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Australian Walking Track Grading System

The Australian Walking Track Grading System (AWTGS) classifies tracks into five grades, based on the Australian Standard for walking track construction. It has been endorsed nationally by governments and their agencies as an objective system for grading all walks.

The grading system assesses a walk’s difficulty based on several criteria, including: experience required, steps, gradient, path quality and signage.

The walk’s final grade is based on the most difficult of these 5 criteria, not an average. So, some walks will have criteria that meet an easier grade.

The guide below will help determine suitable walking tours for you.

Grade 1 - Easy (disabled access)

No bushwalking experience required. Flat even surface with no steps or steep sections. Suitable for wheelchair users who have someone to assist them. Walks no greater than 5km.

Grade 2 - Easy

No bushwalking experience required. The track is hardened or compacted surface and may have a gentle hill section or sections and occasional steps. Walks no greater than 10km.

Grade 3 - Moderate

Suitable for most ages and fitness levels. Some bushwalking experience recommended. Tracks may have short steep hill sections a rough surface and many steps. Walks up to 20km.

Grade 4 - Moderate-Difficult

Bushwalking experience recommended. Tracks may be long, rough and very steep. Directional signage may be limited.

Grade 5 - Difficult

Very experienced bushwalkers with specialised skills, including navigation and emergency first aid. Tracks are likely to be very rough, very steep and unmarked. Walks may be more than 20km.

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