Activity Grades

Ensure you discuss the grade of the proposed activity with the leader prior to the day. If you are new to bushwalking we suggest a Grade 1 or 2 walk no longer than 10 km for your first walk. New members and visitors are required to participate in 3 walks at grade 2 before being accepted on a Grade 3 walk, unless they can demonstrate to the leader that they have previously walked at this grade with another club.

Grades 1-4

What to expect

Grade 1

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 steep. Suitable for beginners. Distance should not exceed about 10km.

Grade 2

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 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 and agile beginners with walking experience. Distance should not exceed about 20 km.

Grade 4

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.

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