Walk grades are explained on the Worth Knowing page, along with other useful bushwalking information
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Sunday 9th May
Narrabeen Lagoon Trail. Day walk, picnic and kayaking
This is a great day walk with a picnic at the end and kayaking for those who’d like to spend the afternoon on the lagoon (rental kayaks available)
Grade: Easy (dog and kid friendly walk)
Sunday 16th May
Wolli Creek Station - Botany Bay - Rocky Point - wetlands to Rockdale. Day Walk
From Wolli Creek Station we walk to Kyeemagh, along Botany Bay to Rocky Pt, then return along the wetlands to Bay St and Rockdale Station. Options for early exit at Brighton or Ramsgate. Minimal ascent/descent.
Grade: Moderate with a leisurely pace. Distance : 5km (exit at Brighton) or 9km (exit at Ramsgate) or 17 km (Rockdale Station)
Saturday 22nd May
Bike Ride - Sydney Olympic Park – Parramatta - Parramatta Valley Cycle Path
Waterview Cafe in Bicentennial Park marks the meeting point for this ride along Parramatta Valley Cycleway. We'll head towards Rhodes and cross to the Northern side of the river. From there we'll meander along the river cycleway through many parks, over the Old Meadowbank Rail Bridge, Baludarri Wetlands, crossing the Gasworks Bridge and through the Lennox Bridge tunnel to Parramatta. Lunch will be at Parramatta Park near a Cafe for those that feel the need for some caffeine, and the option to take in a loop of Parramatta park. On the return ride we'll cross to the southern side of the river and ride along the Louise Sauvage Cycleway, past Newington Armoury and through Sydney Olympic park. Transport: Free all day parking available in Bicentennial park and train to Sydney Olympic Park
Grade: Easy (flat) to Medium (distance) Distance 40kms (mostly shared path, some roads)
Saturday 29th May
Megalong to Swing Bridge over the Coxs River -Day walk
This walk takes us through blindingly beautiful scenery, from the Megalong escarpment, rolling hills, farm and wine country to bush and that swing bridge. Plenty of hills so it’s no piece of cake but so enjoyable. Remember, we walk as fast as the slowest person on the team.
Train pick up or stay o/night in the mountains/car parking in Megalong Road
Grade: Medium - 12.6km return/6 hours plus time for lunch and gawping – Trail Hiking Australia calls this a Grade 4.
Saturday 5th June
Balmoral to Taronga (Sydney Harbour NP) Day Walk
Wind your way along the Harbour foreshore and soak in the history as well as the millionaire views. Coffee-shop halfway at Chowder Bay. Water and toilets available along the route. Leisurely pace.
Meet at Circular Quay for ferry to Taronga Park then a bus to Balmoral. Can also meet at Taronga Park wharf.
Grade: Easy 10km with total ascents of 120m (one steep section of 99 stairs).
Elvina Bay to Scotland Island - Day walk
Start from West Head road walk down to Elvina Bay 2km, mostly downhill, then catch Ferry to Scotland Island. Have lunch on island with a walk around, then catch ferry to Church Point for coffee. A car shuffle will be necessary. Short walk but moderate downhill terrain.
Grade: Easy/ medium.
Parramatta to Toongabbie - Day Walk
A part of the Great West walk. This walk from Parramatta station to Toongabbie station is the first leg of the Great Western Walk. A mixture of bush, park and street walking. Approx. 10kms
Balmain Peninsula foreshore walk - Day walk
Starting the walk from Balmain Town Hall, we'll stroll down an old dunny lane as we make our way towards Rozelle to take in the foreshore, narrow streets and laneways, many historic cottages and repurposed industrial buildings .From here we'll head towards Balmain East passing through Elkington Park, Birchgrove Oval and Ballast Point park. Lunch will be Illoura Reserve overlooking Goat Is, Barangaroo Reserve and Sydney Harbour Bridge ... you can even grab a takeaway coffee at Fenwicks. After lunch we'll return via the other side of the Peninsula past White Bay Cruise terminal (can't guarantee any cruise ships!) . Balmain is well serviced by public transport.
Transport: The 500 series buses stop on Victoria Rd near Darling St, 441/442 leaves the QVB to the heart of Balmain and the ferry to Balmain East wharf or Thames St wharf. Distance 12kms
Grade: Easy/Medium (some ups and downs).
Dangar Island -Day walk
Catch ferry from Brooklyn, easy walk around island, 3 kms, have lunch in park near the bowling club, maybe coffee while waiting for return ferry. Picturesque island with interesting history.
Saturday July 17th
Mt Irvine Surrounds - Day walk
Starting from Mt Irvine walking along a ridge between Wallangambe river and Bowen creek, inspecting interesting tessellated pavement formation and some aboriginal rock carvings.
Will be a Grade 3 Easy/Moderate of about 10 km. Being relatively short we may have time to poke around Mt Wilson at conclusion of walk.
The Hacking River rainforest, Waterfall - Day Walk (Short)
This walk combines the Forest Path and the lower part of the Walumarra Track in the Royal National Park. It passes through some of the best subtropical rainforest to be seen anywhere. The start of the walk is a short drive from Waterfall station, so access for people not wanting to travel by car can be arranged.
Manly to Spit Bridge - Day walk
A classic walk following a well-maintained track along the Harbour foreshore of approx 9 kms. Starting at Manly wharf and ending at the Spit Bridge for a late picnic lunch. Bus back to City or North Sydney.
La Perouse to Little Bay Coast Walk - Day walk
We will walk out to Cape Banks and further around towards Little Bay, return to Cape Banks for lunch (if we hadn’t had it at any of the spectacular cliff tops along the way). There’s Bare Island and other historical sites at La Perouse to walk and look. Easy to get to La Perouse by buses from the city or plenty of parking. Also, plenty of places to choose from for afternoon tea
Grade: Easy – between 7- 8 kms return depending on how far we decide to walk and how many side-tracks we take.
Sunday 15th to Friday 20th August -Maule Creek -Car Camp
Maule Creek is north of Gunnedah, approximately five and half hours drive time only, from Ettalong Beach.
It’s on my daughter’s 1800 acreage property.
The property is situated in steep, remote, mountainous terrain with access by 4x4 or high clearance all wheel drives. The campsite is well set up with toilets/shower, some cover, some water. and stacks of fire wood. Everything you need must be bought in to this isolated property. There’s lots of scope for easy and rough bushwalking, birdwatching, photography and creative campfire cooking.
Grade: Various: Very Easy to Medium to hard because of steep rock formations.
Glenbrook Gorge to Nepean River - Day Walk
Please consider joining us for a walk along the spectacular Glenbrook gorge.
We will start at Glenbrook and finish at Emu Plains adjacent to the Nepean river. Transport back to Glenbrook will be arranged.
Reasonable agility will be required and wet feet are a possibility.
Sun 5th – Thurs 9th
It is still uncertain what conditions we will be under in September, so ours is a precautionary booking at the Big4 NRMA Holiday Park (same as last year). It looks like accommodation is booking quickly so this is an early warning to get in soon. Be careful to make sure you have a free cancellation policy with your booking. Halls Gap is not a big town so any accommodation will be within a short distance of where we are staying.
There will be a multitude of activities at Halls Gap, so anyone interested need not come on all or any walks - nothing is planned at this time.
More details as we near the time.
Friday 10th – Friday 24th
Great Ocean Road – Otways – South Australia. Car Camp Touring
After Howard & Irene’s Grampians trip. I am planning to head to the Great Ocean Road, Otways and South Australia for at least 2 weeks if anybody is interested in joining me. I have always wanted to travel the coast from Portland to Adelaide, so after spending some time on the Great Ocean Rd and getting immersed in the forest of the Otways, the plan is to explore the coast to Adelaide. If time permits, we may even go north to the Remarkables before heading home.
Next activities program for the period September 2021 - February 2022 will be added in the middle of the year