About Us

To promote health and pleasure through walking as a group

Like most organisations in 2020, Hill View Bushwalkers has more than one existential state - the normal normal and the current normal. Both need to be noted in order to understand what our group is like and whether you wish to be p[art of it. Both  states are described in the following paragraphs. 

THE NORMAL NORMAL

Hill View Bushwalkers has Friday walks from mid-February to mid-November. HVB began in a small way in the early 1970s, growing gradually and retaining a quite informal structure. The spirit of friendship and care that was nurtured in those early years has been maintained, and it is rewarding to be associated with this group. 

The two long-time leaders who had guided the group through its formative years retired in 2006, precipitating significant changes in organisational procedures. Most significantly, we incorporated the group and affiliated with Bushwalking NSW. The evolution of the group continued, and we now have walks at three levels of activity led by members who volunteer to lead walks that appeal to them.

The Plus walking group usually has a walk ranging  from 13 to 20 kilometres, with substantial ascents and descents though the distance may be less in difficult terrain. The Regular walking group will usually walk between 9 and 12 kilometres, with less vigorous climbs. A third group, the EZY walking group, is for those who now find the first two types of walk a bit difficult and wish to walk at a slower pace, with walks of up to 8 kilometres.  Unlike the first two categories which are held weekly, these walks are currently held fortnightly.  Because we walk on Fridays we tend to have a fairly mature membership that includes many part-time workers and retired people.

A weekend away is occasionally arranged to a place where there is low-cost accommodation and good day walks, such as the Snowy Mountains or NSW South Coast.

Members have two six-month programs each year, providing a weekly walk from mid February until mid November. Development of each program  starts with a subcommittee preparing a list of proposed walks. This is then circulated to members, who indicate which walks they are prepared to lead (two leaders to each walk). When all the gaps are filled the program is finalised and published. Walks are all within reach of a one day trip from the meeting point in Turramurra, enabling us to walk in the Blue Mountains, the Central Coast and Royal National Park areas as well as in Sydney. We usually drive with car pooling, but where possible we use public transport.

THE CURRENT NORMAL

Covid-19 has wrought havoc on our activities, and the program was suspended after the 13 March walk. The ban on car-pooling, after-walk coffee groups, and walking in close proximity all made it just too hard to continue. Many members have continued  to walk, of course, but in tiny groups of 2 or 3, and the editorial group has continued to provide a weekly addition to the website. Besides the attractive (and attracting!) photos from some of these expeditions, the weekly page has provided such diverse goodies as links to a virtual tour of the Smithsonian Museum, photos of members looking quite young but using antique gear, and a quiz on eucalypt identification.

Needless to say, members are altogether frustrated by the current normal, and are anxious for it to go away. Fortunately, many of the restrictions to our mobility that have held us captive for so many weeks are now being relaxed slightly, and a new walk program will start on 3 July. It will be quite restricted compared to our usual program, but it will be a start and perhaps it brings normal normal back to something we can again think about. In brief, the program will be subject to the following:

1.      No walks using public transport

2.      No car pooling

3.     Most walks will be within the Sydney Metropolitan area or on the Central Coast.  

4.      The number of walkers permitted may exceed twenty but two subgoups (one with each of the two co-leaders) will be established if more than 20 walkers)

5.      Social distancing is to be observed at all times on each walk.

6.      Changes will be made to ensure a contactless sign-on procedure at the start of each walk. 

 

 The photos below provide a sample of where we have been and what we have seen over the last 12 months. Acknowledgements to Anne R (24), Barbara C (25), Christine (1,3,12,21), Deidre (20), Drina (23,26), Hazel (2,22), Helen A (14), Kurt (29), Lilian (13), Peter T (15-19,28), Sue S (7-11), Wendy C (4,5,6,27)

 

                  2019 10 25 RegularPlus ChristineMcA viewoverGroseValley 141647 2 3                                                                   Classical view of a favourite area - Grose Valley in the Blue Mountains, from track near Govetts Leap, October 2019

 

 2019 10 25 RegularPlus Hazel HorseshoeFalls P1820712     2019 10 25 RegularPlus ChristineMcA gumtrees 140434 2 5    2020 02 28 Plus WendyC 01                                                                                        Waterfalls, lovely eucalypts. expansive views         

            

              2020 02 28 Plus WendyC 05a      2020 02 28 Plus WendyC 02                                                                                                  Tricky tracks, great morning tea stops

 

     2020 02 28 RegularWalk SueS geebung 140812  2020 02 28 RegularWalk SueS mountaindevil 160930  2020 02 28 RegularWalk SueS mushroom 161208  2020 02 28 RegularWalk SueS fuchsia 140115                                                                                                                                 Wildflowers in great profusion

 

2020 02 28 RegularWalk SueS secondwatercrossing   2019 10 25 RegularPlus ChristineMcA groupphoto104921 2                                                                                       Sometimes we don't know we are being photographed - and sometimes we do

 

    2019 11 08 Reg Lilian IMG 9028A                2019 11 08 Reg Helen A 100100 Mouth of Minnamurra River                                                                                               Coastal walking - south coast

 

2019 11 01 Plus PeterT tall timber 11am 20191101 105928   2019 11 01 Plus PeterT reflections in m m ck 20191101 103130  2019 11 01 Plus PeterT M T MoonetyCk Dam 20191101 100942                                                      Some of the benefits of Central Coast walking

 

       2019 11 01 Plus PeterT early morning flannel flower 20191101 092006    2019 11 08 PlusWalk PeterT redflower 114001    2019 11 08 PlusWalk Deidre FlannelFlowersDSCN8393    2019 10 25 RegularPlus ChristineMcA spottedsunorchid 105743 2 3    2019 10 25 RegularPlus Hazel waratah P1820747                                                                                                                   And more wildflowers

 

2020 03 13 Plus Drina 5. Watching boats racing from morning tea spot  2020 03 13 EZY AnneR lakeside bushwalking P1300122  2020 03 13 Plus BarbC 20200313 131252                                                                                                    Estuarine and coastal lake areas north of Sydney

 

2020 03 06 Plus Drina 9. Coastline and lighthouse Small  2020 02 21 Plus Wendy C Waterfall at Collins Flat Beach  2019 11 08 PlusWalk PeterT PalmBeach 094845                                                                                                      Walking around Sydney is pretty good too

 

                                     2020 02 28 Plus Kurt 1020200228 164209                                                                                                                                       Full circle - the view from near Govetts Leap in February 2020 - after the fires.

 

 

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