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

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.… 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 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

Burrawang Walk & Cape Baily Track, Kamay Botany Bay National Park, Saturday 20th June, 2015

The Cartophiles’ sixth day walk of the year takes us back to the National Heritage listed Kamay Botany Bay National Park, rich in both Aboriginal and European history to repeat a walk we did last June. We start and finish at the Kurnell Visitor Centre and cover two walks.  First is the very easy Burrawang Walk which passes several of the area’s historic sites, including Captain Cook’s Landing Place, and includes many interpretive signs outlining the park’s cultural and natural history.… Read More... Read More

Overnight walk in June: Govett’s Leap to Mt Victoria, Queen’s Birthday Weekend

The Cartophiles’ second overnight walk of the year is a three day trek over the Queen’s Birthday Weekend, 6th – 8th June. We start at Govetts Leap on Saturday morning, pass Bridal Falls then drop into the Grose Valley and follow the river to the Acacia Flats campsite. On Sunday we walk through the Blue Gum Forest and continue to explore the valley to the Burra Korain Flat Camping Area.… Read More... Read More

First walk of the year — Jerusalem Bay, Saturday,14th February, 2015

The Cartophiles have opened our 2015 programme with the lovely walk along the Great North Walk from Cowan Station to Jerusalem Bay.  When we reached the iconic view from the headland we all felt so fresh that we decided to cross the small creek that enters the bay here and have lunch by the small waterfall at the start of the very steep climb out of Jerusalem Bay to Brooklyn.… Read More... Read More