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Walking Information

Walk grades

All walks are graded for their distance, difficulty (graded from 1-10) and track conditions (graded from 1-10).

   Distance (per day)                     Hills (difficulty)                                                  Track

S=SHORT Under 10km   1-3=EASY Suitable for beginners            1-3   Graded open terrain -well formed tracks/paths

M=MEDIUM 10-15km   4-7=MEDIUM Reasonable fitness required  4-7 Bush - Minor scrub, some rock hoping and scrambling

L=LONG 15-20km        8-10=HARD Strenuous, fit walkers ONLY    8-10 Bush - Thick scrub, major rock hopping and

                                                                                                               scrambling and the use of hands


For example a walk might have the grading: L-5-4, this would mean it was a long walk between 15 and 20 km long with medium hills and minor scrub with some rock hopping and scrambling possibly off track, requiring a reasonable level of fitness to complete.

Whether you are fit enough to complete a walk should be carefully considered beforehand in consultation with the walk leader if necessary.

Please note that ultimately the walk leader has the final say as to whether you can participate in the walk.

Walking Equipment

A helpful guide to what is required and how to choose it can be found in the Walking Gear attachment below.

What's in my daypack?

The list below is considered essential no matter how short the walk or prevailing weather conditions if the walk is a bush walk and not an urban walk.

Waterproof parkaShould have a hood and be completely waterproof and windproof. Gortex or similar are recommended. Lightweight waterproofs are available.

FoodEasily digested food is best, always carry some quick energy food such as dried fruit, chocolate, sweets etc. Sandwiches or biscuits are fine, place them in a plastic container to avoid squashed sangers

Liquid Varies with each individual but at least 1 litre for a cool day and 2-3 litres for a hot day. All water on track should be considered contaminated. A small flask is useful for a hot drink if it is cold weather.

"Icebreaker", windstopper or jumper Warm and long sleeved, woollen or modern fibrepile (polar fleece) are both suitable

HatWide brimmed for sun protection (to cover ears and back of neck)

WhistleWhistle on cord

First Aid KitPersonal modification plus band aids, headache/pain tablets (paracetamol), knee or ankle bandage if suspect plus a triangular bandage

Insect repellentRoll on best or spray (high DEET level good for removing leaches!)

SunscreenSPF 30 plus recommended, also include lip block stick

Contact detailsOld film container containing: details of contacts, medical conditions, medication details, car rego details, DOB, blood group etc.

The following are optional extras but the clothing/survival items are highly recommended especially if the area is remote.

Waterproof pants,  Gloves, Beanie or balaclava, Scarf,  Survival bag (blanket),  Toilet paper, Compass,Maps, Matches, Nylon cord, Pocket knife,  Torch,  Trowel , Camera, Notebook and pencil, Plastic to sit on, Mobile phone, Cyalume stick,Trowel

Walking Poles

Proper use of Walking Poles

A attachment on the use of Walking Poles can be downloaded below.

Insurance matters

The Koonung Bushwalking Club has Combined General Liability Insurance in conjunction with Bushwalking Victoria.  Details can be obtained at the following web addresses;



For accident procedures information fill in the Incident Report Form - see attachment below - and submit to the Walks Coordinator or a Committee Member as soon as possible.

 Washing boots and walking poles

 It is important to clean your boots to prevent the transmission of soil pathogens from any infected areas that you have been walking in to uninfected areas.  One of the most important of these is Cinnamon Fungus (Phytophthora cinnamoni).  This organism is found in the soil and attacks the roots of many indigenous plants in native forests.  It thrives in moist or wet conditions but paradoxically is not so common in rain forests where soil bacteria are plentiful and reduce the incidence of Phytophthora by attacking it.  Grass Trees (Xanthorrhoea sp.) are particularly susceptible and where they are present in the area you are walking in it is easy to see if Phytophthora is present.  Grass Trees that have been attacked have yellow, drooping leaves and eventually completely disintegrate.

Most walkers wear boots made from synthetic fibre and suede or “nubuck leather”.   Clean these boots by using a bucket of water and vigorously brushing the soles and uppers with a brush (I use the sort of brush used for washing dishes).  A mild detergent can be added if necessary.  The soles can also be brushed or sprayed with “methylated spirits” to ensure sterilisation if you have been walking in a Phytophthora infected area. 

The tips and baskets of walking poles should also be rigorously cleaned in the same way. Remember:  Do not use the washing water to water your garden plants or you may well end up with Phytophthora in your garden and wonder why your plants are dying!!  Dispose of the water down the sewer line, do not put down a storm water drain.