Beginner Canyoning Macquarie Rivulet

Beginner Canyoning Macquarie Rivulet

This is the third year we have run this introductory trip at the beginning of semester one. We had a record 24 members and one guest! Fitting six vehicles into the tiny Clover Hill Rd carpark at 9.30 on Saturday posed a few challenges, but with Marty skilfully...
Umina-Patonga

Umina-Patonga

Planning this walk meant keeping a close eye on the local weather forecasts for several days beforehand, hoping that the originally forecast temperature of 29 degrees C would not rise. In fact it dropped to 27 degrees. Even better, the preceding days were marked with...
Bondi Beach to Malabar

Bondi Beach to Malabar

It is curious that on so many bushwalks into distant national parks we see few or no animals or birds, yet here we are on a walk in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs and we saw a few unusual birds. Read on. All the others except myself started the walk at Bondi. I had to...
Sassafras Gully, Springwood

Sassafras Gully, Springwood

Although 8 people signed up, only 5 people got off the train at Springwood Station (Zhong had driven up and was waiting for us there). Within a few minutes I got a call from person number 7, Kundi, to say she hadn’t got off the train at Springwood, and the next...
Whirlpool Canyon (Wollangambe River)

Whirlpool Canyon (Wollangambe River)

Sometimes I feel like an easy day out, travelling through a canyon I know will deliver maximum bang for my effort. Then there are the times when I crave an adventure, pushing myself into the unknown, with remote, trackless trips that require a lot more technical...
Claustral Canyon ‘Clausfest’

Claustral Canyon ‘Clausfest’

This unusual trip was organised because when we listed a Claustral trip last month (cancelled because of rain) lots of members got in touch saying they really want to do Claustral but can never get on a trip when one is listed. People are sensibly reluctant to run...

Bondi Beach to Malabar

We all met up at Bondi beach (except Gabriel who would join us at Coogee) and set off about 4.30pm to follow the Coast more or less to Malabar Beach. The walk requires only one diversion via a street bash where it is not possible to completely follow the shoreline or...
Long Gully

Long Gully

Claustral Canyon is cold enough even when it is not an unseasonably cold and rainy day early in the year. So we switched to Long Gully at Bungonia, a dry canyon in an area where not a drop of rain was predicted. It’s as much an abseil trip as a canyon, with a nice,...
Bungonia Gorge

Bungonia Gorge

Bungonia Gorge has some great walks. It has a spectacular 400m deep canyon, lovely river scenery as well as good views from the top. Additionally there are limestone caves to explore although some require permits and proper caving equipment. I have done this walk a...
Halloween walk, Bondi – South Head

Halloween walk, Bondi – South Head

Originally 8 people signed up but 4 dropped out, with one person not giving a reason. So I first met Cathie at Bondi Junction Station and as it was early we spent some time in the air-conditioned comfort of David Jones’ coffee shop on that hot day. Then on the...
Killcare Beach – Maitland Bay – Mt Bouddi

Killcare Beach – Maitland Bay – Mt Bouddi

With two withdrawals (one for family reasons, one for eating “off” food the day before (!)), we started off from Woy Woy with 7 people for this walk. Originally planned as a loop walk due to (at first) having only one car available, Zhong’s car made...

Better Offer Canyon

We all met at Richmond McDonalds carpark at the early hour of 6:30am and departed in convoy to the clearing on the side of the road where the start of the Better Offer Track is. For Stella, Joy and Jingle this was their first abseiling canyoning trip. Once we donned...
Last Minute Canyoning: Bowens Ck Nth (Lower)

Last Minute Canyoning: Bowens Ck Nth (Lower)

As the weather forecast in Sydney and surrounds was in the mid thirties, we thought it would be a good idea to head to a wet canyon, even if it was still pretty early in the season. We gave Alex Allchin (President, Bushwalking NSW) a ride out to Mt Wilson where he set...
Helensburgh-Burning Palms-Otford

Helensburgh-Burning Palms-Otford

Because the walk was listed 3 weeks before the walk day, it was not too surprising that there were some dropouts in the week prior due to sickness. Still, every time someone had to drop out, I was able to replace them off a wait list. So, thanks to those people who...
Long Gully

Long Gully

An early start was needed to do long gully so I proposed a relatively early meeting time to be at Hungry Jacks Marulan. I carpooled with Marc at the Bunnings crossroads carpark with Marc driving his Subaru forester. We then drove down to meet the rest of the group at...
Mt Victoria – Mt York

Mt Victoria – Mt York

Trackwork on the Northern Line caused a slight change of routine for me, needing to drive to Gordon Station and picking up Candice at Wahroonga on the way. At Central we got off that North Shore Line train and waited on the same platform for the Blue Mountains train...
Umina – Patonga

Umina – Patonga

As can be seen, a good turnout including some who joined up in 2nd Semester. We all met up at Woy Woy Station and I got everyone onto the bus for Umina Beach. All that is except Gong who had dozed off on the train and forgot to get off at Woy Woy, so he got carried on...
Midwinter Walk

Midwinter Walk

6 people was not a bad turnout for a saturday walk in the middle of exam period. I originally had 11 sign up but 3 pulled out for health reasons, and 2 just pulled out – didn’t give a reason. At least there were no “no-shows”. It was not really...
Balloon Retrieve at Kolonga Labyrinth

Balloon Retrieve at Kolonga Labyrinth

It all began with a random phone call from an engineer friend – a Usyd research team is looking for someone to retrieve a high altitude research balloon that crashed in the Blue mountains. A moment later, a GPS coordinate was sent to my phone. I plotted it in, well,...