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Southern Highlands Bushwalkers Inc.
Address: 9 Bertha St Hill Top 2575
Phone: 0490 803 576 or 0449 671 328
Club Officers and Committee
Carl Neville
Vice President
Erica Rink
Secretary, Public Officer
and Publicity Officer

David McFarlane
0431 858 611
Julie Reumer
0408 480 150
Walks Convener
Richard Phillips
0491 619 543
Membership Secretary
Mal Hughes
0405 524 707
WOW administration
Glen Vandine
4872 1607
Non executive personnel
Margaret Hughes
0490 803 576
Flickr Administrator
Michael Birse
Footprint Editor
Jenny Birse
Website Maintenance
David Hardie


News: The incoming committee for 2023/24 decided at the October 2023 meeting that annual fees from January 2024 be reduced slightly because of the strong financial position of the club.

MEMBERSHIP Membership fees of $15 per year per person plus a $5 joining fee for new members.

New member enquiries should be directed to the Membership Secretary, Malcolm Hughes (0405 524 707). If you are interested in the Wednesday walking group (WOW) then you may call Glen Vandine (02 4872 1607).  Non Members may sometimes be accepted to walk as a visitor on application to the walk leader but this is not always possible because some walks are difficult, dangerous, and may require a compulsory swim to get through.  A $2.00 visitor fee will be payable.

Membership renewal is due in January of each year and may be paid by cash, cheque or direct deposit. Members must complete and return the current renewal form which is sent to each member by the Membership Secretary annually. If paying by direct debit your payment description must include your name, and indicate if you are a Wednesday walker. For example description panel could be: “Subs. Fred Nurk (wow)”. We do not know who you are unless you identify yourself.

The club year is from 1st January to 31st December. New memberships between 1st July to 31st December pay $7.50 membership plus $5 joining fee. Children under 18 years cannot be members and must be accompanied by responsible member on walks. Personal accident insurance is not supplied.

DOGS. Dogs are not permitted on any club walks, due to the possible risk of accidents caused by the dogs running amongst walkers. Also many of our walks are in National Parks and private property where dogs are not allowed.

CAR SHARING. The rec/mmended method of sharing transport is 30 cents per kilometre divided between all persons in the car, including the driver.

EQUIPMENT. Necessary equipment for a day walk consists of:

IMPORTANT.   Do not split up the group during a walk. The group must stay with the slowest person. Except for an emergency, when two people may be sent for help.

WALKS.   If you wish to join a walk, please contact the nominated walk leader about two days before the day of the walk. If you cannot contact the walk leader, contact Malcolm 0490 803 576 to pass message along. Time for completion of walks cannot be predicted. You may get home later than you expected.

CLUB MEETINGS  are held on the second Thursday of most months, except December and January, at 7.30pm. Scout Hall 7 Louisa St. Mittagong.  Some meetings may be cancelled, contact Malcolm 0490 803 576 if you are not sure.  All members and visitors are welcome.

Club Rating Australian Standard AS2156 Classification
Easy: Level on path suitable for wheelchairs.
Up to 5 km.
Class 1: No experience, Flat, firm surface, less than 5 km. Suitable for wheelchair users.
Moderate: Fairly level on track. Up to 12km. Class 2: No experience, good surface, less than 10 km
Medium: On tracks, some steep sections up to 20km. Class 3: Some experience, some steep sections, up to 20 km.
Hard: On and off track including scrub and steep sections. Navigation may be difficult. Class 4: Experienced, tracks long and rough.Class 5: Very experienced, very long and rough. Over 20km.
Exploratory: Mostly off track, requiring navigation skills. Class 6: Very experienced requiring map & navigation, emergency first aid. No defined track.