Bulletin 56  - November 2022        [View this email in your browser]
Warby Ranges FedWalks – a Great Team Effort!
The 2022 FedWalks event, held in North-East Victoria on 1-2 October, was a great success. Whilst the event was based in Wangaratta, about 200 participants enjoyed walks in three contrasting locations – the Warby Ranges, Mt Buffalo and Beechworth and surrounds.

Flooding rivers proved a challenge, with two walks needing to be cancelled; some rerouting of other walks was also required. Luckily, the weekend’s weather was wonderful and a sense of community was palpable. As Cecily Fletcher, the 2022 FedWalks Coordinator, said: “Beyond the statistics, the real measures of success were evident in the enthusiasm of participants gathering in the morning to head out on their walks; the warmth and friendliness evident as people returned with stories to tell; the relaxed banter around the tables at dinner; and the energy reserves found by those moved to dance to the entertainment on Saturday night!”

The dedication, persistence and hard work of the organising clubs, walk leaders and myriad volunteers must be applauded. Their efforts, along with support from key members of the 2021 FedWalks organising committee and Bushwalking Victoria, continue the wonderful Federation Walks legacy.

Around the Clubs

Melbourne Women's Walking Club wins Victorian Community History Award!

The Melbourne Women’s Walking Club has won the Victorian Community History Award for best collaborative community history for their book Still on Track: 100 Years of the Melbourne Women’s Walking Club.  Their award was presented at a ceremony held recently at the Arts Centre Melbourne. The judges said:
Still on Track: 100 Years of the Melbourne Women’s Walking Club is an engaging read. Well-presented, blending stories from the past and present of the club, Still on Track traces landmarks in the club’s history and explores what the club has meant to members over the decades. It is inclusive of many voices and, while charting a long history, explores the relevance of the club to its members today. Many collaborators have combined to produce this exemplary people-centred and participatory history which shows the social significance of the club.”

Congratulations to all involved in the production of this wonderful publication.


Orchids Galore!!

Many of our clubs have been venturing out and immersing themselves in a sea of wildflowers and orchids.  Warrnambool Bushwalkers shared this beautiful compilation of their recent Orchid Hunt in the Grampians.

Tree Planting with the Melbourne Bushwalkers

After two years' delay, Melbourne Bushwalkers were finally able to get together to plant 500 native trees in Kinglake, as a long-term legacy and part of their 80th anniversary celebrations. They were supported by the Upper Goulburn Landcare Network working in collaboration with Fifteen Trees. The planting can be seen on their website at this link: 

What’s New?
  • Vicmap has released a new Grampians map. One side is the 1:100,000 Grampians Special, which covers the entire Grampians. On the reverse is the 1:25,000 Halls Gap Special, together with a 1:10,000 map of Wonderland and 1:25,000 maps of Mount Zero-Mount Stapylton and Zumsteins-MacKenzie Falls. This is an ideal map for touring and day walks in popular areas.  Find it at specialist map suppliers and some outdoor suppliers.
  • A simplified, action-oriented Australian Fire Danger Rating System has recently been adopted. Across the country, four easy-to-recognise rating levels will make it easier to understand the level of threat and make the right decisions to keep yourself and others safe.
  • Our BTAC volunteers were active in the Croajingolong NP during September. Thanks to some dedicated efforts over two days, the track from Wingan Inlet Campground to Rame Head is open again. The views from the trig point are truly spectacular.

Leader Training 2023: Advance Notice 

Bushwalking Victoria will run two training weekends at the start of 2023 for club members interested in Leading Walks for their club and Smart Phone Navigation. 

The courses are run by experienced teams of trainers and take place in a friendly and supportive environment at Westerfolds park.  The courses in March are repeated in April. You are welcome to enrol for one course only, or both leader training and smartphone navigation.

The dates for training are:

   Day Walk Leader Training

   Registrations Open: 

Sat 11 March         

Wed 1 Feb

Sat 1 April

Wed 1 Feb    

   Smart Phone Navigation Training     

   Registrations Open:

Sun 12 March

Sat 4 Feb

Sun 2 April

Sat 18 Feb

More details about the courses and how to register will be published in the December 2022 and February 2023 BWV News (published at the end of November and January).
Any general enquiries can be directed as follows:
   Day Walk Leader Training
   Smart Phone Navigation


Navigation Techniques: Estimating Total Ascent

Good planning before a bushwalk ensures that the intended route suits the fitness levels and experience of everyone in the group. Planning should always include an estimate of total ascent.

This article outlines:

  • The difference between Total Ascent and Gain in Elevation
  • How to accurately estimate total ascent by counting contours
  • The use of a Digital Elevation Model
  • Why total ascent figures on smartphones can be unreliable.

(And there’s only a TINY bit of Maths involved!)

Are You Our Next Treasurer? 

The Treasurer’s position at BWV will become vacant soon and we would like to find someone now to take on the role so that there is generous time for a handover. Ideally, our Treasurer should come from within our club environment, bringing their club experience and knowledge as well as practical financial capabilities to our team. Management of our accounts is not onerous, we use MYOB to prepare our monthly financial reports and bookkeeping support is provided.

A potential candidate could choose initially to join as a general board member or assistant to the Treasurer to learn the ropes before taking over the position. If you are interested in finding out more, we’d love to hear from you. Please contact:

  Cheng Khoo ( or
  Robyn Shingles (

Walk Together Against Loneliness

The Friends for Good are holding their Walk Together Against Loneliness on 13th November. Starting and ending at the Fitzroy Bowls Club, the walk aims to raise funds to support their service provision and also help breakdown stereotypes around loneliness.

Loneliness strikes at the heart of our humanity, and it can impact anyone at any time. As a social health issue, studies have shown that loneliness is as bad for your health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day and people experiencing loneliness are more likely to suffer from dementia, heart disease and depression. It is no surprise that the global pandemic and the levels of social disconnection so many Australians experienced have exacerbated this already challenging experience for so many people. It is estimated that just under three million Australian adults experience high levels of loneliness.

More information on the walk is available HERE


Image: Ben Cruachan Walking Club - taken a walk to Mt Feathertop

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Quick Links

Bushwalking Manual

Our on-line manual provides guidelines and information for safe and enjoyable community-based bushwalking across Australia.

You can view the Bushwalking Manual here.

BTAC (Bushwalking Tracks & Conservation)

Our BTAC team of volunteers participate in track maintenance and conservation projects all over Victoria. BTAC works closely with the land managers of our national parks and forests to schedule around ten projects a year.  More information here. 

BSAR (Bush Search & Rescue Victoria)

BSAR is a dedicated volunteer search and rescue service. They participate in land-based search and rescues for persons lost in bush and alpine areas under the direction of the Victoria Police. More information here.

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Our Discount Partners

Discounts for club and individual members are available from:
Ajays Heathmont - 10% off
Bogong Equipment Melbourne - 10% off
Discovery Holiday Parks (Cradle Mountain - 20% discount on shoulder and low season rates)
EMC Deepdene - 10% off'
Fjällräven -15% off
Kimberley Offroad Adventures - 15% off
Maps Books Travel Guides - 10% off
Paddy Pallin  Melbourne/Ringwood - 10% off
Smitten Merino - 15% off online orders
The Wilderness Shop Box Hill - 10% off
Woodslane Walking Guides - 25% off online orders

“In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.”

- John Muir -

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