PO Box 31, Red Hill, Q 4059


Why Join a Club?

The Brisbane Catholic Bushwalking Club Inc enables walkers to go beyond the recognized tourist spots. Its sixty plus years of experience provide a breadth and depth of knowledge. Walkers have a common passion and provide great company for one another. The Club’s procedures and conventions promote safety, confidence and leadership skills.


Types of Walks

Day Walks depart from Brisbane in the morning and return the same day. The walks are often on graded tracks and can involve walking to the summit of a mountain.

Overnighters usually occur in areas some distance away, where one night’s accommodation allows a longer day for walking.

Base Camps involve camping or cabin accommodation from which day walks depart and return.

Through Walks require walkers to carry all gear and pitch tents at different spots each evening.

Accommodated Walks are usually through walks or base camps using motels, hotels, cabins or other established accommodation.

Annual Walks include the Mt Barney Walk and Mass each Exhibition Wednesday, and an Easter Monday walk.  A combined bushwalking clubs’ base camp, known as The Pilgrimage, is held each September.


Difficulty of Walks

Each walk is described according to the following Grading System to indicate the degree of difficulty.




Short: under 10km per day

1 - Smooth reasonably flat path

1 - Basic - Suitable for beginners.Up to 4 hours walking. Flat

2 - Graded path/track with minor obstacles

2 - Basic - Suitable for beginners. Up to 4 hours walking. Minor hills

Medium: 10-15km per day

3 - Graded track with obstacles such as rock, roots, fallen debris or creek crossings

3 - Intermediate - Suitable for fit beginners. Up to 5 hours walking and/or minor hills

4 – Rough, unformed track or open terrain with obstacles such as rock, roots, fallen debris or creek crossings

4 - Intermediate - Suitable for fit beginners. Up to 5 hours walking and/or up to 300m gain/loss

Long: 15-20 km per day

5 - Rough or rocky terrain with small climbs using hands or rock hopping

5 - Moderate - Up to 6 hours walking and/ or up to 450m gain/loss. Agility required.

6 - Steep, rough or rocky terrain with large climbs using hands or rock hopping

6 - Moderate - Up to 6 hours walking and/or up to 600m gain/loss. Agility required.Extra-long: over 20 km per day

Extra-long: over 20 km per day

7 - Climb/descend steep rock using hands or footholds. May be some exposure. Good upper body strength needed.

7 - High - Up to 8 hours walking and/or up to 750m gain/loss. High fitness, endurance and agility required.

8 - Climb/descend near vertical rock with exposure. Climbing skills may be required.

8 - High - Up to 8 hours walking and/or up to 1000m gain/loss. High fitness, endurance and agility required.

9 - Sustained climbing or descending of vertical or near vertical rock with exposure. Advanced climbing skills and good upper body strength required.

9 - Challenging - Up to 12 hours walking and/or over 1000m gain/loss. Very high fitness, endurance and agility required.

Example: M48 is a medium walk, 10 to 15 kilometres long, over unformed, rough ground with obstacles. The walk is hard or strenuous, requiring fitness, agility and endurance.

Undertaking a Walk

  1. Walkers nominate to the leader by 8.00 pm at least two full days in advance.  This can be done at the monthly meeting or by phone or email. Nominations are accepted at the discretion of the leader and in accordance with the Club’s Constitution.


    The leader invites some walkers to drive their cars and take other walkers as passengers.  The money that walkers pay to the leader (LINK) is used by the treasurer to reimburse drivers for vehicle expenses.  Walkers who drive privately to the start of the walk each pay $2 to the leader.


    Most walks depart from St Brigid’s Church Car Park at Red Hill.  Cars can be left there on Saturdays and Sundays.


    Walks are rarely cancelled due to rain.  If this happens walkers will be advised.  If walkers need to withdraw after nominating, they need to advise the leader promptly.


    All walkers are expected to be punctual, to heed the leader’s’ instructions and to stay together as a group by maintaining visual contact with the walkers in front and the walkers behind and by re-grouping at intersections and on other occasions.  One nominated walker, the tail-end-Charlie, walks last.


    Everything taken in on walks must be taken out again.  This includes all rubbish and used toilet paper.


The Emergency Officer System

  • ·         The Emergency Officer is the first point of contact for any emergency involving an outing and needs to be contactable at all times during an outing.

    ·         All walkers should carry the Emergency Officer’s details and ensure that family members also have them.

    ·         Prior to an outing, the leader contacts the Emergency Officer to advise details of the walkers, the drivers, car shuffles and car parking locations as well as any changes to the plans.

    ·         Walkers who are late to the meeting point and unable to contact the leader can phone the Emergency Officer.

    ·         At the conclusion of an outing, the leader contacts the emergency officer to report the safe return of all walkers.



    ·         If a walk is greatly delayed, the leader contacts the emergency officer.  Family members can phone the Emergency Officer after 9.00 pm.   Walks can be delayed for a variety of reasons and early concern is not necessary.

    ·         The Emergency Officer can contact any Committee member to obtain the next-of-kin details of walkers.


    An Emergency:

    ·         An emergency could include bad weather, flood, fire, heat, lost property, animal attack, accident, injury, medical emergency, death, lost car, car breakdown, road accident or lost walker/s.

    ·         In an emergency, the leader contacts the Emergency Officer.

    ·         The Emergency Officer contacts the President, Outings Secretary or other Committee Member for decisions about escalating the concern.  Options include contacting Federation Mountain Rescue (FMR), (LINK) organizing a Club rescue party or a car with provisions, etc.

    ·         The Club does not contact Police, Ambulance, SES, Helicopter, the media etc. This is the responsibility of FMR.

    ·         Unless there is a known accident or injury requiring immediate response, rescue is normally organized after 24 hours.



Walkers should wear comfortable clothes, hats and good walking shoes or boots. Equipment is best carried in a backpack. Essential equipment includes two litres of water, food for lunch and snacks, rain protection, a warm jacket, a first aid kit, a torch, sunscreen and a completed Emergency Contact and Medical Information Form. Toilet paper is also recommended. Additional gear for basecamps and through walks includes camping gear, cooking and eating utensils and additional food and water. Specific requirements should be discussed with the leader. 

Walk Costs

These are designed to cover the reimbursement of drivers and depend on the distance driven to and from the start of the walk. Drivers do not pay. Reimbursements are calculated by the Treasurer. As of 2024:

Distance in kmsCost per passenger
0 -50$5
51- 100$10
101 - 150$15
151 - 200$20
201 - 250$25
251 - 300$30

Examples of Walks

  • This list of walks undertaken by the Club over the years is just a sample, not an exhaustive list.

Graded track walks

  • Mt Mitchell (Cunningham’s Gap)
  • Shipstern Circuit (at Binna Burra)
  • Coomera Creek Circuit (at Binna Burra)
  • Toolona Creek Circuit (at O’Reilly’s)
  • Warrie Circuit & Pinnacle (Springbrook)

Mountain walks

  • Mt Greville (Boonah)
  • Mt Ernest (Rathdowney)
  • Mt Maroon (Rathdowney
  • Mt Barney (East Peak) (Rathdowney
  • Mt Sampson (Dayboro)
  • Lizard Point (Boonah)
  • Mt Castle (via Sylvester’s lookout - Goomburra)
  • Mt Cooroora (Pomona)
  • Mt Tibrogargan (Glasshouse Mountains)
  • Mt Warning (Murwillumbah)
  • Panorama Point (Boonah)


  • Stairway Falls (O’Rielly’s)
  • Booloumba Creek Falls (Kenilworth)
  • Love Creek Falls (Mt Glorious)
  • Running Creek Falls (southern Lamington)


  • Moreton Island
  • Stradbroke Island
  • Girraween Basecamp
  • Bunya Mountains Basecamp
  • Fraser Island Basecamp.
  • Lahey’s Tabletop (Canungra)
  • Minnages Mountain (Boonah)
  • Mt Lindesay (Rathdowney)
  • Flinders Peak (Ipswich)
  • Paddy’s Peak (Rathdowney)
  • Minto Crags (Boonah)
  • Knapp’s Peak (Boonah)
  • Mt Goolman (Ipswich)
  • Mt Alford (Boonah)