General Information

About the Club

Toowoomba Bushwalkers Inc is, as the name suggests, a bushwalking club based in the township of Toowoomba, 120 km west of Brisbane, set in the scenic Darling Downs region.

We organise a range of field outings and social activities and generally each month there are two day walks, an overnight camp and a social dinner. The difficulty of walks varies and caters for most skill levels.

Club meetings are held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month (except December) at 7.30 pm at the St Anthony's hall at 3 Memory Street, Harristown. Visitors are welcome.

A club magazine, 'Footprint' is published monthly that outlines the month's activities and other club information. Each member is sent a copy of the newsletter either by post or email.

Most walks are graded and pre-walked by the leader. Details of individual outings are available both in the monthly newsletter and on our website.

Visitors are welcome but MUST follow club guidelines and by-laws.

The club follows minimum impact practices.

Membership

Membership is $36 per year, plus $12 insurance for each additional family member. Membership is from September to August so a pro-rata sliding scale applies, the treasurer can advise of amount at time of joining.

However, visitors can do up to three walks with the club before being required to join if they wish to do other walks with us.

For insurance and duty of care purposes, visitors will be requested to sign appropriate paperwork to ensure that they understand the risks involved with bushwalking before joining members on a club actvity.

Club History

Toowoomba Bushwalkers Club Inc was formed in 1974. Over the years there have been many great friendships formed as the club members have walked, swum, canoed, rafted, cycled, abseiled, dined and camped at some of the most beautiful countryside within our remarkable region.

Responsibilities for those Participating in Club Activities

All walkers, especially non- members and minors, should also refer to the by-laws.

A. Walk/Activity Participants:   All participants should recognise that they and other participants are engaged in this activity purely for their own enjoyment and pleasure. There is no compulsion involved, either physical, monetary, or otherwise, to participate. In doing so, participants agree to follow the Club rules, and these guidelines. Walkers are responsible for their own safety.

B. Prior to the trip
   1. Participants should read the walk/activity description carefully (eg in the newsletter), take note of ratings and any special conditions pointed out before the walk.
   2. Participants are encouraged to self assess their skills and fitness levels realistically against any walk rating to ensure they are adequately fit and capable for the proposed activity.
   3. Participants should recognise that they may have physical, medical or other limitations which may a) restrict their ability to participate in an activity; b) place restrictions on the enjoyment of others or the performance of the group as a whole and; c) put themselves or others at risk during the trip. In such cases consult the walk leader before engaging in the activity concerned.
   4. Non Members must receive approval from the walk leader prior to the day of the walk/activity.
   5. Walkers are responsible to ensure that they are suitably equipped for the proposed trip (refer to the gear section)
   6. Participants should, if they have any doubts or questions about any aspect of the activity, check with the activity leader.

C. On the day of the trip
   1. Arrive at the meeting place at least 10 minutes prior to the designated departure time.
   2. Sign the Walk Register, and any applicable Non Member (Visitor) forms, prior to the commencement of the activity.

D. During the activity (with particular reference to walks)
   1. All participants are required to follow all reasonable directions of the walk/activity leader during a walk.
   2. Keep the person walking behind you in sight.
   3. Allow sufficient distance between yourself and the person in front so that you are not injured by branches flicking back.
   4. Do not allow yourself to be separated from the group. If this should happen, as soon as you become aware of it STOP WHERE YOU ARE. Blow your whistle to attract attention.
   5. Do not allow yourself to fall behind the nominated "tail-end Charlie" without first advising "tail-end Charlie", and making arrangements for rejoining the group.
   6. If experiencing any difficulty at all, such as blisters, difficulty in maintaining the pace, shortage of water, etc, immediately advise the leader or "tail-end Charlie".
   7. If you should dislodge a rock while on a slope, shout "rock" to warn others below you of the potential danger.
   8. Be aware of the universal alarm signal - three attention grabbers (eg three blasts on a whistle, three shouts, three "coo-ees", etc) - in case of danger, emergency, or if you should become lost, or separated from the group.
   9. Do not behave in any way that places at risk the health and safety of yourself or others.

E. At the end of the walk
   1. Sign off on the walk register.
   2. Thank the leader for a great outing.