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New Phone Number - 9846 1132

Due to ongoing issues with our phone number we have been issued with a new number - it is 9846 1132 - please use this number from now on!

Administration Assistant Required

Bushwalking Victoria is looking for the services of a proactive Administration Assistant to work with their Office Manager and the Board.
Your administration background in a busy environment will be an asset. Intermediate Microsoft Office Suite skills, including Excel, typing, strong attention to detail and follow through, are a must in this role. Experience in online applications such as Salesforce, Joomla and MailChimp is preferred, but not essential.

Liaison with members, general office administration and secretarial support where required, will keep you challenged and busy.
If you are a proactive person with a strong customer service focus, take pride and ownership in your contribution, have excellent attention to detail and want to be part of a growing organisation this could be for you.

Please email your CV with a covering letter to Patsy Scales at admin@bushwalkingvictoria.org.au or telephone 03 9846 1132 for further information.

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Fed 16 - Walk Leaders and Co-leaders Wanted
Whilst we have already had a number kind volunteers for walk leaders for the Federation Weekend, there are still a number of walks that require a leader and/or co-leader.
If you would like to volunteer for either role, please email us at walks@fedwalks.org.au for a list of outstanding walks. Once we have enough names, walks will be allocated accordingly to leaders and co-leaders.
Both walk leaders and co-leaders will be encouraged to attend a training day and should also scope their walk at least once prior to the event.
A big thanks to all those who have currently registered their interest.
Chris Dunmill, President - Wimmera Bushwalking Club

Safety alert: There is no water on the Viking and Razor
Bushwalkers visiting the Viking and Razor regions north of Mount Howitt are advised that there is no water available.

Several parties have recently run out of water in this area. Some have descended in unsuccessful attempts to locate water, resulting in search and rescue events.

If you are visiting this area please ensure that you are carrying enough water.

Discounts for Bushwalking Victoria Members

We have renegotiated our discounts with our preferred suppliers for the next 12 months. To find out more, follow this link:

Discount List

What is bushwalking?

Simply put, bushwalking is recreational walking in natural Australian landscapes. Walkers overseas might refer to similar activities in their own countries as tramping, hiking or rambling.

Discard any preconceived ideas of bushwalking as a bearded, middle aged man in khaki carrying a cumbersome rucksack through the bush, for nothing could be further from the truth. Bushwalking is undertaken by people of all ages and backgrounds in a variety of Australian landscapes and for many varied reasons.

Bushwalking is enjoyed by family groups, uni students, couple, singles, older people and seniors. It can be enjoyed in small or large sociable groups.  You don't need to be super-fit to enjoy bushwalking. In fact, bushwalking can be a pleasant way to develop fitness by engaging in a safe, low-impact sport. There are numerous Walking for Health groups around Australia who conduct activities on local tracks in urban bush reserves. However, for most bushwalkers the key objective is not about getting fit, but simply having fun and experiencing the wonders of Australia's natural landscapes.

Bushwalking can take place in remote areas or in cities. While much bushwalking is undertaken in the eucalyptus forests of national parks, it can also be located by the edge of rivers and placid lakes, along the sandy foreshores of coastal beaches and dunes, beneath lush rainforest canopy, under the blue skies of vast outback deserts, in man-made state forests, along the historic rail trails of disused railway lines, on cycle tracks, or traversing urban bush reserves and grassy parkland.

There are many styles of bushwalking. Some people enjoy a challenge and push themselves to the limit in long distance endurance hikes or ascending mountains, which may involve some scrambling up precipitous rocky slopes.

Day walks may involve travelling by car or public transport to a national park trailhead, carrying a small rucksack filled with a picnic lunch and refreshments, and walking through the bush on a well-signed bush track for a few hours to a waterfall or scenic lookout. A day walk could be as short as a couple of kilometres, or as long as you have the strength to carry on.

Many bushwalkers undertake overnight pack walks where they carry lightweight tents, cooking equipment and sleeping bags to savour the solitude of a peaceful bush campsite.

Rail trail bushwalks occur on wide, gently sloping tracks which were formerly railway routes. These trails take the bushwalker on easy walks through natural areas and are shared with cyclists.

For those who prefer a little extra comfort, glamping is a professionally guided bushwalking trip combined with a pre-set campsite and gourmet meals provided by a specialist walking company.

Others prefer a gentle stroll around a lakeshore, along a sandy beach, or in a local bushland reserve. The choice is up to you.

Bushwalking is a relatively safe sport. Sometimes people are deterred from bushwalking by fear of snakes and spiders or fear of getting lost. Occasionally you may encounter wildlife on a walk, but the dangers are minimal. Taking a few precautions such as bushwalking with a club reduces the risk significantly. There are many bushwalking safety tips and ideas on this website that will increase your confidence and help you to get started bushwalking.