Where: Conducted in Callum Brae Nature Reserve.

When: Mutually convenient Sunday mornings. Takes around 4-5 hours. Repeated for each group of 4 who book on the activity on the CBC Activity List.

Group 1 – Full. Sunday 28 January 2024. Completed.

Group 2 – Full. Sunday 11 February 2024. Completed.

Group 3 – Full. Sunday 25 February 2024. Completed.

Group 4 – Full. Sunday 3 March 2024. Completed.

Group 5 – Full. Sunday 17 March 2024. Completed.

Group 6 – Full. Sunday 24 March 2024. Completed.

Group 7 – Full. Sunday 7 April 2024. Completed.


A refresher/introduction to map and compass navigation in a practical setting. Walk several bounds in the open woodland of Callum Brae Nature Reserve, after you’ve worked out required directions and distances. The exercise was recently successfully road tested. You should come away with renewed navigation skills, or at least an understanding of what it all means if you use a digital navigation device. Prerequisites – know basic map reading (grid references, contours, etc.) and parts of a flatbed compass (direction of travel arrow, orienting lines and arrow, etc.). Brush up by reading Geoscience Australia’s Map Reading Guide. This activity is designed for new/emerging walk leaders and any member or guest who’d like to try it. Around 7km and 4-5 hours. Activity repeated on subsequent dates for as long as new participants book.


  1. Read the Geoscience Australia’s Map Reading Guide
  2. Print your navigation exercise Route Card by accessing this pdf image
  3. Print a map segment of the exercise area by following the process here. You should end up with this. But as the process says, check that you have 4cm square grid squares
  4. If you have a Canberra 1:25,000 topographic map, bring it too.