What's On -
Monday September 9 to October 1 Himachal Pradesh – Great Himalaya National Park hike and trek
Hiking & trekking in Himachal Pradesh at medium to high elevation, humid forest and alpine. This is a great opportunity for up to 12 club members to walk for 17 days in the World Heritage listed Great Himalayan National Park, followed by the Grand Shepherds Traverse from Kullu to Kangra Valley in Himachel Pradesh. These walks will be led by the fantastic local guide and organiser Kapil Negri, whom the club used last year in Ladakh offering amazing value for money at approximately AU$120 per trekking day. If you would like to find out more, contact NRBC leaders Ruth and Bill on 0409151378, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Geoff Bartram, a well-known Australian mountaineer and tour guide, will once again accompany us. A full itinerary can be provided for those who are interested.
Thurs 12 to Thurs 19 Sept Mt Kaputar and Warrumbungle National Parks, NSW
This is a 2-part trip. You can join for one section or both. The size of the group will be limited.
National Park camping grounds at both locations have hot showers and flushing toilets. Drinking water is not provided so bring water for drinking and cooking. It is not possible to book sites ahead at either location. At Mt Kaputar, you pay in envelope at campsite (bring change to do this); and at Warrumbungle, you pay at National Parks visitor centre.
ITINERARY – SECTION 1
Thursday 12th Drive to Glenn Innes and stay night - book own accommodation and arrange dinner together (optional). This stopover is to make our drive the next day manageable.
Friday 13th Drive to Inverell > Sawn Rocks – 1.5 km return walk and BYO lunch. Drive to Narrabri > Mt Kaputar National Park.
Mount Kaputar National Park – 3 nights
Caravans are not allowed on the steep road to Mt Kaputar. There is camping at Dawsons Spring with limited camper trailer parking. There is another campsite at Bark Hut if required. There are 3 small National Park cabins at Dawsons Springs. These can be booked 12 months in advance.
Saturday 14th Short walks Bundabulla circuit 3 kms (medium) walk and Lindsay Rock Tops 2kms (easy); 2kms return walk to summit; drive to Mt Coryah walk 4km return (medium); and Nature Trail 1.4kms return (easy) near campsite.
Car shuffle > Kaputar Plateau walk (medium/hard) 6kms; and later the Governor Track 2kms (medium) return. Watch sunset at Mt Kaputar summit with almost 360* views.
TRIP LEADER – Contact Jenny - email@example.com after 1st March. If you wish to book a cabin you can do that now.
ITINERARY – SECTION 2
Pack up and drive to Coonabarabran > along the way, there may be opportunity to visit Piliga Nature Reserve / Sandstone caves. Warrumbungle National Park is 36kms from Coonabarabran. The closest accommodation to NP is the Warrumbungle Mountain Motel, 882 Timor Road – 20 mins drive away. It has a mixture of self-catering rooms with kitchenette and a restaurant (check website for current details)….OR you can stay at
Warrumbungle National Park – 4 nights
Camp Blackman will be the base for this part of the trip for those who want to camp. It has facilities for camping, trailers and vans with 32 powered and 70 unpowered sites. Vehicle and camping fees apply: currently $8 per vehicle if you don't have a pass, $6 per adult per night for unpowered site and $12 for powered site. Sites cannot be booked. The website says there is no drinking water but the NP Ranger has advised that drinking water for bottles and containers is available at the camp. However, if you wish to fill up a tank in a camper van then this may need to be done at Narrabri as Coonabarabran currently has water restrictions.
This is a Dark Sky Park…National Parks provide the following info for campers:
Dark, natural night skies are important to animals, plants and humans who need a regular interval of light and dark to know when to eat, sleep, hunt, migrate and reproduce. NPWS is reducing light pollution in Warrumbungle National Park:
How you can help
These sky-friendly lighting tips can help reduce light pollution (too much man-made light) and protect our night skies into the future:
· Turn off your lights when you don’t need them
· Avoid using very bright lights
· Hang your lights under an awning
· Face your lights downward
· Get outside, look up and enjoy the stars.
Draft itinerary - subject to input from participants:
- Monday 16th, before happy hour if time - Wambelong Nature Trail (easy, 1.1km); visitor centre
- Tuesday 17th - short walks such as Belougery Split Rock Circuit (steep to very steep and rough in sections - 4.6 Km - 3 hrs); Goulds Circuit (mod to steep, 6.3 km, 3 hr); Burbie Canyon, easy to mod, 2km, 40 min)
- Wednesday 18th - Breadknife and Grand High Tops Circuit, including Bluff Mountain, via West Spirey creek, steep, 16.9 km, 7-8 hours
- Thursday 19th - Mt Exmouth via Burbie fire trail, mod to steep, 16.8 km, 5-7 hrs
Other activity options > Piliga Forest Discovery Centre at Baradine or Sliding Springs Observatory
TRIP LEADER - Contact Gail - firstname.lastname@example.org or 0448866790 after 1st March.