The Talbingo and District Bushwalking Club was formed in 1980 and has evolved into the club that you see today (now known as the Tumut and District Bushwalking Club). The club aims to encourage people to participated in recreational activities such as bushwalking or hiking, kayaking, snow shoeing and camping, while at the same time learning about preserving the local environment, flora and fauna.
Our first secretary, Clive Morse, wrote of the first walk…..
"Oh what a walk it was! Jack Bridle, the Club's walks co-ordinator, selected the no-hills tramp out to the old Goandra, Homestead. The
procession of vehicles from Talbingo to the start point a few kilometres north of Kiandra was like an over- attended car rally, and the mixed assortment of would-be walkers was almost beyond belief . They numbered well over fifty. They ranged in descending order from grandparents to five -year olds…....the minority wore suitable walking footwear, the remainder sported sandals, thongs, dress shoes, and an unbelievable pair of high heels! The walking gear was no less heterogeneous, and lunches (including cans of beer) and spare clothing were carried in everything imaginable - string bags, attache cases, baskets, one plastic bucket, and one hessian sack slung over the shoulder.
...........The straggle back to the cars was even stragglier and slower than the walk out. But the walk served its purpose. At the next meeting it was unanimously decided that the club needed a Constitution and a set of firm rules covering all walks."
Many things have changed since these humble beginnings but we remain a family orientated bushwalking club that tries to cater for all ages and abilities, walking most Sundays from late February until early December.
Visitors are most welcome to join us in our activities.