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Closure of Wilsons Prom

Wilsons Promontory National Park will be closed from Monday 21 August to the morning of Friday 25 August 2017 due to an annual deer control program. For further information click here

Volunteers Required - Trackwork

Langi Ghiran Water Race Circuit

26 August 2017 at 9.30am - 16 Volunteers required. Contact David Miller on davidmiller3199@gmail.com

Federation Walk - 28 & 29 October

Warburton

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.

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

Member Discounts

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15 Tips for Hiking with Kids

15 Tips for Hiking with Kids

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Have you always wanted to bring the kids along with you when you're hiking? Well now you can, with these 15 tips.

1. Bring a backpack: having a backpack with you is very crucial. Find something that is lightweight that an adult or older child could carry. And you want it to have straps that cross your chest for good support. It's also a good place to store all those treasures they might find.

2. Make sure you've got snacks and water: we make sure to fill a water bottle or two to bring along. Most backpacks have a nice mesh pocket on the side to hold a water bottle. And you'll want some snacks. Mixed nuts, raisins, granola bars or energy bars. Trail mixes are great to make and bring too.

3. Wear the right shoes: if you're hiking near water, you may want shoes that are sturdy, but can get wet. Or if you're hiking near mud or on a long hike, you'll want to wear socks with a good pair of hiking shoes. We love Keen shoes, they are perfect for hiking.

4. Another great tip we learned from friends is to bring a second pair of shoes to leave in the car and change into when you're done hiking. Chances are you're going to get your hiking shoes wet or muddy, so they suggest bringing a second "car" pair of shoes. We've now done this and it's a great idea!

5. First thing to find, a good stick: you'll be finding a lot of fun things on a hike. But the first thing to find is a good stick. It can be used for so many things. A walking stick, for sword fighting, poking at plants, pointing at things far away, etc.

6. Keep a look out: there are so many treasures to search for on a hike. We love to keep our eyes out for the following fun things:

  • Ferns – these plants are on almost every hike we've ever been on. It's a great plant to teach to your young ones. My 3-year-old is the best at pointing them out!
  • Bugs – spider webs and creepy crawling things are all over. Make sure to spot them on your hike.
  • Holes – there seems to be a lot of holes near the path. We like to find them and guess what might live inside!
  • Critters – keep your eye out for animals on the trail. We'll often see squirrels. And we keep our ears open for the sound of birds.

7. Watch for things on your path: it's fun to look for the roots that pop up all over the pathway. When you're on a hike with lots of trees, you'll be sure to see the tree roots pop up. Make sure you look out for them and try not to get tripped.

8. Talk about what to do if you see berries or poisonous plants: get familiar with common poisonous plants. We been wanting to find a book about this and do a little more research on which plants and berries are not good to even touch. But we make sure to point them out and talk to our kids about NOT picking any berries or leaves off trees and bushes.

9. Look for the unexpected: It's the best on a hike when you come upon fallen trees. Look for ones that are uprooted and tipped right over. You can see almost everything from it's roots and it left a big hole. We're always looking for fun unexpected sights on our hike. We've also seen trees struck by lightning, very cool.

10. Make sure you bring camera: There are always good photo opportunities on a hike. Make sure to take a picture at the top to show your view, or even create a few fun photo opps of your own, like pretending to be a bear on a log!

11. Go on a Scavenger or Treasure Hunt: Kids love games and competitions, so give them a list of things to tick off on a checklist (anything from feathers and ferns to worms and snails.) You can be specific or relaxed e.g. look for something bumpy, smelly, sharp, round, rough, or smooth.

12. Turn your walk into an Obstacle Course: Kids love places with lots to look at and things to clamber over. Run around trees, jump over rocks, but remember to respect the flora and fauna.

13. Play 'give me five': Ask your children to name five types of tree species, plants, birds or fish.

14. Give them a camera: Cameras will engage your kids' creative side and keep them entertained. Looking back at the photos may make them eager to return on another walk.

15. And last but not least, have fun in NATURE! If you come prepared with the above items and hiking ideas, you'll be on your way to a fun family hike.

Source: Eco Explorers Bush Playgroups Melbourne

 

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

20/12/16. 

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 

 

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

 

 

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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