YHA Bushwalkers Qld members pictured on a 2015 trip to Mount Barney.

In 1962 Australian Youth Hostel Association National Secretary, Richard Willis, sent 800 notices to Queensland residents who had been, or still were, members of a youth hostel association anywhere in the world. He then formed an active working committee of four - Ralph and Lorna Pepper, John Baker, and Pam Davies.

After several months of preliminary meetings, the formal inauguration of YHA in Queensland took place at a public meeting attended by 70 people at St Francis House, Elizabeth Street, Brisbane on 7 December 1962. The initial membership of YHA Queensland was 25 people. In November 1962, YHA Queensland’s first weekend away was a trip to Binna Burra. In 1963 outings included day trips to Moogerah Dam, Numinbah & Natural Arch; and weekend trips to Stradbroke Island, O’Reillys (camping), Lost World, and Glasshouse Mountains.

A media report in March 1964 stated: “Since its formation in Queensland little more than one year ago Youth Hostel Association trips in Queensland have been mostly camping and bushwalking.  ...But now (with the proposed conversion of Lost World to a typical Youth Hostel) – hostelling in Queensland will truly be an adventure in outdoor living. The official opening of the Lost World hostel is expected to be held within a few months.” 

The convenor of YHA Bushwalkers Qld, appointed in August 1965, was Don Burnett and the Outings Secretary was Judy Kay.

Queensland's first YHA - Lost World hostel (Kerry Valley) opened on June 20 1964. Photographer Peter McMurtrie

In 2002 the club applied for incorporation and became YHA Bushwalkers Qld Inc. Youth Hostels Association gave permission for the club to retain the letters ‘YHA’ in its incorporated name. In return members of the club were required to continue to be members of YHA, and YHA returned a portion of these membership fees to the club.

In 2018 YHA Australia changed its membership structure so that there were no longer membership fees. It asked the club to remove the ‘YHA’ from its name. After much discussion, in early 2019 the club received approval to change its name to Bushwalking Adventures Qld Inc, and continues to be known affectionately as The Bushies.

The logo on the left was created after the club became an incorporated association in 2002. The YHA logo was always prominently displayed to mark our long association with that organisation (from prior to 1965 until 2019).