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|1 Dec, Fri 10:08AM||The Alphabet series :”V” Vaucluse loop|
|Leader: Philip Wright Take a scenie ferry ride to Watsons Bay where we will walk along the water front, Optional Fish and Chips at the end. Points of interest: Gibsons beach, Parsley Bay Reserve, Nielsen Park, Strickland House, Christison Park, Old Gun Emplacement, The Gap, Robertson Park, Limit: 15. View|
|2 Dec, Sat 8:15AM||Forest Walk|
|Walk on tracks from Maddens Plains to Mount Mitchell (overlooking Stanwell Park) and return. Great bush scenery and coastal views.
Location: Illawarra Escarpment Limit: 16. View
|2 Dec, Sat 3:13PM||Pagoda Maze|
|Find out why this spectacular area must be better protected for future generations.
Park the cars at GR 276 193 on Moffits Trail. Climb north and explore several pagoda ridges, before crossing into Gardens of Stone NP to visit Palatine Rock and Tarpeian Rock with their spectacular views. Then on to the amazing Pagoda Maze, best part of which is located in the Gardens of Stone SCA and is therefore not properly protected. Scrambling and exposure. About 8km.
Location: Gardens of Stone SCA
Map: Ben Bullen 89314S Limit: 12. View
|3-9 Dec, Sun (17:00PM)-Sat (10:00AM)||Mt Kosciuszko Walks 3 – 9 Dec 2023|
|(Fully Booked) Day walks while staying in a Ski Lodge at Charlottes Pass. Please contact leader for details.
Location: Kosciuszko NP Limit: 12. View
|4 Dec, Mon 9:30AM||Artarmon Circuit|
|From Artarmon Station this circuit uses bush tracks, bicycle paths and roads. It passes through reserves and bushland, descending steeply to Tunks Park, then climbs out to Naremburn. After a short descent it climbs to Naremburn Oval and returns through bushland to Artarmon. Steep paths, steps, creek crossing, bicycles.
Map: Artarmon Limit: 14. View
|4 Dec, Mon 9:18PM||Leura to Federal Pass|
|Leura Cascades, Marguerite Cascades, Federal Pass, Furber Steps then to Katoomba Station. Well tracked but lots of steps.
Map: Katoomba Limit: 20. View
|5 Dec, Tue 9:00AM||Dharawal Pools (#980)|
|Fully inside Campbelltown City Council|
|Grade:3/6||Length||10km||300m||Southern Highlands Branch|
|(Fully Booked) This park protects the largest surviving koala population in greater Sydney. Stokes and O’Hares Creeks enclose a succession of idyllic waterholes, three of which are accessed on this delightful walk. Keep looking up for those koalas!
Hazards: Well-formed tracks/fire trails. One steep section of track. Some clambering down sandstone near swimming holes. Slippery Rocks. Walking poles recommended.
Location: Dharawal NP (Wedderburn)
Map: Appin 90291S Limit: 20. View
|6 Dec, Wed 9:00AM||Bannister Head Smorgasboard|
|From Bill Andriske Oval in Mollymook, walk along the northern end of Mollymook Beach, up to Mitchell Parade and along to the Bannister Head Lookout. A minor and easy scramble to the rockshelf at Bannisters Heads can reveal seals and dolphins and a rarely seen perspective. Really – it’s amazing. Continue behind the houses and magic garden to return via the byways of Mollymook. Coffee etc. on the lawn at the oval. View|
|6 Dec, Wed 9:00AM||Mount Jellore Summit|
|Fully inside Wingecarribee Shire Council|
|Grade:4/6||Length||10km||516m||Southern Sydney Branch|
|(NEW!!!) (Date Changed) TS2596 JELLORE has a notice claiming to be the first trig station established under order of Governor Ralph Darling on 26 May 1828 by Thomas Mitchell who succeded John Oxley as Australia's Surveyor General.
So, probably “the first” trig station ever in Australia, and the first by Thomas Mitchel under Governor Darling.
A mix of walking track and fire trail to the base of Mount Jellore. Track to summit has loose rocks but not too steep. View point past the trig to the north worth going to.
Grade 4 walk when including the last leg to the summit. A grade 3 walk to the south rock wall of the summit. Storms that will cancel the walk.
Location: Jellore State Forest
Map: Hilltop 8929-2N and Mittagong 8929-2S Limit: 15. View
|6 Dec, Wed 9:00AM||Wollstonecraft to Kirribilli|
|Walk from Wollstonecraft Station to Kirribilli via Berry Island and Balls Head Reserve. Beautiful bush and harbour views.
Location: North Sydney Limit: 15. View
|8-10 Dec, Fri (10:00AM)-Sun (14:00PM)||Pittwater area|
|(Fully Booked) A weekend of swimming / kayaking / and walking in the Pittwater area. Accomodation is dormitory style at the YHA. All linen except towels are provided so you just need to bring food and drinks. Full kitchen available. Friday is a free day and then a variety of walks will be offered on Saturday and Sunday.
Location: Kuring-gai Chase NP
Map: Kuring-gai Chase NP View
|8 Dec, Fri 9:30AM||The Alphabet series: “S”…Sheldon Forest|
|(SWAG) Bob Rankin|
|(Cancelled) The track meanders through the beautiful bushland of Sheldon Forest, along ridge tops, through open forest on the hill slopes and down to the creek side, following a stream that boasts a number of small waterfalls. The forest is one of the few remaining pieces of the Blue Gum high forest in the Sydney Basin. It is of high conservation status because it contains some of the last remnants of the endangered ecological communities. Echidnas, bowerbirds, water dragons, golden whistlers, pardalotes and powerful owls have been seen. At this time of the year, expect to see the Bonnet Orchids, Hyacinths and other flowers. We will check out Rofe Park as well. Steep and slippery sections View|
|8 Dec, Fri 10:00AM||The suburb series “ Brush Farm”|
|(Changed Transport Details) Leader: Kevin Cliffe. Have you heard of brush farm? Lucky for us, Brush Farm House opens on Fridays and Saturdays. Brush Farm is a heritage-listed former farm, residence and vineyard and now tourist attraction, community facility, exhibition venue and meeting venue. Brush Farm House's variety of uses over the years provides an unbroken passage to the past through pastoral experimentation, stately home of nationally and internationally known identities, reformatory etc., these uses follow a timeline from early settlement, colonial expansion, colonial representation through parliament and national independence, through Federation, to today. Its unique association with the European settlement of Australia and its early pioneers identifies the property as one of significance to the nation. We start walking from East Denistone, explore Denistone Park, Darvall Park where you will find Sydney's best blue gums, Brush Farm Park and Brush Farm House (opens at 1:30 pm) before heading to Eastwood for afternoon tea. Limit: 15. View|
|10 Dec, Sun 9:00AM||Tabourie Meroo Meander|
|Walk along beaches and adjacent bush tracks from Tabourie Lake to Meroo Lake and return. Ample opportunities for a swim if hot. View|
|11 Dec, Mon 8:46AM||Faulconbridge Turtle Falls|
|Any new walkers please state your experience. Faulconbridge Station to Peggys Pool. Then through amazing blue gums. Tough bush down to Turtle Falls. Track and fire trail up. Bush tracks towards Adeline Park. Tracks and road back to Faulconbridge Station. Steep sections. Indistinct track at times.
Map: Springwood 90304S Limit: 15. View
|11 Dec, Mon 9:00AM||Killalea exploration|
|Grade:2/6||Length||5km||50m||Southern Sydney Branch|
|Killalea has been returned to the fold of the NPWS and it has a new DPOM on display. What a good excuse to go and walk around the site, to check out the Minnamurra Spit, the lagoon and "The Farm", a famous surfing beach!
Location: Killalea Limit: 12. View
|11 Dec, Mon 9:16AM||Lake Parramatta|
|A relaxing day exploring the Lake Parramatta Reserve, with its many beautiful tracks and historic dam. It will be possible to stay on and have a swim, at your own risk. You may elect to have lunch at the Lake Parramatta Cafe, known for its beautiful views. A rough stoney track in places and other trip hazards.
Location: Lake Parramatta Reserve Limit: 20. View
|13 Dec, Wed 9:40AM||Asgard Head, Thor Head and Victoria Falls|
|Meeting at Mt Victoria Station, drive to start along Victoria Falls Road. Walk along Asgard Swamp Track to Asgard Head, Thor Head, have a look at the entrance to an old mine and to Asgard Swamp and back (9 km; 300m climb). Then drive a little further along Victoria Falls Road to walk to Victoria Falls and back (4 km, but steep 350m descent/ascent). Cars required, please inform if you could drive up. Depending on availability of cars, there will be the option to leave after the Ikara Head walk. Steep and slippery sections, creek crossings.
Location: Mt Victoria Limit: 15. View
|13 Dec, Wed 9:30AM||Berrara Creek and Beaches|
|Escape the Christmas chaos and walk through Conjola National Park woodland to cascades and a waterfall or two. More track walking to Monument Beach and return to Berrara via beaches, Mermaid Pool and a wade though Berrara Creek. Plenty of swimming.
Location: Conjola NP
Map: Sussex Inlet 90274S View
|13 Dec, Wed 11:30AM||Walkers get together|
|Walkers lunch at O'Donoghues, Emu Plains.
Location: Emu Plains View
|14 Dec, Thu 9:00AM||Kayak Tallowa Dam to Bundanoon Creek (#K150)|
|Passes through 3 LGA's.
Wingecarribee Shire Council
Goulburn Mulwaree Council
Shoalhaven City Council
|Grade:3/6||Length||16km||Southern Highlands Branch|
|Bundanoon Creek offers some spectacular cliff faces. From Tallow Dam Picnic area we head NE up Lake Yarrunga (Kangaroo River) for 2.5k then head north into Bundanoon Creek for 4.5km to the head waters. On the return, we will take a short 2km detour up Sandy Creek before heading back to the start.
Participants to provide their own craft & are required to wear a correctly fitted PFD.
Hazards: Deep water. Few exit points. Exposed in high winds.
Location: Lake Yarrunga - Kangaroo Valley Limit: 12. View
|15 Dec, Fri 10:00AM||The Alphabet series: F – Five Dock|
|(SWAG) Bob Rankin|
|(Fully Booked - Ask leader about waiting list) We will walk through Five Dock, for most of the walk, and also Rodd Point, finishing in Haberfield. We will see some of Sydney’s Italian heritage, some great parks, and some interesting monuments. The walk will include the Christmas lunch for SWAG walkers, which we will have in Timbrell Park, adjacent to Livvi’s Cafe. You can bring your own lunch, or buy a panino or burger from the cafe - and a coffee, of course. Livvi’s is operated by a charity employing disabled people, deserving of our patronage. There is an opportunity early in the walk to purchase a treat for morning tea at Pasticceria Tamborrino, and an opportunity at the end of the walk to have a coffee or traditional gelato (pistachio is highly recommended) at Papa’s or San Silvestro in Haberfield. When registering, please indicate if you wish to contribute $10 towards a slice of Italian cake and prosecco at the lunch break - if enough say yes, leader will arrange for those agreeing to participate (minimum of 10 required).
Location: inner West Limit: 16. View
|16 Dec, Sat 8:00AM||Deep Pass Canyon and Split Rock|
|(Fully Booked - Ask leader about waiting list) Deep Pass Canyon is quite possibly the easiest wet canyon you can do and you can normally manage to stay dry for most of of this trip if you are agile. Even then you'll only normally get wet up to your waist.
There are no abseils but there are quite a few places where you need to haul yourself up short length ropes. Along the way you'll encounter many small and stunning waterfalls and cascades where a swim is certainly worthwhile experiencing! Before the canyon we will do a short sidetrip to the impressive Split Rock which has some interesting tunnels within its imposing structure. Rock scrambling and slippery bits.
Location: Wollemi NP
Map: Rock Hill 89312N Limit: 8. View
|17 Dec, Sun 11:00AM||Christmas at Narrawallee Beach|
|Optional: Snorkel, Float with Brigitte (BYO mask and snorkel). Matron Porter Reserve, near Hello Huey coffee van at the BBQ area at 12 noon for lunch. BBQ facilities available. BYO meat, salad, drinks, thermos and cups for tea and coffee. Our Milton Branch President, Paul will give a brief overview of 2023. View|
|17 Dec - 15 Jan, Sun-Sun||Mallee & Grampians 4WD & Bushwalking adventure – Re-scheduled|
|(Date Changed) Expressions of Interest sought for a four week adventure including plenty of opportunity for walking. It will operate as a tag-along (self-drive convoy) 4WD trip with new locations on most days. You may camp, attach a vehicle camper (preferred) or tow an off-road camper-trailer.
Mallee country, visiting Murray-Sunset NP, Big Desert Wilderness Park & Wyperfeld NP featuring a vast desert with saltbush flats and grassland plains scattered with sand dunes and the famous Pink Lakes are outstanding subjects for photography, with large numbers of emus, kangaroos, native birds, attractive woodlands and colourful spring wildflower displays.
Followed by The Grampians NP, spectacular mountain peaks and dramatic rock formations feature picturesque waterfalls, panoramic views and fascinating Aboriginal rock art sites. Dramatic lookouts and a network of excellent walking tracks. The massive sandstone ramparts of the Grampians rear up from the western end of Victoria’s Great Dividing Range, reaching more than 1000 metres above the surrounding fertile plains. Known as Gariwerd by the local Aboriginal people, it has an indigenous history stretching back for thousands of years.
Location: Grampians NP, Wyperfeld NP, and Mallee country View
|18 Dec, Mon 9:00AM||Blue Gum Forest with a twist|
|Any new walkers please state your experience.
Bus 692H from Springwood to White Cross Road, Winmalee at 9 am. Walk to the grotto, Blue Gum Track and Shaws Ridge fire trail with a twist. Then tracks through to Winmalee Conference Centre, Leslie St to Winmalee shopping centre. Return bus 12:33 or 14:04. Option to drive. Some steep ups and downs.
Map: Springwood 90304S Limit: 15. View
|18 Dec, Mon 9:47AM||Hawkesbury River (Brooklyn) Christmas|
|Our walking group Christmas party, open to anyone who has walked with us this year. We are exploring Brooklyn before adjourning to the Anglers Rest for lunch. Booking essential, at least one week before. Lunch is at your own expense. Sunburn and tree roots. Some stairs. Limit: 20. View|
|20 Dec, Wed 9:20AM||Explore Ngula Bulgarabang Park (Radiata Plateau)|
|(NEW!!!) Car pool and drive from Katoomba Station to the locked gate close to Explorers Tree. Meander around tracks to a number of lookouts and passing Mt Elphinstone. Interesting undulating terrain with Rediata Pine trees. Cars required. Please indicate whether you will be driving. Steep and slippery sections and creek crossings.
Location: Katoomba Limit: 15. View
|22 Dec, Fri 9:22AM||The alphabet series: B…Burnum burnum|
|23 Dec, Sat 9:00AM||Clovelly Beach Christmas Picnic|
|This will be a good time to catch up with all your bushwalking friends and a chance to share some food and drink, go for a snorkel/swim and relax and enjoy yourselves! View|
|27-30 Dec, Wed (08:30AM)-Sat (14:00PM)||Wheelers Hut – Derschkos Hut – Mt Jagungal – Round Mt Trackhead|
|(Fully Booked - Ask leader about waiting list) A walk in the Snowies in Summer is always like a breath of fresh air to the soul and body and on this walk we will endeavour to search out those places of beauty along the way from starting point of the Snakey Plain Trail all the way to Round Mountain Trackhead. The literal highlight is a daytrip from our campsite to the top of Mt Jagungal, arguably Kossies most charismatic peak! Also expect a bonanza of Summer blooms and swimming holes worth a dip, to name a few of the delights to be had on this walk.
Location: Kosciuszko NP
Map: Jagungal 85251S Limit: 8. View
|31 Dec, Sun 6:00PM||The alpabet series: “F”..Fireworks|
Leader: Philip WrightPhilip went to fireworks on NYE 2022. He said that he hasn't done that since his youth. He said that others might be interested in doing that in 2023. So he is happy to take a group to a not crowded secret spot to see the 9 pm fireworks. If you wish to have dinner before, meet at Canton Cafe at Dixon Street at 6 pm. If you prefer to just go direct to fireworks, meet outside the cafe at 7:30 pm. Bring a drink (not glass) and snacks while we wait for the fireworks. After the fireworks, walk to Central to catch train or bus to go home, unless you wish to stay for the midnight fireworks to see the year away.. Limit: 8. View