Walks Grading System
All walks are graded using a combination of distance, terrain and fitness required, though please note the day walks rarely approach the more extreme walks listed below.
Grade 1 (Easy) Opportunity for large number of walkers, including those with reduced walking ability to walk on well marked and even tracks. Tracks are man made and may have steps but should not be steep. Suitable for beginners. Distance should not exceed about 10km.
Grade 2 (Easy-medium) Easy walking, mostly on well-marked tracks of low gradient that are not too steep. Distance should not exceed about 15km. Suitable for beginners
Grade 3 (Medium) Medium walk on defined & distinct tracks with some hilly sections &/or rougher terrain that requires a moderate level of fitness. Suitable for beginners. Distance should not exceed about 20 km.
Grade 4 (Medium-Hard) Steeper, rougher terrain & may have off-track sections (no more than one quarter of the walk) or a longer distance track walk with opportunities to explore and discover relatively undisturbed natural environments. Mostly along defined & distinct tracks that can be steep with short sections of rock scrambling involved. Leaders should have map reading abilities and/or ability to use a compass. Distance depending on circumstances. Not suitable for most beginners.
Grade 5 (Hard) Off-track or difficult terrain. Opportunity for walkers with advanced outdoor knowledge and skills to navigate often indistinct tracks or off track in remote locations. May include steep sections of unmodified surfaces, rock scrambling, creek walking & creek crossings. Distance should not exceed 30 km, but may be short & difficult. Not suitable for beginners.
Grade 6 (Very hard) Strenuous off-track walk or very long distance. Opportunity for highly experienced walkers to explore remote and challenging natural areas without reliance on managed tracks. Terrain may be steep, uneven and no track. There may be rock scrambling, creek walking & crossing involved. Distance covered is unlimited, but may be short & difficult. Only for experienced walkers and not suitable for beginners.