Bushwalking Victoria is the peak body for all bushwalkers and bushwalking clubs in Victoria, Australia. We represent 62 bushwalking clubs, 8 associated organisations and almost 200 individual members on bushwalking and conservation issues in Victoria. Bushwalking Victoria is a not-for-profit organisation run by a dedicated band of volunteers. Our funds are generally derived from membership and subscriber fees. We also receive grant funding from the state government to undertake specific projects. We are an Incorporated Association, governed by a Board of Management comprising four elected officers and five general Board members. The day-to-day management of the organisation is carried out by the office bearers, conveners of standing committees and other specialist officers, assisted by an Office Manager.
We are a member of the national peak body Bushwalking Australia.
Better Bushwalking For Victoria
A large and diverse bushwalking community enjoying world class walking opportunities across a wide range of Victorian landscapes.
To inspire more people to walk in natural areas for enjoyment, health, wellbeing and appreciation of the Victorian environment.
From the time of our early explorers, men and women were drawn to the natural environment and walked the wild country and sea side. Then came miners, timber getters and cattlemen, and their tracks served the walkers well. Australians did not escape the world-wide obsession to walk, the "hiking boom" of the 1930s, and clubs sprang up everywhere. The fad had hardly caught hold before it waned, but curiously, in 1934, as its popularity faded eight walking clubs in Melbourne founded a Federation, to promote the activity as a reasonable form of recreation, and to lobby for political recognition.
In 1939, World War 2 demanded everybody's efforts, and along with a million others, the young walkers of the country joined the Armed Forces and the Federation fell into decline. However following the war it fired up again and continued to operate under the name and organisational structure until 2006. At the end of 2006 the name of the organisation changed its name to Bushwalking Victoria and the governance model changed from a council of club delegates to a board of management.
Our history is described in the book "The Scroggin Eaters: A History of Bushwalking in Victoria, to 1989" by Graeme Wheeler (1991).