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Day walk skills & gear

Bushwalking is a lot of fun - the more you develop your skills the safer and more enjoyable it will be.

Learning skills before we need them is one of the best ways we can stay safe and enjoy our bushwalking experiences. The following articles are good starting points to help you prepare for many great bushwalks.

Supplement your reading with real-life practice. Start with some short walks and build up over time. Learn from friends, test your gear and skills in wet and dry weather. Don't just plan to walk the one track, use this as an opportunity to discover great walks near where you live and enjoy walking in different places.

Find local walks by searching, use the map and refine the filters to find walks that best suit you.

Start local and build up. There are many amazing places to explore.

Happy walking.


Gear list for day walks
Suggestions for things to pack and wear on a day walk
Day Walk Backpack
How to pack for a day walk
Everything you need to know about bushwalking shoes
Something to eat in the middle of the day
Navigation Equipment
Navigation equipment to pack for on track day walks
First Aid Kit
What to carry in the first aid kit on your bushwalk
Using glasses as a bushwalker
Hearing aids
Using hearing aids as a bushwalker
Leave No Trace
Enjoying natural areas and leaving them in pristine condition
Weather & Climate
The weather changes and can change quickly. Being prepared and walking to the conditions makes for a safer and more enjoyable trip.
Navigating the track
Learn about navigation and map reading on track
Sun Protection
How to protect yourself from the sun
First Aid
First aid is a skill well worth learning to help with minor and life threatening issues
Wilderness Communications
Ways to communicate while in the wilderness