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...
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...
Otford – Burning Palms Figure 8 Pool

Otford – Burning Palms Figure 8 Pool

After receiving advice several weeks ago from Alex Allchin that the Metropolitan Tunnel was flooded due to the constant heavy rain in March, which caused a date change for this walk, I decided that a pre-walk reconnaissance of the tunnel was advisable. Therefore on...
Packrafting Blockup Gorge

Packrafting Blockup Gorge

Packrafting is a great alternative when there has been too much rain for safe canyoning. We chose to do the 16km stretch of the Shoalhaven between Great Horseshoe Bend and Bungonia Creek because we did not have time to do the classic Colo Gorge trip, which really...
Macquarie Rivulet Canyon

Macquarie Rivulet Canyon

This was the reward for the old hands who helped with the beginners trip through the lower section of Macquarie Rivulet the day before. A couple of other members did the top section of Macquarie Rivulet a while ago and found it disappointing, but it comes into its own...
Beginners Canyoning: Macquarie Rivulet Lower (Tourist) Section

Beginners Canyoning: Macquarie Rivulet Lower (Tourist) Section

This is the second year we have held this trip. This is the ideal spot to learn basic canyoning skills, as two of the old hands who had not been here before immediately agreed. We had five old hands, six absolute beginners and five in-between on this trip, which...
Gorge Exploration – Illawarra and Kangaroo Valley

Gorge Exploration – Illawarra and Kangaroo Valley

This trip was fruitful, with two routes being confirmed as worthwhile, multi-pitch gorge routes with nice waterfalls and refreshing pools to swim in. No-one else signed up so I shortened it to two days. On Monday morning I checked out an old track near Hindmarsh...
Loftus to Heathcote

Loftus to Heathcote

Because the weather was forecast to be a slightly unseasonable 19 Degrees and fine, I decided it was a good chance to go for a walk in the Royal National Park’s interior before summer really set in and it becomes a bot too hot for walking on the tracks which are...
Loftus – Bundeena

Loftus – Bundeena

Most of met up at Central Station, and proceeded to Loftus, picking up Hiswaty along the way, and Cathie waiting at Loftus. Normally there is a gap of almost 20 minutes between the arrival of the train at Loftus, and the departure of the tram to National Park. This...
Stanwell Park via Metropolitan Tunnel and part of Wodi Wodi Track

Stanwell Park via Metropolitan Tunnel and part of Wodi Wodi Track

Again, a full turnout for a nice walk on a nice day (with one unfortunate late withdrawal due to a sports injury). We met up together (mostly) at Central Station for the 1 hour train trip to Helensburgh, with Zeyu getting on at Redfern, Cathie at Sutherland, and...
A canyon in the Illawarra

A canyon in the Illawarra

This proved easier than we had anticipated from the sparse descriptions available online, but still a spectacular trip. The day before we had run a beginners canyoning trip through the lower, tourist section of Macquarie Rivulet, and this trip followed the rest of the...
Beginners Canyoning: Macquarie Rivulet

Beginners Canyoning: Macquarie Rivulet

Eighteen people on a beginners canyoning trip sounds pretty demanding, but in fact we only had 11 beginners, with four old lags who volunteered to show people the ropes plus three people who knew the ropes but came along for the ride. Many thanks to one of those,...
Tahmoor Gorge & Mermaids Pool

Tahmoor Gorge & Mermaids Pool

The Tahmoor Gorge, (or Canyon as it’s otherwise named) and Mermaids Pool are located on the Bargo River, just north of Mittagong. It is one of Sydney’s little “secret” spots that has somehow remained off the radar for many bushwalkers. The area has recently been...
Stanwell Park Exploratory

Stanwell Park Exploratory

As I expected the walk to not take too long, I decided that we could all sleep in a bit and get the 9.25am South Coast train from Central to our destination, Stanwell Park. BUT, there was a problem: the 9.29am train does not stop at Stanwell park – I had...
Wodi Wodi track – Forest Way – Sublime Point

Wodi Wodi track – Forest Way – Sublime Point

Having been postponed from the previous weekend because of the wet weather, this Sunday was much kinder, with the forecast only being “a slight chance of showers”. The weather remained overcast and mild – and dry – the whole day. Meanwhile a...
Loftus – Winifred Falls – Bundeena

Loftus – Winifred Falls – Bundeena

This was an interesting exploratory walk which ended up being a good day despite some initial setbacks due to communication problems. For a start, it had to be postponed for a week due to the hot weather on the previous weekend. Four of us (myself, Bruce Li, Alex and...
Otford to Burning Palms

Otford to Burning Palms

The weather forecast for this day had changed almost hourly, from cloudy to “a few showers”to “morning rain” to “mostly sunny”, so it was hard to know whether to bring sun screen lotion or umbrella. As it turned out is was all of...

Macquarie Rivulet (lower section)

Leaving the house on the 9C morning last Thursday I was wondering if this  a good weekend for a wet canyon! However, on the day it was sunny, 20C and windless, so a beautiful day for it, despite the large quantities of 11C water coming down after the recent rains. We...
Helensburgh – Burning Palms – Otford

Helensburgh – Burning Palms – Otford

Although I had expected a few drop-out because of the weather outlook, in fact we only had two people withdraw due to weather and health concerns. And indeed it did not look to be a promising day. Although there was a mere 2 or 3 spots of rain when I left home, by the...
Stanwell Park Gully & Wodi Wodi Track

Stanwell Park Gully & Wodi Wodi Track

The start of a new Semester always sees an influx of new members to SUBW, so it’s good to do a beginners walk to welcome them to the wonderful world of bushwalking. And, although not intended, I also introduced them to the wonderful world of leeches! The walk...