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WALKS PROGRAM: To June 2024

2024

SUN 19 MAY - AHERNS LOOKOUT
Views of MacArthur Flat and Nattai River. Views from Point Hill on the way. Approx. 15km.
Michael 0482 175 230
WODI WODI TRACK Stanwell Park Cancelled due to continuing closure

SUN 26 MAY - BUNDANOON RAMBLE
Glow Worm Glen - Buchanan's Lookout – Dimmocks Creek - Mark Morton Lookout - Fairy Bower Falls - Bundanoon Creek - optional exploration to bottom of Fairy Bower Creek - Gambell’s Rest. Approx. 15km. Exploratory, some off-track sections, rock scrambling, 250m steep climb, optional creek crossings, car shuffle. Map: Bundanoon.
Barbara 0408 509 346

SUN 02 JUN - Mt ANNAN
Moderate walk around tracks and gardens. Some steep sections. Approx. 12km
Stephanie. Contact Margaret 0490 803 576

SUN 09 JUN (King’s Birthday long weekend) - WOMBAT HILL Meryla
Wombat Hill Lookout, Morton Trig, Rebeccas's View. Fire trail plus some off-track exploratory sections. Approx. 13km. Map: Bundanoon.
Barbara 0408 509 346

THU 13 JUN CLUB MEETING


CLUB MEETINGS
Held in Mittagong at 7:30pm on 2nd Thursday of most months. Visitors welcome.
Venue: 1st Mittagong Scout Hall, 7 Louisa Street
Enquiries: Malcolm 0490 803 576
or David 0431 858 611





2024
SUN 05 MAY to FRI 10 MAY 2024 CAR CAMP Katoomba Falls Tourist ParkVarious walks in Katoomba area – most have steep descents and ascents. Book own accommodation for number of days you want to stay – 02 4782 1835. Cabins range from small to large. Caravan sites and tent sites are also available. Richard
SAT 27 APR - KNAPSACK VIADUCT GLENBROOK Visiting the historic Knapsack Viaduct and Lennox Bridge, as well as a couple of lookouts. Hope to include the old Zig Zag railway track. Very undulating with some steep sections. 8 to 10 km.Jenny
SUN 21 APR - BOMADERRY CREEK and BENS WALKTwo interesting walks in Nowra. Both involve lookouts, stone steps, walking beside creeks and a river crossing. Moderate. Approx. 11km total. Julie
SUN 07 APR SEVEN BRIDGES SYDNEY Bridges include Sydney Harbour, Pyrmont, Anzac, Iron Cove, Gladesville, Tarban Creek and Fig Tree. Approx. 15km. Catch ferry back. David
SUN 24 MAR - GIBBERGUNYAH A moderate walk around Gibbergunyah Reserve. Some steep sections. Approx. 8km.Erica
SUN 17 MAR - SLOTT WAY and STARLIGHTS TRAIL - Nattai NPFrom Wattle Ridge to Nattai River via Slott Way. Follow river and return via Starlights Trail. Thick scrub, river walking, wet feet and swimming opportunity. Approx. 15km circuit with strenuous 450m ascent from river. (Possible alternative / easier walk options on day in same area). Michael
SUN 10 Mar - BERRIMA A stroll along Wingecarribee River and around Berrima: WW1 internee sites, stone quarry walk, Berrima weir and cemetery. Approx. 12km (two 6km circuits) Richard
SUN 03 MAR - JELLORE LOOKOUT A 14km walk on fire trails through Jellore State Forest with views of Mt Jellore and Natai River. (Shorter options available). David M
SAT 24 FEB - BUNDANOON GLOW WORMS (Was Sun 25 Feb ) Afternoon start, evening finish. Approx. 5km. Off track walk along Fairy Bower Falls Creek to the main falls. Three extra waterfalls if creeks are flowing. Loop back to start then off track to lost quarry. Drop into unnamed creek to await darkness and glow worms. Greg
SUN 18 FEB - KANGAROO VALLEY Short section through lush rainforest beside mountain stream and waterfall. Ideal beginners walk. Approx. 6km including moderate 2km uphill on return. There is a $2 donation per walker for use of Cedarvale’s facilities. This will be collected at start of walk. Richard
SUN 11 FEB - BIKE RIDE to GERRINGONG FALLS Bike ride on Budderoo Track and Hersey Fire Trail for a swim in the pools at the top of Gerringong falls. Approx. 18km. Map: Kangaroo Valley. Erica
SUN 04 FEB - BERRIMA - postponed forecast hot day.A stroll along Wingecarribee River and around Berrima: WW1 internee sites, stone quarry walk, Berrima weir and cemetery. Approx. 12km (two 6km circuits) Richard
2023
SUN 03 DEC - BOMADERRY CREEK and BENS WALK - CANCELLED Two interesting walks in Nowra. Both involve lookouts, stone steps, walking beside creeks and a river crossing. Moderate. Approx. 11km total. Julie
SUN 26 NOV - KILLALEA STATE PARK Beach to Minnamurra River, cliffs and wetlands. Approx. 13km (shorter options available). David M
SUN 19 NOV - GERRINGONG to KIAMA Scenic coastal walk along beaches and cliff tops. Undulating terrain, some steep sections. Catch train (bring opal card) from Kiama to Gerringong then return walk of approx. 16km.Michael
SUN 05 NOV - Joadja Nature Reserve. The walk is in Joadja area to mysterious rock piles. About 9kms and apart from one gully to cross will be fairly level walking. Malcolm
SUN 29 OCT - GLENBROOK GORGE Rock hopping and possible wet feet. From the NPWS car park to Nepean River Junction and return. Approx. 10km. Greg M
SUN 22 OCT - APPIN ROAD to DARKES FOREST Pleasant walk mostly on firetrails with one creek crossing. Will visit Darkes Appleshack where jams, fruit, cider and lots more are for sale. Lunch at Madden Falls. Gymea lilies should be on display. Approx. 13km. Jenny
SUN 15 OCT - BARREN GROUNDS Moderate walk through heathland to lookout over escarpment at Cooks Nose. Via Illawarra LO and natural stone bridge. Hopefully wildflowers. Approx. 12km.Richard
SUN 08 OCT - BEASLEYS LOOKOUT Fire trail and bush tracks. Creek crossing. Wattle groves. Short section of easy rock scrambling to LO. Approx. 6km return. Optional side trip to 40ft falls (2-3km return). Erica
MON 02 OCT - WARATAH CIRCUIT Hill Top (Holiday Monday Labour Day long weekend) Moved from SUN 01 because of predicted hot Sunday.
Follow Powerline Firetail to view waratahs. Back to turn-off onto rough track down to Rocky Waterholes Creek where several pools can be seen. Follow creek back to cars. Approx. 6 km.Malcolm
SUN 24 SEP - THIRLMERE LAKES
walk of about 10 km. Map Picton Jenny
KNAPSACK BRIDGE and ZIG-ZAG TRACK
Glenbrook has been postponed because of track closures
A walk back into the early history of the Blue Mountains. We visit Knapsack Gully Viaduct and Lennox Bridge. Good lookouts. Very undulating tracks. Approx. 8km.

SUN 17 SEP Mt ANNAN CANCELLED due to high forecast temperatures. Moderate walk around tracks and gardens. Some steep sections. Approx. 12km. Stephanie
SUN 10 SEP - CRONULLA to KURNELL Beach and cliff tops. Whales and Captain Cook’s landing spot. Approx. 16km. Car shuffle. David M
SUN 27 AUG - NEPEAN GORGE LOOKOUTS
Mostly on fire-trail with four impressive lookouts over the Nepean River. Approx. 13km. Jenny KNAPSACK BRIDGE and ZIG-ZAG TRACK Glenbrook postponed to 24 Sep due to track closures
SUN 20 AUG - MT JELLORE Walk thru Jellore Flora Reserve to Mt Jellore and return. Some steep sections + 150m steep ascent to Mt Jellore summit (optional). Great views from top of Mt Jellore. Approx. 12km. Michael The Wodi Wodi has now been canned altogether because NPWS has closed the northern extent of track from Mt Mitchell down to the Wodi Wodi track until 1st Nov due to construction works as part of the Great Southern Walk.
SUN 13 AUG PENROSE EXPLORER On and off track through scribbly gum woodland visiting historic sites. Exploratory options. Views over Coal Creek. Approx. 10km.Greg M
SUN 06 AUG Mt WARATAH Walk down to Nattai River and if time permits, walking along it. Approx. 11km, 600m elevation, creek crossing. David M
SUN 30 JUL Mt KEMBLA Moderate walk around ring track (about 6km circuit) then up to the summit (about 3km return). Richard
SUN 23 JUL BULLIO CLIFFS CIRCUITRound trip Bullio escarpment and mid cliff line exploratory walk, approx. 10km with 300m up and 300m down. Strenuous walk, some on fire trails, some on rough bush tracks, some exploratory off-track. Magnificent views over Bullio valley and Wollondilly River. Experienced walkers only. Map: Barrallier. Jon Coughlin
SUN 16 JUL - CASCADES and CLOVER HILL Macquarie Pass Rainforest walk to Cascade Falls, then return to bullock track for 200m gradual ascent to Clover Hill Trail and views of Rainbow and Mulangong Falls. Return via same route. Approx. 12km. Michael
Note: The direct steep climb from the Cascades to Clover Hill Rd is permanently closed and all tracks off Clover Hill Rd are permanently closed.  Mulangong Falls, Clover Falls and McAndrew Falls are now permanently out of bounds until NPWS change their minds.
SUN 09 JUL - Mt ALEXANDRA CIRCUIT Lake Alexandra to 60ft Falls via Leopold Street. Follow Nattai River to meet Gibbergunyah Creek. Steep climb up eroded log steps to service trail for return to lake. Multiple creek crossings. Approx. 8km.Erica
SUN 02 JUL - MINERVA POOL Dharawal NP Lovely walk from Wedderburn area to Minerva Pool. Also visiting O'Hares Creek Lookout. If possible, a short side-trip to Jingga Pool. No more than 10km. Jenny
SUN 25 JUN - KANGAROO RIVER TRAIL Scenic walk along fire trail to Lake Yarrunga opposite Beehive Point. Approx. 8km, 250m down and 250m up, some steep sections. Richard
SUN 18 JUN - CUMBERTINE TRIG Hill Top Loop walk on tracks west of Hill Top via railway line, Hex rocks, lookouts and Cumbertine trig. Malcolm
MON 12 JUN - BOMADERRY CREEK and BENS WALK Cancelled and replaced by Mt Waratah on Sun 11th (King’s Birthday long weekend) Two interesting walks in Nowra. Both involve lookouts, stone steps, walking beside creeks and a river crossing. May be held later in the year. Moderate. Approx. 11km total. Julie
SUN 11 June - Mt. Waratah - Mittagong

A short walk about 6 kms. North of Mittagong with views of Sloppery Rock and Nattai River. Malcolm
WED 7 JUN - GUULA NGURRA NP -
cancelled due to National Park closure.Wollondilly River (approx. 8km). Exploratory, rough track, steep sections, experienced bushwalkers, Members only, limit of 10. Map: Hanworth Sandy
SUN 4 JUN - MT KEIRA RING TRACK. Michael
Replacing WODI WODI WODI TRACK which is closed due to landslide.
Stanwell Park. From beach thru rainforest & detour to Mt Mitchell LO. Very steep and strenuous. Total ascent / descent 400m. Optional exploratory to viaduct. Approx. 10km circuit.
SUN 28 MAY - HILLTOP to YERRINBOOL A 16km loop walk from Hill Top to Yerrinbool and back. Mainly on fire trails (P3 and P3c) but some steep, off-track exploratory sections and Bargo River crossings.(An easier option, if some want to, would be to go to river overlook and back the same way) David M
SUN 21 MAY - WOLLONDILLY RIVER Bullio Walk from Bullio Valley to Wollondilly River. Approx. 10km. Possible side trip of 4km which involves crossing river. Total ascent / descent 300m. Strenuous walk, some on rough bush tracks, some on fire trails. Magnificent views. Car shuffle from car park / road works depot on Wombeyan Caves Rd approx. 20km from Mittagong. Jon Coughlin
SUN 21 MAY - Rocky Waterholes Creek - Hilltop Contact Richard
TUE 9 MAY to FRI 12 MAY - 2023 CAR CAMP Namadji NP, ACT Base camp is at Cuppacumbalong Homestead, 21 Naas Road, Tharwa, ACT. The cottage (4 rooms) and camping area have been reserved exclusively for SH bushwalkers. Sandy.
SUN 07 MAY - BUNDANOON PIONEERS EXPLORER Gambells Rest area. Erith coal mine, abandoned quarry and lookouts. On and off track. Some steep bits and exposed cliffs. Approx. 10km. Greg M
WED 03 MAY - KIAMA to MINNAMURRA and return
Scenic coastal walk. Includes Blowhole, Quarry, Boneyard Beach and Cathedral Rocks and wetlands. Approx. 15km.Stephanie
SUN 30 APR - STOKES CREEK, DHARAWAL NP Start at 10B trail on Appin Road. Visiting Quarry Lake, then Stokes Creek for lunch in a peaceful setting with cascading water and rock pools to explore. Track is undulating. Approx. 11km.Jenny
SUN 23 APR - WOMBAT HILL -Meryla. Wombat Hill Lookout, Morton Trig, Rebecca’s View. Fire trail with some off-track exploratory sections. Approx. 13km. Map: Bundanoon.Barbara
SUN 16 APR - BROOKS PLATEAU - Tallowa. Relatively flat walk mostly on fire trails. Four lookouts with views over Lake Yarrunga, Tallowa Dam and the Shoalhaven River. Approx. 12km. Richard
SUN 02 APR LES LAMBERT LOOKOUT - Fire trail walk to lookout over Kangaroo Valley. Approx. 11km. Side trip to trig for banana break. Malcolm.
SUN 26 MAR - Mt ALEXANDRA - WELBY From Lake Alexandra car park, head to track behind the lake, cross ford and keep a southerly direction behind Aldi. Cross a second creek. Do a loop thru the bush and return to car park crossing another creek. Approx. 8km. Erica
SUN 19 MAR - APPIN ROAD to DARKES FOREST - Cancelled due to forecast hot weather. Mostly on fire trails with one creek crossing. Will visit Maddens Falls (lunch) and Darkes Appleshack where they have lots for sale (apple cider, fruit, jams etc) Medium grade walk of 12-13km. Jenny
SUN 12 MAR - LONG POINT to SHOALHAVEN RIVER Long Point Lookout to Shoalhaven River via Long Point Track. Off-track wander across McCallum’s Flat to the swimming hole; swim if the weather is hot. Off-track sections, partly exploratory. Return via same track is very strenuous. Approx. 10km with 500m descent/ascent. Limit 10 members. Map: Caoura. Barbara
SUN 05 MAR - BERRIMA
A relatively easy 10km stroll along Wingecarribee River around Berrima. WWI internee sites, stone quarry walk, Berrima weir and cemetery. David M
SUN 26 FEB - TAHMOOR CANYON and MERMAIDS POOL Challenging and interesting walk along the Bargo River and includes Mermaids Pool. Approx. 10k with 210m descent and ascent. Michael
SUN 19 FEB - STOKES CREEK, DHARAWAL NP - Postponed due to predicted heat.  Moved to 30 April, Replacing Ahearns Lookout walk. Jenny.
SUN 12 FEB 2023 - BIKE RIDE to GERRINGONG FALLS Bike ride on Budderoo Track and Hersey Fire Trail for a swim in the pools at the top of Gerringong falls. Approx. 18km minimum, up to 30km depending on return route. Map: Kangaroo Valley. David H
SUN 05 FEB 2023 - KANGAROO VALLEY  Short section through lush rainforest beside mountain stream and waterfall. Ideal beginners walk. Approx. 6km including moderate 2km uphill on return. There is a $2 donation per walker for use of Cedarvale’s facilities. This will be collected at start of walk. Malcolm
2022
SUN 27 NOV 2022 - Mt ALEXANDRA Walk from Lake Alexandra to Mittagong golf course reservoir then up to unnamed lookout and return. Then up to Katoomba Lookout returning to lake via Boulder Track. Approx. 10km total. Erica
SUN 20 NOV - LAKE ALEXANDRA to BOXVALE INCLINE. Mittagong Lake Alexandra to Nattai River and Claude Lee Pass to ascend Boxvale incline. Return to Lake via cutting and Forty Foot falls. River crossings, steep 160m ascent, rough terrain. Approx. 15km. Michael
SUN 13 NOV - CARRINGTON FALLS CIRCUIT Cancelled due to poor weather forecast. Relatively moderate walk taking in Carrington Falls, spectacular lookouts & two swimming spots. Includes creek crossing & crossing rocks above the falls. Approx. 8km. Jenny
SUN 06 NOV - BUNDANOON / PENROSE Shangri La Trail area. View Point Road then into the bush. Off track exploring, steep parts, exposed cliffs. Good views from lookouts south over Bundanoon Creek. Approx. 8km circuit. Greg M
SUN 30 OCT - BUNDANOON CREEK
Bundanoon - Gambells Rest – Riverview Road – Mark Morton Lookout – Bundanoon Creek – optional exploration to bottom of Fairy Bower Creek – back to Gambells Rest. Some off-track, rock scrambling, 250m steep climb, optional creek crossings. Approx. 14km. Barbara
SUN 23 OCT - HIDDEN VALLEY Morton NP Moderate walk via Promised Land Trail, Fitzroy canal and pipeline. Approx. 12km on fire trails and 2km bush bashing. Limit: 12 SHBW members only. Map: Bundanoon. Sandy
SUN 16 OCT - BLUE GUM MOUNTAIN Lakesland area. Hoddles Track to an abandoned trail. Stone bridge, views, exposed cliffs, steep exploratory sections. Return along Blue Gum Mountain, detour to overlook Sharp Peak. Approx. 12km. Greg M
SUN 09 OCT - CRONULLA to KERNELLCancelled due to poor weather Beaches and cliff tops. Historical sites and maybe some whales. Approx. 15km. Car shuffle. David M
MON 03 OCT - WARATAH CIRCUIT Hill Top (Labour Day long weekend) Note: this is a MONDAY walk. Follow Powerline Firetrail to view waratahs. Back to turn-off onto rough track down to Rocky Waterholes Creek where several pools can be seen. Follow creek back to cars. Approx. 6 km. Malcolm
SUN 02 OCT - WODI WODI TRACK Stanwell Park Cancelled due to poor track conditions caused by heavy rains. (Labour Day long weekend) From beach thru rain forest and detour to Mt Mitchell LO. Very steep and strenuous. Total ascent / descent 400m. 10km circuit. Optional exploratory to viaduct. Michael
SUN 18 SEP - SECRET GARDEN Macquarie Pass Cancelled due to Park closure.Start on Mount Murray Road and follow original route of the Upper Macquarie Pass. Off-track. Approx. 4km. (Can be extended to bottom of pass but this will require a car shuffle. Approx. 7km). Map: Robertson. David H
Wed 14 Sep - Mt ANNAN Moderate walk around tracks and gardens. Some steep sections. Approx. 12km. Stephanie
SUN 11 SEP - BULLIO LOOP WALK  Walk along fire trail to the Bullio tunnel. Head down gully to lookout with magnificent views of Basket Creek valley. Continue down to a network of tracks which cross numerous gullies and creeks before heading back up again. Option at top to continue for good views and sites of cultural significance. Walk includes a steep section, descent / ascent of 300m. Mainly on rough, narrow tracks with some sections on good fire trails. Approx. 10km. Map: Barrallier. Jon Coughlin
SUN 21 AUG - BUNDANOON LOOKOUTS Trails, off track exploratory, historic sites, exposed cliffs and good views. Approx. 11km. Greg M
SUN 14 AUG - PATONS FIRE TRAIL Meryla Moderate walk on fire trail to site of old airplane wreck. Cliff tops and exploring a network of track. Malcolm
SUN 07 AUG - BULLIO TUNNEL and ROCKY GROUND Off track. Approx. 10km. Map: Barrallier. Sandy
SUN 31 JUL - MINERVA POOL Dharawal NP Walk starts beside Stokes Creek on 10T trail to Minerva Pool and LO then continues to main track (from Victoria Road). Option #1 is to follow very steep Jingga track leading down to historic steps at O’Hares Creek and return. Option #2 is on fairly level track to O’Hares Lookout and return. Approx. 10km. Jenny
SUN 24 JUL - TEN WAYS to Mt ALEXANDRA Approx. 14km and involves some climbing!!!? David M