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Wednesday 5 June 2024 | 8.20am for an 8.30am start (open for booking)

WEST HEAD, KU-RING-GAI CHASE NP

Meeting place

Meet at the lookout at the end of West Head Road. National Park entry fee of $12 applies unless you have a NP pass

Leader

Coralie Turner-Morris |  0408 510 525

Habitat

Sandstone country

Grade

Grade 2.  Approx 3 km of mostly flat walking on tracks and fire trails.

Sunday 2 June 2024 | 8.20am for an 8.30am start (waiting list open)

MILL CREEK PICNIC AREA & DEVINES HILL WALK, DHARUG NP

Meeting place

Meet at Mill Creek Picnic Area on Mill Creek Rd off Wisemans Ferry Rd, Gunderman.  Turn left before the car camping area and go past the turn-off to group camping, to the picnic area.  Allow time for the ferry crossing if coming via Wisemans Ferry.

Leader

Gabrielle Rees | 0414 947 138

Habitat

Mill Creek: Bushland, creek, grassy areas.
Devines Hill: Sandstone rock formation and bushland convict history of the Great North Rd.

Grade

Mill Creek Picnic Area: Grade 2.  Approx 2 km on a dirt rocky trail and a flat dirt road.
Devine Hill: Grade 3.  A 3-4 km walk on a steep graded firetrail.

Facilities

Toilets and plenty of parking at Mill Creek Picnic area.  Some picnic tables, but best to bring a chair.

Saturday 25 May 2024 | 8.20am for an 8.30am start (waiting list open)

WIANAMATTA REGIONAL PARK, ROPES CROSSING section

Meeting place

Meet at the car park just inside the gates off Mainwaring St, Ropes Crossing.

Leader

Edwin Vella | 0402 067 619

Habitat

Ironbark Woodland

Grade

Grade 2.  Approx 2 km on flat bush tracks.

Facilities

Plenty of parking just inside the gate.  There are toilets and picnic tables in two sections of the park.

Sunday 19 May 2024 | 7am and 9am starts - arrive 10 mins prior (nearly full)

ROOKWOOD CEMETERY and SYDNEY OLYMPIC PARK

Meeting place

Meet towards the end of William Dr, Rookwood Cemetery. Enter via East St, Lidcombe. Second start location at 9am near the Waterview Café at Lake Belvedere, Bicentennial Park, Homebush off Australia Ave.

Leader

Adrian Dick |  0451 825 403

Habitat

Woodland, parkland, wetlands

Grade

Rookwood Cemetery: Grade 1.  Approx 2 km of flat walking.
Sydney Olympic Park: Grade 1. Approx. 2 km walking mainly on flat paths. 

Facilities

Rookwood: Plenty of parking beside road.  No toilets in the area that we are going but there are toilets near St Michael's chapel. 
Sydney Olympic Park: Plenty of parking.  Toilets available.  Some picnic tables depending on location.

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Location link

Map: Mt Annan

Wednesday 1 May 2024 | 8.20am for an 8.30am start (open for booking)

AUSTRALIAN BOTANICAL GARDEN,

MT ANNAN

Meeting place

Meet near the Visitors Centre.  Parking is in the P3 carpark on Cunningham Drive, Mt Annan.

Leader

Heather Cavanagh and David Cree | 0419 432 720

Habitat

Grassland, lakes and forest

Grade

Grade 1.  Approx 3 km flat walking.

Facilities

Plenty of parking.  Toilets near carpark.  No picnic tables near the carpark.

Saturday 20 April 2024 | 8.50am for a 9am start (waiting list open)

BEGINNERS and NEW MEMBERS, CROSSLANDS RESERVE, HORNSBY HEIGHTS

Meeting place

Crosslands Picnic Area, 441 Somerville Road, Hornsby Heights.  Please note that some GPSs try to take you to the western side of the creek so it is best to put Somerville Road into the GPS.  It is a steep hill down to the reserve at the end of the road.

Leader

Trevor Waller  |  0467 977 508 

Habitat

Parkland and bushland

Grade

Grade 1. Approx. 2 km. Mostly flat on paved paths.

Facilities

Plenty of parking with toilets a few minutes walk away.  Some picnic tables.

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Wednesday 17 April 2024 (in School Holidays)

SYDNEY OLYMPIC PARK - Discovery Centre and Armory

Sunday 14 April 2024 | 8.20am for an 8.30am start (waiting list open)

BLUE GUM CREEK RESERVE, ANNANGROVE

Meeting place

End of O'Keefe Road, Annangrove

Leader

Paul Johnstone |  0434 350 409

Habitat

Forest

Grade

Grade 2.  Approx 2 km on flat bush trail.

Facilities

Plenty of parking.  No toilets or picnic tables at the reserve, but morning tea wil be 15 mins away at Maralya Park where there are toilets and picnic tables.

Sunday 7 April 2024 | 8.20am for an 8.30am start (bookings closed)

CUMBERLAND LAND CONSERVANCY: WALLAROO & WOMBAT SITES, MULGOA

Meeting place

Meet at the entrance to the property, which is accessed from the turnoff to the Penrith Landfill Depot.  This is just south of the Nepean Christian School.  Once you turn off Mulgoa Rd, parking is immediately on the left opposite the gate on the right.  If the gate is open, drive in and park on the left near the shed.

Leader

Mark Fuller |  0424 440 140

Habitat

Open forest/woodland with clearings and small dams.

Grade

Wallaroo: Grade 2.  Approx 3 km of relatively flat walking with some gentle hills.
Wombat: Grade 3.  Approx 1 km with some steep hills.

Facilities

Plenty of parking. Toilets available.  No picnic tables.

Wednesday 3 April 2024 | 8.20am for an 8.30am start (open for booking)

WATTLE FOREST & LADY CARRINGTON DRIVE, ROYAL NP

Meeting place

Meet at Wattle Forest picnic area at Audley. Enter park at Audley end.  After crossing Audley Weir, turn right onto Lady Carrington Drive. Turn right to cross the white wooden bridge, then turn left and continue to the end of this road to Wattle Forest. 
National Park entry fee of $12 applies unless you have a NP pass.

Leader

Robyn Pedersen |  0438 989 422

Habitat

Rainforest and woodland

Grade

Wattle Forest: Grade 3.  Approx 2 km walk with some uneven ground, including some scrambling under fallen trees and roots.
Lady Carrington Drive: Grade 2.  Approx 5 km walk on a gravel track with some gentle inclines.

Facilities

Plenty of parking.  There is a set of toilets as you go across the bridge and also at Wattle Forest.  Plenty of under-shelter picnic tables.
Lady Carrington Drive has plenty of parking and toilets are a short walk away and plenty of under-shelter picnic tables.

Friday 22 to Sunday 24 March 2024 (bookings closed)

WEEKEND AWAY - JERVIS BAY AREA #2

Meeting place

Due to overwhelming demand, we are holding a second Jervis Bay weekend away in March 2024.  This weekend is now open for booking and we have some accommodation reserved.  Contact Heather for details.  

Leader

Heather Pearce |  0412 051 951

Habitat

Various

Grade

Various

Facilities

TBC

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Location link: TBC

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Location link: TBC

Friday 15 to Sunday 17 March 2024 (bookings closed)

WEEKEND AWAY - JERVIS BAY AREA

Meeting place

We are holding the first weekend away for 2024  in the Jervis Bay area.  This outing is now closed for booking.

Leader

Heather Pearce |  0412 051 951

Habitat

Various

Grade

Various

Facilities

TBC

Wednesday 6 March 2024 | 8.20am for an 8.30am start (nearly full)

NARRABEEN LAGOON

Meeting place

Meet at 8.30am at James Wheeler Place, Wheeler Heights.  Once you turn into James Wheeler Pde, go down the hill and around the corner and park anywhere on the left.   It is likely that you will need to carry morning tea with you.

Leader

Lindsay Sherman | 0418 624 905

Habitat

Bushland

Grade

Grade 2.  Approx 4kms of flat, easy walking on gravel path.

Facilities

There are no toilets at James Wheeler Parade; the closest are at nearby St Matthews Farm Reserve.  There are toilets at Jamieson Park, which is usually where we have morning tea.
Only one picnic table at James Wheeler Pde but more tables at Jamieson Park.

Sunday 3 March 2024 | 8.20am for an 8.30am start (waiting list open)

NURRAGINGY RESERVE, WESTERN SYDNEY PARKLANDS

Meeting place

Meet at the Colebee Centre, Nurragingy Reserve, Knox Road, Doonside. 

Leader

Daniel McDonald | 0404 374 362

Habitat

Bushland, woodland

Grade

Grade 2.  Approx 3 km on level bush tracks.

Facilities

Plenty of parking.  Toilets at the Colebee Centre.  Some picnic tables near the centre, but these are often being used.

Sunday 25 February 2024

CUMBERLAND STATE FOREST

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Saturday 24 February 2024 | 8.50am for a 9am start (open for booking)

BEGINNERS and NEW MEMBERS,

SYDNEY OLYMPIC PARK

Meeting place

Meet by the Cafe at the Waterview Convention Centre overlooking Lake Belvedere.

Leader

Trevor Waller  |  0467 977 508 

Habitat

Wetlands, parkland, and woodland 

Grade

Grade 1.  Approx 2 km walking mainly on flat paths.

Facilities

Plenty of parking at Bicentennial Park near the café, though it can get busy on the weekends.  Be aware that is a one-way road.  Toilets at the Waterview Café.  Not many picnic tables.

Sunday 18 February 2024 | 8.20am for an 8.30am start (bookings closed)

MITCHELL PARK, CATTAI NP

Meeting place

Meet at the second picnic table in Mitchell Park.  National Park entry fee of $8 applies unless you have a NP pass.

Leader

Adrian Dick | 0451 825 403

Habitat

Bushland, woodland

Grade

Grade 2. Mostly flat with approx 4 km walk around the southern part of Mitchell Park.

Facilities

Plenty of parking at Mitchell Park with toilets nearby.  Some picnic tables. 

Wednesday 7 February 2024 | 8.20am for an 8.30am start (waiting list open)

LIME KILN WETLANDS, PEAKHURST and  
OATLEY PARK

Meeting place

Meet at the corner of Pamela Ave and Jinna Rd, Peakhurst.  

Leader

Gabrielle Rees |  0414 947 138

Habitat

Wetlands

Grade

Lime Kiln Wetlands: Grade 3.  Approx 3km on a formed track loop walk.
Oatley Park: Grade 3.  Approx 2-3km on a dirt track with some rocky climbs.

Facilities

Lime Kiln Wetlands: Plenty of street parking.  Nearest toilets are at Mortdale Plaza Shopping mall on Roberts Ave, or nearby service stations.
Oatley Park: Plenty of parking.  Toilets and picnic tables.

Saturday 3 February 2024 | 8.50am for a 9am start (waiting list open)

CENTRAL COAST WETLANDS (PIONEER DAIRY) and CANTON BEACH

Meeting place

Pioneer Dairy parking area, 1897 South Tacoma Rd.  Veer left off the Pacific Hwy near the Hyundai dealer before the Wyong River bridge, then follow this around to South Tacoma Rd.  After passing under the railway line, the turnoff is on the right.

Leader

Cathy Goswell | 0418 865 421

Habitat

Wetlands and coastal habitat

Grade

Grade 1 or 2 easy walks, depending on tracks chosen.

Facilities

Central Coast Wetlands has plenty of parking, toilets and undercover picnic tables. Canton Beach has street parking and amenities.  Bring a scope if you have one.

Sunday 28 January 2024 | 8.20am for an 8.30am start (open for booking)

LANDING LIGHTS - RIVERINE PARK

Meeting place

Meet at the car park off West Botany Street, Arncliffe 

Leader

Greg McLachlan |  0405 578 967

Habitat

Wetland, mangroves, reed beds, parkland

Grade

Grade 2.   Approx 3kms on mainly flat paths.

Facilities

Plenty of parking.  Toilets at the nearby golf driving range.  No picnic tables.

Saturday 20 January 2024 | 8.20am for 8.30am start (nearly full)

BOBBIN HEAD, KU-RING-GAI CHASE NP

Meeting place

Meet on the western side of the bridge at Bobbin Head picnic area, near the start of the Gibberagong boardwalk

Leader

Prasad Ganesan |  0450 670 199

Habitat

Forest

Grade

Grade 3.  Approx 3 km on bush tracks with some slightly steeper sections including steps.

Facilities

Plenty of parking with toilets nearby.  Some picnic tables, including some undercover.

Sunday 14 January 2024 | 8.20am for an 8.30am start (open for booking)

IRRAWONG RESERVE AND WARRIEWOOD WETLANDS

Meeting place

Meet near the end of Irrawong Rd, Warriewood.

Leader

Corinne Tomkinson | 0488 001 802

Habitat

Wetlands and forest

Grade

Grade 2.  Max 4 km.  Mostly flat on gravel paths and boardwalks.  Some steps on Irrawong Reserve section.

Facilities

Warriewood Wetlands has parking, which can sometimes be busy.  Toilets at nearby Warriewood Square.  No picnic tables.

Wednesday 3 January 2024 | 8.20am for an 8.30am start (open for booking)

FRED CATERSON RESERVE, CASTLE HILL

Meeting place

Enter Fred Caterson Reserve via Gilbert Rd, Castle Hill. Continue along Caterson Drive until you reach a car park at Fields 2 and 3. Do not turn left at any time. 

Leader

Heather Cavanagh and David Cree | 0419 432 720

Habitat

Bushland

Grade

Grade 3.  Approx 3 km on bush paths, tracks and road with some uneven ground and gentle hills.

Facilities

Plenty of parking with toilets nearby.  No picnic tables but some seating near the oval.

CBOC 2024 OUTINGS CALENDAR

For those of you who like to plan ahead, here is the 2024 Outings Calendar.

Note that this will be removed once the full outings program is published and may need to change from time to time.  Please refer to the Outings page for the most recent update.  For further information, contact Heather on outings@cboc.org.au

Sunday 10 December 2023 | 8.20am for an 8.30am start (nearly full)

LAUGHTONDALE GULLY and WISEMANS FERRY

Meeting place

Meet at the corner of Laughtondale Gully Rd and Old Northern Rd, Maroota.

Leader

Daniel McDonald | 0404 374 362

Habitat

Sandstone woodland, parkland and rainforest

Grade

Grade 2. Approx 3 km walking on tracks with uneven surfaces and gentle uphill sections and some steps.

Wednesday 6 December 2023 | 8.20am for an 8.30am start (waiting list open)

DAVIDSON PARK, ROSEVILLE

Meeting place

Meet at Davidson Park picnic area at Roseville.   Entry to Davidson Park is from the south-bound lane of Warringah Rd only.  If coming north across Roseville Bridge, it is best to go right to the top of the hill, turn left into Arthur St, turn around somewhere safe, and then turn right at the Arthur/Woodland St lights back onto Warringah Rd to head back down the hill.  Turn left just before Roseville Bridge, following the sign to the boat ramp.  At the bottom of the exit ramp, turn right and follow the road around as far as it goes, stopping at the toilet on the way if necessary.  National Park entry fee of $8 applies unless you have a NP pass.

Leader

Heather Pearce |  0412 051 951

Habitat

Bushland, river foreshore

Grade

Grade 2.  Approx 3 km on wide bush track.

Sunday 3 December 2023 | 8.20am for an 8.30am start (waiting list open)

BOAT HARBOUR AND BOTANY BAY, KURNELL (Migratory waders)

Meeting place

Car park at Potter Point. Approaching Kurnell, turn right off Captain Cook Drive into Sir Joseph Banks Drive (Desalination Plant). Enter Botany Bay National Park at the end of Sir Joseph Banks Drive. Follow the road to the car park at the very end.
** Bring a scope if you have one that you can carry**

Leader

Greg McLachlan |  0405 578 967

Habitat

Seashore, sand dunes

Grade

Grade 3.  Approx 3 km including some uneven and possibly slippery rocky surfaces.  It includes walking on sand dunes, and a climb to the beach.

Facilities

Plenty of parking.  No toilets or picnic tables.  Nearest toilets are a 10 minute drive away at Kamay NP near the visitors centre.

Saturday 21 October 2023 | 8.20am for an 8.30am start (open for booking)

WIANAMATTA REGIONAL PARK and CASTLEREAGH WETLANDS

Meeting place

Meet opposite #46 Callistemon Court, Jordan Springs.  

Leader

Edwin Vella | 0402 067 619

Habitat

Open forest, woodland and wetlands

Grade

Grade 2.  Approx 5 km on level bush tracks.

Facilities

Plenty of roadside parking.  Nearest toilets are at Livvi's Place playground off Montague Drive.  No picnic tables.

Sunday 13 October 2024 | 8.20am for an 8.30am start

CASTLEREAGH and WINDSOR DOWNS NRs

Meeting place

Meet opposite the Northern Auto Wreckers, 557 The Northern Rd, Londonderry. 

Leader

Daniel McDonald | 0404 374 362

Habitat

Woodland

Grade

Grade 2.  Approx 2 km at each site on bush tracks and trails.

Facilities

Plenty of parking.  The closest toilets are at McDonalds at 1-21 Cranebrook Rd.

No picnic tables.

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Location link

Map: Castlereagh NR

Saturday 22 July 2023 | 8.20am for an 8.30am start (waiting list open)

SECOND PONDS CREEK RESERVE, ROUSE HILL

Meeting place

Meet at Withers Rd at Second Ponds Creek, adjacent to the Rouse Hill Rural Fire brigade 

Leader

Edwin Vella | 0402 067 619

Habitat

Wetland and forest

Grade

Grade 3.  Approx 6 km of walking on a gentle slope.

Facilities

Plenty of roadside parking.  Closest toilets are at the nearby Bunnings or Mitre 10.  No picnic tables.

Sunday 9 July 2023 | 8.20am for an 8.30am start (waiting list open)

BUSHELLS LAGOON and SWALLOWS REACH

Meeting place

Meet at the junction of Blacktown Road and Brewers Lane, Freemans Reach

Leader

Adrian Dick  |  0451 825 403

Habitat

Wetlands and forest

Grade

Bushells Lagoon: Grade 2.  Approx 2 km on wide bush track with gentle hill down to the lagoon.

Swallows Reach: Grade 2. Approx 2 km walking on a mainly flat bush track.

Facilities

Plenty of street parking near Bushells Lagoon.  No toilets or picnic tables.  Plenty of parking at Swallows Reach with toilets and some picnic tables.

Wednesday 5 July 2023 | 8.20am for an 8.30am start (open for booking)

CENTENNIAL PARK

Meeting place

Near the crossroads of Parkes Drive and Dickens Drive, Centennial Park.

Leader

Corinne Tomkinson | 0488 001 802

Habitat

Parkland

Grade

Grade 2.  Approx 3 km on relatively flat, even parklands.

Facilities

Plenty of parking, which can get busy on weekends.  Toilets at various locations.  Some picnic tables.

Sunday 21 May 2023

MERRYLANDS GARDENS

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8.30am  | Wednesday 4 January 2023 (open for booking)

SYDNEY PARK, ST PETERS AND TEMPE LANDS (morning only)

Meeting place

Meet at the carpark in Barwon Park Rd, which is next to the tall chimneys.

Leader

Gabrielle Rees |  0414 947 138

Habitat

Bush, parklands and wetlands

Grade

Sydney Park: Grade 1.  Approx 3-5 km easy walking along footpaths, grass and elevated wetland walkway.
Tempe Lands: Grade 2.  Approx 2 km loop on dirt track.

Facilities

Sydney Park: Plenty of parking.  Toilets and coffee cart nearby.  Need to bring chairs.

Tempe Lands: No toilets or facilities, but parks with toilets nearby.

9am | Saturday 19 November 2022 (open for booking)

CAPERTEE VALLEY

N.B. There will also be an outing to Dunn's Swamp on the Sunday as some members are making a weekend of it.
Meeting place

Meet at the corner of Glen Alice and Glen Davis Rds, Capertee Valley

Leader

Cathy Goswell |  0418 865 421

Habitat

Open woodland and pastureland 

Grade

Grade 2.  Short walks on hardened uneven surfaces and gentle uphill sections.

Facilities

Plenty of parking in the triangle in the middle of the Glen Davis/Glen Alice intersection.  Toilets and picnic tables at Glen Davis campground or Glen Alice Community Hall. 

8.30am  | Wednesday 7 September 2022 (open for booking)

CHILTERN TRAIL and WARRIEWOOD WETLANDS

Meeting place

Meet at start of Chiltern Trail near the end of Chiltern Rd, Ingleside.  

Leader

Heather Pearce |  0412 051 951

Habitat

Bushland and Wetlands

Grade

Chiltern Trail: Grade 3, approx 2 km return on a fire trail.
Warriewood: 
Grade 2.  Max 4 km.  Mostly flat on gravel paths and boardwalks.  Some steps on Irrawong Reserve section.

Facilities

Parking on the side of the road near Chiltern Trail.  No toilets or picnic tables.
Warriewood Wetlands has parking, which can sometimes be busy.  Toilets at nearby Warriewood Square.  No picnic tables.

8.30am | Wednesday 6 July 2022 (cancelled due to the wet weather)

MULGOA NR and NEPEAN WEIR

Meeting place

Meet at corner of Dillwynia Drive and Cormorant Cres, Glenmore Park.

Leader

Carol and Peter Abbott

Habitat

Bushland and river

Grade

Grade 2. Mostly level walking on wide paths. Some small inclines at Mulgoa NR. Approx. 1.5-2 km walk at Mulgoa, approx. 600m walk at Nepean Weir.

Facilities

Limited street parking at Mulgoa NR.  No toilets or picnic tables.  Plenty of parking at north end of Nepean Weir.  No toilets or picnic tables at that end.  We generally stop en-route for toilets.

8.30am | Saturday 23 April 2022 (fully booked)

"WIVENHOE" PRIVATE PROPERTY AT COBBITTY

Meeting place

Meet in the large carpark at the far end of Mater Dei Road off Macquarie Grove Road, Cobbitty.  

Leader

Peter Ridgeway | 0401 481 037

Habitat

Woodland, grassland and riverflats.

Grade

Grade 2.  Approx 3 km on fire trail with occasional small stones, and some gentle hills.  No steps.

Facilities

Plenty of parking with toilets nearby.  No picnic tables.

8.30am | Saturday 2 April 2022 (open for booking - nearly full)

SHAWS RIDGE TRAIL, WINMALEE and GLENBROOK LAGOON

Meeting place

Meet at the northern end of White Cross Road, Winmalee.   Carry morning tea.   

Leader

Pat Thorn  |  0414 248 941

Habitat

Forest

Grade

Shaws Ridge Track: Grade 2.  Approx 4 km on a fairly flat bush track.
Glenbrook Lagoon: Grade 2.  Approx 1-2 km on a fairly flat track.

Facilities

There is parking in the cul-de-sac at the end of White Cross Rd.  No toilets or picnic tables at either site.  There are toilets at the Winmalee Village Centre, White Cross Road, which is en route to the meeting place.

8.30am  | Wednesday 2 February 2022 (nearly full)

WORLD WETLANDS DAY: SYDNEY OLYMPIC PARK WATERBIRD REFUGE, NARAWANG WETLANDS AND MASON PARK

Meeting place

Meet at the south east end of the Sydney Olympic Park Archery Centre carpark on Bennelong Parkway.

Leader

Cathy Goswell |  0418 865 421

Habitat

Wetlands, parkland, and woodland 

Grade

SOP: Grade 2.  Depending on the sites, up to 3 km of relatively flat walking.
Mason Park: Grade 1.  Approx 1km on flat pathway.

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