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. Membership is
open to persons aged 18 years or older.
- renewal is currently $30 annually
- Meetings are held every 3 months with a guest speaker and supper
Members of other clubs
- Join up as a Prospective Member
- Read and complete the Membership Application and Risk Waiver Form.
- Send the form with $30 to the club address (or by email to Secretary). Payment by direct bank deposit is also possible.
- This payment covers insurance with the Confederation of Bushwalking Clubs
- Read the Guidelines for Walkers
- The Prospective Membership is valid for 12 months.
- The current program will be forwarded to you by email.
- In the program, there are introductory walks which are of Grade 4, complete 2
of these activities.
- Your Introductory Walks Completion Form will be signed by
the walk leader for each activity.
- You will then become a Full Member and will be able to inquire about
participating in any of the activities in the club's program.
- Please note that any walk leader you contact who does not know you, will ask about your experience
as the aim is to have a succesful walk for all involved.
also affiliated with
Confederation of Bushwalking Clubs NSW
- You are most welcome to participate with our walks. However if you are
going to be a repeat walker with us, we insist you join our club. The club
committee will determine a reduced membership fee if SCBW has a reciprocal
agreement with your own Club1. Please check with the Secretary.
We may confirm with the secretary of your club by email that you are a paid up member.
This is in recognizing that the
insurance component you will have already paid as member of your club.
Visitors to our region
- The walk leader has the right to see validation that you are a financial
member.So bring your current membership card.
1.If your club doesn't have a reciprocal agreement,make steps to urge your committee to discuss the matter with our secretary.
You are most welcome to join us for walks in
our beautiful region. Join up as a Prospective Member or you may already be a
member of an affiliated club as described previously.
International Visitors - SCBW may need you to have travel insurance.
On some walks a car shuffle is needed, ie some cars are left at a walk
destination and walkers car pool to the start of the walk, then at walk
completion, owners are driven to the walk start to collect their cars. The walk
leader will typically organise and negotiate this.
Car PoolingSave transport and environmental costs. A car can typically
accommodate 3-4 passengers, so for some destinations there is good value in
sharing costs especially considering the cost of fuel today.
Here is a suggested calculation for a driver. For example if the vehicle does an average of
12litres/100km, note with a load of passengers plus gear consumption may be
higher, like 14litres/100km, note the current cost of fuel. The distances were
obtained as a result of using whereis.com.au
| Trip x 1
| Wollongong-Barren Grounds
Multiply the fuel cost x 2 and divide by No of passengers. There are other
costs in running a vehicle, not including the driver in the fuel cost may
account for that.
If you are car pooling, don't forget to consider bringing a change of clothing
and footwear, as its not uncommon to get a bit muddy on our walks.
benefits are discounts available at local Camping Equipment stores, see walks
program for full details.
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
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