Robert Carter

Robert on the Larapinta


Why do you bush walk?


Growing up in the then inner city suburb of Leichhardt there wasn’t really all that much to do and keep kids out of trouble. Luckily I had a few likeminded mates and we decided on this thing called ‘bushwalking’ which soon became a passion for the freedom and excitement of the great outdoors. My mother always said that I was ‘a frustrated explorer’ as I always wanted to tread where no person had gone before ! In later years bushwalking became an outlet to provide some better balance in a heavy bias towards work– now I am just a ‘professional adventurer’ and enjoying every minute of it.

When did you join SBW?



What's your favourite piece of gear in your pack and why?

Hmmm an interesting question. Probably three things – my camera, maps and toilet paper. My maps get me to where I want to be and my camera provides a record of the fond memories. Toilet paper for very obvious reasons – and you can trade it (unused) for all sorts of goodies on longer walks.

What is the average weight of your overnight pack, without water?

As much or as little as I choose !


What's one piece of advice you can offer new walkers that you wish you knew when you started?

Being part of a club such as SBW provides the unique opportunity to participate in walks with experienced leaders and members who are generally all too willing to support and share their experiences and provide the opportunity to visit places in the bush that you never would have thought existed. A second piece of advice would be to ease yourself into the more challenging walks by taking the opportunity to join easier walks build fitness, experience and knowledge before jumping in head first.

A memorable walk?

Larapinta in 2014 is possibly the most spectacular walk. Anthea Michaelis, Geoff Bishop and I spent 52 days walking the Bibbulmun Track in 2015 – that holds great memories and experiences. Having the opportunity to visit the Tarkine with Melinda Turner & co in February 2017 is certainly memorable due to the unique and challenging experience. To be honest – every walk has its own unique memories and I enjoy all of them..

What kind of walks do you like?

I enjoy any walk in any location of any grade as I am just driven to get out there and enjoy myself. I lead all sorts of walks from easy to hard day walks, multiday and multiweek walks across a very broad range of locations. I get a lot of enjoyment out of leading Q-walks as it is great to work with Prospective Members. I also enjoy passing on those hard earned experiences so also support the Club through providing Walk Leader Programs.

Do you have a walks philosophy or motto?

Just keep putting one foot in front of the other. Hills do become much easier the more you do them.

What's on your walking wish list?

Just so much to do ! Currently planning for the Te Araroa Track in NZ that starts from Cape Reinga to Bluff – 3,000 km from the top of the North Island to the bottom of the South Island. Intention is to start walking in October 2018 and should take 5 to 5.5 months to complete. Would also like to do more walking in Tasmania, NZ, Central Australia and eventually walk in Kakadu.

Any other passions/interests?

Rugby League, travelling, tormenting my wife – Kylie - and drinking VB (of course).


New Members Information Night
New Members Information Nights are held every month except January, at 16 Fitzroy Street Kirribilli, 7:30pm - 8:30 pm on the second Wednesday the month.


February 2017 - Autumn Program released!

The Autumn Program for 2017 is now out and has been emailed to members. Check it out for lots of great walks around Sydney and beyond. If you haven't got your copy, it can be downloaded from the Member's Area of the website. You'll need to login to access it.


Prospective Members, watch your Qs

Are you a Prospective Member and have completed your Qualifying (Q) day walks and overnight trip as well as the first aid and navigation training requirements? If yes, then you're eligible to become a Full Member!


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