To make it easier to judge which hike is best for you we have created a rating system for our hikes. As always, we always walk at the pace of the slowest person, and we believe that the outdoors don’t care about your size, your speed or your fitness, and neither do we! All of our hikes are listed on the Meetup website, so click here to find a hike that works for you!
First Steps (FS)
These walks are specifically intended for those who want to get out into nature, but have physical or health matters that may limit movement (chronic pain, return from injury, people who might be exercising for the first time and/or people who may have vulnerabilities that require emotional support). All of our hikes are body positive, but these walks have an even stronger emphasis on this. Open only to hikers who specifically need trails like this.
Australian Walking Track Grading* – 1
Max Distance – 3km
Slow & Steady (S&S)
These hikes are beginner friendly, for those without specific mobility concerns, and always paced at the slowest in the group, to ensure no one is left behind. These hikes usually take between 1.5-2.5hrs to complete. The trails may be compacted gravel, or dirt, with some stairs, short hills, or small obstacles. Note: we do not list the length of these hikes in kms, as, from experience, many beginners are put off at the prospect of xxkms, when in reality, it is absolutely achievable for all beginners.
Australian Walking Track Grading* – 1/2
Max distance – 7kms
More Challenging (MC)
These hikes are designed to present more of a challenge than the Slow & Steady, but with the same body positive message, and the same “walk at the pace of the slowest person” approach. Some bush walking experience is recommended. Tracks may have short steep hill sections a rough surface and many steps. There may be more than 200m of ascent. More Challenging (MC) hikes will specifically list the distance and terrain in the description.
Australian Walking Track Grading* – 3
Max distance – 15kms
More Challenging Plus (MC+)
Previous bushwalking experience is required for these hikes. Please make sure you have joined us on another hike before attempting these hikes, or contact the leader, so we can be sure its right for you. Tracks may be long, rough and very steep. Directional signage may be limited, and trails may be remote, or in alpine areas.
Australian Walking Track Grading* – 3-4
Max distance – 20km
*For reference, we have also listed the the Australian Walking Track Grading values for each hike as a guide. We have added more detail to our own ratings above, but some of our hikers may find it helpful to see the AWT grades as well. In March 2011 the Council of Bushwalking Australia endorsed the Australian Walking Track Grading System, a voluntary walking track standard. The Australian Walking Track Grading System is a nationally consistent system to grade the level of difficulty of the track walking experience and then to clearly communicate that information to walkers. You can see the AWT grading details here.