Trips and Expeditions Calendar

Trips are put up as a Facebook event and distributed to our email list a week or two in advance. They will provide all the information you need before you go including what to bring, when and where to meet etc. You can register your attendance for a trip via the facebook event or send an email to

Visitors from other ASF clubs are welcome (or other outdoors clubs with insurance cover comparable to the ASF cover). Visitors come on trips under their own club’s insurance, but have the same rights (and standards expected) on trips as any NUCC member.

This page gives a good overview of our long term trip plans, with reports on past trips, and a list of planned events. All of our trips are beginner friendly unless otherwise stated.

2020 Upcoming Trips and Events

20th September: Abseiling field day at Mount Coree

(2nd)3-5th(6th) October: Caving at Kempsey (mid-north coast NSW); this is a MSS trip that NUCC kindly has permission to tag along. There will be lots of surface trogging, cave surveying, and the chance to discover new caves in a recently burnt karst area that gets few visitors. LIMITED PLACES, and due to driving distance may spill over onto the 2nd and 6th.

8th October: NUCC AGM, 6pm in the foyer of ANU Sport. Please come along to help choose (or volunteer for) the 2021 committee. There will be free PIZZA!

(9th)10-11th October: Blue Mountains canyoning; leave Canberra Friday evening for two days of vertical fun and bush camping on the Newnes Plateau

many more 2020 trips will be scheduled in…

2021 Expeditions and Events

10-16th January: Blue Mountains canyoning (Newnes); this will be quite wet

Mid-Term Break Semester 1 2021: Possible Tassie caving trip, COVID pending

April 2022: ASF Conference in Ceduna, South Australia and Nullarbor caving

Past Trips 25

Daring to Drum

Jul 11 2020

On our second trip after COVID restrictions eased we headed up to Bungonia National Park to explore Drum Cave. One of the more spectacular caves in the area (or so I’ve been told) it can normally only be visited for a brief window during winter due to high concentrations of foul air over summer. read more

Highlighted Trip

Wee J Beginner's Overnighter

Mar 7 -8, 2020

The road to Wee Jasper passes through beautiful rugged country – I was impressed. Maybe it’s because I was used to driving to and from caving areas late at night with SUSS when the surrounding countryside is invisible. read more

Wee J Cave N Clean

Mar 1 2020

On Sunday 1st March ANUMC and the National University Caving Club (NUCC) joined forces and held our first Clean Up Australia Day event. 18 members across both clubs headed to the Wee Jasper Reserves in the Goodradigbee River valley, NSW, where they removed rubbish from the trails leading to the popular Dip Cave system. read more

Highlighted Trip

Macquarie Pass Canyon

Feb 29 2020

This was one of the first trips of the year after Market Day, so it was a big four-car convoy that left the regroup point at Robertson. We were relieved that the smoke had now definitely cleared and the fires had stopped – even on Market Day, it hadn’t been entirely certain whether the trip would go ahead. read more

Mount Fairy Beginners Trip

Feb 22 2020

I joined ANU’s caving club quite by accident in the haze of o-week. I was with a friend, fully intending on going to the mountaineering stand when I suddenly found myself not only holding a caving flyer, but also committing to attend the first caving trip of the year – the beginners Mount Fairy one. read more

Abercrombie with MSS

Jan 10 -12, 2020

With seemingly every other caving area in the state on fire or already burnt, I headed up to Abercrombie Caves for a weekend caving. This was an MSS trip to work on their book, but they kindly let me come along, as they needed a keen, thin and flexible caver to survey Rabbit Trap cave. read more

Bungonia Canyoning

Dec 15 2019

There was a thick haze of smoke as we departed ANU at 7AM which seemed to worsen as we approached Bungonia. Fortunately as we descended into the canyon the smoke seemed to clear (or we just got used to it). read more

Flooded Paradise: Viator Hill and Glenlyon Caves

Nov 22 -25, 2019

Glenlyon and Viator Caves (collectively Texas Caves) are south-eastern Queensland’s most significant cave systems. Unfortunately, they were flooded by the construction of Glenlyon Dam in the mid 1970s. This was an act of blatant environmental vandalism that the local caving club, the University of Queensland Speleological Society (UQSS, since defunct), fought in vain against. read more

SUSS Wombeyan Cave Survey Course

Oct 18 -20, 2019

Once again the annual SUSS cave surveying course was back through popular demand. I went along because I’ve picked up a taste for cave surveying- that’s what happens when you gatecrash too many SUSS trips. read more

Highlighted Trip

New Zealand- Exploring Takaka Hill

Aug 31 -Sep 15, 2019

31-8-19 (Saturday): In Transit Lachie: Woke up at the awful, awful time of 5:30am to finish packing, tidying and cleaning… Spent all morning running around like a headless chicken, but even despite delivering my spare raincoat to Whitley in Gunners for her to (hopefully) take next Saturday I was ready by the time Chris Snr, Chris Jnr and Andy came past at 11:45am to pick me up. read more

Snowy Yagby

Aug 17 -18, 2019

This trip nearly didn’t happen, as we were really worried about all the snow. Instead it turned the Snowy Mountains into a snowscape, all the way from Adaminaby. Lots of brumbies on the way up, and snow around Cotterills Cottage in Yagby Village. read more


Aug 3 2019

It was time for our Semester 2 Bungonia Beginner’s trip. We had a fantastic day’s caving planned- B4-5, Grill and Hollands Hole, all a great introduction to sport caving. As normal, we piled into cars, this time fitting all 11 cavers into two cars (six in one, and five in the other) for the short drive out to Bungonia. read more

Wee Jasper Trip Report

Jul 27 2019

The trip began with everyone arriving promptly before 8am, except the trip leader who arrived five minutes late (supposedly a tradition). We collected gear from the store room, split into three cars and left for Wee Jasper. read more

Mount Fairy Visitations Part 3

Jun 30 2019

A last-minute-organisation trip out to Mount Fairy to do some of the stuff on the massive hit- list. We literally got access permission the night before, so there had been some talk of SRT at Bungonia instead. read more

Wyanbene Wonders

May 11 2019

On Saturday morning, a group of intrepid cavers left ANU bright and early to go and explore Wyanbene Cave. Dressed to survive the wet and cold conditions of a streamway cave, we entered the dark and got down to business (eventually, after much deliberation about how many ladders were needed – for the record, 1 x 50ft was fine). read more

Cooleman Easter 2019

Apr 19 -23, 2019

The April 2019 Easter Cooleman- Yarrangobilly trip, originally planned as a double between Cooleman and Yagby, was rescheduled to a four day Cooleman due to numbers. Initially, four NUCC members headed up on Friday to set themselves up for an early start the next day. read more

Mount Fairy Visitations Part 2

Apr 13 -14, 2019

There is currently a statement on the NUCC website under the page on Mount Fairy: “We always go to Mount Fairy as a day trip”, so of course Lachie set out to prove the author wrong. read more

Mount Fairy Visitations Part 1

Apr 7 2019

Having been on too many SUSS trips, Lachie came up with the bright idea that it was time for NUCC to begin surveying again, after the club took an extended break from it all in the early 1990s. read more

Highlighted Trip

Jenolan Jaunt

Mar 22 -24, 2019

Jenolan has long been one of NUCC’s favourite caving locations, as it has a wonderful range of varied caves with plenty to see in them. Plus, it has the added bonus of a caver’s cottage with all sorts of useful bits and pieces, like a microwave for the two-minute noodles. read more

Bungonia Beginner's Trip

Mar 2 2019

As our first trip for the year after the annual influx of beginners on Market Day, there were scores of new cavers spread between six cars heading up to Bungonia on Saturday morning. read more