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Mon - 28-Feb-2022
4 MD - Abseiling
Starlight Cancelled - Weather
A longish walk in. Two or may be more abseils as we might try an alternative approach. The tunnel is wet, so wetsuits might be needed. A stunning canyon.
Map: Mt Morgan

Mon - 28-Feb-2022
3 MX - Day Walk
Victoria Brook spurs
Victoria Brook is a heavily dissected creek system. Rugged beauty. We will walk out to one of the rocky spurs above Victoria Brook and take it from there as to what else we will see and do. Access will be via Victoria Falls Road, Mount Victoria.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sun - 27-Feb-2022
4 MD - Abseiling
Lower Bowens Creek North Cancelled - Weather
This is a very pretty canyon with a couple of fun abseils, although not particularly long it has some great sections of canyon. The walk in and out are fairly short (total return distance of about 8 km). There is a bit of swimming and wading so wetsuits are necessary.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sat - 26-Feb-2022
3 M - Abseiling
Fun With Ropes Abseiling Skills Development Cancelled - Weather
Fun with Ropes is a great opportunity to extend your abseiling skills. The venue is Yellow Rock Reserve at Winmalee. The day will be led by Guy Wittig and myself. Much of the learning is from each other with experienced canyoners on hand to demonstrate and help. Beginners can learn to prussik and self-rescue. Skills covered could be knots, prussiking, tie offs, abseiling on a Munter hitch, self-rescue, haul systems, top belay, releasable anchors and fiddlesticks. You will be able to try some different descenders and a VT prussik. Hand ascenders will be available for you to climb ropes. Guy will demonstrate rescue by hauling people up a vertical cliff face. We will have fun with ropes. There will be ropes and anchors set up for you. You can ,”do your own thing” with your own ropes if you prefer. Just drop in at any time to abseil or prussik. This day is for experienced canyoners or members who have completed the club training program. Please book in.
Map: Penrith

Sat - 26-Feb-2022
4 MH - Day Walk
Mid Hat Hill Ck (Western Side)
We will descend to Hat Hill Ck via the ropes and and cross the creek and then ascend to Top Hat Spur. Walking up the spur we will cross the main ridge line and then descend on the other side to the large western tributary of the Hat Hill Ck. We will follow this tributary downstream through canyon sections until almost rejoining Hat Hill Ck. We will follow the cliff line to the south until we reach a spur above Hat Hill Canyon. We will descend on the side of a gully to hat Hill Ck which we will cross near the canyoners change area and then return via the canyoners track to our starting point at the sharp bend in Godson Avenue.
Map: Mt Wilson

Fri - 25-Feb-2022
3 M - Abseiling
Pilcher(Jugglers)/Grand Canyon day&night Cancelled - Weather
'Juggler/Pilcher and Grand Canyon' is a popular combination of 2 easy canyons. If we start late afternoon we might just time it right to do Grand Canyon in the dark and still get to bed at a reasonable time. Very good light needed.
Map: Katoomba

Mon - 21-Feb-2022
4 MD - Abseiling
Serendipity at night
Starting late evening. Short canyon. 6abseils. Walk out on ledges. Glow-worms almost guaranteed. Good torch light needed.
Map: Wollangambe

Mon - 21-Feb-2022
3 M - Day Walk
Valley Heights Fire Trail
Valley Heights Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade initiated, surveyed and constructed the Valley Heights Fire Trail between the years 1970 to 1975. Unfortunately, now it is in disrepair and not drivable but great to walk. It follows 2 creeks and has had 10 named place name features along its 5m length in which we will try to identify. Note this was cancelled last week due to close covid contact and is back on the agenda.
Map: Springwood

Sun - 20-Feb-2022
3 M - Abseiling
Abseil Training for Beginners
The training day at Mt York is intended for members who walk with UBMBC and who have not abseiled previously. It will cover ropes, anchors and equipment, safety checks, personal anchors, abseiling technique and belay. The venue at Mt York, has three progressively steeper cliff faces that are ideal for training. Following the training we drive to Medlow Bath where we put skills into practice in Juggler Canyon – which has 6 abseils. The day ends with a lovely walk through part of the Grand Canyon. Members who complete the training successfully will be approved to attend easier canyons on the UBMBC program. You will need a helmet, harness, carabiner and descender. Equipment must be approved to European or North American safety standards. Bicycle helmets and helmets from other sports are not acceptable. I have equipment for loan. Before booking in for this program please read Guidelines for Canyoners on the UBMBC website. Members must have done at least one bushwalk with UBMBC and have completed a non-abseil canyon (eg Grand Canyon, Du Faurs, Rocky Creek ) Canyoning involves carrying wet suits, ropes and equipment as well as scrambling over slippery rocks and climbing in steep, rugged country. A suitable level of fitness and agility is required.
Map: Katoomba

Sun - 20-Feb-2022
3 M - Canyon
Dalpura & Kamarah Canyons
Two beautiful short canyons on the north side of the Grose Valley with nicely flowing waterfalls, clear pools, mossy walled canyon sections & views looking out over the valley. Some chest deep wades and maybe a short swim. Off track walking at Kamarah and we will need to take off packs to pass under a log jam. Dalpura: Abseil a 6m waterfall or 8m from the side then an optional 16m waterfall. Kamarah: Hand over hand 4m and a 6m abseil with abit of overhang. Suitable for those who have completed the abseil training course but you should be comfortable with offtrack walking, negotiating slippery rocks and hand over hand down climbing.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sun - 20-Feb-2022
4 MHX - Day Walk
Skull Rock, Lace Wall, Alabaster Cave and Striped Wall
Walk 1: Park at GR 722 965 on D’Arcy Trail and descend south west into a gully. Visit Skull Rock and walk up a tributary gully for a few hundred metres, then back down to another creek at GR 722 962. Continue down the creek, then turn west up the bigger gully. Ascend back to the trail. Walk 2: Park at GR 737 996 on D’Arcy Trail and descend west into a gully; follow it for about 800 m, then walk up the creek to the south. Visit Lace Wall, Alabaster Cave, then Striped Wall, before reconnecting with the vehicles. Partly exploratory. About 6 km (both walks). Scrambling and exposure.
Map: Mountain Lagoon

Sat - 19-Feb-2022
3 MX - Pack Walk
Bell To Wallangambe Crater Pack Hike
Bell station-Centre of Universe Pagoda-Walangambe River-Crater-Return Bell. Leisurely paced hike to campsite exploring rock pagodas on the way. Great views. Visit a nice camp cave. Swim at a beautiful rock pool on the Wallangambe river.
Map: Wollangambe

Sat - 19-Feb-2022
4 MH - Day Walk
Hydro Tracks
Alternative to Hat Hill Creek, which I have deferred. An exploration of the network of tracks behind the Hydro Majestic hotel, built by master stonemason Murdo McClennan. The day includes a short history tour of the property with insight into the it's founder, the eccentric Sydney retailer Mark Foy. About 12klms, up to 400m ascent/decent, rock scrambling, mostly on track. A reasonable level of fitness and agility required.
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 19-Feb-2022
4 MHX - Creek
King Georges Brook
The Brook is located East of Mt Banks and contains deep wades and short swims as well as normal creek walking. There is a short fire trail section then off-track down to the brook. We stop at the top of the waterfall for lunch before the steep exit which involves some rock scrambling then a walk up a ridge back to the cars. Not visited since the fires and flooding of 2019 so there may be some blockages to negotiate.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sat - 19-Feb-2022
4 MH - Creek
Upper Hat Hill Creek Deferred
This beautiful creek in Blackheath is a grade 4 creek walk of about 3 kms. We begin on a well-formed bush track that takes us to cliffs above Hat Hill Creek. Once we descend into in the creek, we look around the amphitheatre then make our way upstream to Robb Ave. On the way there is some very pleasant creek walking with cliffs, pagodas, pools and small waterfalls. There are some rough sections and we cross the creek several times. A car shuffle will be required. Map: Mt Wilson
Map: Katoomba

Fri - 18-Feb-2022
3 M - Day Walk
Mt Banks - Banks Walls, Frank Hurley Head, Mt Banks Summit
Mt Banks Carpark out to Banks Walls and Frank Hurley Head, return via Mt Banks Summit. Great views into the Grose Valley.
Map: Mt Wilson

Fri - 18-Feb-2022
3 M - Day Walk
Views and vistas of Mt Wilson
Come and enjoy a walk taking in the varied and quite special scenes Mt Wilson has to offer. This will include Du Faurs lookout, Pheasants Cave and Waterfall Circuit. It’s approximately 8km in length, with approx. 150m ascent/descent. One section of steep, uneven steps without handrail.
Map: Mt Wilson

Thu - 17-Feb-2022
3 M - Abseiling
Serendipity Canyon
Serendipity Canyon, also known as Why Don't We Do It in The Road Canyon, is a relatively short canyon on the south side of the Wollangambe. Starting from the Fire Station at Mt Wilson a fairly short walk takes us to the canyon. The canyon has 6 abseils up to 20m. Most abseils are fairly straight forward, but at least one has an awkward start. With a bit of flow from recent rains we can expect to get wet in the waterfalls and swims. There is a pleasant creek walk for 45mins in the middle section of the canyon. The canyon finishes at the Wollangambe, and depending on the flow we wade upstream for 100m to the exit track, or we avoid the Wollangambe by climbing along ledges. This canyon is suitable for beginners, but you must be able to swim and be comfortable abseiling in the waterfall.
Map: Wollangambe

Wed - 16-Feb-2022
3 M - Abseiling
Empress Canyon
A short but lovely canyon ending with a great 20m abseil down Empress Falls. Swims and jumps so wetsuit, dry bag and the usual canyoning & safety gear required. Weather forecast is good - 23 & possible storm in the afternoon, so the trip will be in the morning.
Map: Katoomba

Wed - 16-Feb-2022
3 M - Canyon
Hat Hill Canyon
No abseils but plenty of rock hopping and scrambling. A few short swims, so you need to be a competent swimmer. Meet at Hat Hill car park on Hat Hill Road and drive some cars to the track in Godson Ave. Follow the track down to Hat Hill Creek. Put on wetsuits. Continue downstream to where Hat Hill Creek plunges into the Grose. Retrace upstream to the exit point. Change into dry clothes for the walk out. If we have time, we will visit the Aboriginal engravings and grinding grooves near the car park. Drive to the start of the walk to collect vehicles. Helmets are mandatory. Bring dry bags. Wetsuit or thermals depending on how you handle cold water. We will be in and out of the creek most of the day. About 8 km. Canyon Grade 2. Bushwalk Grade 5, S223E.
Map: Mt Wilson

Tue - 15-Feb-2022
4 MD - Abseiling
Macquarie Pass
Macquarie Rivulet is near Albion Park on NSW South Coast. The rivulet is accessed by a steep climb (on track) There are nine abseils next to or in waterfalls as well as wading, slides and jumps. Confidence abseiling in waterfalls and swimming in deep pools is required. After the abseils there is a 2 km creek scramble to the base of Macquarie Pass. This activity is suitable for experienced canyoners.
Map: Not Specified

Mon - 14-Feb-2022
4 MH - Day Walk
Grand Canyon Walk in Walk out
This walk takes you into the spectacular grand canyon, off the Grand Canyon Circuit Walk. No abseil required as we will walk in and walk out. The activity involves swimming, scrambling over slippery rocks and wading so an approved helmet is required. A wetsuit, thermal top and dry bag (which can also be used to assist floation) are advisable. This walk is physically demanding and requires walkers to be fit and capable of swimming up to 30meters. About 6km return.
Map: Katoomba

Mon - 14-Feb-2022
5 HX - Day Walk
Ravines and Spurs North of Itchenstoke Creek
Park one car at GR 701 951 and another one at GR 709 954 on D’Arcy Trail. From the second car, descend a south east trending spur to a lookout point at the end, then continue down to a gully to the south. Walk up the gully, then make our way to a tributary, visiting waterfalls and caves along the way. Descend towards Tootie Creek and enter its tributary at GR 713 944. Climb up all the way to D’Arcy Trail and the first car. About 8 km. Scrambling and exposure. Partly exploratory.
Map: Mountain Lagoon

Mon - 14-Feb-2022
3 MX - Day Walk
Valley Heights Fire Trail
Valley Heights Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade initiated, surveyed and constructed the Valley Heights Fire Trail between the years 1969 to 1975. Unfortunately, now it is in disrepair and not drivable but great to walk. It follows 2 creeks and has had 10 named place name features along its 5m length in which we will try to identify.
Map: Springwood

Sun - 13-Feb-2022
3 M - Day Walk
Lion’s head
We walk out on Kings Tableland. Wonderful views and flowers.
Map: Katoomba

Sun - 13-Feb-2022
4 MHX - Day Walk
Numantia Falls Circuit
A shaded walk down Sassafras creek, explore for caves and interesting rock formations, up a ridge and cool down in the clean waters of Numantia Falls.
Map: Springwood

Sat - 12-Feb-2022
3 M - Canyon
Du Faur Creek Canyon
Du Faur (or Clatterteeth Canyon) has no abseils, it is divided into a number of canyon sections some with long pools so warm wetsuits are essential and liios or good flotation is also necessary. It has the advantage of being less visited than the main Wollangambe Canyons. It is about a 12 km round trip.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sat - 12-Feb-2022
4 MH - Day Walk
Newnes State Forest: Howling Arch, the Pool of Diana and the Pool of Aphrodite
Find out for yourself why this unique area, currently under threat, must be protected, now. Drive to approximately GR 468 058 on the Deep Pass Trail. Head down a spur and visit Howling Arch, an amazing natural feature. Enter Dingo Creek and progress downstream for about 1.3km, visiting the scenic Pool of Diana on the way, continue underneath high cliffs to GR 476 048, the start of a north, north west trending ravine. Follow the ravine up, visiting the spectacular Pool of Aphrodite along the way, to eventually reconnect with the trail and the vehicles. About 6km. All off track, some rock scrambling and exposure.
Map: Rock Hill

Wed - 09-Feb-2022
4 MH - Day Walk
Wentworth, Hippocrene and Vera Falls
A lovely challenging walk commencing at Wentworth Falls picnic area. It could be a long day including 650 meters descent and ascent. Avery beautiful shaded old track once down on the valley floor with lots of opportunities to rest and swim in the hot weather as we reach the waterfalls.
Map: Katoomba

Mon - 07-Feb-2022
3 MX - Day Walk
Views down Katoomba Creek towards Arethusa Falls
We will follow a disused trail and pad that leads from a spur off Mount Hay Road towards and above the junction of Katoomba and Lerida Creeks. From a rocky outcrop, hoping we have views directly down Katoomba Creek towards the top of Arethusa Falls. Half day walk.
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 05-Feb-2022
3 MX - Day Walk
Pisgah Rock and Erskine Creek
Drive to Pisgah Rock carpark, follow Pisgah Rock trail down to Eskine Creek and then walk to Blands Pool where we will have a relaxing lunch and swim (dependent on weather) and return to cars via Monkey Ropes Creek
Map: Penrith

Fri - 04-Feb-2022
3 M - Day Walk
Devils Hole to Nellies Glen
A fairly steep, rocky walk with dramatic and rewarding views. Starting the walk at Cliff Drive Katoomba, we will head down through 'devils hole' into the Megalong Valley before turning onto the six foot track and heading back up the escarpment to Nellies Glen. Car shuffle required. This trip will be subject to NSW COVID regulations that are in force at the time of the walk and is limited to fully vaccinated participants.
Map: Katoomba

Thu - 03-Feb-2022
3 M - Abseiling
Abseil Training for Beginners
The training day at Mt York is intended for members who walk with UBMBC and who have not abseiled previously. It will cover ropes, anchors and equipment, safety checks, personal anchors, abseiling technique and belay. The venue at Mt York, has three progressively steeper cliff faces that are ideal for training. Following the training we drive to Medlow Bath where we put skills into practice in Juggler Canyon – which has 6 abseils. The day ends with a lovely walk through part of the Grand Canyon. Members who complete the training successfully will be approved to attend easier canyons on the UBMBC program. You will need a helmet, harness, carabiner and descender. Equipment must be approved to European or North American safety standards. Bicycle helmets and helmets from other sports are not acceptable. I have equipment for loan. Before booking in for this program please read Guidelines for Canyoners on the UBMBC website. Members must have done at least one bushwalk with UBMBC and have completed a non-abseil canyon (eg Grand Canyon, Du Faurs, Rocky Creek ) Canyoning involves carrying wet suits, ropes and equipment as well as scrambling over slippery rocks and climbing in steep, rugged country. A suitable level of fitness and agility is required.
Map: Katoomba

Wed - 02-Feb-2022
4 MH - Day Walk
Evans Crown
Explore Evans Crown. We follow the track to the crown, explore around the climbing areas and follow the ridge across and down to the fish river.
Map: Tarana

Tue - 01-Feb-2022
3 M - Abseiling
Ranon Brook
Ranon Brook is a short canyon near Mt Bell on Bells Line of Road. It is not Ranon Canyon. The canyon has four short abseils an is suitable for less experienced canyoners. There are wades and some deep pools so wet suits are recommended. The exit is up Mistake Ravine where we climb around three waterfalls. I will be using a different way in to the usual route
Map: Mt Wilson

Sat - 29-Jan-2022
3 M - Day Walk
North Lawson Falls
Empire Pass to visit Nth Lawson Falls & return via the original Echo Pt. (which actually has a good echo)
Map: Katoomba

Fri - 28-Jan-2022
3 M - Abseiling
Grand Canyon at NIGHT
The Grand Canyon is a beautiful canyon, with a long, sustained constrictions. It is very popular because of its easy access. We will be adding an extra dimension as we will do it in the dark. We will meet at Neates Glen car park along Evans Rd Blackheath at 8.00pm and commence the walk in (about 35 minutes) Have a head torch ready as we pass through a short dark tunnel along the way. Grand Canyon is one of the best night canyoning options in the Blue Mountains. The walls are lined with stunning glowworms and the fact that most of the canyon is quite flat allows sections of it to be completed with head torches turned off. Bring Headtorch, wetsuit, dry bag, change of clothes, some snacks. This trip will take us at least 4-5 hours as we will stop along the way, switch off our headlights and enjoy the glowworms. We should be back at cars around mid night.
Map: Katoomba

Fri - 28-Jan-2022
3 M - Day Walk
Navigation with map and compass
This course is an introduction to navigating in the bush using map and compass. It is suitable for members who walk regularly with UBMBC and want to extend their navigation skills. The course covers topographic map symbols, terrain features, scale, grid lines, contour lines, magnetic declination, bearings and estimating distance. Participants will practise these skills in a suburban park at Blackheath before venturing into the bush at Hat Hill to attempt a navigation course. The course includes wonderful scenery, historic artefacts, cryptic clues and prizes. Maps will be provided. Members will need their own compass. A Silva Ranger M5 is recommended. GPS and phone navigating are not part of this course.
Map: Mt Wilson

Fri - 28-Jan-2022
3 M - Canyon
Twister and Rocky Creek Short Notice
This is a very short notice reschedule for the Twister and Rocky Creek trip that was postponed last week due to bad weather. The weather for the rest of the week is looking reasonable but next week not so good. Those that were already on the list for the trip last week will be given first preference for a place but everyone is welcome. Let's hope the weather gods are on our side this time. This is a really great canyon with no abseils but it has a few fun jumps, slides and swims. A wetsuit is needed as is an approved climbing/rock sport helmet. As this is such short notice we will also try and schedule it again in Feb/March for those that can't make it this week.
Map: Rock Hill

Thu - 27-Jan-2022
4 MD - Abseiling
Hole in the Wall
several short abseils up to 13m. several short swims. TORCH needed
Map: Wollangambe

Wed - 26-Jan-2022
3 M - Day Walk
Lesser known Katoomba Lookouts - a day of views
A wander along the clifflines and paths on some of the less visited lookouts of Katoomba starting at Katoomba falls and walking westerly to finish at Radiata Plateau. Return via the cycle track and streetscape, unless you can organise a shuffle between a few of you. A sketch map of the main lookouts and some photos of past trips are attached. One way walk on the cliffline is approximately 10 km with some ascent and descent to lookouts. Bring morning tea and lunch.
Map: Katoomba

Wed - 26-Jan-2022
3 M - Abseiling
Tiger snake/Penrose
1) four or more abseils up to 30m. No swims but wet feet. Bring a torch if you like to explore a little 'cave' section (not compulsory). 2) three abseils up to 30m. Wet feet, very narrow. Stay on for Hole in the Wall on the following day if you wish
Map: Mt Morgan

Tue - 25-Jan-2022
3 M - Canyon
Bowens Creek North Canyon Upper Section
You need to be vaccinated. No abseils but plenty of scrambling (use of rope), rock hopping, and short swims. We will do the extended version, starting at Mount Wilson Road and exiting at the entrance to the Bowens Creek North Lower (abseiling) section. Helmets are compulsory. Bring dry bags. Wetsuits recommended. About 8 km. Canyon Grade 3.
Map: Mt Wilson

Mon - 24-Jan-2022
3 MX - Day Walk
Check out the slot and base of cliff line below Mitchells Ridge, Mount Victoria
I have yet to walk down the slot at Mitchells Ridge at the top of Victoria Pass. So I am interested in checking it out and to see if any large overhangs at the base. Half day walk.
Map: Hartley

Sun - 23-Jan-2022
4 MD - Abseiling
Water Dragon Canyon - Mt Wilson
Water Dragon, aka Kelvinator, is a very good canyon with a couple of interesting abseils, longest being 15 metres. There are only a couple of short swims in the canyon, but some very long ones down the Wollangambe to get back to the exit. Wetsuits and floatation recommended.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sat - 22-Jan-2022
4 MHX - Day Walk
Jinki and Dalphura ridges
An explore around Jinki and Dalphura ridges, all off track. (This walk is a replacement for King Georges Brook which has been postponed due to weather)
Map: Mt Wilson

Sat - 22-Jan-2022
4 MHX - Creek
King Georges Brook Cancelled - Weather
The Brook is located East of Mt Banks and contains deep wades and short swims as well as normal creek walking. There is a short fire trail section then off-track down to the brook. We stop at the top of the waterfall for lunch before the steep exit which involves some rock scrambling then a walk up a ridge back to the cars. Not visited since the fires and flooding of 2019 so there may be some blockages to negotiate.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sat - 22-Jan-2022
3 M - Day Walk
Wentworth Pass
Start at wentworth falls picnic area and walk down the grand staircase and the slack stairs to get to the bottom of Wentworth falls. Opportunity for a dip before heading along the pass and up towards empress falls and then to the conservation hut. Take the shortcut track to get back to cars. Lovely loop.
Map: Not Specified

Fri - 21-Jan-2022
3 M - Canyon
Twister and Rocky Creek
This is a really impressive canyon and although wet (wetsuits are necessary) has no abseils. The entry is down Twister Canyon with a couple of fun water jumps and slides before entering the magnificent Rocky Creek Canyon itself. We follow the canyon down to Budgary Creek before returning back up Rocky and a short climb back to the cars. The walks in and out are short the total round trip is only about 4 km. I have put this on a Friday as it is a popular canyon and can be quite busy on the weekend.
Map: Rock Hill

Mon - 17-Jan-2022
3 MX - Day Walk
Blair Athol ventilation shaft and upper reaches of Victoria Brook
Blair Athol Coal Mine at Mount Victoria has been well explored but the ventilation shaft is rarely seen. No attempt will be made to go to close. We will also check out the surrounding area of the upper reaches of Victoria Brook.This will be a half day trip.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sun - 16-Jan-2022
5 H - Day Walk
Wild Gorge, Dome Cave and Cosmic Cave
Rescheduled from 08/01/22 Find out why this spectacular and threatened area must be protected for future generations. Park on a fire trail off Sunnyside Ridge Road and walk east to the head of a tributary of Wild Gorge. Descend it, visiting Dome Cave along the way, then explore both branches of the gorge, including Pinch Point Circle. Move south east and out towards Carne Creek, then climb out and visit Cosmic Cave. Exit via Split Rock Point and Pass. Re-connect with the cars. About 8k. Scrambling and exposure.
Map: Cullen Bullen

Sat - 15-Jan-2022
3 M - Abseiling
Death Trap Canyon
Despite its name, Death Trap is a beautiful, fun canyon on the Newnes Plateau, in upper Rocky Creek It is not Twister Canyon. The canyon has one 20m abseil down a sloping waterfall. There are pools, slides and jumps which are a lot of fun. The walk in and out is only 3 km each way, with great scenery and huge boulders. Wet suits are recommended. This canyon is suitable for less experienced canyoners.
Map: Rock Hill

Sat - 15-Jan-2022
4 MH - Day Walk
Holt's Heaven
Leave cars on Wollangambe Fire Trail and walk down a gentle ridge to the Wollongambe. Return via Holt's Heaven, an outcrop of pagodas, exploring slots along the way.
Map: Wollangambe

Sat - 15-Jan-2022
3 M - Abseiling
Malaita Point multi-pitch abseil - Katoomba
This was Sheila's most popular abseil trip that she loved to lead. Malaita Point is a series of 7 abseils, with the longest being 40 metres. Suitable for all levels of club members who have done the training course.
Map: Katoomba

Fri - 14-Jan-2022
3 M - Abseiling
Grand Canyon Cancelled
A relaxed afternoon trip through the famous Grand Canyon. The fun starts with an 18 metre easy overhanging abseil, (which can be walked down) It is suitable for beginners but the way it plunges into a black hole gives it an exciting edge. Then we follow the creek through an obstacle course of scrambling over small boulders and logs interspersed with short swims and wading. This trip is a longer than Empress Falls canyon, the beauty and serenity of this canyon will surprise you, with ferny glades and towering rock walls providing a spectacular setting. Shortly before the end is a 30 meter swim, which is the longest swim in the entire canyon. The water is normally cold so a wetsuit is highly recommended. The whole canyon shouldn't take us more than 3-4 hours to complete. The walk out takes about 45 minutes through temperate rainforest. Getting there: Drive to Blackheath and turn onto Evans Lookout road. Drive most of the way along it until you see a car park on the right hand side of the road called Neates Glen carpark - meet there at 11:30am Bring a head torch as we walk through a short tunnel on way in and just in case we get delayed. Bring a dry bag and change of clothes for end.
Map: Katoomba

Wed - 12-Jan-2022
4 MD - Abseiling
Hole in the Wall Canyon Cancelled - Weather
This is a great canyon that split into 2 distinct sections and including a section of tunnel. It finishes on Dingo Creek where we then wade upstream to the exit track through another impressive section of canyon. The abseils are not difficult but it is quite a long day with a 7km walk in and out. Wetsuits are needed as there some fairly long creek sections that need to be swam/waded including the wade back up Dingo Creek.
Map: Rock Hill

Mon - 10-Jan-2022
3 MX - Day Walk
Stonehaven Pass, Wentworth Falls and National Pass gantry
Visit the old gantry which was constructed to supply materials for the construction of the National Pass. The old unique lookouts on the Stonehaven Pass, Wentworth Falls. A walk in a popular area where very few people know about.
Map: Katoomba

Sun - 09-Jan-2022
4 MD - Abseiling
Geronimo Canyon - Mt Wilson
Geronimo is a nice canyon with about 5 abseils, some with tricky starts. The longest abseil is 15 metres. There are a few wades and swims involved.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sat - 08-Jan-2022
3 M - Day Walk
Cox's & Lockyers Road Circuit Cancelled - Weather
This historic walking track circuit follows one of the original 'roads' used to descend into Hartley Vale. Hand built by convicts, remnants of their handiwork can still be seen all along the track. The track has beautiful views over the Hartley Valley and some nice pagoda formations. We will start from the Historic Wells on Mount York Road and then decent down Cox's road to the start of Lockyer's Road trail. From there we head up Lockyer's Road with a quick side trip to look for a historic mine along the way. This is a easy - medium half days walk including lunch. A few steeper uphill sections, and a quick off track scramble to look for the mine, but most of it on a clearly defined track. 
Map: Hartley

Sat - 08-Jan-2022
4 MH - Day Walk
Newnes State Forest: Wild Gorge, Dome Cave and Cosmic Cave Deferred
Find out why this spectacular and threatened area must be protected for future generations. Park on a fire trail off Sunnyside Ridge Road and walk east to the head of a tributary of Wild Gorge. Descend it, visiting Dome Cave along the way, then explore both branches of the gorge, including Pinch Point Circle. Move south east and out towards Carne Creek, then climb out and visit Cosmic Cave. Exit via Split Rock Point and Pass. Re-connect with the cars. About 8k. Scrambling and exposure.
Map: Cullen Bullen

Sat - 08-Jan-2022
3 MX - Day Walk
Thor and Asgard heads
We’ll walk down Agard fire trail off Victoria Falls Rd and into Asgard brook before climbing up to Asgard head and then Thor. Wonderful views. Short, leisurely day.
Map: Mt Wilson

Fri - 07-Jan-2022
4 MH - Pack Walk
Australia's 12 Highest Peaks - Kosciuszko National Park
Australia's 12 Highest Peaks is approximately 50km, grade 4 circuit hike, located in the Kosciuszko National Park, NSW. All twelve of the Highest Peaks are within twelve kilometres of each other (at least as the Crow flies). The hike should take 3 days to complete. Day 1: Charlottes Pass to Cootapatamba Hut. Approx 13km. 1: Mount Stillwell 2054m. 2: Rams Head, 2190m, 3: Rams Head North. Camp near Cootapatamba Hut. Day 2: Cootapatamba Hut to Wilkinsons Creek. Approx 17km. 4: Ethridge Ridge 2180m, 2177m, 5: Mount Kosciuszko, 2228m (but be warned, it can be a bit like Pitt St), 6: Abbott Peak, 2145m, 7: Mount Townsend, 2209m, 8: Alice Rawson Peak, 2160m. Camp near Wilkinsons Creek. Day 3: Wilkinsons Creek to Charlottes Pass. Approx 19km. 9: Mount Northcote, 2131m, 10: Carruthers Peak, 2145m, 11: Watsons Crags, 2136m, 12: Mount Twynam, 2195m. And on the way down off the range we can go check out Blue Lake for a quick dip in the cool alpine water. Option is to stay overnight in Jindabyne or camp at Ngarigo Campground the night before the hike
Map: Not Specified

Mon - 03-Jan-2022
3 MX - Day Walk
Pulpit Rock, Wentworth Falls.
For a long time I only had a verbal account about the feature Pulpit Rock at Wentworth Falls. Only recently did I come across a newspaper reference.Clarence and Richmond Examiner 19 November 1901, p. 2. Hopefully we have enough clues to find this illusive rock feature known as Pulpit Rock. This should be a short easy walk and if hot we are close to water.
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 01-Jan-2022
4 MD - Abseiling
Waterfall of Moss Canyon - Mt Wilson
This canyon involves up to 5 abseils, with the longest about 20 metres. Some of the abseils have tricky starts and involve overhangs. We will not be entering the canyon via the most popular entry, but going in via another entry point. There is only two pools of water just above knee deep in the canyon. On the way to the canyon an 8 metre swim is required to cross the Wollangambe and then a 6 metre rope climb. At the end of the canyon there is a 200m stretch on the Wollangambe that requires walking, wading and swimming.
Map: Mt Wilson

Thu - 30-Dec-2021
3 M - Abseiling
Grand Canyon
A relaxed afternoon trip through the famous Grand Canyon. The fun starts with an 18 metre easy overhanging abseil, (which can be walked down) It is suitable for beginners but the way it plunges into a black hole gives it an exciting edge. Then we follow the creek through an obstacle course of scrambling over small boulders and logs interspersed with short swims and wading. This trip is a longer than Empress Falls canyon, the beauty and serenity of this canyon will surprise you, with ferny glades and towering rock walls providing a spectacular setting. Shortly before the end is a 30 meter swim, which is the longest swim in the entire canyon. The water is normally cold so a wetsuit is highly recommended. The whole canyon shouldn't take us more than 3-4 hours to complete. The walk out takes about 45 minutes through temperate rainforest. Getting there: Drive to Blackheath and turn onto Evans Lookout road. Drive most of the way along it until you see a car park on the right hand side of the road called Neates Glen carpark - meet there at 11.30am Bring a head torch as we walk through a short tunnel on way in and just in case we get delayed. Bring a dry bag and change of clothes for end.
Map: Not Specified

Thu - 23-Dec-2021
4 MD - Abseiling
Closet Canyon Cancelled - Weather
Closet Canyon is a good canyon in the middle reaches of Rocky Creek. It has two relatively short constrictions, the second starting with an awesome looking Butterbox-style 40m abseil down a waterfall. There are a couple of swims. It ends in Rocky Creek, where a short walk upstream takes us to en exit gully. This canyon involves a 90 min walk in and out so it can be a long day.
Map: Rock Hill

Wed - 22-Dec-2021
5 H - Day Walk
Flat Rock and Around
This walk features exceptional Angophoras, rainforest and rock formations. Park one car on Mountain Lagoon Road at GR 752 941 and another one at GR 759 950. From the first car, walk down into a creek, then make our way towards Flat Rock. After Flat Rock, descend into a gully at around GR 755 952 and follow it downstream, then exit up the gully at GR 750 963. Climb on the ridge and walk to the second car. About 8 km. Partly exploratory. Scrambling and exposure.
Map: Mountain Lagoon

Mon - 20-Dec-2021
4 MH - Day Walk
Donkey Mountain
Donkey Mt is in the Wolgan Valley North of Lithgow. A steep climb through two cliff lines is required to reach the NW end. From here we explore a fascinating maze of passages, tunnels, mini canyons and pagodas as we make our way towards the SE end. (about 2km) There are excellent views of the Wolgan Valley and surrounding cliffs. This walk is for experienced bushwalkers who must be prepared to squeeze through narrow cracks and scramble over rocks. Members must carry proof of full vaccination with them on this trip.
Map: Cullen Bullen

Mon - 20-Dec-2021
3 MX - Day Walk
The newly named Foy Falls within Magdala Creek.
From Picnic Point at the end of Valley Road, Springwood walk the Fairy Dell Track and check out the newly named Foy Falls. Continue down the walking track along Magdala Creek to Magdala Falls, Blue Pool and Martin Falls. Leave the track and climb the spur to join the walking track to Pancake Rocks and Yondell Avenue. Car shuffle some cars at Picnic point and some at the end of Yondell Avenue, Springwood.
Map: Springwood

Sun - 19-Dec-2021
4 MD - Creek
Du Faurs Creek - Bell Creek return
A short introduction to our summer creek swim activity. Wet suit needed. Enter Du Faurs Creek by Joes Canyon down Du Faurs to junction with Bell Creek. Explore up Bell Creek and then either go down the Wollangambe to the first exit or return the way we came. Ability to swim - cold water - lilo if you prefer. I just use the flotation of my wet suit.
Map: Wollangambe

Sun - 19-Dec-2021
3 M - Day Walk
Victoria Falls to Pierces Pass
We will enjoy Victoria Falls and other cascades on our way down into the Grose. The walk out via Pierces Pass is fairly steep, with great views. Full day walk. Car shuffle required.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sat - 18-Dec-2021
3 M - Abseiling
David Crevasse - Mt Banks
An abseil trip, near Mt Banks, through a lush, dry gully. A 90 minute walk along fire trail to the start of the canyon. About 6 abseils, up to 25 metres. Exit is via another gully. This exit involves an 10 metre prussick up a rock wall. You must be able to prussick this distance to do this trip. Once up the rock face it is a 30 minute walk to the top, where we walk 6 klm along fire trail back to the cars.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sat - 18-Dec-2021
4 MH - Day Walk
North Wentworth Falls to Blue Mts Creek
We climb up to Kent road & return to visit a huge blue gum tree named "Big Blue" &  (this is bigger than the famous Woodford tree) Then visit Lawson Cave waterfall & 3 other lost camp sites on the Bruce's walk back to Wentworth Falls.
Map: Katoomba

Thu - 16-Dec-2021
3 M - Abseiling
Empress Canyon and abseil
Empress canyon is a short and impressive canyon close to the conservation hut in Wentworth Falls. There are several wades and short swims and it can get cold waiting so a wetsuit is highly recommended. The canyon finishes with a spectacularly beautiful 28 meter abseil into a pool below. Meeting at Conservation Hut at 4:00pm afternoon The abseil ends in a deep pool requiring a short 20 paddle to exit. Participants should be comfortable getting off the descender while treading water Map: Katoomba
Map: Katoomba

Wed - 15-Dec-2021
5 D - Canyon
Lower Bell Creek
This is an wonderful non-abseiling canyon at Mt Wilson. Tom Brennan rates it 10/10! We walk in from Watertrough Hill and enter via Belfry Canyon, a short canyon with mossy walls. Bell Creek has many long swim sections through dark tunnels with narrow walls. Rock scrambling over slippery rocks and obstacles is necessary. Canyoning helmets are required and wetsuits are recommended. The scenery is magnificent. We continue up DuFaurs Creek and exit via Joes Canyon to follow the track back to Mt Wilson Fire station. This activity is suitable for strong swimmers and expereinced bushwalkers.
Map: Mt Wilson

Mon - 13-Dec-2021
3 MX - Day Walk
Explore the top northern cliff line of Shipley Plateau
From the vicinity of Mount Blackheath Lookout we will walk to the north eastern point of Shipley Plateau and see what we can see. Half day walk. Note high exposure on top of cliff walk.
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 11-Dec-2021
3 M - Day Walk
Woodford-Linden Circuit
We visit the old Woodford weir & ruins of pumping station, then make our way to the track to visit Paradise pool at the back of Linden & return up the valley to visit the historic Cox's road.
Map: Katoomba

Fri - 10-Dec-2021
3 M - Day Walk
Mt Hay and surrounds
We’ll park at Mt Hay and walk around the cliff line to Butterbox. Lots of flowers, views, interesting rock formations. Maybe even some Christmas bells. Short day. May require 4WD.
Map: Katoomba

Thu - 09-Dec-2021
3 M - Abseiling
Empress Canyon and abseil Cancelled - Weather
Empress canyon is a short and impressive canyon close to the conservation hut in Wentworth Falls. There are several wades and short swims and it can get cold waiting so a wetsuit is highly recommended. The canyon finishes with a spectacularly beautiful 28 meter abseil into a pool below. Meeting at Conservation Hut at 4:00pm afternoon The abseil ends in a deep pool requiring a short 20 paddle to exit. Participants should be comfortable getting off the descender while treading water Map: Katoomba
Map: Katoomba

Tue - 07-Dec-2021
3 M - Abseiling
Ranon Brook
Ranon Brook is a short canyon off the Bells Line of Road with four abseils. A short car shuffle is required. The exit is by climbing Mistake Ravine. There are some waist deep pools to negotiate. Wet suits are optional. This canyon is suitable for less experienced canyoners. Evidence of full vaccination must be carried with you.
Map: Mt Wilson

Mon - 06-Dec-2021
3 MX - Day Walk
Gladstone Coal Mine
To uncover, photograph and document the large wheel which was used to carry the 2km aerial rope way for the Gladstone Coal Mine in 1884. We will walk down Roberts Pass to the Gladstone Coal Mine and return via Gladstone Pass
Map: Katoomba

Sun - 05-Dec-2021
3 M - Abseiling
Oronga Canyon - Mt Banks
The trip will go down the western branch of the creek and come back up the eastern branch. There will be a few short abseils, a few swims and scrambling. Lunch will be on a rock platform overlooking the Grose Valley, where there are 3 more abseils of about 50 metres each, which we won't be doing. (photos attached)
Map: Mt Wilson

Sat - 04-Dec-2021
3 M - Day Walk
Blue Gum Swamp
The Blue Gum Swamp is a popular bike and walking track at Winmallee. There is a gentle descent to Blue Gum Swamp which features excellent stands of blue gums. We climb Bees Nest Hill for magnificent views of the Grose Valley. Next we descend to the Blue Gum swamp and climb out to the car park. This walk is suitable for new members.
Map: Springwood

Sun - 28-Nov-2021
4 MD - Abseiling
Waterfall of Moss Canyon - Mt Wilson
This canyon involves 8 abseils, with the longest about 20 metres. Some of the abseils have tricky starts and involve overhangs. There is only two pools of water about knee deep in the canyon. On the way to the canyon a 6 metre swim is required to cross the Wollangambe and then a 4 metre rope climb. At the end of the canyon there is a 200m stretch on the Wollangambe that requires walking, wading and swimming.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sat - 27-Nov-2021
5 H - Day Walk
The Old Ropeway
Malaita Point to Ruined Castle follow the trace of the old ropeway, discover discarded memorabilia. All off track and a very steep first slope down. We explore a bit of Causeway Creek before ascending to the Ruined Castle Track, could be scrubby. Should have time to go by Furbers Steps both ways . Fit walkers please.
Map: Katoomba

Mon - 22-Nov-2021
3 M - Day Walk
A short walk checking old tracks and lookouts at Mount York.
When you think you have been to an area and seen it all. Only to find there are old tracks, steps and lookouts that are still new to you. Mount York, still full of surprises.
Map: Hartley

Mon - 22-Nov-2021
5 HX - Day Walk
Wollemi National Park: South of Spot Height 575 m
Park at GR 716 959 on D’Arcy Trail. Walk east into a gully, continue for just under a kilometre, then turn north and traverse under the cliffs, possibly till GR 736 967. Exit towards Spot Height 575 m. If time allows, check a couple of gullies to the west before walking back to the car. Exploratory. About 6 km. Scrambling and exposure.
Map: Mountain Lagoon

Sat - 20-Nov-2021
3 M - Abseiling
Hole in the Rock Canyon - Newnes
Hole in the Rock is an nice canyon in the Wolgan Valley. There are 5 abseils, the first one is through a tight hole and the third through a hole into a cave. The trip may have one waist deep short wade. The day finishes with a 40 metre abseil through the cliffs and a short walk back to the vehicles.
Map: Not Specified

Sat - 20-Nov-2021
4 MH - Day Walk
Upper Wollongambe circuit
This walk was originally scheduled for July 2021 but was postponed because of covid. It is now open again to covid-vaccinated members. First preference will be given to those who signed up for the walk back in July. The walk follows ridges on the Northern and Southern sides of the Wollongambe River in the area East of Goochs Crater. The walk is graded 4 because most of the walk is off-track walking, but there will be little or no rock scrambling. There will, however, be two knee-deep river crossings. About 10 km. Pagodas guaranteed. 
Map: Wollangambe

Wed - 17-Nov-2021
2 EM - Abseiling
Fun With Ropes at Yellow Rock
Fun with Ropes is an abseiling skills practice day. The day is loosely structured so that members can practice rope skills or more advanced techniques. Drop in and leave when you like. Ropes will be supplied, but you can bring your own if you wish. Activities will include knots, prussiking, tie offs, using different descenders, self rescue, top belay, haul systems, lowering and releasable anchors.
Map: Springwood

Mon - 15-Nov-2021
3 MX - Day Walk
Narrow Neck Revisited 6
A walk to the top of the pseudo Rockpile Pass, with a visit to the historic cairn that has created much confusion about the real location of the pass. From the locked gate on Narrow Neck, the walk will follow the original bushwalkers track across Diamond Creek, then across Corral Creek, and will return along the Narrow Neck trail.
Map: Katoomba

Mon - 15-Nov-2021
5 HX - Day Walk
Wollemi National Park: Blacksmiths Creek South Side Traverse
Park one car at GR 688 953 and another one at GR 718 962 on D’Arcy Trail. From the second car, descend under the cliffs and traverse west above Blacksmiths Creek for as long as the time, energy and interest allow, or until in line with the first car. Climb back to the trail and complete the shuffle. Exploratory. Scrambling and exposure. About 6 km.
Map: Mountain Lagoon

Sat - 13-Nov-2021
4 MD - Abseiling
Geronimo Canyon - Mt Wilson
Geronimo is a nice canyon with about 5 abseils, some with tricky starts. The longest abseil is 15 metres. There are a few wades and swims involved.
Map: Mt Wilson

Tue - 09-Nov-2021
3 M - Abseiling
Tiger Snake Canyon
Tiger Snake canyon is accessed from the Old Coach Road on the Newnes plateau. It is a short canyon with 4 abseils and is suitable for less experienced canyoners. Abseil 3 now has a new anchor and is a little longer. There are some very pleasant canyon sections and a great abseil into a narrow dark crack. Tiger Snake is a dry canyon with one knee deep pool. The weather forecast for Tuesday is good.
Map: Rock Hill

Mon - 08-Nov-2021
3 MX - Day Walk
Investigation of rock formations with a tributary of Victoria Creek, Blackheath
Geology lecturer, Dr Peter Rickwood while checking aerial photos has noticed an unusual 'joint controlled blocks' within a creek system and asked me to investigate. A half day bush walk.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sun - 07-Nov-2021
2 EM - Canyon
Fortress Canyon
Fortress Canyon is a nice easy canyon, though not particularly deep or dark. It has one short 5m abseil but is otherwise a walk and swim along Fortress Creek near Leura. At the end of the canyon the lunch spot is a highlight, looking across to Lockley Pylon at the top of the cliffs above Govett Gorge. The walk out also has superb views along Fortress Ridge. This trip will be subject to NSW COVID regulations and will be limited to fully vaccinated participants from LGAs that are not designated as areas of concern.
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 06-Nov-2021
4 MHX - Day Walk
Kamarah and Koombanda ridges.
Walking in via the Jungaburra track off the Bells line of road we'll explore the knife edge that juts out east of Kamarah ridge before walking around and out to Kamarah Bluffs, then dropping down to look at the interesting bit of Kamarah gully before climbing up to Koombanda ridge and back to the cars. No car shuffle involved and parts of the walk are exploratory. This trip will be subject to NSW COVID regulations that are in force at the time of the walk and is limited to fully vaccinated participants.
Map: Mt Wilson

Wed - 03-Nov-2021
5 D - Abseiling
Devils Playground
The Devils Playground is several abseils around the Devils Hole at Katoomba. Our trip begins with Whores Bed, two short abseils followed by a 30m abseil down the cliff face. We exit part way up Devils Hole and climb out to abseil Africa Wall, 40m, down the cliff face. This is followed by Kilimanjaro 45m from an overhang. Again, we exit part way up Devils Hole and climb onto the chockstone for a spectacular abseil. These abseils are suitable for experienced canyoners. Current CoVid 19 restrictions apply and proof of full vaccination is required for this trip
Map: Katoomba

Wed - 03-Nov-2021
5 HX - Day Walk
Wollemi National Park: North of Spot Height 575 m
Park at GR 736 982 on D’Arcy Trail. Walk on a spur to the south east, then explore the gully to the north. From around GR 750 975, traverse south west, then climb towards spot height 575. Walk down into the gully at GR 732 973, descend to the next major junction, then climb back up to the vehicles. Exploratory. Scrambling and exposure. About 6 km.
Map: Mountain Lagoon

Mon - 01-Nov-2021
3 M - Day Walk
Signature Rock within Alice Louisa Cave, Porters Pass, Blackheath
During lockdown and using only photos I researched the highly ornate graffiti within Porters Pass. Now the travel restrictions have eased I will be able to first hand examine this area with a better historical understanding. Slow and easy half day walk into history. Fully vacced only.
Map: Katoomba

Mon - 01-Nov-2021
5 HX - Day Walk
Wollemi NP: Cliff Line and Gullies East of Blacksmiths Creek
Park one car at GR 718 962 and another one on GR 734 976 on D’Arcy Trail. From the second car, walk south west down in a gully, then continue under the cliffs for as long as the time, energy and interest allow, or till a spot near the first car. Exploratory. Scrambling and exposure. About 6 km.
Map: Mountain Lagoon

Sat - 30-Oct-2021
3 M - Canyon
Juggler Canyon at Medlow Bath
Juggler Canyon is an easier canyon which is a dry trip. There are about 5 abseils but we will continue down stream and do 2 more 20 metre abseils down Beauchamp Falls. This trip is for all those members inside the ''Greater Sydney Area'' and who are fully vaccinated. Covid rules will apply.
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 30-Oct-2021
4 MH - Day Walk
Ridge walk to Mount D'Arcy and Back
Starting from Itchenstoke/ Mount Tootie we drive 11 km to end of D'Arcy Range fire trail and park the cars. Mount D’Arcy is a rarely visited peak and the whole walk is off-track. For the 1st km we head north. At the start the bush is thick and care is needed with navigation. Then we turn east and the vegetation soon opens up with occasional rock platforms. In parts the ridge narrows to approx. 10 m width. There are excellent views to the north with Parr South prominent in the background. To quote from Yuri's walk report: “We now reached a section containing enormous grey boulders separated by a labyrinth of twisting passages and slots. It was mostly possible to advance along the tops and enjoy pleasant views, but at the same time, there were visual delights right under our feet, including beautiful caves adorned with honeycomb tafoni formations.” “Without any doubt, the most outstanding feature here is a dome-shaped cave, the size of a big tent, punctured by a multitude of windows of different shapes and sizes. It is possible to crawl inside and look out through the holes into the open sky, which is the best way to enjoy this wonderful creation of nature. I called it Perforated Rock.” We continue along the ridge now to a final 150 m ascent to the summit. (Mount D’Arcy is actually the same height as where we parked the cars, but the first part of the ridge is a barely discernible descent.) The summit is flat and tree covered with limited views, but offers pleasant shade for lunch. We can decide whether to visit the second lower summit 300 m to the east. This is more summit like and rocky offering glimpses of the Colo, but to quote Yuri “the last 50 m of the ascent was incredibly scrubby, mainly due to the abundant Hardenbergia vine.” From there we return the same way we came. Estimated walking time is 3hrs each way assuming a slowish pace. For those interested in history, the area was surveyed in 1833 by colonial surveyor Frederick D’Arcy (c. 1809-1875).
Map: Mountain Lagoon

Thu - 28-Oct-2021
4 MD - Abseiling
Abseil Training for Beginners
This one day course is a basic introduction to canyoning. A training session at Mt York teaches abseiling technique, teamwork and safety. Members who complete the course successfully then put skills into practice in Juggler Canyon which has six abseils. Please read Guidelines for Canyoners on the club website before applying for this course. Members must have the fitness and agility required for canyoning. The canyon waiver must be completed. Members must have completed walks with UBMBC and have completed a non abseiling canyon. This activity is for fully vaccinated members from the ''Greater Sydney Area''
Map: Katoomba

Thu - 28-Oct-2021
3 MX - Day Walk
Lagoon Creek Gold Mine
A half day walk to explore Lagoon Creek Gold Mine, the 1886 lease area, adits, shafts, dam and old boiler steam engine deep in the bush. Open to anyone outside Greater Sydney and who are double vacced.
Map: Portland

Wed - 27-Oct-2021
2 EM - Abseiling
Koombanda Canyon
Koombanda is a short canyon off the Darling Causeway near Bell. There are three abseils, the longest is 15m. Two swims and a wade are required, We will start later in the and still finish mid afternoon. The forecast temperature is 7 to 24 degrees with no rain. The exit is up the old Canyon Colliery road which is badly eroded. There are excellent views of the Grose Valley on the way out. This canyon is a good one for new canyoners. It is open to fully vaccinated members who live in the Greater Sydney Area.
Map: Mt Wilson

Wed - 27-Oct-2021
5 HX - Day Walk
Wollemi National Park: Seastorm Caves and Blacksmiths Creek Cliffs
Park at GR 737 987 on D’Arcy Trail. Walk down into a gully and visit Seastorm Cavs. Continue under the cliffs northwards till about GR 732 004. Climb back to D’Arcy Trail and reconnect with the vehicles. Partly exploratory. Scrambling and exposure. About 6 km. For fully vaccinated members who live in the Greater Sydney Area.
Map: Mountain Lagoon

Mon - 25-Oct-2021
5 HX - Day Walk
Wollemi National Park: Two Gullies and a Spur East of D’Arcy Range
You need to be fully vaccinated and live in the Greater Sydney area. Park at GR 740 008 on D’Arcy Trail. Walk south into a gully, exit it after about a kilometre and climb up on the south east trending spur. Walk to the end, traverse north west under the cliffs, then follow the gully to the vehicles. Exploratory. Scrambling and exposure. About 7 km.
Map: Mountain Lagoon

Sat - 23-Oct-2021
3 MX - Day Walk
Eusdale Nature Reserve
Eusdale Nature Reserve is between Bathurst and Lithgow. A recce was conducted a couple of weeks back. So this time a circuit walk within the reserve of approx 13km on good bush tracks will be undertaken. The walk includes a section along Eusdale Creek. Note 350 metres descent and ascent. But we will enjoy the journey. (This walk is for fully vaccinated members who live outside the ''Greater Sydney Area'')
Map: Meadow Flat

Sat - 23-Oct-2021
4 MH - Day Walk
Jamison Valley Traverse
Walking from Kedumba to the Golden Stairs via Mount Solitary. Long day, probably just over 20 kms.. Very steep and washed out up to Solitary Col but the views are worth it! Crossing Solitary and coming down the nose, scrambling down the rocks. Then the Federal Pass to the Golden Stairs. A bit late in the season for this walk so hope it isn't too hot. This walk is for fully vaccinated members from the ''Greater Sydney Area''
Map: Jamison

Fri - 22-Oct-2021
4 MH - Day Walk
Spurs and Pagodas of Hat Hill Creek
This section of Hat Hill Creek is only 2 km from Blackheath. Join me to explore rugged sandstone formations, pagodas, slots and caves. There are short, steep climbs and lots of rock scrambling as we wind our way up and down the spurs. This walk is open to fully vaccinated members who live in the Greater Sydney area.
Map: Mt Wilson

Fri - 22-Oct-2021
5 HX - Day Walk
Wollemi National Park: Undercliff Traverse Above Blacksmiths Creek
You need to be fully vaccinated and live in the Greater Sydney area. Park one car at about GR 736 990 and another one at GR 741 015 on D’Arcy Trail. From the second car, walk west into a gully, descend under the cliffs and follow them south for as far as the time, energy and interest allow. Climb back to D’Arcy Trail and reconnect with one of the vehicles. Exploratory. Scrambling and exposure. About 7 km.
Map: Mountain Lagoon

Sat - 16-Oct-2021
3 M - Day Walk
The huge granite tors of Evans Crown
An easy day of exploring Evans Crown at Tarana. Just relax on one of the boulders or check out the many caverns in the area. Early finish. This walk is for fully vaccinated members who live outside the Greater Sydney Area.
Map: Tarana

Sat - 09-Oct-2021
4 MH - Day Walk
Ngula Bulgarabang Cliff Top Paths/Central Megalong Ledges ( Radiata Plateau
For double vaccinated, Blue Moutanis LGA members: This is a short circular day walk. We park at the end of Pulpit Hill Rd and walk generally north along clifftop paths towards Medlow Bath. About halfway there we descend to the Megalong Ledges via a steep but safe climbers path. We then walk S along the ledges to the vicinity of Black's Ladder and ascend to our starting point. By the end of the walk, all participants will, of course, be expected to state the name of the new Recreation Area without stumbling over the words!
Map: Katoomba

Thu - 07-Oct-2021
3 M - Day Walk
Eusdale Nature Reserve
Eusdale Nature Reserve is within the Bathurst LGA. We will walk a circuit walk within the reserve of approx 13km on bush tracks. (This walk is for fully vaccinated members only from the Bathurst LGA)
Map: Meadow Flat

Wed - 06-Oct-2021
4 MH - Day Walk
Exploring Hat Area at Blackheath
Explore the cliffs N of Hat Hill. The walk begins at Hat Hill and continues to Bennett Look out for great views of the Grose Valley. We descend part way along Brownes Path then return, continuing along the cliffs across Bennett Gully to the Wind Eroded Cave and Anvil Rock. This activity is for fully vaccinated members only and is limited to 5 participants.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sat - 02-Oct-2021
2 EM - Day Walk
Wambool Nature Reserve
Wambool Nature Reserve is within the LGA of Bathurst. A small reserve with a distinct vegetation, geology and flora. A short half day walk to explore and photography.
Map: Meadow Flat

Tue - 28-Sep-2021
3 MX - Abseiling
Malaita Point Full
Malaita Point is a dry abseil trip with 6 pitches up to 40m. For those who have completed a club abseil training day and who have the necessary abseiling and safety equipment. This activity is for fully vaccinated members only and is limited to 5 participants from the Blue Mountains LGA.
Map: Katoomba

Sun - 26-Sep-2021
4 MH - Creek
Upper Hat Hill Creek Deferred - Lockdown
This beautiful creek in Blackheath is a grade 4 creek walk of about 3 kms. We begin on a well-formed bush track that takes us to cliffs above Hat Hill Creek. Once we descend into in the creek, we look around the amphitheatre then make our way upstream to Robb Ave. On the way there is some very pleasant creek walking with cliffs, pagodas, pools and small waterfalls. There are some rough sections and we cross the creek several times. A car shuffle will be required. Map: Mt Wilson
Map: Mt Wilson

Sat - 25-Sep-2021
4 MHX - Day Walk
Gooch’s crater Deferred - Lockdown
I am repeating this walk to this wonderful area, because a number of people missed out. The scenery is amazing with distant views, fascinating pagodas and the unusual formation of the crater. Some steep, slippery, off track sections.
Map: Wollangambe

Sat - 25-Sep-2021
3 M - Day Walk
Winburndale Nature Reserve
Want to visit an unusual Aboriginal site? Well you can IF you reside in the Bathurst LGA. This activity is for fully vaccinated members only and is limited to 5 participants. Total distance 16km of which 12km is on a relatively flat fire trail.
Map: Portland

Fri - 24-Sep-2021
3 M - Day Walk
Terrace Falls
Terrace Falls reserve has some delightful waterfalls. The walk is all on track and covers around 6 km. We visit Victor Falls, Terrace Falls, Bedford Pool and Willawong Pool. This activity is for fully vaccinated members only and is limited to 5 participants from the Blue Mountains LGA.
Map: Katoomba

Fri - 24-Sep-2021
3 M - Day Walk
Sassafras Gully Circuit
The Sassafras Gully loop is an excellent walk near Springwood. The walk uses the gullies to navigate past some wonderful rock features and waterfalls. A nice, cool walk in the shade. All on track. About 10 kms. Early afternoon finish. This activity is for fully vaccinated members only and is limited to 5 participants from the Blue Mountains LGA.
Map: Springwood

Wed - 22-Sep-2021
4 MH - Day Walk
Galong Creek Full
The Galong Creek walk is grade 4 and involves rock hopping and boulder scrambling to cross creeks. It is around 6 km total distance in very rugged country. There are some 2 -3 m rope assisted drops and very steep ridges to climb and descend. The pink granite, boulders, creek bed and waterfalls are spectacular. There may be a thigh deep wade around the edge of a pool. This activity is for fully vaccinated members only and is limited to 5 participants from the Blue Mountains LGA.
Map: Jenolan

Sun - 19-Sep-2021
4 MH - Day Walk
The Northern Spurs of Upper Hat Hill Creek Full
Over recent weeks Geoff and I have been exploring the spurs on the Northern side of Upper Hat Hill Ck. We'd done Upper Hat Hill several times before but have been surprised to discover features we refer to as the Giant's armchair, Blackheath's answer to the Three Sisters and the Top Hats. This walk is intended to share some of the highlights. Ridges studded with Pagodas will be zig zagged along. This activity is for fully vaccinated members only and is limited to 5 participants from the Blue Mountains LGA.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sat - 18-Sep-2021
4 MHX - Day Walk
Lost City Deferred - Lockdown
Incredible pagodas but last time we did this incredible wattle. Let's hope the fires haven't destroyed it. We might this time do a more extensive walk coming at the State Forest to the dams at the bottom and then up to Lost City and return
Map: Lithgow

Sat - 18-Sep-2021
3 M - Day Walk
Mount Ovens within the Winbourne Nature Reserve
A visit to Mount Ovens Trig station & some of the best views westward towards Bathurst.This activity is for fully vaccinated members only and is limited to 5 participants from the Bathurst LGA
Map: Meadow Flat

Fri - 17-Sep-2021
4 MH - Day Walk
Galong Creek Full
The Galong Creek walk is grade 4 and involves rock hopping and boulder scrambling to cross creeks. It is around 6 km total distance in very rugged country. There are some 2 -3 m rope assisted drops and very steep ridges to climb and descend. The pink granite, boulders, creek bed and waterfalls are spectacular. There may be a thigh deep wade around the edge of a pool. This activity is for fully vaccinated members only and is limited to 5 participants from the Blue Mountains LGA.
Map: Jenolan

Sat - 11-Sep-2021
4 MHX - Day Walk
Noble Canyon and surrounds Deferred - Lockdown
Walk through Noble canyon and explore interesting slots and pagodas with great views as a bonus
Map: Cullen Bullen

Wed - 08-Sep-2021
4 MH - Day Walk
Across the Jamison valley Deferred - Lockdown
Walk from the Golden Stairs past Ruined Castle, and head off across the Jamison Valley. we descend 700 m to Kedumba creek, cross over, and head back up to Lindemans track at the base of sublime point. we will then ascend up Copelands Pass to the top of sublime point. This will be a moderately paced walk, with large ascent/descent. Some exposure land climbing on Copeland pass.
Map: Jamison

Sat - 28-Aug-2021
5 H - Day Walk
Jamison Valley Circuit Deferred - Lockdown
a long day, starting at Kedumba Pass , up and along Mt Solitary down and up the Golden Stairs. A circuit of the Jamison Valley , steep up Solitary. Hopefully the boronia will be out. Needless to say - great views. Fit walkers for the steep grades and stamina for the length.
Map: Jamison

Fri - 20-Aug-2021
5 H - Day Walk
Newnes State Forest: Ravines of Kangaroo Creek Deferred - Lockdown
Park the cars at GR 332 062, near spot height 1110. Walk north north west, then west to GR 323 070, near spot height 1066. Continue underneath the cliff line and explore the multiple ravines of Kangaroo Creek, going south, until about GR 330 062. Re-connect with the vehicles. About 8 km. Partly exploratory. Scrambling and exposure.
Map: Cullen Bullen

Sat - 14-Aug-2021
5 H - Day Walk
Wild Dogs Circuit Deferred - Lockdown
A long day, down Ironmonger to the Cox's. Up to Knights Deck and along to Cattle Dog Ridge. Down Cattle Dog to Breakfast Creek and then up Hobbles Spur back to the cars. A lot of climbing and descending good hill walkers with stamina, but still very enjoyable!!
Map: Jenolan

Sat - 14-Aug-2021
5 HX - Pack Walk
Wollemi NP: Deanes and Rocky Creek Junction Adventure Deferred - Lockdown
Full pack walk from Newnes into a camp near the junction of Deanes and Rocky Creeks, then explore with the day pack. The plan for each day is to be advised. About 8 km every day. This promises to be a wild and spectacular adventure. Expect plenty of challenges and amazing scenery. Scrambling and exposure. Mostly exploratory.
Map: Mt Morgan

Sat - 07-Aug-2021
4 MH - Day Walk
Blackheath ridges Deferred - Lockdown
We will walk along Hat Hill ridge to Bald Hill, followed by Bennetts Lookout. We’ll then descend into a gully which is scrubby and steep (off track) before making our way up to Anvil rock and the Winderoded cave. After admiring the Grose Valley from yet another angle, we’ll head back along Anvil ridge
Map: Mt Wilson

Fri - 06-Aug-2021
5 HX - Day Walk
Wollemi NP and Gardens of Stone NP: Above the Flying Carpet Deferred - Lockdown
Park at GR 415 150 on Glowworm Tunnel Road. Walk north east, initially on the old firetrail to spot heights 1004 and 1002. Turn north, then east and make our way to the cliff edge at about GR 397 160. From here, commence exploration of this dissected terrain going south. There is much to see and do before we reach the point GR 410 144 above the Flying Carpet. This is likely to be two walks. About 8 km. Exploratory. Scrambling and exposure.
Map: Cullen Bullen

Sat - 31-Jul-2021
5 H - Day Walk
Ben Bullen State Forest and Gardens of Stone NP: The Amazing Pagoda Maze Deferred - Lockdown
Find out why this part of the Gardens of Stone region must be protected for future generations. Park the cars at GR 263 186 on Moffitts Trail. Walk to about GR 276 193 and climb north to explore several pagoda ridges, before crossing into Gardens of Stone NP to visit Palatine Rock and Tarpeian Rock with their spectacular views. Then on to the amazing Pagoda Maze, best part of which is located in the State Forest and is therefore unprotected. About 10 km. Scrambling and exposure.
Map: Ben Bullen

Sat - 31-Jul-2021
4 MHX - Day Walk
Guzzlers Arch near Deep Pass Deferred - Lockdown
Guzzlers Arch is a natural arch in Nayook Creek near Deep Pass, the aim is to find it. Park at Deep Pass take the trail towards River Caves adn follow a ridge down to Nayook Creek - hopefully we will find Guzzlers Arch. If time we will revisit Guzzlers Hut (remains)
Map: Wollangambe

Fri - 30-Jul-2021
5 HX - Day Walk
Wollemi National Park: Upper Blacksmiths Creek Deferred - Lockdown
Park on Bowens Hill Trail near spot height 716. Descend south towards Blacksmiths Creek, then follow it as far as it keeps our interest, perhaps till GR 712 959. Exit up the spur back to the trail and the cars. Exploratory. About 8 km. Scrambling and exposure.
Map: Mountain Lagoon

Tue - 27-Jul-2021
3 M - Abseiling
Abseil Training for Beginners Mt York Deferred - Lockdown
Introductory abseil training for members who have not abseiled previously. The course begins at Mt York near Mt Victoria. It involves, abseiling technique, equipment and safety. In the afternoon we practise skills in Juggler canyon near Medlow Bath. Please read Guidelines for Canyoners on the club website. For this course members must have completed at least one walk with UBMBC. For abseiling and canyoning a suitable level of fitness, and agility is required.
Map: Katoomba

Tue - 20-Jul-2021
4 MH - Pack Walk
100 man cave Deferred - Lockdown
Day 1-walk to 100 man cave along high Gangranang. Camp in cave for 2 nights, day 2- exploring Ti Willa tops day 3- walk back to cars. limit 8 people This walk is now full. A wait list will operate.
Map: Kanangra

Sun - 18-Jul-2021
2 EM - Day Walk
Lion’s Head Deferred - Lockdown
This is an easy walk with spectacular views of the Jamison valley and the Wild Dogs. There’s an interesting view of Mt Solitary and the changing mist rising from the valley can be magical. Some undulations but no steep climbs.
Map: Jamison

Sun - 18-Jul-2021
3 MX - Abseiling
Windows Canyon via the back door Deferred - Lockdown
Windows Canyon is situated in the Wolgan Valley and has 7 abseils. It is mainly a dry trip with some waterfall spray on one of the abseils. The longest abseil is 35m and the trip is suitable for newer members.
Map: Cullen Bullen

Fri - 16-Jul-2021
5 HX - Day Walk
Mugii Murum-ban SCA: The Ultimate Mugii Murum-ban Deferred - Lockdown
Park at Airly Mountain and find a pass at around GR 250 314 to Ultimate View. From here, head south via The Citadel and descend on the eastern side of Citadel Spur. Walk north east under the cliff line and ascend Ultimate Chute. Head north via Genowlan Trig and visit (depending on the available time) the Valley of the Dinosaurs and/or Ultimate Slot. Make our way down via the road network to Airly Mountain. About 8 km. Partly exploratory. Scrambling and exposure.
Map: Glen Alice

Wed - 14-Jul-2021
4 MH - Day Walk
Kanuka Brook Waterfall, Crayfish Pool and more Deferred - Lockdown
Kanuka Brook waterfall – explore above the falls (involves an off-track climb and scramble) and explore elsewhere off track
Map: Penrith

Sat - 10-Jul-2021
3 M - Creek
Galong Creek Deferred - Lockdown
This walk replaces my previous walk in Galong Creek. We park at Green gully and explore Galong Creek downstream. The creek has beautiful sections, or granite, pink granite and aplite. Most of the walking is on the side of the creek but there are crossings involving stepping across rocks. After climbing down next to a lovely waterfall over pink rocks we return upstream to Green Gully. Return distance 3 km. Lunch will be at Dunphy camping ground. In the afternoon we enjoy a 4km on track walk along Lyrebird ridge to Lyrebird Point for great views across the Wild Dog Mountains then return to the car park
Map: Jenolan

Sat - 10-Jul-2021
4 MH - Day Walk
Upper Wollongambe circuit Deferred - Lockdown
This walk follows ridges on the Northern and Southern sides of the Wollongambe River in an area just East of Goochs Crater. The walk is graded 4 because most of the walk is off-track walking, but there will be little or no rock scrambling. There will, however, be two knee-deep river crossings and the water will be cold! About 10 km. Pagodas guaranteed. This walk is now full.
Map: Wollangambe

Fri - 09-Jul-2021
5 HX - Day Walk
Newnes State Forest: Cliffs, Pagodas and Slots above the Wolgan Valley Deferred - Lockdown
Park at around GR 336 121 at the end of Sunnyside Ridge Road. Walk south west to the cliff line and then follow it to the point at about GR 328 110, where it protrudes into the Wolgan Valley. Turn north east, then east from here, exploring multiple slots, ravines and pagoda areas. Exit at around GR 341 114 and reconnect with the cars. Exploratory. Scrambling and exposure. About 8 km.
Map: Cullen Bullen

Sun - 04-Jul-2021
4 MH - Abseiling
Boars Head multi-pitch Abseil - Katoomba Deferred - Lockdown
Five pitch, dry abseil trip with spectacular views and an exciting traverse along the "slot". Longest abseil 50m. Some exposure, especially in the "slot". A safety rope will be in place for the slot. The trip ends with a walk out up Devil's Hole. Trip requires a head for heights.
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 03-Jul-2021
3 M - Day Walk
Numantia Falls Deferred - Lockdown
Follow Victory Track and then walk to Numantia Falls and to the top of the ridge where there is a wonderful rock platform before returning to Victory Track and back. A great circuit with great creek walking and some off track with good views.
Map: Springwood

Sat - 03-Jul-2021
5 HX - Pack Walk
Wollemi National Park: Mt Canobla and Gundangaroo Traverse to St Johns Point Deferred - Lockdown
A 2-day pack walk. Numbers are strictly limited. Private property access is required. Day 1 - Park near Canobla Gap and ascend Mount Canobla on a razor blade spur. Continue to Mt Gundangaroo and camp near the trig. Water was found in a nearby gully. Day 2 – Walk to St Johns Point, then descend to Canobla Gap Trail and walk back to the cars. Partly exploratory. Scrambling and exposure. About 10 km.
Map: Glen Alice

Mon - 28-Jun-2021
3 MX - Day Walk
Mount York Deferred - Lockdown
Explore old forgotten tracks, hand chiselled steps and lookouts at Mount York. As time permits on this half day walk explore some sections of cliff line.
Map: Hampton

Sun - 27-Jun-2021
4 MH - Day Walk
Glenbrook Creek-Kanuka Brook- Circuit Deferred - Lockdown
Glenbrook creek-Kanuka Brook-Crayfish-pool Red Hands Cave-Jellybean Pool- Glenbrook Scenic walk through bushland mainly following some beautiful creeks with some interesting rock formations, rockpools, to explore along the way. Several steep scrambly ascents descents. Distance 15 km Joint activity with Bush Club.
Map: Penrith

Sat - 26-Jun-2021
5 H - Day Walk
Lindemann's pass
Undercliff walk starting from the Leura Forest track. Crossing over Leura Cascades, bottom of Gordon Falls, Sublime Point, skirting Gladstone Pass and then up Roberts Pass Lovely views over the Jamison Valley the whole way. Track can be overgrown, slippery and muddy in parts
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 26-Jun-2021
5 H - Day Walk
Mugii Murum-ban SCA: Gap Creek Pagodas
This unique but unprotected area, part of the Gardens of Stone region, has an active coal mine underneath it. Find out why it must be protected for future generations. Park at GR 238 326 at Airly Gap and walk up the western tributary of Gap Creek. Explore its northern branch, then climb out to the tops at about GR 231 335 and explore the pagoda spurs on the northern side of Gap Creek, moving east. Descend into Airly Gap. Scrambling and exposure. About 8 km.
Map: Glen Alice

Fri - 25-Jun-2021
5 HX - Day Walk
Wollemi National Park: Around Spot Height 537
Park at GR 758 950 on Mountain Lagoon Road. Walk to GR 755 960 and walk down a gully till GR 750 963, then continue under the cliffs – first north, then west, to about GR 758 967. Continue south to GR 762 955 to exit. About 9 km. Exploratory. Scrambling and exposure.
Map: Mountain Lagoon

Wed - 23-Jun-2021
4 MH - Day Walk
Kanuka Brook Waterfall, Crayfish Pool, Red Hands Cave
Duck Hole - Kanuka Brook - climb ridge - Kanuka Brook waterfall - Red Hands Cave
Map: Penrith

Mon - 21-Jun-2021
3 MX - Day Walk
Rienits Pass to Mount Piddington via Hourn Point
A half day circuit walk at Mount Victoria. mostly on bush track.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sun - 20-Jun-2021
4 MH - Abseiling
Malaita Wall multi-pitch Abseil - Katoomba - Sunday 20th June 2021
Malaita Wall is a multi-pitch abseil trip with 5 abseils, the longest being 45 metres. It is similar to the Malaita Point abseil trip but the abseils are longer and the first one of 45 metres is more exposed with a tricky start. At the end of the abseils we will walk up Furber Steps.
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 19-Jun-2021
4 MHX - Day Walk
Lockleys and Lycon Plateau
Walk to Lockleys Pylon , Yardley Cave and then across to Walford Walls . the Lycon Plateau coming down to cross Rocky Creek and up to the Pinnacles. A circular walk, mostly off track good views
Map: Katoomba

Wed - 16-Jun-2021
4 MH - Day Walk
Erskine Creek, Lincoln Creek, Monkey Ropes Creek
Pisgah Rock – descend via Tierneys Trail (five climbing sections) – Erskine Creek, Lincoln Creek, Monkey Ropes Creek – ascend with some clambers up nameless creek
Map: Penrith

Sat - 12-Jun-2021
3 M - Abseiling
Windows Canyon
Windows Canyon is situated in the Wolgan Valley and has six abseils. It is "dry" with some waterfall spray,. We begin by crossing the Wolgan river and walking up Penrose Gully to ridge above Windows. The are several options for side abseils to enter the canyon. The six abseils are suitable for less experienced canyoners. A short walk down a ridge returns us to our vehicles. Hazards include exposed ledges.
Map: Cullen Bullen

Fri - 11-Jun-2021
5 H - Day Walk
Wollemi National Park: Flat Rock and Around
This walk features exceptional Angophoras, rainforest and rock formations. Park one car on Mountain Lagoon Road at GR 752 941 and another one at GR 759 950. From the first car, walk down into a creek, then make our way towards Flat Rock. After Flat Rock, descend into a gully at around GR 755 952 and follow it downstream, then exit up the gully at GR 750 963 or, if time permits, continue to 753 970. Climb on the ridge and walk to the second car. About 9 km. Partly exploratory. Scrambling and exposure.
Map: Mountain Lagoon

Tue - 08-Jun-2021
3 M - Abseiling
Spiral Canyon
Spiral Canyon is located off the Deans Creek Trail on the Newnes Plateau. There a four abseils. The walk in and out is 5km fire trail and one Km through bush. Spiral is not a great canyon but it is good in Winter because it is dry. The exit along Deans Creek is pleasant walking. The return to the fire trail involves a scramble up a rock face.
Map: Mt Morgan

Mon - 07-Jun-2021
3 MX - Day Walk
North Walk, Mount Victoria
A short walk in a northly direction under the cliff line at Mount Victoria, taking off from the Little Zig Zig towards the base of Engineers Cascade.
Map: Hartley

Sun - 06-Jun-2021
4 MH - Day Walk
Redledge Pass to Rock Pile Pass
This is a half day walk below the cliffs on Narrow Neck at Katoomba. I intend to finish just after lunch to avoid the afternoon traffic. From the locked gate on Narrow Neck we walk along the fire trail then turn off to Redledge Pass. We follow the ledges to Redledge Pass but do not descend. We continue S along the ledges. There are some exposed sections. Then ledges open out to pleasant ledge walking, We reach the pile of rocks signifying Rock Pile and walk past it to the end of the ledge then return to rock pile. A short climb and a bush track bring us back onto the fire trail and back to the locked gate. Distance 6 km.
Map: Jamison

Sat - 05-Jun-2021
3 M - Abseiling
David Crevasse Canyon
An abseil trip, near Mt Banks, through a lush, dry gully. A 90 minute walk along fire trail to the start of the canyon. About 6 abseils, up to 25 metres. Exit is via another gully. This exit involves an 10 metre prussick up a rock wall. You must be able to prussick this distance to do this trip. Once up the rock face it is a 30 minute walk to the top, where we walk 6 klm along fire trail back to the cars.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sat - 05-Jun-2021
4 MHX - Day Walk
Lagoon Creek Gold Mine
Old gold mine with many bits of apparatus around and solid stone tunnels that one can explore. In WInburndale Nature Reserve
Map: Portland

Thu - 03-Jun-2021
4 MH - Abseiling
Cracks of Doom
Situated off Sunnyside Ridge on the Newnes Plateau this adventure involves abseiling and squeezing through narrow cracks. The cracks are only a short walk from the vehicles. We abseil into the Diamond Cavern then use a rope to climb out of Crack of Doom Two. A walk along the cliff top brings us to Crack of Doom 1, a very tight squeeze. An alternative is a 25 m abseil. We return to the vehicles by a pleasant exit gully. Hazards include cliff edges and squeezing through narrow cracks. Thanks to Nicole Bordes, Ev Obraidina, Yuri Bolotin, Gabby Faura, Jen Campbell, Marchelle Madden and John Park whose photos appear in this presentation.
Map: Cullen Bullen

Wed - 02-Jun-2021
3 M - Day Walk
Numantia Falls and Rainbow Cave
Victory Track - Clarinda Falls - Numantia Creek - Numantia Falls also Rainbow Cave
Map: Springwood

Wed - 02-Jun-2021
5 H - Day Walk
Wollemi NP: Potos Wall and Lions Cave
Leave one car GR 719 928 on Mountain Lagoon Road and drive another one to Hanlons Road North, GR 699 916. From the second car, descend east into Back Creek and follow it all the way to Tootie Creek. Visit Potos Wall, then Potos Cave. Climb onto the ridge to the east and visit Lions Cave. Continue north east underneath the cliff line, exploring caves, till about GR 714 933 or GR 714 938, depending on the available time. Re-connect with the first car. Expect cascades, waterfalls, rainforest ravines and beautiful caves. About 6 km. Partly exploratory. Scrambling and exposure.
Map: Mountain Lagoon

Mon - 31-May-2021
3 MX - Day Walk
Narrow Neck Revisited 5 - The Cavern and Ledges of Diamond Falls
An ascent from Nellies Glen to the large cavern below Diamond Falls, and an exploration of the lower ledge, generally between Andersons Head and Herbaceous Gully. Be prepared for a steep ascent and potential exposure to heights. Distance will be about 10km with total ascent of 300m.
Map: Katoomba

Sun - 30-May-2021
5 H - Day Walk
Ben Bullen State Forest: Witches Watch, Hecates Cauldron and Tara Point
Park the vehicles at around GR 306 175 on the branch road off the Bicentennial National Trail. Follow the Great Dividing Range north to Gordian Knot and then to Witches Watch, a spectacular lookout above Hecates Cauldron. From here, descend into the Cauldron and explore it underneath the cliff lines and also above, amidst “the bubbles”. Visit the Tower of Hope and other attractions. Descend into the headwaters of Baal Bone Creek, cross the valley and climb up through Tara Slot onto Tara Point. More amazing views. From here, move up to the ridge and re-connect with the vehicles. Scrambling and exposure. About 10 km.
Map: Ben Bullen

Sun - 30-May-2021
4 MH - Abseiling
Castle Head multi-pitch abseil
A 6 abseil trip along a narrow ridge with spectacular views down Cedar Valley and Jamison Valley. Longest abseil 45m, some exposure in places and some serious scrambling to get to some of the abseils. It is a 3klm walk from the Golden Stairs, where we start and finish the walk.
Map: Katoomba

Sun - 30-May-2021
4 MH - Day Walk
Megalong Ledges
A walk referenced in Jim Smith's book ''How to see the Blue Mountains'' that transverses a series of ledges above the Megalong Valley. We start near the old ''Flying Fox'' at Medlow bath and finish at Radiata Plateau. Nice views, some scrubby sections but not much exposure. A car pool will be required.
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 29-May-2021
4 MH - Day Walk
Tarpeian Rock Ridge
This walk follows the boundary between Gardens of Stone National Park and Ben Bullen State Forest. We will drive along the Moffitt Trail to 261185. From there we will walk along a complex ridge to Tarpeian Rock, exploring slots and, depending on progress, possibly exploring the pagoda-infested side-ridge to the south. Then it is a short descent to the valley and a 2 km walk back along the fire trail to the cars.
Map: Ben Bullen

Thu - 27-May-2021
3 MX - Day Walk
Walls Ledge, Centennial Glen Circuit and Porters Pass
Starting at Centennial Glen Car Park, this circuit walk follows the cliff lines of Walls Ledge, both above and below, with views of the Kanimbla Valley before descending down to Porters Pass along many popluar rock climbing sites and back up a steep section that finishes at Blackheath Christian College. From there the track goes along the cliff lines back via Centennial Glen to the car park. It includes rock features, waterfalls and a small canyon. On track with steep sections, some muddy and contains slippery parts. 5.4km. 400m elevation.
Map: Katoomba

Wed - 26-May-2021
3 MX - Abseiling
Tigersnake Canyon
Tigersnake canyon is a narrow twisting canyon in the Dean's creek area of the Newnes Plateau. The upper section has several constricted short abseils and climb downs in which you MAY be able to keep your feet dry. Or maybe not. The lower section features a spectacular 25m abseil into a deep slot. The walk out climbs back up through pagodas to the entry track.
Map: Ben Bullen

Mon - 24-May-2021
3 M - Day Walk
Rainbow Falls, North Katoomba
We will check out the little known Rainbow Falls and what was known as Guiva estate and area at North Katoomba, an easy half day walk.
Map: Katoomba

Sun - 23-May-2021
3 MX - Day Walk
Yardleys cave Full
A gentle walk to Lockleys Pylon and then proceeding to Du Faurs Head before skirting a gully to access Yardleys cave. This is a beautiful overhang with views of the Grose Valley. A gentle, scenic walk.
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 22-May-2021
5 H - Day Walk
Ben Bullen State Forest: Witches Watch, Hecates Cauldron and Tara Point
Park the vehicles at around GR 306 175 on the branch road off the Bicentennial National Trail. Follow the Great Dividing Range north to Gordian Knot and then to Witches Watch, a spectacular lookout above Hecates Cauldron. From here, descend into the Cauldron and explore it underneath the cliff lines and also above, amidst “the bubbles”. Visit the Tower of Hope and other attractions. Descend into the headwaters of Baal Bone Creek, cross the valley and climb up through Tara Slot onto Tara Point. More amazing views. From here, move up to the ridge and re-connect with the vehicles. Scrambling and exposure. About 10 km.
Map: Ben Bullen

Sat - 22-May-2021
3 M - Abseiling
Malaita Point multi pitch abseil - Katoomba
Malaita Point is a multi-pitch abseil which involves 7 abseils down into the valley. Longest abseil 40 metres. Most of the abseils are straight forward and would be good for members who have done the clubs abseil training and an introduction to multi-pitch abseil trips. Exit is via Furber Steps. Not a long day.
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 22-May-2021
5 HX - Day Walk
The Tinpots Wild Dogs
Tinpot Hill down to the Cox's River and then up Quart Pot Ridge to Tinpot Mountain., Return along Ironmonger Spur. About 700 metre climb from the Cox's River. Need good steady hill walkers ..Magnificent views and interesting aboriginal grinding grooves.
Map: Jenolan

Fri - 21-May-2021
5 HX - Day Walk
Even More of The Labyrinth
Park at Wolgan Road and go through Minotaur Lair to Point Sol and climb a high point at GR 422 232. Next, head north along the spur, then turn west and find a way down to the next level towards west at about GR 4200 2356. The idea is to explore the next 400 m of pagodas and slots, until 4160 E. Return via Ariadne Needles. Partly exploratory. Scrambling and exposure. About 10 km.
Map: Ben Bullen

Fri - 21-May-2021
3 M - Abseiling
Zorro and Pleasant View Canyons
Zorro and Pleasant View overlook Carne Creek on the Newnes Plateau. Zorro is a very short "Z: shaped canyon on a fire trail off Waratah Ridge. There is a short walk in and out for 3 or 4 easy abseils. A knee deep pool can't be avoided but you change soon after it and are dry for the rest of the day. The exit is via a beautiful rainforest gully. Lunch is at the vehicles. We descend the other side of the ridge to Pleasant View canyon. There are no abseils. This is a really enjoyable canyon with a great view across Carne Creek and slots to explore. This is an excellent day for new canyoners.
Map: Cullen Bullen

Wed - 19-May-2021
5 H - Day Walk
Lost World LO via Sharks Head Cave
Martins LO – Glenbrook Creek – ascend 300m spur line via Sharks Head Cave that involves rock climbing (scrambling, no rope needed but some exposure) following a feint pad - about 4 hours
Map: Springwood

Mon - 17-May-2021
4 MH - Day Walk
Narrow Neck Revisited 4 - Dunphys Pass and "Sun in the Eye"
An ascent of Narrow Neck from the Megalong Valley by one of the interesting passes, investigating features shown on old bushwalking maps. Return will be by Tarros Ladders. Distance is about 15km, with total ascents about 500m. Expect steep and slippery climb, negotiation of rock faces by tape and climbing spikes, and some exposure to heights.
Map: Jamison

Sun - 16-May-2021
4 MH - Abseiling
Boars Head Multi-pitch Abseil
Boars Head Abseil. Five pitch, dry abseil trip with spectacular views and an exciting traverse along the "slot". Longest abseil 50m. Some exposure, especially in the "slot". A safety rope will be in place for the slot. The trip ends with a walk out up Devil's Hole. Trip requires a head for heights.
Map: Katoomba

Sun - 16-May-2021
5 HX - Day Walk
Mount Barranbali
A chance to visit the rarely climbed Mount Barranbali. The walk starts just past The Hives café on Bells Line of Road (nr Mount Tomah). We head along Tallara Ridge fire trail, SE down the bluff to Carmathen Brook and up again to Mount Barranbali. We will return by the same track. This is exploratory and I am not sure of the condition of the fire trail. However, I have talked to UBMBC members who have done parts/ all of the walk before. As with the Skeleton Rock we should anticipate some thick bush. Approx. 1,000 m ascent/ descent. Fit walkers only, max 8.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sun - 16-May-2021
4 MH - Day Walk
The Flying Carpet
The Flying Carpet is a remarkable feature in the Carne Creek cliffs. It is only 2 metes wide and projects horizontally from the cliff face. After driving along the Glow Worm tunnel road we walk through open bushland to the cliff edge. here there are great views of Carne Creek. We follow the cliff line to Koan Cave then use ropes to reach the carpet. After descending we continue under the cliffs, climbing out through a very pleasant gully and returning to our vehicles. This walk is for experienced bushwalkers.
Map: Cullen Bullen

Sat - 15-May-2021
3 M - Abseiling
Fun with Ropes - Yellow Rock Lookout, Winmalee
This is a rope practice session focussing on techniques for setting releasable anchors and strategies for rescue. We will aim to practice dealing with untying isolation knots under load and cutaway rescues as a last resort. It is also an opportunity for people to practice general rope skills like use of prussics and ascenders.
Map: Springwood

Sat - 15-May-2021
4 MH - Day Walk
Gooches crater Full
This walk explores an amazing natural phenomenon surrounded by intricate pagodas. Some off track and wet feet but nothing difficult.
Map: Wollangambe

Sat - 15-May-2021
3 M - Day Walk
Mt Wilson mindful meditation walk
This is a silent meditation walk, to enable reflection on the last twelve months. A traditional camping ground in the foothills of Mt. Wilson is on the way. We also cross 2 small creeks. There will be seated as well as walking meditation ( instruction given if necessary). We'll walk on track, off-track and on a fire-trail at a slower pace than is normal for bushwalking.
Map: Mt Wilson

Mon - 10-May-2021
4 MH - Day Walk
Lost World LO – St Helena Spur – Bull Ant Tk
Lost World LO – St Helena Spur – Bull Ant Tk – Glenbrook Creek – Pippas Pass
Map: Springwood

Sat - 08-May-2021
4 MHX - Day Walk
Mugii Murum-ban - the South West Corner
Our walk will explore the south-west corner of Mugii Murum-ban SCA from the Glen Davis Road up to Mt Airly's Southern Pagodas. On the way we'll also explore the area south of Torbane for any evidence of a flying fox used when the refinery was operational. The walk will be entirely within the bounds of the SCA. Distance: 9k. Elevation Gain/Loss: 600m.
Map: Glen Alice

Fri - 07-May-2021
3 M - Abseiling
Abseil Skills Practice Full
This is a follow up training session for the members who did Juggler canyon on 18 April. The activity is fully booked.
Map: Katoomba

Fri - 07-May-2021
4 MHX - Day Walk
Potos Wall and Caves
Leave one car at Hanlons Road North and drive another one to GR 716 925 on Mountain Lagoon Road. From the second car, take Potos Ridge NW towards Tootie Creek. Visit Potos Cave 1 on the way down, followed by Potos Wall to the west of the descent ridge. Climb out of Potos Creek to visit Potos Cave 2. Next, cross the creek westwards and use East Ridge to descend into the Tootie Creek and Back Creek junction. Walk upstream on Back Creek, all the way to Hanlons Road North. About 6 km. Partly exploratory. Scrambling and exposure.
Map: Mountain Lagoon

Mon - 03-May-2021
3 M - Day Walk
Kanuka Brook Waterfall, Crayfish Pool, Red Hands Cave
Follow pad to Kanuka Brook Waterfall. Extension to above the falls. Track to Red Hands Cave
Map: Penrith

Sun - 02-May-2021
4 MH - Day Walk
Hydro Tracks
An exploration of the network of tracks behind the Hydro Majestic hotel, built by master stonemason Murdo McClennan. The day includes a short history tour of the property with insight into the it's founder, the eccentric Sydney retailer Mark Foy. About 12klms, up to 400m ascent/decent, rock scrambling, mostly on track.A reasonable level of fitness and agility required.
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 01-May-2021
5 H - Abseiling
Bungonia Creek Canyon
Bungonia Creek is more of a gorge with a lot of creek walking between, over and under large boulders. There are about 4 abseils (12m, 35m, 60m, 45m). There are a few swims, up to 30 metres in length. There is a very steep climb at the end of the canyon. This trip will involve a long day, and an early start. Camping fees 17.00 per night. Park entry 8.00 per vehicle.
Map: Not Specified

Sat - 01-May-2021
4 MH - Day Walk
South of Larkins Gully, Winburndale Nature Reserve
This walk is in the North of Winburndale Nature Reserve. After driving from Mount Victoria for ~90 minutes we will leave a car or cars near where the Mount Horrible Road meets the Eastern Boundary of the reserve. The walk starts from just South of the junction of the Mount Horrible Road and the Eskdale Road, and heads generally East, initially through lovely open woodland with mature unburned trees, then down a knife edge ridge, to meet a fire trail at Palmers Oaky Creek. There is a short, steep uphill walk along the fire trail back to the car/s.
Map: Capertee

Fri - 30-Apr-2021
5 HX - Day Walk
Wollemi National Park: Spot Height 958 and Green Gully Divide
Park on the eastern edge of the Little Capertee Creek Camping Ground and make our way to Petries Gully. At GR 438 276, take a western tributary, then exit northwards and climb to spot height 958. Continue to a high point at GR 437 296, then descend north west on a spur to a lookout spot at around GR 441 303. Retrace to the previous high point, then use a known slot to come underneath the cliffs. Return via Green Gully Divide. Partly exploratory. Scrambling and exposure. About 15 km.
Map: Ben Bullen

Tue - 27-Apr-2021
4 MHX - Day Walk
Berambing to Skeleton Rocks via Caleys range
This walk takes in part of Caley's 1804 expedition to Mount Banks. Skeleton Rocks is apparently difficult to find (Caley himself failed on the way back). If possible, we will continue to Pincushion Hill, but the aim will be to limit the walk to 8 hrs. In the past the bush was very thick in this area, but that may have been reduced by the fires. Nevertheless, we should be prepared for a bit of a bush bash. We will aim to start from Berambing at 08:00.
Map: Kurrajong

Mon - 26-Apr-2021
3 MX - Day Walk
Car camping kanangra boyd
Camping at Boyd River, arriving casually on Monday, with a series of Day walks to commence on Tuesday. Walks will include: Box Creek falls, Morong Falls, Crafts walls, Whaliana. Grades are dependent on conditions of bush post fire and floods. Come for some or all.
Map: Kanangra

Mon - 26-Apr-2021
3 M - Day Walk
Pippas Creek, Florabella Pass (part) and Glenbrook Creek
See sections of Pippas Creek and waterfall, Florabella Pass (part) and Glenbrook Creek
Map: Springwood

Sun - 25-Apr-2021
3 M - Day Walk
Fortress Ridge option of Dark's Cave
Great views of the Grose and a lovely place to see the bushfire regeneration. Fortress Ridge is an easy walk on track (2EM - 3 km return) however the path to Dark's cave is a bit of a scramble with a creek crossing to navigate. 150 m descent/ ascent. Total walk less than 7 km.
Map: Katoomba

Sun - 25-Apr-2021
3 M - Day Walk
Redledge Pass
After setting up are car shuffle we depart from the locked gate at Narrow Neck. A 2 km walk along the road brings us to a bush track that descends to a gully with a lovely waterfall. We make our way along the cliffs to Redledge Pass then follow the ridge down to the remains of the Glen Shale mines. This includes adits, the winding wheel and other artefacts. Next we follow the path of skip tram way to Devils Hole for a climb through the cliffs to our vehicles.
Map: Katoomba

Sun - 25-Apr-2021
4 MH - Day Walk
Upper Breakfast Creek Deferred
This is a pleasant creek walk suitable for experienced walkers. From Blackheath we drive along the Megalong Valley to Dunphy Car park. The walk begins with a steep climb on a fire trail until we reach Bellbird Ridge. Here rock scrambling is involved as we descend off track to Breakfast Creek. We follow the creek up stream with rock hopping and climbs around waterfalls. After 2 km of creek walking we exit at Glenalan Spurs and return along the Medlow Gap Fire Trail. (5 km) Walk Postponed Flood Damage.
Map: Jamison

Sat - 24-Apr-2021
4 MH - Day Walk
Mount Banks Walkabout
Meet at Mount Banks Picnic area. Walk a few km along the fire trail then head up to Onion Ring Point followed by 500m Abseil Point. Next, we cut across the summit to 270 Degree Panorama Point. Finally follow the cliff line round back to the cars. A shortish walk of 4 to 5 hrs. Some bits of thickish bush. Great views of the Grose Valley.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sat - 24-Apr-2021
4 MH - Pack Walk
Splendour Rock Bushwalkers Anzac Service
Pack Walk - Saturday 24th April to Sunday 25th April. Walk along Narrow Neck out to Splendour Rock and return.18 klm each day. It will be a 5.30 am rise on Anzac day for dawn service at 6.00 am. This site is the bushwalkers memorial site where a plaque was placed in 1948 and the services commenced from that date. The walk is along track (hopefully, after the fires) all the way with a couple of steep climbs. Water is not available at the campsite and needs to be carried. You would need to carry at least 3 litres of water to get you through the walk in, at night, and for the walk out. Meeting place will be at the locked gate on Narrow Neck. Tent and cooking equipment required.
Map: Jamison

Sat - 24-Apr-2021
4 MHX - Day Walk
x Vale loop and Forty Foot falls
Map: Mittagong. We'll park the cars at the picnic area at 623863 which is off the Wombeyan caves road near Welby. Walking along a track we descend to visit Forty Foot falls at 642873 before exploring along the Nattai river and ascending at 637891. Part of the walk is along the old Box Vale railway with some dramatic cuttings and a tunnel. Half on track and half off-track.
Map: Not Specified

Fri - 23-Apr-2021
5 HX - Day Walk
Bainbrig Creek and Wave cave
Map: Nerriga. We will park the cars on the Braidwood road at 412149 and walk to 415138 where we will descend through the cliff to visit the Wave cave at 418135 the rest of the day is exploring along the creek with a possible exit at 422146 or somewhere else, depending on what we find. Exploratory walk.
Map: Not Specified

Fri - 23-Apr-2021
5 HX - Pack Walk
Wollemi National Park: Nullo Range Adventure
Co-leader: Kevin Songberg Strictly limited numbers. Private property access has been arranged. A series of three one-day walks from a base camp exploring the Nullo Range (directly north of the Yodellers Range) between Myrtle Gap and Lovers Leap. The plan for each day is to be advised, and our progress will depend on our ability to penetrate this very difficult but spectacular terrain. Exploratory. Scrambling and exposure. About 6 km every day.
Map: Not Specified

Thu - 22-Apr-2021
3 M - Abseiling
Abseil Training for Beginners
This is a basic abseil training day at Mt Boyce near Blackheath. and is intended for members who walk with UBMBC and who have not abseiled previously. It will cover ropes, anchors and equipment, safety checks, personal anchors, abseiling technique and belay. The venue at Mt Boyce has progressively steeper cliff faces that are ideal for training. Following the training we drive to Medlow Bath where we put skills into practice in Juggler Canyon, which has 6 abseils. The day ends with a lovely walk through part of the Grand Canyon. Members who complete the training successfully will be approved to attend easier canyons on the UBMBC program. You will need a helmet, harness, carabiner and descender. Equipment must be approved to European or North American safety standards. Bicycle helmets and helmets from other sports are not acceptable. Please do not buy new equipment, you will be given advice on the day, which includes shops that offer discounts for UBMBC members. I also have equipment for loan for the day. Before booking in for this program please read Guidelines for Canyoners on the UBMBC website. Members must have done at least one bushwalk with UBMBC and have completed a non-abseil canyon (eg Grand Canyon, Du Faurs Canyon, Rocky Creek ) Canyoning involves carrying wet suits, ropes and equipment as well as scrambling over slippery rocks and climbing in steep, rugged country. A suitable level of fitness and agility is required.
Map: Katoomba

Mon - 19-Apr-2021
3 M - Day Walk
Narrow Neck Revisited 3 - Glen Shale Mines
On the last walk here, there was so much to see, and all the features were not visited. So from Nellies Glen Road, we'll continue with the general exploration of the mining area, with a greater and specific focus on the infrastructure such as the self acting incline, the shale transfer area, the various remnant skips, and the locations and remains of the abutments of the tramway bridges. Return to the cars will be along the Six Foot Track. Map: Katoomba
Map: Katoomba

Sun - 18-Apr-2021
3 M - Abseiling
Abseiling Skills Practice Day
On Sunday 18 April, there will be an abseil training session at Mt Boyce near Blackheath. The area has bolted anchors and is a short walk from the car park. The day will be “do your own thing” which has been very successful in the past. You can learn to prussik or practise your prussik skills. I will have a VT prussik for you to try. There will be opportunities to try out different descenders and hand ascenders, learn knots and rig anchors. You can share ideas with other members. We will set up releasable anchors, lowering systems and haul systems. Ropes will be provided. You can bring your own ropes, extra carabiners and usual equipment. A rope protector or piece of carpet is a good idea. Some of the edges wear ropes. Members attending this training must have experience in canyoning. You can arrive and leave when you like. Please book in.
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 17-Apr-2021
3 M - Abseiling
Malaita Point multi pitch abseil - Katoomba
Malaita Point is a multi-pitch abseil which involves 7 abseils down into the valley. Longest abseil 40 metres. Most of the abseils are straight forward and would be good for members who have done the clubs abseil training and an introduction to multi-pitch abseil trips. Exit is via Furber Steps.
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 17-Apr-2021
5 H - Day Walk
Mugii Murum-ban SCA: Airly Turret and the Clifftops to the East
Find out why this area, part of the Gardens of Stone region, must be protected for future generations. Leave one vehicle at Airly Mountain and drive to Airly Gap. Climb towards Airly Turret, approaching it from the west, then explore the turret and its slots. Continue east through dissected terrain of pagodas and ravines until we join the road which will take us down to the first car. Scrambling and exposure. About 6 km.
Map: Glen Alice

Sat - 17-Apr-2021
4 MHX - Day Walk
Popeye Canyon. Newnes
Park cars at end of Waratah Ridge Road. Walk along ridge with interesting pagodas and then explore Popeye Canyon and Falls. Wet feet
Map: Wollangambe

Fri - 16-Apr-2021
5 HX - Day Walk
Drip Rock, Clews Cave, Island Mountain and the Colo
Park at the end of Drip Rock Trail and make our way via several ridges to Clews Cave. From there, ascend Island Mountain, then descend to the Colo. Walk up a tributary to the north east and climb back up. Walk back to the vehicle. About 10 km. Exploratory. Scrambling and exposure.
Map: Colo Heights

Tue - 13-Apr-2021
4 MH - Day Walk
Down the Wire, Paterson Hill, Cabbage Tree Creek
A rare chance to do an attractive walk in the Lower Blue Mountains. We meet at the entrance to the Vale of Avoca Recreation Centre at 09:00 on Tuesday 13th April. At the traffic lights in North Richmond you head left along Grose Vale Road for 7 km then turn left along Cabbage Tree Road for a further 3 km. (Map attached). For the walk itself we head “Down the Wire”, a steep descent to the Grose River. Then we make our way upstream to the junction of Burralow Creek with the Grose River and climb up the slope to Paterson Hill. We will have an early lunch and marvel at the giant stone men before descending to the junction of Burralow Creek and Cabbage Tree Creek. From there we head back up Cabbage Tree Creek to the cars. Estimated time 4 to 5 hrs. Most of this walk is off track and there is a steep descent and ascent. As always in such situations care needs to be taken but there is no exposure or technical difficulty. I will take a tape in case.
Map: Kurrajong

Mon - 12-Apr-2021
3 M - Day Walk
Narrow Neck Revisited 2 - Glen Shale Mines
From Nellies Glen Road, there'll be a general exploration of the mining area, but with a greater and specific focus on the infrastructure such as the self acting incline, the shale transfer area, the various remnant skips, and the locations and remains of the abutments of the tramway bridges. Return to the cars will be along the Six Foot Track. It's a walk with minimum ascents, but a great slice of history.
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 10-Apr-2021
5 H - Abseiling
Devils Pinch and Starlight Canyon - Wolgan Valley
Devils Pinch canyon is a long and impressive canyon. A steep climb is required to get up the Pipeline track. There are 2 abseils, both about 25 metres. There are a few wades and one very short swim. At the end of the canyon we will go around to Starlight Canyon and walk up that. Good working torches required for Starlight. It will be a long day and an early start will be required.
Map: Mt Morgan

Sat - 10-Apr-2021
4 MHX - Day Walk
Winburndale lagoon Creek
Winburndale Nature Reserve is 1 hour from Mount Victoria a large reserve with interesting conglomerate formations and casuarina lined streams. This time we will be exploring Lagoon Creek. Good views on the way down and hopefully an interesting creek
Map: Meadow Flat

Thu - 08-Apr-2021
3 M - Day Walk
Mt Victoria- Grotto and Caves.
Pleasant walk to Hourne point, taking in Ferris Cave, Cox’s Cave and Fairy Bower. Approximately 3 hours, mostly on track, but some wet and eroded sections.
Map: Hartley

Sun - 04-Apr-2021
3 MX - Day Walk
Valley of The Waters Circuit-Wentworth Falls
Conservation Hut- Nature Track-Empress Falls- Wentworth Pass-Slack Stairs-Undercliff Track Scenic walk with some of the most stunning views and beautiful waterfalls rainforest, in the Blue mountains. All on good tracks
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 03-Apr-2021
3 M - Day Walk
Blackmans Crown
Blackmans Crown is near Capertee on the Castlereagh Highway, 45 km N of Lithgow. It is a prominent rocky crown with excellent views of the surrounding countryside. The walk is about 6 km but there is plenty of rock scrambling involved. Care must be exercised when traversing exposed ledges. This is an ideal walk for new members.
Map: Capertee

Sat - 03-Apr-2021
4 MH - Pack Walk
Great South West Walk, Victoria
Portland, Victoria - This walk was supposed to take place last April but COVID-19 put a stop to it. I am going to try again this year: 3-17 April, 2021.The trip was full so preference is given to those who were ready to go last year. However, as circumstances change some may not be able to come along this year. The Great South West Walk: Pack Walk over 14 days & 252km (plus 1 rest day- depending on whether we fly or drive to Portland)) that begins and ends in Portland, Victoria. This unforgettable experience winds around 3 National Parks, hardwood forests, the pristine Glenelg River, the picturesque township of Nelson, aboriginal heritage sites, the mighty Southern Ocean and vast sand dunes, sandy bays and beaches, rugged cliffs, freshwater lakes, the Cape Nelson Lighthouse, the stunning Bridgewater Bay and amongst a diversity of natural fauna and flora including Blue and Southern Right Whales, a mainland Fur Seal colony and Australia's only mainland Australasian Gannet rookery and much more. Max. 8 walkers. This walk fits nicely into the April 2021 school hols: We might fly into Avalon Airport and get transport to Portland (cost TBA). Food 'drop' and gas collection half way point at Nelson where we might have a rest day. Joint walk with the Bush Club and SBW. For more details contact leader. Map: The Great South West Walk
Map: Not Specified

Fri - 02-Apr-2021
3 M - Canyon
Dargans Creek Canyon
Dargans is a short canyon near Bell with no abseils. Rock scrambling, wading and short swims are involved. The exit involves climbing next to a waterfall using a fixed rope, then climbing a spiked tree.(see photos). Members must be comfortable with exposure and physically capable of performing these activities. The constricted section of the canyon has excellent photo opportunities.
Map: Hartley

Fri - 02-Apr-2021
3 M - Day Walk
Mt York Cox Road Lawson Long Alley Loop
Meet at Lawson Long Alley Car Park (Mt York) walk to Mt York - descend via Cox Road to Hartley Valley and return via Lawson Long Alley track
Map: Hartley

Wed - 31-Mar-2021
4 MHX - Day Walk
Beyond Nirvana Caves
Park at GR 727 932 on Mountain Lagoon Road. Walk north along Nirvana Ridge on an old fire trail, then off track to Nirvana Caves. Next, traverse underneath the cliff line to the south west, then south, looking for more caves. The exit point back to Nirvana Ridge will depend on available time. Once on top, follow the ridge back to the car. About 12 km. Partly exploratory. Scrambling and exposure.
Map: Mountain Lagoon

Mon - 29-Mar-2021
3 MX - Day Walk
A section of Bruces Walk Wentworth Falls to Bullaburra
This walk was cancelled last Monday due to flooding. Our fourth and final section of Bruces walk. From Wentworth Falls to Bullaburra, including side tracks. Plenty of old infrastructure of the 1930 walk to see on this section. A car shuffle will occur.
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 27-Mar-2021
5 H - Abseiling
Kalang Falls abseil - Kanangra Walls Cancelled - Weather
There are 10 abseils with the longest being 50 metres, and 6 of them over 30 metres. Most abseils are exposed with great views. A lot of rock scrambling but the trip is dry but you may get your feet wet in one or two spots. A very steep and long climb out. A long day involved and an early start will be needed.
Map: Kanangra

Mon - 22-Mar-2021
3 MX - Day Walk
A section of Bruces Walk Cancelled - Weather
Our fourth and final section of Bruces walk. From Wentworth Falls to Bullaburra, including side tracks. Plenty of old infrastructure of the 1930 walk to see on this section. A car shuffle will occur.
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 20-Mar-2021
4 MH - Day Walk
Bungleboori Ridges Cancelled - Weather
After leaving cars (ideally, 4WDs) near the Dumbano Fire Trail, we will follow ridges on the South and then North sides of Crystal Pools Canyon down to Bungleboori Creek. There are several potential routes back to the cars, but if we're feeling energetic we could explore the amazing pagodas and slots below spot height 1032 on the way back.
Map: Wollangambe

Sat - 20-Mar-2021
4 MH - Day Walk
Mt Hay, Boorong crags
We drive to the end of Mt Hay Rd and then walk over Mt Hay to the ridge on the other side. We follow this to a group of interesting rocks with great views over the Grose Valley.
Map: Katoomba

Tue - 16-Mar-2021
3 M - Abseiling
Better Offer Canyon
Better Offer is a grade 3 (Jamieson) off Bells Line of Road. It is a short day and suitable for less experienced canyoners. There are four abseils, including a 25m abseil in a waterfall. There is one chest deep pool. We walk in along Dalpura Ridge and exit up the Birrabang Creek exit with excellent views of the Grose Valley
Map: Mt Wilson

Mon - 15-Mar-2021
3 MX - Day Walk
Narrow Neck Re-visited 1
An exploration of some of the features of Mitchells Creek catchment, above Coachwood Pass, walking from and returning to the locked gate on Narrow Neck. Expect some off track walking and some rock scrambling. The distance is about 12km with total ascents expected to be about 300m.
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 13-Mar-2021
4 MH - Creek
Deep Pass and River Caves
Our annual visit to these creeks no full length wet suit needed but plenty of wading . There are fixed ropes in Nayook Creek - hope they are still there!! Some deep wading and full emersion if you slip in .
Map: Wollangambe

Sat - 13-Mar-2021
5 H - Day Walk
Newnes State Forest and Blue Mountains National Park: Cerberus Canyon, Cerberus Falls and Hair of the Dog Ravine
Half of this walk is in an unprotected area of Newnes SF; the other half is in the Blue Mountains NP. The straight boundary line, drawn by politicians, makes no sense when it comes to natural beauty. See it for yourself! Park the vehicles at the locked gate at the end of Waratah Ridge Road. Walk into and down the Hair of the Dog Ravine at GR 493 038. After exiting the ravine, make our way west to Cerberus Creek and its canyon. Go through the canyon, visiting Cerberus Falls and exit at about GR 472 038. Walk on the road back to the cars. About 10 km.
Map: Wollangambe

Sat - 13-Mar-2021
4 MH - Abseiling
Pipeline Canyon - Wolgan Valley
Pipeline Canyon is at Newnes in the Wolgan Valley. It is suitable for less experienced canyoners. There is a steep climb up the Pipeline Track. We will be entering the canyon via the top entry point of the creek. The canyon has about 6 abseils, ranging from 5 metres to 22 metres. At the end of the canyon we have an additional abseil which is 38 metres. We then descend straight down the hill and across the Wolgan River and then back to the cars. Wet suits may be required for a few short swims and deep wades. Abseils are suitable for all members who have done the training sessions.
Map: Mt Morgan

Mon - 08-Mar-2021
3 MX - Day Walk
A section of Bruces Walk
Our third section of Bruces walk. From Mount Hay Road, Leura to Wentworth Falls, including side tracks. A car shuffle will occur. This will be a half day walk
Map: Katoomba

Sun - 07-Mar-2021
4 MH - Day Walk
Pyramid Rock and Carne Creek Caves
This walk is suitable for experienced walkers. Pyramid Rock is situated in Carne Creek.. We drive to the Newnes Plateau and park on Fire Trail 7. Our walk takes us to some huge caves in the cliffs, including the Rain Cave, the Gemini Cave and the Double Arch Cave. There are some exposed ledges. We descend into the valley and walk to the base of Pyramid Rock. Climbing to the top of the rock is optional. We return through Miracle Pass.
Map: Cullen Bullen

Sat - 06-Mar-2021
4 MH - Day Walk
Haystack Ridge
An out and back walk from Bald Hills across Mt Haystack to Haystack Neck. After the fires there will be interesting views over the Bowens Creek and Mill Creek. 9km, 6km along an old fire trail, 3km off track with scrambling and some thick bush. Elevation gain/loss: 450m.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sat - 27-Feb-2021
4 MH - Creek
Upper Hat Hill Creek Deferred
This beautiful creek in Blackheath is a grade 4 creek walk. The walk is only 3 km, and begins on a well-formed bush track that takes us to cliffs above Hat Hill Creek. Once we descend into in the creek, we look around the amphitheatre then make our way upstream to Robb Ave. On the way there is some very pleasant creek walking with cliffs, pagodas, pools and small waterfalls. There are some rough sections and we cross the creek several times. A car shuffle will be required. Map: Mt Wilson
Map: Mt Wilson

Sun - 21-Feb-2021
4 MH - Day Walk
Exploring Gooches crater Deferred
This is a walk to an interesting natural phenomenon, surrounded by stunning rock formations. The route into the area will be decided by the weather.
Map: Wollangambe

Fri - 19-Feb-2021
5 H - Day Walk
Exploratory bushwalk or non-abseiling canyon Deferred
Depending on the weather, either a walk exploring the amazing country in the Wollemi/Gardens of Stone or a non-abseiling/swimming canyon walk will be offered. Put this date in your diary and watch Short Notice Walk announcements for exact details.
Map: Not Specified

Sat - 13-Feb-2021
4 MHX - Creek
Beefsteak Creek and Little River Deferred
A walk and wade day in the Hampton Forest, pleasant creeks which haven't been burnt out. 4 WD needed for access.
Map: Hampton

Sat - 13-Feb-2021
3 M - Day Walk
Fortress Ridge including Darks Cave Deferred
Great views of the Grose and a lovely place to see the bushfire regeneration. Fortress Ridge is an easy walk on track (2EM - 3 km return) however the path to Dark's cave is a bit of a scramble with a creek crossing to navigate. 150 m descent/ ascent. Total walk less than 7 km.
Map: Katoomba

Sun - 07-Feb-2021
4 MHX - Day Walk
Donkey Mt Cancelled - Fire Damage
When I visited Donkey Mt in 2020 it was badly fire affected. This is a exploratory trip to see if the bush has recovered. Donkey Mt in the Wolgan Valley has been described as ab adventure playground for bushwalkers. There are passages, pagodas and cracks to explore. Access and exit are via steep slopes. Experienced walkers only. Booking open on 1st February 2021.
Map: Cullen Bullen

Sat - 06-Feb-2021
5 H - Day Walk
Newnes State Forest: Howling Arch, the Pool of Diana and the Pool of Aphrodite Deferred
Find out for yourself why this unique area, currently under threat, must be protected, now. Drive to approximately GR 468 058 on the Deep Pass Trail. Head down a spur and visit Howling Arch, an amazing natural feature. Enter Dingo Creek and progress downstream for about 1.3km, visiting the scenic Pool of Diana on the way, continue underneath high cliffs to GR 476 048, the start of a north, north west trending ravine. Follow the ravine up, visiting the spectacular Pool of Aphrodite along the way, to eventually reconnect with the trail and the vehicles. About 6km. All off track, some rock scrambling and exposure.
Map: Not Specified

Fri - 05-Feb-2021
5 H - Day Walk
Exploratory bushwalk or non-abseiling canyon Deferred
Depending on the weather, either a walk exploring the amazing country in the Wollemi/Gardens of Stone or a non-abseiling/swimming canyon walk will be offered. Put this date in your diary and watch Short Notice Walk announcements for exact details.
Map: Not Specified

Thu - 04-Feb-2021
2 EM - Day Walk
Under cliff over cliff Wentworth falls Deferred
Easy to medium half day walk along beautifully constructed tracks Start and finish at the conservation hut where, Covid allowing, we’ll have coffee or a light lunch
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 30-Jan-2021
4 MH - Creek
Du Faurs Creek Deferred
Enter by Banksia Creek to Clatterteeth Canyon and then down the Creek to exit at Joes - a full day but a wonderful creek. Lot of deep swims and wades wet suit essential.. As all creeks - weather dependent
Map: Mt Wilson

Fri - 29-Jan-2021
5 H - Day Walk
Exploratory bushwalk or non-abseiling canyon Deferred
Depending on the weather, either a walk exploring the amazing country in the Wollemi/Gardens of Stone or a non-abseiling/swimming canyon walk will be offered. Put this date in your diary and watch Short Notice Walk announcements for exact details.
Map: Not Specified

Thu - 28-Jan-2021
3 M - Day Walk
Navigation using Phones Deferred
A training course on the use of phone GPS and Maps for navigation at Bluegum Swamp, Winmalee. Marchelle will be co-leading. The training will cover: - Use of phone Apps to work out where you are, to find waypoints and to follow a track - How to find co-ordinates on a phone app and relate that to a topographical map - Precautions and limitations of using phones and GPS devices in general - How save and share waypoint and track files (GPX files) If you already have a navigation app you are welcome to use it. Otherwise we will be recommending Gaia for the training. We will plan to do a circuit of the Bluegum Swamp and Shaws Ridge trails which will be up to 9km.
Map: Springwood

Sun - 24-Jan-2021
5 H - Canyon
Lower Bell Creek Deferred
Lower Bell Creek is a classic canyon, rated 10/10 by Tom Brennan. There are rope assisted climb downs and long tunnel swims. The canyon formations are amazing. We set up are car shuffle and begin at Watertrough Hill. A pleasant walk across the ridges brings us to Belfry Canyon which leads into Bell Canyon. When we reach Du Faurs Creek we swim upstream to Joes Canyon and climb to the Mt Wilson Fire Station. It is a long demanding day., Bookings open 18 Jan 2021.
Map: Wollangambe

Sat - 23-Jan-2021
5 H - Creek
Odin track via Victoria Brook and Rientz mine Deferred
We’ll walk in via Ridgewell road and visit the mine then make our way down to the junction of Victoria Brook and Victoria Creek. Then walk up the brook going up the waterfall before exploring the ravines above it. Then an easy exit via the spiked tree and Odin track. A car shuffle will be required and definately wet feet, maybe more.
Map: Mt Wilson

Wed - 20-Jan-2021
5 H - Day Walk
Exploratory bushwalk or non-abseiling canyon Deferred
Depending on the weather, either a walk exploring the amazing country in the Wollemi/Gardens of Stone or a non-abseiling/swimming canyon walk will be offered. Put this date in your diary and watch Short Notice Walk announcements for exact details.
Map: Not Specified

Sun - 17-Jan-2021
3 M - Day Walk
Hassans Walls Explore Deferred
There is lots to explore and we will decide on the area based on the weather/ flora available as some areas are exposed and some sheltered. Further details to be provided the week before via Google Groups. Not more than 15 km in day and at an easy pace, some scrambling possible and 200 m ascent/descent. Check out: Painter, K "Hassans Walls Prized and Pillaged" for photos
Map: Lithgow

Sat - 16-Jan-2021
3 MX - Day Walk
Lockleys Pylon, Yardleys cave Deferred
Classic walk from Mt Hay Rd along ridge to Grose Valley. Then along cliff line to Du Faurs Head and around a gully to Yardleys cave. This is an excellent camping cave that overlooks the valley.
Map: Katoomba

Fri - 15-Jan-2021
5 H - Day Walk
Exploratory bushwalk or non-abseiling canyon Deferred
Depending on the weather, either a walk exploring the amazing country in the Wollemi/Gardens of Stone or a non-abseiling/swimming canyon walk will be offered. Put this date in your diary and watch Short Notice Walk announcements for exact details.
Map: Not Specified

Mon - 11-Jan-2021
3 MX - Day Walk
A section of Bruces Walk at North Katoomba Deferred
From Minnehaha Reserve, a track will be followed to intersect Bruces Walk at the top of a ridge, than follow Bruces Walk down and up Katoomba Creek to Medlow Bath Trig Station at Katoomba Airfield. A car shuffle will occur.
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 09-Jan-2021
5 H - Day Walk
Newnes State Forest and Blue Mountains National Park: Cerberus Canyon, Cerberus Falls and Hair of the Dog Ravine Deferred
Half of this walk is in an unprotected area of Newnes SF; the other half is in the Blue Mountains NP. The straight boundary line, drawn by politicians, makes no sense when it comes to natural beauty. See it for yourself! Park the vehicles at the locked gate at the end of Waratah Ridge Road. Walk into and down the Hair of the Dog Ravine at GR 493 038. After exiting the ravine, make our way west to Cerberus Creek and its canyon. Go through the canyon, visiting Cerberus Falls and exit at about GR 472 038. Walk on the road back to the cars. About 10k.
Map: Wollangambe

Sat - 09-Jan-2021
4 MHX - Creek
Upper Bell Creek Deferred
Beautiful Creek, deep pools canyon cliffs and yabbies' a lot of swims so wet suit essential as water is cold
Map: Mt Wilson

Thu - 07-Jan-2021
4 MH - Canyon
Galah Canyon Deferred
Galah canyon is a great canyon in the lower reaches of Rocky Creek, Newnes Plateau. It has about 7 or so abseils up to 35m and a magnificent cathedral-like chamber at the end. There is some wading involved so a wetsuit is optional, and there is a bit of a scramble at the exit (with a rope for assistance). It is a longish day with about 12km walk. It may be lightly raining according to the current weather report.
Map: Rock Hill

Mon - 04-Jan-2021
3 MX - Day Walk
River Caves, via Glowworm Tunnel Road, Newnes Plateau
On the 21 December we had to do Plan B as not the best weather. So on the program again. Road access not suitable for conventional vehicles. A short walk in distance less than 5km but all off track. Walking in the River Caves water up to thighs. Up their as one of the best iconic water walks. We will have two groups as large interest in this walk.
Map: Rock Hill

Sat - 02-Jan-2021
3 MX - Pack Walk
Bell To Wollangambe Crater-Return Cancelled - Weather
Bell Station-Centre of The Unuverse Pagoda-Wollangambe River-Crater Scenic walk with some nice pagodas. Camp by the Wollangambe river Joint activity Bush Club
Map: Wollangambe

Sat - 02-Jan-2021
3 M - Canyon
Wollangambe One
This is a blue mountains classic! Come and join us on a lazy day floating or swimming down the Wollangambe at Mt Wilson. There are long swims and rock scrambling below magnificent cliff walls. No abseils or ropes are involved. The day ends with a steep climb out and return to Mt Wilson. Bookings open on 28 Dec 2020.
Map: Wollangambe

Thu - 31-Dec-2020
4 MHX - Day Walk
Nayook Creek
From the gate at Natural Bridge on the Mount Cameron Trail, walk NE to 512103. Explore pagodas and slots. Return either using the gully to the N or via the Yah Hut ridge. Exploratory for the leader.
Map: Rock Hill

Tue - 29-Dec-2020
3 M - Canyon
Twister and Rocky Creek Canyons
Twister Canyon is a short but enjoyable tributary of Rocky Creek. While not being particularly spectacular, it features numerous jumps and slides. After a short walk we enter Rocky Creek canyon. Rocky Creek Canyon is a long, dark and spectacular canyon in the South Wolgan area. Neither of these canyons require abseiling, although there are a few jumps in Twister. I will bring a rope in case you want to be lowered. This trip will be subject to weather and we will make a final decision a few days before. NOTE THAT DUE TO THE COVID OUTBREAK THIS CANYON MAY NOT GO AHEAD. PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU ARE INTERESTED BUT IT WILL NEED TO BE RECONFIRMED A FEW DAYS PRIOR ***
Map: Rock Hill

Mon - 28-Dec-2020
3 MX - Day Walk
Top of Minnehaha Falls and Bruces walk connector, Katoomba
Our walk 6 December to Minnehaha Falls we noticed there is a large waterfall into a sandy base above the main falls, short hard scramble. Then once back up we will check out the connection track from base of the main falls to Bruces Walk.
Map: Katoomba

Mon - 21-Dec-2020
3 MX - Day Walk
River Caves, via Glowworm Tunnel Road, Newnes Plateau
Road access not suitable for conventional vehicles. A short walk in distance less than 5km but all off track. Walking in the River Caves water up to thighs. This is one of my favorite and best water walks through stunning sculptured cliff overhangs.
Map: Rock Hill

Sat - 19-Dec-2020
3 M - Day Walk
Megalong Valley to Cox River (Bowtells Swing Bridge) & optional Xmas winery visit Cancelled - Weather
15 km return and 310 m ascent/ 610 descent with a fun swing bridge and a swim. Meet at Megalong Road Carpark 8 am walk to River for a swim and a leisurely morning tea about 10.30. Ross & I will depart 11.30 as we have booked in for Christmas at Megalong Creek Estate (MCE) winery (on the walk back) - free music event with wine and food to buy. If you want to join us at MCE you must book for CoVid safe reasons (www.megalongcreekestate.com)
Map: Hampton

Sat - 19-Dec-2020
4 MH - Creek
Wollangambe 2 Cancelled - Weather
Take time to float/wade down this beautiful stretch of the Wollangambe River. Wetsuits recommended, lilos an option
Map: Mt Wilson

Fri - 18-Dec-2020
5 H - Day Walk
Exploratory bushwalk or non-abseiling canyon
Depending on the weather, either a walk exploring the amazing country in the Wollemi/Gardens of Stone or a non-abseiling/swimming canyon walk will be offered. Put this date in your diary and watch Short Notice Walk announcements for exact details.
Map: Not Specified

Mon - 14-Dec-2020
3 MX - Day Walk
Waterfalls Lawson south side
There are five major waterfalls at Lawson, south, we will endeavour to see as much of them as possible.
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 12-Dec-2020
4 MH - Day Walk
Dumbano-Bungleboori traverse
After dropping a car at the Waratah Ridge Road carpark, drive to Girdwood Ridge. Follow a series of ridges NNE to the Bungleboori. Cross the Bungleboori and head E then N to the Waratah Ridge trail and walk back to the first car.
Map: Wollangambe

Sat - 12-Dec-2020
3 M - Day Walk
Leura Rainforest & Waterfalls
Visit Leura rainforest & waterfalls via the Federal Pass & Dardanelless Pass. (This walk replaces the originally advertised activity Shaw's and Springwood ridges which are closed for track maintenance)
Map: Katoomba

Fri - 11-Dec-2020
5 H - Day Walk
Exploratory bushwalk or non-abseiling canyon
Depending on the weather, either a walk exploring the amazing country in the Wollemi/Gardens of Stone or a non-abseiling/swimming canyon walk will be offered. Put this date in your diary and watch Short Notice Walk announcements for exact details.
Map: Not Specified

Thu - 10-Dec-2020
4 MH - Canyon
Whungee Wheengee Canyon
Spectacular deep dark Canyon in the Wollangambe area. A sustained and tricky canyon with up to 6 abseils and a fair bit of scrambling. Can involve duck unders in dark tunnel sections if the water level is high so you need to be prepared for this. Finishes in the Wollangambe with a fairly long swim/creek walk back to the exit.
Map: Wollangambe

Wed - 09-Dec-2020
3 M - Day Walk
Butter box point and Mt hay
Half day easy/moderate walk to look at wildflowers as I believe Christmas bells and pink flannel flowers are out. Also great views
Map: Mt Wilson

Mon - 07-Dec-2020
3 MX - Day Walk
Minnehaha Falls, Katoomba
Explore the area around the top and bottom of Minnehaha Falls. The weather will decide if we want to get wet or not.
Map: Katoomba

Sun - 06-Dec-2020
3 M - Canyon
Hat Hill Canyon
This walk replaces Jim O'Keeffe's walk which has been postponed. There are no abseils. It is suitable for children with adventurous spirits. Hat Hill is a walk and swim canyon at Blackheath. There are swims, wades and small waterfalls to negotiate. You experience is a variety of scenery - mossy creeks, coachwood forest and canyon walls.The canyon ends where the creek plummets into the Grose Valley.There are excellent views from "spa" pools at the cliff edge. Wet suits are recommended.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sun - 06-Dec-2020
4 MH - Creek
Upper Hat Hill Creek Deferred
This beautiful creek in Blackheath is a grade 4 creek walk. The walk is only 3 km, and begins on a well-formed bush track that takes us to cliffs above Hat Hill Creek. From here we look down on a large cave or amphitheatre. Descending the cliffs is made easier with three fixed ropes used by rock climbers. The descent can be made without using the ropes. Once in the creek we look around the amphitheatre then make our way upstream to Robb Ave. On the way there is some very pleasant creek walking with cliffs, pagodas, pools and small waterfalls. There are some rough sections and we cross the creek several times. Gloves must be worn if descending the ropes. Map: Mt Wilson
Map: Mt Wilson

Sat - 05-Dec-2020
4 MH - Creek
Ethereal Canyon/creek
Re-scheduled due to weather last time. A walk through canyon/creek. Some water may be ankle high. Accessed off the Waratah Ridge Road, rated Grade 4 as it is all off-track. Spectacular undercuts, canyon sections and a waterfall. After walking through the canyon/creek we will walk back to the cars via the cliff lines above.
Map: Wollangambe

Sat - 05-Dec-2020
5 H - Day Walk
Newnes State Forest: Devils Throat and the Cliffs of Camp Creek
Find out why this area, which is part of the Gardens of Stone region, must be protected for future generations. Park cars at GR 435 069 and drop down into Camp Creek. Follow it, inspecting overhangs along the way, then scramble above the amazing Devils Throat. Next, descend back into Camp Creek and head east into the gorge and visit the Devils Throat from the bottom. Depending on the time, return via a pass to the south or via East Creek. Scrambling and exposure. About 6km.
Map: Cullen Bullen

Sat - 05-Dec-2020
4 MH - Abseiling
Waterfall of Moss Canyon - Mt Wilson
This canyon involves 8 abseils, with the longest about 20 metres. Most of the abseils have tricky starts and involve overhangs. There is only two pools of water about knee deep in the canyon. On the way to the canyon a short swim is required to cross the Wollangambe and then a 4 metre rope climb. At the end of the canyon there is a 200m stretch on the Wollangambe that requires walking, wading and swimming.
Map: Mt Wilson

Thu - 03-Dec-2020
5 H - Day Walk
Green Gully Cliff Walk
From Newnes follow the Pipeline Track to the saddle at approximately GR 447 274. Leave the track and head north along the cliff edge for about 2.5km to GR 437 295 and then attempt to walk out to the end of the spur at GR 435 300. Exposure, pagodas, rugged terrain. Possible return via Petries Gully. Scrambling and exposure. About 15 km. 5M, M333E.
Map: Ben Bullen

Thu - 03-Dec-2020
3 M - Abseiling
Serendipity Canyon
Serendipity Canyon is at Mt Wilson. It is a short canyon, with 5 abseils suitable for less experienced canyoners. There are several short abseils, the longest is 15m. Swimming is involved. At the end of the canyon we visit a glowworm cave. It is not a long day..
Map: Mt Wilson

Mon - 30-Nov-2020
3 MX - Day Walk
Bald Head, Blackheath
From Hat Hill follow Bald Hill Ridge to the northern end at Bald Hill. Views over the Grose.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sun - 29-Nov-2020
3 M - Canyon
Twister and Rocky Creek
High temperatures are forecast for Sunday so cool off with an adventure in Rocky Creek. The canyon is magnificent with deep, dark canyon sections and towering walls. There are no abseils. We begin with a short walk from the car park to Twister Canyon which has pools, slides and several short jumps. A pleasant walk along the creek brings us to Rocky Creek canyon with slides and some long swims. Negotiating the "washing machine" adds to the excitement. It is a cold canyon so wet suits are required. The canyon formations are exceptional. Eventually we emerge from the darkness to a sandy beach for lunch then we return swimming up Rocky Creek and walking to the car park.
Map: Rock Hill

Sat - 28-Nov-2020
4 MHX - Day Walk
Hailstorm retreat and scatters canyon Newnes
Interesting walk among pagodas and canyon sections. Possible rock scrambling and wet feet
Map: Wollangambe

Fri - 27-Nov-2020
5 H - Day Walk
Gardens of Stone National Park: From Flying Carpet to Michelangelo Cave via Koan Pass
Park one car at GR 423 131 off Glowworm Tunnel Road and another car at GR 415 150. From the second car, descend The Gurgler and visit the Flying Carpet. Walk back underneath the cliff line to Koan Cave, then continue south via Koan Pass and above the cliff line, all the way to Michelangelo Cave. Visit Michaels Chair and re-connect with the first car. Partly exploratory. Scrambling and exposure. About 8 km.
Map: Cullen Bullen

Thu - 26-Nov-2020
4 MH - Abseiling
Upper Bowen Creek South Branch
This is a long day in very pleasant canyon near the Bells Line of Road. There are three abseils. South Branch has lots of swims and wades. You are in and out of the water moist of the day. The are some really nice dark canyon formations.
Map: Mt Wilson

Mon - 23-Nov-2020
3 MX - Day Walk
Headwaters Grose River and exploring pagodas
From Mount Victoria Cemetery walk downstream and check out the eastern cliff line. A car shuffle will be needed for this half day walk.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sun - 22-Nov-2020
5 H - Day Walk
Newnes State Forest: Point Green and Wolgan Falls
This is a walk in another spectacular, unprotected part of the Gardens of Stone region, currently under threat. We will visit Point Green and the Wolgan Falls, starting and finishing on Sunnyside Ridge Road. Find out why this area must be protected for future generations. About 9 km. Scrambling and exposure.
Map: Cullen Bullen

Sat - 21-Nov-2020
4 MH - Abseiling
Geronimo Canyon - Mt Wilson
Geronimo is a nice canyon with about 5 abseils, the longest being 15 metres. There are a few wades and swims involved.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sat - 21-Nov-2020
3 MX - Day Walk
Ikara Head Circuit
We begin at the Ikara Head trail, passing via Girraween Cave to meet a rock climbers track. This section includes off track scrambling to reach our mystery lunch spot. Return is a steep scramble back to a fire trail.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sat - 21-Nov-2020
5 HX - Creek
Valley of the Waters to Kedumba Pass via Jamison Creek
A summer wade, no wet suits or lilos just wet feet. Down from the Valley of the Waters to Prince Regents Glen and then trackless following Jamison Creek to Kedumba Pass. and up and out. Lovely creek,and views and some difficult terrain as we go down. A longish day
Map: Jamison

Fri - 20-Nov-2020
3 M - Abseiling
Empress anmd Fortress Canyons
We begin with Empress, at Wentworth Falls, with some short swims and jumps, ending in a lovely abseil down Empress Falls. Morning tea will be at the Conservation Hut then we drive out on the Mt Hay Road, Leura, to the Fortress Ridge car park. We follow the ridge and descend into Fortress Creek for swims, wades and jumps. The is one short abseil. The canyon ends where Fortress Creek plunges into the Grose Valley. Here there are delightful “spa” pools on the edge of the cliffs. We return along Fortress Ridge.
Map: Katoomba

Fri - 20-Nov-2020
5 H - Day Walk
Wollemi National Park: Green Gully Divide
Park on the eastern edge of the Little Capertee Creek Camping Ground and make our way up Petries Gully, all the way to the dazzling Rainbow Caves at GR 438 295 and, if time permits, spot height 958. Return via a narrow ridge above Green Gully with breathtaking views onto the Wolgan-Capertee Divide along the way. About 13 km. Partly exploratory. Scrambling and exposure.
Map: Not Specified

Mon - 16-Nov-2020
3 M - Canyon
Death Trap Canyon and Rocky Creek Canyon
Despite its name Death Trap is a lovely canyon. It is a short canyon with one abseil and lots of slides and jumps that are so much fun. In the afternoon we drive a short distance to Rocky Creek for long dark swims in an excellent canyon formation. A wet suit is required. Both canyons are on the Newnes Plateau.
Map: Rock Hill

Mon - 16-Nov-2020
4 MH - Day Walk
Monkey Ropes Creek, Lincoln Creek, Erskine Creek
Gully - Monkey Ropes Creek - Lincoln Creek - Erskine Creek – Pisgah Rock
Map: Penrith

Sun - 15-Nov-2020
3 M - Abseiling
Abseil Training Fun with Ropes
On Sunday 15 Nov, Guy Wittig and I will hold an abseil training session at Mt Boyce near Blackheath. The training will begin at 1.30pm.. The area has plenty of bolted anchors and is a short walk from the car park. Guy likes to call the day “fun with ropes”. You will certainly enjoy yourself. You can learn to prussik or practise your prussik skills. I will have a VT prussik for you to try. Guy wants to concentrate on self rescue and rescue skills. There will be opportunities to try out different descenders and hand ascenders, learn knots and rig anchors. We will set up releasable anchors, lowering and haul systems. You can also “do your own thing” as in past sessions. Ropes will be provided. You can bring your own ropes, extra carabiners and usual equipment. A rope protector or piece of carpet is a good idea. Some of the edges wear ropes. Members attending this training must have experience in canyoning. Please book in.
Map: Katoomba

Sun - 15-Nov-2020
3 MX - Day Walk
Springwood Circuit Via Numantia Falls
Springwood-Sassafras Gully-Springwood Ridge-Numantia Falls-Glenbrook Creek-Perch Ponds-Magdala Gully-Springwood. Scenic walk mainly through rainforest, following creeks, gullys. Beautiful waterfalls, rock overhangs, aboriginal engravings, art cave. Some easy scrambling, offtrack. Joint activity Bush Club . .
Map: Springwood

Sat - 14-Nov-2020
3 M - Abseiling
Water Dragon Canyon - Mt Wilson
Water Dragon, aka Kelvinator, is a very good canyon with a couple of interesting abseils, longest being 15 metres. There are only a couple of short swims in the canyon, but some very long ones down the Wollangambe to get back to the exit. Wetsuits and floatation recommended.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sat - 14-Nov-2020
3 MX - Day Walk
Yileen Spur
This walk comes in from Bells Line of Rd and explores the northern side of the Grose Valley. We head down a ridge to a beautiful creek which I plan to explore. Then there’s a short climb up to Yileen spur which we follow to the cliff over the Grose, just west of Pierces pass which is below us. Spectacular views and hopefully wildflowers.
Map: Mt Wilson

Thu - 12-Nov-2020
5 H - Day Walk
Exploratory bushwalk or non-abseiling canyon
Depending on the weather, either a walk exploring the amazing country in the Wollemi/Gardens of Stone or a non-abseiling/swimming canyon walk will be offered. Put this date in your diary and watch Short Notice Walk announcements for exact details.
Map: Not Specified

Tue - 10-Nov-2020
3 M - Abseiling
Abseil Training for Beginners
On Tues 10 Nov, Sue Goddard and I will conduct a basic abseil training day at Mt Boyce near Blackheath. The training is intended for members who walk with UBMBC and who have not abseiled previously. It will cover ropes, anchors and equipment, safety checks, personal anchors, abseiling technique and belay. The venue at Mt Boyce, has progressively steeper cliff faces that are ideal for training. Following the training we drive to Medlow Bath where we put skills into practice in Juggler Canyon – which has 6 abseils. The day ends with a lovely walk through part of the Grand Canyon. Members who complete the training successfully will be approved to attend easier canyons on the UBMBC program. Before booking in for this training please read Guidelines for Canyoners on the UBMBC website. Members must have done at least one bushwalk with UBMBC and have completed a non-abseil canyon (eg Grand Canyon, Wollangambe One, Du Faurs, Rocky Creek ) Canyoning involves carrying wet suits, ropes and equipment as well as scrambling over slippery rocks and climbing in steep, rugged country. A suitable level of fitness and agility is required.
Map: Katoomba

Mon - 09-Nov-2020
3 MX - Day Walk
Gemini Falls, Woodford
From 1889 Gemini Falls was known and advertised as a waterfall to visit, but by the late 1920s no mention was ever made of them again. Exploratory walk to find and identify them. Mostly off track.
Map: Katoomba

Sun - 08-Nov-2020
4 MHX - Day Walk
Pisgah Rock-Erskine Creek Circuit
Monkey Ropes-Lincoln & Erskine Creeks-Dadder Cave-Ridge above Dadder Cave-Erskine Creek-Pisgah Rock. Classic challenging lower Blue Mountains walk. Beautiful rainforest, pristine streams, rockpools, stunning ridgetop gorge views.Cooling dip at beautiful Blands Pool. . Rock-hopping, rock scrambling. Some offtrack- exposure.Steep ascents/descents. Suitable for fit agile adventurous bushwalkers Joint activity Bush Club Distance 10 km. Total ascents 500 metres
Map: Penrith

Sat - 07-Nov-2020
3 M - Abseiling
Bowen Creek North Canyon - Mt Wilson
This is an exciting canyon at Mt Wilson. There are three abseils up to 15 metres . The lower canyon has excellent canyon formations. Wading and swimming is involved. Entry is via a beautiful rain forest gully and the exit is via a short rope assisted climb.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sat - 07-Nov-2020
5 HX - Day Walk
Dicksonia Ravine
Renewing our acquaintance with this lovely tree fern valley and hoping the fires missed it.; off the lower Deep Creek road
Map: Cullen Bullen

Sat - 07-Nov-2020
5 HX - Pack Walk
Wollemi National Park: Hefrons Hole and Beyond Full
A 3-day base camp walk. This walk is full. Private property access permission has been arranged. Day 1: Drive to the locked gate at GR 315 765. Take all our gear from the cars and walk to the cave where we will camp for two nights. With a day pack, climb Merrits Gap, GR 326 791, and then Murder Mountain, GR 330 792. Descend north east towards Growee River, if time allows. Return back to the base. About 6 km, depending on the terrain. Day 2: From our camp site, walk west and use Spring Log Pass to climb Spring Log Ridge. Follow it north as far the time allows, then descend east into Paradise Gully or Growee River and return to camp. Depending on the terrain, could be about 12 km. Day 3: Break camp, take our gear and walk 1.5 km back on Growee Trail to about GR 320 773. Leave our gear and take the water for the day. Walk west on a rough trail for about 500 m, then, at about GR 315 775, climb and explore the ridge running north, north west as far as GR 302 797. From here, descend into a canyon like gully to the north east and attempt to negotiate it all the way back south east towards the start of the walk, adjusting for the terrain as necessary. Depending on the terrain, could be about 10 km. Exploratory. Scrambling and exposure.
Map: Not Specified

Mon - 02-Nov-2020
3 MX - Day Walk
Asgard Head
We will explore the remains of the building infrastructure near Asgard Swamp before checking out the view over Victoria Falls from Asgard Head
Map: Mt Wilson

Sun - 01-Nov-2020
3 MX - Abseiling
Juggler and grand canyons
2 canyons in one day! 6 abseils in Juggler, a dry canyon, and then on the walk out, a detour to Grand canyon. One abseil in and then a wet walk through a beautiful canyon.
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 31-Oct-2020
5 H - Day Walk
Newnes State Forest: Cathedral Cave and Diamond Cavern
This is a walk in the unprotected part of the Gardens of Stone region, currently threatened by coal mining. We will visit two stunning locations – Cathedral Cave and Diamond Cavern, starting and finishing on a firetrail off Sunnyside Ridge Road. Find out why this area must be protected for future generations. All off track. About 6 km. Scrambling and exposure.
Map: Cullen Bullen

Sat - 31-Oct-2020
4 MH - Day Walk
Romp with the Norse gods
I am repeating this walk because a lot of people missed out. We drive down Victoria Falls Rd and visit Asgard Head, Thor Head and then go to Valhalla. Spectacular views of the Grose Valley.
Map: Mt Wilson

Fri - 30-Oct-2020
5 HX - Day Walk
Wollemi National Park: More of The Labyrinth
Park at Wolgan Road and go through Minotaur Lair to Point Sol. Continue east, then north, exploring high pagodas around the cliff edge. Then walk west to the central spine and have a look at the blind slot at GR 422 233. Head along the spine of the ridge and find a way down to the next level towards west at about GR 420 236. The idea is to explore the next 250 m of pagodas and slots, until 4170 E. Return either via Ariadne Thread or down to Minotaur Lair, if there is no time. Partly exploratory. Scrambling and exposure. About 8 km.
Map: Ben Bullen

Sun - 25-Oct-2020
4 MH - Day Walk
Valley of The Waters-Wentworth Falls
Darwins Walk-Rocket Point-Slacks Stairs-Hippocrene Falls-Vera Falls-Empress Falls-Conservation Hut- Wentworth Falls. Variation on this classic Blue Mountains walk. At intersection of Jamison & Valley of Waters Creeks we will explore downstream the beautiful green rainforest world for approx 1 km.. Stunning views, waterfalls, rainforest, rock-pools
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 24-Oct-2020
5 HX - Day Walk
Celestial Chamber and Scimitar Slot
First time back there after a number of years so it's 5HX as I don't know what we'll find. The walk starts from Deane's siding on the old coach road, first stop is the Scimitar Slot so named by Michael Keats due to it's shape, we descend through it to below the cliff line walking a wide ledge past numerous waterfalls before an easy climb brings us up for lunch. An easy return down via the "Coliseum" and a walk along to visit the "Celestial chamber" it's 80 metres wide and 30 metres high with interesting acoustics. We'll exit via a spiral chamber further along, there is also some Aboriginal art to view. Great views over Rock Island along the way.
Map: Rock Hill

Sat - 24-Oct-2020
4 MH - Day Walk
New walk from North Wentworth Falls to Bullaburra & return
Walk down to Blue Mts creek via the 132kv tower construction tracks & then a steep climb up to the end of Kent st. Then return via the historic Bruce's walk following the 66kv construction & maintenance track. In my opinion this is the best section of this walk & we will visit the old camping sites that the Linesmen's used from the 1930's to the end of the 2nd world war. I had the priviledge of reading the journal regarding the installation of this line before it was destroyed in a fire at Lawson substation around 1995. This walk has steep descents & climbs.
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 24-Oct-2020
5 H - Abseiling
Whungee Wheengee Canyon Cancelled - Weather
Whungee Wheenge Canyon - Mt Wilson. - Spectacular deep dark Canyon in the Wollangambe area. A sustained and tricky canyon with several tricky abseils and a fair bit of difficult scrambling. A bit of swimming in the canyon and a lot more in the Wollangambe. There are dark and difficult duck unders if the water level is high. A long day involved.
Map: Mt Wilson

Fri - 23-Oct-2020
5 HX - Pack Walk
Wollemi National Park: Bylong Labyrinth Adventure
This walk is full. Friday 23 October-Sunday 25 October 2020 Wollemi National Park: Lost Chord Crater, Lee Castle and Labyrinth Peak Map: Talooby A 3-day pack walk. Day 1: Park at Benjang Gap, GR 300 930. Walk to Lee Creek and then upstream to GR 328 904. Take water for the day (or carry from home). Climb to Lost Chord Crater, continue to Lost Chord Saddle, then climb south west on Tal Tal Ridge to about GR 339 890. Descend into a tributary of Lee Creek at about GR 330 884. Take water for high camp and next morning, climb westwards and camp at around GR 324 885. If time permits, explore high cliffs to the south east (we may even camp there). About 12 km. Day 2: Spend the morning exploring Lee Castle immediately to the north west, then descend into Lee Creek, take water for the high camp and the next day and climb to Labyrinth Saddle (eastern end) at GR 315 903. Then climb Labyrinth Peak, GR 311 901, to camp. About 6 km. Day 3: Return to the Labyrinth Saddle. Explore around to the north and north east. If possible, descend into a tributary of Lee Creek at around GR 316 909; otherwise return to the saddle and use a known descent route to the north. Walk back to the cars. About 8 km. Exploratory. Scrambling and exposure.
Map: Not Specified

Mon - 19-Oct-2020
3 MX - Day Walk
Carne Wall and Govett Gorge Views
Exploring the north east spur line from Mount Carne. With views above Carne Wall and overlooking Govett Gorge.
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 17-Oct-2020
3 MX - Day Walk
History walk North Linden
Visit Woodford weir on Bulls ck & the old pump site, before climbing up to the visit the historic Cox's road. Then down to visit Paradise pool & then walking up west towards Woodford. Then making our way off track down through the valley to the weir & return to the carpark.
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 17-Oct-2020
3 MX - Day Walk
Waratah Ridge Newnes
Follow ridge down to Bungleboori Creek and back. There are plenty of pagodas to explore and views to see
Map: Wollangambe

Fri - 16-Oct-2020
5 HX - Day Walk
Wollemi National Park: Glen Trig
Early start. From the Glen Davis Camping Ground, climb to the top of Glen Trig via the canyon route. Return the same way. Stunning views of the Wolgan and Capertee Valleys. Exploratory. Scrambling and exposure. About 6 km.
Map: Not Specified

Mon - 12-Oct-2020
3 MX - Day Walk
Mount Carne and Point Pilcher
Exploring for a 100 year old walking track at Mount Carne, Medlow Bath and walk towards Carne Wall for extensive views down Govett Gorge
Map: Katoomba

Sun - 11-Oct-2020
4 MH - Abseiling
Malaita Point
Malaita Point is a series of abseils, 7 in total, down the cliff to the track below. There is a short walk in from ScenicWorld, Katoomba and we exit via the Furber steps.
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 10-Oct-2020
4 MH - Day Walk
Rock Island
The walk starts after a long drive along the Newnes plateau (SUV desirable). The walk is all off track and goes through varied terrain including open forest, rain forest and huge sandstone cliffs with hand stencils. However most of the day is spent wandering along a plateau, usually covered with wildflowers and dotted with pagodas.
Map: Ben Bullen

Sat - 10-Oct-2020
5 HX - Day Walk
Winburndale Rivulet
The walk that was postponed on 25 July. Exploring the Winburndale Rivulet and surrounding ridges. Winburndale Nature Reserve is about an hours drive from Mount Victoria
Map: Meadow Flat

Fri - 09-Oct-2020
5 HX - Day Walk
Wollemi National Park: From Itchenstoke To Tootie Creek and Back
Park the car at GR 685 943 on Mount Tootie Road. Take a long ridge going east all the way to Tootie Creek at GR 712 932. Walk downstream to GR 713 943, then up a ridge going south west and back to the cars. About 10 km. Exploratory. Scrambling and exposure.
Map: Mountain Lagoon

Mon - 05-Oct-2020
3 MX - Day Walk
Newnes occupation investigation
This is part of an ongoing investigation and research into the occupation sites Of Newnes Industrial era. Covering a small area and recording what we find.
Map: Ben Bullen

Sun - 04-Oct-2020
4 MH - Day Walk
Wentworth Falls To Leura via Lindeman Pass.
Wentworth Falls-Conservation Hut-Roberts Pass-Lindeman Pass-Leura. Walk begins Wentworth Falls railway station- finishing Leura station. Descend via Robert's Pass to historic Lindeman Pass Track. Wonderful views, lookouts, waterfalls, landslides, interesting terrain, rock formations.
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 03-Oct-2020
3 M - Abseiling
Rescue and Prussik Practice
Refresh your abseiling skills at a Yellow Rock, Winmalee, overlooking the Nepean River. We will practice tie offs, prussiking, VT prussik, self rescue, rigging anchors, haul systems and other skills. This is a "do your own thing" and share with others day.
Map: Penrith

Wed - 30-Sep-2020
4 MH - Abseiling
Two Little Canyons Alcatraz and Billabong
Alcatraz is on the Newnes Plateau in the upper area of Carne Creek. A short walk in through spectacular pagoda country leads to the only abseil. It's down a curving waterfall into a cup shaped chamber with a letter box slit exit. You will get wet! Excitement is assured. The return to the vehicles is through cliffs with more wonderful views. On the way out we visit the disused prison site that gave Alcatraz its name. A short drive to Goochs Crater follows then an abseil into a waist deep pool in another narrow chamber that is Billabong Canyon.
Map: Cullen Bullen

Mon - 28-Sep-2020
3 MX - Day Walk
Snig track at Linden
Lady Martins Bath down the spur to remnants of the logging days. Check out sections of upper reaches of Glenbrook Creek
Map: Springwood

Sun - 27-Sep-2020
3 MX - Day Walk
Glenbrook-Kanuka Brook Circit
Glenbrook Creek-Kanuka Brook- Crayfish Pool-Red Hands Cave-Jellybean Pool-Glenbrook. Scenic walking following beautiful Glenbrook Cree which are flowing nicely. Several steep ascents/descents via historic passes. Lunch Crayfish Falls- Pool.Great swimming spot! Return via Red Hands Cave Track-Jellybean Pool
Map: Penrith

Sat - 26-Sep-2020
5 HX - Day Walk
Wild Dogs Tinpot
Walk to Tinpot Hill,from Green Gully then down to the Cox's River, along, then up the ridge leading to Tinpot Mountain and back along Ironpot Ridge. A classic Wild Dogs walk and one of Dave Bush's favorites
Map: Jenolan

Sat - 26-Sep-2020
5 H - Day Walk
Wollemi National Park: From Grand Balcony to Minotaur Lair via The Labyrinth
Park one car at GR 430 228 on Wolgan Road, then drive to Newnes and park another car at locked gate GR 420 250. Walk up Capertee Creek Valley and climb the Grand Balcony, continue to Eldorado Traverse and Eldorado Slots. Then use the Ariadne Thread to descend into Minotaur Lair for the return to the first car. About 10 km. Scrambling and exposure.
Map: Ben Bullen

Fri - 25-Sep-2020
3 M - Pack Walk
Research walk to Splendour Rock
Replacement walk for earlier date - small group to research Splendour Rock plaques and access tracks through the Wild Dogs.
Map: Jenolan

Mon - 21-Sep-2020
3 MX - Day Walk
Warrigal Hill towards Battleship Tops, Kings Tableland
The last two Monday walks who would have believed that we would have come across so many Aboriginal sites, in such a short distance. So another walk planned to continue the next section on Kings Tableland, from Warrigal Hill towards Battleship Tops, Kings Tableland.
Map: Jamison

Sun - 20-Sep-2020
4 MHX - Day Walk
Lapstone To Glenbrook via The Gorge
Lapstone-Nepean River-Glenbrook Creek-Glenbrook Gorge-Blue Pool-Glenbrook. Explore a classic deep gorge in the lower Blue Mountains. Beautiful sheer sandstone cliffs-wide open rock platforms and delightful rockpools. Involves rock-hopping-some easy rock-scrambling- bush-bashing Joint activity Bush Club
Map: Penrith

Sun - 20-Sep-2020
4 MH - Day Walk
Warrumbungles
20-25 September camping trip to the Warrumbungles N.P. This will be a car/ tent/ van based trip in the week prior to the school holidays.There will be day walks, plenty of time for relaxing and socializing, star gazing and nocturnal animal spotting. If you have a bike bring it along. Potential for an overnight walk is there, if there is enough interest. I can book a group site (much cheaper) at camp Waalay but will need certain numbers to do this, otherwise people can book their own sites.
Map: Not Specified

Sat - 19-Sep-2020
5 H - Day Walk
Mugii Murum-ban SCA: The Airly Frustum and Airly Turret Slot
Find out for yourself why this unique area must be protected for future generations. Park cars at Airly Gap, then climb south east, inspecting historic graffiti and Aboriginal art sites along the way. Negotiate a series of pagodas and slots, including Genowlan Pinch, to arrive at the spectacular Airly Frustum. Continue climbing to the point above Airly Turret Slot and the stunning view. Next, visit Mine in the Sky with its historic infrastructure. From here, proceed to explore the bottom of Airly Turret Slot. Reconnect with the vehicles. About 7 km. Scrambling and exposure.
Map: Glen Alice

Sat - 19-Sep-2020
4 MHX - Day Walk
Nobles Canyon and surrounds
Further exploring in this interesting area. Great pagodas and slots
Map: Cullen Bullen

Fri - 18-Sep-2020
5 H - Day Walk
Wollemi National Park: Green Gully Cliff Walk
From Newnes follow the Pipeline Track to the saddle at approximately GR 447 274. Leave the track and head north along the cliff edge for about 2.5 km to GR 437 295 and then attempt to walk out to the end of the spur at GR 435 300. Exposure, pagodas, rugged terrain. Possible return via Petries Gully. About 14 km.
Map: Not Specified

Mon - 14-Sep-2020
3 MX - Day Walk
Notts Hill towards Battleship Tops, Kings Tableland
Following on from last Mondays walk and finding so many Aboriginal sites off King Tablelands Road, our next section is from Notts Hill towards Battleship Tops, Kings Tableland.
Map: Jamison

Sun - 13-Sep-2020
3 MX - Day Walk
Heathcote Circuit Royal NP
Heathcote-Karloo Pool-Kangaroo Creek-Olympic Pool-Robertsons Knoll-Uloola Falls-Heathcote. Nice Spring walk. Wildflowers. Cascades. Interesting rock formations Beautiful forest. Approx' 4 km following Kangaroo with some of the best rock-pools in the Royal NP. Optional swims along the way. Joint activity Bush Club
Map: Not Specified

Sun - 13-Sep-2020
3 M - Abseiling
Windows Canyon
This is a repeat of the canyon postponed from 26 July and repeated on 16th Aug. Windows in the Wolgan Valley is usually a “dry” canyon but after rain the water level increases. It is a good canyon to gain experience. There are six abseils with relatively easy starts. The “window” is an oval hole in the rock face near abseil 4. It’s great for photos. Access is gained by climbing Penrose Gully.
Map: Cullen Bullen

Sat - 12-Sep-2020
5 HX - Pack Walk
Wollemi National Park and Nullo Mountain State Forest: Widden Brook and Hool ‘Em Boy Point
A 3-day pack walk. Day 1 - Park on Nullo Mountain Road at GR 398 740, walk Nullo East Trail and get down into Widden Brook at about GR 404 730. Continue down Widden Brook and camp depending on the progress, probably at Coricudgy Creek junction. Day 2 – Walk down Widden Brook, take water and climb towards Hool ‘Em Boy Point. Camp at one of several panoramic points, depending on the progress. Day 3 – continue up Nullo Mountain, join with Nullo East Trail and re-connect with the cars. Partly exploratory. Scrambling and exposure. About 30 km.
Map: Not Specified

Fri - 11-Sep-2020
3 M - Pack Walk
Splendour Rock research
Small group to survey tracks of Wild Dogs and map plaques at Splendour Rock
Map: Jenolan

Wed - 09-Sep-2020
5 HX - Day Walk
Wollemi National Park: Nirvana Caves and more
Park at GR 727 932 on Mountain Lagoon Road. Walk north on an old fire trail, then off track to Nirvana Caves at GR 742 964. Next, cross Nirvana Ravine and traverse underneath the cliff line to the south west, looking for more caves. Exit back to the ridge at GR 732 957, or GR 728 952, or further south, depending on time. Once on top, follow the ridge back to the car. About 12 km. Partly exploratory. Scrambling and exposure.
Map: Mountain Lagoon

Mon - 07-Sep-2020
3 MX - Day Walk
Sally Wattle Waterhole, Kings Tableland
From Kings Tablelands Road, Wentworth Falls we will walk a section of Anderson Fire Trail and a side trail to this small waterfall, and waterhole and check out an Aboriginal site.
Map: Jamison

Sat - 05-Sep-2020
1 E - Meeting
2020 AGM
Annual General Meeting to be held at the Blackheath Community Centre September 5th. Please book in with the secretary if you wish to join the meeting, ( limit 20 due to covid).
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 05-Sep-2020
3 M - Day Walk
Leura Forest
Meet at corner of Cliff Drive (near the Fork and View) at 9.00 am. MORNING WALK down to Leura Forest and the old Waste Treatment Works coming back by Federal Pass. Good stretch before the AGM Stairs for about 300 metres but beautiful waterfalls and rain forest
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 05-Sep-2020
3 M - Abseiling
Prussik and Rescue Practice
This is a skills practice morning at a location between Mt Victoria and Mt York. We will finish by 1pm. Practise tie offs, prussiking and self rescue. Learn to prussik. You can also practice some rescue techniques,such as Z haul and lowering with a munter hitch or gigi. Please book in.
Map: Katoomba

Fri - 04-Sep-2020
5 HX - Day Walk
Wollemi National Park: Easy Ridge to Tootie Creek
Park the car at GR 724 932 on Mountain Lagoon Road. Walk north along Easy Ridge, then a smaller spur, descend south west to around GR 717 940. Continue towards Tootie Creek, then walk downstream till about GR 718 947. Climb back to Easy Ridge and walk to the cars. About 6 km. Exploratory. Scrambling and exposure.
Map: Mountain Lagoon

Thu - 03-Sep-2020
4 MH - Day Walk
Fish River and Southern End of Evans Crown
Off track walk with a steep ascent. Very pretty river and giant granite boulders. Plenty to explore. The walk may vary on the day depending on the group.
Map: Tarana

Wed - 02-Sep-2020
4 MH - Abseiling
Hole in the Rock Canyon
Hole in the Rock is an exciting canyon near Windows canyon in the Wolgan Valley. There are 5 abseils, the first one is through a tight hole and the third through a hole into a cave. The day finishes with a 25 metre abseil through the cliffs and a short walk to the vehicles.
Map: Ben Bullen

Mon - 31-Aug-2020
3 MX - Day Walk
Bottle Neck Pass logbook and Radiata Plateau viewpoints
From Pulpit Hill Road check out the top of Bottle Neck Pass and search for a logbook. Than to check out viewing points on the eastern side of Radiata Plateau
Map: Katoomba

Sun - 30-Aug-2020
4 MH - Day Walk
Faulconbridge To Springwood Via Victory Track- Numantia Falls
Faulcobridge- Numantia Falls-Sassafras Ridge-Glenbrook Creek-Magdala Gully- Springwood Relaxed track walking through rainforest to Numantia Falls Steep ascent offtrack, on rough pads to Sassafras Ridge. Steep descent to Sassafras creek. Then on track to Glenbrook Creek- Perch Ponds, Magdala Gully Explore beautiful rock overhangs, aboriginal art cave, waterfalls.
Map: Springwood

Sat - 29-Aug-2020
4 MH - Day Walk
Mt Victoria heads
This is a romp with the Norse gods who guard this part of the Grose Valley. We start at the Asgard fire trail and branch off to Asgard head through a delightful ferny gully. We then proceed to Thor, Valhalla and Ikara heads, all showing different perspectives of this wonderful area.
Map: Mt Wilson

Fri - 28-Aug-2020
5 HX - Day Walk
Wollemi National Park: Above Daves Pass
Leave one car at the old Newnes Hotel and drive to the locked gate at GR 418 261. Walk in Little Capertee Creek and then turn up a tributary creek at GR 407 260. Walk up it and explore the slots and pagodas to the east. Climb to the tops at around GR 404 243 and make a way north to about GR 412 256. Descend via Daves Pass. Mostly exploratory. Scrambling and exposure. About 10 km.
Map: Ben Bullen

Mon - 24-Aug-2020
3 MX - Day Walk
Venus Tor, Mount Hay
From the carpark at the end of Mount Hay Road, walk to Mount Hay and check one of the oldest trig stations in NSW. Over the far side towards the tallest pagodas of Boorong Crags, Venus Tor. Note: this walk is back on after being cancelled on the 10 August
Map: Mt Wilson

Sun - 23-Aug-2020
4 MH - Abseiling
Dalpura Abseil Canyon
An easy canyon with one short abseil. Several short swims so thermals & a wetsuit recommended.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sat - 22-Aug-2020
3 MX - Day Walk
Keriwoga Ridge Faulconbridge Cancelled - Weather
Interesting ridge off the Faulconbridge Point Fire Trail with good views. We will make it a loop walk going from near Faulconbridge Point. A bit of a slog along the fire trail but the views are worth it
Map: Springwood

Sat - 22-Aug-2020
5 HX - Pack Walk
Wollemi National Park: Yodellers Adventure Full
Co-leader Kevin Songberg A 3-day pack walk, 22nd - 24th. Exploratory. Scrambling and exposure.
Map: Not Specified

Wed - 19-Aug-2020
3 M - Day Walk
Mid- section - Six foot track
We'll begin at Megalong Valley Rd and walk through lovely bush farming countryside, to Bowtells Swing Bridge on the Cox's River. Then on to the river crossing down stream, back across the bridge and return the same way.
Map: Hampton

Mon - 17-Aug-2020
3 MX - Day Walk
Numantia Falls
Sassafras Gully – Sassafras Creek -Numantia Falls Mostly on track (pad) – with possible “bush bash” and clamber
Map: Springwood

Sun - 16-Aug-2020
3 M - Day Walk
Fortress ridge and Dark’s cave
The walk starts from Mt Hay road and continues along a ridge to Fortress head which gives us amazing views of the Grose Valley. We then retrace our steps and head along another ridge, before going down a steep slope which takes us to Dark’s cave, a beautiful overhang with a convenient waterfall..
Map: Katoomba

Sun - 16-Aug-2020
4 MH - Day Walk
Martins Lookout Circuit-Blue Mountains NP
Martins Lookout-Glenbrook Creek-Sharks Head Cave-Lost World Lookout-Bunyan Lookout-Glenbrook Creek-Martins Lookout Great views, slots, ledges pagodas, rock overhangs. Requres agilty, fitness, some rock-scrambling experience required. Minor exposure Total ascents approx 450 metres. Distance 9 km Joint activity Bush Club
Map: Springwood

Sat - 15-Aug-2020
4 MHX - Day Walk
Bungleboori Dumbano traverse
After leaving a car on the Wollongambe fire trail near the turn-off to Gooch's crater we will take a second car to the end of the Waratah Ridge Road. From the Waratah Ridge we will walk south following a spectacular but straightforward route down a ridge to Bungleboori Creek. After crossing the creek we will follow a ridgeline SSE, climbing gradually, eventually returning to the first car for the reverse car shuttle. The route south of the Bungleboori could be complex and will be exploratory for the leader. Expect some scrambling. To make the car shuttle practical the group will be limited to 5, of whom at least one (apart from me) has a vehicle that can be taken on a rough road.
Map: Wollangambe

Sat - 15-Aug-2020
4 MH - Day Walk
Newnes State Forest: Wild Gorge, Dome Cave and Cosmic Cave
Find out why this spectacular and threatened area must be protected for future generations. Park on a fire trail off Sunnyside Ridge Road and walk east to the head of a tributary of Wild Gorge. Descend it, visiting Dome Cave along the way, then explore both branches of the gorge, including Pinch Point Circle. Move south east and out towards Carne Creek, then climb out and visit Cosmic Cave. Exit via Split Rock Point and Pass. Re-connect with the cars. About 8k. Scrambling and exposure.
Map: Cullen Bullen

Fri - 14-Aug-2020
4 MHX - Day Walk
Wollemi National Park: Tootie Creek Tributaries
Park the car at GR 719 928 on Mountain Lagoon Road. Walk north west on a spur. Find a way down to Tootie Creek, then follow it downstream till GR 714 941. Find a way up to Easy Ridge and walk to the car. About 5 km. Exploratory. Scrambling and exposure.
Map: Mountain Lagoon

Thu - 13-Aug-2020
3 M - Abseiling
Zorro and Pleasant View Canyons
Zorro Canyon, Grade 3, is a very short canyon on a fire trail off Sunnyside Ridge on the Newnes plateau. There are three abseils. A short one in a slot, a tricky one in the dark, down a sloping rock into a thigh deep pool and a nice 20 m abseil at the end of the canyon. The exit is up a wonderful rainforest gully. After abseiling into the pool on abseil 2 you can change clothes immediately and remain dry for the rest of the day. Pleasant View Canyon is very close to Zorro, on the other side of the ridge. There are no abseils. It is a nice, walk through canyon ending with great views of Carne Creek and the cliffs opposite. There are holes and cracks to explore. These canyons are suitable for less experienced canyoners and are a lot of fun. For both canyons the walk in and out is less than I km. The weatherzone forecast is : Mostly sunny temperature 5 to 16 degrees, 20% chance of rain less than 1m
Map: Cullen Bullen

Tue - 11-Aug-2020
3 M - Day Walk
Lockley Pylon
Easy paced, no big climbs or descents and awesome views.Short day.
Map: Katoomba

Mon - 10-Aug-2020
3 MX - Day Walk
Venus Tor, Mount Hay
From the car park at the end of Mount Hay Road, walk to Mount Hay and check one of the oldest trig stations in NSW. Over the far side towards the tallest pagodas of Boorong Crags, Venus Tor.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sun - 09-Aug-2020
4 MH - Creek
Ethereal Canyon Creek
A walk through canyon/creek. Can normally do this without getting your feet wet but some water may be ankle high. Accessed off the Waratah Ridge Road. Only rated Grade 4 as it is all off-track, no steep climbs. Spectacular undercuts, canyon sections and a waterfall.
Map: Wollangambe

Sun - 09-Aug-2020
4 MH - Abseiling
Juggler Canyon & Picnic at Hanging Rock
Juggler Canyon with 5 abseils up to 20m followed by a short drive & a 10km return fire trail walk to Hanging Rock for a picnic lunch & spectacular views.
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 08-Aug-2020
3 MX - Day Walk
Newnes Plateau
Park cars at end of Waratah Ridge. Follow ridge down to Bungleboori Creek and back. There are plenty of pagodas and views to see. Checked with NPS on 9th June and was told this area is open
Map: Wollangambe

Wed - 05-Aug-2020
3 M - Abseiling
Tiger Snake Canyon
Tiger Snake canyon is accessed from the Old Coach Road on the Newnes plateau. It is a short canyon with 4 abseils and is suitable for less experienced canyoners. There are some very pleasant canyon sections and a great abseil into a narrow dark crack. Priority will be given to members who have not done Tiger Snake previously.
Map: Mt Morgan

Mon - 03-Aug-2020
3 MX - Day Walk
Original walking track, Narrow Neck, Katoomba.
Before the road over Narrow Neck was constructed in 1961, a walking trail existed. We will walk the original track from the locked gate and return. This walk was on 27 July but a cold, wet, windy day meant the option of hot cuppas at a members house was more appealing.
Map: Katoomba

Sun - 02-Aug-2020
4 MHX - Abseiling
Malaita Wall Abseil
6 abseils up to 45m, spectacular views and lots of exposure. Helmet and personal safety line essential. Joint trip with CBC.
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 01-Aug-2020
3 M - Day Walk
Burra Korain ridge
An interesting walk along this ridge towards the Grose Valley. As we walk, we will see different perspectives of landmarks like hanging rock, finishing with a spectacular view of the valley.
Map: Mt Wilson

Fri - 31-Jul-2020
5 HX - Day Walk
Mugii Murum-ban: Airly Creek Cave
Park at Airly Gap and attempt to find a way up and explore the big triangular cave at about GR 234 331 seen when returning from Mount Airly South West pagodas walk. Exploratory. Scrambling and exposure. About 5 km.
Map: Glen Alice

Wed - 29-Jul-2020
3 M - Day Walk
Mt Victoria
Approx. 9km walk along the southern side of Mt Victoria. Taking in Engineers Cascade,Little zig zag, Wilson's Glen and Hourn Point. There will be several caves and lookouts to visit along the way. Ascent/Descent- 250m.
Map: Hartley

Mon - 27-Jul-2020
3 MX - Day Walk
Original track along Narrow Neck, Katoomba
Before the road over Narrow Neck was constructed in 1961, a walking trail existed. We will walk the original track from the locked gate to first constriction and return.
Map: Katoomba

Sun - 26-Jul-2020
4 MH - Abseiling
Windows Canyon Deferred
Windows in the Wolgan Valley is a “dry” canyon but you may get wet feet. It is a good canyon to gain experience. There are six abseils with easy starts. The “window” is an oval hole in the rock face near abseil 4. It’s great for photos. Access is gained by climbing Penrose Gully.
Map: Cullen Bullen

Sat - 25-Jul-2020
5 HX - Day Walk
Winburndale Rivulet
Another expedition to the south of Winburndale NR . This time exploring more of the Winburndale Rivulet.The Rivulet further down stream was a very attractive stream lined with giant casuarinas. There will be steep slopes up and down and mainly off track. Totally exploratory.
Map: Meadow Flat

Fri - 24-Jul-2020
4 MH - Day Walk
Wollemi National Park: Tootie Creek Loop
Start from Hanlons Road North and walk down the Back Creek, all the way to Tootie Creek at GR 708 928. There are caves and waterfalls to keep us occupied. Walk upstream along Tootie Creek till Front Creek at GR 698 927. Climb through a cliff line using a slot, then follow the creek back to Hanlons Road North. There are several points of interest along the way. A short day (about 4-5 hours). About 5 km. Scrambling and exposure.
Map: Mountain Lagoon

Thu - 23-Jul-2020
3 M - Abseiling
Abseil Traininmg for Beginners
On Thurs 23 July, Marcia and I will conduct a basic abseil training day at Mt Boyce near Blackheath. The training is intended for members who walk with UBMBC and who have not abseiled previously. It will cover ropes, anchors and equipment, safety checks, personal anchors, abseiling technique and belay. The venue at Mt Boyce, has progressively steeper cliff faces that are ideal for training. Following the training we drive to Medlow Bath where we put skills into practice in Juggler Canyon – which has 6 abseils. The day ends with a lovely walk through part of the Grand Canyon. Members who complete the training successfully will be approved to attend easier canyons on the UBMBC program. You will need a helmet, harness, carabiner and descender. Equipment must be approved to European or North American safety standards. Bicycle helmets and helmets from other sports are not acceptable. I have equipment for loan. Before booking in for this program please read Guidelines for Canyoners on the UBMBC website. Members must have done at least one bushwalk with UBMBC and have completed a non-abseil canyon (eg Grand Canyon, Wollangambe One, Du Faurs, Rocky Creek ) Canyoning involves carrying wet suits, ropes and equipment as well as scrambling over slippery rocks and climbing in steep, rugged country. A suitable level of fitness and agility is required.
Map: Katoomba

Wed - 22-Jul-2020
4 MH - Day Walk
Hydro Tracks 2
A repeat of the walk on 17th June as we explore the historic network of tracks behind the Hydro constructed by a master stone mason, late 19th and early 20th century. We start at the hotel and access the tracks from the northern end. We then visit most of the famous landmarks named by Mark Foy, the property's flamboyant and eccentric creator. About 12k-15lms, 500m decent/ascent, mostly on track but some quite rough steep with some rock scrambling. As we start and finish at the hotel, no car-pooling is required. I plan to start with a brief tour of the hotel and give some historical context.
Map: Katoomba

Tue - 21-Jul-2020
4 MH - Abseiling
Wolgan Falls Again
Wolgan Falls is in the Newnes State Forest on the Black Fellows Hand (Maiyingu Marragu) Trail . Laurie Cohen and Mick Barr have set up 4 abseils in this beautiful area. The access road requires a large 4 wd vehicle. From where we park there is a short walk in through magnificent pagoda country above Wolgan Falls. The final abseil is next to the falls. The exit has some exposed ledges. Bookings open on Thurs 16 July. This trip is suitable for experienced canyoners.
Map: Cullen Bullen

Mon - 20-Jul-2020
3 MX - Day Walk
Erskine Creek Deferred
Gully - Monkey Ropes Creek - Lincoln Creek - Erskine Creek – Pisgah Rock
Map: Penrith

Mon - 20-Jul-2020
3 MX - Day Walk
Kanuka Brook and Glenbrook Creek
Walk to the Duck Hole and then go downstream to the junction of Kanuka Brook and then an explorative bushwalk to check out what it is like walking upstream of Kanuka Brook after the deluge of February – if it is not possible to proceed too far then we will go down Glenbrook Creek instead.
Map: Penrith

Mon - 20-Jul-2020
3 MX - Day Walk
Newnes history walk northern side
This is part of an ongoing investigation for the occupation sites on the northern side of the Wolgan River at Newnes after the December 2019 bush fires. Not your typical bush walk.
Map: Ben Bullen

Sun - 19-Jul-2020
4 MH - Abseiling
Boars Head Abseil
A spectacular abseil trip with 5 abseils up to 50m. Some exposure and an "interesting" traverse through the slot (with a safety line installed for those who need it). Joint trip with CBC. Helmet and personal safety line essential.
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 18-Jul-2020
4 MH - Day Walk
Mugii Murum-ban SCA: Valley of the Dinosaurs and Ultimate Slot
Find out for yourself why this unique area must be protected for future generations. Park on the road from Mount Airly to Genowlan Trig where there is suitable space. Walk up the road to the top of the plateau and then take the road to Genowlan Trig. Leave this road at about GR 253 320 and head east to the top, southern end of the Valley of the Dinosaurs. We will then proceed down the valley stopping to explore as many slots as possible on both sides. Next, visit the Ultimate Slot and then return to the road and to the vehicles. Scrambling and exposure. About 6km.
Map: Glen Alice

Sat - 18-Jul-2020
3 M - Day Walk
Numantia Falls
Circuit walk from Faulconbridge via Victoria Track to Numantia Falls and above falls, follow ridge back to Sassafras Creek, return to Faulconbridge.
Map: Springwood

Fri - 17-Jul-2020
3 M - Day Walk
Mugii Murum-ban: Historic Sites Along Tramway Trail and Haulway to the Ridge Above Torbane
Park cars at Airly Gap, follow Tramway Trail north and then west around the base of the Mount Airly cliffs, looking at historic sites along the way. At the junction with the old haulway, climb up to the cliff edge overlooking Torbane. Investigate the area for old infrastructure and possibly clamber down some of the descent into Torbane. Return via the track network on Mount Airly. About 12 km.
Map: Glen Alice

Wed - 15-Jul-2020
3 MX - Abseiling
Juggler Canyon
A good winter canyon that I think is under rated. There are 6 abseils and the walk in and out is very picturesque and pleasant.
Map: Katoomba

Mon - 13-Jul-2020
3 MX - Day Walk
Redledge Pass, Narrow Neck, Katoomba
Walking along Glenraphael Drive, Narrow Neck for just over 1km and then on faint track to the top of Redledge Pass. The option is either stay on the top of Redledge Pass and or descend to check out the Big Wheel, miners bench and adits and return.
Map: Katoomba

Sun - 12-Jul-2020
2 EM - Day Walk
Lions Head
Easy walk along Kings Tableland with spectacular views over Jamison valley. Short day with lots of leisurely breaks.
Map: Jamison

Sun - 12-Jul-2020
3 M - Abseiling
Tiger Snake Canyon
Tiger Snake canyon is accessed from the Old Coach Road on hte Newnes plateau. It is a short canyon with 4 abseils and is suitable for less experienced canyoners. There are some very pleasant canyon sections and a great abseil into a narrow dark crack. Priority will be given to members who have not done Tiger Snake previously.
Map: Mt Morgan

Sat - 11-Jul-2020
4 MH - Day Walk
Exploring 6 waterfalls, South Hazelbrook & South Lawson
Walk the old track from off Wilson St Lawson to old Lake Rd Hazelbrook & explore the old Western track at Terrace Falls on the way to Picnic Pt & then following Lawson Creek (off track) up to visit Leslie Falls. Then onto Federal Falls & rejoining the track to Junction & Adelina Falls & visit a great hanging water swamp before returning to the cars.
Map: Katoomba

Thu - 09-Jul-2020
3 M - Day Walk
Evans Crown
Lots of boulders with a visit to the big nose, split rock and the balancing rock. No pub lunch this visit. An interesting place with lots of views. map Tarana.
Map: Not Specified

Mon - 06-Jul-2020
3 MX - Day Walk
Top of Rock Pile Pass, Narrow Neck, Katoomba
Walking along Glenraphael Drive, Narrow Neck for just over 1km and then on faint track to the top of Rock Pile Pass and checking the surrounding area. Note: BMNP has tracks of the main track closed, But permission has been granted by the NPWS Ranger at Blackheath for this walk.
Map: Katoomba

Sun - 05-Jul-2020
3 M - Abseiling
Abseil Skills Practice
We will meet at the Blackheath railway car park at 0900. The training area is a short drive from the car park, along Station St then along the railway line. Bring your own rope if you have one, bolt plates, gloves, and any pieces of equipment that you would like to try. A piece of carpet to protect your rope on edges is a good idea, The day is loosely structured to do your own thing. I will revise knots, anchors, tie offs, self rescue, top belay and haul systems.
Map: Hartley

Sun - 05-Jul-2020
3 M - Day Walk
Warrumbungle Day Walks
Join me for 3 day walks in the stunning Warrumbungle NP - which was not burnt out in the recent fires. The Warrumbungles are only 4 and a half hours from Blackheath. You will need your own transport. We will have a base camp at Camp Blackman which has hot showers (luxury). Yes, the nights will be cold but the days glorious and great for hiking. Day hikes all on track. Contact me for more details.
Map: Not Specified

Sat - 04-Jul-2020
4 MH - Day Walk
South East of Mount Towinhingy
Park cars on the road East of Mount Towinhingy. Walk and scramble SW up onto the ridge that runs SE from Mount Towinhingy. Follow the ridge until we run out of steam then head North back to the road.
Map: Not Specified

Sat - 04-Jul-2020
4 MH - Abseiling
Wolgan Falls
Wolgan Falls is in the Newnes State Forest on the Black Fellows Hand (Maiyingu Marragu) Trail . Laurie Cohen and Mick Barr have set up 4 abseils in this beautiful area. The access road requires a large 4 wd vehicle. From where we park there is a short walk in through magnificent pagoda country above Wolgan Falls. The final abseil is next to the falls. The exit has some exposed ledges. Bookings open on Mon 28 June. This trip is suitable for experienced canyoners and will be repeated on Tues 21 July.
Map: Cullen Bullen

Tue - 30-Jun-2020
3 M - Day Walk
Blackmans Crown
Good views to the Capertee Valley and Pantoney's Crown. Some exposure and rock scrambling.
Map: Capertee

Mon - 29-Jun-2020
3 MX - Day Walk
Bullaburra – overlooking Blue Mountain Creek confluence
From Kent Road, Bullaburra walk along track and then some off track to locate lookout and shelter
Map: Katoomba

Sun - 28-Jun-2020
3 MX - Abseiling
Malaita pt. - Abseiling trip
Malaita Point is a seires of abseils, down the cliff, close to Scenic World. We reach the first abseil after a short walk in. There are a total of 7 abseils, the longest of which is 40 metres. We return to Scenic World vis the Furber steps.
Map: Katoomba

Sun - 28-Jun-2020
3 M - Day Walk
The Rain Cave
The Rain Cave is situated on the Newnes Plateau above Carne Creek on The Glow Worm Tunnel Rd, This walk is suitable for less experienced walkers. We visit the Weather Cave and Rain Cave then climb the Governors Pagoda for great views of Carne Creek. Next we visit the Gemini Cave and return via the two lesser caves, the Sand Cave and the Shovel Cave. The total distance is around 5 km, Most of the walk is off track and rock scrambling is involved.
Map: Cullen Bullen

Sat - 27-Jun-2020
3 MX - Day Walk
Leura Falls & Rainforest
Circular walk to visit Leura rainforest via the Federal Pass & return via the Dardanelless Pass to the Cliff Drive & walk the old track to visit whale rock & return to carpark.
Map: Katoomba

Mon - 22-Jun-2020
3 MX - Day Walk
The Hydro's Flying Fox remains, Medlow Bath
From the Hydro Majestic walking down below the cliff line to rediscover thanks to Jim O’Keeffe part of the infrastructure which was used for the flying fox to convey produce from the farm in the Megalong Valley to the Hydro.
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 20-Jun-2020
3 MX - Day Walk
Porters Pass Circuit Blackheath
If it is good it's worth repeating. Another venture on the Porters Pass Circuit including Walls Ledge and Centennial Glen Great views, good rain forest all very interesting and so close to Blackheath.
Map: Katoomba

Wed - 17-Jun-2020
3 MX - Day Walk
Hydro Tracks
We explore the historic network of tracks behind the Hydro constructed by a master stone mason, late 19th and early 20th century. We start at the hotel and access the tracks from the northern end. We then visit most of the famous landmarks named by Mark Foy, the property's flamboyant and eccentric creator. About 10-12klms, up to 400m decent/ascent, mostly on track with some rock scrambling. As we start and finish at the hotel, no car-pooling is required. Hopefully, we'll be able to see some of the interior of the property as well!
Map: Katoomba

Mon - 15-Jun-2020
3 MX - Day Walk
Castle Head and surrounding area, Narrow Neck, Katoomba
From the locked gate on Narrow Neck walking towards Castle Head and also further along Narrow Neck checking a very old view point known in the 1930’s. Mostly on track, but a section will be off track. I have phoned NPWS to check this area OK to walk the answer was Yes.
Map: Jamison

Sun - 14-Jun-2020
4 MHX - Day Walk
Newnes State Forest The Cosmic Cave
The walk begins on Fire trail 4 off Sunnyside Ridge Road. There is a steep descent into Wild Gorge. A rope will be used if needed. We visit the Dome Cave, and PInch Point. as we pick our way through thick bush and ferns. Climbing Split Rock provides great views of the cliffs ahead. A challenging creek crossing takes us N into Carne Creek to Cosmic Cave, one of the largest caves in the area, which is reached by an exposed ledge. We climb out to Splir Rock Point for excellent views then return through thick bush to the vehicles.
Map: Cullen Bullen

Sat - 13-Jun-2020
3 M - Day Walk
Empire Pass & North Lawson Falls
Circular walk via Empire Pass, to visit North Lawson Falls & Dante's Glen & go off track to visit a small unnamed waterfall. Visit the original Echo Pt now called Echo Bluff, mostly on Track.
Map: Katoomba

Mon - 08-Jun-2020
3 MX - Day Walk
Esgates Lookout to Radiata Plateau, Katoomba
Apart from the first few hundred metres mostly off track, walking above the cliff line from the top of Nellies Glen to Radiata Plateau. Esgates Lookout is not a formed lookout.
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 06-Jun-2020
3 M - Day Walk
Lookouts of Narrowneck Plateau
Nrrowneck Locked Gate-Fire Tower & Return Pleasant walk along Narrowneck-great views overlooking Jamison-Megalong Valleys and beyond. Visit several lessr known lookouts offering stunning views. Pace will be unhurried. Joint walk Bush Club.
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 06-Jun-2020
4 MHX - Day Walk
Winburndale NR or nearby
Following Rob and Lisa's introduction to this area another explore.The walk will be totally exploratory and garnered from the map. Hopefully we will have some great views and interesting finds
Map: Meadow Flat

Thu - 04-Jun-2020
3 M - Day Walk
Back Creek, Megalong Reserve
Half day walk starting and finishing at the Megalong tea rooms. Short section of off track.
Map: Katoomba

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