Yarrawood is back!
The following walks will all be subject to the current NSW health orders. At this stage, group size is restricted to a maximum of 20 walkers who must carry proof of double dose Covid-19 vaccination status. Some walks may require smaller numbers. Walks can only be held in the Greater Sydney region which includes the Central Coast, Wollongong and the Blue Mountains. Regional NSW is currently off limits, but this should change over the next couple of months.
Walk grades are explained on the Worth Knowing page, along with other useful bushwalking information
For a list of clothing and other items recommended for Yarrawood Activities, click here
Thursday 21 October
Mt. Victoria – Ikara Track - Day walk
Ikara is both scenic and easy, it’s a 6km return, with the best lunch spot in Mount Vic. If
time/desire permits we could also include a side track. (See photo on News page )
Pick-up and drop off from Blackheath station where sustenance may be purchased. This
depends on whether we will be allowed to have people in our car, we will transport folk
to and from the walk area.
Saturday 23 rd October
Knapsack Reserve & Darkes Common - Day Walk
Come and explore the lesser known trails and hidden creeks and gullies that I have
discovered during lock down. Potential for history and a little bit of mystery all for the
price of a day walk. Hopefully lunch will be taken above the spectacular Glenbrook
Grade: Easy to Medium (no rock hopping or scrambling)
Thursday 28th October
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 it may be
possible to collect people from there. But that will depend on the existing car travel
restrictions being relaxed.
Saturday 30 October
Blue Gum Swamp Track to Grose Head South Lookout and Return - Day Walk
Please join us for a walk through a spectacular Blue Gum Forest to a great lookout above the Grose River.
27 December to 3 January 2022
Sawpit Creek Kosciuskzo National Park - day walks - overnight walk
The plan is to do day walks, have the odd lazy day and do an easy pack walk
to a high camp in the Ramshead to bring in the New Year’s Eve. There will be the option
to take the chairlift up on New Year’s Eve and I’m sure this could be done as a day walk
too. I’d be very open to others leading day walks. I may bring my mountain bike as well
– not for down hill biking though!
.Grade: Easy to medium depending on what you’d like to do.
January 3rd to 10th 2022
Reflections Caravan Park Eden -day walks- kayaking-swimming
A small group of club members have booked into Reflections Caravan Park in Eden. The
park is situated just north of the Eden CBD on Twofold Bay and although it’s a large
main stream caravan park it’s well run and has many opportunities for walking, kayaking
and swimming right outside the front gate. As this will be our first camp for quite some
months because of cancellations, no agenda will be set. It’s
just an opportunity to have a week long camp at a very nice venue.
1 March- 5 April 2022
Tasmania - various activities
Experience the wonderful scenery, superb walking and the great food and wine of Tasmania. The timing is to take advantage of the Tasmanian Ferry off-peak fares. The program will depend on wishes of participants. The following are on the organiser's wish list:
Mt Field National Park
Hartz Mountains National Park
Salamanca Markets, Hobart
The Tarkine and various other destinations of Tasmania’s wild west coast.
Cockle Creek at the very bottom of Tasmania
Tasmania’s North-east and the Bay of Fires, Mt. William National Park.
Daytrip to Bathurst Harbour & Port Davey (via small plane) and perhaps a couple of days overnight camping in the area.
Combination of free camping & established campgrounds but will be with the cars every
night. One source of reference:Tasmania 60 Great Short Walks
Grade- varies; activities optional and yet to be decided
WHAT WASN'T ON
These walks were programmed but NSW Government restrictions on movement and gatherings meant these were postponed. They are provided to give a sample of what our walking year may look like.
Bundeena Whale Watch - Day Walk * new addition to program
Bring your camera and binoculars!
It is the best time of year to spot whales and here they come close to land.
The walk has great sea views all day and passes Wedding Cake Rock.
The route goes along the coast to Marley Beach then back overland via a fire-trail.
Grade: Easy/medium 8.5 km with total ascents of 170m
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.
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.
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.
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 (cant 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
Grade: Easy/Moderate (some ups and downs). Distance 12kms