Walk Grading

Every hike on this blog is graded against the Australian Walking Track Grading System, a voluntary national standard endorsed by Bushwalking Australia as the peak national bushwalking body.

The grading system operates at two levels:
1. A technical grading based on distance, gradient of the track, quality of the path, quality of the track markings and the required level of experience.
2. A “plain English language” description to describe the walk to the public.

The technical grading is described in the following table. Click on the image to enlarge the rating matrix in a new browser window/tab.

Australian Walking Track Grading System rating matrix

The public descriptions can broadly be summarised as:

Grade 1 – This hike is suitable for the disabled with assistance

Grade 2 – This hike is suitable for families with young children

Grade 3 – This hike is recommended for people with some bushwalking experience

Grade 4 – This hike is recommended for experienced bushwalkers

Grade 5 – This hike is recommended for very experienced bushwalkers

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