2013 Walks

January Monday 21st January 2013 - Woolooware to Cronulla.   Country Link train to Sutherland departing Heathcote at 8.25am, Engadine 8.28am. Loftus 8.32am arriving at Sutherland at 8.37am We depart Sutherland at 8.49am and arrive at Woolooware 9.02am. We walk past Woolooware shops and around Cronulla Golf Course to Eloura Road, turn in to Bate Bay Road and into Wanda Reserve and have morning tea.  We will then follow the coast walkway past Eloura Surf Club to North Cronulla, where some may wish to lunch at Northies or picnic in Dunningham Park. Then follow the walkway to Cronulla Beach and walk to Cronulla Railway Station to catch a train back to Sutherland and home.
February

Monday 25th February 2013 – Thirroul to Woonona – Train departs Loftus 8.21am, Engadine 8.26am, Heathcote 8.29am, arriving Waterfall 8.34am. Connect with the Country Link train which arrives Waterfall 8.39am from Sutherland, then to Thirroul arriving 9.15am. Walk through Thirroul township to Surf Club and morning tea, then follow coastal walkway around Sandon Point to Bulli Beach reserve. Toilets and eats are available along the walkway. When we reach Nicholson Park we turn right along Park Road to Woonona Railway Station Trains depart 12.38pm, 1.48pm, and 2.37pm. A flat, easy coastal walk with a scenic rail trip.

 

Monday 25th March, 2013     -   Newtown to Redfern via Sydney University

Monday 29th March, 2013     -   Harbour walk from Mosman Bay – (details to be advised)

March  Our February walk attracted 12 walkers on a pleasant day, tempered with a light sea breeze.

 

Monday 25th March, 2013 - This walk has been changed toa walk from Rose Bay to Neilson Park, along the foreshore of Sydney Harbour and possibly past Vaucluse House. Train departs Heathcote 8.09am, Engadine 8.12am, Loftus 8.16am to Edgecliff where we will catch a bus to commence our Heritage Foreshore Walk

 Monday 29th April, 2013     -   Newtown to Redfern via Sydney University (re-scheduled from March)

 Note: Gardencare at Engadine High School on Tuesday 26th March

           (Usually held on the 4th Tuesday of the month, i.e. one week after Probus meeting)

April Our April walk attracted 27 starters which included a couple of visitors and 3 grandchildren, it being a pupil free day at school. Visitors including grandchildren either old or young are always welcome. Voted and interesting urban walk. (Not everybody knew much about night soil lanes we passed through Newtown).
May  

Country link train departs Heathcote 8.25 am, Engadine 8.28 am, Loftus 8.32 am arriving Central 9.11 am. Change to suburban platform for train to Circular Quay. Mosman ferry departs 9.25 am or 9.55 am depending on connections. The initial part of the walk up the headland is quite steep but takes only about 12 minutes. We descend to Sirius Cove and the pathway around Taronga Park Zoo. A short walk past the Zoo ferry terminal to the walkway around Athol Bay to Bradleys Head. A short bush walk to the pathway to Athol Bay ouseHouseHHouse. Lunch can be purchased here in spectacular settings or bring your own picnic lunch. A short walk after lunch to the Zoo wharf and home.   A very picturesque walk with a couple of steep sections.

June

(Read by John Jarvis): - Our May walk had to be modified because on arrival at Circular Quay we were greeted with s strike by Sydney Ferries. We eventually found that the ferry to Taronga Zoo was still operating. On arrival at the Zoo wharf we walked to Athol House, then did a reverse walk back to Mosman Bay and lunch at the Mosman Rowers Club. Eleven walkers ended up having an eventful and pleasant Day.

Monday 24th June – Kogarah to Ramsgate via Scarborough Park:

A late start, train departs Heathcote 9.11am, Engadine 9.14am, Loftus 9.18am arriving Kogarah 9.41am. A walk through the town and morning tea. Down to Princes Highway and cross the overhead bridge to Kogarah Tafe. Enter Scarborough Park from President Avenue. Then parkland all the way to Ramsgate. Possible lunch at RSL then bus back to station. A flat easy walk with lots of points of interest.

July Unfortunately our walk for June had to be cancelled due to wet weather. We are going to do the same walk in July, details as follows: 

Monday 29th July – Kogarah to Ramsgate via Scarborough Park:

A late start, train departs Heathcote 9.11am, Engadine 9.14am, Loftus 9.18am arriving Kogarah 9.41am. A walk through the town and morning tea. Down to Princes Highway and cross the overhead bridge to Kogarah Tafe. Enter Scarborough Park from President Avenue. Then parkland all the way to Ramsgate. Possible lunch at RSL then bus back to station. A flat easy walk with lots of points of interest. 

Future Walks: Monday 26th August - Blowhole to Kendalls Beach 

Tuesday 23rd July – Bush Care 9ambig pile of mulch awaits.

             (Usually held on the 4th Tuesday of the month, i.e. one week after Probus meeting)

August  Read by Les Milross: Our last walk was from Kogarah to Ramsgate via Scarborough Park led by John Jarvis. An enjoyable day with 22 walkers.
Monday 26th August - Blowhole to Kendall Beach

The walk will commence at Kiama Station. We will proceed southward as far as Bonaira Reserve via Peace Park and then turn northward passing through Kendall’s Beach where we could consume our packed lunch and peek around the corner at the little blowhole. Continuing north we will pass through Surf Beach, skirt around Kiama showground and on to the big blowhole on the way back to Kiama Station.
Train: Loftus 8.21am - Engadine 8.26am - Heathcote 8.29am will get us to Waterfall by 8.34am. The Kiama train leaves Waterfall at 8.39 am arriving at Kiama Station at 10.26am. The returning home train will be decided on the day, but will probably involve alighting at Sutherland sometime in the middle of the afternoon and coming back to Engadine and other stations.

Future Walks - Monday 30th September - Olympic Park                                

 

 

September  
October Our last walk was from Rydalmere to Olympic Park Station led by Chris Rose. The route went through beautiful parkland across the Silverwater Bridge and then along the Parramatta River to the Armory Cafe. After morning tea we continued to the very impressive old brick pit and the archery site for lunch.

Monday 28th October - Point Clare to Woy Woy (Led by Gerard Reyerink). The walk will be from Point Clare to Woy Woy via Tascott and will follow Brisbane Water for most of the way. It is a very picturesque but flat walk approximately 6 km long. Bring your own lunch or alternatively fish and chips are available at Woy Woy Wharf.

 

Train departs from Heathcote 7:58 am, Engadine 8:01am, Loftus 8:05am to Redfern, where we will change trains to Strathfield to catch the Central Coast train to Point Clare, arriving at 10:07am. Coming home we will catch a train back from Woy Woy to Central, where we change to the Waterfall line for our trip home. The return trip will take approximately 2hr. 15min. Trains leave Woy Woy at half hourly intervals.

Future Walk - Monday 25th November. Glebe walk starting from Central Station. This is a flat walk concentrating on a number of people in Glebe’s History. 
November Our last walk from Kiama to Kendall Beach, led by Les Milross, was a really great walk enjoyed by over 20 walkers. The views along the coastline were spectacular and Les's aboriginal legend of the eel Gurrengutch at the little blowhole was most interesting. We ended the walk with a visit to the big blowhole at Kiama which was working very well that day.

 

Monday 30th September - Rydalmere to Olympic Park Station

The walk will be from Rydalmere to Olympic Park Station. We will catch the fast ferry to Rydalmere and walk over Silverwater Bridge and follow the pathway to Olympic Park. Morning tea will be at the Armoury Cafe and you will need to bring a sandwich for lunch which we will possibly have at the archery site. Our walk back to Olympic Park Station will be via the old brickpit, now home to numerous frogs and birds. Other than the stairs at Silverwater Bridge (not too many) this is a fairly flat walk.

Train departs Heathcote 8.09am, Engadine 8.12am, Loftus 8.16am to Town Hall, where we will change trains to Circular Quay. The fast ferry from Circular Quay will leave at 9.30am,
December Our last walk was the Glebe Walk starting at Central Station. On the way we passed Central Park which is a huge development on the old Kent Brewery Site. There are some 2000 apartments complete with vertical gardens, a shopping centre and even its own power plant. During the walk we saw some historical buildings and heard some interesting facts about their inhabitants including Robin Askin. Rain interrupted our walk but at a fortuitous moment near St John’s Parish Hall, where we took shelter and were offered morning tea by the drop in volunteers.
  1. The usual Christmas walk was replaced this year with a Christmas Lights Bus Tour organised by Friends of Hazelhurst. I understand that approximately 20 members attended and had a great night.

  2. Monday 3rd February 2014 - Because of the Australia Day weekend the January walk has been moved to the first Monday in February. The walk will be in Cronulla led by Les Milross. We will follow the Esplanade past the Bass and Flinders Point and then via the ex-Fisheries Research Centre and Gunnamatta Bay Foreshores to the Picnic area in Nicholson Street, where we will have lunch. Trains Heathcote 8.38am - Engadine 8.41am - Loftus 8.45am. Trains depart Sutherland 8.56am arriving Cronulla 9.11am.

    John advised that the garden group at Engadine High School will recommence in February 2014

John wished everyone the compliments of the season.