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 five courses – Long Hard, Medium 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).

SI sticks, compasses and other orienteering gear will be available for sale at all MelbushO events. Find out more

Great events for the whole family

Event 3 - Brimbank Park - a write up about the day

The forecast for Brimbank on Sunday was dire, and many or most of the Tuckonie helpers dressed in layers before staffing the tables and Start. Interest was high, though – a runner asked Warwick and Lindsay where she could get a map, and they were still putting controls out!

The fords were dry despite the rain earlier in the week, and the morning was cold but still as the first runners left the start, revelling in the park’s open going after the Macedon scrub.

It soon turned out that the conditions were appreciated – first, some of the helpers started to divest themselves of layers – and out on the course some swift times were being set. Callum White, quickest on Course 1 last week, cut his kilometre rate from 9:52 at Macedon to 6:05 at Brimbank, and still came in well behind Peter Hobbs (5:20).

And as the sun came out around noon, we could see that on all the courses bar Course 5 the leading kilometre rates had halved from Macedon (despite the steep climbs at Brimbank).

One of the other good things about the Brimbank event was that all of the starters on Course 5 finished their course, as had happened at Macedon previously. That’s encouraging!

Another encouragement: a trio of tyros arrived at Registration with no cash, just smartphones. We aren’t set up for that, so we apologetically suggested they try and get some change at the Cafe. And they did! Returned, entered, and finished their course. It does make you smile!

And remember – Brimbank is set up with a permanent course, with both physical and smartphone controls – and again, a cafe. An ideal place to show off your skills to family or friends!

2019 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 $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: 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: Sunday April 28 2019, at Woodlands Historic Park, Greenvale

Enter from Somerton Road, Greenvale. Melway 178 B6

Toilets are available.



Event 2: Sunday May 19 2019, at Macedon

From Macedon, take Smith Street north, and park on Campey Road or Middle Gully Road. Melway 657 D5

Nearest toilets are at cnr of Smith and Victoria Streets in Macedon.

Event 3: Sunday June 2 2019, at Brimbank Park, Keilor East

Enter from Keilor Park Drive and follow orienteering signs to parking.  Melway 14 H9

Toilets are available.

Event 4: Sunday June 23 2019, at You Yangs Regional Park

Enter via main entrance n Branch Road, and follow orienteering signs to parking. Melway X911 F5

Toilets are available.

Event 5: Sunday July 14 2019, at Yellow Gum Picnic Area, Plenty Gorge Park

Turn west off Yan Yean Road at Memorial Drive. Turn south at Goldsworthy Lane and follow orienteering signs to parking. Melway 10F5

Toilets are available.

Event 6: Sunday August 4 2019, at Tikkalara Park, Templestowe

Enter from Websters Road. Melway 34 C2

Toilets are available.


Event 7: Sunday August 25 2019, at Cardinia Reservoir Park, Emerald - 50th Anniversary of Orienteering in Victoria!

Help us celebrate this very special anniversary event!

Enter Cardinia Reservoir Park from Wellington Road, and follow Orienteering signs to parking. Melway 210 E10

Toilets are available.

Event 8: Sunday September 15 2019, at Banksia Park, Bulleen

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

Toilets are available.


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