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Outings and walks

General Disclaimer

Most activities involve some element of risk. Bushwalking, in particular, is an inherently dangerous activity and requires an appropriate level of fitness. While both U3A ACT Inc. and the National Trust (ACT) maintain public liability insurance and will endeavour to protect your safety, they cannot remove all the dangers. Both organisations must also assume that participants, by booking, consider themselves to have appropriate levels of fitness and mobility. Those undertaking activities should therefore be aware that they participate at their own risk.

National Trust Tours and Outings

The National Trust (ACT) reserves a few spaces on each of their tours and events for U3A members. U3A members are entitled to book by ringing the National Trust office (6230 0533) during business hours. Leaflets giving all necessary information about each activity are posted to applicants prior to the event. If you wish to book, payment may be made by cash, cheque or credit card to the National Trust (ACT), PO Box 1144, Civic Square ACT 2608. Please note that, if paying in person, the office is located at Unit 3.09, Level 3, Griffin Centre, 20 Genge St, Canberra City. Opening hours are Monday to Thursday 9.30am to 3.00pm. When booking, please ensure that you give your full name, address and home phone number, your dietary/mobility/pick-up requirements (if any), plus the names of others you may be booking for. Cheques should be made payable to National Trust (ACT), not to U3A! If paying by credit card (possible by phone) please state type of card, card number, expiry date and name of cardholder.

Griffin’s Castlecrag (Sydney) - Full day tour

Wednesday 14 June 2017

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to be driven around Walter Burley Griffin’s landmark departure from the geometric approach that had previously dominated urban subdivision in this country. The Castlecrag Estate was developed in 1921 by the Greater Sydney Development Association, of which Griffin was Managing Director. It followed Walter’s establishment, in Melbourne in 1916, of a very successful architectural practice with his wife Marion Mahoney Griffin and was fuelled by his total frustration with authorities over the planning of Canberra, with which he severed all connections in 1920.

Because of the need to negotiate Castlecrag’s narrow streets, two comfortable 24-seat coaches have been chartered. This will enable us to view externally most of the houses designed by Griffin. We will also be inspecting internally, by courtesy of the present owners, two of those houses – the Moon House and the Selstead House.

*Cost: $155pp includes return coach travel, lunch at Castlecrag, afternoon tea at The Incinerator Café (which, with a Gallery, now occupies Griffin’s restored and recycled Willoughby Incinerator), plus a quick dinner at Mittagong on the way home and a donation to the Walter Burley Griffin Society to assist them in their conservation efforts.
*Pick-ups; from Deakin (7.15am), Civic and Ainslie, with return to Canberra by about 9.00pm.
*Bookings close 7 June.
*Contact: Garth Setchell on 6290 1100 or to book and/or obtain a leaflet

Kama Nature Reserve (Canberra)

Tuesday 25 July 2017 - 2:00pm start

This reserve is the latest addition to Canberra Nature Park and is located to the south of William Hovell Drive about half way between its intersections with Coppins Crossing Road and Drake Brockman Drive. The car park is on the north (or Hawker side) on W H Drive. The River Walk is 5.4km return on a made track with a moderate descent and ascent, and will take you through what was a former woodland, highly modified by grazing, to the Molonglo River itself.

*Walk will commence at 2.00pm and will conclude with some light refreshments.
*Booking essential
*Cost: $7pp collected on the day includes leaflet
*Contact: Garth Setchell on 6290 1100 or to book and/or obtain a leaflet

Bendora Arboretum (ACT) - One day self-drive tour

Thursday 5 October 2017

Well known local historian, Matthew Higgins, will assist Tours Officer, Garth Setchell, by guiding you through this priceless and beautiful survivor of the 2003 fires that destroyed virtually all of the other 34 arboreta established in the Brindabellas between 1928 and 1968. Approx 4km of walking is involved and you would need to bring a picnic lunch. There will also be an opportunity to visit Bendora Dam in the afternoon if you are interested.

* Prospective activity still in the planning stage.
* Bookings not yet open but keep the dates free if interested.
* Contact: Tours Officer, Garth Setchell, on 62901100 or for further information.

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