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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

11 Sep, Wed 11:30AM Walkers get together
Sydney Branch
Mal
Picnic | For a mostly static outdoor activity based around a picnicWalkers lunch at O'Donoghues, Emu Plains. View

13 Sep, Fri 10:00AM The suburb series of walk: Second Ponds Creek; Allan Porter’s birthday walk
Grade:1/6 Length 8km  100m Sydney Branch
(SWAG) Allan P.
Picnic | For a mostly static outdoor activity based around a picnicWalk | A bushwalk of any kind short or longPublic 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.This walk starts and finishes at The Ponds Shopping Centre. Morning tea and lunch here or at adjacent park. Bring own morning tea and lunch or buy from the shops. Bring a snack in case we end up having a late lunch. The suburb of The Ponds straddles Second Ponds Creek. This creek flows north over 10km from Parklea, through The Ponds and Rouse Hill Regional Park, to join the Cattai River at Annangrove. Along our walk we will see remnants of the woodland that covered this flood plain. As well, we visit Dragonfly Pool and the pretty Ironbark Lake. Mostly on shared concrete pathway.
Location: The Ponds Limit: 30. View

17-24 Sep, Tue (08:00AM)-Tue (17:00PM) Nadgee Nature Reserve Bushwalk
Grade:4/6 Length 40km  800m Sydney Branch
Richard T.
Walk | A bushwalk of any kind short or longCamp | An activity that involves an overnight stay, usually in a tent.Nadgee Nature Reserve is a real delight, especially in spring with the wildflowers and hopefully a ground parrot or two. And the coastal scenery is wonderful, with perhaps a sighting of whales! The Reserve is south of Eden and runs down to the border. This full pack walk is out and return featuring multiple nights at two of the best locations in the Reserve – Newtons Beach and Nadgee Beach. From Newtons Beach we spend the time enjoying the beach and the  lovely scenery. From Nadgee Beach, we will do a couple of lovely day walks including a visit to Bunyip Hole and the border marker at Cape Howe.
Location: Nadgee NR Limit: 8. View

19 Sep, Thu 9:00AM Stevos Pass Track to Kangaroo River and up Missingham Steps Circuit
Grade:5/6 Length 9km  430m Southern Highlands Branch
(SH Explorer Walks) Jerry
Walk | A bushwalk of any kind short or longSocial | A trip where people will be encouraged to interact and chat with each other.(Fully Booked - Ask leader about waiting list) A circular walk from Carrington Falls down Stevos Pass to the Kangaroo River. Cross the river after lunch and up through magnificent rainforest to the Missingham "steps". Very steep descent, off-track, leeches, river crossing, steep slimb up rocks and "steps". Unfenced.
Location: Nellies Glenn and Carrington Falls - Budderoo NP Limit: 8. 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

4 Oct, Fri 9:30AM Suburbs series : Kenthurst
Sydney Branch
(SWAG) Marilyn C.
Walk | A bushwalk of any kind short or longWe will visit the Boongala Native Gardens and Rainforest View

9-17 Oct, Wed (17:00PM)-Thu (08:00AM) Kosciuszko Full Pack Walk
Grade:4/6 Length 50km  1,300m Sydney Branch
Richard T.
Accommodation | An activity that involves an overnight stay, using hard-roofed accommodation such as a cabin, hut or hotel.Camp | An activity that involves an overnight stay, usually in a tent.Walk | A bushwalk of any kind short or longA six night full pack walk involving Daveys Hut, Kidmans Hut, and Mawsons Hut. Exact details will be determined by weather and other factors. We camp near these huts but not in them so everyone needs to be fully equipped for the variety of conditions in the area. We stay at ski lodge in Jindabyne for a night on either side of the walk with our regular BBQ overlooking the lake. Always a pleasure walking in Kosciuszko area and this will feature some great scenery and bush in an area new to the leader.
Location: Kosciuszko NP Limit: 15. View

9 Oct, Wed 11:30AM Walkers get together
Sydney Branch
Mal
Picnic | For a mostly static outdoor activity based around a picnicWalkers lunch at O'Donoghues, Emu Plains. View

11 Oct, Fri 9:30AM The Suburbs Series : Cheltenham, Eastwood
Grade:2/6 Length 9km  150m Sydney Branch
(SWAG) Ian B.
Walk | A bushwalk of any kind short or longPublic Transport | There are public transport options to and from this activity.Booking opens 2 weeks prior to event.  Walk from Cheltenham Railway Station to Eastwood Railway Station via the Lane Cove National Park. Follow fire trail along Devlins Creek to the junction of the Great North Walk (GNW). Follow GNW until we come to the turnoff to the Terrys Creek Track. Follow this track through various parks to Terrys Creek falls and on to Vimiera Park. Road walk to Eastwood Railway Station. Possible sighting of flannel flowers and other flowers in bloom during this walk. Rough and slippery track in a few spots. Creek crossings. 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 and there is a 20% discount with Tourrader until 2.11.23 View

17 Oct, Thu 8:30AM Where the waters meet, Guula Ngurra NP
Grade:5/6 Length 18km  480m Southern Highlands Branch
(SH Explorer Walks) Neil O.
Walk | A bushwalk of any kind short or longSocial | A trip where people will be encouraged to interact and chat with each other.(Fully Booked - Ask leader about waiting list) A walk to Murrawall where the Wollondilly and Wingecarribee Rivers meet. At this junction the Aboriginal story of Gurangatch and Miragan can be appreciated. Steep descent and ascent, scrambling over rocks along the Wollondilly River.
Location: Guula Ngurra NP (Canyonleigh) Limit: 8. 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

1 Nov, Fri 10:30AM Suburbs Series: Windsor
Grade:2/6 Length 10km  100m Sydney Branch
(SWAG) Marilyn C.
Walk | A bushwalk of any kind short or longPublic Transport | There are public transport options to and from this activity.Historic walk including First Fleet Grave at St Matthews Anglican Church Windsor, Rickabys Creek and crossing the new Windsor Bridge over the mighty Hawkesbury River. Easy walking. 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

13 Nov, Wed 11:30AM Walkers get together
Sydney Branch
Mal
Picnic | For a mostly static outdoor activity based around a picnicWalkers lunch at O'Donoghues, Emu Plains. View

21 Nov, Thu 9:15AM Gerringong Falls to the bottom of the falls
Grade:5/6 Length 14km  300m Southern Highlands Branch
(SH Explorer Walks) 34586
Abseil | A trip involving abseilingSwim | A trip that involves swimmingWalk | A bushwalk of any kind short or longCycle | A cycling tripSocial | A trip where people will be encouraged to interact and chat with each other.(Cancelled) Cycle Budderoo & Hersey Fire trails to the start of the descent to below the falls. Locate the "chimney" and use rope to descent this and steep decent to track. Very steep, bring your own bicycle to get to track head, slippery, use of rope, unfenced cliff edges.
Location: Budderoo National Park Limit: 9. View

6 Dec, Fri 1:49PM Gorgeous by day, Magical by night Birdwood Gully.
Grade:3/6 Length 7km  170m Sydney Branch
(SWAG) Esther
Picnic | For a mostly static outdoor activity based around a picnicWalk | A bushwalk of any kind short or longPublic Transport | There are public transport options to and from this activity.Leaders: Allan Porter and Philip Wright. 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. Fireflies . Glow worms. We walk twice, once in the afternoon and once after dark. We have a break to have dinner before we walk  to see the fly flies followed by  Glow worms. Thai/ Hotel/IGA/Sports Club/Cafe/ Petrol Station available at Springwood.  You must commit to both day and evening walks before RSVP. Bright Headlamp, preferably with red light,  with spare batteries is essential for your safety. If you arrive with no headlamp, you will be turned back. Many steps, metal bits on ground, small creek crossings, muddy in parts. Limit:8. T: Central 12:18 pm Springwood 1:49 pm Limit: 8. View

11 Dec, Wed 11:30AM Walkers get together
Sydney Branch
Mal
Picnic | For a mostly static outdoor activity based around a picnicWalkers lunch at O'Donoghues, Emu Plains. View

13 Dec, Fri 9:45AM The Suburbs & Xmas walk: Green Square, Zetland, Waterloo; Birthday walk for Steve
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.This is a Xmas walk organised by Bob Rankin and Esther. Join us to celebrate Steve's birthday as well.   A walk in Green Square/Zetland/Waterloo area.  Discover the Drying Green, The Green Square Library, The Waterloo Library, The Waterloo Community Garden, various reserves, witness the good work of OzHarvest.See Tony Abbott’s marriage mural After the walk, lunch will be at a private rooftop garden with a pool.  Bob Rankin  will provide sausage sizzle, salad, wine and Cake at a cost of $20. ,  RSVP commences 27 November 2024 and closes 11:59 pm 6 December 2024.  Non-refundable payment will be required when you RSVP.     Limit: 16. View

3 Jan, Fri 9:30AM Newtown Street Art and Historic Walking tour
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.(NEW!!!) Leader: Ros Freeman. 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

7 Mar, Fri 9:30AM Lynne’s birthday walk: Female Street art walk: Redfern to Newtown
Grade:1/6 Length 6km  50m Sydney Branch
(SWAG) Esther
Walk | A bushwalk of any kind short or long(NEW!!!) Leader : Lynne Hewitt, Street art walk through Newtown and Darlington as you discover street art by some of Sydney's best female street artists, as well as works that celebrate important women. This walk takes around 2 hours and starts at Redfern train station, covering approximately 4.5 km. You'll finish close to Newtown train station. You'll discover street art by the following female artists: Rose Strachen, Sharon Billinge, Shannon Crees, George Rose, Karen Farmer, Georgia Norton Rose, Rebecca Lourey, Sophi Odling, Lotte Alexis, Mariko Konno & Styna. You'll also see pieces celebrating significant women by Fintan Magee, Ox King, Oli Ruskidd, Phibs and Brad Robson. Limit: 15. View

14 Mar, Fri 9:01AM Seniors week event 1
Sydney Branch
(SWAG) Esther
Walk | A bushwalk of any kind short or long(NEW!!!) TBA View

14 Mar, Fri 10:00AM Whites Creek, Rozelle Parklands and Callan Park
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)Fully Vaccinated | All participants must be able to show proof they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to particpate.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.(Postponed) Start is at the Whites Creek wetland, Annandale along tree filled parks and the heritage listed sewage aqueduct to Rozelle Bay. The newly opened Rozelle Parklands is a 10 hectare greenspace has many paths, play equipment and views of the new West Connex Rozelle Interchange and its chaos.
After a few streets, we enter Callan Park, a 60-hectare heritage listed site with grand sandstone buildings, two remarkable war memorials and quiet green open spaces.
Location: Inner West Council Limit: 10. View

21 Mar, Fri 10:03AM Seniors week No 2
Sydney Branch
(SWAG) Esther
Walk | A bushwalk of any kind short or long(NEW!!!) TBA View

4 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.  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

11 Apr, Fri 8:30AM The suburbs series : Glenbrook (Redhand Cave)
Grade:3/6 Length 10km  150m Sydney Branch
(SWAG) Ian B.
Walk | A bushwalk of any kind short or longPublic Transport | There are public transport options to and from this activity.Please use email or text message for bookings. Where possible, this will be a loop walk. We will meet at the entrance to the Glenbrook Railway Station and then walk to the entrance of the national park. Possible rough and slippery sections of track. View

13-21 May, Tue (14:00PM)-Wed (08:00AM) Kosciuszko Pack Walk
Grade:4/6 Length 60km  1,600m Sydney Branch
Richard T.
Accommodation | An activity that involves an overnight stay, using hard-roofed accommodation such as a cabin, hut or hotel.Camp | An activity that involves an overnight stay, usually in a tent.Walk | A bushwalk of any kind short or longThe Pretty Plain area is a lovely part of Kosciuszko National Park. Great scenery, lovely bushland, and two of the best of the huts to camp nearby. Even better, we spend multiple days near each hut (two nights at Pretty Plain and three nights at Wheelers). Access is via Dargals and Hell Hole Trails to Pretty Plain. We return along Pretty Plain and take the shortcut across to Wheelers Hut. Return is again via Dargals Trail. At the start and end of walk we stay at a Ski Lodge at Jindabyne with the usual BBQs on the deck overlooking the lake. A lovely walk with lots of relaxing time.
Location: Kosciuszko NP Limit: 12. View

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