Federation Walk - 28 & 29 October


This years' Federation Walk is hosted by Melbourne Bushwalkers - planning is well ahead and bookings open on July 1. For further information follow this link.

Changes to the Packhorse Track

Many bushwalkers will have walked the delightful Packhorse Track that winds up through the forest from Howmans Gap to Falls Creek. There have been some changes to the track recently as part of Falls Creek's summer strategy. Read more

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 ...

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We defend equal access for bushwalkers and preservation of landscape values on Falls to Hotham Icon Walk


Recreational walkers must have equal access to the Falls to Hotham Icon Walk being developed by Parks Victoria and not be excluded to benefit commercial operators.

The Parks Victoria Draft Management Plan (DMP) currently states that there will be new restrictions on where recreational bushwalkers will be allowed to camp, and that commercial groups will have priority for booking limited campsites.

Bushwalking Victoria seeks to encourage more people to go bushwalking, but we think the restrictions proposed for the Falls to Hotham Walk may have the reverse effect.

We support the concept of Icon Walks, but are concerned these walks will exclude local recreational bushwalkers in favour of commercial tour groups.

We are also concerned that the proposal to develop a route up Diamantina Spur with luxury cabins built up high will have a negative impact on landscape values and may encourage less experienced groups to attempt to reach the cabins for shelter in dangerous inclement weather.

Commercial development, including building camping platforms and cabins, must not destroy the qualities of natural bush and alpine areas that bushwalkers visit.  Some of the proposed cabins are planned to be situated for panoramic views, but the DMP says built structures should have minimal visual impact – it is extremely difficult to achieve both outcomes.

Victoria's Alpine National Park is for everyone to enjoy and we do not want to see inappropriate commercial development compromise the landscape values of the park.

Bushwalking Victoria is also keen for more funds to be allocated for the maintenance of bushwalking tracks across Victoria, not just for Icon Walks.

Peter Campbell, President

0409 417 504 


Why bushwalking is good for you

Why Bushwalking is Good for You!

Saw the movie "Wild" starring Reese Witherspoon, and what an epic journey of discovery and clearing of mind. We all live in a hectic world with lots of pressures placed upon us. We barely have time to take a walk to de-stress and end up overweight, stressed and quite often depressed.

Read more: Why bushwalking is good for you

Invitation - 2nd Club Presidents Meeting

Dear Fellow President!

Happy New Year! I trust it has started off well for you and your club.

As agreed at the first Quarterly Meeting of Presidents, I propose that the next meeting be held at 7:30pm, Monday 29 February at my home in Malvern East, and hope that this meets with your availability.

The preference from the first meeting was to have plenty of time for networking and informal sharing of information or experiences relevant to the role of president.

This time, rather than provide a list of possible discussion topics I only include the background to one topic "Getting People Involved" as was reported in Bushwalking News Victoria, August 2015, page 8 and which was mooted as a discussion item. We did not get around to it at the first meeting and a February meeting, and it will be timely to discuss it at this second meeting as it will enable us to report back to next Bushwalking Victoria Leadership Day in June this year.

If you have other topics you would like to raise feel free to let me know and we can add them to the list.

Please let me know whether you can attend.

Looking forward to your advice on attendance and catching up on the night.

Yours in bushwalking

Ian Mair, President, Melbourne Bushwalkers
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Bushwalking Victoria News - Survey

Bushwalking Victoria is reviewing the way it communicates with bushwalkers and bushwalking clubs. This survey is issued to gain feedback about what readers think about Bushwalking News Victoria, what sort of information readers would like to see in it and how they would prefer it to be delivered.

The survey should take only 4-5 minutes to complete.

The outcome of the survey will be summarised in the February 2016 edition of Bushwalking News Victoria.

Bushwalking Victoria News Survey



Deer Hunting Trail to be Allowed on Popular Bushwalking Island

Deer Hunting Trail to be Allowed on Popular Bushwalking Island


Snake Island, located in Nooramunga Marine and Coastal Park (South Gippsland) is a popular destination for bushwalkers, with walks on Snake Island appearing on many club programs.

The Victorian Government announced recently that it would allow a trial to hunt hog deer on the island for a two year period. From the very limited information available it appears that hunters will access the island via a ballot system from February 2017.

Snake Island Cattlemen's Association President Peter Mabilia said they were not consulted about the Victorian Government's decision to allow shooters to hunt the deer. "We're disappointed that it's happened this way. We've had absolutely no consultation whatsoever whether it be with us, the kayakers, bushwalkers [or] the local people in the town," Mr Mabilia said.

Parks Victoria Acting Regional Director for the Eastern Region, Roger Fenwick, commented that, "We have given a commitment to meet with the cattlemen's association and other user groups."

Bushwalking Victoria's key concerns with deer hunting on Snake Island are:

  1. The lack of consultation with all stakeholders prior to the decision being announced
  2. Ongoing hunting on Snake Island by recreational shooters, with the island becoming a de-facto reserve for shooters.
  3. The risks and impacts that shooting will have on the safe enjoyment of bushwalking on the island.
  4. The apparent lack of a program to eradicate deer from Snake Island

Further information:-

ABC Gippsland Report

Snake Island Cattlemen's Association Position Statement


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