Parramatta Park walk

Parramatta Park walk

Before this walk, the weather forecast said that there would be moderate showers in the Parramatta area. It was right on the edge for me to cancel the walk or not, so I decided to let the walk go ahead and see if anyone showed up. I texted everyone that it was due to rain, so it was up to them whether they wanted to come or not, and once I got there and waited for everyone, to my surprise everyone showed up! And, it turned out to only lightly rain on the walk, and there were no issues with mud or puddles either! We saw a surprising amount of wildlife on the walk, we saw two plovers (masked lapwing), a colony of flying foxes, a big water dragon, ducks and later ducklings, and other birds too! The river was high today, because it had just rained. I was…

Botanical Gardens and Harbor Bridge sunset walk! (6:30pm)

Botanical Gardens and Harbor Bridge sunset walk! (6:30pm)

I was nervous that the walk today might not go ahead, because all throughout the day it was pouring down rain. The weather report said that the rain was supposed to clear a few hours before the walk though, so I didn’t cancel it, and the weather report turned out to be right. At the…

Hat Hill Canyon

Hat Hill Canyon

With the holiday period quickly coming to an abrupt end, it was time to squeeze in one last canyon. La nina was even on holidays, so we could all pretend that it had been sunny the whole summer break. I often thought of just Mt Hay Canyon (Butterbox), when it came to ‘H’ canyons, so have obliviously plodded along in life with the GEM that is Hat Hill Canyon right under my nose! So I posted the trip, and had some last minute takers join us, making us a group of 7. Props to…

Spit bridge to Manly walk! (3pm)

Spit bridge to Manly walk! (3pm)

The Spit Bridge to Manly walk was indeed an iconic walk. We started at Spit Reserve Park, which is this really pretty park situated on a small peninsula jutting out into the harbor. The path wound through pretty forest and there were several quiet beaches along the way. There were a few lookout points along the walk that had fantastic sweeping views of the harbor! There were two sizable waterfalls, and we saw a few water dragons basking on rocks too! The weather was really nice too, it wasn’t too hot or too cold, and there was lots of sunshine! The walk had lots of little on-and-off inclines, and a surprising amount of stairs. Also, there…

Riverside Walking Track – Lane Cove National Park (6pm)

Riverside Walking Track – Lane Cove National Park (6pm)

The walk today was supposed to be walking from Spit bridge to Manly, but when I checked the weather forecast a few hours before the walk, all the weather sites said that there would be a thunderstorm at precisely the time the walk was supposed to be. Since not a lot of people signed up for the walk, and the thunderstorm was due to pass in a few hours, I thought maybe I could give rescheduling a go. Since I…

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

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

This was another Figure 8 Walk that got afected by the curse which seems so often to visit these trips there. This time it had nothing to do with the sea or safe access; infact it was the easiest access there I had ever done. No, it was an indirect result of the COVID19 Pandemic. Read on…….

The newly finished Wulugul Walk to Circular Quay! – Barangaroo foreshore and Harbor Bridge area (5pm)

The newly finished Wulugul Walk to Circular Quay! – Barangaroo foreshore and Harbor Bridge area (5pm)

The new Wulugul walk was very spacious and had scenic harbor views. Later on the walk we passed right under the Harbor Bridge and got an unobstructed view of the Opera house. At the beginning of the walk, me and Zoe channeled our inner child and climbed on the big climbing structure that Darling Harbor has, which was super fun! The route: We met at Sushi Hub outside Central Station, then walked to Darling Harbor, across the Pyrmont Bridge, to the newly finished Wulugul walk, Barangaroo reserve, right under the Harbor Bridge, to the Opera house, and then finished at Circular Quay. The walk…

Centennial Park walk

Centennial Park walk

Centennial Park was a really awesome walk. Centennial Park was very spacious and peaceful, with lots of big trees, huge grassy fields and some animal sounds in the air. John mostly lead the way because he had been to Centennial Park before, and we saw a bunch of cool stuff! We had turtles, giant carp, and a bunch of geese come over to us when we walked over to the side of a pond! In another pond we saw black swans as well. The ponds…

Coogee Beach to Maroubra Beach

Coogee Beach to Maroubra Beach

The ocean was really pretty today. It was really rough so there were a lot of whitecaps, there were so many waves that it turned the water light blue in some places, and in some places there was a lot of dramatic sea spray when the waves hit the cliffs. The walk I think was more scenic than the Bondi to Coogee walk as well, because the rocky cliffs were more dramatic and it had a less urbanized feel to it. Along the…

Bondi to Coogee Walk

The route: We met at the Bondi LIfeguard Tower building on Bondi Beach, and then walked from Bondi Beach along the paved path that hugs the coastline to Coogee Beach. We ended up accidentally running into dead ends twice, but it didn’t take long at all for us to realize they were dead ends, so we didn’t need to spend a long time backtracking. At around…

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…

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…

Training Day for Intermediate Canyoning Trip

Training Day for Intermediate Canyoning Trip

Report by Jessica Having checked the weather report for once, I knew it was going to be a beautiful day for learning how to abseil. I packed my bags the day before after work (saving myself much frantic last-minute scrambling) and made it to Lidcome Station where Iris was kind enough to pick me up for a ride over to Macquarie Falls. The drive…

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,…

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…

[Canyoning/Bushwalking] Canyon Exploration [Mon]

From the start we had a couple of different options for a Monday adventure. Both were somewhat exploratory, but I was fairly certain one would be wet. With the forecast looking a bit cold and wet, I decided to revert to Plan B. I met Olivia in Lithgow so she wouldn’t have to brave the dirt roads and met James up at the Bungleboori Campground which looked quite a bit tidier after the Clean Up Australia Day efforts – there were even some ppl camping there! Pooling into my car we headed down the Glowworm Tunnel Rd. To flesh…

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…

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…