Walks Calendar

With 80% of the Blue Mountains National Park burnt in the recent bushfires, we are unable to access some of our most favourite walking areas and remote valleys in this calendar, but we still have some great walks and activities on offer!

Saturday, 1 February        Mt Piddington area, Mt Victoria     Leader: Jocelyn
M, 6km, approx 4-5 hours.  Explore the caves, lookouts, waterfalls of this lovely and lesser visited area. Some eroded sections and short ascents/descents. Dog friendly walk.

Saturday, 8 February        Great Mackerel Beach to West Head     Leader: Sue G.
10km, M, full day walk, hilly, swims.  Walk starts at eastern shore of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park - passing Resolute Beach, then leads up to the ridge of Lambert Peninsula.  Onwards to West Head for breathtaking views of Broken Bay, Lion Island and the Central Coast.  Then we walk back down to sea level to West Head Beach.  The bush, saltwater and views are gorgeous.

Sunday, 9 February           Macro Lems - Blue Mtns                  Leader: Sharron
E, the first in a 3-monthly series of bushfire recovery walks.  Visit and photograph an area burnt out during Summer and track it's progress to recovery.

Saturday, 15 February             Spit to Manly                            Leader:  Jocelyn
M-H, 10km one way or 20km return.  A wonderful walk with lovely harbour views and beach at Manly.  Walk one way (& get bus at Manly) or return walk to Spit.  Dog friendly walk.

Sunday, 16 February          MARDI GRAS FAIR DAY                Leader: Jocelyn
Come along and enjoy this day and visit the Bush Lemons stall to buy your raffle tickets, buy merchandise (including our 'Time to Fly' book) hang out, collect information or just come to chat!

Saturday, 22 February    Bushfire recovery exploratory walk          Leader: Anne
Anne will do a walk through one of the fire grounds of the upper mountains. Grading of the walk will depend on which walk she can access.  She will be looking at regeneration, wildlife recovery, effects of fire on environment etc.  Anne is hoping to return to the same walk in 12 months.

Sunday 23 February         Pittwater Kayak                                    Leader: Jocelyn
M-H, approx 6km (2.5hr) up and 6km (2.5hr) back.  Kayak the western side of Pittwater from Bayview to Portuguese Beach and return.  Paddle past Scotland Island & Morning Bay.  Gorgeous area with beaches, swimming.  Bring your own kayak or hire from where we launch (Paddlecraft).

Saturday, 29 February       Minni Ha Ha Falls, Katoomba           Leader: Sharron
E, 3km, newly re-opened, this walk features waterfalls, beautiful swimming hole, lots of trees and great escarpment view.

Sunday, 1 March     Bike ride - Mt Blackheath & Hargreaves Lookout   Leader: Olga
24km, a medium ride on tar and dirt.  Starting at Blackheath we will ride out to Mt Blackheath and then Hargreaves, take in the smashing view then back to coffee and cake.

Sat, 7 Mar - Sun, 8 Mar   Beginner's Overnight walk & camp - Ingar Picnic Campground
Leader: Jocelyn  M, 20km return. On Saturday we walk along the Ingar Picnic Road (closed to cars) at Wentworth Falls to the beautiful waterhole where we camp overnight and walk back the next day.  Perfect for those new to overnight camps as the walk is not difficult, but good for everyone as it's a lovely campground and swimming hole.

Saturday, 14 March   Fundraising garage sale (raising funds for Beyond Blue via Coastrek teams)  Location - Leura.  Gather your items now for drop off on the Thursday evening/Friday day.  Please let Jocelyn know if you can help with the sale.

Sunday, 15 March      Lawson waterfall loop                         Leader: Sharron
E-M, 4km circuit.  Pretty shaded waterfall loop with gorgeous rainforest.

Saturday, 21 March      Bundeena to Wattamolla Beach          Leader: Sue G.
13km, M, full day walk.  Catch train to Cronulla, then hop on the ferry to Bundeena.  Initially we will walk clockwise around Jibbon Head then head further along the Royal National Park's Coastal Track.  As we approach Wedding Cake Rock the track might be crowded as this is a popular spot for wedding photographs.  The track heads past Marley Beach, Little Marley Beach, then on to Wattamolla Beach.  There is a bus ride back to Sutherland train station.

Sunday, 22 March        Faulconbridge Point & Grose River            Leader: Jocelyn
H, approx 17km.  This walk follow the ridgeline out to to Faulconbridge Point which overlooks the Grose Valley  There is a descent and scramble down to the Grose River for a swim.  Return via the same track.

Friday, 27 March             Bush Lemons teams doing Coastrek
Support our 4 wonderful Bush Lemons teams taking on the 30km and 60km routes to raise money for Beyond Blue: https://www.coastrek.com.au/events-sydney.

Saturday, 28 March      Erskine Creek to Dadder Cave & Blands Pool, Glenbrook   
Leader: Jocelyn  H, 7km, 375m ascent/descent, includes scrambles, some off track walking, full day.
We continue to explore this beautiful area with a walk up creek to visit lovely Dadder Cave and then onto Blands Pool just beyond it for a swim before return.  Some scrambling on ascent/descent into valley.

Sunday, 29 March           Macro Lems on safari - Part 1!              Leader: Sharron
Day trip to Lithgow via Bell, Dargan and Clace photographing some of the fire recovery sites and stopping to support local cafes, shops and businesses along the way.

Friday, 3 April - Sunday, 5 April   WEEKEND AT WOLLEMI COMMON (Colo)
The Bush Lemons have booked this beautiful venue for the whole weekend.  You can book a bed or camp; facilities include bathhouse with toilets/showers, performance space, fully equipped communal kitchen/dining area, firepit etc.  There will be some organised activities/walks.  Costs will be affordable.  Location is a couple of hours from Sydney.

Sunday, 12 April         Macro Lemons on safari - part 2!           Leader: Sharron
Day trip down Bells Line of Road, photographing some of the fire recovery sites stopping to support local businesses as we head towards Bilpin.

Saturday, 18 April     Great Mackerel Beach to West Head     Leader: Sue G.
10km, M, full day walk, hilly, swims.  Walk starts at eastern shore of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park - passing Resolute Beach, then leads up to the ridge of Lambert Peninsula.  Onwards to West Head for breathtaking views of Broken Bay, Lion Island and the Central Coast.  Then we walk back down to sea level to West Head Beach.  The bush, saltwater and views are gorgeous.

Sunday, 19 April      Furber Stairs, Federal Pass, Leura Forest                  Leader: Jocelyn
H, stairs, full day walk.  The exact route will be advised beforehand and will include walking through the very special Sculptures at Scenicworld!

Friday, 24 April - Sunday, 26 April       3 day walk with full packs         Leader: Jocelyn
VH, 2 night's camping, carry all your gear. Location to be advised once bushfire affected areas re-open (possibly Six Foot Track or Jamison Valley).

Saturday, 2 May     Historic Lindemans Pass from Gladstone Pass to Leura Cascades
Leader:  Jocelyn. H, approx 14km, full day walk. This historic track is little used and very special.  There are waterfalls, rainforest sections, great views, some steep and eroded sections, muddy scrambles, and lots of metal stairs at the end.  A sense of adventure essential!

Sunday, 3 May      Bushfire recovery exploratory walk                          Leader: Anne
E, Anne will do a walk through one of the fire grounds of the upper mountains.  Grading of the walk will depend on which walk she can access.  She will be looking at regeneration, wildlife recovery, effects of the fire on environment etc.  Anne is hoping to return to the same walks in 12 months.

Saturday, 9 May     Gerringong to Kiama Lighthouse                    Leader:  Fran
16km, M-H, 4-5 hours, hilly but not steep.  We will catch a train from Kiama to Gerringong (10 mins) and make our way back to Kiama along the Coastal Track.  Sections on footpaths and beaches but majority on walking tracks.  Spectacular vistas, ancient rock formations, beautiful beaches and possibly sighting humpback whales migrating north.  Numerous beaches or local ocean rock pools at Kiama for a dip.

Saturday, 16 May       Cowan to Berowra Waters, Ku-ring-gai National Park    Leader: Sue G.
H, 13km, hilly - with a 200m or so descent then ascent.  Starting opposite Cowan Station, then track follows ridge for 4km towards Berowra Creek, then drops down to Berowra Waters.  This is a full day walk including picnic lunch & swim.  

Saturday, 30 May           Macro Lems walk - Blue Mtns               Leader: Sharron
E, the second in a series of 3 monthly bushfire recovery walks.  Visit and photograph an area burnt out during summer and track its progress to recovery.

Saturday, 6 June       Wentworth Falls lake (as part of June long weekend activities)
Leader: Jocelyn
E, approx 4km, walk from Wentworth Falls shops to the loop around the lovely Wentworth Falls Lake and return for lunch at a local cafe.  Dog friendly walk.