South Coast Bush Walkers
The South Coast Bushwalking Club Inc.
PO Box 102, Wollongong East NSW 2520
The South Coast Bush Walking Club (SCBW) is based in Wollongong.
Most members reside in the Illawarra, Southern Sydney, Kiama and the Southern Highlands.
The Club is affiliated with Confederation of Bushwalking Clubs NSW
Inc and the Club has insurance policies with the Confederation.
All members abide by the confederation
Policy on Natural
Wollongong is central to the Illawarra region. The escarpment overlooks the coastline and presents many opportunities for bushwalking.
To the North is Royal National Park and to the South West is Morton National Park and the fabulous Budawangs where The Castle and Pigeon House Mountain are popular walks . The club does many walks in the Blue Mountains also
Many of the local walks are one day activities. The program also offers
overnight and extended walks in a variety of NSW locations and other Australian
states. Club members have trekked overseas in NZ, Nepal, Indonesia, UK and
Walking with the Club
If you have a sense of adventure, walking with SCBW will be a great
Looking south Royal National Park
- walking on-track
These tracks usually have a name, eg Coast Track in the Royal National Park. The tracks are usually popular with walkers so receive some type of management and maintenance by National Parks. Camping areas may also be provided. Some tracks have evolved just from repeated use.
- walking off-track
This literally means there is NO track.
In front of you is just bush and scrub, and one works or pushes their way
through. Often it involves just taking a map and compass bearing and walking,
pushing through bush, scrambling over rocks, whatever it takes to reach a
The trip leader does keep safety in mind all the time however, and sometimes
a tape or rope is used to assure safety over rocks
In the Australian bush you could encounter for example snakes, spiders or
stinging trees. However, in practice it is rare, but another good reason to
walk in company.
You will be rewarded by experiencing locations few people do.
Grade 4 -Distances up to 25km on tracks or shorter distances
involving some off-track walking e.g. along creeks, on trackless open bushland
and with possible short ascents/descents. These walks are suitable for persons
with a reasonable level of fitness and agility.
Grade 5 - These are similar to Grade 4 but including rougher
terrain. Grade 5 walks may involve rock scrambling/hopping and longer
ascents/descents. Such walks are for fit persons with some bushwalking
In the clouds, view over Berry from Barren Grounds
Looking from The Castle to Byangee Mtn
Grade 6 - Distances up to 30km. The terrain may present difficulties
such as thick scrub, long steep gradients, rock scrambling, rock hopping and
river crossings. These walks may involve exploratory sections. Grade 6 walks
are suitable for fit walkers with reasonable bushwalking experience.
Grade 7 These are strenuous walks involving longer distances
over rugged terrain. They are likely to include exploratory sections, extensive
bush bashing, negotiation of unknown creeks and long steep gradients. Climbing
skills may be required. Grade 7 walks are for very fit experienced bushwalkers
As you can see, SCBW undertake more challenging walks. There are other
bushwalking clubs in our region that may more suitably cater for persons who
prefer easier walks.
There is nothing to stop anyone from walking in remote areas, and invariably
inexperienced people get into trouble. Its much safer to walk in a club.
To walk with the SCBW you must join the club and become a member.Click here
Google group membership.
Members should join our Google Groups site. We use this to distribute
information that may only be accessed by members.
contact the club
Other Bushwalking links