Capricornia Bushwalkers members Pauline Toop (left) and Cheryl Gargan enjoy scenery at a walk in Mount Archer National Park.
Capricornia Bushwalkers members Pauline Toop (left) and Cheryl Gargan enjoy scenery at a walk in Mount Archer National Park. Allan Reinikka

Local walking group loves to get bushed a lot

A HARD traipse through the bush is Zilzie's Cheryl Gargan's idea of relaxation.

Most weekends she can be found traversing one of the region's many diverse bushwalks.

When Cheryl moved to Central Queensland 11 years ago, one of the first things she did was look into where she could go hiking, and who with.

"I had always hiked. I lived in Alice Springs for a long time and used to go bushwalking a lot ... I love it," Cheryl said.

After doing some research, Cheryl found the Capricornia Bushwalkers Club. Now she is the secretary of the club, which boasts 86 members.

The Capricornia Bushwalkers are among those taking advantage of the warmer weather and hitting the great outdoors.

The club meets every Sunday, and embarks on a half-day or full-day hike. Every week, they choose a different walk.

"We are a bit spoilt here with the variety of walks we can do, they're all different. There's the Berserkers, Byfield, all the beach walks and around Mount Morgan," Cheryl said.

She said many walks in the region were off-track and there were very few tracks developed.

This appealed to Cheryl, who loved that some places could only be seen on foot.

She also loved the social aspect of bushwalking, saying it was a great way to meet and get to know people.

Everyone is welcome to join Capricornia Bushwalkers Club. Email capricornia_bushwalkers @yahoo.com.au.

PREPARATION IS KEY:

(Information from Emergency Management Queensland)

  • Bushwalking should not be undertaken without serious preparation - it is essential to have the right plans in place and prepare for the worst
  • Plan your route, tell someone where you are heading and expected return time
  • Wear correct clothing and footwear, and take extra clothes in case temperatures drop
  • Stick with your group - be sensible
  • Check the weather forecast before you leave, talk to locals in the area - if conditions aren't favourable, reschedule the walk
  • Remember to pack first-aid kit, snake-bite kit, sun protection, thermal blanket, food and water supplies, appropriate sleeping equipment.
  • Also recommended - an emergency position indicating response beacon (EPIRB) (safety device used by search and rescue authorities to locate a person).

CHERYL'S FAVOURITE WALKS:

  • Berserkers and in and around Mount Archer National Park
  • The walks around Mt Morgan are picturesque and there's a fair bit of bushland and grasstrees
  • Bicentennial National Trail that passes through Bouldercombe Reserve and Mt Morgan
  • Any of the Capricorn Coast beach walks


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