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Minimum Equipment

There are standard sets of equipment for bushwalking in Tasmania. The following groups have been derived from the recommendations contained in the publication "Tasmania's Great Short Walks". However, you should note that you need to use your own common sense as well.

These gear suggestion classifications reference the "Gear Selection" item in the walk lists to give you an idea of the needs.

Where a walk has two ratings, such as B>C, it means you should consider the time of year and weather to decide which group to go with. For example, Cathedral Rock is a B>C. It is not too difficult on this walk to stay out of the wind while walking, although if it's raining you'll get very wet. As a result, you can decide for yourself if you want things like hat, gloves and waterproof trousers. On a summer day, it might also seem silly to even take a raincoat, but if you are delayed on returning and/or the weather changes, you'll be very glad of it. In addition, even on a summer day, it can be quite cold on the top of a mountain in the breeze.

See also our Full Equipment List, and Safety Equipment page.

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Gear Lists

Group A (for warm days and very short walks)

  • Sturdy shoes or boots
  • Sun hat
  • Sun block
  • Sunglasses
  • Other clothes to suit the day (oh dear, common sense required)

Group B - Group A plus...(for short walks and/or cool days)

  • Raincoat (see below)
  • Woollen or polyester fleece jumper (not cotton)
  • Food and drink
  • Emergency Kit (see below)

Group C - Group A and B plus...(for most proper walks)

  • Thermal leggings and/or shorts (not cotton/denim)
  • Warm hat and gloves
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Gaiters

Emergency Kit

  • Whistle
  • First Aid Kit
  • Matches or lighter
  • Firelighters or similar
  • Pocket knife
  • Space blanket
  • Paper and pencil
  • Map and compass

What's a "raincoat"

People wear lots of different things and call them "raincoats". A raincoat for bushwalking is one which is actually waterproof. That is, you can wear it for several hours in the rain, and it will keep out all or almost all the water. Many items called raincoats will allow water through them if used in the rain for more than a few minutes. You should read more at our wet weather gear page. Cotton coats, unless properly waterproofed are not sufficient nor are thin spray jackets. I recommend you try a raincoat in the city in some solid rain before you trust it to save your life, or even just to keep you comfortable, in the bush.