[Summer -Autumn 2023 Walks]
Threlfall Track Walk
Sunday 28 May
Thirteen hardy walkers braved a significant frost to gather early and head off on the circuit around the Threlfall Track, in our local Oxley Wild Rivers NP. It was exciting to see four new faces walking with us and what a fabulous gem of a short (5.5km round trip) and fully tracked walk to start off with. Despite the chilly start, we had beautiful blue weather, a perfect New England winter's day (even if it is not quite Winter yet!). We walked the track in a clockwise direction, tackling the climb early and then descending down the steps to a remarkable and clear view of the Gara Gorge. Pausing to enjoy views of the Hydro Pool, we then left the main track and walked out on the short ridge to 'Breakfast Rock' where we enjoyed cups of tea from the thermos before a sneaky breeze had us moving on to find more protection on the track. Another pause and short sidetrack to look down upon a swimming hole frequented by many of us in the warmer months, and then back to the car park to chat and wend our way back into Armidale. Some of us took the opportunity and some good timing to join in with the Reconciliation Bridge Walk, then home to pile more wood on the fire. Walk Report: Kate Carter
Our intrepid leader - Kate
Enjoying a break
The route taken
Armidale Walking Track
Eight of us, five members and three visitors, set off from the Pine Forest car park (nearest the Waldorf school) on a beautiful sunny New England Saturday morning. Traversing eastwards, we arrived at some ecologically sensitive areas on the Tilbuster Ponds Creek. Continuing across Rockvale Road, we walked along Charleston Willows to what seems to be a rarely used polo field and facilities. For about 1.5 km, the track followed the tranquil Tilbuster Ponds merging onto Biddulph Road. Continuing along Hoys Road, we joined The Armidale Walking Track, stretching about two kliometres.
NATIVE DOG CK TO BAROKEE CAMPGROUND AND RETURN
Cathedral Rock National Park
29 TH – 30 TH APRIL
MAP 9337-2S EBOR 1:25000
A cosy fire to keep us warm!
Gara Gorge to Long Point
I was lucky to join the Easter walk through Gara Gorge to Long Point! Wow, what an experience! After a soggy start on Good Friday, the weather only got better despite the forecast predicting more rain.
Walk report from Robyn
Barren Mountain Walk 2/4/23
Cathedral Rocks National Park Walk 11/3/23
Rain held off for our walk to a seldom visited viewing point 3.5 km NNW of Round Mountain, Cathedral Rock National Park. It was a ripper of a walk of about 12km return with happy walkers and congenial conversation. The bush was fragrant and green and the temperature just right. In case you’re thinking of going that way, it went like this:
From the Barokee Campsite, we walked along Round Mt Road (not the enticing Cathedral Rock walking track), through a multi-padlocked gate and along a well-formed bush road. After about 2.6km we turned left onto a second vehicle track, forsaking the steep road up to Round Mt aircraft navigation tower. We walked on, then abandoned our easy track near the crest of a hill (on about the 1800m contour) to push our way NNE to our destination at 30.41063S 152.22667E. This last off-track 800m or so was through waist-high native vegetation, which had grown thickly and sometimes prickly since heavy rains of the previous two years. Our destination was a tumble of granite tors standing at about 1500m. From here, there were expansive views stretching as far as Chandlers Peak near Guyra. We had arrived in time for lunch after which we retraced our steps to Barokee.