Walk Notes for all walkers
Every member needs to be aware that there can be many risks with bushwalking,
and sometimes the consequences can be severe. We have been reminded
of this quite recently with some quite serious incidents that
have occurred. It is appropriate to emphasise that while all of
us participate as independent walkers, there are certain obligations
that it is essential we follow, without exception.
If in doubt – check with leader
In choosing to join a walk, you are agreeing to abide by the leader’s
decisions, accept the leader’s judgment, and follow the leader’s
directions without objection, argument or complaint. Do not hassle
or badger the leader. If you are uncertain about your capacity to complete
the walk, then you should check with the leader beforehand, and if in
any doubt, don't go.
The leader has enough to do establishing the route, keeping
the group together and completing the walk without constant advice,
questioning and dispute from others. If you have a problem with this,
don't go on the walk.
Come adequately prepared with everything you may need for the
walk. On any day walk, you must have sufficient water, suitable protection
as necessary (hat, long trousers, rain jacket, etc) in addition to other
safety gear. The leader does not carry this for you. You should
at least carry a first aid kit, matches and torch (remember
any day walk can turn unexpectedly into a night walk, and our night
vision deteriorates with age).
The leader is entitled to question you about what you have with you,
and refuse to take you if you are inadequately equipped.
Recent incidents have also highlighted the need for closer control
on the size of walking groups. There do need to be limits on numbers on
walks in national parks, and also on any walk where there is an off
track component. The committee is looking at the appropriate limits
on numbers, so expect to see all of such walks as requiring prior contact
with the leader.
Bush Club Emergency Medical Form
There is a Bush Club Emergency Medical Form for the benefit of our
members. There are spaces on the form to list your name, address, phone
number, medical conditions, allergies, medications, vehicle make, model,
rego, and colour of your car as well as your emergency contacts. The
form would be kept in your first aid kit and would only be accessed
by your leader or their delegate and, in case of an accident or medical
incident, the information would then be given to medical and/or emergency
Please take the time to download and read the more detailed notes below.
And remember: our leaders are all volunteers. Without them there would
be no walks. Help them to enjoy themselves on their walks.
Transport sharing costs - click here
or see the current Walks program
Check our Useful links page for transport
and tide timetables, track/fire closures, ideas for walks etc.