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

Every Friday morning at 7.30 at Palm Valley, The Pass, Byron Bay there is a qigong session for club members

 

Thursday February 1 to  Friday February 9 Broughton Island and Bushwalking around Port Stephens.

Broughton Island is a treeless, windswept island 12 nautical miles offshore where seabirds nest. You will camp among Muttonbirds, Little Penguins and the Green and Golden Bell Frog. Thursday 1st February, drive to Nelson Bay and move in to your accommodation for 4 nights. We will be doing walks 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 14 and 16 from my guide book  http://puggle.byethost14.com/bushwalkingPORTstephens.pdf Monday 5th Feb. board charter boat for Broughton Island, a 1 hr wild boat trip. Camp on Broughton Island 4 nights. High tide is for fishing, snorkelling and free time to explore the island. Each day at low tide there will be a guided walk, numbers 17, 18 and 19 in my guide book. Cost will be about $100 per person for NPWS campsite fee and boat charter, depending on numbers. In addition there will be accommodation costs at Nelson Bay for 4-5 nights. There is a toilet at the campsite. Byo tent, food and water. Michael has been visiting Broughton Island for 30 years. Here is a trip report  http://www.bushwalkermagazine.org/the%20quartelys/bushwalker391.pdf    Limit: 12 participants (Members only). Grade: 3.

Leader: Michael Smith koonorigan@gmail.com

 

Friday February 2 Kayak Brunswick River

Brunswick River and up Kings Creek, 15km return, about 4 hours paddling time depending on the wind, with a break near half-way for morning tea. Depart Brunswick from the beach at the end of Mona Lane.  Return for lunch at the Bakery or elsewhere.  High tide is 1.85m at 10:50am at the heads.  The tide turns about 11:20am at the turn-around.  The river is flanked by various tall stands  of eucalypts, with a chance to see white-bellied sea eagles, and other common water birds.  Bring morning tea. Leader Greg Mc 0427 949375

 

Saturday February 3  Norries Head Figure 8 Twilight Walk

Meet at the Norries Head Car Park at 4.30 pm and proceed along the Coast Banksia Woodland Track before entering an area of long grasses before returning to Norries Head along Maggies Beach. We climb to the viewing platform  before walking along the Cabarita Foreshore Trail into littoral rainforest before reaching Cypress Crescent and returning along the beach via Johansen Park to the car park. Distance 7 km Grade 2. Afterwards we retire to Cabarita Beach Hotel for supper.  Leader Ian 0459496194

 

Saturday  February 3 Basic Abseiling Instruction at Goonengerry.

For the absolute novice.  Nothing more than you can handle and no great heights.

Clubs gear available for a small $5 maintenance fee and a rope maintenance fee of $10.  Leader /instructor Shane 0427 557823 or shane@mse.net.au.

 

Sunday February 4 Beyond the Basic Abseiling Instruction at Goonengerry.

For all abseilers a chance to improve your skills.  Prusiking, passing a knot and vertical rescue. Club's Rope and Equipment Maintenance Fees apply. Leader/Instructor Shane 0427 557823 or shane@mse.net.au

 

Monday February 5 to Monday February 12 Overland Track Tasmania (Cradle Mountain to Lake St Clair)

Due to the demand for this walk and the limit on group numbers, there are 2 walking groups doing this pack walk in February. The itinerary for this walk will be similar to that of Tina’s walk. For more information contact Bob

Leader Bob B. 0416241417

 

Saturday February 10 to Sunday February 11 Abseiling Car Camp at Koreelah NP

Saturday Kinnanes Falls a Large multi pitch canyoning abseil Grade Wet, Multi,140m

Sunday Watson's Falls Another wet one. Three pitches in the waterfalls. Grade Wet, Multi, 100m  Leader Shane 0427557823 shane@mse.net.au

 

Sunday February 11 Terania Creek

We set off from the Terania Creek Car Park and cross the creek and walk through rainforest eventually, after some scrambling, coming to a cave where we will hold morning tea overlooking a rainforest full of Bangalow Palms. Crossing the creek several times involves rock hopping on what could be slippery surfaces. In the afternoon we will return via a wonderful swimming hole, so cossies and towels will be required. We will lunch here.  On return to the car park we will pay a visit to Protesters Falls. Map Huonbrook Distance 7km Grade 3

Leader Ruth 0427846372

 

Saturday February 17  Evans River Kayak

Morning departure from Evans Head,  at a small beach behind the RSL club.  Paddling time depending on the group, with a break at half-way for morning tea before returning to Evans Head for lunch if desired.  High tide is 1.75m at 10:12am.  The river has mangrove inlets to explore and water bird life.  Distance approx 10 km. Grade easy to medium.

Leader Greg Mc 0427 949375

 

Saturday February 17 Abseil Hell's Hole at Mt Jerusalem NP

Three pitches in and out of waterfall Grade Wet, Multi, 100m Leader Shane 0427557823 shane@mse.net.au

 

Sunday February 18 Tyagarah Morning Walk  

A Grade 2 walk in the area around Tyagarah airport, on country owned by Dieter Horstmann.  Last year on this walk all walkers were stunned to find a castle tower with a dungeon on the route. There is nice forest to explore and a climb to hills with coastal views. There may also be an opportunity to see a new solar array and battery system installed on the premises, part of which is leased by an apiary. The other part of the complex is being developed for 'eco-tourism'.  Bring morning tea to share back at the premises.Leader Brian 66872427

 

Monday February 19  to Monday  February 26  FULLY BOOKED

Trip 1. Overland Track Tasmania (Cradle Mountain to Lake St Clair)

The walk is extremely varied, crossing high alpine moors and rocky screes rising to dolerite peaks and travelling through eucalypt and myrtle forests. This is an extended walk (65km) and participants will need to carry their food, equipment and tent (optional) for the 6 days of walking. Includes side trips to Cradle Mtn, Barn Bluff, Mt Emmett, Mt Oakleigh, Mt Ossa, Mt Pelion East (all optional). Maximum Group size 8. Grade 3. Side trips Grade 4 to 5. www.overlandtrack.com.au . Leader: Tina R email tinar7724@optusnet.com.au  Tel. 0490184545

 

Wednesday February 21 Nightcap NP.  Abseil Recce of #4 on Mackays Road.   FULLY BOOKED

Seen from its base after doing #3.  Expected to be 100m.  Extremely competent abseilers.  Grade 7  Leader Shane 0427 557823 shane@mse.net.au

 

Saturday February 24 Club Social Lismore Art Gallery – Now at 10.30am (previously advertised at 10.15am)

We will be visiting the new Lismore Art Gallery to see an exhibition “Unnatural  History: The Tower Hill Project” by Hobie Porter, a well-known local artist.  Hobie Porter has kindly agreed to meet us to talk about his project at 10.30am.  This exhibition commemorates over 160 years since Australian artist Eugene von Guerard painted Tower Hill, Victoria.  Club members who joined the recent trip to the Grampians, will know about this artist and the Tower Hill area.  Check out www.hobieporter.com  

Location: 11 Rural Street, Lismore www.lismoregallery.org.au   Car parking available in adjacent areas.  It is free to visit the gallery, but donation welcome.  The small Gallery café opens at 8am if you would like coffee beforehand.  I will book a table for lunch afterwards at The Richmond Hotel, 36 Woodlark Street.  Please let me know if you want to be included in this booking.   Organiser Jenny - jbcobden@gmail.com

 

Saturday February 24 to Sunday February 25  Abseiling Car Camp at Bald Mountain SF

Burnett Creek Canyoning for two days. Wet and Wild.

Grade Canyoning, Multi, 5 x 30m plus slides. Leader Shane 0427557823 shane@mse.net.au

 

Saturday February 24 Christies Creek Mooball NP

We will meet at Burringbar General Store where the coffee is too good to refuse. We then drive to Mooball NP and park the cars at the end of Baranbali Road. We will walk around the base of Burringbar Trig on fire trails for around 3km before turning off down what appears to be the remains of a very old forestry track. We head down through a dry schlerophyll forest to a tributary of Christies Creek. Here we are in rainforest and we soon reach the junction of Christies Creek. We will proceed along this creek with crystal clear running water, cascades, and rocks with bright red fungi. We will stop for lunch by some cascades. We then continue up  Crystal Creek for an hour or so before we leave the creek for a scramble up a ridge ( not difficult) and eventually meet Cooradilla road about 500m from the cars. Map Burringbar.  Distance about 11km. Grade 3.    Leader Tom  0413398395

 

Sunday February 25 Coastal Walk Brunswick Heads to Byron Bay  Short Notice

This is a gentle coastal walk from Brunswick Heads surf club, initally through the coastal scrub of Tyagarah Nature Reserve along the Tyagarah Management Trail to Black Rock Road (morning tea). Then along the beach to Belongil Creek. We will continue along Belongil Beach, Main Beach and Clarkes Beach, to The Pass. Next we will take a walk up to the Byron Lighthouse (icecream at the top?), returning through the Cape Byron Walking Track through coastal forest to Clarkes Beach. We’ll have a car shuffle to get drivers back to Brunswick Heads. 19km, grade 2, with a few steep sections up to the lighthouse. Bring sun hat, water and morning tea. We aim to start walking at 8am. Leaders  Ruth and Bill on stromaedgar@gmail.com or 0409151378

 

Monday 26 February  Short n Easy Brunswick Heads River Walk

This easy walk takes in some of the best of the Brunswick Heads landscape, including coastal heath, beach and river.  For much of the walk we will be following the Brunswick River frontage from breakwall to the Boat Harbour. Coffee will follow. Grade 1 Distance  4km.  Leaders  Maggie n Julian 0410 663 599

 

Wednesday 28 February to Tuesday 13 March 2018   FULLY BOOKED

Trip 2. Tasmania various routes. Possibilities include: 7 day Western Arthurs, 4 day Frenchmans Cap, 4 day Mt Anne Circuit. For very fit and very experienced pack walkers ONLY.  Alternative walks will be planned, as these will only be attempted in favourable conditions. Involves rock scrambling, serious height exposure, pack hauling, in very remote area. Walkers must be totally self sufficient & carry their own camping gear. Maximum group size 6. Grade7. Leader David R email tinar7724@optusnet.com.au  Tel. 0490184545

 

 

Tasmania Trips 1 and 2 Itinerary