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…

Warrumbungle NP camping trip

Warrumbungle NP camping trip

Here’s the long-promised trip report. As photos don’t work on WordPress I’ve put a version with all the photos on my own website instead: https://www.err404notfound.xyz/hiking/warrumbungle-national-park It has been some sort of tradition to do camping trips during mid-semester breaks of uni, as this is when others usually have more free time. This national…

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…