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

 

Friday August 3 to Thursday August 25 Trekking in Ladakh

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 Gold Coast, arrive Delhi 3/8 ( Approx. $1000 return with Air Asia via KL )

4/8 Fly Delhi to Leh

5, 6/8 Leh at 3500 mts , acclimatise and sightseeing in valley, lots to see

7/9 to 20/8 our 14 days of supported trekking, with camp moving ahead of us each day by pony

21/8 return to Leh

22/8 fly to Delhi

23/8 Delhi to Gold Coast or go to the Taj Mahal or other touring around the Indian Golden Triangle.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 millard.stephen@gmail.com

 

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

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

 

Tuesday August 28 to Tuesday September 18 2018   Fully Booked

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

 

9 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.

 

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  , $3500 approx.  

Sail Croatia Lake Bohinj The hotel at Lake Bohinj