Safety in the Bush

The Club publishes Safety in the Bush as a service to members of the Club and the public. The book is aimed at giving bush walkers sufficient knowledge to plan their venture into the bush and the wilds of Tasmania in a safe and sensible way. The chapter headings are Rights and Obligations; The Party; The Trip; Equipment and Clothing; Food; Walking and Camping in the Snow; Skiing; Route Finding and Navigation (with exercises); Dangers and Difficulties; Emergency Procedures; and First Aid in the Bush.
Excerpts are included in the training subcommittee page.

This book is a must for all who walk in isolated areas, especially in Tasmania. Much is also applicable to mainland Australia's mountainous and forested areas. First published in 1962 it is now in its Eighth Edition and is sold in bookshops throughout Tasmania, as well as parts of mainland Australia. It is also available from the Club. (see below)

Bushwalking - Emergency Management

This pocket size (A6) 50 page booklet contains essential information to help you deal with an accident, illness or emergency, particularly in the bush or remote areas. The booklet has been printed on a synthetic, water and tear resistant medium that enables it to be used in poor weather without being damaged. Concisely written sections cover medical emergencies, party management, advice on navigation issues and dealing with missing party members as well as bushwalking advice relating to bivouacs, river crossing and difficult terrain and weather. Don't go walking without this booklet in your pack! (And write your emergency contact details in the centre page where indicated). It is free of charge to club members. It is retailed in some Tasmanian outlets and also available from the Club (see below).

The Tasmanian Tramp

The Tasmanian Tramp is the Club magazine and is usually published every second year, with articles written mostly by club members. Each issue has photographs, sketches, poems and illustrated articles of general interest to bushwalkers. Many articles are about walking trips in various parts of Tasmania, interstate and overseas. Other articles are historical views of people or places. The latest edition is Tramp 43, released in September 2020. It includes personal experiences and incidents while walking. Articles include the Three Capes Track, the Story of Churchill’s Hut, Schouten Island in Winter, MacGregors Peak, Walking the Larapinta Trail, Counting Geese, Vanishing Falls and many others. It is now available in shops or direct from us (see below)

Index and back issues of The Tasmanian Tramp

We now have available a complete index of The Tasmanian Tramp numbers 1 to 36 on CD and a CD of scanned copies (in PDF) of The Tasmanian Tramp, issues 1 – 23. We also have limited stocks of some past issues of The Tasmanian Tramp. At present numbers 21, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 31, 32, 34, 35, 38, 39, 40, 41 and 42 are available.
Write or send an email to The Publications Officer

Club History

Hobart Walking Club Inc. A Record of 81 Years 1929 - 2010:click to download (9 MB pdf file, 56 pages)

Sales to Members
(postage charges will be added to item price)

Safety in the Bush (9th edition 2022)$20
Bushwalking - Emergency Managementfree
The Tasmanian Tramp 43$12
The Tasmanian Tramp 1-43(CD)$10
The Tasmanian Tramp 1-43(PDF)$5
Some back issues may be available$5
The Tasmanian Tramp Index 1-36 (CD)$5
The Tasmanian Tramp Index 1-16 (paper)$5
The Tasmanian Tramp Index 17-23 (paper)$5
The Steppes - Life in Tasmania's Lake Country, by Jack Thwaites, The Tasmanian Tramp 22, 1976$5
A Record of The 21st to 30th years 1950 -1959$5
A Record of Fifty years 1929 - 1979$5

Sales to non-members
(postage charges will be added to item price)
The current edition of The Tasmanian Tramp, Safety in the Bush, Bushwalking – Emergency Management are all available from some book shops and the Hobart Map Centre in Hobart.
All publications can be ordered from the Club and posted to anywhere in Australia.
Our prices are current retail price + postage.

The following prices are indicative only:

Safety in the Bush (9th edition 2022)$30
Bushwalking - Emergency Management$10
The Tasmanian Tramp 43$22
The Tasmanian Tramp 1-43 (PDF via email)$10
The Tasmanian Tramp 1-43 (CD)$15
Some back issues may be available - see HWC website$5
The Tasmanian Tramp Index 1-36 (CD)$10

Email orders to

Preferred method of payment is by direct credit or over the counter at the bank to the Club bank account -
Commonwealth Bank - Hobart Walking Club
BSB - 067 002
Account Number 2804 3645
(include your name and reason for payment in the payment details)

Payment can also be made by cheque to -
Hobart Walking Club
GPO Box 753
Hobart, Tas, 7001
(include your return address)

This page last updated: 8 Mar 2022