Loftus-Karloo Pool-Heathcote

Loftus-Karloo Pool-Heathcote

Not a bad turnout for a Monday public holiday. It was also expected to reach 30 degrees at Cronulla, so if we found it a bit too warm at Audley, the fall-back walk was to go along Lady Carrington Drive, which is now blocked to cars (but not bicycles) and is shaded a...
Otford – Burning Palms – Helensburgh

Otford – Burning Palms – Helensburgh

Luck was with us on this walk, with no rain (despite a prediction earlier in the week), and a quite low low tide in the afternoon. We also did the walk a day ahead of heavy sea swells on Sunday which would have made the walk along the rocks to Figure 8 Pool unsafe....
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...
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...
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...
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...
Helensburgh to Otford

Helensburgh to Otford

The morning dawned fine as I left home, promising yet another fine Sunday – my luck still holding after the previous several rainy days. On arrival at Central I noticed that the down escalators to the platform weren’t working, so I hoped that no-one was...
RNP Coast Walk – Otford to Bundeena

RNP Coast Walk – Otford to Bundeena

The Coast Walk is is a 30 km hike (includes a few detours) meandering along the spectacular coastline of The Royal National Park south of Sydney. We chose to start at 06:00 am from Otford Station in order to catch the twilight and sunrise over the Australian East...
Otford – Bundeena

Otford – Bundeena

We all managed to get off 9:30 train at Otford and sorted out gear which Tony had kindly picked up and brought from the club locker. Starting our ascent of the hill out of Otford, Alex asked if it was going to be like this the whole way. I reassured him that it wasn’t...
Otford – Burning Palms – Helensburgh

Otford – Burning Palms – Helensburgh

With the destination of the walk altered from the Blue Mountains due to trackwork, 11 of us found each other at Central and bundled on to the train for the hour-long trip to Otford. The climb up from Otford to the Pie Shop is the steepest part of the whole walk and it...
Helensburgh – Hacking River – Helensburgh

Helensburgh – Hacking River – Helensburgh

Despite the bad weather 5 brave walkers met up at Central Station for the trip to Helensburgh. We got off at Helensburgh in drizzling rain and having donned raincoats and put up umbrellas, set off for Metropolitan Tunnel. (Because most of the walk was through fairly...

Palona Cave

We all meant at waterfall station with the confusion of the exact spot but it wasn’t long before we were gathered at the start of the track. We headed down along the uloola trail that takes you to waterfall oval and then cross the oval back back on the fire...
Helensburgh Station to Otford Station via Burning Palms

Helensburgh Station to Otford Station via Burning Palms

Eleven of us got together at Central Station and headed off in the train to Helensburgh Station, where Tran was waiting for us. I got some confirmation for the direction to Metropolitan Tunnel from the station staff, which was where I thought it was – underneath...

Otford to Bundeena

With extensive trackwork affecting much of the Cityrail network over the weekend, I was pleasantly surprised with the turnout for this trip. The first challenge of course being to navigate through the ‘rabbit warren’ of Central Station and find the bus stop for the...