Walks Held in 2020 with 2018-19 below

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Walks That Have Been Held This Year 2020

 
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240

15th Oct 2020 – Thu 8.30AM

Shepherds Lookout – Molonglo River – Uriarra Loop

6 walked. We all met at the Shed by 8AM and drove to Shepherds Lookout car park along Stockdill Drive in West Belconnen, & now right opposite the new Transgrid Stockdill Main Electricity Sub-Station. From 8.26AM we started walking, first out to the Lookout for those majestic views of the Murrumbidgee River & Valley. We then followed the trail down past the Icon Water Sewerage Treatment works until we reached the small wooden footbridge across the Molonglo River. We then headed up along a cliff line before walking around and down to the edge of the Murrumbidgee River. We were amazed by the amount of wildflowers in bloom mainly yellow & purple flowers. We passed the old Boy Scouts Mt Sturt Camp site & then crossed the Uriarra Rd right at the Murrumbidgee Bridge before continuing to walk along the banks of the river to the Uriarra East Picnic Area where we had a morning break. It was then an easy slog up the access road, across Uriarra Rd again, then over a stile and down to the Molonglo Crossing again. It was then a hard slog back up the track we had come down to reach the top and back to the cars which we reached at 11.50AM. It was interesting to see Icon Water has installed two solar plants with numerous solar panels presumably to offset their electricity usage at the sewerage works. The rivers were in full flow and the amount of rain lately made all the surrounding fields seem very healthy & allowed the flowers to all fully bloom. It was a Medium-Hard walk of 8.9Km taking 3hrs 24m. Walkers: Bob Salmond, Drew McDonald, John Edge, John Marsh, Tony Weir, Greg Hutchison Drivers: John Edge, Drew McDonald

239

24th Sep 2020 – Thu 8.30AM

Black Mtn & ANBG Circuit

6 walked. We all met at the Shed by 8AM and drove to the Civic Zone Electricity Sub-Station behind the CSIRO on Frith Rd. Then from 8.28AM we started walking up a road which was at the back of the ANBG, then took a road to the ANU facility that is in the old Black Mountain quarry. We didn’t go up the main trail but at the gate to the ANU facility we took a footpad that started just to the north of the gate & followed it up the steep rocky path until we reached the Forest Trail that goes right around the upper parts of the mountain. Whilst climbing we came a upon a concrete structure as well as getting views of the buildings in the quarry as we walked along its northern fenceline. At the southern side of the mountain we left the forest trail & took a trail that goes around this area of the mountain & which contains 6 various lookouts. Up around the Forest Walk levels we noticed a lot of Sulphur Crested Cockatoos as well a large number of Rosellas many seemingly nesting in some of the trees. At the 4th lookout we took a break & then went down a trail that took us across the main road up to the mountain top. We then went through a walkers gate and took a vague at times footpad down along the line of an old fence until we came upon a main trail which we then took east & followed it down until it met with an official ANBG track named the “Bushland Nature Walk”. This we joined at a meeting platform offering views south over the lake and south Canberra. We then followed this right down to near the junction of Clunies Ross and Black Mountain Drive. Here we crossed the road and went through a formal gate into the Aust National Botanical Gardens (ANBG). We walked though the lower section until we reached the Pollen Cafe. We got take away drinks from a side window & then being cagey old fellas we conned our way into using one of their dine-in tables. After a lengthy break we wandered through a little of the ANBG until we found our way to the CSIRO gate and walked up along its length until we met Frith Rd and then to the cars. Coming out of a gate as we walked up the fence we came across a whole lot of very small children, probably kindergarten age with one of the teachers having a devils time trying to control. We finished around 11.38AM thus having taken 3hrs 10m including breaks & over. It was a Medium walk of 5.7Km | Walkers: Bob Salmond, Harry Angel, John Edge, Neville Viney, Steve Mawer, Greg Hutchison Drivers: John Edge, Steve

238

17th Sep 2020 – Thu 8.30AM

Mt Taylor Circuit

6 walked. 5 of us met at the Shed by 8AM & drove to the nice car park at the end of Waldock St, Chifley, where we met one more. It’s reached off Hindmarsh Dr, via Eggleston Cres, then right into MacFarland Cres, then right into Waldock St. Then from 8.40AM we take took trails a little east & then north until we were close to a large water reservoir, then through some bush until we could take a Powerline Trail west, then across a main bitumen road then down west to a large dam. We then followed footpads south, then to another large dam. From here went ad hoc across open country to join the western powerline trail that took us down to the southern end of the reserve near Sulwood Drive. From here we will took some adhoc rough tracks along the fenceline before joining a nice thin footpad east along an embankment route back to where we could walk up and climb up the main trail to the top. On the way up there were great views south & south west over the ranges. Most took the main trail which allowed us to view a picture panoroma out west, whilst Greg took a shortcut to the top. From here we took the zig zag track down east to the lower trail along an embankment back to where we had come out from the car park, soon then arriving back at the cars. Afterwards 5 of us stopped at Chifley shops & enjoyed some coffee or shakes & snacks, We were impressed by the fast efficient service at the Chifley Grocer. Medium – Hard Walk, 2hrs 44m, 7.5Km. This walk was based on a previous walk here No 202 from 4 Apr 2019. Walkers: Bob Salmond, Drew McDonald, John Edge, Neville Viney, Tony Weir, Greg Hutchison Drivers: Neville, John Edge, Drew

237

3rd Sep 2020 – Thu 9.00AM

Tuggeranong Railway Station & Melrose NR

11 walked, 8 did the full trip and 3 did parts of it. We met at the Shed by 8AM & drove down the Parkway through Tuggeranong to reach the Monaro Highway near Theodore and parked at the Paintball centre. From 9.01AM we started walking going into the Tuggeranong Pines and taking a nice easy road through them up to meet the Old Tuggeranong Rd which we walked along for around 500m so we could climb over a fence next to a gate thus entering Melrose Nature Reserve. From here 8 of us went south via Melrose Trig, with great views, south & downhill to cross Dunn’s Ck & then Rocky Gully before walking up a grassy ridgeline to meet 2 more walkers on the Queanbeyan Cooma old railway line about 500m west of the main Rocky Gully. We also met our 11th walker who had come the other way with his dog. After a break at the 2nd Rocky Gully we continued on to find the site of the old Melrose Valley Railway Camp that was the site of a 200 man camp for excavating the Rocky Gully cuttings & building bridges across both these gullies & probably other cuttings in the area. A significant rock fireplace for the kitchen with historic plaque still exists on this site. We then rejoined the track along the line and walked back around to the also historic siding where Tuggeranong Station still exists. From here we headed back down to the cars using the Old Tuggeranong Rd. On the way we got a glimpse of a beautiful old house that still exists in Melrose Farm. We reached the cars at 12.54PM, thus having walked 10.3Km in 3hrs 53min. It was a Medium Hard Walk. Walkers: Bob Salmond, David Leach, David Ruthven, Drew McDonald, Harry Angel. John Edge, John Marsh, Neville Viney, Evan Tully, Boyd Blackwell, Greg Hutchison Drivers: Drew, Harry, Neville, John Marsh, Boyd Blackwell

236

27th Aug 2020 – Thu 9.00AM

Mt Painter -Arboretum – Aranda

6 walked. This was planned as a circular walk under William Hovell Drive twice. 3 met at the Shed by 8.30AM & drive to a parking spot on Bindubi St where we met 3 more. Then from 8.52AM we walk up a horse trail to behind Cook & then climbed up Mt Painter on the normal track. We came across some workers who were getting ready to start reconstructing the east trail down from the mountain. We reached the top and beasue of the mist did not get the best views. So we went down the steep east trail, then turned right and went down to near William Hovell Drive where climbed one fence and then went under the road, and then turned east and walked dwon the main road verge for a couple of hundred metres before we could turn into the main entrance to Glenlock and where we had to climb over a post next to the gate. From here we went west a little then followed a fence south and then over open ground to reach the Arboretum. As we reached it we ran into the STEP volunteers finishing their morning tea. We then went east so as to climb over a stile. We then stopped at The Clearing and had a short morning break. From the STEP we walked up a path through a couple of forests to join a path that goes around and down through the Himalayan Cedars forest to get us to the Cork Oak plantation. We walked through it then took another underpass under William Hovell Drive and then wound our way up past the Aranda Snow Gums Frost Hollow and continued up and back to the cars which we reached at 12.20PM. It was a Medium Walk 9.5Km length taking 3hrs 20m.   Walkers: Bob Salmond, , Drew McDonald, Harry Angel, Neville Viney, Tony Weir, Greg Hutchison  Drivers: Drew, Neville, Harry, Greg. Note section along William Hovell near Glenloch is a bit scrubby & then across grazing land was private leased land although it is owned by the ACT Govt since 2013. It was purchased for urban development.

235

6th Aug 2020 – Thu 9.30AM

Wamboin Greenways No3

5 walked. 4 met at the Shed by 8.30am & drove to Weeroona Dr, Wamboin where we met 1 more. From about 9.20AM we walked clockwise along Track 3, then we took the trail past Majors Close, Track 5, along Weeroona Dr, then along Track 6 to Norton Drive where we stopped for a break. We then headed south along Norton Rd, until we could turn left onto Ryans Rd which we took through to Wirreanda Rd. The latter turned out to be a very long dirt road with a couple of small hills to go over & with some grand open views on its western side. It was nice walking as we met no traffic at all on this section. We passed a winery along this road which was on the Nortons Road side but backed onto Wirreanda Rd. I believe this was The Contentious Character 810 Norton Rd . It was any easy stroll back to the cars from here which we reached at 12.48PM. It was a Medium Walk but of 12.7Km length taking 3hrs 28m. Walkers: Bob Salmond, David Leach, Drew McDonald, Neville Viney, Greg Hutchison  Drivers: Drew, Neville

234

23 Jul 2020 – Thu 9.00AM

Mt Majura via Majura Stone Wall & Little Majura

7 walked. 5 met at the Shed and drove to the carpark along Antill St, Hackett where we met 2 more. From just after 9AM we headed straight up along a trail to eventually reach the Majura Horse Trail (Jn263). We then headed north along this trail in dark & dismal weather which turned out to be heavy fog over the whole mountain. Eventually we came to another junction (Jn283) where we turned east & climbed slightly on the Mawson Majura Trail for around 350m to where we could leave the trail (Jn288). We then took an unofficlal footpad up under a small powerline for around 150m before turning right & climbing along a vague footpad for around 60m where we came across the northern end of the Majura stone wall built into a fence line using an old post & rail construction. We followed this up over 240m in a southerly direction before it stopped & we could rest. We then went uphill over open woodland in a SE & south direction to reach the top of Little Majura which is well covered with Kurrajong trees & Black Cypress pines (Callitris endlicheri). We didn’t pause here but continued along its top & an east route down to the bitumen road that climbs up to the east of the mountain for maintenance vehicles. After doing 30m or so on the road we headed right & walked up an open ridge also well populated with cypress & kurrajongs. Then we made the top & could vaguely see the radar station working through the cold mist. We stopped on the top for a second break but had little to see. We headed down the main ascent trail & stopped again at the Sheep Camp Station which is the junction of the main trail & trails to the east & west. We continued then down passing several groups of young workers trying hard to smash rocks & improve the condition of the track. We headed straight down & went across several lower tracks to reach the Hackett fenceline. We then took a vague footpad along the fencline until we connected with the trail up we started on at a junction near Gate 16 on the map. We reached the cars at 12Noon. Medium-Hard walk of 7.9km, taking around 2hrs 58m including breaks. Walkers: Bob Salmond, Drew McDonald, Neville Viney, John Marsh, Steve Mawer, Tony Weir, Greg Hutchison Drivers: Drew McDonald, Neville Viney, John Marsh, Greg Hutchison

233

9th Jul 2020 – Thu 9.30AM

Pine Is South Mt Stranger Point Hut

7 walked. 5 met at the Shed and drove to Pine Is car park where we met 2 more. We had to park near the entry to Pine Island North as the road to Pine is South was locked. We started at 9.15 by walking back up the entry road for 130m before turning south on a dirt road, although we got sided tracked a little by several dirt bike trails. We reached the pond wall for Stranger Pond, then walked along its south side for 400m before turning south to walk through a small section of Bonython. We then took a small laneway out to the Bicentennial Trail (BNT) & followed it south for around 700m before we could turn easterly to walk up a winding fire trail towards the top of Mt Stranger. For the last 200m we went over open ground to reach Mt Stranger Trig station which offered great views north over Tuggeranong Town Centre & up to Mt Taylor as well as views over the Murrumbidgee valley & down to Mt Tennant & across to the peaks on the Tidbinbilla Range, etc. From the top we took a ridgeline down to the south dropping off to the west to pick up the BNT again before turning down fenceline trails parallel to Woodcock Drive. We then went through a gate into the Point Hut dog exercise area before following paths and a fence to go through a gate to pick up the Murrumbidge River walking trail that took us to Point Hut Crossing reserve where we took a break and were educated by Ian on the various Pin Oak, Algerian Oak, Plane trees, etc. We then returned back to the cars along that same river trail reaching the cars at around 12.19pm. Overall an Easy-Medium, 9.2Km walk taking 3hrs 4m Walkers: Bob Salmond, Drew McDonald, Ian de Plater, Neville Viney, Evan Tully, Boyd Blackwell, Greg Hutchison Drivers: Ian de Plater, Boyd Blackwell

232

25 Jun 2020 – Thu 9.30AM

Gibraltar Peak – Tidbinbilla

7 walked. 4 met at the Shed by 8AM and drove in 1 car to Dalsetta Car Park in Tidbinbilla. Here we met 3 more who had driven independently. We had stopped at the Visitor Centre and found out they were still not charging fees and received a small card to open the gate. From 9.20AM we started walking after writing our details in the Log Book which is located across the road at the start of the trail. Initially the walk was quite easy across open fields which then altered to a dirt track winding through open woodland. We then entered another open area where our trail split from the trail to the Xanthorrhoea Loop. This was also a connection to the old Firetrail that goes up to the top. We continued through generally open country with lots of Roos around until we entered more dense country where we started to climb up a very defined zig zag towards Eliza Saddle. This saddle also contains another junction and it separates Mt Eliza in the north from Gibraltar Peak to the south. The north trail from this saddle goes down and around to the north to reach the Visitor Centre. We took the continuation of the main trail. Along this section two walkers (Boyd and Evan) turned back as they were unsure about reaching the top. The rest continued, passing a viewing platform before reaching the junction of the Gibraltar, Devils Peak Fire Trails and the trail to the peak. We continued up to the peak and viewed various views from a couple of rock platform to the west and north, as well as a view from a slot to the east. We then sat on a large rock platform to view the scenery over the Tidbinbilla Valley whilst having some lunch. Returning we took a steep walk up the Gibraltar FT before then carefully walking down the FT. It was quite steep in places and very slippery. It is definitely much easier to walk up the formal walking track rather than the FT. Continuing down we came on an amazing open grassy area with the Xanthorrhoea Loop on its south and west side. We continued down over this large grassy area until we rejoined the main walking trail and reach the car park at 1.10PM. Overall it was a Medium-Hard walk of 7.5km, taking around 3hrs 50m including breaks. Walkers: Bob Salmond, David Leach, Drew McDonald, Harry Angel, Evan Tully, Boyd Blackwell, Greg Hutchison Drivers: Bob Salmond, Harry Angel, Boyd Blackwell

231

11 Jun 2020 – Thu 9.00AM

Umbagong Ginninderra Ck Dunlop Grasslands Goodwin Hill

5 walked. This was a slightly longer walk than we have done lately, but one with little climbing and long easy stretches. It was a mixture of several past walks to create an interesting circular walk. 4 met at the Shed by 8.35AM & drove in one car to the start point in Florey Drive, Latham where we met 1 more. Then from 8.50AM in very heavy cold fog we headed down along nice trails to the Stepping Stones over Ginninderra Ck. Then we headed back and up to a kids playground then along easy dirt tracks to join the main path along the Creek under the bridge on Florey Drive as it crossed the Creek. Then we walked along the north bank of the Creek admiring some wooden craft at a playground & some ducks in trees, passing Jaramlee Pond & then turning north near Fassifern Pond & continuing along a fenceline to the Fassifern property until we reached the West Belconnen Pond in West Dunlop. We then headed west around the pond & followed a path north along the west edge of Dunlop in Dunlop Grasslands Nature Reserve. Here we had to climb a couple of gates that were locked which made little sense. We continued right up to the northern boundary & then turned east along the boundary until we reached an Osage Orange Tree. From here we turned back a little & headed south to reach the site of the Charnwood Homestead. There is not much to see although we could see some olive trees. The site is degraded due to local kids using it as a mini mountain bike area. We went over & read the Canberra Tracks information sign & then headed west to soon reach the Crowajingalong Site sign. We tried to find any easy way to get over the fence but failed so we didn’t visit the site, & then headed south west to then climb over another locked gate and then went west & south west to then have to climb another gate before we could walk down a long easy path of 2km under the powerlines until we crossed under Ginninderra Drive, & then in another 400m we turned left along Archdall St, before winding up a little to reach Goodwin Hill Reserve. We then traversed along the ridge until we reached Beeston St & continued down Hancock Cr to reach Florey Drive & then the cars at 1.03PM. As we drove home the weather cleared the sun came out for a short time. Due to the heavy fog & wet ground from some light rain the night before some of us ended with wet feet & wet lower parts of our trousers. Medium,14.6km, around 4hrs 13m. Walkers: Bob Salmond, Drew McDonald, Harry Angel, Neville Viney, Greg Hutchison Drivers: Bob Salmond, Harry Angel

230

28 May 2020 – Thu 9.00AM

Palmerville – Percival Hill – Gold Ck

9 walked. 5 met at the Shed by 8.30AM & drove in two cars to Palmerville, Evatt, where we met 4 more. Then from 8.50AM in heavy fog, we walked through Palmerville looking at the Memorial Forest & some of the Palmerville historic signs & sites. After walking down the road of elms to Ginninderra Ck, we turned north & walked along the fenceline to the CSIRO area until we reached a ditch next to the Barton Highway. We then walked east down the ditch before we could walk under the Barton Highway Roundabout, & then turn to climb up Percival Hill. We initially had to walk across an Icon Water access road to a works site associated with a sewerage vent outlet higher up the hill. We crossed & were able to get through a barbed wire fence & climbed up passing lots of kangaroos & some wallabies to reach the top of Percival Hill (662m). Unfortunately a heavy fog covered the area & prevented any views. So we headed north then west down to the edge of the Nature reserve next to Nicholls & tracked south until we found what we knew as a child’s grave site which was surrounded by a number of large bolts. We then went west a little to the edge of a pond & around the pond until we could continue west to Gold Creek. Here we stopped at the old Ginninderra Village area & had morning tea at Armadillos Cafe. We then returned down past the Dinosuar Museum, Deasland & along the CCT trail along the Barton Hwy, before dropping down & under the large roundabout again & took the bitumen path down the Gundaroo Road until we could turn under it again & enter Palmerville, returning to our parked cars about 11.55AM. Easy-Medium, 8.8km, around 3hr 5m. Walkers: Bob Salmond, David Ruthven, Drew McDonald, Harry Angel, Harry Redfern, Peter Coppin, Steve Mawer, Tony Weir, Greg Hutchison Drivers: Bob Salmond, David Ruthven, Drew McDonald, Harry Angel, Peter Coppin, Steve Mawer

229

21 May 2020 – Thu 9.30AM

Mulligans Flat – Wetland and Ground to Sky Walks

7 walked. 4 met at the Shed by 9AM & drove in two cars to Shingleback St, Throsby, where we met 3 more. Then from 9.28AM we walked in a circular fashion. Initially we went west on the wetland walk to the large dam, then north & east around the dam, before heading across country, along an electric fence, before heading south-east to pick up the Ground to Sky Track. It then took us back to the north-east to climb up Sammy’s Hill (727m ASL) which afforded nice views south & west over Gungahlin & the hills & ridges all around. On the way up the hill we stopped to look at a cattle watering tank & could see how a float kept the trough filled with water from a pipe under the ground. It seems that some paddocks between Mulligans, Gooroo & Throsby are still being grazed. We went down to the south and then had to walk back along a fenceline & finished back at the cars about 11.58AM. Afterwards 4 of us retired to Frankies at Forde for coffee & shakes. Easy-Medium, 6.6km, around 2hr 30m. Walkers: Bob Salmond, David Leach, Drew McDonald, Harry Angel, Steve Mawer, Neville Viney, Greg Hutchison Drivers: David Leach, Drew McDonald, Harry Angel, Steve Mawer, Neville Viney

228

14 May 2020 – Thu 8.30AM

Aranda Bushland & Snowgums

7 walked. 5 met at the Shed and we all drove in our cars to Bindubi St. We then met two more there and from 8.30AM walked in a circular fashion up to the north east towards Aranda taking several small tracks up and eventually to the highest point adjacent to Aranda. We then went east and down adjacent to the houses until we reached a small area with an electricity box under the main power line and took a small track down south towards the main east-west track Old Weetangera Rd and also part of the CCT. We then went west a short distance and took the track down to the Snowgums Area. We then went back to this later road and continued west until we reached the Powerline Link Track and followed it north to rejoin the original Powerline Track which took us west to the cars. We finished back there about 10.10AM. Easy-Medium, 4.6km ,around 1hr 40m. Walkers: Bob Salmond, Drew McDonald, Harry Angel, John Marsh, Steve Mawer, Neville Viney, Greg Hutchison Drivers: all of us drove

Walks Restarted from 14th May 2020

227

19 Mar 2020 – Thu 8.30AM

One Tree Hill

5 walked. 3 of us met around 8AM at the Shed & drove to Hall and parked at cnr of Victoria and Gladstone Sts where we met two more. Then from 8.20AM we followed a section of the Hall circular walk to the Icon water tanks then took the CCT to One Tree Hill (876m) & back to the cars by 11.50AM. Views were great & we could see all Gungahlin, Belconnen, Civic & even Woden towers, across to Tidbinbilla and Brindabella Ranges. We saw several Red Neck Wallabies hiding in the trees near the top of OTH. We finished back at Daughters of Hall where we had coffee, shakes and sampled Harry’s special lemon cake slice Medium-Hard, 9.8km, around 3 hrs walking plus 30m breaks. Walkers: Bob Salmond, Drew McDonald, Harry Angel, Neville Viney, Greg Hutchison Drivers: Bob, Neville, Drew

226

27 Feb 2020 – Thu 9.00AM

Kowen Forest Trails

4 walked. 3 of us met at the Shed by 08.00AM then drove to a spot on Bingley Way via Mulligans Flat Rd, East Tallagandra Lane, Sutton Rd and past Sutton Village to the Sutton turnoff, taking Sutton Road south towards Qbn, then after 8.8Km taking Norton road east for 4.2Km, turning then right or south on Bingley Way, then driving 2.4Km to the parking location which is opposite 241 Bingley Way, Wamboin. Then from 9AM, we walked up the dirt Crown Rd, taking the Border Track through to the border and walked a circular route around part of Kowen Forest similar to what we did on walk 186 of 19 Jul 2018. In one spot we climb steeply up a rough track created by trails bikes. Near Poppet Hill we found a wrecked Ford Fairlane abandoned near the border trail. The highest point we got to was Poppet Hill at 921m, with the lowest at the Pond around 785m & 850m where we parked the cars. From Poppet Hill we could see out over Queanbeyan to Hume and south west over south Canberra and as far west as Black Mountain. We reached the cars by 12.30PM. Medium walk 9.7km, 3hrs 30m incl breaks. Walkers: Drew McDonald, Harry Angel, Neville Viney, Greg Hutchison Drivers: Harry Angel, Drew McDonald

225

13 Feb 2020 – Thu 8.30AM

Zoo Pines & Yarralumla Woolshed

7 walked. 6 of us met at the Shed by 08.00AM then drove to a spot on Lake Burley Griffin around 200m north of the Zoo entrance. Her we met one more. Then from 08.39AM we walked down the west side of the Zoo until we could pick up a bridle trail just south of the Zoo area. We continued along this trail until we eventually reached another proper management trail that runs along the edge of the Molonglo River. We then joined this trail for a short distance before turning down to cross the Molonglo on a low causeway then climbed up over a bike path and then into the Yarralumla Equestrian Centre. We took a path down to the Yarralumla Woolshed which is locked up but there a couple of signs about its history and usage. We then returned taking a route across the equestrian fields covered with numerous horse jumps until we could pick up a bike path west then we could recross the Molonglo, after which we went further west before we could pick up a Mountain Bike Trail named “The Hood”. Finishing that we returned back down to the Molonglo path and then followed it up to the north east end of the Zoo which overlooked the Scrivenor Dam. We then returned to the cars at 11.02AM. The weather was warm & fine & mostly cloudy. Afterwards 6 of us went to the Southern Cross Club at Jamison for coffees, shakes and snacks. Easy-Medium walk 7.3km, 2hrs 53m incl breaks. Walkers: Bob Salmond, Drew McDonald, David Ruthven, Harry Angel, John Marsh, Tony Donaro, Greg Hutchison Drivers: Bob Salmond, Drew McDonald, John Marsh, Tony Donaro

224

30 Jan 2020 – Thu 8.15AM

Lake Ginninderra Social Walk

5 of us met at the Shed by 08.00AM & drove to the car park next to Lake Ginninderra on the east side of Diddams Close. Then from 08.16AM we walked anti-clockwise around the lake. We took a short cut through open grasslands across the peninsula & up a hill we knew as Diddams Hill, then coming down on its north west side finding a hole dug into the ground around which was some rubbish & old pallets. We then continued right around taking some shortcuts on dirt pads other walkers had made, until we eventually came past the town centre. On the bridge across the south end we could see a lot of rubbish & dirty water in a new series of ponds built by the local Government to contain such rubbish. Whether this has worked is unclear but a lot of dirty water is sitting just next to the bridge. We then stopped at Birrigai Cafe in the IRT Kangara Waters retirement village. Here we partook of coffee & of course a couple of strawberry milkshakes in some strange containers. The grin on their faces indicated they were satisfied. We then returned to the cars 10.30AM. The weather was warm & fine with a covering of smoke blocking part of the sun. Easy-Medium social walk 6.4km, 2hrs 16m incl a break. Walkers: Bob Salmond, Drew McDonald, David Ruthven, Harry Angel, Greg Hutchison

223

23 Jan 2020 – Thu 8.00AM

Ginninderra Ck Kippax Social Walk

5 of us met at the Shed by 08.00AM & from 08.08AM we walked down and along the path next to Ginninderra Drive until we turned under Ginninderra Ck following the nice path along its eastern side. On the way we stopped to view the historic Steeping Stones crossing of the creek. We continued on the east side to reach Kippax centre where we visited the Lucky Shot Cafe. Bob deviated to Maccas to get their soft serve as he believed Lucky Shots milk shakes were a ripoff. Arriving late at the cafe he was surprised to see Harry’s gigantic milk shake for only $5. Leaving Kippax we continued back but went on the west side after passing under Southern Cross drive. We then continued along the creek path as the weather deteriorated with string dust and smoke haze and winds buffering us all the way back to Melba which we reached at 11.07AM. Easy-Medium social walk 9.6km, 2hrs 6m incl a break. Walkers: Bob Salmond, Harry Angel, John Edge, Nigel Viney, Greg Hutchison

222

16 Jan 2020 – Thu 7.30AM

Flynn Charnwood Social Walk

3 of us met at the Shed by 07.30AM & from 7.41AM we walked down and along the path next to Ginninderra Drive until we reached Charnwood whence we entered the shops off Tillyard Drive and stopped at Maccas for coffees and a soft serve. Whilst there Ted Tregillgas arrived for his usual $2 Maccas brekkie and we chatted with him for a while. Leaving Charnwood we went north east up along a well know path for around 250m before we stopped and looked at the Boslem and Harte Park. Its a small 660sq m small community park that commemorates the lives of three children who lost there lives there in a house fire on 4 Jul 1994. They were Sidney & Zachary Boslem & McCauley Harte. We continued up the main path then turning south-east after 800m. We then took this new path under Tillyard Drive and then past Herschell Cct where strangely enough is where Ted lives. We then crossed Kingsford Smith Drive past Melba Shops and to the Shed at 9.47AM. Easy-Medium social walk 6.2Km, 2hrs 59m incl a break. Walkers: Bob Salmond, Drew McDonald, Greg Hutchison

221

9 Jan 2020 – Thu 7.30AM

Evatt Ponds Florey Melba Ponds Social Walk

4 of us met at the Shed by 0730AM & from 7.39AM we walked along the path adjacent to Ginninderra Ck until we could cross at a spot where the creek had dried up. We then continued along the south side through beautiful stands of exotic trees and then we recrossed the creek and looked at a couple of ponds and wetlands which were part of the Evatt Ponds and Wetlands that had recently been put in. We continued along beside the creek until we could see the dam spillway & the path over its top. We then crossed Ginninderra Drive at the lights & went counter-clockwise around the lake path until we could cut over an embankement & take an underpass under Coulter Drive & along shortcuts & paths up to Florey Shops. Here we stopped to have milkshakes & coffee at the Bolivar Pop Up cafe outside SuperXpress. We then crossed Florey Oval then down Mellor Cct West until we could cross under Ginninderra Drive through an unused underpass, seemingly used by skate boarders & then arrived at the new Melba Ponds & Wetlands. We wandered along to finally stop at ponds near its north end & Drew discovered a duck caught in some netting over part of the wetlands. With some difficulty we were able to extricate the duck which immediately flew off. We then went around the BMX tracks & up over the bridge on Copland Drive then back along the track we had come on. Opposite the Melba playing fields & tennis courts we discovered a small side track down to the creek. Greg checked it out & found another easy crossing of Ginninderra Creek, mainly due to it not flowing & being quite dry in some sections. Along the path here we met Neville who said he planned to join us but woke up late! We reached the cars at the Shed around 10.18AM. Easy-Medium social walk 7.9Km, 2hrs 39m incl a break. Walkers: Bob Salmond, Drew McDonald, Harry Angel, Greg Hutchison

Walks Held in 2nd Half 2019 (2018-19 below)

GPS gpx files – Since we started in Jul 2010 a gpx file of each walk is available in these Google 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 | Walks during 2016-17  – 22 held | Walks during 2017-18 – 22 heldWalks during 2018-19 – 22 held | Walks during Jul 2019-20 | Shed walks along Canberra Centennial Trail 2014-16 | Information on using these files and GPS file types etc here

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220

19 Dec 2019 – Thu 7.30AM

Gungahlin Pond Percival Hill & Gungahlin Lakes Club

7 walked. 6 of us met at the Shed by 8AM and then drove to the club where we met one more and one cycling. We started walking at 8.30AM and went south along Gundaroo Rd which was dug up for road works before turning into a local street then along a path around Gungahlin Pond. In this process our cyclist went on and we never saw him again. We then crossed the dam wall and then climbed up and then left into a well wooded area that took us past a pond and up to Percival Hill. The lower area and most of the area really was quite devoid of ground cover and obviously heavily impacted by the dry conditions. The few roos we saw also looked impoverished and depressed. At the top we viewed the surrounds with the south view now impacted by a large Icon Water sewerage vent pipe which towers over the Barton Highway roundabout like a new form of mobile tower. The view over the CSIRO area showed very dry and dead looking fields and views over the Pond to Gungahlin were impeded by the bush fire haze. We then decided to take the most direct route back so we went north along the main ridge before turning down towards the edge of Nicholls to the north until we regained the path around the Gungahlin Pond. It was then a simple trudge around the Pond until we reached our cars at the Club carpark around 10.16AM so we could have morning tea at Gungahlin Lakes Club. Easy-Medium walk of 6.4Km. Walkers: Bob Salmond, David Ruthven, Drew McDonald, Harry Angel, Neville Viney, Peter Coppin, Greg Hutchison Drivers: Peter Coppin, Harry Angel, Drew McD, Greg H. Cyclist: Steve Mawer

219

5 Dec 2019 – Thu 8.30AM

Molonglo River North Side Tracks Barrer Hill Misery Point

6 of us met at the Shed by 8AM & then drove to park in Madgwick St Coombs (access from Cotter Rd junction with John Gorton Dr). From 8.34AM we walked across Annabelle View to cross Southwells Crossing bridge and walk trails around to Misery Point then return via Barrer Hill and other more northern tracks returning to the cars at 10.55AM, thus taking 2 hrs 19m for the 7.8Km Easy-Medium walk with a small climb to Barrer Hill. We had good views along part of the Molonglo track, down some of the pensinsula and from Barrer Hill. It was disappointing that Misery Point and the old name for Misery Hill were not recognised considering they were used by an early Shed member Peter Davis. Reference walk 9. We ended having coffee, shakes and cake at the new Maccas next to the RSPCA. Walkers: Bob Salmond, Harry Angel, John Marsh, Neville Viney, Peter Coppin, Greg Hutchison Drivers: John Marsh, Greg H

218

21 Nov 2019 – Thu 8.30AM

Arboretum Walk

8 walked. 6 of us met at the Shed by just after 7.30AM and drove in two cars to Dairy Farmers Hill in the Arboretum where we met two more. The from 8.02AM we walked down and around on a small track (4a) through an old pine forest and out into the open fields west of Dairy Farmers Hill until we joined a new track 4 which then continued north. On the way couple of us helped fix a broken irrigation pipe by bringing its attention to nearby arboretum workers. We then continued over to the STEP (Southern Tablelands Ecosystems Park), actually forest 20 on the map. It was a special area granted by previous Chief Minister Stanhope to highlight local native plant species & to enable an education focus for the future generations. Here we talked to a couple of the volunteers. Amazingly we talked to an old teacher John Marsh had previously had at the Uni of Canberra named David Shorthouse. David with his vampire teeth held our attention and told us about their efforts to grow a lot of local native bush tucker based on a book about Ngunnawal edible local plants. He even pointed us at a shrub that produced flowers that smelt & tasted like chocolate. Later on we smelt a plant near the entrance to the Village Centre that smelt like Curry. From the STEP we went up track 3 then track 2 to the Himalayan Cedars plantation then back to track 3 and on to the Village Centre for coffee, milk shake and some snacks. From the Village Centre we visited the Discovery Garden then took the track 5 past Purple Smoke Bush (Cotinus ‘grace’) plantation No 49 back to Dairy Farmers Hill with its several items such as the Eagles Nest, Sundial and superb lookout. It was an Easy-Medium walk of 6.5km taking 2 hrs 57min total incl a 25 mins stop in the Village centre. The day had started out nice but was getting hot by the time we finished and with a projected 39C for later in the day. Walkers: Bob Salmond, Brian Taylor, David Ruthven, Harry Angel, John Marsh, Neville Viney, Peter Coppin, Greg Hutchison Drivers: Peter Coppin, Harry Angel, Neville, Brian

217

7 Nov 2019 – Thu 8.30AM

Aranda, Mt Painter, Cook

8 walked. This was partial repeat of a walk we did on 15th Dec 2016. 7 of us met at the Shed by 8.00AM & drove to park near an emergency services car park off Bindubi St. We also had to drive up to the top south end of Cook and plant Bob’s car in a street near the Cook memorial Sundial as Bob planned to do the first part of the walk then go home to attend a function in Gungahlin. Several of us managed to park near the Emergency Services complex, then from 8.39AM we walked up through Aranda & its bushland, then under Bindubi St & up to the south east section of Cook, before following west along a fenceline which also serves as the Bicentennial National Trail. Along here Bob left us to venture off to his activity. Then we turned south through a gate and then after 100m we turned south west through another gate, then climbed a rough track up to the top of Mt Painter which is 742m in height. The climb whilst short was quite hard for several of the guys and who all made it. At the top there were superb views all around showing the best features of the area. One could see the beginnings of the new suburb of Whitlam as the whole area was being bulldozed down to the top soil. Unfortunately we could not enjoy all the views as there was a howling gale blowing around the top. We then hastened down the main trail that took a ridgeline north down past an Icon Water main tank, then wound down more trails before we reached an historic Sundial that had been erected by the residents of Cook in 1970 to mark the 200th anniversary of the discovery of Australia for the Brits by Cap Cook in 1770, off Skinner St, Cook. We then wound down a lane and along streets to have coffee at Little Oink at Cook finally finishing at the cars after walking along more paths and past Jamison shops by 11.09AM. Easy-Medium with a steep climb to Mt Painter, 2 hrs 30m, 7.1K. Walkers: Bob Salmond, David Ruthven, John Marsh, Neville Viney, Peter Coppin, Rob Hansen, Tony Weir, Greg Hutchison Drivers: Peter Coppin, Neville, Bob Salmond, Greg H Alternative Parking: Behind Aranda Primary Banaga Place, Bindubi Street south of Aranda near Powerline, Cook Shops

216

31 Oct 2019 – Thu 8.30AM

Black Mountain & Little BLMT from Aranda

3 walked. Two of us met at the Shed by 8.00AM. Then we drove to Noala St, Aranda where we met one more. Then from 8.34AM we walked across the large bridge over Caswell Dr (ie GDE), turning left so we could enter Blmt Reserve at gate 4 (G4) on map. Then we did a circular walk, first walking along ridge that is known as Little Black Mountain, then dropping down to the Powerline track to then walk up road behind ANBG then a stiff climb up a track past the Quarry to the top of Black Mtn. From the top we walked down a little known track on the SW side that affords magical views over aboretum and western end of LBG down to Woden. Then we deviated from the plan as it was getting hot and we felt it. So we turned east along the western section of the Forest Trail before dropping down to pick up a nice rail that took us back to Caswell Drive & the GDE before crossing over the GDE again to return to the cars by 12.15PM. Some of the tracks used were more like thin footpads with rocky & slippery surfaces. The temperature for the day was to peak at 32degC so we drank out fair fill of water. Medium-Hard walk of 9.8Km. Walkers: Bob Mann, Harry Angel, Greg Hutchison Drivers: all three

215

10 Oct 2019 – Thu 8.30AM

Ngunnawal Ridge & Casey & Nicholls

6 walked. We last did part of this as walk 141 on 14 Jul 2016. 5 met at the Shed by 8.00AM & then drove via Clarrie Hermes to park at the Casey Shops where we met one more. From 8.24AM we walked clockwise around the circuit which afforded great views over Gungahlin out over the valley to Belconnen and Tidbinbilla Range as well as over Gungahlin & One Tree Hill. The route over the Ngunnawal Ridge Hill Reserve was discovered by Paul McCarthy Shed Cycle Meister several years ago. We also deviated a short distance to a house in Bunduluk Cres that has several pine trees manicured with great circular cuts. From here we deviated and took a path north along another highish ridge which we will notate as Ngunnawal Ridge North. At the bottom of the main ridge we walked under Gungahlin Drive and headed on a couple of tracks to Nicholls shops, then turned north past playing fields then under Clarrie Hermes Dr to Casey shops. Finishing here at 10.30AM, we then went into Casey shops to the Caffe Cherry Beans where we had the usual coffees, tea & milk shake. Easy-Medium walk, 7.2Km, 2hrs 6mins. Walkers: Bob Salmond, David Ruthven, Drew McDonald, Harry Angel, Neville Viney, Greg Hutchison Drivers: Neville, Bob, Drew

214

26 Sep 2019 – Thu 8.30AM

Gungaderra Ck Franklin

7 walked. 6 of us met at the Shed by 8.00AM & drove to a car park along Wimmera St, Harrison adjacent to the school. Our driving route was along Ginninderra Dr, then up GDE, right into Well Station Dr, then left into Hoskins St, then right into Oodgeroo Ave, then right into Nullarbor Ave, then over Tram Lines & left into Wimmera St. We eventually met Fitz at the parking spot. He had decided the Catholic school day care location was better. We then walked west under Flemington Rd & down Gungaderra Ck trails. After the first pond we headed up to Franklin Recreation Park which sits between the ponds and Mullanggari Nature Reserve to the NW. The guys enjoyed themselves trying out all the senior like exercise & enjoyment devices. There was a large structure to the NE that attracted a lot of traffic while we were there. It happened to be the Franklin Early Childhood School.  It appears to cater for Preschool, K, 1-3 currently with plans to expand to Yr6. We then returned back to Nullarbor Ave & took paths SW to the end of Patrick White Pond, the largest pond, & around its SW end & then back along the SE side of all the ponds until we could turn easterly to reach the Coffee Guru Cafe. Here we had the usual coffees, milk shakes & Greg tried a Spinach & Fetta roll. We then went back out & headed northerly down a nice laneway for 200m before we regained the Gungaderra Ck alignment & path with a short walk back to the cars. We had started walking around 8.38AM & finished at 11.17AM but this included our coffee stop & some time waiting for Fitz & some playtime in the park. We had walked 6KM taking 2hrs 39mins. This was an Easy walk. Walkers: Bob Mann, Bob Salmond, Colin Fitzpatrick, John Edge, Neville Viney, Peter Coppin, Greg Hutchison Drivers: Fitz, Neville, Peter Coppin

213

12 Sep 2019 – Thu 8.30AM

Murrumbidgee Bullen Range NR BNT Gleneagles

7 walked. 6 met at the Shed by 8AM and drove in 2 cars to Kambah where we parked at Cnr of Meredith Cct & Learmonth Dr. A 7th walker drove himself later & met us down near Red Rocks Lookout. We started walking about 8.48AM but didn’t really start until 9.03AM as we waited for Neville. Whilst waiting we looked around for some items of the old homestead & farm and could see the foundations of some sheds as well as the chain in the large gum that they had hung up cattle or sheep. We walked down along the fenceline around the edge of Gleneagles & then down the Bicentennial National Trail (BNT) to Kambah Pool Rd. We then continued down that road until we found the turnoff to Bullen Range NR which we took until we reached a fenceline just above the CCT & Murrumbidgee River Walking Trail. The weather had been partly overcast with a blustery cool wind blowing. We had to climb carefullly under a single barbed wire strand & through a small gap in the fence. Then we headed south along the main trail until we came to a major trail junction (point J12 FT) where we took a well formed FT down & then around and back north for a short distance. From here there was an easy route right down to the rocky banks of the ‘bigee River. After a short rest we then returned up an old marked route which took us back north onto the main trail & we then rewalked part of our journey. Continuing south we came across Neville which was sort of amazing & then with him we continued for a short distance before taking a short detour to the main lookout over the ‘bidgee and Red Rocks Gorge. We then rejoined the main trail yet again & headed south for some 1.4Km to a spot where we could safely turn left & east up through easy walking grazing land to reach the edge of Gleneagles & join the BNT for a short walk up to where we could then head down through open woodland to the cars. We finished walking at 12.05PM, thus taking 3hrs 15min. Overall it was an easy to medium type of walk with some up & down sections along the Murrumbidgee followed by a gentle rise over the grasslands with a final slightly harder uphill walk to the ridge above Meredith Cct Kambah. 5 of us stopped at a cafe in Kambah for coffee & snacks. This was Lazzari Bro’s Expresso at Carleton st, Kambah. This was Medium walk, Distance 9.9Km. Walkers: Bob Salmond, Colin Fitzpatrick, David Ruthven, John Edge, John Marsh, Neville Viney, Greg Hutchison Drivers: Fitz, Neville, GregH

212

29 Aug 2019 – Thu 9.00AM

Harrison

7 of us met at the Shed by 8.30AM & drove in two cars to park at the Car Park for the Playing Fields on Nullarbor Ave just past the Harrison Public School. We took what was thought as the best route i.e. up GDE from Ginninderra Dr, right into Well Station Dr, then left into Hoskins St, then right into Oodgeroo Ave, then right into Nullarbor Ave, then over Tram Lines. Would have been great except for cars queuing from the last roundabout before we crossed Flemington Rd which carries the light rail. The peak hour traffic blocked access to Flemington Rd & thus delayed us a little. After parking, which had plenty of space, we then walked down the Old Well Stn trail, then turned left & along the boundary of the private property & around next to Orimiston Cct, Albratross Cres, finally Thunder Cct, then we turned north past what is known as Well Station Rise, then north across to Adder St, then across Nullarbor Ave again to Mullion Park. Here we looked at some plaque about David Campbell. a resident of Wells Station & a prominent poet. Then we progressed along Keppel St, east along Cultivation St, left or north again across Mapelton Ave, then to Megalong Cres, then left & down a path next to Gungaderra Ck sharing it with Jerry the dog. We then deviated a little crossing the raging Gungaderra Ck so that we could reach the start of the Old Well Station Tk just near Oberon Close & Sappling St. We then went down this track until we reached Gungaderra Ck again near the large pond at the NW end of Mullion Park, where we then headed SW across the Harrison 2 playing fields, before passing the Harrison Child Minding centre before we reached Wimmera St which we went down for 300m before turning NW down Flemington Rd to the next corner lights. Here we crossed & went around the back of the Woolworths Building in Franklin to partake of coffee, tea, milk shake & snacks at Coffee Guru. Then we returned to the cars by recrossing Flemington Rd & straight along Nullarbor St. We had started walking at 9.06AM & returned to the car at 11.40AM, thus taking 2hrs 34m including 30m in cafe. Easy walk. Distance was 6.4Km. Walkers: Bob Salmond, David Ruthven, John Edge, Michael Smedley, Neville Viney, Peter Coppin, Greg Hutchison Drivers: Peter Coppin, David Ruthven

211

15 Aug 2019- Thu 9.30AM

Murrumbidgee & Urambi Hills Walk

6 walked. 5 met at the Shed by 8.30AM and drove to a small car park on Learmonth Dr, just off Athllon Drive. We didnt get there until nearly 9.30AM as there was a multi vehicle smash on the Parkway just north of the Molonglo Bridge on the northward side. All the drivers heading south slowed to gawk, thus creating a long delayed line of traffic going south. We met one there and from 9.28AM we walked down the nature reserve parallel to the fence, then down along the fence along some of Athllon Dr, then turned west & followed a small track down to Tuggeranong Ck, & then we continued along the edge of the creek until we joined with the Murrumbidgee River track after about 600m. We then walked along this track for just under 2Km until we could turn north through grassland. Then we followed a fence line up for 1.2Km past several dams until we met the BNT (Nat Horse Trail) just SE of Ferrier Place, Kambah. We then followed the BNT, & then a footpad over Mt Urambi & back to the cars. The climb up Urambi North peak & Urambi Peak was short and sharp. The track down from Urambi was quite steep. Views from the two peaks were superb giving near 360 degrees of scenery. We finished the walk at 12.29PM, thus taking some 3Hrs 1m. Medium walk with some climbing overall from the Murrumbidgee around 550m to Urambi Hills around 715m. Distance was 8.2Km. There were numerous roos on the grasslands between Urambi Hills and the Murrumbidgee Trail. 3 of us did go for coffee at Lucky Shot Expresso Bar at Kippax. This is a nice cafe with great coffee, burgers, & milk shakes. (Bob they are only $4 or $5). Walkers: David Ruthven, Drew McDonald, John Edge, John Marsh, Peter Coppin, Greg Hutchison Drivers: Drew McDonald, John Marsh, Greg H

210

1 Aug 2019 – Thu 9.30AM

Yass River & Town Walk

Map of walk | More detailed map along the gorge | Google Photos | GPS & Google Earth files | Munnagai Yerribi Trail

Yass Valley Visitor Information Centre documents on walks and drives around Yass

Yass Valley Town Drive | Yass Valley Town Walk | Yass Town Trail Guide (this is the most useful)

11 walked. We mostly met at the Shed by 8.30AM and drove to Yass to park in the Rail Museum car park along Crago St. We did this by turning left at the second roundabout you come to entering Yass from the north. It was just near Aldi. Then from 9.32AM we walked down the Main St, called Comur St for 375m, then turned right into Meehan St, then walked along Meehan for 150m before turning left to visit the Banjo Patterson statue. Behind the park there were toilets on the left and a bubbler nearby. We then walked down a concrete path through parkland, across Rossi St then further for 350m down to the path along the Yass River banks. Then we continued right for another 330m to Flat Rock Crossing area where we took a path on the right along the gorge. We then walked around 1.5Km along the gorge with the track getting rougher and vaguer as we approach the dam. After walking across a small gully we walked along a fence before reaching a gate through that fence and then we had to climb through another fence. The part to view the dam was easy walking over grassy land but climbing 20-30m higher to get a view over the dam and lake. We then back tracked & then went lower, crossing the river on a causeway then we went through some more grassland before reaching a bitumen road. Near here several of the guys spoke to a guy running an engineering business who did various jobs for farmers & even owners of old Rolls Royce cars in Canberra. Then we returned back along the road & walked on a new path down to Flat Rock Crossing, taking 1.4km from the dam view. We then walked along the north-west bank of the river, under the road bridge & then up onto the railway line track & followed it all the way back to the cars for 1.8km by 11.47AM. After the walk 9 of us stopped for coffee etc at Kaffeine 2582 not far from Railway Museum Car Park. After coffee 7 of us did a short extra drive (5.2Km return) out to Hume’s grave near the Cemetery as well as Thomas Laidlaw’s grave on Handley Pl (Riverview Est) on the way back as it also offers a great view over Yass. We tried to visit the grave site which was surrounded by a wooden picket fence, but were forced back by a pair of Plovers guarding their eggs lying on the grass near the grave. Medium walk. There was some climbing overall from 620m at the start to a max height of 800m. Distance was 5.9Km. Walkers: Alan Smith, Bob Salmond, David Ruthven, Drew McDonald, Fitz, Geoff Grimmett, John Marsh, Paul Taylor, Peter Coppin, Roger Amos, Greg Hutchison Drivers: Alan Smith, Roger Amos, John Marsh, David Ruthven

209

18 Jul 2019 – Thu 8.30AM

Mt Ainslie & Majura Dams

Map of walk | More detailed map around Dams | Google Photos | GPS & Google Earth files

Fairly common around the tops of Mt Ainslie & Majura are the drooping she-oaks or drooping sheoak forest (allocasuarina verticillata).

Reference: “Trees and Shrubs of Black Mountain, Mt. Ainslie and Mt. Majura – A Key Based On Vegetative Characteristics” Laurence G. Adams

 

5 walked. 4 of us met at the Shed by 8.30AM & drove to a car park on Kellaway St, Hackett. Here we met one more. Then from 9AM we walked a short distance up Hancocks Rd before turning left or north-east for 1.1km along a nice dirt MTB trail before reaching the Blue Metal Trail. We then walked 220m along the trail to a notice board. Interesting that it had a short section about the Stone Wall & fence line the north-west of Mt Majura. We then turned left for 100m to read a sign about the Majura Dams, then going around the Lower Dam to its north & then north-east for 150m to view the Upper Dam. Then we continued up a well worn path for another 300m before we could turn right & proceed through open country for 150m until we regained the Blue Metal Trail & were soon at the gate to the Majura Pines Area. We then turned south & south-west for around 1.8km following the Cherryburn or Old TSR Tk along the high ridge between Majura & Ainslie We were now at a major junction for Hancocks Rd, the Eastern Powerline Trail, the trail we were on and another footpad that followed another powerline down towards the main western Powerline. Then we took another footpad down under the powerline & then turned south, climbing up through a she-oak forest until we reached the Old Tip to Summit FT in 600m. Then it was up to the 5 Ways in 350m. Then we took the CCT towards the top for 500m, & then turned off down a steep track for 400m stopping for a short rest. We then joined a nice track that was fairly flat back north for 250m through another she-oak forest to reach another track that goes from the 5-Ways down to meet the Western Powerline Track in 375m. Then it was an easy walk along this track for 240m to the bottom of the Old Tip to Summit Trail where we turned North-East to follow a vague easy footpad for 500m back to the gate & cars by 11.45AM. Medium walk with some climbing overall from 620m at the start to a max height of 800m. 4 of us then went to the Knox Cafe in Watson for coffees & Bobs expensive milk shake. Distance was 7.7Km. Walkers: Bob Salmond, John Edge, Paul Taylor, Drew McDonald, Greg Hutchison Drivers: Paul T & Drew

5 walked on an overcast cold day. 5 walked on an overcast cold day. This walk replicated a little of the 1st walk we did here in Aug 2018. However we walked more to the west and took Tk7 which encompassed a bushier way through some interesting small narrow reserves. We met at the Shed by 8.05AM then drove to Wamboin via Mulligans Flat Rd, Sutton, Fed Hwy, Macs Reef Rd, turning right into Birriwa Rd to park at the Bywong Community Centre. Then from 9AM we walked down Track 9 to Creswell Cnr, turning right onto Tk1 then walking west until we could join Tk7. Near here two of us deviated 200m to view a large dam to the north. Then we walked south down Tk7 along a largely unmarked route through crown reserves until we reached Yuranga Dr. Just before Yuranga Drive we stopped and had nice views over the valley and across to Mill Post Hill. Then we continued SE on several local roads before climbing Tk4 over Mill Post Hill (890m) which has some beautiful views from Lake George Windfarms to Black Mountain & the Brindabella’s. It was overcast so these views were slightly constrained. Then we walked down to join Tk3 & took it back to Tk 1 & 9 & the cars. One walker was feeling tired so one went ahead and drove back to pick him up with another whilst two of us finished the full walk. 4 of us then headed over to Sutton for a late morning tea at the Sutton Bakery. Here we viewed a whole array of vintage MG’s whose drivers were also enjoying coffee and food. Bob was impressed as they now serve milk shakes. The number of roos we saw along the way in peoples farms was amazing. It felt as though they were farming roos, although we also came across quite a few alpacas. Medium walk. Distance was 11.5km. Two of us us did 11.7Km visiting that extra dam. We had started walking at 9AM and finished at 12.44AM, ie 3hrs 44m. Walkers: Bob Salmond, Colin Fitzpatrick, Paul Taylor, Drew McDonald, Greg Hutchison Drivers: Bob & Drew

Walks Held in 2018-19

GPS gpx files – Since we started in Jul 2010 a gpx file of each walk is available in these Google 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 | Walks during 2016-17  – 22 held | Walks during 2017-18 – 22 heldWalks during 2018-19 – 22 held | Walks during Jul 2019-20 | 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 or Google Photos

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

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Walk No. | Date | Location

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Walk Description

207

20 Jun Thu – 9.30AM

Square Rock, Namadgi

 8 of us met at the Shed by 8AM, then drove in 2 cars to Corin Forest. Access was through Tuggeranong ie Woodcock Drive, then to Point Hut Road then right on Tidbinbilla Road, turning left at Corin Road towards Corin Forest. We then parked at the Corin Forest Hub Car Park on the left just past Corin Forest. We then walked up to Square Rock leaving at 9.32AM. This was about a 220m overall climb. The trip was on a nicely made track with reasonable gradient. There are some metal ladders to climb at the Rock but its only 3 metres or so and safe. We then returned & went out to the Orroral Valley Lkt and stopped for some lunch. We returned to the cars by 1.14PM, thus taking 3Hrs 42m incl breaks. The car park was at about 1210m & Square Rock is about 1375m although on the way there & back we passed through 1425m. Scenery from Square Rock is superb with views from Mt Gingera to Mt Franklin being possible although each peak is hard to discern. Medium Walk. Total 10.5Km, including visit to Orroral Valley Lookout. The car distance was about 60Km each way, total 120km trip. It took close to 1.5 hrs to drive there. On the way back we stopped in Tuggeranong at a nice small cafe, the BrewBar on the cnr of Athlon Dr & Reed St Nth. Walkers: Bob Salmond, Colin Fitzpatrick, Geoff Grimmett, John Edge, Paul Taylor, Drew McDonald, Tony Weir, Greg Hutchison Drivers: Fitz & Greg H

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6 Jun Thu – 9.00AM 

Watson-Majura Loop

5 walked. 4 of us met at the Shed by 8.30AM and drove to the start point just off Antill St at the north end of Watson which used to be the Old Antill St Bus Terminas, where we met 1 more. Then we walked Walk No38 as described in Stuart’s book Canberra’s Best Bush, Park & City Walks. Initially we walked up a dirt track to meet the Mawson Majura Track along the bottom west edge of Mt Majura. Then we walked straight ahead north until we turned north easterly to go through an underpass under the Federal Hwy. Then we walked back south down a short dirt Road. Just before the road looped onto the Federal Hwy, we veered to the right next to a fence & down to another log barrier then along the fence past numerous paddocks. Then we walked along long paddocks veering around Bendora Boading Kennels. Then we walked along more equestrian trails and past some vans where people were handling horses next to the Bimberi Juvenile Detention Centre & the turned left or south onto Old Well Station Rd. The route from the Underpass to Old Well Stn Rd was open, enjoyable, quite flat and very grassy. We should have continued to the Federal Hwy as per a dotted line on the map, but a couple of walkers decided to go through EPIC causing us to have difficulty getting through to the area that allowed us to exit near the Petrol Station. We eventually joined up and were able to squeeze through a small gap between gates with some difficulty for the larger walkers. We then visited Maccas next to the Petrol station & gorged ourselves on $2-5 sandwich & coffee seniors deal, except Bob who could not resist the $2 Milk shakes. We then crossed the Fed Hwy properly & walked a short distance next to Stirling Ave before crossing Knox St & then walking along nice dirt corridor lined with a long plantation of Eucalypts, Pine & Oaks until we reached the cars. We started the walk at 8.58AM and reached the cars at 11.44AM, thus taking 2 hrs 46m including breaks. Easy-Medium, 9.3Km. Walkers: Bob Salmond, Paul Taylor, Peter Coppin, Drew McDonald, Greg Hutchison Drivers: Peter Coppin, Drew

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23 May 2019 -Thu 9.30AM

Settlers Track, Namadgi

5 of us met at the Shed by 7.30AM, then drove in 2 cars to Namadgi and down the Boboyan Rd to Brayshaw’s Homestead near the NSW border. It took close to 2 hrs drive & 92Km with the last 20km on a formed dirt road some of which was quite rough although the road had recently been graded. On the dirt section a Roo ran in front of one car for a couple of hundred metres & fell over. He soon picked himself up and left. At 9.40AM we started by visiting Brayshaws hut close to the car park. We then headed west up a grassy foot track through woodland stopping to read signs about how the early settlers ring barked trees to let more light into the forest & allow more grass to grow. We also stopped to view Grassy Ck yards and sheep dip & continued close to the next hut where we read about the three types of fencing used. At Waterhole Ck we stopped for a break then went slightly further west to the Waterhole Hut Stockyards. We then went back past the hut then along a firetrail to the Westermans Homestead. On the way we met a ranger who was put a mixture of wheat & poison out for Pigs & then spayed painted a spot nearby with pink paint to show where he had placed the bait. Westermans Homestead was the best hut with 4 rooms & two fireplaces. The area was nice with two large pines behind it & a popular. They also had a small cemetery 150m south that we visited. We then headed back to the car along another nice grassy section. We had started the walk 9.40AM finished 1.25PM. Overall walk time including breaks for morning & lunch was 3hrs 45m. Arrived back Melba 3.30PM. Medium Walk, 10.5Km. On the way home we had coffee at Maccas next to Lanyon Marketplace in Condor. The guys found the walk very satisfying with nice sunny weather & beautiful scenery & valleys with lots of roos. Walkers: Bob Salmond, Colin Fitzpatrick, Neville Viney, Drew McDonald, Greg Hutchison Drivers: Fitz, Greg

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9 May 2019  – Thu 8.30AM

Forde, Bonner, Amaroo, Yerrabi Pond Circuit

This was a nice easy style of walk around parts of 5 suburbs in Gungahlin. 9 walked. 8 met at the Shed by 8AM, then drove in 2 cars to park at Ray Ellis Cres 200m south of Frankies @ Forde. Here we met 1 more. Then from 8.38AM we walked anti- clockwise around Forde, through southern part of Bonner, then through Jacka, then through an underpass, then down western side of Amaroo, visited Crinigans Hut site, then went down through Amaroo along part of Yerrabi Pond, then across the bridge to try and have coffee & cake at Samkesh. Unfortunately Samekesh was gone so we went back up the trail to Forde & had coffee etc at Frankies at Forde cafe & then back to the cars just east of the Heritage Park at Forde by 11.42AM, thus taking 3hrs 4mins including coffee. Easy-Medium walk, 10.2Km. Walkers: Bob Salmond, Colin Fitzpatrick, Drew McDonald, Ian Ruthven, John Edge, Neville Viney, Paul Taylor, Peter Coppin, Greg Hutchison Drivers: Neville, Bob, Drew

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18 Apr 2019 – 8.30AM

Black Mountain & ANBG Circuit

6 of us met at the Shed by 8AM, then drove in 2 cars to Frith Rd behind the CSIRO parking next to the corner as access to the Civic West Substation on Frith Rd was blocked due to new electrical cables being laid down past the ANBG fence to the ANU. Then from 8.22AM we walked up the main trail to Black Mtn top, then down to the Forest Trail, around it to a series of old multiple lookouts until we could drop down to another car park on the main ascent road. We then crossed the main Road up and took a trail on the south side down to the ANBG Bushland Walk Viewing Platform. Then it was down their track to the ANBG, stopping for coffee at the Pollen Cafe, then though the edge of the ANBG to get out through the CSIRO gate, and back to the cars using a small diversion due to the cable laying. Coffee, Tea, shakes and snacks were good at the Cafe. Here John Edge joined us for a break. We reached the cars at 11.12AM, thus taking 2 hrs 50m including breaks. Medium walk, 6.4Km. Walkers: Bob Salmond, Colin Fitzpatrick, Neville Viney, Peter Coppin, Tony Weir, Greg Hutchison Drivers: Neville, Peter

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4 Apr 2019 – 8.30AM

Mt Taylor Circuit

6 of us met at Shed by 8AM & drove in 2 vehicles to park along Sulwood Drive, near Mannheim St. Then from 8.41AM we walked up the main southern track to the top. Unfortunately one member felt unwell & returned to a vehicle. We got the usual great views on the way up and well as from the top. We then proceeded down the main trail to the east, then took a trail north until we were close to a large water reservoir, then through some impressive bush until we could take a Powerline Trail west, then across a main bitumen road then down west to a large dam. We then followed footpads south that seemed to be mainly used by mountain bikes, then to another large dam. From here we followed a 4WD track down south to a main gate on the south end of the reserve. From here we took a footpad until we could take the Sulwood FT east finally diverting to a nice footpad along an embankment route back to the cars at 10.59AM. Medium – Hard Walk, 7.2Km. Walkers: Bob Salmond, David Ruthven, Drew McDonald, Ian Ruthven, Colin Fitzpatrick, Greg Hutchison Drivers: Fitz, Drew

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21 Mar 2019 – 8.30AM

Bonner to CCT Border Circuit

8 walked. 7 of us met at the Shed by 8AM, then drove to our parking spot at Bonner Oval, where we met 1 more. Access was from Horse Park Drive, to Mabo Blvd, then at roundabout right onto Burnum Burnum Close which is along the western edge of Bonner Oval. From here we walked along ridge to the west up to Djerrkura St, then up through some tracks to the CCT at the Oak Hill Lookout. Then we travelled east along some of the CCT on the border, dropping down to the Golden Sun Moth park, then taking local paths back to the cars. We then retired for coffee etc at Frankies at Forde. At several parks and numerous spots we saw some iconic architecture pieces provided by Wellspring Environmental Arts & Design as discovered by Paul. They also provided various other open space items such as the nice ochre coloured concrete seats in the shape of a boomerang. We discussed what the red architecture pieces were about. These varied from Aladdin’s flame, to a bushfire, to a perch for cockies, to the tail of a lizard. We started our walk at 8.35AM and finished back at the Oval at 10.51AM, thus taking 2hrs16mins. It was a Medium walk, overall of 6.5Km with steep climb from the car park at 630m up to 770m at the lookout, ie 140m overall climb. The track up to the lookout is quite steep but views are breathtaking. Walkers: Bob Salmond, David Ruthven, Drew McDonald, Ian Ruthven, Neville Viney, Paul Taylor, Rob Hansen, Greg Hutchison Drivers: Neville, Paul, Drew

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14 Mar 2019 – 9.00AM

Mt Wanniassa & Farrer Ridge

9 walked. 8 of us met at the Shed by 8AM, then drove to our parking spot on Jackie Howe Cres, MacArthur, where we met 1 more. (Access was via Tuggeranong Parkway to just south of Tuggers, then at the large roundabout left onto Isabella Drive. Then we took the 4th intersection on the left, ie Coyne St. Then the 2nd intersection on the right, ie Jackie Howe Cres, & just after the 5th intersection we parked on the left. Its an obvious spot with signs Wanniassa Hill Canberra NR). Greg found his GPS batteries were dead even though they were 100% charged the previous night. He was able to track the walk using Strava on his phone & ended up with a gpx track that could be extracted. It showed 12.7km & 2hrs 54m of moving time. This was unedited & after taking off diversions & extra track points generated in the buildings it was less.  At 9.08AM we walked a circular route up along Karralika Ridge & to Mt Wanniassa with great views over Tuggeranong, Woden & Hume. We then walked down to cross under Erindale Dr, then did a short circular walk around Farrer Ridge, (although we walked along a more southerly trail than planned & missed the Main Trig site) then crossed Sulwood Dr, walking down to have a late morning tea at Erindale Centre from Coffee Guru. We sat outside on a brick fence. Leaving we noticed Caffe Cherry Beans which looks like a more sensible coffee spot as Coffee Guru is right inside & quite congested. We then continued east through Fadden & Macarthur on urban paths & the CCT back to the cars at 12.54PM. It started sprinkling as we left Erindale but wasn’t heavy enough to use rain gear & didn’t last long. Medium-Hard, 12.4Km, 3 hrs 46 mins. Walkers: Bob Salmond, David Ruthven, Drew McDonald, Ian Ruthven, Neville Viney, Paul Taylor, Rob Hansen, Wally Kulesza, Greg Hutchison Drivers: Bob, Drew, Greg

13 walked. 9 of us met at the Shed by 8AM, then drove in 6 cars to park off Springvale Drive Hawker, about 100m before junction with DeSalis St. Here we met 4 more. Then from 8.27AM we walked down the Valley Track before turning west on short Track, then we took a short detour up to Bunny Hill for some minor views. We then went west on a foot trail, stopping at a human made shelter, until we met the Dowling Track, then we joined the BNT following the south fenceline before taking an underpass 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 then returned taking the Springvale Track along the suburban fenceline until turning south on a footpad until reaching the Pinnacle peak itself. It was then a short journey to the cars which we reached at 10.59AM. On the way near the Kama property homestead on the Dowling Track, Ted advised us that one of his uncles was a Dowling who had lived further north near the Hawker school and owned the area including the Kama property. After the walk most of us went to the Southern Cross Club at Jamison for coffees, a milk shake and some snacks. The walk was Medium 7.1km, taking 2.5 hrs. Walkers: Bob Salmond, Colin Fitzpatrick, Drew McDonald, Harry Redfern, Ian Ruthven, John Marsh, Neville Viney, Paul Taylor, Peter Coppin, Rob Hansen, Ted Kell, Tony Danaro, Greg Hutchison Drivers: Bob, Drew, Harry, Neville, Paul, Peter Coppin, Rob, Ted, Tony D, Greg

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14 Feb 2019 – 8.30AM

Gungahlin Pond – Percival Hill NR – Gold Ck

11 walked. 8 met at the Shed by 8.00AM. Then we drove to a car park at Federation Sq, Gold Ck, directly west of Cockington Green. Here we were met by 3 more. Then around 8.23AM we walked past a pond to Percival Hill, stopping to view what Richard Poon had found, a child’s grave in the bush surrounded by a dozen metal bolts in a rectangular form. Then it was around Gungahlin Pond, and back to Percival Hill then down to Gold Ck through some open bushland and along a bit of the CCT to Deasland. There was a small climb of about of 65m from the pond to the hill. We finished the walk in Federation Square around 11.04PM where we then partook of coffee & snacks at ‘T on the Square‘. Medium, 9.6km, 2 hrs 40m. Walkers: Bob Salmond, Colin Fitzpatrick, David Ruthven, Drew McDonald, Ian Ruthven, Neville Viney, Peter Coppin, Rob Hansen, Tony Danaro, Wally Bezeruk, Greg Hutchison Drivers: Drew, Neville, Fitz, Peter Coppin

10 walked. 8 of us met at the Shed by 8.00AM & drove to a Car Park along Bindubi St just south of the Emergency Services new facilities, where we met two more. Then we walked across Aranda playing fields to view the plaque re the establishment of Belconnen in 1966, then over the bridge across BelWay & up & around Gossan Hill NR & some of Bushland between CIT & Calvary Hospital. We then returned to Gossan Hill, viewed the unusually marked gum tree (e mannifera or rossii),visited the sign about Gossan Hill, some red ochre nearby, then to the large cairns on top of Gossan Hill, then returned to the Car Park. Then 8 of us went to the SCC at Jamison for final Christmas coffee & cake. Easy-Medium Walk, 7.2Km. Walkers: Bob Salmond, Colin Fitzpatrick, David Ruthven, Drew McDonald, Ian Ruthven, John Marsh, Neville Viney, Peter Dunnett, Peter Coppin, Greg Hutchison Drivers: Drew, Neville, Bob, Peter D, Greg

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6 Dec 2018 – 8.00AM

Yarralumla, Royal Canberra Golf Course & Fish & Chip Lunch at SC Yacht Club

8 walked. 6 of us met at the Shed by 7.30AM & drove in 3 cars to a road leading into the Southern Cross Club Yacht at Yarralumla. Here we were met by 2 more. From around 8.15AM we walked up to the Westlake historic area in Stirling Park then west along the ridge until we joined Fitzgerald St, turning left to walk along Clarke St, until we could turn right in a lane, the we could walk along Loftus St which took us past the Yarralumla Primary School then to Bentham St & into the main shopping precinct at Yarralumla. We then turned north along Hutchins St, then west on Hooker before walking along Banks St until we could turn west & enter the old CSIRO & Forestry School area. Here we walked around past the old CSIRO AARnet building then around the back & past the Forestry Building until we could head south and reach Bentham St again with a view into the Old Canberra Brickworks site. We did the deviation into the CSIRO-Forestry historic precinct at the suggestion of Peter Coppin who had previously worked there. From here it was a short stroll down to the entrance to the Royal Canberra Golf Course from where we turned left & took a nice foot trail along the fence line until we reached Dunrossil Drive which is the main entry into the Governor Generals abode. The trail along the fenceline past the Golf Course was extremely pleasant and heavily populated with deciduous trees and thick vegetation. We then went along Dunrossil Drive until we could turn north-east and take the well known bike/walking path along the fenceline next to the Royal Canberra until we reached the Western Park Nursery location where we walked through as a couple wished to see if they could purchase a takeaway coffee. We didn’t pursue that as there was a large queue. So we continued along the normal path then along the shores of Lake Burley Griffin until near the YMCA Sailing Club we headed up over open ground until we reached Stirling park again and followed at times some vague paths until we were back in the Westlake area & thence down to the Yacht Club. We all then ordered fish & chips & lunched outdoors at the club. This walk was planned by Drew who also led it. He had also suggested we also stop for Fish & Chips as our end of year Christmas luncheon. We started walking around 8.15 & finished at 11.10AM. Easy- Medium walk of 9.6Km. Walkers: Bob Salmond, David Ruthven, Drew McDonald, Neville Viney, Paul Taylor, Peter Coppin, Tony Danaro, Greg Hutchison Drivers: David, Drew, Neville, Greg

6 walked. 5 of us met at the Shed by 8.00AM and drove to a car park along Belconnen Way where we were joined by 1 more. Then from 8.39AM we walked down a trail parallel to Belconnen Way then over to the CSIRO along its boundary, then along the fenceline of the ANBG through a gate to the Pollen Cafe for Coffee, Tea & cake. After we back tracked to the gate & walked around to the gate to the new ANBG Bushland Nature Walk that then took us along the southern side of Black Mtn to a Viewing Platform overlooking Lake Burley Griffin & Parliament House. From the end of the ANBG trail we followed a well established footpad until we reached the Lakeview Tk turning left to drop down towards Glenloch & then following tracks up along the west side of Black Mountain until we returned to the cars around 12.18PM. Walk was Medium-Hard, 10.1km, taking 3.6 hrs including breaks. The weather had been wet and more rain was predicted combined with strong winds. So with some trepidation we headed off & finished the walk with hardly any rain falling, although it came in to Canberra later. Walkers: Bob Salmond, David Ruthven, Ian Ruthven, Drew McDonald, Paul Taylor, Greg Hutchison Drivers: David, Drew

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8 Nov 2018 – 8.30AM

Cooleman Ridge & Mt Arawang