Day Walk Leadership Program

Designed for club leaders, teachers and small business.

Multi Day Bushwalking Leadership Program

Designed for Teachers, Tour Leaders, Club Expedition Leaders

Bushwalk Leader Stages of Accreditation

With 5 stages courses can provide skills and qualifications to potential leaders.

View tips in choosing the best hiking or bushwalking backpack, often previously known as a rucksack.

Tips to Choose the Best Hiking and Bushwalking pack

Tips to Choose the Best Pack

  • Size – choose. a pack appropriate to the activities i.e. one large enough to hold your essentials inside, but preferably not bigger than you need.
  • Construction – tough fabric (canvas, cordura or heavy duty nylon). Strongly sewn seams and reinforced anchor points for straps.
  • Correct fitting – fits close to your back and shoulders. An adjustable back length provides for Pack to be altered to gain correct fitting. This is a most important feature. This and hip belt are crucial design features when dealing with young spines.
  • Hip belt – Allows some weight to be transferred from shoulders to hips. Also assists stability.
  • Waterproofing – no pack is completely waterproof. Some fabrics are waterproof but stitching holes create water channels.
How much weight to carrying in your bushwalking pack

Weight Carrying Guide

Some approximate target weights:

  • Food – less than I kg per day. c4kg.
  • Clothing – 4kg
  • Water – is 1 kg/litre

Total – A maximum between 12-14 kg is desirable (depending upon build).


  • Males: 1/5 – 1/3rd body weight
  • Females: 1/5 – 1/4th body weight
Where to place items in your backpack when hiking


Good packing is a matter of balance and accessibility.

  • Pack heavy objects (e.g. tent, fuel, water) near the top in the following way:
    • Close to your back (but not sticking into your back!)
    • High up (but not higher than shoulders).
  • Lighter items not needed during the walk (e.g. sleeping bag, spare clothes) are at bottom of Pack.
  • Keep some items (like First Aid, scroggin, water) handy in Pack pockets.
  • Bulk is nearly as important as weight, so fill all hollows with articles (e.g. food in billies).
  • Use strong large plastic bag as Pack liner (no pack is completely waterproof).
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