About Friends of Nature Trail

Friends of Nature Trail are local regular walkers of the Blue Mountains who are respected friends and neighbours of Nature Trail management, as well as current or former guiding students of TAFE Ultimo College, else trusted acquaintances.

Friends of Nature Trail voluntarily offer up their time to participate freely on our Recces and Practice Trips so that we may evaluate and rehearse each proposed tour and Friends of Nature Trail provide us with valuable pragmatic feedback.

These recces and practice trips extend throughout the Blue Mountains region and into Central West New South Wales beyond.  The scope included on-track bushwalks, and special interest tours including:

  • Wilderness Experiences
  • Nature Workshops
  • Formal Garden Tours
  • Heritage and Vintage Tours
  • Bushwalking Gear and Skills Training

Contribution by Friends of Nature Trail is considered vital to Nature Trail’s business development and is greatly appreciated.


In return, Friends of Nature Trail benefit from enjoying the walking exercise in the magnificence of Blue Mountains (or beyond), organised and led by our experienced and qualified Walking Tour Director.  Friends are not charged a tour fee, rather only incur minimal cost-recovery expense – only individual costs are recouped for any given trip – typically water, meals, entry fees, nominal fuel share cost.

  • No-fee participation on our Recces and Practice Trips (maximum 6 participants)
  • No-fee participation on our commercial tours (subject to vacancy – max 6 paricipants)
  • Access to Nature Trail’s website non-public webpages
  • Authorship on Nature Trail’s ‘Bushwalking Forum’
  • Other benefits advised on application.

Friends of Nature Trail  are also invited to join us on a commercial tour to make up numbers when a vacancy presents.  Participation is fairly on a first-come-first-served basis, and of course paying guests must come first.

Nature Trail thanks each and every Friend who has participated on one of our Recces or Practice Trips.  Everyone’s contribution including the many great tour photos, are genuinely contributing to the development of the Nature Trail tour operating venture, especially to this our website.


Nature Trail welcomes new Friends of Nature Trail

Anyone who is a keen to join us and who is a regular and fit walker, a current or former guiding student of TAFE Ultimo College, is invited to join us by contacting Nature Trail’s Tour Director, Steve, using the form below to discuss participating.


Form Expressing Interest in joining Friends of Nature Trail

I am interested in joining Friends of Nature Trail

I confirm the following facts about me as applicant (required):

* I am fully able-bodied and have excellent health and fitness to undertake this walking tour.
* I understand and accept that treks graded 'medium' or 'hard' require excellent fitness.
* I have no illness, injury or medical condition that may affect me from strenuous trekking.
* I agree to wear suitably closed walking shoes/boots and walking attire suitable for trekking.
I confirm that I have recent advanced bushwalking experience and that I shall always equip myself on any trek with the necessary trekking kit, water and food to enable my self-sufficiency.

My Age is:
Under 18
18 - 30
31 - 40
41 - 50
51 - 60
61 - 70
71 - 80
Over 80

2. I have the following special dietary needs/allergies/medical conditions which our tour leader should be aware of?: