After a summer of fire, floods and storms we are now dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. The NPA is working to help protect and support our members through this time. Below you will find current guidance and new rules managing the NPA bushwalking program. These are dynamic and will be updated as the pandemic progresses and as government advice changes.
The leader forum will be held at Club on East, East Parade, Sutherland, from 9.00 am – 12.30 pm on Saturday, 29 February 2020.
Sam Garrett-Jones, Vice president, National Parks Association of NSW
Summer is here and in anticipation of warmer weather our 60 Best Walks leaders are heading to the hills and to the beaches, lakes and rivers!
Byarong Creek Cascades – 3-4hrs
“An urban adventure following the footsteps of my Grandfather up to the cascades and waterfall,” says Jenae Johnston from Bushwalk the ‘Gong.
“When I recently hiked this trail I was the fourth generation to retrace the steps (fifth if I could’ve convinced the kids to come!) of my Great Grandfather Mr. Percy Kennedy. A keen amateur geologist and an active citizen of Wollongong, Percy was convinced of evidence of an extinct volcano under Mt Robertson as he explored the beautiful Byarong Creek and its cascades in the early 1930’s. Today I set out to do a reconnoitre with my Dad in town, with some vague directions recalled from the 1950-60’s from his own personal adventures as a kid.”
Leave No Trace
Dr Helen Smith, Activitives Officer, National Parks Association of NSW
Nothing is more heartbreaking than seeing natural areas trashed by current and previous visitors. Particularly when we all work so hard to protect natural places through our campaigns at the NPA. But protecting natural areas isn’t just about being loud through media coverage and campaigns. It also comes down to setting a good example to others when we’re out exploring.
We know we’re preaching to the converted here, but it’s worth refreshing the Leave No Trace Principles so you can clearly articulate them and their importance to others. Leave No Trace Australia is an organisation dedicated to inspiring and promoting responsible use of the outdoors through research, partnerships and education. The Leave No Trace guidelines describe best practice for visiting natural areas. They consist of seven principles: