Northern Rivers Bushwalkers at the start of the Sydney Coastal Walk at Palm Beach.
Northern Rivers Bushwalkers at the start of the Sydney Coastal Walk at Palm Beach. Picasa

Off the beaten track with Northern Rivers Bushwalkers club

WHEN you join a bushwalking club, expect to go off the beaten track.

It's a way of getting to know an area, and visiting beautiful, secluded places few people have access to.

Walk convenor Ian Pick, from Ewingsdale, joined the Northern Rivers Bushwalkers club about 10 years ago.

"I enjoy it because it's associated with like-minded people," Ian said.

"The club goes away weekends, camps together ... you develop friendships.

"The vast majority of members are retired or around retirement age.

"The youngest would be in the late-40s. Our oldest member would be 85.

"There is such a variety of activities in the program that we appeal to all kinds of people.

"We do everything from very easy walks to the more difficult of walks."

Apart from bushwalking, the club offers cycling, abseiling and kayaking activities.

And members also go on adventures overseas.

"Two years ago, we did the coast to coast across England," Ian said.

"One of the biggest events in the club's history starts in August with the participation of 46 members in a three-week trip to Poland visiting Warsaw, Krakow and then travelling to Zakopane up in the Tatra Mountains on the border with Slovakia.

"Before that 17 members are cycling around 10 Austrian lakes near Salzburg. After Poland some of us are travelling on to Latvia for a spot of bird-watching."

Northern Rivers' walks coming up are to Broken Head (August 28), Terania Creek (September 3) and Uralba Nature Reserve (September 11).

The club, based in Lismore, celebrates its 40th birthday on Saturday, October 29, at South Ballina Beach Village Resort with a barbecue dinner and bush dance.

Meetings are held at 7pm on the last Wednesday of most months at the Crawford House Meeting Room in Alstonville.

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