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Bushwalking - what is it?

Rock HoppingBushwalking is walking through the "bush", ie the Australian wilderness. In New Zealand, it is called "tramping"; in North America it is called "backpacking" or "hiking"; in the UK it is sometimes called "rambling". Trekking is a term often used by commercial tour operators.

In most parts of the world, it is done on tracks and trails. There are no tracks or trails in most of the areas we operate. Almost all of our walks take place off-trail. With no trails, some variation in the routes is inevitable.

Walking in open woodlandOff-trail walking is generally slower than on trail walking. If you have never done it before, you may find that things like rock hopping, i.e. striding down a creek bed from rock to rock while carrying a pack, take a while to get used to. The photos on this page show you some of the types of terrain through which you might travel on our trips.

If you are considering one of our trips and have never done any off-trail walking, please click this rockhopping link so that you can get a better understanding of just what is involved.

Try before you buy. If you have never done any overnight walking before, doing a walk with a club is a good way to find out what it is like.

If you live in Australia and would like to find a club near you, click on the link below, then click on your state.

Australian Bushwalking Clubs

John Chapman's page on Bushwalking Club History gives a brief but interesting bit of information about the development of bushwalking in the different states.

To find a club in another country, click the link below. This page also has links to web hiking directories where you can find an incredible wealth of information from a variety sites from around the world.

Bushwalking and Hiking Clubs in Other Countries

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