Helensburgh to Stanwell Park Beach Saturday 26th November 2022

Helensburgh to Stanwell Park Beach Saturday 26th November 2022

Stanwell Park Beach Helensburgh to Stanwell Park Beach SATURDAY 26/11/2022. Another nice day picked for this trip, with a warm sunny day but not too hot. We caught the 9.33am train from Central, this time from the open air platform 22 due to trackwork, and thus spared the incessant bombardment of noise from ads from the big screens at the normal underground platforms; a good omen for the day. And it…

Umina – Pearl Beach – Patonga Walk Saturday 19/11/22.

Umina – Pearl Beach – Patonga Walk Saturday 19/11/22.

Umina – Pearl Beach – Patonga Walk Saturday 19/11/22 Industrial action by train staff that weekend required a change of plan made with a day’s notice to everyone, as train services were reduced to one per hour at Woy Woy. With the walk starting half an hour later than planned, I decided that a car transfer to Umina Beach, and then a car shuffle leaving one at Pearl Beach would save us some time at the end of the walk. So I…

Hallowe’en walk: South Head & Camp Cove.

Hallowe’en walk: South Head & Camp Cove.

Hallowe’en walk: South Head & Camp Cove. Another lucky break with the weather on my walks, again! Although showers and a possible thunderstorm were forecast for the afternoon, they didn’t eventuate until about 9pm, by which time evryone was on their way home. Also, because of the forecast, the walk was cut short to start from Macquarie Lighthoues at 5.30pm, then further back to start at Watson’s Bay at the same time. This made…

Combined Hike & Bushwalk: Newcastle – Fernleigh Track and Glenrock Conservation Area.

Combined Hike & Bushwalk: Newcastle – Fernleigh Track and Glenrock Conservation Area.

Combined Hike & Bushwalk: Newcastle – Fernleigh Track and Glenrock Conservation Area. First of all, thanks to this group who took a chance with the weather to come, and got rewarded. I was concerned that I had made a mistake in changing the day of the walk to Sunday instead of the previous day, as the rain radar showed Saturday as being mostly free of rain in the Newcastle area, but a rain front was approaching overnight. And on…

Mt Victoria-Mt Piddington-Fairy Bower- Pulpit Rock tracks

Mt Victoria-Mt Piddington-Fairy Bower- Pulpit Rock tracks

Mt Victoria-Fairy Bower-Mt Piddington- Pulpit Rock tracks walk (a more accurate description of the direction we took). Most of the group got on the train at Central for the 2 hour 15 minute trip to Mount Victoria, although I got on at Strathfield. We got to Mt Victoria Station at 11.07am, which is a later start than normal for walks in this area, as the plan was to do only 5 hours including lunch. A couple…

Wondabyne to Mt Wondabyne and Woy Woy 18/9/2022

Wondabyne to Mt Wondabyne and Woy Woy 18/9/2022

Wondabyne to Mt Wondabyne and Woy Woy 18/9/2022. I planned this bushwalk (NOT “hike”) for early spring to take advantage of the mild weather as well as the wildflowers being out in display at present. Anyone who has done this walk in summer knows how hot and exhausting it can get then. I made…

Helensburgh to Burning Palms/Figure 8 and Otford

Helensburgh to Burning Palms/Figure 8 and Otford

Helensburgh to Burning Palms & Figure 8 Pool and then Otford. With the earlier weather forecast looking like a fine day, it changed just 24 hours prior to being “partly cloudy with 40% chance of showers”. The following day’s forecast had changed from showers to sunny. That’s the…

Royal National Park: Uloola Falls and Karloo Pool tracks, 28/8/2022

Royal National Park: Uloola Falls and Karloo Pool tracks, 28/8/2022

Royal National Park: Uloola Falls and Karloo Pool tracks, 28/8/2022 Because of trackwork on the Illawarra Line, the origial plan had to be reversed. Instead of starting at Loftus, we started at Heathcote and ended at Loftus. This was because trackwork would mean a 20 minute wait at Sutherland waiting for another train to go just one stop to Loftus, then another 20 minutes doing nothing waiting for the tram. That wasted…

Dry Canyon Wollemi National Park

Dry Canyon Wollemi National Park

Awe – Inspiring Cliffs Socheat Soth Sunday 14 August 2022 (T) = paragraphs by Terry, the trip leader When two cars full of hikers leave different parts of western Sydney and arrive at the destination three hours away at the same time, I know I am going to have a good day of bushwalking. Logistically, the…

A Ramble Through Magdala Creek

A Ramble Through Magdala Creek

Written By: Socheat Soth I visited Magdala Creek in the winter of ’22, which turned out to be a glorious day with four other outstanding individuals: Sunil Jassal (trip leader), Nicholas Whyte (Nic), Rachel Ng, and Kwun Ming Shum (Ming). I wanted to do something different that day because my life had become too repetitive. I misread…

Canoe Creek track, and a failed attempt at Clews Cave

Canoe Creek track, and a failed attempt at Clews Cave

What an eventful day! When we met at Windsor that morning, the plan was to head out in search of Clews Cave. But no plan survives contact with reality, and in this case, “reality” took the form of a deceptively deep puddle on the fire trail. Hindsight is 20/20 With a tyre deflator and a bit more right-boot failing to move the car, Ruby went to Putty Road to flag down a passing vehicle and returned mere minutes later with an F100 truck, whose driver kindly recovered us and saw us on our way. Being the…

Helensburgh to Otford Walk Sunday May Day 1/5!

Helensburgh to Otford Walk Sunday May Day 1/5!

Six of us met up at Central Station on its noisy platform 25 and set off to Helensburgh. Dila got on at Redfern and Catriona at Hurstville. All eight of us on arrival at Helenburgh had a loo break before I gave an overview of our plan before setting of with our first stop being Wilson’s Creek waterfall almost right next to the station. Crossing over…

(Unsuccesful attempt at) Knights Deck

(Unsuccesful attempt at) Knights Deck

I decided it would be a good idea to write my first ever trip report in order to give anyone who was thinking of heading to the Wild Dog Mountains or anywhere in the southern Blue Mountains an idea of the conditions. In the post bushfire landscape of the southern Blue Mountains one always expects it to be tougher going than usual. For this…

Brooklyn area walk, Hawkesbury River

Brooklyn area walk, Hawkesbury River

This walk was intended as an easy day out having a look around Brooklyn and doing a few short tracks in the process. It essentially replaced the intended walk along the Great North Walk which was cancelled as that track was closed. In the process I actually found a new track! The five of us met up at Hawkesbury River railway station during a short rain shower, which the radar showed seemed to be targeting Brooklyn in a narrow rain band! The shower didn’t last long so we set out for our first of 3 short walks. This walk…

Leura-Katoomba walk Blue Mountains

Leura-Katoomba walk Blue Mountains

A nice fairly easy walk in the Blue Mountains in almost perfect weather. The day looked very promising with Venus and Jupiter shining brightly in the pre-dawn sky when I woke up. And the weather turned out to be excellent, albeit a bit cool. Six of us met up at Leura Station after riding up in various parts of the train from Central. Then it…

Watsons Bay to Coogee Day walk

Watsons Bay to Coogee Day walk

In light of the recent rain, I wasn’t too keen on going far into the bush or doing an overnight walk, so I chose a long and gentle coastal walk that would be safe from the elements. I asked everyone to meet up at Circular Quay at 10 am (mentioned this about 3 times in the emails) to make sure we had enough time to catch the 10.15 ferry to Watsons Bay and was pleasantly surprised with everyone being there pretty much exactly at 10 am. Catching the…

Walk of Art

Walk of Art

Trip report for the SCASS X SUBW Walk of Art bush walk We had a great group of people come on the Walk of Art bush walk, with myself, Chloe (SUBW president), Angela, Danah, Peggy and Eric. After catching the train from central we had a short ride out to Hornsby station, where afterwards we walked for 10 or so minutes to the start point of the track. The track…

Burning Palms-Otford, Royal National Park

Burning Palms-Otford, Royal National Park

sheltering at Otford Station. Burning Palms-Otford, Royal National Park. This walk was transferred from the following Sunday (27/3) and checking the rain radar it looks like it was a wise choice, even though we got a few showers on the actual walk. Although 14 signed up we had two drop out sick, one slept in, and one apparent “no show” (who has since explained that he was in Covid isolation), leaving 10 to complete the walk. We met…

Umina – Pearl Beach – Patonga Walk

Umina – Pearl Beach – Patonga Walk

Umina – Pearl Beach – Patonga Walk. Nature threw up some unexpected challenges on this normally straightforward walk. A plan to get the bus to Pearl Beach instead of starting at Umina to avoid the high tide there was thwarted also. All the group met up at Woy Woy Station and headed down to the bus stop where the bus to Pearl Beach as just arriving. To my…

Bonnum Pic in Nattai National Park

Bonnum Pic in Nattai National Park

Sunday’s trip is a great sucess. The walk was perfect, view was spectecular, friends were made, tyre pressure was lost (it’s my car lol) However we did have some challenges:) First, the Carpooling Apparently we have 13 people signed up for the trip and 13 seats available. That means…