2010-14 Walks

Walks Held in 2013-14 (2010-11, 2011-12 & 2012-13 below)

Google Earth GPS files (kml/kmz) of walks heldWalks during 2010-11 – 27 held | Walks during 2011-12 – 21 held | Walks during 2012-13 – 22 held | Walks during 2013-14 – 23 held | Walks during 2014-15. Information on using these files and GPS file types etc here

Viewing Maps or Photos in Google Drive Updated Dec 2016. These map pictures are stored in both Google Drive & also Google Photos. These work slightly differently. When opened you should be able to download the map file as a jpg file to your PC, wherever you have downloads set to go according to your browser settings. This is probably the best way to view which you can usually do with any jpg viewer or even your browser. It will also give you the option to open with a range of viewers or a browser or just to download. The download option is actioned in the top right of the screen by clicking on the large down arrow with a line under it, just to the right of the Printer symbol. Click on this select either view on screen with your local View default (or select a new program to open it) or download to your default location. You could also Printer it but you will need to set up the printer correctly.
You can also view the map on the screen without a download, as is. If it is small you can zoom in using the Zoom In function on the bottom. Just click the big plus or minus on the bottom to zoom in or out. You will then probably want to move to the top of the map etc. Simply grab the map screen with your mouse and its left button and drag the map up, down, left or right.

Viewing Maps & Photos in Google Photos. OK you’ll notice the same map is usually also in the Google Photos Album at the end. Usually you can view that online or download. If seeing pictures in the album view on Google Photos which should be the starting point, you can select the small vertical dots in the middle of several options at the top right of the screen. Click on these dots which says “More options” and select Download All. This will download all pictures in that album. Obviously it might be better to view the album first and only download those pictures you want.
In individual picture view mode, you should be able to download the map file or photo as a jpg file to your PC, wherever you have downloads set to go according to your browser settings. The download option is actioned in the top right of the screen by clicking on the three vertical dots. Click on these which says “More options” and select Download. This is probably the best way to view which you can usually do with any jpg viewer or even your browser. It will give you the option to open with a range of viewers or a browser or just to download.
You can also view the map on the screen without a download, as is. If the map picture is full size when viewed on line there will be no zoom in option. If the picture is larger than the viewing mode on screen, you will see a small + in an eyeglass icon at top right to the left of the “i icon” & when selected it will open a small window at the top right with a zoom in line on its bottom. You can drag this line left & right to zoom in & out for the main picture. If you wish to move to the top or bottom of the map etc, simply grab the map screen with your mouse and its left button and drag the map up, down, left or right.
If you select the “i” icon at the top right it will open up an information window showing info added for that pictures which may include a text link that will allow you to see and/or download GPS, GPX files etc. You need to select the text & paste onto your browser window. Also it will show the date the photo was taken, its size in pixels, MegaBytes & what camera/phone was used. If you stay in the “i” mode you can move left or right to next photo & it will auto display any info
Captions. These are entered into the “i” view window when logged in. For viewing mode the caption can be seen in the “i” window or in normal viewing mode you can see the caption (if there is one) on the bottom of each photo. Moving between photos is as simple as selecting the arrow that appears on the left or right of each picture.
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Maps shown are either GPS Map View from Oziexplorer using OzRaster Maps with permission of © BKK Enterprises Pty Ltd, http://www.gpsoz.com.au for newer style maps or using the older TopoView Maps with permission of NSW Land and Property Management Authority for display

Walks That Have Been Held
Walk No Date Location Description Pictures, Maps
2014
93
19 Jun Thu 9.00AM start
Orroral Heritage Walk Namadgi & De Salis Cemetery 10 of us met at the Shed & left by 8.00AM & met one more at Tharwa by 8.50AM. We then took a trip along the Murrumbidgee shore to the De Salis Cemetery behind Outward Bound & near the junction with the Gudgenby River where 18 people from the 1800’s are buried. Spoke to a farmer on way back who has quite a collection of free range chooks close to the walking track. He protects them with an electric fence & two hardy Italian dogs. 2.9Km return, Easy, 1Hr. We then dropped most at the Orroral Campground & drove 3 cars to the Tracking Station & returned in a 4th car. We then walked along the Heritage Trail to the Tracking Station stopping to view historical sites along the way. The main site was the Orroral Homestead from the 1860’s, the Shearing Shed from the 1930’s & the site of the Gregory’s House from the 1950’s. At the tracking station we walked past the main dish site & some of us visited the 6m & 9m antennae sites. 6.9Km, Medium, 2.5 hrs including breaks (would have been 6km if we didn’t visit the Woolshed & extra antennae sites). We returned home by 3PM. Initially it was overcast & quite cool but warmed up along the open & sunny Orroral Valley. The valley is literally owned by kangaroos which are everywhere. On the way back we stopped at Tharwa for basic coffee at Val Jeffreys general store.Walkers: Bob Salmond, Brian Taylor, Colin Fitzpatrick, Don Gruber, Ian Cameron, John Marsh, Peter Hatfield, Ray Nelson, Richard Poon, Wally Kulesza, Greg Hutchison Drivers: Greg, Bob Salmond, Colin Fitzpatrick, Ian Cameron Google Photos | Map of De Salis walk | Map of Orroral Walk | Google Earth GPS file | Diana Tan’s notes | Wuth Walks notes | Dave’s notes on De Salis | Maremma Guardian Dog used by the egg farmer at Tharwa
92
5 Jun Thu 9.00AM start
Mt Majura via Majura Stone Wall 5 of us met at the Shed by 8.30AM and drive to parking spot on Antill St at the end of the houses 250m NE of junction with Fison St. We were met by one more there and start walking around 9.03AM and headed along base of Mt Majura to ascent past the Majura Stone wall. We then climbed to the top of Little Mt Majura and found the Cubbyhouse all gone. However we noted the extensive Kurrajong trees in this area and the nice walking dopwn to the road and up to Mt Majura. The radar was turned off as several men were working on the actual radar antenna. We returned via main ascent trail detouring to visit the dams. Medium-Hard, 9.5Km, 3.24 hrs. We finished at 12.19PM. We had coffee afterwards at Maccas EPIC and arrived home about 1.20PM. Walkers: Bob Salmond, Colin Fitzpatrick, Don Gruber, Ian Cameron, John Edge, Greg Hutchison Drivers: Greg, Bob Salmond, Colin Fitzpatrick Google Photos | Map of walk | Google Earth GPS file
91
22 May Thu 8.30AM start
Oakey Hill – Woden 6 of us met at the Shed and drove down parkway to Hindmarsh Drive, left into Launceston St, Lyons then left into Devonport St near shops, then at the top left into Derwent St where we parked. We were joined by one more & then walked up Reef Hill to view the Stone Circle, returning along Heysen St, then taking an open area down to the Flood Memorial along Melrose Drive near the big roundabout. We were amazed by the numbers of Kangaroos in large numbers in the Illoura Horse paddocks just north of Oakey Hill. We then cross a stormwater drain on a new bridge to the middle of Yarra Glen to view the Propeller art piece correctly titled “Dinornis Maximus 2008” by Phil Price. Its a 11m wind activated kinetic structure using a fully sealed rolling bearing system. It is supposed to be a combination of movement that provides flow and dance. Then we headed south across the large roundabout and under its south end but we were on the east side of the storm water drain path. We had to climb over one fence cross a bridge and then climb another small gate. Some of the graffiti along the channel is quite spectacular. We then past the Town Centre park & stopped at Woden Town Plaza for coffee at Gloria Jeans. Then it was back through Lyons shops to view the art piece “On The Road Again” & back over Oakey Hill to the cars by 12.30PM, Overall it took 4 hrs but this included about a total of 1 hours of breaks. 9.8Km, Medium, 3 hrs walking. Walkers: Bob Salmond, Brian Taylor, Colin Fitzpatrick, Ian Cameron, John Arundel, John Marsh, Greg Hutchison Drivers: Greg, Bob Salmond, Colin Fitzpatrick Google Photos | Map of walk | Google Earth GPS file | Dinornis Maximus | Gregs Other Pics of Stone Circle
90
8 May Thu 8.30AM start
Granite Tors – Namadgi 9 of us met at the Shed by 7.30AM and drive to Orroral Tracking Station car park. We then walked from about 9.00AM up the valley to the Orroral management Tk/Cotter Hut Road, crossed the management trail & followed the track markers to Granite Tors at the Geodetic dome. We returned to the Orroral Tracking station site by 12PM. It was Medium-Hard, 8.9Km return & included a 400m overall climb. There were some impressive granite boulders and great views. 2.5 hrs walking. It was 143Km return from Shed so we shared some car costs. On the way back we stopped at Maccas Lanyon marketplace for snacks and coffee and ice cream and reached home around 2PM. Walkers: Bob Salmond, Brian Taylor, Colin Fitzpatrick, Don Gruber, Ian Cameron, John Arundel, John Edge, Richard Poon, Greg Hutchison Drivers: Greg, Don Gruber Google Photos | Map of walk | Google Earth GPS file | TAMS Brochure
89
24 Apr Thu 8.30AM start
Aranda Bushland 8 of us met at the Shed and drove in 4 cars to Bindubi St where we were met by 3 more. We then walked from 8.40AM around Aranda Bushland between Old Weetangera Rd and Aranda suburb. There was some gentle climbing on footpads or MTB type trails. Medium, 5.2Km, 1 hr 30mins. We welcomed a new walker Paul Nelson from Bruce. We then had coffee and extras at the Southern Cross Club Jamison. Walkers: Drew McDonald, Bob Salmond, Don Grubber, Don Rowland, Harry Redfern, Ian Cameron, Jim Grenfell, John Marsh, Paul Nelson, Ted Tregillgas, Greg Hutchison Drivers: Greg, Don R, Ian, Paul, Harry, Ted & Drew (motor bike) Google Photos | Map of walk | Google Earth GPS file
27 Mar Thu
Granite Tors (Namadgi) To be rescheduled due to inclement weather
88
13 Mar Thu 7.30AM start
Red Hill South 7 of us met at the Shed then drove to Red Hill to park along Mugga Way and met 1 more there. We then walked from 8.40AM south along tracks & footpads to near Hindmarsh Drive. Then back along southern trig point & ridgeline to stone circle, Davidson Trig & some open country for coffee at Red Hill cafe. Here we met Jim Gralton who had cycled up to Red Hill from his home in Garran & other places on his mountain bike. He has been in several Great Victorian Bike Rides. He was sitting on the Terry Connolly memorial chair placed there in memory of Terry who passed away on 25 Sep 2007 after cycling to Red Hill. We then ambled down path to the south & back to cars. Medium, 6.5Km, 2.5 hrs. Walkers: Colin Fitzpatrick, Drew McDonald, Bob Salmond, Don Grubber, Harry Redfern, Ian Cameron, Richard Poon, Greg Hutchison Drivers: Greg, Bob, Harry & Drew (motor bike). Google Photos | Map of walk | Google Earth GPS file
87
27 Feb Thu 7.30AM start
Kama & Molonglo Nature Reserves 5 of us met at the Shed & joined 2 more at the start point along William Hovell Drive. At 7.30AM we walked down to Molonglo River pipeline track and then continued west for a Km or more before returning back past our initial point and returned up the eastern side of Kama NR. In the Molonglo section we noted sheep grazing to reduce fuel loads whilst in Kama spraying had occurred to reduce weed loads. Also TAMS had shot kangaroos last winter to save the grasslands. They have been doing at lot in Kama to reduce weeds & plant some trees but its clearly been a heavily grazed location in the past. With the three dams its a nice location for kangaroos & birdlife. Medium 8.9Km, 2.5 hrs. Walkers: Colin Fitzpatrick, Drew McDonald, Bob Salmond, Harry Redfern, Ian Cameron, John Edge, Greg Hutchison Drivers: Greg, Bob, Harry & Drew. Afterwards 6 of us retired to Maccas Kippax for coffeee & cake. For future access note CP is 2.1Km along Hovell Drive past Drake Brockman roundabout. It is a sharp turn to left onto dirt track. You then take the old stock underpass to the other side of the busy road Google Photos | Map of walk | Perspective map of area | Google Earth GPS file | CNP Map | Access Overview | Access detailed
86
13 Feb Thu 7.30AM start
Dunlop Grasslands 7 of us met at the Shed and drove our own cars to Toft St, Dunlop where we were met by one more. We started walking at 7.36AM and went around the western and northern edges of the Nature Reserve to the Osage Orange Tree which was not in fruit. Apparently the locals call the tree the brain tree as the Osage orange looks like a brain. We then went to the sites of the old Charnwood & Croajingalong homestead sites & then back along the eastern side along the road finishing at 9.55AM. The car park was on Toft St (off Kerrigan St, Lance Hill Ave & James Harrison St) Dunlop. Easy, 7.7Km, 2 hs 20m. Walkers: Colin Fitzpatrick, Drew McDonald, Bob Salmond, Ian Cameron, Mike Dwyer, Richard Poon, Terry Mether, Greg Hutchison Drivers: All, except Ian Google Photos | Map of walk | Perspective map of area | West Belconnen Pond OSM Google Earth GPS file | Charnwood & Crowajingalong Sites’ history | Ginninderra old district map | Mike’s Croa Song | Link to song sheet music
85

30 Jan Thurs

7.30AM start

Murrumbidgee River Sth Uriarra Crossing 3 of us met at the Shed by 7.00AM, then drove to Uriarra Crossing East side Picnic Area where we were met by 1 more. We then walked down a trail on east side of Murrumbidge until the trail stopped and returned along the same route. We noticed quite a lot of weeds along the route including the herb Dill and lots of Blackberries. Drew and Greg feasted quite well on the latter. John amused himself trying to tread on a brown snake as well as spotting a sleeping black snake. We later drove through numerous ‘shorts cuts’ in Weston to have morning tea at Maccas Weston. We finished the walk by 9.15AM and were home about 10.40AM. Easy-Medium, 6.8Km, 1hr 40m. Walkers: Drew McDonald, Harry Redfern, John Marsh Greg Hutchison Drivers: Harry & Drew Google Photos | Map of walk | Google Earth GPS File
84

16 Jan Thurs

7.30AM start

Little Black Mountain 5 of us met at the Shed by 7.15AM then drove down Belconnen Way & turned right at Dydandra St roundabout, & at Black Mountain School took Frith Rd right under Barry Drive to the end near the sub-station where we met 2 more. We walked from Frith Rd car park at 7.40AM up main ascent trail & then down around & over Little Black Mountain finishing about 9.20AM. 6 of us then retired to Ricardos at Jamison & consumed coffees, iced coffee, chocolate thick shake & a mixed iced fruit drink. This is an excellent place for cakes & patisseries. Easy-Medium, 5.2Km, 1hr 35m. Walkers: Bob Salmond, Colin Fitzpatrick, Drew McDonald, Harry Redfern, Ian Cameron, John Edge, Greg Hutchison Drivers: Bob, Colin, Greg & Drew Google Photos | Map of walk | Google Earth GPS File | Picture of The Quarry | ANU Dept pic sign
2013
83

19 Dec Thurs

8.30AM start

Black Mountain – Aranda Frost Hollow – Cork Oak Plantation 5 of us met at the Shed by 8AM, then drove to Car Park off William Hovell Drive which backs onto the GDE just before Glenloch Interchange where we were met by 2 more. Then at 8.30AM we walked under GDE into Black Mountain and up along Woodland Trail to the Old Weetangera Rd, back under GDE, then down through Aranda Frost Hollow area into the Cork Oak Plantation, then back to the car along the cycle path. Easy-Medium, 6.3Km, 2 hours. Then we adjourned to SC Club Jamison for milkshakes and ice cream. The weather was extremely warm with up to 35Mac predicted later. We only made it half way down the Oak Plantation. We also did manage to find two geocaches. Walkers: Bob Salmond, Drew McDonald, Harry Redfern, Ian Cameron, John Edge, John Marsh, Greg Hutchison Drivers: Bob, Harry, Greg & Drew Google Photos | Map of the walk | Google Earth GPS file
82

5 Dec Thurs

8.30AM start

Red Hill 6 of us met at the Shed & left just after 8AM and drove in 2 cars to the top of Red Hill where we were met by 2 more. At 8.40AM we then walked along footpads north & down to Deakin to the west, then around Red Hill to the north and back along eastern edge, then back up to Davidson Trig & along the ridgeline to the Red Hill Lookout again.On the way we looked at two Geocaches; Calthorpe House & Mostly Red. Along the way we looked at & were interested by the various newish signs outlining the natural aspects and history of Red Hill. For the last sprint back along the ridge to Red Hill we split into two but made the Redhill Lookout cafe without getting wet. Heavy rain fell soon after we made it to the cafe at about 11AM. Medium, 7.7Km, 2.5 hrs. Great views with a little climbing. Walkers: Bob Salmond, Colin Fitzpatrick, Drew McDonald, Harry Redfern, Ian Cameron, John Edge, Ray Nelson, Greg Hutchison Drivers: Bob, Harry, Ray & Drew Google Photos | Map of the walk | Google Earth GPS file | Lookout Redhill Cafe | OnRed Restaurant Note cafe open: Wed – Sun 9.30AM – 4.30PM (No nights) Restaurant open : Lunch: Friday – Dinner: Tues to Sat
81

21 Nov Thurs

9.00AM start

Canberra Centernary Trail – Hall to One Tree Hill Most of us met by 8.40AM at the Shed & drove in multiple vehicles to Hall where we were met by the rest by 9AM. We left outside Gumnut Café (cnr of Victoria and Gladstone Sts) & followed a section of the Hall circular walk to the ACTEW water tanks then the CCT to One Tree Hill & back via the School & main road past the Hall Premiere Store. The CCT is a new walking & cycling track with the last bit near One Tree Hill being a steep incline. Views are great & you can see all Gungahlin, Belconnen, Civic & even Woden towers. We finished with coffee at the Gumnut Cafe. Medium-Hard, 10.2Km, 3 hrs walking. As Drew brought up Geocaching it was fitting that he found one on One Tree Hill FireFinderII and Greg the other Perserverance. You can read about Geocaching here. Walkers: Barry Howe, Bob Eagers, Colin Fitzpatrick, Don Gruber, Drew McDonald, Harry Redfern, Jim Grenfell. John Edge, Ray Nelson, Richard Poon, Wally Kulesza, Greg Hutchison Drivers: all except John Edge & Bob Eagers. Greg hit his head on something at One Tree Hill and required Jim to patch his bleeding head with a monster bandage. Jim has reported his knee as playing up again. Harry left after half way and returned early as he had an appointment. We also could see the final link in Horse Park Drive being built around the north west edge of Gungahlin. Google Photos | Map of the walk | Google Earth GPS file
80

7 Nov Thurs

9.00AM start

Molonglo Gorge 7 of us met at the Shed by 8.30AM and drove in 2 cars via Limestone Ave, the airport, Pialligo Rd, to the Kowen Forest turnoff just north of Queanbeyan, & thence to the car park for the Molonglo Gorge walk. We were met by the 8th member Drew who drove his motor-bike. We started walking about 9.20AM and unfortunately on the way along the rocky & elevated track one of the guys became slightly effected by vertigo. He was assisted in returning by Don Gruber who volunteered as he has already done the walk. We continued onto the Blue Tiles picnic area for a rest & then returned taking the lower river option for the last 0.5 Km or so. This is a simple walk but its a narrow, rocky track, with various short sharp climbs & descents. It is technically a medium walk but is somewhat strenuous with the rock hoping and ups and downs encountered. Also some of the track is quite exposed with no protection on the downhill side into the gorge. Its quite odd that the lesser exposed sections are often protected with a solid metal guard rail. We were a little lucky & saw a Countrylink Explorer train traverse the gorge on its way Sydney to Canberra & as we returned to the cars it went past heading for Sydney on its return leg. Afterwards 5 of us went to Maccas at Queanbeyan for coffee & toasted sandwich specials. Medium-Hard, 7Km, Walking time 2.7 hrs Walkers: Colin Fitzpatrick, Don Gruber, Drew McDonald, Ian Cameron, John Edge, John Marsh, Richard Poon, Greg Hutchison Drivers: Ian Cameron, Colin Fitzpatrick, Drew McDonald (Motor-bike). Notes: Access was Pialligo Road past the airport, then turn left before Qbn & head towards Sutton. After about 1Km turn right into Kowen Forest. Its now a dirt road. Then after about another 500m turn right to the Molonglo Gorge picnic area. Then park near its end (its now bitumen again). Google Photos | Map of the walk | Map of the locale of the walk | Google Earth GPS file
79

24 Oct Thurs

9.00AM start

Mt Ainslie Quarries 8 of us met at the Shed by 8.30AM & drove in 2 cars to Mt Ainslie Drive near corner of Fairbairn Ave just past war Memorial. Here we met 2 more. From 9.10AM we walked up a fire trail, then through some open woodland & underneath a powerline until we met the Quarry Tk Loop (West) FT & then climbed it & the Kokoda FT. Then it was through a nice casuarina forest footpad to the main Quarry. We then took a MTB trail on steep climb onto the main Mt Ainslie track, which we took down to the Brigade Hill memorial location. Then it was another track around to the other Quarry. Here we were intrigued by an obvious drill hole showing on the face of the excavated rock & a piece of graffiti looking like a kangaroo with a diving helmet & a title nearby of “Two Shoes”. Then it was easy fire trails back to the car. It was medium walk, 5.4Km, 1.75 hrs walking. Afterwards we drove to the AWM cafe & had coffee & cake, except for Bob who had a special yoghurt & muesli concoction! Walkers: Blair Howden, Bob Salmond, Colin Fitzpatrick, Don Gruber, Drew McDonald, John Arundel, John Marsh, Ray Nelson, Wally Kulesza, Greg Hutchison Drivers: Bob Salmond, Blair Howden, Colin Fitzpatrick, Drew (motor bike) Google Photos | Map of the walk | Google Earth GPS file
78

10 Oct Thurs

9.00AM start

Mt Majura Dams Due to a forecast that caused a total fire ban, TAMS has closed most of the Reserves & Namadgi including Googong. Thus at the last minute we had to alter the day’s trip. So we chose Majura dams trip which was easy to plan & not too strenuous. 6 of us met at the Shed by 8.30AM and drove to Kellaway St, Hackett. We commenced walking about 8.55AM on footpads to the base of Mt Majura, then up tracks to the east visiting two dams. We then returned along the TSR Track on a ridgeline which afforded nice views over the Majura valley showing the new parkway construction as well as the airport, then down down some side paths and back to the car. 4 of us participated in toasted sangers or cakes & coffee at Maccas Dickson. Easy-Medium, 6.1Km, <2hrs. Walkers: Blair Howden, Bob Salmond, John Edge, John Marsh, Ray Nelson, Greg Hutchison Drivers: Ray Nelson & Greg Hutchison. Notes: The Upper Hackett Reservoir weas built in 1960s to provide water for Hackett, Dickson & Watson. To manage any overflow two earthen small dams were built, which these days are an important source of water for the local wildlife. The Friends of Majura received a Government grant in 2005 to enhance the degraded old ams and have worked to restore some of the degraded landscape so they can create a better wetland environment. This then is the little side valley that abuts the southern edges of Mt Majura and which make as nice environment to visit. The old and new metal reservoirs are still located up the hill to the east just near the boundary with the Majura Pines Google Photos | Map of the walk | Google Earth GPS file
77

26 Sep Thurs

9.00AM start

Kambah Pool – Murrumbidgee Lookout 6 of us met at the Shed by 8.35AM & were joined by 1 more at Kambah Pool where we started a walk north at 9.10AM to a Lookout & returned by 12PM. Nice walk along undulating terrain with some climbs & rocky track. Some good views of the Murrumbidgee & surrounding country. We unfortunately encountered strong winds & some showers. One member missed us at the turnoff to the Lookout & raced back to the cars thinking we were ahead. (We need to institute more care so that we don’t lose anyone & cause any undue distress). Ended with coffee & sandwiches at Maccas Weston. We should be bestowed honory membership of this place. Medium, 8.4Km, 2.5 hrs walking, 300m ascent and descent. We actually went past the lookout and if we didn’t it would have been a 7Km walk. Car Distance was about 61km return. Walkers: Bob Salmond, Colin Fitzpatrick, John Edge, John Marsh, Ray Nelson, Richard Poon, Greg Hutchison Drivers: Bob Salmond, Colin Fitzpatrick & Greg Hutchison Google Photos | Map of the walk | Google Earth GPS file | References: Stuart’s book walk No 28. Also “Walking Canberra’s Hills & Rivers”: Graeme Barrow, Walk 36
76

12 Sep Thurs

9.30AM start

Orroral Ridge – Legoland (Namadgi) 8 of us met by 8.35AM at the Shed and drove in two cars to the Collimation Tower Carpark 4.5Km west of Honeysuckle Ck camp ground. We then walked from about 9.55AM out to Tower Rocks Lkt and back & then out to Legoland & Trojan Walls along the Orroral Ridge. Great views of Orroral Valley & Legoland Caves. The walk is largely level with some care needed near cliffs & caves. We met some Outward bound group at the car park & again at the northern side of the Trojan Walls. Also another group was passed walking up the road from Honeysuckle Ck. After the walk which finished about 11.55PM we stopped at the old Honeysuckle Tracking station site for 10 mins & also had coffee & snacks at Maccas Lanyon Marketplace at Conder. We saw a beautiful Red Neck Wallaby near the tracking station site. Arrived home at 2PM. Easy-Medium, 4.2Km, 2hrs.(We didn’t do the optional extra walk out to the Belfry. extra 2.2Km) . Car Distance was about 138km (140km via Coppins Crossing and Molonglo) so we shared petrol costs with passengers offering the drive $5. Walkers: Bob Salmond, Barry Howe, Colin Fitzpatrick, Drew McDonald, Erik Sadlowski, John Edge, John Marsh, Greg Hutchison Drivers: Drew McDonald, Erik Sadlowski Google Photos | Map of the walk | Area Map | Google Earth GPS file | The Crag Climbing Blog which provides info on rocks & crags’ names & their significance some useful maps
75

29 Aug Thurs

9.30AM start

Cooleman Ridge – Mt Arawang 6 of us met at the Shed and drove in two vehicles to Kathner St, Chapman. We then walked along Cooleman Ridge skirting past houses in Chapman, visiting the hill with the huge Kurrajong tree, and climbed the trail to the top of Mt Arawang (765m). On the way back we travelled along the ridge top visiting Stonehenge Hill with the Niblo Boulders and Cooleman Trig (727m). We were rewarded with superb views of Canberra from the north down south to Mt Tennant and the Brindabellas. It was a Medium-Hard walk with a couple of moderate climbs over 8.2km distance, 3 hours walking. On the way back we partook of coffee, sandwiches, burgers and icecreams at Maccas Weston. Walkers: Bob Salmond, Brian Taylor, Colin Fitzpatrick, John Marsh, Wally Kulesza, Greg Hutchison Drivers: Colin Fitzpatrick, Greg Hutchison Google Photos | Map of the walk | Area Map | Google Earth GPS file | CNP Map | Cooleman Ridge Nature Trail Brochure | Interesting Climbers Bouldering site
74

15 Aug Thurs

9.30AM start

Hall Village Circular Walk Several of us met at the Shed and drove to Hall where we meet others. We parked at the cnr of Victoria and Gladstone Sts (opp Coffee Shop) Then 9 of us walked around Hall village in a clockwise direction starting at 9.35AM . Weather was cool but nice. There were no incidents except a couple tried to spike their bodies on some of the fences/stiles went went over. Afterwards we had coffee, milkshakes and cakes at the Gum Nut cafe. Easy, 4.5Km, 1.25 hours walk. Walkers: Alan Smith, Bob Salmond, Don Rowland, Drew McDonald, Jim Grenfell, Ray Nelson, Ron Thomson, Ted Tregillgas, Greg Hutchison Drivers: All except Greg Google Photos | Map of the walk | Google Earth GPS file | Background to the walk
73

1 Aug Thurs

9.30AM start

Mt Taylor 5 of us met at the Shed by 9.05AM and then drove in one car to a car park along Sulwood Drive, Kambah, just past Mannheim St intersection where we met one more. Then from 9.35AM we walked clockwise around the base and then from the east side up and over Mt Taylor. Great views all around. Mt Rogers is hard to see as it is directly behind Mt Painter from Mt Taylor. Mt Taylor top is 855m whilst the CP we used was about 660m. Afterwards we partook of coffee and cakes (& ice creams) at Maccas Weston. Medium-Hard, 6.3Km, with overall climb from car park of 220m, 2.0 hours walk. Walkers: Bob Salmond, Colin Fitzpatrick, Drew McDonald, John Edge, Ray Nelson, Greg Hutchison Drivers: Greg Hutchison, Drew McDonald Google Photos | Map of the walk | CNP MapGoogle Earth GPS file
72

18 Jul Thurs

9.30AM start

Ginninderra Ck Umbagong Pk Macgregor Harrys Pk (Peter Davis Memorial Walk) 5 of us met at the Shed and were joined by 5 more at Umbagong Park Car Park, off Florey Drive. We then walked from 9.35AM, down the Creek through Umbagong District Park to Macgregor, across a footbridge to the Macgregor Dwarves, then south to Holt Community Park (Harrys Park) where Harry described how he worked on establishing the park from the old school playgrounds. We then went via Harry’s street where he described his efforts to maintain the tranquillity of his place against unit developments to Maccas at Kippax for coffee and sandwiches etc. Then it was back through Latham at a leisurely pace along paths and the creek. We then took the stepping stones option across the creek getting slightly wet feet and back to the cars by 12PM. Easy 7.3Km, around 2.5 hrs walking. Walkers: Alice Bedford, Colin Fitzpatrick, Don Rowland, Drew McDonalds, Harry Redfern, John Edge, John Marsh, Ron Thomson, Stuart Allan, Greg Hutchison Drivers: Most of us drove except for 2 Google Photos | Map of the walk | Google Earth GPS File
71

4 Jul Thurs

9.30AM start

Nursery Swamp (Namadgi) 6 of us met at the Shed and left by 8.40AM to drive down to the Orroral Valley in Namadgi. We then walked starting at 9.45AM around 4.6Km up a nice track and along Nursery Swamp track to its end which overlooks the main swamp spread out to the east. The way up from the car park entails an overall 200m climb but is largely flat along Nursery Swamp valley. We then had lunch and returned only taking a small deviation to see where the track to Rendezvous Creek starts and also we found a strange rock formation that looked a bit like a Rhinoceros. On the way back we took coffee, cakes and toasted sandwiches at Maccas at Lanyon Marketplace, Conder. We arrived back at Melba around 2.30PM. Medium, 9.4Km, 3 hrs walking. Car distance was about 66Km each way, total 132km trip. Walkers: Bob Salmond, John Marsh, Peter Hatfield, Ray Nelson, Richard Poon, Greg Hutchison Drivers: Bob Salmond, Ray Nelson, Peter Hatfield Map of walk | Google Photos | Google Earth GPS file

 

 

Walks Held in 2012-13 (2010-11, 2011-12 & 2012-13 below)

Google Earth GPS files (kml/kmz) of walks heldWalks during 2010-11 – 27 held | Walks during 2011-12 – 21 held | Walks during 2012-13 – 22 held | Walks during 2013-14 – 23 held | Walks during 2014-15. Information on using these files and GPS file types etc here

Maps shown are either GPS Map View from Oziexplorer using OzRaster Maps with permission of © BKK Enterprises Pty Ltd, http://www.gpsoz.com.au for newer style maps or using the older TopoView Maps with permission of NSW Land and Property Management Authority for display

Walks That Have Been Held
Walk No Date Location Description Pictures, Maps
2013
70

20 Jun Thurs

9.30AM start

Mt Ainslie Circumnavigation 6 of us met by 9.00AM at the Shed then drove to Kellaway St, Hackett. We then walked starting at 9.30AM mostly firetrails around the base of Mt Ainslie, initially heading east through the gap, then south along the old Telstra cable track, then around past the Pistol Club and to the Terrace at the Memorial Café for coffee. Some of us indulged in Friands or Cake. We were joined by Richard at the cafe as he had apparently arrived at Kellaway Street 5 mins late. We then returned to the start of the Kokoda walk up to Mt Ainslie and too a dirt track around past Ainslie village and ACTEWAGL facilities and back to the cars. It was mostly flat although there was a short climb over the gap between Ainslie and Majura and also another small climb on the SW of Ainslie. Medium, 10.8Km. The walk took about 2.5 Hrs walking plus a half hour break at the cafe. Walkers: Barry Howe, Bob Salmond, Jim Grenfell, John Marsh, Ray Nelson, Richard Poon, Greg Hutchison Drivers: Bob Salmond, Ray Nelson, Richard Poon Google Photos | Map of the walk | Google Earth GPS File
69

6 Jun Thurs

9.30AM start

Fishing Gap – Tidbinbilla (plus Hanging Rock) 5 of us met at the Shed by 8.35AM and inspected work on the Shed extensions We then drove in 2 cars to Tidbinbilla Visitor Centre, piled into one vehicle (as Greg had a yearly pass) and continued onto to Fishing Gap car park. We then walked 7.9Km return to Fishing Gap taking around 2hr 20mins including a break at the gap. Its on a proper 4WD trail but there is a total climb of 300m on a mostly gentle gradient with the usual sweating.and cursing who brought me here! On return to the car at 12PM we drove the 880m to Hanging Rock Car Park. Then we walked about 770m around a loop trail and saw several large granite tors that were once used by the local aboriginal people. Car Distance was about 116km return trip. We stopped at Maccas Weston as Greg missed the turnoff in Tuggers. However, as it turned out due to a car accident on the parkway, we were diverted through Weston anyway. Medium, 7.9Km plus 0.8Km. We got back by 2PM. Walkers: Bob Salmond, Colin Fitzpatrick, Drew McDonald, John Marsh, Greg Hutchison Drivers: Colin Fitzpatrick, Greg Hutchison Google Photos | Map of the walk | Google Earth GPS File | Tidbinbilla Brochure and map
68

23 May Thurs

9.30AM start

Rendezvous Ck (Namadgi) I wanted to stay in bed after reactions to a flu injection last Tues. The weather had been bad and wet overnight. Even so 6 of us met by 8.15AM at the Shed, then drove in two vehicles to Rendezvous Ck car park on Boboyan Rd. On the drive down it drizzled a bit and looked less than perfect. At the CP it was quite cold so we all dressed with appropriate clothes. At 9.45AM we started our walk along the walking trail and across country through Rendezvous Ck Valley to see the site of old huts and an aboriginal rock art site. It was mostly open with some swampy bits and a short climb to cave. We returned to the car about 2.30PM with the sun breaking out but still very cold and reached home by 3.30PM. Medium 14.2Km, 4.45 hrs including breaks. Car distance is about 73Km each way, total 146km trip. Walkers: Bob Salmond, Colin Fitzpatrick, Drew McDonald, John Marsh, Richard Poon, Greg Hutchison Drivers: Bob Salmond, Greg Hutchison Google Photos | Map of the walk | Google Earth GPS File
67

9 May Thurs

9.30AM start

Bruce-O’Connor Ridge 4 of us met by 8.45AM at the Shed and joined 2 more (total of 6 walkers) at the AIS Car Park (near entrance to AIS Athletic Stadium). We then walked under GDE across Bruce Ridge, down a natural bike path and along a path next to the OConnor Motor Home. We then crossed the OConnor Ridge main bike path and entered OConnor Ridge and took a route to just above the old Youth Hostel to see the strange memorial cairn again. We then took a MTB trail and onto the bike path, under the GDE and around Canberra Stadium and back to our cars/bike We then had coffee at Maccas Emu Bank. Easy-Medium. 4.7Km,1.5 hrs. Walkers: Colin Fitzpatrick, Drew McDonald, John Marsh, Jim Grenfell, Peter Hatfield, Greg Hutchison Google Photos | Map of the walk | Google Earth GPS File
66

15 Apr Thurs

9.30AM start

Square Rock (Namadgi) 14 of us met by 8.30AM at the Shed and drove in 4 cars to Smokers Gap Car park on the Corrin Dam road. We then walked out to Orroral Valley Lkt and Square Rock itself. About 250m overall climb. Route was mostly on a nicely made track with reasonable gradient. There are some metal ladders to climb at the Rock but they were only 3 metres or so and safe. There was a lot of other groups also walking and visiting the Rock. Some nice views of the Brindabellas including Mt Gingera, Ginnini and Franklin. Medium-Hard, total 10.3Km, 3 hours. Car Distance was 122Km return. Walkers: Bob Salmond, Bruce Gall, Colin Fitzpatrick, Don Gruber, Drew McDonald, Eric Sadlowski, Harry Redfern, John Edge, John Marsh, Ray Nelson, Steve Mawer,Ted Tregillgas, Wally Kulesza, Greg Hutchison. Drivers: Don Gruber, Ted Tregillgas, Eric Sadlowski, Greg H Google Photos | Map of the walk | Google Earth GPS File | TAMS brochure | Pics from Geoff’s walk | Geoff’s pics Gibraltar Falls & Corin Dam | Pics from Gregs Recce in the snow
65

11 Apr Thurs

9.00AM start

National Arboretum 10 of us met at the Shed and drove to the Village Centre car park at the Arboretum. We met a further 2 members there making 12 in total.. We had to pay for parking being $6 for 3 hrs. Parking was still free at Himalyan and Dairy Farmers CPs. We then walked across to Himalayan Cedars with nice views from there, then down to Cork forest entrance. We didn’t go into the Cork Forest as most had been there before. We walked back past Wollemi Pines and up to Dairy Farmers Hill and back to the Village Centre where most had coffee and cider. Medium, 4.7Km, 2 hrs walking. We found some of the Wollemi Pines were struggling but enough were surviving. Walkers: Bob Salmond, Brian Taylor, Don Gruber, Drew McDonald, Harry Redfern, John Marsh, Jim Grenfell, Ray Nelson, Ron Thomson, Ted Tregillgas, Terry Mether, Greg Hutchison. Drivers: John Marsh, Don Gruber, Ted Tregillgas, Ray Nelson, Rom Thomson & Drew on his motor bike Google Photos | Map of the walk | Google Earth GPS File | Aboretum Map
64

28 Mar Thurs

8.30AM start

Tuggeranong Hill 4 of us met at the Shed and drove to Callister Cres, Theodore. We walked up the main track to the TV Translators, then went down the north ridge, and around the point, across some grass and back via the track arround the base. Roos, views to Brindabellas, Mt Tennent, and all around. We ended with coffee and cakes at Maccas Tuggeranong. Medium-Hard, 4.2km, 1.5 hrs, climb of about 150m. Walkers: Bob Salmond, Harry Redfern, Ray Nelson, Greg Hutchison Driver: Bob Salmond Google Photos | Map of route | Google Earth GPS file | Blog of In The Taratory’s visit
63

14 Mar Thurs

8.30AM start

Kaleen – Lyneham Ridge 7 of us met at the Shed by 8.15 AM and drove in 5 vehicles to Kaleen sports ground where we met another 2. Greg was missed early. We walked down through the suburb to Ellenborough St, under the GDE and into the Lyneham Ridge Eucalypt Plantation. We then walked along the northern and Easter boundaries for the views over North Lyneham to Dickson, up the small unnamed Hill to the Ginninderra Dr /GDE corner and down parallel to the GDE to the underpass under the GDE. We passed between the horse paddocks through the grasslands and oval to the Kaleen shops for a welcome drink. Wecome back to Peter Mitchell. Easy/Medium walk, 6-7Km, 1.5 hrs. Walkers: Allan Smith, Bob Salmond, Drew McDonald, Jim Grenfell. John Edge, John Marsh, Ray Nelson, Colin Fitzpatrick, Peter Mitchell. Drew McDonald led Google Photos | Map of route | Google Earth file
28 Feb Thurs
Bruce-O’Connor Ridge To be rescheduled due to inclement weather
62

14 Feb Thurs

8.30AM start

Gold Ck -Gungahlin Pond – Percival NR 8 of us met by 8.15AM at the Shed and joined 4 more at Federation Sq, Gold Creek. At 8.30AM we walked through Nicholls to Gungahlin Pond, stopping on the way to wake up Bruce Gall at his new house, and then around the pond and to Percival Hill then down to Gold Ck. There was a small climb of about of 60m from the pond to the hill. On the way down we stopped to view what Richard Poon had found, a child’s grave in the bush surrounded by a dozen metal bolts in a rectangular form. We then had coffee at Federation Sq. Medium 9.3km, 2.5 hrs. Walkers: Bob Salmond, Drew McDonald, Colin Fitzpatrick, Don Gruber, Harry Redfern, John Edge, Jim Grenfell, Ray Nelson, Richard Poon, Ron Thomson, Wally Kulesza, Greg H. Drivers: Colin, Greg, Jim, Ron, Ray & Drew (m/c) Google Photos | Map of walk | Google earth GPS file
61

31 Jan Thurs

8.30AM start

Majura Stone Walls 4 of us met at Melba and drove to Antill St, just south of Aspinall St roundabout, Hackett. We were then joined by the 5th member and waked past an old horse jump, or silo as Don thought, to the yards, then past the “Great Wall of Watson” which were just a 15m long well arranged pile of rock and stones. We then continued on to a well blazed Yellow Box tree and then up to Tim The Yowrie Man’s 250m long Majura Stone Wall just north of Mt Majura. We then continued on to the top of the hill where there was a well constructed tree cubby house. We then followed the bitumen road down for 500m and then followed under the power line down to the 4WD track we had left earlier. We finished by taking the Clancy Trail through some of the wildflowers and back to the cars. Overall Medium-Hard with climb of 200m total and 5.9Km, 2 hrs. We finished with coffee and toasted sandwich specials for $5.45 each at Maccas EPIC which was uncrowded with easy parking. Walkers: Drew McDonald, Colin Fitzpatrick, Don Gruber, John Edge, Greg H. Drivers: Colin, Greg & Drew Google Photos | Map of walk | Google Earth GPS file | Johnny Boy’s Walk | Tim the Yowie Man’s article
60

17 Jan Thurs

8.30AM start

Lake Ginninderra Alternative – Lake Ginniderra plus Uni Canberra 4 of us met at the Shed and joined 1 more at the car park at MacDermott Place, off Joynton-Smith Drive, off Coulter Drive. At 8.30AM we then walked clockwise around the lake until at John Knight we went east to UC and around main area checking out some public art and back down to Lake behind the student residences to Maccas for coffee where we were joined by Jim Grenfell. Some interesting views and unusual art pieces and also views of the hi-rise buildings in the Town centre plus the site of the proposed 25-30 storey Abode Hotel planed by Geocon. Easy-Medium, 9.0Km, around 2.25 hrs walking, plus 30 min coffee break. Walkers: Drew McDonald, Colin Fitzpatrick, Don Gruber, Ted Tregillgas, Greg H. We all drove to MacDermott Place Google Photos | Map of walk | Google Earth GPS file
2012
59

20 Dec Thurs

8.30AM start

Mt Painter Cook 3 of us met and the Shed and were joined by 2 more at Jamison Centre. We walked from Jamison at 8.35AM through local paths and roads to the old Cook school that hosts various community facilities, then onto the old Rosebud Cottage & apiary. Then to the Captain Cook Monument & sundial. We then climbed south to Mt Painter (742m). Great views here of Belconnen, Molonglo Valley, the Aboretum. The new hi-rises in Belconnen really stand out. Dark clouds and strong winds forced us to leave quickly. We returned along bike path and local streets to Southern Cross Club by 10.20AM for coffee and buns. Easy-medium walk of 6.5km taking 1.7 hrs. Walkers: Drew McDonald, Harry Redfern, Ray Nelson, Wally Kulesza, Greg H Google Photos | Map of walk | Google Earth GPS file
58

6 Dec Thurs

8.30AM start

Latham Macgregor Charnwood Flynn 8 of us met at the Shed by 8.30AM. We then walked through the edge of Flynn, down a small part of Ginninderra Ck, into West Latham past the aboriginal grooves, then to MacGregor and Goodwin Hill, then through a small part of Dunlop then back through Charnwood to Maccas for coffee, friands and ice creams. Then it was back to the Shed through Flynn. Easy-Medium, 8.4Km, 2.75 hrs. Walkers: Bob Salmond, Colin Fitzpatrick, Harry Redfern, John Edge, John Marsh, Ray Nelson, Richard Poon, Greg H. Google Photos | Map of walk | Google Earth GPS file
57

22 Nov Thurs

9.15AM start

Greenhills Murrumbidgee 11 of us met at the Shed by 8.30AM and drove in 5 vehicles to Greenhills. Then we walked down to the Chapel, then south across to Scout Rock for views, then down to Murrumbidgee walking track, then along it to the Cotter Bridge. Along the way we found two old huts. Then it was up to the Pump House, and we returned to Greenhills via an old sewer access road. Near Old Cottermouth we checked out the memorial plaque to Stephen Crean (brother of Federal Minister Crean) who passed away in the mountains in 1985 on a fateful cross country skiing trip. We finally checked John Moore old stone cottage site. The walk down to the ‘Bidgee was through the thickest native rose bushes Greg could find. He pretended to try and clear a path. Later we enjoyed coffee & freon cakes at Maccas at Weston. Medium walk, 5.7Km, 2 hrs. Walkers: Barry Howe, Bob Salmond, Don Gruber, Doug Crawford, Drew McDonald, Jim Grenfell. John Edge, John Marsh, Ray Nelson, Richard Poon, Greg H. Drivers: Don G, Ray N, Barry Howe, Drew McD, Jim G Google Photos | Map of walk | Google Earth GPS file | Old NCDC SoS pdf docs:  SU23 Greenhills | SU22 Pump House | SU24 Scout Rock
56

8 Nov Thurs

9.35AM start

Gibraltar Peak (or Rocks) – Tidbinbilla 7 of us met at the Shed by 8.30AM and drove in 2 vehicles to Tidbinbilla. We parked at Dalsetta CP (750m alt) and took the new track to the peak (1040m alt) and back. Total climb of 290m (1000ft). Gradient was mostly gentle except for the last bit. Note: Car Distance was 55Km each way, total 110km trip, so we shared petrol costs. Greg and Ted used their annual entry passes. The total trip time away from Melba was 8.30AM-2.30PM ie 6 Hrs. It was a Medium-Hard walk of 8.4Km, taking 3.5 hrs walking time. Walkers: Bob Salmond, Drew McDonald, John Edge, John Marsh, Ray Nelson, Ted Tregillgas, Greg H. Drivers: Greg H, Ted Tregillgas. The earlier threatening weather with clouds and a little light drizzle cleared to a partially sunny and warm day. Just right for walking Google Photos | Map of walk | Google Earth GPS fileTidbinbilla Map (pdf guide) | Stuart’s book No 31 (not totally correct anymore)
11 Oct Thurs
Gibraltar Peak or Rocks (Tidbinbilla) Deferred due to inclement weather. To be rescheduled.
55

27 Sep Thurs

9.30AM start

Callum Brae NR 7 of us met at the Shed and were joined by one more at Narrabundah Lane where we parked. We reached this spot half an hour late due to traffic. We then walk through grasslands and some woodland, mostly on grassy tracks with a couple of minor bits of mud to negotiate. Numerous birds and some scattered roos. We saw a large Eagles Nest in a large gum near the Mugga Quarry. There various birds including Eastern & Crimson Rosellas and a Masked Woodswallow. Easy-Medium, 4.6Km, 1.5 hrs. We stopped for coffee at the Southern Cross Club at Jamison on the way home Walkers: Drew McDonald, Jim Grenfell, John Arundel, John Edge, John Marsh, Ray Nelson, Ted Tregillgas, Greg H. Drivers: Ray Nelson, Ted Tregillgas Google Photos | Map of walk | Google Earth GPS file | COG Photo Gallery of Birds | Bird Route2 – Callum Brae pdf doc | Callum Brae Bird Fact Sht 3 pdf doc | Oz Birds
54

13 Sep Thurs

9.00AM start

Pine Is South to Point Hut (return) 4 of us met at the Shed and drove in one car down to Pine Island South (via the Parkway to Athllon Drive, then around west side of Tuggers Town Centre to first roundabout, then right onto Don Dunstan Dr, then in 50m right to park at Pine Island Sth; taking road to the left and south as far as it goes) Then we walked along inland National Horse trail to a 4WD that went up to Mt Stranger (also known as Barney’s Hill). We headed south down a spur of the hill and rejoined the horse trail where it meets Woodcock Drive, Bonython. We then followed it down and around to Point Hut, returning to Pine island along the nice Murrumbidgee River Trail. There was one gate to climb over and small gentle climb of 75m to Mt Stranger. We made one mistake near Stranger Pond going too far east into Bonython. We also suffered from some drizzling rain for the last 65% of the walk. Later we enjoyed coffee & cake at Maccas on Lake Tuggers. Ray gave us some interesting stories about his opal fossicking and research into the aerodynamics of aboriginal throwing sticks and boomerangs. Easy-Medium, 8.1Km, 2.5 hrs.Walkers: John Edge, John Marsh, Ray Nelson, Greg H. Driver: John Marsh Google Photos | Map of walk | Google Earth GPS file
53
30 Aug Thurs 10.00AM start
Honeysuckle Ck – Booroomba Rocks 7 of us met at the Shed at 8.30AM, then drove to Booroomba Rocks CP. We left Ted’s car at Honeysuckle Ck and all drove in Phil’s car to Booroomba Rocks CP. We started walking about 10AM with some light flurries of snow falling. We climbed the lookout track 200m in altitude and 2.5KM return and viewed the Booroomba Rocks cliffs with a strong wind blowing and some light snow as well. Nice views from Booroomba Rocks one of the best rock-climbing spots in Oz. After a short break at the CP, we headed out on the 4km walk between the Booroomba Rocks CP and the Honeysuckle Ck Campsite. As we started we were in quite a lot of sleet and light snow as we went through the main muddy patch. Quite nice track to Honeysuckle, part of the Alpine Track. We had brought spare shoes to wear home as most of us got wet and muddy footwear on this track. We finished walking just after 1PM, but by the time we recovered the other car, stopped at Maccas at Conder, we did not get home until 3PM. Long day. Medium-Hard, 6.7Km, 3 hrs. Car Distance: 65Km each way, ie. total 130km trip. Some passengers shared cost of petrol about $20 to split in average sized vehicle. Walkers: Bob S, Harry Redfern, John Edge, Phil Laird, Ray Nelson, Ted Tregillgas, Greg H. Drivers: Ted and Phil Google Photos | Map of walk | Map showing general location | Google Earth GPS file | Native Plant List for Booroomba Rocks CP to Honeysuckle Ck Campsite (3 page pdf doc) | Booroomba Rocks – The Crag | Rockclimbing.comBooroomba Rocks Canberra Climbing
52
16 Aug Thurs 9.30AM start
Lake Tuggeranong 11 of us met at the Shed and travelled to a car park on the east side of the lake on Mortimer Lewis Drive next to the Sea Scouts Building. We stopped for coffee at Maccas on the lake at Town Centre. We also stopped to look at the art piece by Phil Price called Angel Wings which is another in the set that looks like propellers. and the Aboriginal Artwork Themes at a Gathering Place along the eastern shore. Easy 6.9Km, 2 hrs walking. (Note that access to Mortimer Lewis Drive is off the Parkway (Drakeford Drive). One turns right at the next set of lights after the Athllon Drive intersection. Then drives around until seeing the Sea Scouts Building on your right at the Boat Ramp sign) Walkers: Bob S, Brian Taylor, Doug Crawford, Drew McD, Harry Redfern, John Edge, John Marsh, Jim Grenfell, Ray Nelson, Stuart Allan, Greg H. Shared Drivers: Harry Redfern, Bob S, Doug Crawford Google Photos | Map of walk | Google Earth GPS file | Stuart’s book No 25
51

2 Aug Thurs

9.30AM start

Kambah Pool to Red Rocks – McQuoids Hill 8 of us met at the Shed and travelled in 2 cars to Kambah Pool where we parked. At the toilets a tap had dripped during the night and an icicle had formed between the tap and the sink below. Must have been real cold. -5C I believe. We then walked along Murrumbidgee track to Red Rocks gorge then return. We stopped at the lookout which is 2.2Km along the track and then continued on to a point opposite the Red Rocks Gorge which is about 3Km. The path was easy going with only one up and down rocky point when a stream was crossed. On the return to the car park several of us went down to the Kambah beach which is a nice spot and there seems a large deep pool for swimming. Walk was 6.1Km and deviation to the beach 0.4Km. We then drove up Kambah Pool Rd about 3.7Km and parked at a gate along the road that led to McQuoids Hill NR. We then circled the hill and climbed it from a north running ridge and returned by a steep trail starting on its south side. Amazing number of roos here with a large number of young and joes in the pouch many residing on the top. The hill has a nice ridge and peak providing excellent views down south, east to Mt Taylor and north. You can just see the new Cotter dam works. Easy-Medium 6.1 Km, plus 2Km optional McQuoids Hill, 3hrs total. Walkers: Bob S, Brian Taylor, Drew McD, Geoff G, John Marsh, Terry M, Wally K, Greg H. Drivers: Geoff G, Bob S Google Photos | Map of walk | Red Rocks | Map of walk | McQuoids Hill | Google Earth GPS file | See Stuart’s book walk 27
50

19 Jul Thurs

9.30AM start

Gungahlin Pond – Percival NR (Peter Davis Memorial Walk) 4 of us met at the Shed and drove to the Gungahlin Lakes Club our starting point. Here we joined with 8 others including friends of Peter’s wife Lynne Davis. Unfortunately Lynne could not be with us as her father was very ill in Brisbane. Also Jim G had to go home due a family emergency. 12 of us started just after 9.30AM and walked around the east and south edge of Gungahlin Pond, and then climbed Percival Hill (662m) which offered great 360 degree views covering an arc from Mt Ainslie to Mt Majura, Old Joe, Oak Hill, One Tree Hill, Harcourt Hill, etc. We then retraced out steps back down to the pond and walked clockwise around it and back to the Club. Many of us then went into the club for coffee, drinks and some breakfast for the Grimmetts. Easy 6.4km, 2.0 hrs. Overall altitude change 60m. (Note club dress rules require us to wear clean and neat clothes) Walkers: Drew McD, Geoff & Linda Grimmett, John Marsh,, Keith & Bev Grieve, Alice Bedford, Jan Dunnett, Steve M, Ted T, Terry M, Greg H Google Photos | Map of route (Blue line was the walk, Purple line is an optional route along Rosella St) | Google Earth GPS file
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5 Jul Thur

9.30AM start

 Goorooyarroo NR Extended Walk (Gooroo Hill, Old Joe)  6 of us met at the Shed joining 1 more at the start point at the car park along Horse Park drive on the way to the Federal Hwy. We then climbed Gooroo Hill and also Old Joe hill on the border with views over the Federal Highway and Canberra. The climb to Old Joe from north side was very much easier than from the south side. Overall was a nice walk through woodland and grassland with some good views. We also visited the original corner border marker X4.The walk was Medium-hard, 10.1Km, 3.2 hrs. Overall altitude change 180m. We also enjoyed coffee and some lunched at Gungahlin Lakes Club after. Walkers: Bob S, Don Gruber, Drew McD, Jim G, John Edge, Phil Laird, Greg H Google Photos | Map of the walk | Alt Map | Google Earth GPS file | TAMS 3 page pdf Brochure & map of Mulligans Flat & Goorooyaroo NR’s

Walks Held in 2011-12

Google Earth GPS files (kml/kmz) of walks heldWalks during 2010-11 – 27 held | Walks during 2011-12 – 21 held | Walks during 2012-13 – 22 held | Walks during 2013-14 – 23 held | Walks during 2014-15. Information on using these files and GPS file types etc here

Maps shown are either GPS Map View from Oziexplorer using OzRaster Maps with permission of © BKK Enterprises Pty Ltd, http://www.gpsoz.com.au for newer style maps or using the older TopoView Maps with permission of NSW Land and Property Management Authority for display

Walks That Have Been Held
Walk No Date Location Description Pictures, Maps
2012
48

21 Jun Thurs

9.00AM start

Shepherds Lookout to Molonglo River – Uriarra Loop return 6 of us met at the Shed and joined with two more at the location along Stockdill Road west of Belconnen near the Lower Molonglo Sewerage Plant where we parked. We then walked out to Shepherds Lookout which provided grand views of the Murrumbidgee River and its valley. We then continued down the trail to the Molonglo River and its old footbridge crossing, finishing with a walk around the Uriarra Loop trail along Murrumbidgee and past Uriarra East picnic area. The crossing of the Molonglo is somewhat unsafe as one section is down to one plank wide. However this plank is thick, strong and sturdy, maybe 8″ wide. We finished with coffee at Maccas Charnwood. Medium walk of 8.9Km, 3 Hours. Overall altitude change 200m. Walkers: Bob S, Don Gruber, Drew McD, Jim G, John Edge, Harry R, Stuart Allan, Greg H Google Photos | Map of the walk | Map of the area | Google Earth GPS file
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7 Jun Thurs

9.00AM start

Oakey Hill – Woden 4 of us met at the Shed and joined with two more at the location in Lyons (Cnr Derwent & Devonport Sts) where we parked. We were unfortunately 40 mins late due to an accident on the Parkway. We then walk up Oakey Hill (70m climb) then down to Woden Town Plaza for coffee at Gloria Jeans. We stopped on the way down to view where a large gum had come down and taken out a section of a colorbond fence. After coffee we crossed over to the Town Centre park and then headed north along the storm water drain path. Some of the graffiti along it was quite spectacular. We stopped at the Propeller on Yarra Glen. This technically the called “Dinornis Maximus 2008” by Phil Price. Its a 11m wind activated kinetic structure using a fully sealed rolling bearing system. It is supposed to be a combination of movement that provides flow and dance. It must have been on strike whilst we were there. To get there and back we had to cross the stormwater drain which provided some exciting moments. We finished back at the cars by 12PM, taking about 2 hours to walk, plus coffee break. 7.2Km, Easy-Medium, 2.0-2.5 hrs. Walkers: Bob S, Don Gruber, Drew McD, Geoff Grimmett, Harry R, Greg H. Thanks to Geoff for paying for the coffees and icecream Google Photos | Map of the walk | Google Earth GPS file
46

24 May Thurs

9.00AM start

Mt Ainslie from North Side (2) 7 of us met at the Shed or at the car park on Kellaway St, Hackett. We then headed east then south along FTs and climbed most of the way to Mt Ainslie from east side. As Ernie B was showing signs of tiredness we took an easy route down from the 5 Ways. There was some slippery walking along FTs and some nice tracks through woodland with some views and numerous birds including Rozellas and Lorikeets. The walk was Medium-Hard, 5.7Km, 2.5 hrs. We finished with coffee and ice cream at McDonalds at Dickson and just beat the rain home. Walkers: Bob S, Drew McD, Ernie Brand, Harry R, John Edge, Ron Thomson, Greg H. Google Photos | Map of the walk | Google Earth GPS file
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10 May Thurs

9.00AM start

Lake Ginninderra Alternative – Melba Fields- Florey- Lake Ginn West- Ginninderra Ck 6 of us met at the Shed and Melba Playing Fields (Brownlee Pl). We then walked down Copland Dve, through Florey, stopping at Black Pepper for coffee, then back along western side of Lake Ginninderrra to the dam wall and then down southern then northern side of Ginninderra Ck to Melba. It was a beautiful sunny and warm autumn day. Easy-Medium, 8.2Km, around 2.0 hrs walking. Walkers: Bob S, Drew McD, Jim Grenfell, Peter Mitchell, Stuart Allan, Greg H. Thanks to Jimbo for paying for the coffee Google Photos | Map of the walk | Google Earth GPS file
44

26 Apr Thurs

9.00AM start

Diplomatic & Old Canberra (Stirling Park – Westlake) 7 of us met at the Shed or at the Nara Park CP. We then walked past a large range of embassies before looking at the old Westlake Canberra construction camp site in Stirling Park. We then returned via the lake shore to Nara Peace Park, looking at Spanish Civil War Memorial, Centenary of Federation & 100 years of the Jewish National Fund plaque & the Katie Bender Memorial. We then took coffee at Yarralumla Nursery Brassiere, Easy, 6.5Km, 2 hrs walking. Walkers: Bob S, Drew McD, Harry R, Jim Grenfell, Ron T, Terry Mether, Greg H. Thanks to Drew for paying for the coffee. Laughter was heard as Jim and Ron exited the ladies loo at Yarralumla!!! See Stuart’s book No 8 & 9 | Google Photos | Map of the walk | Google Earth GPS file | Spanish Civil War Memorial | Information on Westlake | Early Canberra History
43

5 Apr Thurs

9.00AM start

Urambi Hill (Tuggeranong Stone Wall) 6 of us met at the Shed or Kambah parking on Learmonth Drive. We then walked up to Urambi Hill (713m) which we all found a bit strenuous. Great views were hampered by the low cloud/fog conditions. We then walked around the ridge to the north and headed down the wide valley south. Unfortunately we were 70m too far east and had to endure some boggy sections of mud and cattle laughing at us before re-joining the correct track. Everyone came out with wet feet and muddy shoes. We then crossed Tuggeranong Ck to the Stone Wall and back.to the cars via the Tuggeranong Dam wall. We finished with coffee and thick shakes at Maccas Weston.. 8.5Km, Medium, 3 hrs. Walkers: Bob S, Drew McD, John A, Ron T, Wally K, Greg H Google Photos | Map of the walk | Google Earth GPS fileDave’s Piece on the Stone Wall
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15 Mar Thurs

8.30AM start

Ginninderra Ck – Goodwin Hill – Charnwood 9 of us met at the Shed or Umbagong Pk (off Florey Drive, Latham) then walked down Ginninderra Ck, up and over Goodwin Hill (612m), Macgregor, then across to Charnwood for coffee at Maccas (icecreams for Bob S) and back to the CP. Interesting aspects were seeing a couple of concrete dwarfs on the ways up to Goodwin Hill, visiting the Charnwood Community Gardens and getting the rundown on what happens by Elissa of Melba, and the tray of free hash browns that were were provided by Maccas. And of course Bob’s icecreams were now only 30c each so he had to have two. 8Km, Easy-Medium, 2.5 hrs plus break. Walkers: Bob S, Don G, Harry R, Jim G, Peter M, Peter T, Ron T, Terry M, Greg H Google Photos | Map of the walk | Google Earth GPS file
1 Mar
Urambi Hill Deferred due to high risk of wet weather. Rescheduled to 5 April
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16 Feb Thurs

8.30AM start

Farrer Ridge & Mt Wanniassa 8 of us met at the Shed or at Wanniassa where we parked (alt 685m) on a dirt side track near Erindale Drive accessed off Sulwwod Drive just past Gaunston Cres roundabout. We walked around Farrer Ridge and across to Wanniassa Hills and back.There was as strong but gradual climb to Mt Wanniassa, 809m, with great views of the south and the Brindabellas. Overall only 4.4Km, Medium, 1.75 hrs Walkers: Alan S, Bob E, Bob S, Don G, Geoff G, John A, Wally K, Greg H – See Stuart’s book walks 20 & 22 Google Photos | Map of the walk | Map on Google maps | Google Earth GPS file | Map of Access Track | Aerial View of Access | Instructions for Driving to Car park
40

2 Feb Thurs

8.30AM start

ANU Acton Walk 14 of us met at the Shed or at the NMA where we parked. We then walked around the ANU sculpture park and the ANU itself viewing numerous pieces of public art. The walk was mostly flat and easy but we did 7.9Km. Due the length and time taken we left out about 9 sites of the 55 planned to be visited. We stopped for coffee at the Purple Pickle Cafe on North Road near the Union Court. Easy-Medium, 3.5 hrs with stops. Walkers: Alan & Ann S, Barbara J, Bob S, Don G, Drew McD, Geoff & Linda G, John A, Jim G, Peter M, Ron T, Wally K, Greg H (Future reference: Parking free at NMA up to 4 hours, coffee also possible at Ivy Cafe, Canberra Hse, on Balmain Cres, NFSA Cafe and at Union Court. Toilets, University Hse, Pickle Cafe, NFSA) Map of walk overviewMap of walk south | Map of walk North  | Google PhotosGoogle Earth GPS file | Spreadsheet of sites | See Acton Walkways for site information | ANU Art Brochure pdf doc | See Stuart’s book walks 6 & 11
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19 Jan Thurs

8.30AM start

Parliament Houses Gardens 11 of us met at the Shed or NPH and drove to the underground carpark of NPH and parked in the 3 hour bays. We left from the main entrance to NPH by 8.45AM and walked around the outside tracks of the house in an anticlockwise direction. We took the lower track on the Senate side stopping at the Sundial and viewing the tennis courts and soccer pitch. On the southern Ministerial wing we stopped at the main entrance. Several members went a bit far and caused the heart rates of the police to increase! It was just a bit of fun so on we went. We then entered the eastern gardens on the Reps side and took the higher direct trail which went past more tennis courts and then to the formal gardens area where we stopped to look at the gift from the Israeli Parliament, the viewing area over the Formal Gardens, the Bali memorial and the Compass & Perspective ( a gift from the WA Parliament). We continued on to the corner where we visited the RSL Memorial. We then went down Federation mall being a little hampered as they were setting up for Australia Day and we could not visit the Capital Hill Unconformity viewing point (State Circle Cutting). We entered the Old House of Reps Gardens, saw the Women’s Suffrage Memorial and various rose plantations (and more tennis courts) and also Constitution Place on the eastern side of the Gardens. We then went across to the National Rose Gdns East and then onto the National Library Cafe for coffee. No one partook of the Mug of coffee as its too ‘humongous’. We were also somewhat bemused by the 7 foot guy who went into the cafe for coffee! We then came back along Parkes Place West directly to the Magna Carta Place. We then entered the Old Senate Rose Gdns, seeing where the old cricket pitch was and also more tennis courts, then up Federation mall to the Foundation Stone, then to the Carpark. Easy 5.7Km 2.5hrs. (Toilet in CP & east side of gdns. Coffee at NLA or NPH. Parking under Parl Hse is free for 3 hours). Walkers: Alan S, Bob E, Bob S, Blair H, John E, Harry R, Peter M, Ted T, Terry M, Wally K, Greg H Google Photos | Map of the walkGoogle Earth GPS File | NCA Brochure Old Parl Hse Gdns | NCA Brochure on Magna Carta Walk (also covers Foundation Stone, KGV Statue, Constitution Place, National Rose Gdns, State Circle Cutting, etc) | Old Brochure on the new Parl Hse Landscape & Gdns walk | Parking under NPH  |  See Stuart’s book walk No10
2011
38

22 Dec Thurs

8.30AM start

Jamison Aranda Cook 9 of us gathered outside the Southern Cross Club Jamison and left there around 0840 and walked across to playing fields, detouring to revisit the plaque there to mark the first residential development in Belconnen a Aranda in 1966. We then walked up past the old abandoned Aranda shops and into the nature park, then down to Bindubi St cycle underpass. Then it was back to Jamison via the bike path. We detoured along the way to examine a community park at Wybalena Grove, Cook next to the cycle path. WE finished with coffee and milk shakes at the Southern Cross Club. Jim G was encouraged somewhat by getting two coffees. Easy 5.7Km, 1.5 hrs walking. One can Park at Swimming Pool area at Jamison Pool, long stay area at shopping centre or at Bardi Place, at the playing fields, or the club if you are a member. Walkers: Bob E, Bob S, Don G, Harry R, Jim G, Peter M, Terry M, Wally, K, Greg H Google PhotosMap of the walk | Google Earth file
37

8 Dec Thurs

8.30AM start

Anzac Pde & Reid (War memorials and historic Reid) 10 of us walked from AWM down Anzac Pde, into St John’s Church and cemetery, and through historic parts of Reid including the old Railway embankment. Finished with coffee at the Terrace at the Memorial Cafe at the AWM. Easy, 5.5Km, 2.5 hrs. Walkers: Alan S, Bob S, Bob E, Don G, John A, John E, Peter M, Harry R, Ted T, Greg H. For future ref: Parking good on Treloar Cres and also underneath accessed off Limestone Ave. The cafe was excellent with good choice of food and drink at a reasonable price. Toilets at St Johns and Cafe Google PhotosMap of the walk | Google Earth GPS file | See NTA Brochure Reid | NCA Anzac Pde Tour | Anzac Parade Walk Notes Melba Shed | St John’s Do It Yourself Guide
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24 Nov Thurs

9.00AM start

Mulligans Flat North NR 6 of us met at the Shed and 2 more joined us at the CP along Mulligans Flat Road. Unfortunately due to road works we were not able to park in the exact car park and had to improvise by parking on the grass. This caused one member Jim G to miss the spot and not take part. We then walked along the southern boundary and climbed up to the main border fenceline and followed it around to Oak Hill. The GPS said 804m but the topo map says the trig point is 798m. We returned along the border right to the Gundaroo Road crossing and came down the Bicentennial trail route back to the cars. We of cause stopped to annoy the hell out of a poor echidna. We enjoyed quite different view of Gungahlin, Belconnen, North Canberra and away north and west over NSW. The walkers were of the opinion that it should be graded harder than Medium. Medium 7.0Km, 3 hrs. Walkers: Alan S, Bob S, Don G, Geoff G, John E, Peter M, Ron T, Greg H Google Photos  |  Map of the walk | Perspective Map of the area | Google Earth GPS file
35

11 Nov Fri

10.45AM start

Yankee Hat, Namadgi The Shed went on an excursion and walk to Yankee Hat. We left the Shed around 8.45AM and were back by 3.00PM. Of the 20 members who went 16 walked out to Yankee Hat paintings leaving around 10.45AM and returning by 12.45PM. We walked over a grassy trail to aboriginal art site, with some gentle climbing towards the end of the trail. Lots of kangaroos were seen and a few rabbits. We then returned via the same route to the Car Park and picnic area for BBQ lunch prepared by the other 4 members who stayed behind. Driving distance was about 77Km from Shed via Kingsford Smith, William Hovell, Parkway, Banks, Tharwa. We turned right near end of bitumen on to Old Boboyan Road at about 73.1Km then it was a 3.4 Km dirt 2WD road to Carpark and locked gate. There were two concrete causeways with a little water to cross over. However, these distances are the ideal, as we detoured through eastern Tuggers to avoid road works that were a non-issue. Of course one vehicle took an alternative faster route and were late. Our walk was made interesting by meeting two Spanish travellers who had a camper van and one of whom joined us for the BBQ. Mitch also entertained us at the BBQ with his excellent one foot squashing of soft drink cans; no doubt his excellent TAMS training! Easy-medium walk of 6.2km taking 2.0 hrs. Walkers: Alan S, Blair H, Bob S, Don G, Geoff G, Harry R, Mike M, Peter H, Peter M, Phil L, Richard P, Ron T, Ted K, Ted T, Terry M, and Greg H. BBQrs: Keith G, Laurie P, Max, Stuart A Google Photos of the walk and tripMap of the walk | Yankee Hat Location Map | TAMS brochure on rock art site and trail | Pictures of our recce walk | Yankee Hat Walk Information Sheet | Google Earth GPS File
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27 Oct Thurs

9.00AM start

Harcourt Hill – Gold Creek 6 of us met at the Shed and 4 more joined us at Gold Creek. We then walked up to Harcourt Hill, back through Nicholls to see historic sites at Ginninderra village and coffee at Cafe Injoy. Thanks to Kanga Ted for the plates of spicy chips. Easy-Medium 5.5Km. 2.0 hrs (Note red track on map is longer alternative route up to Harcourt Hill). Walkers: Alan S, Bob E, BoB S, Don G, Geoff G, Jim G, John A, Ted T, Wally K, and Greg H Google Photos | Map of the walk | Google Earth GPS File
33

13 Oct Thurs

9.00AM start

Kama NR ( and Molonglo NR) to Molonglo River 9 of us met at the Shed and one more joined us at the CP along William Hovell Drive (2.1Km on left past Drake Brockman roundabout) We then walked down along the Dam and River tracks to the Molonglo River and back. Nice open woodland and grassland with great views of the Molonglo lower gorge and Brindabellas. There is a 90m drop in altitude from William Hovell Drive to the River. Medium 5.9Km, 2 hrs. Walkers: Alan S, Bob E, Bob S, Jim G, John A, John E, Richard P, Ron T, Greg H and Bruce Gall (Lifeline) Google Photos | Map of the walk | CNP Map & brochureOverview map of access  | Google Earth GPS File
32

15 Sep Thurs

9.30AM start

West Macgregor 8 of us met at the Shed and started walking from the end of Ginninderra Drive, Dunlop and picked up 2 more at Fassifern Pond. We then proceeded along the National Horse Trail to Parkwood and back through West Macgregor to Ginninderra Ck and back past Fassifern Pond to the cars. Several of us stopped at Maccas Charnwood for coffee, although Bob S scoffed down three icecreams! Along the horse trail we deviated into the site of the old Macgregor sewerage treatment works that are now totally demolished except for two pumps (and possibly methane electricity generators) Easy 7.8 Km, flat, 2.0 hrs. Walkers: Blair, Bob E, Bob S, Jim G, Ken S, Peter M, Stuart, Ted T, Wally, Greg Google Photos | Map of the route | Note the purple route is an optional extension that links up with the Dunlop Grasslands walk we did | Map of route showing area & connection to Dunlop Grasslands walkGoogle Earth GPS File
31

1 Sep Thurs

9.30AM start

Black Mountain 5 of us met at the Shed and started walking from where we parked in Noala St, Aranda. We then took the bridge over GDE and a varied route up part of the way to Black Mountain top, but around the Forest trail and up from the main road to the top where we picked up our 6th member. We returned via a route that went towards Belconnen Way then headed west to Aranda. Medium-Hard 6.7Km, 2.25 hrs. Walkers: Blair, Don, John E, Peter T, Richard P, Greg H Google Photos | Map of route Map of access to Aranda for parkingGoogle Earth GPS File
18 Aug Thurs
West Macgregor Deferred due to inclement weather. Rescheduled to 15 Sep
30

4 Aug Thurs

9.30AM start

Palmerville – Percival Hill 8 of us met at the Shed and also at the CP opposite McKellar Soccer Club. We then walked through the historic Palmerville site, along Ginninderra Ck across Barton Highway, then around and over Percival Hill with great views of Gungahlin and Belconnen. We were somewhat intrigued by the rather basic rows of boxes being constructed in the middle of Crace which has been labelled as something special! We then came down from Percival top via an old bike track and back along main cycle path along the creek. Medium 6.8 km 2.25 hrs. Walkers: Blair, Bob E, Bob S, Don, John E, Ken S, Peter M, Greg Google Photos | NonTopo Map | Topo MapGoogle Earth GPS fileHistory of Palmerville (from Canberra Archeological Society)
29

21 Jul Thurs

9.30AM start

Hall Village Circular Walk (Peter Davis Memorial walk) The inaugural Peter Davis Memorial Walk in honour of our former Shed member was undertaken on a nice winter’s morning with 34 people in total participating. Peter’s widow Lyn attended with several other wives and friends. We met at the Hall Shed by around 9.35AM and then undertook the Hall Village historic circuit walk. After completion we had morning tea at the Hall Shed with several Hall members including Mike Fitzpatrick, Alistair Crombie and Bob. The walk was relatively easy and of 4.7Km taking 1.5 hrs. We looked at the historic Hall Reserve well and the Memorial Avenue of trees for the fallen local men from WWI. Unfortunately Laurie failed to finish due to his back problems and Ernie tried to spike himself on barbed wire at the top. We were also mentioned in the Hall & District News Google Photos | Map of the route | Google earth GPS file (download and open in GE) | For the 2 x Historic Walk NTA brochures see the information on the Walks References page under Walking Tour Brochures – National Trust (ACT)
28

7 Jul Thurs

9.30AM start

Lake Burley Griffin East Basin Loop 9 of us met at the Shed with 2 more joining us at Molonglo Reach (Opposite Plant Rd Duntroon on Morshead Dve). We walked east and across the Molonglo and Jerrabomberra Wetlands and back past the Kingston foreshores to NGA for coffee. We stopped at Jerrabomberra and viewed some of the wetlands through a hide including seeing a fox. Walk was led by Bob Eagers and was Easy-Medium of 11.5Km taking 3 hours including the coffee break. Walkers: Alan, Blair, Bob E, Don, Geoff, Harry, Peter, Jim, Greg and two wives Ann and Linda Google Photos | Map of route

 

Walks Held in 2010-11

Google Earth GPS files (kml/kmz) of walks heldWalks during 2010-11 – 27 held | Walks during 2011-12 – 21 held | Walks during 2012-13 – 22 held | Walks during 2013-14 – 23 held | Walks during 2014-15. Information on using these files and GPS file types etc here

Maps shown are either GPS Map View from Oziexplorer using OzRaster Maps with permission of © BKK Enterprises Pty Ltd, http://www.gpsoz.com.au for newer style maps or using the older TopoView Maps with permission of NSW Land and Property Management Authority for display

 

Walks That Have Been Held
Walk No Date Location Description Pictures, Maps
2011
27

23 Jun Thurs

9.30AM start

Dunlop Grasslands NR (NR means Nature Reserve) 11 of us started walking from Binns St, Fraser around the Dunlops Grasslands NR. We did some exploring by checking out the mysterious Crowajingalong site, the Osage-Orange trees, Bicentennial National Trail and the West Belconnen Pond as well as the ingenious childrens water pump at the park on the SE side of the Pond. The walk went along north fence near Osage Orange tree which is only 100m south of Halls Ck that comes from Hall. We went back to the Shed for coffee afterwards. The walk was Easy, fairly flat, 6.7 Km, 2.0 hours. Walkers: Alan, Blair, Bob, Don, Geoff, Harry, Ken, Keith, Peter, Jim, Greg. Note the information about Cowajingalong from Don and Henry Hall and Charnwood Homestead Google Photos | Map of route  | Charnwood and Don’s information on Crowajingalong
26

9 Jun Thurs

9.30AM start

Mt Taylor 9 of us met at the Shed and drove to Waldock St, Chifley. The walk was around the base and up and over Mt Taylor. Great views south, west and north. Medium 4.5Km, climb of 150m, 1.5 hours. The top is 865m according to the GPS, CNP Map says 855m. Walkers: Stuart, Jim, Steve, Geoff, Alan, Ted, Blair, Richard, Greg Google Photos | Map of route | Car access map
25

26 May Thurs

9.00AM start

Ginninderra Ck Melba Evatt 10 of us met at the Shed and walked to Copland College and viewed the memorial to David Warren, and then continued to St Pauls historic church & cemetery site. We also collected 2 further members along the way. We then walked through part of Evatt, down to Ginninderra Ck, up to the dam wall and across it below the roadway, and continued back along the south side, crossing over to the north side and then finally to the Shed for coffee. We also had a 13th member, Blair’s dog “Bronson”. Easy 6Km, 2 hours Google Photos | Map of the route
24

12 May Thurs

9.00AM start

Red Hill 7 of us met at the shed and drove to Red Hill lookout. We didn’t start walking until 9.30AM due to morning traffic. Highlights beside the grand views were: Jimbo running to the top of Davidson trig; Grego breaking a tooth on a nut bar; seeing the largest grey kangaroo ever; having coffee at the Top Cafe at Red Hill whilst Bob substituted an ice-cream for a piece of fish. Go figure! Medium trip with several climbs but 6.0Km, 2 hrs on trails Google Photos | Map of route | CNP Map | Self Guided Walks Brochure
23

28 Apr Thurs

9.00AM start

Ginninderra Ck to Charnwood This walk was deferred from 10th March. 6 of us met at the shed by 8.55AM Nobody was late, although one was waiting since 8.30AM. We need to fix the advertising of meeting times through newsletter and webpage. We walked from shed along the Creek bikepath to Latham and the Umbagong Park Axe Grooves which we tried hard to find without total success. We then continued to Charnwood for coffee at Maccas, and then returned though Flynn. Some beautiful streets with colourful Chinese Pistachio trees were passed by. This was an Easy flat walk of 6.2Km taking 2.3 hrs Google Photos | Map of route
22

14 Apr Thurs

9.00AM start

Lake Burley Griffin Central Basin 9 of us me at the shed by 8.35AM and travelled to Regatta Pt where we were able to get 4Hr free parking spots. We started walking by 9.15AM and finished back at the car by 12.15PM. We walked clockwise around the lake stopping at various points of interest as mentioned in the NTA brochure and the NCA Lakeside brochure. The main points were the Carillion (which played fror us), the Police memorial, the NGA sculpture garden and the new Australian Garden and James Turrell Skyspace sculpture. We stopped at the Portrait gallery for coffee with Steve falling for the waitress as usual! We then returned along the south shore passing Speakers Square, Commonwealth Place, Peace Park and the Australian of the year walk. Overall it was an Easy flat walk, 7.8Km, 3.0hrs total. The planned walk was 4.7Km and less than 2 hrs Google Photos | Map of route | NTA Brochure | NCA Lakeside Walk brochure
21

24 Mar Thurs

8.30AM start

Isaac’s Ridge 8 of us met at the Shed and travelled to Shepherdson Place, Isaacs. We should have started at 8.30AM but were 45 mins late due to traffic and 2 members being late! Grrrh! We successfully negotiated the initial 130m total climb from car park to the top of the south ridge. It was then fairly easy along the ridge and back along a lower trail. Nice views of Tuggeranong, Hume, Woden, Mugga quarry and Mt Taylor were seen through low cloud and rain in the area. We did some 6.8Km in 2 hrs. Overall an Easy/Medium walk. We were all intrigued by some inspiring metal sculptures in a persons front yard near where we parked. Ted was somewhat also intrigued by hills to the south Mt Waniassa directly south and Farrer Trig off to the SW Google Photos | Map of route | CNP Map

10 Mar Thurs

8.30AM start

Ginninderra Ck to Charnwood Deferred due to inclement weather. To be rescheduled. 8 of us met at the Shed by 8.20AM but decided to not walk as it looked set in and the rain did in fact get heavier. Ted and Greg adjourned for breakfast and coffee at Maccas Charnwood. It seems a reasonable coffee and rest spot with adequate in door tables so it will make a nice stop spot for the future rescheduled walk and maybe for a bike ride down this way
20

24 Feb Thurs

8.30AM start

Molonglo Gorge 12 members and friends drove to the Air Disaster memorial however the gate was locked on the main road. We then went to Molonglo Gorge picnic area and walked the 3.3Km to the Blue Tiles picnic area. The total walk was about 6.6Km and took around 3 hours. It was technically a medium walk but somewhat strenuous with the rock hoping and ups and downs encountered. We were provided with some expert geological information form Lynton J. We were also lucky to see a Countrylink train traverse the gorge on its way from Canberra to Sydney. Members were interested on where the Molonglo and Queanbeyan rivers joined. A map is included that shows where. It is 900m SW of the junction of the Sutton and Yass Roads Map of route | Google Photos | Map showing Junction Qbn & Molonglo Rivers | Blue Tiles Trail see map from Mortlock’s book | See Murray Dow’s review
19

10 Feb Thurs

8.30AM start

Gossan Hill 9 of us (including Barbara J.) walked from Jamison east across Aranda playing fields, then over bridge across Belconnen Way and around Gossans Hill and back finishing with coffee at the Southern Cross Club. We saw this strange light coloured scribbly gum (GPS 690068 6097585) that was really odd and had been effected by some insects or disease. A couple of nymphlike statues were also encountered travelling through part of South Bruce. We also saw this plaque in Aranda playing fields placed there by Doug Anthony, commemorating the start of work in the district of Belconnen in 1966 (GPS 689158 6096925). The walk was an easy 6Km and fairly flat, 1.5 hours Gossan refers to the weathered iron cap covering a mineral deposit. At Gossan Hill copper and other minerals have been leached from the surface rock by percolating water, leaving a concentration of iron on the surface. There are some reddish outcrops to the west of Radford College. I have scanned and attached pages from a NCDC book on Canberra’s Sites of Significance for Belconnen. It gives and overview of their B9 College St cutting and B10 Gossan Hill outcrops Lyn Craven, our CSIRO Xpert has had indentified that strange spotted gum tree we saw near Radford College on the Gossan Hill walk of 10th Feb 2011. He says “The species apparently is Eucalyptus rossii, one of the scribbly gums. What causes the scars to develop is unclear. Someone suggested that there might be an insect with larvae that feed gregariously, and that some predator of the larvae causes the scar. If so, why does the scar not grow over??? Basically, no-one knows” Map of route | Google Photos | See CNP Brochure | Canberra Birds Forum Item on Birds | Belconnen SoS B9 & B10 Gossan Hill
18

27 Jan Thurs

8.30AM start

Yarralumla – Government House (passed Westbourne Woods) 6 of us started walking at 8.30AM from Yarralumla nursery Car Park. The walk was along the Lake Burley Griffin track passed the Royal Canberra Golf Course and the famed Westbourne Woods, to the entrance to the Government House and around its boundary to the lookout along Lady Denmans Drive. We had parked a car at the lookout car park and returned by car to the Yarralumla Gallery & The Oaks Brasserie for coffee (6260 5253) 2 members returned on foot to the Nursery. The walk was Easy, reasonably flat, 3.3Km one way, 1.5 Hours Map of route | Google Photos | See NTA Brochure Yarralumla (2)
17

13 Jan Thurs

8.30AM start

Mt Rogers 5 of us met at the Shed by 8.30AM and walked through Flynn and walkways up to Mt Rogers, around the top and back through Melba. Passing through Flynn we passed the old primary school still the subject of dispute between the community and the Government. We noticed a surveyor working on the western side. We also stopped to view the memorial to John Flynn of the Australian Inland Mission. On the way into Mt Rogers reserve we found a news sheet by the local care group. Also we views bees taking over a bird box and saw many superb parrots flying around as descried in the news sheet. We made it to the top and took in the views of our domain. The walk was medium and took around 2 Hours, 6.6Km. We had coffee at shed afterwards. The newsletter can be viewed here. An interesting twist was Bob Salmon joining us after his morning cycle with the shed and pushing his bike up the paths with us Map of route (green track at top shows better route down) | Google Photos
2010
16 Dec Thurs
Lake Burley Griffin Central Basin Deferred due to inclement weather. To be rescheduled.
16

2 Dec Thurs

9.00AM start

Mt Ainslie from north side 4 of us met at the Shed at 8.30AM. Unfortunately 3 of us had waited 30 mins due to the newsletter having an incorrect time. Leaders fault. We drove to Hackett CP and started walking about 9AM to north side of Mt Ainslie, then down old trail to east side. This was a lot easier than from the war memorial side. Medium 5.6km, 2.25 hrs. We adjourned for coffee after at Hackett shops at Wilbur’s cafe Parts of the walk had been muddy and some water was running down the track at times due to the 90mm of rain experienced during the last 4 days Google Photos | Map of route
15

18 Nov Thurs

9.00AM start

Aranda Bushland & Cork Plantation 10 of us met at the Shed and Aranda and started walking from Bindubi St by 9AM through the Frost Hollow Walk to the Snow Gums area of Aranda Bushlands and then on to the Cork Plantation adjacent to the National Aboretum. We then returned past past the dam and over some admired swampy ground. Whilst near the snow gums we met Ian Falconer from the Friends of Aranda group who with a friend was clearing Pattersons Curse from an area. We adjourned back to the Southern Cross Club Jamison after for coffee. Easy 5.5 Km, 2 1/2 hrs Map of the route | CNP map | Google Photos
14

11 Nov Thurs

9.00AM start

Gungahlin Hill – Gungaderra NR 5 of us met at the Shed 8.30AM and started walking from Gungahlin Hill on Barton Highway about 9AM. We went to the Trig and then across to a couple of features in Gungaderra Grasslands reserve. We saw quite large mobs of kangaroos and different views of Palmerston and Mitchell. The hill (GN44) just east of Gungahlin Hill we renamed “Poon Hill” in honour of Richard Poon who thinks its Crace Hill. It was an easy 4.5Km stroll, but took 2 1/4 hrs due to soft ground and some tall grass. Several of us adjourned to the Soccer Club for coffee Map of the route | Google earth GPS file | Google Photos | See NTA Brochure Gungahlin (1) NCDC SoS GH19 doc
13

4 Nov Thurs

9.00AM start

The Pinnacle & Weetangera Cemetery 7 of us met at the Shed around 8.30AM for 9AM start from Dungowan St, Hawker. The walk was behind and south of Hawker to the Pinnacle (709m) as well as across to the west to visit the historic Weetangera Cemetery (This is an NCDC SoS no B7). Here we viewed the site of the old Church and various old graves and headstones for this old historic Methodist graveyard with the oldest gravestone being 1875. This was ably led by Don Gruber. We adjourned for coffee at Ricardo’s at Jamison afterwards. Easy walk of 6.1Km, 2 hrs Google Photos | Map of the route | CNP map See NTA brochure Belconnen (2) | NCDC SoS B7 doc
12

14 Oct Thurs

9.00AM start

Mt Painter 3 of us met at the Shed 8.30AM and started from Jamison Shopping Centre at 9AM. We walked up the bike trail to the south then along to the west to Mt Painter (742m) (NCDC SoS B11), which had descriptive signage, wonderful views to parliamentary triangle and the arboretum. We then went north and west down to the Captain Cook Monument and sindial, then west along Skinner St to the old Rosebud Cottage and apiary (NCDC SoS B8). We then headed back though the old Cook school which is now a community hub hosting various community facilities including a U3A office and through a water logged oval to Jamison Southern Cross Club for coffee. Easy-medium walk of 6.6km taking 2.0 hrs. It was led by Don Gruber. Long stay parking is available on the north side of the Jamison Centre or at the club for members Ggogle Photos | Map of the route | CNP Map See NTA brochure Belconnen (2)
11

7 Oct Thurs

9.00AM start

Mulligans Flat Nature Reserve 6 of us met at the Shed 8.30AM and started walking just after 9AM from Mulligans Flat car park (It’s in Forde. You take Horse Park Drive following signs to Mulligans Flat. i.e. take Francis Forde St and then left onto Amy Ackman St) We strolled around this new reserve following bird trail. We took 3 hours 20 minutes for the easy 8.1Km stroll with several stops at the Woolshed to chat to the rangers, one of whom was from Boorowa and knew of Don, as well as at the Bird Dam and at the mysterious bundle of bricks that were scattered around. There were a Birds of Mulligan Flat brochure and a Mulligans NR brochure available in boxes near the main gate (G2 on the map). The CP is around 13Km from the Shed by road. We also detoured to the site of the original Mulligans Flat School and the Quartz Ridge in the south west corner. We also learned about mistletoe fungus growing on gums and killing them off and saw several examples Google Photos | Map of the route | Map of the way from Belconnen to North Gungahlin | See the TAMS brochure | Read this short history of Gungahlin by the Canberra Archaeological Society Mar 2010
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30 Sep Thurs

9.00AM start

Cooleman Ridge 5 of us met at the Shed 8.30AM and started walking just after 9AM from Kathner St, Rivett. We walked along this ridge skirting past house at Rivertt and Chapman and climbed the trail to the top of Mt Arawang (765m). On the way back we travelled along the ridge top visiting the hill with the Split Cherry and huge Kurrajong tree, Cooleman Trig, and the Niblo Boulders. We enjoyed superb views of Canberra from the north down south to Mt Tennant and the Brindabellas. It was a medium walk with a couple of moderate climbs over 8KM distance and took us 3 hours in total. It was suggested by Bob Wagg Google Photos | Map of the route | CNP Map Cooleman Ridge Nature Trail | Brochure | Also look at this interesting Climbers Bouldering site
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20 Sep Mon
Deeks Forest Park to Misery Hill (Molonglo Area) 5 of us including 1 visitor, Peter Davis’ wife, Lyn, walked through the remnants of the FP that was burnt out but has regrown, across the Molonglo at Southwells Crossing and around Misery Hill with good views over Molonglo and Stromlo and across to the Aboretum. This walk follows part of Peter Davis’s walks in this area. Much of this area will become Molonglo in the future. We met at the Shed and left by 9.35AM arriving at the Deeks FP car park by 10AM. The walk was extended to 3.25 hrs by walking down to Misery Point on the Molonglo but as we could not cross we had to retrace our path and follow much of the same route back. Thus a planned 7.5Km walk became a 10Km walk. Lyn also brought information from Peter Davis’ log which provided some background on the early settlers of the area such as Arthur Webb and the old man Develin (the Misery Point ghost?) We saw some large roos around Misery Hill (UTM 686229 6090955) altitude 600m Google Photos | Map of the route | Alt Map West Belconnen | See P Davis’s notes & this option | Peter Davis’s walk

Lynne Davis, Peter’s wife joined us for our walk to the Molonglo & Misery Hill. Lynne has penned the attached interesting | Notes on the walk & some history of the Misery Point & adjacent Molonglo area

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13 Sep Mon
Shepherds Lookout to Molonglo and Murrumbidgee Rivers 7 members met at the Shed at 9.30AM on a sunny morning with light winds and walked from the Stockdill Road car park to Shepherds Lookout which provided grand views of the Murrumbidgee River and its valley. We then went down the trail to the Molonglo River and its historic old bridge crossing, finishing with a walk down to the junction of the Murrumbidgee and Molonglo Rivers. After recent rains there was still some flooding with the Bidgee running strongly. Whilst we could just get to the Bidgee banks we were stopped from getting closer than 25 metres from the junction of the two rivers. However we could see the general area of the junction. The trail is in good condition with some repairs and tree clearing having recently been made. We had some some scrambling on a rocky and sandy track. Medium walk of 5.5Km taking 2 Hours with some climbing back up the track Google Photos | Map of the route | Map of the Area West Belconnen | See P Davis’s notes (his advice on the track condition is extremely conservative and it’s quite OK)
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6 Sep Mon
Ginninderra Ck Umbagong Park 5 of use walked but not all together due to a mix up on start times from Umbagong Park Car Park, off Florey Drive, around 10AM down the Creek through Umbagong District Park to Macgregor then to Bel Paese Cafe, Kippax for coffee. Some of us continued back through Latham at a leisurely pace along paths and the creek whilst 2 members left early to go to Toastmasters. Total of 7.1Km 2 hours. Note we could not see the aboriginal axe grinding site due to the flooded creek, and 2 of us saw these strange concrete edifices located along the route through Macgregor Google Photos | Map of the route in Belconnen | See NTA brochure Belconnen (2)
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2 Sep Thurs
Mt Majura 7 of us walked to top of Mt Majura and winding our way back down, 9Km, 3 hrs. Medium walk but quite a stiff climb to Majura, especially the last part after Sheep Camp junction. Scenery and views were great. Morning tea at the AirServices radar station on the top. We met at car park on Kellaway St, Hackett (via Phillip Ave) at 10AM and at the shed at 9.30AM Google Photos | Map of the route | Google Map showing road access at Hackett
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23 Aug Mon
Around Lake Ginninderra 3 of us walked from the western car park off Coulter Drive at MacDermott Place, starting at 10AM, around the lake, across Diddams Close peninsular, stopping Black Pepper for coffee. Nice leisurely walk of 6.7km taking 2 hours with coffee Google Photos | Map of the route in Belconnen
19 Aug Thur
Mulligans Flat Nature Reserve Deferred due to inclement weather. Was rescheduled and held 7th Oct 2010
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9 Aug Mon
Goorooyarroo NR 5 of us including 1 visitor climbed Old Joe a hill on the border with views over the Federal Highway and Canberra. Nice walk through woodland and grassland with some amazing views. We visited an original border marker X4. The climb to Old Joe hill was quite steep but the views were worth it. The walk was a medium one but ended up as 8.4Km and took around 3 hrs. See TAMS brochure. We started & finished at the car park along Horse Park drive on the way to the Federal Hwy. Google Photos | Map of the route | Map of the route in context with Gungahlin | Map of the Start Point | Google Earth file | See Johnny’s Boys blog & his recent Walk & Talk event
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5 Aug
Bruce-OConnor Ridge 5 of us walked 5.9Km from AIS car park (near entrance to AIS Athletic Stadium) under GDE across Bruce Ridge, down a natural bike path and took a circuit around O’Connor Ridge and back. We synchronised our parking nicely with athletic carnival for Canberra Girls Grammar. On O’Connor Ridge we discovered a strange sort of rock pile memorial and later some art like metal sculptures left by ACT work crews who used reinforcing rods as thier raw material. Another Gov public art piece? Google Photos | Map of the route | Google Earth file | Bruce Ridge  CNP Map | O’Connor Ridge CNP Map
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22 July
Mt Ainslie 10 of us walked from behind the War Memorial to the top then around down to the Quarry and back. 6.5Km total distance over 3 hours. There was a steep walk to the top on the sealed stepped track, and short climb on a rough track to the Quarry. Terry’s knees held out just! A few tame roos and one wallaby were spotted. Google Photos | Map of the route | Google earth file
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8 July
Black Mountain 11 of us including Phil’s granddaughter walked from Belconnen Way car park to the top and then around the Forest Walk. 6.6Km total. It was a medium but steep climb to the top. We then dropped back down the trail and walked clockwise around the Forest Trail and then back down the way we came. Half way down we deviated out to the west and then went across country for 1Km back to the cars. All enjoyed it except Peter M who’s knees played up somewhat (those damn knees again!) Google Photos | Kaitlyns Google Photos | Map of the route | Google earth GPS file | Google Map showing road access on Belconnen Way | Forest Trail brochure