The Far South Coast, with its magnificent national parks , is best experienced on foot. Green exercise is the ultimate tonic for the mentally fatigued masses, according to the latest scientific research, which shows that being out in nature isn’t just good fun, but also has measurable physical and mental health benefits!

Check park closures just before leaving for your walk. Assume walks are closed on a Total Fire Ban day unless the park manager says otherwise. RFS | NPWS

We have over 200 dedicated volunteer walks leaders who make the program what is today. If you wish to become a walks leader, we have an established mentoring program to bring you up to speed. You can also read up on our general leader guidelines. For more information and to sign up as a leader, please email the Activities Coordinator on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us on (02) 9299 0000.

See the profiles of some our esteemed walks leaders below

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Brian Everingham

Brian joined the NPA in 1975, having arrived in Sydney from a university course in Newcastle and a childhood growing up on a dairy farm in the Manning Valley. The childhood was spent exploring the South Brother Mountain and the forests to the west of the family farm, providing endless fascination for all living things. It was not too long into that first year in Sydney when the call of the bush was too much to resist and by mid-year he was out on NPA walks. By 1977 he was leading them. He has been doing so ever since. The walks have varied, over the years. There have been wilderness exploratory journeys of many days, long distance walks in foreign countries, weekend full pack walks and nature study rambles. He even spent five years teaching bushwalking safety and navigation at Sydney TAFE.

Peter Vaughan

Peter spent his early years exploring the bush as a Cub and a Scout and joined the NPA to help protect, conserve and experience the natural areas and biodiversity of Australia. He has travelled to all states of Australia and New Zealand with the NPA and has also bushwalked in North/Central/South America, Asia, Europe and Africa. In 1988 he started leading activities for the NPA in Royal/Heathcote/Botany Bay and Sydney Harbour National Parks.

Yvonne Hardiman

I began as a NPA Walks Leader in September 2009. Previously I was leading a private group of walkers who had been together for more than 10 years. Our numbers had been getting low and as most of us were NPA members, we decided to offer our Friday walks to NPA. This filled a Friday niche for NPA and assured us of continuing our Friday walks. I am currently one of the Walks Leaders for University of the Third Age, Nepean Blue Mountains and am into my 4th year with them. I am attending a U3A course in Relational Psychology in my second year. Previous to that I enjoyed 6 years of Astronomy, for which I have a keen interest. I have a great love of early European-Australian History, enjoying lectures and tours connected to Historic Houses Trust. My other interests are Egg Art, Ribbon Embroidery, travelling and my garden.

Richard Thompson

Richard started leading walks for the NPA in 1979 and spent approximately 25 years as the walks organiser for NPA Sydney Branch. He prefers full pack walking and has walked extensively in the Blue Mountains area, especially the Kowmung River and the Blue Breaks. Over the years, he has visited the Kowmung more than 100 times, and spent many a day in the famous, but secret, 'Bushwalkers Resort'. In recent years he has taken NPA trips to New Zealand, Kakadu, Larapinta, Tasmania, Hinchinbrook, and Kosciuszko NP. Also he has co-organised 15 walks from Mittagong to Katoomba/Blackheath.