Walks Calendar

Interested in joining Bush Lemons on any of these walks? Go to the membership tab to see how to go on the email list.  Our walks calendar usually runs for 4 months at a time.

Fri, 26 Jan - Sun, 28 Jan (Aust Day wkend) Jamison Valley Traverse     Leader:  Jocelyn
VH, 33.8km circuit, big ascents/descents, 2 overnight camps.  Start at Furber Stairs, and follow Federal Pass to camp before Mt Solitary, then walk over Mt Solitary and camp in Kedumba Valley (and play in Kedumba River) before walk up through Jamison Valley over Leura Falls Creek to finish back at Furber Stairs.  Great challenging long weekend walk!

Saturday, 3 February     Grose Valley - Govetts Leap to Pierces Pass   Leader: Jocelyn
H, full day walk, 15km. Steep descent into this beautiful valley, visit the Blue Gum Forest and then follow the Grose River to the easier ascent u via Pierces Pass.

Saturday, 10 February    Wentworth Falls Lake, Wentworth Falls      Leader: Sharron
E, walk around the edge of the late, discover those nooks and crannies you can see from the park side and always wondered about, enjoy a paddle and finish with the Lemon Zest picnic in the park! Dog-friendly walk.
Followed by:
Lemon Zest picnic 5pm    Wentworth Falls Lake
Find out about Lesbian groups in the Blue Mountains, bring a plate of something to share, celebrate the last month of summer and meet others.

Mid week tourist day walks - walk the most popular tracks when no-one is there
Tuesday, 13 February      Evans Lookout to Pulpit Rock, Blackheath      Leader: Anne
M, 7km, 3 hr.  A fantastic mid week cliff top dinner walk (starts at 5pm) in Blackheath with views of the Grose Valley most of the way. 

Saturday, 17 February   Spit to Manly                                Leader:  Jocelyn
E-M, 10km one way/20km return. This iconic walk include lots of harbour views, bushland, some hills & undulating track, beaches!  We can swim & lunch at Manly before return walk, or you can get a bus back to The Spit.  Fit pooches welcome too.

Sunday, 18 February            Mardi Gras Fair Day  Victoria Park, Camperdown
Come and help at our stall or visit us!

Saturday, 24 February     Macro Lems walk - Mermaid Cave, Blackheath    Leader: Sharron
E.  A short walk to Mermaid Cave, followed by devonshire tea (or lunch) at the Megalong Valley Tea Rooms.  Diverse scenery, huge trees, dense rainforest and scones!

Sunday, 25 February    Mard Gras Rainbow Run (or walk!)           Leader: Jocelyn
Join Bush Lemons as we run/walk 2km, 4km or 6km as part of this wonderful Mardi Gras event.  Sydney Park, St Peters.  Sociable dogs welcome.  All proceeds to Gay & Lesbian Rights Lobby.
8.30am.  Get more info and tickets: https://www.rainbowrunsydney.com/

Sunday, 4 March             Motor Lems motorbike ride to Taralga Pub
A new group for Lemons who like to ride motorbikes.  Ride to Taralga Pub for lunch & return.

Saturday, 10 March       Wollangambe River walk                        Leader:  Jocelyn
M, 5 hours, 5km.  This walk is partly in the Wollangambe River, Mt Wilson.  We descend down to the river on a track and then wade through the shallowish river to get a different perspective.  Beautiful area and canyon.

Sunday, 11 March          Gear & dehydrating day                   
Morning - we will have tents/sleeping mats/backpacks/stoves displayed, ask questions, check out tents, see how different stoves operate, share tips, learn heaps etc.
Afternoon - learn about dehydrating food/snacks for day, overnight & extended walks.
Also bring any gear that you wish to sell/exchange/give away!

Tuesday, 13 March      Katoomba Falls to Leura Cascades               Leader: Anne
E-M, 6km. Another fantastic mid week cliff top dinner walk (start at 5pm), this time in Katoomba with views of Mt Solitary and Ruined Castle.  We will walk through the most visited site of the Blue Mountains but at this time of day we should have the track mostly to ourselves - a rare event.

Saturday, 17 - Sunday, 18 March     Overnight walk - Megalong Road to Coxs River, Breakfast Creek or Ironmonger Spur return                                               Leader:  Lesley
H, 26km.  Descend to Coxs River at Bowtells Swing Bridge and then walk along the River to camp near Breakfast Creek.  On the Sunday ascend up Ironmonger Spur or via Breakfast/Carlons Creek to end.  Beautiful remote area, lovely river.

Saturday, 24 March              Pittwater Kayak                        Leader: Jocelyn
M. Lovely area to kayak from Bayview up the western side of Pittwater next to Kuring-gai National Park past Morning Bay to Portuguese Beach.  Beautiful bays & beaches.  You can bring your own kayak or hire a good quality kayak from Paddlecraft (located where we start).

Saturday, 24 March         Macro Lems                                       Leader: Sue Lightfoot
A return to our roots of macro photography.   Everyone is welcome, doesn't matter if you're using a smartphone, point & shoot camera, digital, old film camera - you can take a great shot with any of them!

Sunday, 25 March        Bluegum Swamp, Winmalee to Grose River return    Leader: Ilsa
Approx 22km, H.  This walk takes in the pretty Bluegum Swamp, has views to Mt Banks and will include a swim in the Grose River. Many ascents and descents.

Saturday, 7 April      Andersons Fire Trail loop via Ingar Picnic Area, Wentworth Falls
                                                                                                     Leader: Jocelyn
Approx 25m, VH.  We start this walk on Tableland Road, follow Ingar Road and then onto the Andersons Firetrail over Queen Victoria Creek and then finally exit back onto Tableland Road.  A good challenging walk!

Sunday, 8 April                    Macro Lems walk                         Leader: Sharron
E.  Join us for an exciting photographic adventure with a camera in the bush.  Suitable for anyone with a camera, smart-phone or other photographic device.

Saturday, 14 April          Bike ride to Mt Hay & Butterbox Point, Leura     Leader: Olga
M-H cycle, 30km, moderate fitness required. The cycle is on undulating firetrail with great views.  Cycle back for well earned coffee/lunch in Leura.

Sunday, 15 April        Minni Haha Falls, Katoomba                 Leader:  Sharron
E, but with stairs, 3km, 2 hours (more if you swim)
Silver-white scribbly gums, hanging swamps, waterfalls and a waterhole of significance to the local Aboriginal women.

Sunday, 15 April        Nepean Gorge kayak with Nomads to Nowhere Lesbian Kayaking Group
H, long kayak down Nepean River from Emu Plains.  Lovely area, swimming.

Friday, 20 April - Sunday, 22 April          Dunns Swamp weekend camp
Dunns Swamp is a beautiful campground located on the banks of the Cudgegong River in the Wollemi National Park, about 30km from Rylstone.  Our regular camps here are always very popular because the area is beautiful and you can walk, birdwatch, kayak, relax, swim.

Saturday, 28 April - Sunday, 29 April    Coast Track overnite (Royal National Park)
                                                                                                     Leader: Jocelyn
H, 27.5km.  This iconic track goes along the coast from Otford to Bundeena.  Spectacular ocean views. Camp overnight at North Era campsite.

Tuesday, 15 May      Overcliff/Undercliff loop walk, Wentworth Falls   Leader: Anne
E, 3.5km. Staying with the clifftop walk theme of the Tuesday walks.  This walk showcases the best of Wentworth Falls scenery with views of the falls and Jamison Valley without any of the huge descents/ascents of other walks.  We will take our time, take in the views and celebrate with lunch at the Conservation Hut Cafe.

Saturday, 19 May         Macro Lems walk                                          Leader: Sharron
E. Join us for an exciting photograhic adventure with a camera in the bush.  Suitable for anyone witha camera, smartphone or other photograhic device.

Saturday, 19 May - Sunday, 20 May      Berrima camp & walks            Leader: Glenda

Camp at lovely Berrima Reserve.  Hike Taymoor Canyon on Saturday.  Full pack walk on Sunday to include both Forty Falls & Sixty Foot Falls near Mittagong.  Dog friendly.

Saturday, 26 May         The Grand Canyon, Blackheath              Leader: Sharron
M, 5.5km, 4 hours. Iconic walk through heathland, canyon and creek.  One of the most beautiful walks in the mountains. Lots of stairs, 350m descent and ascent, plus a stoney creek crossing.


All women participating in any Bush Lemons activity do so at their own risk and are responsible for choosing an activity that suits their level of fitness, health and experience.  Please take into account any injuries or illnesses you may have, or may be recovering from, and check with the activity leader if in doubt of any activity’s degree of difficulty.


Celebratory dinner for our 15 years

Those of us involved in 1996 (not the poodle however)

Flora ramble group

Bush Lemons Bushwalking Code
Take nothing but photographs and memories – leave nothing but footprints.
  Do not disturb our bushland.  Be self reliant.  Tread softly.
If you take it in, take it out.  Don’t bury or burn rubbish.
Respect wildlife.  Remember, you are the trespasser.
Treat your fellow Bush Lemons and the walk leader with the consideration they deserve.
Always stay with the group.

Guide to Grades
Easy – on tracks, relatively flat, suits beginners – under 5km
Easy-medium – slightly rougher walking, will include moderate climbs and descents, reasonable fitness level  – under 12km
Medium – rougher walking, agility & good fitness required, steep climbs & descents – under 15km
Hard–Narrow or eroded tracks or bushbashing, steep & long climbs/descents, good fitness & stamina levels required, some scrambling or rock hopping – under 22km
Very Hard – strenuous walking, difficult terrain, some exploratory, steep & long climbs and descents, fit and experienced walkers only –  22km +