We are a really easy-going bunch, however please take note and respect the below rules.
Respect the maximum number of RSVPs that is set for a particular walk. If RSVPs are closed or there is a wait list, it is because the walk has reached the maximum capacity that is feasible on that particular track.
If you RSVP as ‘Going’ to an event, please adjust your RSVP to not coming with a decent lead in to the event. Ideally this is about 24 hours prior to the walk start time for a shorter walk around Townsville. For the longer bush walks - at least 48 hours or longer if you can. It is just plain courtesy, so that people on the wait list can take your spot.
If you have RSVPed and simply do not show up without a reasonable explanation, it would be advisable to send the event host a message confirming your attendance for the next event you RSVP to attend – otherwise if the attendance limit is reached you may be moved to the ‘wait list’ or ‘not going’ to give others an opportunity to attend. The same rule may apply for three consecutive cancellations with less than 24 hours’ notice.
Be honest with yourself about your ability to do a hike safely, so that you are not a risk to others in the group and that you do not hold them up beyond what is reasonable. Basically, know your limits!
If in doubt - try out some of the easier walks we have first to build up your experience and fitness.
As always, please bear in mind our PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY philosophy. We are not a formal organisation or association and take no responsibility for any mishaps that may occur as a result of our activities. It is up to each individual to make sure they are capable of attempting the activity.
A first aid kit is essential as you are responsible for your own safety.
You MUST carry adequate water on walks, do not expect other members to give up their water if you run out due to bringing an insufficient amount.
The group leader or event host's decision on allowing you on a walk is final. If they believe that you are unfit or unable to do a walk or be part of the group, you will need to respect that decision.
We provide detailed descriptions for our walks and hikes, always read the descriptions thoroughly to ensure you are comfortable and capable of undertaking the event.
Many of our events are within national parks and unfortunately pets are not allowed in these places. However, there are a lot of places around Townsville such as parks and beaches that are dog-friendly, we usually make a note of this in the event description - In those instances, your four-legged friend is more than welcome to join us.
Any member found to be engaging in behaviour such as bullying, harassing or stalking other members will be removed from the group. Please respect one another, as well as each other’s privacy.
💜COMMON COURTESY & ETIQUETTE 💜
RESPECT THE EVENT, GROUP AND EVENT HOST
A lot of thought and planning goes into organising our events to ensure an enjoyable time is had by all. It is a group activity, so if you want to do your own thing or feel need to try and dictate an event to suit yourself; simply do it on your own time.
WHINGING & COMPLAINING
We welcome constructive feedback. However, please be mindful, that organisers of all walks are volunteers who head out with you for the sheer joy of walking. Please refrain from whingeing and complaining – it is not really fair to anyone and especially not the organisers.
LEAVE NO TRACE
A lot of our walks are in national parks, you will need to take any litter with you and dispose of it properly.
When out in nature, no one wants to choke on your second hand smoke. If you must smoke during our events, ensure it is done a decent distance from everyone else and as per the above point, you will need to take your cigarette butts with you and dispose of them properly.
WALKING PACE and MINI GROUPS
Walking in a large group of 15 or so individuals brings with it a natural variation in walking speeds.
You will find yourself close to or near a group of similarly paced individuals. Please be aware of each 1 or 5 of you (or the number you vaguely are) and try to look out for each other as much as you can. Make sure the last of you is ok. This is especially important if you are at the back of the walking pack.
This way, walkers can stick together relative to their walking speeds. It will make for a better and more fluid walking experience.
We look forward to having you join us on some walking adventures.