St. John's Uniting Church Wahroonga

Muogamarra Nature Reserve, Saturday 16th September, 2017

Every year we capture snaps of this waratah in flower!

Each spring Muogamarra Nature Reserve puts on one of Sydney’s most vibrant natural floral shows, including waratahs, native orchids, bright pink eriostemons, purple boronias and towering Gymea lilies. The reserve is open to the public just six weekends a year so that visitors can experience the magnificent wildflowers. As we have for the last seven years, the Cartophiles will once again take this limited

As usual, we will split into two teams for walks.

One team will walk the medium-rated Deerubbin Lookover circuit, which follows an historic road past rock formations to a hill top lookout with views to Barrenjoey Lighthouse and the Ba’hai Temple. It then returns to the road to go to a rocky platform with outstanding views over the Hawkesbury River. This team will have lunch at the lookover, then retrace their steps. This moderate-rated 6 kilometre walk climbs 110m in total and should take about 4 hours. It’s suitable for novice walkers.

The other team will do the hard-rated Peats Crater Walk, the longest available at Muogamarra Nature Reserve. It winds down Peats Bight Trail over historic road works into Peats Crater, a volcanic diatreme and the site of early farm settlements that took advantage of the rich soil. It continues along the original road to Peats Bight through rainforest and mangrove environments. This team will have lunch on Peats Bight at the southern entrance to Berowra Creek, with views across the water to Bar Point, then return to the car park, climbing about 210m. The 10 kilometre walk will take about 5 hours. It’s suitable for novice walkers, but requires a reasonable level of fitness: the hill to the car park is quite steep.

We’ll meet at the Cowan railway station at 9.00 am on Saturday 16th September and drive for 10 minutes from there to the reserve. Those who come by train can car pool. Note there is a cash-only $10 per head entry fee to the reserve. There are limited facilities at the reserve, which is staffed by volunteers. Bring your own lunch.

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. Wear walking shoes, cross trainers or similar – thongs or crocs aren’t suitable. Bring money for the park entry fee and a camera to preserve the memories.

For more information download 2017 Walk 7 (Muogamarra) flyer

Abbotts Falls Walking Track, Watagans National Park & Olney State Forest, DEFERRED TO SATURDAY 26th AUGUST, 2017

The Cartophiles’ August day walk is our first in the Watagan Mountains and the first in Kit’s & Sue’s new area. The walk is to Abbotts Falls, on the headwaters of Dora Creek.  You can download the flyer here: 2017 Walk 6 (Abbott’s Falls) flyer

The walk is rated hard.  It’s a 7.3km circuit through open forest on the ridge top to descend into a moist rainforest environment near Abbotts Falls and, based on the bush around Morisset, there should be a nice display of early wildflowers along the way.

Most of the walk is gentle hills or short steep hills, along formed tracks or trails.  It’s rated hard because there’s about 1km of rough track of which about half is very steep.   It should take about 3 hours to complete the circuit.

After the walk we’ll debrief at the Craig’s, about half an hour drive from the finish point.  The debrief will include a sausage sizzle.

Those who don’t feel like walking but would like to debrief anyway are invited to come straight to the Craig’s where Sue will entertain them until the walkers return.

The start point is The Pines Camping Area, just off the Watagans Forest Road in the Olney State Forest.  It’s about 1½ hours drive from Wahroonga and is easily accessible by 2WD cars.  We’ll meet there at 9.15am on Saturday, 19th August and start walking at 9.30am.

If you’ rather take the train, catch the 6.22am train from Hornsby to Newcastle; you’ll arrive at Dora Creek Station at about 8.00am and Kit will give you a lift to the walk.

Wear a hat and carry at least a litre of drinking water. The forecast is for temperatures in the mid-teens with a chance of a shower, so bring a rain coat.  As usual, Kit will carry a first aid kit. This is a walk for hiking shoes or boots.

Don’t forget a camera to preserve the memories.

To get directions to the Craig’s house, register for the walk, or to get more information, contact Kit Craig at or
0411 507 422.