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

 

 

Sat 26th January to 1 Feb Mt Ossa and other Mountain Climbs

Mt Ossa is the highest peak in Tasmania. Whilst it is on the Overland Track it can be climbed without walking the Overland track via the Arm River Track. With some other mountains thrown in depending on the weather, this trip is 5 days of walking.

Day 1: Fly to Devonport. Sat 26th January.  Flight to Devonport. Buy gas and any further food then drive 1 hour from Devonport to Mole creek. Stay Mole creek campground.

Day 2. Arm River Track. Drive from Mole Creek to carpark near Arm River Track, 1hour including 17km of gravel road, park at the carpark. Walk Arm River Track to Pelion Hut then to a campsite 3km south of Pelion Hut. Arm River Track 330m climb, 12.4km, 3.5 hours one way. Creek crossings. Map 113.  Then Overland Track to campsite 3km, 100m climb, 1 hour. Map 87. So total for the day is 15.5km, 4.5 hours, 550m climb.

Day 3. Climb Mt Ossa (1614m).  750m climb, 7.0km, 5 hours return. There is a track although it is still a rough and rocky climb and very steep in places. Some scrambling required. Return to Pelion Gap via the same track. Map 87. Stay same campsite as Day 2 so don’t need to carry pack for this day.

Day 4. Climb Mt Pelion East (1461m). 600m climb, 7.5 km, 4.5 hours return. Then walk back along the Overland track to Pelion Hut. Wet grassy slopes fading into a muddy trench then as this fades out there are cairns on the sandstone slopes to the base of the summit rocks. Then climbing in a scree filled gully then scramble to the ridge and summit. Return to Pelion Gap via the same track. Map 87. Stay Pelion Hut or the camping pads nearby. Only need to carry pack for the last 3km back from the campsite to Pelion hut and this is downhill 50m.

Day 5. Climb Mt Oakleigh (1286m). 500m climb, 9.6km, 4 hours return. Whilst the summit is not high it is strategically located to provide a grandstand view of most of the major peaks of the park. Stay Pelion Hut or the camping pads nearby.

Day 6. Arm River Track. Walk back to the car. 200m climb. 12.4km. 3 hours one way. Drive to Devonport 2.5 hours. Stay Devonport.

Day 7 – Friday 1st Feb. Rest and resupply day. Meet Steve and Barbara in the evening. Spare day in case we can't get back to Devonport on Day 6.

Optional additional side trip to Mt Pillager (1280m) 310m climb, 5.4 km, 4 hours return. On the way back. Option to stay at Pelion Hut either in the hut or the camping pads nearby if the weather is bad on Day 1. Option to change the order of the mountains depending on the weather.  You will need a national parks pass.

Grade 6.  Generally off-track. Strenuous walking conditions in very steep, rugged and remote terrain. Includes moderate to difficult rock scrambling with moderate to high height exposure.  Suitable only for very fit and experienced walkers.

Contact Lucy on lucy.cranitch@path2u.com.au

 

Saturday February 2 Kayaking 'test drive' day at Shaws Bay, Ballina

We have held a few of these days in the past and they have been enormously popular.

Members are invited to bring their kayaks along so that aspiring and existing paddlers can try out a good variety of boats on a safe and sheltered water way to get a good feel for what's available - without spending a cent. There will be seasoned paddlers on hand to pass on valuable tips that will be of interest to all.

We are meeting at Pop Denison Park picnic shelters from 9.30 am onwards. Please bring along your morning tea and/ or lunch, and a life jacket if you have one. Just roll up on the day or if you require further information, please text or call Winston on 0414 997722.

 

Sunday February 3 to Friday February 8 Tarkine Coastal Walk

Starting with a ferry ride to the mouth of the Pieman river from Corrina,  five-six days walking north along the ruggedly beautiful Tarkine coast to the tiny fishing village of Temma. The walk varies from clifftops to rocky coves then long beaches, passing numerous Aboriginal middens. There are several small rivers and creeks to be crossed. Heavy rain may mean swimming with packs or waiting up for a few days. Heavy rain is a distinct possibility at any time of year. This coast in famous for its photographic beauty. All weather conditions need to be planned for because it is the west coast of Tasmania even though we are walking in summer. There will be a car shuffle along the Western Explorer road. This is described as a difficult walk. Grade 5 Leader  Steve 0414312917 millard.stephen@gmail.com

 

Monday February 11 to  Friday February 15 Tarkine Forest

One of Tasmania's most experienced walkers has given us a GPS route through the Tarkine forests that is used by commercial operators. The route follows disused (and in some cases heavily overgrown) vehicle tracks between the Keith River Road and the plateau south of Hoof Hill, and between Farquhars Road and Pinner Creek. A sidetrack at the western edge of the circuit is certainly worth doing, as it runs past Tarkine Falls and accesses a hill with commanding views over the Tarkine rainforests.  This could be a difficult walk with swift river crossings and strenuous bushbashing. Grade 5 Leader  Steve 0414312917 millard.stephen@gmail.com

 

Saturday February 9 to Saturday February 16 Crackenback / Thredbo Walking and Mountain Biking

During the week we will run two separate programmes with bushwalking or mountain biking each day. Gail will lead the bushwalks which will be a mix of full and half day walks. There will be a choice of staying at:

*Lake Crackenback Resort and renting one of the 1, 2 or 3 bedroom properties, the cost of which is significant (see details below);

*Camping at the nearby Ngarigo NP or The Diggings free campsite which is situated on the banks of the Thredbo River, both on the road to Thredbo, both having access to the Thredbo Valley track for mountain bike riding and walking; or

*Staying in Thredbo in a townhouse. If you prefer this option, please contact Ruth D cycling.nrbc@gmail.com asap if you think you want this.

Accommodation has been booked at Seven's Ski Lodge and can be viewed here https://www.airbnb.com.au/rooms/2293021

It will cost between $200 to $350 per week per person, depending on numbers.

There are vacancies for 3 singles in a mixed gender room, top bunks, which will cost no more than $100 each for the week.

In the first place register with Kerrie as the organiser and she will match you up with others staying at Crackenback, if you wish to stay there. Resort guests will also have access to free resort activities: 9 hole par three golf course, tennis courts x 3, badminton & volleyball courts, heated indoor swimming pool, canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, gymnasium & sauna, spring-free trampolines, archery, low ropes course, 2.4 km fitness track, mountain bike skills course & over 25 km of mountain bike and walking trails.

This is the quote for the Crackenback resort including a range of accommodation. The accommodation is grouped together on the lake and includes a buffet breakfast at their restaurant. Dinner - suggest self catering group BBQ. Lunch- suggest make sandwiches and take with you. The bedding allows for beds to be separated (providing for singles and couples). The quote outlines three different options for accommodation:

Option 1:2 bedroom/2 bathroom + buffet breakfast $107.50 pp/per night

Option 2:1 bedroom/1 bathroom + buffet breakfast $147.50 pp/per night

Option 3:3 bedroom/2 bathroom + buffet breakfast $93 pp/per night

Note- Additional expected costs after accommodation include:-

* $10 per day for the shuttle if required (as you can ride back to the resort from Thredbo this is the best way to go and it eliminates the need for a NP pass - see details below re NP pass)

* Own Transport to Crackenback

* Chairlift Pass if doing the walk to Thredbo to the summit

* Cycles can be hired at Thredbo or Crackenback

Individual Bookings can be paid directly to the resort but please mention NRBC, so that we will be grouped together. There is no discount.   50% of accommodation cost is to be paid within 2 weeks of making the booking. The remaining 50% is to be paid 30 days prior to the booked dates.

A NP pass will cover camping in the park and you have to pay for every day you enter the park.

For details of Vehicle Pass for Kosciusko National Park click here.

See links below for more information.

https://www.lakecrackenback.com.au/faqs.html

http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/camping-and-accommodation/campgrounds/ngarigo-campground

Organiser Kerrie  0432 472416 or kerrieexley@hotmail.com

 

 

Saturday February 16 to Thursday February 21 South Coast Cycle

Saturday 16th February – stay at Narooma

•  Drive to Narooma from Thredbo (3½hrs)

Sunday 17th February – stay at Narooma

•  Cycle Narooma to Tilba and Mystery Bay 41km 800m

Monday 18th February – stay at Tuross Head (Tuross Lakeside or Tuross Beach Holiday Park)

•  Cycle Narooma Forest & Ocean Loop - Wagonga Inlet Scenic Route 41km 660m

•  Drive to Tuross Head from Narooma (½hr)

•  Tuross Waters Foreshore Ride – Tuross Head Foreshore 12km return

Tuesday 19th February – stay at Tuross Head

•  Drive to Bodalla from Tuross Head (¼hr)

•  Cycle Farm & Forest - Bodalla to Reedy Creek 50.64km 493m

Wednesday 20th February – stay at Batemans Bay (Clyde View Holiday Park or Big 4)

•  Drive to Moruya (½hr)

•  Cycle Town to Surf - Moruya to South Head return 20km 150m

•  Drive to Batemans Bay (2¼hrs via the scenic coastal route, 1¾hrs via the highway)

•  Cycle The Mangrove Tour – Batemans Bay to Cullendulla Wetlands 18km

Thursday 21st February – drive home after ride (4hrs to Waitara)

•  Cycle Spotted Gum Trail – South Durras to Murramarang National Park 25km 400m

Leader Ruth 0427846372.  For ride descriptions, please contact Ruth  

 

Thursday March 21 to Thursday April 4 Lancashire Ramblers Visit to Australia

A party of 7 ramblers is visiting NSW in March / April 2019. This party comprise the main organisers and walk leaders who look after us on our annual visits to Interlaken.

Thursday March 21 to Sunday March 24 Sydney Harbour Walks

We will be staying at the Rocks YHA and going on 2 harbour day walks, The Spit to Manly and Bondi Beach to Bronte

Sunday March 24 to Wednesday March 27 Blue Mountains staying cottages at Katoomba

Prince Henry Cliff Walk,  The Pulpit and Grand Canyon.

Wednesday March 27 Travel to Northern Rivers

Wednesday March 27 to Monday April 1 Walks and Social Events in our area

The English party will be billeted in some of our homes

Friday March 29 Visit the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

Monday April 1 Travel to Binna Burra via Natural Arch

Monday April 1 to Thursday April 4 Binna Burra Lodge

Walks Coomera Circuit, Ships Stern The Caves Circuit

Thursday April 4 The English party leave from Brisbane Airport.

Organiser Ian 0459 496194

 

 

 

 

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