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

Qigong for club members is held every Friday on the grassed area opposite 60 Lawson St. Byron Bay starting at 7.30am

To be added to the Qi gong email distribution list, please sms Anna on 0421553027 with your email address

Tuesday May 1 Easy Social Cycle

Leaving from Sharpes Beach car park at 9:00 am. The ride will be approx 16- 20km, predominantly flat to the lighthouse and Hardwood cafe for coffee. Return cycle is along same route but some may wish to branch off to the Ballina Lennox head cycle path which will take them back to Sharpes beach car park. Optional swim for the hardy ones at Shaw’s bay then lunch at Shaw’s Bay hotel. Leader Sue 0422946746;


Thursday May 3 Short n Easy walk at Byron

Early morning Byron Bird Watching Wetlands Walk (nice alliteration :-)  Byron Bay Integrated Water Management Reserve, Wallum Place, Byron Bay.  There will be 4kms of walking by following the tracks all around the ponds.  The walk will be followed by breakfast / coffee at nearby Barrio.  Bring binoculars and wear old shoes that you don't mind getting muddy!  Grade 1

Leader  Sue    


Saturday May 5 Lismore Cycle

Meet at 8:30 am for Mtn Bikers or 9:00 am for Road Bikers at the Eastpoint shopping car park across the road from the 2LM  building on cnr of Ballina Rd and Holland St Goonellabah. We make our way to the Rous Rd Mtn Bike Park at the cnr of Hamley Rd for a half hour Mtn Bike session. When the the road bikers arrive we will continue down Skyline Rd to Lismore for coffee. After coffee we might explore Nth and Sth Lismore before returning to our start point via High St and BirdWing Pk, or if we are feeling more adventurous we could return via Woodlawn, Numulgi ,Bexhill and Richmond Hill. Road cycling distance is 36km for option 1 or 38km for option 2 (with a few more rises and a few km's on main roads). Leader Bob B 0416241417


Saturday May 5 Mt Barney short notice walk

Up Southeast ridge and down South ridge, elevation gain and loss 1000m in 9 hours, Grade 5, some height exposure, Map Lindesay, Limit 8 very fit and experienced club members. Leader David R 0427 298339  


Friday May 11 to Monday May 14  2018 Binna Burra Weekend.  

The lodge has been booked out. A weekend comprising walks of all grades, non-walking events  and much fun and entertainment. Optional activities include, archery, bird walks, yoga, meditation, painting, photography sessions. Nightly live entertainment will be put on For those staying in the lodge, they will pay for 2 days and get the third day free. For those camping and attending the festivities on the Saturday night, the charge will be $39 pp for cheese and biscuits followed by dinner. There will be a presentation on Friday night on the history of Binna Burra followed by live entertainment. Each morning there will be yoga in the library organised by the Lodge and qigong. Walking options for the following 3 days will include full day on track and off track, half day and short walks led by various club members. There will be a quiz on Sunday evening followed by more entertainment. The aim of this weekend is for everyone to have fun doing what they like.

Organiser Ian 0459496194

Walks will be led by various leaders.  Some walks have been put on twice as numbers on each walk will be limited. Program follows  

Friday  Arrive and register at Binna Burra Lodge AFTER 2 PM.  Please do not register before. If you arrive early have a drink at the cafe or walk the Rainforest Circuit. Suggest a visit to Natural Bridge on the way up. There is no official walk there due to the large numbers who will be travelling.

Saturday Hatha Yoga Vinyassa flow class for beginners / intermediates in the library 7 - 8 am : Qi gong 6.45 - 7.45 am lead by Anna :  7am  Bird Walk  organised by  Sue and Faye - bring binoculars : 9 am Art in the Outdoors - drawing and painting - to find out what you need to bring, please ring our organiser, Anne on 0427700298 : 10 am Meditation Session  organised by Carol

Coomera Circuit Grade 2  Distance 18 km Leader Ian : Ships Stern Circuit Distance 19 km  Grade 2 Leader John F.

Morning Daves Creek Distance 12 km Grade 2  Leader Binna Burra Guide. Afternoon Bellbird Lookout Grade 1 Distance 2 km Leader Binna Burra Guide. Nixons Creek  Grade 4 Leader David

Sunday Hatha Yoga Restorative yoga class for beginners / intermediates in the library 7- 8 am and 8.15 - 9am : Qi gong led by Anna 6.45 - 7.45 am : 9 am Art in the Outdoors organised by Anne :  At 10 am Silent rainforest meditation walk Distance 1.2 km Grade 1  led by Carol

Bina Burra O’Reilly’s key swap 4 walking groups Grade 3 Distance 21 km Option of going via Toolona Circuit  Leaders Ian, David, Bill and Shane

Morning : Lower Bellbird Circuit Distance 12 km  Grade 2 Leader Binna Burra Guide  Afternoon Tullawallal Circuit Distance 5 km Grade 2 Leader Binna Burra Guide                                   Afternoon 3 pm Archery $15 pp organised by the Binna Burra Lodge

Monday Qi gong 6.45 - 7.45 am  led by Anna

Ships Stern Circuit Distance 19 km  Grade 2 Leader Ian. Dave’s Creek Distance 12 km Grade 2 Leader Binna Burra Guide. Ballanjui Falls Distance 14 km  Grade 2 Leader Bill. Coomera Circuit Distance 18 km Grade 2 Leader John F. Noowongbil Lookout Grade 4 Leader David

Full details to be emailed to all participants at the start of May


Wednesday May 16 to Sunday May 20 Girraween NP

As a contrast to the rainforest of Lamington National Park, Girraween NP offers massive granite outcrops, balancing boulders, heath and eucalypt forest. We will camp (easy access for caravans & trailers) at Castle Rock Camping area. Cost $6.35pp per night. Hot showers & flushing toilets - always a bonus! There are some cottages nearby (15mins) at Ballandean, for those who prefer. There are numerous on track walks, including: The Pyramid, The Junction, Dr Roberts Waterhole, Underground Creek, Castle Rock, M Norman, The Sphinx & Turtle Rock. A visit to the historic towns of Tenterfield or Stanthorpe, both a 30min drive away might be another option as a day trip. Or of course a visit to one of the numerous local wineries!                    

You are welcome to join us for the full 4 nights or less. Girraween is at an elevation of 900m, so it WILL be quite cold at night, but hopefully bright, sunny days. Walks grades 2/3. Map Girraween

Leader Tina R 0490184545


Saturday May 19 Iluka

This walk is mostly on the beach with some headlands to get around/go over. The walk starts in Iluka and there is a stretch of littoral rainforest which is pleasant and interesting. Walk along the beach to Woody Heads.  We return the same way. About 15 km. Grade 2

Leader  Heike K. 0438 218 201 or email


Sunday May 20 - Esk River/ Iluka Kayak

This paddle will dovetail nicely with Heike K’s Iluka/Woody Head walk the previous day. We will do a lap of the Esk River delta, heading upstream into the Esk from North Arm Iluka and will return via a slightly different route. The distance of 12 klm or so and planned tidal assistance all the way will mean a grade of easy to medium. Before our mid morning start there will be the option of coffee at a riverside cafe. Leaders Winston & Heike. Text 0414-997722


Saturday May 19 Pottsville to Brunswick Heads postponed

The path is beach plus some coastal track. This walk will require a car shuffle. 20 km Grade 2

Leaders Bill and Ruth phone or text 0409 151378


Monday May 21 to Sunday May 27 Lady Musgrave Island - A Great Barrier Reef Wilderness Opportunity.  Fully Booked

Lady Musgrave Island is a coral cay - part of the Great Barrier Reef and in Capricornia National Park Qld.

Numbers:  Limit 8 persons.

Cost: $388.10 for the week.  This includes an island transfer of $350 return and camping $6.35 per night.  Daily cost for 7 days in this island paradise is $52.00 per night.  The boat leaves from the town of 1770 - 5 hours north of Brisbane.

Accomodation: Camping in your own tent.

Facilities: Basic toilets and picnic and camping area.  No fresh water.  All water is taken with you on the boat. There is lots of shade and forest.

Gear list: The National Park website has good information on gear and essential information. A gear list will also be sent around prior to the trip.

Natural features of the Island: A wonderful lagoon, coral ledges, beaches, forest and habitat for birds, fish and plant life.  The Island is 44 acres in total.

Activity - read this extract from the QLD Nat.Park website :

"Snorkeling:   Lady Musgrave Island's lagoon is ideal for beginner snorkelers and divers as the surrounding ring of reef provides a barrier against outside currents. Patch reefs and bommies adorned with corals rise vertically from the lagoon's sandy floor, providing shelter for fascinating reef creatures. You will discover more delicate and luxuriant coral forms in this well-protected area. Snorkelling is rewarding for those prepared to swim toward the reef edge.

Walking:    Short walking tracks on Lady Musgrave island cross the island and walkers can return along the beaches.

You can walk with care on the reefs surrounding all the Capricornia Cays.

Check out this website for further information

NRBC club members Peter and Wendy Liston go to Lady Musgrave Is annually it is so good.  Contact them if you need further inspiration. Call them on 0256023990.

Leaders Cam and Cecily  0467607825


Saturday May 26 Mezzanine Ridge, Mt Barney NP

Mezzanine Ridge is considerably harder than both the South and South-East Ridges, with an awkward and exposed razorback about halfway and some hard scrub-pushing and route-finding in the upper sections. Start off on the South Ridge track and turn-off and ascend Mezzanine Ridge to East Peak. Descend Mezzanine Ridge time permitting, if not then descend SE Ridge. Dry weather only. 5 hours one way Grade 7. Limit 8 experienced club members. Map Mt Lindesay

Leader: Karl Sprogis 0417 549 791


Sunday May 27 Mullum to Bruns Paddle    





Monday May 28  Short n Easy Brunswick Heads Coastal Heath Walk  Postponed to June 4 (because of high tide)

This is an easy walk through coastal heathland, littoral rainforest and unspoilt beach with stunning views up the Brunswick River towards Mt Chincogan in Mullumbimby. We will start at the Brunswick Surf Life Saving Club and head south along the fire trail into Tyagarah Nature Reserve, then east onto the beach, which we follow north to the Brunswick River breakwall. Coffee will follow. Grade 1 Distance  3.5km.  Leaders  Maggie n Julian 0410 663 599


Walks Map Info for Mullum Bruns Paddle