What is Bushwalking Victoria?
Bushwalking Victoria is a not-for-profit organisation run by dedicated 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 governed by an elected Board. Day-to-day management of the organisation is carried out by office bearers, conveners of standing committees and other specialist officers, assisted by an Office Manager.
Who does Bushwalking Victoria represent?
Bushwalking Victoria represents over 60 bushwalking clubs, 8 associated organisations and over 250 individual members. We represent over 8,000 members and 250,000 bushwalkers actively engaged in outdoor recreation across Victoria.
What does Bushwalking Victoria do?
- Bushwalking Victoria advocates for bushwalking and conservation across Victoria.
- Insurance is provided for members of affiliated bushwalking clubs.
- Our popular Fedwalks weekend is held annually.
- We provide training on topics including navigation, leadership, risk management and safety.
- Bushwalking Victoria operates three standing committees - Bushwalking Tracks and Conservation (BTAC), Bush Search and Rescue Victoria (BSAR) and Bushwalking Safety.
- We provide bushwalking resources such as Where to Walk information, Walksafe and how to start and run a bushwalking club.
- We send out a regular bulletins to subscribers with current information and updates on bushwalking.
- We provide input to and participate with Bushwalking Australia to represent the interests of bushwalkers and other recreational walkers.
What does BTAC do?
The Bushwalking Tracks and Conservation (BTAC) committee provides volunteers who undertake track maintenance and conservation activities in conjuction with Parks Victoria and DELWP. BTAC also engages with key land managers to provide early input and advice on planning and conservation matters.
What does BSAR do?
Bush Search and Rescue Victoria (BSAR) is a standing committee that operates as an emergency service that provides support to Victoria Police Search and Rescue for land search and rescue activities across Victoria.
What does the Bushwalking Safety Committee do?
The Bushwalking Safety Committee promotes safe bushwalking for volunteers through the provision of up to date safety information, publications and advice.
Where can I go Bushwalking?
Clubs generally have walk programs publicized well in advance. Most clubs offer a range of levels of walks from easy to hard. Day walks are usually on weekends but some clubs also offer mid-week walks. Clubs also organise extended walks over a number of days with overnight camping.
Another activity popular with clubs is "base camping", where day walks are conducted out from and return to a base camp so people don't have to carry overnight camping gear on the walk. Many club programs include other outdoors activities such as canoeing and cycling, and also social events. Most clubs also have regular meetings which might include a guest speaker or general discussion on topics relevant to bushwalking. Bushwalking Victoria and Club also offer training on topics such as first aid, navigation and map reading.
What age ranges are typically in Clubs?
Statistics show that 45 to 65 is the largest age group in bushwalking clubs. However, there are clubs that are more targeted towards younger people and clubs with a very wide age range. Click on the Join a Club section under Walkers Info for details about individual clubs. Contact the Bushwalking Victoria office who can help find one suitable for you.
What if I can't read a Map?
That's a great reason to join a club. Bushwalking clubs are an excellent source of experienced leaders and walking companions who will be happy to help you learn how to read a map. You can always start with walks in easy country, on well-marked routes with up to date track notes and maps. If possible, walk in fine weather. Build up your experience gradually.
A good map of the area where you are walking is important for both planning and navigation.
Maps in guidebooks may be sufficient in conjunction with the covering notes.
Also, check National Park authorities websites for track notes and sketch maps.
Below are some useful website links:
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
The Australian Alps National Parks
John Chapman - bushwalking publications and information
John & Lyn Daly - bushwalking publications
Open Space Publishing - bushwalking, climbing and cycling publications, downloads and blog
VicMap Topographic 1:30,000 Maps Online
VicMap Topographic Hardcopy Map Index
Melbourne Map Centre, Australia's largest map shop