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DateGradeRoute and Description
June 2024
Thu
13 Jun
Committee
Meeting
Bush Club Committee Meeting, 4:30pm, Thornton Room
Kirribilli Neighbourhood Centre, 16 Fitzroy St, Kirribilli
Thu
13 Jun
CYCLE Medium/hard grade 

Unhurried pace
60km
300m total climbs
Parramatta River, Cooks River
Meadowbank to Tempe: Meadowbank, Olympic Park along Parramatta River, Flemington, Strathfield, Canterbury, Tempe along Cooks River. You can opt out to catch train at Tempe station for one way of 30km. Otherwise, Meadowbank return of 60km. Mostly on shared cycling path with pedestrians but a few street riding and crossing. Caution and care are required. Total ascent on return 60km is 300m.   Map: Parramatta River, Cooks River
Thu
13 Jun

Grade 3 M
85 Trigs
Unhurried pace
14km
no major climbs
Northern Beaches
85 Trigs walk – McComb Trig T6234F, Forestville to Manly Vale via Bantry Bay and Manly Reservoir: Starting from Currie Road at Warringah Road Forestville, we trek south to Bluff Lookout over Bantry Bay. Fire trails east to Manly Reservoir Preserve and Curl Curl Creek. Then head south and east through the park to the McComb Trig, A shortish street walk to Condamine Street for buses. This walk will take in several Aboriginal Heritage Sites including various shelters, engravings, and red hands stencils. A couple of very short (under 50m) easy scrambles to 3 of the sites. Moderate undulations w/ 50 meter walk up hill to trig. Multiple bus options to and from Wynyard or Chatswood  Map: Northern Beaches
Thu
13 Jun

Grade 3 M
LTW
Unhurried pace
19km
560m total climbs
Woronora Pipeline
Heathcote to Sutherland: From Heathcote Station follow paths and tracks to pick up the pipeline, We will follow the pipeline and at times divert to various lookouts and historic routes. Returning to pipeline continue to follow tracks and paths to Sutherland. Lots of variety, good tracks and unique walk along the historic pipeline. Joint walk with NPA
Fri
14 Jun

Grade 3 M
LTW
Medium pace
14km
650m total climbs
Brisbane Water NP
Point Clare to Koolewong via Lyre Trig & Spion Kop: Point Clare Station, Milyerra Rd F/T, Corrumbine Ck F/T, Hieroglyphs, Grandmother Tree, Painted Cave, Lyre Trig, Koolewong Ridge, Waterfall Creek to Spion Kop and return, Koolewong LO, Cathedral Cave, Koolewong Station. Spectacular views, interesting waterfalls, caves, rock formations, and engravings. See changes Parks have made to the “Egyptian Tomb”. Tracks, trails, some connecting streets, steep descent on track to Koolewong.  Map: Gosford
Sat
15 Jun

Grade 3 M
Training
Unhurried pace
12km
300m total climbs
Berowra Valley NP
Prospective Induction Walk - Hornsby Circuit via Westleigh / Lisgar Gdns: New to the Club? Keen to learn more about Bushwalking? Come join us on this prospective only walk. A fabulous walk via Depression steps, GNW and Blue Gum Track. We leave the GNW at Westleigh to Dog Pound Creek, Florence Cotton Reserve and walk through the beautiful Lisgar Gardens and back to Hornsby Station. Map: Hornsby
Sat
15 Jun
to
Sun
16 Jun
Grade 4 M

Medium pace
30km
900m total climbs
Jamieson Blue Mountains
Kedumba Valley and Mount Solitary: This is an overnight hike for those who want to try a bit of everything, some ascents, a bit of scrambling and exploring Kedumba Valley and Mt Solitary.
Day one will be some track walking from Kings Tableland to Kedumba Valley. Camping at the base of Solitary pass where we leave our packs and head up the East Col to Mt Solitary to explore and admire the view before returning for overnight camp. The climb, approximately 900m, has a steep section.
Day two we walk on track and explore Kedumba camp site historic ruins, depending on how we feel. We walk out via Sublime Point trail, the Goat track and Kedumba Pass to Kings Tableland. This is relatively steep with some easy rock scrambling, one using a chain. Upper body strength will be helpful. Approximately 15km walk each day. First time leading overnight walk Joint walk with SBW. Map: Jamison
Sun
16 Jun

Grade 4 M
LTW
Medium pace
16km
400m total climbs
Royal NP
Otford Circuit. Royal NP: Otford Lookout-Garrawarra Ridge-Burning Palms-Figure eight Pool, Semi Detached Point-Mid Era Ridge-Garrawarra Farm-Otford.
Classic Coast Walk. Stunning views-beaches. Some whale spotting from hidden lookout. Rock-hopping, to Figure Eight pool and Semi detached Point. Joint walk with SBW. 
Mon
17 Jun

CYCLE Medium grade 

Medium pace
50km
200m total climbs
Central Coast Tuggerah Lake
Cycle Tuggerah – The Entrance North – Bateau Bay and Return : Tuggerah Station – Chittaway Point – Killarney Vale – Long Jetty – The Entrance - North Entrance – Shelley Beach – Bateau Bay- return - Long Jetty - Tuggerah on bike path. Quiet streets and shared scenic cycleway along the foreshore of Tuggerah Lake. Shady paths and a breeze off the lake makes this a pleasant cycle. Coffee at The Entrance, lunch at Chittaway Bay Lions Park and then an easy 6ks back to Tuggerah Station. BYO morning tea and lunch. Suitable for all types of bikes. Helmet, Lights and Hi Viz vest please. Back at Tuggerah Station  Map: Google Maps
Tue
18 Jun

Grade 3 

Medium pace
14km
300m total climbs
Sydney Harbour
Circular Quay to Taronga Zoo: We meet at Circular Quay then walk over the bridge to Milsons Point. Then we follow the harbour, going through charming parks and seeing interesting architecture , always with great water views . We finish at Taronga Zoo wharf from where a ferry back to the Quay can be taken  Map: Sydney Harbour
Tue
18 Jun

Grade 4 M

Medium pace
22km
745m total climbs
Berowra Valley NP
Asquith to Berowra Stn: From Asquith Stn we walk to the track head at the end of Clarinda St. Following the GNW, we cross Steele Bridge, pass Tunks crossing campsite, descend to Galston Gorge, and hand-rail Berowra Ck to reach Crosslands. We then cross Calna Ck and Sams Ck before making the ascent to Berowra Stn.  
Wed
19 Jun

Grade 3 M
85 Trigs
Unhurried pace
10km
200m total climbs
Blue Mtns NP
85 Trigs walk - Flat top trig, Mt Hay area: Flat Top trig, thence onto Lockley Pylon and Dr Faur Head. The views along the walk out to Lockley Pylon never disappoint.   Map: Katoomba and Mt Wilson
Wed
19 Jun

Grade 4 M
85 Trigs
Medium pace
16km
400m total climbs
Berowra Valley National Park
85 Trigs walk - Pogson Trig, Hornsby loop: Hornsby Loop Walk via Pogson Trig and Refuge Rocks. From Hornsby Station to Fishponds then to Pogson Trig. Follow Quarry Road Fire trail then a noticeable descent, cross Pyes Creek, then ascent following some red tapes. After Refuge Rocks we descend to Berowra Creek to follow the GNW back to Hornsby. Agile people only. Poles useful. Possibly wet boots.  Map: Memory
Thu
20 Jun

Grade 3 M

Medium pace
16km
200m total climbs
Bouddi National Park
Marie Byles Commemorative Walk Final Stage - Maitland Bay Circuit from Wagstaffe via Marie Byles lookout: Palm Beach ferry to Wagstaffe. Box Head, Putty Beach, Maitland Bay (lunch & swim), Marie Byles lookout, Hardy’s Bay (cafe option afternoon tea), Wagstaffe. Great views, bush tracks beaches, some road walking. Map: CMA Broken Bay
Thu
20 Jun

Grade 4 M

Medium pace
19km
1000m total climbs
Blackheath
Grose Valley - Perrys Lookdown to Evans Lookout via Horse Track plus Clifftop: A steep descent of approx 600m from Perrys Lookdown to Blue Gum Forest, for morning tea, then a lovely walk along Govetts Creek to Junction Rock for lunch. We'll then continue along the creek until we reach the Horse Track. Escarpment views will hopefully distract from the 500m climb to Evans Lookout where we'll have another break with more incredible views. Return to Blackheath Station via the Clifftop Track to Govetts Leap and Popes Glen Track. An earlier exit at Evans or Govetts Lookout is also possible depending on car availability. The Blue Gum Forest Track and Horse Track have been closed for some 4 years; it's just wonderful to be able to enjoy them again! Strict party limit applies and will depend on car availability. Car shuffle required so please advise if aiming to come by train or driving. Walk starts approx 8.5km from Blackheath Station.  Joint walk with SBW. Map: Katoomba
Thu
20 Jun

Grade 3 M

Medium pace
18km
400m total climbs
Royal NP
Waterfall, Paloma Cave return : Waterfall, Couranga Track, part of Forest Path, Lady Carrington Drive, Paloma Cave( limestone), opportunity to climb above waterfall, return similar except completing Forest Path circuit on the way. One climb of about 160 metres.  Map: Port Hacking 1:25,000
Fri
21 Jun

Grade 3 M
LTW
Medium pace
20km
650m total climbs
Wyrrabalong NP, Beaches & Reserves
Copacabana to Bateau Bay: Winter Solstice walk – a day before the Central Coast 5 Lands Walk. Copacabana to Terrigal via 5 Lands route then Terrigal to Spoon Bay via beaches, Spoon Bay to Bateau Bay via Forresters Beach, Wyrrabalong Coastal Walk & Bateau Bay Point Track. Spectacular coastal views, chance of whale spotting. Low tide suits beach walking. Tracks, beaches, streets. Buses from/to Gosford Station. Option of hot or cold drinks at Bateau Bay Bowlo while waiting for bus at end of walk.  Map: Gosford
Mon
24 Jun

Grade 3 M

Unhurried pace
15km
200m total climbs
Lane Cove National Park
Epping to Wahroonga: Epping Station, Terrys Creek, Great North Walk to Lorna Pass and Comenarra Parkway, Coups Creek, the Glade, Wahroonga Station. Slippery creek crossings.   Map: STEP Lane Cove Valley
Wed
26 Jun

Grade 2 

Unhurried pace
9km
No major climbs but an uneven, undulating track
Lane Cove NP
Surburban Musical Meander: From North Ryde Metro station we head down to Lane Cove NP. After walking a short section of the park we head up to Chatswood via the Rail to River track arriving in Chatswood in time for a concert at the Concourse at 12 noon. The track is undulating and a little rough in parts.
The concert is Live at Lunch; The Glamour of the Sax. The Nexas Quartet & Jane Rutter play Gershwin. The concert goes for an hour.
For this concert YOU WILL NEED TO PURCHASE YOUR OWN TICKETS.
To purchase tickets online I found the best way was to type in ....
' live at lunch-Gershwin; the glamour of the sax Chatswood concourse June 26th'
Choose the Willoughby City Council website [it was easier] then click on Book Now.
After you click on 'Choose my own seat' don't forget to scroll down to the seating.
The price is $47.50 for adults and $41.50 for concession.  
Thu
27 Jun

Grade 3 M
LTW
Unhurried pace
14km
440m total climbs
Illawarra Escarpment SCA
Brokers Nose: Another chance to visit Brokers Nose Trig via the lower escarpment walk. Nice eucalyptus and rainforest sections. Renowned as one of the best views on the Illawarra Escarpment starting from Bulli Pass. Joint walk with NPA. 
Sun
30 Jun

Grade 5 M

Medium pace
8km
350m total climbs
Mugii Murum-ban SCA
Spectacular Pagodas, Cliffs and Ravines of Mount Airly South: Find out for yourself why this unique area, currently under threat, must be better protected.
Park the vehicles at Airly Gap. Walk south west following the alignment of the former tramway to the transfer station site and the double track skip haulage to the high level tunnel through the south west end of Mount Airly. Climb the incredible pagoda spur to the top of the south west corner of Mount Airly, then traverse eastwards on the top/southern edge of the mountain, full of spectacular cliffs, overhangs and caves. Head north to descend into a rainforest tributary of Gap Creek. Scrambling and exposure. Joint walk with SBW, NPA, UBMBC. Map: Glen Alice
July 2024
Mon
1 Jul

SocialChatswood RSL Club
Monthly club lunch : The Bush Club monthly lunch is open to all members and a great opportunity for retired walkers to catch up on club news and meet up with other members. No need to apply to attend - just simply turn up on the day.
Mon
1 Jul
to
Fri
5 Jul
Grade 4 M
85 Trigs
Unhurried pace
9km
550m total climbs
Yerranderie
Mon
1 Jul
to
Tue
16 Jul
Grade 5 

Medium pace
160km
2500m total climbs
West McDonnell NP
Chewings Range 2024: Expressions of interest are invited for a 16 day full-pack walk (one food drop) in the remote western section of the Chewings Range (approx. 200km west of Alice Springs) with spectacular views, amazing gorges and waterholes.
The first stage of this walk will start out from Ellery Creek which we will follow passing through the Chewings Range and walking along the northern side visiting a number of spectacular gorges before heading into Ormiston Gorge to replenish supplies.
The second stage will head back along the southern side of the range to climb Mt Giles and visit Diagonal Gorge before returning via Bowmans Gap to Ormiston Gorge for our transport back to Alice Springs.
The planned route may vary subject to Remote Walking Permit approval from NT Parks. This walk is entirely off-track in an arid environment with some parts being steep, rocky, sandy with some possible mild exposure where you will be required to carry up to 8 days food and at least one water carry for part of the first day.
This walk is suitable for experienced walkers with prior full-pack multi-day walk experience a must. Walk is partly exploratory for the Leader. Party size limited.  Map: West MacDonnell NP – Maps 1 & 2 - 1:100,000
Wed
3 Jul

CYCLE Easy/medium grade 

Unhurried pace
45km
100m total climbs
Woy Woy Gosford Umina
Cycle - Woy Woy – East Gosford – Umina Beach: Cycle - Woy Woy – East Gosford – Umina Beach: Cycle Woy Woy to Edogawa Gardens East Gosford for coffee. Cycle to Umina Beach Surf Club and lunch. Return to Woy Woy station. Shared paths quiet back streets and Brisbane Waters foreshore passing through parks, and reserves. Relaxed pace stops along the way. Mostly flat Suitable for all bikes, Helmet, bell, lights, high visibility top.  Map: Google Maps
Wed
3 Jul

Grade 2 

Unhurried pace
13km
180m total climbs
Coastal Walk
Coogee - Maroubra - Malabar - Maroubra: From Liverpool St near Museum Station, we catch a bus to Coogee. From Coogee Beach we head south along the coast via pavements and elevated boardwalks with magnificent coastal views along the way. There is a short section of street walking before we rejoin the coastal walk to Maroubra Beach. After passing Maroubra Beach we head to Malabar Headland National Park and on to a loop boardwalk which takes us around the headland, eventually arriving back at Maroubra. There are stairs on this section and more wonderful coastal views all the way along the loop. From Maroubra there are buses back to the city.  
Thu
11 Jul
Committee
Meeting
Bush Club Committee Meeting, 4:30pm, Thornton Room
Kirribilli Neighbourhood Centre, 16 Fitzroy St, Kirribilli
Thu
11 Jul

Grade 3 M
LTW
Unhurried pace
21km
600m total climbs
Royal National Park
Stanwell Park to Waterfall: Descend from the station and follow paths to then ascend the new sandstone staircase to Bald Hill. Continue along the Coast Track to Burning Palms and head up the Burgh Track to Garawarra Farm. Possible diversion to Split Rock Canyon. Follow Bolo Ridge along sometimes faint track and descend to Lady Carrington Drive. Follow the Forest Island, Couranga and Uloola Tracks crossing the Hacking River to Waterfall. Lots of variety on this walk. Joint walk with NPA. 
Mon
15 Jul

Grade 3 M

Unhurried pace
16km
200m total climbs
Garigal NP
St Ives to Gordon: Kitchener St, Bare Creek, Cascades, Middle Harbour Creek track, Lockley and Rocky Creek tracks to Koola Park and Gordon Station. Creek crossings but timed for low tide. Boggy sections.  Map: STEP Middle Harbour North
Sun
21 Jul

Grade 4 M
LTW
Medium pace
16km
550m total climbs
Blue Mountains National Park
Pierces Pass - Blue Gum Forest return: Starting at Pierces pass, we follow the walking track with spectacular views across the northern end of the Gross Valley, through dense vegetation past Fairy Grotto, continuing down until we reach the river crossing. From here it’s a fairly open track beside the gorgeous Grose river to Blue Gum Forest. Return via the same route. The bush on this descent is simply delightful. Group limit 8.
Hazards: Muddy in parts, plenty of steps, river crossing, can be slippery when wet. Joint walk with NPA. Map: Mount Wilson 8930-1N
Sun
21 Jul
to
Sat
27 Jul
Mixed Grades
85 Trigs
Medium pace

10-20km/day

climb details in walk description
Girraween(Qld), Bald Rock, Basket Swamp & Boonoo Boonoo NPs
Day walks around Tenterfield : Expressions of Interest. Grade 3 & 4. Day walks to local NPs around Tenterfield with your choice of accommodation (own tents, cabins, rooms). Expect early wildflowers in Girraween (means “place of flowers”), with its massive granite pyramids and arches and unique wildlife. The massive Bald Rock is the second largest monolith in Australia after Uluru. The other two NPs have stunning waterfalls. Preliminary itinerary:
Day 1 – travel to Tenterfield
Day 2 – Girraween NP northern tracks incl The Pyramid (some exposure) & Granite Arch 10 – 20km, +350 – 750m
Day 3 – Castle Rock, The Sphinx & Turtle Rocks, Mt Norman: 15km +600m
Day 4 – Mt Norman, Peak Trail, Twin Peaks, Underground Creek (car shuffle): 16km +600m
Day 5 – rest day. Plenty of local attractions.
Day 6 – 85 Trigs walk – Bald Rock trig. Bald Rock, Little Bald Rock & Basket Swamp Falls: 16km +450m
Day 7 – 85 Trigs walk - Boonoo Boonoo Trig (TS6585), Boonoo Boonoo River & Falls: 16km +400m (G4 incl some off-track to get to trig))
  
Thu
25 Jul

Grade 3 M
LTW
Unhurried pace
12km
400m total climbs
Heathcote National Park
Highlights of Waterfall: Circuit walk to include Scout Camp, Mt. Westmacott, Lake Toolooma, Kingfisher Pool and following the Mooray and Bullawarring tracks. Creek crossings, great views and excellent track walking.  Joint walk with NPA. 
Sun
28 Jul
to
Sun
4 Aug
Mixed Grades

Medium pace
100km
See itinerary for climbs
Lamington NP
Day Walks from O'Reilly's & Binna Burra: Expressions of Interest. Grade 3 & 4. Day walks split between the two sections of this amazing World Heritage Gondwanaland Rainforest with your choice of accommodation (own tents, safari tents, upmarket rooms), at each of the sections. Preliminary itinerary:
Day 1 – travel to O’Reilly’s and set up.
Day 2 – Albert River Circuit: 22km +590m
Day 3 – Toolona Creek Circuit: 16km +530m
Day 4 – West Canungra Creek Circuit or Larapinta Falls: 14km +500m
Day 5 – travel to Binna Burra and set up
Day 6 – Ships Stern Circuit: 19km + 615m
Day 7 - Coomera Circuit: 16km + 470m
Day 8 – Illinbah Circuit: 16km +480m.
  
August 2024
Mon
5 Aug

SocialChatswood RSL Club
Monthly club lunch : The Bush Club monthly lunch is open to all members and a great opportunity for retired walkers to catch up on club news and meet up with other members. No need to apply to attend - just simply turn up on the day.
Thu
8 Aug

Committee
Meeting
Bush Club Committee Meeting, 4:30pm, Thornton Room
Kirribilli Neighbourhood Centre, 16 Fitzroy St, Kirribilli
Thu
8 Aug

Grade 3 M
LTW
Unhurried pace
18km
660m total climbs
Garawarra Conservation Area and Royal National Park
Helensburgh to Semi Detached Point and Return: From Helensburgh Station follow a variety of un-named tracks crossing the Hacking River to Semi Detached Point near Era Beach. Return via Cutty Ridge and Burgh Track and alternative route back to the station. Great coastal views and good tracks in some seldom used routes. Joint walk with NPA. 
Sat
10 Aug

Grade 3 M 
Training
Unhurried pace
15km
Leader training walk
Sun
11 Aug

Grade 5 M

Medium pace
12km
300m total climbs
Newnes SF/GOS SCA
Kangaroo Creek Traverse: Find out for yourself why this unique area, currently under threat, must be better protected.
Park the cars near Angus Place. Walk on trail to SH 1127, then off trail north east to SH 1095. Descend into Kangaroo Creek at around GR 329 060, then follow the cliff line and ledges all the way to GR 315 056. Exit to Angus Place Trail and walk back to vehicles. Partly exploratory. Scrambling and exposure. Joint walk with SBW, NPA, UBMBC. Map: Cullen Bullen
Sat
24 Aug

Grade 2 
LTW
Medium pace
13km
230m total climbs
Barren Grounds Nature Reserve
Griffith's Loop plus Cooks Nose Pass: Griffith's Loop picnic area - side trip to Cooks Nose - Natural Stone Bridge - loop track to picnic area. A loop walk, all on tracks. Beautiful heath land and forest, great scenery, Spring wildflowers. Joint walk with NPA. Map: Kangaroo Valley 1:25 000
Sat
24 Aug

Grade 2 
Training
Unhurried pace
10km
Leader Training Walk
Lindfield Station loop: This is a short easy walk designed to enable discussion about leadership skills.
We will meet at Lindfield station and follow some streets before passing through Seven Little Australians Park. There is a short tunnel under the road and then we follow a fire trail before the start of a well formed track beside Middle Harbour. The Little Digger Track will take us back into Lindfield and then with some street walking. There will be an opportunity for a coffee at East Lindfield if we arrive before the shop closes (which we should) or at the end of the walk at Lindfield Station. Map STEP Map 2 or Parramatta River
September 2024
Sun
1 Sep

Grade 4 M

Fast pace
28km
240m total climbs
Royal NP
Otford - Bundeena: Otford (station) - Coast Track - Bundeena (ferry wharf). The classic long coastal walk in Royal. Beautiful country and beautiful coastline. A long hard walk with no time for loitering. Very fit walkers only. Joint walk with NPA. Map: Otford, Port Hacking 1:25 000
Sun
1 Sep
to
Mon
16 Sep
Grade 4 
Overseas
Medium pace

Average day:
20km
800m climbs
Scotland
Cape Wrath Trail (North & South): Thistle Trekking Commercial trip. Total distance is 295km and average ascents 600-1000m.
The Cape Wrath Trail is often considered the hardest long distance trek in the UK, however the challenge of this trail is equally matched by breath-taking scenery, making it described as one of the most wild and beautiful places in the UK. We will walk the South section of the trail for six days (excluding a small part of the beginning section, which has no road access), then after a rest day, walk the North section over seven days, reaching Scotland's most northern tip. The ave length of days will be 20kms but there are several that are 30kms.

Usually to complete this walk you need to wild camp (and brave all the elements), but Thistle Trekking offer full support, with a guide to get us through the bogs and a support person to manage the transport and accommodation. We will only carry day packs & have a hot shower every night!

Thistle grade this walk a 5, compared to the West Highland Way, which they grade 3. The trail is not well established in some areas and is remote. There will be short sections of road walking to meet transport. The weather will be unpredictable.

Estimated Walk cost is $5,351 (subject to exchange rate etc).

Accommodation will be twin share in mostly Bed & Breakfasts. Lunches and dinner are not included.

This is an overseas trip, so the normal insurance arrangements of the Bush Club do not apply. Participants will need to arrange their own international air travel & internal travel to be in Fort William to start on Sept 1. The trip will conclude in Inverness on Sept 16th.

Group size: Max 6.   
Mon
2 Sep

SocialChatswood RSL Club
Monthly club lunch : The Bush Club monthly lunch is open to all members and a great opportunity for retired walkers to catch up on club news and meet up with other members. No need to apply to attend - just simply turn up on the day.
Tue
3 Sep
to
Fri
6 Sep
Grade 4 M
85 Trigs
Unhurried pace
28km
550m total climbs
Yerranderie
85 Trigs walk - Mt Colong trig, Mt Armour FT to Kowmung River: 28km over 4 days. Meeting in Oberon for morning tea, thence drive to walk start, along to base of Mt Colong to camp for the night. Optional short but rough, off track climb to Mt Colong (500m), return to tents and proceed to the Kowmung for the night and next day. Final day, return to cars.
Thu
12 Sep

Committee
Meeting
Bush Club Committee Meeting, 4:30pm, Thornton Room
Kirribilli Neighbourhood Centre, 16 Fitzroy St, Kirribilli
October 2024
Mon
7 Oct

SocialChatswood RSL Club
Monthly club lunch : No lunch this month due to public holiday
Wed
9 Oct

Grade 3 M

Unhurried pace
15km
350m total climbs
Blackheath area
Prospective Induction Walk: New to the Club? Keen to learn more about bushwalking? Come join us on this prospective only walk. Blackheath area - details tbc  Map: Blackheath
Thu
10 Oct

Committee
Meeting
Bush Club Committee Meeting, 4:30pm, Thornton Room
Kirribilli Neighbourhood Centre, 16 Fitzroy St, Kirribilli
Sat
12 Oct
SocialThe Bush Club 85th Birthday Celebrations
Commandment Rock (Venue 16), Lane Cove National Park: There will be a number of walks that will end at this venue. Lots of details to come.
Scheduled to commence at 12:00pm with cake cutting and celebration at 1:00pm
There is no hot water available on site, so if you want hot water you will need to self cater.
Sun
13 Oct
to
Wed
23 Oct
Grade 2 
Overseas
Unhurried pace
10km
400m total climbs
Campania, Italy
La Dolce Vita on Foot: Naples, Mt. Vesuvius, Amalfi Coast, Ischia, Capri: Steep rocky cliffs by the azure sea. Medieval perched villages connected by donkey tracks.
Naples and the Amalfi Coast are both World Heritage areas.
Day walks (Grade 2). Typical day walk will be 10 km, ascent 400m, same descent. All on track. Unhurried pace with plenty of time to take photos and buy gelato.
All walks finish long before the shops and restaurants close.
Estimated cost for accommodation, food and land transport is about EUR 1,600 per person twin share or double. Plus drinks, plus international air fare. Single supplement available on request.
Please note: Overseas walks are not vetted by the Bush Club and the normal Bush Club insurance does not apply. Please ensure you arrange your own travel insurance and check the itinerary carefully with the Leader to ensure it meets your expectations.
Participants to arrange own international air travel and travel insurance. Group limit 12.
Expressions of interest sought.  Map: Cicerone guidebook
Sun
13 Oct

Grade 4 M
LTW
Medium pace
20km
260m total climbs
Kiama
Kiama coast walk : Covering the north, mid and southern legs of this beautiful section of coast with sublime views, we will start at the sparkling Minnamurra river, passing Cathedral rocks, then onto Bombo Headland for views over the quarry. Making our way through Kiama’s pristine beaches we will visit both blowholes then head over the rolling green hills on our way to Gerringong. If we're lucky, we'll spot some whales on their return trip South. If the Werri lagoon is unsafe to cross, the walk will be adjusted to suit. Joint walk with NPA. Map: Kiama 9028-1S
Sun
20 Oct
to
Mon
28 Oct
Grade 4 

Medium pace
110km
300m total climbs
South Australia Southern Section Heysen Trail
Expression of Interest Wild South Coast Walk: From Cape Jervis to Victor Harbour following Wild South Coast Way (5 Days) plus extra 2 Days for travel. A combination of spec­tac­u­lar and awe-inspir­ing coastal walk­ing fea­tur­ing remote beach­es, native bush­land and rugged cliffs, Accommodation is at Victor Harbour with shuttle bus service each day. Combination of climbs and descents on walk. Total trip days includes 2 travel days. Limited numbers for the trip  Map: Heysen Trail
Fri
25 Oct
to
Mon
28 Oct
Grade 3 M

Medium pace
55km
600m total climbs
NSW South Coast
Walking around Berrara: Spring on the coast is magnificent - whales migrating; the bush in bloom; warmer water; and magic sunsets. A variety of scenery with bush and beaches on our doorstep. Spend 3 nights in cabins or camping at Surfside, Cudmirrah Beach.
On track walking, mostly flat but some steps and one 500m climb.  Map: Sussex Inlet and Tianjara
Sun
27 Oct
to
Fri
6 Dec
Grade 4 
Overseas
Fast pace
25km
400m total climbs
France and Spain
Winter Camino Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port to Santiago de Compostela: Want some peace and quiet? Want to get away from crowds? Walk the Camino off-peak, taking the Camino d'Invierno (the Winter Way) route.
Grade 4 due to distance - 800 kms in total all on track. Average day walk will be 25 km, ascent 400m, same descent with some longer days. Medium-to-fast pace to finish by sunset.
The start date is fixed; the end date is an estimate assuming 35 days walking and 5 rest days. Continuing to Finistere is an optional extra 4 days.
Staying mostly in pilgrim albergue (hostel) dormitories. Persons wishing to stay somewhere more upmarket are welcome to make their own bookings at the time.
Estimated cost for albergue accommodation and food is about EUR 50 per person per day. Plus drinks, plus international air fare.
Please note: Overseas walks are not vetted by the Bush Club and the normal Bush Club insurance does not apply. Please ensure you arrange your own travel insurance and check the itinerary carefully with the Leader to ensure it meets your expectations.
Participants to arrange own international air travel and travel insurance. Leader speaks Spanish and French. Group limit 6. Joint trip with SBW.
Expressions of interest sought.  Map: https://www.santiago.nl/lopen-naar-santiago/looproutes-naar-santiago/looproutes-in-spanje/
November 2024
Mon
4 Nov

SocialChatswood RSL Club
Monthly club lunch : The Bush Club monthly lunch is open to all members and a great opportunity for retired walkers to catch up on club news and meet up with other members. No need to apply to attend - just simply turn up on the day.
Sat
9 Nov
to
Sun
10 Nov
Grade 4 M
LTW
Medium pace
12km
400m total climbs
Bungonia NP
Beebox Spur - Shoalhaven River: Bungonia NP - Beebox Spur - Shoalhaven River - Trestles Track
A circuit walk with a steep descent on day 1 and a steep climb on day 2. In between there is river walking with time for swimming, exploring and relaxing.
Hard walk, track and off track. Minor car shuffle involved. Joint walk with NPA. Map: Caoura 1:25 000
Thu
14 Nov
Committee
Meeting
Bush Club Committee Meeting, 4:30pm, Thornton Room
Kirribilli Neighbourhood Centre, 16 Fitzroy St, Kirribilli
Mon
18 Nov
to
Fri
22 Nov
CYCLE Medium/hard grade 
Medium pace
55km
450m total climbs
Canberra
Cycling in Canberra: Three days cycling around Canberra. Distances will vary between 50 – 60 kms each day with average climbs of 450m. Twin share accommodation in the Alivio Tourist Park (https://aliviogroup.com.au/). Numbers are limited.     Map: Canberra
December 2024
Mon
2 Dec

SocialChatswood RSL Club
Monthly club lunch : The Bush Club monthly lunch is open to all members and a great opportunity for retired walkers to catch up on club news and meet up with other members. No need to apply to attend - just simply turn up on the day.
Thu
5 Dec
Committee
Meeting
Bush Club Committee Meeting, 4:00pm, McMahons Point
McMahons Point Community Centre, 165 Blues Point Road
Thu
5 Dec
AGM & SocialAGM & Christmas Party
McMahons Point Community Centre, 165 Blues Point Road
o AGM 5:00pm
o Celebration afterwards until 7:30pm
Sun
15 Dec
to
Sat
21 Dec
Grade 3 M

Medium pace
80km
2000m total climbs
Kosciuszko NP
Expressions of Interest - Week at Charlotte Pass: Staying at a Ski Lodge at Charlotte Pass, and do day walks, mostly grade 3 walks.   
Advance Notice
Mon
3 Feb
to
Thu
13 Feb
CYCLE Medium/hard grade 

Medium pace
50km
400m total climbs
South Island, New Zealand
Alps to Ocean Cycle Trail (A2O), one of the great cycle trails in New Zealand: The total distance for this is about 350km, 50km daily average ride. Meet in Christchurch on Day 1. Day 2 will be a day's cycling OR day sightseeing in Christchurch. Shuttle transfer Christchurch to Tekapo. Start of the A2O – 6 day cycle from Tekapo to Oamaru. Shuttle transfer Oamaru back to Christchurch. Overnight in Christchurch.
Dates may vary slightly. Expressions of Interest sought. Non-refundable deposit will be required. Limited numbers
This is an overseas commercial cycle so the insurance arrangements of the Bush Club do not apply. Participants to arrange own air flights and travel insurance.   Map: Tekapo
Mon
9 Feb
2025
to
Sat
21 Feb
2025

13 days in total
Grade 4 

Unhurried pace
130km
Around 2,000m over 12 days
Tasmania
Pine Valley, Lake St Clair and Mt Field NP: Expression of Interest sought when lots more detail will be provided - exact dates to be confirmed. 13 days/12 nights
Day 1: Fly in and drive to Lake St Clair, then ferry to Narcicissus Hut ($55) and full pack walk to Pine Valley Hut for 3 nights - 8.9km
Day 2: Mt Acropolis (7.6km, 661m), a challenging walk involving climbing, bouldering and rock scrambling with exposure
Day 3: The Labyrinth (6km, 411m). Medium grade
Day 4: Walk to Narcissus Hut, then ferry to Lake St Clair for 3 nights. Choose own accommodation, from camping to luxury cabin
Days 5 and 6: a number of walks to be decided
Days 7 - 12: Mount Field NP with group accommodation around $80 pppn (twin share, single supplement may be available). Walks of various grades, to be decided.
Day 13 return flight to Sydney.
Priority given to members who can and are willing to navigate, and a competent driver as a back-up navigator and driver is preferable.   Map: Tasmap - Cradle Mt - Lake St Clair, Tasmap - Mt Field Walk Map
85 Trig Walks yet to be scheduled
TBA September
 

Grade 3 M
85 Trigs
Medium pace
16km
600m total climbs
Illawarra Escarpment SCA
85 Trigs walk - Sublime trig, Coalcliff to Austinmer/Thirroul: Forest walk to Sublime Point track including the trig at Sublime Point lookout. 

TBA Apr

Grade 3 M
85 Trigs
Unhurried pace
14km
150m total climbs
Northern Beaches
85 Trigs walk - McComb Trig T6234F, Manly Vale to Forestville via Reservoir and Bantry Bay : Manly Vale to Forestville via Manly Reservoir Reserve and Bantry Bay. Condamine Street west to Reservoir stopping at Mermaid Pool. On to park entrance and up to McComb trig T6234F. Walking track north along Curl Curl Creek to fire trail then to Bantry Bay. We will visit various Aboriginal Engraving sites on the way. Finally on to Currie Road and Warringah Road. Multiple buses to Chatswood or Wynyard stations. Moderate undulations w/ 50 meter walk up hill to trig.   Map: Manly
DateGradeRoute and Description
June 2024
Thu
13 Jun
Committee
Meeting
Bush Club Committee Meeting, 4:30pm, Thornton Room
Kirribilli Neighbourhood Centre, 16 Fitzroy St, Kirribilli
Thu
13 Jun
CYCLE Medium/hard grade 

Unhurried pace
60km
300m total climbs
Parramatta River, Cooks River
Meadowbank to Tempe: Meadowbank, Olympic Park along Parramatta River, Flemington, Strathfield, Canterbury, Tempe along Cooks River. You can opt out to catch train at Tempe station for one way of 30km. Otherwise, Meadowbank return of 60km. Mostly on shared cycling path with pedestrians but a few street riding and crossing. Caution and care are required. Total ascent on return 60km is 300m.   Map: Parramatta River, Cooks River
Thu
13 Jun

Grade 3 M
85 Trigs
Unhurried pace
14km
no major climbs
Northern Beaches
85 Trigs walk – McComb Trig T6234F, Forestville to Manly Vale via Bantry Bay and Manly Reservoir: Starting from Currie Road at Warringah Road Forestville, we trek south to Bluff Lookout over Bantry Bay. Fire trails east to Manly Reservoir Preserve and Curl Curl Creek. Then head south and east through the park to the McComb Trig, A shortish street walk to Condamine Street for buses. This walk will take in several Aboriginal Heritage Sites including various shelters, engravings, and red hands stencils. A couple of very short (under 50m) easy scrambles to 3 of the sites. Moderate undulations w/ 50 meter walk up hill to trig. Multiple bus options to and from Wynyard or Chatswood  Map: Northern Beaches
Thu
13 Jun

Grade 3 M
LTW
Unhurried pace
19km
560m total climbs
Woronora Pipeline
Heathcote to Sutherland: From Heathcote Station follow paths and tracks to pick up the pipeline, We will follow the pipeline and at times divert to various lookouts and historic routes. Returning to pipeline continue to follow tracks and paths to Sutherland. Lots of variety, good tracks and unique walk along the historic pipeline. Joint walk with NPA
Fri
14 Jun

Grade 3 M
LTW
Medium pace
14km
650m total climbs
Brisbane Water NP
Point Clare to Koolewong via Lyre Trig & Spion Kop: Point Clare Station, Milyerra Rd F/T, Corrumbine Ck F/T, Hieroglyphs, Grandmother Tree, Painted Cave, Lyre Trig, Koolewong Ridge, Waterfall Creek to Spion Kop and return, Koolewong LO, Cathedral Cave, Koolewong Station. Spectacular views, interesting waterfalls, caves, rock formations, and engravings. See changes Parks have made to the “Egyptian Tomb”. Tracks, trails, some connecting streets, steep descent on track to Koolewong.  Map: Gosford
Sat
15 Jun

Grade 3 M
Training
Unhurried pace
12km
300m total climbs
Berowra Valley NP
Prospective Induction Walk - Hornsby Circuit via Westleigh / Lisgar Gdns: New to the Club? Keen to learn more about Bushwalking? Come join us on this prospective only walk. A fabulous walk via Depression steps, GNW and Blue Gum Track. We leave the GNW at Westleigh to Dog Pound Creek, Florence Cotton Reserve and walk through the beautiful Lisgar Gardens and back to Hornsby Station. Map: Hornsby
Sat
15 Jun
to
Sun
16 Jun
Grade 4 M

Medium pace
30km
900m total climbs
Jamieson Blue Mountains
Kedumba Valley and Mount Solitary: This is an overnight hike for those who want to try a bit of everything, some ascents, a bit of scrambling and exploring Kedumba Valley and Mt Solitary.
Day one will be some track walking from Kings Tableland to Kedumba Valley. Camping at the base of Solitary pass where we leave our packs and head up the East Col to Mt Solitary to explore and admire the view before returning for overnight camp. The climb, approximately 900m, has a steep section.
Day two we walk on track and explore Kedumba camp site historic ruins, depending on how we feel. We walk out via Sublime Point trail, the Goat track and Kedumba Pass to Kings Tableland. This is relatively steep with some easy rock scrambling, one using a chain. Upper body strength will be helpful. Approximately 15km walk each day. First time leading overnight walk Joint walk with SBW. Map: Jamison
Sun
16 Jun

Grade 4 M
LTW
Medium pace
16km
400m total climbs
Royal NP
Otford Circuit. Royal NP: Otford Lookout-Garrawarra Ridge-Burning Palms-Figure eight Pool, Semi Detached Point-Mid Era Ridge-Garrawarra Farm-Otford.
Classic Coast Walk. Stunning views-beaches. Some whale spotting from hidden lookout. Rock-hopping, to Figure Eight pool and Semi detached Point. Joint walk with SBW. 
Mon
17 Jun

CYCLE Medium grade 

Medium pace
50km
200m total climbs
Central Coast Tuggerah Lake
Cycle Tuggerah – The Entrance North – Bateau Bay and Return : Tuggerah Station – Chittaway Point – Killarney Vale – Long Jetty – The Entrance - North Entrance – Shelley Beach – Bateau Bay- return - Long Jetty - Tuggerah on bike path. Quiet streets and shared scenic cycleway along the foreshore of Tuggerah Lake. Shady paths and a breeze off the lake makes this a pleasant cycle. Coffee at The Entrance, lunch at Chittaway Bay Lions Park and then an easy 6ks back to Tuggerah Station. BYO morning tea and lunch. Suitable for all types of bikes. Helmet, Lights and Hi Viz vest please. Back at Tuggerah Station  Map: Google Maps
Tue
18 Jun

Grade 3 

Medium pace
14km
300m total climbs
Sydney Harbour
Circular Quay to Taronga Zoo: We meet at Circular Quay then walk over the bridge to Milsons Point. Then we follow the harbour, going through charming parks and seeing interesting architecture , always with great water views . We finish at Taronga Zoo wharf from where a ferry back to the Quay can be taken  Map: Sydney Harbour
Tue
18 Jun

Grade 4 M

Medium pace
22km
745m total climbs
Berowra Valley NP
Asquith to Berowra Stn: From Asquith Stn we walk to the track head at the end of Clarinda St. Following the GNW, we cross Steele Bridge, pass Tunks crossing campsite, descend to Galston Gorge, and hand-rail Berowra Ck to reach Crosslands. We then cross Calna Ck and Sams Ck before making the ascent to Berowra Stn.  
Wed
19 Jun

Grade 3 M
85 Trigs
Unhurried pace
10km
200m total climbs
Blue Mtns NP
85 Trigs walk - Flat top trig, Mt Hay area: Flat Top trig, thence onto Lockley Pylon and Dr Faur Head. The views along the walk out to Lockley Pylon never disappoint.   Map: Katoomba and Mt Wilson
Wed
19 Jun

Grade 4 M
85 Trigs
Medium pace
16km
400m total climbs
Berowra Valley National Park
85 Trigs walk - Pogson Trig, Hornsby loop: Hornsby Loop Walk via Pogson Trig and Refuge Rocks. From Hornsby Station to Fishponds then to Pogson Trig. Follow Quarry Road Fire trail then a noticeable descent, cross Pyes Creek, then ascent following some red tapes. After Refuge Rocks we descend to Berowra Creek to follow the GNW back to Hornsby. Agile people only. Poles useful. Possibly wet boots.  Map: Memory
Thu
20 Jun

Grade 3 M

Medium pace
16km
200m total climbs
Bouddi National Park
Marie Byles Commemorative Walk Final Stage - Maitland Bay Circuit from Wagstaffe via Marie Byles lookout: Palm Beach ferry to Wagstaffe. Box Head, Putty Beach, Maitland Bay (lunch & swim), Marie Byles lookout, Hardy’s Bay (cafe option afternoon tea), Wagstaffe. Great views, bush tracks beaches, some road walking. Map: CMA Broken Bay
Thu
20 Jun

Grade 4 M

Medium pace
19km
1000m total climbs
Blackheath
Grose Valley - Perrys Lookdown to Evans Lookout via Horse Track plus Clifftop: A steep descent of approx 600m from Perrys Lookdown to Blue Gum Forest, for morning tea, then a lovely walk along Govetts Creek to Junction Rock for lunch. We'll then continue along the creek until we reach the Horse Track. Escarpment views will hopefully distract from the 500m climb to Evans Lookout where we'll have another break with more incredible views. Return to Blackheath Station via the Clifftop Track to Govetts Leap and Popes Glen Track. An earlier exit at Evans or Govetts Lookout is also possible depending on car availability. The Blue Gum Forest Track and Horse Track have been closed for some 4 years; it's just wonderful to be able to enjoy them again! Strict party limit applies and will depend on car availability. Car shuffle required so please advise if aiming to come by train or driving. Walk starts approx 8.5km from Blackheath Station.  Joint walk with SBW. Map: Katoomba
Thu
20 Jun

Grade 3 M

Medium pace
18km
400m total climbs
Royal NP
Waterfall, Paloma Cave return : Waterfall, Couranga Track, part of Forest Path, Lady Carrington Drive, Paloma Cave( limestone), opportunity to climb above waterfall, return similar except completing Forest Path circuit on the way. One climb of about 160 metres.  Map: Port Hacking 1:25,000
Fri
21 Jun

Grade 3 M
LTW
Medium pace
20km
650m total climbs
Wyrrabalong NP, Beaches & Reserves
Copacabana to Bateau Bay: Winter Solstice walk – a day before the Central Coast 5 Lands Walk. Copacabana to Terrigal via 5 Lands route then Terrigal to Spoon Bay via beaches, Spoon Bay to Bateau Bay via Forresters Beach, Wyrrabalong Coastal Walk & Bateau Bay Point Track. Spectacular coastal views, chance of whale spotting. Low tide suits beach walking. Tracks, beaches, streets. Buses from/to Gosford Station. Option of hot or cold drinks at Bateau Bay Bowlo while waiting for bus at end of walk.  Map: Gosford
Mon
24 Jun

Grade 3 M

Unhurried pace
15km
200m total climbs
Lane Cove National Park
Epping to Wahroonga: Epping Station, Terrys Creek, Great North Walk to Lorna Pass and Comenarra Parkway, Coups Creek, the Glade, Wahroonga Station. Slippery creek crossings.   Map: STEP Lane Cove Valley
Wed
26 Jun

Grade 2 

Unhurried pace
9km
No major climbs but an uneven, undulating track
Lane Cove NP
Surburban Musical Meander: From North Ryde Metro station we head down to Lane Cove NP. After walking a short section of the park we head up to Chatswood via the Rail to River track arriving in Chatswood in time for a concert at the Concourse at 12 noon. The track is undulating and a little rough in parts.
The concert is Live at Lunch; The Glamour of the Sax. The Nexas Quartet & Jane Rutter play Gershwin. The concert goes for an hour.
For this concert YOU WILL NEED TO PURCHASE YOUR OWN TICKETS.
To purchase tickets online I found the best way was to type in ....
' live at lunch-Gershwin; the glamour of the sax Chatswood concourse June 26th'
Choose the Willoughby City Council website [it was easier] then click on Book Now.
After you click on 'Choose my own seat' don't forget to scroll down to the seating.
The price is $47.50 for adults and $41.50 for concession.  
Thu
27 Jun

Grade 3 M
LTW
Unhurried pace
14km
440m total climbs
Illawarra Escarpment SCA
Brokers Nose: Another chance to visit Brokers Nose Trig via the lower escarpment walk. Nice eucalyptus and rainforest sections. Renowned as one of the best views on the Illawarra Escarpment starting from Bulli Pass. Joint walk with NPA. 
Sun
30 Jun

Grade 5 M

Medium pace
8km
350m total climbs
Mugii Murum-ban SCA
Spectacular Pagodas, Cliffs and Ravines of Mount Airly South: Find out for yourself why this unique area, currently under threat, must be better protected.
Park the vehicles at Airly Gap. Walk south west following the alignment of the former tramway to the transfer station site and the double track skip haulage to the high level tunnel through the south west end of Mount Airly. Climb the incredible pagoda spur to the top of the south west corner of Mount Airly, then traverse eastwards on the top/southern edge of the mountain, full of spectacular cliffs, overhangs and caves. Head north to descend into a rainforest tributary of Gap Creek. Scrambling and exposure. Joint walk with SBW, NPA, UBMBC. Map: Glen Alice
July 2024
Mon
1 Jul

SocialChatswood RSL Club
Monthly club lunch : The Bush Club monthly lunch is open to all members and a great opportunity for retired walkers to catch up on club news and meet up with other members. No need to apply to attend - just simply turn up on the day.
Mon
1 Jul
to
Fri
5 Jul
Grade 4 M
85 Trigs
Unhurried pace
9km
550m total climbs
Yerranderie
Mon
1 Jul
to
Tue
16 Jul
Grade 5 

Medium pace
160km
2500m total climbs
West McDonnell NP
Chewings Range 2024: Expressions of interest are invited for a 16 day full-pack walk (one food drop) in the remote western section of the Chewings Range (approx. 200km west of Alice Springs) with spectacular views, amazing gorges and waterholes.
The first stage of this walk will start out from Ellery Creek which we will follow passing through the Chewings Range and walking along the northern side visiting a number of spectacular gorges before heading into Ormiston Gorge to replenish supplies.
The second stage will head back along the southern side of the range to climb Mt Giles and visit Diagonal Gorge before returning via Bowmans Gap to Ormiston Gorge for our transport back to Alice Springs.
The planned route may vary subject to Remote Walking Permit approval from NT Parks. This walk is entirely off-track in an arid environment with some parts being steep, rocky, sandy with some possible mild exposure where you will be required to carry up to 8 days food and at least one water carry for part of the first day.
This walk is suitable for experienced walkers with prior full-pack multi-day walk experience a must. Walk is partly exploratory for the Leader. Party size limited.  Map: West MacDonnell NP – Maps 1 & 2 - 1:100,000
Wed
3 Jul

CYCLE Easy/medium grade 

Unhurried pace
45km
100m total climbs
Woy Woy Gosford Umina
Cycle - Woy Woy – East Gosford – Umina Beach: Cycle - Woy Woy – East Gosford – Umina Beach: Cycle Woy Woy to Edogawa Gardens East Gosford for coffee. Cycle to Umina Beach Surf Club and lunch. Return to Woy Woy station. Shared paths quiet back streets and Brisbane Waters foreshore passing through parks, and reserves. Relaxed pace stops along the way. Mostly flat Suitable for all bikes, Helmet, bell, lights, high visibility top.  Map: Google Maps
Wed
3 Jul

Grade 2 

Unhurried pace
13km
180m total climbs
Coastal Walk
Coogee - Maroubra - Malabar - Maroubra: From Liverpool St near Museum Station, we catch a bus to Coogee. From Coogee Beach we head south along the coast via pavements and elevated boardwalks with magnificent coastal views along the way. There is a short section of street walking before we rejoin the coastal walk to Maroubra Beach. After passing Maroubra Beach we head to Malabar Headland National Park and on to a loop boardwalk which takes us around the headland, eventually arriving back at Maroubra. There are stairs on this section and more wonderful coastal views all the way along the loop. From Maroubra there are buses back to the city.  
Thu
11 Jul
Committee
Meeting
Bush Club Committee Meeting, 4:30pm, Thornton Room
Kirribilli Neighbourhood Centre, 16 Fitzroy St, Kirribilli
Thu
11 Jul

Grade 3 M
LTW
Unhurried pace
21km
600m total climbs
Royal National Park
Stanwell Park to Waterfall: Descend from the station and follow paths to then ascend the new sandstone staircase to Bald Hill. Continue along the Coast Track to Burning Palms and head up the Burgh Track to Garawarra Farm. Possible diversion to Split Rock Canyon. Follow Bolo Ridge along sometimes faint track and descend to Lady Carrington Drive. Follow the Forest Island, Couranga and Uloola Tracks crossing the Hacking River to Waterfall. Lots of variety on this walk. Joint walk with NPA. 
Mon
15 Jul

Grade 3 M

Unhurried pace
16km
200m total climbs
Garigal NP
St Ives to Gordon: Kitchener St, Bare Creek, Cascades, Middle Harbour Creek track, Lockley and Rocky Creek tracks to Koola Park and Gordon Station. Creek crossings but timed for low tide. Boggy sections.  Map: STEP Middle Harbour North
Sun
21 Jul

Grade 4 M
LTW
Medium pace
16km
550m total climbs
Blue Mountains National Park
Pierces Pass - Blue Gum Forest return: Starting at Pierces pass, we follow the walking track with spectacular views across the northern end of the Gross Valley, through dense vegetation past Fairy Grotto, continuing down until we reach the river crossing. From here it’s a fairly open track beside the gorgeous Grose river to Blue Gum Forest. Return via the same route. The bush on this descent is simply delightful. Group limit 8.
Hazards: Muddy in parts, plenty of steps, river crossing, can be slippery when wet. Joint walk with NPA. Map: Mount Wilson 8930-1N
Sun
21 Jul
to
Sat
27 Jul
Mixed Grades
85 Trigs
Medium pace

10-20km/day

climb details in walk description
Girraween(Qld), Bald Rock, Basket Swamp & Boonoo Boonoo NPs
Day walks around Tenterfield : Expressions of Interest. Grade 3 & 4. Day walks to local NPs around Tenterfield with your choice of accommodation (own tents, cabins, rooms). Expect early wildflowers in Girraween (means “place of flowers”), with its massive granite pyramids and arches and unique wildlife. The massive Bald Rock is the second largest monolith in Australia after Uluru. The other two NPs have stunning waterfalls. Preliminary itinerary:
Day 1 – travel to Tenterfield
Day 2 – Girraween NP northern tracks incl The Pyramid (some exposure) & Granite Arch 10 – 20km, +350 – 750m
Day 3 – Castle Rock, The Sphinx & Turtle Rocks, Mt Norman: 15km +600m
Day 4 – Mt Norman, Peak Trail, Twin Peaks, Underground Creek (car shuffle): 16km +600m
Day 5 – rest day. Plenty of local attractions.
Day 6 – 85 Trigs walk – Bald Rock trig. Bald Rock, Little Bald Rock & Basket Swamp Falls: 16km +450m
Day 7 – 85 Trigs walk - Boonoo Boonoo Trig (TS6585), Boonoo Boonoo River & Falls: 16km +400m (G4 incl some off-track to get to trig))
  
Thu
25 Jul

Grade 3 M
LTW
Unhurried pace
12km
400m total climbs
Heathcote National Park
Highlights of Waterfall: Circuit walk to include Scout Camp, Mt. Westmacott, Lake Toolooma, Kingfisher Pool and following the Mooray and Bullawarring tracks. Creek crossings, great views and excellent track walking.  Joint walk with NPA. 
Sun
28 Jul
to
Sun
4 Aug
Mixed Grades

Medium pace
100km
See itinerary for climbs
Lamington NP
Day Walks from O'Reilly's & Binna Burra: Expressions of Interest. Grade 3 & 4. Day walks split between the two sections of this amazing World Heritage Gondwanaland Rainforest with your choice of accommodation (own tents, safari tents, upmarket rooms), at each of the sections. Preliminary itinerary:
Day 1 – travel to O’Reilly’s and set up.
Day 2 – Albert River Circuit: 22km +590m
Day 3 – Toolona Creek Circuit: 16km +530m
Day 4 – West Canungra Creek Circuit or Larapinta Falls: 14km +500m
Day 5 – travel to Binna Burra and set up
Day 6 – Ships Stern Circuit: 19km + 615m
Day 7 - Coomera Circuit: 16km + 470m
Day 8 – Illinbah Circuit: 16km +480m.
  
August 2024
Mon
5 Aug

SocialChatswood RSL Club
Monthly club lunch : The Bush Club monthly lunch is open to all members and a great opportunity for retired walkers to catch up on club news and meet up with other members. No need to apply to attend - just simply turn up on the day.
Thu
8 Aug

Committee
Meeting
Bush Club Committee Meeting, 4:30pm, Thornton Room
Kirribilli Neighbourhood Centre, 16 Fitzroy St, Kirribilli
Thu
8 Aug

Grade 3 M
LTW
Unhurried pace
18km
660m total climbs
Garawarra Conservation Area and Royal National Park
Helensburgh to Semi Detached Point and Return: From Helensburgh Station follow a variety of un-named tracks crossing the Hacking River to Semi Detached Point near Era Beach. Return via Cutty Ridge and Burgh Track and alternative route back to the station. Great coastal views and good tracks in some seldom used routes. Joint walk with NPA. 
Sat
10 Aug

Grade 3 M 
Training
Unhurried pace
15km
Leader training walk
Sun
11 Aug

Grade 5 M

Medium pace
12km
300m total climbs
Newnes SF/GOS SCA
Kangaroo Creek Traverse: Find out for yourself why this unique area, currently under threat, must be better protected.
Park the cars near Angus Place. Walk on trail to SH 1127, then off trail north east to SH 1095. Descend into Kangaroo Creek at around GR 329 060, then follow the cliff line and ledges all the way to GR 315 056. Exit to Angus Place Trail and walk back to vehicles. Partly exploratory. Scrambling and exposure. Joint walk with SBW, NPA, UBMBC. Map: Cullen Bullen
Sat
24 Aug

Grade 2 
LTW
Medium pace
13km
230m total climbs
Barren Grounds Nature Reserve
Griffith's Loop plus Cooks Nose Pass: Griffith's Loop picnic area - side trip to Cooks Nose - Natural Stone Bridge - loop track to picnic area. A loop walk, all on tracks. Beautiful heath land and forest, great scenery, Spring wildflowers. Joint walk with NPA. Map: Kangaroo Valley 1:25 000
Sat
24 Aug

Grade 2 
Training
Unhurried pace
10km
Leader Training Walk
Lindfield Station loop: This is a short easy walk designed to enable discussion about leadership skills.
We will meet at Lindfield station and follow some streets before passing through Seven Little Australians Park. There is a short tunnel under the road and then we follow a fire trail before the start of a well formed track beside Middle Harbour. The Little Digger Track will take us back into Lindfield and then with some street walking. There will be an opportunity for a coffee at East Lindfield if we arrive before the shop closes (which we should) or at the end of the walk at Lindfield Station. Map STEP Map 2 or Parramatta River
September 2024
Sun
1 Sep

Grade 4 M

Fast pace
28km
240m total climbs
Royal NP
Otford - Bundeena: Otford (station) - Coast Track - Bundeena (ferry wharf). The classic long coastal walk in Royal. Beautiful country and beautiful coastline. A long hard walk with no time for loitering. Very fit walkers only. Joint walk with NPA. Map: Otford, Port Hacking 1:25 000
Sun
1 Sep
to
Mon
16 Sep
Grade 4 
Overseas
Medium pace

Average day:
20km
800m climbs
Scotland
Cape Wrath Trail (North & South): Thistle Trekking Commercial trip. Total distance is 295km and average ascents 600-1000m.
The Cape Wrath Trail is often considered the hardest long distance trek in the UK, however the challenge of this trail is equally matched by breath-taking scenery, making it described as one of the most wild and beautiful places in the UK. We will walk the South section of the trail for six days (excluding a small part of the beginning section, which has no road access), then after a rest day, walk the North section over seven days, reaching Scotland's most northern tip. The ave length of days will be 20kms but there are several that are 30kms.

Usually to complete this walk you need to wild camp (and brave all the elements), but Thistle Trekking offer full support, with a guide to get us through the bogs and a support person to manage the transport and accommodation. We will only carry day packs & have a hot shower every night!

Thistle grade this walk a 5, compared to the West Highland Way, which they grade 3. The trail is not well established in some areas and is remote. There will be short sections of road walking to meet transport. The weather will be unpredictable.

Estimated Walk cost is $5,351 (subject to exchange rate etc).

Accommodation will be twin share in mostly Bed & Breakfasts. Lunches and dinner are not included.

This is an overseas trip, so the normal insurance arrangements of the Bush Club do not apply. Participants will need to arrange their own international air travel & internal travel to be in Fort William to start on Sept 1. The trip will conclude in Inverness on Sept 16th.

Group size: Max 6.   
Mon
2 Sep

SocialChatswood RSL Club
Monthly club lunch : The Bush Club monthly lunch is open to all members and a great opportunity for retired walkers to catch up on club news and meet up with other members. No need to apply to attend - just simply turn up on the day.
Tue
3 Sep
to
Fri
6 Sep
Grade 4 M
85 Trigs
Unhurried pace
28km
550m total climbs
Yerranderie
85 Trigs walk - Mt Colong trig, Mt Armour FT to Kowmung River: 28km over 4 days. Meeting in Oberon for morning tea, thence drive to walk start, along to base of Mt Colong to camp for the night. Optional short but rough, off track climb to Mt Colong (500m), return to tents and proceed to the Kowmung for the night and next day. Final day, return to cars.
Thu
12 Sep

Committee
Meeting
Bush Club Committee Meeting, 4:30pm, Thornton Room
Kirribilli Neighbourhood Centre, 16 Fitzroy St, Kirribilli
October 2024
Mon
7 Oct

SocialChatswood RSL Club
Monthly club lunch : No lunch this month due to public holiday
Wed
9 Oct

Grade 3 M

Unhurried pace
15km
350m total climbs
Blackheath area
Prospective Induction Walk: New to the Club? Keen to learn more about bushwalking? Come join us on this prospective only walk. Blackheath area - details tbc  Map: Blackheath
Thu
10 Oct

Committee
Meeting
Bush Club Committee Meeting, 4:30pm, Thornton Room
Kirribilli Neighbourhood Centre, 16 Fitzroy St, Kirribilli
Sat
12 Oct
SocialThe Bush Club 85th Birthday Celebrations
Commandment Rock (Venue 16), Lane Cove National Park: There will be a number of walks that will end at this venue. Lots of details to come.
Scheduled to commence at 12:00pm with cake cutting and celebration at 1:00pm
There is no hot water available on site, so if you want hot water you will need to self cater.
Sun
13 Oct
to
Wed
23 Oct
Grade 2 
Overseas
Unhurried pace
10km
400m total climbs
Campania, Italy
La Dolce Vita on Foot: Naples, Mt. Vesuvius, Amalfi Coast, Ischia, Capri: Steep rocky cliffs by the azure sea. Medieval perched villages connected by donkey tracks.
Naples and the Amalfi Coast are both World Heritage areas.
Day walks (Grade 2). Typical day walk will be 10 km, ascent 400m, same descent. All on track. Unhurried pace with plenty of time to take photos and buy gelato.
All walks finish long before the shops and restaurants close.
Estimated cost for accommodation, food and land transport is about EUR 1,600 per person twin share or double. Plus drinks, plus international air fare. Single supplement available on request.
Please note: Overseas walks are not vetted by the Bush Club and the normal Bush Club insurance does not apply. Please ensure you arrange your own travel insurance and check the itinerary carefully with the Leader to ensure it meets your expectations.
Participants to arrange own international air travel and travel insurance. Group limit 12.
Expressions of interest sought.  Map: Cicerone guidebook
Sun
13 Oct

Grade 4 M
LTW
Medium pace
20km
260m total climbs
Kiama
Kiama coast walk : Covering the north, mid and southern legs of this beautiful section of coast with sublime views, we will start at the sparkling Minnamurra river, passing Cathedral rocks, then onto Bombo Headland for views over the quarry. Making our way through Kiama’s pristine beaches we will visit both blowholes then head over the rolling green hills on our way to Gerringong. If we're lucky, we'll spot some whales on their return trip South. If the Werri lagoon is unsafe to cross, the walk will be adjusted to suit. Joint walk with NPA. Map: Kiama 9028-1S
Sun
20 Oct
to
Mon
28 Oct
Grade 4 

Medium pace
110km
300m total climbs
South Australia Southern Section Heysen Trail
Expression of Interest Wild South Coast Walk: From Cape Jervis to Victor Harbour following Wild South Coast Way (5 Days) plus extra 2 Days for travel. A combination of spec­tac­u­lar and awe-inspir­ing coastal walk­ing fea­tur­ing remote beach­es, native bush­land and rugged cliffs, Accommodation is at Victor Harbour with shuttle bus service each day. Combination of climbs and descents on walk. Total trip days includes 2 travel days. Limited numbers for the trip  Map: Heysen Trail
Fri
25 Oct
to
Mon
28 Oct
Grade 3 M

Medium pace
55km
600m total climbs
NSW South Coast
Walking around Berrara: Spring on the coast is magnificent - whales migrating; the bush in bloom; warmer water; and magic sunsets. A variety of scenery with bush and beaches on our doorstep. Spend 3 nights in cabins or camping at Surfside, Cudmirrah Beach.
On track walking, mostly flat but some steps and one 500m climb.  Map: Sussex Inlet and Tianjara
Sun
27 Oct
to
Fri
6 Dec
Grade 4 
Overseas
Fast pace
25km
400m total climbs
France and Spain
Winter Camino Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port to Santiago de Compostela: Want some peace and quiet? Want to get away from crowds? Walk the Camino off-peak, taking the Camino d'Invierno (the Winter Way) route.
Grade 4 due to distance - 800 kms in total all on track. Average day walk will be 25 km, ascent 400m, same descent with some longer days. Medium-to-fast pace to finish by sunset.
The start date is fixed; the end date is an estimate assuming 35 days walking and 5 rest days. Continuing to Finistere is an optional extra 4 days.
Staying mostly in pilgrim albergue (hostel) dormitories. Persons wishing to stay somewhere more upmarket are welcome to make their own bookings at the time.
Estimated cost for albergue accommodation and food is about EUR 50 per person per day. Plus drinks, plus international air fare.
Please note: Overseas walks are not vetted by the Bush Club and the normal Bush Club insurance does not apply. Please ensure you arrange your own travel insurance and check the itinerary carefully with the Leader to ensure it meets your expectations.
Participants to arrange own international air travel and travel insurance. Leader speaks Spanish and French. Group limit 6. Joint trip with SBW.
Expressions of interest sought.  Map: https://www.santiago.nl/lopen-naar-santiago/looproutes-naar-santiago/looproutes-in-spanje/
November 2024
Mon
4 Nov

SocialChatswood RSL Club
Monthly club lunch : The Bush Club monthly lunch is open to all members and a great opportunity for retired walkers to catch up on club news and meet up with other members. No need to apply to attend - just simply turn up on the day.
Sat
9 Nov
to
Sun
10 Nov
Grade 4 M
LTW
Medium pace
12km
400m total climbs
Bungonia NP
Beebox Spur - Shoalhaven River: Bungonia NP - Beebox Spur - Shoalhaven River - Trestles Track
A circuit walk with a steep descent on day 1 and a steep climb on day 2. In between there is river walking with time for swimming, exploring and relaxing.
Hard walk, track and off track. Minor car shuffle involved. Joint walk with NPA. Map: Caoura 1:25 000
Thu
14 Nov
Committee
Meeting
Bush Club Committee Meeting, 4:30pm, Thornton Room
Kirribilli Neighbourhood Centre, 16 Fitzroy St, Kirribilli
Mon
18 Nov
to
Fri
22 Nov
CYCLE Medium/hard grade 
Medium pace
55km
450m total climbs
Canberra
Cycling in Canberra: Three days cycling around Canberra. Distances will vary between 50 – 60 kms each day with average climbs of 450m. Twin share accommodation in the Alivio Tourist Park (https://aliviogroup.com.au/). Numbers are limited.     Map: Canberra
December 2024
Mon
2 Dec

SocialChatswood RSL Club
Monthly club lunch : The Bush Club monthly lunch is open to all members and a great opportunity for retired walkers to catch up on club news and meet up with other members. No need to apply to attend - just simply turn up on the day.
Thu
5 Dec
Committee
Meeting
Bush Club Committee Meeting, 4:00pm, McMahons Point
McMahons Point Community Centre, 165 Blues Point Road
Thu
5 Dec
AGM & SocialAGM & Christmas Party
McMahons Point Community Centre, 165 Blues Point Road
o AGM 5:00pm
o Celebration afterwards until 7:30pm
Sun
15 Dec
to
Sat
21 Dec
Grade 3 M

Medium pace
80km
2000m total climbs
Kosciuszko NP
Expressions of Interest - Week at Charlotte Pass: Staying at a Ski Lodge at Charlotte Pass, and do day walks, mostly grade 3 walks.   
Advance Notice
Mon
3 Feb
to
Thu
13 Feb
CYCLE Medium/hard grade 

Medium pace
50km
400m total climbs
South Island, New Zealand
Alps to Ocean Cycle Trail (A2O), one of the great cycle trails in New Zealand: The total distance for this is about 350km, 50km daily average ride. Meet in Christchurch on Day 1. Day 2 will be a day's cycling OR day sightseeing in Christchurch. Shuttle transfer Christchurch to Tekapo. Start of the A2O – 6 day cycle from Tekapo to Oamaru. Shuttle transfer Oamaru back to Christchurch. Overnight in Christchurch.
Dates may vary slightly. Expressions of Interest sought. Non-refundable deposit will be required. Limited numbers
This is an overseas commercial cycle so the insurance arrangements of the Bush Club do not apply. Participants to arrange own air flights and travel insurance.   Map: Tekapo
Mon
9 Feb
2025
to
Sat
21 Feb
2025

13 days in total
Grade 4 

Unhurried pace
130km
Around 2,000m over 12 days
Tasmania
Pine Valley, Lake St Clair and Mt Field NP: Expression of Interest sought when lots more detail will be provided - exact dates to be confirmed. 13 days/12 nights
Day 1: Fly in and drive to Lake St Clair, then ferry to Narcicissus Hut ($55) and full pack walk to Pine Valley Hut for 3 nights - 8.9km
Day 2: Mt Acropolis (7.6km, 661m), a challenging walk involving climbing, bouldering and rock scrambling with exposure
Day 3: The Labyrinth (6km, 411m). Medium grade
Day 4: Walk to Narcissus Hut, then ferry to Lake St Clair for 3 nights. Choose own accommodation, from camping to luxury cabin
Days 5 and 6: a number of walks to be decided
Days 7 - 12: Mount Field NP with group accommodation around $80 pppn (twin share, single supplement may be available). Walks of various grades, to be decided.
Day 13 return flight to Sydney.
Priority given to members who can and are willing to navigate, and a competent driver as a back-up navigator and driver is preferable.   Map: Tasmap - Cradle Mt - Lake St Clair, Tasmap - Mt Field Walk Map
85 Trig Walks yet to be scheduled
TBA September
 

Grade 3 M
85 Trigs
Medium pace
16km
600m total climbs
Illawarra Escarpment SCA
85 Trigs walk - Sublime trig, Coalcliff to Austinmer/Thirroul: Forest walk to Sublime Point track including the trig at Sublime Point lookout. 

TBA Apr

Grade 3 M
85 Trigs
Unhurried pace
14km
150m total climbs
Northern Beaches
85 Trigs walk - McComb Trig T6234F, Manly Vale to Forestville via Reservoir and Bantry Bay : Manly Vale to Forestville via Manly Reservoir Reserve and Bantry Bay. Condamine Street west to Reservoir stopping at Mermaid Pool. On to park entrance and up to McComb trig T6234F. Walking track north along Curl Curl Creek to fire trail then to Bantry Bay. We will visit various Aboriginal Engraving sites on the way. Finally on to Currie Road and Warringah Road. Multiple buses to Chatswood or Wynyard stations. Moderate undulations w/ 50 meter walk up hill to trig.   Map: Manly