Volunteers Required - Trackwork

Langi Ghiran Water Race Circuit

26 August 2017 at 9.30am - 16 Volunteers required. Contact David Miller on

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 ...

Member Discounts

Make the most of your membership discounts!

pdfDiscount List


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Deadline for the August 2016 edition: Monday 18 July 2016.


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Editor: Joslin Guest


Invitation - Swing to the Beat of Bushwahzee

The ever-popular Melbourne Bushwalkers' bushdance is on again.


Members of all Bushwalking Victoria affiliated clubs and individual members are welcome.


MelbBWC bushdance


Featuring Bushwahzee, Melbourne's Number One bush dance band since 1981, join in the fun with easy-to-learn dance steps - The Galopede, The Heel and Toe, The Siege of Ennis and many more. No prior dance skill needed as you share the evening with friends and family, either on the floor or just enjoying the music.

  • When: Saturday 20 August, 7:00pm (band starts 7:30pm) until 11:00pm
  • Where: St Oswalds Hall, 96 High Street, Glen Iris
  • Tickets: $20 per person are on sale now. For further information or booking email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Payment and booking details: Visit the Melbourne Bushwalkers bushdance page at
  • BYO plate (to share) and drinks. Tea and coffee available.


Ian Mair, President, Melbourne Bushwalkers



Fed16 - Registration Opens Friday 8 July

 Fed16 logo

Get ready! Registration for the Federation Weekend 2016 – Western Grampians will open soon.

  • Registration opens: 7am, Friday 8 July
  • Registration closes: 12midnight, Wednesday 31 August


Registration will be via the TryBooking website, which was used for last year's event. A link for this will be published on prior to registration opening.


Once on the TryBooking site, you will be asked initially how many of each ticket type you are booking (Saturday and/or Sunday walks and the Saturday night meal). You will then be asked to complete details for each attendee you are booking for. Lastly you will complete your (the booker) details and make payment using your credit card. A ticket will be then be generated for printing – one for each attendee. For any issues or queries, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Booking details for each attendee include: name, address, contact details, club name, emergency contact information, special dietary requirements, whether you can provide a car for carpooling, three walk preferences for each day and whether you grant permission for your email address to be passed on to next year's event organisers.


When choosing your walk preferences, please choose carefully. You can read detailed descriptions of each walk via the Walks Program page of the Fed16 website – including difficulty, length, duration, total uphill and route, plus driving distance and time. Please choose a walk within your abilities.


Bonus for early bookings

Gib Wettenhall (GDTA) has very kindly and generously offered to donate a large quantity of a pictorial book of the Grampians he produced and published ten years ago. Titled Gariwerd – Reflections on the Grampians, it is a series of beautiful photos taken by landscape photographer and ecologist Alison Pouliot along with a number of essays by Gib himself. Together, the images and essays reflect on how we might explore, appreciate and enrich our reading of this remarkable landscape.

 Fed16 bonus offer

A copy of this lovely book will be included with each registration (one per person/couple) while stocks last. First in – best dressed!


We thank Gib Wettenhall very much for his extremely generous donation. The Federation Weekend in the Grampians seems like the perfect event for such a gift like this. We are sure people will be very appreciative in receiving such a book.


Chris Dunmill, President - Wimmera Bushwalking Club


First Aid Training - HLTAID003 Certificate

All bushwalkers, and particularly leaders, are encouraged to undertake training in first aid. Melbourne Bushwalkers has organised a first aid course for to be held on Saturday 15 October. Applications to attend are open to all Melbourne Bushwalkers members and members of other clubs affiliated with Bushwalking Victoria.


The course is HLTAID003, equivalent to the old Level 2 first aid certificate. Six to eight hours of prior private study is required (course book provided) with a pre-class test sheet to be completed. During the seven plus hours of class work participants must:

  • Demonstrate competent CPR performance on an infant and adult manikin (1 manikin per student)
  • Participate in three first aid scenarios
  • Complete a written knowledge assessment
  • Apply first aid procedures for a variety of first aid conditions.


Satisfactory completion of the course requirements leads to a nationally-recognised certificate valid for three years.


The instructor is an experienced trauma paramedic with a strong bushwalking background. The course will be tailored towards bushwalkers. The provider, Premium Health, has 29 years of experience and currently delivers first aid training to 45,000 participants per year.


The venue is Premium Health, 115-117 Gardenvale Road, Gardenvale, on Saturday 15 October 9am - 5pm.



The course cost is $100 per person discounted (for 20 starters) from the usual $180. Members of Bushwalking Victoria affiliated bushwalking clubs are eligible for a Bushwalking Victoria subsidy of $25 which can be arranged through their own club. Registered volunteers of Bush Search and Rescue (BSAR) are eligible for a further subsidy from BSAR.


Numbers are limited and bookings are essential. We must have at least 20 starters so let us know your intentions as soon as possible. Enquiries and bookings can be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


USI requirement:

All students undertaking formal courses of instruction which have national accreditation are now required to register with the Federal Government and obtain a Unique Student Identifier (USI) code which must be given to the training organisation providing the course.


If you need to apply for a USI or need more information please visit


Ian Mair, President, Melbourne Bushwalkers



Bush Search and Rescue Search Reports

Lerderderg search, 18 February 2016

Twenty four BSAR members responded to the callout for a person who was last seen at Bacchus Marsh on 15 February. BSAR teams conducted feature searches along areas adjacent to the Sugarloaf Track to the northeast of the Antimony Mine Track junction. The missing person was located on a side track off Antimony Mine track when he walked out of the bush in front of a Parks Victoria vehicle en route to a search location. BSAR annual training weekend 15-17 July 2016

Sawmill Settlement search, 26-28 April 2016

Over the ANZAC Weekend a mountain biker went missing near the small holiday town of Sawmill Settlement, not far from Merrijig after going out for a brief late evening walk following a day of mountain biking with his wife and two friends. He did not return that evening. Initial searches by locals the next day found no sign of him so BSAR was called out to provide searchers. A total of 33 BSAR searchers participated over the next three days in the search.


BSAR searchers undertook feature and line searching during the search, often in thick bush, in and around the Delatite River. BSAR searchers were required to search the more rugged locations and also to provide group leadership and navigation skills when working alongside other agencies.


The missing man's body was found four days after being reported missing close to the holiday house where he had been staying.


Source: Behind the Log, May 2016