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Summary of Australian Standard on walking track classifications for wilderness, outdoor and adventure activities, including signage, track markers, walking surface, terrain and environmental factors.
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    Walking Track Classifications

Below is a paraphrasing of the Australian Standard on walking tracks (AS 2156.1-2001: walking tracks classification and signage). This is a highly condensed version, but gives an idea of the different classifications of track.

Class Conditions Signage Infrastructure Terrain Example1
1 1.2m wide, hardened surface, suitable for wheelchairs arrows at intersections and frequent interpretive signage lookouts, seats, and barrier rails no previous walking experience required, ramps required if steps present access path in urban parkland
2 90cm wide, modified or hardened surface, few intrusions arrows at intersections and frequent interpretive signage lookouts, seats, and barrier rails gradient usually less than 1:10, no previous walking experience required nature circuit in urban park
3 generally modified, sometimes hardened, less than 1.2m wide signage and track markers for direction only, limited interpretive signage specific safety/ environmental considerations only gradient usually less than 1:10 but with some steep sections, some natural hazards (eg: water crossings) potentially present well-trodden walking track in major National Park
4 generally distinct but without substantial modification to the ground, fallen debris/ obstacles likely minimal signage for management and directional purposes specific safety/ environmental considerations only may require map/ compass skills, users to be self-reliant walking track in National Park
5 limited modification, track may be indistinct in places signage limited to management purposes specific safety/ environmental considerations only requires map/ compass and other specialised skills, users need to be self-reliant less-used walking track in a distant area of a national park
6 no modification of the natural environment not provided not provided requires high degree of competence in map/compass and other specialised skills, users need to be self-reliant little-used path in a remote area
1 These examples are ours, not Standards Australia's, and are a guide only.



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