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New Zealand Alpine Club Australia Section Inc.

Reg. No. A0047513N

Trip Calendar for the year

Latest update August 2020:

Considering the potential risk of spreading or infecting others with COVID19 on club trips, the committee has decided unanimously to cancel all current and future club trips.



Also, a reminder that Snowy Mountains Climbing School (SMCS) is running a series of rock climbing as well as a number of 6 day introductory Mountaineering courses again this year in Kosciuszko NP. These are offered at a discount to NZAC members and further details are available on their website
For all enquiries and bookings for these courses please contact SMCS direct.

Dates for their mountaineering courses are:  3-8 Aug, 17-22 Aug, 31- 5 Sept & 14-19 Sept.

About the Region

From the sandstone of Arapiles and the Blue Mountains to the much-underrated couloir and ice climbing of the Main Range, Victoria and Tasmania. Whether your interest is rock, snow, ice or all of the above, Australia has a lot to offer both native Australian and visiting New Zealand climbers.

The Section

The Australia Section includes many of the country’s, if not the world’s, best alpinists. It maintains both a Facebook Page and a Facebook Group. A number of section events and trips are offered throughout the year to provide a chance for members to consolidate skills, socialise and experience all that Australia has to offer.


Section Meetings

The Australia Section has meetings 4-5 times per year. The next meeting will be the 19th November 2019.  Please see the Section Events Calendar for more information on these evenings.


The Australian Section now has merchandise available to be purchased, click here to view and order. Please contact the member services coordinator once you’ve placed an order so we can calculate postage to you and send through the total amount to pay with the section’s bank details.

We will be starting off with a limited amount of short sleeve polo shirts (185g 100% yarn treated Cool Dry) in both men’s and women’s styles, gauge the response, then look to list long sleeve polo shirts and a variety of hats.

Hire Equipment

Heading out on a backcountry or alpine trip? The section has avalanche transceivers and probes to hire for members. Hire form is downloadable from here and needs to be returned to the Treasurer.

Rates for 7 days:

Avalanche Transceiver and probes $25 , deposit $200.

Person Locator Beacon $20, deposit $150.

See hire form for details of longer term hires. NZAC will pay for postage to the member however it is the members responsibility to pay for return postage of all items.


Section Events and Trips

The Section runs a number of diverse events throughout the year. Information about these can be found on the Section Events Calendar. The Facebook Group also provides an opportunity for Section Members to post information about privately organised activities.

The Programme for 2020 is currently being reviewed and updated, in the meantime, most confirmed events are listed on Facebook or above in the calendar.

Got an idea for a Section Event?  Let us know via Facebook or email us at australia[at]

Activity Convenors can find the Australia Activity Safety Plan and further information on the NZAC Organising Trips page

Section Committee

The Section Committee exists to facilitate the interests of Section Members.  Its current membership is:


Chair: Mike Pryjma (NSW)
Vice-Chair: Ben Treble (NSW)
Secretary: Bruce Spry (NSW)
Treasurer: Peter Blunt (ACT)
Newsletter Editor: Mingma Sherpa (TAS)
Online Coordinator: Michael Macdonald (NSW)
Events Coordinator:  Charlie Freer
Member Services: Anthony Brandis
Safety Coordinator: Nick Baulch

Technical Advisory Panel:

Mike Pryjma

Chris Brown

Alan Silva

Each member of the Section Committee is also a member of the Section’s Facebook Group. Please feel free to let them know your thoughts via public post or private message at any point.

Section Committee Meetings and Chairman’s Reports

The Section Committee ordinarily meets on the first Tuesday of every second month (January, March, May, July, September, November) and holds an Annual General Meeting in June each year.  Elections are held for membership and offices of the Section Committee in accordance with the Club Rules and Australia Section Rules.


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May minutes 2020

March 2020 Minutes

AGM Minutes 2019

Australia Committee minutes June 11th 2019

Australia Committee – Special General Meeting June 2019

Australia Committee – adjourned special general meeting minutes June 2019

Australia Committee minutes 9th April 2019

Australia Committee minutes 12 February 2019

Australia Committee minutes 2 May 2018

AGM Minutes 2018

Australia Committee minutes 14 August 2018

Australia Committee minutes 11 October 2018

Australia Committee minutes 12 December 2018

Chairman’s Reports

Chair Report AGM 2019

Annual Blue Lake Trip changes

Member survey results 2019

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Chair  Report_June_ 2018_AGM

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