The first Australia Section of the Club was came into being at the 1956 NZAC AGM:
"NZAC Alpine Journal excerpt: R.D. Dick moved that the Club Committee favourably consider the formation of a section of the club in Sydney, Australia. He stated that F.W. Newmarch had received a communication from a member of the club domiciled in Sydney, pointing out the advantages to be obtained through the formation of a section whose members could advise Australian climbers on conditions in this country and make available to them alpine literature and other information which would be of benefit to the climbers and to the New Zealand Alpine Club. The motion was seconded by Miss A.C. O'Rorke. R.W. Cawley and A.F. Shaw supported the motion which was CARRIED." The first Chairman was Colin K Putt.
The branch went on to have both a Northern and Southern section, but was disbanded at the 1986 AGM of the NZAC. The majority of the Australian members then electing to transfer over to New Zealand Sections.
By a vote of the Club Committee on Saturday 7th May 2005, the Australia Section began its second life and at the current time (May 2015) has a total of 521 members.
If you are interested in helping to run events in your local area, please get in touch with the section. The Club is what we members make it!
Discounts in Australia for NZAC members
For a variety of special discounts available within Australia, please see under the Membership heading - drop down menu for: Benefits of Membership
Minutes of the July 2015 Committee Meeting of the Australia Section (PDF, 154kb)
25 June 2015 - AGM Annual Report (PDF, 69kb)
The section do not hold monthly meetings, but run regular trips. These are put on for all members to attend. Predominately mountaineering in Australia and overseas, but also covering rock climbing, ski touring, abseiling to enable members to keep up their fitness and rope skills. Upcoming trip lists are posted in newsletters, on this page (below), included in the alpineclub.org.nz Events Calendar and emailed to section members directly.
Upcoming Section Trip List (43kb) PDF - updated May 2015
Axeheads June 2015 (969kb ) PDF
All newsletters are in printable PDF format. If you are unable to view this format please visit the site www.adobe.com to obtain a free download of the software.
2014: Summer (2.66mb) | Autumn (4mb) | Winter (7mb) | Spring (4.6mb) |
2013: Winter (1.44mb) | Spring (1.8mb) |
2012: Summer (PDF, 1MB)
2011: Autumn (PDF, 5.4MB) | Winter (PDF, 2.75MB) | Spring (PDF, 4MB)
2010: Aug (PDF, 544KB) | Nov (PDF, 4MB)
2009: Apr (PDF, 162KB) | Jul (PDF, 896KB)