The National Parks Association of NSW runs the largest activities program in the state, with over 1,000 bushwalks led by an extraordinary team of knowledgeable and skilled volunteer leaders every year. At the Lachlan Valley Branch, an Autumn program of walks has been developed to cater for the average fitness level. Walks are graded Easy, Medium or Hard:
• Easy: Range between 5 to 10 kilometres. Mostly flat to slightly undulating topography. Walks are mostly on tracks or fire trails and of moderate distance. Suitable for those with a minimum level of fitness.
• Medium: Range between 5 to 8 kilometres. May be over moderate hills or rough terrain. May involve some off-track walking.
Walk may involve shorter distance overall due to rougher conditions. Suitable for an average fitness level.
• Hard: Range 5 or more kilometres. Walk may involve hilly or mountainous terrain, rough tracks, a trackless route or an extended distance. Walk suitable for above average fitness level.
All walks are subject to there being no adverse Rural Fire Service fire warnings at the time and no closure of the relevant State Forest due to hunting permits etc.
The next walk will be on Saturday 29 June at the Conimbla National Park, Wallaby and Ironbark Trails. Meet at Gooloogong Park at 9:15am. This is an 8km walk graded as Medium.
Walkers are reminded to bring along enough food and water for the entire day as well as suitable clothing, footwear, hat and sunscreen. A pair of good binoculars and a fold up chair is recommended.
Walk leader will be Peter Cannon, who can be contacted on 6866 1225. Please contact the walk leader the night before the walk if you intend to take part. A $2 donation for each walker is appreciated.