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Nowra NSW 2541

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Weekend Walks 2004 Report

by Karen Davis (Weekend Walks Coordinator)

Again the last year has had a wide variety of weekend activities with day walks, overnight full-pack walks, canoeing weekends, bike rides, bird-watching, car camps and extended trips.

The following is a summary of the year:-

Extended walks included five days at Pittwater YHA, two weeks on the Larapinta Trail in Central Australia, five days at the historic oil-shale mining town of Newnes, and four days in the Deua National Park.

Overnight activities included Blockup Gorge liloing, Easter in the Ettrema Gorge, Mt Owen/Monolith Valley circuit, Folly Point, the Navshield Rogaine, canoeing the Kangaroo River from Hampden Bridge to Tallowa Dam and walking a section of the Shoalhaven River and Drovers Ridge.

Bikes were ridden around Lake Burley Griffin, over Woodhill Mountain and Mt Skanzi, around Booderee and through the Budawangs and Milton hinterland. We also searched for birds at Bangalee and Booderee.

Our 2003 Xmas camp was held at Depot Beach in Murramarang NP with a 'Change of Sex' theme resulting in some interesting outfits and a lot of laughs, along with a bit of walking.

A benefit to our program this year has been Ron Anderson and Ronda Guy who also lead walks for the NPA and the Illawarra Ramblers. They have been putting these walks on our program as well. This helps fill our program and means that if only one of our members wants to attend the walk, it will still go ahead due to the presence of walkers from the other clubs.

Also, the last year has seen some new weekend leaders and participants come on board and I would like to thank them, as well as the regulars, for helping to create a varied program.

(Ettremist - November 2004)