Joining a Walk or Event and Your Safety
YHA Bushwalking Victoria walks most weekends, offering easy social strolls to challenging expeditions. Use our Quick Start Guide to choose the right walk for you. See our Fees and car-pooling guide for details of costs and what to do if you do not have a car. If you need any help navigating the website or booking into an event, use our Quick Reference Guide to get you started.
Apart from Sunday walks, and Club Night, where you just turn up at the designated meeting point and time on the program, events need to be booked by clicking on the Current Walks Program “Book” link against the particular event you are interested in. If the event is “closed” as it is full, a “waitlist” button maybe available at the bottom of the event form.
We strongly recommend you have Ambulance cover. Even an ankle injury can lead to costly air evacuation. Many health insurance policies include this, but check your own to be sure. YHA Bushwalking Victoria does not have special insurance covering injuries to participants in its activities.
See our Gear Checklist for what you need. If you are not properly equipped, the Leader can decide to not let you participate.
Skills, experience, medical conditions
Please note that we do not run ‘guided tours’. While we will lead the walks, we expect you to be physically fit, properly equipped and to have an appropriate level of self-reliance and confidence in the bush.
The Leader may refuse participation to anyone they consider to be inadequately equipped or physically unfit for the conditions of their walk. Such a decision can be made as late as at the starting point of the walk. If in doubt about your abilities please contact the leader before booking or joining.
Please advise the Leader as early as possible if you have any physical or medical conditions that could affect your participation. Any such information will be in strict confidence.
When the EPA air quality rating is ‘poor’, those in ‘sensitive’ groups (older than 65, heart and lung conditions including asthma, pregnant) are recommended to reduce prolonged or heavy physical activity, so participation in any of our walks on those days is at your own risk.
Fire bans, excessive heat and air quality
Events are cancelled if they are in a zone that has been declared a Severe, Red or Code Red fire danger period. Events are also cancelled if the forecast temperature exceeds 38 degrees. Events are also cancelled if the EPA Air quality index is ‘very poor’ or ‘hazardous’ before the walk is scheduled to start.
Please check the website event status and your emails the night before and the morning of the walk if you are not sure whether an event will run.
We recommend that all walk participants use the VIC emergency website or app to monitor conditions near proposed walks to inform your own risk assessment of whether to participate in any of our walks – see https://emergency.vic.gov.au/respond/, or VicEmergency on the App and Google Play stores