Types of walk activities

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Perth Bushwalking Club activities offer members opportunities to walk in many different areas of W.A.’s vast landscape and further afield. Today the Club typically organises 130-150 activities per year (see Past Activities since May 2015).

Mostly our walks are in the bush, and the majority are day walks of 12-18 km led by volunteer leaders in the Hills area within 100 km of Perth. The walks usually include some more adventurous cross-country off-track walking where there will be no formed and marked trails for at least part of the walk route.

The Club’s walk leaders also organise longer distance activities which involve carrying a backpack and camping out. These overnight and multi-day activities often take us to remote and wilder places, inland and along our coastlines, into national parks, State forests and other areas. We have ‘epic’ adventures in areas ranging from the arid, red landscapes of the north to the coastline and forests of the southwest. Typically each year there are also two or three Club trips to more exotic walking destinations in Tasmania and/or N.Z.

During the summer months, when conditions are generally unsuitable for local bushwalking, our program adjusts to include a range of other recreational opportunities such as beach walking, swimming, cycling and canoeing.

The Club’s Activities Guide provides an overview of a typical year's program.

Members can access the dates and details of actual Upcoming Activities and Past Activities and can offer to lead activities.

Day activities meeting place

As of 2016, the Club's preferred primary meeting place for any day activity other than mid-week walks is a public carpark (the 'Club carpark') at the corner of Duncraig Rd and Canning Beach Rd, Applecross (opposite No. 67 Duncraig Rd), less than 250m down Duncraig Rd from the Heathcote Cultural Centre entrance; see location map. The carpark has two entrances off Duncraig Rd, giving easy access for drivers coming in either direction along Duncraig Rd. Walk participants meet at the carpark to carpool to the start point of an activity. The leader will advise the time to meet at the carpark and at any optional secondary meeting place en route to the activity area that may be offered to avoid unnecessary travel for some members.

Having this standard meeting place enables members to share the benefits of efficient carpooling to the walk place and results in fewer vehicles being required to travel to remote walk areas. It also enables members without independent transport to simply turn up on the day at this known point without having to organise in advance a lift to an alternate - probably less known - meeting place, or to register in advance for an activity.

In cases where the activity leader lives remotely, the leader may opt not to be personally at the primary meeting place but may appoint a ‘deputy’ to be there and/or will advise members they can carpool from there and provide them instructions on how to reach the secondary meeting point where he/she will be.

How hard is a walk?

All prospective new members are required to undertake an Introductory Walk with the Club before joining which will enable new walkers to assess for themselves how ‘hard’ (or 'easy'!) a typical Club walk is for them personally.

The Club’s walk leaders are expected to give sufficient information in their activity description to allow members to judge for themselves whether the activity will be suitable for them. Leaders’ walk descriptions advertised in Upcoming Activities follow the Walk Description Policy. Words such as ‘easy’, ‘medium’(or ‘moderate’) or ‘hard’ are generally avoided in walk descriptions as they don’t convey to members any clear or useful impression of the actual difficulty of the walk. What might be judged an ‘easy’ walk by one leader may be a ‘hard’ walk for another or for a member with different fitness, experience and skills. To know how difficult or challenging a walk will be for you in terms of the fitness and energy you will need, consider the following:

      • The expected length of the walk (e.g. off-track walks may turn out longer than anticipated).
      • The amount and steepness of uphill walking
      • The expected pace of the walk (or more specifically the leader’s typical pace!)
      • The walking surface (e.g. pebbly surface, loose rocks, soft sand, amount of off-track walking).
      • Weather conditions (e.g. high or low temperature, heavy rain)

Some bushwalks may also involve some rock scrambling, walking along high, narrow ledges, and possibly abseiling, and may require members to have a suitable level of confidence and skills.

No member booking for day walks

Unless specified by leaders in particular instances, the Club’s policy is that members generally do not book to go on a day walk. Upcoming Activities provide in advance the necessary information for each walk activity, including the time and place to meet, and sufficient description of the activity for members to assess for themselves whether they have the skills and fitness to undertake the activity successfully.