Why join a club?
- Meet new friends from all walks of life who share your interest in bushwalking.
- Make new friends.
- If you are unsure of your skill in map and compass navigation, the club leaders will be able to guide you safely.
- There is safety in numbers. In case of an accident or emergency the group will be able to handle the situation much better than one or two bushwalkers.
- Learn from the experience of club members.
- Discover new bushwalking areas.
- Clubs often arrange weekends or weeks away exploring exciting bushwalking destinations.
- Walking is more fun with a club.
How to join a club
Search for a club in your area on our website on the Clubs by Location or Name page or the Clubs Map page. From these pages, you can click through to the club websites to see their walks program and learn how to join. Some clubs may not publish the full program on their website for privacy reasons and you will need to contact the Club Secretary for details.
Remember that the best club for you may not necessarily be the closest club. Although some clubs are purely locally based, most bushwalking clubs offer activities throughout the region. Contact the Club Secretary to discuss your walking experience and the type of walks and activities they conduct. This will help you to determine if their walks are pitched at the right activity level for you.
You can go on test walks with a new club to decide if it is the best one for you. Most clubs will allow visitors to attend one or two walks before deciding whether to join the club. Others will ask you to go on trial walks before allowing you to join, so that they can determine if you have sufficient fitness to safely undertake the types of activities they organise.
You will also need to consider whether the club members are in the right age group, whether they walk too fast or too slow for your enjoyment, whether the walks are on days that suit your availability, and whether they predominantly organise trips based on public transport or private vehicles. Even if the club usually travels by car, many clubs will assist you to organise a car share to the walk starting point.
If possible, attend a club meeting. Some clubs have regular club meetings where you can meet the members and committee, listen to a talk, or watch a slideshow on recent activities.
Once you have joined a club, plan to attend a regular walk each week so that other members get to know you. You shouldn’t worry if you don’t know anyone else on the activity. Bushwalkers are generally friendly people. Introduce yourself and start a conversation with other walk participants. You will quickly get to know people, establish friendships and feel welcome on a walk.