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Friday evening Gloworm walk Postponed, new date to be arranged

We walk for a short, fun time through the rainforest in the moonlight and experience gloworms in the dark recesses of an overhang.

Leader: Jo 0409 538 133

Saturday August 6: Rocky Creek Dam circuit incorporating the Big Scrub loop. 

This is a fantastic rainforest walk, most of it on tracks within Nightcap NP, with two creek crossings and calming lake views. The Big Scrub loop offers enormous fig trees, giant stinging trees and yellow carabeen towering above with a delightful flowing creek to sit by. We will pass through a grove of the giant Eucalyptus grandis, “Flooded gum”

As a forest bathing walk, we will walk a good part of the route in silence with time to chat beforehand and afterwards when we sit by the dam lake for tea. The total distance is about 9 kms and there will be a number of tree falls to negotiate – not sure how many since the floods. 

Grade 3. Walk leader David Roland. Register via email: david@davidroland.com.au

Sunday August 21 The Big Fig, Wanganui Gorge

We will hike into Wanganui gorge: an easy walk from the end of Wanganui road into dense rainforest with a couple of fallen trees to clamber over. We will walk from the car park to visit several old growth Ficus/ Fig trees. The route follows Coopers creek part of the way and past numerous old trees, boulders and you gain a strong feel for a Gondwana forest. We can also walk across a small island and see some swimming holes, ideal in summer. The hike is limited to 12 people. Bring a lunch and water, good hiking shoes.

Grade 3. Leaders Grant 0405 584 211 & David, david@davidroland.com.au or 0407 564 977

Saturday 27 August. Pottsville Creeks, Beach and Coffee 

We start at 8:30am on the 2.5km Eucalyptus Track. This is a cool forest walk on a mixture of forest path and boardwalk. A peaceful walk through shady paperbark trees with some big gnarled old trees, a meandering creek and luscious ferns.  Following this we will do a loop walk along Mooball Creek and the beach then back to Pottsville and to a café. The walks are 1.5h + 1h. Choose to come for one or all three parts. Grade 1  

Leader Lucy Baker, email: lucy.baker@path2u.com.au

Saturday September 3: Short morning Rainforest hike in Wilsons Creek followed by AGM and very social BBQ

9am start for a few hours walk in the forest, then the BBQ starts at 1pm in the funky Wilsons Creek Hall. 

Because AGMs are usually really boring, we promise the business will only take 15 minutes. To further entice your attendance,

the Club is providing the beer, wine and BBQ essentials. Bring some food extras if you like. 

Deanie will be making a presentation of her fundraising epic hike along the Heysen Trail in SA and Lucy has a music video

of the highlights of her 8 months in the wilds of the Snowys and Tasmania.

Current financial year membership fees can be paid by eftpos at the door. All welcome. Details, Steve 0414 312 917, Jo 0409 538 133

Saturday 10 September. Evans Head

Join this forest bathing walk to take in the sights and sounds of wildflowers in blossom, birdsong, rock platforms and ocean waves.

We meet at Evans Head’s Razorback Lookout to get an expansive coastal view north and south. Our walk start point is amongst a paperbark forest before making our way through heathland and onto Snapper Point where we will check out rock platforms. A swim at New Zealand beach and circle back through heathland to our start point. Much of our walk will be in silence with plenty of time to chat beforehand and over lunch. About 4 hours in total. Grade 3 Contact walk leader David Email: david@davidroland.com.au

 

Sunday September 17: Upper Wilsons Creek to Rockface Rd

We will begin with a gentle off-track rain forest section, search for a disappearing "blue lagoon" that has been reported just off our route. Then we scramble up a dry gully that leads to an old logging track which provides a safe passage through the cliffs that guard the route to Rockface Rd on the top off the West Koonyum Range. The purpose of the hike is to make sure this thoroughfare has not disappeared in a landslide is this route is critical to our Koonyum Range Traverse listed for October 8. We return the same way.

Grade 4 Leader, Steve 0414 312 917

Saturday 8 October: Koonyum Range Traverse 

We will split into 2 groups. One group will ascend the Range from Upper Wilsons Creek while the other group will descend down a very steep slope that leads across the Koonyum saddle. The 2 groups will cross over on the ridge line that has views over the Main Arm valley and as far as Wollumbin and Tweed Heads. This a spectacular hike for very fit offtrack hikers as it takes 8 hours and involves steep ascents/descents in a mossy, bouldery gully at one end and a very steep vegetated slope at the other, albeit with plenty of trees for handholes. No exposure to cliffs. This is an annual trip for the Club since members discovered this route in 2020. 

Leaders, Dave 0402 470 546 and Steve 0414 312 917

Wed November 30- Sunday 4 December: Gibraltar Washpool Heritage Walk: pack walk,

Arriving at Mulligans campground Wednesday afternoon , we start walking on Thursday and will be back on Sunday December 4, early afternoon. Details of itinerary will be sent to participants closer to date. Magnificent walk in rainforest. Walk co-leaded by Kathy L and Lucy B.  Please send you interest by email to kathylmc@hotmail.com and include your phone number. Max 8. Beginners welcome.

November 2022: 22-day Bundian Way Hike

We will be retracing an ancient indigenous path from the Snowy River gorge through to the ocean at Eden in the southern-most part of NSW. This track was painstakingly re-discovered by author John Blay ( On Track ) with the help of local elders. Coastal people used it to walk to the high country to feast on Bogong moths in summer, and by tribes from north east Victoria to help with whale hunting each spring. The route is always on some sort of track starting in the Byadbo wilderness, breaking out into seldom-used roads leading west and east of the small border town of Delegate and through another forested range to the coast. 

This will eventually get funding to be a national hiking route, but we thought we would rather do it now before it becomes too developed. The route is not available to the general public and is only shared with hiking clubs. Steve and Barbara are setting off the day after our Xmas party to meet John Blay and to check out food drop sites etc. Exact dates will be decided when they return in mid-January. Numbers will be limited. Talk to Steve to express your interest. 0414 312 917

(International multi-day walk) September 2022: Indian Himalayas

There is an opportunity for fit and very experienced hikers to join our Himachal Pradesh Expedition team (Kapil) with Geoff Bartram, exploring some new routes in the high altitudes of Ladakh. The walk will be supported by a team of guides and ponies. The hike will all be above 4700m, so experience at altitude is a must. The route is surrounded by 6000m+ peaks that are covered in snow.

Contact Steve for details. Phone, 0414 312 917 No texts please.

(International multi-day walk) September 2023: Indian Himalayas

Some of our members have established a close personal contact directly with one of India's pre-eminent expedition companies.

In 2018, 12 of us trekked for 16 days at high altitude in a seldom-visited, high desert region of Ladakh where we were totally away from civilisation. After acclimatising for 5 days in Leh, we started the trek at 4700m and gradually climbed to the highest pass of 5330m, all the while surrounded by snow-capped peaks in excess of 6000m. Most of these peaks have never been climbed. We were supported by a dozen staff and 32 ponies that carried our shelter and fresh food through a barren, rocky landscape that is no longer visited even by seasonal shepherds.

In 2019 we walked amongst forests and high pasture from Manali towards Daramshala, over 2 passes of around 4800m, with most of the trek between 3000m and 3500m. On this trek, we saw a few goat and sheep herders away in the distance grazing on their high pastures. Halfway through we spent 2 nights camped opposite the last remote Indian village that is only occupied during the summer months.

We had 2 expedition groups set to do this Bara Bhangal trek in 2020 but the Covid virus put paid to that.

We have made reservations with Kapil, our expedition leader, for Septembers 2022. This will obviously be subject to the virus being under control before departure.

For further info, talk to Steve 0414 312 917

To understand more about our Walk Grading System, see below:

Grade 1

  • Tracks may have some uneven surfaces.

  • Gradients are slight to moderate.

  • Up to about 12 km.

  • Suitable for beginners with above average fitness.

 

Grade 2

  • Tracks may have some rough sections.

  • Gradients are generally moderate.

  • There may be some steep sections.

  • Up to about 15 km.

  • Walkers should have above average fitness and some hiking experience.

 

Grade 3

  • Tracks are likely to vary from moderately uneven to rough.

  • Some sections may be off-track.

  • Some gradients are likely to be reasonably steep.

  • There may be some moderate rock hopping or easy rock scrambling.

  • Above average fitness and hiking experience required.

 

Grade 4

  • Tracks are generally rough with some off-track sections.

  • Some gradients will be steep.

  • There may be some rock hopping and/or rock scrambling with some height exposure.

  • Above average fitness and bushwalking experience required.

 

Grade 5

  • Tracks are rough and may be mainly off-track.

  • Conditions similar to those described in Grade 4 but more demanding.

  • A high level of fitness and considerable hiking experience required.

 

Grade 6

  • Generally off-track.

  • Strenuous walking conditions in steep, rugged and remote terrain.

  • Includes moderate to difficult rock scrambling with moderate to high height exposure. 

  • Only for very fit and experienced hikers.

 

Grade 7

  • Off-track strenuous walk in very steep, rugged and remote terrain.

  • Challenging conditions, including difficult rock scrambling and severe height exposure.

  • Suitable only for the very fit and very experienced walkers.

 

Exploratory Walks

  • For members only.

  • May be conducted to determine conditions on a walk not previously attempted.

 

If a quoted grading does not adequately describe a planned walk, the walk leader must ensure that appropriate additional information is included in the walk description.