Mt Banks Road, Saturday 19th May, 2018

The next day walk for the Cartophiles takes us to the Blue Mountains National Park near Mount Tomah. Starting at Mount Banks picnic area, the route winds along a gravel road through woodland and open heath past Mount Banks to the cliff-top at Banks Walls.  Here there are awe-inspiring views across the magnificent valley to Grose River, Govetts Leap and the spectacular Blue Gum Forest.… Read More... Read More

Fernleigh Track, Saturday 21st April, 2018

The next day walk for the Cartophiles bushwalking club takes us on a spectacular journey through various coastal environments as we explore the Fernleigh Track, a popular shared pathway along a former railway line between the cities of Lake Macquarie and Newcastle. A highlight of the walk is the Fernleigh Tunnel, a restored 181 metre long, curved rail tunnel that marks the connecting point between the two cities.… Read More... Read More

Magdala Park to De Burghs Bridge, Saturday 17th March, 2018

The next day walk for 2018 for the Cartophiles bushwalking club continues to follow the Great North Walk 8½ km from near Epping Road to just past De Burghs Bridge on Lane Cove Road.  This very pretty walk is rated moderate, and is mostly on bush tracks. The walk starts at Magdala Park and almost immediately crosses a 150m footbridge over the river to the ‘National Starch’ factory.… Read More... Read More

Perimeter trail, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, Saturday 21st October, 2017

The Cartophiles’ October day walk is the Perimeter Trail, an easy-to-moderate rated walk that contours gently around the northern side of Terrey Hills on a wide mostly level trail.  This popular horse riding, mountain bike and walking trail takes us past several beautiful lookouts and picnic spots, with occasional views across Ku-Ring-Gai National Park.… Read More... Read More

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.… Read More... Read More

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.… Read More... Read More

The Bundian Way, Kosciuszko National Park, 14-17 April, 2016

– Patrica Daly’s Facebook post – Something new for the Cartophiles: the Wobbly Old Blokes sub-branch.  This was inadvertently launched by Patricia Daly in her Facebook post that showed five Cartophiles wading across the Snowy River at the start of out walk along stage 2 of The Bundian Way. The Wobbly Old Blokes are Pierre, Ray, Kit and two new Cartophiles, Grant and Bill. … Read More... Read More

2016 Major Trek: Three Capes Track, Tasmania, 7th – 10th November

Lonely Planet says it’s among the ‘world’s hottest new experiences’.  Opened to the public for the first time last December, Tasmania’s Three Capes Track is a world-class, multi-day walking experience of 46 km on the Tasman Peninsula.  It’s an easy to moderate walk, lightly packed, on a track so meticulously crafted you’re free to enjoy your experience rather than watching every step.… Read More... Read More

Metrogaine “LaneCoveRivergaine2”, Saturday 27th February, 2016

The Cartophiles’ second activity for the year is to enter teams in the NSW Rogaining Association’s (NSWRA) annual Metrograine. Last year this event started from the source of the Lane Cove River in Pennant Hills and travelled as far as De Burghs Bridge at West Pymble. This year it continues the journey down the river from De Burghs Bridge as far as Stringybark Creek in Lane Cove.… Read More... Read More

Turramurra/ Wahroonga Circuit, Saturday 20th February, 2016

The route The Cartophiles’ first day walk for 2016 explores some of the lesser known areas of bushland on the western side of the Pacific Highway. Using fire trails and well-defined walking tracks we travel through: The Wahroonga Estate Environmental Conservation Zone Privately owned by the Seventh-day Adventist Church but open to the public, it includes remnants of Sydney Blue Gum High Forest.… Read More... Read More

The Lost Records – the Walks We Did in the Second Half of 2015

The lack of reports since June 2015 could be taken as evidence that the Cartophiles haven’t been very active.  In fact, it just demonstrates that walking has been a higher priority than writing.  Here’s a quick summary of the walks we did in the second half of 2015 but never reported on: Wondabyne Station to Kariong Brook Waterfall, Saturday 16th May, 2015 Just three of us, walking in the drizzle!… Read More... Read More