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Activities from Earlier Programs


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-bashingJoint activity Bush Club
Map: Penrith

Sun - 20-Sep-2020
4 MH - Day Walk
Warrumbungles
20-25 Septembercamping 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- SpringwoodRelaxed track walking through rainforest to Numantia FallsSteep ascent offtrack, on rough pads to Sassafras Ridge. Steep descent to Sassafras creek. Then on track to Glenbrook Creek- Perch Ponds, Magdala GullyExplore 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 SongbergA 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 FallsMostly 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 LookoutGreat views, slots, ledges pagodas, rock overhangs. Requres agilty, fitness, some rock-scrambling experience required. Minor exposure Total ascents approx 450 metres. Distance 9 kmJoint 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

Sun - 14-Jun-2020
4 MHX - Day Walk
Sugarloaf Gibraltar via Six Foot Track
Partly off-track exploratory for leader to create a loop from and to the Six Foot Track. Starting at Megalong Road with good paced jaunt down to Bowtells swing bridge and the Coxs River campsite, before taking a few deep breaths for our 450m+ off-track ascent to dust off the covid cobwebs. Return by steep off-track descent from Billy Healey Hill. Joint walk with Sydney Bush Walkers Club. Off-track enthusiasm preferred. Numbers limited.
Map: Jamison

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 & ReturnPleasant 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

Mon - 01-Jun-2020
3 MX - Day Walk
Miners Pass below Scenic World, Katoomba
Mostly on track, but sections off track in a very steep area. To check old miners pass below Scenic World and the old explosives and detonators storage. Note permission has been granted to walk on sections owned by Scenic World.
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 30-May-2020
3 M - Abseiling
Abseil Practice and Juggler Canyon
Refresh your abseiling skills at a new venue near Mt Victoria. We will practice tie offs, prussiking, self rescue, rigging anchors, haul systems and other skills. In the afternoon we drive Juggler Canyon for six abseils and a pleasant exit through part of the Grand Canyon..
Map: Katoomba

Fri - 29-May-2020
4 MH - Day Walk
Nellie’s Glen to Devil’s Hole, Katoomba
This is a good cardio workout as we’ll be descending into the Megalong valley, having a wander down there and then a steep climb back up at a moderate pace. About 17km, 3-4 km being on the 6ft track (fire trail). The track is generally well marked though rough in some places.We’ll be meeting at Cliff Drive then walking along Narrowneck Rd to Farnell’s Rd to the start of the track, stopping at some lookouts on route. There are great views and trees everywhere and nice to step into a valley micro-climate for a short while.
Map: Katoomba

Wed - 27-May-2020
3 M - Day Walk
Lake Woodford circuit
Leaving Hazelbrook’s Horseshoe falls car park, following tracks (some off track scrambling) creeks, fire trails to and around the Woodford water catchment area. Hazelbrook’s waterfalls will be visited on the way.
Map: Katoomba

Mon - 25-May-2020
3 MX - Day Walk
Blackhands Cave, Woodford
About 3km walk in, 2km on track then down a spur to near junction of Hazelbrook Creek and Woodford Creek. Access via Winbourne Road, Hazelbrook.
Map: Katoomba

Sun - 24-May-2020
4 MH - Day Walk
Blue Gum Swamp and Grose Head South
The Blue Gum Swamp is lovely area similar to the Blue Gum Forest at Blackheath. We walk begins at Winmallee and follows a fire trail to the Blue Gum Swamp. It is very easy walking. The blue gums are a magnificent sight. A very steep climb on a fire trail takes us up Bee Nest Hill to Grose Mountain LO for excellent views of the Grose Valley. More steep climbing on a rough track brings us to South Grose trig even higher above the valley. After lunch we retrace our route back to the car park. The return trip is around 10 km.
Map: Springwood

Wed - 20-May-2020
3 M - Day Walk
Megalong Reserve
Megalong Reserve and Back Creek give a different view. Not too much up and down, walking alongside the creek. A short day but bring lunch. One of the few areas not burnt to a cinder.
Map: Katoomba

Tue - 19-May-2020
3 M - Day Walk
Mt Boyce climbing tracks.
Just north west of Blackheath is a well loved climbing area, and some foot pads to a great cliff line with wide views of the Kanimbla valley. A relatively flat and short walk starting at 9.30am (approx 3hrs). Some of the track is rough, indistinct & scrubby. There are options to explore and or extend the walk to the Browntown climbing/abseiling area which would involve a 2-3km return walk along the railway road. This area hasn’t been burnt. Grade 3M
Map: Mt Wilson

Mon - 18-May-2020
3 MX - Day Walk
Hat Hill Cavern
Half day walk. On the 2 March a walk in the burnt area to Teazing Falls, Blackheath. a massive overhang was seen on the northern side of Hat Hill Creek. This walk via burnt a area and the creek, is to check out and measure this huge overhang. This walk was organised and approved for the 16 March, but the Covid 19 put a stop to it, so we will try again.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sun - 17-May-2020
3 MX - Abseiling
Malaita pt. - Abseiling trip
Malaita Point has up to 7 abseils, the longest of which is 40 metres. It is a short walk up the hill from scenic world to access the track to the first abseil. The last abseil finishes on the walking track and from there we take the Furber steps back up to scenic world.
Map: Katoomba

Sun - 17-May-2020
4 MH - Creek
Upper Hat Hill Creek
Upper Hat Hill Creek at Blackheath is a grade 4 creek walk. It is a good opportunity to enjoy easy walking after the fires and see how the bush is recovering. The walk is only 3 km. It 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.Limit 10 people. We all have a responsibility to prevent the spread on COVID19. Many of our members are in the vulnerable age group. On club activities members will practice social distancing at all times. Gloves must be worn for descending the ropes.
Map: Mt Wilson

Mon - 23-Mar-2020
3 MX - Day Walk
Faulconbridge historic saw mill
Follow a track/pad to tributary of Linden Creek and site of the old saw mil (some off track)
Map: Springwood

Sun - 22-Mar-2020
3 MX - Bike Ride
Cycle Ride from Blackheath station
Cycle ride from Blackheath station to Katoomba and back along the cycle track. Morning tea at the lookout. Will need a mountain or hybrid bike. Possible extension to Mt Vic for a depending on interest and energy!
Map: Katoomba

Sun - 22-Mar-2020
3 M - Canyon
Hat Hill Canyon
Hat Hill Canyon is a lovely creek walk at Blackheath.There are swims and deep wades but no abseils. A wet suit is recommended because you are in and out of the water all day. We follow hat Hill Creek to where it plunges into the Grose River. Here there are 'spa" pools to relax in. The exit track is up a gradual ridge leadin back to Hat Hill.
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 21-Mar-2020
5 H - Day Walk
6 foot track in one day Cancelled - Weather
42 km in length on fire trails with steep ascents and descents. An historic track which many groups often tackle over 2- 3 days. We are aiming to do this in 10 or so hours and then we will be staying at Caves House to recover.
Map: Jenolan

Sat - 21-Mar-2020
3 M - Abseiling
Dalpura Canyon
Dalpura Canyon is on the Bells Line of Road, near Mt Wilson. It is a short canyon with one short abseil and a few short wades.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sat - 21-Mar-2020
4 MH - Day Walk
Megalong ledges
(walk change due to fire damage) As referenced in Jim Smith’s “How to see the Blue Mountains” 2nd edition, walk No. 83 on page 44. A series of ledges with some scrubby sections between. No real exposure and no rock climbing involved. We start at Medlow Bath behind the Hydro-Majestic and finish above Black's Ladder on Radiata Plateau.
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 21-Mar-2020
4 MHX - 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 - 20-Mar-2020
3 MX - Abseiling
Empress Canyon
A nice canyon with a short walk in and out and a spectacular 28 metre abseil at the end. We would startat 3pm which would give those doing Grand Canyon in the evening with John Murray plenty of time to get there. I anticipate being back at the cars before 5.30.
Map: Katoomba

Fri - 20-Mar-2020
3 M - Abseiling
Grand Canyon abseil trip at night
Grand Canyon - Blackheath. Abseiling - This canyon will be done at night to view the many glowworms. Tourist track walk in to the only 20 metre abseil. Creek walking ,wading and one or two swims. The trip will start about 1900 and take about 4 hours. Abseil gear required plus working waterproof torches with fresh batteries.
Map: Katoomba

Fri - 20-Mar-2020
5 HX - Creek
Wollangambe 6
This trip continues our Wollangambe exploration. Park one car at GR 631 920 and another one at GR 639 935 on Danes Way. From the first car, find a way down to the river at about GR 629 924. Continue down the river for as long as the time allows, probably till around GR 640 950. Find a way up to the second car. Exploratory. Scrambling and exposure. Wetsuits-required; helmets-compulsory; lilos-optional. Approximate distances –3.5-4 km on the river; 7 km overall.
Map: Wollangambe

Mon - 16-Mar-2020
3 MX - Day Walk
Hat Hill Cavern
Half day walk. On the 2 March a walk in the burnt area to Teazing Falls, Blackheath a massive overhang was seen on the northern side of Hat Hill Creek. This walk via burnt area and the creek is to check out and measure this huge overhang. So you could get black and wet.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sun - 15-Mar-2020
4 MH - Day Walk
Airly Turret and surrounds
Airly Turret is a spectacular cluster of pagodas at the southern end of Genowlan Mountain in Mugii Murum-ban SCA. If there's time there some other large pagodas nearby that most people just never see. Combine this walk with the Gap Creek Pagodas walk on Saturday.
Map: Glen Alice

Sat - 14-Mar-2020
4 MH - Day Walk
Gap Creek Pagodas
Come and explore the Gap Creek Pagodas in the spectacular Mugii Murum-ban State Conservation Area. These huge pagodas are off the beaten track and rarely seen or visited. Camp overnight and explore Airly Turret on Sunday.
Map: Glen Alice

Fri - 13-Mar-2020
3 M - Abseiling
Great Uncle George Canyon
GUG is a tributary of Bedford Creek near Kings Tableland at Webtworth Falls. It is more of a creek walk than a canyon, The creek is untouched by bush fires and has beautiful green moss. There are 4 or 5 short abseils, wading and some pools to swim. i have permission to cross property to gain access.
Map: Jamison

Thu - 12-Mar-2020
3 M - Abseiling
Serendipity Canyon - Mt Wilson
Serendipity Canyon at Mt Wilson involves up to 6 abseils, longest being 15 metres. Great canyon formations. There are a few swims and wades so wetsuits recommended. Trip suitable for all levels of abseiling ability.
Map: Mt Wilson

Wed - 11-Mar-2020
3 M - Creek
Mares Forest Creek Limestone Gorge Cancelled - Weather
Mares Forest Creek is at Wombeyan Caves, North of Goulburn. It is a grade 3 canyon with no abseils. There are plenty of swims and wades. The canyon features beautiful limestone cliff walls and an excellent swimming hole with jumps and a slide. A wet suit is recommended. On Wed 11 Mar we arrive at Wombeyan Caves, set up camp and visit some of the caves. Camping and cave visitation fees apply. The camping ground has excellent facilities. On Thurs 12 Mar starting mid morning, there is a short walk to the limestone gorge which we follow upstream for 1 km, returning the same way and finishing mid afternoon. It is possible to drive from Sydney or the Blue Mountains and return the same day. (3 hours drive from Katoomba via Oberon or 3 ½ hours from Parramatta via Goulburn). You can choose to camp overnight or travel down and back on the same day.Due to the current bushfire situation the Wombeyan Caves National Park is closed until 1st March. The decision will be reviewed then.
Map: Not Specified

Wed - 11-Mar-2020
3 MX - Day Walk
Mt Victoria
A 3-4 hour walk along the southern side of Mt Victoria. Taking in Engineer's Cascade, Little zig zag, Wilsons Glen, Witches Glen and Hourn Point. There will be several caves and lookouts to be visited along the way. As most people are aware, some of the tracks are high and narrow, without safety fencing, so care must be taken at times.
Map: Hartley

Tue - 10-Mar-2020
2 EM - Day Walk
Under cliff, Over cliff track
After this track has been closed for six months due to track improvements and fires we'll explore this and some other parallel tracks that are a little overgrown.
Map: Jamison

Mon - 09-Mar-2020
3 MX - Day Walk
The Colraine Rock to Cleary Memorial Lookout, Wentworth Falls
Half day walk. Some scrubby areas or alternate easy track. Exposed top of the cliff line
Map: Jamison

Sat - 07-Mar-2020
3 M - Abseiling
Abseils near Devils Hole - Katoomba
We will start with Whores Bed which is just around the corner from Boars Head (thus the play in names).There are 2 abseils less than 10 metres and one abseil of 30 metres. We will then walk part way up Devils Hole and do Wall of Africa (40m) then Out of Africa (25m) a short walk up Devils Hole again before we do the Chockstone abseil (30m) NOTE: We will not be doing the harder Kilimanjaro abseil (50m)
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 07-Mar-2020
4 MH - Pack Walk
Pack Hike-Bundeena To Otford
Bundeena-Jibbon Point-Marley-Wattamolla-Eagle Rock-Garie Beach-Burning Palms- Palm Jungle-OtfordEnjoy this classic coast walk over two days Taking some routes less traveled on our way to OtfordSea caves, old forts, unique rock formations, Beaches bays, creeks Rain-forest, lookouts, great ocean viewsJoint activity Bush Club
Map: Not Specified

Sat - 07-Mar-2020
2 EM - Day Walk
Walls Lookout to Wongara ridge
This walk is on the northern side of the Grose valley off Bells Line of Rd. It offers great views and interesting rock formations, with limited ascent/descent. Some off track, but enjoyable short day.
Map: Mt Wilson

Thu - 05-Mar-2020
4 MHX - Day Walk
Exploratory bushwalk or non-abseiling canyon
Depending on the weather and what is open, 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 - 02-Mar-2020
3 M - Day Walk
Obscure place names off Hat Hill Road, Blackheath including, Teazing Fall and Little Gibraltar.
Half day walk. Some burnt areas so be prepared to get dirty. The walk is in areas allowed by NPWS. restricted areas we will not enter.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sun - 01-Mar-2020
2 EM - Day Walk
Clean up Australia Day
Joint event with The Bush Club to be co-ordinated by Kaye Birch to be held in the Katoomba area. Further details to be supplied via Google Groups
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 29-Feb-2020
5 H - Day Walk
Megalong Ledges
Blacks Ladder / Esgate Pass has been a long time favourite walk for UBMBC. In 2014 Chris Sterling and I extended the walk by commencing near the "Three Brothers" at Medlow Bath. Since then Chris has led the walk many times for our club. It involves traversing ledges above the Megalong Valley all the way to Radiata Plateau where we ascend Esgate Chains. There are some exposed sections and chains for a vertical ascent. We visit a delightful grotto on the way. It's a very full day so I have graded it 5. Experienced walkers only.
Map: Katoomba

Fri - 28-Feb-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 - 24-Feb-2020
3 MX - Day Walk
Devils Hole, Psyncaive, Mount Rennie Tunnel entrance, Katoomba
This long half day walk is mostly rough track. We will also be checking the base of the Water Board Ladders and what was Dicksons Ladder and returning the same way
Map: Katoomba

Sun - 23-Feb-2020
5 H - Day Walk
Winburndale Nature Reserve
This walk is a longer version of a walk conducted on 18 January 2020. From a parking spot on the Eastern boundary of the park we will follow the fire trail South-West, then West then North, to the Northern end of the North Spur fire trail. That will be a 6.5 km, 1.5 hour trudge along a fire trail - something I would usually avoid but which should be tolerable because the fire trails in Winburndale are such nice walking. From there we will head steeply down a rocky ridge into Middle Arm Creek, following the creek all the way down to Clear Creek. From there it will be a long climb (425 m ascent) back through the escarpment and back to the cars. This walk will be quite a lot harder than the previous one: an extra half as long and an extra half the ascent. So I am going to grade this one as a 5. It will only proceed if the forecast is for a not-too-hot day.
Map: Portland

Sat - 22-Feb-2020
3 M - Abseiling
Malaita Point Abseil - Katoomba
Malaita Point is a multi-pitch abseil which involves up to 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 or an introduction to multi-pitch abseil trips. The walk out is via Furber Steps.
Map: Katoomba

Fri - 21-Feb-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

Wed - 19-Feb-2020
3 M - Abseiling
Macquarie Rivulet
Macquarie Rivulet is in Macquarie Pass NP, near Wollongong. From the lower car park we will climb to Clover Falls. It’s a lovely walk. We complete seven abseils. All have easy starts. The are also jumps into pools which can be walked around if you don’t like jumping. A wet suit is not needed on a hot day. There is about 2 km of creek walking. With a 6am start from Katoomba, we should finish around 4 pm or earlier if we move efficiently. The drive from Katoomba takes 2 ½ to 3 hours and about the same from Sydney. The walk in and out is quite short and very pleasant, through lush coastal forest
Map: Not Specified

Mon - 17-Feb-2020
3 M - Day Walk
Joes Cave, Narrow Neck, Katoomba
Half day walk. Mainly on track with about 100m off track. I have only recently heard of this small camping cave so I am interested to check it out.
Map: Katoomba

Sun - 16-Feb-2020
4 MH - Day Walk
Cowan-Porto Ridge-Brooklyn
Cowan-Jerusalem Bay-Viz Spur-Porto Bay- Porto Ridge-Deadhorse Bay-Brooklyn.Combination on track-offtrack exploratory- along interesting ridges spurs. Rock-scrambling descent Viz Spur to Porto Bay- amazing mangroves- Locate a way up to Porto Ridge from Mud Point- then Deadhorse Bay for a swim. Adventurous day out. Suitable for experienced off track walkers who enjoy a challenge.Joint activity Bush Club
Map: Not Specified

Sat - 15-Feb-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

Fri - 14-Feb-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

Fri - 14-Feb-2020
3 M - Abseiling
Grand Canyon abseil trip at night. Cancelled - Weather
Grand Canyon - Canyon. Abseiling - This canyon will be done at night to view the many glowworms. Tourist track walk in to the only 20 metre abseil. Creek walking ,wading and one or two swims. The trip will start about 1900 and take about 4 hours. Abseil gear required plus working waterproof torches with fresh batteries.
Map: Katoomba

Wed - 12-Feb-2020
3 M - Creek
Mares Forest Creek Limestone Gorge Cancelled - Bushfire
Mares Forest Creek is at Wombeyan Caves, North of Goulburn. It is a grade 3 canyon with no abseils. There are plenty of swims and wades. The canyon features beautiful limestone cliff walls and an excellent swimming hole with jumps and a slide. A wet suit is recommended. On Tues 11 Feb we arrive at Wombeyan Caves, set up camp and visit some of the caves. Camping and cave visitation fees apply. The camping ground has excellent facilities. On Wed 12 Feb, starting mid morning, there is a short walk to the limestone gorge which we follow upstream for 1 km, returning the same way and finishing mid afternoon. It is possible to drive from Sydney or the Blue Mountains and return the same day. (3 hours drive from Katoomba via Oberon or 3 ½ hours from Parramatta via Goulburn). You can choose to camp overnight or travel down and back on the same day.Due to the current bushfire situation the Wombeyan Caves National Park is closed until 31st Jan. The decision will be reviewed mid January
Map: Not Specified

Mon - 10-Feb-2020
3 M - Day Walk
A series of lookouts on Cliff Drive, Katoomba
In a 3km section of Cliff Drive, Katoomba, (western side of Scenic World). Eight lookouts will be visited. One of which is only accessed via private property. Permission from the owner has been acquired.
Map: Katoomba

Sun - 09-Feb-2020
4 MH - Day Walk
Waterfall To Engadine- Royal NP Cancelled - Weather
Waterfall-Kangaroo Creek-Karloo Pool-Engadine Track- EngadineOn this walking adventure combine two beautiful sections of Kangaroo creek-upstream-downstream of Karloo creek. Great rock-pools-interesting rock-formations stunning mixed forest. Some bush-bashing-rough tracks along Kangaroo creekJoint activity Bush Club
Map: Not Specified

Sat - 08-Feb-2020
3 M - Day Walk
Historic tracks of the Foy's Hydro Majestic Cancelled - Weather
Retracing the maze of tracks built in the Hey day of the Hydro. We will visit 3 Brothers, the Flying Fox, the Sunbath, the Coloseum Track to the landslide section, and Mark's Tomb finishing on the Wonderland track and returning via Station St past the Hydro itself
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 08-Feb-2020
4 MH - Abseiling
Long Gully Canyon - Bungonia Cancelled - Bushfire
Long Gully is a multi pitch abseil trip down a gorge and is a dry trip. There is one 60 metre abseil and about 8 other smaller abseils. It is quite exposed and has a very steep climb out from the Shoalhaven River.
Map: Not Specified

Sat - 08-Feb-2020
3 M - Day Walk
Watsons Bay history walk Cancelled - Weather
Watsons Bay South Head, The Gap (jumping not allowed!), Macquarie Lighthouse, Wentworth House. Parsley Bay to Watsons Bay. Nice harbour and sea views, history and some street walking.
Map: Not Specified

Thu - 06-Feb-2020
3 M - Abseiling
Abseil Full
We drive to Albion Park then to the car park at base of Macquarie Pass. From the Clover hill car park we have a pleasant walk in to the lower section of Macquarie Rivulet. There are 5 abseils and some jumps (optional). .After completing the canyon we continue downstream to the lower car park. .
Map: Not Specified

Mon - 03-Feb-2020
3 M - Day Walk
Loop walk Prince Henry Cliff Walk and Federal Pass
This walk will also be a trial to ascertain what other walks are available in the area.Prince Henry, Giant Stairway, Federal Pass and Furbers Steps or choice of Scenic Railway
Map: Katoomba

Sun - 02-Feb-2020
2 EM - Day Walk
Kiama to Gerringong coastal walk
This is a very easy walk all on track that meanders along the cliff tops bringing us down to a number of bays. Great scenery with a swim along the way if anyone wishes to.
Map: Not Specified

Sat - 01-Feb-2020
4 MHX - Day Walk
Beaches and tracks around Jervis Bay Cancelled - Bushfire
As an alternate to the mountains due to the fires we'll spend Saturday exploring around the Jervis Bay tracks, that walk will include snorkeling/swimming at Murray's beach. Sunday will be an easy half day exploring the grotto at Nowra. You are welcome to come to both days or just one.
Map: Sussex Inlet

Fri - 31-Jan-2020
5 H - Day Walk
Exploratory bushwalk or non-abseiling canyon Cancelled - Bushfire
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

Wed - 29-Jan-2020
3 M - Abseiling
Abseil Macquarie Pass
At present Macquarie Pass NP is open. We drive to Albion Park then to the car park at base of Macquarie Pass. From the Clover hill car park we have a pleasant walk in to the lower section of Macquarie Rivulet. There are 5 abseils and some jumps (optional). .After completing the canyon we continue downstream to the lower car park. .
Map: Not Specified

Sun - 26-Jan-2020
3 M - Abseiling
Abseiling and Rope Practice
With some canyons now being opened it's a good time to practise rope skills. At a location near Mt Victoria there will a drop in and practice morning where you can "do your own thing" with ropes. There will be opportunities to prussik, tie knots, set up anchors, use ascenders and descenders and practice rescues. It's a good opportunity to learn frin case hte day is cancelled. om others. Stay as long as you like, Abseiling experience is necessary. Please book in so you can be contacted
Map: Hartley

Sat - 25-Jan-2020
4 MH - Day Walk
Berowra East-West sides
West side- Berowra-Calna creek-Lyrebird Gully-Mt KuringaiEast side- Mt Kuringai-Cowan creek-Waratah Bay-BerowraBeautiful bushland, rainforest, creeks, bays. Interesting rock formations, huge cave. LookoutsJoint activity Bush Club
Map: Not Specified

Thu - 23-Jan-2020
3 M - Day Walk
Giant's Steps / Furber's Steps
This short but steep tourist walk has has its geology described in "Geology of the Blue Mountains: A Tourist's Guide" by Paul Gorjan. I intend to do this walk on Thursday to look at the features described in the book. We can stop at various points along the way to identify the features described in the book. Those who wish to avoid walking up Furber's Steps are welcome to fork out the $25 for a trip up on the scenic railway. Anyone with a knowledge of geology is encouraged to come along and share their knowledge to save us diving in and out of the guidebook. Thought it would be a good idea to do this walk at the moment as tourist numbers are down.
Map: Katoomba

Tue - 21-Jan-2020
4 MH - Abseiling
Boars Head and Empress Falls
Some areas of the Blue Mountains are now open following the devastating bushfires. On Tues 21 January John Murray and I will lead abseiling trips to Boars Head at Katoomba, perhaps another abseil near Boars Head 9 (depending on time) and Empress Falls at Wentworth Falls. Boars Head is dry. It has 5 abseils. Abseil 2 is reached by straddling a narrow slot which is quite exposed. We drive to Empress in the afternoon. The maximum temperature forecast for Tues is 27 degrees. A wet suit is recommended for Empress because there may be a wait in the pool before the final abseil. These trips may be changed or postponed due to park closures.
Map: Katoomba

Tue - 21-Jan-2020
5 H - Day Walk
Exploratory bushwalk or non-abseiling canyon Cancelled - Bushfire
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 - 20-Jan-2020
3 M - Day Walk
Sydney Harbour Walk
Spit to Manly
Map: Not Specified

Sat - 18-Jan-2020
4 MH - Day Walk
Cowan To Taffy's Rock
Kuringai Chase NP. Map CowanCowan-Jerusalem Bay-Govett Ridge-Taffy's RockFrom Cowan station we descend through mixed forest to delightful Jerusalem Bay. Steep ascent to Govett Ridge undulating track to Taffys Rock for great ocean views-Lion Island- Cowan creekInteresting rock formations-platforms, caves, aboriginal engravingsWalk starts-finishes Cowan railway stationJoint activity Bush Club
Map: Not Specified

Sat - 18-Jan-2020
3 M - Day Walk
Taroonga Zoo to Balmoral return
Taronga Zoo to Balmoral and return via Sirius Cove. Medium grade. Nice harbour views, history , the old dedicated tram route and some street walking. Map UBD.
Map: Not Specified

Sat - 18-Jan-2020
4 MHX - Day Walk
Winburndale Nature Reserve
Winburndale Nature Reserve, just 80 minutes drive west of Mount Victoria, has glorious open ridge walking, spectacular rocky escarpments and stunning views. At the time of writing, it has not been touched by the recent bushfires. From the western boundary of the park we will walk North-East along a ridge to the edge of the escarpment just North of Middle Arm Creek. From there we will descend into Middle Arm Creek and head North below the cliffs, then ascend Lickhole Gully back to the ridge. This walk will be ~12-14 km mostly off track. About half of the walk will be exploratory for the leaders. The walk will only proceed if the park is open and if the forecast is for not-too-hot conditions.
Map: Portland

Fri - 17-Jan-2020
5 H - Day Walk
Exploratory bushwalk or non-abseiling canyon Cancelled - Bushfire
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

Wed - 15-Jan-2020
3 M - Day Walk
Bouddi NP Coastal Walk
Bouddi National Park is located on the Central Coast near Gosford. The 8.5 km, (one way) coastal walk is all on track. The walk begins at Putty Beach and finishes at McMasters Beach. It features board walks, beaches sea cliffs and ocean views. The walk will be conducted at a leisurely pace. There are several steep climbs between headlands. We will pause at Maitland Bay and Little Beach for a swim or relaxing on the beach. An early start from the Blue Mountains is required. The drive takes 2 1/2 to three hours.
Map: Not Specified

Mon - 13-Jan-2020
2 EM - Day Walk
Sydney Harbour Walk
Shelly Beach - North Head walk- Fairfax LOs - Quarantine Station - road – wharf
Map: Not Specified

Sun - 12-Jan-2020
3 M - Day Walk
Manly to The Spit
Manly to the Spit. See Crater Cove and the shacks. Good harbour and sea views and a bit of history, Some street walking.
Map: Not Specified

Sat - 11-Jan-2020
3 M - Day Walk
Heathcote Circuit Royal NP
Heathcote-Kangaroo Creek-Karloo Pool-Olympic Pool-Uloola Falls Pleasant walk in the Royal NP with a bit of varietySome great rock-pools along delightful Kangaroo creek for a swim or two-nice rock formations-forest-views. Joint activity Bush Club
Map: Not Specified

Sat - 11-Jan-2020
4 MH - Abseiling
Long Gully Canyon - Bungonia Cancelled - Bushfire
Long Gully is a multi pitch abseil trip down a gorge and is a dry trip. There is one 60 metre abseil and about 8 other smaller abseils. It is quite exposed and has a very steep climb out from the Shoalhaven River.
Map: Not Specified

Sat - 11-Jan-2020
3 MX - Day Walk
Mount Victoria and around
Repeat of my walk before Christmas going on the Roger Park route from Hourn Point to Fairy Bower. A bush track a bit vague at times goes under the cliffs to Fairy Bower. A chance to see where Dunn leapt from and landed and the Cox's Cave.Attractive cliffs adn some rain forest and moisture!! See my recent photos
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 11-Jan-2020
5 H - Day Walk
Newnes State Forest: Wild Gorge, Dome Cave and Cosmic Cave Cancelled - Bushfire
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 - 10-Jan-2020
5 H - Day Walk
Exploratory bushwalk or non-abseiling canyon Cancelled - Bushfire
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

Wed - 08-Jan-2020
3 M - Abseiling
Macquarie Pass Canyon Cancelled - Bushfire
Macquarie Rivulet is in Macquarie Pass NP, near Wollongong. It is an ideal canyon for less experienced canyoners. We are doing the lower section which has five short abseils with easy starts. There are also jumps into pools which can be walked around if you don’t like jumping. A wet suit is not needed on a hot day. It is a short canyon. The drive from Katoomba or from Sydney takes 2 ½ to 3 hours. The walk in and out is quite short and very pleasant. Members who have recently completed the UBMBC canyon training will be given priority. Please do not book in until 4 Jan. By then I should know if the park is still open.
Map: Not Specified

Mon - 06-Jan-2020
2 EM - Day Walk
Zoo wharf to Balmoral
Sydney Harbour NPBradleys Head - Clifton Gardens - Georges Head - Balmoral
Map: Not Specified

Sat - 28-Dec-2019
3 M - Abseiling
Dione Dell Canyon Cancelled - Bushfire
Dione Dell Canyon. This can be a mainly dry canyon trip, near Kanangra Walls, but if the weather is good, we may do a few of the easier wet abseils to spice it up. The trip involves 5 abseils, with the longest being 32 metres. All abseils have easy starts and it is a good trip for members new to abseiling. The wet option would involve two short waist deep wades at the bottom of the waterfalls.
Map: Jenolan

Sat - 28-Dec-2019
4 MH - Abseiling
Long Gully Canyon - Bungonia Cancelled - Bushfire
Long Gully is a multi pitch abseil trip down a gorge and is a dry trip. There is one 60 metre abseil and about 8 other smaller abseils. It is quite exposed and has a very steep climb out from the Shoalhaven River.
Map: Not Specified

Sun - 22-Dec-2019
3 M - Day Walk
Mount Victoria and around Cancelled - Bushfire
Mount Piddington, various caves - bushrangers cave to valley - reinits pass.back along the top to Hourns Point. An intersting explote of the various tracks at Mount Victoria with a look at some potential walks
Map: Hartley

Sat - 21-Dec-2019
4 MH - Creek
Wollangambe 2 Cancelled - Bushfire
My first swim of the season Wollangambe 2 is the prettiest reach of the River. Wet suits a must as there are some long stretches of deep water. Lilos optional. A look up Wheengee Whungee Canyon included.
Map: Mt Wilson

Tue - 17-Dec-2019
3 M - Abseiling
Dargans Canyon Cancelled - Bushfire
Dargans is a short half day canyon on the Bells Line of Road near Ziog Zag Railway Clarence. It is on Crown Land and is not closed at present. There is one abseil to enter the canyon. Wet suits may be required for short swims and wades.There are several short drops where ropes will be used to descend. The exit involves a climb next to a waterfall then up a spiked tree. Following the canyon there will be time to practise abseiling skills at Mt York. Priority will be given to new canyoners.
Map: Lithgow

Mon - 16-Dec-2019
3 M - Day Walk
Hartley Village town walk and Hyde Park Reserve, Hartley
This walk will include checking out the old buildings in Hartley a 750m board walk along the River Lett, A section of the old Coxs Road. Hyde Park Reserve. Unfortunately the river is not flowing but still a very large pool.
Map: Hartley

Sat - 14-Dec-2019
3 M - Day Walk
Cowan To Brooklyn via Great North Walk
Cowan-Jerusalem Bay-Dead Horse Bay-Parsley Bay-Brooklyn.Pleasant walk with great views-bays- swimming opportunities.Aboriginal rock engravingsJoint activity Bush Club
Map: Not Specified

Sat - 14-Dec-2019
3 MX - Day Walk
Mount Victoria and around Cancelled - Bushfire
Mount Piddington - Ferris Cave - Dunns Leap - under cliff - Cox's Cave return
Map: Hartley

Mon - 09-Dec-2019
3 MX - Day Walk
Kinderan Track, Fairy Bower, Mount Victoria.
This walk will include a section of the inclined railway below the cliff line which was used to transport Chert up to the railway siding.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sun - 08-Dec-2019
1 E - Day Walk
Christmas get together at Mt Tomah
Meet for lunch at Mt Tomah Botanic gardens. We could arrive from about 11.00 , bringing some yummy food to share for an end of year celebration. I will check it out on on Friday 6th December and email meeting area.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sun - 08-Dec-2019
3 M - Abseiling
Juggler and Grand Canyons
2 canyons in one day! Juggler and Grand canyons are situated fairly close to each other and the access is via Medlow Bath. One canyon is dry and the other wet, so you get the best of both worlds! These are reasonably easy canyons so are suitable for people who have recently undergone Geoff,s abseil training. However there is a slight overhang on the last abseil of Juggler so you need to be comfortable with doing that.
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 07-Dec-2019
4 MH - Canyon
Lower Bell Creek
A long day in a magnificent canyon rated 10/10 by Tom Brennan. There are no abseils but some rope assisted climb downs are necessary. Lower Bells Creek is a cold canyon with long swims through dark tunnels. Starting at Mt Wilson we cross upper Du Faurs Creek and enter through Belfry Canyon, a short side canyon. Lower Bells has great variety - creek walking, boulder scrambling, waterfalls and long tunnel swims in dark constricted canyon sections. We exit with swims and wades up Du Faurs Creek and climb out through Joes Canyon to return to Mt Wilson. A wet suit and/or thermals are highly recommended. This canyon is suitable for experienced canyoners.
Map: Wollangambe

Sat - 07-Dec-2019
3 M - Day Walk
Porters Pass - Centennial Glen Blackheath
Meet at Blackheath Railway Station Car park. Walk to Porters Pass by Walls pass. Take the lower Pass. On return come back along the upper Pass. Great views
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 07-Dec-2019
4 MH - Day Walk
Wollemi Creek Crawfords Lookout Cancelled - Bushfire
This walk was entirely new to Joe and me (but it will, of course, be familiar to others). We will head past Hollow Rock near the car park, then slightly west of north along a ridge, through the cliff line and along a small creek to Wollemi Creek, approx. 3 km up from the junction with Munee Creek and 4 km from the Colo. This is a reasonably clear route, but all off track. We walked down Wollemi Creek, which was intermittently overgrown, towards the junction with Munee Creek. There are many pools suitable for cooling dips. Then it’s a short walk up to Crawford Lookout, a couple of scrambling sections being involved. A tape will be taken.This is an even more distant walk for the UBMBC than the Grassy Creek walk on Nov 2nd, but I think it is worth it.A link with maps and photos is attached.
Map: Six Brothers

Fri - 06-Dec-2019
3 M - Day Walk
Historic tracks of the Foy's Hydro Majestic
A short walk retracing the maze of tracks built in the Hey day of the Hydro we will visit 3 Brothers, the Flying Fox, the Glen Rosa track, Sensation Point, the Underworld, Sunbath, and Mark's Tomb finishing on the Wonderland track and returning via Station St past the Hydro itself. Approx 8 km with some steep stone steps and tree roots to navigate. The dry weather has however rendered the Glen Rosa only at shoe deep mud and no leaches so a good time to visit and take in the spectacular views!
Map: Katoomba

Wed - 04-Dec-2019
3 M - Abseiling
Abseil Training for Beginners
This is a training program for members who have not abseiled previously. Training involves equipment, abseiling technique and safety. We begin training at Mt York on three progressively difficult rock faces. After lunch we put skills into practice in Juggler Canyon which has six abseils. The program qualifies members to apply for easier canyon with UBMBC. To enrol in this training course members must have completed a non abseil canyon (eg Wollangambe 1, Rocky Creek) and have completed a bush walk with UBMBC.
Map: Katoomba

Wed - 04-Dec-2019
2 EM - Day Walk
South Lawson Waterfalls.
All on track to Adelina Falls, Junction Falls, Federal Falls and CataractFalls. Plenty of opportunity to get body parts wet. Half day walk.
Map: Katoomba

Mon - 02-Dec-2019
3 MX - Day Walk
Thor Head
This walk will include an overgrown fire trail and a section of off track to a headland with magnificent views over the upper Grose Valley. If the start of the day is very hot than an alternate walk in a cooler area will take place.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sun - 01-Dec-2019
4 MHX - Day Walk
Upper Canobla Creek Cancelled - Bushfire
From Newnes we will walk west, nearly to the end of Little Capertee Creek, then head up to a pass on the Wolgan-Capertee divide. From there we will drop into the headwaters of Canobla Creek and follow it downstream. This section, from here back to the ridge, will be exploratory for the leader. When I visited the upper sections of Canobla creek in June it was completely dry so I don't expect there will be much water in the creek, even further downstream. Some way down the creek we will turn South and follow one of the gullies back up to the ridge. From the ridge it is a steep but straightforward descent back to Little Capertee Creek and Newnes. The walk will be exploratory so, while I anticipate it will not be a hard day, walkers need to be prepared for a long day if necessary and happy to walk without many breaks.
Map: Ben Bullen

Sun - 01-Dec-2019
3 MX - Abseiling
Yileen Canyon.
Yileen canyon is on the south side of the Bells Line of road with a reasonably short walk in. We do a short car shuffle as we finish off at the bottom car park at Pierces Pass. There are 4 abseils, the longest of which is 40 metres, at the end, and finishes in the Grose valley. There is a good section of canyon to explore.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sat - 30-Nov-2019
4 MHX - Day Walk
Secrets of Hat Hill
An exploratory walk around the cliffs of Hat Hill Creek taking in some little known passes. Beginning at Anvil Rock we follow the cliff line NW to Bennett LO then descend part way down Brownes Path into Grose Valley. There are some exposed sections. Returning to the cliff top we walk S on Bald Head Ridge then follow a track SW on a ridge leading to the end of Hat Hill Creek. There is some scrambling to reach the creek and a rope may be used. We visit the "Spa" pools where Hat Hill Creek plunges into the Grose Valley. Lew's Pass is nearby. Descent of a rope is optional. We return along Hat Hill Creek and climb out where we came in. The ridge takes us to Hat Hill where we descend to search for Aboriginal carvings and grinding grooves. Wet feet are possible on this walk.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sat - 30-Nov-2019
4 MH - Day Walk
Tunnel Creek Ledges, Tunnel Terrace Gorge and some Old Relics Cancelled - Bushfire
Explore the ledges and terraces above and behind the Glow Worm Tunnel. Just past the Glow Worm Tunnel we'll climb through the lower cliff line and walk up to the ledges. We'll follow the ledges and terraces for some 750 metres to the head of Tunnel Terrace Gorge and a hidden slot that will take us out of the gorge. Along the way we'll see old walls and a cave house, relics from when the Wolgan Valley Railway and old Pipe Line. A tape will be carried.
Map: Ben Bullen

Thu - 28-Nov-2019
3 M - Abseiling
David Crevasse
David Crevasse drops into Grose Valley beyond Mt Banks on the Bells Line of Road. The walk is 5km each way on an undulating fire trail with excellent views. David Crevasse is a short, open canyon, completely dry with no pools or swims.There are six abseils. The exit is up a steep gully, where you must be able to prussik up a 10m rock face.
Map: Mt Wilson

Wed - 27-Nov-2019
2 EM - Day Walk
Nature trail Wentworth falls
Meet at conservation hut 9.15 am to walk the nature trail circuit. 2-3 hours depending on stops and who wishes to come
Map: Katoomba

Mon - 25-Nov-2019
3 MX - Day Walk
Silver Cascades, Horseshoe Falls and Ma Belle Cascades, Mount Victoria.
This walk will include a very old overgrown walking track to these waterfalls above Victoria Falls.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sun - 24-Nov-2019
2 EM - Day Walk
Lions Head
This is an easy, short day walk along Kings Tableland.There are wonderful views of the Jamison valley and Mt Solitary.Not too much ascent, so it's enjoyable even in hot weather.
Map: Jamison

Sat - 23-Nov-2019
4 MH - Creek
Ethereal Canyon Creek
A walk through canyon/creek. Some knee deep wading but no swims mainly 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

Sat - 23-Nov-2019
3 M - Day Walk
Horsetrack - Edenderry Falls - Rodriguez Pass
Meet at 8.30 am at Evans Lookout carpark, Descend to valley via the Horse Track and enjoy a swim at Edenderry Falls. Returning via Rodriguez Pass to Evans Lookout carpark. Steep descent and ascent (600 m) with a number of slippery stone and dirt steps and slopes. Total distance approx 10 km
Map: Katoomba

Fri - 22-Nov-2019
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. Possible return via Petries Gully. Exploratory sections. Scrambling and exposure. About 15 km.
Map: Ben Bullen

Wed - 20-Nov-2019
4 MHX - Abseiling
Abseiling Malaita Wall
Five abseils down a couple of big walls into the valley. First abseil is 45m and really exposed. Late afternoon start at 4 pm. Trip is subject to wind and weather conditions.
Map: Katoomba

Mon - 18-Nov-2019
3 MX - Day Walk
Ruined Castle Shale Mines
Narrow Neck and Golden Stairs to explore the locations of adit’s, huts and base of Aerial Ropeway and the 1888-1890 history connected with the Katoomba Coal and Shale Company in the vicinity of the Ruined Castle.
Map: Jamison

Sat - 16-Nov-2019
4 MH - Day Walk
Bungleboori Ridges
A delightful walk along the ridge fingers above Bungleboori Creek. Open country, great views. Walk starts at the end of Waratah Ridge Road. All off track.
Map: Wollangambe

Sat - 16-Nov-2019
3 M - Abseiling
Fortress Canyon
Fortress is off the Mt Hay Rd at Leura. It is an ideal canyon for people new to canyoning who don't mind a 2 metre jump into water. There is one 6m easy abseil as well as the 2 metre jump. The canyon involves creek walking, wades and a few long swims. At the end there are magnificent views of the Grose Valley from rock pools where Fortress Creek plunges over the cliffs
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 16-Nov-2019
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 9km. Scrambling and exposure. About 9km.
Map: Cullen Bullen

Fri - 15-Nov-2019
5 HX - Day Walk
Blue Mountains National Park: Point Repulse
A very big day with serious exposure and nasty scrub plus two 750 m climbs. Descending into Kedumba Valley from the locked gate we will stride out on the Cedarland Fire Trail close to the forbidden zone. We then scramble up onto the Korrowall Ridge and along the 4 km dangerously exposed ridge onto Mt Solitary. The route back may be via the East Col track or by Miners Pass if time and stamina allow. Scrambling and exposure. About 24 km.
Map: Jamison

Mon - 11-Nov-2019
3 MX - Day Walk
Silver Cascades, Horseshoe Falls and Ma Belle Cascades, Mount Victoria.
This walk will include a very old overgrown walking track constructed c1910 to these waterfalls which are located above Victoria Falls.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sun - 10-Nov-2019
3 MX - Day Walk
Burra Korain Head
This is an interesting walk starting on Ridgewell Rd and travelling along the Burra Korain ridge. We may detour to take in views of Hanging rock before we proceed to Burra Korain head which opens up spectacular views of the Grose valley.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sun - 10-Nov-2019
3 M - Bike Ride
Cycle ride - Blackheath area
Meet at Ridgewell Road. Cycle to end of road. Leave bikes locked up and walk to Hanging Rock and explore some of the area. Stunning views over Grose Valley. Cycle almost to Ridgewell Road and take a fire trail to Hat Hill Road, cycle back towards Blackheath and left into Clarence Road. A very short section near the bottom of the gully is steep so we will need to walk the bikes downhill and across the creek. Up to Govetts Lookout and then you are welcome for a cuppa at my place and I will drive you back to the cars in Ridgewell road (other option is to cycle back depending on how energetic you feel). We will start early to beat the heat so would be finished by lunch time.
Map: Katoomba

Sun - 10-Nov-2019
3 M - Abseiling
Pipeline Canyon
Pipeline is a short Grade 4 canyon at Newnes in the Wolgan Valley. It is suitable for less experienced canyoners. From the industrial site there is a steep climb along the Pipeline Track. The canyon has 10 abseils, mainly short drops with some tricky starts.Water levels are down but wet suits are required for a few short swims and deep wades. We return below the cliffs and onto the Pipeline track.
Map: Mt Morgan

Sat - 09-Nov-2019
3 M - Abseiling
Serendipity Canyon
Serendipity Canyon at Mt Wilson involves up to 6 abseils, longest being 15 metres. Great canyon formations. There are a few swims and wades so wetsuits recommended. Trip suitable for all levels of abseiling ability.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sat - 09-Nov-2019
4 MH - Day Walk
The Torbane Balcony
The Torbane Balcony is a ledge that runs for some 750m along the pagodas on Mt Airly's Great Wall. We'll get some wonderful views as we walk south along the ledge to the south-west pagodas.Distance: 8k, elevation gain/loss: 600m.
Map: Glen Alice

Fri - 08-Nov-2019
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 - 07-Nov-2019
1 E - Meeting
Camping and Sing Along at Coorongooba/ Coinslot camping ground on Nov 7th and 8th Thurs afternoon to Saturday morning
I’m camping out at Coorongooba/ Coinslot camping ground on Nov 7th and 8th from Thursday afternoon to Saturday morning:Come along and give me a songFor if you’re a ramblerYou may meet “The Gambler”Perhaps have high teaWith “Booby McGee”Then meet “Mary Lou”Yes, she’s coming too,There’s nothing to lose‘cept “Singing the Blues”So do bring some wineAnd we’ll all do just fine.
Map: Gospers Mountain

Thu - 07-Nov-2019
3 M - Abseiling
Empress Canyon and abseil
3:30 afternoon start: 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 30 metre abseil into a pool below. Meeting at Conservation Hut at 3:30pm afternoon
Map: Katoomba

Wed - 06-Nov-2019
4 MH - Day Walk
Coxs River Upstream of Bowtells Swing Bridge Wed 6th Nov
A walk to the granite rocks of Coxs River upstream of Bowtell Swing Bridge. The walk starts along the Six Foot Track in the Megalong Valley then we cut down to Megalong Creek and follow it to the junctions with Coxs. We may head upstream a bit to Pulpit Hill Creek before returning down towards the Swing Bridge, then back up the Six Foot Track back to the cemetery. There may be a little light scrambling and a tape will be taken.
Map: Hampton

Wed - 06-Nov-2019
3 M - Day Walk
Leura forest
Start at intersection of Merriwa st and cliff drive Katoomba 8.30 am Wednesday 6 November. Down to Leura forest up giant staircase 1/2 day. Coffee after
Map: Katoomba

Wed - 06-Nov-2019
5 H - Abseiling
Raynon Canyon
Raynon is an alternative entry to Claustral Canyon via Mistake Ravine. It joins Claustral Brook just after the Black Hole of Calcutta via its own set of 6 abseils. We then follow down Claustral Brook to the usual Claustral exit.This route is not often done and has some tricky sections, so is for experienced canyoners only. Wetsuits will be required and there is a fairly long walk out.
Map: Mt Wilson

Mon - 04-Nov-2019
3 M - Day Walk
History walks, western escarpment of Mount Victoria,
Rediscover the history of Henry Lawson's Sunset Rock, Engineers Cascade and Bushrangers Cave
Map: Hartley

Sun - 03-Nov-2019
2 EM - Canyon
Canyoning: Single-rope and releasable rigging techniques.
A practical day for Canyon Leaders understanding, learning and practicing contemporary canyoning rope methods. Learn all about single rope techniques (SRT), what they are good for, and why to use them. We'll learn on some crags at Mt Wilson, then try out our new skills in Serendipity.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sat - 02-Nov-2019
3 M - Abseiling
Bowen Creek North Canyon
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 - 02-Nov-2019
5 H - Day Walk
Grassy Hill Fire Trail, Little Pass, Colo River, Canoe Creek 02-NOV-2019
This is a long walk, largely off track (approx. 9hr and 18 km), but you are rewarded by a magnificent ridge, an interesting descent down a 'pass', the best swimming pool I have seen in the mountains, and a bracing walk back up the Colo then Canoe Creek to the starting point.Colo River is less commonly visited than much of the Blue Mountains, but I believe it is worth the effort.A link with maps and photos is attached.
Map: Colo Heights

Sat - 02-Nov-2019
5 HX - Pack Walk
Wollemi National Park: Mt Canobla and Mt Gundangaroo Traverse to St Johns Point
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

Thu - 31-Oct-2019
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 30 metre abseil into a pool below. Meeting at Conservation Hut at 3:30pm afternoon
Map: Katoomba

Wed - 30-Oct-2019
2 EM - Abseiling
Rope Practice Afternoon
An afternoon practice session for canyoners. At the Mt York training area ropes will be set up for members to practice tie offs, leg wraps, prussiking, self rescue and hauling. I will have prussiks and VT prussiks for you to try. This is relaxed afternoon where we learn from eachother.
Map: Hartley

Mon - 28-Oct-2019
3 MX - Day Walk
North Lawson waterfall
Between 2004-2008 I was trying to locate a named waterfall in Lawson. Consequently I identified over 50. We will check out one of the larger unnamed waterfalls in North Lawson beyond Blue Mountain Trig.
Map: Katoomba

Sun - 27-Oct-2019
4 MH - Day Walk
Radiata Plateau - Blacks Ladder - Esgate Pass
What a way to celebrate the preservation of Radiata Plateau! Join me, a new leader with UBMBC but a regular one with SBW, on a circuit walk from the plateau, down to the ledges and following them through to Esgate Pass. Some scrambling and exposed sections on the ledges and then an exposed traverse along a narrow ledge followed by an awkward scramble and then a 4 metre clamber up chains with a very exposed drop below. Not technically difficult but if you are not comfortable with exposure then this is not the walk for you. Probably 5 hours depending on the group and weather.
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 26-Oct-2019
4 MH - Day Walk
Ben Bullen State Forest: From Heaven To Hell And Back
Ben Bullen State Forest, part of the Gardens of Stone region, encapsulates, in a relatively small area, everything that is exciting and interesting about bushwalking – incredible rock sculptures, tall pagodas, narrow slot canyons, magnificent caves, verdant forests and more. Find out why this area must be protected for future generations. This walk includes a visit to the stunning Hall of Elrond. All off track, scrambling and exposure. About 8k.
Map: Cullen Bullen

Sat - 26-Oct-2019
4 MH - Day Walk
Constance Gorge and Tiger Snake Point
From the end of the Old Coach Trail on the Newnes Plateau we will walk North to Constance Gorge and follow Constance Gorge down to Deanes Creek. At the junction we will head up the ridge on the North side of Tiger Snake Canyon (Tiger Snake Point) and return along the ridge. About 15 km, half of which will be off track, with some easy scrambling (little or no exposure).
Map: Mt Morgan

Fri - 25-Oct-2019
5 H - Day Walk
Wollemi National Park: Newnes Balcony and Daves Pass
Walk in Capertee Gorge, then climb out to the north at about GR 397 243, then explore the amazing Newnes Balcony between two cliff lines, starting at GR 400 240 and going east. Retrace our steps to a pass to the tops, traverse north east and use Daves Pass to come down at the Newnes Hotel. Scrambling and exposure. About 13 km.
Map: Ben Bullen

Wed - 23-Oct-2019
3 M - Day Walk
Lions Head
I will be leading an E-M walk out to Lions Head on the Kings Tableland, Wentworth Falls. It is a walk with many views of the Jamison Valley from a different angle and at this time of the year, the wildflowers should be out.Bring lunch as the walk is about 2 hours each way although a visit to the Mountain Top Pie shop at Wenty afterwards is on the cards!
Map: Jamison

Wed - 23-Oct-2019
3 M - Abseiling
Penrose Canyon and Alcatraz Canyon
Penrose (aka Crooked Crevice) is on the Newnes Plateau near Tiger Snake Canyon. It is a very tight canyon where you squeeze between the walls. There are three abseils. A short drive brings us to Alcatraz canyon, (named after a nearby prison farm). This canyon has one spectacular abseil down a curving waterfall into an enclosed bowl. You can change clothes immediately after the abseil. . There is a short walk in and out.
Map: Cullen Bullen

Mon - 21-Oct-2019
3 M - Day Walk
Numantia Falls
Victoria Track – Clarinda Falls – Numantia Creek – Numantia Falls – Sassafras Ridge – spur line – Sassafras Gully
Map: Springwood

Sun - 20-Oct-2019
3 MX - Day Walk
Wilkinson Hill Wild Flower Walk Sunday Dec 20th
This is a repeat of the mid-week walk to Wilkinson on Dec 9th. A couple of UBMBC members, living under the curse of employment, asked me if I could put it on again at the weekend.So, it is a slow walk along to Wilkinson Hill and back to enjoy the beautiful flowers and splendid views of the Grose Valley. Estimated time is 5 hrs. I have attached a link to Brian Graetz’s excellent photos from Dec 9th.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sun - 20-Oct-2019
4 MH - Abseiling
Wolgan Falls Abseil
Wolgan Falls is a new abseil trip created by Laurie Cohen and Mick Barr. It is located off the Blackfellows Hand Trail and only accessible by heavy duty 4 WDs. Abseil 1 is only a short walk from where we park. The pagoda landscape is spectacular with the Wolgan River twisting through the sandstone gorge then plunging over the falls. There are four abseils with drops around 40m. The final abseil is next to Wolgan Falls. It is a dry trip with no swims or wades. We have lunch below the falls then climb through the cliffs, visiting some excellent lookouts on the way. This trip is suitable for experienced canyoners.
Map: Cullen Bullen

Sat - 19-Oct-2019
4 MH - Day Walk
Dargans Arch and Goochs Crater
An exploration of Goochs Crater GR 459 950 plenty of Pagodas and overhangs. Walking in via Dargan's Arch off Sandham Road, Dargan.Mainly open bush, includes crossing the Wollangambe via a large log.
Map: Wollangambe

Wed - 16-Oct-2019
2 EM - Day Walk
Evans Crown
An easy half day walk to Evans Crown followed by lunch at the Tarana Hotel. This is in somewhat different country with huge granite boulders on top and with nice rural type views.
Map: Not Specified

Wed - 16-Oct-2019
3 M - Abseiling
Tiger Snake Canyon
Tiger Snake Canyon is ideal for less experienced canyoners. It is located on the Newnes Plateau near the beginning of the Old Coach Road. There are four easy abseils. Tiger Snake is a dry canyon but you can expect wet feet in a shallow pool. The final abseil (25m) is down a narrow crack in the dark. The final canyon section is dark and constricted. The walk in and out is on track.
Map: Mt Morgan

Mon - 14-Oct-2019
3 M - Day Walk
Perch Ponds
Magdala Creek – Perch Ponds – Martins LO
Map: Springwood

Sun - 13-Oct-2019
3 M - Day Walk
Sunnyside Canyon and Wolgan Falls Peninsula
Two short walks on the Newnes Plateau. Sunnyside Canyon is a walk through canyon with some rock scrambling. There are no abseils. The total distance is less than 2km. I have done this canyon with young children.Next we drive a short distance to Wolgan Falls peninsula with excellent views of spectacular pagoda country. Again the walking distance is less than 2 km. This are was featured in the Gardens of Stone photographic competition. Both walks are suitable for less experienced walkers and will be conducted at a leisurely pace. The walk involves fire trail and off track walking.
Map: Cullen Bullen

Sat - 12-Oct-2019
4 MH - Day Walk
Exploring Genowlan Mountain
Walking from Airly Gap, visit some of the lesser known parts of Genowlan Mountain - the Charcoal Drawings, the Genowlan Pinch, the Airly Frustum and Airly Turret Slot as well as some old favourites.
Map: Glen Alice

Fri - 11-Oct-2019
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. Scrambling and exposure. Partly exploratory for the leader. About 6km.
Map: Gospers Mountain

Wed - 09-Oct-2019
3 M - Day Walk
Darks Cave
Half day walk to explore this historic site. Fire trail and uneven track with some scrambling.
Map: Katoomba

Wed - 09-Oct-2019
3 MX - Day Walk
Wilkinson Hill Wild Flower Walk
A walk along Wilkinson Hill to see and photograph the wildflowers. The pace will be slow, and there will be frequent stops. I was out there on Saturday and it was just as beautiful as I remember from last year. I have attached a map showing the rough track we will be taking. I estimate 4 to 5 hrs duration.
Map: Mt Wilson

Mon - 07-Oct-2019
4 MH - Day Walk
Jacobs Ladder
From Devils Hole follow the base of the cliff line in a northerly direction until we reach the old cable which was used as a cable ladder from the coal mine to the top of the cliff line in 1919. Explore the area and most likely return down the slope to the 6 foot track and return via Nellies Glen, mostly off track.
Map: Katoomba

Sun - 06-Oct-2019
3 M - Abseiling
Better Offer Canyon
Better Offer is a short canyon near Mt Wilson on the Bells Line of Road. There are several short abseils and two chest deep pools. The forecast temperature is 29 degrees C and you change clothes soon after the pools. There is a nice overhang abseil in a waterfall at the end of the canyon. The exit is a steep climb in Birrabang Brook with great views of the Grose Valley from the cliffs above.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sun - 06-Oct-2019
3 M - Day Walk
Navigation Training
A training day in basic navigation using a compass and topographic maps. The day begins with a theory session at Wentworth Falls followed by a practical session at Kings Tableland. Full details will be provided in an email. The presenters are Nicole Bordes and Bernard Pailthorpe. Bookings and inquiries to be made to Geoff Fox. This course is suitable for experienced off track walkers.
Map: Jamison

Sat - 05-Oct-2019
4 MHX - Day Walk
Off the Eastern side of Sunnyside Ridge's Fire Trail Number 6 and through the Cracks of Doom
Park in the vicinity of 376117. Follow fire trail N for about 1km to 382128. Descend on E side of ridge to visit the ledges below the cliff marked 116r.Turn around and head W of South, cross the National Park boundary Walk south until reaching the creek at 384125. Large people follow cliff line S. Medium to small ascend valley to find Crack of Doom 1 which they descend. Groups rendezvous at the bottom of Crack of Doom I and then walk through Crack of Doom 1.5. Follow the cliff line and visit Crack of Doom 2 and the Star Slot/Cavern. These slots have been visited most recently by club canyon trips but can also easily be explored on a walking trip, probably without the need for tape assists.Continue to follow the cliff line and use one of the tributary valleys to climb up to the fire trail. 379114 is a known exit. Follow the fire trail to return to the cars.This walk covers territory in walks 6.18 (Eastern section) and 6.19 (Northern section) in the Gardens of Stone and Beyond, Book 6. The exploratory part will be linking parts of these two parts.Sunnyside Ridge and Fire Trail 6 is rough country so numbers of walkers who can be taken will depend on enough 4WDs being available.
Map: Cullen Bullen

Sat - 05-Oct-2019
4 MH - Day Walk
Rock Island
This is an amazing area on the Newnes plateau. There's some off track walking, but this brings us to wonderful views, amazing pagodas and lush rainforest.The wildflowers on Rock Island will be at their best.
Map: Ben Bullen

Sat - 05-Oct-2019
4 MH - Pack Walk
Wild Dogs-Coxs River Circuit- 3 Day Pack Hike
Day 1: Dunphys Carpark-Carlon Creek-Blackhorse Ridge-Wombat Parade-Traverse To Splendor Rock-Camp. Day 2: Splendor Rock-Mt Dingo-Yellow Pup Ridge, Coxs River- CampDay 3: Coxs River-Ironmonger Spur-Ironpot Ridge-Dunphys carparkBeautiful walk in wilderness areas away from hordes. Stunning views, 11 km following snaking Coxs river upstream. Sandy beaches, grassy sections, rock-hopping interesting rock formations, numerous shallow wade crossings.Several long steep ascents descents Fit experienced pack hikers who enjoy an adventureJoint activity Bush Club
Map: Kanangra

Sat - 05-Oct-2019
5 H - Pack Walk
Wollemi National Park: A 3-day pack walk
Route to be advised later on, based on water availability and other factors. Watch short notice announcements.
Map: Not Specified

Fri - 04-Oct-2019
3 M - Abseiling
Abseil Training for Beginners Repeat Course
Abseil Training for Beginners. This is a repeat of the course conducted on 14 Sep - Basic abseil training at Mt York for members who have not abseiled previously. In the afternoon we drive to Medlow Bath for Juggler Canyon which has six abseils. Members must have a level of fitness and agility suitable for canyoning. To enrol you must have done at least one bushwalk with UBMBC and completed a non abseil canyon. Equipment provided.
Map: Katoomba

Wed - 02-Oct-2019
2 EM - Day Walk
Mt Hay and Butterbox Point
We will drive to the end of the My Hay road walk to the top of Mt Hay and explore a little around there and return to circuit Butterbox Point, climb that and then return to the cars. This is a 1/2 day walk.
Map: Katoomba

Sun - 29-Sep-2019
3 M - Abseiling
Coachwood Canyon
Coachwood Canyon is on the Newnes Plateau near Rocky Creek. It has five abseils and is suitable for beginners. The canyon is dry but the exit down Rocky Creek involves knee deep water.
Map: Rock Hill

Sun - 29-Sep-2019
4 MHX - Day Walk
Exploring the heads of Mt Victoria
We walk to Ikara head from Victoria falls rd seeing a wonderful view of the upper Grose valley. Then we make our way past Girraween cave to Thor head with a possibility of examining an old mine and proceeding to Asgard head if time and energy allow.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sat - 28-Sep-2019
4 MH - Day Walk
Tootie Creek, Colo River
The walk starts at the car park at the beginning of the T3 track, approx. 5 km north of Mountain Lagoon (map attached). We follow a ridge W then NW for a couple of km, then another ridge NE down to Tootie Creek. This is off track but both ridges are reasonably open. There is a little scrambling down to the creek and a tape will be used if necessary. There is an excellent swimming pool where we join the creek. We then follow the creek down towards the Colo River. The first half is open with rock platforms but the vegetation gets thicker as we approach the Colo. We join the Colo at the bottom of the T3 track, and can cool off again in the river if the weather is hot. Then it is a straightforward walk up the T3 track back to the cars.The ridges and creek are excellent, and the going is not too hard. Nevertheless , estimated time is 9 hrs. I would grade this walk as the hard side of 4, but not enough to make grade 5.
Map: Mountain Lagoon

Fri - 27-Sep-2019
5 H - Day Walk
Wollemi National Park: From Capertee Creek Gorge to Little Capertee Creek via Newnes Balcony
Set up a car shuffle. Walk into Capertee Creek Gorge until GR 386 243 then climb out to the north east via the western part of Newnes Balcony. Continue north east and descend into Little Capertee Creek. Scrambling and exposure. About 10 km.
Map: Ben Bullen

Wed - 25-Sep-2019
1 E - Meeting
Snake Bite Treatment Course
This is a repeat of the Snake Bite Treatment course conducted earlier this year. The venue is Pulse First aid, Hazelbrook, 6pm to 8pm. Neville Burns, one of Australia’s most respected herpetologists, Neville Burns. Neville lives in the blue mountains and is an expert on local snakes. He is a most entertaining speaker and had the audience enthralled with his snake encounters, hospital experiences and depth of knowledge. The session concludes with Frances Davidson from Pulse First Aid demonstrating first aid and the correct application of a pressure bandage. Cost $20, pay on the night.
Map: Katoomba

Sun - 22-Sep-2019
2 EM - Day Walk
Ikara Head
Due to weather the walk to Mt Hay & Butterbox has been cancelled due to high winds and overnight.New walk Ikara Head.The walk to Ikara Head will leave from the Victoria Falls Road out to the head for morning tea and return to the cars. Easy Medium 1/2 day walk.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sat - 21-Sep-2019
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. Unbelievable views, rock formations and pagodas. Scrambling and exposure. About 10 km.
Map: Ben Bullen

Sat - 21-Sep-2019
3 M - Day Walk
Gosper & Mailes Ridge, Colo River
Start at Upper Colo bush fire station and head up Gospers Ridge then down Mailes Ridge to Paul Landa Picnic area on the Colo, then back along the Colo River to the fire station. This walk mostly on track but has some ups and downs and is 'not without interest.' Approx. 6hrs, 18 km and 600 m ascent
Map: Mountain Lagoon

Sat - 21-Sep-2019
4 MHX - Day Walk
Nobles Canyon
Explore beyond Nobles Canyon. Interesting cliffline, pagodas and great views over Carne Creek
Map: Cullen Bullen

Fri - 20-Sep-2019
4 MHX - Abseiling
David Crevasse
David Crevasse is a dry canyon accessed via the Mt Banks picnic area. There is a long but picturesque walk (6kms) along the ridge to get there. There are 6 abseils and then on the walk out from the canyon a prussick of around 8 metres to get back to the track out. You need to be confident with prussicking to come on this trip. There will be a limit of 6 participants.
Map: Mt Wilson

Wed - 18-Sep-2019
3 M - Day Walk
Blackmans Crown, Capertee
A circumnavigation of Blackmans Crown with a climb to the top for an awesome view. Some scrambling and a short ascent and descent.Short day walk.
Map: Capertee

Sun - 15-Sep-2019
5 H - Abseiling
Abseiling - Whore bed, Africa Wall and Kilimanjaro
Five abseils. Three abseils in Whores Bed, then walk up via Devil's Hole track and do Africa Wall (40 m) and Kilimanjaro (50 m) abseils. Kilimanjaro is mostly overhanging abseil and has a tricky start. Head for heights required. Exposure guaranteed. If there is enough interest and power to walk up Devil's Hole track again, we may throw in chock stone abseils as well.
Map: Katoomba

Sun - 15-Sep-2019
4 MHX - Day Walk
Valley of The Waters to Sublime Point via 4 Passes
Conservation Hut-Empress Falls-Roberts Pass-Lindeman Pass-Gladstone Pass- Copelands PassCombining 4 historic Passes. Stunning valley views, beautiful Passes, interesting terrain, waterfalls, rainforest.Copeland Pass invloves rock scrambling, exposure. Agility, fitness required. Strenuous walk, fit adventurous walkersAscents 1000 metres. Distance 10 kmJoint activity, Bush Club
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 14-Sep-2019
3 M - Abseiling
Abseil Training for Beginners
Basic abseil training at Mt York for members who have not abseiled previously. In the afternoon we drive to Medlow Bath for Juggler Canyon which has six abseils. Members must have a level of fitness and agility suitable for canyoning. To enrol you must have done at least one bushwalk with UBMBC and completed a non abseil canyon. Equipment provided.
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 14-Sep-2019
3 MX - Bike Ride
Bike trip on road exploring the country south of Walllerawang
Explore the country lanes south of Wallerawang by bike. Lovely undulating hills, quiet roads and we will try to get to the Wallerawang coffee shop for morning tea. Distance not extreme an enjoyable cycle
Map: Portland

Sat - 14-Sep-2019
3 M - Day Walk
Grose Valley - Govetts Leap to Pierce's Pass
We will descend from Govetts Leap on the Williams Track to the base of Bridal Veil falls then onto Junction Rock and the beautiful Blue Gum forest for lunch. From here we follow the Grose via Little Blue Gum to Pierce's Pass. A total of 14 km and approximately 500m descent and ascent - a full day of walking and a car shuffle involved
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 14-Sep-2019
5 H - Abseiling
Nightmare Canyon
Nightmare canyon is situated near Newnes and you access it via the Pipeline track. It is a great canyon and there are eight, fairly tricky abseils. It is a grade 5 canyon so not suitable for beginners or those with limited abseiling experience.
Map: Mt Morgan

Thu - 12-Sep-2019
4 MH - Day Walk
mystery mountain zobel's pointing gulley
steep climb to top of mystery mtn. and walk to zobels pt. then descend to old newnes railway via zobels gulley then return to base of mountain.at least 400 m.up and down.12 km.joint walk with ANB club
Map: Ben Bullen

Wed - 11-Sep-2019
2 EM - Day Walk
Zig Zag railway loop, Clarence
Starting and finishing at Clarence, a loop walk with lots of history and great views. Bring lunch, morning tea and a torch for the tunnels.
Map: Lithgow

Mon - 09-Sep-2019
3 M - Day Walk
Norths Siding and tramway alignment, Katoomba
Investigate what remains of the tramway, suspension bridge and Norths Siding which carried the coal skips from the current Scenic World to the main Railway Line, Katoomba, plus more. Strictly limited numbers
Map: Katoomba

Sun - 08-Sep-2019
3 MX - Day Walk
Lockleys Pylon, Du Faurs head and Yardleys cave
This is a classic walk coming off the Mt Hay Rd at Leura. We walk along a ridge to the pylon and then proceed along the cliff edge to Du Faurs head before heading back to to Yardleys cave. This is a large overhang with views of the Grose valley. Great sleeping cave!
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 07-Sep-2019
5 HX - Day Walk
North of Little Capertee Creek
From Newnes we will walk West along Little Capertee Creek until it divides and narrows. From there we will head steeply up a gully to the North. Once on the top we will make our way East on the broken ridge line until we find a notch that provides an easy way through the cliffs below the Altar Room. Then it is a steep descent to the creek and a short walk back to Newnes. The walk is mostly off-track. All except the first and last hour will be exploratory for the leaders. Expect some scrambling, wild country, great views and a pogoda-fest. Graded 5 because of the exploratory nature of the walk. Co-leader is Lisa Harvey.
Map: Ben Bullen

Wed - 04-Sep-2019
4 MH - Day Walk
Across the Jamison valley
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

Wed - 04-Sep-2019
1 E - Day Walk
Mount Tomah, Botanical Gardens
Easy day walk, bring lunch, social day out enjoying the gardens.
Map: Mt Wilson

Mon - 02-Sep-2019
2 EM - Day Walk
Coxs Road and Lockyers Road
This is the third walk of the Historical crossing walking tracks. From Mount York walk down Coxs Road and return via Lockyers Road, a half day with plenty of explained history.
Map: Hartley

Sat - 31-Aug-2019
4 MHX - Day Walk
Balcony Point Du Faurs Creek circle from Bells Line of Road
Part exploratory along the pagoda ridges to Balcony Point overlooking Clatterteeth Canyon and then back via a different route. Marvallous views good going
Map: Wollangambe

Fri - 30-Aug-2019
5 H - Day Walk
Wollemi National Park: Ariadne Thread and Theseus Slot
Park on Wolgan Road and make our way up Minotaur Lair Gully; pass through Minotaur Lair, then turn north and climb up the tributary creek to about GR 421 234. Explore the many slots of The Labyrinth, including Theseus Slot, moving westwards, until about GR 417 234. Exit via Ariadne Thread and Minotaur Lair Gully. Scrambling and exposure. About 10km.
Map: Ben Bullen

Mon - 26-Aug-2019
3 M - Day Walk
Lockyers Road and Lawsons Long Alley
Park one vehicle on Mount York Road at the junction with Lawsons Long Alley, 438 815 and another on Mount York Road at 434 847. Starting at the top of Lockyers Road and walking down it to approx. 434 847 and then off track descending the spur there to the east to connect with Waltons Road approx. 441 847 and then walking back up Lawsons Long Alley. About 200m +&- and about 8km. Joint walk with The Bush Club.
Map: Hartley

Sun - 25-Aug-2019
4 MH - Abseiling
Castle Head Abseil
Castle Head Abseil is situated 1 km further along the road from the barrier at Narrow Neck, Katoomba. We do a car shuffle form the Golden Stairs car park to the barrier. There are 6 abseils down the cliff, the longest of which is 45 metres. There is a fairly exposed step across a gap between 2 cliffs after Abseil 4. At the end of the abseils, we walk down the ridge to the tourist track close to the Ruined Castle, then back up the Golden Stairs to Narrow Neck.
Map: Katoomba

Sun - 25-Aug-2019
3 MX - Day Walk
Trig Overhangs, Rhubarb Rock and Shattered Canyon - Narrow Neck Plateau
A walk out along Narrow Neck Plateau to see places shown on the 1961 Nelly's Glen Map. I've been past these spots a many times without paying too much attention. Time to have a better look and perhaps visit Rice Terrace. 30% off track with some thick heath. 10k, 900m ascent/descent.
Map: Jamison

Sat - 24-Aug-2019
3 MX - Abseiling
Malaita pt. - Abseiling trip
This is a re-scheduled trip from 10 August. Malaita Point entry is close to Scenic World. There are up to 7 abseils and we finish on the main track which is close to Furber steps.If there is enough time and interest, we can also do Juggler incthe afternoon.
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 24-Aug-2019
3 MX - Abseiling
Malaita pt. - Abseiling trip
This is a re-scheduled trip from 10 August. Malaita Point entry is close to Scenic World. There are up to 7 abseils and we finish on the main track which is close to Furber Steps. We will return to Scenic World. If there is time and enough interest, Guy has agreed to lead Malaita Walls in the afternoon. There are 5 abseils down the cliff wall which are bigger and more exposed than Malaita Point. The first abseil in particular is 45 metres and exposed so it is a harder grade than Malaita Point.
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 24-Aug-2019
4 MH - Day Walk
Traverse of the Ridges of Dunn
This walk was cancelled on 10th Aug owing to snow.The Ridges of Dunn are a series of parallel rocky ridges to the SW (approx. 2 km) of Wollangambe Crater. They show up particularly well in the Google Earth view (attached file).We start along the track to Wollangambe Crater and cut east at the first creek and then slightly south down to another creek which feeds into Wollangambe Creek. We cross this creek and head up the central ridge of Dunn, which is a playground of pagodas, and have a look at the parallel ridges to the E and W. Then we head back along a ridge to the W then S which leads to the heavy vehicle Inspection station at Bell. This is reasonably open and the last half is lightly tracked.The central part of the walk is off track but open. The pagoda ridges offer scrambling, or detours around the scrambling, depending on how you feel. The open nature of the ridges makes for excellent views. The walk will last approx. 6 hrs and I am grading it as 4 but it is on the easy side of that.
Map: Wollangambe

Fri - 23-Aug-2019
3 M - Day Walk
Historic tracks of the Foy's Hydro Majestic
Retracing the maze of tracks built in the Hey day of the Hydro. We will visit 3 Brothers, the Flying Fox, the Sunbath, the Coloseum Track to the landslide section, and Mark's Tomb finishing on the Wonderland track and returning via Station St past the Hydro itself
Map: Katoomba

Fri - 23-Aug-2019
5 HX - Pack Walk
Wollemi National Park: Lee Creek and Bylong Labyrinth
A 3-day adventure. From a base camp at Lee Creek, explore the surrounding wild terrain of Bylong Labyrinth. Further details to be advised.
Map: Not Specified

Wed - 21-Aug-2019
4 MH - Day Walk
Lions head and the goat track
We will walk out to lions head pass and down into kedumba valley to the clearing, then proceed along the road till we join the track up goats head pass. The pass involves a climb up some chains and has some exposure.then we will climb up to kedumba gate. Car shuffle will be required
Map: Jamison

Mon - 19-Aug-2019
2 EM - Day Walk
Berghofers Pass, Mount Victoria
Half day walk from Mount York Road follow Berghofers Pass until it meets the highway and return, and then a drive out to the end of Mount York Road. The history and maps of when this was listed as the Great Western Highway will all be explained.
Map: Hartley

Sun - 18-Aug-2019
4 MH - Day Walk
Altar Room
Walk up Little Capertee Creek to the Altar Room and across the top with spectacular views. We will then descent via a canyon like slot to the Newnes camp ground.The walk has one short 'climby' bit, where we pull the packs up and can then use the rope as a hand-line to assist people getting up if necessary.
Map: Ben Bullen

Sat - 17-Aug-2019
4 MH - Day Walk
Box Creek Waterfalls - Kanangra Boyd Nation Park
The Waterfalls of Box Creek are spectacular after rain. Black Banksia Falls, Box Creek Falls and the Dungalla Cascades should be flowing after the recent rain. All off-track through open forest but not a big walk - 6k in total, 400m ascent/descent.
Map: Shooters Hill

Sat - 17-Aug-2019
2 EM - Day Walk
Hat hill, Bald hill, Bennetts Lookout
We have a gentle walk towards the edge of the Grose valley along the Hat hill ridge.Fabulous views, easy half day.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sat - 17-Aug-2019
4 MH - Abseiling
Hole-in-the-Rock Abseil
A winter abseil trip (with 1 pitch into waist deep water, so change of clothes needed) and with a "testing" scramble over the pool at the H-I-R. 5 abseils up to 30m. Joint trip with CBC.
Map: Ben Bullen

Sat - 17-Aug-2019
4 MH - Day Walk
Newnes State Forest: Silkpod Point and Silkpod Gorge
Park the cars on Fire Trail No. 4 off Sunnyside Ridge Road, at about GR 402 078. Head south east into a gorge and down to the junction with Carne Creek. Continue downstream and explore 2-3 other ravines running north before reconnecting with the cars. About 7km.
Map: Cullen Bullen

Fri - 16-Aug-2019
5 H - Day Walk
Wollemi National Park: Little Capertee Creek and the Plateau to the South
From the camping ground at Newnes, walk along Little Capertee Creek to about GR 380 250, then climb to plateau top, head east to about GR 390 250 and descend a tributary creek. Return to Newnes camping ground. About 14km. Scrambling and exposure.
Map: Ben Bullen

Thu - 15-Aug-2019
5 H - Day Walk
Eldorado Ledge,Ariadne Thread and MinotaurLair
late notice walk.Joint walk with ANB.Steep climb(350m),rock scrambling.short tape assisted descent, level dry slot canyon.
Map: Ben Bullen

Wed - 14-Aug-2019
2 EM - Day Walk
Under cliff, Over cliff track
An relatively easy 1/2 day walk starting at the Conservation Hut and we'll explore all the lookouts over the Jamison Valley and side tracks returning to the Conservation Hut via the Short Cut track.
Map: Jamison

Mon - 12-Aug-2019
3 M - Day Walk
Blair Athol Coal Mine
Blair Athol Coal Mine close to Mount Victoria has a fascinating history. The mine and the surrounding area ruins, ventilation shaft, explosive storage will be checked out with oral history of the mine. A half day walk. Keith Painter author of the Chert Bubble, Mount Victoria will be a guide
Map: Mt Wilson

Sun - 11-Aug-2019
3 M - Day Walk
Mystery walk Blackheath
This walk has beautiful views of the Grose valley and lush sections of rainforest. Mostly on track but some muddy areas. Short day.
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 10-Aug-2019
3 MX - Abseiling
Malaita pt. - Abseiling trip
This is a trip to celebrate Gerard,s birthday! There are 6 abseils down the cliff where you can enjoy great views. There is an optional 7th abseil at the end. We meet at Scenic World with short walk to the first abseil. We finish on the main track below and then its a climb up the Furber steps to Scenic World.
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 10-Aug-2019
3 M - Day Walk
Mount York
A 10km Circuit walk starting at beautiful Barden Lookout, Mt York. We will follow Coxs Descent (approx 260m) and admire the historical markings and signs of the first road over the mountains, built in 1815. Then return up the pretty Lockyer's Pass ( 260 m ascent), started in 1835 but never completed.
Map: Hartley

Sat - 10-Aug-2019
4 MH - Day Walk
Traverse of the Ridges of Dunn
The Ridges of Dunn are a series of parallel rocky ridges to the SW (approx. 2 km) of Wollangambe Crater. They show up particularly well in the Google Earth view (attached file).We start along the track to Wollangambe Crater and cut east at the first creek and then slightly south down to another creek which feeds into Wollangambe Creek. We cross this creek and head up the central ridge of Dunn, which is a playground of pagodas, and have a look at the parallel ridges to the E and W. Then we head back along a ridge to the W then S which leads to the heavy vehicle Inspection station at Bell. This is reasonably open and the last half is lightly tracked.The central part of the walk is off track but open. The pagoda ridges offer scrambling, or detours around the scrambling, depending on how you feel. The open nature of the ridges makes for excellent views. The walk will last approx. 6 hrs and I am grading it as 4 but it is on the easy side of that.
Map: Wollangambe

Wed - 07-Aug-2019
2 EM - Day Walk
Berghofer's Pass
From Mount York Road follow the 1912 (?) Berghofer's Pass down to its junction with Victoria Pass. Early automobiles were unable to cope with the steepness of Victoria Pass and the alternative route was used.Easy half day walk.
Map: Hartley

Wed - 07-Aug-2019
5 H - Abseiling
Coinslot Canyon
Coinslot a short canyon is near the Capertee camping ground at Glen Davis. There is a demanding climb through the cliffs to reach the first abseil. Rick Jamieson grades this canyon as 6. There are five abseils. The "coinslot' abseil is a 30m drop in a narrow crack and is quite spectacular.
Map: Glen Alice

Sun - 04-Aug-2019
1 E - Meeting
AGM 2019
The clubs AGM will be held at Don and Karin's in Evans Lookout Road, Blackheath. Walks will be held after the meeting.Please do not post other walks on that day. More information will be circulated via the googlegroup.
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 03-Aug-2019
3 MX - Abseiling
Penrose Gully & Tiger Snake Canyons
Two excellent dry(ish) canyons with a very interesting abseil into the dark section. Mostly on reasonable track. Joint trip with CBC.
Map: Rock Hill

Sat - 03-Aug-2019
5 H - Day Walk
Wild Dogs Circuit
Green Gully - Ironmonger - Cox's River - Blue Dog Spur - Knights Deck - Cattle Dog Ridge - Hobbles Spur The classic tour of the Wild Dogs
Map: Jenolan

Fri - 02-Aug-2019
5 HX - Day Walk
Mugii Murum-ban SCA: Pagoda Spurs and Ravines West of Genowlan Gorge
Park on the plateau at GR 250 324. Walk down Genowlan Mountain Trail to about GR 255 329 and find a way up a north-south running defile. Check the pagodas around GR 255 332 and to the south of there. From here, check the ravine and slots to the north west, then walk out on the spur to the south at GR 2525 3300. Now, use the next defile to the west to descend and eventually return back to the cars. About 8km. Exploratory. Scrambling and exposure.
Map: Glen Alice

Wed - 31-Jul-2019
2 EM - Day Walk
Radiata Plateau
An easy half day walk to the trig with a view to the south as far as Cloudmaker and Crafts Walls and 180 Degrees to the North. The rock platform looks down on Back Creek in the Megalong with Kanimbla Valley in the distance. A panorama.
Map: Katoomba

Sun - 28-Jul-2019
2 EM - Abseiling
Prussik and Rescue Practice Day
This is an informal practice day to consolidate safety and rescue skills. The venue is Yellow Rock Lookout (above the Nepean River, follow Singles Ridge Rd from Winmalee) . The day will be very much do your own thing and learn from each other. I will have some ropes and rope protectors. Bring your own ropes. You can practise abseiling, try different descenders and ascenders, learn to tie knots, prussik, tie off, lower using a munter hitch, pass a knot and top belay. Mechanical advantage systems will be used to practise rescues. Please let me know if you will join us and arrive whenever you like. We will start at 1030. I will have prussik cords for people who would like to learn to prussik. This day is for members who are in the UBMBC canyoning program. A learn to abseil day for members will be held soon.
Map: Springwood

Sat - 27-Jul-2019
3 M - Abseiling
Dione Dell Canyon
This is a mainly dry canyon trip, near Kanangra Walls, that involves 5 abseils, with the longest being 32 metres. You may get your feet wet in one or two sections and there is a short thigh deep traverse.. All abseils have easy starts and it is a good trip for members new to abseiling.
Map: Kanangra

Sat - 27-Jul-2019
3 M - Day Walk
Hippocrene / Vera Falls
Starting at Wentworth Falls head down the rock face past the falls. Icy dip in the water optional! Head down Slacks stairs and on to Hippocrene falls and past Vera falls. Depending on time and energy we can either head back up valley of the waters or Roberts pass. Various easy routes to choose from to get back to the start.
Map: Katoomba

Fri - 26-Jul-2019
3 M - Abseiling
Zorro and Pleasant View Canyons
Zorro, 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, tricky one in the dark, down a sloping rock into a knee 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. 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.
Map: Cullen Bullen

Wed - 24-Jul-2019
2 EM - Day Walk
Castle Head
Half day walk on track to an awesome lookout and return.If easy midweek walks are wanted please show support.
Map: Jamison

Tue - 23-Jul-2019
4 MH - Day Walk
Donkey Mt
Situated in the Wolgan Valley, North of Lithgow, Donkey Mt, is a unique combination of pagodas, caves, passages, and mini canyons. A steep climb and descent are required to reach what has been described as “an adventure playground for bushwalkers”. I have been exploring and mapping Donkey Mt for twelve years and always find something of interest. This walk is an introduction to Donkey Mt and will cover most of the basic features. We will visit, Jenny Craig Crevasse, the Titanic, the Green Room, the Columns, Donkey Canyon and the Grand Hall. The walk is suitable for experienced walkers who must be prepared to squeeze through tight passages, climb pagodas and crawl through tunnels.
Map: Ben Bullen

Sun - 21-Jul-2019
4 MH - Abseiling
Hole in the Rock canyon
Hole in the Rock is a mostly dry canyon, although you do get wet in a small pool, possibly less than waist deep, at the end of the second abseil. There are 5 abseils up to 30 metres. At the end of the third abseil, there is an exciting bridging activity to avoid another pool. Access is similar to Windows Canyon, 4 kms this side of Newnes, on the Wolgan road.
Map: Not Specified

Sun - 21-Jul-2019
4 MH - Day Walk
The Rain Cave and Pyramid Rock
Pyramid Rock is situated in Carne Creek on the Newnes Plateau. We park on Fire Trail 7 on the Glowworm Tunnel road and descend to the Weather Cave and the Rain Cave on the edge of the cliffs. Next there is a great scramble up the Governors Pagoda for great views, Photos on Michael's Chair are optional. We follow the cliff line to the Gemini Cave then descend steeply into the valley to Cleopatra's Needle and Pyramid Rock. Climbing Pyramid Rock is optional. We return to the cliffs and climb Miracle Pass. On our way back to the vehicles we visit the remarkable Double Arch Cave. It is a demanding day. Bookings open on Mon 15 July.
Map: Cullen Bullen

Sat - 20-Jul-2019
4 MHX - Day Walk
Girdwood Ridge - Holts Heaven
Clarence Fire Trail - Girdwood Ridge Holts Heaven. Time to explore this magnificent pagoda area again.
Map: Wollangambe

Fri - 19-Jul-2019
5 HX - Pack Walk
Wollemi National Park: Skyline Traverse in Bylong Labyrinth
Strictly limited numbers. Private property access has been arranged. Day 1. Set up the shuffle. Walk from Spring Log Creek to Growee River south of Goat Mountain. Day 2. Climb Goat Mountain and complete a skyline traverse to Painted Rock on Lee Creek. Day 3. From Painted Rock to Growee Gulf. Finish the shuffle. Partly exploratory. Scrambling and exposure. About 30km.
Map: Not Specified

Thu - 18-Jul-2019
4 MH - Day Walk
Dalpura Track, Birrabang Brook, Yileen Spur
Distance 10K, Ascents/Descents 290m. Off track components, mild exposure, use of climbing tape.
Map: Mt Wilson

Wed - 17-Jul-2019
4 MH - Abseiling
Looking Glass Canyon
Looking Glass is in the cliffs above the Wolgan River at Newnes. We begin with a 5 km walk on the Wolgan River Fire trail then climb through the cliffs and enter the canyon by a side abseil. There are five, mainly short abseils and some waist deep pools.On e abseil has a difficult start. Looking Glass joins Firefly Canyon giving us three more abseils. We return along the Wolgan River Fire Trail. It's a long, demanding day.
Map: Mt Morgan

Mon - 15-Jul-2019
3 M - Bike Ride
Cycle trip from Blackheath station to Hanging Rock
Cycle ride along Ridgewell road, through the national park until we reach the track to Hanging Rock. Park the bikes and walk to the wonderful views from Hanging rock. The return journey to Blackheath station should take around 2 and a half hours, and give us time to enjoy the views. If we still feel energetic, we could continue the ride along the back streets to Govetts Leap Lookout and back to the station. The trip would be a half day and finish by lunchtime. You will need a mountain or hybrid bike.
Map: Katoomba

Sun - 14-Jul-2019
4 MH - Abseiling
Malaita Wall abseil
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. At the end of the abseils we will walk up Furber Steps.
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 13-Jul-2019
5 H - Pack Walk
Splendour Rock
From Dunphys Campground walk down Carlon Creek, cross Breakfast Creek and up Blackhorse Ridge, Mobbs Swamp and onto Mt Dingo to camp near Splendour Rock. Splendour Rock has one of the most spectacular views in the Blue Mountains (just my opinion). The next day return on the Eastern side of Mt Dingo, Mt Merrimerrigal, Mt Warrigal, down Blackhorse Gap, Medlow Gap and walk the fire trail back to Dunphys.
Map: Jenolan

Sat - 13-Jul-2019
4 MH - Day Walk
Wolgan State Forest: Western Escarpment of Wolgan Valley
Find out why this part of the Gardens of Stone region must be protected for future generations. After placing vehicles at each end of the walk, leave from near Wolgan Gap Trig, climb to the top of the cliff line, then follow the ins and outs of the cliff line for about 7km. Stunning views.
Map: Cullen Bullen

Fri - 12-Jul-2019
5 H - Day Walk
Gardens of Stone National Park: Koan Cave and Flying Carpet
Park one car at GR 419 130 off Glowworm Tunnel Road and another car at GR 415 150. From the second car, take an old fire trail north west, then descend the Long Zig Zag Pass. Continue south east underneath the cliff line, visit the incredible Flying Carpet and then Koan Cave. Move generally south under the cliffs until the Koan Pass. Re-connect with the cars. Scrambling and exposure. About 6 km.
Map: Cullen Bullen

Thu - 11-Jul-2019
4 MH - Abseiling
Windows canyon
Windows canyon is a dry canyon with 7 abseils rangingfrom 5m to 29 metres for the final abseil. The access point is about 4 kms this skde of Newnes, on the Wolgan road. Possible wet feet, but unlikely with the dry weather. At the end of the third abseil, there is a great morning tea/lunch ledge with views down the Wolgan.
Map: Not Specified

Mon - 08-Jul-2019
4 MH - Day Walk
Rienits Mine site
Located Victoria Creek and accessed via Ridgewell Road, Blackheath. approx. 8km off track and 6km on firetrail. Recent history by the leader has come to me about this site.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sun - 07-Jul-2019
3 M - Abseiling
David Crevasse - Mt Banks
An abseil trip through a dry gully. A 90 minute walk along fire trail to the start of the canyon. About 5 abseils, up to 25 metres. Exit is via another gully. This exit involves an 8 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 along fire trail back to cars.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sat - 06-Jul-2019
4 MHX - Day Walk
Mount Townsend
This walk explores a small section of the Southern end of the Colo Wilderness. It starts near Upper Colo, about 40 minutes drive from Richmond and 90 minutes drive from Blackheath. Lisa and I can provide transport from Richmond railway station. Car sharing from the upper blue mountains may be possible. From the start of Bob Turner's track we will head South and then West to Mount Townsend. The aim is to find a way down one of the ridges to the North of Mount Townsend and meet up with Bob Turner's track. If there's time we could head down to the Colo River before returning along Bob Turner's track to the cars. Mostly off-track walking, possibly with some scrambling but nothing exposed or scary. The middle section (North from Mount Townsend to Bob Turner's track) will be exploratory.
Map: Mountain Lagoon

Sat - 06-Jul-2019
4 MHX - Day Walk
To the N and W of Maiyingu Marragu (Blackfellows Hands )Cave
With today's other walk booked out, I would like to explore the area to the north and west of Maiyingu Marragu. It will be partly exploratory as we make our way north and then west to the pagoda surrounded valleys and hills to the east. We will return to Maiyingu Marragu via the 4WD track. Having seen "Destination Pagoda" this week , this is one of the areas where there is some damage but the country is great to explore. Ledges to be avoided!
Map: Cullen Bullen

Thu - 04-Jul-2019
3 M - Abseiling
Spiral Canyon
Spiral is a dry canyon on the Newnes Plateau with four abseils. There is a 6km fire trail walk before we reach the turn off then push through thick bush to the canyon. It is an open canyon and not high quality but it has two really good abseils.The canyon ends opposite Rock Island in Deans Creek which is very pleasant walking for about 500m. The exit is by a steep gully with a rock scramble up the cliffs. We then push through thick bush to return on the fire trail.
Map: Mt Morgan

Sun - 30-Jun-2019
3 M - Day Walk
Darwin Walk/Wentworth Pass
This classic walk has been reopened. Ascents/Descents 400m (lots of steps) Distance 11kmPlease provide mobile phone number on booking.Joint UBMBC/ANB walk.
Map: Katoomba

Sun - 30-Jun-2019
5 H - Day Walk
Wild Gorge, Split Rock and the Cosmic Cave
A spectacular walk in a tributary of Carne Creek on the Newnes Plateau.A descent of a ridge brings us to Wild Gorge and the Dome Cave. We follow the creek through thick bush to Split Rock and climb one of the rocks. After finding a creek crossing we climb under the cliffs to Cosmic Cave, one of the largest caves on the Newnes Plateau. A climb through the cliffs takes us back to the vehicles. Wonderful ,wild scenery the whole way. This walk was discovered by Michael Keats, Yuri Bolotin and Brian Fox in 2015. Bookings open on 24 June.
Map: Cullen Bullen

Sat - 29-Jun-2019
3 MX - Abseiling
Malaita Point
A relatively easy multi pitch abseil trip but with exit now by Giant Stairway as Furber Steps are likely to be closed (if not we will take the easier Furber Steps exit). Joint trip with CBC.
Map: Katoomba

Fri - 21-Jun-2019
4 MH - Day Walk
Exploring Airlie
We will car camp at Airlie on Friday night.On Saturday we'll head up the hill (off track) and wend our way to "Gnome Gully " a beautiful rainforest gully before exploring other areas with interesting pagodas and other features.On Sunday, we'll have a short walk along a fire trail to see the cave houses and other features of historical interest.Walkers not wishing to camp can meet us on Saturday.
Map: Glen Alice

Fri - 21-Jun-2019
5 H - Day Walk
Wollemi National Park: From Capertee Creek Gorge to Little Capertee Creek via Newnes Balcony
Set up a car shuffle. Walk into Capertee Creek Gorge until GR 386 243 then climb out to the north east via the western part of Newnes Balcony. Continue north east and descend into Little Capertee Creek. Scrambling and exposure. About 10km.
Map: Ben Bullen

Wed - 19-Jun-2019
4 MH - Day Walk
Birrabang Ridge, Yileen Spur and Liversidge Hill
Walk down Yileen Spur, cross Yileen Gully onto Birrabang Ridge and continue on to Liversidge Hill. Traverse NW & pick up Birrabang Ridge to walk out. 10km +/-400m.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sat - 15-Jun-2019
5 H - Day Walk
Thr Flying Carpet
The Flying Carpet is a wonderful rock formation above Carne Creek on the Newnes Plateau. It is only two metres wide and projects horizontally from the cliff face. It reached by scrambling under the cliffs and a rope assisted climb. We also visit Koan cave then follow the cliff line for some excellent views of Carne Creek. After pushing through some thick scrub we walk through open forest back to our vehicles. This walk is for experienced bushwalkers. 4WD vehicles are need because the Glowworm tunnel road is in poor condition. Bookings open on 8 June.
Map: Cullen Bullen

Sat - 15-Jun-2019
3 MX - Abseiling
Windows Abseil Canyon
A dry canyon (possible wet feet) with great views into the Wolgan Valley. Joint trip with CBC.
Map: Ben Bullen

Sun - 09-Jun-2019
5 HX - Day Walk
Donekey Mt - A path less travelled
We visit some of the less accessible features of Donkey Mt - possibly Hidden Canyon, The Dark Side, Terrace Canyon and the Bermuda Triangle. This walk is for experienced walkers who have visited Donkey Mt previously. Bookings open on 1st June.
Map: Ben Bullen

Sat - 08-Jun-2019
4 MH - Day Walk
Ben Bullen State Forest: From Heaven to Hell and Back
Find out why this part of the Gardens of Stone region must be protected for future generations. This is a walk of great contrasts. We will drive to a spot off the Great Dividing Range and make our way through the soaring pagodas into the stunning Hall of Elrond and then down into the green valley and to the edge of an open cut coalmine. Using another ridge, we will then make our way back up to the top of the Great Dividing Range and the cars through more stunning pagodas. Scrambling and exposure. About 8km.
Map: Cullen Bullen

Sat - 08-Jun-2019
4 MHX - Canyon
Twin Canyon and Nobles Canyon
We will park just to the north of the Nobles Canyon parking area and head west to the cliff edge. We will then follow the cliff edge north and eventually find a way down to the end of Twin Canyon. After some exploration we will follow the canyon south to the watershed and then down into Nobles Canyon. We will walk towards the entrance to Nobles canyon and then follow one of the gully's north to where the cars are parked. Some short exploratory sections. Some mild exposure on the descent to Twin Canyon and a a leg up and scramble needed to exit from Twin Canyon. On the border of the Ben Bullen/Cullen Bullen maps
Map: Ben Bullen

Fri - 07-Jun-2019
4 MH - Day Walk
Wollemi National Park: Ridges West of Bulga
Drive to Bulga on Putty Road and ascend Milbrodale Ridge. Walk west and climb Mount Whybrow. Continue west on Milbrodale Ridge for as far as the time permits. Return the same way. Rarely visited and very pretty area. About 12km.
Map: Not Specified

Sat - 01-Jun-2019
2 EM - Day Walk
Pool of Siloam to Conservation Hut
A pleasant half day walk starting in Leura via Lyrebird Dell, Pool of Siloam then Leura's back streets to Fairmont Resort track to Lilians Bridge and Nature Trail ending at conservation Hut Wentworth falls. A few deviations to lookouts on the way. Suitable for new walkers, photographers and the less experienced.
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 01-Jun-2019
4 MHX - Day Walk
Red Ridge area Kings Tableland
Further to our initial exploratory last year. A look at Mount White and Mount Gibson which we saw but didn't conquer!! Only disadvantage is a 4 km walk in along a good trail and return.
Map: Jamison

Sat - 01-Jun-2019
4 MH - Abseiling
Violet Crumble Crevasse
This abseil trip involves 5 abseils from 10 to 60 metres. The 60 metre abseil is exposed but not hard. There is off track walking. There are difficult pagodas to climb over with flaky edges. Narrow rock ledges to negotiate. Scrambling skills required. Meeting spot will be Lidsdale.
Map: Ben Bullen

Mon - 27-May-2019
3 M - Day Walk
Mount Hay and Butterbox Point
From the end of Mount Hay Road, Leura follow the walking track to Butterbox Point and Mount Hay Trig. About 8km, wonderful views and history.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sun - 26-May-2019
5 H - Day Walk
Ben Bullen State Forest Series – The Northern Valleys
Ben Bullen State Forest west of the Great Dividing Range encapsulates, in a relatively small area, everything that is exciting and interesting about bushwalking – incredible rock sculptures, tall pagodas, narrow slot canyons, magnificent caves, verdant forests and more. This unique area is currently under serious threat from mining. Find out why this area must be protected for future generations. About 8k. All off track, some rock scrambling and exposure.
Map: Cullen Bullen

Sat - 25-May-2019
3 MX - Abseiling
Castle Head Abseil
Multi pitch abseil trip with great views & some exposure. Joint trip with CBC.
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 25-May-2019
4 MH - Day Walk
Glenbrook, Glenbrook Creek, Kanuka Brook, Red Hands Cave
Meet at the Blue Mountains National Park entrance at Glenbrook. Walk down the road to the Causeway then upstream along Glenbrook Creek via Blue Pool to Duck Pool by the junction with Kanuka Brook (approx. 3 km). This stretch is partly tracked and reasonably open. Head up Kanuka Creek for approx. 1 km. There is an intermittent track marked by splodges of blue paint. Then head up a gully to the left (south) for 50m until it forks. Climb the ridge between, weave through some cliff lines (always marked with blue paint) and follow a clear track on the ridge until it meets Red Hands fire trail. Turn left and make your way down to the Red Hands Cave. Continue down the track to the junction with Camp Fire Creek (1.5 km). Turn left here and follow Camp Fire Creek downstream to the Glenbrook Causeway. Cross the causeway and climb back up the road to the park entrance.Approx. 6 hrs, 13 km, 400 m ascent.Links to a couple of blogs of this walk - a Tom Brennan blog https://bushwalkingnsw.com/walk.php?nid=729 and a David Noble blog http://www.david-noble.net/blog/?p=6290
Map: Penrith

Fri - 24-May-2019
3 M - Pack Walk
A romp around Kanangra
We will meet at Boyd river on Friday and explore the magnificent Morong Falls.On Saturday we'll go to Pages Pinnacle, a classic walk on the plateau with constant stunning views.On Sunday, we do a short walk to Box creek falls before heading home.Mostly easy walking with not much ascent/descent or scary edges.This is a car camp with day walks.
Map: Kanangra

Fri - 24-May-2019
5 H - Day Walk
Blue Mountains National Park: Mount Banks to Pierces Pass Traverse
A spectacular cliff edge traverse, connecting these two iconic destinations. Exploratory for the leader. Scrambling and exposure. About 6km.
Map: Mt Wilson

Mon - 20-May-2019
3 M - Day Walk
Fortress Ridge
Once again 3rd time lucky to put on the Fortress Ridge half day walk, the last two times it was raining so we diverted to the waterfalls. Great views and history.
Map: Katoomba

Sun - 19-May-2019
4 MH - Day Walk
Megalong Ledges
As referenced in Jim Smith’s “How to see the Blue Mountains” 2nd edition, walk No. 83 on page 44. A series of ledges with some scrubby sections between. No real exposure or rock climbing involved. We start at Medlow Bath behind the Hydro-Majestic and finish above Black's Ladder on Radiata Plateau.
Map: Katoomba

Sun - 19-May-2019
3 M - Day Walk
Nellies Glen to Devils Hole.
Pretty walk through rainforest, some firetrial and an interesting exit gully. Includes many steps, a bit of mud and a little scramble on exit. Please state if you can help shuffle walkers the short distance to and from Katoomba station. This is a combined walk with ANB so I would appreciate if you could let me know that you are UBMBC. Thank you. Distance 10KM, Ascents/Descents 450m
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 18-May-2019
5 H - Abseiling
Kalang Falls Abseil - Kanangra Walls
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

Sat - 18-May-2019
3 MX - Abseiling
Mirrorball Abseil
Abseil trip in the Grose Valley with spectacular views and a great morning tea spot on the Mirrorball. Joint trip with CBC.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sat - 18-May-2019
4 MHX - Day Walk
Sunnyside Ridge
A further explore from an old trail near the end of the ridge. From memory the pagodas were very impressive as was the view of the Wolgan Valley
Map: Wollangambe

Sun - 12-May-2019
4 MH - Day Walk
Donkey Mountain
An introduction to Donkey Mountain's magic world of passages, mazes, caves and pagodas. A steep climb and descent is involved. Walkers must be prepared to squeeze through narrow passages, crawl through caves and scramble over pagodas. Excellent views of the Wolgan Valley. Expereinced walkers only. No bookings before May 5.
Map: Ben Bullen

Sun - 12-May-2019
2 EM - Day Walk
Lochleys Pylon
We walk from the small car park on the Mt Hay Road out to the pylon and the magnificent views of the valley and return. If the road between Fortress Ridge and the start of the walk is still poor we may need 4 wheel drives get through a steep section or walk from the Fortress Ridge carpark. 1/2 day walk.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sat - 11-May-2019
3 M - Day Walk
Lagoon Creek
Walk in country which is totally different to the Blue Mountains and examine old gold mining relics. Check out old tunnels (in solid granite and safe) Short walk but lots of mining history.
Map: Portland

Sat - 11-May-2019
5 H - Pack Walk
Point Nicholson
From Newnes we'll follow Little Capertee Creek, then walk through some delightful pagodas to get to the campsite on a rock shelf overlooking the Capertee Valley with spectacular views of Pantoney's Crown as we watch the sunset. This is a dry camp with no water nearby, so you will have to carry all the water you require for the walk and camp, as the water from Little Capertee Creek is unreliable. This walk is mostly off track, so only walkers with off track pack walking experience please.
Map: Ben Bullen

Fri - 10-May-2019
3 M - Abseiling
Safety and Rescue Practice
This is an informal practice day to consolidate safety and rescue skills. The venue is Mt York basic training site (past the green shed) starting at 1430. The day will be very much do your own thing and learn from each other. You will be able to prussik, tie off, lower using a munter, pass a knot as well as tie a wrap three pull two anchor and top belay. Mechanical advantage systems will be used to rescue. Please let me know if you will join us and arrive whenever you like. I will have prussik cords for people who would like to learn to prussik.Regards,On Friday 10 May we will have an informal practice day to consolidate safety and rescue skills. The venue is Mt York basic training site (past the green shed) starting at 1430. The day will be very much do your own thing and learn from each other. You will be able to prussik, tie off, lower using a munter, pass a knot as well as tie a wrap three pull two anchor and top belay. Mechanical advantage systems will be used to rescue. Please let me know if you will join us and arrive whenever you like. Io will have prussik cords for people who would like ot klearn to prussic.Regards,
Map: Hartley

Thu - 09-May-2019
3 M - Abseiling
Abseil Training for Beginners
Basic abseil training at Mt York for members who have not abseiled previously. In the afternoon we drive to Medlow Bath for Juggler Canyon which has six abseils. Members must have a level of fitness and agility suitable for canyoning. To enrol you must have done at least one bushwalk with UBMBC and completed a non abseil canyon. Equipment provided.
Map: Katoomba

Sun - 05-May-2019
3 MX - Abseiling
Boars Head Abseil
A dry multi-pitch abseil trip with some great views and lots of exposure in the slot (not for the faint hearted). 5 abseils up to 50m. Joint trip with CBC.
Map: Rock Hill

Sat - 04-May-2019
4 MHX - Day Walk
Ropeway across Jamison Valley
Down Furber Steps and then follow the cables (intermittently) from Malaita Point across the valley to the Ruined Castle and return by the Federal Pass to Furber Steps. A walk through history.
Map: Katoomba

Sun - 28-Apr-2019
3 M - Day Walk
Jenolan Caves Circuit
Park at Jenolan Cabins and walk down the Six Foot Track to Jenolan Caves. The Devils Coachhouse is closed due to a rock fall so we will go to the McKeowns Valley and follow the river to Rowe's cottage ruins and the ascend a steep ridge to the cabins. About 12 Kms.
Map: Jenolan

Sat - 27-Apr-2019
5 H - Day Walk
Mt Solitary Traverse
The classic walk Kings Tableland - over Solitary finish - Golden Stairs traversing the Jamison Valley. Some very steep sections about 20 kms and 9 -10 hrs walking so an early start to get it in before dark Walk will be at a moderate pace - fit walkers only, please
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 27-Apr-2019
3 MX - Abseiling
Zorro Canyon
A reasonably easy abseiling canyon with 1 tricky chimney to avoid waist deep water. 2 or 3 abseils up to 25m. Great views as we walk in from the top. Wet feet, but no swimming. Joint trip with CBC.
Map: Cullen Bullen

Fri - 26-Apr-2019
5 HX - Day Walk
Mugii Murum-ban SCA: West of Genowlan Trig
Leave one vehicle at GR 243 305 on Glen Davis Road and drive another to GR 249 322 on the plateau. Climb onto the escarpment and walk southwards, enjoying spectacular views. Next, explore the area west of Genowlan Trig. Use Citadel Pass South to descend to the first car. Mostly exploratory. Scrambling and exposure. About 8km.
Map: Glen Alice

Wed - 24-Apr-2019
3 M - Pack Walk
Splendour Rock Bushwalkers Anzac Service - overnight walk
Wednesday 24th April to Thursday 25th April. Overnight walk from Carlons Farm in the Megalong Valley out to Splendour Rock and return 14 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 all the way with a couple of steep climbs. Water is not available at the campsite and needs to be carried about 3 klms. You would need to carry at least 2 litres of water from this point to get you through the night and for the walk out. Over the last few years it has become popular again with many walking clubs, scouts and other groups attending, with up to 100 people at the service. Meeting place will be in Blackheath at about 0800.Tent and cooking equipment required.
Map: Jenolan

Sun - 21-Apr-2019
2 EM - Day Walk
Mt Wilson - Pheasant’s Cave and Tessellated Pavements
Two short, scenic and very different walks showing off the best of Mt Wilson. Approx 9km in total, the first walk has few hills, the second 150m ascent/descent approx. Feel free to do one or both walks.Please advise if you are happy to drive and take passengers.There is no public transport. Contact me by email please.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sun - 21-Apr-2019
3 M - Day Walk
Table Rock in Jenolan State Forest
Walk off track up ridge adjacent to Table rock, then climb Table Rock for a fantastic 360 degree view. Not very long walk but spectacular. See what Bernard O'Reilly did when he climbed up in 1931. The climb up Table Rock is a bit exposed. I will climb and put a tape down.
Map: Hampton

Sat - 20-Apr-2019
5 H - Day Walk
North of Wollangambe River/ Crater
This walk is to the region north of Wollangambie River, and to the north west of Wollangambie Crater (WC). The track starts as if heading to WC then heads north across the river. For a short distance we join a fire trail and head south down a ridge towards WC, find a way through the cliffs and cut across the river and head back up to the return trail from WC. A small amount of scrambling is required. This is a big walk and Joe Dunn reckons it as one of the better ones we have done. Fitness is required as it is a 22 km walk with 1000 m ascent. Last time it took us 9 hrs.
Map: Wollangambe

Sat - 20-Apr-2019
3 MX - Abseiling
Penrose Gully & Tiger Snake Canyons
Two dry abseil canyons. 3 drops up to 20m in Penrose Gully (this section is not for fat people & can be missed). 4 drops up to 25m in Tiger Snake. Joint trip with CBC.
Map: Rock Hill

Fri - 19-Apr-2019
5 HX - Pack Walk
Wollemi National Park: Baker Labyrinth and more
Co-leader Ian Thorpe. A 4-day pack walk adventure that will include crossing of the incredible Baker Labyrinth and exploration of the nearby areas. Details to be advised. Scrambling and exposure. Mostly exploratory.
Map: Not Specified

Mon - 15-Apr-2019
5 HX - Day Walk
Wollemi National Park: Newnes Galleries
Park at Little Capertee Creek Camping Ground and walk up Cathedral Canyon. Once on top, explore the area to the east and north east, named Newnes Galleries on a previous walk. It contains spectacular rock formations. Return the same way. Scrambling and exposure. Partly exploratory. About 6km.
Map: Ben Bullen

Sun - 14-Apr-2019
4 MH - Creek
Budgary Creek - upstream from River Caves - Newnes Plateau
The walk involves creek walking in water and high ferns, with compulsory waterfall jumps and slides. A few rope assisted climb downs also. Mostly off track. Wetsuits optional. Need 4wd vehicles to get to start of walk.
Map: Rock Hill

Sat - 13-Apr-2019
4 MH - Day Walk
Around the Altar Room
This walk visits the interesting and not-so-often visited area North of the Altar Room (a deep slot in the ridge that separates Little Capertee and Canobla Creeks, near Newnes). Rather than going through the Altar room we go around it. From Newnes we head West up Little Capertee Creek and then ascend steeply up to the hanging valley below the Altar Room. We then traverse West and North, emerging on the spur that separates the Western and Eastern parts of Canobla Creek. From there we descend an easy slot to the East and traverse around the Northern side of Mount Tricky to Cathedral Pass, from where it is a long and steep but not difficult descent back to Newnes. Around 6 hours of walking, almost all off-track, a few scrubby patches (nothing too bad), little or no scrambling and no exposure.
Map: Ben Bullen

Sat - 13-Apr-2019
3 M - Day Walk
Burra Korain Head
We meet on Ridgewell Rd and follow Burra Korain ridge to the edge of the Grose valley.Mostly on track with interesting rock formations along the way and a spectacular view at the end.Not too much ascent/descent.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sat - 13-Apr-2019
3 M - Abseiling
Jugglers Canyon
Juggler and Grand Canyons are suitable for abseilers of all ability. You do need to have completed the abseil training with UBMBC. Juggler has 6 abseils and is a dry canyon and Grand has one entry abseil with a lovely walk/wade/swim through canyon. They are conveniently situated near each other, so doing both canyons should only take 6 to 7 hours in total.
Map: Katoomba

Sun - 07-Apr-2019
4 MH - Abseiling
Hole in the Wall canyon
HITW canyon is a wet canyon on the Newnes plateau. There is a 6 km walk in and out. Glow worms are in a tunnel section. There is a great canyon section and a squeeze through or climb over. There are 5 abseils. At the end of HITW there is a 500 m wade through a spectacular section of the Bungleboori canyon.There is just time to do it before the weather gets too cold!
Map: Not Specified

Sun - 07-Apr-2019
2 EM - Day Walk
Slavens Cave
A walk at Wallerawang through open Forest and mainly on track. You need to bring a torch. Afterwards we will drive to Mount Lambie for lunch or afternoon tea with an expansive view. Map is Meadow Flat.
Map: Lithgow

Sat - 06-Apr-2019
3 MX - Abseiling
Honeycomb Canyon
A reasonably easy abseil canyon, where with a tricky scramble, you can stay largely dry. 3 or 4 abseils up to 15m. Walk back through the Glow Worm Tunnel so head torch needed. Joint trip with CBC.
Map: Ben Bullen

Sat - 06-Apr-2019
5 H - Day Walk
Newnes State Forest: Temple of Doom, Lost Ark Point and Indiana Gorge
Find out why this area, which is part of the Gardens of Stone region, must be protected for future generations.Drive to GR 332 088 on Blackfellows Hand Trail. Walk north through the magnificent Temple of Doom and then continue exploring the pagodas on the east side of the ridge, heading north. Arrive at the high cliffs above Wolgan Valley and then walk to Lost Arc Point. After enjoying the stunning views, proceed under the cliffs and into Indiana Gorge. Check out the amazing Indiana Slot and the rest of this scenic hidden valley. Exit the gorge at the south end and make our way back to the cars. About 8km. Scrambling and exposure.
Map: Cullen Bullen

Sat - 06-Apr-2019
5 H - Day Walk
Pantoney's Crown
An Iconic walk via the Northern end. 12 km total length, ascent/descent 600m. There are 2 straight forward rock scrambles involved where a tape will be set. We traverse the entire length and return via the same route. We will follow a well used track from private property to the base.
Map: Ben Bullen

Sat - 06-Apr-2019
3 M - Pack Walk
Tootie Creek
From Mountain Lagoon at the end of the fire trail we'll follow the T3 track down the rocky ridge with spectacular views to the Colo River to camp for the night. The track is well defined but steep in some sections. Very pleasant camping on the sandy banks of the Colo River with the possibility of a swim. Return the same way on Sunday. This is a short walk that will allow for a reasonably early return home on Sunday.
Map: Mountain Lagoon

Fri - 05-Apr-2019
5 HX - Day Walk
Mugii Murum-ban SCA: Pagoda Spurs and Ravines West of Genowlan Gorge
Park on the plateau at GR 250 324. Walk down Genowlan Mountain Trail to about GR 255 329 and find a way up a north-south running defile. Check the pagodas around GR 255 332 and to the south of there. From here, check the ravine and slots to the north west, then walk out on the spur to the south at GR 2525 3300. Now, use the next defile to the west to descend and eventually return back to the cars. About 8km. Exploratory. Scrambling and exposure.
Map: Glen Alice

Thu - 04-Apr-2019
4 MH - Abseiling
Galah Canyon
Galah Canyon is an excellent canyon in the lower reaches of Rocky Creek. It features a number of interesting abseils and a magnificent cathedral-like chamber at the end. It requires a fairly long walk in and out, and there is an exposed climb of about 6m back up the cliffs at the end for which we will run a top belay. Expect an 9-10hr day. Wetsuits optional.
Map: Rock Hill

Wed - 03-Apr-2019
3 M - Abseiling
Empress Canyon
Empress canyon is a short and impressive canyon close to the conservation hut in Wentworth Falls. There are several wades and short swims so a wetsuit is recommended. The canyon finishes with a 30 metre abseil into a pool below.
Map: Katoomba

Sun - 31-Mar-2019
3 M - Day Walk
Fortress ridge and Darks cave
We will drive along the Mt Hay Rd and then start the walk on a fire trail before reaching the track. This takes us along Fortress ridge to the cliffs overlooking the Grose valley. We will then retrace our steps to the track taking us to Darks cave. Lots of views, historical interest and not too much ascent/descent.
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 30-Mar-2019
3 MX - Abseiling
Coachwood Canyon
A very pleasant abseil canyon where you get wet feet, but no swims. 6 abseils up to 25m. Joint trip with CBC.
Map: Rock Hill

Sat - 30-Mar-2019
5 H - Day Walk
North of Wollangambie River/ Crater
This walk is to the region north of Wollangambie River, and to the north west of Wollangambie Crater (WC). The track starts as if heading to WC then heads north across the river. For a short distance we join a fire trail and head south down a ridge towards WC, find a way through the cliffs and cut across the river and head back up to the return trail from WC. A small amount of scrambling is required. This is a big walk and Joe Dunn reckons it as one of the better ones we have done. Fitness is required as it is a 22 km walk with 1000 m ascent. Last time it took us 9 hrs.
Map: Wollangambe

Sun - 24-Mar-2019
3 MX - Day Walk
Fortress Ridge
Due to last Monday changing the walk to another location (Prince Henry Cliff Walk) due to bad weather, I am re putting on the Fortress Ridge walk. A half day walk
Map: Katoomba

Sun - 24-Mar-2019
3 MX - Abseiling
Serendipity Canyon
Serendipity is a lovely canyon, reasonably short canyon, easy to get to from Mt Wilson fire station and it has up to 6 abseils.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sat - 23-Mar-2019
4 MH - Abseiling
Geronimo Canyon
Geronimo has 4 abseils, some with tricky starts, and some short swims. We finish on the Wollangambe River and follow it for a short distance until we begin the climb back to the Mt Wilson fire station.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sat - 23-Mar-2019
3 M - Abseiling
Horseshoe Canyon
An short, easy canyon on the Wollangambe River at Mt Wilson. Three abseils. We should finish mid afternoon. This canyon is suitable for beginners.
Map: Wollangambe

Sat - 23-Mar-2019
4 MHX - Day Walk
Sunnyside Ridge
A further explore from an old trail near the end of the ridge. From memory the pagodas were very impressive as was the view of the Wolgan Valley
Map: Cullen Bullen

Wed - 20-Mar-2019
3 M - Creek
Wombeyan Caves and Mares Creek Canyon
Drive to Wombeyan Caves. Go through a cave then set up camp. Fees apply. Thurs 21 March. Swim wade and scramble the spectacular limestone canyon in Mares Creek. Visit a great swimming ho;le with jumps and slides. Wetsuit recommended. Return home mid afternoon.
Map: Yerranderie

Mon - 18-Mar-2019
3 MX - Day Walk
Fortress Ridge
Half day walk along the Fortress Ridge track off Mount Hay Road
Map: Katoomba

Sun - 17-Mar-2019
4 MHX - Day Walk
Pisgah Rock-Erskine Creek-Dadder Cave- Surrounding Ridges
Descent to Erskine Creek via Monkey Ropes & Lincoln Creeks.Rock-hop through beautiful Erskine Gorge to Dadder Cave Blands Pool.Steep ridge ascent/ descent offering great views. Exit via Pisgah rock.Challenging walk with sections off-track rock-scrambling- some exposure Great rock-pools for swims along Erskine Creek. Interesting varied terrain. Ascents 500 metres. Distance 11 km Joint activity Bush Club
Map: Penrith

Sun - 17-Mar-2019
3 MX - Abseiling
Yileen Canyon
Yileen is an abseiling canyon, located on the south side of Bells Line of Road. There are 4 abseils, the longest is 40 metres. It is easily accessible and the walk in and out is not too long. It suitable for canyoners with some experience.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sat - 16-Mar-2019
5 H - Creek
Victoria Brook via the Odin Head track
We will access the brook just below the long undercut (approx 479 797) walking in via the Odin head track thus avoiding the 5metre swim. Rock hopping and some wading, mainly knee high. A wild and spectacular creek with a large waterfall to descend, a tape will be set. We will then exit back up to the Odin head track after arriving at the Victoria Creek junction.
Map: Mt Wilson

Fri - 15-Mar-2019
4 MH - Abseiling
Galah Canyon
Galah Canyon is an excellent canyon in the lower reaches of Rocky Creek. It features a number of interesting abseils and a magnificent cathedral-like chamber at the end. It requires a fairly long walk in and out, and there is an exposed climb of about 6m back up the cliffs at the end for which we will run a top belay. Expect an 9-10hr day. Wetsuits optional.
Map: Rock Hill

Fri - 15-Mar-2019
5 HX - Pack Walk
Wollemi National Park: Skyline Traverse in Bylong Labyrinth
Strictly limited numbers. Private property access has been arranged. Day 1. Set up the shuffle. Walk from Spring Log Creek to Growee River south of Goat Mountain. Day 2. Climb Goat Mountain and complete a skyline traverse to Painted Rock on Lee Creek. Day 3. From Painted Rock to Growee Gulf. Finish the shuffle. Partly exploratory. Scrambling and exposure. About 30km.
Map: Not Specified

Wed - 13-Mar-2019
3 M - Abseiling
Empress Canyon
Empress is a wet canyon in Wentworth Falls with a long abseil over a waterfall at the end. We will start at 2.45pm as I have to work that day.
Map: Katoomba

Mon - 11-Mar-2019
4 MH - Day Walk
Hat Hill
From Hat Hill a history half day walk to Bennett Lookout, Bald Hill etc
Map: Mt Wilson

Mon - 11-Mar-2019
4 MH - Canyon
Hole in The Wall Canyon
Hole in The Wall canyon is a spectacular wet canyon featuring an enclosed chamber lit up by glow worms. 3-5 abseils,longest 15m.
Map: Rock Hill

Sun - 10-Mar-2019
4 MH - Day Walk
Lindeman Pass Circuit
Roberts Pass-Lindeman Pass-Copeland Pass-Sublime PassHistoric Tracks-Passes-Great views. Steep scrambly ascent of Copeland Pass-Fixed ropes-some exposure-Requires agility, fitness.Visit nice overhangs below Sublime Point via rock-climbers trackJoint activity Bush Club
Map: Katoomba

Sun - 10-Mar-2019
4 MHX - Day Walk
Tarpeian Rock
Tarpeian Rock is located on the boundary between the Gardens of Stone National Park and Ben Bullen State Forest, not far from Ben Bullen. It provides views over Rowan's Hole and the Capertee Valley. This walk will visit Tarpean Rock and the surrounding ridges. The route will depend on what vehicles are available as parts of the Moffit Fire Trail can only be negotiated with a proper 4WD. (So 4WD owners are especially welcome on this walk!). The walk is graded MHX as it will be mostly off track and, depending on which route we end up taking may be a bit exploratory, but it should be easy walking with not-very-big hills and very little scrub. Our last visit to this area was one of our all-time favourite walks.
Map: Ben Bullen

Sat - 09-Mar-2019
4 MH - Abseiling
Breakfast Creek Canyon
A very nice abseil canyon with a few short swims. 3 or 4 abseils up to 25m. Joint trip with CBC.
Map: Rock Hill

Sat - 09-Mar-2019
2 EM - Day Walk
Evans Lookout to Pulpit Rock
The walk starts at Evans Lookout and ends at Pulpit Rock. There will be views and views galore.A car pool is necessary.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sat - 09-Mar-2019
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 spot height 1072, GR 413 058 and follow an old fire trail north east, then a bike track, to approximately GR 422 072. Drop down a ridge and to the left of a gully into East Creek. Head east into Camp Creek gorge and visit the amazing Devils Throat. Return to East Creek; follow it north to the junction with Carne Creek. Take the bike track at GR 418 074 to return to the cars. Scrambling and exposure. About 10km.
Map: Cullen Bullen

Sat - 09-Mar-2019
4 MH - Creek
Upper Bell Creek
Hopefully not so hot. Bell Creek is a most beautiful creek, high canyon sides and longish swims. New easier entry so we can go to the end. Wet suits a must.
Map: Mt Wilson

Fri - 08-Mar-2019
5 H - Canyon
Hat Hill Canyon
No abseils but plenty of rock hoping and scrambling.Meet at 9.00am at Hat Hill car park (next to Hat Hill on Hat Hill Road) and drive some cars to the track in Godson St. Follow the track 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.Bring the helmet and dry bags. Wet suit or thermals depending on how you handle cold water. We will be in and out of the creek all day. Shoes that grip on wet rocks. Water. I would not recommend drinking from Hat Hill Creek. There are side creeks where we can refill. Leave a change of clothes in the car.
Map: Mt Wilson

Thu - 07-Mar-2019
5 H - Abseiling
Devils Pinch Canyon
Devils Pinch Canyon is up at Newnes and has two sections to it. There are at least 2 abseils, the longest being 30 metres. The abseils have tricky starts. There is only a few short wades/swims so wet suits are optional. The trip is graded as difficult. It will be an early start as the trip can take a while to complete.
Map: Mt Morgan

Wed - 06-Mar-2019
3 M - Abseiling
Grand Canyon
Grand canyon is a beautiful canyon assessed via Evans Lookout, Blackheath. There is just one abseil from the Grand Canyon circuit. We will need wetsuits as there are plenty of wades and short swims. We will be starting at 3pm to accommodate those who work, including myself!!
Map: Katoomba

Mon - 04-Mar-2019
4 MH - Day Walk
Clarke Head
Ruins of Wallace 1927 house, than walk to Clarke Head and descend to the top of Orang Utan Pass and return
Map: Mt Wilson

Sun - 03-Mar-2019
1 E - Meeting
Clean Up Australia Day Evans Lookout
A beautiful spot in the Blue Mountains National Park. Now used more frequently and gathering a little more rubbish than usual. Lets keep our beautiful places beautiful. Will be cleaning up between Neates Glen Carpark to Evans Lookout and Valley View Lookout. Meet at Evans Lookout at 9 and finish by 11 with morning tea. Come along if you can spare any time and join us!
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 02-Mar-2019
3 MX - Day Walk
Goochs Crater via Dargans Arch
We start via Dargans Arch (a lovely dry walk thru canyon), then join the usual track in to Goochs Crater and return to Newnes Junction. A car shuffle will minimise road walking. Joint trip with CBC.
Map: Wollangambe

Sat - 02-Mar-2019
3 M - Day Walk
Victoria Falls to Pierce's Pass (Hungerford Track)
From Victoria Falls road to the base of the falls, then to Burra Korain and exit via Pierce's Pass. Opportunity for a swim in the Grose River. Steep ascent and descent.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sat - 02-Mar-2019
5 H - Day Walk
Wallaby Tunnel - Newnes (Starlight Canyon)
The walk is along a creek, through tunnels that will have glowworms and maybe some bats. A long fire trail walk in (6 klm each way). Bush bashing up and down steep hill plus rock scrambling involved.
Map: Mt Morgan

Fri - 01-Mar-2019
5 H - Day Walk
Exploratory bushwalk or non-abseiling canyon
Depending on the weather, either a walk exploring the amazing country in the Wollemi/Mugii Murum-ban 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. Grade 5 or 6.
Map: Not Specified

Fri - 01-Mar-2019
4 MHX - Day Walk
Wollemi NP: Kenobi Canyon, Jedi Point and Double Decker Cave
Park on Wolgan Road at GR 430 221, cross Wolgan River, use Glowworm Tunnel Track for a while, then climb to the top cliff line and traverse underneath it via Penrose Cave to Kenobi Canyon. Next, climb up to the plateau, visit Jedi Point, then walk to the top of the ridge and north to about GR 438 215. Descend to the bottom of Hole-in-the-Rock gully. Traverse under the cliffs to Double Decker Cave, then descend back towards the cars via Double Decker Gully. About 9km. Scrambling and exposure.
Map: Ben Bullen

Sun - 24-Feb-2019
3 MX - Abseiling
Hole in The Wall canyon
HITW is an impressive canyon about 5 kms in from the end of Waratah ridge on the newnes plateau. It has a natural tunnel of glow worms, dark sections of canyon and a squeeze through tunnel. It finishes in the Bungleboori. We wade upstream for about 500 metres and a track up joins up to the path intovthe canyon. There are up to 5 abseils, the longest of which is 15 metres.
Map: Wollangambe

Sun - 24-Feb-2019
2 EM - Day Walk
Terrace Falls Hazelbrook
A relatively easy walk down a fire trail and into the creek to explore pools and falls. If it's a windy or sunny day it's a cool respite. About 140 metres ascent/ descent. It'll be a relaxing half day walk and finish around lunch time.
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 23-Feb-2019
4 MHX - Day Walk
Dharug National Park Mill Creek
The meeting place is 5 km south of Wisemans Ferry down Wisemans Ferry Road at the junction with Mill Creek Road. The walk is 7 to 8 hrs in length, so we will meet at 9:00 am.The route is shown in the attached map. We will head south along a ridge parallel to the Hawkesbury to (Mount) Starkey then follow ridges east/ north-east. On reaching WP1 on the attached map we will either head for the Aboriginal Carvings via WP2 and then back via WPs 4 to 8 or head directly from WP1 to WP 8 depending on time/ fitness.There is some negotiating of cliff lines, so a tape will be taken. Depending on the route 50 to 100% is off track. However the ridges are reasonably open and there are great views of the Hawkesbury
Map: Gunderman

Thu - 21-Feb-2019
4 MH - Abseiling
Whungee Wheengee Canyon
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. There are dark and difficult duck unders if the water level is high. A long day involved.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sun - 17-Feb-2019
3 M - Abseiling
Abseil Training for Beginners
Basic abseil training at Mt York for members who walk with the club and have not abseiled previously. In the afternoon we drive to Medlow Bath for Juggler Canyon which has six abseils. Members must have a level of fitness and agility suitable for canyoning.
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 16-Feb-2019
4 MH - Creek
Du Faurs and October Creek
A wade /swim down October and Du Faurs Creeks including Clatterteeth Canyon and coming out at Joes Canyon. A longish day but a great one. Wet suits a must
Map: Mt Wilson

Fri - 15-Feb-2019
4 MH - Day Walk
Henson Glen
Guest leader: Bob Seibright.Walk Minnehaha Trail and descend into Govetts Creek via a spur. Walk/wade (some deep wades) in the creek through canyon-like Henson Glen for about 2 km. Scramble out near the junction with Katoomba Creek, then re-join Minnehaha Trail and follow it back to the cars. Bring dry bags. Short wet suit is recommended. Rock scrambling. About 6 km.
Map: Katoomba

Sun - 10-Feb-2019
3 M - Day Walk
Dunns Leap, Jack Austin Pass , Hourn Pt and Mt Piddington
Meeting a bit later than usual at Mt Vic Station- can vary meeting time to match the arrival of trains from down the mountains. Heading along the pass at the bottom of the cliffs from Coxs cave, the bottom of Dunns Leap and round to Pt Hourn. This path starts in good condition but becomes a less distinct trail as it approaches Pt Hourn. There are a few patches of mild to moderate exposure.We ascend to Mt Piddington and return on tracks to our starting point. Should take 3 to 4 hrs . Anyone driving through Blackheath before meeting at Mt Vic may wish to note that the Farmers Market is on this weekend.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sun - 10-Feb-2019
3 M - Canyon
Koombanda Canyon
Koombanda canyon involves a few abseils, short swims and generally can be done as a half or short-ish day trip. But we are not going to rush and may take time photo puffing if the light is nice on a day. Swims are chilly so wetsuit is advisable.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sat - 09-Feb-2019
5 H - Day Walk
Newnes State Forest: East Creek Glories
Park near spot height 1057 at 427 060. The East Creek Glories walk will start by coming down into East Creek Galleries, then visit a spectacular side ravine; it will then move on to the West Side Falls and West Side Chamber; continue to East Creek Falls; then exit on the eastern side to visit the top of the falls. About 8k.
Map: Cullen Bullen

Sat - 09-Feb-2019
4 MH - Day Walk
Pierces Pass to Blue Gum
A walk through beautiful rainforest down to the Grose river with great views along the way. Then along the river with opportunities for swimming to the majestic Blue Gum forest. Steep descent and ascent but climbing mostly in shade. A classic walk.
Map: Mt Wilson

Fri - 08-Feb-2019
5 H - Day Walk
Exploratory bushwalk or non-abseiling canyon
Depending on the weather, either a walk exploring the amazing country in the Wollemi/Mugii Murum-ban 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 - 07-Feb-2019
5 H - Abseiling
Claustral Canyon
Claustral Canyon is one of the best canyons in the region, but is also one of the most challenging. There are 5 abseils up to 20 metres and several water jumps. This is a cold canyon and it will be a long day (10-12 hrs) and subject to the weather. A tricky climb out through Rainbow Ravine.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sat - 02-Feb-2019
3 M - Day Walk
Edenderry Falls
Leaving from Evans Lookout, Descend via Horse Track, turnoff towards Govetts Creek and enjoy a swim at one of the best swimming holes in the mountains. Return via Rodriguez Pass with opportunities for additional swim. Approx 600 m ascent /Descent 15km distance
Map: Mt Wilson

Sat - 02-Feb-2019
4 MH - Creek
Ethereal Canyon
A walk through canyon/creek. Some knee deep wading but no swims mainly 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

Sat - 02-Feb-2019
3 MX - Abseiling
Grand Canyon Abseil at Night
An easy night canyon and see lots of glow worms. Swimming ability essential. This is an abseil trip. "No Helmet = No Go". Waterproof torch required. The trip finishes around midnight. Joint trip with CBC.
Map: Katoomba

Fri - 01-Feb-2019
5 H - Day Walk
Exploratory bushwalk or non-abseiling canyon
Depending on the weather, either a walk exploring the amazing country in the Wollemi/Mugii Murum-ban 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

Fri - 01-Feb-2019
5 HX - Day Walk
Mount Jamison to Cape Horn Traverse
Strictly limited numbers. Park on Wolgan Road and use Jamison Pass South to climb to the ledge on the SW face of Mount Jamison. Check out Stargate Slots to the east, then traverse along the ledges and tops in a south easterly direction, all the way to Cape Horne. Descend to the cars. Spectacular scenery. Mostly exploratory. Scrambling and exposure. About 8km.
Map: Ben Bullen

Mon - 28-Jan-2019
3 MX - Abseiling
Koombanda Canyon
A nice short and easy canyon with a few short swims & the scrub is reasonable. This is an abseil trip. "No Helmet = No Go". Joint trip with CBC.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sun - 27-Jan-2019
2 EM - Day Walk
Porter's Pass, Blackheath
A morning walk from Blackheath Station- only 5-6 km with 200m descent and ascent. This walk on the western side of Blackheath is, apparently one of the oldest tracks in the mountains dating back to the late 1800s. We descend to the W at the end of Bundarra St and take a fork to Fort Rock. We then cut across the open heath to the top of Porters Pass. We descend the pass to and follow the Clliers Causeway under the cliffs before we eventually reach Walls ledge. No doubt there will be climbers above us. We return via Centenial Glen to Bundarra St and Blackheath. An easy Sunday morning walk suitable for new members.
Map: Katoomba

Sun - 27-Jan-2019
4 MH - Abseiling
Surefire Canyon
Surefire Canyon is an excellent trip but it involves a long walk in and out. Up to 20 klms for the day. There are 5 short abseils but they have tricky starts. There are several wades and one possible short swim. The exit is tricky with several climbs up tree roots, rock walls and trees. Ropes will be needed to assist in the climb out. An early start of 0800 will be required as this will be a very long day.
Map: Rock Hill

Sat - 26-Jan-2019
3 M - Abseiling
Abseil Safety Training Day
An abseil safety training day will be held in the lower Blue Mountains,(venue will be advised) on Sat 26 Jan (Australia Day Weekend). Guy Wittig will demonstrate lowering and rescue systems. The day will follow the successful "do your own thing" format where you can learn from experienced abseilers or practise your skills. Bring a rope if you have one. New canyoners will be able to learn to tie knots, set up anchors, prussik, tie off and self rescue. Contact Geoff for details or to advise attendance. foxes9@westnet.com.au
Map: Springwood

Sat - 26-Jan-2019
4 MH - Creek
Upper Bell Creek Cancelled
Bell Creek is a most beautiful creek high canyon sides and some longish swims. Wet suits a must
Map: Mt Wilson

Fri - 25-Jan-2019
4 MH - Canyon
Bowens Creek South Canyon (non abseiling route)
A beautiful canyon. We’ll enter via Corkscrew Canyon in order to get into our canyon without abseiling. Plenty of rock hopping and scrambling and some narrow ledges to negotiate. Several wades and/or short swims. An interesting exit with a couple of scrambles - rope may be used. Some exposure at the exit and in the canyon. Bring your helmets and dry bags. Wetsuits recommended. About 8k. 5M. Canyon Grade 2.
Map: Mt Wilson

Thu - 24-Jan-2019
4 MH - Abseiling
Waterfall of Moss
Waterfall of Moss at Mt Wilson is a very pleasant short canyon. Most of the abseils have slippery ovehang starts so it is classified moderate to difficult. Starting at the Cathedral of Ferns car park we follow the track down to the big bend that is the exit for Wollangambe 2. Here we swim the Wollangambe and climb a gully where a fixed rope helps with a 10 m climb. The canyon ends at the Wollangambe with the beautiful "waterfall of moss" abseil. A 200m swim down the river brings us to our crossing pint were we exit and change into dry clothes. The climb out is steep and returns us to our vehicles. Wet suits are not needed.
Map: Mt Wilson

Tue - 22-Jan-2019
4 MH - Day Walk
Unnamed Ridge to Erskine Creek to Nepean Lookout
"Unnamed Ridge" is rocky and offers magnificent simultaneous views of Erskine Creek to both sides. There are about 3 points where you walk along the ridge for the view then cut back a 100ish metres and drop down a layer. None need ropes. You quickly arrive at Erskine Creek with an excellent swimming pool then there is an agreeable walk downstream towards Word Cave and the Nepean. There is another magnificent swimming hole along the way. The climb up the Nepean Lookout is a little bit bushy with a couple of scrambles, but straightforward enough.
Map: Penrith

Sun - 20-Jan-2019
4 MH - Abseiling
Empress Canyon and abseil
A very nice short canyon with, swims and a final abseil downthe middle of Empress Falls. We will take the short way in, doing thelower section of the creek As this trip is popular with the commercial groups will make an early start around 8:30 to beat the "madding crowd".
Map: Katoomba

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