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


Friday October 6 to Sunday October 8 Mt May overnight hike.

Friday car drop (car shuttle - Cotswold Rd) overnight camp at Waterfall Creek Reserve.

Saturday walk up Mt May and camp at Paddys Plain. Sunday hike over Mt Maroon to Cotswold Rd. Approx 13.5 km Grade 5 Max 6 people. Leader Alan 0490342883 or email


Saturday October 7  Blue Fig Rd (Nightcap National Park)

This is a really good and, at times, strenuous walk. We start from Rummery Park From where we follow a number of tracks which lead us to Blue Fig Rd. The first part of the day is easy walking and we will stop for morning tea at the very scenic Rocky Creek causeway. The going then becomes a bit more difficult with the road narrowing and fallen trees and vines to negotiate. At the end of Blue Fig Rd road we go off track, cross a creek and begin a long (200m approx ascent) climb through timbered country to the Old Seventy Fire Road After reaching the road, the walking becomes easier again. We stop for lunch before continuing to the junction with Peates Mountain Rd. We have option of following the road to Rummery Park or climbing to the top of Peates Mountain (not far) and take the track back to Rummery Park. Gloves, gaiters, long sleeves etc may be useful. Distance: 12km Grade: 3 Map: Huonbrook. Leader Clancy 6621 3896 or 0432 351 948


Saturday October 7 Paddle Mooball Creek, Pottsville.

Cross the bridge over Mooball Creek and immediately turn left. We will launch from the second small car park from the corner. High tide will be at 10:30am.  We will paddle south with the incoming tide as far south as we can, paddling parallel to the beach behind the dune through lovely coastal vegetation, approx 10-16km total. We return with the outgoing tide. Grade Medium,

Leader:  Julian  0410 663 566      


Saturday October 7 to Sunday October 8 Binna Burra Camp

Saturday: Meet outside the Tea House at 8.30am walk to Nagarigoon Falls, Ballanjui Cascade to the Upper Ballanjui Track and return visiting Tullawall ( most ancient forest section of Antarctic beeches)approx. 14 km, Sunday 8th of October -Daves Creek Circuit approx. 12 km, all ways are Grade 2

Sunday  : Meet outside the Tea House at 8.30am

Daves Creek Circuit 12 km - enjoy the variety of plants, different types of forests and spectacular views of the Coomera Valley.

Accommodation can be booked individually using the Binna Burra website. You  can choose to pitch your own tent, bring a campervan, use lodge style accommodation or let me know if you want to share with others in a Safari Tent (2-6 people)

Book the accommodation as early as possible as the weekend falls towards the end of school holidays.

Leader Heike K 0438 218 201


Friday 13 October Mt Warning

Track walk starting at 8:30am from the ca rpark.  Bring morning tea for the summit and carry plenty of water if warm weather.  We aim to have lunch at the Uki pub before 2pm.  Distance is 8.8km return, 5 hrs, Grade 3 Car pooling will be arranged from main towns where possible for members registering by Wed 11 October.  Leader  Greg 0427 949375 /


Saturday October 14 New Italy Mountain Biking Discovery Day

Meet at the Mountain Biking Car Park at 8.30 am for around 3 hours of exploratory mountain biking that will allow us to see and experience a whole range of easy to hard mountain biking tracks. It will be up to each participant to decide whether to participate in all the various tracks. We will then have a  late morning coffee  at New Italy before further mountain biking in the afternoon in the Bundjalung NP. Option to stay in Yamba or MacLean overnight and join Ian and Alison's Cafe de Wheels bike ride on the Sunday.

Leaders Ian and Alison 0490506788


Saturday October 14 Old Bruxner Hwy Morning Walk

Explore the old Bruxner Highway and learn about bygone times, historic quarries and slower days of travel. A short walk before breakfast up and down the Alstonville plateau escarpment, mostly on the old road, with some easy to walk bush and gravel. The walk will be no more  than an hour and half with coffee or breakfast at the old Alstonville post office, aka 86 on Main. Grade 2. Meet at 8:00am Alstonville.

Leader Bill 0409151378


Sunday October 15 Three Falls at Nightcap NP and Whian Whian SCR

This walk is being advertised with the Big Scrub Rainforest Field Day.  So we may expect a number of guests who could be prospective members.  So a couple of old hands along to help would be good.

Description:   This walk starts at the day picnic area at Minyon Grass and descends

to the valley floor and the base of Minyon Falls.   It will then ford Repentance Creek and ascend through a forest of large trees to arrive at the top of Quondong Falls, and then follow s various fire trails in open dry sclerophyll forest before going off track for 500 metres through wet forest and arrives at the top of Boomerang Falls.  From there it is just a short walk to the road and a waiting car shuffle. Total distance is 6.4km with 323 metres of ascent and descent. Start time 9:00am  Grade3  Leader Shane 0427557823 or




Sunday  October 15   Kayaking Ross Lane, Lennox Head to Ballina.

From the canefields to the ocean – a great paddle down North Creek through a variety of scenery with plenty of wildlife to watch us pass. Car shuffle required. Cancelled

Leaders Heike and Winston Text/call Winston on 0414997722


Monday  October 16 – Monday October 23 Canoe the Shoalhaven River Gorge, Nerriga to Tallowa Dam Cancelled due to low water levels.

To be rescheduled in 2018

This is possibly the most scenic whitewater canoe trip in Australia.

Two days of driving, 960km. Strenuous day carrying canoes and gear down steep 300m drop, no tracks (up to 4 trips). Eight days canoeing grade 1 + 2 rapids. A couple of grade 3 which are easily roped. Five hour car shuffle at the end. Byo suitable kayak or canoe, waterproof bags, camping gear, food etc. You might have to borrow or buy a second hand canoe . Hobie kayaks are not suitable for this trip. There are accounts of doing similar trips on the Shoalhaven on pack rafts. Michael has done this trip 7 times with people who have had little or no experience. The last time in 1980 read the account here for an overview.  The canoeing is relaxed, exciting and easy. It is graded hard because of its length and the difficult walk in with gear.

Limit: 7 participants (Members only). There will be an overnight white water ‘shakedown’ preparation trip for participants on the Nymboida River before the Shoalhaven. Trip is dependent on river height. Grade: Hard.

Leader: Michael


Saturday October 21 Rocky Creek Nightcap National Park

We meet at corner Nightcap Range Road and Rummery Rd Nightcap National Park. Walk west along Rummery Rd, cross the concrete causeway at Rocky Creek until an old logging track on the left. Head south along the traces of the track until we reach Rocky Creek again. Follow the creek on west side where the creek opens into a large crescent shaped lagoon, cross the creek on the south end of the lagoon and return north on the east side. Follow the creek upstream back to the causeway. There are spectacular rock formations, waterfalls, pools, cascades along here. If time we will go upstream from the causeway and back - more nice cascades etc. Back east along Rummery Rd to cars. Some bush bashing and slippery rock scrambling required. May need to step through water 50mm deep in places. Take 4 or 5 hours

Distance ~7km Grade 4 Huonbrook Map  Leader Tom 0413398395


Sunday October 22 to Monday October 30 Grampians and Western Districts Volcanoes Discovery Tour Fully Booked

Leader Graeme 0410667090




Saturday 21 October Abseiling Training Day (Basic 1st Course) Goonengerry NP

A novice training day, limit of 5 participants.  Starting with the basics and progressing as competency is achieved.  

Club  members only. Leader/Instructor Shane 0427557823


Sunday 22 October Abseiling Training Day  (Beyond the basics) Goonengerry NP

Emphasis on improving techniques.  Ascending a rope,  passing a knot,  self rescue,  vertical rescue.

Club members only.  Leader/Instructor Shane 0427 557823


Saturday October 28 Koonyum Range Walk

Stretch your legs on this exploratory day walk in the Koonyum Range mostly along fire trail reportedly with some views. We will start with Rayners Track which features a lake and a steep climb. Return via Koonyum Range Rd and take in Teales Lookout. Then head up Boogarem Rd and explore the Lookout Trail and Loop Track. Then continue further on Boogarem Rd to the Hang-gliding ramp if there is time, before returning via Nandaly Rd. Meet at the junction of Wilsons Creek Rd and Coolamon Scenic Drive opposite the Mullumbimby Golf Course and car pool to the start of the walk. Map Huonbrook. Grade 3 Leader Kirsten M. 0413 535 950


Saturday October 28 Cycle North Wall South Wall Ballina Circuit

The objective of this leisurely Saturday afternoon outing is to ride from the North Wall at Ballina river mouth to the South Wall at South Ballina and return via a different route - the interesting point here being that you could almost throw a rock from the start point to the destination!Looking at around 32 km, nearly all flat apart for a few brief undulations. We'll meet early afternoon in the car park at Shaw's Bay (east side of Missingham Bridge), head out to north wall and make our way to Burns Point ferry via east Ballina, North Creek canal and West Ballina. We take the ferry and head east to South Ballina, including a coffee stop at the caravan park and little stroll along South Wall. We return via the ferry, follow the river back into town, and conclude our outing with an optional "sundowner" at the Shawsy. Grade is medium. Leaders are Winston & Heike. Just text Winston on 0414-997722 to register.





Proposed Itinerary Big Scrub Rainforest Day Programme