Bushwalking Tracks and Trails in Queensland
Walks and other trips are graded on three levels.
Walks that are either short (up to approx 5 km), are on a well-formed track, or traverse level to sloping terrain with no difficult hill climbing, scrambling or rock-hopping. These walks are suitable for everyone with a reasonable level of fitness, and are best suited for those who are either new to bushwalking or are not quite sure of their physical abilities.
Walks that are generally on either poor tracks or off track, are longer (say 5 to 10 km), traverse easy to steep terrain and usually involve some hill climbing, scrambling or rock-hopping. These walks are suitable for anyone with a reasonable level of fitness, however some previous bushwalking experience is preferred.
Walks that cover either long distances (10 km or more), are off track, traverse very steep or difficult terrain, and may involve a considerable amount of climbing, scrambling or rock-hopping. These walks are generally open to members only, and are suitable only for those who have a good level of fitness and are experienced bushwalkers.
The leader will determine a convenient meeting place. We normally car pool because parking is often limited at the start of walks or access is limited to 4WDs. Passengers are asked to bring a change of clothes to wear on the way home and a bag for dirty clothes and shoes. Passengers will be asked to contribute to fuel costs.
Minimum Impact Walking
- Use the marked track where available and walk in single file to prevent track widening. Walking routes may be marked with tape
- Do not tread on, break or cut native vegetation unnecessarily. Minimum cutting of difficult plants such as wait-a-while, raspberry and stinging tree is ok, but only to allow passage through the forest.
- Avoid campsite construction (for example drainage ditches and tent platforms).
- Stoves should be used in preference to fires, particularly in rainforest environments. If a fire is lit, keep it small and ensure it is fully extinguished with water and ashes covered where practicable.
- All rubbish is to be carried out, including fruit peel as well as foil and cans from fire places.
- Safeguard water supplies and guard against disease. Carry biodegradable toilet paper and fully bury excrement and toilet paper at least 50 metres from all water courses, tracks and campsites.
- Do not use soap in creeks or lakes. Rinse off well away from these areas.
On The Walk
Every walk has an appointed leader, take notice of their instructions, it is their job to make the trip safe and enjoyable to everyone. Please do not leave the group without telling the leader, if you are having any problems let the leader know. The group will carry a first aid kit, which includes an emergency positioning beacon, but you should bring your own essential first aid supplies.Bushwalking preparation »