Walks programme 2019-4 released

Please call the contact person for walk details and requirements including walking experience, footwear, clothing, food & water, transport, car pooling cost, and starting time, and register. Leaders will assess your capacity for the walk and have the right to offer alternative walks. Please ensure all walkers sign acknowledgement of risk.

Visitors welcome with $5 visitor fee to be paid to CABA bank account or treasurer. https://centralaustralianbushwalkers.com/walk-planning/visitors/

Grades described https://centralaustralianbushwalkers.com/walk-planning/walking-grades/

Date Walk Contact Phone
6 October Trephina Gorge: stunning ridge and gorge track in the East Macs

Grade 4

Sezzajai 0435 428 199
13 October Larapinta Section 1: Great view of Alice Springs from the north

Grade 3

Sezzajai 0435 428 199
20 October

No walk scheduled

27 October Counts Point (Section 8): Striking views of western end of Larapinta Trail

Grade 4

Steve M 0417 923 047
3 November Walk TBA: Contact Nick

Grade 6

Nick 8953 4530 or central.australian.bushwalkers@gmail.com
10 November Simpson’s Gap East side ridge: Challenging climb to Rungutirba Ridge; return on Section 2

Grade 5

Rosalie 0429 358 095
17 November Bond Gap: Mulga woodlands towards Roe Creek tributary from Simpson’s Gap

Grade 4

Sue 0417 814 745
24 November Todd River Walk: Sandy stroll through River Red Gums towards Wigley Waterhole

Grade 2

Jill 0437 223 203
1 December South Side Mt Gillen: stunning gorge and views on the southern side of town

Grade 4

Ken 0430 526 925
25 December

X-mas Walk

Mt Everard: off track but easy and relaxed X-mas morning walk; dogs allowed

Grade 3

Tues 18 Feb Planning meeting Rosalie 0429 358 095

Walk leaders:

Satellite phone, PLB, GPS and the First Aid kits are with Steve S 0466 244 150 until 26th October, then with Rosalie and Nick (0429 358 095 (Rosalie) or 0435 134 780 (Nick).

Email: rosalieschultz20a@gmail.com or nick_tyllis@yahoo.com

Leaders, please take satellite phone on all walks out of mobile phone coverage.

 Last update 25 Sept 2019

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Updated schedule – Paisley Bluff 22nd Sept.


1. September 22nd
Steve’s walk at Redbank Gorge has been cancelled.

Ken is leading an alternative walk to the top of Paisley Bluff – Hard and Steep, about 7 hours’ duration.
For the details, please call Ken on: 0430 526 925.

2. September 29th.
Easy walk on Sunday, close to town will be led by Liz, not Jill.
For the details, please call Liz on 0425 772 612.Walk program July to Oct 2019 with grades v1


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Bushwalking Schedule July to Oct 2019

Walking schedule July to October 2019 has been uploaded under current schedule.

Have fun!

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Burnt but still worth a visit

The Tyuretye/West MacDonnell National Park was extensively burnt at the beginning of 2019.
Much of the Larapinta Trail has been damaged, but has been cleared and is now re-opened.
The red gums and cycads are all sprouting again. The country is still beautiful to walk through.

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Southern entrance to Hugh gorge; Larapinta Trail section 5


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Hugh gorge along section 5 of the Larapinta Trail

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Fallen river red gum (Eucalyptus camaldulensis) across the track, Hugh gorge

There is much beauty, still, to appreciate, despite the destruction.

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Lunch under the Corkwood (Hakea lorea) ; Ghost Gum Flat, Larapinta trail section 6

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Burnt track adjacent to untouched track – Larapinta Trail section 6

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Unburnt track – Larapinta Trail section 6

Inarlanga pass

Inarlanga pass – Cycads (Macrozamia macdonnellii, or (a)tywekekwerle) untouched by fire.

It was sad to see grand old trees – entire ecosystems – burnt and fallen and cliffs and hill-sides blackened and singed, but over millenia they must’ve burnt multiple times (maybe less intensely before buffel). They will survive and re-generate.


Life goes on

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Cycads re-emerging

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Direction finding by the stars in the southern sub-tropics

by Michael Giacometti

In the southern hemisphere, all of the stars and constellations rotate around the South Celestial Pole (SCP). Unlike the northern hemisphere with its North Star, there is no ‘South Star’ situated at the point of the SCP.

The Southern Cross and Pointers are used to navigate in the temperate and sub-temperate zones of the southern hemisphere. However, they are of less use to navigators in the southern sub-tropics. This is especially true during the southern summer, from October to March, due to the tilt of the earth northward so that the sun shines more directly at the Tropic of Capricorn, and less of the southern night sky is seen.

In the southern sub-tropics the SCP is located close to the horizon. The Southern Cross and Pointers, being situated close to the SCP, are sometimes visible, but for long periods of the night they ‘set’ and drop below the horizon. At Alice Springs (virtually at the Tropic of Capricorn) in the summer months, the Southern Cross does not ‘rise’ (or become visible) until the early hours of the morning. Instead, south can be found using the stars Canopus and Achernar. With the SCP, these two stars roughly form an equilateral triangle.

A practical guide to locating south

Two other constellations can assist in locating Canopus and Achernar: the Belt of Orion, and Sirius (also called the Dog Star).

These four – Orion’s Belt, Sirius, Canopus and Achernar – describe an asymmetric arc in the night sky.

1. Start by locating the Belt of Orion.

2. Sirius, the brightest star in the sky, is in the opposite direction to (and in a straight line through Orion’s Belt from) Pleiades, the Seven Sisters.

3. Canopus is the second brightest star in the night sky. The angle of the arc of Sirius–Canopus from Orion–Sirius is about 135°, and the length of the Sirius–Canopus axis is about 1½ times that of Orion–Sirius.

4. Finally, Achernar is the brightest star in the constellation Eridanus. The angle of the arc of Canopus–Achernar from Sirius–Canopus is about 135°, and the length of the Canopus–Achernar axis is about the same as that of Orion–Sirius.

5. Using the location of Canopus and Achernar, project a third point outside the arc (on the convex side) which would form an equilateral triangle (a triangle where all sides are the same length). This projected point is the South Celestial Pole. (It lies roughly on the extension of the Sirius–Canopus axis). Drop a plumb line from the SCP to the horizon and you have south, accurate to within a few degrees.

[The Southern Cross and Achernar are on opposite sides of the SCP in the night sky. In the southern tropics, if one can be seen, then the other cannot.]

A star chart can help you to locate the constellations (such as those available from http://skymaps.com).

Note: This is an addendum to section 5 of the Map Reading Handbook, edn. 2 (TASMAP 1991).

Download a copy of the instructions [displayed below] here: skymap south by stars PDF


Finding South by stars

Star chart for Southern Hemisphere November 2014 from skymaps.com.

Note: the southern hemisphere star chart is designed for use at 35°S (the latitude of Adelaide) and up to 15° either side of this latitude (as far north as Tennant Creek. For the southern tropics, refer to the Equatorial star chart.

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Leaders Guidelines updated – Driver responsibilities

It may seem like common sense, but all drivers have a duty of care to their passengers. This applies on our bushwalks too. To clarify this, the following has been added to the Leader Guidelines:

Driver Responsibilities

In terms of the potential of major injury or death, driving to and from the walk is probably the riskiest part of bushwalking. Drivers should put the safety of their passengers (their fellow bushwalkers) first. Stop or share the driving if tired or unwell.

Due to post-walk fatigue, drivers should be ‘Sober Bob’ and refrain from alcohol and other drugs.

As a passenger, please inform the driver to slow down or pull over if you feel uncomfortable or unsafe.

You can download the full guidelines here.

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The art of walking country, a response

This article, a curatorial response to the 2012 exhibition, was written and considered for the prestigious national magazine Art Monthly. It was not used.

Cecil Hackett - At the summit of Mt Woodroffe, June 1933 (c) Wakefield Press

Cecil Hackett – At the summit of Mt Woodroffe, June 1933 (c) Wakefield Press

When I saw the cover image of Philip Jones’s Images of the interior: seven Central Australian photographers (Wakefield Press 2011), I knew that I needed it for the hybrid art–recreation exhibition I was curating: walking country: 30 years in the arid rangelands, a photographic journey.

Download the full article The art of walking country

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