Darwin Bushwalking Club

2019 Walks and activities


To add something to the program, please contact walks@darwinbushwalkingclub.org.au

Cycling Group – a group of Club members meet regularly on Saturday morning, cycling about 40km – to join the group, contact Yasmin Barnes on 0421 154 576. (Note – this is not a formal club activity, so is not covered by club insurance.)

Date Description Organiser Phone/Contact Walk Grade
25-28 Jan Gubara, Kakadu NP – leaving 24th and staying first night in Jabiru. Verena Tinning 0438 881 904 or gv.tinning@bigpond.com Moderate
Sun Feb 10 Litchfield Waterfalls – Part 1 – Cascades, Wangi and Green Ant Creek walks, leaving at 6am. Bring lunch and swimming gear (and umbrella?). Simon Townsend 0414 262 064 Easy
WE 16-17 Feb Boulder Ck & Motor Car Falls, Kakadu NP – leaving early and overnighting at Mary River Roadhouse (book yourself). Visiting Ikoymarra on way back. Benita De Vincentiis benitadv@gmail.com Easy
Sun Feb 24 Litchfield Waterfalls – Part 2 – Tolmer and Florence Falls, Buley Rockhole walks, leaving at 7am. Bring lunch, swimming gear, etc. Simon Townsend 0414 262 064 Easy
WE 16-17 Mar Leliyn (Edith) Falls, Nitmiluk NP – exploring Unbrawarra Gorge on the way and camping overnight at Edith Falls (fees apply). Sunday – Leliyn walk and Sweetwater pool (10km). FULL Simon Townsend 0414 262 064 Easy to moderate
Sun 17 Mar East Point Reserve – checking out the military heritage. 4.3km circuit, meeting at the Pee Wee’s at the Point carpark at 7am. Bring usual gear and binoculars. Jan Allen 0401 714 878 Easy
Sat 6 Apr Wangi to Walker, Litchfield NP – setting the trail through this section of the overgrown Tabeltop Track; swim at private waterfall! Amanda Robertson chocs98@hotmail.com Easy
Sun 7 Apr Social Meeting – at Lake Alexander, East Point, from 4pm. Bring gear to swap or sell; BYO drinks. (Club will provide sausages.) New members welcome. Mara Dobrini maradobrinii@hotmail.com  
18-28 Apr Gregory NP and/or Keep River NP – all or part, many options available as described in Marj’s notes. Marj King 8985 6885 (Marj now out of contact till 28 Apr.) Varied – see notes
19-22 Apr Tabletop Track, Litchfield NP – the club has been invited to assist with checking/re-tying markers along the track before it opens to other walkers. New members welcome. A unique opportunity with lots of swimming and good camping. Some kit available. Andy Peart 0429 427 685 (no SMS) Moderate
Gubara, Kakadu NP – hoping to leave Thursday 18th. 4 days of pack-carrying for fit club members! Michael Dunbar 0474 205 735 or msdunbar@bigpond.com Moderate
WE 27-28 Apr Baark Walk/Noorlangie Rock, Kakadu NP – overnight at Anbinik cabins, then 6hr day walk. Yasmin Barnes ylbarnes@gmail.com Easy
Sun 28 Apr Wangi to Green Ant Ck/Tolmer Falls, Litchfield NP – (route may change). Leave message with Ken giving best time to return call. Ken Renney 0408 583 119 Easy
Sun 5 May Walker Ck, Litchfield NP, checking link to Tabletop Track and swimming. New members welcome. Andy Peart 0429 427 685 (no SMS) Easy
3-6 May Gunlom, Kakadu NP – leaving Friday pm, then pack-carrying for 3 days. Must be reasonably fit club member, returning Monday. Small group – so be quick. Michael Dunbar 0474 205 735 or msdunbar@bigpond.com Moderate
4-6 May Edith Falls to Sweetwater – intended to introduce families (with kids 8yrs and over) to the joys of bushwalking. 9km return. Overnight at Edith and Sweetwater. Must be able to swim confidently. FULL Emilio van Zeeland 0431 688 138 or emiliovanzeeland@hotmail.com Easy
Green Ant Ck to Tjenja Falls, Litchfield NP – includes checking/marking part of Tabletop Track. Contact Marj with details highlighted in note above. Marj King marjok1@iinet.net.au Easy/Moderate
14-18 May Jatbula Trail, Nitmiluk NP – small group, so be quick! (Leaving Darwin on Monday 13th.) Louise Denton louisedenton@live.com.au Moderate
18-19 May Wangi Ck Camp & Tabletop Track, Litchfield NP – join Andy at the best camping spot in the Park and help finish marking the track. Great swimming; new members welcome. Andy Peart 0429 427 685 (no SMS) Moderate
Tue, 21 May AGM – 6.30pm at Wanguri School. Club will provide pizzas and present a rolling slideshow of walks. Audit Report.
31 May – 3 June Koolpin & Freezing Gorges, Kakadu NP – suitable for experienced walkers who can carry a full pack over challenging terrain. 1st night at public campground, then 2.5 days walking and 2 nights bush camping. Permit wait-listed. FULL Chris Obst tassiechris@gmail.com Moderate
7-10 June Gubara, Kakadu NP – 3 days, 1 campsite; must be full member with some O/N experience. Email and leave mobile phone number. Leaving 3pm Friday. Yasmin Barnes ylbarnes@gmail.com Moderate
Interested in a walk? Just contact the walk leader giving full name, contact details, membership status and previous walking experience. Walks in Litchfield or Kakadu National Parks require a permit – and for this you will also have to provide your address. Leaders may ask for a cash deposit.
29 June Bike ride to Wagait Beach – for the annual Mandorah Ulelele Folk Festival (MUFF) at the Cox Country Club (~6km from Mandorah, but the plan is to hit the dirt and visit 2 WWII aircraft crash sites for some 24km). Meet at the Cullen Bay ferry terminal at 9.00am and come back at your leisure (3.20, 5.20 or 6.20pm, or stay O/N). The show starts at 12 noon. Craig Bellamy 0403 872 205 Ferry timetable. Easy
6 July Movie Night at the Deckchair Cinema – “Free Solo” – a movie about the free climber on Yosemite’s El Capitan (believe me – that’s incredible). Purchase own ticket; food and drinks from 6.30pm; movie starts at 7.30. Proposed by Sophia Thomas.
WE 26-28 July Edith Falls to Sweetwater Pool – for families with kids over 8, overnighting at Edith and Sweetwater. Must be able to swim confidently. Zoi Novello zoi.novello@gmail.com Easy
26 July – 4 Aug Maguk to Graveside and return, Kakadu NP – for experienced walkers only with overnight walking experience. Part exploratory as leader has not walked the route before. 8 nights at 6 campsites. Amanda Robertson chocs98@hotmail.com Very difficult
2-5 Aug Gunlom to Barramundi Ck, Kakadu NP – leaving 7am on Friday, returning late Monday; experienced O/N walkers. Simon Townsend 0414 262 064 Moderate to difficult
2-6 Aug Graveside, Kakadu NP – leaving early on Friday and returning Tuesday avo. FULL Verena Tinning 0438 881 904 or gv.tinning@bigpond.com Moderate
16-17 Aug Upper Sandy Creek Falls Good beginner walk above Sandy Creek falls Ken Renney 0408583119 after 6pm Moderate
5-9 Sept Jatbula Trail, Nitmiluk NP – driving in on 4 Sept; $60 deposit required. Sophia Thomas ca30bi@gmail.com Moderate
14-15 Sept Florence Falls area Good beginner walk above florence falls Ken Renney 0408583119 after 6pm before sept 6th easy
13-16 Sept Dinner Ck, Kakadu NP – leaving Thursday pm. Great place, but numbers limited so get in early. Andy Peart 0429 427 685 (no SMS) Moderate
Saturday 21st Sept Ludmilla Bay Kayaking– 7am return by 10.30am. Kayak through the mangroves. $30 for kayak hire. numbers limited so get in early. Zoi Novello 0421433359 easy
5th – 6th Oct Walker Creek Enjoy good camping weather before the weather changes, along with great swimming on this easy trip with optional excursion – new members and kids welcome.May suit anyone new to overnight bush camping in the Top End Andy Peart 0429 427 685 (no SMS) Easy
19-20 Oct Sandy Creek This will be an easy-moderate walk with a bit of hill climbing. A 4WD vehicle will probably be required. Ken Renney 0408583119 after 6pm easy
25-27 Oct Litchfield NP. Sandy Creek. Leave Darwin 2:30 pm Friday. Return Sunday afternoon. Rocky terriain and hot, humid weather conditions. Suitable walkers with wet season walking experience. Simon Townsend 0414 262 064 (after Oct 8) Difficult
Tues 29 Oct Social Meeting 6:30pm Join us at Charles Darwin University Room: Blue 2.1.51 for our social club meeting. Tissa Ratnayeke from NT Field Nats will be showing his beautiful photos of local wildlife with talking points. Light refreshments provided, tea, coffee. Bring a cup Click for Map Mara Dobrini 0438842138  
Nov 9th – 10th Digital Detox at Tjenya Falls Get disconnected! Dare you leave behind all digital technology, timepieces and gadgets for one weekend? If you can, sign up for good swimming and camp with views. Jeff de Jager Co-leader Andy Peart) 0472617434(after 6pm or weekends) Moderate
Nov 30th – Dec 1 Christmas Walk Our annual christmas themed walked. Umbrawarra Gorge. kids welcome, swimming. No drones just nature! Andy Peart(Co leader Ken Renney 0429 427 685 (no SMS) Moderate
Nov 23rd 6pm Social get together Farewell to DBC members Zoi, Jan, Craig, Simon, and in absentia Emillo. Our friends and fellow walkers are leaving Darwin, some for a short time, others for much longer. Bring a plate to share or something to BBQ. BYO drinks, chairs.. etc. Nightcliff sunset park, southern side of jetty. Social event all welcome! Non members welcome 🙂     Moderate
Dec 7-8 Christmas Parteeeh Join us for our christmas party at a property near Manton dam. Camping games and kris kringle pop us an email for details and sign up here darwinbushwalkingclub@gmail.com   Moderate