Quick Start Guide
New to YHA Bushwalking Victoria? Or new to bushwalking?
Here’s how to start
- Join our Mailing List. Our newsletter has the quarterly detailed walks program with leader contact details.
- Attend a Clubnight. Committee members and experienced leaders talk to you about our activities and what you might need.
- Start with a Sunday walk. No booking needed, just turn up at the designated meeting place and time; see the Walks Program, Meetup, or the newsletter detailed program. Sunday walks have no limit on numbers, group sizes are typically 20-30. There’s no shortage of people to chat to, and the pace rarely exceeds ‘leisurely’. Choose one of the easier graded walks if you have not walked before or a Medium one if you have experience. You need a day pack, sturdy walking boots, wet weather gear (no jeans!) and a water bottle. See our Gear page for a complete checklist.
- Try a Saturday walk. These require prebooking, usually with limited numbers, and earlier starts. They are generally more challenging than Sunday walks.
Becoming a regular bushwalker?
Looking for even more breathtaking experiences?
- Join YHA Bushwalking Victoria Club members pay an annual fee of $35 to receive free walks (except for car pooling costs), priority bookings on events, discounted fees for social activities, discounts at outdoor activity stores and voting rights at our annual general meeting. You do not need to be a YHA member to join YHA Bushwalking Victoria.
- Go on an Accommodated or Basecamp weekend trip. Victoria’s most spectacular bushwalks are too far from Melbourne for day trips. Accommodated or base-camp trips start from one place, such as Halls Gap, Mansfield, Falls Creek or Wilson Prom with multiple day walks – no need for extra gear or carrying your own camping equipment.
- Now for an overnight pack-carry. This where you get to spectacular sunsets and sunrises only seen from campsites in high places. See the second part of our Gear page for what to take. Chat with our experienced walkers and leaders about brands of tent, sleeping bag, stove etc. Start with an easy (introductory) grade pack-carry. A medium-hard day walk doesn’t equate to a seamless transition to a medium-hard overnight walk. You need to get used to the extra weight (and work out what you really don’t need to carry after all). If you are an experienced pack carrier, let the Leader know what you have done and how long ago.
- Finally come the iconic walks. Everyone talks about these for good reason – Tasmania’s South Coast track, Central Australia’s Larapinta Trail, the Flinders Ranges, New Zealand’s Nelson Lakes. Once a regular pack-carrier with us, you’ll be ready to enjoy these experiences. A word of warning however.
If you’ve headed straight to the bottom of this page without going through the intermediate stages…well, you aren’t the first to do so, and we understand why, but we mean it when we say you need adequate preparation to enjoy our activities. There is no mandatory system of qualifying walks to go on a pack-carry, however leaders of hard extended walks are entitled to request that you demonstrate your suitability on one of the club’s weekend pack-carries beforehand.