Saturday 6 June: The Bedulluck Waltz – L/E. Someone has to go tropo for Go Topo! 18,000 m² of ACT land are on the Bedulluck 1:25000 map and we have to walk for 200m / 3minutes on it to qualify. Walk the northern Canberra Centenary Trail from Forde, passing through the northern campsite. See free-stone rock sculptures and border markers beside the track. Great views over Canberra. Either there and back or one-way to Hall and a car shuttle. Around 19km and 400m climb. Maps: Hall and Bedulluck. Leader: John Evans 0417 436 877 email@example.com . Transport: Drive yourself to the Mulligans Flat Rd entrance to the (north) Mulligans Flat Nature Reserve. Late bookings considered.
9 of us assembled at the entrance to the north Mulligans Flat Nature Reserve on Mulligans Flat Rd, with 2 cars left at Hall.
The Canberra Bushwalking Club’s incentive program for 2015 is called ‘Totally Topo!’. One of the categories is to walk on each of the 16 accessible 1:25,000 topographic maps which cover the ACT:
All of the following 17 maps contain part of the ACT. Bedulluck, Rendezvous Creek, Bredbo, Shannons Flat, Bungendore, Sutton (see note below), Canberra, Tidbinbilla, Colinton, Tuggeranong, Corin Dam, Umburra, Cotter Dam, Williamsdale, Hall, Yaouk, Michelago. Note: 18,000 m² and 1,200 m² of ACT land are on the Bedulluck and Sutton maps respectively. For the Bedulluck map the 4 km/1 hour requirements will be relaxed to 200 m/3 minute for the ACT map count. The land on the Sutton map is in the Majura Firing Range and therefore inaccessible and will not be counted.
Distance: 16.1km | Climb: 440m | Time: 9.00am-1.45pm (4hrs 45mins), with 45 mins of breaks | Grading: L/E; M(9)
Photographs are available, where you can start a large sized slide show.
Waypoint and Track Files
Whilst waiting for the last walker to arrive, a couple of us slipped a few hundred metres down the Old Gundaroo Rd (footpath) to find geocache GC5VTB2 JackaKid’s Geocache 15 – Bell VC.
Party complete, we set off in the morning fog up the Golden Sun Moth (?) track to join the ACT border on the crest south-east of Oak Hill. This route cuts off a couple of kms walking parallel to Mulligans Flat Rd, then up the side of Duke Rd to then turn west along the border. No view down as we rounded the Canberra Centenary Trail near Oak Hill. The sun valiantly tried to break through, but then retreated.
Heading down to the Northern Camp Site we gazed up at the huge eagle’s nest in the tree above the trail, then down to the benches and tables for a very civilised morning tea. I have a new Thermos that I wanted to try and it seemed to do ok.
Away again into the Gungahlin Eucalypt Plantation. The free stone rock sculptures seem to be growing by the month and we added a few stones.
We left the CCT in a couple of places and followed the border fence. Spied border marker U, an extant 8″ post.
We rejoined the CCT and closed in on the triangular section that runs up to the northern-most point of the ACT with the small portion of land on the Bedulluck map. As Ian correctly pointed out, but for the change of map datum from AGD to GDA, we wouldn’t be on the Bedulluck map!
You really know that friends are great ones when they’ll do crazy things for you! The party duly circled the wagons and pow-powed around or a few minutes to qualify for Totally Topo!!
The sun was nicely out now and we could see lunch in the distance on One Tree Hill. Plenty of conversation as we strolled along.
A small huff and puff up the CCT to the top, where the hidden agenda of my walk paid off in Jenni finding GC42VRZ Fire Finder II for me. I’d had a cursory look for this a couple of times before. 30 minutes for lunch in the sun, little breeze.
All that remained for us was to trot down to Hall, where we put the end of the car shuttle into practice.
A short, but very pleasant, day out in the fresh air with new and old friends. Thanks all.
9 walkers – Cynthia C, Penny C, Jenni C, Dave D, Brett G, Mark H, Jacqui R, Ian W, me.