"Takes you places"


The Adelaide Bushwalkers (ABW) is a walking club whose primary objective is to promote overnight pack carrying walking tours, particularly weekend and extended trips and to foster allied outdoor activities. There are also occasional kayaking trips and day walks organised. Walks are led by volunteer walk leaders and take in some of the most beautiful parts of our state and further afield.

Membership is open to persons aged 18 or over.

Most walks take place in the bush, remote areas and are sometimes off-track. In addition, we might be out of telephone coverage and a couple of days walk away from access roads. Consequently, our safety is of paramount importance. Hence our qualifying process discussed below.

The club organises ‘New Member’ weekends and there are always moderate walks that are suitable for people still getting used to carrying their gear for the full day. These are clearly defined in the Walk Activity Program which is our calendar of upcoming walks. They are often designated as ‘Qualifying Walks’ and are open to new members. There is also a grading system that gives you an indication of how demanding the walk will be.

We require new members to attend a meeting at which a briefing is provided on the Club’s operation and activities. New members should also speak to the leader of the walk or activity that has taken their interest. This is the best way of making sure it is right for you. The volunteer walk leaders have all completed our leadership endorsement process and are well placed to assess the suitability of the walk for you.


New members join as ‘Prospective Members’. To become a full member you must complete three overnight, pack-carrying walks within twelve months. Qualification is not demanding but ensures new members are able to participate comfortably and safely in basic overnight walks. Prospective membership can be extended upon request. 

In your pack you will carry your tent, clothing, food and water and so it will weigh around 18 kg for a weekend walk. This can be quite arduous when walking up and down in hilly country for 6-7 hours in a day.

Full membership is obtained after completing three, overnight, qualifying walks. Qualifying walks are indicated on the program with a ‘Q’.

If you are interested in any walk or other activity you can talk to the leader of the activity to make sure that both you and the leader are satisfied that you have the fitness and experience to safely participate in that activity.

Membership Fees

Membership Type Full-time Student Fee Normal Fee Valid Who
Casual Participant $15.00 $15.00 1 trip For interstate visitors or, for people from other bushwalking clubs who are already experienced overnight walkers or, people who are friends of existing ABW members.
Prospective Member $40.00 $75.00 12 months Ideal for new members. New members join as a Prospective Member and complete three qualifying walks before becoming a Full Member (any paid membership time may be transferred over to Full Membership pro-rata). Can be extended upon request.
Full Member $40.00 $75.00 1 Apr to 31 Mar Annual fee payable between 1 April to 31 March each year.
Associate Member $15.00 $15.00 1 Apr to 31 Mar Ideal for a partner who only wants to attend social events with their partner, who is a Full or Prospective Member.

Quick Start Guide

This guide will give you some important information about full pack-carrying hiking that will help make your walking experience with Adelaide Bushwalkers (ABW) both safe and enjoyable.

Club Magazine

Our quarterly membership magazine can be viewed online. A print copy can be mailed to you for an additional $10.


Join by one of the two methods below.

Join online now
  1. Fill in the online form
  2. Make payment via your internet banking
    Bank: BankSA
    BSB: 105-900
    Account: 950866540
    Account Name: Adelaide Bushwalkers Inc
    Add a short note stating your name (if different from the bank account?s name) and what the payment is for.
  3. Once your payment is verified, confirmation will be emailed to you (2-7 days)
Join at a meeting
  1. Fill in the online form beforehand
  2. Make payment via your internet banking beforehand, or bring cash payment to a regular meeting.
  3. Your login details will be emailed to you.

Dry Creek Linear Park, 22 May
Onkaparinga River National Park, 25 May - 26 May
Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park, 25 May - 1 Jun
Cleland Conservation Park, 29 May
Wilpena - Edeowie - Mt Abrupt, 6 Jun - 10 Jun
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.