2013 BUSHWALKING

Royal NP December 29 Royal NP
Leader: Len Dowsett, Otford pie shop, down to Bulgo beach, coastal rocks to Werrong [unclad] Beach. Exit via northern ridge to coastal track and return to Otford. Email or phone for meeting details. 30% of the walk is off-track and on coast at low tide. Considerable boulder-hopping will be challenging. Map: Otford, Grade: 3, 8 km, ascent/descent 220 m, Sydney Branch Limit: 15.
Berowra Valley NP December 8 Berowra Valley NP
Leader: Len Dowsett, Some fine and varied scenery on part of Benowie and Gt North Walk starting in Beaumont Road to Gundah Ridge, down to tidal estuary near Sams Creek and to Crosslands Reserve and return. All on track with some steep and uneven sections. Grade: 3, 9km, ascent/descent 250m, Sydney Branch Limit: 15.
Ku-ring-gai Chase NP November 24 Ku-ring-gai Chase NP
Leader: Len Dowsett, Lambert Peninsula--Topham Track with a possible ascent of Topham Trig, 226 metres, with some off-track. Views into America Bay, Cowan Water and Refuge Bay. Grade 2, 130 m ascent, 6 klms. Call or email Len. Map is Broken Bay.
Illawarra Escarpment November 10 Illawarra Escarpment
Illawarra Escarpment above Stanwell Park to Kellys Falls and environ's, possibly below the Falls as well, also a side trip to Darkes Forest with Gibson Falls on return. Grade 2, about 6 klms. Cars required. Meet at Corelli’s 8am or otherwise as requested.
Blue Mts NP November 3 Blue Mts NP
Leader: Len Dowsett, Leura to Katoomba station. This walk, from the station down to the cliff top, will include the Gordon Falls Reserve, cliff track to Tarpeian Rock--Elysian Rock and all points of interest beyond. Grade 2, about 8 klms. Meet on train from Central 8.18 am or at Strathfield 8.31 am, 2nd carriage.
Brisbane Waters NP October 20 Brisbane Water NP
Leader: Michael Henderson, Wondabyne station to Kariong Brook--Mt Wondabyne--Warrah Trig--Pearl Beach. Tracks and Fire Trails with superb ocean views. Bus back to Woy Woy station. 19 klms [I expect less than that], Grade 3. Meet on train.
Cancelled.
Royal NP October 13 Royal NP
Leader: Len Dowsett, Wattamolla to Eagle Rock and up Curracurrong Creek to waterfall and side creek. Some off track with possible wading in creek to avoid scrub. Tevas or volleys recommended in places. Very scenic on the coast and and impressive upstream with waterfall in remote location. Swimming opportunities. Grade 3. Cars required. Meet at Corelli’s 7.30 am or in the Royal.
Royal NP September 22 Royal NP
An exploratory walk although mostly on-track. Train to Otford, then The Cliff Track and Garawarra Ridge to Garawarra Farm, Bola Heights Trail and then an exploratory section to Forest Island, Couranga Track to Waterfall. Grade 4, 17 klms, 150 m ascent, descent, then 200 m ascent.
Blue Mts NP September 15 Blue Mts NP
Leader: Len Dowsett, Leaura--Fairmont--Gladstone Pass--Lindeman track, meandering with lunch around Bird Rock below Copeland Pass, then return to ascend Roberts Pass. Grade 4, ascent 250 metres, distance 11 klms.
Ku-ring-gai Chase NP September 1 Ku-ring-gai Chase NP
Leader: Len Dowsett. Hungry Beach headland overlooking Broken Bay, descent to Little Pittwater Beach with its sandy flats and blue crabs, coastal rock hopping at low tide [11 am] to Hungry Beach, then ascent to ridge track, 5% off-track. Grade 3, distance 6 klms. Asc/desc 150 metre. Meet at Macquarie Park station Nth Ryde at 9.15 am or at Terry Hills coffee shop 9.40 am.
Royal NP August 25 Royal NP
Leader: Nick Nelson. Engadine to Audley then on to Bundeena via Winifred and Anice Falls. Grade 3, Distance 17 klms, ascent 200 metres.
Royal NP August 11 Royal NP
Leader. Len Dowsett. Grade 3. Ascent 160 metres. Distance 8 klms. Heathcote--Audley trail--Bottle Forest track--Kangaroo Creek--Yaala Ridge to Tuckawa Ridge--Forest Ridge. 20% off track. Meeting at Corellis 8.30 am or at Engadine station on Highway at 9 am latest or at McDonalds left off highway before Heathcote about 9.10 am.
Ku-ring-gai NP July 28 Ku-ring-gai Chase NP
Grade 3-Leader Len Dowsett. Lambert Peninsula--Wallaroo track to Yeomans Track--Wave Cave--Castle Creek with waterfall. Views into Yeomans Reach and Cowan Water. Some scrambling off-track for short sections. Distance 11 klms. Asc.120 metres. Meet at Shell Service station opposite Nth. Ryde station on Lane Cove Road Nth. Ryde 8.30 am or at Terry Hills Village bread coffee shop in Booralie Road around 9 am.
Sydney Harbour NP July 21 Sydney Harbour NP
Foreshore walk, scenic bushland overlooking the harbour with newly acquired public sites. Starting at Wollstonecraft station, bush track to Berry Island-AGL site-Coal loading wharf near Balls Head--BP site--Waverton Park--Blues Point Road--optional drinks at the pub--returning by train from Nth Sydney station to W'craft. Grade easy. Walk is up to 4 hours.
Ku-ring-gai Chase NP Ku-ring-gai Chase NP
Mt. Murray Anderson, a remote part of Ku-ring-gai overlooking Smith Creek, Grade: easy/medium, Distance: 11 km, asc/desc 100m. Starting at Duffys Forest via Terry Hills. Expect some off-track due to recent fires.
Woronora Valley June 16 Woronora Valley
NPA Leader: Jennifer and Col Meharg, Grade: 3, Distance: 12 km, asc/desc 200m. Description: Walk from Engadine to Needles (shallow causeway crossing) then follow ridge to Ansto and Woronora Valley lookout. Follow river upstream (cross river) and return via pipeline track. Meet at Corelli's Newtown at 8am.
Ku-ring-gai Chase NP June 9 Ku-ring-gai Chase NP
Grade easy to medium. 2 walks in new areas of interest, being the Gibberagong track nr. Cockle Creek, via Nth. Turramurra, and the beginnings of the Murray Anderson track via Duffys Forest. Meet at Annandale 8 am or later at Terry Hills Village [coffee].
Ku-ring-gai Chase NP June 2 Ku-ring-gai Chase NP
Grade easy to medium. Lambert Peninsula-Wallaroo track to Yeomans track-Wave Cave-Castle Creek with waterfall. Views into Yeomans Reach and Cowan Water. Some scrambling off track for short sections. Distance 11 klms. Asc. 120 metres. Meet at Annandale 8 am.
Cancelled.
Illawarra Escarpment SRA May 26 Illawarra Escarpment SRA
NPA Leader: Graham Burgess, Grade: 3, Distance: 10 km, asc/desc 400m. Two shortish walks that each take us to the top of the Sth Illawarra Escarpment. Prominent Rocks at Calderwood & Bong Bong Pass at Dapto. Interesting forests on the ascent and great views at the top. Some off track/scratchy. Both part of the "Great Eastern Ranges initiative". Map: Avon River/Robertson. Collect a la Corelli’s 7.15 am.
Illawarra Escarpment SRA May 19 Illawarra Escarpment SRA
NPA Leader: Helen Wilson, Grade: 3, Distance: 12 km, asc/desc 200m. Description: Bulli Pass to Brokers Nose. Steep climb onto escarpment then walk to spectacular outlook from Brokers Nose. Return on Lower Escarpment Management Trail. Map: Bulli. Some steep and rough sections. Collect at Corelli’s Newtown at 7.30 am.
Royal NP May 5 Royal NP
Otford station to coastal track and Garrawarra, some off-track excursion below cliffline, then descent to Hacking river on ‘Berg’ track, and ascent to Helensburg station. A diverse mix of coastal woodland, and rainforest, one of the classic walks of ‘the royal’. Meet on Sth Coast train from Central 8.29 am or Wolli Creek station 8.39 am, 2nd carriage please, or at Otford coffee/pie shop circa 9.40 am, medium 12 klms, total ascent 260m.
Royal NP April 21 Royal NP
Wattamolla and south on the coastal track to Curracarong Creek and Eagle Rock. A wonderful fresh-water stream with cascades leading to a large waterfall dropping to the ocean. 10% off track. Grade easy. Meet at Annandale 8.15 am or Corellis 8.25.
Illawarra SRA April 14 Illawarra Escarpment SRA
Grade 3, Distance 12 kms, asc/desc 250 m. Description: Walk from Byarong Park to Robertsons Lookout on tracks then offtrack to Staffords Farm then tracks to Mount Nebo. Rainforest and coastal views. Leaders: Jennifer and Col Meharg, Branch: Illawarra, Notes: Walk starts at 9 am, Some off track, steep and loose underfoot. Meet at Corellis coffee shop near Newtown Station at 7 am or call Len for collect on way.
Lower Blue Mts NP April 7 Lower Blue Mts NP
Faulconbridge Station to Springwood via Sassafras creek to the elusive Numantia Falls, and above to rejoin lower track on Sassafras--exiting on Wiggins track to Bee Farm Road. 11klms. Grade is easy/medium. Meet on train from Central at 8.18 am or Strathfield at 8.31 am, front carriage please, arrives Falconbridge 9.44 am.
Ku-ring-gai Chase NP March 17 Ku-ring-gai Chase NP
Nth Turramurra and descent to Cockle Creek and Gibberagang track to Bobbin Head and return on high track on adjacent ridge [not the spinx track] 8 klms, 2 short off-track sections. Grade easy. Meet at Annandale 8.15 am.
Ku-ring-gai Chase NP March 10 Ku-ring-gai Chase NP
A walk from Duffys Forest [Mallawa road] on the Perimeter track to survey tracks of interest, namely…Willets track, Long track, Cowan track and Murray Anderson, obscured by fire damage! Expect 8 klms, easy.Meet at Annandale 8.30 am.
Royal NP February 10 Royal NP
Fosters Flat--Hacking--Limestone Cave and waterfall-return on Forest Island circuit. Grade is easy/medium 8 klms. Meet at Annandale 8 am or Tempe 8.15 am.
Coggee--Malabar February 3 South Coogee to Malabar
About 10 klms. The walk is very scenic with good elevated track and notable recent planting of native flora. Starting at Blenheim Park on Rainbow St, to Coogee Beach, then south on coastal track to Mistral Head and Maroubra headland and Malabar. Return via car shuffle or bus. For those who would prefer an easier walk, you could drop out at Maroubra. Annandale 8.15 am.
Ku-ring-gai NP January 20 Ku-ring-gai NP
Smith Creek track to Estuary from Terry Hills. Grade Easy. About 8 klms. Another attempt to get into this area, previously prevented by hazard burning, the descent to the Estuary looks beautiful, all on track. About 8 klms. Meet at Annandale 8 am.
Macquarie Pass NP

January 13 Macquarie Pass NP
via Albion Park. Some exploratory. Rainforest walking, Clover road and Rainbow Falls. Grade Easy/medium. Meet at Tempe 7.45 am, collect at A'dale 7.30 latest.
Cancelled.

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