Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, the Southern Cross Outdoors Group (SCOG) is a not-for-profit association which organises a wide range of outdoor activities for gays and lesbians in Sydney and surrounds.

The group has recently moved to a new, expanded website — https://sites.google.com/site/southerncrossoutdoorsgroup — which has information on upcoming bushwalks and other activities. SCOG’s old site, www.scog.asn.au, is not being updated and will eventually be discontinued.

Throughout the year, SCOG members take part in activities including regular bushwalks, hikes and camping trips, suburban and historical walks, mountain biking, twice-yearly bush dances, an annual ski week at Perisher, and restaurant get-togethers.

Skills and fitness requirements vary depending on the activity, so no matter what your experience or interest SCOG will have something for you.

SCOG will hold several activities suitable for walkers with a medium fitness level in July. On Friday, July 15, the group will hold a heritage walk from Neilson Park to Watson’s Bay, with details still to be finalised (check the new website in the days beforehand).

On July 17, the group will embark on a day walk through Salt Pan Creek and the George’s River. Almost a third of this 12-15km walk is beside the shallow Salt Pan Creek and its thick mangroves, while another 30 percent is among the great trees along the George’s River west of the Como Rail Bridge. It’s not suitable for inexperienced walkers. Participants will take the 9.25am train from Central to Panania.

On July 31, SCOG will hold a fast-paced walk along the City2Surf fun run route, in preparation for the actual run a fortnight later. Walkers will leave Sydney Town Hall at 10am, heading to Bondi Beach via Upper Vaucluse on a varied 14km course.

There is no need to book for any of these activities, but if you have any questions, visit the SCOG website, call Mark on 0409 617 778 or email [email protected]

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