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 +.A monthly bulletin of matters of interest to The Sydney Bush Walkers Incorporated,​ Box 4476 GPO, Sydney, 2001. Club meetings are held every
 +Wednesday evening from 7.45 pm at the Ella Community Centre, 58a Dalhousie
 +Street, HabOrfield (next door to the Post Office). Prospective members
 +and visitors are invited to visit the Club any Wednesday.
 +EDITOR Morag Ryder, Box 347 PO, Gladesville,​ 2111 Telephone 809 4241 
 +PRODUCTION - Fran & Bill Holland Telephone 484 6636
 +TYPIST Kath Brown
 +ILLUSTRATOR Morag Ryder
 +PRINTERS Kenn Clacher, Les Powell, Barrie Murdoch & Margaret Niven
 +OCTOBER - 1990
 +Page While the Billy Boils The Editor 2
 +The September General Meeting 2
 +Trekking in Nepal - Part One Elaine Walton 3
 +Conservation 5
 +90 Years Young! - Paddy Pallin 5
 +Notes from the October Committee Meeting Bill Holland 7
 +BOltons, Bolton, Wherefore Art Thou,
 +Boltons ​ Ian Wolfe. 8
 +Social Note - Dinner/​Dance 3rd November 9
 +Pindar'​s Ochre Pit Rediscovered -
 +July 1983 Frank Woodgate 11
 +Mailbag Ainslie Morris 12
 +Advertisements ​
 +Happy Walker Adventure Tours 6
 +Blackheath Taxis & Tourist Services 9
 +Eastwood Camping Centre 10
 +Willis'​s Walkabouts , 12
 +rota loroaia,eas KANyir
 +Page 2 The Sydney Bushwaiker uczader
 +,
 +Once upon a time, winter was THE walking season. Cool.and usually--dry,​ it was ideal for those long hikes in the wilds of,Kanangra and Ettrema.
 +,
 +Now Jt seemsthat anyone who can put one foot in front of another, spends the '​winter ,skiing. Walks are being cancelled for lack of interest, and not only in SBW. Other groups are having the same
 +probierR.
 +,
 +-
 +Summer in Sydney is too hot for vigorous walking.'​ Which leaves only a.
 +111
 +couple of months in spring and autumn for doing anything interesting. ,havdAl we all become weather-wimps,​ demanding a hut for cold nights? Or are we  no longer able to light a fire outdoors in wet weather? Will only perfect weather TIONW bring us creeping timidly out of hibernation?​
 +Mustn'​t be too cold, or too hot - rain would cause panic and despair. go\
 +Yet some of my happiest times were spent in winter weather. Helping skilled bushmen light an un-dousable fire during a thunderstorm on the Kowmung. Or boiling my breakfast billy beside borang River, where frost made ice-castles of all the tents.
 +All gone - never to return? I hope not. Perhaps new members, who areow#1410y
 +still excited by the adventure of going bush will be brave enough to pit themselves against the elements, and discovr that they can win.
 +So next winter perhaps?
 +fr441
 +T f -1...;
 +THE SEPTEMBER GENERAL MEETING ​
 +The September General Meeting came and went without too many people noticing. Most members seemed to be away seeking frostbite in the snowfields, including your usual reporter, Barry Wallace. Others, including the Club Secretary and the Club Vice President, were busy with other things. The Walks Secretary was/is away overseas and the Federation Delegate/s were somewhere. This left the field pretty much to the President who, along with about 16 members, soon became bored with the whole thing and went home.
 +Perhaps we should take this state of affairs as a hint that the General ​ Meetings need some revision. A questionaire has been sent but, apparently not a moment too soon. ,Should we have General Meetings at all? Should
 +they bp limited to one hour and then followed, by talks/ sltdes/ wine-tastings?​
 +(Singly or concurrently,​ and not necessarily in that order)
 +Well, you have the questionaire - so come along - some practical and/or imaginative suggestions please!
 +Ed.
 +
 +See you on the track....
 +We arrived in Kathmandu near lunchtime from Bangkok and had two free days sightseeing as it was necessary to spend that amount of time obtaining the trekking permits etc. necessary for the trek. We left our hotel for a 3.15 Om flight to start our trek from
 +Tumlingtar but after being in the air for 25 minutes had to return to Kathmandu because
 +the weather had Closed in From the air I could see what I had only seen in photos - little villages stacked high on terraggd mountains - the scenery was unreal. ',I wondered to myself how the people got up there but I was to find out soon enough.
 +Our second attempt was successful as we left at 7 am in the morning and when we arrived'​at Tumlingtar breakfast was awaiting us on the airpert grounds prepared by the cooks and Sherpae. What scenery to sit and watch while you eat - we had table and stools to use and'​these were carried by the porters on the track. While we ate, the luggage was sorted out, weight was distributed as some porters carried more and received more payment for it.
 +Then we started walking down towards the Arun River for lunch - passing through small farms where farmers were guiding their ploughs pulled by bullocks through the fields. We waited for two hours for lunch - it was always a hot lunch. At first it seemed to be a long time but later into the trek we appreciated the rest. After lunch it was all up hill.
 +We camped on a mountain with superb scenery at Kharang and not a cloud to be seen - we could see Mount Makalu, fifth highest mountain in the world. We found that in the morning the views were generally good, but by afternoon the clouds started to steal the scenery. The locals always found u6 interesting - one does get used to them after a while, just standing and staring at you while you eat or in fact do anything. , It is all very interesting to them as the Kanchenjunga Track has not been opened very long to tourists.
 + Our second day along the track gave us the view of the Himalayas stretching as far as the eye could see. The walking was not hurried and we walked at our own pace. One sherpa who was the leader always sent ahead and whoever wanted to walk fast could go with
 +him. The other three sherpas spread themselves amongst us and one always brought up the
 +end. There was no pushing at any time except when we were walking over dangerous slip areas and.we were advised to hurry across.
 +It was market day at Chainpur, which is held every Friday. People come from far
 +afield bringing their wares to sell and they return home late in the evening. To a Nepalese, distance and time are of little concern.
 +On the track we passed through villages and we were always greeted with "​Namste,​ a Nepalese greeting which means "I salute the God in you". The little children just stand
 +with hands in prayer formation singing this out until you respond with the same. The
 +voices echo all over the fields and in fact we missed them once we got up to Ghunsa which
 +is the highest permanent village and is at snowline level. Any village above Ghunsa is
 +a summer monsoon grazing camp and is abandoned for the winter.
 +The Sydney. Bushwalker
 +Page 3
 +October 1990
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 +We crossed all kinds of bridges from two pieces of bamboo, wire and one had all stones replacing broken slats of wood - some engineering went into that idea - it looked as though it could fall at any time. A lot of the bridges
 + get washed away during the monsoon season and are replaced when necessary.
 +  We walked along Tamur River and Ghunsa Kola 
 +always climbing and one could notice the river
 +climbing with you right up to the which- ,
 +'was our ultimate destination:​ On the track
 +towards Sokathum we passed several families of
 +monl<​eYs. playing around the rocks.. At Dobhan we
 +had our last river swim, as from then'​on the
 +waterWEIS freezing.
 +-  ​
 +
 +When we asked the sherpas how far to-day they would reply, "A little bit.up and a little bit down," and time meant anything from 30 minutes to two hours, So we got used to Nepalese trekking after a while. The tracks were a bit rocky arid
 +uneven in parts, but well worn, as the locals use them all the time. , Footwear varied, mainly bare feet or thongs and occasionally Sandshoes. Even elderly ladies had bare feet and their skin
 +was like leather. They didn't have a lot of
 +warm clothing, for warmth they usually had shawls, but they never looked warm.
 +Houses are mostly made from stone with mud joints and painted over. Bamboo Ts used
 +a lot as it is their main building-material and the leaves are used on the roof. We saw a
 +lot Of Plumbing where bamboo Was used as piping - the largest bamboo we saw was 5" in
 +
 +diameter.
 +2 On,dayj4 we arriVed at our furthest campsite, two and a half hours from Lhonak which is the base camp for Kanchenjunga. It was a frozen campsite completely covered with ice and surrounded by large snow covered mountains. We couldn'​t camp at Lhonak because of the
 +freezing conditionsand it would have been too cold for the porters. As it Was, they went
 +down 'lower for the two nights and'​wOuld return when we were ready to leave. Although they
 +had been issued with some warm clothing it wasnot enough for the biting cold.
 +There was no SBIO style campfire as all the wood for cooking was partied for two days.
 +
 +from below, So it was 'just for boiling the pot..
 +Some of us saw the footprints of the Snow Leopard and we were glad that was all we did see.
 +The next morning our cup of tea arrived at 5 am and breakfast was to be at 6 am as most of the' groOp were walking to Lhonak to have a look' at Kanchenjunga.. It wasn't the best day for scenery as the clouds closed in early. The weather'​ was minus degrees and George counted ten '​pieces of clothing he had on.
 +-When it, was -time for the tents to come down the next morning, hot water had to be poured over.the pegs to remove theM: -
 +TO BE CONTINUED
 +October 1990 The Sydney Bushwalker. Page 5
 +Conservation
 +While politicians whimper and vacillate, trying to decide if they should bow to gonSarvation or commerce, the N.P.W.S. sent a submission to the Resource Assessment Commissions'​- Forest and Timber Resource 10quiry. It is such sound and simple commonsense that it is worth
 +printing here. ED.
 +"The National Parks and Wildlife Service considers that the future of the timber industry must lie in hardwood and softwood plantations,​ established on currently cleared land. The
 + use o1 '​plantation timber will redUce the pressure on native forests for sawlogs and pulpwood, permit longer rotations in managed native forests and enable unlogged forests to be retained.
 +"​Intensive logging operations in native forests, such as those typically associated with pulpwood supply, have significant adverse effects on the natural systems. In particular,
 +arboreal mammals and hollow nesting bids are seriously depleted by these activities. Native forests should not be used for the supply of timber for wood chip exports or new pulpmills. !Supplies to existing industries should be phased out and converted to plantation timber where ,​appropriate.
 +, -
 +'The remaining old growth and lightly logged fOrests of New South Wales are a tiny proportion of the original forests of the State. They represent the last chance to protect the forests,'​ all their natural and cultural values, from development and degradation.
 +: The. present system of conservation reserves does not provide an adequate sample of forest ecosystems and needs to be expanded. In particular, old growth forests, forests on high nutrient soils and forests of the Western slopes and plains need to be included.
 +"​Systematic surveys of the flora and fauna of the State'​s forests need to be undertaken. They are essential to our understanding of the status Of the natural heritage of the forests. Such studies are necessary to enable decisions about forest management tO be put into.a State wide perspective."​
 +*.* * * * * *
 +90 YEARS YOUNG!
 +1(great.inventors,​ Paddy Pallin. It wasPaddy who invented the famous
 +Sushmall:​packs,​ some of which are still in use' He gave us the first
 +real hikers tehts, made from lightweightDesigned for walkers by a walkerhiOtrOngsimple equipment put
 +. In November, we celebrate the 90th birthday of one of Australia'​s
 +obtishwalking on the sportin014.Without,​oUr Paddymade'​s,​ the - history of bushwalkingMighthaiiebeen*ry different. It   might not even have been at all! Not content with giving us the right'​geargives generous 4,001L
 +prizes to all kinds of rucksack sports, and donations to the conservation group04ho-aretrying to protect our bush.,
 +So many happy returns to Paddy - inventor,
 + ​author;​ conservationist and walker'​ - May his 90th birthday be the best of all!
 +xL11
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 +Because we cover such a diverse 'area, we can programme tours for their best season':​
 +Briebene
 +FLINDEFIS ​ I Mi KsPulw
 +nANGEs Werrumbungles el.
 + /SW VOLCANICS & SANDSTONE 1. Tienengra.Boyd ​
 +RION PLAINS sliFEATHERTOP
 +RiT BUFFALO '
 +.GRAMPIANS ​ fir
 +UT WAYS & PONT CAMPBELL
 +Length of Tour,
 +From4-dayVictorian lours to 16-day Red Centre, we cater for all preferences andpockets.
 +* Attention to Camp Comfort
 +Essential for a happy group. 2inch foam mattresses, doonas, your own pillow from home, chairs with backs, large tents with a torch
 +light In each.
 +Sydney
 +NSW SOUTH COAST & MOUNTAINS SNOWY MTNS A FAR SOUTH COAST
 + ​Wonnengnite-Mcnoke - LWILSONS PROM. & WALKEIWILLE
 +TASMANIA
 +* Budget Prices
 +The Sydney Bushwelker
 +rage 6
 +October 1990
 +KAKADU TASMANIA VICTORIA FLINDERS RANGES NSW
 +RED CENTRE
 +WHAT MAKES OUR TOURS SPECIAL?
 +* Leisurely Walks
 +We incorporate leisurely walks from 5 minutes to a full day to really gel to the essence of an area.
 +Two Leaders for 16 People
 +This lets us cater forthciadwanting a gentle stroll and those with extra energy.
 +Untuished
 +We cover fewer road km but enjoy and absorb each area more, with mOstly2 or Moranights in 'each camp.
 +-
 +Best lime of Year
 +KAKAOU/TOP END Derwin
 +Llichlle d Kekadu
 + ​Katherine
 +I
 +RED C, ENTRE
 +AlectIonriugl *Alice song!. 410 Ayers Rock & Olgee
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 +PROGRAMME
 +1990
 +Oct 13-16
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 +23-26 Dec 1.4
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 +1991
 +Jan 5-13
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 +Feb 8-22
 +Mar 1-15
 +Mar 29-Apr 1
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 +Jun 1-16
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 +Jul 13-27
 +Aug 3-18
 +Sep 8-21
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 +Grampians
 +Gramplans Over 60
 +Wilsons Prom Over 50
 +NSW South Coast & Mine '​Otways &Port Campbell Coast Mt Buffalo
 +Wilson Prom & Walkervilla High Plains & Featherlop
 +Snowy Mtn s & Far South Coast Victorian Alps
 +Tasmania Grand Tour No. 1 Tasmania Grand Tour No 2 Otway4 & Pori Campbell Coast NSWIfolcanics & Sandstone Orernplans
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 +OctO:​berj690. -The-Sydney Bushwa.lker Page 7
 +NOTES FROM THE OCTOBER COMMITTEE MEETING
 +Bill Holland
 +,,, 
 +Notide of changes'​ to meetings:
 +The committee has appointed a sub-committee,​ under Greta Davis, to review the Club's activities and recommend changes aimed at encouraging more members, and prospective members,
 +to participate in Club events. Attendances have been low, particularly at the monthly
 +general meetings. ​
 +Gketa has sent out survey questionnaires to all members (with last Month'​s Magazine) and these are due to be retOrned'​by the October general meeting.
 +Already the committee has received feedback indicating that changes should be made to the format of the monthly general meetings. Therefore, we have decided to adopt a less formal structure.for these meetings and to widen their appeal by including other events of general
 +interest on meeting nights Supper will be provided in the hall and general meetings will be preceded by dining at the nearby. restaurant for those members who wish to come straight from work.
 +Greta would welcome your suggestions for other improvements.
 +Notice of proposal to chang the Clubts ​ location ​
 +-- Many members have expressed concern that the present meeting place at Haberfield is not
 +conveniently located from their homes or employment. The hall is quite a distance from the
 +nearest railway station and requires a long walk down darkened streets. Prospective members
 +have difficulty in locating the hall in an unfamiliar suburb. At times the hall is not available to the committee or for meetings due to holiday closure or other circumstances.
 +At the October committee meeting it was resolved that alternative meeting places should be investigated and a recommendation for change, or otherwise, be put to the members at the November general meeting when the results of Greta'​s survey will be available.
 +The reason for putting this to the November meeting is to comply with the booking schedules of local council and hall authorities who finalise the coming year's reservations at about this time.
 +In looking for alternative accommodation the committee has in mind the management guidelines adopted by the Club two years ago, in which is stated:-
 +"The Club shall endeavour to meet in premises that are -
 +- central, i.e. close to the city.
 +- near public transport (train)
 +- adjacent to restaurants and other social facilities
 +- of presentable quality
 +- suitable for the Club's range of activities
 +- with provision for storage of Club's records etc."
 +Finding a suitable hall is not an easy task. There is no guarantee that a better
 +location will be available.
 +from
 +Don finch-resigned from the committee in September, due to work pressures and John Porter resigned in October.
 + Ian Oebert and Kay Chan have been appointed to fill the vacancies on the committee. Ian takes over as membership secretary and Kay becomes our Club delegate at Confederation meetings.
 +Transport Cost:
 +Increased petrol prices have made it essential that persons bffering transport to walks should not be disadvantaged. An article will be placed in next month'​s magazine drawing attention of all participants to cost of getting to and from walks.
 +Page :8 The "​Sydney Bushwalker October 1990.
 +by Ian. Wolfe 
 + F9r three years I strove to get there - this small inconsequential slab-sided but on
 +the Finn River. For two years in a row the snow levels and weather conspired against me and forced the implementation of /Plan 8/. But at last there was an auspicious conjunction of
 +circumstances which resulted in the three of us standing on our skis at Munyang, in late July.
 +Across the bridge and up the aqueduct track we skiied. Up, up on to the crest of
 +Disappointment Spur, up, up into the sun and blue sky. It was my first ski trip for the year
 +and with each stride the spirit of the mountains coursed more strongly through my veins and
 +sloughed off the shackles of the world below. Any of you who have ever stood and felt the
 +view which the high country provides, will immediately know what I mean.
 +/Twixt snow gum arid Bogong we journeyed, to stand at last on the summit of Gungartan.
 +Dicky Cooper to the west and fair Jagungal shining white and bright to the north. A pleasant
 +ache in me thighs went well with the crisp, cool air. Then it was but a short slither and
 +slide down to Tin Hut, our abode for the evening. Small but cosy, able to sleep six on bunks,
 +it served our needs well.
 +The morrow dawned bright and beautiful, so we sallied forth with day packs to climb The POrcupine and then to descend Bar Ridge and stand on Green Knob which afforded us views of the airstrip at Island Bend as well as a great telemark run down through the trees,
 +Then lunch at Finn River - but where was Bolton'​s Hut? Certainly not at grid 298811 (Mount Korne 7150.000) where the Lands Department purports it to be. Nor was it within a
 +300 metre radius thereof. Unfortunately,​ time did not allow us to donduct a proper search, but huts do not hide, nor do they lurk, so where, therefore, is Bolton'​s Hut? Well, I have my suspicions, which will serve well as an excuse to visit this interesting area again. (Note - good snow levels are necessary.)
 +The rest of the day was filled by a very pelasant ski up Finn River and back to the hut that Dr. Schlink built.
 +Monday again provided sun and blue skies, so northwards we went to stand firstly upon the summit of The Brassy'​s Peak and then on the Big Brassy. Far down we looked towards the Burrungubugge (go on, try saying it first off without twisting your tongue), and to the site where Alpine. Hut once stood.
 +'​Though we loitered long, at alst we turned our skis homeward. Up along the Valentine
 +to climb through Gungartan Pass we strode, with the rhythmic push and glide of the diagonal
 +stride. We had lunch - oh, what a lunch - sitting on a white, clear saddle, with the vista
 +one way rivalled by the vista the other way. Whither indeed, which way to look.
 +Downward then, swooping and carving through the snow gums and powder snow, as the telemarks flowed magically'​into each other'​. Off with our heavy packs and back to the top
 +for one more run before returning to the road and sliding, with aid of an occasional
 +-,​Oct'​ober'​199Gc,​
 +'The Sydney Bushwalker Page 9
 +are the Fare
 +Competitive Rates
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 +SOCIAL NOTE
 +DEVON HILLS.WOOLSHED - Dinner and dance - Kangaroo'​ Valley - 3rd NOVEMBER
 +Put up your tent at "​Coolana"​ - walk or drive to the dinner/​dance - sleep
 +on our own land - Sunday for swimming in the-river, walking or just lazing.
 +R.S.V.P. no later than 30th October - IAN DEBERT 982 2615 (H)
 +or GRETA DAVIS 953 8364 (H)
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 +10 & 10 SEATER MINI BUS TAXI
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 +UPPER BLUE MOUNTAINS
 +SIX FOOT TRACK
 +'​pole-plant,​ down from Schlink'​s Pass ell the way: to the bridge. A short push and an- endless. snow-plough back to Munyang, although
 +one of Os was tempted by the pipeline'​ route.
 +Three days of show, air' and serenity, Bolton'​s,​ Bolton'​s - I don't are where'​. ,you are!
 +(Just for the record, Bolton'​s is in fact at grid 303810 some 500 metres from where shown on the Kancoban map. See "Huts of the High Country"'​ by Klaus Keinke.)
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 +October 1.990 The Sydney Bushwalker Page
 +IPINOARIS OCHRE PIT REDISCOVERED
 +Hawkesbury River National Park
 +by Frank Woodgate
 +(First published October 1983)
 +Route: Wondabyne Station, Kariong Pidge, PIndars Gully and return. July 1983.
 +Starters: Carol Bruce, Marion Harris, Judy McHaffey, George Mawer, Colin Barnes, Laurie Quaken, Michael Holmes and the author as leader.
 +Object : To enjoy the wild flowers, explore Pindars Gully and Ochre Ridge, eat a'few oysters and attempt to locate relics of previous occupancy of the PIndars Gully area before 1914
 +
 +The walk commenced at 9.51 am with a jump from the train at Wondabyne for some of the party due to the shortness of the platform and the excess length of the last carriage of the train. After a Sharp.Climb up to the ridge from the station we were down past PIndars 'Cave
 +by lunch time ' We set up our camp above the 100 metres level in order to avoid any risk of the plague of mosquitoes usually abounding in the area in the warmer weather. Wild flowers, including pink boronia in particular, were in abundance.
 +"
 +In the afternoon we descended the rill on which we were camped and entered the gully proper. The idea was to negotiate the gully, which is Very rough in parts, without packs.
 +The gully contains a great variety of vegetation between the falls and the end, where it runs into the salt water of Mooney Mooney Creek, This includes sassafras, ferns, dendrobiums,​
 +
 +etc.  We followed the shore of the bay into which the gully ,turns and found a few edible oysters. There was also what appeared to be an old foundation excavation which is possibly
 +the house site shown on the C.M.A. map at the north side at the entrance to the bay.
 +From the'​point we climbed to the top of Oxide Ridge to return to our. campsite. This
 +allowed us to avoid the heavy scrub and low cliffs at the south side of the gully. The light was fading as we sought our camp and after a few anxious moments when we dropped back down
 +again-We found the rill which we had 'came down earlier. Carol was the first to spot our tents. We soon had a:blazing fire going to celebrate our return and to counteract a few showers of light rain that began to fall.
 +. On Sunday morning we shouldered our. packs and climbed Oxide Ridge again to follow it
 +towards its southern extremity. On the way up the ridge. Laurie spotted an excavation in the,
 +hillside. This was an open cut into the hillside approximately 20 metres in by 4 metres wide. The floor of the pit was littered with orange yellow rocks which presumably are the material
 +which was mined as ochre. A wrought iron core extractor was near the pit and could reach
 +6 metres depth with the extension fitted.
 +' We did not see any evidence of how the ochre was transported from the pit. However,
 +on an earlier visit to the area, remains of a fence were seen west of the cave, so presumably horses or cattle were once' onsite. The.top of' the 'ridge is well '​grassed in places and may
 +. have once been cleared. The Pindar brothers after whom the area is named are rumoured to
 +. have been interned as alien S i6 1914 and did not return to the area.
 +
 +We followed Oxide Ridge, which abounded in baronies, bracken and rock lilies, to a spur from which one can look directly along the tollway bridge on the Newcastle-Sydney Expressway. The return route was identical to the outward journey. ​
 +This areeof Brisbane Water National Park is relatively undisturbed except for rip marks , made by wild Pigs. For a location close to Sydney it has a lot to offer. However, like
 +many,areas off track, it can be very rough and because there are many similar ridges requires careful navigation
 +A further visit is-planned for the future at approximately the same time in 1984, when a variation of the route will be attempted.
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 +In response to a question which you put in your article "The Storming of Byangee Walls" (Sept. 1990), the answer is in the book '​Pigeon House and Beyond - A Guide to the Budawang Range and Environs',​ a Budawang Committee Publication (1982). On page 187 it says:
 +Pickering Head: The eastern bluff of Byangee Mountain; Spectacular headland overlooking Clyde Gorge and junction of Pigeon House Gorge. It was named after Charlie Pickering, Chief of the Pigeon House Aborigines. Charlie was given a metal badge which named him chief of 'The Pigeon House Tribes. Reference to this is made in John Fairfax'​s book, 'Run 0' Waters'​.
 +It is interesting to note that the name Byangee Walls is not explained in the above book, a thoroughly researched, comprehensive and beautifully presented volume, which all Budawangloters should own. It. is, however, noted in "The Sydney Bush Walkers - The First Sixty Years' (1987), that Byangee Walls was named after, June Byatt and Ken Angel, who were SBW members.
 +AINSLEE'​MORRIS
 +Many thanks for the information,​ Ainslee, its nice to think that Aborigines might have sheltered in the magnificent overhang, we saw at the foot of Pickering Head.
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 +New Year In Kakadu
 +Give yourself something special this Christmas. Take advantage of the discount airfares toparwin during December and January and treat yourself to a tropical trek through the wilds of Kakadu. See the park at its best: lush and green, wildflowers and waterfalls everywhere. Leave your sleeping bag and rainwear at home and see why most Darwin bushwalkers believe the green season is the best time for bushwalking. Consider joining us on one of the following.
 +'Dec 27 -Jan 9: New Year In Kakadu. Follow the guide on an extended walk through one of his or her favourite-areas.
 +January 10-19: Kakadu Highlights. Three short walks including a pack float down Katherine Gorge. January 9-26: Kakadu Super Circle. A major expedition deep into the wilderness.'​
 +January 21-29 North Kakaciu Highlights. An incredible concentration of aboriginal art siteS, a helicopter ride into the rugged Northern Outliers, a leisurely walk out. IVALk
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 +For full details of these and all the rest of our walks for 1991, write
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 +Willis'​s Walkabouts 12 Carrington Street
 +Miliner NT 0810
 +Phone (089) 85 2134
 +Fax (089) 85 2355
  
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