Darwin Bushwalking Club Newsletter November 2021.

In this newsletter:

Christmas event 2021
Planned Walks for 2020
Leichhardt’s grasshopper
NT Parks Masterplan 2022 – 2052
Short Walk ideas
Buy Swap Sell

Wednesday 1st December 2021- 5:30pm
Dripstone Cliffs, near parking lot (there will be a DBC flag)
Come along and connect with people who have similar interests. This month’s social catchup will be for celebrating Christmas! Grazing platters will be provided by the club, BYO drinks and chair.
Secret Santa: This is optional. If you want to participate, please bring a wrapped present (spending guide about $15).
RSVP: Please RSVP by Sunday 28 November to Mascha msfriderichs@gmail.com Please let me know if you are participating in the Secret Santa, and any dietary requirements.
All ages welcome!

Club activities planned for 2022
A passion for the outdoors, natural environment and adventure around the top end and beyond inspires the Darwin Bushwalking Club and provides a common bond. The attractions of walking in the Top End include natural beauty, diverse landscapes and habitats, and pure unpolluted water to drink.

Making new friends and promoting skills such as navigation, first aid and leadership is our focus. We seek to leave no trace of our passage through the bush. Trip leaders are essential to the Club – the Club will support and assist any member wishing to try their hand.

The dry season will arrive again soon so some planning now and you could again be camping under the stars. The following walk schedule has been put together with the input of many of our leaders. So keep an eye on the website.
There is still plenty of opportunity for the 2020 Walk Schedule to be improved with further input-so let us know of your suggestions and input. Email president@darwinbushwalkingclub.org.au.


DBC 2022 Walk Schedule -watch the website for updates
When Where Leader
26 Jan to 30 Jan. Expect hot and wet weather. Subject to permit Gubara, Kakadu, MULTI DAY WALK Rick
An overnight walk (not day walk).  Aim for 16-17 April, dependant on permit availability. Suitable for new walkers Wangi to Florence, Litchfield Yasmin
A weekend trip, 5-6 March. Overnight in Jabiru. Suitable for new walkers Baark Walk, Kakadu (DAY WALK) Yasmin
April 8th-10th Table Top, Litchfield (MULTI DAY WALK) Benita
May TBA Sweet Water, Edith Falls (Overnight Walk) Mara
May -2nd week Jatbula, Katherine (MULTI DAY WALK) Sophia
??? Table top, Litchfield (MULTI DAY WALK) Morgan
May / April TBA Motor Creek, Kakadu (MULTI DAY WALK – BEGINNERS / New members) Shai and Amanda
June long weekend 8th gorge, Nitmiluk Gorge, Katherine (MULTI DAY WALK) Benita
June TBA   Maguk (Barramundie Gorge) Kakadu, (MULTI DAY WALK for BEGINNERS / New members) Amanda
June 17 – 20- 3 nights/4 days – Barramundi Gorge/ Allosyncarpia pool
July  Show Day long weekend 22-24 July Twin Falls, Kakadu (MULTI DAY WALK) Verena
July 30 July to 1Aug long weekend
Twin Falls, Kakadu (MULTI DAY WALK)
Sophia and Dara
Early August Jim Jim long Loop, Kakadu, (12-14 day walk)
Small group. Preference given to those who missed the two attempts in 2020/21 -cancelled due to Covid, those offering to be a back up /co-lead or wishing to practice navigation.
Backup/ co leader sought
August 5 -8   Koolpin Gorge – 3 nights/4 days Chris

August TBA

Walker Creek, Litchfield (Overnight / MULTI DAY WALK)
??? Umbrawarra Gorge Leader needed
Further away   Kimberley (eg Mitchell Falls, Drysdale River, Price Regent Nature Reserve) Two to three weeks. Cost will be several $k due to aircraft charter Members should contact Rick if interested and willing  to participate with planning/ organising/ leading.
Other walks to consider Dinner Creek
Graveside Gorge
Leader needed
Leader needed

Leichhardt grasshoppers
We are approaching the time of year when Leichhardt grasshoppers can be seen. Various locations around Nourlangie including Gubara car park are worth a try.

NT Parks Masterplan 2022 – 2052
The Committee provided DBC input to the Parks Masterplan discussion paper.
Comments made supported limited development and the objects of DBC as set out in its Constitution, including ongoing independent access for DBC to short and overnight walks.
See: https://haveyoursay.nt.gov.au/parksmasterplan.

Shorter Walks
DBC members may be interested in the following short walks and day walks: an non exhaustive list.

Particularly at this time of year remember to keep well hydrated and carry essential first aid.

East Point Reserve Interactive Science Trail

Lee Point Reserve

Charles Darwin NP

McMinns Lagoon

Fogg Dam
Search Avenza for Fogg Dam: Fogg Dam

Butterfly Gorge

Mary River NP- various short walks and the more challenging Walk to Coast via Memorial day walk


Litchfield NP short walks

Search Avenza for Litchfield National Park
Umbrawarra Gorge
Kakadu Day Walks
See the Parks Australia for all information

Jim Jim Falls- Barrk Marlam walk
A very challenging walk, perfect for experienced bushwalkers to enjoy some stunning views above the Jim Jim Falls escarpment. https://parksaustralia.gov.au/kakadu/do/walks/barrk-marlam-bushwalk/

Nourlangie Barrk Walk
Enjoy spectacular views, experience a variety of habitats and see the Nanguluwurr art site.

A series of interconnected walking tracks

Want, Buy, Sell, Swap…
Have extra bushwalking or camping gear you no longer need? Want to buy or borrow gear? Drop us an email with your name, contact details, item & price to darwinbushwalkingclub@gmail.com and we will advertise them in the three monthly newsletter. Or, connect with other walkers at the monthly get togethers.