Welcome to the Watagan Wanderers bushwalking club. We  are a bushwalking club, whose activities usually cover walking, from very easy to very hard walks, & bush sports such as abseiling, canoeing, canyoning & snow shoeing, as well as camping & social activities.

As our name suggests we have regular bushwalks in the Watagan Mountains. We also walk in the Newcastle/Central Coast areas plus many other areas in Australia and are regular visitors to New Zealand.


We have Public Liability & Personal Accident Insurance & are affiliated with Bushwalking NSW. We have a monthly newsletter, & a formal program for 3 months at a time. The Watagans are one of our favourite places, but we walk & adventure in many areas. We were formed in 1993 & welcome new members. Our members come from a wide area, from all over Newcastle , Lake Macquarie , the Hunter Valley, the Central Coast & even Sydney.

On our program of activities there is a day walk each Wednesday & Saturday, graded from Grade 1 to Grade 5 in order of difficulty - from G1 a very easy,

social walk up to G5, harder & frequently off track. On Sundays there is often another activity such as canoeing or cycling & there are camps, sometimes during the week & sometimes weekends - both car based camps & pack walks. If you are new to bushwalking it is a good idea to contact the leader of the activity you are proposing to attend to gauge whether the activity is within your capability. Any new activity takes a few attendances to reach full fitness, & some activities, other than walking, need specified mandatory safety equipment.

Our social meeting night is the
BOLTON PT COMMUNITY HALL 68A Middle Pt Rd, Bolton Pt, at 7.30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month. Anyone is welcome to come along & meet us then. Or just contact us to get a program & come along to an activity. The business of the club is run by the management committee & this night s a social & information evening.


Membership fees are $35 per annum plus a once only joining fee of $1 provided continuous membership is maintained. We like you to come along a couple of times before joining, but we expect people to join when they have

come as a visitor three times, as our insurance for

visitors cuts out after 3 visits. In the second half of our financial  year (January to June), the $35 fee is

reduced to $18, plus the joining fee. The

membership can may be used to obtain discounts

being offered by some camping gear shops.


BRING TO A WALK - backpack with lunch, morning tea &/or snacks, a bottle with at least 1 litre of water (more in summer),raincoat, sunhat, sunscreen, insect repellent, small first aid kit, any personal medications needed (& advise leader privately of any medical conditions that could surface during a walk). Wear casual clothes (jeans are not advised as they stay wet & cold if caught out in rain) & joggers or walking boots or shoes, with good tread on the soles. It is a tradition in this club that the leader provides afternoon tea at the completion of the activity, so bring along a cup & a thermos of hot water so you can enjoy a cup of tea or coffee. (This does not apply to walks travelled to by train.)


Contact us for further details on the given e-mail address.