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Change in search and rescue over time

The history of Bush Search and Rescue NSW (BSAR) shows how search and rescue in NSW has EVOLVED since 1936 when it was established as the Search and Rescue Section of the NSW Federation of Bushwalking Clubs (S&R).  In 1936 a team of bushwalkers informally assisted NSW Police in the search for four young men […]

Youth & Young Adult Engagement

Ben Trewen attended the 2018 Bushwalking Australia Face-to-face conference for Walking SA and shared his thoughts on Youth & Youth Adult Engagement in clubs and outdoor adventure groups: G’day all, I was really encouraged by your recognition of and enthusiasm towards engaging young people within your states, so I have put some thought to some […]

The shoe spray challenge

  You know those boot-cleaning stations at the start of iconic walks? They help to stop the spread of diseases that can fell mighty big trees. Well one of the walkers on a walk I did last month, almost knocked me over too with this brilliant idea: He brought along his own spray bottle to […]

PHOTO COMPETITION: winners announced!

A huge thank you to everyone who entered our photo competition – we have now reviewed the submissions, and we have a few shoutouts to make, as well as the announcement of the winners! A big thank you to those who included shots of people bushwalking – we love nothing more than seeing you in […]

Gail trekked 100km across the Great Ocean Road!

Trek 100km along Victoria’s Great Ocean Road – join Diabetes NSW & ACT’s adventure of a lifetime! Trekking along the Great Ocean Road is a life changing experience you will never forget. Explore the diverse and inspiring landscapes as you are awe struck by lush rainforests, deserted beaches, majestic cliff faces and an abundance of […]

Special Award for bushwalking

This is a call to member clubs of Bushwalking NSW to nominate an outstanding bushwalker(s) from their club as a potential recipient of this special award of Bushwalking NSW.  This award is intended to also raise the profile of that great outdoors activity; bushwalking. The CHARDON AWARD is intended to recognise particular bushwalkers who have […]

Unionists and Environmentalists Celebrate Lithgow’s NPA Members: Joyce and Vern Moffitt

By Janine Kitson In December 2018 unionists and environmentalists came together to celebrate Joyce Moffitt (1930-1999) and Vern Moffitt (1924-2001) past members of the NPA who were pivotal in establishing NPA’s Bathurst Branch. The Combined Retired Union Members Association (CRUMA) and the Gardens of Stone Alliance celebrated the installation of the NPWS ‘Moffitts Pagodas’ and […]

Battery Testing for torches

Should a small battery tester be considered an essential item of bushwalking equipment?  Modern LED torches just keep getting better and better.  Battery technology has also gone forward in leaps and bounds with various types that seem to last forever and ever – “best before 20xx”. My first bushwalking torches used incandescent light bulbs that […]

Blue Mountains Mystery

The Blue Mountains holds many mysteries, but one is unusual.  Among the mysteries are two planes and a memorial plaque.  The Blue Mountains have claimed many planes but mostly their crash time AND location is known.  Aeroplane Hill in the Blue Labyrinth outside Hazelbrook is the crash site of a then new RAAF Wirraway fighter […]

ENTER: Bushwalking NSW Photo Competition!

  This competition closes 31st March 2019. Prizes are kindly provided by Paddy Pallin We are looking for the following types of photos: Australian national park scene People bushwalking in Australia Australian wildlife Website banner sized 1000 x 250 pixels to illustrate any BNSW web page   To enter the competition, follow these 4 easy […]

Be extra snake aware this summer

The Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) of 31 December 2018 has a worrying report of two deaths from Tiger Snake bite.  Antivenom was administered but it would seem that the dose was insufficient to counteract the snake venom.  The SMH article suggests that there may be disagreement within the medical profession regarding the guidelines for the […]

Save Kosci – the triumphant end, and what we’ve achieved

The Save Kosci walk ended on Saturday with amazing scenes as around two hundred walkers arrived at Rawsons Pass and headed to the summit of Mt Kosciuszko. The Save Kosci hired helicopter carrying Channel 7 and the Canberra Times circled the summit several times while we chanted ‘It’s a Park not a paddock’ and excitedly waved our […]

Save Kosci Protest Walk

NSW and the ACT are currently experiencing the remarkable difference that one effective bushwalker can make. I’m talking about Linda Groom, from the Canberra Bushwalking Club who is the inspiration behind the Save Kosci Protest Walk – which aims to make repeal of the Kosciuszko Wild Horse Heritage Act 2018 an issue in the March 2019 […]

Bushwalkers help in cold case

Teenager, Trudie Adams went missing in 1978 while hitch hiking home in the Northern Beaches area.  Bush Search and Rescue NSW (BSAR) took part in the subsequent NSW Police investigation of this disappearance. On Tuesday evening 30 October ABC TV aired a program on missing person, Trudie Adams.  At that time none of our members […]

Outback Landscapes: Full of Stories

King parrots, cockatoos, kookaburras and bush turkeys are easy to spot around Catherine’s childhood home, which backs onto Berowra Valley National Park. Passionate the great outdoors since her days playing in the national park after school, Catherine decided to undergo a career change after 25 years working as a legal administrator and family lawyer. That […]

BSAR Update

BUSH SEARCH AND RESCUE NSW Inc. Keith Maxwell – President BSAR Bush Search and Rescue NSW (BSAR) was founded as the self-help and self-contained “Search and Rescue Section” of the NSW Federation of Bushwalking Clubs in 1936 by Paddy Pallin plus a number of prominent bushwalkers of that time.  BSAR is held in high regard […]

Save Kosci

How to protest about feral horses – on your feet In June, the NSW Parliament passed the Kosciuszko Wild Horse Heritage Act 2018. It gives an introduced species greater protection than native animals in Kosciuszko National Park – a disturbing precedent. With BNSW’s support, some member clubs have responded by setting up a new organization, […]

A Concreted Coast

Central Coast Council approved a Master Plan for a permanent Walkway in March 2012 to provide a fully signposted concrete path which provides a safe route from Copacabana to Winney Bay, including a new north-facing and wheelchair accessible lookout at Captain Cook Lookout. Concerned local Joy Cooper reached out to us recently concerning the concreting […]

Bushwalking NSW Working Group Opportunities

Would you like to make a difference to bushwalking in NSW and the ACT?  Consider joining one of our 6 working groups:   Committee Vacancy: Standards & Risk Management Working Group Are you a member of an affiliated Bushwalking NSW club? Are you passionate about bushwalking, and concerned about policy and risk management issues that […]

Horse riding in wilderness areas

There is still opportunity for walkers to provide feedback on the proposed changes after trials of horse riding between 2014 and 2016 in parks managed by NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS). The amendments have been proposed to allow horse riding in wilderness areas, which includes 30km of the Nine Mile and Ingeegoodbee management […]

Bushwalkers Search and Rescue

It is time to explore past history of Bushwalkers Search and Rescue via the web.  Search and rescue in NSW has evolved considerably since Bushwalkers Search and Rescue was established in 1936 as the S & R Section of the NSW Federation of Bushwalking Clubs (now Bushwalking NSW).  In the early days radio communication did […]

Stretcher Practice

Shoalhaven Bushwalkers had a first aid incident recently that resulted in some rather creative first aid practice involving a makeshift stretcher. A short while into an off-track walk, one of their members ruptured his achilles tendon jumping between rocks. After discussed diagnosis and plan of action, three members returned slowly with the patient, using borrowed […]

Warragamba Dam wall

If the Warragamba Dam wall is raised by 14 metres, the dam will hold over two additional Sydney Harbours, 4,700 hectares of World Heritage listed National Parks, 1,800 hectares of declared Wilderness Areas and 65 kilometres of Blue Mountains’ wild rivers would be inundated and destroyed. It is arguably the most protected natural landscape in […]

BUSH SEARCH AND RESCUE NSW TO JOIN NSW STATE EMERGENCY SERVICE

Bush Search and Rescue NSW​ have today announced that they have joined the NSW State Emergency Service as the NSW SES Bush Search and Rescue Unit​ (NSW SES BSAR). The move is an exciting development in the history of BSAR NSW, the oldest volunteer land search unit in Australia, and will build on the existing […]

Splendour Rock 2018 – 70 years

This year there was a strong crowd of mid-week walkers present on ANZAC Day to remember the dedication of the Splendour Rock plaque 70 years ago in 1948. Background notes were read out about installing the plaque before the usual simple but of course moving ceremony. The service is roughly timed to have a spectacular […]

Myrtle Rust

Myrtle Rust is a member of the guava rust complex caused by Puccinia psidii, a known significant pathogen of Myrtaceae plants outside Australia, and was first detected on the Central Coast of NSW in 2010. It has now firmly established itself along the east coast of Australia from southern New South Wales to far north […]

Bushwalkers & Rogainers 30th Annual NavShield

Press Release to Bushwalkers & Rogainers 30th Annual NavShield 23 & 24 June 2018 Great Navigation Training Opportunity! Please add to your winter activities program The NSW Emergency Services Wilderness Navigation Shield (NavShield), is a rogain event where teams attempt to gain as many points as possible by finding their way on foot, through unfamiliar […]

Splendour Rock 70 anniversary

Wednesday 25 April 2018 This will be a special day as it will be 70 years since the bushwalkers who had survived WWII gathered to remember their lost walking mates.  They dedicated a permanent memorial to them with the outstanding sentence “THEIR SPLENDOUR SHALL NEVER FADE” A simple ceremony will be held in the half-light […]

Club committee tools and tips

Running a successful club takes a few tools and skills that can be just as handy as a map and compass for keeping your club on track! Great bushwalkers use their tools and resources exceptionally efficiently, so on this page we shares some tools and tips from Bushwalking NSW and our clubs. This is by […]

Phytophthora Cinnamomi

Phytophthora Cinnamomi is a fungus that grows inside a susceptible plant’s roots, reducing its ability to transport nutrients to the rest of the tree, killing it or making the tree look sickly (generally known as Dieback). Trees and plants infect each other by root-to-root contact. However, on a downward slope Phytopthora can travel up to […]

Larapinta Trek 2018

Trekking the incredible Larapinta Trail is an adventure on many people’s bucket lists.   Standing on ancient escarpments and gazing out upon the ochre-coloured landscapes of Central Australia, following Aboriginal Dreaming tracks and trekking beside one of the world’s oldest river systems is surely an adventure of a lifetime. Our friends at Melanoma Institute Australia […]

David’s Lane Cove River Minimal Impact Training walks

David will be leading two Minimal Impact Bushwalking Awareness Walks in Lane Cove National Park and this webpage shows the planned route. To book for these walks go to: Bushwalking NSW Minimal Impact Bushwalking Training Events The walk will start at the Koonjerie Picnic Area in the Lane Cove National Park: The walk will parts of the […]

Chytrid Fungus

Chytridiomycosis is a disease caused by the Chytrid Fungus (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis), which has been causing sporadic deaths and other times a 100 per cent mortality rate to different species of frogs. So where is this fungus? According to research, the Chytrid Fungus is now widely distributed in Australia in water or wet soil and has […]

The Sutherland Bushwalking Club Adopts ‘Royal’ Tracks

Have you ever noticed an overgrown trail or track in your favourite National Park? Ever wondered if you could do something about it? The Sutherland Bushwalking Club is one of the clubs that has, and they continue to do so. The Sutherland Bushwalking Club may be unique, having proudly contributed almost 600 hours of combined […]

Tragedy on The National Pass

All bushwalkers will have been saddened by the news of the recent tragedy on National Pass at Wentworth Falls. NPWS contractor, well respected rock climber, canyoner and bushwalker, Dave Gliddon was killed, and two of his colleagues were badly injured. They were undertaking maintenance work on a rockfall hazard on the National Pass in the […]

Weeds, pests and diseases

While we have a strong ethos of ‘treading lightly’ when out in the bush, it’s all-too-easy to unwittingly spread weeds and diseases that can kill wildlife and destroy wild places. Weeds, pests and diseases are major threats to Australia’s native plants and animals. They can hitch a ride on muddy hiking boots, in wet fishing […]

Frogs and Sunscreen

  If you’d like to enjoy a swim on your bushwalk, come prepared to keep the water clean for our frog-life by having your skin free of insect repellent, sunscreens, soap and fragrances. This summer, many of our walks will involve swimming holes, creek crossings, canyoning, kayaking and lilo trips, so we’re bound to come close to […]

Save Western Sydney Bushland

Dear nature conscious bushwalkers, Keep in Touch Is your club doing something to protect your local environment or some place further away? Perhaps you are concerned about a nature protection issue near you and would like to spark discussion about it or see if BNSW can help take action on it. Send me an email […]

Are you a Biosecure Walker? Part 3: Teaching Others

This post follows a 3 part series beginning with Part 1: The Risks, where we looked at weeds, fungus or bugs in the bush, and terms like Biosecurity. In Part 2: The Solutions we looked at awareness, the NSW Biosecurity Act 2015, our responsibility for our environment as well as actions we can take now. In […]

Bush Search and Rescue (BSAR) at work

Barrington Tops OPEX. This annual September search (OPEX) for the missing Cessna plane VH-MDX in Barrington Tops has become a major multi agency training exercise.  Also present were various SES, RFS and VRA units / personnel. September Callout For two days in late September Bush Search and Rescue (BSAR) assisted NSW Police in a search […]

Are You a Biosecure Bushwalker? Part 2 – The Solutions

Are You a Biosecure Bushwalker? Part 2: The Solutions This post follows after our post Part 1: The Risks based on Sharon Fulcher’s Are you a ‘Biosecure Bushwalker’? presentation.   What are the solutions to reduce the many biosecurity risks and protect the bush for our future generations? Sharon breaks it down for us into […]

Bushwalker Magazine archives

The Bushwalker magazine has changed a lot over the years. Before the advent of desktop publishing the magazine was a photocopy of a simple typed document, perhaps with a sketch or two. Keith Maxwell has been scanning old Bushwalker magazines from the 1970s onwards. They have now been uploaded to our website and offer a […]

Are You a Biosecure Bushwalker? Part 1 – The Risks

Are you a biosecure bushwalker? In her recent presentation for Bushwalking NSW, Sharon Fulcher explained: “You may ask what Biosecurity has to do with bushwalkers? Biosecurity is probably a term more familiar to us as ‘quarantine’ – something we have to ‘pass’ when returning from an overseas trip or when travelling domestically to places in […]

CSIRO Conducts an Ecological Change Project and You Can Help

A national online survey is being conducted by the CSIRO and the Department of the Environment and Energy. The survey will help them to understand how Australia’s bushland and biodiversity has been changing in recent years, and whether the 1°C increase in surface temperature experienced over the past century may have contributed to these changes. […]

Splendour Rock – The Bushwalkers Who Fought For Australia

Splendour Rock in the Wild Dog Mountains is a bushwalkers’ war memorial in the spirit of bushwalking. Though not a difficult walk, even the least challenging path typically demands more than half a day and route finding.  On approach, accessing the last rock and plaque requires a confident leap over a short deep slot. The […]

Bushwalking: Get There and Back Safely – NavShield 2017

NavShield – Teams from clubs of BNSW achieved good results in the 29th NavShield held at Marramarra National Park on the edge of Sydney.  Over 400 persons participated in this annual remote area map and compass navigation training event for emergency services.  Bush Search and Rescue NSW (BSAR) would love to accept more BNSW Club […]

The History and Future of Kedumba Hut

Over 150 years ago, the Kedumba Valley in Blue Mountains National Park was first settled. In 1832, Thomas Maxwell, an Irish convict, arrived in Sydney and married fellow convict, Elizabeth Osborne, soon after. The couple gave birth to twin boys, one of whom was named William James Maxwell. Born on April 27th 1832, William Maxwell […]

Your say on our focus

Thank you to everyone who responded to our survey in January, 2017! It was a biggie! To begin sharing the results and our actions with you, here’s the ordered response to the question: What should be the current focus of Bushwalking NSW? Safety, rescue, risk management Tracks and access (defined walks) Conservation (natural places to walk […]

Bush Search and Rescue (BSAR) NSW is the new name for BWRS

Bushwalkers Wilderness Rescue Squad have today announced a change of squad name to Bush Search and Rescue (BSAR) NSW. The name change reflects the skills, experience and resources available within this specialist squad of the Volunteer Rescue Association. Squad President Keith Maxwell explains, “Over recent years, it’s become apparent that our previous name was not […]

Two Valley Trail, Sunday 6 August, 2017

The Two Valley Trail is a loop walk along Cooks River and Wolli Creek, for a total length of about 12km.  While many are familiar with the bicycle and pedestrian path following Cooks River, the bushland along Wolli Creek in this part of inner south west Sydney is less well known.  Indeed it’s nothing short […]

Inclusiveness

Recently a member ask us about ‘member protection’ – she was referring to the terms used in Sport & Recreation: http://www.ausport.gov.au/supporting/integrity_in_sport/member_and_child_protection To use the Sport & Recreation phrasing, bushwalking should also be “safe, fair and inclusive for everyone involved…..[and clubs should seek to] to prevent and address discrimination and harassment and to protect children from […]