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.
We are an incorporated group affiliated with Bushwalking NSW. We 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 14 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 8 and 13 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. These walks are currently held fortnightly.
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.
The number of participants is not limited (unless by COVID restrictions) and leaders make arrangements to ensure all walkers are included.
Every walk has two First Aiders nominated. First Aid training is encouraged by a substantial subsidy towards the cost.
The leaders walk the track shortly before leading a group in order to ensure the conditions are suitable.
If the advertised walk needs to be modified, or leaders judge that participants need more information, then a WALKS ADVISORY is issued.
We usually drive with car pooling, but where possible we use public transport.
We are COVID safe. Our program and procedure is modified in response to COVID restrictions as appropriate.
Take a walk with HVB
Before Setting Off
Leaders briefing at the trackhead (Christine McA 19 Oct 2018) and leaders for every walk of course! (Helen A 01 Jul 2022)
On the Track
Looking down on Flint and Steel Beach (Wendy C 26 Oct 2018) Rose Bay to Bondi (Barbara C 9 Sep 2022)
The tranquil waters of Cowan Creek (Peter T 5 Nov 2021)
Walking along Avoca Beach (Barbara R 21 Nov 2022)
A Nice Spot for Morning Tea and Lunch is Desirable
Views over the Hawkesbury (Christine McA 31 Aug 2018) Peach Tree Look-Out (Pauline 13 Nov 2020)
Some Good Views are a Bonus
Lockleys Pylon (Deidre 31 Aug 2022), Overlooking America Bay (Lyndy 31 May 2019)
Sometimes a Challenge
Crossing Kittys Creek (Wendy C 1 July 2022)
Visiting Places of Interest
Outside Banjo Paterson's Cottage (Helen A 5 Aug 2022) The Priory" Burwood Historic Walk (Don Wo 5 Aug 2022)
Walking in Nobles Canyon (Drina 9 Nov 2018) Aboriginal Engravings Mt Murray Anderson (Hazel 19 Aug 2022)
The Blue Gum Forest Shaws Ridge (Cleona 28 Oct 2022), Water Dragon Don Wo 13 Mar 2020), Heath banksia Banksia ericifolia,(Sue S 29 Jul 2022)
.....and of course the Social Side!
Post Walk Coffee (Deidre 29 Jul 2022), AGM/BBQ Bobbin Head - Serious Business (Don Wo 18 Nov 2022)