It will involve a scrubby entry of about 3-4 kilometres each way to get into and out of the gorge. Monday 10 March : Forster Trig and Mc Quoids Hill Nature Reserve, Kambah – S/E, X A short afternoon walk (approx 6km) starting at 5pm with the aim of bagging a Trig (Forster Trig) and wandering around a little explored (by me anyway) Nature reserve known as Mc Quoids Hill Nature Reserve.Once in Ettrema Creek, we may be rewarded gorges with vertical 40 metre cliffs, a variety of sub-creeks and sub-gorges, pools and pristine vegetation in this rarely if ever visited area. Map: Nerriga I will need to have replies ASAP and before 20 March. No need to book just turn up and park on the right hand side at entrance to Mc Quiods Hill Reserve on Kambah Pool Road -approximately 700 metres after going through the roundabout for Barritt Street.) Map: Hoskinstown Leader: Barb Vaschina [email protected], 0409 634 584 Transport: Drive yourself (but please book) Note: if you require assistance with transport please let Leader know by email when booking. Thursday Walk 27 March Arboretum (NAC) Leader Janet Edstein Meet at 8.30 am Driving Instructions - Enter NAC, past the gates, and continue up the hill and past the Visitors Centre and park at Dairy Farmers (DF) Hill car park. Please bring morning tea and you should be back at the cars by about 1 .00 pm.
From here we walk in the front area of the Arboretum which can be seen from the Tugg Parkway through more forests Including the Wollemi, onto the front dam where 6 different frogs have been heard, continue up to the hill where Wide Brown Land /and Himalayan Firs are, then return to DF Hill via the Buchan Blue Wattles and STEP Forest. Then if you wish you can have lunch at the Visitors Centre, enjoy lunch at DF Hill with its stunning views of Canberra, or return home. Ettrema Pack Walk 3-4 days M/R 26 – 28 (29) March Leader Eric Pickering I want to explore the least, if at all, visited area of Ettrema Gorge.
The area is south of Bullfrog Creek, usually the most southerly bushwalking entrance to Ettrema. If you are interested please book directly with the leader.
Map: Bungendore, Leader: Phillip Starr 6161 3835(h), 0419 281 096(m), [email protected], Transport: $3 per person Monday Evening, 17 February: Urambi Hills - S/E Meet at at Learmoth Drive (Turn from Athlon Drive into Learmoth Drive, pulling over to the left, about 50metres from the traffic lights). The walk will start at Hall with a return walk up the Canberra Century Trail to One Tree Hill ( 1st Trig) upon return to Hall, a car trip to Nicholls to bag Harcourt Trig (a short wander) followed by another short drive down the highway to bag Crace Trig. 70 km return Saturday 1 February: Brindabella tops from Corin Dam - L/M Walk up from Corin Dam. Saturday 18 January: Mt Painter to Botanic Gardens morning walk - S/M A walk to beat the heat - a 7.30 am start for a walk through three Nature Reserves - Mt Painter, Aranda Bushland and Black Mountain, climbing Mt Painter and then up the shady-ish (in the morning) side of Black Mountain, finishing in the coolness of the Rainforest Gully in the Botanic Gardens. Two parties head in opposite directions meeting, camping and exchanging car keys at Fossickers Flat. Party 1: Walking Badgerys Lookout - Badgerys Spur - Shoalhaven River - Canoe Flat - Fossickers Flat (camp) - paddle on Lake Yarrunga to Tallowa Dam. There will be an opportunity to cool down with a swim at Blue Waterholes.
Destinations to choose from include Pryors Hut, Mt Gingera, Stockyard Creek cascades and a few geocaches. Around 9.5 km and approx 3 hours walk, with a couple of kilometres off track. Party 2: Paddling Tallowa Dam on Lake Yarrunga to Fossickers Flat (camp) - walk up Shoalhaven River - Canoe Flat - Badgerys Spur - Badgerys Lookout. After lunch we’ll head back to Pockets Hut along the Blue Waterholes Trail, and after picking up gear left at the hut walk back to the cars.
There will be rock, scrub, and potentially a dunking in the cold muddy Murrumbidgee. Sunday Morning 2nd March: Poppet Trig Kowen Forest -S/E We will walk along the edge of Kowen Forest on the NSW/ACT border until we reach Poppet Trig then probably return the same way. Meet on Learmonth Drive Kambah, just near the intersection with Athllon Drive at 6.30am. Note: The Smokers Trail carpark has recently been relocated and parking is now at the junction of Smokers Trail and the Corin Dam Road. All up, the walk is about 18km and almost entirely on track. Feb 15-16 SHOALHAVEN RIVER Crossover Traverse a picturesque stretch of the Shoalhaven River. Total distance: around 6 km, ~ 150 metres descent and ascent. Some scrub, logs to step over, steep loose slopes and a mossy-stone crossing of a ferny creek. The next morning, with day packs, we’ll head north from Pockets Hut until we reach Cave Creek.
If time permits we may walk further but either way we will be home for lunch. Map: Tuggeranong, Leader: Phillip Starr 6161 3835(h), 0419 281 096(m), [email protected]: Drive yourself Sunday 16 February – Walk/Drive Trig Bagging Nth Canberra/Hall – S/E A walk to blatantly bag more 3 trigs for the time poor. Maps: Hall, Canberra Leader: Barb Vaschina 0409634584 [email protected]:~$ 5 per person. Saturday 8 February: Geocaching around Urambi Hills and maybe the Murrumbidgee - M/M. Maps: Corin Dam Leader: Ian Wright: [email protected], 02 62861473 Limit: 8 Transport: Approx. Maps: Corin Dam, Tidbinbilla 000 Leader: Nathan H, [email protected], 0414 628 429 Transport: ~ per person. It involves a canoe paddle of 15 km and a 14km km walk with a descent or ascent of 600m. Please book early as canoes need to be booked & paid. Driving time from southern Canberra approx 2 hours. At 1000 to 1200 metres with eucalypt shade, the temperature should be pleasant. An undulating route with ascents and descents totaling approx 500 metres. We’ll then head up Cave Creek, and depending on the water level walk through Clarke Gorge, to Blue Waterholes where we’ll have lunch.
Friday-Sunday 14-16 March 2014: 3 days Border Marker Hunting on the Scabby Range - L/R,pt X. Map: Tuggeranong Leader: Barb Vaschina 0409 634 584, [email protected]
Hunt for border markers on the A-shape of the ACT border SW and SE of Mt Kelly. Insert via the Gudgenby saddle and Sams Creek fire trail to the Scabby Tarn. Transport: self drive (but please telephone leader if you require assistance).
Geocaching around the northern section of the Googong Western Foreshores and Shoreline Walks. Please respond directly to Greening Australia Thursday 3 April: Upper Buckenbowra River – M/R/partly X Rescheduled to 3 April because of wet weather.