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Bushwalking in Australia
The bushwalker may justly claim that this pastime is one of the very few that develops both the mind and the body. It takes him far away from the hustle and bustle of the modern city, and he may tread in places where no white man has trodden before. He learns to appreciate the strange, peaceful charm of the Australian bush, known only to those who seek its virgin spots, and he realises that man and his civilisation form a small part only of a wonderful creation.
From "An Introduction to Bushwalking, Federation of Bushwalking Clubs, 1939".
The Confederation, now known as Bushwalking NSW, is the peak New South Wales organisation for non-commercial bushwalking and associated outdoor recreation activities. We are a confederation of individual Bushwalking Clubs across the state of NSW, and we were formed in 1932 to represent the interests of our member Bushwalking Clubs. The Confederation is in turn a member of the National body Bushwalking Australia.
Our duties are to perform services that enable the efficient functioning of our member clubs. We promote the adoption of sound environmental conservation practices, we inform our member clubs about relevant Tracks and Access issues, we promote Inter-club social activities, we engage in safety training and lately we have provided Internet web-hosting facilities to member clubs.
We organise personal accident and public liability insurance for our affiliated clubs. Each type of insurance provides the respective cover for members of affiliated clubs who participate in club activities such as bushwalking, alpine walking (summer and winter), orienteering, rogaining, liloing, abseiling, canyoning, caving, canoeing, kayaking, rafting, swimming, cycling and snow skiing.
However, it should be noted that insurance cover for abseiling, caving and snow skiing is dependant upon the participant signing a suitable risk waiver. Confederation maintains risk management policies which include sample risk waiver forms drafted in accordance with the provisions of Part 1A, Division 5 of the Civil Liability Act 2002 (NSW).
Our member clubs participate in a large range of outdoor activities geared to individual age groups. Many clubs are centred about Sydney and Canberra, but we also represent a large number of country clubs scattered around the state. Older age-group clubs are more sedentary but often walk during the week. Some clubs run day walks for novices and overnight camping walks for experienced bushwalkers cater. Younger, more adventurous clubs actively participate in map and compass exploratory bushwalking, canyoning, canoeing, kayaking, mountain biking and other outdoor pursuits.
Bushwalking is done all over Australia, but primarily in our National Parks, Forests and Reserves, encompassing mountain, forest, rain forest and desert areas. They include the World Heritage Blue Mountains National Park, Snowy Mountains, Wollemi National Park, Royal National Park (the second oldest National Park in the world), Barrington Tops National Park, Morton National Park, Kanangra Boyd National Park. These are just a few of the many notable National Parks in New South Wales (NSW) and the Australian Capital Territories (ACT).
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