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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

The Coast Track, Royal National Park (Bundeena to Otford) – 27.4KM in one day

The Coast Track, Royal National Park (Bundeena to Otford) – 27.4KM in one day

The hike started with all of us meeting at Cronulla Station. Our aim was to take the first ferry from Cronulla to Bundeena which was at 8:30am. I got to Cronulla Station at 7:15am with plenty of spare time in my hand for a nice breakie. When I got off at the station, A familiar voice called my name from behind, It was Sunny(a.k.a Our group’s lucky charm to keep Sunny weather). Then we…

The Coast Track, Royal National Park (Bundeena to Otford) – 27.4KM in one day

The Coast Track, Royal National Park (Bundeena to Otford) – 27.4KM in one day

The hike started with all of us meeting at Cronulla Station. Our aim was to take the first ferry from Cronulla to Bundeena which was at 8:30am. I got to Cronulla Station at 7:15am with plenty to spare time in my my hand for a nice breakie. When I got off at the station, A familiar voice called my name from behind and when I looked, It was Sunny(a.k.a Our group’s lucky charm to keep Sunny weather). Then we…

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…….

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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

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

After the walk set down for here on 31st August was cancelled due to rough seas, this was put on on the next available day for a low Spring tide at the right time on a weekend. Even then, it was originally set down for the previous day (28/9), but a sea swell of 2.3 metres again made it too unsafe to go to figure 8 Pool that day. The forecast…