Sutherland Bushwalkers provides opportunities for outdoor activities to enjoy our natural environment with others. Membership is open to all people 18 years and over, and currently stands at approximately 300 members.
The activities offered by our Club include bushwalking, cycling and kayaking . The activities range in duration from one day to extended periods over several weeks and vary from local to interstate and overseas.
Activities are led by volunteer Activity Organisers and are detailed in the Club program which is provided to financial members quarterly. Activity Organisers details are not available to non members.
Activities are generally graded according to the difficulty, experience and level of fitness required on a scale of 1 to 6, with 1 being the easiest. On an activity Graded 4 or above you could encounter off track sections and/or exposed areas at any time. These grades are not necessarily exactly the same as those used by other Clubs. Detailed descriptions of grades of each activity are provided under the pages for bushwalking, cycling and kayaking .
Some activities come with more risk than others. The activity organiser may exclude any participant who, in their judgement may have difficulties completing the planned activity.
All participants in activities do so at their own risk and must sign a liability waiver accepting sole responsibility for any personal injury or property damage they might sustain. However, financial Club members are covered under the blanket insurance policy taken out by Bushwalking NSW on behalf of Bushwalking Clubs NSW for all activities included in the program.
The membership fee to join the Club for a calendar year is $30. An additional fee payable if a printed program is requested. There are no fees to participate in an activity but participants are expected to share fuel costs for trips when travel is shared and to meet their own accommodation costs on extended trips.
How do I join?
Complete the membership application form and waiver form and send it with your membership fee to:
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Sutherland Bushwalking Club Inc
PO Box 250, Sutherland, NSW, 1499
It is imperative that bookings be made directly to the activity organiser. Preferably, at least 4 days notice for one day activities and 10 days for overnight activities should be given if you wish to participate, so that transport can be arranged. Frequently the activity organiser has to place a limit on the number of people that may participate, so it is best to book early.
Where transport is by car, travel costs are shared between passengers. The following formula is suggested to calculate the contribution of each person: double the cost of fuel, then add any additional costs e.g. entrance fees, road tolls etc and divide by the number of occupants.
Meeting and Departure Times
The time and conditions arranged by the Activity Organiser for meeting and departing cannot be extended to wait for those who are late.
If you find that you are not able to attend, please advise the activity organiser immediately. This may allow another person to attend.
Club meetings are generally held on the last Wednesday evening of the month except January and December at 7.00 pm – 9.30pm at Hall 2 ,Stapleton Ave Community Centre, entrance from Stapleton Avenue near Belmont St, Sutherland.
In an emergency, contact Triple Zero (000) from any fixed or mobile phone (112 also for mobile phones).
The Club has two Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs) which activity organisers can borrow .
Subsidies for First Aid Courses
Sutherland Bushwalkers encourages all members to hold current First Aid qualifications. Financial members who undertake and pass accredited Senior First Aid or Remote Area First Aid training will be entitled to a reimbursement of 50% of the course fee to a maximum of $100 per person.
The Club lists Senior and Remote Area First Aid courses in the program.
Discounts available to Club Members
Members of Sutherland Bushwalkers receive Free Paddy Pallin club membership (normally $10) entitling them to 10% off all year round, exclusive club member nights , advance e‐notification of new gear and upcoming sales . This offer is available at Paddy Pallin stores and the nearest to our Club meeting room is Miranda.