The Ramblers started in the 1920s as part of the Workers Educational Association. At that time the Ramblers mainly were interested in bird watching and native flora and fauna. Later on, some of the members started to organise walks on the first and third Sunday of the month as it was the only work free day. Over the years, interest in walking increased and the range of walks expanded to include historical and urban areas as well as National Parks. We have always had keen naturalists who are able to identify most flowers and birds. We now have a comprehensive program that covers most days of the week.

THE WALKING OBSESSION

It happens very quickly, unexpected you might say,
You plan it for a lifetime, keenly waiting for the day,
Retiring from the workforce even though you'll miss your mates,
There's lots of things to do in life before the pearly gates,

Before too long you join a club and hope it's one you'll treasure,
But climbing up the steps from Wondabyne - that can't be pleasure!
There's forty people with you and you think that you may quit;
You'd no idea how many walk from Manly to The Spit.

Then later on you graduate to walks demanding power,
Like Waterfall to Loftus, Mount Kuring-gai to Berowra;
You're in the bush three times a week, your housework's never done,
Kanangra Walls, Bungonia Gorge, Grand Canyon, here we come!

Then maybe you'll go overseas, you buy the largest pack,
And trek in England, Spain, Nepal and do the Milford Track;
So there you are with new-found friends, part of a long procession;
You realise you've caught the bug, it's called the "Walking Obsession".

John Dennett