MelBushO

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.  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

MELBUSHO EVENTS WILL RESUME ON JULY 19, as competitive sport is allowed to resume

A new provisional calendar has been prepared with a restart date of July 19.  Events will operate under Orienteering Victoria’s Return to Sport plan.  Pre-entry and pre-payment online will be required, and entry numbers will be capped in line with allowed group sizes for community sport.

Great events for the whole family

Information for Newcomers

Start time: Starts are from 10:00 am to 11:30 am (tbc).
How to enter: (to be added)

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

MelBushO Provisional Restart Fixture 2020(all dates subject to DHHS directives and landowner permit confirmation)
DateMapLocationClubDirections
Sunday 19 July (TBC)Police PaddocksEndeavour HillsDandenong RangesEnter from Brady Road and park as directed. Melway 81 K11
Sunday 26 July (TBC)Banksia ParkBulleenMelbourne Forest RacersEnter from Templestowe Road and follow orienteering signs to parking. Melway 32 E5
Sunday 2 August (TBC)Westerfolds ParkTemplestoweYarra ValleyEnter from Porter Street and park as directed. Melway 33 E3
Sunday 9 August (TBC)Hawkstowe ParkSouth MorangBayside KangaroosEnter Plenty Gorge Park from Gordons Road and follow orienteering signs to parking. Melway 183 H8
Sunday 16 August (TBC)WoodlandsGreenvaleTuckonieEnter from Somerton Road. Melway 178 B6
Sunday 6 September (TBC)Candlebark ParkElthamNillumbik EmusEnter Westerfolds Park from Fitzsimons Lane, and follow orienteering signs to parking. Melway 33 F1

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