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SCBW crew lunching at Gadara Point Budawangs

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 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. Membership is open to persons aged 18 years or older.


Full members: New members:
Members of other clubs also affiliated with Confederation of Bushwalking Clubs NSW Inc Visitors to our region

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.

Club Benefits

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 directions.
 Trip x 1 Distance l/100km  c/l  l fuel cost
 Wollongong-Penrith  102km  14  131  14.28  18.70
 Wollongong-Audley  56km  14  131  7.84  10.27
 Wollongong-Katoomba  148km  14  131  20.72  27.14
 Wollongong-Barren Grounds  41km  14  131  5.74  7.50
 Wollongong-Neriga  150km  14  131  21  27.50

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.

Other 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.

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