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Sunday 2 June 2024 | 8.20am for an 8.30am start

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.

Wednesday 5 June 2024 | 8.20am for an 8.30am start

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.

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Map: West Head

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Map: Floyd Bay

Sunday 16 June 2024 | 8.20am for an 8.30am start

FLOYD BAY and MIRRAMBEENA

Meeting place

Meet at the end of Hollywood Drive, Lansvale.

Leader

Peter Abraham  |  0451 292 512

Habitat

Parkland, wetlands

Grade

Grade 2.  Approx 6 km on mainly flat easy concrete paths.

Facilities

Plenty of parking at Floyd Bay but no toilets or picnic tables.  Mirrambeena has plenty of parking, toilets and picnic tables.

Saturday 22 June 2024 | 8.50am for a 9am start

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.

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Map: Mitchell Park

Sunday 30 June 2024 | 8.20am for an 8.30am start

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

Paul Johnstone | 0434 350 409

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 3 July 2024 | 8.20am for an 8.30am start

TBC - UPDATE ALL INFO BELOW

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 2 formed track approx 3km return or a Grade 3 loop walk.

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.

Sunday 14 July 2024 | 8.20am for an 8.30am start

 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

Prasad Ganesan  |  0450 670 199

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.

Saturday 20 July 2024 | 8.20am for an 8.30am start

MISTRAL POINT SEAWATCH, MAROUBRA and CENTENNIAL PARK

Meeting place

Meet at the northern end of Marine Parade, Maroubra 

Leader

Trevor Waller | 0467 977 508 

Habitat

Coastal, parklands

Grade

Mistral Point: Grade 2. Approx. 200 m walk to rock platform with some easy rock passage. 
Centennial Park: Grade 1.  Approx 2 km on flat paved paths.

Facilities

Street parking at Mistral Point, but it can be busy on the weekend. Short walk to toilets.  No picnic tables.
Plenty of parking at Centennial Park but it can get busy.  Toilets available.  Some picnic tables but not usually used by the group.

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Map: Mistral Point

Sunday 28 July 2024 | 8.20am for an 8.30am start

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.

Saturday 3 August 2024 | 8.20am for an 8.30am start

SCHEYVILLE NP

Meeting place

Meet at Scheyville National Park Headquarters carpark.  Vehicle access is from Scheyville Rd (not from Old Pitt Town Rd, despite what the GPS tries to tell you).  

Leader

Heather Cavanagh and David Cree | 0419 432 720

Habitat

Bushland, woodland

Grade

Grade 2.  Morning walk of approx. 2.7 km loop on wide, mown tracks that are mostly flat with some gentle hills.  Decide what else to do on the day.

Facilities

Plenty of parking.  Toilets nearby at the back of the headquarters (follow the signs).  

Only a few picnic tables with not much shade.

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Map: Scheyville NP

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Map: Emu Green

Wednesday 7 August 2024 | 8.20am for an 8.30am start

EMU GREEN

Meeting place

Meet at Emu Green Reserve, corner of Palomino Road and Russell Street, Emu Plains.  Decide where else to go on the day based on the status of the floods and nearby tracks.

Leader

Robyn Pedersen | 0438 989 422

Habitat

A mix of parkland, riverside and bush reserves

Grade

Grade 2. Generally flat on gravel paths or bush tracks with up to 4km walking at Emu Green.

Sunday 18 August 2024 | 8.20am for an 8.30am start

CAPE SOLANDER and KAMAY NP

Meeting place

Meet at Cape Solander, at the parking spots right near the end of Cape Solander Drive, Kurnell.  Entry fee of $8 applies unless you have a NP pass.

Leader

Greg McLachlan |  0405 578 967

Habitat

Sea watch and heath

Grade

Grade 2.  Approx 2-4km on mainly flat paved or gravel paths.

Facilities

Nearest toilets are at the Kurnell Visitors Centre off Cape Solander Drive on the way to Cape Solander.  Only one small picnic table.

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Map:  Cape Solander

Saturday 24 August 2024 | 8.20am for an 8.30am start

IRRAWONG RESERVE AND WARRIEWOOD WETLANDS

Meeting place

Meet near the end of Irrawong Rd, Warriewood.

Leader

Lindsay Sherman | 0418 624 905

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 4 September 2024 | 8.20am for an 8.30am start

TBC - UPDATE ALL INFO BELOW

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 2 formed track approx 3km return or a Grade 3 loop walk.

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 21 September 2024 | 8.20am for an 8.30am start

ANNUAL RAPTOR COUNT, SCHEYVILLE

Meeting place

Meet at Scheyville National Park Headquarters carpark.  Vehicle access is from Scheyville Rd (not from Old Pitt Town Rd, despite what the GPS tries to tell you).

Leader

Trevor Waller |  0467 977 508 

Habitat

Open

Grade

Grade 1.   Birding from around cars with possible short walks.

Facilities

Plenty of parking with toilets nearby.  Only a couple of picnic tables.

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Map: Scheyville NP

Sunday 29 September 2024 | 8.20am for an 8.30am start

DHARAWAL NP and AUSTRALIAN BOTANICAL GARDENS, MT ANNAN

Meeting place

For Dharawal NP, meet at the carpark at the end of Victoria Rd, Wedderburn.  
For Mt Annan, meet near the Visitors Centre.  Parking is in the P3 carpark on Cunningham Drive, Mt Annan.

Leader

Gabrielle Rees |  0414 947 138

Habitat

Bushland, waterways and formal gardens

Grade

Dharawal NP: Grade 2.  Approx 5 km on fairly flat firetrails.
Mt Annan: Short walks from cars on mainly formed pathways.

Facilities

Dharawal: Plenty of parking.  Toilets nearby.  No picnic tables.
Mt Annan: Plenty of parking.  Toilets nearby and a café.  Bring chairs.  

Wednesday 2 October 2024 | 8.20am for an 8.30am start

WATTLE FOREST & LADY CARRINGTON DRIVE, ROYAL NP

Meeting place

Meet at Lady Carrington Drive picnic area at Audley. Enter park at Audley end. After crossing Audley Weir, turn right onto Lady Carrington Drive. Pass the white wooden bridge on the right but continue straight ahead and follow the signs to Lady Carrington drive.  Park near the shelter shed.  
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 2.  Approx 2 km walk with some uneven ground.
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.

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Map: Pughs Lagoon

Sunday 6 October 2024 | 8.20am for an 8.30am start

RICHMOND LOWLANDS AND SURROUNDS

Meeting place

Meet at Pughs Lagoon, Smith Park, corner of Old Kurrajong Road and Francis Street, Richmond

Leader

Cathy Goswell |  0418 865 421

Habitat

Pastureland

Grade

Grade 1. Approx 3 km, mainly flat on paths or roadsides.

Facilities

Plenty of parking at Pugh's lagoon with toilets and picnic tables nearby.  Depending on route taken after leaving the lagoon, toilets and facilities might not be nearby.  

Sunday 13 October 2024 | 10am-2pm

BBQ - TBC 

Details

Come along and join us for a BBQ lunch.  Sausages, bread rolls, eggs, tea, coffee, biscuits and juice will be provided.  Each person should bring their own cup, plate, thermos of hot water for their own tea/coffee.  When booking, please include any details of dietary requirements.  There will also be a short bird walk in the area.  More details will be provided to attendees in due course.

Meeting place

Meet at the Tree Frog Pavilion at Wentworth Common, Sydney Olympic Park on Marjorie Jackson Parkway.  Parking is on either side of the road.  After parking, walk north along the path with the pond on your left, pass the toilets, turn right and you’ll see the shelter shed up ahead.

Leader

Coralie Turner-Morris  |  0408 510 525 

Habitat

Parkland and bushland

Grade

Grade 1.  A short walk to the picnic area.

Facilities

Toilets nearby.  There are picnic tables, but bring a chair in case there is not enough seating for everyone. 

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Map: CLC Wallaroo

Saturday 19 October 2024 | 8.20am for an 8.30am start

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.

Saturday 27 October 2024 | 8.20am for an 8.30am start

CHILTERN TRAIL, INGLESIDE and KATANDRA BUSHLAND SANCTUARY

Meeting place

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

Leader

Gabrielle Rees |  0414 947 138

Habitat

Bushland and wetlands

Grade

Chiltern Trail: Grade 3, approx 2kms return on a fire trail.
Katandra: Grade 3.  Approx 2km on gravel paths with some short hills.

Facilities

Plenty of parking on Chiltern Rd.  No facilities at Chiltern Trail.  
Limited parking in the grounds of Katandra but also street parking nearby.  Toilets and picnic tables at Katandra.

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Map: Chiltern Trail

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Map: Davidson Park

Saturday 2 November 2024 | 8.20am for an 8.30am start

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

Coralie Turner-Morris |  0408 510 525

Habitat

Bushland, river foreshore

Grade

Grade 2.  Approx 3 km on wide bush track.

Wednesday 6 November 2024 | 8.20am for 8.30am start

DEEP CREEK, NARRABEEN

Meeting place

Meet at Deep Creek Reserve, off Wakehurst Parkway, Narrabeen.  If coming from the south, the turnoff is immediately on the left after crossing the Deep Creek bridge.  

Leader

Adrian Dick |  0451 825 403

Habitat

Bushland

Grade

Grade 2.  Approx 3 km walking on narrow, largely flat track, with steps to the bridge going over the creek.

Facilities

Plenty of parking available.  Toilets at the parking area.  Only a couple of picnic tables.

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Map: Deep Creek

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Map: Field of Mars

Sunday 17 November 2024 | 8.20am for an 8.30am start

FIELD OF MARS, SUGARLOAF POINT and BORONIA PARK

Meeting place

Meet at Field of Mars Reserve, Pittwater Rd, East Ryde

Leader

Cathy Goswell  |  0418 865 421

Habitat

Forest, mangrove

Grade

Field of Mars: Grade 1. Approx 0.6 km Boardwalk loop. 
Sugar Loaf Point: Grade 3. Approx 3 km on bush tracks with short steep hill sections, some rough surfaces and a few steps.

Facilities

Plenty of parking with toilets nearby and some picnic tables.

Saturday 23 November 2024 | 8.20am for an 8.30am start

SCHEYVILLE NP

Meeting place

Meet at Scheyville National Park Headquarters carpark.  Vehicle access is from Scheyville Rd (not from Old Pitt Town Rd, despite what the GPS tries to tell you).  

Leader

Heather Cavanagh and David Cree | 0419 432 720

Habitat

Bushland, woodland

Grade

Grade 2.  Morning walk of approx. 2.7 km loop on wide, mown tracks that are mostly flat with some gentle hills.  Decide what else to do on the day.

Facilities

Plenty of parking.  Toilets nearby at the back of the headquarters (follow the signs).  

Only a few picnic tables with not much shade.

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Map: Scheyville NP

Sunday 1 December 2024 | 8.20am for an 8.30am start

CUMBERLAND STATE FOREST

Meeting place

Meet in the car park near the Cumberland State Forest information centre, off Castle Hill Road, West Pennant Hills.

Leader

Peter Abraham | 0451 292 512

Habitat

Forest

Grade

Grade 3.  Approx 5 km on tracks that are hilly in places and can be a bit slippery at times.

Wednesday 4 December 2024 | 8.20am for an 8.30am start

TBC - UPDATE ALL INFO BELOW

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 2 formed track approx 3km return or a Grade 3 loop walk.

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.

Sunday 8 December 2024 | 8.20am for an 8.30am start

BLUE GUM WALK, HORNSBY

Meeting place

Meet at Ginger Megs Park in Valley Rd, Hornsby.

Leader

Prasad Ganesan | 0450 670 199

Habitat

Tall forest

Grade

TBC

Facilities

TBC

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