About Us

YHA Bushwalkers Queensland is Brisbane based bushwalking club that has its roots in the international Youth Hostel movement originally set up to “encourage young people of limited means to a greater knowledge and understanding of the countryside”. When YHA Queensland was established in 1962 its main activity was bushwalking. We have since become a separate incorporated body but still maintain a close association with our parent body YHA Australia. YHA Australia is allied to Hostelling International world-wide.

We are a friendly group of people from diverse backgrounds, but we share a love for the great outdoors and especially our natural environment. We provide trips for the adventurous as well as for those who prefer to take in the delights of their surroundings at an easier pace.


Mt Greville 2008

Some of the benefits in joining our club are that

  • You experience new places to walk and explore
  • Our walking activities build fitness and endurance
  • We regularly conduct training in first aid, abseiling, navigation and leadership skills
  • You make new friends with similar interests
  • You have opportunities to participate in overseas walking/hiking trips organised by our club and international clubs

Where we go

  • Our day trips explore National Parks and nature reserves throughout SE Queensland
  • Our overnight trips include the Border Ranges, Tenterfield, Nightcap Ranges and northern NSW coast
  • Long weekend trips we venture to places further afield such as Canarvon National Park (near Roma) or New England and Gibraltar National Parks (near Armidale NSW)
  • On extended trips we do the Great Walks such as the Larapinta Trail (NT) or Overland Track (TAS)
  • Our overseas trips have included the Italian Dolomites (2009), Machu Picchu (2011) Washington State (2012), Saxony (2013)

Since the 1990s our club has participated in international exchanges where the overseas club plans the intinerary, arranges accommodation and provides leaders for hikes and places of interest. In return, we have hosted and arranged a program for international guests, around SE Queensland. These exchanges have been undertaken regularly since the 1990s and in 2014 we again have the pleasure of showing Italian, Japanese and Seattle friends the sights of beautiful S.E. Queensland.

The club is a member of Bushwalking Queensland - the peak body that represents the interests of bushwalkers in Queensland - and many of our members take part in the activities of Federation Mountain Rescue an organisation that provides specialist training for bushwalkers in first aid, safety, and abseiling.