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SCBW crew lunching at Gadara Point Budawangs

South Coast Bush Walkers

The South Coast Bushwalking Club Inc.

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 Areas.


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 Europe.

Walking with the Club

If you have a sense of adventure, walking with SCBW will be a great experience.

Looking south Royal National Park

Looking south Royal National Park

Walk Grading

Medium Difficulty

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 experience.

View over Berry from Barren Grounds

In the clouds, view over Berry from Barren Grounds

Hard Walks

Looking from The Castle to Byangee Mtn

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 only.

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

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Members should join our Google Groups site. We use this to distribute information that may only be accessed by members.

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