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Guide to the Grades

We adopt the Bushwalking NSW Guidelines for grading walks.


1 E
Grade 1 (Easy)
Easy walking, mostly on well signposted tracks. Tracks should be level. Distance is not to exceed 10 km.

2 EM
Grade 2 (Easy Medium)
Mostly on well marked tracks of low gradient. Tracks should not be steep. Distance is not to exceed 15 km.

3 M
Grade 3 (Medium)
Usually mostly on tracks, could be some steep sections, rougher terrain, could be off track. Distance is not to exceed 20kms. The walk is suitable for fit beginners.

3 MX
Grade 3 (Medium Exploratory)
Usually mostly on tracks, could be some steep sections, rougher terrain, could be off track. Distance is not to exceed 20kms. The walk is suitable for fit beginners. The leader has not covered the area before.

4 MH
Grade 4 (Medium Hard)
Off track (up to 25% of walk) or long distance track walk. Tracks could be steep; maybe some rock scrambling. These walks are suitable for people who have completed a few walks and want more.

4 MHX
Grade 4 (Medium Hard Exploratory)
Off track (up to 25% of walk) or long distance track walk. Tracks could be steep; maybe some rock scrambling. These walks are suitable for people who have completed a few walks and want more. The leader has not covered the area before.

5 H
Grade 5 (Hard)
Off track or difficult terrain, there may be rock scrambling, creek walking. Distance is not to exceed 30 km. The walk may be short and difficult. Not suitable for beginners.

5 HX
Grade 5 (Hard Exploratory)
Off track or difficult terrain, there may be rock scrambling, creek walking. Distance is not to exceed 30 km. The walk may be short and difficult. Not suitable for beginners. The leader has not covered the area before.