Welcome to the Pandani website

The Pandani Bushwalking Club organises walks and activities in the Hobart and southern Tasmania region and further afield on weekends and weekdays all year round.

The emphasis is on bushwalking but there are also kayaking, cycling, mountain biking, and photographic events held at various times of the year, as well as monthly social meetings. Many club members are keen bush photographers and an annual photographic competition/exhibition is held in September.

A modified version of the latest activity program is available here. For privacy and security reasons, the names and telephone numbers of most leaders have been removed. To become a member, you can either simply join the Club, or go on two walks as a visitor.

The Club holds monthly meetings on the first Thursday of every month (except January). These provide an opportunity to meet with other Club members, chat about recent and forthcoming Club trips, share photos, and hear about the latest in gear. There are short sessions on bushwalking skills and other related topics such as mountain biking, kayaking and bush photography, as well as presentations from guest speakers.

There is also a range of other social events such as barbeques, picnics, movie nights and visits to restaurants arranged from time to time by Club members. In addition, the Club has a Facebook page, an open page welcome to browsers.

'Twenty Years Down The Track'

The Club is now 20 years old! To commemorate this achievement a book with the above title has been published documenting the origins and history of the Club and featuring descriptions of many of the noteworthy walks and events during the years. Many spectacular photographs are also included. The book is sold in various book shops around Hobart and is available from the Club for Pandani Club members.
Contact pandanibook@gmail.com for your nearest supplier.

News and Events

The new program, for the first quarter of 2016 has now come out. There is the usual complement of walks on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, although we were unable to fill some places on long weekends. There are also three walks, or one a month, on Wednesdays, rated Easy, which are also short, with a maximum of three hours walking. They are aimed at senior citizens, but all are welcome. The AGM, at Runnymede, Hobart, on Jan 31, includes attendance at a play, Taking Tea with Harriet. Those who wish to attend should book in with Christine Wilson as per the program, or via Facebook message. You will need to pay for your own ticket. There are a plethora of overnight trips on this Program, from the adventurous Hungry Hippos and 3 days, 3 Mountains, to Two Lakes and a Mountain in January, a trip to the Walls and Solitary Man`s Hut in February, and Gould Plateau and Mt Gould in March. There is also a car boot camping trip to Lees Paddocks and a kayaking trip on the Pieman River. Then there`s a trip to Pelion Hut and Environs for the Easter break, with a range of peaks to be bagged. Social meetings, at the Phillip Smith Centre, Edward St Glebe, resume in February, with Graham Hammond of Find Your Feet discussing some of his ski trips in places like Japan and Norway. There will be a Members` Slide night in March, to highlight the best photos from overnight summer trips. Feel free to join us, and contact info@pandani as per this website if you want to see a full program.
Our Club is named after the Tasmanian endemic, Richea pandanifolia, the largest heath plant in the world. It is found in both rain forests and sub alpine communities and can reach several meters in height. This photo shows Club members up in the Hartz Mountains, experiencing fairly typical alpine weather: misty, damp and atmospheric. The Pandanis may be seen in the foreground. [Photo Wiebke Parker]