General Information for new, prospective members and visitors
Bushwalkers of Southern Queensland Inc (BOSQ) is one of the major bushwalking clubs in south east Queensland and our membership is open to any person over the age of 18 years.
Where do we walk?
Our main region of activity lies between Fraser Island and northern New South Wales, extending west to Sundown National Park and the Bunya Mountains. Occasionally trips will be organised further afield for long weekends and extended holidays.
What type of walks?
Each month, we run "Graded Track Walks", "Off-Track Walks" of varying grading and skill level, and most months we also run "Social Walks" , "Base Camp Weekends" and "Through Walk or "backpacking walks".
Attendance on outings normally varies between 10 and 22.
Meetings are held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month, starting at 7.30 pm. We meet at the Little Kings Hall, Carl St (corner of O’Keefe St), Buranda. There is parking in the grounds and in Carl St. There is usually a members' presentation or a guest speaker.
A light supper is provided afterwards.
The club produces a monthly newsletter, Footnotes. An Adobe pdf copy of the Footnotes newletter is attached to this website.
A hard copy is available at the meeting to members who have indicated that they wish to receive a hard copy and a copy of the newsletter is also available to visitors of the club.
Walks vary in difficulty and cater for a range of abilities and we encourage new members to try a few easier walks before attempting harder walks.
N.B. If an outing is particularly hard, some trip leaders will not accept nominations from new members unless they have attended several previous outings, since it is necessary for leaders to be confident about the abilities of party members.
As well as bushwalks, the Club offers occasional canoe trips, bike rides, safety and training days, and has a limited social programme.
How to join
We prefer people to come to a meeting first and talk to our New Members Officer.
You need to complete at least one walk as a visitor/guest before you can apply to become a club member. Members need to be at least 18 years of age.
Walks Nomination procedures.
It is necessary to nominate in advance for walks or trips. This can be done at meetings (the Outings Secretary has forms), or by telephoning the trip leader listed in the club magazine. Give your name, address, telephone number and transport needs. (We encourage car sharing). You should discuss any special concerns with the trip leader, who can advise you on what equipment to take.
The usual nomination deadline is the Tuesday night prior to the outing, but earlier nomination is preferred. Nomination deadlines may be brought forward if the trip arrangements are complicated.
Insurance for BOSQ members is arranged through the peak body of Australian bushwalking federations, Bushwalking Australia (BWA). There is coverage for both Public Liability and Personal Accident. Club members and visitors are insured while participating in all activities conducted by BOSQ, including survey trips, social events, and travelling to and from club activities. Responsibility
Club activities are a co-operative effort, and participants take responsibility for their own safety just as they would on privately organised trips. All members and visitors take part in activities at their own risk, and need to use care, common sense and judgement.
You should advise the trip leader if you have any special medical conditions which could possibly affect you or others on the outing. However, acceptance of your nomination for a trip does not imply acceptance of any responsibility by the Club or trip leaders with regard to any medical conditions.
Safety and Training.
From time to time the Club holds "Safety and Training" events.
These provide opportunities for both new and existing members to learn about such topics as navigation, first aid and survival in the bush. It is important for all members to have some knowledge of these matters.
A new member should attend at least one S & T event in their first year.
Brochures and forms for club members
|New members "Welcoming" brochure||Application form for "New Members" to join our club.|
|Application form for "Existing members" to Renew their membership||Outings nomination forms for walks - To be downloaded by Walks Leader.|
Bushwalkers of Southern Queensland inc. (BOSQ) GPO Box 1274 Brisbane Qld 4001 Ph. 07 3349 1949