Trip gradings are estimates only, particularly length, pace, and duration.

If you see an activity without a grading, the Activity Description will let you judge distance and difficulty.

Not sure whether your experience has prepared you for a particular grade of activity? The Coordinator will be happy to discuss that with you.

Walk Gradings


  • SNQ – Short non-qualifying – easy stroll around 5km or less
  • NQ – Non-qualifying – less than 8km
  • S –  Short – 8-12 km
  • M – Medium – 13-20 km
  • L – Long – more than 20 km

In calculating distance, 1 km is added for every 100 metres climbed.


  • E – Easy – on tracks, beaches and open paddocks.
  • M – Medium – may include some off-track walking with limited minor scrub
  • R – Rough – off-track, may include scrub-bashing, creeks, rocks, etc.


Coordinators may specify slow, medium (moderate) or fast pace.



Maps are TASMAP Series or the Tasmanian Street Atlas.


Duration of a trip is an estimate and includes breaks such as morning tea and lunch.

Cycling Gradings

MOD Moderate – Undulating, but rideable by most people.
INT Intermediate – Steeper in parts, but not excessively difficult.
CHA Challenging – Route contains long steep hills that may necessitate some riders walking.
Bike Type Road (R), Mountain (M), Touring (T), All (A)


Tuesday Generally longer rides and suited to a faster paced cyclist, although pace is considerate. Length usually 45 to 80km.
Rides depart at 10am sharp unless otherwise stated. Riders are asked to familiarise themselves with the route on the day. Those who may be late will be able to catch up with the group. No need to book.For more information or if the weather is doubtful please phone the Coordinator. For general information about rides, please phone Programmer Chris Howard on 0418 243 200.
Thursday Short Easy Rides Rides catering for slow cyclists.
Meet at venue in time for 10am departure.Enquiries to Coordinator for each ride, if needed.
For general information about rides please phone Chris Schokman on 6225 2213.
Thursday Medium Easy Rides Rides at a considerate pace, length usually 25 to 40km.

Meet at venue in time for 10am departure, unless otherwise stated.
Enquiries to Coordinator for each ride, if needed.
For general information about rides please contact one of the ride Programmers,

David Pears 0409 616 384 or Margaret McDonald 0417 593 681.

Thursday Medium
Rides at moderate pace, with morning tea and lunch breaks. Length usually 35 to 50km. Meet at venue in time for a 10am sharp departure.

Enquiries to Coordinator for each ride if needed.

For general information about rides, please phone Programmer Helen Daly 0428 435 363.


Kayaking Gradings

Weather and water conditions may increase the difficulty of a kayaking activity.


SNQ Non-qualifying – easy flat water, little or no wind, less than 8km.
S Short – 8 to 12km
M Medium – 13 to 20km
L Long – over 20km

Difficulty (skill level)

B Basic – Possess the skills to manoeuvre your kayak forwards, backwards and sideways; be able to paddle in 10km/hour winds; have the ability to recover from a capsize; be able to land your kayak on a boat ramp or beach or shore without breaking waves; possess basic navigation and map reading skills; can understand Bureau of Meteorology marine weather forecasts.
I Intermediate – all of the above skills plus a reasonable fitness to paddle longer distances; have the ability to paddle in 20km/hour winds; have good navigation and map reading skills; have the ability and experience to handle larger waves (up to 1 metre), swells and winds; be able to land your kayak in breaking waves.
A Advanced – All of the above skills plus a high level of fitness to cope with paddling longer distances and in more adverse water conditions; be competent to paddle in 25-30 km/hour winds; be able to handle difficult water conditions including big swells, waves and strong winds; have the ability to enter or exit beaches through surf; possess the knowledge and the experience to deal with emergency situations.
It is your responsibility to check the weather and water forecasts, and to decide whether to set out on a club kayaking activity. Know your limits. If you are in doubt and poor weather is forecast, please speak to the Trip Coordinator beforehand. Remember – you are responsible for yourself.

To participate in HWC kayaking activities you will need a seaworthy touring or sea kayak as well as MAST specified safety equipment: a Personal Flotation Device (life jacket), a tether leash for your paddle, a bailer and navigation lights if you envisage paddling at night.