2018-22 Walks

Walks Held in 2018-19

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 | Walks during 2016-17  – 22 held | Walks during 2017-18– 22 heldWalks during 2018-19 | Shed walks along Canberra Centennial Trail 2014-16 | Information on using these files and GPS file types etc here

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Walks That Have Been Held
Walk No Date Location Description Pictures, Maps
204
9 May
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 Map of walk | Google Photos | GPS & Google Earth files
203
18 Apr
Thu
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 Map of walk | Google Photos | ANBG Inside Walk | ANBG Bushland Walk
202
4 Apr
Thu
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 Map of walk | Google Photos | GPS & Google Earth files
201
21 Mar
Thu
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 Map of walk | Google Photos | GPS & Google Earth files
200
14 Mar
Thu
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 Map of walk | Google Photos | GPS & Google Earth files
199
28 Feb
Thu
8.30AM
The Pinnacle & Weetangera Cemetery 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 Map of walk EastMap of walk West  | Google Photos | GPS & Google Earth files | History of the ChurchInfo on the CemeteryACT Heritage Register | Friends of The Pinnacle
198
14 Feb
Thu
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 Map of walk | Google Photos | GPS & Google Earth files
2019
2018
197 20 Dec
Thu
8.30AM
Gossan Hill & CIT Bushland 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 Map of walk | Google Photos | GPS & Google Earth files  | Tim Yowie Man – Large Cairn Gossan Hill and Mystery Gum
196 6 Dec
Thu
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 Map of walk | Google Photos | GPS & Google Earth files | Info & what’s available to eat/drink at Snapper on the Lake | Drew got his idea for the walk from See Yarralumla Dog Walk
195 22 Nov
Thu
8.30AM
Black Mountain Circular Walk 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 Map of walk overall | Map of walk north section | Map of walk south section | Google Photos | GPS & Google Earth files
194 8 Nov
Thu
8.30AM start
Cooleman Ridge & Mt Arawang 7 walked. 6 of us met at the Shed by 8.00AM & drove to a car park along Kathner St, Chapman, where we met one more. Then at 8.38AM we started walking clockwise around Cooleman Ridge NR & Mt Arawang, mostly on fire trails & foot tracks with some over grass sections. We initially climbed Cooleman Trig & then walked along the ridgeline to climb also Niblo Hill. We then tracked along the eastern side trail before ascending Mt Arawang, 765m. We descended Arawang down a steep trail to the east and joined the CCT Cycle Trail walking down and around the west side of Arawang following the bike route upwards back onto the ridge north of Mt Arawang. We then tracked along the ridge but turned slightly west to take the CCT track down past a large tank & then around to the west of Niblo & Cooleman Trigs before rejoining the CCT route & stopping to take in the majestic vista at the MT Arawang Panoramic Lookout. Views from hills along the ridge & Mt Arawang top were sensational over south Canberra, right up to One Tree Hill & over the Murrumbidgee Valley. After a wet day or so the weather for the walk was great with cool max of 19C sunny & light cool winds. Walk was Medium-Hard, 9.8km, 3 hrs. We finished just before 12PM, thus taking 3hrs 22mins. After the walk 6 of us went to Chapman shops & stopped at the ‘Pastries on Perry‘ shop to have coffees, a milk shake & some pastries. Walkers: Bob Salmond, Colin Fitz, Ian dePlater, Drew McDonald, Peter Coppin, Roger Amos, Greg Hutchison Drivers: Peter, Roger, Fitz, Drew Map of walk north section | Map of walk south section | Google Photos | Google Earth GPS file
193 18 Oct
Thu
8.30AM start
Mulligans Flat Circular Walk 9 walked. 7 of us met at the Shed by 8.00AM & drove to a car park along Amy Ackman St. Forde, where we met 2 more. Then at 8.35AM we started walking anti-clockwise around some of the NR including along border & along part of the CCT & Old Coach Road. Mostly on fire trails all the way except for short section we initially took south looking for a Bettong Enclosure. We did find this enclosure but it turned out to be an exclusion area to see how it developed without Bettongs and presumably roos. We saw another such enclosure along the Link Trail near the end of the walk. As we turned north reaching the border near where Goorooyaroo NR starts, we encountered a new enclosure fence and also saw an Echidna stuck walking along outside this new fence. Further along the border section we encountered a Shingleback Lizard (Tiliqua rugosa), it was quite black, and also around 40 or so yellow tailed black cockatoos, & finally another Lizard on the Link Trail, which could have been an Eastern Beared Dragon, although the one we saw was green with yellow tinges on it, so may be a Nobbi Dragon. There were also numerous kangaroos & wallabies both inside and outside the enclosures. We reached the cars at 11.52PM and we did not go anywhere for coffee. They must have all been too tired. Walk was Medium, 11.1km, 3.20 hrs. Walkers: Adrian Fryatt, Bob Salmond, Colin Fitz, Drew McDonald, Harry Redfern, Neville Viney, John Marsh, Paul Taylor, Greg Hutchison Drivers: Neville, Harry, Fitz, Drew McDonald Map of walk | Google Photos | Google Earth GPS file
192 04 Oct
Thu
9.00AM start
Kowen Trails Runs 8 of us walked. 7 of us met at the Shed by 8AM. The day was very overcast & some light rain had already fell. However we all decided to walk in light stuff. We then drove in 2 cars to a location near 242-244 Bingley Drive, Wamboin South, where we were met by 1 more. We then walked around most of the Trail Runs which lie just north of Kowen Forest. These trails are along a dirt road, & mainly formed trails & old 4WDs. As we walked up the crown road we met a local property owner in a large truck & he advised us he was the owner of the property directly to the east of the Trails Runs forest. He was happy when he realised we were not going to enter his property or cut his fences which apparently some others had done. As it turned out we hardly had any rain and only a few spits. We started just before 9AM & finished at 11.30AM. Easy-Medium Walk, 8.0Km. The altitude varied between 845m to 920m at Poppet Hill. After we went to the Sutton bakery, the only spot around, where we had coffee some snacks & some of us took whole bread loaves home. Walkers: Bob Salmond, David Ruthven, Drew McDonald, Neville Viney, Peter Dunnett, Roger Kilham, Tony Weir, Greg Hutchison Drivers: Bob Salmond, Roger Kilham, Drew McDonald. Access to the location from North Canberra one can drive up the Federal Hwy to the Sutton turnoff, taking Sutton Road south, 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 Map of walk | Google Photos | Google Earth GPS file | Trail Runs Site
191 27 Sep
Thu
9.00AM start
Lake Burley Griffin East Basin from Jerrabomberra Wetlands 8 walked. 7 of us met at the Shed by 8AM & drove in two vehicles to Jerrabomberra Wetlands Car Park along Dairy Flat Rd where we met 1 more. Then from 8.55AM we walked anti-clockwise around Lake Burley Griffin. Initially we stopped at the Trench Trail site along Dairy Flat Road to view information on the WW1 trenches that were near here. We later stopped at the Police Memorial near the Carillion where they were practising for a National Police Memorial ceremony planned the next day. Whilst here we found the plaque for Ray Nelson’s uncle Samuel Nelson, who was killed at Collector on 26th Jan 1865 by John Dunn one of Ben Hall’s men. We continued around to Kingston foreshores where we had coffee at Bean & Table cafe. After coffee we continued to the Wetlands & deviated via the Woodland Loop, stopping to view from the Tadorna Hide over Jerrabomberra Pool. We reached the cars just after 12PM. Walking around the main path there were a large number of bikes which continually caused us to be aware & move over. Medium Walk, 10.1Km. Walkers: Bob Salmond, Colin Fitz, David Ruthven, Drew McDonald, John Edge, Paul Taylor, Neville Viney, Greg Hutchison Drivers: Neville, Fitz, Drew McDonald Map of walk | Google Photos | Google Earth GPS file | Wetlands Brochure | Bombing Paddock – Mark Butz
190 13 Sep
Thu
8.30AM start
One Tree Hill (from Hall) 6 of us met at the Shed by 8AM and then drove to Hoskins St, Hall next to the Primary school site. Then from 8.25AM we walked up the road and along the CCT to One Tree Hill. We stopped along the way for a breather & to take in the views across Gungahlin & especially the new suburb of Taylor being setup. We then took the track to the top where we had an extended stay & took in views across to parts of NSW to the west & over North Canberra, Gungahlin & Belconnen to the east & south. We then returned the same way reaching the cars at about 11.23PM. On the trip there were a lot of pink plum tree flowers showing in Hall & lots of yellow wattle along the track. We then had coffee & milkshake at the Daughters of Hall Cafe in Hall. Medium Walk, 8.7Km however there was a short steep climb from CCT up to the hill top. Walkers: Bob Salmond, Colin Fitz, John Edge, Paul Taylor, Neville Viney, Greg Hutchison Drivers: Bob Salmond, Fitz  NSW Hills: From One Tree Hill, 876m we could easily see Mt Spring 340mag, Anchow Hill ~330mag, Doonan Hills ~320mag & Bedulluck Hill ~310mag Map of walk | Google Photos | Google Earth GPS file
189 30 Aug
Thu
9.00AM start
Wamboin – Greenways 10 of us met by 8.00AM at the Shed & drove in 3 cars to the Bywong Community Hall at the Les Reardon Reserve where we parked. Then from 9.00AM we walked counter-clockwise around various Greenways with some walking on the edge of local roads such as Weeroona Dr & Norton Rd to link these paths together. The walk was along some interesting pieces of native woodland, intermixed with some open sections across open fields, with some sections along road sides. On Majors Close between Greenways 5 & 6 we encountered an amazing White-Winged Clough that stayed with us the whole journey back to the cars. It flew, it walked and it accompanied us some 9.5Km. We encountered numerous roos some stuck in the Greenway trails between the fences. We also encountered numerous dead roos that had got stuck in the Greenway fence lines & either died or were shot or were hit on roads. On Trail 2 we came acoss 3 beautiful & friendly white horses on the fenceline. On Woolshed Lane (Trail 2) we saw a couple of Wedge-tail Eagles eating from a dead young roo. We arrived back at the cars at 12.45PM, around 3hrs 45mins. Medium Walk, 14.4Km. The walk whilst longish was fairly flat with no obstacles. The walk is around the 800m contour and varies little. It is through open farmland on right of ways between properties. 6 in 2 cars went to have coffee at the Sutton Bakery after whilst remaining 4 in one car went straight home. Walkers: Bob Salmond, Colin Fitz, David Ruthven, Drew McDonald, John Edge, Paul Taylor, Roger Amos, Roger Kilham, Neville Viney, Greg Hutchison Drivers: Neville, David Ruthven, Drew McDonald Map of walk Oziexplorer | Map of walk Basecamp | Google Photos | Google Earth GPS file
188 16 Aug
Thu
9.00AM start
Mt Ainslie Labyrinth & Stone Circles 7 walked. 6 met at the Shed by 8.30AM, then drove to the parking spot on Kellaway St, Hackett via Phillip Ave, Dickson, where we met 1 more. From 9.02AM we walked through bush track then up Old Tip to Summit track until we turned off & visited the 5 Senses Labyrinth with its Cubbyhouse. Then we walked down around the side of the main mountain a little & then a sharp short uphill trudge to the summit. From the top we walked down the main Kokoda trail until we were able to take a management trail & visited a solar emergency light with the 1st Stone Circle. Then a short downhill trip until we reached the Lower Quarry & then visited the main group of 9 stone circles. Some of these circles were quite small whilst some contained large rocks which must have taken the constructors a lot of effort. Then we took a nice track that goes past the western edge of the circles back to the Kokoda Trail, up it a short way before taking various trails down & around the western edge of the reserve & back to the car park at 11.44AM. Trip was 7.8Km, Medium quality with some climbing on trails. After we all retired to The Knox Made in Watson Shops for coffee and some snacks. Walkers: Colin Fitz, David Ruthven, Drew McDonald, Harry Redfern, John Marsh, Paul Taylor, Greg Hutchison Drivers: Fitz, Paul Taylor, Drew McDonald Map of walk | Google Photos | Google Earth GPS file
187 2 Aug
Thu
9.30AM start
Nursery Swamp Track to Rendezvous Ck – Namadgi  5 walked. We all met at the Shed by 8.00AM & drove to Nursery Swamp Carpark along the Orroral Road in Namadgi NP. Then from around 9.30AM we walked along a well formed track up to a saddle then took a short diversion uphill to the west through some awful scrub to a large Rock Art Site (NS3) where we tried to find any art but failed. We then returned the same way to the saddle. We then took some footpads across open fields before crossing Nursery Ck & then  picking up an old partially marked footpad to another saddle which separated Nursery Ck valley from Rendezvous Ck valley. We then wound our way down to Rendezvous Creek for lunch break. On the way down there were some spectacular views of Mt Mavis & Mt Hertl & large rock formations & a large rock face on Mavis Ridge on the south side of Rendezvous Ck valley.We had lunch & boiled the billy on a gas stove at a nice campsite then returned the same way. We reached the cars at 3.20PM. Medium-Hard, 11.3km. Weather was cool to cold, so we all had warm clothes & long trousers as the footpad has some scratchy scrub. However the footpad was still quite usable although several fallen trees had to be walked around or over. There was good drinking water in Rendezvous Ck & a nice trickle in Nursery Ck. Altitudes: The car park was at 950m, saddle at 1170m, the Art site at 1210m, the 2nd saddle at 1230m, Rendezvous Ck campsite at 1100m. Flora & Fauna: Luke commented on the great diversity of plants & shrubs especially in the Nursery Swamp section. There were the usual eucalypts, wattle, hakea, multiple acacia, and banksia (probably marginata). Car distance: It was about 66Km each way, total 132km trip. Roos. We drove slowly on the Orroral Road as there can be lots of roos & red neck wallabies hoping around and across. John’s car glanced a small roo but sustained no damage. Walkers: Drew McDonald, John Edge, Luke Wensing, Paul Taylor, Greg Hutchison Drivers: Greg Hutchison, John Edge Map of walk | Google Photos | Google Earth GPS file
186 19 Jul
Thu
9.30AM start
Kowen Forest Trails 4 of us met at the Shed by 8.30AM & drove to park beside the road opposite 241 Bingley Way, Wamboin. Then from around 9.20AM we walked on a Crown Road & local forest tracks before heading into Kowen Forest & doing a circular walk on forest trails, some ad hoc walking through old overgrown tracks & roads returning back along the same access trail. The route used some of the marked forest trail runs around forested crown land adjacent to Kowen Forest in particular the Crown Road & Saddle Trails. Greg returned slightly differently visiting Poppet Hill Comms tower & the Gold Rush Trail Run track. After we had coffee & milk at Sutton Bakery. Medium walk. We started at 9.30AM and didnt finish until 12.58PM, ie about 3h30m. The track Greg did was 10.8Km, others did 9.7Km. Car park location was around 850m altitude & the walk varied between altitudes of 800m & 920m at Poppet Hill. Some good views across Canberra & Queanbeyan out to the Tidbinbilla Ranges were seen. Greg could see across Gungahlin from Poppet Hill. Walkers: Bob Salmond, Drew McDonald, John Edge, Greg Hutchison Driver: Greg Hutchison Ref: Directions from North Canberra are to drive up the Federal Hwy to the Sutton turnoff, taking Sutton Road south, 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 Map of walk overview | Detailed Map of Border Section | Google Photos | Google Earth GPS file
185 5 Jul
Thu
9.30AM start
Yankee Hat Rock Art & Middle Ck – Namadgi   5 of us met at the Shed by 8AM & drove to Yankee Hat Car Park off Boboyan Rd. From around 9.40AM we walked out to the Rock Art site along a well maintained walking track. Of course along the way we saw numerous roos. The whole valley is covered with mobs of roos, many very young. Then after viewing the paintings we continued through mostly open forest down to Middle Ck. Then we continued up a 4WD trail to where Middle Ck splits into two Cks. Here we got bogged in some horrible thick scrub near the junction before returning alongside the creek but on the other side. Here we found the Middle Creek aboriginal Rock overhang site. We then wandered down both sides of Middle Ck until we returned to the 4WD track taking it east until we could view the cascades & some aboriginal grinding grooves. After a short lunch break we visited Ruskin’s Hut site ruin & then we returned back along tracks to the car park by 2.18PM & we were home by 3.50PM. Overall we took 3hr 38mins on the walk including breaks. We walked at an easy pace. Medium Walk. 12.1km. Car Park Alt 1020m, Yankee Hat Rock Art was 1070m, Gudgenby River crossing 895m, Middle Ck Jn 1030m. Car distance was 155km return from Melba. Walkers: Drew McDonald, John Edge, John Marsh, Neville Viney, Greg Hutchison Drivers: Neville Viney, Greg Hutchison Map of walk | Google Photos | Google Earth GPS file

Jack Rustins Hut: Records state the site is marked by chimney stones & other materials. An unmarked grave is known to exist close to the site. Some of the materials from the hut may have been used in the extension of the Gudgenby Homestead kitchen late in the 1920s.

Mountains NW Up Middle Ck: We could see 3-4 well defined high peaks well off to the NW along Middle Ck. These were a lot further than we thought. These were Mt Kelly, a knoll on the Burbidge spur, Mt Burbidge & Mt Namadgi. The three peaks to the left in the foreground are Mt Gudgenby, Yankee Hat South, Yankee Hat North. Mt Kelly is the 4th highest peak in the ACT at 1,829m

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