Walking track grading system

The Australian Walking Track Grading System is a national standard to help you work out if a walk will suit your level of fitness and experience.

Walking tracks in the Northern Territory (NT) are graded according to the Australian Walking Track Grading System.

Grade 1 easy (disabled access)

No bushwalking experience required.

Flat even surface with no steps or steep sections.

Suitable for wheelchair users who have someone to assist them.

Walks no greater than 5km.

Grade 2 easy

No bushwalking experience required.

The track is hardened or compacted surface and may have a gentle hill section or sections and occasional steps.

Walks no greater than 10km.

Grade 3 moderate

Suitable for most ages and fitness levels.

Some bushwalking experience recommended.

Tracks may have short steep hill sections a rough surface and many steps.

Walks up to 20km.

Grade 4 moderate to difficult

Bushwalking experience recommended.

Tracks may be long, rough and very steep.

Directional signage may be limited.

Grade 5 difficult

Very experienced bushwalkers with specialised skills, including navigation and emergency first aid.

Tracks are likely to be very rough, very steep and unmarked.

Walks may be more than 20km.

Below is a diagram of the Australian Walking Track Grading System used in NT parks.

Walking track grading system

Last updated: 15 February 2022

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