The hidden delights of our natural surroundings along the Sea Cliff Coast and surrounds are now easier to explore thanks to Stephen Wright from the Bushland Chapel, and President of the Helensburgh Lions Club. Stephen has compiled a range of bush walks based upon his own exploration over the years, including many different locations, durations and levels of difficulty, from absolute beginner, up to advanced.
“These monthly bush walks are a great way to get in touch with the local environment, and to learn more about the unique features of the Illawarra Escarpment and coastal tracks” says Stephen, “We invite everyone to come along for a couple of hours – it’s great exercise and terrific fun.”
This Sunday, 17th March is a 6km coastal walk from Killalea to the Minnamurra River Entrance – a two and a half hour round trip, starting at 1pm from the Bushland Chapel on Parkes St, Helensburgh, ideal for beginners as there is also an option to start from the southern car park at Killalea 1:45pm.
“Don’t forget your cossies!” Says Stephen, “weather permitting, there are some great spots to cool off”.
Anyone interested in attending these walks can contact Stephen Wright on 4294 8329.
|Walk Name||Date||Time||Starting point||Destination||Estimated walking time†||Estimated Distance||Level†||Comment||Alternate Start Point† & Time|
|Coast Walk – Thirroul to Bellambi||20-Jan||1:00||Bushland Chapel||Bellambi Surf Lifesaving Club||2hrs 30m†||7klm||Easy||Bring your Cossie||Dead End Hamilton Rd Thirroul 1:30pm|
|Coast Walk RNP – Otford to Garie||17-Feb||1:00||Bushland Chapel||Garie Surf Lifesaving Club||4hrs||12klm||Medium||Part of Famous Great South Walk||Otford Pie Shop 1:15pm|
|Coastal Walk – Killalea to – Minnamurra River Entrance||17-Mar||1:00||Bushland Chapel||Round Walk||2hrs 30m||6klm||Easy/
|Bring your Cossie||Park’s most southern carpark 1:45pm|
|Heathcote National Park – Friarbird Pool||21-Apr||1:00||Bushland Chapel||There and Back||2hrs 30m||7klm||Easy/
|Serenity abounds||Cnr Woronora Dam Rd and Sarah Knob Fire trail 1:20pm|
|Big Dam Loop Walk – Helensburgh||19-May||1:00||Bushland Chapel||Round Walk||2hrs 30m||6klm||Easy||Get to know the Burgh’s bush||Bushland Chapel 1:00pm|
|Seven Creeks Walk – Dhawhal||16-Jun||1:00||Bushland Chapel||There and Back||3hrs||12klm||Medium||Be prepared to get your shoes wet.†||Westcliff Colliery 1:30pm|
|Plateau Walk – Helensburgh||21-Aug||1:00||Bushland Chapel||Round Walk||2hrs||6klm||Easy||Get to know the Burgh’s bush.†||End of Halls Rd, Helensburgh 1:10pm|
|RNP – Waterfall to Uloola Falls to Karloo Pool to Heathcote†||15-Sep||1:00||Bushland Chapel||Heathcote Railway Station||4hrs||12klm||Medium||Everyones Favourite||Waterfall Railway Station Carpark 1:20pm|
|Coast Walk RNP – Bundeena to Garie||20-Oct||1:00||Bushland Chapel||Garie Surf Lifesaving Club||4hrs||15klm||Easy/
|Part of Famous Great South Walk||NPWS Sign near cnr Eric St & Beachcomber Ave Bundeena – 1:45pm|
|Coast Walk – Coogee to La Perouse†||17-Nov||11:10||Bushland Chapel||TBA||5 hrs||15klm||Easy||Signature Walk||Helensbugh Railway Station – 11:20am|