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

Qigong Sessions cancelled until 13th April

Friday March 2 Kayak Ballina Island Circuit

Ballina island circuit.  Morning departure from North Creek beach on The Serpentine, paddling under Missingham Bridge and up the river with the incoming tide to Fisheries Creek and the canal then catch the outgoing tide down North Creek to the start point.  Distance is 9km, about 2.5 hours paddling time.  High tide is 1.8m at 9:40am at the trawler harbour.  Depending on the pace there may be an option of a short stop after 2km at the small harbour near the Ramada for a coffee at the Evolution café.  Leader Greg Mc 0427949375

 

Saturday March 3 Two Lookouts Walk Nightcap and Mt Jerusalem NPs

Starting at the end of Huonbrook Rd we climb up to Mt Jerusalem Road before heading past the “Loo with a View’ and on to Tea Tree Lookout below Nightcap Bluff for morning tea. We then retrace our steps and then walk towards Mt Jerusalem and finish up at the Flying Fox site which offers one of the most dramatic views in our region. The two lookouts overlook Doon Doon and much more of the Mt Warning caldera. After lunch we return to Huonbrook. Distance 9 km Grade 2 Map Huonbrook Leader Ian 0459496194

 

Sunday March 4  - Brunswick River Kayak  

Morning departure Brunswick from the beach at the end of Mona Lane.  Paddling time depending on the group, with a break at half-way for morning tea.  High tide is 1.64m at 11:05am at the heads.  We will catch the tide in both directions. 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.  Return for lunch at Brunswick if desired.  Distance approx 10 km. Grade easy to medium.  Leader Greg Mc 0427949375

 

Sunday  March 4 Abseil Boogarem Falls Koonyum Range

A big single pitch of 100m and then a big rope assisted climb out.

Grade Single, Dry, 100m Leader Shane 0427557823 shane@mse.net.au

 

Friday March 9 to Monday March 12 Girraween NP Camp

Friday. Meet at Castle Rock Camping area for an afternoon walk to the Junction. This is an easy start to the weekend about 2 hours return. Bring swimmers as there are some lovely pools on the way.

Saturday Morning walk to the Sphinx and Turtle Rock, about 3-4 hours, 7.5 km return.

Afternoon A short drive takes us to Dr. Roberts car park , where we will explore the Underground Creek and  possibly Dr. Roberts Waterhole. These are both fairly easy walks.

Sunday Mt.Norman is a longer walk about 11km return, taking around 4-5 hours.

Alternatively a shorter variation is possible for from the Mt. Norman day-use area. 4km return, 1.5-2 hours.

Monday  Our last walk before packing up and heading home is Castle Rock. Taking around 1.5-2 hours, 5 km return. We will be camping at Castle Rock. To camp in the National park a permit is required and must be pre- booked and paid for. This can be done online at www.npsr.qld.gov.au or phone 137468

All walks are Grade 2 Leader Lou 0431074462 or lou.miller2@gmail.com

 

Saturday March 10 Abseil Sphincter Falls Mt Jerusalem NP

A multi pitch in water and scramble out.

Grade Multi, Wet, 70m Leader Shane 0427557823 shane@mse.net.au

 

Saturday  March 10 to Saturday  March 17 Great Southern Rail Trail and Prom Country Cycling / Walking

Cycling over 100km of Rail Trails in South Gippsland, Victoria as well as enjoying a smorgasbord of local walks along the coastline, in temperature rainforests and at Wilsons Promontory National Park. A program of cycling and walking activities is offered based at Foster. . Check out the link: http://www.greatsouthernrailtrail.com.au/    a  picturesque rail trail close to Melbourne, Phillip Island and Wilsons Promontory. Leongatha is located in the foothills of South Gippsland's Strzelecki Ranges with a population around 5,000. The trail passes through wide-open spaces of lush dairy country before entering tea tree and eucalypt bushland near Koonwarra. The trail has a fine gravel surface and passes through bushland, swamp scrub and lowland forest. There is abundant local wildlife; kangaroos, wallabies and bird life thrive in this area. At the foothills of the Hoddle Range, there are slightly steeper parts of the trail and many cuttings and embankments. The small town of Fish Creek has a strong arts scene and plenty of options to eat and restock supplies. There is a climb from Fish Creek to Hoddle Summit where there are views over Corner Inlet and Wilsons Promontory from the peak. We will be staying at the Prom Central Caravan Park , 38 Nelson St Foster. (Tel No. 0356822440) http://www.promcentralcaravanpark.com.au/accommodation/ .  The choice is camping or staying in a cabin. The cost of a 2 bedroom ensuited cabin is $110 per night or $90 per night including linen etc. The prices quoted are for 2 people. Extra persons in the cabin attract an extra fee of $15 per night. Please note for a 7 night stay there will be a $10 per night reduction ie $100 or $80. Please book your accommodation and register with Ian 0459496194. Bikes can be hired in the local area. Please organise with Gary. There is a bus from Southern Cross Station to Yarram stopping at Foster. https://www.vline.com.au/getattachment/44615b59-182d-456a-a25d-57b25de3d88b/Yarram-Melbourne-(via-Leongatha,-Koo-Wee-Rup-a-(1)

Leader Gary Wa. 0429427656

 

Monday March 12 Deep Ecology Walk 3838

Starting at Rummery Park, we will walk in silence up the Peates Mountain rain forest path before cutting across to the 3838 Chasm. Lunch on the edge of the Wanganui Gorge. There will be several Deep Ecology readings along the way to 'ground' us into the environment. Grade 3.

Limited numbers so book early with Steve, 0414 312 917

 

Wednesday March 14 Club AGM Crawford House Alstonville 6.15 pm

Anna will lead a 30 minute session of qigong before the start of the AGM.

 

Saturday March 17 Minyon Circuit

Walk from Minyon Grass to the base of Minyon Falls (swimming possible ) then past the biggest strangler fig in the region, then up to the top of Minyon Falls, before looping back to Minyon Grass along the road. A patch of rare native plums was recently discovered just metres off the track and we plan to visit them. A picturesque walk through rainforest on maintained tracks. Some rock scrambling at the bottom to get to the base of the falls and rock hopping across Repentance Creek.  Distance 13 km. Grade 2

  Steve will now lead 0414 312 917 millard.stephen@gmail.com

 

Sunday March 18 Abseil Mackays #3  Nightcap NP   Late addition

Walk 2km 200m ascent,  Abseil wet, 1 x 30m 1 x 80m, Swim out, 500m road walk  Leader Shane 0427557823 shane@mse.net.au

 

Saturday March 17 to Sunday March 18 Recce Camp at Iron Pot. Toonumbah NP     Cancelled Road Closed Due to Storm Damage

 

Saturday March 17 to Wednesday March 21 St Kilda Cycling

Based at Ellwood we will ride along Melbourne cycleways starting from the pier at St Kilda each day.  On each of the 3 days will be riding around 70 km of mainly cycleways in Melbourne. Destinations will be Williamstown / Altona, Gardiners Creek and Merri Creek / Moonee Ponds. Leader  Ian 0459496194

 

Sunday  March 18 Marshall's Creek. Kayaking

Morning departure at Brunswick from the beach at the end of Mona Lane.  High tide is 1.6m at 10:00 am at the heads.  We will catch the tide in both directions to Billinudgel, an interesting journey through a nature reserve, about 17km total 4.5 hrs.  We will have morning tea/coffee at Yum Yum Tree Cafe along the way.  Bring lunch. Leader Greg M 0427 949375.

 

Wednesday March 21 to Saturday March 24 Cycling  Rail Trails at Yea and Mansfield

Wednesday Yea to Tallarook return.77km  Can be shortened to 55km return. Quite easy riding remembering the rail trails are graded ie only have inclines!! The ride takes you through some lovely bushland and beside the Goulburn River.

Thursday Yea to Alexander. 68km return. This section includes a tunnel and great scenery.

Friday Drive to Mansfield. Rest day. Mansfield has a lot of interesting history on the Rail Trail, the original rail line, the Kelly Gang including a monument to the policemen who were shot,and the making of The Man from Snowy River.., so plenty to do for the day..

Saturday Mansfield to Bonnie Doon .44km return. An easy ride with a spectacular bridge crossing at Bonnie Doon over part of the Eildon Weir. Leader John M. Organiser Noeleen  0402522288

 

Wednesday March 21 Abseil McNamara's Road Escarpment Nightcap NP

A short walk/climb of 6.4km  along Mackays and then along McNamara Rd. to escarpment. An 80m abseil in or out of water with a rock hop back to Mackays.  Grade Single, Wet or Dry, 80m Leader Shane 0427557823 shane@mse.net.au

 

Saturday  March 24 Abseil Boomerang Falls

A short walk and then a 50m abseil in or out of water with a scramble back to the top for another go.

The best for the least effort. Worth doing many times.

Grade Single, Wet or Dry, 50m Leader Shane 0427557823 shane@mse.net.au

 

Sunday March 25 Uralba Reserve Uralba Reserve

Mostly on trails through the woods, some old road bits, one steep section with creek crossing.  Short steep off-track excursion around fence.  Occasional views from escarpment to ocean and north to Ballina.  Some fallen trees may have to be negotiated. Approx. 10 km.  Grade 2.  Map Wardell  Leader Heike K.  0438218201 or email heikekerber@yahoo.com.au

 

Monday March 26  Short n Easy Shaws Bay Walk at Ballina

This easy walk starts near the Marine rescue tower on Lighthouse Parade. Beginning at the North Wall we can take in the majestic view of the Richmond River as we walk along the breakwall heading towards Missingham bridge.  We continue our walk around Shaws Bay, through parkland and along bush track. Coffee will follow. Grade 1 Distance  4.5km.  Leaders  Maggie n Julian 0410 663 599

 

Friday March 30 to Monday April 2 Easter Wild Waterfall Walk       Fully Booked

Friday- We meet at Rummery Park, walk along Blue Fig Road until we enter Rocky Creek, so named because it is a scramble up the most beautiful series of rocky cascades, waterfalls and crystal clear rockpools for its entire length. This is one of the best kept secrets of our local World Heritage rainforests in our Nightcap NP. We camp where Rocky Creek crosses Gibbergunyah Road.

Saturday- walk southwest along Gibbergunyah Road, then northwest along McKays Road which takes us past Protestor Falls, camping further along Terrania Creek.

Sunday- Scramble up to Gracies Crag, then join Wallace Road which leads into the Nightcap track. Walk east through Doon Doon saddle, camping near the flying fox site on the flanks of Mt Jerusalem.

Monday- Turn off the road up Mt Jerusalem at the site of an on mill that made roofing shingles from the casurina forest, head east across a sharp saddle with a narrow rock scramble that connects to Blackbutt Plateau. The Plateau was the scene of major protest in the '80's which ended logging. As well as the Blackbutt forest it is noted for the large expanses of snow lychen on the rocky part of the Plateau. We finish the walk by scrambling down the steep slope of the usual route to the Plateau, towards Mill Road.

The Club travels all over the World looking for great walks, yet here is one of the World's best right in our own backyard. Grade 4, Steve 0414 312 917 millard.stephen@gmail.com

 

Friday March 30   Wild Waterfalls Walk      Late Addition

A day of walking and scrambling up the amazingly scenic Rocky Creek, which is just one beautiful cascade after another: accompanied by the 4-day pack walkers who will be camping at Tungun Road. The day walkers will then leave the pack walkers to return to Rummery Park via Tungun Rd and Peates Mountain Road grade 4, leader Steve 0414312917

 

Friday 30 March to Mon 2 April Washpool NP   Postponed

Washpool Creek and Pi Pi Creek 4 day exploratory pack walk

Access to the headwaters of Washpool Ck can be gained via the overgrown Coombadhja Rd. Follow the creek for 9 km to Pi Pi Flat. Possibly explore gorge downstream and Eaglehawk Creek Falls. Return via Pi Pi and Babepercy Creeks to Moogem Trail.

Camp for 3 nights along the way.

Topo Maps Coombadhja and Washpool. Grade exploratory as present conditions unknown, slippery rock hopping in and out of the creek, leech and snake heaven, possibly swimming with pack and rock scrambling near water falls. Limit 6 club members with off track pack and creek walking experience.

Leader David R ph 0427 298339

 

AGM Minutes 14 March Itinerary