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Beginner's Information

What does bushwalking involve?

Walking through the bush, on a track, or along a beach with a group of like-minded, sociable people who enjoy the outdoors. It does require more effort than a stroll down the street, as there may be a hill or two to climb, and perhaps vegetation to duck under or push aside.  You also need to be more careful about where you put your feet on uneven ground hidden in grass. And although it's a great way to keep fit, you will enjoy your walking much more if you have at least a basic level of fitness first.

What's the walking like?

There are few constructed walking trails in this area, and you should expect to do a little off-track, rough bushwalking on even the easy day walks. Most walks have no guiding track at all, and the route followed is what seems to be the easiest through the vegetation and terrain.

We suggest you start with a short walk first, and work up to your comfort level of walk type and duration. Information about our bushwalking program may be obtained by reading the current newsletter, checking the walk description, checking the walk grading and legend, and by contacting the walk leader. Look for half day (H/W) or day (D/W) walks that are classified as easy (E), and no longer than 5 (A) or 10 (B) kilometres in length.

Some of the areas where we walk are Mt Archer National Park, Byfield Forestry, Blackdown Tableland National Park, and various other public and private bushlands.

Can I try it out first?

Visitors may participate in up to three complimentary club walks before joining. You will need to sign an Acknowledgement of Risk (AOR) form on the day.

What equipment will I need?

For a beginner trying an easy day walk, a good pair of enclosed walking shoes (joggers will do initially), a hat, a 2 litre water bottle, sunscreen, food for snack breaks and lunch, plus a backpack to carry everything in, leaving your hands free.  Consider also a loose-fitting long-sleeved shirt and long shorts/trousers to keep scratchy vegetation at bay.

You'll need more equipment if you want to continue bushwalking, and fellow bushwalkers can provide valuable tips as to what to get.  A full list is given in the bushwalking equipment and etiquette file.





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