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2012 Walks Program

23 January "City Walk" - Bondi Junction to Hyde Park via Paddington.
Train departs Heathcote 8.09am, Engadine 8.12am, Loftus 8.16am arriving at Bondi Junction at 9.09am. Walk along Oxford Street and northern end of Centennial Park, cross Moore Park Road and continue down Oxford Strret to Victoria Barracks then down to Glenmore Road and the Five Ways at Paddington for morning tea. About 8km walk with no steps but one fairly long haul up Liverpool St. Don't forget to bring water, it may be hot.
27 February "Local Walk" - Miranda to Miranda. Miranda to Camellia Gardens and return via a different route. Lunch and viewing of gardens for approximately one hour. Bring your own food, BBQ or purchase at the Gardens Tea House. an easy walk of approximately 6 kms. Catch the bus from Engadine (Route 993) departing at 9.36am from Bus Stop outside Doctor's surgery in Station Street, on the corner of Princes Highway and travelling via Loftus (various bus stops, including one opposite the train Station).
 26 March

 Bundeena to Mainbar. Train departs Heathcote 8.25am, Engadine 8.28am and Loftus 8.32am, arriving Sutherland 8.37am. Train to Cronulla departs 8.49am arriving 9.05am. Ferry to Bundeena departs 9.30am. Home ferry departs 2.00pm.

24 members particpated in the walk which was a fairly easy walk of approximately 8km with one hill over the mainland to Mainbar taking approximately 15 minutes. There were plenty of toilets on route with a store at Mainbar for the purchase of coffee and sandwiches, ot BYO

 30 April Allawah to Carss Park. 
The April walk,  Allawah to Carss Park, attracted 13 starters and brought back memories for some who had lived in the area. Thanks to Chris and Michael Rose for organising and leading the walk.
 28 May Wolli Creek to Brighton. 

Train departs Heathcote at 8.49am, Engadine 8.52am, Loftus 8.56am, arriving at Wolli Creek at 9.25am (Please note that the earlier train does not stop at Wolli Creek).

 This is a repeat walk and a certain member may well experience a tingling in certain parts of his anatomy as we pass a spiked fence over which he was once obliged to climb,  (much to the sympathetic merriment of others), having locked himself inside a security area.  This walk takes us past the Rower’s Club then under Qantas Drive to the cycleway beside the Fishermens Club on Bestic Street, then to Brighton le Sands. Home via bus to Rockdale.  This is a flat, easy walk of approximately 8 kms.

The May walk attracted 23 starters who enjoyed a pleasant walk on a warm, late autumn day.  The walk was led by Michael Rose and Les Milross.

 25 June Point Clare to Gosford. 
The June walk to Gosford had 13 starters and we were again fortunate with the weather.  The train service was excellent and very scenic.
30 July

Mosman Bay to Kuirraba Point.
Country Link train departs Heathcote 8.25 am, Engadine 8.28 am, Loftus 8.32 am arriving Central 9.15 am.  Change for Circular Quay platform 17.  Ferry departs Wharf 2 at 9.25 am or 9.55 am for Mosman Bay and morning tea.  This is an easy harbour walk to the Kuirraba St Wharf with lunch along the way.  The only major steps are downhill to the home wharf back to the Quad.

 After the walk – Museum of Contemporary Art or Mitchell Library Photo Exhibition.

The July walk from Mosman Bay had 15 starters and our run of good weather ended when a blustery and cold sou-wester hit us half way round Cremorne Point.  We all survived to walk again.

27 August  Monday 27 August – Botany Cemetery to La Perouse.  Country-link train leaves Heathcote at 8.25am, Engadine 8.28, Loftus 8.32 arriving at Central at 9.11 am.  Time for toilets and coffee before exiting Central Station for Eddy Ave.  Bus route 391 departs from Belmore Park side at 9.27am.  This is an hourly service so don’t miss the bus.  Get off the bus at Frost St entrance to the cemetery at approximately 10.05am. 

The first point of interest, just inside the entrance, is the original grave stones relocated from the original cemeteries at Central Railway and Town Hall sites.  Then morning tea and toilets in the cemetery.  Proceed past the crypts and Chinese Gardens to the walkway to Yarra Bay.  Pick up the pathway along the Aboriginal Bush Tucker Walk to La Perouse and lunch.  Bus back to Martin Place.  Interesting flat walk, approximately 7 km. 



 The August walk had 19 starters who enjoyed beautiful weather on a flat easy walk that provided some insight into our Colonial past and the scenic vistas of Yarra and Frenchmans Bay.
Monday 24th September – Doonside Nurragingy Reserve. (Named after the first Aborigines of the Daruk tribe to receive land grants from Governor Lachlan Macquarie)  Country-link train leaves Heathcote at 8.25am, Engadine 8.28am, Loftus 8.32am arriving at Central at 9.11 am.

Then catch Western line 9.23am, Chatswood to Emu Plains arriving Doonside at 10.13am (one stop past Richmond).  Coffee at the Chicken shop opposite station. Proceed down Cross Street, then across  Knox Road into the reserve. The reserve covers 90 hectares of parkland with lakes, gardens, picnic areas and bush walks.  Bring your own food and drink.  A flat, easy walk of approximately 7kms.  Home journey, change at Parramatta Station for Metro Bus M92 to Sutherland.



Our Nurragingy Reserve walk last month was  held on a glorious spring day with 20 starters, including 1 visitor, enjoying the parkland and gardens.
Monday 29th October, 2012 – Heathcote Bush walk  -  Walkers will meet in the Heathcote Station car park, Highway side.  Trains depart Loftus 8.43am, Engadine 8.51am, arriving Heathcote at 8.53am.  A later train leaves Loftus  9.08am, Engadine 9.13am arriving Heathcote 9.15am.

Morning coffee at adjacent shop 9am to 9.30am with toilets here or at the Station.The walk will commence at the east side of the railway at 9.30am.  We enter the walkway at the rear of the SES and circumnavigate East Heathcote on well trodden pathways.  Waratahs are currently in full bloom and worth seeing. Morning tea in a park off Bottle Forest Road before passing by John Paul Village to toilets and possible lunch at MacFatties, then return to Heathcote Station along Wilson arade.  This is a short, fairly easy walk with limited pit stops

 November Our Heathcote bushwalk last month was enjoyed by 25 starters, including one visitor.  We again managed a beautiful day and enjoyed the many native flowers, but unfortunately, we were too late for the Waratahs.

Monday 26th November – City walk – Cultural,  heritage – Train departs Heathcote 8.49am, Engadine 8.52am, Loftus 8.56am, arriving Martin Place at 9.43am. Places to visit in order are St. James Church, Archibald Fountain, St. Mary’s Cathedral, Parliament House, State Library, then a  cafe for coffee break.  Continue on to the Conservatorium, Government House Gardens, Botanic  Gardens.and finally, the Art Gallery of NSW. Some may wish to visit the gallery and have lunch there, others may prefer a picnic lunch in the Domain.  Home journey, cross the Domain to the rear of  Sydney Hospital and walk through to Martin Place.  It is an easy and interesting walk of 5 or 6 kms.

December walk-  17th December – Christmas  Lights – (This walk is the evening before our next Probus General meeting) – Train departs 6.14pm from Engadine, arriving Town Hall 7.06pm.  Change for Circular Quay  then catch Mosman ferry departing from Wharf 2 at 7.55pm, arriving Mosman Bay 8.15pm.  Stay on the same ferry for the return trip, arriving Circular Quay at 8.38pm.  Then walk to St.Mary’s Cathedral and  cross Hyde Park to David Jones, then Pitt and Park streets to Town Hall and finally to Queen Victoria building and the Xmas tree, then home. This is a shorter walk than last year and should see us home earlier.

 December Our November “City Cultural Walk” was well  received, particularly the talk and tour of St James Church given by the Verger.  18 members participated. 

The “City Lights” Walk was held on Monday 17 December.  35 people participated including 6 visitors. 

Note:  Our next January walk will be Woolooware to Cronulla and has been  brought forward  to Monday 21st January 2013  due to our usual ‘last Monday in the month’ day being a Public holiday in lieu of Australia Day.   We will catch the Country Link train  to Sutherland departing Engadine 8.28 AM.  More details at  the January General Meeting on the 15th