalk of any kind short or longPhotography | 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.Social | A trip where people will be encouraged to interact and chat with each other.(NEW!!!) RSVP only accepted from 2 weeks prior to 7 pm the day before event. Today we explore Hornsby and Normanhurst including Lisgar Gardens. Lisgar Gardens is a wonderful, secret garden hidden in the back streets of Hornsby. After visiting the gardens, we'll continue via bush tracks and streets to Normanhurst. Optional lunch at Hornsby RSL club after the walk. Stairs and slippery sections.
Map: Hornsby Limit: 15. View

14-27 Oct, Mon-Sun Madagascar wildlife and walking tour
Sydney Branch
Mark G.
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 longEducational | A trip where the leader will focus on teaching or training.Photography | A trip that has a strong focus on encouraging people to capture photographs.Social | A trip where people will be encouraged to interact and chat with each other.(Fully Booked - Ask leader about waiting list) This trip will be run by the experienced Exodus Tour company which I’ve travelled with on several occasions to parts of Africa and found them to be very professional and extremely informative and exciting in the locations they visit and the guides they provide. Accommodation is of a high standard. This is a small group trip with maximum of 12. Currently 8 spaces left. View

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