Bushwalking is an overwhelmingly safe and enjoyable recreational activity that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and abilities.
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 the Australian bush.
The information published in this Going Walking section of the web site may encourage the uninitiated to sample some of the unique experiences offered by bushwalking. It provides a general guideline for the inexperienced bushwalker, and 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 set of rules, but 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.
Bushwalking Victoria 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. Bushwalking Victoria stresses the advantages of learning from the experience of others and thus encourages novice walkers to join a bushwalking club.
Also available for download as a single publication Walksafe Booklet (PDF 2.7MB)