Takes you places

  • Hidden Gorge, Mt Remarkable National Park

    Hidden Gorge, Mt Remarkable National Park

    © Lee Marling

  • Gardens of Stone National Park

    Gardens of Stone National Park

  • Federation Peak, Tasmania

    Federation Peak, Tasmania

    © Trevor Jones

  • Crisp Gorge, Flinders Ranges

    Crisp Gorge, Flinders Ranges

  • Canoe Tree, River Murray

    Canoe Tree, River Murray

    © Richard Bowey

  • Aroona Hut

    Aroona Hut

  • Kayaking the Big Bend, River Murray

    Kayaking the Big Bend, River Murray

    © Jeremy Carter

  • Hidden Gorge, Mt Remarkable National Park

    Hidden Gorge, Mt Remarkable National Park

    © Lee Marling

  • The Arch, Grampians, Victoria

    The Arch, Grampians, Victoria

    © Mark Proctor

  • Flinders Chase Coastal Trek, Kangaroo Island

    Flinders Chase Coastal Trek, Kangaroo Island

    © Jeremy Carter

  • Blinman Pools, Flinders Ranges

    Blinman Pools, Flinders Ranges

    © Gabrielle McMahon

  • Creek gorge, the Bunkers, Flinders Ranges

    Creek gorge, the Bunkers, Flinders Ranges

    © Jeremy Carter

  • Larapinta Trail, Central Australia

    Larapinta Trail, Central Australia

History

Adelaide Bushwalkers is the second oldest bushwalking club in Australia - founded in 1946. The Adelaide Bushwalkers has contributed to environmental causes such as tree planting, park proclamations and the mapping of remote areas in South Australia.

1996

To celebrate ABW’s 50th year, the club’s history was researched and documented in the publication Adelaide Bushwalkers: 50 Years, 1946 – 1996.

It provides a real feel for the club’s activities since inception to the mid 1990s. It is a tribute to the contribution that Adelaide Bushwalkers has made to bushwalking generally and to environmental causes such as tree planting, park proclamations and the mapping of remote areas in SA.

Adelaide Bushwalkers: 50 Years, 1946 – 1996
1959

Surveying Mountains

Outside of the Adelaide Hills the lack of good maps made hiking difficult. In 1966 an Adelaide Bushwalkers party used a theodolite and aneroid barometers to establish spot heights of mountain peaks between Brachina Gorge and Parachilna Gorge, in the Flinders Ranges. They also suggested Aboriginal names for many of the features.

1957

Producing Maps

Adelaide Bushwalkers produced a detailed map of Wilpena Pound, in the Flinders Ranges. It included creeks, ridges, tracks, prominent features and water supplies. The map was printed and used by the Tourist Bureau.

An early detailed map of Wilpena Pound, produced by the Adelaide Bushwalkers
1957

Cutting a trail to St Mary Peak

Adelaide Bushwalkers marked and cut a track to the summit of St Mary Peak, in the Flinders Ranges’ iconic Wilpena Pound. In 1959 further tracks were cut to nearby Mt Ohlssen-Bagge, and further afield in Mambray Creek and Waterfall Gully.

Cutting a trail to St Mary Peak
1948

Greenly Island proclaimed Flora and Fauna Reserve

The Adelaide Bushwalkers spent a week on Greenly Island, collecting specimens, correcting the map supplied by Admiralty and exploring the island naming prominent features. As a result of deputation to the SA Government, the island was proclaimed a Flora and Fauna Reserve.

1947

28 April 1947

ABW’s long tradition of hiring out gear to prospective and full members began very soon after ABW was founded.

“The club was informed at the general meeting held on the twenty eighth of April 1947, that rucksacks were being made by some members for hiring to those who lacked this important item. Knives, forks, spoons and food bags were also to be made available.” – extract from publication Adelaide Bushwalkers: 50 Years, 1946 – 1996

ABW's long tradition of hiring out gear to prospective and full members began very soon after ABW was founded.
1946

26 October 1946

Twenty nine people joined for the first walk, led by H.A. “Bill” Lindsay. A newspaper article appeared in “The Mail” on Saturday 9th Nov, 1946

'The Mail', Saturday 9th Nov, 1946 Packs Were a Pleasure With kits of all shapes and sizes on their shoulders and slung to their belts, these 11 young men and four girls on the newly formed Bush Walkers' Club set out this afternoon for a two-day hike in the hills, in preparation for really serious walks in the near future. Bulging packs contained mostly small tents and ground sheets, for the party sleep out tonight, undeterred by rain or cold. There was a varied assortment of old service gear in their kits, from boots and gaitors to waterproof gas capes and webbing belts and packs. Some carried rucksacks, and some were content with only a haversack. Most of the men had sheath knives at their belts, and some of the girls carried small tomahawks. A miniature entrenchment tool was another item of the party's equipment. Mr. H. A. Lindsay, president of the club, guide, and teacher of the party, explained that their route from Burnside, via Long Ridge and Horsnell's Gully, would cover a mere 15 or 20 miles. The walk was for pleasure and training of young members, in preparation for more ambitious trips in the future. The club has in mind a long walk on Eyre's Peninsula, a walk at Mt. Crawford at Christmas, and in the Grampians with the Melbourne Walking Club at Easter.
1946

Founded on 17 October 1946

H.A. “Bill” Lindsay was instrumental in calling a public meeting to discuss the formation of a bushwalking club. At the meeting an interim committee was established to draw up a constitution.

Adelaide Bushwalkers, founded 1946


Mt Hayfield - Ingalalla Falls - Monthly Sunday walk, 22 Oct
Mt Lofty, 26 Oct
Alpine National Park - Dinner Plain, 28 Oct - 8 Nov
Australian Alps Walking Trail - Part 2, 2 Nov - 24 Nov
Blackwood Reserves/Sturt Gorge area, 8 Nov
Hiking gear for hire at reasonable rates. Try out gear before you buy your own.
Checklist of equipment, food ideas, water, first aid list, rules, minimal impact bushwalking and what to do if you get lost.
Meetings 7:30pm on the 1st Wednesday of the month, in the hall at the North Adelaide Community Centre.
Joining ABW takes you to new places you may never have heard of, off the beaten track, and to have new experiences.