COVID 19 – Impact on BCBC Events

9 June, 2020

The Barney Mass 60th Anniversary Celebrations will be going ahead on 12 August at Mt Barney Lodge (Larkin’s), the same venue we used a decade ago. Details are in the June Jilalan. Relevant COVID19 restrictions will be observed.

Club monthly meetings are expected to resume on 20 July, the third Monday of the month.

JTS gatherings are expected to resume on Friday, 17 July.

12 May, 2020

Club walks and strolls will resume from 17 May and 20 May, respectively. To maintain safe distancing, car-pooling remains suspended, so walks will be close to Brisbane. Initially, the maximum number of walkers will be 10, with the expectation that this will rise to 20 from 12 June, subject to government easing of COVID19 restrictions. Nominations will be accepted in the order in which they are received. No-one who is unwell or who has a cold or sniffle should nominate. All participants will need to maintain the 1.5-metre distance at all times, including during rest breaks.

It is hoped that Club social events can resume on 17 July with a John Toohey Society Gathering, once again subject to government easing of COVID19 restrictions.

A decision regarding the Barney Mass 60th Anniversary Celebrations will be made by mid-June.

The May Jilalan is due for publication soon. Upcoming events can also be found on this website under Events.

7 May, 2020

Some national parks have re-opened for residents within 50 kilometres of them. Social distancing rules still apply. For details of which parks have re-opened see

4 May, 2020

The Committee is monitoring the easing of COVID19 restrictions and expects to decide by 20 May if Club activities can resume in June.

4 May, 2020

The Victorian Government’s Better Health Channel promotes walking as a weight-bearing activity because walkers must support their own body weight. Benefits include:

26 April, 2020

Queensland Bushwalkers has advised that O’Reilly’s walking tracks are for use by those who live within 50 kilometres, including Canungra, Beaudesert, Tamborine and Beechmont, and for O'Reilly's on site staff. O'Reilly's itself is closed to the public. In the Main Range, the 50 kilometre radius includes Warwick and Boonah. Gap Creek Falls track remains closed. Box Forest track is closed due to fire and washout. The Queensland government website states that visiting a National Park for exercise should only happen if you live within 50 kilometres and that travelling long distances to go to a National Park is simply not permitted.

12 April, 2020

The Committee is currently looking at our Laws and Constitution because some clauses are no longer relevant and the existence of websites, e-mails and smart phones were complete unknowns when these documents were written. Once we return to a normal cycle of meetings, details of proposals will be brought to the attention of members.

8 April, 2020

Bushwalking Queensland advises that this year's Pilgrimage, scheduled for 21st - 23rd August, has been postponed. Toowoomba Bushwalkers Club has offered to host the Pilgrimage in 2021. BWQ may run a low key event in place of the Pilgrimage towards the end of the year.

6 April, 2020 – Online Bushwalking Manual

Bushwalking Queensland and Bushwalking Australia have collaborated with Bushwalking Victoria to develop a National Online Bushwalking Manual. It could be useful during this bushwalking down time to check out the lists of parks and to brush up on skills of navigation, planning walks, safety, group management, etc.

6 April, 2020 – Bushwalking Database

To use the current bushwalking downtime to investigate possible future walks, Bushwalking Queensland has a database. This is a new database at The old one is no longer maintained and will close next year. The new database is password protected, but open to financial members of affiliated bushwalking clubs. To gain access and login instructions, email your full name, email address and bushwalking club name to

2 April, 2020

Committee has agreed to cancel all events up to and including 31 May, 2020. The Committee is trying to make timely decisions that do not get too far ahead of the situation and will review things again in late April. If you wish to discuss any matters arising from this, please contact Russ (President). ( / 0427 743 534)

25 March, 2020

Committee has cancelled all walks up to and including 30 April to comply with government leaders’ urgings for everyone to avoid unnecessary travel and to stay in one’s own suburb. The decision will be reviewed at the end of April. Prospects for a full return to all activities in May do not look bright. The Prime Minister says COVID-19 will dominate our lives for six months. In the meantime, I suggest you pray the Crisis Prayer which was written by Archbishop Mark Coleridge and can be found on this website under Updates. Russ Nelson (0427 743 534)

Wikiloc Message

These days, it's best for everyone to stay at home. As a result, we find it more appropriate to pause the usual recommended trails emails. Alternatively, we'd like to suggest you use our World Map for inspiration and explore the beautiful corners waiting to be discovered. You can save them to Your Lists so once things go back to normal, you'll have a nice collection of places to visit when you return to the great outdoors. We've put together some of the most amazing trails shared by members like you. Visit Wikiloc Collections or Wikiloc Instagram to discover awe-inspiring trails.

23 March, 2020

The Daywalk on North Stradbroke Island scheduled for 28 March has been cancelled as it required travelling in confined spaces in a water taxi and on a bus.

The Daywalk from Holland Park to Southank scheduled for 2 May has been cancelled as it required public transport travel and narrow tracks and bikeways.

22 March, 2020
All strolls have been cancelled until further notice due to their reliance on public transport.
The Committee will review the situation in late April.
If you wish to discuss any matters arising from the above, please contact the President, Russ. ( / 0427 743 534)