What's On - February

Three days notice must be given to the Leader if you want to participate in any of the walks.

A club cycling event is held every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. See the Cycling Page for further details. Qigong sessions are held each Friday morning in Byron Bay

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.

To register online, click here

Saturday February 2 Abseil Recce Gilwah Road Mt. Jerusalem FULLY BOOKED

Dry run of new venue as described in the OEH POM Shane 0427557823 abseiling.nrbc@gmail.com

Sunday February 3 to Friday February 8 Tarkine Coastal Walk FULLY BOOKED

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

To register online, click here

Tuesday February 5 Ballina Backwaters Social Cycle

Enjoy a leisurely cool, cruise starting at 8:00am from the Thursday Plantation, Lot 7 Gallans Rd, Ballina, on the cycle route to the riverside castles of West Ballina and Burns Point ferry. We return via shady creek-side streets and the new River Oaks path along the Canal, for coffee at Thursday Plantation. Almost all flat and about 20kms. Leader Peter H 0466581281

To register online, click here

Tuesday February 5 Abseiling Recce Nightcap NP

Intending to go up Mackays to the first fork in the road and then explore up to Goodwin Road and across to McNamara's Road. Then down either left or right branch of Bat Cave Creek and emerge at the Terania Picnic Area avoiding Protestors Falls. All off track exploratory. Leader Shane abseiling.nrbc@gmail.com or 0427 557823

Tuesday February 5 to Saturday February 9 Blue Mountains Cycling FULLY BOOKED

The programme will offer the following cycling for hybrids and mountain bikes:

Narrow Neck Mountain Bike Trail 25 km of one of the most spectacular trails in Australia

Katoomba to Blackheath (Great Blue Mountains Trail – newly opened) 36 km return

Katoomba Lookouts to Sublime Point

Blackheath Lookouts (Pulpit Rock Govetts Leap, Evans Lookout)

McMahon's Point Mountain Bike Trail 36 km

Shaws Trail and Blue Gum Swamp Mountain Bike Trails 22 km

The proposal is to run 2 different programmes, one for the mountain bikes and one for the hybrids. The hybrid cycles will be led by volunteers. These routes are not difficult to follow. On most of the cycle days there will be opportunities to walk to some of the most amazing lookouts in the Blue Mountains. These places are also ideal for happy hour celebrations. The plan is to rent a cottage in Katoomba for the 4 nights. Leader Ian 0459496194.

Saturday February 9 Shaws Bay, Ballina to Lennox Head Walk– group size limited to 16

Walk past Boulder, Sharpes, Angels, Shelleys and Lighthouse beaches and over 2 headlands. There is a rocky section at Boulder Beach – bring walking poles for this section if you wish. 12 km Grade 1-2.

Meet at Lennox Head to catch 4.05pm bus to Shaws Bay ($2.50 concession).

At the end of the walk, we will have dinner at Lennox Bowls Club at 7.30pm (optional).

Book by 5th Feb - Contact Jenny jbcobden@gmail.com

Monday February 11 to Friday February 15 Tarkine Forest FULLY BOOKED

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 FULLY BOOKED

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 and www.airbnb.com.au/rooms/22815818 It will cost between $150 to $400 per week per person, depending on numbers. Contact Ruth cycling.nrbc@gmailcom or 0427846372.

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.



Organiser Kerrie 0432 472416 or kerrieexley@hotmail.com

Saturday February 16 to Thursday February 21 South Coast Cycle - accommodation fully booked but you can book your own (contact Ruth for addresses of accommodation so you can book close by)

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

• 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

• 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.

Saturday 23rd February Brunswick River Kayak

We will be paddling upstream with the tide from Brunswick Heads, midmorning. We will have lunch en route and finish mid-afternoon. Grade medium. Leaders Winston and Heike 0414 997722

Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th February : Walk and Canyoning at Reynolds Creek , Main Range NP, Queensland

Arrive Saturday 23rd afternoon late at Wickman's Road off Head Road. Setup camp for the night next to creek and get ready for an early start Sunday.

Sunday 24th keeping within the NP boundary ascend below Mt Bangalore Cliff line to the saddle and descend to below Lizard Point Main Range. Follow the creek down until we reach the gorge. Don wetsuits and waterproof our gear. Slide down many cascades until we reach the end. A 5m abseil then we are out. (The abseil can be done without a harness.) Then we are back in the open and heading back to the cars by the easiest / shortest route while staying within the NP boundaries. It will be a fairly long day 15km at last attempt, however I believe I can cut about 3~4km off that.

This activity has been done by the leader before however the "to and from" will be experimental so is classed as a RECCE.

This walk/slide is open to all able club members. Grade 5 Leader Shane abseiling.nrbc@gmail.com or 0427 557823

(Sunday February 24) Broadwater to Evans Head via Salty Lagoon POSTPONED !

The walk is on service tracks and on the beach, with coffee in Evans Head before we return. If the weather is very hot, we will organise a car shuffle and do the walk one way only. Leaving from the car park in Broadwater National Park at 8:30am. National Park parking fees apply for those without a permit. Return Distance 22km. Grade 2 Leaders Ruth and Bill 0409 151378

Monday 25 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.

Grade 1 Distance 4km. Leaders Maggie n Julian 0410 663 599

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