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Fri 01 Mar, 2024   Cycle: Stuart Park to Thirroul

Leader: Graham Smith    View Leaders List

Easy coastal ride. Cycle path and best beach scenery. Mostly flat and relaxed riding. A couple of stops. Coffee at Thirroul then return by the same route.

Distance: 30 Km    Duration: 3 Hr    Grade: 1 Leisurely
Meet at: Cnr Cliff Rd and George Hanley Dr Time: 8.30 am

Sat 02 Mar, 2024   Walk: Killelea to Mystic bay return

Leader: Pam Hayes    View Leaders List

Beautiful walk around The Lagoon at the farm and then down to Mystic Bay and return. Some beach walking and steep steps at Mystic Bay. Possibility of a swim at the end and a coffee!

Distance: 8-10 Km    Duration: 4 Hr    Grade: 3 Leisurely
Registration Essential
Limit: 16

Sun 03 Mar, 2024   Trip Away: Lord Howe Island

Leader: Joe Pike & Jill Hawkes    View Leaders List

A range of activities include bushwalking, cycling, kayaking, swimming, and snorkelling are available.
Accommodation in Ocean View Holiday Apartments.

Waitlist available contact Jill Hawkes or Joe Pike by email.    See Leaders List for Contact Details

Distance: Km    Duration: Hr    Grade:
Registration Essential

Sun 03 Mar, 2024   Trip Away: South East National Parks

Leader: Graham Burgess    View Leaders List

FULLY BOOKED – ENQUIRE WITH LEADER ABOUT WAITING LIST.

It’s been a few years since we’ve done this trip and I’ve had some questions about when it will be on again, so here it is in 2024. Five night stay at a caravan park on the far south coast. 4 days of grade 2 to 4 walks, up to 14km, in Bournda, Beowa (Ben Boyd) and South East Forest NP’s. Must be able to drive on 2WD dirt roads or come with a buddy that can. Please only contact by email (see leaders list not membership list for address) so I can keep a record of your enquiry and reply with more detail.

Distance: Km    Duration: Hr    Grade: 4 Moderate
Registration Essential

Mon 04 Mar, 2024   Cycle: Circumnavigating Narrabeen Lagoon

Leader: John Groom    View Leaders List

A full day out.

Train to Town Hall/Circular Quay. Ferry ride to Manly. Cycle mainly oceanside up through Northern Beaches. Return via a similar route. Coffee at Dee Why. BYO lunch beside the lagoon. Mostly bike track or shared paths. On road cycle lane for around 1 kilometre.  One long steady climb each way.  Northern Beaches Council area is very cycle friendly. 3.5-4 hours actual riding. Limited numbers due to Railway lift and Ferry bike capacity.

The train will stop at all stations between Port Kembla and Stanwell Park. Riders from further south will have 10 minute connection delay at Coniston.

Distance: 32 Km    Duration: Ex Manly 5 Hr    Grade: 2 Leisurely
Registration Essential
Limit: 9

Mon 04 Mar, 2024   Cycle: Lake Illawarra to Kiama

Leader: Graham Smith    View Leaders List

Ride from Lake Illawarra through Barrack Point, Shellharbour Village, Shell Cove, Dunmore, Minnamurra, Bombo and on to Kiama. We will have coffee at Ziggies cafe at the information Centre.

Some steep hills.

Distance: 45 Km    Duration: 4 Hr    Grade: 3 Moderate
Meet at: Reddall Reserve, Lake Illawarra, near the kiosk Time: 8.30 am

Tue 05 Mar, 2024   Cycle: Berkeley to Port Kembla

Leader: Penny Howes    View Leaders List

Around the lake, through Primbee then back to Warrawong.  Then onto the Port Kembla Surf Club, Inner Harbour and back to Cakes by Rach Cafe for coffee.  Return to Berkeley via the shorter route.  Lake and ocean views.  Mainly cycle path, some roads, a few hills and a busy section along Shellharbour Road.

Distance: 35 Km    Duration: 3.5 Hr    Grade: 2 Moderate
Meet at: Berkeley Fish and Chips, Northcliffe Drive Time: 8.30am

Thu 07 Mar, 2024   Paddle: Lake Illawarra

Leader: Gerry O'Leary    View Leaders List

Morning paddle on Lake Illawarra. Paddle is weather dependent, so starting point may change.

Contact leader for details .

Distance: 10 Km    Duration: 3 Hr    Grade: 2 Moderate
Meet at: Oak Flats, Skiway Park Time: 8.30 am on water

Fri 08 Mar, 2024   Walk: Coledale to Thirroul

Leader: John Groom    View Leaders List

Bus to Coledale from Thirroul Library.

A Friday 5k & Koffee & konversation  activity  finishing at Martin Place Coffee shop.

Walk along the beaches and headlands at low tide. Wear footwear comfortable on sand and rocks or easily taken on and off. Meet at Thirroul Library no later than 9:30 for 9:32 bus. Bring OPAL card.

Distance: 5 Km    Duration: 2.5 Hr    Grade: 1 Leisurely
Meet at: Bustop outside Thirroul Library Time: 9.32

Sat 09 Mar, 2024   Paddle: Currambene Creek, Huskisson

Leader: Phil Prentice    View Leaders List

Paddle from Woollamia jetty upstream towards the highway then downstream to Huskisson before paddling back to the jetty. A pristine creek.

If you wish, stay overnight at Hidden Creek campsite and cycle from Huskisson to St Georges Basin on Sunday.

Hidden Creek campsite is nestled in bushland with an abundance of wildlife. Phone Tracey on 4441 5809 and mention my name.

Distance: 15 Km    Duration: 5 Hr    Grade: 2 Moderate
Registration Essential
Limit: 15

Sun 10 Mar, 2024   Cycle: Huskisson – Bay to Basin

Leader: Phil Prentice    View Leaders List

Cycle from Huskisson along shared pathways to Basin View. Ride through Vincentia, Sanctuary Point and St Georges Basin.

If you wish stay the night before at Hidden Creek campsite. We are kayaking Currenbene Creek on Saturday. Phone Tracey on 44415809 and mention my name to book.

Distance: 42 Km    Duration: 5 Hr    Grade: 2 Moderate
Registration Essential
Limit: 15

Thu 14 Mar, 2024   Paddle: Lake Illawarra

Leader: Gerry O'Leary    View Leaders List

Morning paddle on Lake Illawarra. Paddle is weather dependent, so starting point may change.

Contact leader for details .

Distance: 10 Km    Duration: 3 Hr    Grade: 2 Moderate
Meet at: Oak Flats, Skiway Park Time: 8.30 am on water

Tue 19 Mar, 2024   Cycle: Albion Park Rail to Shellharbour

Leader: Penny Howes    View Leaders List

Around the lake via Oak Flats to Reddall Reserve, then Barrack Point to Shellharbour for coffee.  A short hill into Shellharbour.  Mainly shared bike path. Lake and ocean views.

Distance: 35 Km    Duration: 3.5 Hr    Grade: 2 Moderate
Meet at: Wilson Memorial Park, Albion Park Rail Time: 8.30am

Thu 21 Mar, 2024   Paddle: Lake Illawarra

Leader: Gerry O'Leary    View Leaders List

Morning paddle on Lake Illawarra. Paddle is weather dependent, so starting point may change.

Contact leader for details .

Distance: 10 Km    Duration: 3 Hr    Grade: 2 Moderate
Meet at: Oak Flats, Skiway Park Time: 8.30 am on water

Fri 22 Mar, 2024   Walk: Puckey’s Estate, Stuart Park and the Innovation Campus

Leader: Penny Howes    View Leaders List

Friday 5k and koffee

Walk from Fairy Meadow Surf Club, through Puckey’s Estate.  Check out the remnants of the salt works, then wander through Stuart Park before returning along the shared pathway to the Innovation Campus for coffee.  Walk through the campus back to the surf club with a quick look at the historical Nissan Huts along the way.

Distance: 5 Km    Duration: 3.5 Hr    Grade: 1 Leisurely
Meet at: Fairy Meadow Surf Club car park Time: 8.30am

Thu 28 Mar, 2024   Paddle: Lake Illawarra

Leader: Gerry O'Leary    View Leaders List

Morning paddle on Lake Illawarra. Paddle is weather dependent, so starting point may change.

Contact leader for details .

Distance: 10 Km    Duration: 3 Hr    Grade: 2 Moderate
Meet at: Oak Flats, Skiway Park Time: 8.30 am on water

Tue 02 Apr, 2024   Cycle: Bowral to Moss Vale

Leader: Penny Howes    View Leaders List

Ride along the Cherry Tree path alongside Mittagong Creek to Bradman Oval, then on to east Bowral  to check out the wombats.  We follow the route past the  Botanic Gardens and golf course to Burradoo, then ride alongside the Wingecarribee River to Moss Vale for coffee.  Bike locks essential.  Mainly shared bike paths.  A few busy crossings and a long gradual hill on the return trip.  Optional BYO picnic lunch in the park at the end of the ride.

Please check the program or contact the leader if you’re unsure, in case there is as change of plan due to the weather.

Distance: 35 Km    Duration: 3.5 Hr    Grade: 2 Moderate
Meet at: Bowral Swimming Baths Carpark Time: 9.00 am start

Wed 03 Apr, 2024   Walk: Bondi to Maroubra; Spotting the Most Opulent Reno Series, Walk 1.

Leader: Paul Sims    View Leaders List

First of a series of three walks through the Eastern Suburbs with the subtitle of who can spot the most opulent reno along the way. Having walked from Palm Beach to Manly I know that the most expensive Sydney renos are in Whale Beach/Palm Beach due solely to the quality of sandstone quarried for the reno.

So this is about the  most opulent reno. Other walks in the series will be Double Bay to Watsons Bay and then Watsons Bay to Bondi.

This walk has excellent views.

Easy walking on pavement or boardwalks at an easy pace.

Distance: 10 Km    Duration: 4 Hr    Grade: 2 Leisurely
Registration Essential
Limit: 12

Fri 12 Apr, 2024   Walk: Macquarie Pass Lower Walks

Leader: John Groom    View Leaders List

Walk: Friday 5k & koffee

Meet at the carpark on the right at the very bottom of Macquarie Pass. Walk west up a well used and not too steep track to the 1st waterfall. Return to cars and cross the road to walk on the southern side for less than 1k.

Koffee at Calderwood

Distance: 5 Km    Duration: 2 Hr    Grade: 2 Leisurely
Meet at: Carpark on northern side of Illawarra Highway at base of Macquarie Pass (after the school traffic) Time: 9:30 am

Sun 14 Apr, 2024   Trip Away: 16 Days Cycling Victorian Rail Trails

Leader: Jill Hawkes    View Leaders List

10 Days of riding starting Mansfield April 14 ending Bruthen May 1. Mostly dirt gravel rail trails.
Itinerary available shortly.

Fully Booked – Wait List available

Distance: Various Km    Duration: Various Hr    Grade: 2 Moderate
Registration Essential
Limit: 20

Tue 16 Apr, 2024   Cycle: Berkeley to Port Kembla

Leader: Penny Howes    View Leaders List

Around the lake via Warrawong to Primbee, then back to Warrawong and on to Port Kembla surf club.  Cycle to the Inner Harbour then back to Cakes by Rach for coffee.  Return to Berkeley via the more direct route.  Mainly shared bike paths, some roads and a few short hills.   Busy section along Shellharbour Road.  Lake and ocean views.

Distance: 35 Km    Duration: 3.5 Hr    Grade: 2 Moderate
Meet at: Berkeley Fish and Chips, Northcliffe Drive Time: 8.30am

Wed 17 Apr, 2024   Meeting: Ramblers Committee

Leader: John Groom    View Leaders List
Distance: Km    Duration: 2 Hr    Grade:
Meet at: Illawarra Yacht Club Time: 2.30 pm

Sat 20 Apr, 2024   Walk: Yalwal Trig and Goldmines

Leader: Greg Smith    View Leaders List

Joint walk with Shoalhaven Bushwalkers. Mainly on trail/track with small off track section. We start at the end of the Yalwal Road with a visit to the disused cemetery before the steep ascent up the Yarramunmun Fire Trail (250m height gain in roughly 2km all on track before heading to rocky summit of Yalwal Trig. (Numerous rock carvings relating to the goldmines).  A short, steep but safe descent (200m off-track – genuine grade 4 territory) to an overgrown track which is followed to the mine shaft where micro bats live.  We then visit a unique open cast mine for lunch with many opportunities to explore.  Finally we’ll head out to a stamper which lies on the bank of the flooded Danjera Creek before returning to the vehicles. Many ups and Downs.

There is a chance that the micro bat cave entrance will be flooded (ankle deep) so river shoes/crocs may be a good idea as well as a head torch.

Reccied on 5/1/24

Distance: 8.3 Km    Duration: 6.5 Hr    Grade: 4 Moderate
Registration Essential

Wed 24 Apr, 2024   Cycle: Edmondson Park, Quakers Hill, Parramatta, Wolli Creek

Leader: Paul Sims    View Leaders List

This is a bit longer than the usual IRC ride. A longer version of the John Groom classic ride from Liverpool to Wolli Creek.

I wanted to see if there is interest in this longer ride. Ride itself is reasonably flat. No demanding hills. If you are interested could you let me know say before  March 6th. I am flexible with the date so if you are interested but cannot do that date, then please let me know.  If there is no interest  by 6th then I will cancel the ride and work on a different route.

Starts at Edmondson Park train station thence to M7 cycleway, Old Windsor Road cycleway, Parramatta Park, along the Parramatta River, through Olympic Park and then onto Cooks River cycleway to Wolli Creek.

M7 cycleway is mostly non-contiguous with motorway, either above or below or horizontally separated from motorway. Ditto for Old Windsor Road.

Approx 5km of the 75km is on the road and remainder is cycleway.

Plenty to look at besides the roads.

Distance: 75 Km    Duration: 7 Hr    Grade: 2 Moderate
Registration Essential
Limit: 12

Sat 04 May, 2024   Walk: Fitzroy Falls to Manandoo Point

Leader: Greg Smith    View Leaders List

This walk is mostly on-track, however the final 800m are off-track through recently burnt open scrub.  Starting at the Fitzroy Falls car park we’ll walk out along the West Rim Track to Renown Lookout taking in the very impressive waterfall views at all the lookouts along the way.  We then follow fire trails which eventually peter out at the ruins of an old stone hut.  After this there is the off-track section south to spectacular views from Manandoo Point before retracing our steps back to the cars.

Distance: 13 Km    Duration: 6 Hr    Grade: 3 Moderate
Registration Essential

Fri 10 May, 2024   Walk: Dulwich Hill to Wolli Creek

Leader: John Groom    View Leaders List

Before the rails get ripped up. Train to Dulwich Hill.

Walk: Friday 5k & Koffee

A pleasant mainly parkland walk down the Cooks River Valley shared path to Tempe and across the river past old Tempe House. Koffee at Dulwich Hill. Kosmopolitan lunch at Wolli Creek. Meet on the 2nd last carriage of the train leaving Oak Flats at 8:13, Dapto at 8:23, Wollongong at 8:37 and Thirroul at 8:48. 1.5 hour walk plus morning koffee, lunch and travel time. Bring OPAL card.

Distance: 5 Km    Duration: 5 Hr    Grade: 1 Leisurely
Meet at: On the train as above. Time: 8:48

Sun 12 May, 2024   Walk: Macquarie Pass, Top to Bottom

Leader: Greg Smith    View Leaders List

Joint Walk with Shoalhaven Bushwalkers. An old Club favorite walk from the top of Macquarie Pass to the bottom. Starting at Mount Murry Rd we start the decent on an old bullock track then off track to Clover Hill Rd. Final decent through the Cascades to the bottom at Macquarie Rivulet. Car shuffle required between top and bottom. Obviously mainly down hill with half on/off track. Off track sections not too difficult. Some on track sections are difficult.

Distance: 8 Km    Duration: 5 Hr    Grade: 4 Moderate
Registration Essential

Mon 13 May, 2024   Cycle: Mount Annan Botanic Garden

Leader: Penny Howes    View Leaders List

Undulating ride, mainly on one-way road with little traffic.  Some short steep sections. Beautiful views.  Detour through adjoining suburb alongside Narellan Creek to Lake Yandel’ora.  BYO lunch.

Please check the program for any changes due to the weather forecast.

Updates will be made by 5pm the day prior – or contact the leader if you are not sure.

 

Distance: 22 Km    Duration: 3.5 Hr    Grade: 2 Moderate
Meet at: Main car park - access via entrance in Narellan Road Time: 9.00 am start

Wed 15 May, 2024   Meeting: Ramblers Committee

Leader: John Groom    View Leaders List
Distance: Km    Duration: 2 Hr    Grade:
Meet at: Illawarra Yacht Club Time: 2.30 pm

Sat 18 May, 2024   Walk: Calymea Hill and Pulpit Rock

Leader: Greg Smith    View Leaders List

Joint walk with Shoalhaven Bushwalkers. Located near Bamerang, west of Nowra, a trip to Calymea Hill, a prominent and often overlooked landmark offering impressive views across Calymea Creek, the Shoalhaven River and Pulpit Rock whilst walking between impressive rock formations.

The walk essentially consists of two loops.  The first part of the walk is entirely off-track and will head south from the Yalwal Road to the unnamed hill NE of Calymea Hill.  We will then work our way across the saddle and through the summit escarpment to Calymea Trig.  From here we return to our parked cars, cross the road and start the second loop following the track to the top of Pulpit Rock. We then descend the ridge on/off track and follow the top of the escarpment above the Shoalhaven River behind the Water Treatment Works from which we’ll return to the cars.

An ideal opportunity for Grade 3 walkers to sample off-track walking in non-stressful circumstances.

Distance: 7 Km    Duration: 5 Hr    Grade: 4
Registration Essential

Fri 14 Jun, 2024   Walk: Forest Island, Royal National Park

Leader: John Groom    View Leaders List

Walk: Friday 5k and koffee

Enjoy one of the oldest continuous walking tracks in Australia. At this time of year if there is a little residue dampness, morning sun may produce a Tolkienesque atmosphere with steam rising from mossy logs. 250 metre side trip to the Hacking River. Prepare for the odd leech. Mainly level with occasional steps.

Koffee at the Sunrise Nursery Helensburgh. Home for  lunch.

Make sure your National Park pass is up to date.

Distance: 5 Km    Duration: 2.5 Hr    Grade: 1 Leisurely
Meet at: The gateway where the southern end of Lady Carrington Drive meets Sir Bertram Stevens Drive. Time: 8:30am

Wed 03 Jul, 2024   Meeting: Ramblers Committee

Leader: John Groom    View Leaders List
Distance: Km    Duration: 2 Hr    Grade:
Meet at: Illawarra Yacht Club Time: 2.30 pm

Fri 12 Jul, 2024   Walk: Kings Cross to the Royal Botanical Gardens

Leader: John Groom    View Leaders List

Walk: Friday 5k & Koffee

Train to Kings Cross.  Street walking to and through historic Woolloomooloo. Strolling around the Botanic Gardens with focus on the Calyx display (gold coin donation expected) plus the fern and palm areas. Koffee near Kings Cross TBA. Lunch in the Botanic Gardens. buy or BYO. Train home from Circular Quay. A bit uphill to cross Lady Macquarie’s Road.

Meet on train, 2nd last carriage. 7:30 from Oak Flats, 7:40 from Dapto, 7:57 from Wollongong, 8:08 from Thirroul. Bring OPAL card. Most likely 2:24 home from Central.

 

Distance: 5 Km    Duration: 4 Hr    Grade: 1 Leisurely
Meet at: On the train leaving Thirroul Time: 8:08

Wed 21 Aug, 2024   Meeting: Ramblers Committee

Leader: John Groom    View Leaders List
Distance: Km    Duration: 2 Hr    Grade:
Meet at: Illawarra Yacht Club Time: 2.30 pm

Wed 16 Oct, 2024   Meeting: Ramblers Committee

Leader: John Groom    View Leaders List
Distance: Km    Duration: 2 Hr    Grade:
Meet at: Illawarra Yacht Club Time: 2.30 pm

Wed 20 Nov, 2024   Meeting: Ramblers Committee

Leader: John Groom    View Leaders List
Distance: Km    Duration: 2 Hr    Grade:
Meet at: Illawarra Yacht Club Time: 2.30 pm

Fri 06 Dec, 2024   Social: Christmas Party

Leader: John Groom    View Leaders List

We are holding the Christmas Party this year at the Figtree Sports Club.  Good company, good food and lots of prizes to be won.

Registration and Payment to be advised.

Figtree Sports Club, 120 The Avenue, Figtree

Distance: Km    Duration: Hr    Grade:
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