Who we are

Trail Hiking Australia (THA) is a site and community developed as a hobby by Darren Edwards. This is not a commercial initiative. I am committed to protecting your privacy and developing technology that gives you the most powerful and safe online experience. This Statement of Privacy applies to THA Membership website and governs data collection and usage. By using the THA website you consent to the data practices described in this statement.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

THA collects personally identifiable information, such as your name and e-mail address. THA may also collect anonymous demographic information, which is not unique to you, such as your postcode, age, gender, preferences, interests and favourites.

There is also information about your computer hardware and software that is automatically collected by THA. This information can include: your IP address, browser type, domain names, access times and referring Web site addresses. This information is used by THA for the operation of the Membership website service, to maintain quality of the service, and to provide me with general statistics regarding use of THA website.

Please keep in mind that if you directly disclose personally identifiable information or personally sensitive data through the THA website public message boards, this information may be collected and used by others. Note: THA does not read any of your private online communications.

THA encourages you to review the privacy statements of websites you choose to link to from the THA website so that you can understand how those websites collect, use and share your information. THA is not responsible for the privacy statements or other content on websites outside of THA website.

Use of your Personal Information

THA collects and uses your personal information to operate the THA Membership program and website, and to deliver the products and services you have requested. THA also uses your personally identifiable information to inform you of other products or services available from the website.THA may also contact you via surveys to conduct research about your opinion of the THA Membership Program and related activities or potential new activities that may be offered.

THA does not sell, rent or lease its Membership list to third parties. THA may, from time to time, contact you on behalf of its partners about a particular offering that may be of interest to you. In those cases, your unique personally identifiable information (name and e-mail address) is not transferred to the third party. In addition, THA may share data with trusted partners to help us perform statistical analysis, send you an email or postal mail, provide customer support, or arrange for deliveries. All such third parties are prohibited from using your personal information except to provide these services to THA, and they are required to maintain the confidentiality of your information.

THA does not use or disclose sensitive personal information without your explicit consent.

THA keeps track of the websites and pages our Members visit within the THA website in order to determine what Membership activities and services are the most popular. This data is used to deliver customised content and advertising within the THA website.

THA will disclose your personal information, without notice, only if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to: (a) conform to the edicts of the law or comply with legal process served on THA; (b) protect and defend the rights or property of THA Membership; and, (c) act under exigent circumstances to protect the personal safety of users of THA Membership, or the public.

Use of Cookies

THA Membership website use “cookies” to help you personalise your online experience. A cookie is a text file that is placed on your hard disk by a webpage server. Cookies cannot be used to run programs or deliver viruses to your computer. Cookies are uniquely assigned to you, and can only be read by a web server in the domain that issued the cookie to you.

One of the primary purposes of cookies is to provide a convenience feature to save you time. The purpose of a cookie is to tell the web server that you have returned to a specific page. For example, a cookie helps THA Membership website to recall your specific information on subsequent visits. This simplifies the process of recording your personal information, such as billing addresses, shipping addresses, and so on. When you return to the same THA Membership website, the information you previously provided can be retrieved, so you can easily use THA Membership website features that you customised.

You have the ability to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. If you choose to decline cookies, you may not be able to fully experience the interactive features of THA website.

If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymised string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Security of your Personal Information

THA secures your personal information from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. THA secures the personally identifiable information you provide on computer servers in a controlled, secure environment, protected from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. When personal information (such as a credit card number) is transmitted to other websites, it is protected through the use of encryption, such as the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) protocol.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognise and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Changes to this Statement

THA will occasionally update this Statement of Privacy to reflect Member feedback. THA encourages you to periodically review this Statement to be informed of how THA is protecting your information.

Contact Information

THA welcomes your comments regarding this Statement of Privacy. If you believe that THA has not adhered to this Statement, please contact Darren Edwards at explore@trailhiking.com.au