There really is no better way to immerse yourself in the beauty and diversity of our region than by heading out for a bushwalk or hike. From leisurely strolls to more vigorous treks, Ipswich offers a variety of terrain to explore for people of all ages and fitness levels.
Like any activity that involves venturing out into nature, when walking and hiking it’s wise to take a number of simple steps to keep yourself safe. Before you head off, be sure to notify someone of your planned walk, check weather forecasts and fire and weather warnings. Pack plenty of water, food and sunscreen and make sure you wear appropriate clothing. Take a mobile phone and emergency contact details with you and when you’re out on your walk always stick to the track.
There are a number of clubs and groups in the Ipswich area dedicated to bushwalking and hiking. Most offer membership to people of all interest and fitness levels and often organise social gatherings for members to get to know one another. The major club in the region is Ipswich Bushwalkers Inc., which meets on the first Sunday of every month.
While most walkers and hikers are respectful to the environment and other people while out in nature, it’s always worth remembering the key things we all need to stick to in order to protect what we came to enjoy.