GUIDE TO SHORT WALKS IN VICTORIA

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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.

The underlying 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.

VicWalk 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.

VicWalk stresses the advantages of learning from the experience of others and thus encourages novice walkers to join a bushwalking club.

VicWalk 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

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Distances to the start of walks, from Melbourne, are in brackets against their descriptions