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NPA Membership Benefits

Accommodation & Travel
Adventure & Sport
Culture & Entertainment
Rest & Relaxation

Important Information for Walkers
NPA Branch Meetings
NPA Year 2000 Lecture Series

Seminar Series 2001

Where is the NPA office?

Level 9, 91 York St, Sydney.
Contact numbers:
ph 02 9299 0000, fax 02 9290 2525

Mailing address:
PO Box A96,
Sydney South 1235


ANSETT AUSTRALIA UP TO 45% OFF Receive up to 45% off the full economy fare when a group of 10 or more people travel to the same event on the same day from various cities to the one destination. Conditions apply. Contact the NPA office on 9299 0000 for the conditions of this great discount

BAHAMA HOUSE BED & BREAKFAST 10% OFF 2 Bahama Place, Tuncurry 2928. Receive 10% discount of published rates. 4 nights accommodation for the price of 3 during the winter period. Ph 02 6554 7444, fax 02 6559 2145. Email

BALLANTRAE HOUSE BED & BREAKFAST 10% OFF Berridale NSW 2628. Stay two nights or more at Ballantrae House & receive 10% discount on your tariff OR one gourmet dinner for two on presentation of Membership Card. Ph/fax 6456 3388. Email 

DOVEDALE BED & BREAKFAST 5% OFF Grafton NSW. Receive 5% for stays at Grafton’s only 4.5 star accommodation. Receive complimentary bottle of champagne for stays of 3 nights or more. Ph 6642 5706. Email 

GABLES RETREAT 10% OFF 291 Blaxland Road, Wentworth Falls. Receive 10% discount on B&B. Also 10% discount on Weekend Getaway, body massage and facials. Ph 0247 57 2547 

KANANGRA LODGE BLUE MOUNTAINS PACKAGE Bushwalk from Kanangra Lodge Blue Mountains, an elegant country home offering silver service Bed & Breakfast plus a bushwalkers' morning tea and gourmet lunch. Package $150.00 per double per night. Ph 02 4787 8715

Himalayan Adventure Trips – take that trip of a lifetime to Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan, Sikkim, India. Receive 10% off the land content of any of the above destinations. Fully escorted adventure holidays with a difference. Ph 99977442. E-mail


Callicoma Hill, Hunter Valley. Environmentally friendly bush lodge close to Barrington Tops and Mount Royal national parks, near Carrowbrook via Singleton. Receive 20% off stays of 2 nights or more and guided wilderness walks. Ph: 02 6571 1208. E-mail


5 Little Rudder St, Kempsey. Receive 15% discount for 2 night stay at Netherby House situated on the river banks of the beautiful Macleay Valley, ½ way between Sydney and Brisbane. All rooms private facilities HHHH NRMA. Ph 6563 1777. E-mail

RADISSON BEACH RESORT DUNSBOROUGH, WA Exclusive to NPA members - stay 6 nights and receive the 7th night free. *Bookings or further information call the hotel direct on (08) 9756 8777

RADISSON KESTREL HOTEL ON MANLY BEACH’ Exclusive to NPA members - stay on a "Bed & Breakfast Breakaway" package and dine in Sorrels Restaurant (with a minimum of two courses) to receive a complimentary bottle of house wine *Bookings or further information call the hotel direct on 9977 8866

RADISSON ON FLAGSTAFF GARDENS, MELBOURNE Exclusive to NPA members - receive $10 off for just $149 per night. *Bookings or further information call the hotel direct on (03) 9322 8000

RADISSON RESORT PALM MEADOWS, GOLD COAST Exclusive to NPA membes - receive a 10% discount on golf, massage and beauty treatments, backtracks 4WD or Mountain Coach Co. Hinterland Tours and dining at Chelds Restaurant. Valid on a Radisson "Bed & Breakfast Breakaway" package @ $139 per night *Bookings or further information call the hotel direct on (07) 5555 7700

RADISSON REEF RESORT, PORT DOUGLAS, QLD Exclusive to NPA members - receive a complimentary bottle of champagne in room on arrival. Valid on any package *Bookings or further information call the hotel direct on (07) 4099 5577

RADISSON TREETOPS RESORT, PORT DOUGLAS Exclusive to NPA members - receive a complimentary bottle of champagne in room on arrival. Valid on any package *Bookings or further information call the hotel direct on (07)4030 4333

Main Creek, Dungog. NPA members receive 10% off published rates. Our hand-crafted, secluded cottages are a perfect base for bushwalkers – couples for "Kalimna" & "Pindari" and up to 6 in "Elouera".
Ph 4992 1208. E-mail


ADVENTURE & SPORT CLUB SAIL 10% OFF Newport NSW. If you would like to bareboat charter a yacht and/or come away on a ‘weekend aboard’ sailing course, mention NPA and receive 10% off year round. 
Ph 9979 9669. Email

AUSTRALIAN SCHOOL OF MOUNTAINEERING 10% OFF Adventure School — 166B Katoomba St, Katoomba. 10% off scheduled courses or trips within the Blue Mountains ( 4782 2014 )

 BOOMERANG BICYCLE TOURS 10% OFF Exceptional supported cycling tours on the Eastern Coast of Australia. Pedal back roads and explore the majestic Great Ocean Road, savour the delights of the Hunter Valley, coast through the Southern Highlands, or capture the Olympic Spirit at Homebush Bay. Special itineraries coordinated (9630 0587 )

BUSHSPORTS 15% OFF Bushwalking*canyoning*abseiling*rockclimbing*weekend getaways*mountain biking*lilo rafting*corporate adventures or navigation courses. From Sydney sea-cliffs to Blue Mountains and beyond with accredited (OTOA) qualified guides ( 9630 0587) CLIMB-FIT 10% OFF 4/12 Frederick St, St Leonards. Indoor climbing and gymnasium. NPA members will receive 10% off the casual entry price ( 9436 4600)

40 Kingsway, Cronulla. NPA members will receive all the benefits of Cronulla Dive Centre Club Membership which includes 10% discount on purchases and hire. Ph 9523 7222. E-mail

DEEP 6 DIVING MIN 15% OFF 1057 Victoria Road, West Ryde. Min 15% off purchases. Receive full Club Members' Benefits (cheap hire, discounted air fills). Access to regular shore & boat dives. Travel local & overseas. Ph 9858 4299, fax 9858 4151. Email 

DIVE CENTRE BONDI 5% OFF $$ OFF 192 Bondi Rd, Bondi. NPA members will receive 5% discount off Resort Dives (normally $95) and PADI Open Water Dive Courses (normally $295). Courses run every weekend & Mon-Thurs. Resort Dives run 7 days/week with minimum 4 divers per instructor (9369 3855) 

DIVE CENTRE MANLY $$ OFF 10 Belgrave St, Manly. NPA members will receive 5% discount off Resort Dives (normally $95) and PADI Open Water Dive Courses (normally $295). Courses run every weekend & Mon-Thurs. Resort dives run 7 days/week with minimum 4 divers per instructor ( 9977 4355) Email

Coffs Harbour. Receive 10% discount on charters, Open Water Dive courses, and equipment rental. All charters operate in the Solitary Island Marine Park. Ph 6652 2759

SYDNEY HARBOUR PARASAILING 15% OFF Manly Wharf. Receive 15% off all flights. Regular flight single $45 or tandem $69. Super flight single $55 or tandem $89 ( 9977 6781)


COFFS HARBOUR ZOO 10% OFF NPA card holders receive 10% discount, and also one free animal food per card holder. Not available for family pass entry ( 6656 1330 )

NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM 10% OFF Darling Harbour. Australians use the sea for their play, sport, travel, food, defence and industry. See how the sea has shaped Australian culture as our maritime stories are brought to life in this very unusual museum. Present your NPA membership card and receive 10% off Museum entry. Open daily 9.30am to 5pm (9298 3777) (excludes submarine, destroyer ship and Batavia)

OCEANWORLD MANLY $$ OFF Present your NPA Membership Card at Oceanworld Manly and receive $5 off each adult entry and $2 off each child entry (3-15 years). This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer (9949 2644 )

THE ROCKS WALKING TOURS 20%OFF Discover Sydney’s historic Rocks Village on a specialist guided tour at a discounted price. Tours depart daily from our office in Kendall Lane, The Rocks. Conveniently located in a charming cobbled laneway off Argyle Street — we promise a memorable experience (9247 6678 )

THE SYDNEY AQUARIUM $$ OFF Present your NPA Membership Card at the Sydney Aquarium and receive $4 off each adult entry and $2 off each child entry (3-15 years). This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer ( 9262 2300 )

WESTERN PLAINS ZOOFARI LODGE RETREAT $$ OFF 2 day zoo admission; 1 night’s accommodation in African- styled tented lodge; night & day behind-the-scenes tours with Zoo Guide; fine dining - 3 course dinner & full country breakfast; one complimentary after dinner port; lunch from the zoo kiosk; bicycle hire; 10% discount voucher for Souvenir Shop. Costs (per person per night): Adults (twin share) $180, Single adult supplement additional $100; Children 5-16yrs $145, 4yrs and under $50. Call Peter Milling Travel 1300 720 018. Conditions apply


AUSTRALIAN COUNTRY STYLE MAGAZINE 30% OFF NPA members receive 30% off the subscription price of Australian Country Style magazine (1300 656 933. Quote code ACS-NPA

GARDENING AUSTRALIA MAGAZINE 30% OFF NPA members receive 30% off the subscription price of Gardening Australia magazine ( 1300 656 933. Quote code GDN-NPA

THE BULLETIN 10% OFF The Bulletin - it’s all you need to read. An exclusive 10% discount offer to NPA members. Free call 1800 252 515, quote BULNPA99


SOLAR SPRINGS HEALTH RESORT $20 OFF Bundanoon, NSW. $20 off any standard midweek accommodation package (not incl seasonal/special packages) ( 4883 6027)

Important Information for Walkers

Grading system for walks
A single grading system suitable for all people and all activities is not possible. 
Instead, NPA activities are described by the three factors - distance, ascent and terrain - which most determine the overall difficulty.
The three factors
• Total length of the walk in kilometres giving walkers some idea of the amount of walking and the speed intended by the leader. 
• Total ascent in metres expected during the walk.
• Type of terrain giving the most apt description of the walk. When required further details are given in the description of the trip.

Potential hazards on activities 
Whilst walks vary greatly in difficulty, dangers such as poor weather, river crossings, rock climbing and other hazards can be encountered and cannot always be anticipated. Participants on NPA activities must ensure that they have adequate fitness and that they are suitably equipped. Participants must also make sure that they are aware of the conditions likely to be encountered and have adequate experience for the activity which they intend to undertake. If in doubt, participants should speak with the leader for further information.

Please give reasonable notice to leaders if you wish to join an activity, and verify all transport and meeting details. People leading activities for the NPA do so on a voluntary basis and may decline any person’s request to attend. The leader’s permission must be obtained before inviting friends or bringing children on activities. Please follow any restrictions of the times at which leaders wish to be contacted.

Search and Rescue 
Leaders should leave full details of their trip with a responsible person. The NPA is affiliated with the Confederation of Bushwalkers, which maintains a voluntary Search and Rescue section to assist those in difficulties in the bush. In the event of an overdue party or other incident ring the following NPA contacts: 
Lyn Gett: 9797 7845 
David Shepherd: 4226 6565 
Richard Thompson 9213 8033 (W), 
                            9144 1392(H) 

You may also contact Search and Rescue via pocket pagers by phoning 016 020 from anywhere. Ask the operator to send your message (including return phone number) to pager number 277 321.


When transport is arranged by private car it is normal for passengers to share the costs with the driver. Taking into account some of the extra costs of running a car, the following formula is suggested:

• Share equally any additional costs such as park entry fees and so on.
• Calculate the contribution of each person by doubling the cost of fuel and dividing by the number of occupants. 

For example if fuel costs $30, a single passenger (plus the driver) pays $30. For two passengers, each will contribute $20. 
Many NPA activities rely on the generosity of drivers in providing transport and this suggestion does not fully compensate for their costs. 

Please make sure that you do contribute. 

Every person participating in an activity conducted by the National Parks Association of NSW Inc does so as a volunteer in all respects, and as such accepts responsibility for any personal injury, however incurred. The Association, its office bearers and walks leaders cannot accept liability in regard to any injury or damage suffered by any person while engaged in any NPA activity.


ALL CAMPING SUPPLIES 5% OFF 2A Railway Pde, Thornleigh. Receive 5% on non-discounted stock 
( 9481 0660 )

ALPSPORT 15% OFF 1045 Victoria Rd, West Ryde. Bushwalking, climbing and abseiling. Receive 15% off all equipment and clothing that’s not already discounted ( 9858 5844 )

BOOTS GREAT OUTDOORS 10% OFF Campbelltown, Caringbah, Erina, Lidcombe, Prospect. NPA membership card holders will receive 10% discount on all product areas except camping fridges and items already reduced or discounted ( 9636 9266 )

BOSS DISPOSALS 5-10% OFF 708 George St, Sydney. Army navy surplus, workwear and footwear. Camping and tramping equipment and clothing. Receive 5% up to $200 and 10% over $200 (9211 1991)

DYMOCKS BONDI JUNCTION 10% OFF Bondi Carousel, Bondi Junction. 10% discount on travel books to NPA members on presentation of their Membership Card (9389 6644 )

DYMOCKS - MAIN STORE/FOX STUDIOS 10% OFF Show your NPA card at Dymocks Main Store (428 George Street, Sydney) or Dymocks Studio Store (at Fox Studios) and receive 10% off the price of all travel books! (9235 0155 )

DYMOCKS MACQUARIE 10% OFF Macquarie Centre, North Ryde. NPA members will receive 10% off travel books and maps ( 98784784 )

DYMOCKS NORTH SYDNEY 10% OFF Elizabeth Plaza, North Sydney. NPA membership card holders will receive 10% off travel guides, street directories and maps ( 9956 6771 )

JURLIQUE STORE For purchases over $100, the bearer of an NPA membership card is entitled to one free Discovery Facial. Available at Jurlique Stores: 420 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood; and Shop 1/1B, The Strand Arcade, George St, Sydney

KELLY’S CAMPING & OUTDOORS 10% OFF Warriewood Square and Dee Why. For every aspect of outdoor equipment. We will give NPA members 10% discount on all cash purchases and 5% off other transactions (9972 0061)

LARRY ADLER SKI & OUTDOOR 10% OFF 1024 Pittwater Rd, Collaroy. 10% off rrp for all outdoor and ski equipment, clothing and accessories. Not in con- junction with any other promotion (9971 8711)

MOUNTAIN DESIGNS ARMIDALE 10% OFF Receive 10% discount on purchases, not including sale items. Dangar St, Armidale. Ph 6771 5991

MOUNTAIN DESIGNS NSW 10% OFF Receive 10% discount on purchases, sale items not included, at Mountain Designs stores: Sydney, Miranda and Katoomba ( 9267 3822 )

PADDY PALLIN KATOOMBA 10% OFF 166B Katoomba St, Katoomba. Receive 10% discount on all purchases from Paddy Pallin Katoomba, except sale items ( 4782 5787 )

PORT CAMPING WORLD 5% OFF+ 133 Horton St, Port Macquarie. NPA members will receive 5% discount on any purchases (excluding canoes). A bigger discount will be negotiated on larger sales ( 6583 2390 )

SYDNEY CAMPING CENTRE 5-10% OFF 148 Parramatta Rd, Stanmore. Camping and tramping clothing and equipment. Army/navy surplus, workwear and footwear. Receive 5% up to $200, 10% over $200 ( 9519 9457 )

THE SUMMIT GEAR SHOP 10% OFF Katoomba Street, Katoomba. 10% discount offered on all Summit Gear products for cash only (not cards or eftpos). Repairs expertly carried out for cash only. We try to keep our overheads down ( 4782 3467 )

THE WILDERNESS SOCIETY SHOP 5% OFF Centrepoint, Sydney. NPA members receive 5% discount on all purchases (other than sale goods) on presentation of card ( 9233 4674 )

THOMAS COOK BOOT & CLOTHING CO 10% OFF Receive 10% off Thomas Cook’s range of classic Australian Outback and Adventure clothing. Available at Thomas Cook stores: 129 Pitt St, Sydney (9232 3334) and 790 George St, Haymarket ( 9212 6616)


ARMIDALE BRANCH: Monthly excursions and newsletters, with quarterly meetings and social gatherings. Contact John Davidson 02 6772 1296 or Judy Grieve 02 6775 1205.

BLUE MOUNTAINS BRANCH: Contact the Branch Secretary, PO Box 148, Springwood 2777 with requests or queries, or to have your name put on the Newsletter list, which will publicise meeting times.

CENTRAL COAST BRANCH: Third Thursday in March, May, July, September, November at 7.30pm, Bateau Bay Progress Hall.

CENTRAL WEST BRANCH: Second Friday of every second month (even months) at 6.30pm, Bathurst Information and Neighbourhood Centre, Russell St, Bathurst. Contact Dennis Byrne on 02 6335 1698.

CLARENCE VALLEY BRANCH: First Monday of the month at 7.30pm, Grafton High School Common Room.

FAR NORTH COAST: Contact Hazel Bridgett 02 6629 5010.

FAR SOUTH COAST: Meetings every second month, field trip alternate months. Contact Kim Tayson, PO Box 797, Bega 2550.

HUNTER BRANCH: Contact Secretary, John Vernon, on 4959 5808, or e-mail Branch postal address is PO Box 177, Toronto 2283.

HAWKESBURY-CUMBERLAND BRANCH: First Wednesday of alternate months (starting February) at 7.30 pm, Tebbutt Room, Windsor Library. Ph 02 4573 6169.

ILLAWARRA BRANCH: Contact President, Pam Robinson, on 02 4284 1662.

LACHLAN VALLEY BRANCH: Third Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm, Parkes Neighbourhood Centre.

MACARTHUR BRANCH: Second Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm, Campbelltown North Public School, corner Thomas St and Rudd Rd, Campbelltown.

MID NORTH COAST BRANCH: Third Monday of the month at 6pm; alternate months at 6.30pm. Ring Gwen O'Dea 02 6583 2272, Mollie Rowell 02 6583 1427.

MILTON BRANCH: First Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm, Room 10, Ulladulla Primary School.

SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS BRANCH: Quarterly general meetings: 2000 - 2 August, 1 November. Contact Secretary, Kate Burnstein, on 4861 2132. (Note: this Branch used to be known as the Berrima Branch.)

SOUTHERN SYDNEY BRANCH: Slide show or general meeting, third Thursday of the month (except school holidays) at 8pm. Ph Peter Vaughan on 9528 7341 for details.

SYDNEY BRANCH: See Members’ Diary in Sydney Branch Newsletter and this Activities Program for details.

TAMWORTH-NAMOI BRANCH: Third Friday of the month at 8pm, No 1 Oval Pavilion Kable Avenue, Tamworth. Phone Ron Webster for details on 02 6766 4296.

THREE VALLEYS BRANCH: Third Tuesday of the month at 9.30am, Lot 100, Grassy Head Road, Grassy Head (about 2 km from Scotts Head Rd turnoff).

Advance Notice - 2001 Education Series - on a theme of Wandering Wildlife - visit for information.

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