SAFETY WHEN WALKING
Readers are reminded that this Guide is NOT intended
to provide details about HOW to engage in recreational walking!
There are over 400 walks described in the Guide. These range from short easy strolls in suburban parks, reserves and
gardens, to longer, strenuous excursions along rough bush tracks which require appropriate levels of stamina, strength, navigation
skills, fitness, clothing, evironmental awareness, footwear, and agility.
Throughout this Guide, there has been no attempt to categorize walks into "grades of difficulty",
as an "easy" walk to some people may be "difficult" to others.
The Federation of Victorian Walking Clubs, VicWalk, has produced a WALKSAFE
booklet as a general guideline for the inexperienced bushwalker, and as a reminder to the more experienced, of the
best of accepted practice for safe and responsible walking in the Victorian bush. It is not a book of rules. It is a book
of basic common knowledge on which novice bushwalkers can base and build their own store of practical experience and employ
common sense to ensure enjoyment and appreciation of this environmentally friendly form of recreation.
philosophy is that to WALKSAFE means to be armed with sufficient knowledge to
avoid encountering unnecessary problems in the bush. It means to plan in advance a suitable route, clothing, equipment and
food for your walking party. It also means to be aware of potential difficulties or hazards and the accepted courses of action
when problems arise.
People's reasons for "going bush" are as varied as the locations and terrains they frequent, but
the knowledge they require in their pursuit is common. For various reasons, many of today's Victorians lack a background of
childhood or early experience of "roughing it" in the Australian bush. It is hoped that the information in this publication
may encourage the uninitiated to sample some of the unique experiences offered in both day and overnight multi-day) bushwalking.
advises that a bushwalking party without any experienced members should not undertake a trip in remote areas of the state,
where external assistance cannot be readily attained in the event of major accident or disaster.
the advantages of learning from the experience of others and thus encourages novice walkers to join a bushwalking club.
exists to serve the interests of bushwalking clubs and bushwalkers. It is a peak body representing over 70 member clubs with
an estimated total individual membership of 12,000 walkers.
The WALKSAFE brochure is strongly recommened as REQUIRED READING for anyone who intends to pursue recreational walking
at any level.
HEALTH AND FITNESS
These Australian-based websites provide useful information
concerning developing and maintaining an appropriate level of fitness
Go for your Life
Physical Activity - How to Get Startedl
Distances to the start of walks, from Melbourne, are in brackets against