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

Great events for the whole family

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

MelBushO Fixture 2020
Sunday 19 AprilWoodlandsGreenvaleTuckonieEnter from Somerton Road. Melway 178 B6
Sunday 10 MayMaroondah ReservoirHealesvilleYarra ValleyEnter from Maroondah Highway and follow Main Loop Road to parking. Melway 270
Sunday 31 MayClifford ParkWonga ParkNillumbik EmusScout Activity Centre, Clifford Drive. Melway 24 J6
Sunday 14 JuneTye EstateRomseyCentral HighlandsEnter from Kerrie Road and park as directed. Melway X909 H9
Sunday 28 JuneWesterfolds ParkTemplestoweYarra ValleyEnter from Porter Street and park as directed. Melway 33 E3
Sunday 12 JulyPolice PaddocksEndeavour HillsDandenong RangesEnter from Brady Road and park as directed. Melway 81 K11
Sunday 26 JulyBanksia ParkBulleenMelbourne Forest RacersEnter from Templestowe Road and follow orienteering signs to parking. Melway 32 E5
Sunday 9 AugustHawkstowe ParkSouth MorangBayside KangaroosEnter Plenty Gorge Park from Gordons Road and follow orienteering signs to parking. Melway 183 H8
Sunday 6 SeptemberCandlebark ParkElthamNillumbik EmusEnter Westerfolds Park from Fitzsimons Lane, and follow orienteering signs to parking. Melway 33 F1

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