2-3 Feb 2013 (Sat-Sun): KANGAROO VALLEY (E)
SHOALHAVEN KAYAK - IN MEMORY OF GARY WILKINSON
This was a much loved trip of Gary's on which we had the pleasure of joining him on several occasions. A relaxed paddle down the beautiful Shoalhaven Gorge from Tallowa Dam, camp overnight and paddle back next day. Must be self-sufficient in carrying equipment and have own kayak. Approx. 10km each way. Limit: 8. Map: Shoalhaven Gorge (2013)4-5 Feb 2012 (Sat-Sun): LINCOLN AND MONKEY ROPES CREEKS (M-X, Scrub Cliffs)
From the Oaks descend into Lincoln Creek hopefully via a spur. Drop gear and swim near the camping cave, afternoon light pack excursion to check out one of the best wilderness vistas in the lower mountains. Return on Sunday via the rainforest of Erkine and follow Monkey Ropes Creeks all the way back to the Oaks. 14kms of wild exploration Limit: 8. Map: Penrith (2012)4 Feb to 10 Mar 2011 (Fri-Thu): PATAGONIA/ATACAMA/NW ARGENTINA ()
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Limit: 16. Map: Chile/ Argentina (2011)5-7 Feb 2013 (Tue-Thu): BOUDDI NATIONAL PARK (E-M)
From our car camp at Putty Beach we will do a series of tracked day walks to explore this park. As the longest walk is approx 11km there will be plenty of time for swimming during the walk and back at the campsite. Cost for the two nights is $28 and if you don’t have a Park's pass there will be an additional charge. If interested please let us know soon so that enough sites can be booked.
Limit: 10. Map: Broken Bay (2013)tba: Ruined Castle by moonlight (M)
An early afternoon start on Saturday for a camp under Ruined Castle, wait for the moon to rise and climb Ruined castle to view the Jamison Valley bathed in moonlight. Return the next morning, via Golden Stairs. If inclined, we may head up Solitary to watch the sunset. There's a steep path up to the Castle, but we've done this before and it's a unique experience. Limit: 8. Map: Katoomba, Jamison (2008)7-8 FEB (SAT-SUN): Wollangambe River (M-X)
A weekend of creek walking exploring the upper reaches of the Wollangambe. Saturday nightâ€™s accommodation is a great camp cave on the river. This trip may involve swimming with packs.
Limit: 8. Map: Wollangambe (2009)8-10 Feb (Fri-Sun): GROSE RIVER ()
We will walk in on Friday, late afternoon, to the Devils wilderness via Browns Ridge paddle (packraft) down to Yarramundi exiting onto the Grose Head South fire trial and out to Mountain View Road. This is also a willow warriers trip and we will be keeping an eye out and treating any ferals. Walk in 5-6 Km, paddle 14km, walkout 1 km. Limit: 6. Map: Kurrajong (2013)8-9 Feb (Sat-Sun): GROSE RIVER ()
Grose River Dehyd packrafting trip - add water and go. This trip will be held during Febuary/March if the Grose river is between 0.9 - 1.3m at the Burralow gauging station. Dropping into the Grose at the Devils wilderness via Browns Ridge we will paddle (packraft) down to Yarramundi exiting onto the Grose Head South fire trial and out to Mountain View Road. Walk in 5-6 km, paddle 14km, walkout 1 km. Limit: 6. Map: Kurrajong (2014)8-9 Feb 2014 (Sat-Sun): GROSE RIVER - ROCKY POINTS CREEK (M, Scrub )
Lockleys Pylon and down towards the Blue Gum forest. Off track down the Grose river to camp in the vicinity of Rocky Points Creek and Grose River Junction. Wonderful camping spot and great swimming pools. Date changed from late october due to unexpected commitments
Approx 8 km each day and 600m elevation change each day. If the weather is going to be too hot will change to a gentler walk with good swimming. Limit: 8. Map: katoomba (2014)8-10 Feb 2013 (Fri-Sun): MILTON NSW ()
Clyde River escapade!
Enjoy a weekend on the beautiful Clyde River.
This isolated retreat will inspire you and prepare you for the remainder of the year. Arriving Friday afternoon/evening you will find a lovely bush setting to set up your tent. Alternatively take advantage of the large guest house and book a bed. This weekend is open to numbers as there is plenty of space for camping. Beds are available in the guest house (total of 10 @ $20 per night) and there is one "couple" quarters available at $100 for the weekend. For those of you camping, a charge of $10 a night - please bring your own water and be prepared to use dunnys. Bring your kayaks or li-los as we will have some time on the river. Saturday will be taken up with a hike up Pigeon house mountain!!! Sunday is optional for hiking or river excursions before departing via Milton Bakery for a pie and coffee before heading home.
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Limit: 20. Map: Milton (2013)10-12 Feb 2012 (Fri-Sun): COLO RIVER (H)
Travel the Colo gorge from Boorai Creek to Canoe Creek, with Friends of the Colo. On the way check
for willows, and do some follow-up treatment on small patches of tree of heaven and cape ivy. For
experienced wilderness walkers. The second and third days will be spent travelling on Friends of the Colo lightweight pack-rafts, with rock hopping necessary around rapids. Three spaces will be reserved for experienced willow-spotters. Limit: 6. Map: Six Brothers & Colo Heights (2012)12-13 Feb 2011 (Sat-Sun): WYONG TO WINDSOR VIA WISEMANS FERRY (M, Push Bike ride)
A brilliant cycle ride from Wyong to Windsor via Wisemansferry This is such a great ride.
Start at Wyong 9am. The first day is 85km with only one big hill (5kms)up Bumble Hill to Mangrove Mountain.
Stay at the Wisemansferry pub where they have the best steaks. Cook your own for $15.
Next day 50km to Windsor. Great scenery along the way and lovely places to stop for lunch and afternoon tea. Finishing off at the Sunday markets at Windsor. Trains leave Windsor every 15 minutes. We will have a support vehicle van and will share the driving. Van will have a trailer for those wanting a break.
Cost for the pub accomodation from $25 per person
Limit: 12. Map: Hema Road Map (2011)13-15 Feb 09 (Fri-Sun): Deanes Creek Traverse (M-X)
This was postponed at New Year and is now on again.
Our aim is to walk from Newnes via Zobels Gully,
Constance Gorge, into Deanes Creek and camping
somewhere along Deanes Creek on the 1st night, then
following Deanes Creek through to its junction with
Rocky Creek and camping there on the 2nd night.
The 3rd day will be walking back to Newnes via the
Wolgan River. Expect some wading or short swims,
Maybe some scrambling but will be at a leisurely pace.
Leaders have walked about two thirds of the route
before but the rest is exploratory so there is a small
chance that it may take longer. Limit: 6. Map: Ben Bullen & Mt Morgan (2009)16-20 Feb 2015 (Mon-Fri): WOLLEMI CREEK (H)
A Friends of the Colo activity. A survey of the lower part of Putty Creek, and Wollemi Creek from there probably down to Tinda Creek, looking primarily for willows and privet. Wild and beautiful as always. Lots of wading and rock-hopping, and some optional swimming sections. Experience in remote off-track bushwalking essential. Limit: 6. Map: Putty, Wirraba, Six Brothers (2015)17-19 Feb (Fri-Sun): KANANGRA CAMP (M-X)
A 50 PEAKS WALK AND WATERFALLS 9, THE FINALE!!! Camp at Boyd River; bring water and firewood.
Sun. Walk to Mtns. Kanangra, Plateau Trig., Kanangra walls, Boyd Trig, King and Queen Pin, Mount Emperor and Mount Empress.
Sat. Box Creek, Black Banksia Falls, Kalang and Kanangra Main waterfalls.
Some off-track walking with scrambling. Limit: 12. Map: Kanangra and Yerranderie (2017)17-21 Feb 2010 (Wed-Sun): Wollangambe River and Bowens Creek (H-X)
In the footsteps of an 1833 survey expedition by Frederick D'Arcy. Explore his very same passes and the same sections of the rivers, and see it all through the eyes of the surveyor and his convict assistants. Lots of scrambling, boulder-hopping, wading and possibly swimming. For dedicated off-track wilderness walkers with a sense of history. Limit: 5. Map: Wollangambe,Mountain Lagoon,Colo Heights. (2010)18-19 Feb (Sat-Sun): BRAIDWOOD (M, water activity)
Trip is approx. 30kms on the upper Shoalhaven River near Braidwood and contains many small rapids and races and 1 grade 4 rapid which is easily portaged, Most of this trip is through beautiful remote gorge country and is rated E-M. Trip is dependant on water level. Canoes can be hired from Kangaroo Valley Safari's for about $70 per day but must be picked up and dropped back. Due to rocky nature of the river no fibreglass canoes please.Helmet and PFD compulsory. I did this trip about 4 years ago and its the best 2 day trip I have done. Limit: 8. Map: Braidwood (2012)18-19 Feb 2012 (Sat-Sun): NEWNES PLATEAU ()
Heart Attack and Surefire Canyons. Walk in and set up a camp. Descend Heart Attack return to the camp and do Surefire the next day then walk out. A fair bit of track walking but two good canyons. Abseiling, scrambling etc and about 20km of walk. Limit: 6. Map: Mt Morgan (2012)19-20 Feb 2011 (Sat-Sun): COAST TRACK, ROYAL NP (E-M)
(re-scheduled - will now be warm enough to swim!) Overnight pack walk along the Coast Track in the Royal National Park, enjoying some of the most spectular views around Sydney. We will catch the train from Sutherland to Otford, descend through Burning Palms and proceed to our overnight camp at Era. Next day continue on to Bundeena for a ferry ride to Cronulla & train back to Sutherland. If you are new to overnights, this would be a great place to start! Book in early as we need to reserve and pay for a campsite ($5). Limit: 20. Map: Royal NP CMA (2011)19-21 Feb 2016 (Fri-Sun): DUNNS SWAMP (E-M)
Dunns Swamp which is on the Cudgegong River east of Rylstone. A weekend car camp of doing as much as you want, some short walks, canoeing, liloing, swimming, birding and of course those photos. There are Rock Houses and caves to explore, and Aboriginal Art too. Limit: 20. Map: Olinda (2016)19-21 Feb (Fri-Sun): MT SOLITARY (M)
Rock Art Restoration at Chinaman's Gap. Combined activity with NPWS. On Friday walk out to Mt Solitary and set up camp at Chinaman's. On Saturday, work in small teams removing graffiti from 3 shelters containing rock art, under the supervision of a rock art expert. Supplies and equipment for the work will be helicoptered in on Saturday, along with extra water and cakes. 6 volunteers from SBC will join 6 others, including 5 Aboriginal team members. Walk out on Sunday. To book contact Chris Banffy (NPWS) on 0428965171. For more info call me on 47843423. Limit: 6. Map: Katoomba (2016)19 Feb to 20 Mar 2013 (Tue-Wed: NEW ZEALAND ()
Do some or all.
Week 1 - Fly to Queenstown to walk the Routeburn/Greenstone Circuit - 6 days - 21st to 26th Feb.
Weeks 2 and 3 - Drive to Christchurch via Mt Aspiring NP, West Coast and Arthur's Pass. We hope to do some 3/4 day walks at Arthur's Pass and around Makarora as well as day walks.
Week 4 - 4 day Banks Peninsula Walk near Christchurch - 16th to 19th March. Limit: 8. Map: various (2013)20 Feb to 1 Mar 2011 (Sun-Tue): NAMADGI NP (ACT) (E-M-X)
This is a walk in a new National Park for the leader, so will be all exploratory. (Am getting up dated maps of walks.) There will three different campsites, as you can only stay 3 nights at each site, with walks in all areas. At this time the first site Honeysuckle campground, second Orroral campground, and third Mt. Clear campground. Tents only in some, with camp fees. Please reply by the end of December, if interested, as I have to book the sites. Limit: 12. Map: Namadgi plus Topos (2011)20-22 Feb (Sat-Mon): WOLLEMI CREEK (H)
Lilo the lower part of wild Wollemi Creek (from Tinda Creek to the Crawfords track) searching for a historic stash cave. Steep half-day walks in and out, two nights on the river. A packraft would be an option if you have one, but it’d be of doubtful advantage as there is extended portaging unless the river is up a bit. Limit: 6. Map: Six Brothers (2016)21-22 Feb 2015 (Sat-Sun): DUMBANO CREEK (M-X)
Overnight trip to South Dumbano Creek Canyon and exploration near the junction with North Dumbano Creek. Sunday is not anticipated to be a long day, scrambling, wetsuits etc but no abseils. Approx 16km all off track Limit: 5. Map: Wollangambe (2015)21-22 Feb (Sat-Sun): MT WILSON CANYON WEEKEND (M-H)
On Saturday we will do Whungee Wheengee canyon. Superb creek with long canyon sections, 3 abseils up to 15 mts could be some duck unders. (rated H) Saturday night camp around the fire. Sunday we will do Serendipty Canyon. Short canyon with 4 abseils up to 15 mts plus a great glow worm cave near the end.(rated M) Should be back at camp early afternoon for lunch and an early get away. Come for 1 or 2 days but preference given to those doing two days. Must have own gear. Rope fee applies. Limit: 8. Map: Mt Wilson (2015)21-22 Feb 09 (Sat-Sun): Wheeny Gap (M-X)
Overnight - Enter at Mountain Lagoon Road, down into Mtn Lagoon creek, Join Wheeny Ck at gap. Follow to Broadwater camp. 2nd day - follow creek to cedar ridge road. Car swap. Some off track and may be scrubby/steep etc. Limit: 8. Map: Kurrajong, Mountain Lagoon (2009)25-27 Feb 2011 (Fri-Sun): COLO RIVER (H)
Travel the Colo gorge from Boorai Creek to Canoe Creek, with Friends of the Colo. On the way check for willows, and do some follow-up treatment on small patches of tree of heaven and cape ivy. For experienced wilderness walkers. The second and third days will be spent travelling on air-beds or pack-rafts, with rock hopping necessary around rapids. Limit: 8. Map: Six Brothers and Colo Heights (2011)25-27 Feb (Sun - Tue): SHOALHAVEN ()
A three day kayaking and camping trip starting at Tallowa Dam and heading up towards Fossickers Flat. Limit: 6. Map: Burrier, Caoura (2018)26-28 Feb 2010 (Fri-Sun): Colo River (H)
Travel the wild Colo gorge from Boorai Creek to Canoe Creek. On the way check for willows, and do some follow up treatment on small patches of tree of heaven and cape ivy. For experienced wilderness walkers. The first day will be an easy day, walking in and enjoying the river. The second and third days will be spent travelling on air-beds, with rock hopping necessary around rapids. In conjunction with Friends of the Colo. Limit: 8. Map: Six Brothers, Colo Heights. (2010)26-27 Feb (Sat-Sun): NEWNES CANYON WEEKEND (M-H)
We are going to do Firefly Canyon on Saturday and Sunday we shall leave open. This trip is to get the photos we miss out on last year, due to camera malfunction. Limit: 8. Map: Mt Morgan (2011)26-27 Feb (Sat-Sun): SPLENDOUR ROCK (E)
Camp either on the ridge below Mobbs soak or the saddle below Splendour Rock (depending on water supplies). Climb up Splendour Rock to witness one of the most spectacular views in this area. Return via Blackhorse ridge. A great trip if you're new to walking, and we may be able to schedule Splendour Rock for sunset. A good second choice, if you can't get to the Anzac Day service. Limit: 8. Map: Jenolan, Kanangra and a bit of Jamison (2011)28 Feb to 13 Mar 2016 (Sun-Sun: NZ KEPLER, ROUTEBURN, CAPLES-GREENSTONE TRACKS (M, huts)
Kepler Track and Routeburn and Greenstone-Caples tracks in south-western New Zealand. These are not difficult walks, all on well maintained tracks with huts each night - but the weather, even in February, can be challenging (lots of rain). Or it might be fantastic summer weather, or both. Limit: 8. Map: Tourist maps (2016)28-Feb to 1-Mar (Sat-Sun): Upper Dumbano Crk (M)
Explore Upper Dumbano Crk- camp in a cave explore some more- scrambling required but no abseils. The leader would appreciate a walker with a 4WD Limit: 4. Map: Wollangambe. (2009)28 Feb to 1 Mar 09 (Sat-Sun): Wolgan River, Newnes (E)
In conjunction with the Friends of the Colo, follow-up on previous work cleaning up crack willows upstream from Newnes, with an option (M) to take a one-day walk downstream from Newnes cleaning up any willows there. Car-based camp in delightful surroundings at Newnes. Suitable for beginners. Limit 12. Limit: 12. Map: Ben Bullen, Mount Morgan (2009)