Northern Rivers Bushwalkers Club


Three days notice must be given to the Leader if you want to participate in any of the walks

On each Monday Wednesday and Thursday a club cycling event is held. For further details see the Cycling Page


Saturday August 4 Hell Hole Falls Mt Jerusalem NP

A walk along Rolands Creek. We start at the end of Middle Range Road Jerusalem NP, walk down a fire trail to Rolands Creek. We walk downstream, go up a side creek to the bottom of a waterfall near Nunga road, there are plenty of pools. We go upstream to the base of Hell Hole Falls. We scramble steeply uphill to the top of the falls where there is a local popular swimming hole. We then continue uphill on the fire trail to return to our start. Distance 9km.Grade 4. Buringbah map. Leader Tom 0413 398395 or email


Sunday August 5 Ballina to Lennox Head Short Notice Walk

Walk from Sharpes Beach carpark to Lennox Head via headlands track.  Mid-morning start, grade 2, 11km round trip or option of one-way 5.5km to Lennox and catch the 640 bus at 2:10pm back to Sharpes.  Take lunch for a picnic along the way.  Coffee in Lennox.

Leader Greg Mc 0427 949375


Sunday August 5 Mooball NP Mountain Bike Ride Short Notice Event

Hybrids can do it, but you may have to get off and walk on the rougher bits. Faye says this is a beautiful!! ride with many wonderful views and great downhills, but quite challenging in places. Starting from Faye's place, 207 Blakeneys Rd Stokers Siding, at 8:30am, the ride is 30km, taking 3hrs 45mins without any long break but with lots of short stops. No coffee stop so need to bring own snacks/drinks.

Leader Faye 0427867626


Monday August 6 to Tuesday August 28 Trekking in Ladakh Fully Booked

Geoff Bartram, who was in the first Australian party to climb Everest in 1984, spoke at our May Social about his passion for walking in Ladakh where he guarantees that we will meet no other walkers in our 2 weeks there. He and his wife are coming with us so we will be in expert hands. This is his proposed itinerary: Leave Australia to arrive Delhi 6/8. (most flights seem to arrive in Delhi around 10pm)

7/8 Fly Delhi to Leh, 8/8, 9/8 Leh at 3500 mts , acclimatise and sightseeing in valley, lots to see

10/8 to 26/8 our 16 days of trekking, 27/8 fly to Delhi via Manali

26/8 Delhi to Australia, Europe, or for some perhaps go to the Taj Mahal or other touring in India.

The trek will cost Rs 6500 a day (about $130-$135 at current exchange rate which is around 50 to $1) for the 14 days of trekking which includes tent, all food and porters (horses) , guides - all you need for the trek.  We have excellent food, a mess tent, light at night, bed tea in the morning  - Kapil is a superb operator so I guarantee the service he will give. We can cater for food preferences within the realm of remembering where we will be - ie once we leave on trek nothing can be bought except perhaps a sad, very old goat .  On top of that are the flights from Delhi to Leh and return (about $100-$150 each way - a dynamic fare so the quicker we book the cheaper it usually is).  Days in Delhi and Leh are at pay as you go basis and probably, in Leh more like $60 a day, in Delhi of course depends on the hotel you choose.  Kapil will make all Leh arrangements but not charge for it.

Minimum number is 6 excluding me, maximum shall we say 10 but could take a couple more.

I think August is a good time.  It is warmer, the flowers are at their best, the nomadic shepherds are out, snow has gone from the passes.  

More details, Steve 0414 312 917, 6684 0378


Tuesday August 7 Social Ride at Byron

Meet at the Cavanbah Centre, 249 Ewingsdale Rd, Byron Bay. Flat 20 km cycle that takes in the local bird hide, boardwalk at Cumbebin Swamp, coffee at Byron at Byron, where we need to lock the bikes, as we do a short boardwalk to Tallow Lake. From here we continue to Suffolk Park along cycleways and return to the Treehouse Belongil Beach, for an optional early lunch.

Leader Gail 0421 281722


Friday August 10 to Tuesday August 14 Tenterfield Walks and birding watching on the last day. Fully Booked

Tenterfield in winter. What could be better than to bunk down in a cosy cabin and have happy hour in the camp kitchen and then head off in the cool of the morning to some great walking in the National Parks nearby? Three days of walks generally grade 3 with some on granite slopes and others following babbling mountain streams or joining the local fauna for a look around the quiet forest and open grasslands. We will be doing some of the iconic walks in the Parks and others that are out of the way and little visited. Option of a 1 day cycle led by Winston and Heike.

For the bird watchers we have scouted out some to the secret locations known to the locals for off the beaten path bird watching to get sights of Turquoise Parrots, Speckled Warblers, Plum Headed Fiches etc

We will be based at Tenterfield Lodge Caravan park run by new owners Barry and Di O’Connor (02)67361477. You can ring direct or book online for non ensuite cabins, ensuite cabins, The Lodge Guesthouse, powered and unpowered sites. You can book accommodation now but please advise the owners you are with Northern Rivers Bushwalking Club. Non ensuite cabin for 2 people is $65 pn and $8 for an extra person. Standard ensuite cabins are $85 pn plus $8 for an extra person. Powered sites are $29 pn for 2 people. These are  this years’ prices which will change next financial year.

Leaders Mark and Karen 0457788300


Saturday August 18 3838 Gorge Nightcap NP  Fully Booked

We walk along fire roads, morning tea at a lookout near Snows Gully, then on to 3838 Gorge, not really a Gorge but a huge crack in the rock forming the escarpment overlooking the Wanganui Gorge and Coopers Creek. We walk along the bottom of the crack amidst lush rainforest and massive boulders. Some rock scrambling is required here. We climb out to a lookout for lunch. A small amount of exposure on the climb out. Return via a different route. Distance 10km Grade 3 Huonbrook map Leader Tom 0413 398395 or email


Sunday 19th August  Abseil Boomerang Falls Whian Whian SCA

A good drop for the newer abseilers.  A 50m  spectacular vertical waterfall with an easy walk in and out. No limit to the number of participants. Grade 7 Simple, Leader Shane 0427 557823


Sunday August 19 Tuckean Nature Reserve Kayak

The Tuckean Nature Reserve is a protected wetland interspersed with a selection of paddler friendly canals. The waterways are blessed with a huge variety of birds and lined with lilies that produce an amazing blanket of purple flowers in the warmer months of the year. There is also a good chance we will see wild koalas from the water. Start/finish at Bagotville Barrage on Bagotville Road.

The GPS coordinates are 28° 58' 44.7 " S, 153° 24' 18.6" E. Total distance = 10 km with grade easy.

Leader Scott R.   Email or text 0413 756 414


Monday August 20 Short n Easy walk Tyagarah Beach from Black Rock Road Car park to Elements at Byron Bay

This morning, Short n Easy beach walk will start at Tyagarah Beach from the Car Park at the end of Grays Lane/Black Rock Road and we will walk to Elements at Byron Bay.   There will be a bush walk extension.  Coffee / breakfast at nearby Barrio in Habitat Precinct.

There will be a car shuffle.  Grade 1  Distance 5.5 km.  

Leaders Maggie and Julian 0410 663 599  Note this walk is on the 3rd Monday of the month, not the usual 4th Monday, because of the tide.


Saturday 25th August  Mackays #3 at Terrania Creek. ( Limited number of participants )

Walk climb up Mackays Road to Creek 3.  Various short sub-20m abseils to reach the top of the falls.  Then it is a 105m drop (ala Minyon Height).  It has been done by us as two pitches, a 25m to a shelf then the big 80m drop.  However we have had difficulty in the pulling the ropes down from below.  So it is intended to break the 80m into two pitches. The bottom is a bolder strewn narrow gorge.  From there it is a scramble back down to Terrania Creek and a short road walk back to the cars.  You will definitely get wet.  Grade 7  Advanced, Change ropes on cliff face.  Leader Shane 2427557823


Sunday August 26 Ballina to Lennox Head Postponed to Sep 1

Walk from Sharpes Beach carpark to Lennox Head via headlands track.  Mid-morning start, grade 2, 11km round trip or option of one-way 5.5km to Lennox and catch the 640 bus at 2:10pm back to Sharpes.  Take brunch/lunch for a picnic along the way.  Coffee in Lennox.  No forward notice is necessary. Leader Greg Mc 0427 949375


Tuesday August 28 to Tuesday September 18 Slovenia Croatia 

Leaders Barry and Anna. Organiser Ian 0459496194

1 night Ljubljana Slovenia staying at the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel    

Ljubljana is Slovenia's capital and largest city. It's known for its university population and green spaces, including expansive Tivoli Park. The curving Ljubljanica River, lined with outdoor cafes, divides the city's old town from its commercial hub. Ljubljana has many museums, including the National Museum of Slovenia, displaying historic exhibitions, and the Museum of Modern Art, home to 20th-century Slovene paintings and sculptures

7 nights Lake Bohinj staying at Hotel Jezero

Lake Bohinj is situated at the edge of Slovenia’s only national park – Triglav National Park. Only a two hour bus ride from Ljubljana, it is a quiet lake set among the peaks of the Julian Alps. While it might be best known for skiing, in the summer, the dozens of hiking trails that sprout from various points around its shores draw outdoors enthusiasts from around the region. Outdoor activities abound; swimming, boating, cycling, paragliding and hiking. The hiking trails near Lake Bohinj vary in degree of difficulty.

2 nights staying at Hotel Macola, near Plitvice Lakes National Park Croatia

Plitvice Lakes National Park is a 295-sq.-km forest reserve in central Croatia. It's known for a chain of 16 terraced lakes, joined by waterfalls, that extend into a limestone canyon. Walkways and hiking trails wind around and across the water, and an electric boat links the 12 upper and 4 lower lakes. The latter are the site of Veliki Slap, a 78m-high waterfall

1 night in Split Croatia staying at the Radisson Blu Resort

Split, Croatia is a UNESCO World Heritage city and bases the city centre in and around the stunning Diocletian's Palace, the Roman emperor Diocletian’s retirement palace from 295-305 AD. Stroll through the palace basement filled with market stalls and outside experience the historical architecture of this beautiful palace that consists of 220 buildings within its boundaries and is home to 3,000 people. Split is now the second largest city in Croatia and continues to grow every year with numerous, cafe bars and traditional Dalmatian restaurants.

7 nights on ship.  We will board our premium 38 passenger ship in Split, Croatia. You can travel around in Croatia in many ways but the best is undoubtedly at sea onboard a small ship, the size and flexibility allowing access to otherwise hidden fishing villages, coastal towns, coves and beaches. On this cruise we sail from island to island, and each day take a new and exciting route through Croatia’s unique landscape, where we will enjoy many amazing views and experience small island communities and well-preserved historic monuments. The mellow rusts and golds of ancient walls and historic churches set off the dramatic green of cypress groves and contrast with the sparkling blue of quiet bays and shimmering lagoons. The hiking trips are guided and we have enough time each day to finish the routes for all different experiences depending on the group dynamic. If you don’t feel up to hiking or feel a particular day may be too strenuous, you can always choose to sit back and spend the day swimming or relaxing on the ship. Some days are longer than others and technically harder. However, the average hiking is around 10 – 18 km per day across varied terrain. An experienced local guide will be on hand every step of the way leading throughout the trip to show us the best of the island treasures.

3 nights in Dubrovnik.

Bus from Split to Dubrovnik, we will arrive in the afternoon. Dubrovnik’s old town is wonderfully captivating with its 1,940m long 15th century stone walls built to protect the city from invasion. It is highly recommended to walk around the walls to grasp the diverse nature of this city. Walk along the Stradun, the promenade inside the old city walls and meander the alleyways to discover numerous local restaurants, shops and bars. We will arrange a Dubrovnik walking tour to learn about this wonderful city.

Cost for the 3 weeks includes all 4 star accommodation, ship cruise island to island, transfers from Ljubljana to Dubrovnik, all breakfasts, lunches on islands, most dinners, $3300 approx.  







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Sail Croatia Lake Bohinj The hotel at Lake Bohinj

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