January NEXT WALK :  Monday 27th  February 2017
Watsons Bay and South Head      
We will be joining the second last carriage of the train as usual at
Heathcote 8.38am / Engadine 8.41am / Loftus 8.45am/ Sutherland 8.48am
The plan is to catch the train to Bondi Junction and then take a bus to Vaucluse.  The walk will take us past Macquarie Lighthouse, along the coastal cliff tops past The Gap to the furthest part of South Head/Sydney Harbour National Park and then back to Watsons Bay ferry wharf past Lady Bay Beach, Camp Cove and Laing’s Point.  The return trip home will be by ferry from Watsons Bay wharf to Circular Quay. 
As always it will be great to be joined by new walkers……bring along friends or family members.                                                                                                                           
February  NEXT WALK :  Monday 27th  February 2017
Watsons Bay and South Head      
We will be joining the second last carriage of the train as usual at
Heathcote 8.38am / Engadine 8.41am / Loftus 8.45am/ Sutherland 8.48am
The plan is to catch the train to Bondi Junction and then take a bus to Vaucluse.  The walk will take us past Macquarie Lighthouse, along the coastal cliff tops past The Gap to the furthest part of South Head/Sydney Harbour National Park and then back to Watsons Bay ferry wharf past Lady Bay Beach, Camp Cove and Laing’s Point.  The return trip home will be by ferry from Watsons Bay wharf to Circular Quay. 
Future Walks
Monday 27th March  -  Oatley to Como/Oyster Bay
There will be no walk in April
March

 Monday 27th February 2017, despite the weather forecast, turned out to a fine, mild and sunny day when 18 keen walkers headed off to Watsons Bay and South Head.
We caught the train to Bondi Junction and then caught the first bus to a café at North Bondi for the morning tea break.  Then we caught another bus to Vaucluse where we commenced the serious part of the walk will past Macquarie Lighthouse, along the coastal cliff tops past The Gap to the furthest part of South Head/Sydney Harbour National Park where there were some great views of the coastline,  the harbour and the Manly ferries battling the swell through the heads  Then we headed back past the sights of Lady Bay Beach and along the water’s edge of Camp Cove to Laing’s Point, past ‘Doyles on the Beach’ before having our lunch in Watsons Bay Park.  The return trip was by ferry from Watsons Bay wharf to Circular Quay. Overall we walked about 4 kilometres and arrived home at Engadine at 3.30pm. 
NEXT WALK:  Monday 27th March  -  Jannali to Oatley, via Oyster Bay and Como
We will be joining the second last carriage of the train as usual at
Heathcote 8.38am / Engadine 8.41am / Loftus 8.45am/ Sutherland 8.48am .
The plan is to catch the train to Jannali and walk around the Oyster Bay peninsula to Como. Depending on timing we will have lunch at Como.  Then we will walk across the old railway bridge to Oatley railway station to catch a train home. 
There will be no walk in April
Monday 22nd May - Sans Souci to Brighton/Rockdale (to be led by Chris & Michael Rose)

As always it will be great to be joined by new walkers……bring along friends or family members.  

April 2017

 Monday 27th March 2017 was a fine, warm and sunny day when 16 avid walkers headed off to Oatley via a couple of parts of ‘The Shire’ on the way. We caught the train to Jannali and walked mainly downhill to the Oyster Bay shops where the morning tea and coffee stop was taken at the Oyster Bay Bakery and Cafe.   After the short stop we then embarked on the ups and downs of the peninsula on to Como. On the way we walked down the many steps of the Riverview Road Stairs back to near river level. Some of the group was tempted by the proximity to Como Railway Station when we arrived at Como Public School.  The rest of the group continued on to have lunch at the picnic grounds at Como.  After lunch we walked across the old railway bridge to Oatley railway station to catch a train home.   We walked about 6.5 kilometres and arrived home at Engadine at 2pm     There will be no walk in April.

Monday 22nd May - Sans Souci to Brighton/Rockdale (to be led by Chris & Michael Rose) As always it will be great to be joined by new walkers……bring along friends or family members.

May 2017  Monday 22nd May -  Sans Souci to Brighton -  
This is a very picturesque walk from Sans Souci to Brighton along the foreshores of Botany Bay. We will catch the train to Kogarah where we will pick up a bus from Regent Street dropping us at Fontainebleau Street Sans Souci. It’s about 6 kilometres but is very flat and there is a nice coffee stop at “Kiss the Barista” adjoining The 16 Foot Sailing Club where we can take a breather. We will finish up at Brighton for lunch and catch a bus back to Rockdale to catch the train home.
We will be joining the second last carriage of the train as usual.
Heathcote 8:38am / Engadine 8:41am / Loftus 8:45am / Sutherland 8:48am
Future Walks
Monday 26th June  -  Balmain to Birchgrove (with Philip Batten)
As always it will be great to be joined by new walkers……bring along friends or family members.
June  A big and special thanks goes to Chris and Mike Rose for pre-walking and then leading the walk on Monday 22nd May.
It was another fine, warm and sunny day when 14 keen walkers headed off to walk from Sans Souci to Brighton along the Georges River and Botany Bay water’s edge.
They caught the train to Kogarah and then the bus along Rocky Point Road to Fontainebleau Street at Sans Souci.
A rest break for coffee was taken at the “Kiss the Barista” cafe, underneath the 16 foot Sailing Club. This is recommended as a good spot for anyone in the club who might like to go for a drive and enjoy a coffee by the water’s edge.
Once the group reached the end of Bay Street at Brighton they caught a bus back to Rockdale Station to catch a train back to Engadine, arriving at about 2.30pm. The walk was about 6 kilometres.
Monday 26th June - Balmain to Balmain via Birchgrove 
The plan is to catch the train to Wynyard,  walk to Darling Harbour via the new Wynyard Walk to catch a ferry to the Balmain East Wharf. We will then walk around the northern-most side of the Balmain peninsula past Mort Bay and Ballast Point to take in the views of the Parramatta River as well as the various styles of old and new homes.   After walking through the Birchgrove area and past the Dawn Fraser Baths we will head back to walk along Darling Street,  Balmain to catch a ferry back to the city for a train ride back to Engadine. 
Future Walks
Monday 24th July  -  Centennial Park
Monday 28th August  -  Concord West to Homebush Bay
It will be great if even more walkers could join our group on walks in 2017 ....... bring along friends or family members, as well as your lunch and plenty of water.
There are always plenty of seats available on the trains and the ferries.
July  It was a glorious winters day when 12 keen walkers headed off for the 26th June monthly walk. We caught the train/s to Wynyard, walked to Darling Harbour via the new Wynyard Walk and caught the ferry to the Balmain East Wharf. It turned out that we were some of the first users of the new Barangaroo Wharf that had been officially opened about an hour earlier by the NSW Premier.

We then walked around the northern-most side of the Balmain peninsula past Mort Bay ferry maintenance facility and the old dry dock to Ballast Point to take in the views of the Parramatta River and Cockatoo Island as well as the various styles and extravagances of old and new homes. After walking through the Birchgrove area and past Birchgrove Oval we had a lunch break in Elkington Park near the Dawn Fraser Baths. Then we started the return walk along Darling Street, Balmain through the shopping centre and past a number of historic buildings to catch a ferry at the Balmain East wharf back to the city for a train ride back to Engadine.

We walked about 7 kilometres and arrived in Engadine at about 3.30pm.
Next Walk
Monday 24th July  - Centennial Park
As usual we will be joining the second last carriage of the train at
Heathcote 8.38am / Engadine 8.41am / Loftus 8.45am/ Sutherland 8.48am 
The plan is to catch the train to Bondi Junction and then walk along Oxford Street to the Woollahra gates to Centennial Park.  Then we will walk along a number ofdifferent walkways within the Park to take in the scenery and other points of interest. Also we will take the opportunity to walk through the nearby Equestrian Centre and other parts of the old Showground to allow some reminiscing.
Future Walks
Monday 28th August  -  Concord West to Homebush Bay
It will be great if even more walkers could join our group on walks in 2017 ....... bring along friends or family members, as well as your lunch and plenty of water.
There are always plenty of seats available on the trains and the ferries.
August

 WALKS                       
It was a another glorious warm and sunny winter’s day when 19 keen walkers headed off for the 24th July monthly walk.
We caught the train to Bondi Junction and then walked to the Woollahra Gates on the northern or Oxford Street side of Centennial Park.  We then walked around the Grand Drive pedestrian pathway to the Greenhouse Café where we stopped for a late morning tea break and rest.  After leaving the Café we continued along the Grand Drive to the Robertson’s Road Gates and took a detour to walk through the Equestrian Centre to the remains of the old Showground.
Then we left the showground area and walked along part of Lang Road to have a closer look at some of the grand old homes before re-entering Centennial Park at the Jervois Road Gates.  Having gone past the Centennial Homestead and restaurant we had lunch Federation Pavilion. After lunch we then walk back to the Woollahra Gates and on Bondi Junction railway station to return back at Engadine at about 3.00pm.   We walked about 6 kilometres.

Next Walk
Monday 28th August  -  Rhodes railway station to Homebush Bay ferry wharf
As usual we will be joining the second last carriage of the train at
Heathcote 8.38am / Engadine 8.41am / Loftus 8.45am/ Sutherland 8.48am .
The plan is to catch this train to Redfern to change trains for a train to Concord West.
Then we will walk to Bicentennial Park on the eastern side of the Olympic Park precinct. We will be following pathways and roadways to the Brickpit walkway before passing the eastern side of the RAS Showgrounds.  Then we will continue to follow the road system to the Newington Armory site and the eastern end of Silverwater Gaol.  The next stage is to then walk along the walkway at the side of the Parramatta River to the ferry wharf at Newington to return to the city for the train trip home.
Future Walks
Monday 25th September  -  Bundeena 
THIS WALK & DATE IS SUBJECT TO REVIEW WITH COMMUNITY CONSULTATION
It will be great if even more walkers could join our group on walks in 2017 ....... bring along friends or family members, as well as your lunch and plenty of water.
There are always plenty of seats available on the trains and the ferries.

September  Monday 28th August was a fairly cool and cloudy winter’s day when 17 keen walkers headed off for the August monthly walk.
We caught the usual train to Redfern and changed trains for a train to Concord West. Firstly we walked into Bicentennial Park on the eastern side of the Olympic Park Precinct. Then following pathways and roadways we arrived at the Brickpit suspended walkway before taking the opportunity to have a morning tea break in the welcomed sunshine on the eastern side of the RAS Showgrounds.
Then we followed the road system to the Newington Armory site, the eastern end of Silverwater Gaol, and Blaxland Riverside Park. We had our lunch break on the edge of the Parramatta River next to the Armory Wharf Cafe. After lunch we walked along the walkway at the side of the Parramatta River to the ferry wharf at Newington to return to the city for the train trip home, arriving at Engadine at about 3pm. We walked about 5.5 kilometres.
Next Walk
Monday 25th September  -  Buneena & Bonnie Vale
For this walk we will be catching an earlier train than usual.
As usual we will be joining the second last carriage of the train at
Heathcote 8:18am / Engadine 8:21am / Loftus 8:25am/ Sutherland 8:28am .
We will be changing trains at Sutherland for the train to Cronulla.
Then we will be catching the 9.30am ferry to Bundeena to do a loop-walk of Bundeena village and Bonnie Vale. The ferry service is hourly so we will need to carefully plan our There are always plenty of seats available on the trains and the ferries.
return to Cronulla for the trip
Future Walks
Monday 23rd October  -  Rookwood Cemetery
Monday 27th November  -  Minnamurra to Kiama 
It will be great if even more walkers could join our group on walks in 2017 ....... bring along friends or family members, as well as your lunch and plenty of water.
October Monday 25th September was a fine, sunny, and breezy day when 16 keen walkers, including 2 junior visitors, headed off for the monthly walk at Bundeena. We caught an earlier than usual train to Sutherland and changed for the train to Cronulla.   Then with many other ‘tourists’ we caught the 10.00am ferry to Bundeena.
 
After the customary morning tea break in the park near the ferry wharf we set off to do a loop-walk of Bundeena village.  Along the way we viewed the (lack of) progress on the rebuilding of the Bundeena RSL building, the salvage work on a boat on Jibbon Beach, the Bundeena Public School and the Bundeena Fire Brigade, Bush Fire Brigade and Ambulance service base.  We then walked to Bonnie Vale picnic ground where we had a somewhat windy time having lunch.  Later we returned to the ferry wharf via a walk along the beach. We made it in time for the 1.00pm ferry service for the return to Cronulla.  We arrived at Engadine at about 2.00pm.   We walked about 5.5 kilometres.
 
Next Walk Monday 23rd October  -  Rookwood Cemetery As usual we will be joining the second last carriage of the train at  Heathcote 8:38am / Engadine 8:41am / Loftus 8:45am/ Sutherland 8:48am.
Then we will be catching the train to Redfern to change for a train to Lidcombe station.  There is a short walk to an entry to the cemetery in East Street. The plan is to do a loop-walk of Rookwood through some of the older and some of the newer sections of the cemetery.  Along the way we will cover the “Historic Walk” points of interest.  After lunch we then consider the bus or train options for the return trip home.
 
Future Walks
 
Monday 27th November  -  Minnamurra to Kiama  
It will be great if even more walkers could join our group on walks in 2017 ....... bring along friends or family members, as well as your lunch and plenty of water. There are always plenty of seats available on the trains and the ferries.
November Monday 23rd October was another fine and sunny day for the 12 ‘ghost hunters’ who set of for the walk through Rookwood Cemetery. The first leg of the journey was a train trip to Redfern where we changed to catch another train to Lidcombe railway station.   Then after a short walk we entered the Cemetery grounds via a gate on the East Street boundary. During the time in the Cemetery we saw quite a number of ‘points of interest’, including those that are identified on the “Historic Walk Guide”, and a number of magnificent family vaults. We also we able to make out the remains of the Mortuary Station which was the rail link to the siding of the same name near Central Railway Station.  Most of us had lunch whilst a couple of the group searched in vain for the grave of a dearly departed friend. We had walked about 5 kilometres. The return trip to ‘the shire’ was made on the M92 Metro Bus from the main gates on East Street to the Sutherland Interchange where we were then able to connect with a train service to Engadine arriving at about 3.00pm
 
Next Walk Monday 27th November - Minnamurra to Kiama We will be joining the second last carriage of a southbound train to Waterfall at                   Loftus 8.33am / Engadine 8.38am / Heathcote 8.41am Then we then catch a train to Minnamurra which is timetabled to arrive at Waterfall at 8.56am, and at Minnamurra at 10.40am. The walk will be along the coast from Minnamurra Railway Station through Kiama Downs and Bombo on to Kiama.  There will be the option to start the return trip home from Bombo Railway station if the need arises.  The train service back to Sutherland is an hourly one.
 
Future Walks THERE ARE NO SCHEDULED WALKS FOR DECEMBER (2017) NOR JANUARY (2018)
 
As usual it will be great if even more walkers could join our group on walks in 2018 …… bring along friends or family members, as well as your lunch and plenty of water. There are always plenty of seats available on the trains and the ferries.
December