MelBushO events are the perfect way to get started in bush orienteering without travelling far from Melbourne.  Events are held from April to September, on Sunday mornings.  You can choose your own start time between 10am and 11.30am, and opt for any of the five courses – Long Hard, Medium Hard, Short Hard, Moderate, or Easy.   We provide coaching, course advice, and loan of a compass and an electronic timing device (SI stick).

SI sticks are available for sale at all MelbushO events. Find out more

MelBushO events in 2022 will be held in accordance with our Covid Safe Plan.

Online entry and payment are strongly preferred at MelbushO events, to keep registration and payment as simple and fast as possible, and to guarantee there is a map for everyone on the course of their choice.  Entries close on the Thursday evening prior to the event.  Find out how to create an Eventor account and enter an event.

Great events for the whole family

Information for Newcomers

Start time: Starts are from 10:00 am to 11:30 am

How to enter: Pre-entry via Eventor is strongly preferred. On the day entries will be very limited.

Entry fees: Adult $12 or junior $6. Family maximum $30.
Map provided. Compass and SportIdent electronic timing card available for loan.

Courses:  choose any one of five courses offered

  • Course 1 = Long distance, hard navigation
  • Course 2 = Medium distance, hard navigation
  • Course 3 = Short distance, hard navigation
  • Course 4 = Medium distance, moderate navigation
  • Course 5 = Short distance, easy navigation

Our newcomer coaches will help you choose the right course.

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: Normally this would be fine, but under current restrictions you can only sign up for one 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

2022 Events - Date (all Sundays) Location Directions
April 3 Candlebark Park, Templestowe Enter Westerfolds Park from Fitzsimons Lane and follow Orienteering signs to parking
April 24 Tikalara Park, Templestowe Park on Websters Road
May 15 Banksia Park, Bulleen Enter Banksia Park from Templestowe Road
June 12 Wellington Chase, Lysterfield Birdsland Environment Centre, off Mt Moreton Road, Belgrave Heights
July 3 Yellow Gum Park, Yan Yean Turn onto Memorial Drive, then turn south onto Goldsworthy Lane and follow orienteering signs
July 17 Jells Park, Wheelers Hill Main car park, off Waverley Road
August 7 Yanakie Block, Kangaroo Ground Turn into Henley Road from Eltham-Yarra Glen Road, and follow Orienteering signs
August 21 Hawkstowe Park, South Morang Enter Plenty Gorge Park from Gordons Road and follow Orienteering signs to parking. Includes RadiO event
September 4 Woodlands Historic Park, Greenvale CANCELLED with apologies

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