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The Sydney Bushwalker
= - SHWALKER Y. D N'E et“ 37:1 re') ,Trefierc- ebTric(11.'411 1, firs *ftlir ,400011F- igler jrall Val& cfr.–411111411.1 Established June 1931 ' .A\i !( / AL-PrNE; A monthly bulletin f matters of interest to the Sydney Bush Walkers Inc, Box 4476 GPO, Sydney 2001. Club meetings are held every Wednesday evening at 8 pm at Kirribilli Neighbourhood Centre, 16 Fitzroy Street, Kirribilli (near Milson's Point Railway Station). Visitors and prospective members are welcome any Wednesday. To advertise in this magazine, please contact the Business Manager. .44 George Mawer, 42 Lincoln R , Georges Hall 2198 Telephone 707 1343 Joy Hynes, 36 Lewis st, Dee Why 2099 Telephone 982 2615 (H), 888 3144 (B) Fran Holland, Telephone 484 6636 Kenn Clacher, Kay Chan, Barrie Murdoch, Margaret' Niven & Les Powell -X-*-/e.. -*-3C--rrn--3HCX- EDITOR BUSINESS MANAGER PRODUCTION 'MANAGER TYPIST LAY-OUT ILLUSTRATOR PRINTERS K441 Brown Mar ag Ryder : SEPTEMBER 19.93: Easy Medium….?? Travelling in Alaska Wattle Time Soial Notes From the Clubroom - McPherson Ranges & Mount Barney Canoeing 400 Miles Down the Yukon River Conederation of BW ClUbs NSW - July, August and Annual General Meetings Europe Revisited During Autumn/Winter 1991 The August General Meeting 0 SBW Annual Re-Union Page by Morag Ryder 2 Shirley Dean Morag Ryder 6 John Hogan 6 Maurice Smith 8 Jim Callaway 10 Rudi Dezelin 13 Maurice Smith 17 18 Advertisements: Alpsports Willis's Walkabouts Blue Mountains Outdoor Clothing Specialists 'Eastwood Camping Centre Mountain Equipment -XX-3HHEII-*-3HHC-3HK4 7 9. 12 15 16 Leader - George Mawer. Followers - Judy Mahaffey, Greta & Patrick Jameth, Peter Lafferty, John Nazy, Joanne (?), Morag Ryder. “Easy medium….no need for t'entS..'suit'beginners” said the..program,. “Suits me too”, thought I A cold Friday nightwas followed by a wilder but Cloudy Sat..utday, when we began the energetic wriggle down Blayden's Pass. Some time later we arrived at the outlet, breathless but reasonably intact. Morning tea on Booligah Creek, in a forest of wattles heavy with flowers, sitting on soft grass and befriended by the occasional leech. Packs weighted with water for lunch; we began the slow ascent to Danjera Plateau. Speedy Peter and 'John stood on the escarpment. making encouTaging.. noises, as we searched far Harris Hole. “I can't get in there” said judy, eyeing the…tunnel,laut-she BLAYDEN'S-PASS- DANJERA_PLATEAU ETC., ' 7/8 AUGUST, 1993 BLAYDEN'S PASS THE 1ti'S4.ALKER”,,E.: -:?q7mBER,1993-
EASY. MEDIUM :….amobworow.1 I should have kept to my diet.. liarris must have been a lot thinner than I am…, where was the slot? More last - Gemma's Slot. A warm, lazy lunch in the sun, with views over. Danjera Creek. Fortified, we plunged into the flowering scrub and 'scrambledacross three gullies, two dry and one with deep water.' Our resourceful reader found the perfect crossing-log: complete with a long branch which served as ahhandrail. More scrub, combined,with..Careful navigation. “I know it's here,” muttered,George, as we battled through the. scrub along the cliff edge….; John Peeredover the edge, and cried t riumPhantly.7 “That jooks like the .cave!” Our leader agreed. But searching an&More Scratches.;. then at-last,at SEPTEMBER 1993 THE SYDNEY BUSHWALKER PAGE 3 For the third time that day, we towed our packs through a crevice and then went' down to the beautiful Discovery Cave. Definitely worth the effort. Having booked our accommodation, George said, “Let's have a look at the 'Passage of Time' on the other side of Bundundah Creek”. Away they galloped, with Peter leading the charge. All except yours truly, who collected water and stayed to enjoy the sunny overhang in peace. Close to dusk I lit a small fire, just as Greta and Patrick returned. The others returned about dark, a trifle muddy but well satisfied with the Passage - Timely or otherwise. whisk wattle blossoms through the'ait. George had intended to return via Danjera Creek, but it-was very slippery. Peter said, “I've been down another way - we go to the end,. of the plateau and down a narrow, rock nose, which will eventually take us down to Booligah Creek”. George considered this for a while and said - “All right, let's give it a go.” Trustfully, we trotted along behind George and Greta, his 2 IC. for navigation. Heavy clouds above, while below the scrub bloomed and the wind blew - hard enough to Across the saddle was easy enough, but the long, curved escarpment with its many gullies and little noses was a navigational trap. “I think this is it,” said George looking hopefully through the scrub. But after a short distance, Greta began'to mutter and shake her head. A consultation, “We've gone -too far,” said George. About turn, back through the scrub to something which agreed with the compasses. Peter murmured, “I seem to remember we had; same trouble last time”: (NoW he tells us!) The next nose was nice and open. The sun popped out and George,. declared lunch. Fed and tea7ed, we wandered along. - only to be confronted by a sheer drop. Another consultation, “We haven't, gone far enough,” said George. The flowers bloomed and the wind blew - and George's scratches began to bleed. Consultation No.3. “This must be it,” growled George, The spur curved in the right direction, growing thinnr and thinner, with' cliffs on both sides.. The end at last - a tangle of mighty rocks and crevices. On the left was a sheer drop with a large cairn - (interesting Perhaps they used parachutes.. PAGE 4 THE SYDNEY BUSHWALKER SEPTEMBER 1993 On the right were no markers, but Peter said.“Itm sure we went down' on the right”. Five minutes later he called“This way!”. and we had an easy slither down through the ferns.Back around to the point again- _a choice of three spurs to the creek. More–consultation with 21C. Greta, then George signalled us down. And down, and down…… all dgainl ….and I should have put my pack on a diet Boolijah Creek at lasts. A well earned rest and drink, followed by a steep climb and the reverse-wriggle up Blaydents Pass. With packs only slightly tattered, we meandered back to the cars. Close to dusk, George led the cavalry charge back to Nowra and fbod, glorious food… A great walk George, lets go back and do it Travelling in Alaska: Shirley Dean There is no doubt about it, the friends you make in the SBW are friends for life, alnd in a very special way. When Marjorie Johnston, whom I met on a walk from Kanangra to Katoornba in 1943, suggested that I join her in 1993 to travel in Alaska I did not hesitate. After all we had shared the agony of Rick-Rack-Roar and Rumble on a hot summer's day only a decade or so ago. As trips goAlaska provides all a bushwalker mighed,ream of Walking, scenery,1 snow, glaciers, wildlife; plenty of glorious national parks and wilderness areas. 1 We planned to Spend as much time as possible in Glacier Bay National Park and also the Denali National Park, as well as being shoe-string travellers in the Southeast and the Kenair eninsular. The State Marine Highway which runs from Bellingham to Skagway was a very relaxing', scenic and cheap way in travel the first section of the State - Prince Ruport to Skagway is also called the panhandle, a reminder of the gold rush days in the late 1800s. The ferries run all the' year-round, but in the /ate Spring and Summer their numbers increase to handle the'huge road vans, caravans etc4 and their owners who want to spend summer in Alaska.' The cheapest way is to pay for a passage and then either put a tent up on the deck, or take up a banana lounge in the solarium, and sleep there or turn up early and park in a reclining chair. There are also cabins at an extra cost.. The food on board and service is good, cheap and very friendl. SEPTEMBER 1993 THE SYDNEY BUSHWALKER PAGE 5 So we spent a week or more travelling the pan-handle, getting on and off the ferry, staying two or three days where the fancy took us. All the towns, Ketchikan, Sitka, Petersburg, Juneau and Wrangell have mountains to climb, day walks, more than one day walks and also little float planes which will take you into the middle of A forestry area or National Park Where you can stay a week in a rented log cabin or camp. Denali National Park (a subarctic park) is different but also worth the time and effort of getting there. We returned to Juneau from Glacier Bay and took the ferry to Skagway, and then the bus up through the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, through Whitehorse to Fairbanks. The train from Fairbanks to Denali National Park and then on to Anchorage, with its glass dome and commentary from an Alaskan rail worker makes the journey exciting and gives the passengers a perspective , historically as well as socially; something I had not encountered anywhere else. We stayed just outside Denali National Park and spent our days travelling on the Free Shuttle Bus provided by the Park, to anywhere on the road where we thought we might like to do some walking. We had plenty of daylight hours for this as the sun rose at 2.30am and set at 11.30 pm. Mt. Denali (or Mt. McKinley) is the biggest massive I have seen and it of scenic interest in. that it rises from an elevation of 610 metre so that at 6194 metres it stands out hugelyfrorn the rest of the range. While we were there a woman from Adelaide successfully climbed it, even though there had been a climbing death earlier in the month. The Park Rangers and the drivers of the shuttle bus have an immense knowledge . os. of the area, encourage people to get out and walk and give talks atnight on various aspects of the park. We were given instruction on what to do if we 141) happened on a bear. The instruction went something like this. Stand still and talk to the bear calmly (do not move), if the bear decides to run at you do not move as it is likely that the first run is only a bluff and it will turn aside at the last moment, but if the bear runs at you a second time - do not run - but assume a fetal position on the ground covering your head. !! On our last day, about 8 p m. and about 20 kilometres from the entrance to the park a female bear with two very large cubs crossed in front of us. All very impressive and just as well they were intent on t going down to the creek. Nevertheless both of us were so surprised that we were unable to inoVe. We also saw our first artic fox. We flew out of Juneau to Gustavus (about one and a half hours) and then by road to Glacier Bay National Park where we stayed for a week - some of the time in a dormitory provided by the National Park,, and some of the time on the Bay in something the size of a Halvorson Cruiser. Glacier Bay was discovered in 1774 and in the late 1800s John Muir found that the end of-the bay had retreated some 32 kms in that time and in 1994 the Bay is some 100 kms from Icy Strait. So it is immense interest to the environmentalists etc. There are 16 tidewater glaciers within the-Bay spilling out of the mountains and the cruise on and around the Bay was most worth while. There is also a lot of interest in the surrounding area, and the National Park Rangers give an excellent range of lectures and act as guides both on and off the water. We saw brown bears, humpback whales, sea otters, moose and a variety of birds. Vti fq., PAGE 6 THE SYDNEY BUSHWALKER SEPTEMBER 1993 I could go on and on about the variety of Parks and the varie of activities around the Parks in Alaska, but the purpose of this article I think is mainly to say how Cheaply ozte can do it and hoW easily. At every point there are camping facilities, and at every point there is a mountain to be. climbed, a view to be seen and a glacier to gaze at. From Bellingham to Bellingham (5 weeks) with travel, food and the odd accommodation it cast me about an Oz dollar a mile. also had the added pleasure of having a meal. with Ross Wyborn and family in Vncouver, loss is a second generation SW who migrated to Canada in the 70s and is how happily and successfully making,manaarturing and bike gear. He showed Marjorie and me his slides on kayaking in Glacier Bay, which were glorious+ IMEIMISEEMENEMININIMMEIPPERIMUNIMENOMEMI Mill11166111M1111111111,111111.11M112 oo tokAA'11-1'i Gold upon gold upon gold - who would have thought these old dry twigs had so much gold in them Erupting from green ridges then flowing molten, down pouring into the stony gully and blazing up the other side o vp s IP . It 0 40 00 0 a“ 4, iivz.
Flinging showers of pure gold high against the winter sun votive offerings to their creator gold returning to gold again. 7 SOCIAL NOTES Please note changes,to the'Social ':everse the order of our “speakers”, r: -“Summer Activities” on 20th October “Crazy Whist Night” on October 27th by John Hogan Programfor October. We have had to so that Kenn Clacher. ,will speak on and Olvier Crawford will arrange the Don't forget the RE-UNION at Coolana on 23/24th October. This is always .a fun weekend. GOOD WALKING! W. in the latest light weight gear for your outdoor adventures..Whether you require Tents, Backpacks, Sleeping bags, Rainwear, Stoves, Abseiling gear or Accessories, we carry the best brands. Macpac, j&H, Bergha us, Scarpa, Outgear, - Trangia, M.S.R., jar,isport, Bluewater, Edeirid, Petzl, S.R.T. We offer you personalised knowledgeable service to help you purchase the correct equipment for your needs, naturally we offer the best prices too. Advice is only 'a' call away. X-Country Skiers We stock the latest range of skis, boots bindings, & poles for backcountry and telemark 'skiing. B'ACKCOUNTRY SKI
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FROM THE CLUBROOM
By M4Irite Smith MC PHERSON RANGES AND WIT. BARNEY
A triple_ act comprising David Roston, Tony Holgate and Slirc Hajipakitas presented a siide evening of their: walk undertaken in late May and early June this year The party comprised 10 infrepid, members of the club, including the three slide presenters.
David started the evening by telling us about the constant problems caused by lack of adequate water, 'despiteAhe recent rain that had fallen in the area It would seem that the vegetation manages to survive on the occasional rainfall and water in the form of mists and dew. Some further details can be found by reference to Barry Wallace's write-up in of the July general meeting published in the July issue of the club's newsletter.
Among the scerlei shown on the slides that caught my eye were the vertical face of Mt. Mitchell, the black by forests, rain forest pockets, wildflowers; mists. The ridge line access to Mt Barney appeared to be an Interesting walk. While the camp site on Mt.Barney provided a delightful view of the mountain.
David drew considerable laughter from the audience when in a delightful scene he seemed to be lecturing three lady party members who looked incredibly bored. I think it deserves to be used in a “supply the caption competition
, with the question being “what is David proposing that we do tonight?”
Folks, thanks for sharing your trip with-
NOEtNGOO MILES Dovoljtty t.micRi_mR
When John Hogan- announced this item on the social calendar at a recent general meeting considerable laughter was brought forth by the question from Maurie Bloom to Dot “was,that an overnighter Dot7'. We now know that In June 1975, Dot paddled for a fortnight downAhe Alaskan Yukon River. The party included Dot, her daughter Rona, son- in-law Jack, and various other friends, including a quite young child, travelling in five canoes
retlowing tha malt of tho vim thp Yukon River fIQw ta raPici rate and considerable volume (and very cold) through significant areas of Alaskan wilderness. The population of the wilderness, seen !Fiy, Dot seemed to be composed of a large number of insect living out their short aggressiVe lives in the brief AlaSkan summer, bears building up their _layers of fat for next winter, and large tasty fish.
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Although Dot and the party oniy saw one non-party person during their fortnight, there were plenty of 'signs. of previous human habitation, This evidence was decaying log cabins, boats, a. paddle steamer and ghost towns. What a hard life it must have been to live in the land of the midnight sun in mid-winter, The scenery -along the Yukon was grand, with granite mountains frequently coming down to the river side
The decaying ,cabins were the source of wild fruit and vegetables that supplemented the fresh fish and the rations carrieo. in the canoes. The cabins were also the source of the Occasional hip bath wherein various members indulged in their ablutions.
The trip ended in pawsoh City that had the appearance of a wild west pioneer. town, with more hotels than residents (well almost), including the Flora Dora Hotel (two storeys , galvanised iron) and the Occidental Hotel.
The evening came to a conclusion 'with Dot reciting the poem written by a well-known Canadian poet. The poem titled “The Cremation. of Jack McGee” deserves to. be printed in this newsletter, Maybe Dot will allow US to print the words in a future editibn.
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THE KIMBERLEY COAST
Our most ambitious expedition - five weeks during March and April 1994 exploring the area between the Berkeley and Drysdale Rivers.
Three sections: Berkeley to King George; ,King George Falls area; King George to Drysdale. A float plane provides food drops and transport for those doing only one section.
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CONFEDERATION OF BUSHWALKING CLUBS (NSW)
by Jim Callaway
MONTHLY MEETING JULY 1993
A letter was received 'from the Premier of NSW stating that the 1995 extension to Warragamba Dam was for flood mitigation purposes only.
.George Souris ,acknowledged a complaint that fluorescent paint had been used to mark the Six Foot Track for the annual marathon.
A letter from 'Water Board requesting aSsistance from the bushwalkin
movement in reporting any illegal entry of helicopters into the Warragamba CatchmentArea.:. Any sighting to be reported (eg when, where, type of heli-
copter and registration ,number) to Peter BrookhouSe at the Bullaburra Office. KoSCiusko National Park. There is a move afoot to start' cloud seeding in. the Park. This experiment was proposed several years Ago but failed due,
to the opposition to it received at the time. It is hoped that, it will be strongly. opposed againas it ,is an inappropriate use of a National Park.
. Ihe_Wattigan Wanderers are requesting affiliation with the Confederation.- The Victorian Federation of Bushwalking Clubs sent a list of member clubs.
Treasurer. General - Bank account
Savings Investffient account
S & R - Bank account
Savings Investment account
Affiliation Fees are now due.
Expetditure - Note Book Computer for S & R Secretary to store
New Base Radio 3600
ImprOvement to existing Kodan Radios 200
'Draft Plan of Management for Royal & Heathcote National Parks also Garrawarra.SRA should be released by NPWS in a month.
ConServation'Secretary has'received a pamphlet brought out by the NPWSs of ACT, Tasmania, Victoria & NSW on a Bushwalking'Code.
.There has been illegal logging on the Sara River in Guy Fawkes National Park,
'Let the politicians know of your support for the Barrington Tops Wilderness Area:. The 4WD faction 'has mounted a strong campaign against it
Bonnie Vale Royal National Park. NPWS plans to spend $60,000 to
consolidate the existing boat launching area.
General Business. -
'WEA Ramblers Wollongong were accepted as a member of the Confederation: , The N,P.A. is a financial member of the Confederation.
Brian Saunders NPA is seeking Confederation's support to protest against
any move to ban bush camping in Royal and Heathcote National Parks by?N,PWS.:.
This matter will be discussed' at-the August-Meeting of Confederatid
MONTHLY MEETING AUGUST 1993 'Search & Rescue.
Rock Rescue Group. Anybody, interested in joining this group Should contact Peter,Tresseder on (02) 489 4182 between 7.30 and 9.30 pm from 5th to 15th
First Aid course. -Contact Keith Maxwell in October for the course to be held on October 23/24.
Training Weekend October 16/17. Will be held at Yalwal near. Nowra.
A motion was carried to spend $1795 for equipment for the Rock Rescue Group.
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Relmoingin the:1DeualdldernesS Area A letter of protest has been sent to 'the' Minister for the Environment.'
Logging has recommenced in the South West Forests of Tasmania, in particular the Picton Valley.
Logging is also taking place in the Coolangoobra.-State Forest._
The Conservation Secretary is shortly going to take a group of MPs to visit the Garden of Stones Area. .
Submissions for the Budawang Wilderness Area close on 21 October. Get your submissions going.
Friends of Blue Gum. Working bees on 18/19 September Contact Kath Ireland (047) 87 8877.
It appears that there are plans for the Six Foot Track t6, be marked every kilometre so that the runners On the annual marathon will know where they are
Preparations are well in hand for the BushwalkersBa Tom.3rd September. The theme is “GREEN”,
ANNUAL. GENERAL MEETING - 21 AUGUST 1993
During the afternoon the members attending broke up into various discussion workshops. The subjects of the workshop included Direction of Conservation, R Communications, Education Benefits.
The A.C;M. itself. The minutes of last year's Annual Meeting, the Annual RepOrt and the Financial Statement with the proposed budget for the present year were accepted by the meeting.
and 30/3l -October.
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Assistant Secretary Minutes Secretary
, Public Officer'. -'S & R Director
Tracks & Access Officer
Magazine CommitteeRobyn Cox (Bankstown)
-Tony Parr (Sutherland)
David Sheppard (NPA)
Roger Lembit (Springwood) Diana Peters (Fairfield) Alan Dixon (CMW)
Michael Maack,(Springwood) Jim Callaway (SBW)
Maawell (MountDruitt),. Simcin Knight (Sutherland) Maurice Smith (Sutherland)
Louise de Beuzeville (Sydney Uni) Andrew Cox (Sydney Uni)
Roger Lembit, Andrew Cox & Louise
de Beuzeville Simon Knight, Dave Noble, Tony Parr, Louise de Beuzeville & Andrew Cox
The position of Magazine Editor has been abandoned for the above committee. Don Brooks resigned from the position of Senior Vice President.
The meeting accepted in principle a new “Code of Ethics” for Bushwalking. The code will be ;further discussed at-the September monthly meeting.
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EUROPE REVISITED DURING AUTUMN/WINTER 1991
1,/b7 primary 'reason for returning to Europe in 1991 was to revisit my relatives scattered in Austria, Croatia and Slovenia, and whilst there took the opportunity to visit half a dozen different countries. My experiences
may_be of use to members contemplating overseas travel.
By flying British Airways to an Eastern European destination a considerable' savings in fares is possible compared with flying to London or any other West European capital. This may be useful to anyone travelling on a “shoestring”
budget as was my case. - ' After a very tiring 24 hour flight I disembarked et
Warsaw: an unimpressive, shabby, dirty city. Spent the night in Warsaw Youth Hostel, and was glad to leave the country on the first train the following tornitg.
.After transiting CZechoslovakia, it was a huge relief to arrive in
Vienna, Austria Here I bought a beautiful 2.1-gear. “Mountain/Trekking Bike”
for about $660 Australian, and set out forLubiana., the capital of newly
independepublic of. Slovenia (formerly Yugoslav state): Here I was greatly
relieved to find my relatIvswere safe and sound, as there had been heavy fighting in this city during June 1991.
Briefly passing through Croatia I entered Italy through the large port of Trieste. Here. I enjoyed swimming at -(waterfront) Trieste Youth Hostel. From this. hostel it was just ',a:20-minute walk to the beautiful and imposing famous Miramar e Castle, set on the edge of the blue Adriatic Sea, and having a delightful luxurious garden (both open to visitors).
From Triest, I took a train for Florence in central Italy. There was
delightful mountain and Tuscan hills scenery between Bologna and Florence. Florence is a highly recommended City as it has 6 wealth of historic buildings
to see, including The Palazzo Pitt, the Piazza Signoria and. the superbly situated Piazzale Michelangelo on a hill overlooking the 'city With glorious views: I 'enjoyed cycling in the famous Cascine Park which follows the meand-
ering. River Arno.' Highly recommended is the famous Ponte Vecchio with its -
jewellery and leather craft small shops. Leather goods are an excellent buy
After twO days in Florence, I cycled the 100-odd km to the port city of Leghorn, then,followed. the Tyrrenian sea coast north towards Genova, passing resOrt sea towns along the way, such as Portofino, La Spezia and Viareggio. Along the road were many ceramics and marble works. The world-famous Carrara and Massa marble used during Michelangelo'S time is still mined here today.
After Gen6va, ht;5ading for the French border, I had the great misfortune of haVing'my bicycle (with pannier bags) stolen at a town calledSavona.. With the contents of theattached bags, my total loss was around $1,000, so it was a great shock and upset megreatly!
After my bike was stolen, I.tOok a train for France. I found France a
more pleasant country to visit and somewhat cleaner and less expensive than Italy.
Nice, on the French Riviera, is a delightful place to spend a few days. This being late October, the weather was still warm enough for swimming, and -I
enjoyed a few'very relaxing days swimming on the world-famous pebbly beaches. It was nice going for walks along the. famous “Promenade, de l'Angles” as the
French call the waterfront, wide street with its endles;luxury hotels and casinos.
Nice's delightfully situated Youth Hostel is highly recommended. It is set
near a beautiful 'pine forest, halfway up a:steep mountain just behind Nice with
glorious views up and down the Cote d'Azur.
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The prices on the French Riviera came as a bit of a shock; the cheapest pension room is around $40 Aust, and:most food items cost about double the cost in Australia.
From,Nice I caught the ultra-modern “Very Fast Train” to travel the
1000 kilometres to Paris. The'ticket cost 500 francs (then about $110 Aust)
and the ride was a very fast 7 hours. Paris is a delghtful city, but its
high prices are legendary. I would have liked to spend a week here, but
owing to budget constraints, managed only two days. The views from the 'Eiffel Tower are superb and a stroll along the famous Champs Elysee very interesting.
It was with sadness that I left the so-called “most beautiful city in the world' to catch a train for Munich, Germany.
Munich was another most interesting but VERY. expensive “touristy” city, the capital of Bavaria in southern Germany. Here it was a delight to eat the local food and drink the famous beer, but the most interesting thing for
me was a day visit to the world-famous DeutsChes Museum, set on the River Isar. This museum is said to be the largest and best of its type in the world, and
it can take several days to properly see all the exhibits on display. I found the old steam railway engines, vintage cars (old T-Model Ford, pre-war Rolls, Mercedes, BMWs, VWs etc) most interesting. Also on displaY were the dreaded
Vi and V2 German rockets used during the last months of World War 2, as well as the first jet fighter planes flown during 1944/45.
A stroll through Munich's famous “Englisches-Garten” was most delightful, enjoying the late autumn sunshine and the beautifully coloured autumn Ieaves.
Leaving Germany it was off to my fav'ourite country - Austria!
Arriving in Salzburg on the morning train, I found this city to be very beautiful, clean, neat and historically interesting. Visited Mozart's famous
Getreidegasse Birth-house. Anyone going to this city is highly advised to
take the famous “Sound of Music” tour. At only 210 schillingS (about $23)
it is excellent value and the 4-hour bus tour-takes one to all the sets used
during the 1965 filming of Julie Andrew's famous film. Included is a visit
to the beautiful Salzkammergut district,-30 km east of Salzburg, a delightful
lake district with resort towns such as Fuschl St.Gilgen, St.Wolfgang and Mondsee. Austria's last emperor, Franz Josef, used to spend his summer
holidays in this deltghtful district.
The other 'city in AuStria which is a “must' is Vienna! Here I booked
another “City Tour”, taking in all of Vienna's famous sights, including the
State Opera, St. Stephens Cathedral, the Belvedere atd the Schoonbrunn Palaces.
After some skiing in the Austrian province of Styria, and a delightful “White Christmas” in the snow, it was with great sadness that I returned to Australia, flying out of Budapest with stopovers in London and Singapore, arriving back in Sydney in early January to face Sydney's oppressive heat and humidity.
A great trip - highly recommended.
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THE SYDNEY. BUSHWALKER
THE AUGU3ar GENERALMEETIfia
by Maurice Smith
The August meeting was opened at 2015 with President an Debert in the chair and a large number of,rrlerribers in attendance wafting eagerly for the festivities for Kath Brown's 80th birthday party to commence. An apology Was received from Barry VVallace,
Two new members were inducted into the club with the usual forMalities, they are Marian and Pau: Knight, a husband and wife team Welcome to the club folks and we look forVvard to enjoying your company on the track.
The minutes of the July general meeting. were read by Joy Hynes, Then followed correspondence incoming and outgoing,. The Treasurer's report followed with the advice that the club's bank account was in a healthy position.
Bill Holland then marched us through the Walks Report at a tigerish rate. There were no Major incidents on walks during the previous month.
Alex ,Col ley then proceeded to tell us briefly about current matters of interest on the
conservation scene. Advice has been received from the Australian, Conservation Foundation that donations to SBW can no longer be passed through them for the purpose of obtaining a tax deduction. A delegate to Natural Areas Ltd is required, after discussion it was agreed that Alex Colley be SBW's delegate:
TheConfederation report was given by Bill Holland who advised that aircraft noise over national parks -is an issue which is being pursued. A new base radio- and a notebook computer are to be purchased for the Search and Rescue section of Confederation, The Water Board has advised of illegal helicopter flights over Lake Burragorang dropping off fisherpeople, any sighting 'of such, including, ideally, registration codes, are to be reported to the Euleburro branch, NPWS has spent $60,000 on e new boat ramp Pt RnnniR. Valp
.General Pusiness - Zol Bodlay advised that in a monument recently unveiled, in Burwood Park by thp Prime Minister, to commemorate the World War 11 Sandakan Death March, includes the name of one of the'SBW's noted pre-war “tiger” walkers Gordon Smith: Was n ou n cements then followed.
The meeting closed at 2100. Then followed the celebrations for Kath Brown's. 80th birthday. Kath is the long suffering typist of the club's newsletter. Brief speeches were made by our Social Secretary, President, and DotSutier, All members present offered their best wishes to Kath, A birthday toast was made followed by singing of songs appropriate to the occasion, Feasting on cake and drink by the assembled members then foilowed in the true busrvalker manner; that is, with great relish and in appropriate volume,
THE SYDNEY PUSHWALKER
spy ANNUAL RE-UNION
On 23/24th October the Club will hold the Annual Re-union at the Club's property “Coolana” (see map below for those Who have never been there) in the ,Kangaroo Valley. This is an opportunity for old members to get together and for newmembers to see the:lovely property, meet older members, and have an
enjoyable time at a fixed camp. There will be a big campfire on the Saturday
night with singing and skits followed by supper provided by the Club. On the Sunday there is a damper-making competition' (using only S.R: Flour and
own).. This is in the ashes of the previous night's campfire._ , There is also swimming in the Kangaroo River with perhaps races and
Mid a lot of very pleasant bush to walk in. Water is laid on to the hut and the camping area.
ACCESS,- The entrance to the property is located at grid reference 692513 on CMA_map Burrier,8928-2-N.' It is about two hours drive south of Sydney via
either the Hume or Prince's Highways, the distance approximately the same. DriVe to Mittagong via the Hume Highway, then turn off on the road to Moss Vale, then State Route 79 to Kangaroo Valley. Pass over the Hampden Bridge,
an impressive landmark complete with sandstone pylons, then turn at the second road to the right - Mount Scanzi Road which later veers right into Tallowa Dam Road. Coolana is about 5 km along and there is a signpost - “Coolana
S.,B.Walker” at the entrance of the access track. You can park along this track, then make your way downhill by foot - it only takes about 15 mihutes to the camping area.'
1-THANK YOU very much, bushwalkers, for the lovely party you arranged for my 8Qth birthday. It was a great evening. I renewed acquaintance with several old friends, and also spoke with many new ones, as well as the regulars that I know so well. There were about 60 people present, we had balloons and light refreshments, speeches and photographs. And a lovely homemade birthday cake (thanks Fran). joining SBW was one of the best things I did in my whole life - going to the bush every weekend with like-minded people was wonderful. And the social side of the Club has been great too. So thank you all. RATH BROWN