Walks resume 2022
Walks resume 2022
Lake Macquarie Bushwalkers Inc. has been engaged in bushwalking since 1998. The Club is a member of Bushwalking NSW Inc. and undertakes walks primarily in the Hunter Valley, Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Central Coast, and occasionally in the Sydney Area.
The Club meets Saturday and Wednesday for day walks. The walks program (below) indicates:
Intending participants are required to contact the leader before the scheduled walk. Please view the walk grade descriptions, walker guidelines and equipment advice sections of this web site (below) for further information.
Walks Program will resume in 2022
Conditions apply (but not limited to)
Upcoming walks ...
Saturday December 4
Hunter Wetlands Centre
Walks program will resume in 2022
*GRADE 2 (Easy) Opportunity for large number of walkers, including those with reduced walking ability to walk on well marked and even tracks. Tracks are man made and may have a few steps. Should not be too steep. Suitable for beginners. Distance should not exceed about 10km.
*GRADE 2/3 (Easy/medium) Easy walk, mostly on tracks of low gradient. Opportunity to walk easily in natural environments on well marked tracks. Tracks should not be steep. Distance should not exceed about 15km.
*GRADE 3 (Medium) Medium walk with some hilly sections and/or rougher terrain. Opportunity to walk on defined and distinct tracks with some steep sections requiring a moderate level of fitness. Suitable for fit beginners. Distance should not exceed about 20km.
*GRADE 4 (Medium/hard) Steeper, rougher terrain and may have off-track sections (no more than one quarter of the walk) or a longer distance track walk. Opportunity to explore and discover relatively undisturbed natural environments mostly along defined and distinct tracks. Tracks can be steep. There may be short sections of rock scrambling involved. Leaders should have map reading abilities and/or ability to use a compass. Distance depending on circumstances. Not suitable for most beginners.
*GRADE 5 (Hard) Off-track or difficult terrain. Opportunity for walkers with advanced outdoor knowledge and skills to find their own way along often indistinct tracks or off track in remote locations. May include steep sections of unmodified surfaces. There may be rock scrambling, creek walking & crossing involved. Distance covered is unlimited, but may be short & difficult. Only for experienced walkers and not suitable for beginners.
1. FOOTWEAR This is the most important part of your equipment. Footwear needs to be comfortable, closed in (shoes or boots) and have effective tread.
2. BACKPACK A backpack is required to carry your gear as it leaves your hands free.
3. CLOTHING Should be loose and comfortable and preferably constructed from strong fabric. Long sleeves and long trousers are recommended for sun protection, insect bite protection, and for walking through thick scrub. Also, a wide brimmed hat is essential for sun protection.
4. WET WEATHER GEAR Light plastic raincoat or poncho are common items found in a walker’s backpack.
5. WHAT YOU MUST CARRY.
The walker needs to ring the leader before the scheduled walk to confirm and check the walk details, weather conditions, start time etc. The leader has the right to decide an upper limit regarding the number of participants for a walk taking into account factors such as terrain, safety and organisational difficulties.
Ensure that you are fit enough for the degree of difficulty of the walk. If in doubt discuss with the leader prior to the walk.The leader has the right to refuse participation to any persons they consider may present a risk to themselves or other participants or do not have the necessary skills for the activity. It is anticipated that Temporary Members will, during introductory walks, select Grade 3 or less.
Arrive at the starting point on time (at least 10 minutes before the starting time provided by the leader).
Carry sufficient water for the conditions of the walk. i.e. a minimum of one litre, or two litres or more in hotter conditions.
Ensure you are suitably equipped including first aid kit, sunscreen, hat, food, rain gear, whistle, torch and appropriate clothing and footwear. A map and compass may also enhance your enjoyment of the walk.
Ensure you complete the sign on sheet after reading the Risk Waiver and noting any risk warnings.
Car pooling is recommended. Contribute to car costs if you are a passenger in another member's vehicle.
Remember to bring a sense of humour and adventure. Our leaders are all volunteers so please remember to be patient and kind.
A walker must accept that a walk can be cancelled or varied for many reasons and that the leader's decision is final.
No pets allowed. No participants under the age of 18 years.
Follow the leader’s instructions. Remember your leader has your welfare at heart. Be courteous, co-operative and helpful to other walkers in the group. Follow Bushwalkers NSW Code.
Generally you should not leave the walk early, unless pre-arranged, but if it is necessary you must advise the leader and when requested, sign off on the activity sign-on sheet. You must accept a leader’s decision to send someone with you to accompany you out.
Do not allow yourself to become separated from the group. If experiencing any difficulty such as pace, blisters, shortage of water, advise the leader immediately. Participants should maintain a line of sight with people in front and behind them.
It is your responsibility to allow sufficient distance between yourself and the walker in front so that you are not injured by branches flicking back.
When walking on a track do not leave it or fall behind the person appointed ‘tail’ for any reason without advising the ‘tail’.
Keep Australia beautiful. Take all rubbish home.
Ensure the leader is aware you have completed the walk with the group.
Remember to thank the leader.