Woodford Academy and the Transit of Venus Track – Blue Mountains

Woodford Academy and the Transit of Venus Track – Blue Mountains

Walk started at Woodford Station after a relaxing train ride from Central. Group met Jessie at the station with Anh. Walked up the Great Western Freeway and into Woodbury Street and then into Waroona Avenue to get to the Transit of Venus track. Group explored three waterfalls on a walk that is known as one of the oldest walks in the Blue Mountains. Group tried…

Katoomba to Wentworth Falls

Katoomba to Wentworth Falls

Katoomba to Wentworth Falls Traverse We caught the train up to Katoomba early Sunday morning, expecting very cold and wet conditions, we were pleasantly surprised as the ground was in dry and visibility was very good. Starting from Katoomba station, we hiked to scenic world then down to ruined Castle where we had lunch – really nice view, but a bit crowded and also no hot tea as metho had spilled into my teapot. After taking…

Centennial Glen & Porters Pass Loop, Blackheath

Centennial Glen & Porters Pass Loop, Blackheath

Centennial Glen & Porters Pass Loop, Blackheath, Saturday 29th May 2021. I chose Saturday to avoid a clash with Mitchell Isaac’s Navigation Walk, and also because the weather forecast looked a bit better (if colder). And it turned out to be a brilliant almost cloudless day in the Blue Mountains. Our walk…

Newcastle – Fernleigh Track and Glenrock Conservation Area.

Newcastle – Fernleigh Track and Glenrock Conservation Area.

Newcastle – Fernleigh Track and Glenrock Conservation Area. 8th May 2021. This is about the limit of where you can go for a day walk from Sydney before it has to be an overnight walk. The aim was to do the final leg of the Great North Walk (GNW), but starting from Adamstown and not Charlestown. Two reasons…

Heathcote to Waterfall overnight walk

Heathcote to Waterfall overnight walk

Although it was worrying that there were a lot of clouds on the way to Heathcote station, the sky cleared up beautifully at the time we gathered. After waiting for Thomas until 9:30 pm, we headed to the Royal National Park. We started on the Friendly Track, what a friendly national park! Descending on a rocky track along the Heathcote creek, I realised that the water flow was much stronger than the last time I was here, obviously since there was quite a lot of rain during the week. We arrived…

Barrington Tops

Barrington Tops

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The Coast Track, In One Day!

The Coast Track, In One Day!

Our PartyOn a nice and sunny day, eight of us met at Cronulla. After a really pleasant ferry ride to Bundeena, the trip started. We followed the coast track on the cliff of the Royal National Park. The track is well marked and maintained. The view of the Pacific Ocean is gorgeous. At Wattamolla,…

Kosciuszko High Plains

Kosciuszko High Plains

55km, 1500m ascent All pretty straight forward on paths or open plains with the exception of a small stretch following Goodradigbee River at the start. https://www.gaiagps.com/map/?loc=11.6/148.6130/-35.6605&pubLink=HXWoi2Pj0ZMrTfpS4tDKyP0H&trackId=a372ac56ffa4908aa80b0a68d34e564fe0f54dc4 Caption

Wondabyne to Mt Wondabyne and Woy Woy

Wondabyne to Mt Wondabyne and Woy Woy

Wondabyne to Mt Wondabyne and Woy Woy, 27th March 2021. Most of us met up at Wondabyne Station to cover this interesting section of the Great North Walk. Initially there was some some puzzlement from a couple of people Wondabyne and the snake sign.at the very small size of Wondabyne Station (which is why you must ride in the last car to get off there). There we…

Cox river from Dunphys campground

Cox river from Dunphys campground

This was my first time co-leading with Aidan in a refresher trip. This year, we were going to the Jenolan river through Breakfast creek. Some of us camped at Dunphy’s campground the day before. Although it was a lively night with earsplitting laughter from one of the other groups, we were able to enjoy the beautiful sky and saw some shooting stars before heading off to bed. The morning…

Brooklyn Great North Walk

Brooklyn Great North Walk

Brooklyn from Cowan via Great North Walk (part) 7th March 2021. With the forecast looking like a mostly sunny day with temperature of 26 degrees C, the weather looked promising for this walk. I Included in my pack a packet of Lamingtons ($2.50 from Woolworths), and a litre of staminade as well as hot water for coffee and more plain water. The first…

Helensburgh – Burning Palms Beach/Figure 8 -Otford (Royal National Park).

Helensburgh – Burning Palms Beach/Figure 8 -Otford (Royal National Park).

Helensburgh – Burning Palms Beach/Figure 8 -Otford 28/2/2021 The last (official) day of summer was an appropriate day for a walk that included a beach. The weather, sea and tide forecasts all combined together on this day to ensure that a walk to Figure 8 Pool in Royal National Park was possible. The lower…

Mt-Not-D’Arcy via T3 Track (Colo RiverWollemi NP)

Mt-Not-D’Arcy via T3 Track (Colo RiverWollemi NP)

I drove up to Mountain Lagoon with Laura and Wentao, where we met Michael. We then piled into my car and drove to the start of T3 track, with the hike beginning at 9AM. We headed off down T3 track surrounded by mist, which blocked most of the views. T3 track was overgrown in parts and Michael was so keen to get immersed in scrub that he immediately walked off the main track to bathe himself in it. Once he’d…

Umina-Patonga-Pearl Beach

Umina-Patonga-Pearl Beach

Umina-Patonga-Pearl Beach, Sunday 21st February 2021. With a forecasts of very possible rain showers, but with a temperature of 27 degrees C forecast, I thought that this walk could still be a goer with nice weather. It turned out to be mostly correct; I decided that a day with such a temperature wasn’t going to be totally washd out. Of the…

Helensburgh – Burning Palms Beach – Otford (Royal National Park).

Helensburgh – Burning Palms Beach – Otford (Royal National Park).

Helensburgh – Burning Palms Beach – Otford . Small groups on bushwalks are common this time of year (and the on-again, off-again rainy weather)..Eight had originally signed up, but three pulled out earlier for various reasons. It was also in some ways a half-day walk as we didn’t start off from Helensburgh until 12.30pm. That was…

Western Arthurs Traverse

Western Arthurs Traverse

Mud, Bad and Dangerous to Know [1] – The Western Arthurs Traverse The Western Arthurs are an ice-carved range of mountains in southwest Tasmania. Its jagged peaks and spectacular glacial lakes feature in some of the most famous photographs of the Tasmanian wilderness. First traversed…

Budawangs

Budawangs

Caption 30km, 1800m ascent https://www.gaiagps.com/map/?loc=12.7/150.1311/-35.2938&pubLink=kbrMKb2az4h2vKrcGB1opfME&trackId=fe619e42-a7f0-4f7c-864f-844089622f2d Yadboro River whilst slow was relatively easy work. Freeman Creek became too steep and had to divert after encountering a 2nd waterfall Whilst incredibly narrow after re-joining Freeman creek was still accessible but you needed to be quite agile to reach the path.

Kosciuszko

Kosciuszko

Guthega Power station -> Geehi Resevoir -> Sirens Song Tunnel -> Opera House Hut -> Lake Albina -> Blue lake -> Charlotte Pass Reserve https://www.gaiagps.com/map/?loc=11.0/148.2825/-36.3416&pubLink=504iRdFYGrmO3NcpwYApdzkk&trackId=d15d23209b21e39b8cd75a6bdc2d992e859617b2 61km with 3600m of ascent Sirens Song tunnel was only about mid thigh at its deepest Lady Northcotes had very different speeds for different people fastest was 1.2h per km and slowest 2.2 per km Caption

Wondabyne Great North Walk

Wondabyne Great North Walk

Although exam time was coming up, I decided to run this walk this day as between now and March next year, this walk is too hot for trips in summertime. So I decided that it was now or never (or a while anyway). I knew that there would be not a lot of people wanting to come on walks right now, in exam time, and I originally had 6 sign up. Three however…