MelBushO events are the perfect way to get started in bush orienteering without travelling far from Melbourne.  Events are held from April to August, on Sunday mornings.  You can choose your own start time between 10am and 11.30am, and opt for any of the four courses – Long Hard, Short Hard, Moderate, or Easy.  No pre-entry is required – just come along on the day and enter at Registration.  We provide coaching, course advice, and loan of a compass and an electronic timing device (SI stick).

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2018 Series - Information for Newcomers

Start time: Starts are from 10:00 am to 11:30 am.
There is no need to pre-register, just come along on the day.

Entry fees: Adult $10 or junior $5. Family maximum $25.
Map provided. Compass and SportIdent electronic timing card available for loan.

Who is MelBushO suitable for: Any person of any age who can walk or run for at least 2 km.

What to bring along: Long pants, shoes with some grip, money for entry fee, water.

What will be provided at the event: A map showing the course. SportIdent electronic timing sticks and compasses are available for loan.

What is a SportIdent stick: This is an e-stick which you carry on your finger and use to register that you have visited a control.

What is an orienteering course: It comprises a series of controls marked on your map that make a loop from the start to the finish. You must travel from one control to the next in numberical order until you have completed your course.

What is an orienteering control: An orange & white flag with a numbered control unit which is positioned at a particular place on the map.

Which course to try: If you have not done any bush orienteering, try a course with easy navigation. These courses have tracks, fences or creeks to follow.

Who does moderate navigation: Anyone who would like a bit more of a challenge than the easy course. The features will be obvious and you may need to be able to read contours to tell whether you are going up or down.

Who does hard navigation: More experienced orienteers who can read contours and understand the map information.

Can I do more than one course: You can do more than one course for no extra charge. It is better to try something easy and then progress to a harder course.

Can I get some help: There will be helpers to provide instruction and to start you on  your course.  They can also talk through your course after you have finished.

Also view New to Bush Orienteering

Event 1: April 8 2018 Cardinia Reservoir, Emerald

With temperatures reaching a sizzling 30 degrees, fitness was the key to success at Cardinia Reservoir, as all courses tackled a considerable number of contours.  It also paid to avoid the green, and to look for tracks and clearings, to speed up progress; the red line was not always the fastest option.  Great to see so many newcomers enjoying the experience of navigating with a map to find controls.

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Event 2: April 29 2018 Hawkstowe, Plenty Gorge

Just under 200 people enjoyed a fabulous day at Hawkstowe Park.  The picnic area was a picture with all the autumn foliage on show.  Most courses took competitors into the complex Morang Wetlands, a new part of the map. Great use was made of small gaps in fences, oddly shaped lakes, and some steep embankments, to create plenty of route choice, even on the Easy course.  There were some nice erosion features to get to grips with as well.  Generally the terrain was open and fast, but there were definitely some places where it paid to slow down and pay attention to the map!

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Event 3: May 27 2018 Balt Camp, Bullengarook

A lovely warm day to see out Autumn at Bullengarook, and some challenging bush courses, were enjoyed by 150 competitors. With subtle contour features and quite a bit of undergrowth, compass skills were needed today.  Other things to practice were attack points, and relocation.
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Event 4: June 17 2018 Emerald Lake, Emerald

A typical winter day in the Dandenongs – cold but clear, and the rain stayed away.  This map has a bit of everything from pockets of tall native trees to a patch of very European forest, plus the numerous tracks that follow the railway line, and of course the lake, bridges, and waddling ducks.  Puffing Billy’s whistle through the trees competed with the bird calls.  A very enjoyable way to stay warm!

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Event 5: July 1 2018 Candlebark Park, Templestowe

A chilly morning gave way to a glorious winter day – perfect for orienteering at Candlebark Park in Eltham.  A couple of hundred eager navigators agreed with us!  The Hard courses were treated to a loop of Eltham Lower Park with its miniature railway nestled beside the river. Then it was south across the bridge, and a climb up into the hillier terrain, where the complicated track network gave lots of route choices.  We had a lovely downhill across the open grassland before a final control in some erosion detail.  The easier courses had similar loops but did not venture over the bridge.

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Event 6: July 15 2018 Woodlands, Greenvale

When there are kangaroos on the hop, and planes roaring overhead, you know its Woodlands! This is a park unlike any other in Melbourne, with sweeping hills, large granite boulders, intricate creeks, and farmland and fences to navigate.  A great time was had by all.

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Event 7: July 29 2018 Yanakie Block, Kangaroo Ground

Despite the dire forecast, the sun shone and the rain stayed away – perfect conditions to christen a new MelBushO map, Yanakie Block in Kangaroo Ground.  Tall eucalypts hugged the creek, while our eyes were drawn upwards to the top of the slopes – some very clear and open, others forested.  Control sites varied from small detailed contour features close to the watercourses, to broad spurs and gullies, and knolls which provided great vantage points.  Wildlife included wallabies and deer, as well as a flock of white cockatoos.  Courses were physically demanding and navigationally challenging; the perfect recipe for a great day outdoors.

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Event 8: August 26 2018 Banksia Park, Bulleen

Directions: Enter Banksia Park from Templestowe Road and follow orienteering signs to parking. Melway 32 E5. Toilets available.

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