Welcome to the Bundaberg Bushwalking Club
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GENERAL INFO

Welcome to our new club website!!!

UPDATE: 6th February 2020
Site is in process of being updated to latest info for club.

If you are interested in hiking, bushwalking, tramping or whatever it is you'd like to call it, you have come to the right place. Our club was started back in 1984 and conducts walks around the Bundaberg region each fortnight, as well as extended trips. We are planning more overnight treks as well so if your interested don't hestiate to get in touch!

The club’s activities include bushwalking, kayaking, overnight hikes and social events. As a club member, you’re kept up-to-date by our monthly newsletter which advertises day trips on most Sundays as well overnight trips. Visitors are most welcome.

We also venture out for extended trips of 4-14 days as well.

Check us out on **[http://www.facebook.com/BundabergBushwalkingClub

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Calendar

February 9, 2020 – Moonlight Walk, Moore Park Beach
A walk during the full moon along Moore Park Beach.We will start at the surf club and walk south as far as we can and back (probably about an hour). Either BYO dinner or you can buy in from the shop, then sit and watch the moon rise. Contact Allison on 0448 846 084 to register. Meet at North State School at 4pm.

February 9, 2020 – Kayak - Smith's Crossing
Paddle up or downstream from Smith’s Crossing, for about 3 – 4 hours total paddle. Contact Michelle (0428 957 326) to register.

February 16, 2020 - Littabella NP - Easy S1a
An easy walk along forestry tracks (out and back the same road). Meet at North State School at 7.30am. Contact Peter (0447 134 211) to register.

March 1, 2020 - Bucca Walk - Easy S1a A circuit walk of about 5-6km starting from the Bucca pub. Depart North State School at 8am. Contact Chris Officer (0407 593 565) to register. If anyone wants to bring a kayak and go for a paddle at the same time, you are more than welcome.
March 3, 2020 – Monthly Meeting
Meet at Bundaberg State High School (F Block) beside the Administration Building at 7.00pm. Park on Maryborough Street and enter through the gate beside the Administration Building.

March 7, 2020 – Drive/walk, Moolboolaman
For those that don't like a long walk but still like a bit of adventure, Richard is leading a drive/walk. This one will travel towards Mt Perry, then travel back along Duckpond Road towards the highway. This will be on dirt roads, but you do not require 4WD. Call Richard (0429 888 552) to register. Meet at North State School at 8am.

March 8, 2020 - Leader's Discussion
ALL members welcome. This is a discussion about how to lead a walk and tips to make it easier. This discussion is a great idea for all leader, anyone considering leading a walk and even members who are not interested in leading but just want to understand how to help a leader. Please don't be scared, just by attending doesn't mean you will be pushed into leading a walk! Contact Darryl if you have any questions. Venue to be confirmed, 10am.

March 15 2020 - Cordalba - Easy S1a
Easy walk along the mountain bike trails. Walk will be 6 - 11 km depending on the weather on the day. Contact Angela by text only (0447 226 854) to register. Meet at Thabeban State School at 7am.

March 29, 2020 - Beyond the Waterfall - Hard S3c
This is a strenuous walk off-track in Mt Walsh NP with steep sections. Hopefully the few waterholes there will have some water in them. It is about a 2hr drive each way and will require 4WD so car sharing may be necessary. As there is very little space to park a car, numbers will be limited to 16 for this walk. Leave from Coles Kensington at 7am. Contact Darryl (0409 796 723) to register.

March 29, 2020 - Coongarra Rock Pools - Med - S2b
Approximately 8km walk from the Coongarra Rock car park (Mt Walsh NP) to the Rock Pool and back to the car park. The walk is on obvious tracks (mainly forestry 4wd tracks), but does have some steeper sections. 4wd/high clearance vehicles required, so please let the leader know if you require a lift or you are willing to take others. Contact Marty (0459 724 294) to register. Meet at Coles Kensington at 7am.

March 29, 2020 - Coonarr Beach - Easy S1a
At easy but beautiful walk along the beach at Coonarr. Meet at Thabeban State School at 8am (this may change depending on tide times). Contact Ian (0418 648 312) to register.

March 29, 2020 – Burrum River Kayak - Mb
Paddle from Walkers Point, near Woodgate, up to Pacific Haven Boat Ramp for morning tea. Return. This paddle is dependent on tides, starting 2 hours before high tide. Contact Michelle (0428 957 326) to register.

April 4 - 5, Overnight Camp, Mt Walsh - Hard S4d
Walk to the top of Mt Walsh using the National Park track, camp overnight at the top and return to the car the following morning. Walkers must have all of their own camping equipment. Call Marty (0459 724 294) to register.

April 7, 2020 – Monthly Meeting
Meet at Bundaberg State High School (F Block) beside the Administration Building at 7.00pm. Park on Maryborough Street and enter through the gate beside the Administration Building.

April 10 - 13, 2020 - Easter Camp - Gaeta
We will camp at Gaeta reserve. The campground has unpowered sites, a BBQ, tank water, a BBQ shelter with table, toilets but no showers. We will do a variety of walks over the weekend, depending on the interests of those in attendance. Please contact Darryl (0409 796 723) to register. If you are interested in joining us just for a day walk, you are welcome, but please contact Darryl BEFORE Good Friday (as there is no phone reception at Gaeta) to discuss so that we can try to plan a walk to suit.

April 18, 2020 - Social Event - TBA

April 19, 2020 - Smith's Crossing Kayak - Ma/b
Paddle up or downstream from Smith’s Crossing, for about 3 – 4 hours total paddle. Contact Michelle (0428 957 326) to register.

April 26, 2020 - Dairy Creek Falls - Hard M4d
This walk starts on private property and we will walk up Dairy Creek (near Mt Perry) to reach some small waterfalls and return the same way to the cars. (These are the smaller waterfalls on Dairy Creek, not the big ones on Hogsback Creek.) Whether there is any water in the creek and falls will depend on rain.
For this walk, if we have enough interest, we will trial 2 groups. One for the traditional "hard" walkers, and one for those that feel they are fit enough to manage the walk, but think the are a little slower so don't want the pressure of keeping up with the faster walkers. The second group may not reach the falls, but will have a great walk up the creek.
As this is a 1.5 hr drive each way, and a long, off-track
Meet at North State School a 7am. Contact Lucinda (0421 011 181) to register.

April 26, 2020 - Bingera NP - Easy S1a
An easy walk along forestry 4WD tracks. Depart Coles Kensington at 8am. Contact Margot (4153 5595) to register.

May 1 - 4, 2020 – Combined Camp
The Gladstone club is hosting this year's combined camp, which will be at Pike's Crossing Camp, Akuna (near Benaraby). The combined camp is only open to members. Further details will be distributed in the coming months, but this is always a fantastic weekend so we encourage all members to attend if you can.

May 5, 2020 – Monthly Meeting
Meet at Bundaberg State High School (F Block) beside the Administration Building at 7.00pm. Park on Maryborough Street and enter through the gate beside the Administration Building.

May 10, 2020 – Mt Walsh to Stripey Boulder - Hard S4d
Start by climbing Mt Walsh up the usual route, then instead of coming back the same way, we will descend off-track on the East side down to Stripey Boulder and then return to the car park. This walk is a very steep walk involving rock scrambling. Depart Coles Kensington at 7am. Contact Marty (0459 724 294) to register.

May 10, 2020 – Easy Walk - TBC
Contact Verlie (4152 8885) to register.

May 16, 2020 - Kayak - Baffle Creek - Lc
Baffle Creek mouth paddle. Starting at Flat Rock, near Rules Beach, paddle downstream with the outgoing tide to the mouth of the Baffle. Disembark to explore the 4wd track at the headland and have lunch. Return paddle via the other side of the islands, stopping for a break on a grassy bank on one of the islands. Tide will be variable on the way back.
This day paddle can be put on a Saturday or Sunday, but needs to start 2 hours before low tide. Paddlers must be confident to paddle on ocean tides, and wear life jacket. Paddle will take about 4 hours on the water, with a couple of shore breaks, making it a 6 hour trip, not counting travel. Not a trip for beginners.
There will be an option to camp the night before and after, at Deepwater National Park, Wreck Rock Camp Ground, to facilitate an early start, if needed. Contact Michelle (0428 957 326) to register.

May 17, 2020 – Overnight Walk, Deepwater NP
This camp / walk is intended as a practice walk for those doing the Hinchinbrook Island through walk in June 2020. Anyone can come for the Deepwater walk, even if they are not doing the Hinchinbrook walk.
The plan is to drive to Red Rock (Agnes Waters) and walk down the beach past Middle Rock to Wreck Rock. Camp in Middle Rock Camp Site overnight. Walk back to Red Rock the next day, either along the beach, or along the 4WD track behind the beach. Drive home.
There will be an option to camp at Workman’s Beach in Agnes Waters on the Friday night, to allow an early start on Saturday morning. Contact Michelle (0428 957 326) to register.

May 24, 2020 – Giant's Staircase - Very Hard S4e
This is probably the hardest walk that our club does. It is a full day walk at the back of Mt Walsh NP. We will walk along the creek, which involves over an hour of rock hopping and scrambling through the scrub. Then there is a steep climb and scramble up the "staircase" with some great views up high. We will then cross the saddle and climb even further up a steep incline to the "Giant's Playground", before descending back to the creek and returning to the cars. Last year we had a LOT of interest in this walk, so the walk this year is only for club members and as we will limit numbers, preference will be given to walkers who have already completed a hard walk with the club. This is for fit walkers only, as the walk is about 6 hours, and because of the 1.5 hour drive each way, we will get back to Bundaberg after dark. You must bring at least 3 litres of water. Meet at Coles Kensington at 7am. Contact Lucinda (0421 011 181) to register.

May 24, 2020 – Dingo Track - Medium S2b
This off track walk in Goodnight Scrub starts along the road, then veers off down a hill and along a valley before returning to the road. Approx 8km. There is an option for a swim at Booyal Crossing after the walk. Meet at North State School at 7am. Contact Michelle (0428 957 326) to register.

May 31, 2020 – Planning Meeting
Join us for the planning meeting to plan the walks schedule for the first half of the year. All members are welcome. Please bring any ideas you have for walks or activities, and if you can't make it, feel free to let another member know your ideas. Particularly if you are happy to lead a walk. BYO food and ideas.

June 2, 2020 – Monthly Meeting
Meet at Bundaberg State High School (F Block) beside the Administration Building at 7.00pm. Park on Maryborough Street and enter through the gate beside the Administration Building.

June 7, 2020 – Easy Walk -TBC
Contact Verlie (4152 8885) to register.

June 7, 2020 – Hard Walk -TBC

June 21, 2020 – Boolbunda Rock - Hard S4d
This is a hard walk near Mt Perry. We start by walking along a creek, then climb steeply through open scrub. We then drop down into the saddle before a really steep climb to the first lookout. A nice walk along the ridge before we reach the rocky scree, which we then scramble over (with very steep sides) to reach the top of the rock where there are fantastic 360 degree views. We return the same way to the cars. This is a very steep, off-track walk of about 5 hours so this is for fit walkers only. Due to the drive, we will get back to Bundaberg after dark. Meet at North State School at 7am. Contact Lucinda (0421 011 181) to register.

June 21, 2020 – Boolboonda Tunnel to the Cattle Yards - Easy M1a
A walk along the dirt road from the tunnel through to the cattle yards. Meet at North State School at 7am. Contact Verlie (4152 8885) to register.

June or July 2020 - Thorsborne Trail, Hinchinbrook Is
There are now 6 people confirmed for this trip, which is the maximum allowed for a booking by National Parks. However,if anyone would like to join in the rest of the trip around the Wet Tropics (details to be finalised), please contact Mary on 0414 190 566 or Michelle on 0428 957 326.

September 21, 2020 – Maryborough Open House
Details to come. Open House program is where houses and public buildings are open to the public for the day, so this would be a day trip to Maryborough to look at the beautiful old buildings.

October 3 - 5, 2020 - Gympie Rattler
A tentative plan to spend the long weekend in Gympie to camp, do some walks, and go on the Gympie Rattler. Details to come.

2021 - New Zealand Trip
Mary and Michelle are planning a trip to the Abel Tasman National Park (northern coast of the south island) to walk and kaya, most likely in February/March 2021.
Plans will probably include The Abel Tasman Coast Track: Travel 60km along the coast of the Abel Tasman National Park to see most of those pristine golden sand beaches. The 3-5 days Great Walk track has a number of huts and campsites as accommodation along the way (as well as a couple of luxury lodges).
Also: kayaking in the Tonga Island Marine Reserve. Get more intimate with the Abel Tasman coastline and have some close encounters with the wildlife. You have plenty of options when it comes to kayaking in Abel Tasman, including self-guided multi-day hires, guided day tours, and even a mix of kayaking and hiking in day tours. Please contact Mary or Michelle to discuss if you are interested in joining.

CLUB NEWSLETTERS

January 2020 EDITION

February 2020 EDITION

OLD CLUB NEWSLETTERS

2019

March 2019 EDITION , April 2019 EDITION , May 2019 EDITION , June 2019 EDITION , August 2019 EDITION , September 2019 EDITION , November 2019 EDITION

2018

February 2018 EDITION , March 2018 EDITION , April 2018 EDITION , May 2018 EDITION , June 2018 EDITION , July 2018 EDITION , August 2018 EDITION , September 2018 EDITION , November 2018 EDITION

2017

February 2017 EDITION , March 2017 EDITION , May 2017 EDITION , June 2017 EDITION , July 2017 EDITION , August 2017 EDITION , October 2017 EDITION , November 2017 EDITION , December 2017 EDITION

2016

July 2016 EDITION , August 2016 EDITION , September 2016 EDITION , October 2016 EDITION , November 2016 EDITION , December 2016 EDITION

WALK LEADERS INFORMATION

Walk Leaders Guide

Walk Form

Incident Report Form

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF RISK FORM FOR TEMPORARY MEMBERS

CLUB INFORMATION

Club Handbook 2019

Members Application & Renewal Form

MEMBER EMERGENCY CONTACT & MEDICAL INFORMATION

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF RISK FORM FOR MEMBERS

GEAR GUIDE

This info might be of interest to those members looking to purchase new gear for their next trip:
https://www.trailhiking.com.au/
http://www.bushwalkingaustralia.org
Backpacking Light
Backpacking Clothing System
Lightweight Backpacking

Or check out this Australia Wide bushwalking forum:
http://www.bushwalk.com

or talk to another one of our members to learn some do's and dont's!

Paddy Pallin Webb Stite
Montane Air eVENT Rain Jacket Review

WALK RELATED INFO

Mt Walsh Geological History
Mt Walsh Native Species
Goodnight Scrub Native Species
Coalstoun Lakes Geology
Coalstoun Lakes National Park Species
Woowoonga National Park Species List

FEES & MEMBERSHIP

Current Fees (due July 1 each year)

(1) Membership Fees:
Member Type Cost
Adult $20 per person per year or $10 after Jan
Under 18 $10 per person for one or more children of one family
(2) Walk fees:
Member Type Cost
Adults $0 per walk
Children 5-18 yrs $0 per walk
Visitor $5.00 per walk

Visitors attending a walk are temporary members for the walk, upon signing the acknowledgment of risk and obligations until the walk outing is complete. Subsequent attendance will also require temporary membership, until application is made to join the club, usually after the second walk.

Housekeeping Rules

All persons take part in outings on the understanding that they do so entirely at their own risk. They agree that the responsibility, which they take for their own safety, is the same that they would apply if they were on their own organised outing.

Those intending to participate on outings are asked to contact the nominated walk leader prior to the walk. This particularly applies to newcomers to club outings. Comfortable walking shoes/boots and suitable clothing should be worn on all club outings. A suitable day pack should also be carried (see inside for suggested packs)

Our club is affiliated with Bushwalking Queensland
http://www.bushwalkingqueensland.org.au/
And Bushwalking Australia
http://www.bushwalkingaustralia.org/

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