Bundaberg Bushwalking Club secretary Alison Webb shares information about the group of local enthusiasts who enjoy escaping from the hustle and bustle of modern life in the great outdoors.
Tell us about Bundaberg Bushwalking Club?
The club offers a schedule of walks held fortnightly, generally on a Sunday, in the surrounding areas including Mt Perry, 1770, Biggenden and Maryborough.
The club has 100 members and on any average walk there could be between 2 and 20 people participating.
Bundaberg Bushwalking Club is open to all ages with an easy and hard option offered.
During the hotter months the walks ease off.
Specific interest areas such as kayaking, bike riding, overnight walks and camping are also available - subject to members' interests.
There is also a group of members who continue to meet for social outings once a month which includes an optional walk.
Why is the group important to the Bundaberg Region?
The club offers people the opportunity to get to know the region, explore areas off the beaten track and meet like-minded people.
Being a part of the club gives some people more security in walking in a group and allows people to build their confidence and bushwalking experience before heading off on solo adventures.
If there are any landholders that would be happy to share their patch of paradise and let the club have access, we’d love to hear from them! Having new places to explore is brilliant.
What’s the history of Bundaberg Bushwalking Club?
Bundaberg Bushwalking Club was formed in 1984 by Richard Gear, who is now a life member, following suggestions that a bushwalking club would be of benefit to the community.
The club was incorporated and is affiliated with Bushwalking Queensland.
Any significant events during the year and how can the community become involved?
Over the May long weekend we combine with the Gladstone and Capricornia Bushwalkers for a camp, alternating between the areas.
Anyone can join the Bundaberg Bushwalking Club but children need to be accompanied by an adult.
The club has a strong social element so if you want to reach the top of the mountain in the least amount of time then the club is not for you.
However, if you like stopping to take photos, admire the views, (that’s an excuse for catching your breath when climbing said mountain!), appreciate nature, learn from others while sharing ideas then the club is perfect.
Assistance dogs are welcome on lead, but no other dogs are allowed.
When and where do you meet?
Bundaberg Bushwalking Club holds monthly meetings, throughout February to November, at Bundaberg State High School on the first Tuesday of the month at 6 pm.
Annual membership fee is $20 per person which includes all your activities, if carpooling a contribution to the driver’s costs is made.
Visitors can attend a few walks before joining at $5 per walk.
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