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…

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…

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…

Martins Lookout Loop Via Lost World

Martins Lookout Loop Via Lost World

On a clear and sunny morning, five enthusiastic bushwalkers met at Springwood Staion. Springwood is an interesting little town with some hipster atmosphere. We follow the main road of the town down to a car park, which is the start of a hidden trail down to the Magdala Gully. The trail,…

Hallowe’en Walk Watson’s Bay and South Head

Hallowe’en Walk Watson’s Bay and South Head

Originally 10 people had signed up for this walk, but the drop out started soon after midday when a heavy storm struck Sydney suburbs, and eventually 6 pulled out, leaving just 4 people to do the walk. Meanwhile I was in a train from 12.30pm travelling for 45 minutes in bright sunshine and under blue skies as far as Hornsby. The rain…

Illawarra Tunnels walk

Illawarra Tunnels walk

I had set a limit of 12 people on this walk, as I considered that a larger number would be harder to manage on a walk like this. The wait list was almost taken up with people cancelling earlier (thank you to those), and I offered someone a spot around midday on Friday. They didn’t respond so I assume they must have got a better offer in the meantime. With people…

Helensburg – Burning Palms – Figure 8 – Otford

Helensburg – Burning Palms – Figure 8 – Otford

At Helensburgh, start of walk.This walk looked like being yet another cancelled Figure 8 walk, something which has plagued trips here over the last few years; the usual reason being bad weather. Sea forecasts a week earlier had predicted a swell of 2.5 metres on the Saturday, which would have made a walk from Burning Palms beach to Figure 8 Pool too dangerous even at low tide. I had…

Mount Victoria Walks with Uncle Vlad

Mount Victoria Walks with Uncle Vlad

Although I had limited the walk number to 10, in accordance with COVID19 rules, and the walk filled up, Celina Li had to drop out, opening a space for Reece. Then on Friday and Saturday, three more had to drop out, leaving us with seven. One other person who signed up, Vasu, was nowhere to be seen on Saturday, so must be regarded as a “no show”. The weather…

Leura-Katoomba walk Blue Mountains

Leura-Katoomba walk Blue Mountains

Unfortunately one outright “no show”, from whom I have still heard nothing. Note that this trip occured in pre-COVID19 conditions hence the numbers. There were a few changes made in the itinerary, some made as we went along to suit the conditions, and a couple forced by unexpected track closures. The day…

Budderoo Waterfall Weekend

Budderoo Waterfall Weekend

Matthew was the first to arrive at Kangaroo Valley on Friday and checked us in to the campsite. Another 14 people showed up between 6.00 and 11.00 and so the party grew larger, first at the pub and then sitting around Jen’s immaculately restored VW camper for tea, timtams and whisky. We had…

Coalcliff-Sublime Point-Austinmer

Coalcliff-Sublime Point-Austinmer

Most of met up at Central Station, with Lily getting on at Redfern and Matthias, Nathalie and Patrick getting on the train at Helensburgh. At Coalcliff station I showed the group the top of the Illawarra Escarpment where we were headed (see photos) and then set off along the relatively new footpath and bicycle way that goes from Coalcliff to Stanwell Park (It was completed in November 2018 and eliminated a dangerous walk along the narrow verge of this busy road). The Wodi…

Mount Royal National Park

Mount Royal National Park

Quite a long report but I think you will find it interesting. This trip was originally planned for Coolah Tops but that park put on a local fire ban on the weekend intended for the walk, so that would mean no camp fire. So instead I decided to do Mount Royal National Park instead, as there was no park fire ban there, so a camp fire was allowed in their campfire sites (but not elsewhere). It also…

May the fourth be with you – Glowworm Tunnel

May the fourth be with you – Glowworm Tunnel

A planned mid morning departure from Strathfield got delayed due to my being delayed by a car breakdown right in the middle of the Brooklyn Bridge on the M1 (F3), causing an initial half hour delay. Of course the delay meant I ran into heavier traffic on the Pacific Highway and Ryde Road which meant I was 45 minutes late getting to Strathfield. Eventually I…

Pulpit Rock. New members meet deadly Tiger Snake.

Pulpit Rock. New members meet deadly Tiger Snake.

Valley Heights steam tramThings didn’t work out quite the ideal way I had planned it. Most of the group had turned up 15 minutes before train departure time, so I got them to go into the second front car to get seats in one group before the tourist hordes arrived. Unfortunately just 7 minutes before train departure, the train staff discovered a broken window in the second car and moved everyone out of it and into the remaining cars (two of which were “quite carriages” not suitable for our group!). And it…

A walk to 1111 on 11/11 at Mount Victoria.

A walk to 1111 on 11/11 at Mount Victoria.

We all met up at Central for the long train trip to Mount Victoria, except Zhong who met us up there. I think that a few of us had had a late night the previous night as some of us dozed on the way up. We got a later train than normal for a Mount Victoria walk, as I wanted to get to One Tree Hill – Elevation above sea level 1111 metres – at 11.11am on 11/11. The date…

Royal National Park: Loftus to Waterfall

Royal National Park: Loftus to Waterfall

Couranga TrackA computer “meltdown” affecting the rail system the previous day caused some anxiety about whether the trains would be mucked up on the Sunday. As it turned out the trains on Sunday (walk day) were OK. Not so OK for me though, as in the government’s usual wisdom it closed down all trains running between Strathfield and Brisbane for trackwork, thus requiring me to meet everyone at Hurstville Station instead of Central. While waiting…