2014-18 Walks

 

Walks Held in 2017-18 (2016-17, 2015-16 & 2014-15 below)

GPS gpx files – Since we started in Jul 2010 a gpx file of each walk is available in these Drive folders

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 2014-1523 held | Walks during 2015-16 – 24 held | Walks during 2016-17  – 22 held |  Walks during 2017-18   |  Shed walks along Canberra Centennial Trail 2014-16 | 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 Print 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.
Comments. In viewing albums and pictures you can comment at the bottom of the Album or Picture by selecting the Comment field to the right of the Caption (if any). Comments will only be successful if you log into your Google (Gmail) account

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. We also use Open Street Maps (OSM) open source NSW Cycle maps which cover Canberra

Walks That Have Been Held 2017-18
Walk No Date Location Description Pictures, Maps
173  30 Nov
Thu
8.30AM start
Coppins Ridge 8 walked. 7 of us met at the Shed by close to 8.00AM (Greg was 2 mins late!). We then drove in 2 cars to park 2km west of the Jn Uriarra & John Gorton Drive, along Uriarra Rd. We met one more & then walked through an old pine forest down a ridge to near the Molonglo River. We did a short side trip down close to the river then returned to the track and followed tracks just west of Denman until we returned back to the cars. On the trip we passed a large brown snake by the side of the trail, Harry & Greg walking right past it without seeing it. We also got great views over the Molonglo to Black Mountain as well as seeing Butters Bridge. The Cars were parked at around 630m & the bottom of the walk near the Molonglo was about 505m. Medium 7.6Km, 2 hrs 4 mins. Just after returning to the cars and winding down, drinking water & relaxing, as it was a warm morning, Wally Bezeruk slid down next to Bob’s car feeling dizzy. He was a little groggy, so instead of going to coffee we took him to Calvary Emergency where he received reasonable attention & was placed on a bed & his vitals checked with a blood test also undertaken. Some of the rest of us had coffee & snacks at one of the hospital’s cafes. This has once again reinforced the concept that we must dress for the weather & ensure we keep hydrated. It’s likely in the future that much of this walk cannot be undertaken due to the expansion of Denman. Hopefully the western & highest side is retained as a reserve of some sort. Walkers: Bob Salmond, Colin Fitzpatrick, Drew McDonald, Harry Redfern, John Edge, John Marsh, Wally Bezeruk, Greg Hutchison Drivers: Bob Salmond, Colin Fitzpatrick, Drew McDonald Map of walk | Google Photos | Google Earth GPS file
172  23 Nov
Thu
8.30AM start
Aranda Black Mountain Climbs 5 walked. This was designed for those that desired a harder walk to get fit for Christmas. 3 met at the Shed by 8.00AM & drove to Bindubi St Aranda & parked on the grass where we met 2 more. Then from 8.30AM we walked a circular walk down to the Old Weetangera Rd then down through Aranda Snow Gums to join the cycle path near the Glenloch Interchange, then carefully walked along part of the path under the GDE, then we did the 1st climb up the SW side of Black Mountain to the forest path that goes right around the top. We turned right to take this path around to the NE side of the top, then 4 of us took a footpad down to the eastern path around the edge of the ANBG. Here we got some views of the ANU installation in the Quarry. We then went north until we could pick up another footpad on the north side of the quarry just to the right of the gate that is the way into the ANU quarry installation & we undertook the 2nd climb back up to the forest path. Here we met the 5th member again who just walked around the Forest path to wait for us. Then going around the north side of Black Mountain we took another footpad & wound our way down various tracks until we could go under the GDE again. Finally we took another track, the 3rd climb onto the Aranda North-South ridge before dropping down to the Powerline Link Trail & back to the cars. Medium-hard, 9.0Km. We started just before 8.30AM & finished just before 12PM midday, 3.5 hours. We retired to the Southern Cross Club at Jamison for coffees & a milkshake. Walkers: Bob Salmond, Colin Fitzpatrick, Drew McDonald, John Marsh, Greg Hutchison Drivers: John Marsh, Drew McDonald, Fitz Map of walk | Google Photos | Google Earth GPS file  | Dave Reid’s Site Info on Black Mountain Quarry
171  2 Nov
Thu
8.30AM start
West Dunlop – West Macgregor 7 walked. 6 of us met at the Shed by 8.15AM & drove in 2 cars to West Dunlop car park on Toft St near West Belconnen Pond. Here we met one more. Then from around 8.30AM we walked down along the Bicentennial National Horse Trail (BNT) along the ACT border to the entry to Jarramlee Property, then continued to Gooromon Ponds Ck, then to an Aboriginal Archeaological site in West Macgregor still along the BNT. We then stopped for a short break at an area where you can look straight over Ginninderra Creek. We then continued into West Macgregor climbing through a fence & walked east then north down to Ginninderra Ck, crossing it & then up past Jarramlee Pond and into Dunlop finishing with partial circuit of West Belconnen Pond. Easy-Medium walk, 9.7Km, 2hrs 45mins. We finally drove to Charnwood for coffee at McDonalds. Bob was happy to get two soft served ice-creams for $1.00. Greg was happy he has finished as it was hot & the flies were a nuisance. Walkers: Bob Salmond, Brian Taylor, Drew McDonald, John Marsh, Peter Coppin, Tony Danaro, Greg Hutchison Drivers: Bob Salmond, Tony Danaro, Drew McDonald Map of walk | Google Photos | Google Earth GPS fileNorthern Centenary Border Walks   NTA brochure that outlines the walk along the border at West Dunlop – See walk 2  See also Border Walk ACT Govt | ACT Tracks Information on the West Macgregor Aboriginal Artefacts site
170  19 Oct
Thu
9.00AM start
Red Hill to Mt Mugga 7 walked. 5 of us met at the Shed by 8.00AM & then drove to the parking spot at Red Hill lookout near the Restaurant, where we met 2 more. Then from 8.50AM we walked south along CCT to a saddle then followed CCT down towards Mugga Way, turning right just after a fence & followed footpads along trench pad all way & parallel to Mugga Way until we were close to Hindmarsh Drive, then we dropped down to the fenceline, crossing Tamar St, then followed a track parallel to Hindmarsh drive until we met Dalrymple St, turning right & crossing Hindmarsh Drive at the lights. Then we followed CCT along new alignment right around Mt Mugga to close to O’Malley. On the way we passed the new Dhulwa Mental Health Facility which has an amazingly unclimbable high wire fence for such a facility. Just as the track descended to a gate next to Hindmarsh drive 3 of the group decided to return early & crossed Hindmarsh Drive & took the track down to Garran & followed a boundary trail north until they could turn east at a saddle & then climb back to Red Hill. The four remaining walkers continued past Mt Mugga quarry to near O’Malley & then took a short cut back to Hindmarsh drive & carefully crossed it before then following a track west until next to the Garran houses then followed a footpad up to the Stone Circle, thence on to Davidson Trig Trail & along the ridge back to Red Hill where we met the others at the cafe. We had coffee & some cake at the Little Brother Cafe to celebrate the walk & Greg’s belated 70th birthday from Sept. Medium-Hard, 11.4 Km full walk, around 9.2Km for the short cutters. Walkers: Bob Salmond, Brian Taylor, Drew McDonald, Colin Fitzpatrick, Tony Danaro, Wally Kulesza, Greg Hutchison  Drivers: Colin Fitzpatrick, Tony Danaro, Greg Hutchison, Drew McDonald Map of walk | Google Photos | Google Earth GPS file
169  5 Oct
Thu
8.30AM start
Goorooyaroo NR 6 walked. 5 of us met at the Shed by 8AM then drove in 2 cars to the parking spot along Horse Park St, where we met one more. Starting from 8.36AM we walked a circular walk to Sammys Hill, then Old Joe then along border to Gecko Hills, then to Burnt Stump Hill. Early on we left the main track and headed across grassy paddocks to a corner gate and on the way came across a small brown snake basking in the early morning sun. He quickly retired to a hole under the grass. We also crossed the early stages of Sullivans Ck which is quite degraded and has formed a deep gully before reaching the crest of Sammy’s Hill (727m) which affords great views over Throsby & across to Gungahlin Town centre. On the way down we ad-libbed across open ground & had to climb a fence to regain the main trail. On Old Joe (813m) which has views across to the Brindabellas, down to the Airport & also as far as Woden, we stopped for morning tea sharing our spot with a Shingleback Lizard. We continued along the border stopping next at the original border marker X4, then up to the Gecko Hills (789m) with more views then down to the main trail & up the Burnt Stump Hill (712m) before coming down the ridgeline & back onto the track back to the cars. On the way up to Burnt Stump we came across our second Ecidna of the walk. Medium-hard, 10.9Km. We finished at 12.34PM. 5 of us then then partook of coffee & milk shakes at Frankies @ Forde. Walkers: Allan Bedford, Brian Taylor, Drew McDonald, Harry Redfern, John Marsh, Greg Hutchison Drivers: Harry Redfern, Greg Hutchison, Drew McDonald Map of walk | Google Photos | Google Earth GPS file

Photos: Brian T & Greg H

 

168  21 Sep
Thu
9.00AM start
Glenburn Historic Walk in Kowan Forest This was an interesting walk visiting numerous sites rich in early Canberra history dating back to the 1830-1900 period. 8 walked & all met at the Shed by 8AM & then drove in 3 cars to a parking spot on the Kings Highway, some 400m past crossing of the railway, which is itself 500m after crossing the Molonglo River. There are two entrances then obvious, we took the right one which is Charcoal Kiln Rd. We then drove down this well maintained road for 75m & parked on the grass bank on the right. There is a sign here that shows the various walks that can be undertaken & essentially we did the Green Precinct Trail of 12Km that visits most of the sites. There is also a brochure box here that allows you to take a small brochure with map & info on early settlement and some of the sites. One can view similar information on the Glenburn precinct brochure link in the right hand box. Then from 9AM we walked a circular route around the historic precinct visiting 3 historic sites in the Burbong area & then 6 clusters of sites in the Glenburn area, the Glenburn old Homestead being the premier site. We finished at 1.38PM. It took a further 1 hr to drive home. On Mt Atkinson looking south one can discern a couple of peaks: Taliesin Hills (1000m) bearing around 160mag & further to the left Balcombe Hill (958m) bearing 130mag. In the Burbong area we visited the ruins of Colliers, Curleys, Coppins & Argyle Homesteads. The Argyle site was across the Molonglo which was easy to cross. We then had morning tea on a grassy spot on the north side of the Molonglo. We then walked along the River Road to reach the Glenburn sites visiting the old school & Charcoal Kiln sites, then the Machinery shed & the Glenburn Homestead buildings, stopping at the latter for a quick lunch. Allan left us here to head to other business. Between the two huts we could just see some snow on the Brindabellas just to the right of Mt Tennent. We finished by visiting the Hayshed, Field Mower, Colverwell Graves, Shearing Shed & Shearing Quarters sites. It’s now possible to walk right up to the Shearing Shed & Quarters sites although not to enter the buildings. Due to the time we did not go to the Sheep Dip site. After leaving the Shearing Shed sites we walked straight back to the cars along the main road passing the Canberra International Clay Target Centre. Medium-Hard, 12.7Km, on mostly flat dirt management trails & some grass tracks, with a couple of small hills to climb. Walkers: Allan Bedford, Brian Taylor, Colin Fitzpatrick, Drew McDonald, Gordon Kite, Richard Poon, Roger Amos, Greg Hutchison Drivers: Colin Fitzpatrick, Roger Amos, Allan Bedford  Map of walk | Google Photos | Google Earth GPS file |Glenburn Precinct Heritage Trails Brochure | Glenburn Historic Monograph 2007 (large doc) | 2013 Update
167   7 Sep
Thu
8.30AM start
Kama NR & Butters Bridge 8 walked. 6 of us met at the Shed by 8AM then drove in 2 cars to a parking area along William Hovell Drive, which is on the north of the road. We were met by 2 more & then from 8.24AM we walked through an underpass to enter Kama NR. In the first section we were surprised by some young cattle used for environmental grazing within the NR. Then we walked down the west side of the NR until reaching the Molonglo sewerage track & followed it east to the new Butters bridge. On the way we stopped to look at a waste vehicle which was depositing sewerage from construction sites into an Icon Water disposal site at the pipeline. We then continued until we reached the north end of the Butters Bridge where a ranger drove up and we had a chat about the future walking, cycling & likely community facilities along the Molonglo. We then walked across the bridge to where there is a sign to Sir John Henry Butters the first Chief Commissioner of the Federal Capital Commissioner 1924-29. After having a view under the bridge & a quick morning tea break, we returned over the bridge & returned the same way until reaching Kama NR where we used the eastern route to return. However on the return we went down into a gully that goes under a the huge sewerage pipeline above, with some taking a shortcut across a small creek. We finished back at the cars at 11.45AM. The weather was cool with around 12C max in the day, although it was colder for us as there was a strong wind blowing at times with some light showers. Medium walk of 11.4Km. We had coffee at RockSalt at Hawker. Extreme care needs to be taken when driving along William Hovell in the morning peak traffic. The turnoff to the left is disguised so provide plenty of warning for following cars. Turnoff is exactly 2.1Km on left from Drake Brockman intersection. Walkers: Colin Fitzpatrick, Drew McDonald, Ian de Plater, Paul Taylor, Peter Coppin, Roger Amos, Steve Mawer, Greg Hutchison Drivers: Colin Fitzpatrick, Steve Mawer, Peter Coppin, Drew McDonald Map of walk Nth part | Map of walk Sth part | Google Photos | Google Earth GPS file
166   24 Aug
Thu
9.00AM start
Mt Ainslie Quarries 7 walked. 5 of us met at the Shed by 8.30AM then drove in one vehicle to AWM underground carpark. We were met by 2 more who waited at the Weary Dunlop Memorial. Then from 9.10AM we walked easterly around the edge of the reserve, across Mt Ainslie Road & the Telecom Track near Campbell Park, then up the Lwr Beacon Tk crossing Mt Ainslie Rd again, then down a track along the edge of Mt Ainslie Road & then turned west to reach the main quarry. We then continued along old tramway route to climb up along a nice foot pad under a powerline & through a Shed-Oak Forest to reach the main Kokoda summit trail taking it down to Brigade Hill marker, then a sidetrack down to the 2nd quarry. Here we met two local ladies & one offered Wally some free rocks. We then finished back at Poppy’s Cafe for coffee at 12.06PM. Medium, 8.6Km. There were a couple of stiff climbs on the Lwr Beacon Tk & footpad after the main quarry. Walkers: Allan Bedford, Colin Fitzpatrick, Paul Taylor, Roger Amos, Roger Kilham, Wally Bezeruk, Greg Hutchison Drivers: Allan Bedford, Fitz, Roger Kilham Map of walk | Map of walk around main Quarry | Google Photos | Google Earth GPS file
 165   10 Aug
Thu
9.30AM start
Palmerville – Percival Hill – Gold Ck  7 walked. 5 of us met at the Shed by 9.05AM, then drove to a parking spot on Owen Dixon Drive opposite McKellar Soccer Club at Palmerville. Here we met two more, one came by motor bike & one on foot. Then from 9.20AM we viewed signs & walked through Palmerville looking at more historic signs & continued along a grass track to the Barton Highway. Then we walked under the highway & up a short trail to Percival Hill. On the way we came across a large number of roos & several rock wallabies & especially one wallaby who seemed to want to hang around. We then viewed from the top across to the “little boxes” of Crace. Then we continued down towards Gold Ck golf course stopping to check out a likely child’s grave site previously discovered by Richard Poon. Then we continued past a large pond to Gold Creek for coffee at Thumper & Miss Bunny Coffee shop. We then returned past the Dinosaur Museum along the CCT down the edge of the Barton Highway & a track along William Slim Drive, finishing back at Palmerville about 12.25PM. Easy-Medium, 9.1Km. Walkers: Drew McDonald, John Marsh, Richard Poon, Roger Amos, Steve Mawer, Tony Danaro, Greg Hutchison Drivers: Tony Danaro, Steve Mawer, Drew McDonald  Map of walk | Google Photos | Google Earth GPS file | ACT Heritage Listing doc for Palmerville | ACT Tracks Listing for Palmerville | Short History of Gungahlin Canberra Archaeological Society (has good information on Percival Hill, Palmerville & Ginninderra Village)
 164  27 Jul
Thu
9.30AM start
Aranda Bushland & Mt Painter  5 walked. 3 of us met at the Shed by 9.00AM & then drove to a parking spot on Bindubi St where we met 2 more. Then from around 9.25AM we walked around this little known Nature Reserve walking a variety of management trails, narrow tracks & some footpads & then headed across & visited Mt Painter, then returned to the cars on Bindubi St at 12.05PM. The weather was initially quite foggy & cold, which cleared during the morning with the sun out by midday. Some of the scenery was enhanced by the mist & contrasted well with a burnt out section. We came across a basic shelter built we assumed by the local kids practising their survival skills. There were short climbs on Mt Painter & also on the Aranda Summit Trail   Easy-Medium, 7.8Km. Walkers: Brian Taylor, Colin Fitzpatrick, Drew McDonald, John Marsh, Greg Hutchison Drivers: Drew McDonald, Brian Taylor, Greg Hutchison  Map of walk | Google Photos | Google Earth GPS file
163 13 Jul
Thu
9.30AM start
Yerrabi Pond, Amaroo, Ngunnawal Ridge – Circular Walk 9 walked. 6 of us met at the Shed by 9.00AM, then drove in 2 cars to a parking spot at NW corner of the Gungahlin Lakes Club. Here we were met by 3 more who drove themselves. Then from just after 9.30AM on a cold (about 1C) & frosty morning we walked anticlockwise through the eastern portion of Ngunnawal, across Yerrabi Pond dam wall & along eastern shore, stopping at Samekesh Cafe for coffee etc. It was a warm & welcoming cafe. However we left & then went west over the foot bridge, & back around the pond stopping to view the amazing pelican statues in the lake & on some fallen timber. Then we took a broad path up through Amaroo & along some footpaths, west until we reached Crinnigans Hut ruin near Mirrabei Drive. Then crossing Ginninderra Ck we looked for a plaque that commemorates the old Malton Homestead that is supposed to be buried under Mirrabei Drive, but didnt find it. Then we took an underpass under the drive, shortly reaching the top of Ngunnawal Ridge which offered great views over Gungahlin all around. Then we went down through the ridge until we reach the Girawah park site which commemorates and Aboriginal Procurement site. Then we returned to the cars and back home. The 2nd part of the walk was in fine, sunny but cool weather. Easy-Medium, 9.1Km Walkers: Allan Bedford, Colin Fitzpatrick, Drew McDonald, Harry Redfern, John Edge, Richard Poon, Roger Kilham, Ted Kell, Greg Hutchison Drivers: Allan Bedford, Drew McDonald, Richard Poon, Ted Kell, Greg Hutchison Map of walk | Google Photos | Google Earth GPS file | Girrawah Park | Crinnigans HutShort Hist Gungahlin | NTA Gungahlin Nth Brochure

Walks Held in 2016-17 (2015-16 & 2014-15 below)

GPS gpx files – Since we started in Jul 2010 a gpx file of each walk is available in these Drive folders

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 2014-1523 held | Walks during 2015-16 – 24 held | Walks during 2016-17 – 22 held | Shed walks along Canberra Centennial Trail 2014-16 | 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. We also use Open Street Maps (OSM) open source NSW Cycle maps which cover Canberra

Walks That Have Been Held 2016-17
Walk No Date Location Description Pictures, Maps
2017
162 29 Jun
Thu
9.30AM start
Rob Roy Nature Reserve 8 of us walked & met at the Shed by 8.30AM & drove to park at Orange Thorn Cres, Banks South Tuggeranong (alt 670m). It was foggy at Belconnen when we left but fine and clear at Banks, although around 0C. We started walking around 9.25AM & initially climbed a very steep bitumen track reaching the first top aptly named by Roger ‘Heartbreak Hill’. We then continued on a dirt track taking side tracks to reach Rob Roy mountain which has a north trig & south trig, the latter being reached by taking a short footpad to the peak. We looked to see if we could see down over the Royalla Solar farm but the ridge & trees preclude this. After a break we headed south down the ridgeline which dropped steeply until we regained the firetrail in about 200m. We then followed the trail down and around getting good views over the Royalla area & even down to the Williamsdale Solar Farm return. We had to cross one gate & fence marked as private property, being unsure if we allowed or not. On the way back we had to climb some 4 gates & go through 1 other. We took the sidetrip to Big Monks which is a trig on an isolated small peak with great views out over Tuggers & north to Woden. Overall we climbed around 500m in altitude. The weather was fine, hardly any wind, with around a max of 6C. The walk finished about 1.30 & we were back at the Shed about 2.15PM.  Medium-Hard, 11.5Km. Walkers: Allan Bedford, Drew McDonald, John Marsh, Peter Coppin, Richard Poon, Roger Amos, Roger Kilham, Greg Hutchison Drivers: Roger Amos, Roger Kilham Map of walk | Google Photos | Google Earth GPS file
161 15 Jun
Thu
9.30AM start
Hall Circular Walk 11 walked. 10 of us met at Shed by 9.00AM & then drove to Hall where we were met by one more. We parked in Gladstone St near the The Wandering Goose cafe. From 9.20AM we started by visiting the little Hall War Memorial which contains a real 25 pounder artillery piece, then walked down & across Hall Ck & then along the east bank through the Hall Showground events parking area until we could cross a little bridge & enter the showgrounds proper near the BNT camping area. Here we got a little lost leaving the grounds but quickly found the real track & then climbed over stile 1 & headed along its east portion before turning along its north section including seeing Canberra first real tram in a house on the corner with Victoria St. Barbara then went back to the cafe while we finished the walk across the north & western section before finishing back at the Wandering Goose at 10.50am, after which we celebrated with coffee, milk shakes & cake for some. It was very cold & cloudy day but with no wind was good walking conditions. We started seeing several yellow tailed-black cookatoos chewing on the bottom bark of a gum, then several small black-blue-grey finchs, then mixing it with some horses at the horse paddocks. Easy 4.4K. Walkers: Bob Salmond, John Edge, Ian Cameron, John Marsh, Paul Taylor, Peter Coppin, Roger Amos, Roger Smith. Tony Donaro, Barbara Herden, Greg Hutchison Drivers: Paul Taylor, Tony Donaro, Peter Coppin, Roger Amos Map of walk (Oztopo) | Map of walk (OzRaster LPI-topo) | Google Photos | Google Earth GPS file
160 1 Jun
Thu
9.30AM start
Mt Wanniassa – Fadden 3 of us met at the Shed by 8.30AM & drove to the start point via Coppins Crossing, Weston Ck, Tuggeranong Parkway & Isabella Drive to our parking spot on Jackie Howe Cres, Macarthur. Then at 9.35AM we walked a circular route up along Karralika Ridge & to Mt Wanniassa with great views over Tuggernanong, Woden & Hume. We then continued south along a nice ridge & finally through Fadden & Macarthur on urban paths & the CCT back to the car at 11.40AM. We saw a couple of enormously large mobs of roos enjoying the morning sun. Medium  7.2Km Walkers: Drew McDonald, John Marsh, Greg Hutchison  Driver: John Marsh Map of walk | Google Photos | Google Earth GPS file
159 18 May
Thu
9.00AM start
De Salis Cemetery, Nursery Swamp, Namadgi 5 of us met at the Shed by 8.00AM then drove in 2 cars to Tharwa Bridge & then walked from 9AM to De Salis Cemetery & back. We then continued driving to the Orroral Valley, then walked from around 10.30AM up a track into Nursery Swamp & then checked out an aboriginal rock art site. Around this site we found another small split rock & a Geocache site called “Walking in the Landscape-GC1MXV5” which was some 50m from the rock art site in another crop of rocks with their own cave formation. We then crossed a little creek & picked up the Rendezvous Ck to Nursery Swanp track & took it back to where we found another geocache called “Namadgi Art Bear Right-GC1VFE3. We then regained the track to the car park which we arrived back at around 2.30PM. Medium-Hard, distances 2.9Km DeSalis return, around 7.8Km Nursery Swamp section. Walkers: David Leach, Drew McDonald, John Edge, Paul Taylor, Greg Hutchison  Drivers: David Leach, Greg Hutchison Map of De Salis walk | Map of Nursery Swamp walk | Google Photos | Google Earth GPS file
158 4 May
Thu
8.30AM start
Black Mountain ANBG Bushland Nature Walk 2 of us walked meeting at the by 8.00AM. We then drove to the car park next to ACTEWAGL Sub-station on Frith Rd behind CSIRO. Then from 8.30AM we walked along border road next to the ANBG, then climbed up a trail near the main road up to lower lookouts on Black Mountain, then we took the Lake View Trail down to join a link track along the edge of Black Mountain to reach the new Bushland Nature Trail, then to the ANBG for coffee & cake at the Pollen cafe. Then it was back through the ANBG to the rear gate & down to the cars. Medium walk, 6.2Km. There was a sharp climb to the Lookouts but otherwise flat or downhill terrain. We needed some care on the link track to the ANBG Nature Walk section as it was narrow, winding & a little slippery with a large drop on its south side. It was disappointing only two of us walked as the views were superb. We passed half a dozen older ladies on the ANBG Nature Walk section who were training to be guides leading walks on this section only. So in the future it will be better advertised & supported. Walkers: Steve Mawer, Greg Hutchison  Driver: Greg Hutchison Map of walk | Google Photos | Google Earth GPS file | Pollen Cafe | ANBG Bushland Nature Trail Map
157 20 Apr
Thu
8.30AM start
Mt Tennent, Namadgi 8 of us walked & met at the Shed by 7.30AM & drove in two cars through Tharwa & parked at the Namadgi NP Visitor Centre. Then from 8.25AM we walked up to top of Mt Tennent & returned to the Visitor Centre by 3PM. It was a hard walk with an overall 830m climb & descent. We reached the top about 11.20AM & had an early lunch there as well looking at the extensive views out to the east, clearly seeing the new Williamsdale Solar Farm & Mt Bimberi, Split Rock & Mt Gingera to the west. On the way up we passed 25 Outward Bound Walkers who had walked all the way from Adaminaby through Namadgi to Tharwa. We also passed several others groups doing the same walk.  Ian was ever present with his knowledge on the botanical names of various plants. He showed some of us the differences between the leaves of a eucalypt versus an acacia. This was a Hard walk, mainly due to the overall height change as well as the pressure on knees & joints on the long & steep descent over a large number of steps. Length was 14.8Km, taking us around 6.5 hrs including breaks. Walkers: David Leach, Drew McDonald, Ian de Plater, John Edge, Richard Poon, Tony Weir, Wally Bezeruk, Greg Hutchison  Drivers: Wally Bezeruk, Greg Hutchison Map of walk | Google Photos | Google Earth GPS file
156  6 Apr
Thu
8.30AM start
Mt Ainslie, AWM & Nth Sections  10 walked. 8 of us met at the Shed & drove in 2 cars to the parking spot on Kellaway St, Hackett where we met 2 more. From 8.30AM we headed around the base of Mt Ainslie to visit the AWM’s coffee shop for coffee & milk shakes, etc. Then we climbed to the top of Mt Ainslie on the Anzac memorial trail. There were a lot of other walkers on this part of the route. Ian advised us about some of the gums seen. “The dominant Euc. was Eucalyptus rossii – scribbly gum with distinct pressure ridges at base of limbs where they join the trunk & often with numerous “scribbles” resulting from insect larvae feeding below bark. Growing in association with E. rossi was E. mannifera maculosa – red spotted or white brittle gum, this may also exhibit scribbles but NO pressure ridges. This is planted along Mugga Way and is proposed for Northbourne Ave”. We reached the top lookout & then headed north on part of the CCT deviating off to the north on a special track & then went around clockwise using the East 132KVA Track & CCT again back to the 5 Ways & then down a steep trail to Ainslie houses track & around to the cars. It was a good practice walk for Mt Tennent. The weather was superb & sunny. At the top we also saw some “…Exocarpos cupressiformis – wild cherry or cherry ballart, this has edible red fruits and a Cypress-like habit. The Acacia one with nasty small thorns was Acacia vomeriformis – ploughshare or dog’s tooth wattle.” Lower down “…there were a few clumps of Brachychiton populenum – “Kurrajong” or bottle trees”. We also stopped to check out n echidna, which was brazen enough to stick out its tongue at us. Cheeky bugger! Medium-Hard, 11.4Km, 3.75 hrs including coffee break. Walkers: Allan Bedford, Bob Salmond, Drew McDonald, Ian de Plater, John Edge, John Marsh, Tony Weir, Wally Bezeruk, Wally Kulesza, Greg Hutchison  Drivers: Allan B, Drew (bike), Ian & Bob Botanical Data from Ian de Platter  Map of walk | Google Photos | Google Earth GPS file
155  23 Mar
Thu
8.30AM start
Mt Majura – Stone Wall to the Top (circular walk from Antill St)  8 of us walked. 4 of us met by 8AM at the Shed & drove to a parking spot on Antill St at the end of the houses 250m NE of junction with Fison St where we met 4 more. At 8.30AM we headed along base of Mt Majura to ascend past the Majura Stone wall, then climbed a short distance to Little Mt Majura where we had a short break & viewed the numerous Kurrajong trees in this area. From the base to here it was raining lightly. We then dropped down to the bitumen road that goes up to Mt Majura, walked up it for 50m, then cut through an easy walking route under some cypress trees & an extensive Kurrajong forest to Mt Majura top. We then descended on the main trail & took a route back down to the cars to the west. Coffee, tee, & a milkshake were at Wilburs at Hackett shops for 7 of us. Medium-Hard, 7.5Km, 2.5 hrs walking. We climbed from 620m at car park to 888m at Mt Majura top, ie 268m Walkers: Allan Bedford, Bob Salmond, David Leach, Drew McDonald, Ian de Plater, Peter Coppin, John Marsh, Greg Hutchison  Drivers: Allan, David, Drew, Peter & Ian  Map of walk | Google Photos | Google Earth GPS file
154  9 Mar
Thu
8.00AM start
The Pinnacle – Old Weetangera Cemetery 7 walked. 5 of us met at the Shed by 7.30AM then drove in 1 car to a parking spot along Springvale Drive Hawker. Here we met 2 more who came by motor bike & push bike. Then at 7.55AM we walked down to a trail & along boundary to an underpass under William Hovell Drive & then to the historic Weetangera Methodist Cemetery with the oldest gravestone being 1875. Some of the Southwells who were the early settlers in the district are were buried there. We then walked back along some of the same route but this time closer to the Hawker houses & finally to the Pinnacle itself before returning to the cars by 10.46AM. We were shown the location of Ian’s old house in Hawker that he used to own that backed onto the reserve. Finally we finished with coffee at the Rocksalt Cafe in Hawker. Note the Rocksalt is only open now from 7AM to 5PM. While at the cafe we were rung by Wally K using Facebook Messenger hands free telling us about his current visit to Nagasaki in Japan. We were home by 12PM midday. Easy-Medium walk of 8.1Km, 2hrs 50min. See also walk 96.  Walkers: Bob Salmond, Drew McDonald, Ian de Plater, John Edge, John Marsh, Terry Mether, Greg Hutchison Drivers: John M, Drew (motor bike), Ian (cycle). Thanks to John M for driving Terry home early while the rest of use imbibed resfreshments at Hawker  Map of walk | Google Photos | Google Earth GPS file | CNP map & guide | NCDC Info on the Cemetery
 153  23 Feb
Thu
8.00AM start
Harcourt Hill Gold Creek  9 walked. 6 met at the Shed by 7.35AM & drove in 2 cars to park at O’Hanlon Place, Gold Creek where we met 3 more. Then from 7.50AM we walked up through the edge of Nicholls before climbing through a gate & walking to the top of Harcourt Hill where there is a large tank & trig. Good views all round. We then headed down through the well grazed grassland to near Clarrie Hermes Drive & then had to climb over a fence near a gate to reach the cycle path. It was amazing that we all got over the structure without getting any barbed-wire scratches We headed along Kelleway Ave before taking a path up to Monsta Gum Hill where we rested. We then followed the paths down & along a ridgeline until gaining a small hill which Roger claimed; so now named ‘Rogers Mount’. Then we ad-libbed a little to get down to the bridge across the Golf Course & back to Gold Creek village. We then partook of coffee & Milkshakes at Sweet Copper & some at Amarillos. All left for home around 10.45AM. Easy-Medium, 2.0hrs walking, 6.5Km. Walkers: Bob Salmond, Drew McDonald, Harry Redfern, Ian de Plater, John Edge, Peter Coppin, Roger Amos, Terry Mether ,Greg Hutchison Drivers: Roger A, Peter C, Greg, Terry, Drew (bike)  Map of walk | Google Photos | Google Earth GPS file  | Gold Creek Historic Sites
2016
152 15 Dec
Thu
8.00AM start
Aranda Mt Painter Cook Jamison  7 walked. 6 met at the Shed by 7.45AM & drove in 3 cars to park at Banaga Place behind the Aranda Primary School where we met 1 more. Then from 8.10AM we walked up through Aranda & its bushland, then under Bindubi St & up to top of Cook & climbed a side trail to Mt Painter.Then we returned through Cook to Southern Cross Club at Jamison for coffees & milk shakes, finally finishing at the cars. We walked in cool overcast weather with no wind & continuous drizzle with patches of no rain. Views from Mt Painter were totally blanked out by the heavy overcast sky & low cloud level. Easy-Medium, 2.25 hrs, 7.5Km. Around 160m overall climb from cars to Mt Painter top Walkers: Allan Bedford, Bob Salmond, Colin Fitzpatrick, Drew McDonald, John Edge, John Marsh, Greg Hutchison Drivers:  Allan, John Marsh, Greg, Drew (bike) Map of walk | Google Photos | Google Earth GPS file
151 1 Dec
Thu
8.00AM start
Forde Amaroo Circuit 5 walked. 4 of us met at the Shed by 7.30AM & drove via Clarrie Hermes Drive & Horse Park Drive & then parked at Forde Heritage Park on Ray Ellis Cres. We met 1 more there. Then from 8AM we walked around part of Forde to the edge of Mulligans Flat NR, then to the Aboriginal Trading Paths sign, then to the Forest View Park Chimneys & to Nth Forde Aborig Artefacts sign, then down to Amaroo & across Yerrabi Pond for morning tea at Samekesh & then back to the cars. Easy-Medium, 8.2Km, 2 hrs walking Walkers: Bob Salmond, Colin Fitzpatrick, Drew McDonald, Roger Amos, Greg Hutchison Drivers:  Colin Fitzpatrick, Drew (bike) Pics: Roger & Greg Map of walk | Google Photos | Google Earth GPS file
150 17 Nov
Thu
8.30AM start
Shepherds Lookout – Molonglo River – Uriarra Loop 5 of us met at the Shed by 8AM & drove to a car park along Stockdill Road west of Belconnen near the Lower Molonglo Sewerage Plant. Then we walked out to Shepherds Lookout which provided grand views of the Murrumbidgee River & its valley. We then continued down the trail to the Molonglo River & its footbridge crossing. Then we continued the walk around the Uriarra Loop trail walking on Sturt Island, viewing the old site of the Camp Sturt facilities near the Murrumbidgee, & walked along the Murrumbidgee to Uriarra East picnic area. Here we left two of the walkers who were tired & the 3 remaining returned to the cars. We then drove one car down to East Uriarra & all returned to the Shed by about 1PM Medium-Hard 9.2Km, 3.5 Hours. Overall altitude change was around 400m. It was a warm day & we were all tired by the time we returned to the cars. The track has recently had the grass cut and was in good condition. Walkers: Barry Howe, John Edge, Mike Malone, Roger Amos, Greg Hutchison Drivers: Mike Malone, Barry Howe Pics: Roger & Greg Map of walk | Google Photos | Google Earth GPS file
149 3 Nov
Thu 8.50AM start
Urambi Hills 3 of us walked meeting at Shed by 8AM & drove down to park on Learmonth Drive off Athllon Drive just before Tuggeranong Dam Wall. Then from 8.50AM we followed Marion Stuarts walk 24 over Urambi Hills returning via a track parallel to the Murrumbidgee as well as rock hopped across Tuggeranong Ck with a short visit to view the Stone Wall from a distance.Then it was back along Tuggeranong Ck taking the bridge across the creek followed by using a rough track along the north side which was tempered by thorny rose bushes delaying us as we had to thread our way through a short section before regaining the normal trail near the Bicentennial Horse Trail ford of the creek. There was a steep short climb initially then relatively flat & downhill towards the Murrumbidgee. Medium, 6.6Km, 2.25 hrs  Great views over Tuggeranong & Murrumbidgee valley from Urambi Hill. Walkers: Harry Redfern, John Edge, Greg Hutchison. Driver: Harry. We had coffee at The Grind, 9 Jenke Cct Kambah which is a nice location with some likely snacks available as well Map of walk | Google Photos | Video | Google Earth GPS file | Dave’s Piece on the Stone Wall
148 20 Oct
Thu 9.00AM start
Cotter Gap – Split Rock (Namadgi National Park)  9 of us met by 7.30AM at the Shed, then drove in 3 cars to the old Orroral Tracking Station car park. From there we followed the AAWT to Cotter Gap which was a long hard slog. On the way we stopped to check out an aboriginal rock shelter. We reached the Gap around 12PM & had lunch. Then 7 of us undertook a long hard climb through some thick scrub to Split Rock. We were totally in awe of the grandeur &  amazing rock splits that we could walk through. Hard Walk, 21Km, 8hrs walking. So not home till about 6.45PM Notes: Car park alt 930m, Cotter Gap 1360m, Split Rock 1540m. So it was a fair climb to the Gap, but a steep 200m climb over last 1km to the rock. Its a 70km drive from Melba (Canberra) to Orroral Car park Walkers: David Leach. Drew McDonald, Eric Cappello, Ian de Plater, John Edge, Paul McCarthy, Paul Taylor, Roger Amos, Greg Hutchison Drivers: Ian de Plater, Paul McCarthy, Greg Hutchison Photos: Greg, Roger, Eric, David Map of walk | Google Photos | Google Earth GPS file | Video |
John Evans 2016 see his videos | Mathew Higgins pics | TYM | Another YouTube Video of the Rock | Topographic Maps: Corin Dam ; Rendezvous Ck: NSW LPI 1:25,000
147 6 Oct
Thu 8.30AM start
Red Hill & Mugga Way Area  4 walked. 3 met at Shed by 8.00AM then drive to & parked at Red Hill Restaurant where we met 1 more. From 8.35AM we then walked most of Marion Stuarts book Walk No 8 ‘Mugga Way & Nearby Streets’ returning around northern end of Red Hill by 11.25AM. We finished by having coffee at the Little Brother café on Red Hill The main restaurant on the top is Onred. Special things we saw: on Flinders Way, Brazilian Embassy residence, Grammar playing fields, on Monaro Cres, Pin & Red oaks, Vancouver St, Holly & cork oaks, & the Apolistic Nunciature of the Holy, on Wickham Cres, Kurrajong trees & some amazing houses, Torres St, Holly & cork Oak Trees, Rous Cres, Algerian Oaks along small nice park, on Barkly Cres Oak Trees, Melb Ave, Brittle gum & Yellow box, Dominion Cct was lined with Atlas Cedars, Kurrajongs, Plane trees, & Deodar cedar, on Tennyson Cres, Grey box, Scribbly gum, & hawthorn; and of course great views from Red Hill north lookout. Easy-Medium, 8.5Km, 2.8 hrs. Walkers: Drew, Fitz, Roger & Greg Drivers: Greg & Drew (bike) Pics: Greg & Roger Map of walk | Google Photos | Google Earth GPS file
146 8 Sep
Thu 8.15AM start
North Evatt – Spence – Mt Rogers – Melba 5 walked. We met at the Shed by 8.15AM & after the heavy rain of the day before we decided to delay the Urambi Hills walk & instead walk around the local area. We had to avoid Ginninderra Ck as it was in flood, so we walked around Copland College, under Copland Drive, revisited the St Pauls old historic church & cemetery site, then took paths up through Evatt, then across into Melba & then to Spence stopping for coffee at the Spence Grocer. We then moved west & up to the path around Mt Rogers. Much of it was wet with water flowing down from the top. We returned to the Shed down through mostly paths.  Easy-Medium, 8.6Km, about 2 hrs walking Walkers: Colin Fitzpatrick, Harry Redfern, Paul Taylor, Roger Amos, Greg Hutchison  Pics: Fitz, Greg  Map of walk | Google Photos | Google Earth GPS file
145 8 Sep
Thu 8.30AM start
Palmerville, Crace, Giralang Circuit 11 walked. 10 met at the Shed by 8AM and we drove in three cars to Palmerville CP  (opposite the Mackellar Club). Here we were met by 1 more. We left just before 8.30AM & walked  along cycle path north along Ginninderra Ck to Percival Hill  via Barton Hwy roundabout & then along Barton Highway. We then headed north along the ridge before turning east & down to Gungahlin Pond dam wall, then taking an underpass under Gundaroo Rd & passed the Goodwin retirement village to Coffee Guru at Crace where we had  a variety of coffees, hot chocolate & exotic Belgian ice cream. Then east  to the stainless steel statue Ginninginderry Lights (2013) by Geoff Farquhar-Still. Then we continued up through the Hilltop Reserve, viewing the Coral Sea & Crace Memorial & then down to the community garden at the edge of Crace, south to Gungahlin Hill, across highway, down between Kaleen & Giralang, along path at bottom of Giralang then back to Palmerville by about 12PM. Along Percival Hill Ian showed us a small plant we thought was a eucalypt but was an acacia, on Gungahlin Hill he showed us a scribbly gum & explained the folds below the branches, and we also saw a bird box with some eastern rosellas fighting off crimson rosellas. Crossing the Barton Highway Drew took a nose dive on the bitumen & then had to scramble up before getting run down. Medium, 11.4Km, about 3 hrs walking Walkers: Allan Bedford, Bob Salmond, Colin Fitzpatrick, Drew McDonald, Ian Cameron, Ian De Plater, John Edge, John Marsh, Roger Amos, Wally Kulesza, Greg Hutchison Drivers: Allan Bedford, Ian De Plater, Greg H, Drew (bike) Pics: Fitz, Roger, Greg Map of walk | Map through Crace | Google Photos | Google Earth GPS file | Old NCDC doc on Palmerville | Palmerville info from CAS News | Palmerville AXE Grinding Grooves Old NCDC info
144 1 Sep
Thu 9.00AM start
Mt Majura Circumnavigation & Stone Wall 9 walked. 8 of us met by 8.30AM at the Shed then drove & parked on Antill St Hackett near main car park just next to end of houses at north side of Hackett. Here we met 1 more. Then from 9.05AM we took a track up to CCT & Mawson Majura track, then north until we headed up under a powerline, then we turned south to climb up along the Majura Stone Wall. From there it was up to Little Mt Majura where we had a break, then down along bitumen Rd for 500m, then along boundary fence to Majura Pines, then south along boundary 4WD. We mostly follow the boundary until we headed along Monterey Rd up to the boundary with Majura NR at the junction with the Blue Metal Rd where we met a bike rider who had stopped over for some biking on his way back to Sydney from the ski fields. Then we deviated north slightly to pick up foot pad up to the main Mt Majura track, then down it for 375m to pick up a footpad along an embankment that took us north to some gates on the main Mawson Majura Horse Trail/CCT. Then it was ahead slightly left to pick up a track that  took us back to a stile & trail back to the cars by 12.40PM. After, 8 of us had a coffee break @ Hackett Shops, Wilbur’s Cafe. Medium-Hard, 10.4km, 3.5hrs. We started at 625m altitude & reach highest point at the Little Mt Majura of 836m. Walkers: Bob Salmond, Colin Fitzpatrick, John Edge, Paul Taylor, Richard Poon, Ted Kell, Tony Weir, Wally Kulesza, Greg Hutchison Drivers: Bob S, Greg H, Richard Poon Map of walk | Google Photos | Google Earth GPS file  | Johnny Boy’s Walk | Tim the Yowie Man’s article
143 11 Aug
Thu 9.00AM start
West Macgregor Strathnairn on BNT 5 of us walked. 4 of us met at the Shed by 8.30AM and then drove out to park at Strathnairn & meeting 1 more there walked from 9AM north through the Belconnen Golf Course estate & then through middle of West Macgregor. Then we visited the banks of Ginninderra Ck & an aboriginal artefacts location. Finally we went along the BNT to Parkwood Rd, & then along the BNT next to West MacGregor & the Transgrid major sub-station & returned to Strathnairn for coffee, where we were meet by Roger Amos. Easy-Medium, 9.3Km, 2.5 hrs. There was minimal altitude change as its largely fairly flat. Along the BNT between Parkwood Rd & Strathnairn we could see them working on the 1st stage of the Riverview project. Note: BNT = Bicentennial National Trail. Walkers: Tony Danaro, Colin Fitzpatrick, Paul Taylor,Wally Kulesza, Greg Hutchison Drivers: Tony, Wally Map of walkMap of North end | Google Photos | Google Earth GPS file | Picasa Archive | Tracks 6 info on Archaeological site West Macgregor
142 28 Jul
Thu 9.00AM start
Melba Ginninderra Ck Kippax 6 walked. Four walkers met at the Shed at 0900 to walk along Ginninderra Creek to Kippax & return. We were joined by a 5th walker who used Kippax as his start/finish point. The weather was perfect: cool, no wind, & not a cloud in the sky. All the walk was on paved paths. We walked south along Kingsford Smith Drive, & then under the road bridge across Ginninderra Creek to enable us to walk west alongside the creek on its southern bank. We used a traffic bridge on Ginninderra Drive to cross to the northern bank of the creek, & later used an underpass of Ginninderra Drive (city bound), a foot bridge across the creek, & an underpass of Ginninderra Drive (Dunlop bound). At that point the creek turned to flow south west towards MacGregor. It was flowing rapidly, but its level was well below that of the previous week as was evident from much debris. At the Aboriginal grinding grooves, adjacent to a footbridge across the creek, we met a 6th walker. We crossed the bridge & walked along the northern bank, in two places using foot bridges across steep gullies, & then crossed the creek again via the traffic bridge on Florey Drive. We then walked south, & uphill, out of the valley, & used an underpass of Southern Cross Drive to reach Kippax at 1010 where we had coffee at Café Okrich (Sri Lankan for ‘success’). Two walkers then departed the group. At 1045 the remaining four headed home via the southern bank of the creek. From the grinding grooves we retraced our route to the Shed, arriving at 1145. Walkers: Tony Danaro, Paul Taylor, Ian Cameron & Bob Salmond, & (part route) Roger Amos & Harry Redfern.  Distance 9.3Km, Easy-Medium, 2.45 hours. Photos by Bob Salmond & Roger Amos Map of walk | Pics of walk | Google Photos | Google Earth GPS file

First walk without a leader

141  14 Jul
Thu 8.30AM start
Ngunnawal Ridge (Gungahlin) 7 of us walked. 4 met at the Shed by 8.30AM & then drove via Clarrie Hermes & Gungahlin Drive to park at the Gungahlin Lakes Golf Club where we were met by 3 more. We parked on the north-west corner close to Gungahlin drive. Then from 8.55AM we walked clockwise around the circuit which afforded great views over Gungahlin out to Tidbinbilla & the Brindabella’s along the high Ngunnawal Ridge that was discovered by Paul McCarthy Shed Cycle Meister. We also deviated a short distance to a house in Bunduluk Cres that has several pine trees manicured with great circular cuts. We also visited the Platypus shops and viewed the statue of a Platypus along Paul Coe Cres near its junction with Mirrabei Drive. We finished back at the cars at 11.10AM & we all then went into the Lakes Club for coffee etc. Easy-Medium, 8.2Km, 2.25 hrs. Walkers: Allan Bedford, Bob Salmond, Drew McDonald, Michael Malone, Richard Poon, Roger Amos, Greg Hutchison. Drivers: Roger Amos, Michael Malone, Richard Poon, Drew McDonald Map of walk  | Pics of walk | Google Photos of walk | Google Earth GPS file

Walks Held in 2015-16 (2013-14 & 2014-15 below)

GPS gpx files – Since we started in Jul 2010 a gpx file of each walk is available in these Drive folders

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 – 23 held | Walks during 2015-16 – 24 held | Shed walks along Canberra Centennial Trail 2014-16. 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. We also use Open Street Maps (OSM) open source NSW Cycle maps which cover Canberra

Walks That Have Been Held 2015-16
Walk No Date Location Description Pictures, Maps
2016
140 30 Jun
Thu
8.50AM start
Hall to One Tree Hill 6 of us walked. 5 of us met at the Shed by 8.30AM & then drove to Hoskins St, Hall next to the Primary school site & were met by 1 more. Then at 8.50AM we walked along part of the CCT to One Tree Hill & returned by 11.30AM to then partake of coffee & nibblies at the Premier Store (now called ‘Daughters at Hall‘). The route was quite muddy in sections & the section up to the top has been reconstructed with a nice path & steps. The top was occupied with a bunch of goats who were quite keen to investigate if we had anything to eat. The views were constrained a little by the cloudy & overcast weather it being a cold day with a max of 9deg. It was much colder up top with a brisk wind blowing. Medium, 8.8Km, 2.7 hrs walking. Walkers: Allan Bedford, Bob Salmond, Drew McDonald, John Edge, Stuart Allan, Greg Hutchison. Drivers: Allan, Bob & Drew Map of walk | Pics of walk | Google Photos | Google Earth GPS file
139 16 Jun
Thu
9.15AM start
LBG – WestBasin – Eastern End 7 of us met at the Shed by 8.15 am. Then drove to the Black Mountain Peninsula Car Park next to Lady Denman Drive & 3 cars drove to Yarralumla Nursery with one  car returning Black Mountain CP with the drivers. We started walking at 9.15am & walked clockwise around the lake via ANU Canberra House woodlands, several ANU art pieces, the Westside Acton Park, Commonwealth Ave Bridge, Lennox Gardens, the Beijing Gardens,  Yarralumla Bay, the Yacht Club and the Sri Chinmoy statue to coffee at the Yarralumla Nursery at 12PM. It was a half circuit of the lake of 9.9 km. Easy-Medium, 3hrs. Walkers: Allan Bedford, Bob Salmond, Drew McDonald, Greg Hutchison, Ian Cameron, Michael Malone & Roger Amos. Drivers: Allan, Greg, Roger & Michael Map of walk | Pics of walk | Google Photos | Google Earth GPS file
138 2 Jun
Thu
9.00AM start
LBG – WestBasin – Western End 6 of us met at the Shed by 8:15am & we shuttled the cars leaving 2 at Yarralumla Nursery carpark & 2 at the Start Point at the Black Mt Peninsula CP. Just after 9am we headed west along the bike path beside very calm water and magnificent morning lake views until we did a small detour to the ACT Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Cultural Centre, & the Burrunju Gallery on Lady Denman Drive. While it was not yet open we had a look around & some decided they would have to return later for a proper visit. We continued on to the National Rock Garden & then another side track to the Lindsay Pryor Arboretum by the lake directly opposite the Governor General’s residence. After the side trips we continued more quickly over Scrivener dam & between the Governor General’s Residence & the Royal Canberra Golf Club to the Yarralumla Nursery coffee shop for drinks.  We finished at around 12 noon. It was 9.8Km, Easy-Medium, 3hrs. Walkers: Allan Bedford, Bob Salmond, Colin Fitzpatrick, Drew McDonald, Harry Redfern & Michael Malone. Drivers: Allan, Bob, Colin & Michael Map of walk | Pics of walk | Google Photos | Google Earth GPS file | Info on Lindsay Pryor Arboretum | Drew Led
137 19 May
Thu
8.30AM start
CCT- Mulligans Flat Bird Walk (Cleaned up CCT elements). 8 of us walked. 6 of us met at the Shed by 8AM & drove in 2 cars to Mulligans Flat car park where we met 2 more, one who rode his motorbike & one who drove. We then started walking around 8.33AM.  We strolled around following mostly the bird trail. We initially followed the CCT from the CP until it reaches the special fence near the intersection of the Old Coach Rd which is the last point to link up the whole CCT that we had walked. We also stopped at the Wool Shed & as we walked along Drew read out details of most of the 10 Bird Walk markers. We finished at around 11.05AM. It was 8.6Km, Easy-Medium, 2.5hrs. We had coffee after at Frankies @ Ford. We had previously done most of this walk as No11 in 7th Oct 2010. Walkers: Allan Bedford, Bob Salmond, Colin Fitzpatrick, David Leach, Drew McDonald, Harry Redfern, John Edge, Greg Hutchison. Drivers: Allan Bedford, Colin Fitz, Greg H, Drew McDonald Map of walk | Pics of walk | Google Photos | Google Earth GPS file | Mulligan Flat NR Brochure | Bird Walk Brochure
136 5 May
Thu 8.30AM start
CCT – Majura – AWM Section 9 of us walked. 7 of us met at the Shed by 7.30AM. 1 car with 4 drove straight to Antill St Watson whilst 3 of us in 3 cars drove to the AWM. Here we were met by 1 more. We left 2 cars at the AWM & 4 of us drove in one car to Antil St. Here we were met with a 9th member with his car. We then walked from 8.24AM up a track to pick up the CCT about 900m from CP, then we walked along the CCT until we took a turn to climb up to Sheep Station Camp site on Mt Majura where there is an optional 1.8Km walk to the top return that we did not do as several of us were going to a funeral at 1PM. Also several members did not do the climb but continued along the lower level track. The climb from the bottom to the Sheep Stn Camp spot was around 90m & achieved quite easily. Then it was down the main track to near the Hackett, where we rejoined with the others, then continued along besides the houses until meeting the main Powerline Track that goes up to a saddle to the east. It was then along the eastern powerline track for some 200m then up a nice side trail to spot not far from the top of Mt Ainslie. Once at Mt Ainslie some diverted to view Canberra from the lookout before returning to the main bitumen track down to the AWM which we reached around 11.30AM. Medium-Hard, 10.9Km, 3 hrs. Walkers: Bob Salmond, Colin Fitzpatrick, Drew McDonald, John Edge, Michael Malone, Paul Taylor, Richard Poon, Tony Weir, Greg Hutchison. Drivers: Michael Malone, Paul Taylor, Colin Fitz, Greg H, Richard Poon, Drew Map of walk Majura part | Map of walk Ainslie part | Pics of walk | Google Photos | Google Earth GPS file
135 21 Apr
Thu 8.45AM start
CCT – Stromlo Forest Park to Corks Oaks Section 8 of us walked, meeting by 8AM at the Shed & then drove in 4 cars to the finish at the Cork Oak CP in the Arboretum. We then left 2 cars there &  all piled into 2 cars & drove to Stromlo Forest Park. Then from 8.45AM we walked along CCT, stopping at the Bushfire Memorial in the Forest park, then through the edge of Weston, before crossing under the Cotter Road into Molonglo, then past the RSPC & Defence Staff College & then down across Weston Ck & the Molonglo River, then through Arboretum to the Visitor Centre for a coffee break & on to finish at the Corks Oaks at 12.05PM. 1 car returned to Stromlo to recover the 2 cars left there. Medium, 11.7Km, 3.35 hrs including the coffee break. It was a fairly warm day so a couple of enforced stops to drink water worked well. An interesting tree with strange nectarine like fruit with no seed was seen in the forest below the Arboretum. The amount of blackberries in the forest area of Weston and the Molonglo Forest was enormous Walkers: Allan Bedford, Bob Salmond, Colin Fitzpatrick, Drew McDonald, Michael Malone, Paul Taylor, Wally Bezeruk, Greg Hutchison. Drivers: Allan Bedford, Michael Malone, Wally Beseruk, Bob Salmond Map of walk | Pics of walk | Google Photos | Google Earth GPS file | Arboretum Forests map
134 7 Apr
Thu 8.50AM start
CCT – Kambah Pool to Stromlo Forest Park Section 8 of us walked meeting by 8AM at Shed & then drive to the finish at Stromlo Park to leave one car, then to start point at Kambah Pool where we left 2 cars. From 8.50AM we walk along CCT up Kambah Pool Rd, then through Coleman Ridge & along western edge of Duffy, then across Cotter Rd to Stromlo Forest Park. Not really a hard walk just slightly long. It was a long hard uphill drag along Kambah Pool Rd. Along the way we stopped at some rocks near Mt Arawang to get some great views, plus at a Lookout about Mt Arawang Panorama, and also at the Bushfire memorial at Stromlo. Medium-Hard, 15.4Km, 3.75 hrs. Walkers: Allan Bedford,  Colin Fitzpatrick, Drew McDonald, John Edge, Michael Malone, Paul Taylor, Roger Amos, Greg Hutchison. Drivers: Allan Bedford, Michael Malone, Greg Hutchison Map of walk | Pics of walk | Google Photos | Google Earth GPS file
133 24 Mar
Thu 8.30AM start
Kaleen Super Circuit 5 walked. 4 of us met at Shed by 8AM. Then we drove & parked near tennis Courts on Birie Place, Kaleen, where we met 1 more. We then walked along the path to edge of Giralang, then up an open area to near Bundles Hill (Drew says they call it Giralang Ridge), then we took an urban path through streets to open area near Yarra St & Moruya Cct, crossing a small creek named Gungaderra Ck, then east down footpad on eastern side of Kaleen, across Ellenborough St, south to end of houses & back along edge of parkland to near Daintree St, then west to U & Co for coffee, then back along path next to Kaleen Ck to the car. It was a good solid walk with a variety of oaths and pads and even a nice stroll through the Kaleen Pine Forest with some distractions looking at a couple of prickly pears where Drew gave us a demonstration on eating prickly pear fruit without getting ‘pricked!’ Passing Dalgety St on the eastern edge near the horse paddocks we were slightly miffed by the excessive storage of the local Steptoe&Son who are running a recycling business from their home with various items strewn over their front yard & down the house side on public land as well as filling up all their garden space to the fence top. Easy-Medium, 8.9Km, 2.5 hrs walking. Walkers: Bob Salmond, Drew McDonald, Paul Taylor, Roger Amos, Greg Hutchison. Drivers:  Paul, Drew (motor bike) Map of walk | Pics of walk | Google Photos | Google Earth GPS file
132  10 Mar
Thu 8.00AM start
Mulanggari NR, The Valley, Gubur Dhaura & Gungaderra Homestead 9 walked. 8 of us met at the Shed 7.30AM and drove to Gungahlin Uniting Church where we parked & met 1 more.  We then walked along edge of NR to Burgmann School to visit the Valley Homestead historic ruin, then walked through NR to Gungaderra Historic Homestead which serves as community centre & men’s shed. Then it was back through Gubur Dhaura a significant aboriginal procurement & historic ochre site in Franklin & on to the NR & the Church & then we looked at the weekly Mustard Seed Food Pantry which runs from 11AM to 1PM every Thurs.  We then stopped at Coffee Guru at Crace for coffee & milkshakes, etc. Easy-Medium, 8.0Km Walkers: Allan Bedford, Bob Salmond, Colin Fitzpatrick, Drew McDonald, John Edge, Michael Malone, Paul Taylor, Roger Amos, Greg Hutchison. Drivers:  Fitz, Greg, Drew (motor bike) Map of walk | Map of Gubur Dhaura | Picasa Pics | Google Photos| Google Earth GPS File | The Mustard SeedThe Valley Ruin | Gungaderra | Gubur Dhaura
131  25 Feb
Thu 8.30AM start
CCT – Monash to Kambah Pool Section 7 of us met at the Shed by 7.30AM on a day of extreme temperatures and a total fire ban. Who would have thought anyone smart would walk in such weather. We drove in 4 cars to Kambah Pool where we left 2 cars. We all then drove in the remaining 2 cars to Falconer St, Monash. We started the walk a little late around 8.35AM & walked along CCT to Tuggeranong where we stopped briefly at Maccas Tuggers for some coffee & icecream & water & then continued to the Tuggeranong Stone Wall and down to Murrumbidgee. We then zig zagged around Tuggeranong Ck and over a bridge and back along the Murrumbidgee to Red Rocks gorge lookout. The final stage was to Kambah Pool finishing the walk around 12.15PM. Medium, 12.2Km 3.7 hrs. Unfortunately the conditions were extremely trying with temperatures on this day reaching 38Deg max. Whilst we all finished the walk, Bob collapsed with heat exhaustion immediately after finishing & had to be taken to Calvary Hospital in one car. The others returned to Monash to recover the other two cars, one being the vehicle of the injured walker. Walkers: Bob Salmond, Colin Fitzpatrick, Drew McDonald, John Edge, Michael Malone, Roger Amos, Greg Hutchison. Drivers:  Bob, Col, Michael, Roger. Lesson: From this experience it seems desirable in future to limit the length & difficulty of any walk held on days of extreme conditions to a max of 7-8Km with adequate escape routes in case of walker injury. Bob was held overnight in Calvary as they found some irregularities in his heart beat. He was released around midday the next day Map of walk | Pics of walk | Google Photos Pics | Google Earth GPS file | Dave’s Piece on the Stone Wall
 130  11 Feb
Thu 8.00AM start
CCT – John Knight Pk – Hall Section 8 walked. 7 of us met at the Shed by 7.30AM & then drove to the start point at Townshend Place, John Knight Park. Walkers were dropped off & 3 cars drove to near Hall Primary school site on Hoskins St where we left 2 cars &  then drove back in one car to park it near Townshend Place in a private car space. From around 8.25AM we started the walk from John Knight Park, Belconnen to Hall along the CCT via Gold Creek Village. Was a straight forward walk to Gold Ck where we had coffee in a new little fresh roasted coffee shop in front of the Green Herring Restaurant, Gold Creek’s Roasted.  We then continued on to Hall stopping to look at the new gun at the Hall Memorial & the Tardis near the Premier Store (now called ‘Daughters at Hall’). We finished at 11.35AM. Medium, 10.5Km, 3 hrs. Walkers: Allan Bedford, Colin Fitzpatrick, Drew McDonald, John Edge, Michael Malone, Roger Amos, Wally Bezeruk, Greg Hutchison. Drivers:  Michael, Wally, Greg,  Drew (bike) Map of walk | Pics of walk | Google Photos | Google Earth GPS file
129 28 Jan
Thu 8.00AM start
CCT – Black Mtn North to Cork Oaks Section 10 of us walked. We mostly met by around 7.40AM at Shed then drove to our finish point on Old Caswell Drive, left 3 cars there & then drove in 2 cars to the start point on Belconnen Way. We met 1 more at the start point. Then from 8.15AM we walked along CCT under GDE, through Aranda Snow Gums & through the Corks Oaks to the start of the Aboretum, then returned to our 3 cars on Caswell Dr. One car returned back to Belconnen Way to fetch remaining vehicle & we all then met at the Sothern Cross Club Jamison for coffee etc. Easy-Medium, 6.2Km, 2 hrs. Walkers: Allan Bedford, Bob Salmond, Colin Fitzpatrick, Drew McDonald, John Edge, Michael Malone, Roger Amos, Tony Danaro, Wally Kulesza, Greg Hutchison. Drivers: Bob, Colin, Michael, Roger, Tony,  Drew (bike) Map of walk | Pics of walk | Google Photos | Google Earth GPS file | Friends of Aranda Bushland incl map & brochure of the Snow Gums Walk
2015
128 17 Dec
Thu 8.00AM start
CCT – Frith Rd Black Mtn North Section  3 of us met by 7.30AM at Shed then drove to start point next to Sub Station on Frith Rd behind CSIRO, where we were met by one more. Then from 8.00AM we walked up the new Summit Track to Black Mountain, around Forest Trail and down to our CCT end point at the junction of Link  & Smiths Trails, then we returned via Little Black Mtn and footpads. On the walk we were surprised by the number of sulphur crested cockatoos, gang-gangs, crimson rosellas, & choughs. Medium-Hard, 6.7Km, 2.25hrs. We had coffee at Southern Cross Club Jamison. Walkers: Drew McDonald, John Edge, Roger Amos, Greg Hutchison. Drivers: Greg, Drew (bike) Map of walk | Pics of walk | Google Photos | Google Earth GPS file
127 3 Dec
Thu
7.50AM start
CCT – AWM – NPH Section 3 of us met by 7AM at Shed then drove to the finish point under NPH, where we left one car, then drove in the remaining car across to the start point at AWM along Treloar Cres where we met one who drove his own motorcycle. From 7.50AM we walked along the CCT down Anzac Pde, to Constitution Ave, under Parkes Way, along Lake Shore, over Kings Bridge past ANG to Reconciliation Place, around Portrait Gallery, past Old PH to NPH. On the way we stopped to look at the memorial to the Lone Pine near the AWM, the plaque to the RAM Paddock near the ASIO Bldg, the new memorial to the victims of the 2006 Tsunami, stopped for coffee along the lake at Dom’s Coffee Bar & stopped to chat to a lady undertaking a solo vigil near NPH for asylum seekers. Easy-Medium, 7.4 Km, 2.5 hrs incl coffee break. Walkers: Colin Fitzpatrick, Drew McDonald, John Edge, Greg Hutchison. Drivers: Fitz, Greg, Drew (bike) Map of walk | Google Photos | Google Earth GPS file
126 19 Nov
Thu
9.30AM start
Big Hole (Deua NP) This was a long drive being around 140Km one way from Melba via Ginninderra Drive, GDE, Barton Hwy, Macks Reef Rd, Kings Hwy, Braidwood, & Cooma Rd south to the Berlang Camping Ground & Car Park. 9 of us met the Shed and left by 7.34AM as its about 90-120min drive from Canberra. Its a fully sealed road except for the last 550m drive from the Cooma Rd to the Camp Ground. There were a couple of sections of roadworks that slowed us down a little. We reached the location by 9.30AM and were walking about 9.40AM. We largely changed to shorts & old sneakers for the crossing of the Shoalhaven River which was relatively easy & only around 400mm deep but a little rocky & slippery. We then changed to our walking footwear, & most left there wet sneakers behind a tree. It was a gentle long trudge up a well used track to the Big Hole which is huge, being some 50m in diameter & up to 90m deep. Easy-Medium, 3.6Km return. Actually it was 3.8km for half of us who walked right around the hole. The top of the location is on the opposite side to the viewing platform & is a fair climb up from the platform. We returned the same way without incident reaching the cars around 11.45AM. We headed off around 12PM & reached Braidwood around 12.35PM where we stopped for coffee & light snacks at a Cafe behind the Altenburg Bldg next to Vinnies. Its was called Tucka Khan Cafe.  We then drove home largely the same way reaching home around 2.35PM.
Cars: Passengers shared cost of petrol by contributing $15 each to a driver
Walkers: Col Fitzpatrick, Eric Capello, Drew McDonald, John Edge, Martin Sracek, Roger Amos, Wally Blumenfeld, Wally Bezeruk, Greg Hutchison. Drivers: Roger Amos, Wally Bezeruk, Greg Hutch.
Marble Arch walk was a further 7.6km return past Big Hole; we didnt try this
Map of walk | Google Photos | Google Earth GPS file | Berlang Area of Deua NP Campground & TkTYM Article 29May15 | St Bedes Catholic Church Bell Tower Braidwood | The Boiled Lolly (cafe)Tucka Khan Cafe
125 5 Nov
Thu
9.00AM start
CCT – Isaacs – Monash Section 3 of us met by 8AM at Shed then drive to the finish point at Falconer St (off Clive Steele Ave) Monash where we were met by 1 more. We left one car here & then drove to start point at Chapple Cl, Isaacs (off Julia Flynn then MacLagan St). Then from around 9.05AM we walked the CCT south over Isaacs Ridge to Macarthur & Fadden & along Isabella Drive to Monash. Unfortunately we went off the track along the edge of south Isaacs & officially did an extra 900m. Most took a short cut & only did an extra 200m. Medium-Hard, one climb up Isaacs Ridge otherwise downhill or flat, 13.8Km (should have been 13.0Km), 3.25 hrs. The weather looked quite omnious at the beginning but hardly rained until we started to get drizzle for the last 1Km. On the way back we partook of coffee at the old Aranda shops at the new Two Before Ten coffee shop. Walkers: Col Fitzpatrick, Drew McDonald, Roger Amos, Greg Hutchison. Drivers: Roger, Drew Map of walk | Google Photos | Google Earth GPS file
22 Oct
Thu
CCT – Majura – AWM Section Section Deferred until later due to the weather
124 8 Oct
Thu 8.45AM start
CCT – John Knight Pk – Frith Rd (Black Mt) 5 of us met by 8AM at Shed then drove to finish point at Frith Rd. We then all piled into one car & drove back to Townsend Place in John Knight Park parking in a freely available 3 hr spot. Then we walked from 8.45AM along CCT, up College St, Gossan Hill, AIS, OConnor Ridge to Frith Rd where we parked the car. At Belconnen we had to take a detour through McDonalds car park & get across Aikman Drive which was dangerous due to the new Geocon building blocking the footpath & one car lanes. Then we drove back to pick up the other car from Townsend Pl & then drove across to Maccas to have coffee; Medium, 9.3Km, 2.25 hrs. Walkers: Bob Salmond, Col Fitzpatrick, John Edge, Harry Redfern, Greg Hutchison. Drivers: Fitz, Bob;
Lessons: At Maccas clearly ennunciate your order & keep your ticket. Poor Harry ended up with a Macchiato rather than a Cappuccino. Its turned him off Maccas, Greg walked still suffering the after effects of the flu (dont do it). We sqeezed 5 into the cars to get back from Black Mtn. Much nicer with just 4. One other Member rang as we were prepositioning the cars and asked where we were meeting at 8.30AM. Umh! was always 8.00AM
Map of walk | Map of Belconnen end | Google Photos | Google Earth GPS file  |  Note. The gpx data here is taken from the TAMS sites as the GPS we tried to use had a flat battery. Think Greg left it on overnight &  all the previous afternoon. We did follow the CCT trail except for the Geocom diversion.
123 24 Sep
Thu 8.45AM start
London Bridge to Homestead & Queanbeyan River- Googong 7 of us met at the Shed by 7.35AM & drove to London Bridge CP, Googong via Monaro Highway and Old Cooma Rd. At the CP we were met by Roger in his red MG. In cold windy conditions from about 8.45AM we followed marked ‘Dhurrawarri Buranya’ trail to the old historic homestead then around to Washpen Crossing. We then finished with a walk to junction of Burra Ck & Queanbeyan River, returning along Burra Ck to check out London Bridge arch. As we approached the car it started raining a little. Medium, 8.3m, 3hrs. Car Distance was about 64.2Km out & a further 61.4Km return via Jerrabomberra & Hindmarsh Drive, ie. total 126km trip. We stopped at a coffee shop in Cooleman Court on the way home. Walkers: Bob Salmond, Col Fitzpatrick, John Edge, Paul Taylor, Peter Hatfield, Roger Amos, Stuart Allan, Greg Hutchison. Drivers: Fitz, Roger, Greg Map of walk Ozraster | Map of walk Oztopo | Google Photos | Google Earth GPS file | Walk Profile | Road Route Map| Gogong Foreshores Info & Map | TYM London Bridge and its secret cave

Walk written up in Stuart’s book No 45, 46

122 10 Sep
Thu 9.30AM start
CCT – NPH – Isaacs Section 8 of us met by 8AM at Shed then drive to start point at NPH. We then drove all cars to Chapple Pl, Isaacs (off Julia Flynn then MacLagan St), returning 2 drivers to NPH in one car whilst Fitz generously drove the last car up to Red Hill to park & wait for us. Then from around 9.35AM 7 of us walked the CCT south to Red Hill where we stopped for a break with coffee at the new Red Hill cafe called “Little Brother”. Now with Fitz in tow the 8 of us headed down to Mugga Way & La Perouse St, looking at the statue of la Perouse at Red Hill shops & the memorial to the dutch ship Duyfken which landed on Cape York in 1605 near Red Hill school, then past OMalley to Isaacs at Chapple Place reaching there about 1.25PM. We then headed home with one car going to Red Hill to pick up Fitz’s car. Medium-Hard, 13.2Km, 3.5 hrs. Interesting aspects of the walk was the walk west of NPH, seeing the Surveyors historic hut, the route south of the house to Melbourne Ave, the statue & memorial near Rd Hill shops & the views as you went past O’Malley & out over Isaacs to the Brindabella’s. The Little Brother cafe at Red Hill is 6273 1166 open Wed-Fri 11Am till late, Sat-Sun 9.30AM till late, main plates $14-15.  The upstairs restaurant is OnRed 6273 3517, open lunch Fri, dinner Tue -Sat 3 course meal $70. About the Duyfken Walkers: Bob Salmond, Col Fitzpatrick, Drew McDonald, John Edge, Richard Poon, Roger Amos, Wally Kulesza, Greg Hutchison. Drivers: Col, Bob, Greg Map of walk | Google Photos | Google Earth GPS file
121 27 Aug
Thu 9.00AM start
CCT – Goorooyaroo to Majura Section  5 of us met at the Shed by 8.30AM & drove to a car park along Horsepark Dve where we were met by 1 more. We then walked north along the track and over Burnt Stump Hill & back down and around south end of Gecko Hill & down to an underpass under Federal Highway to the RAAF Memorial Park, where we stopped for around 25 mins to view plaques & memorials. Then we continued down to an underpass under Majura Road, then walked along fenceline track down to where we joined the Majura Horse trail around lower part of Majura to where one can walk past the Watson Wall to Antill St, and then returned on a lower track back to an underpass under Federal Highway again, then across fields to Horsepark Drive, where we had to cross to reach the cars. Medium, 11.9Km, 3.0 hrs walking plus extra time to view the RAAF memorials. Walkers: Bob Salmond, Col Fitzpatrick, Drew McDonald, Ian Cameron, Wally Bezeruk, Greg Hutchison. Drivers: Col, Wally, Greg Map of walk northMap of walk south | Google Photos | Google Earth GPS file
120 13 Aug
Thu 9.00AM start
 Campbell – Mt Pleasant Memorials  8 of us met at the Shed by 8.30AM & drove to Campbell shops (untimed parking behind). One more met us there. We started around Campbell visiting the Legacy, George Cross and Victoria Cross Memorial Parks and then progressed through the open areas of Campbell and crossed Northcott Drive into the MT Pleasant Nature Reserve. We continued into RMC Duntroon to visit General Bridges grave and the two ‘Lone Pine’ trees nearby, then on to the Mount Pleasant summit and the Royal Australian Artillery site. We headed down to the Duntroon Dairy site where a new fence had been erected. We then visited the Australian-American memorial, Netherlands-Australia memorial and the Sea King Memorial, which commemorates personnel on a Navy Sea King helicopter which crashed in Indonesia killing nine of the eleven aboard. One of killed was the son of a shed member. We had coffee at the Russell Bdg2 cafe while struggling to blend in with the suits and uniforms. We then walked up Russell Hill itself and back to the cars.
Easy-Medium, 9.2km, 3h45m (including 25m for coffee). Walkers: Allan Bedford, Bob Salmond, Col Fitzpatrick, Drew McDonald, Harry Redfern, Ian Cameron, John Arundel, Roger Amos, Terry Mether. Drivers: Roger, Bob, Col, Drew
Map of walk | Google Photos | Google Earth GPS file
119 30 Jul
Thu 9.00AM start
Mt Taylor
(our 3rd visit)
5 of us met at the Shed by 8.30AM & drove to Waldock St CP Chifley. Then we walked up a steep track to the top, took in some grand views over Canberra as well as the Tidbinbilla & Brindabella Ranges seeing Mt Gingera with some snow on top. Then we descended steeply to the south with 6th walker Roger joining us in this section. Then it was an easy walk along foot pads & along the western side near the Parkway heading up to the north side & back to the cars. Medium-Hard, 5.4Km, 1.75 hrs. We then partook off Coffee, Hot Chocolate & snacks at the Chifley Grocer at Chifley shops then sitting in a nice picnic area nearby. It was interesting to see a plaque to PM Ben Chifley nearby after whom Chifley was named. Walkers: Allan Bedford, Bob Salmond, Drew McDonald, Greg Hutchison, Richard Poon, Roger Amos. Drivers: Allan, Richard & Roger Map of walk | Google Photos | Google Earth GPS file | At Chifley shops there is the Chifley Grocer & A Bite To Eat is an eclectic cafe
118 16 Jul
Thu 9.00AM start
Bonner Forde Circuit (Peter Davis Memorial Walk) The annual remembrance walk for avid walker Peter Davis who passed away on 16.7.2010.
With a forecast 90% chance of rain and maximum of 9° temperature. 9 of us met at the shed and drove to the Mulligan’s Flat carpark on Amy Ackman St, Forde. 4 more met us at the carpark and RichardP caught up later on the track. Walking anti-clockwise round our planned loop we followed the Canberra Centenary Trail (CCT) North on the old Gundaroo Rd, stopping at the Forest View Chimneys Park before continuing along the CCT, across Mulligan’s Flat Rd past the Golden Sun Moth site and up the hill behind Bonner. After visiting the Forde Heritage Park we finished with coffee at Frankies [email protected] and then back to the cars. Forde was named after the shortest serving Prime Minister(6 days) and Bonner was named after Senator Neville Bonner, Australia’s first indigenous parliamentarian. In the 2 suburbs of Bonner and Forde we visited a total of 8 parks. Easy-Medium, 9.6 km on paths and grass pads. Walkers: Allan & Alice Bedford, Bob Salmond,Drew McDonald, Geoff and Linda Grimmett, Greg Hutchison, Harry Redfern, Ian Cameron, John Arundel, John Edge, Peter & Jan Dunnett, Richard Poon. Drivers: Allan, Geoff, Greg, Ian, Richard.
Map of walk | Google Photos | Google Earth GPS file
  117 02 Jul Thu 9.00AM start Giralang Circuit 6 of us met at the Shed by 8.30AM and drove to Birie Pl off Diamantina Cres Kaleen parking near Tennis Courts where we met 1 more. Thus 7 walked. We then walked along bike path then up & around the top of Giralang next to Barton Hwy past Giralang Pines, & then down next to William Slim Dve &  back along bike path to visit  the site of the new Giralang supermarket site, then to Kaleen main shops looking at the two Orthodox churches nearby before visiting the Giralang-Kaleen Mens Shed. They have a new $25K approx shed behind the Community Centre. They have a total membership of some 30 and are open Tues & Thur mornings. We had coffee, hot chocolate & some snacks at U&Co cafe, Gwydir Square, Maribyrnong shops.  Easy-Medium, 8.9Km on paths & grass pads. Walkers: Bob Salmond, Colin Fitzpatrick, Drew McDonald, Harry Redfern, Ian Cameron, Peter Coppin, Greg Hutchison. Drivers: Peter Coppin, Greg Hutchison, Drew McDonald (bike) Map of the walk | Google Photos | Google Earth GPS file | Walk was led by Drew McDonald

 

Walks Held in 2014-15

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Walks That Have Been Held 2014-15
Walk No Date Location Description Pictures, Maps
2015
18 Jun Thu London Bdg – Googong Deferred until later due to the weather
116 4 Jun Thu 9.00 AM start Goorooyaroo NR 7 of us met at the Shed by 8.30AM and drove in 2 cars to the Horse Park Drive CP (620m) where we were met by 2 more. We started walking at 9.07AM & returned by 1PM. We walked across grassland and then along the CCT 4WD track right through to the beginning of Mulligans Flat NR. Then we returned a couple of Km and then took the border fence up to Gooroo Hill (766m). Then it was along the border to Old Joe Hill (813m) We then went down & along border to old Border Post X4 where the border fence turns down to the Federal Highway. We then came down and back to the car. Medium-Hard, 12.8Km, 4 hrs. On the way back 8 of us stopped at Coffee Guru, Abena Ave, Crace for coffee & an icecream. Walkers: Bob Salmond, Colin Fitzpatrick, Drew McDonald, Ian Cameron, Paul Taylor, Richard Poon, Roger Amos, Wally Bezeruk, Greg Hutchison. Drivers: Wally Bezeruk, Colin Fitzpatrick, Richard Poon, Drew McDonald Map of walk | Google Photos | Google Earth GPS file | TAMS Brochure on Goorooyaroo NR
115 21 May Thu 8.45 AM start Cotter Caves, Mines and Dam 8 of us met at the Shed by 8AM and drove in 2 cars to Cotter Bend where at 8.45AM we headed off on the Bullen Track along the Cotter to walk to the Cotter Caves. We had some hairy moments rock hopping across Paddys River before reaching the Caves. We then went up an old track to the collapsed Cotter Mine, returning past old surface working workings before returning past the west side of Paddy & Cotter Rivers to the Cotter Reserve. We then went up to the Cotter Dam Discovery Trail before finishing with a walk up and back on the Honyong Trail to the lookout over the actual dam wall itself. Medium, 8.4Km, 3.3 hrs. Walkers: Bob Salmond, Colin Fitzpatrick, David Leach, Drew McDonald, Ian Cameron, John Edge, Roger Amos, Greg Hutchison. Drivers: Bob Salmond, Ian Cameron Map of walk | Google Photos | Google Earth GPS file | About Honyong | Paddys River mine | Canb Karst Region – Paddys River Cave Areas
114 7 May Thu 9.00 AM start Little Mulligans Flat to CCT North Campsite 8 of us met by 8.30AM at the Shed drove in 2 cars and motorbike to the carpark on Mulligan’s Flat Rd just past the end of the Bonner houses. It was fine but cool and windy when we headed off in an anticlockwise direction around the Little Mulligans Flat circuit. Thankfully we got soon got some forest protection and a gentle rise which soon warmed us up and negated the wind. There are some very nice and clear views of much of Canberra but from this new perspective it took us a while to decide what was what in the distance. We continued following the northern ACT/NSW border until we reached the campsite which is part of the Canberra Centenary Trail, returning on the same track until we rejoined the circuit track. We stopped at Samekesh overlooking Yerrabi Pond for coffee/milkshakes. Medium, 8.1Km, 2.5hrs. incl breaks. Walkers: Allan Bedford, Bob Salmond, Colin Fitzpatrick, Drew McDonald, Ian Cameron, Paul Taylor, Peter Coppin, Greg Hutchison. Drivers: Bob Salmond, Ian Cameron & Drew McDonald Map of the walk | Google PhotosGoogle Earth GPS file
113 23 Apr Thu 9.00 AM start Hospital Ck Hut –  Namadgi 8 of us met by 7.30AM at the Shed & left shortly after in 2 cars to drive to Yankee Hat Car park in Namadgi which was about 77km & took nearly 1.5 Hrs. Then we walked along Fire Trails past ACT Forests Hut along Pine Forest FT to Hospital Ck Hut. We missed the turnoff & ended up doing an extra 500m. At Hospital Ck Hut we sheltered as it was raining lightly & we boiled 2 billies on 2 gas stoves & enjoyed some tea, coffee & soup as well as an early lunch. We returned along Old Boboyan Road & took a side trip to Frank & Jacks Hut, & then returned to the cars along main FT. We had several short rain showers which were mainly a nuisance. We also heard quite a few wild dogs & saw a large white one as well as a traditional coloured dingo. The main mountains we could see were Mt Gudgenby at the south end at 1739m & the two Yankee Hat peaks, southern one being 1558m & north one 1447m. Back at cars we enjoyed great view west past the Yankee Hats up Middle Creek. I believe the two big peaks were Mt Burbidge to south & Mt Namadgi to its north with heights of c.1720m & 1780m. Medium, 12.4Km, 4.25 hrs incl breaks. Walkers: Allan Bedford, Bob Salmond, Colin Fitzpatrick, Drew McDonald, John Edge, Paul McCarthy, Peter Coppin, Greg Hutchison. Drivers: Peter Coppin, Allan Bedford Map of the walk | Google PhotosGoogle Earth GPS file | Notes on Forestry HutNotes on Hospital Ck Hut | Notes on Franks Hut
112 9 Apr Thu 8.30 AM start Lake Tuggeranong Oxley Hill 4 of us met at the Shed & left around 8AM to drive to near Sea Scouts Hall on Mortimer Lewis Dr on east side of lake off Drakeford Dve. Here we were met by 2 more, with another 1 meeting us along the walk. We then walked around the lake to the Gathering place, then up though paths to Oxley Hill for views of the lake & surrounding hills. Then it was back through Oxley &  across the bottom of the Lake & around to Maccas at the Town Centre for coffee. We viewed the Francis Greenway memorial at the town centre park & then went around the lake & back to the cars. Easy-Medium, 8.3Km, 2.75 hrs. Walkers: Bob Salmond, Colin Fitzpatrick, Drew McDonald, Ian Cameron, Peter Coppin, Roger Amos, Greg Hutchison. Drivers: Drew, Colin, Roger, Ian Cameron Map of the walk | Google Photos | Google Earth GPS file
 111 26 Mar Thu 8.30 AM start Bruce, CIT, Gossan Hill UC 5 of us met at the Shed and drove to Bruce where we met 1 more at corner of Battye and Braybrooke Sts. We then walked from 8.40AM up through the CIT, checkout the artwork, gym & notice boards & then continue towards the GDE to some CIT artwork visible from GDE. Here we met up our 7th member Richard Poon. Wonders will never cease! We then moved back through the bush behind Calvary Hospital to Haydon Dr near Radford College to check out the roadworks. Then up past the unusual tree on the way to Gossan Hill, round the northside of Radford & crossed College St into UC near the VC’s Residence. Again check out some of the sculptures at UC. We checked out and headed past the new gym before we crossed Haydon Drive & up through Bruce to Fern Hill and back to the carpark. We had coffee along Braybrooke St at Seasalt. Easy-Medium, 9.2Km, 3 hrs, Walkers: Allan Bedford, Colin Fitzpatrick, Drew McDonald, Greg Hutchison, Ian Cameron, Jim Grenfell, Richard Poon. Drivers: Drew, Greg, Fitz, Richard. Map of the walk | Google Photos | Google Earth GPS file | Walk was led by Drew McDonald
 110  12 Mar Thu 8.30 AM start Anzac Pde & Reid (War memorials & historic Reid) 5 of us met at the Shed & drove in two vehicles to the AWM carpark where we were met by 2 more. We then walked from 8.35AM down Anzac Pde, into Reid to see historic parts of Reid including the old Railway embankment, then down Anzac pde, into St John’s Church & cemetery, and then across Anzac Pde & back to Poppys Cafe at the AWM for coffees & thick shakes. Easy, 6.8Km, 3.50 hrs incl coffee Walkers: Colin Fitzpatrick, Drew McDonald, Harry Redfern, Ian Cameron, Roger Amos, Wally Kulesza, Greg Hutchison. Drivers: Drew, Fitz, Roger, Greg Map of the walkGoogle Earth GPS File | Google Photos |  See NTA Brochure Reid | NCA Anzac Pde Tour | Anzac Parade Walk Notes Melba Shed | St John’s Do It Yourself Guide
109 26 Feb Thu 7.30 AM start Black Mountain 4 of us met at the Shed by 7.10AM and we were joined by 3 more (total 7) at the Belway car park. We then walked from 7.35AM down along Powerline Track to Frith Rd behind the Botanic Gardens, then past the Quarry site to the top. We then came down a main trail to the north and took tracks across to the GDE then back to the car park, 7.8Km, Medium, 2.5 hrs total. We then all went to the old Aranda shops and had coffee at the new Two Before Ten coffee shop. Walkers: Allan Bedford, Colin Fitzpatrick, Drew McDonald, Peter Coppin, Roger Amos, Wally Bezeruk, Greg Hutchison. Drivers: Drew, Greg, Colin Fitz, Peter Coppin Google PhotosMap of walkDetailed map from ANBG to Top | Google Earth GPS file
108 12 Feb Thu 7.30 AM start Mt Rogers Charnwood 5 of us met at the Shed by 7.30AM and were joined by Terry as we walked up through Melba. We then walked through Mt Rogers School (naughty) & continued to the Mt Rogers trig station. We then walked around northern side of Mt Rogers & took a track right down to Charnwood. Crossing Tillyard Drive we spotted a new Purple Smoke Tree & stopped to look at the small Boslem & Harte Park that commemorates the death of two young children. We shared coffee & extras at Maccas with Ted & then returned back along Ginninderra Ck path to the Shed. Medium, 9.4Km, 3.25 hrs total. Walkers: Drew McDonald, Ian Cameron, John Edge, John Marsh, Terry Mether, Greg Hutchison. Drivers: not required Google PhotosMap of walk | Google Earth GPS file
107 29 Jan Thu 7.30 AM start Gossan Hill Bruce Ridge 4 of us met at the Shed and left by 7.20AM. We were joined by 2 more at Banaga Place (Behind Aranda Primary School) Aranda Playing Fields & we all then left by 7.40AM. We learned later that one more had texted Greg that he would meet us there but apparently his GPS didnt working properly & he turned up late at 7.50AM and another missed the time at the Shed by 10Mins. Partly Greg’s fault for not seeing the text & also his for not getting the location right. We then walked across the Bridge over Belconnen Way to Gossan Hill, & then across to Hayden Drive, past CIT & AIS & under Gungahlin Drive to Bruce Ridge. After short walk around part of the ridge, we crossed under another underpass & had views of CIT art along Gungahlin Drive. We then entered Calvary Hospital & visited Zouki Cafe for coffee & some cake. We finally re-entered Gossan Hill & returned to Aranda. Medium, 8.8Km, 3 hrs including breaks. Walkers: Allan Bedford, Drew McDonald, John Edge, John Marsh, Peter Coppin, Greg Hutchison. Drivers: Allan, Peter, Drew Google Photos | Map of walk | Google Earth GPS filegpx fileCNP Brochure | Belconnen SoS B9 & B10 Gossan Hill Gossan History
 106 15 Jan Thu 7.30AM start Lake Ginn Florey Evatt 6 of us met at the Shed at 7.40AM, then walked through Florey to Black Pepper, where we had coffee and other beverages. We then returned around West side of lake and down path below Evatt under Silver Poplars. Easy-Medium, 9.4Km, 2.5 hrs. Walkers: Allan Bedford, Drew McDonald, Ian Cameron, John Edge, Waly Kulesza, Greg Hutchison. Drivers: not required  Google PhotosOverview Map of walkNorth part of walkSouth part of walk | Google Earth GPS file
2014
 105 18 Dec Thu 7.30AM start MacGregor & Ginninderra Ck 10 of us met at the Shed by 7.35AM & walked through Flynn, Latham, to Macgregor Shops for coffee at Tommy & Me, back over Macgregor Ridge, Charnwood & Flynn. 9.0Km Medium 2.5 hrs walking finishing back at the Shed by 10.20AM. Walkers: Bob Salmond, Don Gruber, Drew McDonald, Harry Redfern, Ian Cameron, Jim Grenfell, John Edge, John Marsh, Ray Nelson, Greg Hutchison. Drivers: not required  Google PhotosMap of walk | Google Earth GPS file
 104 4 Dec Thu 7.30AM start Lake Ginninderra Alternative – Melba Shed – Florey – Lake Ginn -Ginninderra Ck 6 of us met at the Shed and headed off at 7.35AM. We walked east along cycle path along Ginn Ck under Copland Drive into Evatt, then across bridge and along south side of the Creek, through wet grassy area and up to the Dam Wall. In the process we were saturated from the knees down. We then crossed walkway above dam overflow, across Ginn Drive at the lights, and along the path to cross over the Bridge across the lake and to Birrigai at Kangara Waters for coffee. We were joined by Barry Howe who had been cycling. We then continued around the lake, up cycle path into Florey, along a footpad next to Coulter Drive, across past Florey Shops and Oval and down Mellor Circuit, to a footpad along northern edge of Florey, through tunnel under Ginn Drive. We were then stopped at little bridge across a floodway, as it was flooded. Bob & Greg continued an got wet feet whilst the others went back along the road. Then it was through a small part of Melba and back to the Shed by 10.20AM. Medium, 10.6Km, 2.75 hrs total. Walkers: Bob Salmond, Colin Fitzpatrick, Don Gruber, Drew McDonald, Ian Cameron, Greg Hutchison. Drivers: not required  Google PhotosMap of walk | Google Earth GPS file
 103  20 Nov Thu 7.30AM start  Lake Burley Griffin – East Basin 6 met at the shed & 3 cars headed off to Molonglo Reach. We started at 0740 and met Ray who had parked further away. There were many rabbits but more cyclists . We went under the N end of King’s Avenue Bridge to where we wanted to check out the “Boundless” playground. (good to take the grandkids to) We also visited the Police Memorial (Ray’s g-g-grandfather is listed), & the Workers Memorial. Over the bridge to see the underpass for the bridge-bride circuit. There has been a lot spent so far and a lot more to go. A short tour of Kingston foreshore by Lynne who also suggested the best coffee place was next. We went past the old causeway, through the Jerrabombera Wetlands, along Dairy Flat Road & back to the cars (1045). Easy/Medium, 11.6 km, 3.0 hours. Walkers: Allan Bedford, Bob Salmond, Colin Fitzpatrick, Drew McDonald, Ian Cameron, John Edge, Ray Nelson. Drivers: Allan, Col, Drew, Ray. Google PhotosMap of walk | Google Earth GPS file Walk was led by Drew McDonald
 102 6 Nov Thu 8.30AM start  North Evatt 8 met at the shed by 8.30 & headed off about 7 minutes later & soon met Terry Mether about 5 mins down the track heading towards the shed. He had been waiting for us further along. Drew had a problem with the navigating machine & had misplaced his glasses however we continued on, following the planned track most of the way. We called in to Steve Mawer’s place to check out his bird houses. Allthough not home we met Steve at Evatt shops. We continued on, taking a long cut & had coffee at Cafe L’Amour. A short cut after coffee & via Terry’s house got us back to the shed. Easy/Medium, about 9km, 2.5 hours. Walkers: Bob Salmond, Colin Fitzpatrick, Drew McDonald, Harry Redfern, Ian Cameron,  Jim Grenfell, John Arundel, Peter Mitchell, Terry Mether & guest appearances by Steve Mawer & Terry’s wife, Marianne Google PhotosMap of walk | Google Earth GPS file Walk was led by Drew McDonald
101 23 Oct Thu 8.30AM start Mt Ainslie from Nth Side 7 met at the Shed by 8.00AM and drove in two cars to the Kellaway St car park near the end of Ave in Hackett. Drew rode his motorbike. At 8.30am we headed East & after a couple of minutes realised we had started along the wrong track. All was retrieved however & we took a right at the HV lines & joined the Old Tip Track & the Centenary Trail to the top of Mt Ainslie. We were reminded of how good the view is from the top. We were met at here by Richard Poon who had also parked at Hackett but a bit after we had left. We followed the Kokoda Track down to the War Memorial & the cafe for coffee. Service could be better! There are many tracks back to where the cars were parked. Given the 80% chance of rain, it turned out to be a wonderful day for walking. Medium, 9.6Km 2.5 hours hrs. Walkers: Bob Salmond, Colin Fitzpatrick, Don Gruber, Drew McDonald, Harry Redfern, Ian Cameron, John Marsh, Richard Poon, Paul Taylor Drivers: Don Gruber, Drew McDonald, Richard Poon, Paul Taylor Google Photos | Map of walk | Google Earth GPS file Walk was led by Drew McDonald
 100  9 Oct Thu 8.30AM start  Mulligans Flat 11 of us met at the Shed by 8.00AM and drove in three cars to a car park along Amy Ackman St. Forde where we met Drew who drove his motorbike. Then at 9AM we started walking clockwise around some of the NR including along border & back along part of the CCT and Old Coach Road. We were mostly on fire trails all the way except for a 300m section to get to the Old Woolshed. We stopped at the Old Wool Shed & viewed the history & video & then looked at the site of the old Mulligans Flat school site near the car park. Finally we stopped for coffee at Frankies at Forde (was Cafe Tusmo) in Forde. Medium, 11.1km, 3.25 hrs. Walkers: Allan Bedford, Bob Salmond, Colin Fitzpatrick, Don Gruber, Drew McDonald, Ian Cameron, John Arundel, John Edge, John Marsh, Paul McCarthy, Ted Tregillgas, Greg Hutchison Drivers: Paul McCarthy, Colin Fitzpatrick, Greg Hutchison, Drew  Google Photos | Map of walk | Google Earth GPS file
 25 Sep Thu  Mulligans Flat  Rescheduled due to high probability of rain
  99  11 Sep Thu 8.45AM start  Curtin 8 of us met at the Shed by 8AM and drove to Curtin Shops. We were delayed slightly as Drew read an email that showed a later start. Thus we started walking about 8.50AM with 9 walkers up through Curtin to the top of Curtin Ridge and walked around clockwise until we arrived back at the same place and returned to the cars. Along the walk we stoped for views at Reef Trig (called it Reef Hill East), a row of cork trees along the path just south of Cotter Road and west of Curtin, the Flood memorial near the big Woden roundabout and an interesting house and front garden feature at 17 Wilson St. We reached Curtin about 11.30 and had coffee at a small Vietnamese run cafe in the shopping centre. Easy-Medium, 9.9Km, 2.75 hrs. Walkers: Bob Salmond, Brian Taylor, Drew McDonald, Ian Cameron, John Edge, John Marsh, Paul Taylor, Richard Poon, Greg Hutchison Drivers: Bob, John Edge, John Marsh, Drew  Google Photos | Map of walk | Google Earth GPS file
 98  28 Aug Thu 9.00AM start Woodstock NR 8 of us met at the Shed and drove in three vehicles to Fairlight Rd car park 800m north from the Uriarra Bridge Crossing over the Murrumbidgee. Then we walked from 9.10AM along FT and old routes to near Woodstock Homestead and then to Stinging Nettle Hill on the border which offered great views over the Murrumbidgee & country west of the river. We then went down to Murrumbidgee and tired to return via a footpad along river banks. Unfortunately we could not walk close to the river banks as it has risen after heavy rain this week and we were forced higher to escape extensive blackberries and scrub along the river. Ian had a small fall and we decided to climb back up the hill to the same route we started on. Ian was able to get a lift back with a ranger for the last 2Km along the FT. The walk had great potential but was unfortunately not quite successful due the inability to walk along the Murrumbidgee banks. Medium-Hard, 9.6Km 4 hrs total. Walkers: Allan Bedford, Bob Salmond, Colin Fitzpatrick, Drew McDonald, Ian Cameron, John Edge, John Marsh, Greg Hutchison Drivers: Bob, Colin, Allan Bedford  Google Photos | Map of walk | Google Earth GPS file
 97  14 Aug Thu 9.00AM start Centenary Trail – Hall to Mulligans Flat 3 of us met at the Shed at 8AM & drove to Duke Rd, Mulligans Flat where we left 2 cars & then drove around to Hall where we met 9 more who had met at the Shed at 8.30AM & drove separately to Hall. We then left Hall at about 9.05AM & walked the 16.7Km around to where we had placed the other two cars. We stopped below the turnoff to One Tree Hill for a rest & surprisingly none opted for the optional climb to the top. It was interesting they had closed the old track up & were in the process of building a more structured stepped track up to the top. We continued on with one more rest stop before stopping for about 15mins for lunch at the North Camp Site. We reached the final destination about 2PM & waited for Stuart’s wife to drive up with the third car. We then drove back to Hall in two cars to pick up the cars left there whilst one car drove straight home. The weather was frosty & chilly in the early morning with overnight temperatures down to -5C. The walk started cold but we soon warmed up. By early afternoon most were down to light coverings & the temp was up to +13C. There was no wind & it was sunny the whole way. Generally most thought it was an excellent trip with great views. Whilst its 16.7Km, Medium- Hard it was not a difficult walk. Overall around 4-hrs walking over a 5 hour span. Walkers: Allan Bedford, Bob Salmond, Brian Taylor, Colin Fitzpatrick, Drew McDonald, John Edge, Martin van der Hoek, Paul McCarthy, Peter Hatfield, Stuart Allan, Wally Kulesza, Greg Hutchison Drivers: Bob, Paul, Greg, Drew, Colin, Allan Bedford, Helen Allan

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96  31 Jul Thu 9.00AM start The Pinnacle – Weetangera Cemetery 6 of us met at the Shed by 8.45AM and then drive to parking spot along Springvale Drive Hawker where we met 2 more and finally the last 2 at the Cemetery (total 10). Then at 9AM we walked down to a trail & along boundary to an underpass under William Hovell Drive and then to the historic Weetangera Methodist Cemetery with the oldest gravestone being 1875. Some of the Southwells who established the Parkwood Church were buried there. We met Harry and Evan at the cemetery and walked back along some of the same route but this time closer to the Hawker houses & finally to the Pinnacle itself before returning to the cars. We finally finished with coffee, milk shakes & an elaborate mix of tasties at the Southern Cross Club Jamison. The weather had been fine but very windy. Easy-Medium walk of 6.8Km, 2.5 hrs overall. Walkers: Bob Salmond, Brian Taylor, Colin Fitzpatrick, Evan Tully, Drew McDonald, Harry Redfern, Ian Cameron, John Edge, Ray Nelson, Greg Hutchison Drivers: Bob, Ray, Drew Google Photos | Map of walk | Google Earth GPS file | CNP map & guide | NCDC SoS B7 pdf
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17 Jul Thu 9.00AM start
Gungahlin Hill – Gungaderra NR (Peter Davis Memorial Walk)  5 of us met at the Shed by 8.45AM and drove to Indi Close, Crace where we were met by three more. Then just after 9AM we walked along the circuit path around Crace to Gungahlin Hill, across it to a fence and then past numerous roos, across a dam wall and another fence & to the top of Poon Hill for some nice views on a crisp freezing overcast morning. We then headed north until we climbed over a stile onto the future extension of Nudurr Drive then we headed west & then onto Indi Close and back to the cars. The area is still well populated by roos with some ones around. Afterwards we coffeed at Cafe Injoy, Gold Creek, Easy-Medium, 5.2Km, 1.5 hrs. Note this walk celebrated the memory of a past member Peter Davis. Reference: vehicle access from Gundaroo Rd: take second roundabout into Crace (Nudurr Dr) then to next roundabout turn right into Jellico St, then left into Langtree Cres, then left into Indi Close a dead end street. One could also park on Barton Highway near Gungahlin Hill, or the end of Bollard St, Palmerston. Walkers: Don Gruber, Drew McDonald, Harry Redfern, Ian Cameron, John Marsh, Ray Nelson, Richard Poon, Greg Hutchison Drivers: Don, Ray, John, Harry, Drew, Greg Google Photos | Map of walk | Google Earth GPS file | Car access map to Crace
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3 Jul Thu 9.30AM start
City Art Walk 4 of us met at the Shed and caught a 315 bus at about 8.45AM to Civic arriving around 9.20AM. We met 2 more & walked 5Km around Civic East and Glebe Park visiting about 45 art pieces & sites of interest. We stopped at Dobinsons Bakery Cafe in Bunda St for coffee, drinks & morning tea. The weather was atrociously overcast & cold; maybe 6-7C Easy, 5Km, 3 hrs total. Walkers: Bob Salmond, Drew McDonald, Geoff Miller, Harry Redfern, Ian Cameron, Greg Hutchison Drivers: Drew & Geoff Google Photos | Map of walk |Google Earth GPS file | Excel file of sites | Old Pdf doc of Civic Art Walk (large file)