Bushwalking involves exploring the great outdoors including bush, beaches, up mountains, through scrub, over snow, over grasslands, through gorges, over sand dunes, and more! It’s one of the most popular and accessible activities organized by the Club and is one of the best ways for visitors to Australia to see the country. Sometimes bushwalking is about meeting the challenges of the outdoors, such as being cold, tired, wet, or hungry, but it is almost always an enjoyable (or at least memorable!) experience, and the stories of that epic trip seem to get better each time you tell them! Bushwalking can be tailored for all ages, fitness levels, navigation ability and experience.
The Club runs dozens of trips each year, ranging from part-day, full-day and multi-day trips. Walking distances may be long or short and involve a variety of terrain ranging from well maintained walking tracks to thick scrub.
Canberra has over thirty national parks and nature reserves within a few hours drive. Regular walks in include Namadgi, Kosciusko, Budawangs, Morton, Deua and Blue Mountains National Parks. The Club also ventures further afield to places like the Warrumbungles, Nadgee-Croajingalong, the Flinders Ranges, Tasmania and New Zealand. In summer, bushwalks are often in places where swimming is an option, or in the high country where it’s not so hot. In winter, they may be above the snow line with the aid of snowshoes, or they can take advantage of the cooler weather to explore hot, dry regions that are more pleasant in summer.
ANUMC bushwalk distance and terrain ratings
To give participant a reasonable idea of what to expect, the ANUMC uses a two-part rating scale based on distance and terrain.
- S (short) – under 12km per day
- M (medium) – 12-20km per day
- L (long) – over 20km per day
- T (track) - roads, fire trails, well maintained walking tracks, may involve some steep climbs and descents
- E (easy) - grasslands, open forest, beaches, poorly maintained walking tracks, mainly flat country, may involve some steep climbs and descents
- M (medium) - mild bush bashing, light scrub, over grown or obstructed walking tracks, may involve sustained climbs and descents
- R (rough) - hard bush-bashing, thick scrub, regrowth, stinging trees, blackberries, may involve many long, steep climbs and descents
- S (scrambling)- rock scrambling or rock hopping
- W (wet) - compulsory wading or swimming, walking through rivers or swamps
Note: More than one terrain rating may be used, particularly if the walk involves a variety of terrain. If in doubt ask the trip leader.