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DateGradeRoute and Description
MARCH
Wed
3 Mar

Grade 2 
Unhurried pace
11km
100m total climbs
(New)
Lane Cove N.P.
Gordon to North Ryde: From Gordon Station short street walk to Blackbutt Creek Track. Crossing Lady Game Drive and follow the pipeline down to the Lane Cove River. Follow GNW south to Fullers Bridge. A brief morning tea and then lunch at the picnic area (water taps and toilets). After which we will make a small climb up and join the Fairyland Track to the business park and North Ryde Station. Mostly shaded walk along fire trial and defined track. Slippery if raining. Short street walks each end.   Map: STEP Walking Tracks of the Lane Cove Valley Sheet 1
Wed
3 Mar

Grade 2 
Unhurried pace
12km
100m total climbs
(New)
Ku-ring-gai NP
Nature Walk # 41. Topham and Bairne Tracks: Out-and-back on two ridge-top fire trails with morning tea and lunch overlooking Cowan Creek and Pittwater. Enjoy the wildflowers and get some exercise on an straight-forward and educational walk. Two short loose climbs. LIMIT 12.   Map: Broken Bay
Wed
3 Mar

Grade 4 M
Medium pace
16km
600m total climbs
(New)
Royal National Park
Stanwell Park to Austinmer: Starting from Stanwell Park Station walk along the Wodi Wodi Track, Forest Path along the escarpment with beautiful ocean views on the left to Sublime Point Lookout (and coffee if you wish) and down the ladders to Austinmer Station. Walk maybe cancelled if very hot weather is forecast. Steep and slippery sections, eroded and possibly muddy track, creek crossings and down many ladders. Joint walk with NPA. 
Wed
3 Mar

Grade 3 
Medium pace
20km
100m total climbs
(New)
South Coast (Illawarra)
Austinmer to Wollongong: Austinmer Station – Thirroul Beach – Sandon Point – Bulli Beach – Bellambi Beach – Corrimal Beach – Bellambi Beach – Corrimal Beach – Towradgi Beach – North Wollongong Railway Station.
This walk is taken from Robert Carter’s marvellous Barrenjoey to Gerringong coastal series of walks. I have put it on again for those unable to make that 2 Feb walk or those wanting a taste of south coast beach walking. The walk includes offers beautiful coastal views and includes a mix of beach walking, rock platforms, sea pools, coastal bushland and some street walking. A low morning tide may offer some opportunity to explore rock platforms safely, depending on wind and wave conditions. This walk is exploratory – we detour around the Towradgi Arm crossing as Council has now demolished the bridge, which will be re-built.
Public transport at both ends. Walk is exploratory for the Leader. Joint walk with SBW. Map: Bulli, Wollongong
Wed
3 Mar

CYCLE 
Medium pace
40km
210m total climbs
Parramatta River
Westmead to Olympic Park Circuit: Parramatta Park - Rydalmere Bridge - Meadowbank - Sydney Olympic Park - Rydalmere Bridge - Return to Parramatta Park. Lovely cycle along the Parramatta River on mainly cycleways-cycle lanes. This will be a leisurely cycle with plenty of stops on mainly flat route. Suitable for all bike types. Map: Parramatta River
Thu
4 Mar
Committee
Meeting
Bush Club Committee Meeting, 4:30pm, Thornton Room
Kirribilli Neighbourhood Centre, 16 Fitzroy St, Kirribilli
Thu
4 Mar
to
Sat
6 Mar
Grade 4 M
LTW
Unhurried pace
40km
600m total climbs
Kosciuszko NP (Northern)
Mt Jagungal Wilderness: A 3 day packwalk and ascent of Mt Jagungal, “The Bushwalkers Mountain “, one of the biggies at over 2000m (2042m). Approx 40k from Round Mtn gate and return. A lovely shaded camp amongst the Snowgums near Derschkos hut and an asc. of Jagungal with daypacks only. Luxury!
Day 1 - Walk into camp
Day 2 - Climb Jagungal
Day 3 - Return to cars.  Map: Jagungal , Toolong Range
Fri
5 Mar

Grade 3 M
Medium pace
13km
500m total climbs
Brisbane Waters NP
Wondabyne to Pindar Cave and Waterfall return: The walk starts with a short steep climb from Wondabyne Station. The track undulates on the way to Pindar Cave and the Waterfall. Will return on the same track. Map: Gunderman, Gosford
Fri
5 Mar
to
Sat
6 Mar
Grade 4 M
LTW
Unhurried pace
18km
550m total climbs
(New)
Blue Mountains NP
Bell To Wollangambe Crater- 2 Day Pack Hike: Bell Railway Station-Centre of Universe Pagoda-Wallangambe River & Crater-Return Bell. Third attempt to have the hike go ahead, being thwarted by extremely wet weather on previous occasions! Classic relaxing hike venturing into pagoda country with great views- beautiful bushland. Flannel Flowers. Short side trips to explore some stunning pagoda rock formations-caves-rockpools. Great campsite beside the Wallangambe river. Suitable for pack hikers of all levels of experience. All on good tracks-some firetrail. 1 steep ascent approx' 200 metres.  Map: Wallangambe
Fri
5 Mar

Grade 5 M
Medium pace
12km
300m total climbs
(New)
Blue Mountains NP
Du Faurs Creek Canyon: A day of wading, swimming and liloing through Du Faurs Creek Canyon. Start and finish at Mount Wilson. Must be able to swim well. Wet suit recommended. Bring helmet and dry bags. A long-ish day. Joint walk with NPA. Map: Mount Wilson, Wollangambe
Sat
6 Mar

Grade 2 
Unhurried pace
12km
100m total climbs
(New)
Ku-ring-gai NP
Nature Walk # 42. Topham and Bairne Tracks: Out-and-back on two ridge-top fire trails with morning tea and lunch overlooking Cowan Creek and Pittwater. Enjoy the wildflowers and get some exercise on an straight-forward and educational walk. Two short loose climbs. LIMIT 12.   Map: Broken Bay
Sat
6 Mar

Grade 3 M
LTW
Medium pace
13km
350m total climbs
Berowra Regional Park
Hornsby to Thornleigh via Refuge Rock: Start from Hornsby Station. Some street walking to start of GNW track. Follow GNW track before descending to cross Berowra Creek and then climb to Refuge Rock. From here a mix of bush tracks and firetrails to the Jungo and back to Thornleigh Station. Map: Hornsby
Sun
7 Mar

Grade 2 & 3 
Unhurried pace
Various locations
Clean up Australia Day: Last year, the Club had five volunteer groups in areas such as Berowra, the Royal, Blue Mountains, Kuringai, Lane Cove lead by Adrian Jones, Bob Taffel, Michelle Smithson, Mike Pickles and myself. This year I will be away with the Club in Jindabyne so I am only able to assist with some organising. It would be nice to see some other members putting up their hands to do their bit in getting a group together. Please contact Kaye Birch as soon as you can so that she can get the ball rolling.  Map: various
Sun
7 Mar

Grade 2 
Unhurried pace
8km
300m total climbs
(New)
Garigal NP
Clean Up Australia Day Group 1: Killara Circuit : Barrie St lookout, old water board tracks to Truscott Place, Koola Park, then Rocky Creek firetrail, Middle Harbour Creek track to Casuarina Track to Barrie St Lookout. At the start we will move the bulky debris below lookout to the street for council pickup, then collect smaller items during the circuit. Expect plenty of items below Koola Park. Bring garden gloves. Map: STEP
Sun
7 Mar

Grade 2 
Unhurried pace
6km
Flat
(New)
Eastern Suburbs Coastal Beaches
Clean Up Australia Day walk - Coogee beach to Maroubra beach: This is an easy walk on coastal path, rock platforms, green spaces and coastal bush to pick up litter, which will be paper, plastic containers and cigarette ends, mostly. There will be an opportunity to swim at the end if it is a warm day. Come and enjoy the beautiful coastal views while giving back to the local community. This walk has been registered with "Clean Up Australia" and I will be provided with bin bags and gloves for those walkers who assist on the day.   Map: Coastal Walkway Randwick Council NSW
Sun
7 Mar

Grade 4 M
Fast pace
25km
1200m total climbs
(New)
Ku-ring-gai Chase NP
Brooklyn to Berowra: Two lovely sections of the Great North Walk at a good and steady pace: crunchy ascents (no more than 200m apiece, cumulative 1200m) and long enough to stretch the legs (25km). Good track last time I looked - steep & rocky in places with D-rings, bits of firetrail, creek crossings. Water available at Cowan and Berowra Waters. Joint walk with SBW. Map: Cowan
Sun
7 Mar
to
Sun
14 Mar

Mixed Grades
LTW
Medium pace
Various kms
Various climbs
Kosciuszko NP
Mt Kosciuszko & The High Country: Our annual visit to the high country for various grade walks. Staying at a comfortable ski lodge in Jindabyne, where we have equal access to the Thredbo and Perisher Valleys. Preference given to members willing to contribute walks.  Map: Kosciuszko Tourist plus various topos.
Tue
9 Mar

CYCLE
Medium pace
50km
Undulating
Cycle M7, starting at Casula
Cycle Casula to Rooty Hill return: Cycle Casula to Rooty Hill return, cycle path all the way. Lunch at Rooty Hill Pub (Lone Pine Tavern). An enjoyable ride with some hills. Bring water and sun cream. Please Contact leader: meeting at 9.45 am for 10.00 am start. Meet at Cutler VC rest area, Ash Road, Prestons. No helmet - no go!  Joint walk with NPA, Sutherland, BUG. Map: M7 Casula, Rooty Hill
Tue
9 Mar

Grade 3 M
Medium pace
14km
150m total climbs
(New)
Lane Cove N.P.
Lane Cove River Circuit Walk: From North Ryde Station south to GNW via commercial park. Fairylands Track to Fullers Bridge into Lane Cove National Park. Lane Cove River circuit north to De Burghs Bridge along the east shore stopping near Blue Hole for a lunch break along the way. Afterwards we will trek along the west shore back to the caravan park and North Ryde Station. Defined track, No major ascents, a few ups and downs. One creek crossing. Slippery when raining.   Map: STEP Walking Tracks of the Lane Cove Valley Sheet 1
Tue
9 Mar

Grade 3 M
LTW
Unhurried pace
14km
400m total climbs
Garawarra State Conservation area. Royal NP
Helensburgh Short Circuit: Commence with a short climb from the Station followed with a long gradual descent on a variety of un-named tracks to the Hacking River. After a break, backtrack and follow the Hacking River Fire Trail and cross the Hacking River. Locate and follow the Red Cedar Circuit and return across the river. Ascend a short off track section and follow a variety of tracks back to the station. Hazards include river crossings, slippery conditions and cliff edges. Joint walk with NPA. Map: Appin/Otford
Tue
9 Mar

Grade 4 
Medium pace
14km
550m total climbs
(New)
Kuring-gai Chase NP
Cowan to Brooklyn via Porto Ridge: A nice walk along the Great North Walk starting from Cowan Station before heading off-track along a faint pad to the cairn atop Porto Ridge where we'll follow the ridge back to the GNW and then on to Brooklyn. A few of ups and downs including a 220m ascent at Jerusalem Bay, a bit of off-track and some fire trail walking towards Brooklyn. Joint walk with SBW.  Map: Cowan 1:25,000
Wed
10 Mar

Grade 3 
LTW
Unhurried pace
10km
120m total climbs
(New)
Lower Blue Mountains
Nature Walk # 43 Lower Grose River: An out-and-back walk starting on a ridge-top fire trail to a spectacular lookout with views over the lower Grose River. Then down into the valley on an old bridle track, wandering along the slopes in and out of steep dry creeks to the Grose River @ Burralow stream gauge. Back the same way to above a sandy beach for lunch and a swim. Plenty to see including the impact of floods in February 2020 and debris 11 m above the river. LIMIT 12.   Map: Kurrajong
Wed
10 Mar

Grade 4 M
Medium pace
17km
900m total climbs
(New)
Katoomba
Ruined Castle via Furber Steps: Starting at the old Katoomba Falls Kiosk, walk down Furber Steps to Federal Pass and then passing Scenic Railway to Ruin Castle Track and Ruined Castle (possibly do the full circuit) and return the same way. Will change the walk if the Golden Stairs is open by then. Cars required for car shuffle. Walk maybe cancelled if very hot weather is forecast. Steep and slippery sections, some sections of eroded track, many steps, creek crossings. Joint walk with NPA. 
Wed
10 Mar

CYCLE 
Medium pace
55km
Flat
Cooks River
Sth Strathfield to San Souci (Captain Cook Bridge) Circuit: Sth Strathfield - Tempe - Brighton le Sands - Sans Souci (Captain Cook Bridge) - return to Sth Strathfield. Cycle along mainly cycleways-cycle lanes with some road crossings. This will be a leisurely cycle with plenty of stops on mainly flat route. Suitable for all bike types. Map: Strathfield
Thu
11 Mar

Grade 3 M
LTW
Unhurried pace
13km
400m total climbs
Blue Mountains NP
South Lawson and Hazelbrook Waterfalls: From Lawson Station follow paths to pick up the South Lawson Waterfalls Circuit. (5 waterfalls). Follow tracks to the Hazelbrook circuit visiting more Waterfalls, cascades and pools. Finish with a walk along Terrace Falls Road to Hazelbrook Station, Joint walk with NPA. Map: Katoomba
Fri
12 Mar
to
Sat
13 Mar
Grade 4 M
LTW
Unhurried pace
32km
700m total climbs
(New)
Royal NP
Waterfall To Bundeena-2 Day Pack Hike: Waterfall-Couranga Track- Forest Path-Wallamurra Track-Curra- moors-Eagle Rock-Wattamolla-Marley- Bundeena. Combining some of best of hinterland and coast- Royal NP- to be enjoyed over two days at unhurried pace. Side trips to lesser visited waterfalls-rockpools-rock formations-rock overhangs. Stunning ocean views-beautiful mixed forest, heath, pristine bays, beaches  Map: Port Hacking-Otford
Sat
13 Mar

Grade 3 
Unhurried pace
11km
120m total climbs
(New)
Lower Blue Mountains
Nature Walk # 44 Lower Grose River: An out-and-back walk starting on a ridge-top fire trail to a spectacular lookout with views over the lower Grose River. Then down into the valley on an old bridle track, wandering along the slopes in and out of steep (dry) creeks to the Grose River @ Burralow stream gauge for lunch and an optional swim. Plenty to see: cicada wasps, Woody Pears with fruits and the impact of very high floods in February 2020. LIMIT 12.  Map: Kurrajong
Sat
13 Mar

Grade 3 M
Medium pace
14km
150m total climbs
(New)
Lance Cove N.P.
Huntleys Point Wharf to North Ryde: Ferry from Circular Quay or meet at Huntleys Point Wharf. Trek north via multiple reserves to Boronia Park joining the GNW. North to Epping Road Bridge. After crossing, take Riverside Walk, the pegs, to Fullers Bridge and Lane Cove Park. Small climb up to Fairylands Track then to North Ryde Station via commerce park. A nice walk with harbor, mangrove, bush, and river views and a large bat colony. Slippery when raining, minor traversing at the pegs. Multiple toilets and water taps along the way.  Map: STEP Walking Tracks of the Lane Cove Valley
Sat
13 Mar

Grade 5 M
Medium pace
10km
250m total climbs
Newnes State Forest and Blue Mountains National Park
Cerberus Canyon, Cerberus Falls and Hair of the Dog Ravine: Half of this walk is in an unprotected area of Newnes SF; the other half is in the Blue Mountains NP. The straight boundary line, drawn by politicians, makes no sense when it comes to natural beauty. See it for yourself! Park the vehicles at the locked gate at the end of Waratah Ridge Road. Walk into and down the Hair of the Dog Ravine at GR 493 038. After exiting the ravine, make our way west to Cerberus Creek and its canyon. Go through the canyon, visiting Cerberus Falls and exit at about GR 472 038. Walk on the road back to the cars. About 10 km. Joint walk with SBW, NPA, UBMBC. Map: Wollangambe, Rock Hill
Mon
15 Mar

Grade 2 
Unhurried pace
8km
Minor climbs
Sydney CBD and The Rocks
Hidden Sydney Part 2: An amble through some of Sydney’s historical and lesser-known attractions with a brief commentary and plenty of opportunity for participant input, cappuccinos and cakes. Find out why N.S.W.’s breast is exposed above the GPO and where the oldest bridge (not built by Aboriginal people) in Australia can be found. Discover a host of other irresistible and sometimes amusing trivia about our city.  Map: Sydney UBD
Tues
16 Mar

Grade 3 M
LTW
Medium pace
13km
100m total climbs
Northern Suburbs
Virtual Camino – St Johns to St James: As you can’t get to Spain now to walk the Camino Frances (even though it’s a Holy Year) you can virtually walk from St Jean Pied de Port (St John’s Church in Gordon) to Santiago de Compostela (St James Church in Turramurra). Enjoy the experience being led by a past peregrino with 3 Compostelas – and listen to a smattering of History. After visiting St John’s church in Gordon we’ll peregrinate along the Blackbutt Track to Lady Game Drive, then meet up with the GNW and head northwards to near Turramurra High School, continue on to the Comenarra Parkway then up to Mimosa Oval and through Sheldon Forest to Turramurra shops then along Eastern Road to King St and the church. Will the botafumerio be swung you may well ask ! Then back to the shops for optional refreshments.  Map: STEP.Walking Tracks of the Lane Cove Valley – Sheet 2.
Tue
16 Mar

Grade 4 
(due to distance)
Medium pace
25km
560m total climbs
(New)
South Coast
B2G13 - Minnamurra to Gerringong: Our final walk in the series and what a cracker of a walk to finish with and a great spot for our post-walk celebration ! A spectacular walk along the South Coast starting from Minnamurra Station – Kiama Downs – Bombo – Kiama – Kiama Heights – Gerringong Station with public transport at both ends. This walk provides a bit of everything with some beach and headland walking as we meander along the coast – definitely bring your camera ! Option to exit walk at Kiama for those seeking a shorter day. Joint walk with SBW. Map: Kiama Coast Walk Map
Wed
17 Mar
to
Mon
29 Mar
CYCLE
Medium pace
475km
undulating rail trails
South Australia
Cycling in South Australia - Wine Districts Adelaide and Victor Harbour: Cycling rail trails and shared bike paths in the Clare, Barossa and McLaren wine districts, Adelaide and Victor Harbor. Barossa Rail and Jack Borbidge Trails Part 1 - Gawler to Rowland Flat 40ks, Barossa Rail and Jack Borbidge Trails Part 2 - Rowland Flat to Angston and return 45ks, Rattler Trail - Riverton to Auburn 38ks, Reisling Trail - Auburn to Clare and return 50kms, Stuart O’Grady Trail - Gawler to Waterloo Corner 46ks, Rest Day, Parklands Trail Loop - West Beach to Adelaide Zoo and Parklands Trail Loop 42ks, River Torrens Linear Trail- Adelaide Zoo to Athelstone 48ks, Coast Park Path - North Haven to Glenelg 49ks, Coast to Vines Rail Trail Includes Shiraz Trail - Old Reynella to Willunga 56ks, Encounter Bikeway - Victor Harbor Bluff to Goolwa Beach 60ks. All rides are out and back on sealed rail trails and shared bike paths suitable for hybrid and road bikes. A rest day is included in the program. Accommodation will be in 3 caravan parks. We will need to drive to some rides. Helmets hi viz jackets and bike bell please. Limit 10.  Map: Various Rail Trail and bike path maps for South Australia
Wed
17 Mar

Grade 3 M
LTW
Unhurried pace
8km
450m total climbs
Illawarra Escarpment
Stanwell Park Circuit: Commencing at Stanwell Park Station follow the Wodi Wodi track with visits to the Viaduct and some exploration of Stanwell Creek. Continue with a visit to Mt, Mitchell and return to the station via Stanwell Park Beach. Joint walk with NPA. Map: Appin
Wed
17 Mar

Grade 3+
Unhurried pace
9km
250m total climbs
(New)
Ku-ring-gai Chase NP
Smiths Creek: From Gen San Martin Drive, we take the Smiths Crk East track to the creek which we follow, then ascend Smiths Crk West track, Perimeter Track, down Nerang Trck and return via Smiths Crk West track.  Tracks, FT, off-track. Volleys and gaiters are a good idea. The creek is lovely and shaded but infrequently walked so is vague in parts. Afterwards, if some are interested, we could include the Hungry Track not far from Smiths Creek walk. Higher end of Grade 3. Map: Hornsby
Fri
19 Mar

Grade 4 M
Medium pace
15km
650m total climbs
Berowra Valley NP
Hornsby - Pogson Trig - Refuge Rock - GNW - Hornsby: Hornsby to Pogson Trig via Fishponds and then travel 1km along Quarry Road, Dural to a firetrail before descending a very steep footpad to Pyes Creek. The ascent to Trevor Lane will be off-track. Stop at Refuge Rock before returning to Hornsby via GNW. A couple of steep and slippery descents and a number of creek crossings.   Map: Hornsby
Sat
20 Mar
to
Sat
27 Mar
Commercial 
Unhurried pace
various km
various climbs
Tasmania
South East Explorer Group 2: Varying day walks covering Freycinet (2 nights, 3 days) Maria Island (1 night, 2 days) and the Tasman Peninsula (3 nights, 3 days). Specially tailored for us as a non carry, day pack only. See brochure at
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1dtyaKwqjxXiVn-8SimcInlNJa4EpZB9V/view?usp=sharing
All transport is provided. There are only 10 position available per group and also considering covid-19 Policies apply. Map: South East Tasmania Peninsula. As this is a commercial tour run by Tasmanian Hikes, the normal Bush Club insurance does not apply
Sun
21 Mar
International Day of Forests
as proclaimed the by the United Nations General Assembly in 2012
If there is a walk through a forest that is special to you, why not organise to lead a walk on this day - whether you are a new or experienced leader. In addition to our own program, the walk will also be publicised on external websites to create further interest in our club and hopefully attract more prospective members.
Sun
21 Mar

Grade 4 M
LTW
Medium pace
10km
750m total climbs
(New)
Blue Mountains NP
Blue Gum Forest via Perry's Lookdown: Celebrate World Forest day with a visit to the iconic beautiful Blue Gum Forest. Perry's Lookdown-Blue Gum Forest-Little Blue Gum-Grose River-Acacia Flats-Return

Stunning views from Perry's Lookdown-Docker Head-steep descent into Grose Valley to Grose river. Some easy fun exploring along Govett's creek-Grose river. Side trip to The Little Blue Gum Forest.
Option for a swim in some beautiful rockpools.
Ascent to Perry's Lookdown (approx' 650 metres) requires good fitness-there will be plenty of breaks along the ascent to enjoy the views-scenery. Map: Mt Wilson
Sun
21 Mar
to
Sun
28 Mar
Grade 3 & 4
Medium pace
various km
various climbs
(New)
Kosciuszko NP
A week walking in the Snowies: Assortment of day walks mostly grade 3 - some grade 4. Walks will be planned each preceding evening and be dependent on the weather and people's ability. Map: Kosciuszko
Sun
21 Mar

Grade 3 M
LTW
Medium pace
17km
600m total climbs
Blue Mountains NP
Springwood to Blaxland via Martins Lookout & Lost World: Springwood Station - Magdala Gully - Perch Ponds - Martins Lookout - Bunyan Lookout Track - Lost World Lookout - Blaxland. Map: Springwood
Sun
21 Mar
to
Wed
24 Mar
Grade 3 M
LTW
Slow pace
20km
300m total climbs
Kosciuszko NP
Base Camp Cesjacks Hut: Drive to 1650 M, then undulating walk to Cesjacks Hut and base camp for 3 nights. The hut sits on a bench above the Doubtful River with Jagungal in the background. An off track undulating day walk to Spencer’s Peak should be a highlight. To be an easy unhurried 4 days in an alpine environment just above 1700meters.  Map: Jagungal, Nimmo Plain
Sun
21 Mar

Grade 4 M
LTW
Unhurried pace
14km
500m total climbs
Southern Royal NP.
Otford Double Loop: First loop. From Otford Station ascend to Otford Pie Shop. Follow track to Bald Hill and descend to Stanwell Park. Follow faint track and rocky shore line to Snake Gully. Ascend on narrow exposed ledges and slippery gully. Follow off track sections to the Bulgo area. Ascend to Pie shop. Second loop. Follow the coast track and descend to the Hell Hole, Werrong Beach. Ascend old faint track to Werrong Point Lookout. Return to Otford Station via the Coast Track with a visit to Split Rock Canyon. Strict limit of 12 members will apply. Joint walk with NPA. Map: Appin/Otford
Tue
23 Mar

Grade 4 
(due to distance)
Medium pace
23km
700m total climbs
(New)
Brisbane Waters NP
Wondabyne to Woy Woy: A nice walk through Brisbane Waters NP starting at Wondabyne Station and meandering through to Woy Woy however this time we will take a slightly longer route via Scopas Peak, Piles Creek and Kariong. Mostly bush track, management trail and a little road walking towards the end …. some ups and downs. Joint walk with SBW. Joint walk with SBW. Map: Gosford & Broken Bay 1:25,000
Wed
24 Mar

CYCLE 
Medium pace
50km
337m total climbs
Parramatta
Westmead Circuit via Meadow Bank, Olympic Park, M4 Cycleway: Westmead Stn - Rydalmere - Olympic Park - Lidcombe - Parramatta - Westmead. On shared paths / cycleways / quiet streets. This will be a leisurely cycle with plenty of stops. Suitable for all bike types  Map: Parramatta River
Wed
24 Mar

Grade 4 M
LTW
Unhurried pace
12km
550m total climbs
Illawarra escarpment
Scarborough to Stanwell Park: Follow paths along coast to the Sea Cliff Bridge. Descend on narrow exposed ledges and ladder to the base of the bridge. Follow route below the bridge and continue along paths to pick up the Wodi Wodi Track. Ascend to Mt Mitchell, return and follow tracks to Stanwell Park Station. Joint walk with NPA. Map: Bulli, Appin
Sun
28 Mar

Grade 4 M
LTW
Unhurried pace
18km
450m total climbs
Royal NP
Helensburgh Long Circuit (route 1) via Lilyvale and Red Cedar tracks: Commence with a short steep climb from the station followed with a descent on a variety of un-named tracks to the Hacking River. Cross the river and ascend on the Burgh Track to Garawarra Farm. Follow the Cliff Track and descend on the Lilyvale Track. Locate and follow the Karingal and Red Cedar tracks to again cross the Hacking River. Ascend a steep off track section and follow a variety of tracks back to the station. Joint walk with NPA. Map: Appin, Otford
Mon
29 Mar

Grade 2 
Unhurried pace
8km
Minor climbs
Lower Blue Mountains
Hidden Sydney Part 3: A shortened version of a popular Club walk taking in the Old Lapstone Tunnel, the Spurline and Lukersville Platform. Fascinating historical aspects, some street walking with a brief commentary, wonderful views, coffee and lunch in Glenbrook and early finish.   Map: Sydney UBD
Mon
29 Mar

Grade 3 
Medium pace
15km
120m total climbs
Narrabeen area
Narrabeen lagoon circuit plus explore Cromer Heights area: Meet Narrabeen B1/Tramshed bus stop. Walk to Narrabeen fitness centre. Climb above centre to morning tea rock, walk along ridge line to visit Aboriginal engravings near Cromer Heights. Return to lagoon trail for return to start. Limit 12.  Map: CMA Mona Vale
Tue
30 Mar

Grade 4 
(due to distance)
Medium pace
22km
800m total climbs
(New)
Berowra Valley RP
Hornsby to Berowra via GNW: A longish walk along the Great North Walk around edge of suburbia however far enough away not to be annoyed by the hustle and bustle of everyday life ! A relatively pretty walk with a few hills thrown in to bring us back to the reality of walking. Joint walk with SBW. Joint walk with SBW. Map: Cowan & Hornsby 1:25,000
APRIL
Thu
1 Apr
Committee
Meeting
Bush Club Committee Meeting, 4:30pm, Thornton Room
Kirribilli Neighbourhood Centre, 16 Fitzroy St, Kirribilli
Thu
1 Apr

Grade 3 M
LTW
Unhurried pace
18km
500m total climbs
Heathcote NP
Heathcote to Sutherland: Follow roads and tracks to the Pipeline Firetrail. Continue along the pipeline crossing Heathcote Rd. to locate a steep track descending and crossing the Woronora River. Follow a faint track along the river and ascend to the upper escarpment, Continue along the cliff edge on a good track with good views of the river. Descend the Pass of Sabugal, cross the river and continue along the Pipeline. Follow various trails and tracks to Sutherland. Lots of steep ups and downs. Joint walk with NPA. Map: Port Hacking, Campbelltown
Fri
2 Apr

Grade 3 M
LTW
Medium pace
16km
350m total climbs
Ku-ring-gai Chase NP
Wahroonga Station to Mt Ku-ring-gai Station via Bobbin Head and Apple Tree Bay: Some street walking at the start before joining the Gibberagong track to Bobbin Head. From Bobbin Head the walk takes us to Apple Tree Bay and on to the Mt Kuring-gai track. Lovely bushtrack with some firetrail walking. Map: Hornsby
Sat
3 Apr

Grade 4 M
Medium pace
21km
670m total climbs
(New)
Berowra Valley NP
Hornsby to Mt Kuring-gai: An Easter Saturday special starting from Hornsby Station, this walk will go via Hornsby Heights to Tunks Reserve,
Galston Gorge, Crosslands and Lyrebird Gully to Mount Kuring-gai.
Near the end there's the joy of the asphalt road.
An early start with limited numbers. Joint walk with SBW. Map: Hornsby
Sat
3 Apr
to
Sat
17 Apr
Grade 4 
Medium pace
252km
minor climbs
Portland, Victoria
The Great South West Walk : Pack Walk - This walk was supposed to take place last April but COVID-19 put a stop to it. I am going to try again this year: 3-17 April, 2021 (plus 2 days on either side for travel). The trip was full so preference is given to those who were ready to go last year. However, as circumstances change some may not be able to come along this year- hence, Expressions of Interests are sought. The Great South West Walk: Pack Walk over 14 days & 252km (plus 1 rest day- depending on whether we fly or drive to Portland)) that begins and ends in Portland, Victoria. This unforgettable experience winds around 3 NPs, hardwood forests, the pristine Glenelg River, the picturesque township of Nelson, aboriginal heritage sites, the mighty Southern Ocean and vast sand dunes, sandy bays and beaches, rugged cliffs, freshwater lakes, the Cape Nelson Lighthouse, the stunning Bridgewater Bay and amongst a diversity of natural fauna and flora including Blue and Southern Right Whales, a mainland Fur Seal colony and Australia's only mainland Australasian Gannet rookery and much more. Max. 8 walkers. This walk fits nicely into the April 2021 school hols: We might fly into Avalon Airport and get transport to Portland (cost TBA). possibly 3 food 'drops' and gas collection half way point at Nelson where we might have a rest day. Joint walk with SBW and UBMBC. For more details Contact leader. Map: The Great South West Walk Joint walk with SBW and Upper Blueys. Map: The Great South West Walk
Wed
7 Apr

CYCLE 
Medium pace
38km
335m total climbs
Hills District
Hills Showground Metro Stn Circuit via Hills District: Hills Showground Metro - Baulkham Hills - Bella Vista - Kellyville - Beaumont Hills - Rouse Hill - Kellyville North - Hills Showground. On shared paths / cycleways / quiet streets. This will be a leisurely cycle with plenty of stops. Suitable for all bike types. (One steep hill / Lots of short hills). Map: Castle Hill
Wed
7 Apr

Grade 2 
Unhurried pace
8km
80m total climbs
Lane Cove NP
Pennant Hills to Epping: Pennant Hills Station to Epping Station via Pennant Hills Park, Devlins Ck, GNW, Brown’s Waterhole and Terry’s Ck. All on track and shaded. A lovely section of bushland showing just how good suburban walking can be. This walk will be at a slow pace and may finish earlier. Map: Step map/suburban directory
Thu
8 Apr

Grade 3 M
Medium pace
19km
550m total climbs
Lane Cove NP
Marie Byles Commemorative Walk Stage 1. Cheltenham to Lindfield: From Marie Byles’ former home & nature reserve, Ahimsa, Cheltenham to Paddy Pallin Reserve, Lindfield, this walk is the first stage in a series to commemorate club co-founder Marie Byles, starting on her birthday. Walk follows GNW & STEP track along Lane Cove River to Fullers Bridge, then Little Blue Gum Creek, Primula Oval, Paddy Pallin Reserve, Lindfield Station.   Map: STEP Walking Tracks of the Lane Cove Valley.
Sat
10 Apr

Grade 3 M
LTW
Medium pace
16km
480m total climbs
Royal NP
Otford to Figure of Eight Pools Circuit: The walk starts with a short climb at Otford Stn before entering the Royal NP. Mostly bush track and fire trail. Beautiful views along the coast. Side trip to the Figure of Eight Pools (low tide due at 1.30). Will require rock hopping. Map: Otford
Sat
10 Apr

Grade 3+ M
Medium pace
20.5km
420m total climbs
(New)
Lane Cove NP & Council Reserves
Chatswood to Waverton: Starting from Chatswood Station we'll take the Rail to River route to the Great North Walk and then through Fairyland and along the Lane Cove River to Boronia Park, Linley Point, Gore Creek Reserve & Waverton Station. 
Limited numbers. Joint walk with SBW. Map: Parramatta River
Sun
11 Apr
to
Wed
21 Apr
Grade 3 & 4 
LTW
Unhurried pace
16km
various climbs
The Grampians, Victoria
A variety walks in the Northern, Central and Southern Grampians: Wonderland Circuit, Mt Rosea Circuit Walk, Moora Moora Falls Walk, Fyans Creek to Mt William, Teddy Bear Gap Loop, Chimney Pots and The Fortress. Some walks have numerous steep sections mixed with gradual and flat routes, some are flat walks. This walk was previously listed for July 2020 and re-scheduled for 2021. Accommodation in cabins or camping in Halls Gap.  Joint walk with NPA. Map: Grampians NP tourist map.
Tue
13 Apr

Grade 4 M
LTW
Medium pace
21km
700m total climbs
Garigal NP
Marie Byles Commemorative Walk Stage 2. Lindfield to Seaforth Oval: Lindfield (Ibbitson Park), Swain Gardens, Seven Little Australians Park, Two Creeks Track to Roseville Bridge, Flat Rock Track (detour around Killarney Pt), Magazine Track, Natural Bridge, The Bluff, Bantry Bay, Seaforth Oval. Interesting mix of history/heritage & fascinating landscapes, with delightful views over Middle Harbour. Grade 4 dues to distance. Map: STEP Sheet 2 Roseville Bridge
Wed
14 Apr

CYCLE 
Medium pace
60km
flat
Cronulla
Tempe Stn to Kurnell: Tempe Stn - Brighton le Sands - Sans Souci (Captain Cook Bridge) - Taren Point - Cronulla - Kurnell - return to Tempe Stn. Cycle along mainly cycleways-cycle lanes with some road crossings. This will be a leisurely cycle with plenty of stops on mainly flat route. Suitable for all bike types. Map: Cronulla
Wed
14 Apr
Grade 3 M
LTW
Medium pace
15km
350m total climbs
Ku-ring-gai Chase NP
Sphinx to Bobbin Head loop: Sphinx to Bobbin Head via Sphinx & Warrimoo tracks, Rain Forest, Gibberagong track to Murrua Track, then return to Sphinx. Map: Hornsby
Fri
16 Apr

Grade 3 M
Medium pace
19km
600m total climbs
Manly Dam Reserve & Sydney Harbour NP
Marie Byles Commemorative Walk Stage 3. Seaforth Oval to Manly: Seaforth Oval, Bantry Reserve, Wildflower Walk, Heritage Walk to Dam Wall, Mermaid Pool, Nature Walk, Bantry Bay, Burnt Bridge Creek walkway, streets to Graham St stairway, Clontarf Beach, harbourside walk to Manly. Delightful wetlands, harbour views, plenty of heritage.  Map: Manly Dam Reserve, STEP
Sat
17 Apr

Grade 3 M
LTW
Medium pace
15km
350m total climbs
Ku-ring-gai Chase NP
Sphinx to Bobbin Head loop: Sphinx to Bobbin Head via Sphinx & Warrimoo tracks, Rain Forest, Gibberagong track to Murrua Track, then return to Sphinx. Map: Hornsby
Sat
17 Apr

Grade 4 M
Medium pace
21km
690m total climbs
(New)
Berowra Valley NP
Berowra to Hornsby: Beginning at Berowra Station, this walk will take the GNW to Crosslands, Galston Gorge and on to Hornsby Station via Hornsby Heights.
It’s a lengthy walk on fire trails, bush tracks and streets, but has some great views. Limited numbers. Joint walk with SBW. Map: Hornsby
Sat
17 Apr

Grade 5 M
Medium pace
6km
300m total climbs
Mugii Murum-ban SCA
Airly Turret and the Clifftops to the East: Find out why this area, part of the Gardens of Stone region, must be protected for future generations. Leave one vehicle at Airly Mountain and drive to Airly Gap. Climb towards Airly Turret, approaching it from the west, then explore the turret and its slots. Continue east through dissected terrain of pagodas and ravines until we join the road which will take us down to the first car. Scrambling and exposure. About 6 km.  Joint walk with SBW, NPA, UBMBC. Map: Glen Alice
Sun
18 Apr

CYCLE 
Medium pace
60km
flat
Cronulla
Tempe Stn to Kurnell: Tempe Stn - Brighton le Sands - Sans Souci (Captain Cook Bridge) - Taren Point - Cronulla - Kurnell - return to Tempe Stn. Cycle along mainly cycleways-cycle lanes with some road crossings. This will be a leisurely cycle with plenty of stops on mainly flat route. Suitable for all bike types. Map: Cronulla
Mon
19 Apr
OPENING DATE FOR WALK SUBMISSIONS FOR THE WINTER PROGRAM
(Jun 2021 - Aug 2021). Please submit your walks via the online form on The Bush Club website. Alternatively, submissions can be sent by letter to PO Box 207, Milsons Point, NSW 1565.
Mon
19 Apr

Grade 2 
Unhurried pace
10km
Minor climbs
Kings Cross and Darlinghurst
Hidden Sydney Part 4: An amble through some of Sydney’s historical and lesser-known attractions with a brief commentary and plenty of opportunity for participant input, cappuccinos and cakes. Our walk takes us through King’s Cross, Darlinghurst and Surry Hills. I can show you some hidden treasures among the chaos of Darlinghurst residential living and you will see where Juanita Nielson, and Henry Keck lived and the nightclubs of Abe Saffron and Big Jim Anderson.  Map: Sydney UBD
Mon
19 Apr
to
Fri
23 Apr
Grade 3 
Unhurried pace
16km
A number of ascents and descents
Central West NSW
Orange in the Autumn: This trip is an enjoyable series of walks in the beautiful Central West of NSW, first listed in Aug 2019. Due to the COVID lockdown in April 2020 the deposit for our accommodation was transferred to April 2021 and is not refundable. The walkers who had paid their deposit are keen to go in 2021. Anyone who pulls out of the present trip will not be replaced and the 2021 trip is still dependent on what COVID restrictions are in place at the time.  
Tue
20 Apr

Training 
LTW
Unhurried pace
4km
No major climbs
Lane Cove NP
Navigation Mapping Apps for i-Phone: A theoretical and practical course using the MapOut app on i-Phones (which uses Open Street Mapping). Suitable for beginners. This initial course will only be suitable for i-phone users. Pls download App before course. Course will cover following and recording existing tracks as well as recording your own tracks. Navigating to a destination, locating coordinates and use of topo maps. How to place and name waypoints.
Following theory, we will do a short walk around Lane Cove NP to demonstrate learned theory. We will also discuss limitations/risks of using digital navigation as a bush walker. Numbers strictly limited.   Map: MapOut App
Tue
20 Apr

Grade 2 
Unhurried pace
11km
No major climbs
Northern Beaches
Marie Byles Commemorative Walk Stage 4. Manly to Collaroy: Manly, Queenscliff with side trip to wormhole (no rock hopping), Freshwater, Curl Curl, Dee Why, Long Reef, Collaroy. Lower tide suits beach walking. Octogenarian friendly.  Map: Walking Coastal Sydney
Tue
20 Apr

Grade 3 M
Medium pace
16km
650m total climbs
Blue Mountains
Blaxland to Springwood:
Thu
22 Apr

Grade 3 M
Medium pace
17km
No major climbs
Northern Beaches & Reserves
Marie Byles Commemorative Walk Stage 5. Collaroy to Avalon: Collaroy, Narrabeen, Warriewood, Mona Vale, Newport, Crown of Newport Reserve, Bilgola and Avalon Beaches. Lower tide for beach walking, possible swim at the end of the walk.  Map: Walking Coastal Sydney
Sun
25 Apr

Grade 3 M
LTW
Medium pace
15km
450m total climbs
Blue Mountains NP
Springwood Circuit via Martins Lookout: Springwood Station - Sassafras Gully Track - Perch Ponds-Martins Lookout- Magdala Creek Track- Springwood Station. All on track - mostly lovely shaded walk. Map: Springwood
Mon
26 Apr

Grade 3 M
Medium pace
16.5km
150m total climbs
Narrabeen, Northern Beaches
Narrabeen circuit walk to Moon Rock: Circuit Narrabeen B1/Tram shed bus stop to Moon Rock via Deep creek & slippery dip fire trail. Limit 12.  Map: CMA Mona Vale & Hornsby
Tue
27 Apr

Grade 3 M
Medium pace
16km
650m total climbs
Blue Mountains
Blaxland to Springwood: Blaxland station - Pippas Pass - Glenbrook Creek - Bullant track - Lost World - Bunyan Lookout - Glenbrook Creek - Martins Lookout - Perch Ponds - Magdala Creek - Springwood station. There are a number of creek crossings which can be slippery and fairly steep climbs from Glenbrook Creek to "Bullant" Ridge and Glenbrook Creek to Martins Lookout.  This walk is at the "hard" end of the Grade 3 walks but it is all on track and there are no navigational challenges. Map: Springwood
Wed
28 Apr

Grade 3 M
LTW
Medium pace
14km
500m total climbs
Ku-ring-gai Chase NP
Cowan to Berowra: Explore Berowra Waters with great views & lookouts along the many ridge tops. There are a number of steep climbs on the route. This is a Grade 3 + walk with the climbs  Map: Cowan
Wed
28 Apr

CYCLE 
Medium pace
55km
flat
Cooks River
Sth Strathfield to San Souci (Captain Cook Bridge) Circuit: Sth Strathfield - Tempe - Brighton le Sands - Sans Souci (Captain Cook Bridge) - return to Sth Strathfield. Cycle along mainly cycleways-cycle lanes with some road crossings. This will be a leisurely cycle with plenty of stops on mainly flat route. Suitable for all bike types. Map: Strathfield
Thu
29 Apr

CLOSING DATE FOR WALK SUBMISSIONS FOR THE WINTER PROGRAM
(Jun 2021 - Aug 2021). Please submit your walks via the online form on The Bush Club website. Alternatively, submissions can be sent by letter to PO Box 207, Milsons Point, NSW 1565.
Thu
29 Apr

Grade 3 M
LTW
Unhurried pace
14km
790m total climbs
Blue Mountains NP
Linden to Hazelbrook: Lots of steep sections on this journey. Pools and Waterfalls to be visited along our route. Tracks and firetrails with stunning views of the numerous falls. Joint walk with NPA. Map: Katoomba
MAY
Sat
1 May

CYCLE 
Medium pace
62km
Flat
Sutherland Shire / Eastern Suburbs
Cronulla to Fox Studios: 62 km return, starting from Sharkies, Cronulla to Fox Studios and return. A flat and easy ride with mainly bike paths and bike lanes, some quiet roads. Lunch at Fox Studios Markets or BYO and a chance to look at the market stalls. Limited numbers, must contact leader. No helmet no go!  
Sat
1 May

Grade 3 M
LTW
Medium pace
14km
500m total climbs
Ku-ring-gai Chase NP
Cowan to Berowra: Explore Berowra Waters with great views & lookouts along the many ridge tops. There are a number of steep climbs on the route. This is a Grade 3 + walk with the climbs  Map: Cowan
Sat
1 May
to
Mon
3 May
Grade 4 M
Medium pace
35km
1600m total climbs
Kanangra-Boyd NP
Kanangra Walls to Hundred Man Cave & Compagnoni Pass: A Kanangra classic pack walk (I've been doing it for 23 years). From Kanangra Walls we'll head over a few hills to one of the best overhangs around, where we'll spend two nights. On the middle day we'll visit Thousand Man Cave and experience Compagnoni Pass and cross Ti Willa Plateau.On the Monday, return to the Walls. Plenty of scenery and a more open landscape in places after the 2019 fires. Limit 8. Joint walk with SBW. Map: Kanangra
Sun
2 May


Grade 3
Medium pace
13km
480m total climbs
Great North Walk Section 8
Wondabyne to Mooney Mooney: This section of the Great North Walk is from the Wondabyne Station to the Old Moony Mooney Bridge. There will be a car shuttle between Hawkesbury River Station and the Old Mooney Mooney Bridge (30 mins 26 km), and participants must come in a car with no more than the driver and 1 passenger. The walk will start at Wondabyne Station after a train ride from Hawkesbury River Station. Rough track, rocks and slippery sections, unfenced cliffs. Map: Great North Walk
Sun
2 May

Grade 3 M
LTW
Unhurried pace
10km
620m total climbs
Blue Mountains NP
Lawson to Wentworth Falls: Lots of steep sections along this route negotiating four valleys. Part of the old Bruces walk with creek crossings and eroded tracks in places. Joint walk with NPA. Map: Katoomba
Sun
2 May

CYCLE 
Medium pace
55km
flat
Cooks River
Sth Strathfield to San Souci (Captain Cook Bridge) Circuit: Sth Strathfield - Tempe - Brighton le Sands - Sans Souci (Captain Cook Bridge) - return to Sth Strathfield. Cycle along mainly cycleways-cycle lanes with some road crossings. This will be a leisurely cycle with plenty of stops on mainly flat route. Suitable for all bike types. Map: Strathfield
Mon
3 May

Grade 2 
Unhurried pace
9km
Minor climbs
Hidden Sydney Part 5
Kirribilli and Cremorne Point: A short walk from Circular Quay of no more than 2.5 hours duration (excluding stops). It is mostly street walking, but one that takes you through one of Sydney’s most interesting suburbs with spectacular views of our harbour along the way. We will see where May Gibbs once lived and where the Prime Minister and the Governor General occasionally live and where AISO had its headquarters and we will look for evidence of what this community was like before the Harbour Bridge came along.   Map: Sydney UBD
Tue
4 May

Grade 3 M
LTW
Unhurried pace
18km
600m total climbs
Blue Mountains NP
Warrimoo to Springwood: From Station follow roads to Florabella Pass. Continue and cross Glenbrook Creek and ascend the Bullant Track to meet St Helena fire trail. Visit Lost World and Bunyan lookouts prior to descending the Kings Link Track crossing Glenbrook Creek again. Ascend main track passing Perch Ponds, Martins and Magdala Falls to Springwood Station. Joint walk with NPA. Map: Springwood
Wed
5 May

Grade 3 M
Medium pace
18km
350m total climbs
Northern Beaches/Ku-ring-gai Chase NP
Marie Byles Commemorative Walk Stage 6. Avalon to Palm Beach: Avalon, Angophora Reserve, Clareville Beach, Bangalley, Whale Beach, Palm Beach and (optionally) Barrenjoey Head. Chance to visit the delightful Angophora Reserve on this penultimate walk in the series. Lower tide for beach walking  Map: Walking Coastal Sydney
Thu
6 May
Committee
Meeting
Bush Club Committee Meeting, 4:30pm, Thornton Room
Kirribilli Neighbourhood Centre, 16 Fitzroy St, Kirribilli
Tue
6 May

Grade 3 M
LTW
Unhurried pace
11km
400m total climbs
Upper Blue Mountains N.P.
Asgard Swamp and surrounds: A pleasant scenic walk to Asgard swamp, Thor Head, historic kiln and Asgard Lookout. Spectacular views throughout. Club cars required, leader will arrange transport from Blackheath Station. Joint walk with NPA. Map: Mount Wilson
Thu
6 May

Grade 4 M
Medium pace
10km
500m total climbs
Blue Mountains
Lawson to Wentworth Falls: Part of Bruces Walk. Will pass through Walkers Glen, Claire Glen, Podgers Glen and Burgess Glen visiting 3 shelter caves on the way. In Podgers Glen will head off-track in an attempt to find a way to Lawson Cave Falls that doesn't involve following the creek. Some short steep ascents and descents, creek crossings, bush tracks, with some narrow and slippery sections, short ladders and firetrail and street walking at the start and end. Limit 10.  Map: Katoomba
Sat
8 May

Grade 3 M
Medium pace
19km
375m total climbs
(New)
Garigal NP & Council Reserves
Lindfield to St Ives: Starting from Lindfield Station the walk will join the Two Creeks Track to Roseville Bridge, then to the Davidson Picnic area, the Lyrebird, Governor Phillip, Middle Harbour and Cascades tracks to St Ives.
A Middle Harbour walk with "a calming appeal" about it. Limited numbers.  Joint walk with SBW. Map: Parramatta River
Sat
8 May
to
Fri
14 May
Grade 3
Medium pace
various km
various climbs
Great North Walk Sections 9-16
Mooney Mooney to Newcastle: The Great North Walk is a 250 km walk from Sydney to Newcastle along bush tracks. The Sydney to Wondabyne walks were completed in 2019. Section 1 from Wondabyne is on 9 May 2021. Sections 2 to 8 will be continuous day walks from Saturday, 15 May to Friday, 21 May 2021 staying overnight en-route; glamping for 2 to 4 nights, possibly staying at a cabin site for 2 nights, in a pub/hotel for 2 nights and at a caravan park for 1 night. To start the walk, all walkers will assemble at Noonaweena glamping site by nightfall on Friday, 14 May for an early start on Saturday, 15 May. Car shuffles will be required for all sections and participants will need to come in a car with no more than 1 other participant. Daily walks range from 11 km to 20 km and the walk rating are 3 and 4. Rough track, steep, rough, rocky and slippery sections, fallen trees and unfenced cliffs. Joint walk with NPA. Map: Great North Walk
Tue
11 May

CYCLE 
Medium pace
35km
Flat
Cooks River
Secretive Canals of Cooks River: Cycle four tidal canals and one greenway and a network of creek-side cycling trails, unearthing some of Sydney's secretive canals that lead to the Cooks River. A site seeing tour, approximately 35 kms return. Starting and finishing at Wolli Creek Railway Station, returning approx. 3:30 pm. Bring water, sun screen, morning tea. Lunch at local Thai Restrauant in Newtown or BYO. Meeting 9:45 am for a 10:00 am start, must contact leader. Limited numbers. No helmet no go!
  
Wed
12 May

CYCLE 
Medium pace
54km
310m total climbs
Guidford
Guidford Stn Circuit via Prospect Reservoir: Guidford Stn - Prospect Reservoir - Fairfield - Canley Vale - Bankstown - Chipping Norton - Warwick Farm - Yennora - Guidford Stn. On shared paths / cycleways / quiet streets. This will be a leisurely cycle with plenty of stops. Suitable for all bike types. Map: Guidford
Sat
15 May

Grade 3 M
Medium pace
13km
700m total climbs
(New)
Blue Mountains
Pierces Pass to Victoria Falls: This one way walk starts at the picnic area off the Bells Line of Road, goes down Pierces Pass to the Grose River, follows the Grose River and Victoria Creek before climbing steeply up the escarpment to Mt Victoria. Lovely pools and waterfalls on the way out. The track is rough and eroded in places.  Map: Mt Wilson
Sat
15 May
to
Sat
22 May
Commercial trip 
Unhurried pace
average day: 10km
200m total climbs
Lord Howe Island
Calling for expression of interest: Lord Howe Island trip for bushwalkers with an interest in flora and fauna.The trip package includes flights, accommodation and meals and I will engage island expert Dr Ian Hutton to include lectures, guided bushwalks, a low tide reef walk, recognising endemic plants and bird watching. You can also enjoy your own walks, cycling, kayaking and snorkelling. Be quick as accommodations are filling up very fast on the island. Please contact Sally Ho for more information. As this is a commercial trip run by Lord Howe Island Nature Tours, the normal insurance arrangements of the Bush Club do not apply.  Map: Lord Howe Island
Sun
16 May

Grade 3 
Medium pace
18km
300m total climbs
Newcastle
Great North Walk Section 17: Warners Bay to Queens Wharf, Newcastle: This is the final section of the Great North Walk from Sydney to Newcastle.  Joint walk with NPA Map: Newcastle
Sun
16 May

Grade 3 M
LTW
Medium pace
20km
600m total climbs
Ku-ring-gai Chase NP
Berowra Loop: Berowra Stn - Waratah Bay - Mnt Kuring-gai Stn - Lyrebird Gully - Berowra  Map: Cowan
Mon
17 May

Grade 2 
Unhurried pace
14km
Minor climbs
Zoo to Middle Head and Return
Hidden Sydney Part 6: Ferry from Circular Quay to the Zoo. Explore the coast to Middle Head and discover some fascinating relics from our past. Wonderful views. Opportunity for coffee. A brief commentary along the way. Short cut return via some street walking. Return to Circular Quay via ferry.   Map: Sydney UBD
Wed
19 May

Grade 3 M
LTW
Medium pace
13km
100m total climbs
Northern Suburbs
Hornsby to Thornleigh via Cherrybrook: GNW to Fishponds, Benowie Track to the Jungo, Callicoma Track to Lakes of Cherrybrook then complete the loop to the Jungo, then to Thornleigh Railway.  Map: UBD
Sat
22 May

Grade 3 M
LTW
Medium pace
13km
350m total climbs
Berowra Regional Park
Hornsby to Thornleigh via Refuge Rock: Start from Hornsby Station. Some street walking to start of GNW track. Follow GNW track before descending to cross Berowra Creek and then climb to Refuge Rock. From here a mix of bush tracks and firetrails to the Jungo and back to Thornleigh Station. Map: Hornsby
Sat
22 May

Grade 4 M
Medium pace
21.8km
440m total climbs
(New)
Various Council Reserves & Lane Cove NP
Wollstonecraft to Macquarie Park: This will be a lengthy station to station walk, beginning at Wollstonecraft. We'll connect in to several reserves and walk via Linley Point to the GNW, Fairyland Track and the Riverside Walk to Macquarie Park.
An early start with limited numbers. Joint walk with SBW. Map: Parramatta River
Sat
22 May

Grade 5 M
Medium pace
10km
300m total climbs
Ben Bullen State Forest
Witches Watch, Hecates Cauldron and Tara Point: Park the vehicles at around GR 306 175 on the branch road off the Bicentennial National Trail. Follow the Great Dividing Range north to Gordian Knot and then to Witches Watch, a spectacular lookout above Hecates Cauldron. From here, descend into the Cauldron and explore it underneath the cliff lines and also above, amidst “the bubbles”. Visit the Tower of Hope and other attractions. Descend into the headwaters of Baal Bone Creek, cross the valley and climb up through Tara Slot onto Tara Point. More amazing views. From here, move up to the ridge and re-connect with the vehicles. Scrambling and exposure. About 10 km.  Joint walk with SBW, NPA, UBMBC. Map: Ben Bullen, Cullen Bullen
Mon
24 May

Grade 3 M
Medium pace
11km
470m total climbs
Blue Mountains NP
Pierces Pass to Blue Gum Forest Return: Pierces Pass to Blue Gum Forest return from Bells Line of Road. Easiest way to Blue Gum but still a solid climb out. One river crossing. Limit 12. No access by public transport.  Map: CMA Mt Wilson
Sat
29 May

Grade 3 M
Medium pace
13km
480m total climbs
Heathcote NP
Waterfall to Heathcote: Starting at Waterfall station, a short street walk will take us to the Bullawarring track and onto Kingfisher pool for morning tea. Then we'll continue on and take a side trip to Lake Eckersley, then back down to Battery Causeway, the Pipeline track, up the Friendly track and onto Heathcote station. Nice bush tracks and creeks plus steps and ups and downs.  Map: Port Hacking, Campbelltown, Appin
Sat
29 May
to
Mon
31 May
Grade 4 M
Medium pace
38km
1450m total climbs
Kanangra-Boyd NP
Uni Rover Trackhead to Hatchers Hollow & return: Starting from the Uni Rover Trackhead the walk will follow the Trail to Mt Savage, then head off-track to Sombre Dome and down to one of the best campsites you'll get on the Kowmung, Hatchers Hollow. On the middle day we'll explore up river. The return journey will be via Mt Doris, Mt Hopeless & Mt Misery. Joint walk with Sydney Bush Walkers. Group limit 8.  Map: Kanangra & Yerranderie.
Sun
30 May

Grade 3 M
LTW
Medium pace
19km
580m total climbs
Blackheath
Blackheath Circuit via Braeside Track to Govetts Leap / Evans Lookout & Grand Canyon: Blackheath Station to Braeside Track - Govetts Leap - Evans Lookout - Grand Canyon - return to Blackheath. Map: Blackheath
Mon
31 May

Grade 2 
Unhurried pace
10km
Minor climbs
Watsons Bay and Vaucluse
Hidden Sydney Part 7: An amble through some of Sydney’s historical and hidden attractions with a brief commentary along the way. Circular Quay to Watsons Bay, Hornby Lighthouse, Jacob’s Ladder, Macquarie Lighthouse, South Head Cemetery, Vaucluse Park and return back to Watsons Bay to catch either the 2.19 or 2.49pm ferry back to Circular Quay. I can promise you a day full of interesting history and some of Sydney’s most spectacular scenery.   Map: Sydney UBD
Mon
31 May
to
Tue
15 Jun
Grade 3 & 4
Medium pace
TBA km
TBA climbs
Victoria
Exploring some Victorian NPs: Expressions of interest sought for a trip of approx 3 weeks duration including travel. We will visit: (1) Wilsons Prom. Group cabin accommodation or camping. 4 full days walking. (2) Mornington Peninsula - 4 days walking and a couple of days to enjoy the Peninsula offerings (day trip to French Island, wineries, the famous Merrick general store, seeing where our former PM disappeared!, the outdoor spa etc). (3) Otways NP - 3 days walking.  
ADVANCE NOTICES
Sat
5 Jun
to
Sat
12 Jun
Commercial trip 
Unhurried pace
10km
200m total climbs
Lord Howe Island
Calling for expressions of interest - Lord Howe Island trip for bushwalkers with interest in flora and fauna. Group limit: 16. This trip is added due to popular demand for the May Trip which is now full. June is usually the best month for bushwalking on Lord Howe Island with very calm weather at 15-20 degree. The trip package includes flights, accommodation and meals. I will engage island expert Dr Ian Hutton to provide lectures, guided walks, a low tide reef walk, recognising endemic plants and bird watching. You can also enjoy your own walks, cycling, kayaking and snorkelling. As this is a commercial trip run by Lord Howe Island Nature Tours, the normal insurance arrangements with the Bush Club do not apply. Joint walk with SBW. Map: Lord Howe Island.
Wed
9 Jun
Grade 3 M
LTW
Unhurried pace
20km
600m total climbs
Royal NP
Stanwell Park to Waterfall: Follow a gradual descent from Stanwell Park Station. Ascend a steep track to Bald Hill, Stanwell Tops. Follow Coast Track to Burning Palms then ascend the Burgh Track to meet Bolo Ridge. Follow ridge sometimes on faint track to descend and meet Lady Carrington Drive. Follow Forest Island, Couranga and Uloola Tracks to Waterfall Station. Joint walk with NPA. Map: Otford, Appin
Sat
19 Jun
to
Sun
20 Jun
Grade 4 M
Medium pace
24km
1220m total climbs
Kanangra-Boyd NP
Colboyd Ridge-Stonehag Hill-Cambage Spire: This walk will begin from the Kanangra Road near Kanangra Walls and travel over the Marrilman Heath & Pindari Tops to Wallaby Pass, the Colboyd Ridge, Arabanoo Peak & Executioner Bluffs to camp at the Kowmung/Christys Creek junction. The return journey will be via Cambage Spire & Bullhead Mountain. Wild country with great views and some areas of exposure. Group limit 8. Joint walk with SBW. Map: Kanangra & Yerranderie
Sat
26 Jun

Grade 4 M
Medium pace
18.5km
650m total climbs
Brisbane Water NP
Wondabyne to Woy Woy: Starting from Wondabyne Station the walk route will be on fire trail and bush track to Woy Woy Road near Staples Lookout and then via a very rough pad (virtual off-track) down to Woy Woy Bay. From there, we'll cross the mangroves and head up the hill to Spion Kop. It will be necessary to negotiate a 5 metre escarpment via rope and D-rings. From Spion Kop we'll walk to Waterfall Creek, Koolewong Ridge and down to Woy Woy Station. There are great views on this walk. An early start with a limited group size. Joint walk with SBW. Map: Gunderman & Gosford
Sat
3 Jul

Grade 4 M
Medium pace
24km
750m total climbs
(New)
Brisbane Water NP
Woy Woy to Little Wobby: This is a big day out on fire trails and bush tracks. Starting from Woy Woy Station the walk will be via Parks Bay, Koolewong Ridge, Waterfall Creek, Woy Woy Bay, Woy Woy Road, Thommos Loop & Tank Creek. There are great views and the joy of a short descent via rope and D-rings. A very early start with a late afternoon ferry ride at the end. There might even be time for a quick, refreshing drink at the Brooklyn pub before rushing for the train. Limit 10 and only short breaks throughout.  Joint walk with SBW. Map: Gosford, Gunderman & Broken Bay
Sat
10 Jul
to
Mon
12 Jul
Grade 5 M
Medium pace
43km
2450m total climbs
(New)
Kanangra-Boyd NP
Gentles Pass: Beginning at Kanangra Walls, the walk route will involve a lengthy first day (19kms) to the Kowmung River via the Gingra Range, camping above the river weir. Day 2 will be to Dex Creek via Kowong Mountain and Gentles Pass, while the third day will be a return to the Walls. This is solid trip with much of the second day off-track and requiring thought about navigation. The views in this wilderness area are terrific. Group limit 6.  Joint walk with SBW. Map: Kanangra & Yerranderie
Fri
13 Aug
to
Sun
22 Aug
Commercial trip 
Medium pace
80km
7000m total climbs
The European Alps
Tour du Mont Blanc: Complete circuit of Mont Blanc, Europe's highest mountain. Passing through France, Italy and Switzerland. Day packs only. Luggage transfers each day. Typical daily walk: 15 km, ascent 900m, same descent, many steep alpine sections. All on track. Minimal scrambling. Medium pace. Highest altitude is 2660 metres. Commercial guided trip organised by the local Altitude Montblanc. Limited number of twin share rooms available, otherwise dorms. This is an overseas trip, so the normal insurance arrangements of the Bush Club do not apply. Participants to arrange own international air travel and travel insurance. Evidence of insurance must be provided to Altitude Montblanc. Meet afternoon of 13 August 2021 in Chamonix for departure the following morning. Cost. For twin share, about EUR 1300 / person, including meals and luggage transfers.. For dorms about EUR 1150. Joint walk with SBW.
  
Sun
22 Aug
to
Mon
31 Aug
2021
CYCLE
Medium pace
400km
70m total climbs
South East Queensland and Balllina
Cycling - Queensland and Northern NSW: We will cycle 2 rail trails in Queensland and 2 days cycling. Ballina we will cycle bike paths and quiet roads. The Brisbane Valley Rail Trail currently the longest rail trail in Australia 164ks. The BVRT winds its way up the Brisbane valley, traversing farmland, forests, picturesque country towns. The unsealed trail surface varies between well compacted to some short more challenging sections where it is rocky with stones and basalt rocks. The South Burnett Rail Trail is sealed and easy riding. Kingaroy to Murgon 44ks passes through farmland and forests. In Ballina we ride Ballina to Broadwater NP Distance 70 Km return moderate and Ballina to Lennox Head 30k return easy. Rides will be on bike paths and quiet country roads. A Commercial shuttle will be used one way on 3 days . The other days the rides are out and back. Rides will vary between 45ks and 60ks. Cars are required on most days to drive to the start of the ride. Accommodation will be in caravan parks. Mountain or Hybrid Bikes with suitable tyres as BVRT is unsealed. Helmets, hi viz jackets, bike bell please. Limit 10. Expressions of interest.  Map: BVRT Map, SBRT Map and google cycle maps
Sun
29 Aug
to
Sun
5 Sep
Grade 3 M
Medium pace
12km
800m total climbs
Andorra
Andorra Day walks: Andorra is a compact walking, duty-free shopping and tax haven paradise tucked in the central Pyrenees between France and Spain. Enjoy uncrowded tracks with panoramic views of an entire country. The central valley is developed, but the side valleys and hills where we will walk are pristine. The Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley is World Heritage listed. Our base will be the same hotel for the entire stay. Day packs only. Typical daily walk: 12 km, ascent 800m, same descent, some steep alpine sections. All on track. Minimal scrambling. Savour Catalan, French and Spanish cuisine. Duty-free drinks, shopping and discreet private banking services. Cost. About EUR 800 / person twin share, including meals, local transport and non-alcoholic drinks. Single supplement may be available. This is an overseas trip, so the normal insurance arrangements of The Bush Club do not apply. Participants to arrange own international air travel and travel insurance. Leader speaks Spanish and French, but not Catalan.
  
Sun
12 Sep
to
Sun
19 Sep
Grade 1 
Slow pace
8km
200m total climbs
Spain
Barcelona and surroundings Day walks: Spain's second city and the capital of Catalonia. Walks in the Gothic Quarter, Las Ramblas, Antonio Gaudi buildings, La Boqueria market, Montjuic castle Day trips to Montserrat monastery, Girona and Tarragona with walks there. Our base will be a hotel in Barcelona. No huts, no tents. Day packs only. Typical daily walk: 8 km, ascent 200m, same descent, slow pace, photo stops, coffee stops, cava stops. Cost. About EUR 800 / person twin share, including meals, local transport and non-alcoholic drinks. Single supplement may be available. This is an overseas trip, so the normal insurance arrangements of the Bush Club do not apply. Participants to arrange own international air travel and travel insurance. Leader speaks Spanish but not Catalan.  
Sat
2 Oct
to
Sun
17 Oct
CYCLE M
Medium pace
430km
Gradual climbs
Victoria
Victorian Rail Trails: A series of bike rides on a variety of Victorian Rail Trails. Trails are mostly compacted gravel and can be soft with rough sections, particularly after rain. No steep sections, all ascents are gradual, although can sometimes be several kilometres long. Mountain bikes or hybrid bikes (no road bikes) and a reasonable level of fitness and bike riding experience required. More information on www.railtrails.org.au and itinerary and trip notes from leader. Trip was previously listed for October 2020 and now re-scheduled foe 2021 Joint walk with NPA. Map: Victorian rail trail maps, various.
Tue
12 Oct
to
Wed
20 Oct

Commercial trip
Unhurried pace
average 18km
average 350m climbs
Flinders Ranges
Ikara - Flinders Ranges: This is a commercial fully catered trip for the Bush Club comprised of day walks, returning to Willow Springs for prepared meals and activities each night. Accommodation in Adelaide before and after the trip is included. I have engaged the services of Wes Moule (Tasmanian Wilderness trekking and food drops. He has extensive knowledge of the Flinders Ranges near where he grew up) and Nichole Anderson General Practitioner and consultant at Wilderness Medicine.  You can see details here:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1j6EDhQVLO_j62m_-raBtLtYYZoHQiSta/view?usp=drivesdk
As this is a commercial tour the normal insurance arrangements of The Bush Club do not apply. Map: Ikara-Flinders Ranges NP
Tue
1 Jun
for approx. 2 weeks
2022
Medium pace
220 - 240km
Max asc / desc 800m
COMMERCIAL TRIP
Ireland
Sheep's Head Way / Kerry Way: The walk starts in Bantry, Co. Cork on the south coast of Ireland with four days guided walking on the Sheep's Head Way. The walk transfers west to Killarney on the Ring of Kerry for eight / nine days self-guided walking on the Kerry Way. Accommodation / Evening Meal / Packed Lunch / Luggage Transfer / Bus Transfer will be included. This is an overseas commercial walk (run by Celtic Nature Tours), so the insurance arrangements of the Bush Club do not apply. Participants to arrange own air flights and travel insurance. Map: Cork and Kerry
DateGradeRoute and Description
MARCH
Wed
3 Mar

Grade 2 
Unhurried pace
11km
100m total climbs
(New)
Lane Cove N.P.
Gordon to North Ryde: From Gordon Station short street walk to Blackbutt Creek Track. Crossing Lady Game Drive and follow the pipeline down to the Lane Cove River. Follow GNW south to Fullers Bridge. A brief morning tea and then lunch at the picnic area (water taps and toilets). After which we will make a small climb up and join the Fairyland Track to the business park and North Ryde Station. Mostly shaded walk along fire trial and defined track. Slippery if raining. Short street walks each end.   Map: STEP Walking Tracks of the Lane Cove Valley Sheet 1
Wed
3 Mar

Grade 2 
Unhurried pace
12km
100m total climbs
(New)
Ku-ring-gai NP
Nature Walk # 41. Topham and Bairne Tracks: Out-and-back on two ridge-top fire trails with morning tea and lunch overlooking Cowan Creek and Pittwater. Enjoy the wildflowers and get some exercise on an straight-forward and educational walk. Two short loose climbs. LIMIT 12.   Map: Broken Bay
Wed
3 Mar

Grade 4 M
Medium pace
16km
600m total climbs
(New)
Royal National Park
Stanwell Park to Austinmer: Starting from Stanwell Park Station walk along the Wodi Wodi Track, Forest Path along the escarpment with beautiful ocean views on the left to Sublime Point Lookout (and coffee if you wish) and down the ladders to Austinmer Station. Walk maybe cancelled if very hot weather is forecast. Steep and slippery sections, eroded and possibly muddy track, creek crossings and down many ladders. Joint walk with NPA. 
Wed
3 Mar

Grade 3 
Medium pace
20km
100m total climbs
(New)
South Coast (Illawarra)
Austinmer to Wollongong: Austinmer Station – Thirroul Beach – Sandon Point – Bulli Beach – Bellambi Beach – Corrimal Beach – Bellambi Beach – Corrimal Beach – Towradgi Beach – North Wollongong Railway Station.
This walk is taken from Robert Carter’s marvellous Barrenjoey to Gerringong coastal series of walks. I have put it on again for those unable to make that 2 Feb walk or those wanting a taste of south coast beach walking. The walk includes offers beautiful coastal views and includes a mix of beach walking, rock platforms, sea pools, coastal bushland and some street walking. A low morning tide may offer some opportunity to explore rock platforms safely, depending on wind and wave conditions. This walk is exploratory – we detour around the Towradgi Arm crossing as Council has now demolished the bridge, which will be re-built.
Public transport at both ends. Walk is exploratory for the Leader. Joint walk with SBW. Map: Bulli, Wollongong
Wed
3 Mar

CYCLE 
Medium pace
40km
210m total climbs
Parramatta River
Westmead to Olympic Park Circuit: Parramatta Park - Rydalmere Bridge - Meadowbank - Sydney Olympic Park - Rydalmere Bridge - Return to Parramatta Park. Lovely cycle along the Parramatta River on mainly cycleways-cycle lanes. This will be a leisurely cycle with plenty of stops on mainly flat route. Suitable for all bike types. Map: Parramatta River
Thu
4 Mar
Committee
Meeting
Bush Club Committee Meeting, 4:30pm, Thornton Room
Kirribilli Neighbourhood Centre, 16 Fitzroy St, Kirribilli
Thu
4 Mar
to
Sat
6 Mar
Grade 4 M
LTW
Unhurried pace
40km
600m total climbs
Kosciuszko NP (Northern)
Mt Jagungal Wilderness: A 3 day packwalk and ascent of Mt Jagungal, “The Bushwalkers Mountain “, one of the biggies at over 2000m (2042m). Approx 40k from Round Mtn gate and return. A lovely shaded camp amongst the Snowgums near Derschkos hut and an asc. of Jagungal with daypacks only. Luxury!
Day 1 - Walk into camp
Day 2 - Climb Jagungal
Day 3 - Return to cars.  Map: Jagungal , Toolong Range
Fri
5 Mar

Grade 3 M
Medium pace
13km
500m total climbs
Brisbane Waters NP
Wondabyne to Pindar Cave and Waterfall return: The walk starts with a short steep climb from Wondabyne Station. The track undulates on the way to Pindar Cave and the Waterfall. Will return on the same track. Map: Gunderman, Gosford
Fri
5 Mar
to
Sat
6 Mar
Grade 4 M
LTW
Unhurried pace
18km
550m total climbs
(New)
Blue Mountains NP
Bell To Wollangambe Crater- 2 Day Pack Hike: Bell Railway Station-Centre of Universe Pagoda-Wallangambe River & Crater-Return Bell. Third attempt to have the hike go ahead, being thwarted by extremely wet weather on previous occasions! Classic relaxing hike venturing into pagoda country with great views- beautiful bushland. Flannel Flowers. Short side trips to explore some stunning pagoda rock formations-caves-rockpools. Great campsite beside the Wallangambe river. Suitable for pack hikers of all levels of experience. All on good tracks-some firetrail. 1 steep ascent approx' 200 metres.  Map: Wallangambe
Fri
5 Mar

Grade 5 M
Medium pace
12km
300m total climbs
(New)
Blue Mountains NP
Du Faurs Creek Canyon: A day of wading, swimming and liloing through Du Faurs Creek Canyon. Start and finish at Mount Wilson. Must be able to swim well. Wet suit recommended. Bring helmet and dry bags. A long-ish day. Joint walk with NPA. Map: Mount Wilson, Wollangambe
Sat
6 Mar

Grade 2 
Unhurried pace
12km
100m total climbs
(New)
Ku-ring-gai NP
Nature Walk # 42. Topham and Bairne Tracks: Out-and-back on two ridge-top fire trails with morning tea and lunch overlooking Cowan Creek and Pittwater. Enjoy the wildflowers and get some exercise on an straight-forward and educational walk. Two short loose climbs. LIMIT 12.   Map: Broken Bay
Sat
6 Mar

Grade 3 M
LTW
Medium pace
13km
350m total climbs
Berowra Regional Park
Hornsby to Thornleigh via Refuge Rock: Start from Hornsby Station. Some street walking to start of GNW track. Follow GNW track before descending to cross Berowra Creek and then climb to Refuge Rock. From here a mix of bush tracks and firetrails to the Jungo and back to Thornleigh Station. Map: Hornsby
Sun
7 Mar

Grade 2 & 3 
Unhurried pace
Various locations
Clean up Australia Day: Last year, the Club had five volunteer groups in areas such as Berowra, the Royal, Blue Mountains, Kuringai, Lane Cove lead by Adrian Jones, Bob Taffel, Michelle Smithson, Mike Pickles and myself. This year I will be away with the Club in Jindabyne so I am only able to assist with some organising. It would be nice to see some other members putting up their hands to do their bit in getting a group together. Please contact Kaye Birch as soon as you can so that she can get the ball rolling.  Map: various
Sun
7 Mar

Grade 2 
Unhurried pace
8km
300m total climbs
(New)
Garigal NP
Clean Up Australia Day Group 1: Killara Circuit : Barrie St lookout, old water board tracks to Truscott Place, Koola Park, then Rocky Creek firetrail, Middle Harbour Creek track to Casuarina Track to Barrie St Lookout. At the start we will move the bulky debris below lookout to the street for council pickup, then collect smaller items during the circuit. Expect plenty of items below Koola Park. Bring garden gloves. Map: STEP
Sun
7 Mar

Grade 2 
Unhurried pace
6km
Flat
(New)
Eastern Suburbs Coastal Beaches
Clean Up Australia Day walk - Coogee beach to Maroubra beach: This is an easy walk on coastal path, rock platforms, green spaces and coastal bush to pick up litter, which will be paper, plastic containers and cigarette ends, mostly. There will be an opportunity to swim at the end if it is a warm day. Come and enjoy the beautiful coastal views while giving back to the local community. This walk has been registered with "Clean Up Australia" and I will be provided with bin bags and gloves for those walkers who assist on the day.   Map: Coastal Walkway Randwick Council NSW
Sun
7 Mar

Grade 4 M
Fast pace
25km
1200m total climbs
(New)
Ku-ring-gai Chase NP
Brooklyn to Berowra: Two lovely sections of the Great North Walk at a good and steady pace: crunchy ascents (no more than 200m apiece, cumulative 1200m) and long enough to stretch the legs (25km). Good track last time I looked - steep & rocky in places with D-rings, bits of firetrail, creek crossings. Water available at Cowan and Berowra Waters. Joint walk with SBW. Map: Cowan
Sun
7 Mar
to
Sun
14 Mar

Mixed Grades
LTW
Medium pace
Various kms
Various climbs
Kosciuszko NP
Mt Kosciuszko & The High Country: Our annual visit to the high country for various grade walks. Staying at a comfortable ski lodge in Jindabyne, where we have equal access to the Thredbo and Perisher Valleys. Preference given to members willing to contribute walks.  Map: Kosciuszko Tourist plus various topos.
Tue
9 Mar

CYCLE
Medium pace
50km
Undulating
Cycle M7, starting at Casula
Cycle Casula to Rooty Hill return: Cycle Casula to Rooty Hill return, cycle path all the way. Lunch at Rooty Hill Pub (Lone Pine Tavern). An enjoyable ride with some hills. Bring water and sun cream. Please Contact leader: meeting at 9.45 am for 10.00 am start. Meet at Cutler VC rest area, Ash Road, Prestons. No helmet - no go!  Joint walk with NPA, Sutherland, BUG. Map: M7 Casula, Rooty Hill
Tue
9 Mar

Grade 3 M
Medium pace
14km
150m total climbs
(New)
Lane Cove N.P.
Lane Cove River Circuit Walk: From North Ryde Station south to GNW via commercial park. Fairylands Track to Fullers Bridge into Lane Cove National Park. Lane Cove River circuit north to De Burghs Bridge along the east shore stopping near Blue Hole for a lunch break along the way. Afterwards we will trek along the west shore back to the caravan park and North Ryde Station. Defined track, No major ascents, a few ups and downs. One creek crossing. Slippery when raining.   Map: STEP Walking Tracks of the Lane Cove Valley Sheet 1
Tue
9 Mar

Grade 3 M
LTW
Unhurried pace
14km
400m total climbs
Garawarra State Conservation area. Royal NP
Helensburgh Short Circuit: Commence with a short climb from the Station followed with a long gradual descent on a variety of un-named tracks to the Hacking River. After a break, backtrack and follow the Hacking River Fire Trail and cross the Hacking River. Locate and follow the Red Cedar Circuit and return across the river. Ascend a short off track section and follow a variety of tracks back to the station. Hazards include river crossings, slippery conditions and cliff edges. Joint walk with NPA. Map: Appin/Otford
Tue
9 Mar

Grade 4 
Medium pace
14km
550m total climbs
(New)
Kuring-gai Chase NP
Cowan to Brooklyn via Porto Ridge: A nice walk along the Great North Walk starting from Cowan Station before heading off-track along a faint pad to the cairn atop Porto Ridge where we'll follow the ridge back to the GNW and then on to Brooklyn. A few of ups and downs including a 220m ascent at Jerusalem Bay, a bit of off-track and some fire trail walking towards Brooklyn. Joint walk with SBW.  Map: Cowan 1:25,000
Wed
10 Mar

Grade 3 
LTW
Unhurried pace
10km
120m total climbs
(New)
Lower Blue Mountains
Nature Walk # 43 Lower Grose River: An out-and-back walk starting on a ridge-top fire trail to a spectacular lookout with views over the lower Grose River. Then down into the valley on an old bridle track, wandering along the slopes in and out of steep dry creeks to the Grose River @ Burralow stream gauge. Back the same way to above a sandy beach for lunch and a swim. Plenty to see including the impact of floods in February 2020 and debris 11 m above the river. LIMIT 12.   Map: Kurrajong
Wed
10 Mar

Grade 4 M
Medium pace
17km
900m total climbs
(New)
Katoomba
Ruined Castle via Furber Steps: Starting at the old Katoomba Falls Kiosk, walk down Furber Steps to Federal Pass and then passing Scenic Railway to Ruin Castle Track and Ruined Castle (possibly do the full circuit) and return the same way. Will change the walk if the Golden Stairs is open by then. Cars required for car shuffle. Walk maybe cancelled if very hot weather is forecast. Steep and slippery sections, some sections of eroded track, many steps, creek crossings. Joint walk with NPA. 
Wed
10 Mar

CYCLE 
Medium pace
55km
Flat
Cooks River
Sth Strathfield to San Souci (Captain Cook Bridge) Circuit: Sth Strathfield - Tempe - Brighton le Sands - Sans Souci (Captain Cook Bridge) - return to Sth Strathfield. Cycle along mainly cycleways-cycle lanes with some road crossings. This will be a leisurely cycle with plenty of stops on mainly flat route. Suitable for all bike types. Map: Strathfield
Thu
11 Mar

Grade 3 M
LTW
Unhurried pace
13km
400m total climbs
Blue Mountains NP
South Lawson and Hazelbrook Waterfalls: From Lawson Station follow paths to pick up the South Lawson Waterfalls Circuit. (5 waterfalls). Follow tracks to the Hazelbrook circuit visiting more Waterfalls, cascades and pools. Finish with a walk along Terrace Falls Road to Hazelbrook Station, Joint walk with NPA. Map: Katoomba
Fri
12 Mar
to
Sat
13 Mar
Grade 4 M
LTW
Unhurried pace
32km
700m total climbs
(New)
Royal NP
Waterfall To Bundeena-2 Day Pack Hike: Waterfall-Couranga Track- Forest Path-Wallamurra Track-Curra- moors-Eagle Rock-Wattamolla-Marley- Bundeena. Combining some of best of hinterland and coast- Royal NP- to be enjoyed over two days at unhurried pace. Side trips to lesser visited waterfalls-rockpools-rock formations-rock overhangs. Stunning ocean views-beautiful mixed forest, heath, pristine bays, beaches  Map: Port Hacking-Otford
Sat
13 Mar

Grade 3 
Unhurried pace
11km
120m total climbs
(New)
Lower Blue Mountains
Nature Walk # 44 Lower Grose River: An out-and-back walk starting on a ridge-top fire trail to a spectacular lookout with views over the lower Grose River. Then down into the valley on an old bridle track, wandering along the slopes in and out of steep (dry) creeks to the Grose River @ Burralow stream gauge for lunch and an optional swim. Plenty to see: cicada wasps, Woody Pears with fruits and the impact of very high floods in February 2020. LIMIT 12.  Map: Kurrajong
Sat
13 Mar

Grade 3 M
Medium pace
14km
150m total climbs
(New)
Lance Cove N.P.
Huntleys Point Wharf to North Ryde: Ferry from Circular Quay or meet at Huntleys Point Wharf. Trek north via multiple reserves to Boronia Park joining the GNW. North to Epping Road Bridge. After crossing, take Riverside Walk, the pegs, to Fullers Bridge and Lane Cove Park. Small climb up to Fairylands Track then to North Ryde Station via commerce park. A nice walk with harbor, mangrove, bush, and river views and a large bat colony. Slippery when raining, minor traversing at the pegs. Multiple toilets and water taps along the way.  Map: STEP Walking Tracks of the Lane Cove Valley
Sat
13 Mar

Grade 5 M
Medium pace
10km
250m total climbs
Newnes State Forest and Blue Mountains National Park
Cerberus Canyon, Cerberus Falls and Hair of the Dog Ravine: Half of this walk is in an unprotected area of Newnes SF; the other half is in the Blue Mountains NP. The straight boundary line, drawn by politicians, makes no sense when it comes to natural beauty. See it for yourself! Park the vehicles at the locked gate at the end of Waratah Ridge Road. Walk into and down the Hair of the Dog Ravine at GR 493 038. After exiting the ravine, make our way west to Cerberus Creek and its canyon. Go through the canyon, visiting Cerberus Falls and exit at about GR 472 038. Walk on the road back to the cars. About 10 km. Joint walk with SBW, NPA, UBMBC. Map: Wollangambe, Rock Hill
Mon
15 Mar

Grade 2 
Unhurried pace
8km
Minor climbs
Sydney CBD and The Rocks
Hidden Sydney Part 2: An amble through some of Sydney’s historical and lesser-known attractions with a brief commentary and plenty of opportunity for participant input, cappuccinos and cakes. Find out why N.S.W.’s breast is exposed above the GPO and where the oldest bridge (not built by Aboriginal people) in Australia can be found. Discover a host of other irresistible and sometimes amusing trivia about our city.  Map: Sydney UBD
Tues
16 Mar

Grade 3 M
LTW
Medium pace
13km
100m total climbs
Northern Suburbs
Virtual Camino – St Johns to St James: As you can’t get to Spain now to walk the Camino Frances (even though it’s a Holy Year) you can virtually walk from St Jean Pied de Port (St John’s Church in Gordon) to Santiago de Compostela (St James Church in Turramurra). Enjoy the experience being led by a past peregrino with 3 Compostelas – and listen to a smattering of History. After visiting St John’s church in Gordon we’ll peregrinate along the Blackbutt Track to Lady Game Drive, then meet up with the GNW and head northwards to near Turramurra High School, continue on to the Comenarra Parkway then up to Mimosa Oval and through Sheldon Forest to Turramurra shops then along Eastern Road to King St and the church. Will the botafumerio be swung you may well ask ! Then back to the shops for optional refreshments.  Map: STEP.Walking Tracks of the Lane Cove Valley – Sheet 2.
Tue
16 Mar

Grade 4 
(due to distance)
Medium pace
25km
560m total climbs
(New)
South Coast
B2G13 - Minnamurra to Gerringong: Our final walk in the series and what a cracker of a walk to finish with and a great spot for our post-walk celebration ! A spectacular walk along the South Coast starting from Minnamurra Station – Kiama Downs – Bombo – Kiama – Kiama Heights – Gerringong Station with public transport at both ends. This walk provides a bit of everything with some beach and headland walking as we meander along the coast – definitely bring your camera ! Option to exit walk at Kiama for those seeking a shorter day. Joint walk with SBW. Map: Kiama Coast Walk Map
Wed
17 Mar
to
Mon
29 Mar
CYCLE
Medium pace
475km
undulating rail trails
South Australia
Cycling in South Australia - Wine Districts Adelaide and Victor Harbour: Cycling rail trails and shared bike paths in the Clare, Barossa and McLaren wine districts, Adelaide and Victor Harbor. Barossa Rail and Jack Borbidge Trails Part 1 - Gawler to Rowland Flat 40ks, Barossa Rail and Jack Borbidge Trails Part 2 - Rowland Flat to Angston and return 45ks, Rattler Trail - Riverton to Auburn 38ks, Reisling Trail - Auburn to Clare and return 50kms, Stuart O’Grady Trail - Gawler to Waterloo Corner 46ks, Rest Day, Parklands Trail Loop - West Beach to Adelaide Zoo and Parklands Trail Loop 42ks, River Torrens Linear Trail- Adelaide Zoo to Athelstone 48ks, Coast Park Path - North Haven to Glenelg 49ks, Coast to Vines Rail Trail Includes Shiraz Trail - Old Reynella to Willunga 56ks, Encounter Bikeway - Victor Harbor Bluff to Goolwa Beach 60ks. All rides are out and back on sealed rail trails and shared bike paths suitable for hybrid and road bikes. A rest day is included in the program. Accommodation will be in 3 caravan parks. We will need to drive to some rides. Helmets hi viz jackets and bike bell please. Limit 10.  Map: Various Rail Trail and bike path maps for South Australia
Wed
17 Mar

Grade 3 M
LTW
Unhurried pace
8km
450m total climbs
Illawarra Escarpment
Stanwell Park Circuit: Commencing at Stanwell Park Station follow the Wodi Wodi track with visits to the Viaduct and some exploration of Stanwell Creek. Continue with a visit to Mt, Mitchell and return to the station via Stanwell Park Beach. Joint walk with NPA. Map: Appin
Wed
17 Mar

Grade 3+
Unhurried pace
9km
250m total climbs
(New)
Ku-ring-gai Chase NP
Smiths Creek: From Gen San Martin Drive, we take the Smiths Crk East track to the creek which we follow, then ascend Smiths Crk West track, Perimeter Track, down Nerang Trck and return via Smiths Crk West track.  Tracks, FT, off-track. Volleys and gaiters are a good idea. The creek is lovely and shaded but infrequently walked so is vague in parts. Afterwards, if some are interested, we could include the Hungry Track not far from Smiths Creek walk. Higher end of Grade 3. Map: Hornsby
Fri
19 Mar

Grade 4 M
Medium pace
15km
650m total climbs
Berowra Valley NP
Hornsby - Pogson Trig - Refuge Rock - GNW - Hornsby: Hornsby to Pogson Trig via Fishponds and then travel 1km along Quarry Road, Dural to a firetrail before descending a very steep footpad to Pyes Creek. The ascent to Trevor Lane will be off-track. Stop at Refuge Rock before returning to Hornsby via GNW. A couple of steep and slippery descents and a number of creek crossings.   Map: Hornsby
Sat
20 Mar
to
Sat
27 Mar
Commercial 
Unhurried pace
various km
various climbs
Tasmania
South East Explorer Group 2: Varying day walks covering Freycinet (2 nights, 3 days) Maria Island (1 night, 2 days) and the Tasman Peninsula (3 nights, 3 days). Specially tailored for us as a non carry, day pack only. See brochure at
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1dtyaKwqjxXiVn-8SimcInlNJa4EpZB9V/view?usp=sharing
All transport is provided. There are only 10 position available per group and also considering covid-19 Policies apply. Map: South East Tasmania Peninsula. As this is a commercial tour run by Tasmanian Hikes, the normal Bush Club insurance does not apply
Sun
21 Mar
International Day of Forests
as proclaimed the by the United Nations General Assembly in 2012
If there is a walk through a forest that is special to you, why not organise to lead a walk on this day - whether you are a new or experienced leader. In addition to our own program, the walk will also be publicised on external websites to create further interest in our club and hopefully attract more prospective members.
Sun
21 Mar

Grade 4 M
LTW
Medium pace
10km
750m total climbs
(New)
Blue Mountains NP
Blue Gum Forest via Perry's Lookdown: Celebrate World Forest day with a visit to the iconic beautiful Blue Gum Forest. Perry's Lookdown-Blue Gum Forest-Little Blue Gum-Grose River-Acacia Flats-Return

Stunning views from Perry's Lookdown-Docker Head-steep descent into Grose Valley to Grose river. Some easy fun exploring along Govett's creek-Grose river. Side trip to The Little Blue Gum Forest.
Option for a swim in some beautiful rockpools.
Ascent to Perry's Lookdown (approx' 650 metres) requires good fitness-there will be plenty of breaks along the ascent to enjoy the views-scenery. Map: Mt Wilson
Sun
21 Mar
to
Sun
28 Mar
Grade 3 & 4
Medium pace
various km
various climbs
(New)
Kosciuszko NP
A week walking in the Snowies: Assortment of day walks mostly grade 3 - some grade 4. Walks will be planned each preceding evening and be dependent on the weather and people's ability. Map: Kosciuszko
Sun
21 Mar

Grade 3 M
LTW
Medium pace
17km
600m total climbs
Blue Mountains NP
Springwood to Blaxland via Martins Lookout & Lost World: Springwood Station - Magdala Gully - Perch Ponds - Martins Lookout - Bunyan Lookout Track - Lost World Lookout - Blaxland. Map: Springwood
Sun
21 Mar
to
Wed
24 Mar
Grade 3 M
LTW
Slow pace
20km
300m total climbs
Kosciuszko NP
Base Camp Cesjacks Hut: Drive to 1650 M, then undulating walk to Cesjacks Hut and base camp for 3 nights. The hut sits on a bench above the Doubtful River with Jagungal in the background. An off track undulating day walk to Spencer’s Peak should be a highlight. To be an easy unhurried 4 days in an alpine environment just above 1700meters.  Map: Jagungal, Nimmo Plain
Sun
21 Mar

Grade 4 M
LTW
Unhurried pace
14km
500m total climbs
Southern Royal NP.
Otford Double Loop: First loop. From Otford Station ascend to Otford Pie Shop. Follow track to Bald Hill and descend to Stanwell Park. Follow faint track and rocky shore line to Snake Gully. Ascend on narrow exposed ledges and slippery gully. Follow off track sections to the Bulgo area. Ascend to Pie shop. Second loop. Follow the coast track and descend to the Hell Hole, Werrong Beach. Ascend old faint track to Werrong Point Lookout. Return to Otford Station via the Coast Track with a visit to Split Rock Canyon. Strict limit of 12 members will apply. Joint walk with NPA. Map: Appin/Otford
Tue
23 Mar

Grade 4 
(due to distance)
Medium pace
23km
700m total climbs
(New)
Brisbane Waters NP
Wondabyne to Woy Woy: A nice walk through Brisbane Waters NP starting at Wondabyne Station and meandering through to Woy Woy however this time we will take a slightly longer route via Scopas Peak, Piles Creek and Kariong. Mostly bush track, management trail and a little road walking towards the end …. some ups and downs. Joint walk with SBW. Joint walk with SBW. Map: Gosford & Broken Bay 1:25,000
Wed
24 Mar

CYCLE 
Medium pace
50km
337m total climbs
Parramatta
Westmead Circuit via Meadow Bank, Olympic Park, M4 Cycleway: Westmead Stn - Rydalmere - Olympic Park - Lidcombe - Parramatta - Westmead. On shared paths / cycleways / quiet streets. This will be a leisurely cycle with plenty of stops. Suitable for all bike types  Map: Parramatta River
Wed
24 Mar

Grade 4 M
LTW
Unhurried pace
12km
550m total climbs
Illawarra escarpment
Scarborough to Stanwell Park: Follow paths along coast to the Sea Cliff Bridge. Descend on narrow exposed ledges and ladder to the base of the bridge. Follow route below the bridge and continue along paths to pick up the Wodi Wodi Track. Ascend to Mt Mitchell, return and follow tracks to Stanwell Park Station. Joint walk with NPA. Map: Bulli, Appin
Sun
28 Mar

Grade 4 M
LTW
Unhurried pace
18km
450m total climbs
Royal NP
Helensburgh Long Circuit (route 1) via Lilyvale and Red Cedar tracks: Commence with a short steep climb from the station followed with a descent on a variety of un-named tracks to the Hacking River. Cross the river and ascend on the Burgh Track to Garawarra Farm. Follow the Cliff Track and descend on the Lilyvale Track. Locate and follow the Karingal and Red Cedar tracks to again cross the Hacking River. Ascend a steep off track section and follow a variety of tracks back to the station. Joint walk with NPA. Map: Appin, Otford
Mon
29 Mar

Grade 2 
Unhurried pace
8km
Minor climbs
Lower Blue Mountains
Hidden Sydney Part 3: A shortened version of a popular Club walk taking in the Old Lapstone Tunnel, the Spurline and Lukersville Platform. Fascinating historical aspects, some street walking with a brief commentary, wonderful views, coffee and lunch in Glenbrook and early finish.   Map: Sydney UBD
Mon
29 Mar

Grade 3 
Medium pace
15km
120m total climbs
Narrabeen area
Narrabeen lagoon circuit plus explore Cromer Heights area: Meet Narrabeen B1/Tramshed bus stop. Walk to Narrabeen fitness centre. Climb above centre to morning tea rock, walk along ridge line to visit Aboriginal engravings near Cromer Heights. Return to lagoon trail for return to start. Limit 12.  Map: CMA Mona Vale
Tue
30 Mar

Grade 4 
(due to distance)
Medium pace
22km
800m total climbs
(New)
Berowra Valley RP
Hornsby to Berowra via GNW: A longish walk along the Great North Walk around edge of suburbia however far enough away not to be annoyed by the hustle and bustle of everyday life ! A relatively pretty walk with a few hills thrown in to bring us back to the reality of walking. Joint walk with SBW. Joint walk with SBW. Map: Cowan & Hornsby 1:25,000
APRIL
Thu
1 Apr
Committee
Meeting
Bush Club Committee Meeting, 4:30pm, Thornton Room
Kirribilli Neighbourhood Centre, 16 Fitzroy St, Kirribilli
Thu
1 Apr

Grade 3 M
LTW
Unhurried pace
18km
500m total climbs
Heathcote NP
Heathcote to Sutherland: Follow roads and tracks to the Pipeline Firetrail. Continue along the pipeline crossing Heathcote Rd. to locate a steep track descending and crossing the Woronora River. Follow a faint track along the river and ascend to the upper escarpment, Continue along the cliff edge on a good track with good views of the river. Descend the Pass of Sabugal, cross the river and continue along the Pipeline. Follow various trails and tracks to Sutherland. Lots of steep ups and downs. Joint walk with NPA. Map: Port Hacking, Campbelltown
Fri
2 Apr

Grade 3 M
LTW
Medium pace
16km
350m total climbs
Ku-ring-gai Chase NP
Wahroonga Station to Mt Ku-ring-gai Station via Bobbin Head and Apple Tree Bay: Some street walking at the start before joining the Gibberagong track to Bobbin Head. From Bobbin Head the walk takes us to Apple Tree Bay and on to the Mt Kuring-gai track. Lovely bushtrack with some firetrail walking. Map: Hornsby
Sat
3 Apr

Grade 4 M
Medium pace
21km
670m total climbs
(New)
Berowra Valley NP
Hornsby to Mt Kuring-gai: An Easter Saturday special starting from Hornsby Station, this walk will go via Hornsby Heights to Tunks Reserve,
Galston Gorge, Crosslands and Lyrebird Gully to Mount Kuring-gai.
Near the end there's the joy of the asphalt road.
An early start with limited numbers. Joint walk with SBW. Map: Hornsby
Sat
3 Apr
to
Sat
17 Apr
Grade 4 
Medium pace
252km
minor climbs
Portland, Victoria
The Great South West Walk : Pack Walk - This walk was supposed to take place last April but COVID-19 put a stop to it. I am going to try again this year: 3-17 April, 2021 (plus 2 days on either side for travel). The trip was full so preference is given to those who were ready to go last year. However, as circumstances change some may not be able to come along this year- hence, Expressions of Interests are sought. The Great South West Walk: Pack Walk over 14 days & 252km (plus 1 rest day- depending on whether we fly or drive to Portland)) that begins and ends in Portland, Victoria. This unforgettable experience winds around 3 NPs, hardwood forests, the pristine Glenelg River, the picturesque township of Nelson, aboriginal heritage sites, the mighty Southern Ocean and vast sand dunes, sandy bays and beaches, rugged cliffs, freshwater lakes, the Cape Nelson Lighthouse, the stunning Bridgewater Bay and amongst a diversity of natural fauna and flora including Blue and Southern Right Whales, a mainland Fur Seal colony and Australia's only mainland Australasian Gannet rookery and much more. Max. 8 walkers. This walk fits nicely into the April 2021 school hols: We might fly into Avalon Airport and get transport to Portland (cost TBA). possibly 3 food 'drops' and gas collection half way point at Nelson where we might have a rest day. Joint walk with SBW and UBMBC. For more details Contact leader. Map: The Great South West Walk Joint walk with SBW and Upper Blueys. Map: The Great South West Walk
Wed
7 Apr

CYCLE 
Medium pace
38km
335m total climbs
Hills District
Hills Showground Metro Stn Circuit via Hills District: Hills Showground Metro - Baulkham Hills - Bella Vista - Kellyville - Beaumont Hills - Rouse Hill - Kellyville North - Hills Showground. On shared paths / cycleways / quiet streets. This will be a leisurely cycle with plenty of stops. Suitable for all bike types. (One steep hill / Lots of short hills). Map: Castle Hill
Wed
7 Apr

Grade 2 
Unhurried pace
8km
80m total climbs
Lane Cove NP
Pennant Hills to Epping: Pennant Hills Station to Epping Station via Pennant Hills Park, Devlins Ck, GNW, Brown’s Waterhole and Terry’s Ck. All on track and shaded. A lovely section of bushland showing just how good suburban walking can be. This walk will be at a slow pace and may finish earlier. Map: Step map/suburban directory
Thu
8 Apr

Grade 3 M
Medium pace
19km
550m total climbs
Lane Cove NP
Marie Byles Commemorative Walk Stage 1. Cheltenham to Lindfield: From Marie Byles’ former home & nature reserve, Ahimsa, Cheltenham to Paddy Pallin Reserve, Lindfield, this walk is the first stage in a series to commemorate club co-founder Marie Byles, starting on her birthday. Walk follows GNW & STEP track along Lane Cove River to Fullers Bridge, then Little Blue Gum Creek, Primula Oval, Paddy Pallin Reserve, Lindfield Station.   Map: STEP Walking Tracks of the Lane Cove Valley.
Sat
10 Apr

Grade 3 M
LTW
Medium pace
16km
480m total climbs
Royal NP
Otford to Figure of Eight Pools Circuit: The walk starts with a short climb at Otford Stn before entering the Royal NP. Mostly bush track and fire trail. Beautiful views along the coast. Side trip to the Figure of Eight Pools (low tide due at 1.30). Will require rock hopping. Map: Otford
Sat
10 Apr

Grade 3+ M
Medium pace
20.5km
420m total climbs
(New)
Lane Cove NP & Council Reserves
Chatswood to Waverton: Starting from Chatswood Station we'll take the Rail to River route to the Great North Walk and then through Fairyland and along the Lane Cove River to Boronia Park, Linley Point, Gore Creek Reserve & Waverton Station. 
Limited numbers. Joint walk with SBW. Map: Parramatta River
Sun
11 Apr
to
Wed
21 Apr
Grade 3 & 4 
LTW
Unhurried pace
16km
various climbs
The Grampians, Victoria
A variety walks in the Northern, Central and Southern Grampians: Wonderland Circuit, Mt Rosea Circuit Walk, Moora Moora Falls Walk, Fyans Creek to Mt William, Teddy Bear Gap Loop, Chimney Pots and The Fortress. Some walks have numerous steep sections mixed with gradual and flat routes, some are flat walks. This walk was previously listed for July 2020 and re-scheduled for 2021. Accommodation in cabins or camping in Halls Gap.  Joint walk with NPA. Map: Grampians NP tourist map.
Tue
13 Apr

Grade 4 M
LTW
Medium pace
21km
700m total climbs
Garigal NP
Marie Byles Commemorative Walk Stage 2. Lindfield to Seaforth Oval: Lindfield (Ibbitson Park), Swain Gardens, Seven Little Australians Park, Two Creeks Track to Roseville Bridge, Flat Rock Track (detour around Killarney Pt), Magazine Track, Natural Bridge, The Bluff, Bantry Bay, Seaforth Oval. Interesting mix of history/heritage & fascinating landscapes, with delightful views over Middle Harbour. Grade 4 dues to distance. Map: STEP Sheet 2 Roseville Bridge
Wed
14 Apr

CYCLE 
Medium pace
60km
flat
Cronulla
Tempe Stn to Kurnell: Tempe Stn - Brighton le Sands - Sans Souci (Captain Cook Bridge) - Taren Point - Cronulla - Kurnell - return to Tempe Stn. Cycle along mainly cycleways-cycle lanes with some road crossings. This will be a leisurely cycle with plenty of stops on mainly flat route. Suitable for all bike types. Map: Cronulla
Wed
14 Apr
Grade 3 M
LTW
Medium pace
15km
350m total climbs
Ku-ring-gai Chase NP
Sphinx to Bobbin Head loop: Sphinx to Bobbin Head via Sphinx & Warrimoo tracks, Rain Forest, Gibberagong track to Murrua Track, then return to Sphinx. Map: Hornsby
Fri
16 Apr

Grade 3 M
Medium pace
19km
600m total climbs
Manly Dam Reserve & Sydney Harbour NP
Marie Byles Commemorative Walk Stage 3. Seaforth Oval to Manly: Seaforth Oval, Bantry Reserve, Wildflower Walk, Heritage Walk to Dam Wall, Mermaid Pool, Nature Walk, Bantry Bay, Burnt Bridge Creek walkway, streets to Graham St stairway, Clontarf Beach, harbourside walk to Manly. Delightful wetlands, harbour views, plenty of heritage.  Map: Manly Dam Reserve, STEP
Sat
17 Apr

Grade 3 M
LTW
Medium pace
15km
350m total climbs
Ku-ring-gai Chase NP
Sphinx to Bobbin Head loop: Sphinx to Bobbin Head via Sphinx & Warrimoo tracks, Rain Forest, Gibberagong track to Murrua Track, then return to Sphinx. Map: Hornsby
Sat
17 Apr

Grade 4 M
Medium pace
21km
690m total climbs
(New)
Berowra Valley NP
Berowra to Hornsby: Beginning at Berowra Station, this walk will take the GNW to Crosslands, Galston Gorge and on to Hornsby Station via Hornsby Heights.
It’s a lengthy walk on fire trails, bush tracks and streets, but has some great views. Limited numbers. Joint walk with SBW. Map: Hornsby
Sat
17 Apr

Grade 5 M
Medium pace
6km
300m total climbs
Mugii Murum-ban SCA
Airly Turret and the Clifftops to the East: Find out why this area, part of the Gardens of Stone region, must be protected for future generations. Leave one vehicle at Airly Mountain and drive to Airly Gap. Climb towards Airly Turret, approaching it from the west, then explore the turret and its slots. Continue east through dissected terrain of pagodas and ravines until we join the road which will take us down to the first car. Scrambling and exposure. About 6 km.  Joint walk with SBW, NPA, UBMBC. Map: Glen Alice
Sun
18 Apr

CYCLE 
Medium pace
60km
flat
Cronulla
Tempe Stn to Kurnell: Tempe Stn - Brighton le Sands - Sans Souci (Captain Cook Bridge) - Taren Point - Cronulla - Kurnell - return to Tempe Stn. Cycle along mainly cycleways-cycle lanes with some road crossings. This will be a leisurely cycle with plenty of stops on mainly flat route. Suitable for all bike types. Map: Cronulla
Mon
19 Apr
OPENING DATE FOR WALK SUBMISSIONS FOR THE WINTER PROGRAM
(Jun 2021 - Aug 2021). Please submit your walks via the online form on The Bush Club website. Alternatively, submissions can be sent by letter to PO Box 207, Milsons Point, NSW 1565.
Mon
19 Apr

Grade 2 
Unhurried pace
10km
Minor climbs
Kings Cross and Darlinghurst
Hidden Sydney Part 4: An amble through some of Sydney’s historical and lesser-known attractions with a brief commentary and plenty of opportunity for participant input, cappuccinos and cakes. Our walk takes us through King’s Cross, Darlinghurst and Surry Hills. I can show you some hidden treasures among the chaos of Darlinghurst residential living and you will see where Juanita Nielson, and Henry Keck lived and the nightclubs of Abe Saffron and Big Jim Anderson.  Map: Sydney UBD
Mon
19 Apr
to
Fri
23 Apr
Grade 3 
Unhurried pace
16km
A number of ascents and descents
Central West NSW
Orange in the Autumn: This trip is an enjoyable series of walks in the beautiful Central West of NSW, first listed in Aug 2019. Due to the COVID lockdown in April 2020 the deposit for our accommodation was transferred to April 2021 and is not refundable. The walkers who had paid their deposit are keen to go in 2021. Anyone who pulls out of the present trip will not be replaced and the 2021 trip is still dependent on what COVID restrictions are in place at the time.  
Tue
20 Apr

Training 
LTW
Unhurried pace
4km
No major climbs
Lane Cove NP
Navigation Mapping Apps for i-Phone: A theoretical and practical course using the MapOut app on i-Phones (which uses Open Street Mapping). Suitable for beginners. This initial course will only be suitable for i-phone users. Pls download App before course. Course will cover following and recording existing tracks as well as recording your own tracks. Navigating to a destination, locating coordinates and use of topo maps. How to place and name waypoints.
Following theory, we will do a short walk around Lane Cove NP to demonstrate learned theory. We will also discuss limitations/risks of using digital navigation as a bush walker. Numbers strictly limited.   Map: MapOut App
Tue
20 Apr

Grade 2 
Unhurried pace
11km
No major climbs
Northern Beaches
Marie Byles Commemorative Walk Stage 4. Manly to Collaroy: Manly, Queenscliff with side trip to wormhole (no rock hopping), Freshwater, Curl Curl, Dee Why, Long Reef, Collaroy. Lower tide suits beach walking. Octogenarian friendly.  Map: Walking Coastal Sydney
Tue
20 Apr

Grade 3 M
Medium pace
16km
650m total climbs
Blue Mountains
Blaxland to Springwood:
Thu
22 Apr

Grade 3 M
Medium pace
17km
No major climbs
Northern Beaches & Reserves
Marie Byles Commemorative Walk Stage 5. Collaroy to Avalon: Collaroy, Narrabeen, Warriewood, Mona Vale, Newport, Crown of Newport Reserve, Bilgola and Avalon Beaches. Lower tide for beach walking, possible swim at the end of the walk.  Map: Walking Coastal Sydney
Sun
25 Apr

Grade 3 M
LTW
Medium pace
15km
450m total climbs
Blue Mountains NP
Springwood Circuit via Martins Lookout: Springwood Station - Sassafras Gully Track - Perch Ponds-Martins Lookout- Magdala Creek Track- Springwood Station. All on track - mostly lovely shaded walk. Map: Springwood
Mon
26 Apr

Grade 3 M
Medium pace
16.5km
150m total climbs
Narrabeen, Northern Beaches
Narrabeen circuit walk to Moon Rock: Circuit Narrabeen B1/Tram shed bus stop to Moon Rock via Deep creek & slippery dip fire trail. Limit 12.  Map: CMA Mona Vale & Hornsby
Tue
27 Apr

Grade 3 M
Medium pace
16km
650m total climbs
Blue Mountains
Blaxland to Springwood: Blaxland station - Pippas Pass - Glenbrook Creek - Bullant track - Lost World - Bunyan Lookout - Glenbrook Creek - Martins Lookout - Perch Ponds - Magdala Creek - Springwood station. There are a number of creek crossings which can be slippery and fairly steep climbs from Glenbrook Creek to "Bullant" Ridge and Glenbrook Creek to Martins Lookout.  This walk is at the "hard" end of the Grade 3 walks but it is all on track and there are no navigational challenges. Map: Springwood
Wed
28 Apr

Grade 3 M
LTW
Medium pace
14km
500m total climbs
Ku-ring-gai Chase NP
Cowan to Berowra: Explore Berowra Waters with great views & lookouts along the many ridge tops. There are a number of steep climbs on the route. This is a Grade 3 + walk with the climbs  Map: Cowan
Wed
28 Apr

CYCLE 
Medium pace
55km
flat
Cooks River
Sth Strathfield to San Souci (Captain Cook Bridge) Circuit: Sth Strathfield - Tempe - Brighton le Sands - Sans Souci (Captain Cook Bridge) - return to Sth Strathfield. Cycle along mainly cycleways-cycle lanes with some road crossings. This will be a leisurely cycle with plenty of stops on mainly flat route. Suitable for all bike types. Map: Strathfield
Thu
29 Apr

CLOSING DATE FOR WALK SUBMISSIONS FOR THE WINTER PROGRAM
(Jun 2021 - Aug 2021). Please submit your walks via the online form on The Bush Club website. Alternatively, submissions can be sent by letter to PO Box 207, Milsons Point, NSW 1565.
Thu
29 Apr

Grade 3 M
LTW
Unhurried pace
14km
790m total climbs
Blue Mountains NP
Linden to Hazelbrook: Lots of steep sections on this journey. Pools and Waterfalls to be visited along our route. Tracks and firetrails with stunning views of the numerous falls. Joint walk with NPA. Map: Katoomba
MAY
Sat
1 May

CYCLE 
Medium pace
62km
Flat
Sutherland Shire / Eastern Suburbs
Cronulla to Fox Studios: 62 km return, starting from Sharkies, Cronulla to Fox Studios and return. A flat and easy ride with mainly bike paths and bike lanes, some quiet roads. Lunch at Fox Studios Markets or BYO and a chance to look at the market stalls. Limited numbers, must contact leader. No helmet no go!  
Sat
1 May

Grade 3 M
LTW
Medium pace
14km
500m total climbs
Ku-ring-gai Chase NP
Cowan to Berowra: Explore Berowra Waters with great views & lookouts along the many ridge tops. There are a number of steep climbs on the route. This is a Grade 3 + walk with the climbs  Map: Cowan
Sat
1 May
to
Mon
3 May
Grade 4 M
Medium pace
35km
1600m total climbs
Kanangra-Boyd NP
Kanangra Walls to Hundred Man Cave & Compagnoni Pass: A Kanangra classic pack walk (I've been doing it for 23 years). From Kanangra Walls we'll head over a few hills to one of the best overhangs around, where we'll spend two nights. On the middle day we'll visit Thousand Man Cave and experience Compagnoni Pass and cross Ti Willa Plateau.On the Monday, return to the Walls. Plenty of scenery and a more open landscape in places after the 2019 fires. Limit 8. Joint walk with SBW. Map: Kanangra
Sun
2 May


Grade 3
Medium pace
13km
480m total climbs
Great North Walk Section 8
Wondabyne to Mooney Mooney: This section of the Great North Walk is from the Wondabyne Station to the Old Moony Mooney Bridge. There will be a car shuttle between Hawkesbury River Station and the Old Mooney Mooney Bridge (30 mins 26 km), and participants must come in a car with no more than the driver and 1 passenger. The walk will start at Wondabyne Station after a train ride from Hawkesbury River Station. Rough track, rocks and slippery sections, unfenced cliffs. Map: Great North Walk
Sun
2 May

Grade 3 M
LTW
Unhurried pace
10km
620m total climbs
Blue Mountains NP
Lawson to Wentworth Falls: Lots of steep sections along this route negotiating four valleys. Part of the old Bruces walk with creek crossings and eroded tracks in places. Joint walk with NPA. Map: Katoomba
Sun
2 May

CYCLE 
Medium pace
55km
flat
Cooks River
Sth Strathfield to San Souci (Captain Cook Bridge) Circuit: Sth Strathfield - Tempe - Brighton le Sands - Sans Souci (Captain Cook Bridge) - return to Sth Strathfield. Cycle along mainly cycleways-cycle lanes with some road crossings. This will be a leisurely cycle with plenty of stops on mainly flat route. Suitable for all bike types. Map: Strathfield
Mon
3 May

Grade 2 
Unhurried pace
9km
Minor climbs
Hidden Sydney Part 5
Kirribilli and Cremorne Point: A short walk from Circular Quay of no more than 2.5 hours duration (excluding stops). It is mostly street walking, but one that takes you through one of Sydney’s most interesting suburbs with spectacular views of our harbour along the way. We will see where May Gibbs once lived and where the Prime Minister and the Governor General occasionally live and where AISO had its headquarters and we will look for evidence of what this community was like before the Harbour Bridge came along.   Map: Sydney UBD
Tue
4 May

Grade 3 M
LTW
Unhurried pace
18km
600m total climbs
Blue Mountains NP
Warrimoo to Springwood: From Station follow roads to Florabella Pass. Continue and cross Glenbrook Creek and ascend the Bullant Track to meet St Helena fire trail. Visit Lost World and Bunyan lookouts prior to descending the Kings Link Track crossing Glenbrook Creek again. Ascend main track passing Perch Ponds, Martins and Magdala Falls to Springwood Station. Joint walk with NPA. Map: Springwood
Wed
5 May

Grade 3 M
Medium pace
18km
350m total climbs
Northern Beaches/Ku-ring-gai Chase NP
Marie Byles Commemorative Walk Stage 6. Avalon to Palm Beach: Avalon, Angophora Reserve, Clareville Beach, Bangalley, Whale Beach, Palm Beach and (optionally) Barrenjoey Head. Chance to visit the delightful Angophora Reserve on this penultimate walk in the series. Lower tide for beach walking  Map: Walking Coastal Sydney
Thu
6 May
Committee
Meeting
Bush Club Committee Meeting, 4:30pm, Thornton Room
Kirribilli Neighbourhood Centre, 16 Fitzroy St, Kirribilli
Tue
6 May

Grade 3 M
LTW
Unhurried pace
11km
400m total climbs
Upper Blue Mountains N.P.
Asgard Swamp and surrounds: A pleasant scenic walk to Asgard swamp, Thor Head, historic kiln and Asgard Lookout. Spectacular views throughout. Club cars required, leader will arrange transport from Blackheath Station. Joint walk with NPA. Map: Mount Wilson
Thu
6 May

Grade 4 M
Medium pace
10km
500m total climbs
Blue Mountains
Lawson to Wentworth Falls: Part of Bruces Walk. Will pass through Walkers Glen, Claire Glen, Podgers Glen and Burgess Glen visiting 3 shelter caves on the way. In Podgers Glen will head off-track in an attempt to find a way to Lawson Cave Falls that doesn't involve following the creek. Some short steep ascents and descents, creek crossings, bush tracks, with some narrow and slippery sections, short ladders and firetrail and street walking at the start and end. Limit 10.  Map: Katoomba
Sat
8 May

Grade 3 M
Medium pace
19km
375m total climbs
(New)
Garigal NP & Council Reserves
Lindfield to St Ives: Starting from Lindfield Station the walk will join the Two Creeks Track to Roseville Bridge, then to the Davidson Picnic area, the Lyrebird, Governor Phillip, Middle Harbour and Cascades tracks to St Ives.
A Middle Harbour walk with "a calming appeal" about it. Limited numbers.  Joint walk with SBW. Map: Parramatta River
Sat
8 May
to
Fri
14 May
Grade 3
Medium pace
various km
various climbs
Great North Walk Sections 9-16
Mooney Mooney to Newcastle: The Great North Walk is a 250 km walk from Sydney to Newcastle along bush tracks. The Sydney to Wondabyne walks were completed in 2019. Section 1 from Wondabyne is on 9 May 2021. Sections 2 to 8 will be continuous day walks from Saturday, 15 May to Friday, 21 May 2021 staying overnight en-route; glamping for 2 to 4 nights, possibly staying at a cabin site for 2 nights, in a pub/hotel for 2 nights and at a caravan park for 1 night. To start the walk, all walkers will assemble at Noonaweena glamping site by nightfall on Friday, 14 May for an early start on Saturday, 15 May. Car shuffles will be required for all sections and participants will need to come in a car with no more than 1 other participant. Daily walks range from 11 km to 20 km and the walk rating are 3 and 4. Rough track, steep, rough, rocky and slippery sections, fallen trees and unfenced cliffs. Joint walk with NPA. Map: Great North Walk
Tue
11 May

CYCLE 
Medium pace
35km
Flat
Cooks River
Secretive Canals of Cooks River: Cycle four tidal canals and one greenway and a network of creek-side cycling trails, unearthing some of Sydney's secretive canals that lead to the Cooks River. A site seeing tour, approximately 35 kms return. Starting and finishing at Wolli Creek Railway Station, returning approx. 3:30 pm. Bring water, sun screen, morning tea. Lunch at local Thai Restrauant in Newtown or BYO. Meeting 9:45 am for a 10:00 am start, must contact leader. Limited numbers. No helmet no go!
  
Wed
12 May

CYCLE 
Medium pace
54km
310m total climbs
Guidford
Guidford Stn Circuit via Prospect Reservoir: Guidford Stn - Prospect Reservoir - Fairfield - Canley Vale - Bankstown - Chipping Norton - Warwick Farm - Yennora - Guidford Stn. On shared paths / cycleways / quiet streets. This will be a leisurely cycle with plenty of stops. Suitable for all bike types. Map: Guidford
Sat
15 May

Grade 3 M
Medium pace
13km
700m total climbs
(New)
Blue Mountains
Pierces Pass to Victoria Falls: This one way walk starts at the picnic area off the Bells Line of Road, goes down Pierces Pass to the Grose River, follows the Grose River and Victoria Creek before climbing steeply up the escarpment to Mt Victoria. Lovely pools and waterfalls on the way out. The track is rough and eroded in places.  Map: Mt Wilson
Sat
15 May
to
Sat
22 May
Commercial trip 
Unhurried pace
average day: 10km
200m total climbs
Lord Howe Island
Calling for expression of interest: Lord Howe Island trip for bushwalkers with an interest in flora and fauna.The trip package includes flights, accommodation and meals and I will engage island expert Dr Ian Hutton to include lectures, guided bushwalks, a low tide reef walk, recognising endemic plants and bird watching. You can also enjoy your own walks, cycling, kayaking and snorkelling. Be quick as accommodations are filling up very fast on the island. Please contact Sally Ho for more information. As this is a commercial trip run by Lord Howe Island Nature Tours, the normal insurance arrangements of the Bush Club do not apply.  Map: Lord Howe Island
Sun
16 May

Grade 3 
Medium pace
18km
300m total climbs
Newcastle
Great North Walk Section 17: Warners Bay to Queens Wharf, Newcastle: This is the final section of the Great North Walk from Sydney to Newcastle.  Joint walk with NPA Map: Newcastle
Sun
16 May

Grade 3 M
LTW
Medium pace
20km
600m total climbs
Ku-ring-gai Chase NP
Berowra Loop: Berowra Stn - Waratah Bay - Mnt Kuring-gai Stn - Lyrebird Gully - Berowra  Map: Cowan
Mon
17 May

Grade 2 
Unhurried pace
14km
Minor climbs
Zoo to Middle Head and Return
Hidden Sydney Part 6: Ferry from Circular Quay to the Zoo. Explore the coast to Middle Head and discover some fascinating relics from our past. Wonderful views. Opportunity for coffee. A brief commentary along the way. Short cut return via some street walking. Return to Circular Quay via ferry.   Map: Sydney UBD
Wed
19 May

Grade 3 M
LTW
Medium pace
13km
100m total climbs
Northern Suburbs
Hornsby to Thornleigh via Cherrybrook: GNW to Fishponds, Benowie Track to the Jungo, Callicoma Track to Lakes of Cherrybrook then complete the loop to the Jungo, then to Thornleigh Railway.  Map: UBD
Sat
22 May

Grade 3 M
LTW
Medium pace
13km
350m total climbs
Berowra Regional Park
Hornsby to Thornleigh via Refuge Rock: Start from Hornsby Station. Some street walking to start of GNW track. Follow GNW track before descending to cross Berowra Creek and then climb to Refuge Rock. From here a mix of bush tracks and firetrails to the Jungo and back to Thornleigh Station. Map: Hornsby
Sat
22 May

Grade 4 M
Medium pace
21.8km
440m total climbs
(New)
Various Council Reserves & Lane Cove NP
Wollstonecraft to Macquarie Park: This will be a lengthy station to station walk, beginning at Wollstonecraft. We'll connect in to several reserves and walk via Linley Point to the GNW, Fairyland Track and the Riverside Walk to Macquarie Park.
An early start with limited numbers. Joint walk with SBW. Map: Parramatta River
Sat
22 May

Grade 5 M
Medium pace
10km
300m total climbs
Ben Bullen State Forest
Witches Watch, Hecates Cauldron and Tara Point: Park the vehicles at around GR 306 175 on the branch road off the Bicentennial National Trail. Follow the Great Dividing Range north to Gordian Knot and then to Witches Watch, a spectacular lookout above Hecates Cauldron. From here, descend into the Cauldron and explore it underneath the cliff lines and also above, amidst “the bubbles”. Visit the Tower of Hope and other attractions. Descend into the headwaters of Baal Bone Creek, cross the valley and climb up through Tara Slot onto Tara Point. More amazing views. From here, move up to the ridge and re-connect with the vehicles. Scrambling and exposure. About 10 km.  Joint walk with SBW, NPA, UBMBC. Map: Ben Bullen, Cullen Bullen
Mon
24 May

Grade 3 M
Medium pace
11km
470m total climbs
Blue Mountains NP
Pierces Pass to Blue Gum Forest Return: Pierces Pass to Blue Gum Forest return from Bells Line of Road. Easiest way to Blue Gum but still a solid climb out. One river crossing. Limit 12. No access by public transport.  Map: CMA Mt Wilson
Sat
29 May

Grade 3 M
Medium pace
13km
480m total climbs
Heathcote NP
Waterfall to Heathcote: Starting at Waterfall station, a short street walk will take us to the Bullawarring track and onto Kingfisher pool for morning tea. Then we'll continue on and take a side trip to Lake Eckersley, then back down to Battery Causeway, the Pipeline track, up the Friendly track and onto Heathcote station. Nice bush tracks and creeks plus steps and ups and downs.  Map: Port Hacking, Campbelltown, Appin
Sat
29 May
to
Mon
31 May
Grade 4 M
Medium pace
38km
1450m total climbs
Kanangra-Boyd NP
Uni Rover Trackhead to Hatchers Hollow & return: Starting from the Uni Rover Trackhead the walk will follow the Trail to Mt Savage, then head off-track to Sombre Dome and down to one of the best campsites you'll get on the Kowmung, Hatchers Hollow. On the middle day we'll explore up river. The return journey will be via Mt Doris, Mt Hopeless & Mt Misery. Joint walk with Sydney Bush Walkers. Group limit 8.  Map: Kanangra & Yerranderie.
Sun
30 May

Grade 3 M
LTW
Medium pace
19km
580m total climbs
Blackheath
Blackheath Circuit via Braeside Track to Govetts Leap / Evans Lookout & Grand Canyon: Blackheath Station to Braeside Track - Govetts Leap - Evans Lookout - Grand Canyon - return to Blackheath. Map: Blackheath
Mon
31 May

Grade 2 
Unhurried pace
10km
Minor climbs
Watsons Bay and Vaucluse
Hidden Sydney Part 7: An amble through some of Sydney’s historical and hidden attractions with a brief commentary along the way. Circular Quay to Watsons Bay, Hornby Lighthouse, Jacob’s Ladder, Macquarie Lighthouse, South Head Cemetery, Vaucluse Park and return back to Watsons Bay to catch either the 2.19 or 2.49pm ferry back to Circular Quay. I can promise you a day full of interesting history and some of Sydney’s most spectacular scenery.   Map: Sydney UBD
Mon
31 May
to
Tue
15 Jun
Grade 3 & 4
Medium pace
TBA km
TBA climbs
Victoria
Exploring some Victorian NPs: Expressions of interest sought for a trip of approx 3 weeks duration including travel. We will visit: (1) Wilsons Prom. Group cabin accommodation or camping. 4 full days walking. (2) Mornington Peninsula - 4 days walking and a couple of days to enjoy the Peninsula offerings (day trip to French Island, wineries, the famous Merrick general store, seeing where our former PM disappeared!, the outdoor spa etc). (3) Otways NP - 3 days walking.  
ADVANCE NOTICES
Sat
5 Jun
to
Sat
12 Jun
Commercial trip 
Unhurried pace
10km
200m total climbs
Lord Howe Island
Calling for expressions of interest - Lord Howe Island trip for bushwalkers with interest in flora and fauna. Group limit: 16. This trip is added due to popular demand for the May Trip which is now full. June is usually the best month for bushwalking on Lord Howe Island with very calm weather at 15-20 degree. The trip package includes flights, accommodation and meals. I will engage island expert Dr Ian Hutton to provide lectures, guided walks, a low tide reef walk, recognising endemic plants and bird watching. You can also enjoy your own walks, cycling, kayaking and snorkelling. As this is a commercial trip run by Lord Howe Island Nature Tours, the normal insurance arrangements with the Bush Club do not apply. Joint walk with SBW. Map: Lord Howe Island.
Wed
9 Jun
Grade 3 M
LTW
Unhurried pace
20km
600m total climbs
Royal NP
Stanwell Park to Waterfall: Follow a gradual descent from Stanwell Park Station. Ascend a steep track to Bald Hill, Stanwell Tops. Follow Coast Track to Burning Palms then ascend the Burgh Track to meet Bolo Ridge. Follow ridge sometimes on faint track to descend and meet Lady Carrington Drive. Follow Forest Island, Couranga and Uloola Tracks to Waterfall Station. Joint walk with NPA. Map: Otford, Appin
Sat
19 Jun
to
Sun
20 Jun
Grade 4 M
Medium pace
24km
1220m total climbs
Kanangra-Boyd NP
Colboyd Ridge-Stonehag Hill-Cambage Spire: This walk will begin from the Kanangra Road near Kanangra Walls and travel over the Marrilman Heath & Pindari Tops to Wallaby Pass, the Colboyd Ridge, Arabanoo Peak & Executioner Bluffs to camp at the Kowmung/Christys Creek junction. The return journey will be via Cambage Spire & Bullhead Mountain. Wild country with great views and some areas of exposure. Group limit 8. Joint walk with SBW. Map: Kanangra & Yerranderie
Sat
26 Jun

Grade 4 M
Medium pace
18.5km
650m total climbs
Brisbane Water NP
Wondabyne to Woy Woy: Starting from Wondabyne Station the walk route will be on fire trail and bush track to Woy Woy Road near Staples Lookout and then via a very rough pad (virtual off-track) down to Woy Woy Bay. From there, we'll cross the mangroves and head up the hill to Spion Kop. It will be necessary to negotiate a 5 metre escarpment via rope and D-rings. From Spion Kop we'll walk to Waterfall Creek, Koolewong Ridge and down to Woy Woy Station. There are great views on this walk. An early start with a limited group size. Joint walk with SBW. Map: Gunderman & Gosford
Sat
3 Jul

Grade 4 M
Medium pace
24km
750m total climbs
(New)
Brisbane Water NP
Woy Woy to Little Wobby: This is a big day out on fire trails and bush tracks. Starting from Woy Woy Station the walk will be via Parks Bay, Koolewong Ridge, Waterfall Creek, Woy Woy Bay, Woy Woy Road, Thommos Loop & Tank Creek. There are great views and the joy of a short descent via rope and D-rings. A very early start with a late afternoon ferry ride at the end. There might even be time for a quick, refreshing drink at the Brooklyn pub before rushing for the train. Limit 10 and only short breaks throughout.  Joint walk with SBW. Map: Gosford, Gunderman & Broken Bay
Sat
10 Jul
to
Mon
12 Jul
Grade 5 M
Medium pace
43km
2450m total climbs
(New)
Kanangra-Boyd NP
Gentles Pass: Beginning at Kanangra Walls, the walk route will involve a lengthy first day (19kms) to the Kowmung River via the Gingra Range, camping above the river weir. Day 2 will be to Dex Creek via Kowong Mountain and Gentles Pass, while the third day will be a return to the Walls. This is solid trip with much of the second day off-track and requiring thought about navigation. The views in this wilderness area are terrific. Group limit 6.  Joint walk with SBW. Map: Kanangra & Yerranderie
Fri
13 Aug
to
Sun
22 Aug
Commercial trip 
Medium pace
80km
7000m total climbs
The European Alps
Tour du Mont Blanc: Complete circuit of Mont Blanc, Europe's highest mountain. Passing through France, Italy and Switzerland. Day packs only. Luggage transfers each day. Typical daily walk: 15 km, ascent 900m, same descent, many steep alpine sections. All on track. Minimal scrambling. Medium pace. Highest altitude is 2660 metres. Commercial guided trip organised by the local Altitude Montblanc. Limited number of twin share rooms available, otherwise dorms. This is an overseas trip, so the normal insurance arrangements of the Bush Club do not apply. Participants to arrange own international air travel and travel insurance. Evidence of insurance must be provided to Altitude Montblanc. Meet afternoon of 13 August 2021 in Chamonix for departure the following morning. Cost. For twin share, about EUR 1300 / person, including meals and luggage transfers.. For dorms about EUR 1150. Joint walk with SBW.
  
Sun
22 Aug
to
Mon
31 Aug
2021
CYCLE
Medium pace
400km
70m total climbs
South East Queensland and Balllina
Cycling - Queensland and Northern NSW: We will cycle 2 rail trails in Queensland and 2 days cycling. Ballina we will cycle bike paths and quiet roads. The Brisbane Valley Rail Trail currently the longest rail trail in Australia 164ks. The BVRT winds its way up the Brisbane valley, traversing farmland, forests, picturesque country towns. The unsealed trail surface varies between well compacted to some short more challenging sections where it is rocky with stones and basalt rocks. The South Burnett Rail Trail is sealed and easy riding. Kingaroy to Murgon 44ks passes through farmland and forests. In Ballina we ride Ballina to Broadwater NP Distance 70 Km return moderate and Ballina to Lennox Head 30k return easy. Rides will be on bike paths and quiet country roads. A Commercial shuttle will be used one way on 3 days . The other days the rides are out and back. Rides will vary between 45ks and 60ks. Cars are required on most days to drive to the start of the ride. Accommodation will be in caravan parks. Mountain or Hybrid Bikes with suitable tyres as BVRT is unsealed. Helmets, hi viz jackets, bike bell please. Limit 10. Expressions of interest.  Map: BVRT Map, SBRT Map and google cycle maps
Sun
29 Aug
to
Sun
5 Sep
Grade 3 M
Medium pace
12km
800m total climbs
Andorra
Andorra Day walks: Andorra is a compact walking, duty-free shopping and tax haven paradise tucked in the central Pyrenees between France and Spain. Enjoy uncrowded tracks with panoramic views of an entire country. The central valley is developed, but the side valleys and hills where we will walk are pristine. The Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley is World Heritage listed. Our base will be the same hotel for the entire stay. Day packs only. Typical daily walk: 12 km, ascent 800m, same descent, some steep alpine sections. All on track. Minimal scrambling. Savour Catalan, French and Spanish cuisine. Duty-free drinks, shopping and discreet private banking services. Cost. About EUR 800 / person twin share, including meals, local transport and non-alcoholic drinks. Single supplement may be available. This is an overseas trip, so the normal insurance arrangements of The Bush Club do not apply. Participants to arrange own international air travel and travel insurance. Leader speaks Spanish and French, but not Catalan.
  
Sun
12 Sep
to
Sun
19 Sep
Grade 1 
Slow pace
8km
200m total climbs
Spain
Barcelona and surroundings Day walks: Spain's second city and the capital of Catalonia. Walks in the Gothic Quarter, Las Ramblas, Antonio Gaudi buildings, La Boqueria market, Montjuic castle Day trips to Montserrat monastery, Girona and Tarragona with walks there. Our base will be a hotel in Barcelona. No huts, no tents. Day packs only. Typical daily walk: 8 km, ascent 200m, same descent, slow pace, photo stops, coffee stops, cava stops. Cost. About EUR 800 / person twin share, including meals, local transport and non-alcoholic drinks. Single supplement may be available. This is an overseas trip, so the normal insurance arrangements of the Bush Club do not apply. Participants to arrange own international air travel and travel insurance. Leader speaks Spanish but not Catalan.  
Sat
2 Oct
to
Sun
17 Oct
CYCLE M
Medium pace
430km
Gradual climbs
Victoria
Victorian Rail Trails: A series of bike rides on a variety of Victorian Rail Trails. Trails are mostly compacted gravel and can be soft with rough sections, particularly after rain. No steep sections, all ascents are gradual, although can sometimes be several kilometres long. Mountain bikes or hybrid bikes (no road bikes) and a reasonable level of fitness and bike riding experience required. More information on www.railtrails.org.au and itinerary and trip notes from leader. Trip was previously listed for October 2020 and now re-scheduled foe 2021 Joint walk with NPA. Map: Victorian rail trail maps, various.
Tue
12 Oct
to
Wed
20 Oct

Commercial trip
Unhurried pace
average 18km
average 350m climbs
Flinders Ranges
Ikara - Flinders Ranges: This is a commercial fully catered trip for the Bush Club comprised of day walks, returning to Willow Springs for prepared meals and activities each night. Accommodation in Adelaide before and after the trip is included. I have engaged the services of Wes Moule (Tasmanian Wilderness trekking and food drops. He has extensive knowledge of the Flinders Ranges near where he grew up) and Nichole Anderson General Practitioner and consultant at Wilderness Medicine.  You can see details here:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1j6EDhQVLO_j62m_-raBtLtYYZoHQiSta/view?usp=drivesdk
As this is a commercial tour the normal insurance arrangements of The Bush Club do not apply. Map: Ikara-Flinders Ranges NP
Tue
1 Jun
for approx. 2 weeks
2022
Medium pace
220 - 240km
Max asc / desc 800m
COMMERCIAL TRIP
Ireland
Sheep's Head Way / Kerry Way: The walk starts in Bantry, Co. Cork on the south coast of Ireland with four days guided walking on the Sheep's Head Way. The walk transfers west to Killarney on the Ring of Kerry for eight / nine days self-guided walking on the Kerry Way. Accommodation / Evening Meal / Packed Lunch / Luggage Transfer / Bus Transfer will be included. This is an overseas commercial walk (run by Celtic Nature Tours), so the insurance arrangements of the Bush Club do not apply. Participants to arrange own air flights and travel insurance. Map: Cork and Kerry