BRINDABELLA BUSHWALKING CLUB
Brindabella Bushwalking Club (BBC) is based in Canberra, ACT, has around 400 members, and offers a wide range of walking opportunities. These include half-day and full day walks on Wednesdays, and full day walks on Saturdays and Sundays.
BBC is an affiliated member club of Bushwalking NSW.
A new walks program is produced twice a year, covering six months of activities including bushwalks, urban walks, and other activities to suit all standards of walkers.
Day walks usually take place in Canberra, rural areas of the ACT including Namadgi National Park, and nearby New South Wales.
The membership year is from 1 October to 30 September.
If you can’t find what you would like to know in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) below, please ask using the Contact Form.
The club walking program consists mainly of day walks on Saturday and Sunday, but there are also overnight pack walks – there is a packing checklist for these at the Resources for members page of this website.
Mid-week day and half day walks are held every Wednesday – many in conjunction with the other Canberra-based clubs. More information on these is in the next section.
Popular features of the club program are longer trips away which usually involve base camping or staying in cabins or similar accommodation and doing a series of day walks with light packs. There is usually at least one overseas trip each year.
Cancellation of Walks. Walks are likely to be cancelled if heavy rain or high temperatures are forecast, or a total fire ban is in force. If warnings are issued or you are unsure about conditions, contact the leader at least a day in advance about possible changes. If there are fewer than four people, the walk cannot proceed as an official club activity.
These (below) are the Medium Wednesday Walks for 7 June 2023
Important Note: Those doing their first Wednesday walk and also prospective walkers who are not members of the BBC, NPA or CBC clubs must contact the leader to discuss the level of difficulty of these walks.
Easy/Medium Wednesday Walk – 7 June – Calvary Ruins and Bullen Range – 10km
Leader: Leigh Hermann, 0417 147260, (firstname.lastname@example.org)
From the locked gate at the entrance to Paddys River Travelling Stock Reserve off Tidbinbilla Road, we ascend Barnes Hill (824 m) by first following the fire trail and then the high ground to reach the trig. We then continue north, soon taking an indistinct track north-west, descending for about a kilometre until we turn right into the bush to soon find the Calvary mud brick ruins. After morning tea we continue north, navigating a short section of thickish kunzea to cross a creek line and then reach an open, pleasantly forested ridge that takes us east then north to the Bullen Range fire trail. We return to the cars along Bullen Range stopping for lunch along the way. Excellent views in all directions.
Climb: 360m. Terrain: mostly fire trail or easy off-track walking, some steep sections, several gates to negotiate, and a short section of scrub. Map: Tuggeranong. Meeting point: Kambah Village, opposite the petrol station. Meeting time: arrive 8.50 am in time to leave at 9.00 am. Cars: 34km ($5 per person).
For information on Calvary Ruins see Calvary Homestead Ruin – Background Information – ENDORSED HCM 20150604 (act.gov.au)
Medium/Hard Wednesday Walk – 7 June – Grassy flats near Mt Clear – 16 km
Leader: Peter Wellman (6288 5985).
This is a walk through the grassy flats below Mount Clear in SE ACT. From near Mount Clear campground we walk on the Nass FT to the mouth of ‘The Long Flat’ creek without crossing the Naas River. We then walk up to the SE corner of the ACT mainly on grassy flats, and return to the cars partly on fire trails and partly on a grassy corridor. About one half off track, and the rest on fire trail. Only lightly burnt in the last fire, so should be lovely parkland. Cars 130 km ($18 per person). Maps: Colinton, Bredbo. Climb: 400 m. Meet at Kambah Village shopping Centre opposite the petrol service station leaving at 8:30 am.
Late Return from a Walk
Let your family know what walk you are going on and where to find the contact details of the club’s Emergency Officers – see the front cover page of the program.
There can be many simple reasons for a walk finishing later than expected and, if the group is beyond mobile phone coverage, they cannot tell anybody the reason. If it is many hours later than expected, family members can contact one of the club’s Emergency Officers to see if they know anything about it. They probably won’t but, now that they know, they can begin activating emergency procedures. The ACT and/or NSW Emergency Services will not initiate any search or rescue activities until the next morning unless a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) has been activated.
Day Walks on Wednesday
Short/Easy Wednesday walks
These half-day walks of 10 km or less are held throughout the year. The Club would value your suggestions for these walks. If you are interested, come and try some of the walks.
Easy/Medium Wednesday walks
These are conducted every Wednesday in cooperation with the Canberra Bushwalking Club (CBC). They are graded at the upper level of ‘Easy’ or the lower level of ‘Medium’. They will usually take most of the day, but will be easier than the Medium/Hard Wednesday walk to be conducted on that day.
Medium/Hard Wednesday walks
Medium/Hard Wednesday walks are conducted in cooperation with CBC and the National Parks Association (NPA). These walks are Medium (grade 8) to the lower end of Hard (grade 12); sometimes difficult or exploratory.
Notification of Wednesday Walks
Descriptions of Wednesday walks are emailed separately to interested members a few days before the walk. Members wishing to regularly receive details of these walks need to send a request showing their name and email address to email@example.com for the Short walks, and/or firstname.lastname@example.org for the Easy/Medium and Medium/Hard walks.
Information for members
Meeting Times and Places
The normal departure time is 9.00 am, unless shown otherwise. Note that a walk highlighted with *** indicates a different starting time OR a non-standard starting location (possibly both).
Please arrive 10 minutes before the departure time to allow the leader time to organise the car-pooling. The usual meeting places and their symbols are shown below. Please do not stand on the roadway at the meeting place, obstructing traffic.
K: Kambah Village shopping centre car park, corner Drakeford Drive and Marconi Crescent, opposite the petrol service station
NL: North Lyneham shops, Colville St, off Montford Circuit, off Cossington Smith Crescent
Q: Queanbeyan Swimming Pool car park, Campbell Street
S: Spotlight Queanbeyan car park, 6-8 Bungendore Rd (aka Kings Highway)
W: The Weston Creek Tennis Courts car park, in Dillon Close, which comes off Namatjira Drive directly opposite and north of McDonalds at Cooleman Court.
Please note that the club does not cover you for personal accident insurance.
Car sharing is arranged at meeting places. The contribution for each passenger is shown in the walk description and must be paid to the driver in cash. Presently, this is based on 14 cents per passenger per kilometre, rounded to the nearest dollar. In addition, any National Park and Nature Reserve fees are usually divided equally among all people in the car
The Facebook page provides additional information for members and non-members alike with photos, walk reports and much more. Visit it at: https://www.facebook.com/BrindabellaBushwalkingClub/ You can set your facebook page to receive notifications every time there is a new post.
What You Need to Know
Recent Club Newsletters
(All the earlier newsletters are in the Resources for Members page)
Documents for Leaders and Members
Our Mailing Address
The Membership Secretary
Brindabella Bushwalking Club
PO Box 396, Jamison Centre, ACT 2614
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