2018 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 7 Jan Depot Ck - a favorite wet season walk! New members welcome. Andy Peart 0429 427 685 (phone, don't SMS) Moderate
Sun 21 Jan Anniversary Ck/Robin Falls. New members welcome. Andy Peart 0429 427 685 (phone, don't SMS) Moderate
WE 25-28 Jan Gubara, Kakadu NP (wait-listed) - leaving Wednesday 24th and returning late Sunday. Fixed camp planned, with long day walks - to suit the fit and experienced! Small group only. Mike Dunbar 8945 5582 or sueandmike1@bigpond.com Moderate
WE 26-28 Jan Lost City/Sandy Ck, Litchfield NP. New members welcome. Andy Peart 0429 427 685 (phone, don't SMS) Moderate
Sun 4 Feb Planning Meeting - at Lake Alexander, from 5pm. Where do you want to go during the year? Help plan the Club's 2018 activities around the barbecue (near the playground, bring your own everything). Experienced members will bring their gear to "show and tell". If the weather is unsuitable, we'll meet instead at Mara's place - contact her if uncertain or to get directions. New and potential members welcome. Mara Dobrini 0438 842 138 or maradobrini@hotmail.com Easy!
Sun 11 Feb Rapid Creek - an excursion along the creek during the morning for about 2 hours. Ruth Eberhard 0429 214 140 or ruth_e_pitt@hotmail.com Easy
Sun Feb 18 Litchfield Walks and Waterfalls, Part 1 - departing at 6.30am, visiting the Cascades, Wangi and Greenant Creek Falls, back late afternoon. Simon Townsend 0414 262 064 (don't text) Moderate
Sun Feb 25 Litchfield Walks and Waterfalls, Part 2 - departing at 6.30am, visiting Florence, Tolmer and Greenant Creek Falls. Simon Townsend 0414 262 064 (don't text) Moderate
Easter WE Baark Walk (Noorlangie area), Kakadu NP - leaving Sat lunchtime and staying overnight in Jabiru (cabins), about 5h walk then return to Darwin on Sunday pm. Yasmin Barnes 0421 154 576 (no SMS) or ylbarnes@gmail.com Easy
Sun 1 Apr Buley Rockhole, Litchfield NP - should have time for a swim after the walk...... Andy Peart 0429 427 685 (phone, don't SMS) Moderate
Sun 8 Apr Greenant Ck to Wangi Falls , Litchfield NP - get hot and have a dip! New members welcome. Andy Peart 0429 427 685 (phone, don't SMS) Moderate
Sat 14 Apr Quiz Night - at Ruth's home. Bring a plate of food to share, then test your knowledge with the bushwalking-themed quiz. Ruth Eberhard 0429 214 140 or ruth_e_pitt@hotmail.com Easy
Sun 22 Apr Cascades to Wangi Falls - Litchfield NP. Full day, 7am to 7pm, day walk with swimming. New members welcome, but places limited. Email with full name, membership status and phone number. Benita De Vincentiis Moderate
4-7 May Gunlom area, Kakadu NP - leaving Friday and returning Monday pm. Suitable for the fit and keen. Dependent on area opening. Mike Dunbar Moderate
WE 5-6 May Wangi Falls, Litchfield NP - relatively easy overnight walk suitable for beginners. Subject to permit. FULL Yasmin Barnes 0421 154 576 (no SMS) or ylbarnes@gmail.com Easy
West of Florence Falls, Litchfield NP - contact Marj for details. Marj King 8985 6885 or marjok1@iinet.net.au Easy
WE 12-13 May "Bushwalking Leadership for Dummies" - for current members only who commit to leading (or co-leading with an experienced leader) at least one DBC walk this calendar year. Includes organising, leading, logistics, basic navigation, precautions and some hands-on practice. Location depends on permit. Andy Peart 0429 427 685 (phone, don't SMS) Easy
Mon 28 May AGM - 7pm at the Healthy Living meeting room, Shop 1, Tiwi Place - see map. Financial report.
Sat 2 June Bike ride - meet at Nightcliff pool at 7am - easy ride with breakfast at a local cafe. Just turn up with helmet, etc.
Sun 3 June Bamboo Ck to No-name Waterhole - suitable for beginners. Marj King marjok1@iinet.net.au Easy
Long WE 8-11 June Gunlom circuit, Kakadu NP - a 3-day circuit starting and ending at the Gunlom campground. Walkers must have completed an overnight walk with DBC. Permit wait-listed. FULL Yasmin Barnes 0421 154 576 (no SMS) or ylbarnes@gmail.com Moderate
Maguk area, Kakadu NP - a 3-night, 3-day walk for a small group of fit, keen current members. FULL Mike Dunbar Moderate
WE 23-24 June Southern Tablelands, Litchfield NP - great beginners' walk in the rarely-visited southern part of Litchfield. Camp on a sandy beach next to a private waterfall! Amanda Robertson chocs98@hotmail.com or 0402 901 286 Easy
Litchfield NP - off-track walk across rocky terrain. Contact Simon for details (ring before May 20 or after June 12). FULL Simon Townsend 0414 262 064 Moderate
29 June - 3 July Jatbula Trail, Nitmiluk NP - leaving Darwin on the 28th for 5-day walk from Katherine Gorge to Edith Falls. Must be club member with overnight walking experience. Yasmin Barnes 0421 154 576 (no SMS) or ylbarnes@gmail.com Moderate
Sat 30 June Bike ride to Wagait Beach - for the annual Mandorah Ulelele Folk Festival (MUFF) at the Cox Country Club (~6km from Mandorah). Meet at the Cullen Bay ferry terminal at 9.00am and come back at your leisure (3.20, 5.20 or 6.20pm, or stay overnight). The show starts at 12 noon. Craig Bellamy 0403 872 205 Easy
Sat 7 July Bike ride - meet at Nightcliff pool at 7am - easy ride with breakfast at a local cafe. Just turn up with helmet, etc.
7-9 July Koolpin/Freezing Gorge, Kakadu NP - suitable for experienced walkers who like a long day with plenty of rock-hopping, climbing, pack-floating, etc - all good fun! Leaving Saturday with 2 nights car-camping. Amanda Robertson chocs98@hotmail.com or 0402 901 286 Difficult
Sun 15 July Florence Falls area, Litchfield NP - suitable for new members. Ken Renney 0408 583 119 (after 6pm) Easy
WE 21-22 July Cycle to Tumbling Waters - about 75km one-way. Riders must have ridden at least once with the Saturday morning riders - contact Louise for details. Louise Gillett louise_gillett@hotmail.com or 0414 304 799 Unclassified
LWE 27-29 July Twin Falls, Kakadu NP - leaving 26th, first camp at public campground then 3 days of pack-carry walking. Must be member and fit! Max of 6. Mike Dunbar Moderate
Upper Sandy Creek, Litchfield NP - fairly easy, with optional mini-gorge swim. Rarely visited. New members welcome and navigation/leadership practice available if interested. Andy Peart 0429 427 685 (phone, don't SMS) Easy
Sat 4 Aug Bike ride - meet at Nightcliff pool at 7am - easy ride with breakfast at a local cafe. Just turn up with helmet, etc.
LWE 5-6 Aug Wangi to Cascades, Litchfield NP - Sun/Mon overnight walk. Ken Renney 0408 583 119 (after 6pm) Easy
27 July-6 Aug Jim Jim to Twin Falls, Kakadu NP. A rare opportunity (experienced walkers only). Permit wait-listed. Phone Rick to add your name to his waiting list. Rick Bishop 0421 639 702 Moderate
LWE 4-6 Aug Jim Jim Falls, Kakadu NP - leaving 3rd, first camp at public campground then 3 days of pack-carry walking. Must be member and fit! Max of 6. Mike Dunbar Moderate
Tue 7 Aug Litchfield walking and swimming - at Cascades, Green Ant Creek and/or Walker Creek. Miss the crowds! Resy van Beek Easy
9-12 Aug Twin Falls area, Kakadu NP - suitable for experienced overnight walkers who can carry a full pack. First night at public campground, followed by 2.5 days walking and 2 nights bush camping. Leaving Thursday evening. FULL Chris Obst tassiechris@gmail.com Moderate
19-20 Aug Lost City to Sandy Ck Falls, Litchfield NP - phone after 6pm or leave a message advising when Ken should call back. Ken Renney 0408 583 119 (after 6pm) Easy/moderate
31 Aug - 2 Sept Remote First Aid Training - limited to 15 members, with preference to walk leaders. Register your interest. Free! Justin Sykes 0423 711 275 or jbsykes1@yahoo.com  
Sat 1 Sept Bike ride - meet at Nightcliff pool at 7am - easy ride with breakfast at a local cafe. Just turn up with helmet, etc.
4-9 Sept Jatbula Trail, Nitmiluk NP - stunning 5-day walk from Katherine Gorge to Edith Falls. Participants must have completed an overnight walk with DBC. Yasmin Barnes 0421 154 576 (no SMS) or ylbarnes@gmail.com Moderate
8-9 Sept Butterfly Gorge - with optional swimming excursion (though not to be missed). Suit those new to overnight walks and anyone else. Andy Peart 0429 427 685 (phone, don't SMS) Easy
Sat 15 Sept Ludmilla Bay Kayaking - meeting at 7am for 7.30 to 10am paddle among the mangroves with Kristin Metcalf, principal scientist at EcoScience NT. Cost $30. FULL Jan Allen 0401 714 878 Easy
Sun 16 Sept McMinns Lagoon (Howard Springs) - leaving at 7am for a leisurely stroll around as the birds gather. Bring binoculars, and finish with a BYO morning tea on the picnic tables. Phone Simon after 1 Sept. Simon Townsend 0414 262 064 Easy
Fri 28 Sept Dive-in Movie Night - "Surviving the Kimberley", starting at 8pm (when dark). Bring snacks, drinks, swimmers; contact Amanda for address. Amanda Robertson chocs98@hotmail.com or 0402 901 286 Too easy!
Sun 23 Sept Sandy Creek Falls - from the car park to above the falls and return, with few chances for swimming. Not suitable for walkers unfamiliar with Top End bush conditions. Ken Renney 0408 583 119 (after 6pm) Moderate
Sun/Mon 23-24 Sept Sandy Ck Falls extended - as above but camping above the falls (permit pending). Optional day walk on Monday before returning. Ken Renney 0408 583 119 (after 6pm) Moderate
Mon 24 Sept Club Meeting - more details later.      
5-8 Oct Dinner Creek, Kakadu NP - new members and those new to overnight trips welcome. If there are early rains, an alternative destination in Kakadu will be arranged. Andy Peart 0429 427 685 (phone, don't SMS) Moderate
Sat 6 Oct Bike ride - meet at Nightcliff pool at 6.30am - easy ride with breakfast at a local cafe. Just turn up with helmet, etc.
WE 20-21 Oct Upper Sandy Ck - beautiful place, with lots of optional swimming. Andy Peart 0429 427 685 (phone, don't SMS) Easy
Sat 3 Nov Bike ride - meet at Nightcliff pool at 6.30am - easy ride with breakfast at a local cafe. Just turn up with helmet, etc.
Sun 18 Nov Walk leaders' BBQ - for current and aspiring leaders discussing plans for 2019 and help available from the Club. 1pm in Malak. RSVP by 11 Nov. Amanda Robertson chocs98@hotmail.com or 0402 901 286  
Interested in a walk? Just contact the walk leader giving full name, contact details and previous walking experience. Walks in Litchfield or Kakadu National Parks require a permit - and for this you will also have to provide your address. Leaders may ask for a cash deposit.
Sat 1 Dec Bike ride - meet at Nightcliff pool at 6.30am - easy ride with breakfast at a local cafe. Just turn up with helmet, etc.
WE 1-2 Dec Xmas Party - at Wallaroo Basecamp/Goanna Park. Details in November Newsletter. Register interest by 24 November.      
Sun 9 Dec Airport trails walk - starting and finishing at the Jingli Water Gardens - including coffee/breakfast at the Rapid Ck markets. More details later. Rose Stephens 0429 897 394 Easy
WE 15-16 Dec Florence Falls "Christmas Walk" - more details later (permit pending). Contact Ken if interested. Ken Renney 0408 583 119 (after 6pm) Easy

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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