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Extended Navigation Training

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Grampians Peak Trail

Excitement in the Grampians is building, as construction on the northern and southern sections of the Peaks Trail gets underway.
Parks Victoria is working with hikers to plan the most scenic walks through the area. Watch this video

Deer Hunting on Snake Island

The Victorian Government announced recently that it would allow a trial to hunt hog deer on the island for a two year period. Bushwalking Victoria has a number of concerns reagrding this proposal. Read more ...
 
Replacement of Toilet Block - Ritchie's Hut
 
Parks Victoria are currently in the process of replacing the existing toilet at Ritchie's hut.

The works are scheduled between February and April 2017.

There may be no toilet available for use between this period as the old toilet will be decommissioned. Please ensure you walk at least 100 metres from the river or any water way, dig a hole and bury your waste and toilet paper very carefully.

If you have any queries, please contact Parks Victoria, Mansfield on 13 1963.

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Make a Start !

Bushwalking - Why not make a start now?

The simplest and safest way to get started is to learn from the experience of others. Bushwalking clubs are an excellent source of experienced leaders and walking companions, as well as offering useful trip suggestions and advice. Clubs generally have walk programs publicized well in advance and welcome prospective members as visitors on walks. Some clubs also have equipment available for hire.

There are more than 70 bushwalking and outdoor clubs across Victoria so there is likely to be one near you. For more information on finding and joining a bushwalking club, visit the Join a Bushwalking Club page.

There are many good books available on equipment, skills and places to go. Try your local library or one of the specialist shops for copies.

Start with easy trips. Do a couple of half-day or day walks fairly close to home, then longer day walks and short overnight trips. Start with walks in easy country, on well marked routes with up to date track notes and maps. If possible, walk in fine weather. A limited selection is listed in this brochure. Build up your experience gradually.

Bushwalking is good exercise and is within the physical capabilities of most people. However, you'll do better and enjoy it more if you are fit before you go. The exercise you need is the kind that builds up your heart and circulatory system; walking, climbing stairs, swimming, cycling, jogging and, of course, lots of bushwalking.

If you are not walking with an experienced leader, obtain a map of the area and plan your route before starting. Try to estimate how long it will take and where you want to have lunch or camp. Someone in the party must be able to navigate. It is dangerous to go into the bush if you do not understand how to read a map. Many clubs will help members become proficient at navigation. The Outdoor Leisure Map series provides maps and information on bushwalking routes in popular areas. A list of map shops is included in this brochure. Know the elements of first aid and carry a basic first aid kit at all times. Enquire from Bushwalking Victoria about courses available in basic and advanced bushwalking skills and first aid.

Always start with a filled water bottle and suitable high energy food. In cool weather one litre of water during the day should be sufficient but you will need more on hot days. Foods that are easily digestible and provide energy to the body quickly are carbohydrates, such as bread, fresh or dried fruit, sweets and chocolate. For overnight trips, food should be lightweight and easily prepared. 

For more information see the Food and Water topics.

You don't need much equipment when starting, but choose it carefully and wisely. For day walks you need a small pack, but if you wish to camp overnight you will personally need a good sleeping bag and backpack, whilst a tent and stove can be shared with others. These items can be borrowed or hired until you decide exactly what you need. Specialist shops and clubs can help with advice.

For more information see the Equipment topic

The right clothing ensures you enjoy bushwalking in both comfort and safety. Your clothing is your first line of protection from the cold, the wind, the rain, the sun, insects, snakes and the scrub. A number of light, adjustable layers is preferable to a few layers of thick fabric. Good footwear means comfortable light boots or runners with a sound tread. Headwear is essential to provide shade from the sun or warmth from cold winds. A waterproof jacket is also essential. Choose one with a draw cord hood, long enough to sit on and NOT padded.

For more information see the Clothing topic.

 

Check out where2walk for ideas on where to go bushwalking.  where2walk is Bushwalking Victoria's online database of bushwalks across Victoria.  There is sure to be something suitable for all levels of skills and experience/


Before you go, let someone know where you are going and when you are expected back. Leave a copy of your intended route with a friend (or at least in your vehicle, such as on top of the sun visor). And let them know of your safe return.

As advised in the minimum impact code, protect our bush and water resources by walking in small parties, keeping to the track, carrying out all rubbish, cooking with a stove, following the sanitation guidelines and respecting the flora and fauna and the enjoyment of others.

For more information see the Tread Softly topic.