Walks Calendar

Saturday, 1 June                 Golden Stairs to Mt Solitary (Katoomba)            Leader:  Jocelyn
H, 14km, approx 7-8 hours.  A great walk along the Federal Pass Track to Mt Solitary.  Beautiful views and iconic mountain in Jamison Valley.  Rock scrambles up to Mt Solitary.

Saturday, 8 June           GLBTQ walk (as part of June long weekend festivities)   Leader:  Jocelyn
Charles Darwin Walk, Wentworth Falls. Easy, around 7km and about 3 hours.
This walk is mostly flat and follows the lovely Jamison Creek along boardwalks and bridges as it heads towards the escarpment and the falls.  Morning tea at the lookout and then return by the same track or the road.

Saturday, 15 June         Burning Palms (Royal National Park)                Leader:  Sue G.
14km (to/from Otford train station).  Graded hard for novices (& medium for experienced bushwalkers).  This is an extremely varied walk.  It is part of the Royal National Park's coastal track.  We go from hangglider cliff top right down to the beach.  Please bring your cossie for a surf/swim at lunch time.

Saturday, 22 June                 Winter Magic (Katoomba)
A great festival in Katoomba full of music, entertainment, weirdness and dressups!

Sunday, 23 June       Kanangra Walls to Crafts Wall (Kanangra Boyd National Park)   Leader: Jocelyn
M-H, 11km return.  Kanangra Walls has spectacular views, and we descend off a little pass and walk along the ridge to beautiful Crafts Wall.  Hopefully we will scramble to the top to write in the log book and enjoy the 360 degree views.  We will carpool to Kanangra which is around 2hrs drive from Katoomba.

Saturday, 29 June             Macro Lems                                                    Leader:  Sharron
Bring your camera or smartphone and explore our mountains through a different lens.

Sunday, 30 June           Devils Hole, Nellies Glen Circuit (Katoomba)                    Leader:  Anne
M, 5 hrs, 10km, 450m ascent.  The walk starts down Devils Hole, an impressive cleft topped by a large boulder.  We then walk around and join the six foot track and head up the lush Nellies Glen.

Saturday, 6 July             Bluegum Swamp, Winmalee to Grose River return              Leader: Ilsa
H, 23km, full day.  Beautiful mountain, valley and river views, and the opportunity to paddle/swim in the Grose River.  Descent/ascent. Great walk!

Saturday, 13 July                  Bike Ride (Blue Mountains)                                      Leader:  Olga
A great bike ride in the mountains - location to be advised.

Sunday, 14 July                     Dadder Cave (Glenbrook)                                            Leader: Jocelyn
M, 6km return, approx 5 hours, 375m ascent.  A lovely walk along Erskine Creek in the lower mountains to this wonderful camping cave.

Saturday, 20 July                 Sydney walk - details to be advised                        Leader: Sue G.

Sunday, 21 July                         Macro Lems                                                            Leader: Sharron
Bring your camera or smartphone and explore our mountains through a different lens.

Saturday, 27 July                   Box Head (Bouddi National Park, Central Coast)               Leader: Dee
M, approx 4 hours, 6-7km.  Start at Hardy's Bay cafes and walk along Hawks Head Drive looking at several Aboriginal engravings, then down to Tallow Beach for a swim if it's sunny.  We will continue to Box Head through an Angophora forest with views to Palm Beach and Sydney.  Walk back will be via Lobster Beach.

Sunday, 28 July                          Mt  Banks (near Mt Wilson)                                Leader: Sharron
E, approx 5km return.  Bushland, great rock formations to explore and just possibly the best views of the Grose Gorge system anywhere.

Saturday, 3 August                  Dingoes Playground, Wild Dog Mtns                        Leader: Jocelyn
H, full day walk, approx 15km.  This walk heads out past Medlow Gap and Mt Mouin and then onto the high ridge of Mt Merrimerrigal to get to this open rocky platform with beautiful views.  Exploratory walk with some scrambles.

Saturday, 10 August                 Lockley's Pylon track at night (Leura)                      Leader: Sharron
E, approx 7km return.  Walk out while watching the sunset, pause for a cuppa and return under the stars.  This is a spectacular walk during the day but at night the sky is a showstopper.

Sunday, 11 August             Muogamarra Nature Reserve, near Cowan              Leader: Vee
M, 10km.  This reserve is only open a few weekends a year.  Join us for the Peats Bight walk. Crater, rainforest, mangroves.  Small registration fee.  A great opportunity to see a very seldom seen area!

Saturday, 17 August                   Centennial Glen & Porters Pass (Blackheath)             Leader: Jocelyn
M, approx 6km, 4-5 hours.  This is one of the oldest tracks in the Mountains.  Great views, waterfalls, dog friendly walk!

Fri, 23 August - Sun, 25 August        Hill End weekend camp (Central West)            Leader: Jocelyn
Hill End is a gorgeously historic small village full of original Victorian buildings and the remains of the rest.  It's also home to a thriving community of artists, artisans, poets and painters.  There are a couple of camping areas, a cafe, museum, lots of walks, time to relax and soak up this unique beautiful area full of history.  And dogs on leads are allowed!

Saturday, 31 August                 Andersons Fire Trail (Wentworth Falls)                      Leader: Jocelyn
VH, 25km or 30km full day walk (you can do either of the two distance options).  This walk is a good workout (and could be handy for training if you are wanting to do the Six Foot Track in a day in September).  The walk is mostly on dirt fire trails with a couple of good hills, ridges and lovely bushland.

Sunday, 1 September             Drawing walk - Castle Head (Katoomba)                Leader: Anne
E, 4-5 hrs, 6km, 60m ascent.  Bring yur drawing things on this easy walk that leads to a lookout with panoramic views over the Jamison Valley, Ruined Castle, Mt Solitary and Lake Burragorang visible in the distance.  You will have a number of opportunities to let your creative juices flow on this wonderful walk.  There are a couple of small ascents but we will take it slow so all can enjoy - firetrial and then rough overgrown track.

Saturday, 7 September          Hanging Rock & Baltzer Lookout (Blackheath)            Leader: Sharron
E, approx 7km return.  Walk along mainly firetrail to the iconic Hanging Rock walk with fantastic gorge views along Burramoko Ridge and the Grose wilderness.  The pace will be easy, especially for beginners or people who don't want to hurry.

Sunday, 8 September           Perrys Lookdown to Lockleys Pylon                    Leader: Jocelyn
H, 9km, approx 6 hours, 797m ascent/descent.  We descend down Perrys Lookdown , through the Grose Valley, over the Grose River and up to Lockleys Pylon.  Fantastic views, great walk!

Saturday, 14 September               Grand Canyon, Blackheath                              Leader:  Jocelyn
M, approx 6km loop, 425m ascent.  Classic and popular walk visiting this most beautiful canyon area, unique because you can walk through it. Great view into Grose Valley from Evans Lookout. Some stairs.

SATURDAY, 14 SEPTEMBER       'TIME TO FLY' BOOK LAUNCH (Bush Lemons Stories of Resilience)
4pm (for 4.30pm start) at Blue Mountains NPWS Heritage Centre, end of Govetts Leap Road, Blackheath.  Come along to help us launch our book and celebrate our Lemons!  All Welcome.  Drink & nibbles provided.

Saturday, 21 September                Six Foot Track in 1 day!!                                   Leader:  Jocelyn
VH, 44km.  This is a great challenging walk in one day from Jenolan Caves to Katoomba following the Six Foot Track.  We will probably stay out at Jenolan Caves on the Friday night.  Good fitness essential and adventurous spirit recommended!  Previously this walk has taken us around 13 hours. 

Sunday, 22 September                       Macro Lems                                                        Leader: Sharron
Bring your camera or smartphone and explore our mountains through a different lens.

Saturday, 28 September                  Ruined Castle (Katoomba)                            Leader: Anne
M, 4-5 hours, 8km, 220m ascent/descent.  The Ruined Castle is one of Anne's all time favourite Blue Mountains walks - one she never tires of.  It is an outcrop of large rocky boulders that lies in the middle of a ridge that runs from Castle Head, off Narrowneck Peninsula to Mt Solitary.  It offers 360 degree views of the area.  Once down the Golden Stairs the walk is flat and lyre birds can be guaranteed!