Monday, 28 August 2017

NEXT WALK - 24 September - The Real Pambula Gold

Walk Coordinators: Heather Bond, Ian Bovill and Ulrike Groiss
Grade: Easy Distance: 8.1 km
Day event
Meet: 9:00am at Nethercote Road where it crosses Pipeclay Creek at Greig's Flat, 1.7km from the intersection of Nethercote Road with the Princes Highway at Yowaka River. There is a little access road and clearing on the eastern side of the creek.
Description: Walking into the goldfields and exploring the (outside of the) mines and mining equipment. Mostly on fire trails, though there will be some bush tracks and open bush. Most of the mines are easy to visit, but others (optional) will require more agility in the bush. Dry forest varies to creek vegetation. 

Saturday, 26 August 2017

LAST WALK - 10 September - To The Gorge

Walk Coordinator: Peter Guthrey
Grade: Hard Distance: 11 km
Day event
Meet: 8:15 at Cnr. Princes Highway and Snowy Mountains Hwy
Description: A stimulating bushland journey past Numbugga Walls to Desert Creek Gorge. Cleared farmland, open forest, rock climbing (no harness necessary!). Great view of the Bega Valley and many interesting features along the way.

UPDATE: It is a challenging hard walk. Only fit and able walkers please. About a 450 metre ascent to the top of the walls. Some parts have thick vegetation. The descent in some places is steep with thick vegetation. Any questions please contact Peter.


Thursday, 17 August 2017

27 August - Aragunnu to Bunga Lagoon.

Walk Coordinator: Mark Edwards
Grade: Easy Distance: 12 km
Day event
Meet: 9:00 at corner of Bermagui Tathra Road and Aragunnu turnoff
Description: Combination of bush and coastal tracks with some beach walking stopping at Hidden Valley for morning tea and Bunga Lagoon for lunch. 

Friday, 4 August 2017

12 August to 14 August - Budawang NP

Walk Coordinator: Helen Turton
Grade: Moderate/Hard Distance: See description
Base Camp
Meet: Saturday lunchtime at Long Gully Camp
Description: The Budawang is a wilderness area in the southerI'm n area of Morton National Park, southwest of Ulladulla. The area has spectacular dramatic scenery of sandstone cliffs with lush bushland and beautiful rivers and creeks.
Directions to Long Gully Camp
Follow the signs to Pigeon House then go past the turn off (to Pigeon House) and continue on Yadboro Rd, cross the Clyde River and onto the Western distributor. Turn right into Long Gully Rd and continue to the camp. The road can get boggy when wet so it could be useful to have 4WD.
All walking will be on tracks but there are climbs of 400 to 600 meters which are steep and iron ladders up to summits.
The campsite has a drop toilet and picnic tables. There is water in the river or bring your own.
Arriving about lunchtime and setting up camp with an easy afternoon walk to Yadboro Flat, 8 km return.
A walk either to view Monolith Valley, climb the Castle or Byangee Mt . Distances vary but all have spectacular views.
Climb Pigeon House either from Yadboro (involves a car swap) about 11 km or the tourist route which is 5.2 km. 
The road to Long Gully campsite is quite good and okay for 2WD.  If there is rain however the road could be slippery and 4WD is recommended. The directions into the campsite are as follows-
Turn left onto Monkey Mt Rd 32 km north of Batemans Bay travel onto Woodburn Rd 5.3km drive  a further 6km and then turn left onto Clyde Ridge Rd. Go for 7.7 km and turn right onto Yadbora Rd for 4.3km turn left to stay on Yadbora Rd and after 9.2 km turn left onto the Western Distributor. After 3.4km turn a slight right onto Long Gully Rd and onto the campground. A total of 70km from Batemans Bay taking 1 hr and 34 mins.

The campsite is not large so smallish tents would be best. There is the Yadbora River nearby so plenty of fresh water but could everyone bring some firewood to contribute  to the fire as there is little wood. I will be travelling up sat morning and setting up camp and after lunch there will be a short walk along the river. Sunday we will leave about 8 am to walk to Monolith Valley. This is graded medium/ hard as it is all track but steep climbing and walking along the base of The Castle is time consuming walking up and down large steps and over boulders and then along a scenic track to Monolith Valley. As we will be walking up and back the same way if anyone is unsure about making it the whole way then just go as far as is comfortable. The view from just the morning tea spot is exceptional. The entire walk has spectacular scenery and well worth the effort.  The next morning we will climb Pigeon House which can be done with a car swap or up and back the same way.

Photos from Jeff Holmes:

Sunday, 16 July 2017

30 July - Tanja Forest Walk

Walk Coordinator: Ian Burns
Grade: Moderate 
Distance: 12 km
Day event
Meet: 9:00 at corner of Dr. George Mt Rd and Tathra/ Bermi Rd. It is Ok to park here as there is a new owner of the Old Church.
Description: We will wander around the Tanja Forest with a bit of off track and a lot of on track. A few hills to walk up and maybe visit old gold mines. 

Video From Peter Constable:

Sunday, 2 July 2017

16 July - White Rock River

Walk Coordinators: Coralie Frew and Keith Frew
Grade: Moderate
Distance: 10 km
Day event
Meet: 9:00 Carpark behind Pambula shops
Description: This outing begins with a drive to White Rock River Picnic Area on Imlay Road (94kms).
The walk will take us through bushland, along fire trails and across creek flats as we explore a small portion of the Bundian Way.
If time permits, we will take a walk to White Rock Falls.
Afterwards, those who drive back to the coast via Coolangubra Forest Way will be able to a make a short diversion to visit Nalbaugh Falls.

 Photos from Mark and Marie Oakley: