St. John's Uniting Church Wahroonga

Manly to North Head Walk Saturday 17th June, 2017

Our June day walk features the famous Corso, Manly Beach, Shelly Beach, Sydney Harbour National Park, the former School of Artillery and Fairfax Lookout on North Head, which offers extraordinary views of Sydney Harbour. It passes the former Quarantine station (now the Q station) and Manly Cove before returning to Manly wharf.

We’ll be in the middle of the humpback whale migration north along the coast, so there’s a chance we’ll be able to spot some offshore. You should carry binoculars just in case.

The walk is rated moderate and is mostly flat or gentle inclines on paved footpaths and park paths.  The 11km walk will take about 5 hours.

We’ll meet at Circular Quay at 9.15am at the end of Wharf 3 and catch the 9.30am ferry to Manly Wharf.  We’ll start walking at about 10.00am.  The 8.21am train from Wahroonga (8.25am from Turramurra) will get you to Wynyard Station in time to walk to Circular Quay for the rendezvous. DON’T FORGET YOUR OPAL CARD.

We’ll stop for lunch at the North Fort Cafe at about 12.30.  You can buy lunch there or bring your own.  After we finish the walk we’ll retire to the Steyne Hotel to discuss the days activities.

Wear a hat and carry at least a litre of drinking water. To cover all contingencies please also bring sun block and a rain coat.  The weather looks rainy!  Kit will carry a first aid kit. Wear walking shoes, cross trainers or similar – thongs or crocs aren’t really suitable.  Bring money for lunch and the post-walk discussion and a camera to preserve the memories.

You can access the flyer here 2017 Walk 5 (North Head) flyer

To register for the walk, or to get more information, contact Kit Craig at cartophiles@stjohnswahroonga.org or on
0411 507 422.

A weekend in the Blue Mountains, Queen’s Birthday Weekend, 10th – 12th June, 2017

 

Following the success of last year’s long weekend on the south coast, this year the Cartophiles bushwalking club will spend the Queen’s Birthday long weekend in the Blue Mountains to take on three fun, moderate-rated day walks.

If you don’t feel up to all three walks, drive up or catch the train for just one or two.  If you want to stay overnight, book your accommodation NOW!

Saturday, 10th June, Mount York Walking Trail

Right on the western edge of the Blue Mountains, this 13km walk explores the historic and natural features the first road across the Blue Mountains (Cox’s Road, 1813) and its replacement (Lawsons Long Alley Road, 1822-1823).

Meet in the car park of the New Ivanhoe Hotel, Blackheath, at 10.00 am for the 15 minute drive to the start of the walk. The walk will take about 5 hours, followed by a debrief at the New Ivanhoe. Bring your lunch, or we can try the food at the Comet Inn, Hartley Vale.

 

 

Sunday, 11th June, Grand Canyon Track

This 6.3km adventurous track has been trodden by walkers since 1907. The intimate and awesome Grand Canyon track will take us into the heart of the Blue Mountains’ World Heritage-listed landscape with great sandstone walls, ever-present waterfalls and abundant native plants.

Meet at the Evans Head lookout, Blackheath, at 10.00am.  The walk will take about 4 hours, after which we’ll take time to fossick through the Blackheath shops and galleries.  You definitely need to carry your lunch!

We’ll organise a dinner that night at one of the excellent local restaurants.

 

 

 

Monday, 12th June, Fortress Ridge Trail

This fantastic 7.4km return walk follows the Fortress Ridge out to the cliffs above the Grose Valley. The views from the lookout and along the trail are superb, with the sheer cliffs and a deep valley to put it all in perspective.

Meet in the car park of the New Ivanhoe Hotel, Blackheath, at 9.30 am for the 10 minute drive to the start of the walk.

This walk will take about 3 hours, after which we’ll drive to the Lawson Hotel for a late lunch and debrief before braving the traffic back to Sydney.

 

 

 

 

Travel and Accommodation

You’ll need to seek your own accommodation, but luckily, there are lots of accommodation choices in the Blue Mountains from B&Bs to the 3½ star old world charm of The Hotel Imperial, Mount Victoria; the 5 star luxury of Lilianfels in Katoomba or the not a lot of stars but 1930’s architecture at the New Ivanhoe Hotel, Blackheath.

What to Wear and Carry

Kit will carry a first aid kit and personal locator beacon. You will need to carry at least a litre of drinking water, your lunch, something warm to put on during stops and wet weather gear. The tracks are all well-defined and often are fire trails or roads, but you should wear boots or stout walking shoes – the Grand Canyon particularly can be very slippery.

Bring a camera to preserve the memories, some nice clothes for the non-walking times and money for the debriefs!

Click here for a copy of the 2017 Walk 4 (Blue Mountains weekend) flyer

To register for the walk, or to get more information, contact Kit Craig at cartophiles@stjohnswahroonga.org or on 0411 507 422.