2016 WALKS AND ACTIVITIES

To add something to the program, please contact walks@darwinbushwalkingclub.org.au

Cycling Group - a group of Club members meet regularly on Saturday morning, cycling about 40km - to join the group, contact Yasmin Barnes on 0421 154 576. (Note - this is not a formal club activity, so is not covered by club insurance.)

Date Description Organiser Phone/Contact Walk Grade
Sun 10 Jan Anniversary Creek to Robin Falls - see this beautiful area before the rural blocks are "developed". Cool off in the rain...or the swimming holes. New members and co-leader welcome. Andy Peart 0429 427 685 Easy
Sun 24 Jan Depot Creek - easier and more vigorous options available (but occasional swimming compulsory, all good fun and easy if you like rock-hopping). New members welcome. Andy Peart 0429 427 685 Moderate
Sat 23 - Tue 26 Jan Gubara, Kakadu NP - the best time of year to visit. Australia Day in the bush! Mike Dunbar 8945 5582 or sueandmike1@bigpond.com Moderate
Sun 7 Feb Casuarina Beach - from the Surf Life Saving Club (beach side, 8am) to Lee Point, returning via the bush track for coffee at De La Plage Cafe. If new to the club, please pay membership/visitor fee online or bring form and correct money in an envelope. Betty Lum 0405 021 254 Easy
Mon 22 Feb Meet and Greet - Nightcliff Scout Hall, 7pm. Come and meet some experienced Top End bushwalkers to find out what you will need for multi-day walks. New members welcome.
Sun 28 Feb Rapid Creek - starting at the Jingili water gardens, going upstream and returning for lunch at the Rapid Creek markets. Ruth Pitt 0429 214 140 or ruth_e_pitt@hotmail.com Easy
Sun 6 March Leadership Workshop - basic stress-free training for aspiring day-walk leaders. New members welcome. Andy Peart 0429 427 685 Easy and fun
WE 25-27 March Edith Falls/Sweetwater Pool - 2.5h drive to Edith Falls and a 4km walk to the campsite - then choose between relaxing in the pool or exploring the river. Limited places, so be quick. Betty Lum 0405 021 254 Easy
Wed 30 Mar Cascades and Tjenya Falls, Litchfield NP - new members welcome on this easy walk. Talk to Ken by 29 March. Ken Renney 0408 583 119 or 8983 2920 Easy
Sat 2 Apr Dive-in Movie time - beat the "build-up" with an outdoor screening of "A Walk in the Woods", 8pm at Amanda's house (take swimmers and snacks, and phone for address). Amanda Robertson 0402 901 286 or chocs98@hotmail.com  
Sun 10 April East Point - 7km around including the new boardwalk into the mangroves. Bring binoclars and morning tea to eat by Lake Alexander afterwards. Phone Lesley, as numbers will be limited. Lesley Vick 0415 122 272 Easy
Palmerston Escarpment, easy 9km walk along the escarpment (from 8am) finishing with morning tea at Ruth's. Contact Ruth for details. Ruth Eberhard 0429 214 140 or ruth_e_pitt@hotmail.com Easy
WE 16-17 Apr Greenant Creek, Litchfield NP - and thence to the Tabletop campground. Suitable for beginners. Amanda Robertson 0402 901 286 or chocs98@hotmail.com Easy
Tableland Ck, southern area of Litchfield NP - needs 1 or 2 4WDs. Phone Ken before Friday 8 so arrangements can be decided. Ken Renney 0408 583 119 or 8983 2920 Easy to moderate
WE 23-24 Apr Florence Falls to Wangi Falls, Litchfield NP - suitable for newer members wanting to try overnight walking. Numbers limited so contact Yasmin for details. Yasmin Barnes 0421 154 576 Easy
23 Apr - 1 May Gubara to Hill 420 & return, Kakadu NP - contact Mike for details. Mike Dunbar 8945 5582 or sueandmike1@bigpond.com Moderate to hard
WE 30 Apr - 2 May Dinner Creek, Kakadu NP - with lots of rock-hopping up the gorge. Very limited places available due to permit conditions. Marj King 8985 6885 Moderate
WE 7-8 May Lost City to Sandy Ck, Litchfield NP - assumes track will be open and permit obtained. Contact Ken by 29 April so details can be decided. Ken Renney 0408 583 119 or 8983 2920 Easy
Fri 20 May Social Walk and Sunset Dinner - meeting on the Rapid Creek side of Nightcliff pool at 5.30pm, and walking to Casurarina Beach for dinner at the Darwin Surf Club licenced facilities (with Cafe de la Plage, Jetty & the Fish nearby). Bring picnic blanket, insect repellent, cash and torch for the return walk.
Sat 21 May Navigation for real beginners - bring water, hat, paper, pen - and a compass if you can (otherwise bring a ruler). East Point (8.30 - 10.30am, maps provided, but contact Marj first). Marj King 8985 6885 or seedymarj@gmail.com Easy
Mon 23 May AGM - at the Nightcliff Scout Hall.
WE 28-29 May
Edith Falls/Sweetwater Pool, Nitmiluk NP - an easy 4 km walk to the campsite and plenty of time to explore. Limited places (and pending permit). Emily Pritchard 0407 180 299 Easy
WE 4-5 June Bike Ride to Tumbling Waters (camping overnight) - about 70km each way, at a relaxed pace. Intending riders must have completed a Saturday morning ride with the group. Contact Yasmin for further details. Yasmin Barnes 0421 154 576 or ylbarnes@gmail.com Unclassified
Sat 4 June Navigation Training - a follow-up session for the real beginners, at Holmes Jungle. Bring suitable footware (spear-grass - beware!), compass and watch (+ water and sun protection). Contact Marj first so she knows how many maps are needed. Marj King 8985 6885 or seedymarj@gmail.com Easy
Sun 5 June Myilly to East Point - meeting at 7.30am at East Pt for a car-shuffle, then starting at Myilly Pt and walking back. Around 3h in total. Ruth Eberhardt 0429 214 140 or ruth_e_pitt@hotmail.com Easy
8-14 June Jatbula Trail, Nitmiluk NP - limited places, so be quick! Johanna Kieboom 0439 738 143 or jokieboom@aapt.net.au Moderate
WE 10-12 June Gunlom car camping, Kakadu NP - staying Friday and Saturday nights. The idea is to laze and swim, but to include a 6km walk up the creek from the "infinity pool" on the escarpment. Craig Bellamy 0403 872 205 Easy
WE 10-13 June Gunlom Circuit, Kakadu NP - the traditional route visiting the upper Barramundi catchment, and suitable for those who've camped overnight before. Yasmin Barnes 0421 154 576 or ylbarnes@gmail.com Moderate
WE 11-13 June Gunlom area, Kakadu NP - FULL. Mike Dunbar 8945 5582 or sueandmike1@bigpond.com Moderate
19 June Cascades to Wangi, Litchfield NP - new members welcome, but numbers likely to be limited. Be quick! Anya Thomas 0476 328 732 or anya.tho@gmail.com Moderate
Sat 25 June Bike ride to Wagait Beach - for the annual Mandorah Ulelele Folk Festival (MUFF) at the Cox Country Club. Meet at Cullen Bay ferry terminal (times to be arranged)l and come back at your leisure. Craig Bellamy 0403 872 205 Easy
Mon 27 June Monthly Meeting, Nightcliff Scout Hall. CANCELLED.
Sun 3 July Yarrawonga walk - meeting near Finlays at 7.30am, and walking for about 2.5h on both the cycle track and bush tracks, finishing with a well-earned coffee. Ruth Eberhardt 0429 214 140 or ruth_e_pitt@hotmail.com Easy
Sat 9 July East Point walk and BBQ - meeting at East Point at 4pm for a stroll, before the BBQ around 6pm. Ruth Eberhardt 0429 214 140 or ruth_e_pitt@hotmail.com Easy
Sun 25 July Nightcliff circuit - starting at the Nightcliff police station at 8am sharp, and finishing the 6km circuit at the markets. Just turn up! (Replaces cancelled Monday meeting.) Mara Dobrini 0438 842 138 Easy
WE 29 July - 1 Aug Twin Falls area, Kakadu NP. Mike Dunbar 8945 5582 or sueandmike1@bigpond.com Moderate
WE 13-14 Aug Lost City to Sandy Ck, Litchfield NP - with an option to explore the creek. Check details with Ken. Ken Renney 0408 583 119 or 8983 2920 (after 6pm) Easy to Moderate
17-21 Aug Graveside Gorge , Kakadu NP - the least visited of the accessible major waterfalls. Verena Tinning 0438 881 904 or gv.tinning@bigpond.com Moderate
WE 27-28 Aug Butterfly Gorge - a delightful area not far from Darwin...but be prepared to swim.... Closing date 19 August. Ken Renney Phone (don't text) 0408 583 119 after 6pm Easy
Sat 20 Aug "Monthly Meeting", on the grass at the Casuarina Surf Life Saving Club at around 7pm - after meeting at 5pm and walking up the beach to Lee Point and back for suset drinks and something to eat.
Sat 10 Sept Farewell to long-standing member Claire Elliott - moving south after many years. 5.30pm at the rock platform at the western end of Nightcliff Beach.
Sat 17 Sept Mangrove Kayaking - in Ludmilla Bay with local mangrove specialist Adam Bourke. Launching at 7am; kayak hire $30; option for breakfast after. Contact Jan if interested. Jan Allen 0401 714 878 Easy
WE 17-18 Sept Women's Orienteering - organised by the Top End Orienteering Ass'n with a NT Gov't grant, at the Howard Springs Nature Reserve. Camping available at the Woorabinda Scout Camp nearby. Marj King Easy
Sat 24 Sept Dinner at Stokes Hill Wharf - meeting at 6pm at the aluminium tables near the entrance. (Tactile Arts will have craft stalls from 5 till around 8pm.)
Mon 26 Sept Monthly Meeting, Nightcliff Scout Hall. Dave Liddle will talk about "Walking in Kakadu". Around 7pm.
Sat 1 Oct Social Bike Ride - meet at the Nightcliff pool carpark (Rapid Ck side) at 6.20am for 6.30am departure. Leisurely 20km circuit followed by breakfast near the start. Speed and lycra not essential; helmet is. Yasmin Barnes 0421 154 576 Easy
Sun 2 Oct McMinns Lagoon - a Mecca for waterbirds. Bring binoculars and bird book. Meet in Darwin at 7.30am and finishing by mid to late morning. Simon Townsend 0414 262 064 Easy
Sat 8 Oct Holmes Jungle - meeting at 8am for a few hours walk, with option to visit Amanda's for coffee and a swim. Amanda Robertson 0402 901 286 or chocs98@hotmail.com Easy
Sat 15 Oct Dive-in Movie time - beat the "build-up" with an outdoor screening of "The Way", 8pm at Amanda's house (take swimmers and snacks, and phone/email for address). CANCELLED. Amanda Robertson 0402 901 286 or chocs98@hotmail.com Unrated?
Mon 24 Oct Monthly Meeting, Nightcliff Scout Hall. Rik Bishop will talk about smart phone uses and apps - and 'web'2.0 sites that may be of interest. Around 7pm.
Sat 5 Nov Social Bike Ride - meet at the Nightcliff pool carpark (Rapid Ck side) at 6.20am for 6.30am departure. Leisurely 20km circuit followed by breakfast near the start. Speed and lycra not essential; helmet is. Yasmin Barnes 0421 154 576 Easy
Sun 6 Nov Mary River Houseboat Trip - with lots of birds and crocs! Amanda Robertson chocs98@hotmail.com Easy
Sun 13 Nov Bamboo Ck, Litchfield NP - beautiful, rarely-visited waterfalls and pools. New members welcome. Andy Peart 0429 427 685 (no sms please) Moderate
Sun 20 Nov Tolmer Falls area, Litchfield NP - swimming, exploring, an opportunity to learn navigation and leadership skills, or just have fun! Andy Peart 0429 427 685 (no sms please) Moderate
Mon 28 Nov Monthly Meeting, Nightcliff Scout Hall. Meteorologist Rebecca Patrick will talk about wet-season weather in the Top End and its impact on walking. Around 7pm.
Sat 3 Dec Social Bike Ride - meet at the Nightcliff pool carpark (Rapid Ck side) at 6.20am for 6.30am departure. Leisurely 20km circuit followed by breakfast near the start. Speed and lycra not essential; helmet is. Yasmin Barnes 0421 154 576 Easy
WE 3-4 Dec Xmas Party - at the Litchfield educational centre - with the Rogaine Ass'n, shared barbecue facilities and a half-day navigational training course. For more details, see flyer.     Easy
Sun 11 Dec Florence Falls area, Litchfield NP - practice those navigation skills you learned at the Xmas party, or just come for the swimming and walking. New members welcome. Andy Peart 0429 427 685 (no sms please) Moderate
Long WE 30 Dec - 2 Jan Litchfield Loop Walk - subject to permit and weather. Mike Dunbar sueandmike1@bigpond.com Moderate

Note - Walk leaders for National Parks (Kakadu, Litchfield, etc) need to apply for permits weeks or months in advance. If you are interested, contact the relevant leader early to make it easier for everyone and to avoid disappointment. However, please don't register interest then drop out.

         

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