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Bulletin 57  - December 2022        [View this email in your browser]
Join the Great Aussie Hike!
 
If you enjoy a community walking challenge, why not join The Great Aussie Hike on the Mornington Peninsula on 24-25 March 2023.
 
The Great Aussie Hike embraces the great Aussie spirit of mates looking after each other. They promote walking in nature with friends as a way to strengthen mental health. Their program provides a guide for mates to build up walking endurance with a training program for every starting level. Additional elements such as strengthening exercises, talking topics, increased hydration and mindset activities all contribute to the development of new habits leading to long term mental health benefits.

Teams choose from 30km, 43km, 57km or 100km courses, with share-the-distance options available. The focus is heavily on supporting each other and working as a team to get to the finish line, while having the logistical support of an event to ensure safety, amenities and fun is top priority.
 
The walk will wind its way around the hidden treasures of the Mornington Peninsula in a custom designed course. The diversity over the 100km makes this an incredible experience for all involved.
 
The Great Aussie Hike is a perfect way for those who already love walking to step up as a team captain and help their mates to develop an active lifestyle that will improve their mental wellbeing. Alternatively you can join the fun by volunteering and helping to support these amazing walkers on course and also raise vital funds for Lifeline Australia.

More details at: www.greataussiehike.com.au


Merry Christmas!

Bushwalking Victoria would like to wish all our volunteers, committees, affiliated clubs, members, followers and the wider bushwalking community all the very best for the Festive Season and thank you for your support throughout the past year.

The new year is a great time to commit to getting out more to explore our wonderful natural environment!  We hope you get to spend quality time with your loved ones, stay safe, healthy and happy.

Around the Clubs

After an interrupted 18 months, members of the Melbourne Walking Club and Boroondara Bushwalkers have finally completed an epic walk of the 210km Goldfields Track in Central Victoria.

Starting from Mt Buninyong in March 2021, the walk was planned as a series of 14 separate day-walks spread over 5 months. Unfortunately postponements due to Covid-19 lockdowns and park closures due to storm damage in the Wombat State Forest meant that completion of their task was significantly delayed.  However, through sheer determination and persistence, the group finally marched into Bendigo in September 2022.  Read the full report HERE 

Warrnambool Bushwalkers enjoyed a great walk at Loch Ard Gorge in October. After a month of grey skies and rain, it was a relief to have a fine day for a visit to this beautiful area of the coast. The starting point was the most westerly carpark at the Loch Ard site. From here they made our way to the mouth of the River to find it would have been possible, but probably wiser and drier not, to cross.

They visited and photographed all the designated features including Broken Head, Thunder Cave, and two of the Mutton Bird Island viewing platforms. Somewhere beyond this island in 1878 the iron clipper, the Loch Ard and those aboard, foundered. The story of Loch Ard continued at the cemetery where a plaque lists all those who perished. The story of the survivors Eva Carmichael and Tom Pearce was told. The fate of the cargo and the Minton earthenware peacock bound for the 1880 Exhibition in Melbourne, but now residing at Flagstaff Hill.

After lunch and coffees at Port Campbell the group was keen to tackle the suspension bridge over Campbell’s Creek and the many steps to the start of the Port Campbell Discovery Walk. This followed a spectacular path through the heathland and along the clifftop. Great views back to the harbour and a sunbathing snake were the highlights of this section. All were well satisfied with the 12km walked that day.


 

Timing is Everything!

Martin N from the Strzelecki Bushwalking Club got the timing just right in capturing Larry’s slip on a creek crossing.  Luckily it was a warm day!
 

What's New?

Rain & Floods

Lately our weather has been unpredictable, so before finalising your hike or any outdoor activity, please check the updates on the Parks Victoria website – the conditions are updated regularly - STAY SAFE!

 

Falls Creek Road Closure

Most hikers will be aware by now that a landslide above Bogong Village has necessitated a road closure between Mt Beauty and Falls Creek. The latest estimated timeline is that the road closure will be until 10 March 2023.  There is still access to Falls Creek via the Omeo Highway.

As the area surrounding Falls Creek has not been closed off, walks can still take place in this area, however, the Falls Creek resort notes that response times for emergency service in Falls Creek are currently greatly delayed as they need to come from Omeo, which is 2 hours away.

The Falls Creek resort is asking anyone intending to visit/stay in the resort over the next two months to continue to register their intention to visit via the Visitor Registration Form https://www.fallscreek.com.au/cancellation-of-events/.

Completing the form will ensure you are notified of any changes to conditions.

Extract from Border Bushwalking Club newsletter.

Organ Pipes NP

An activity with a difference - Friends of Organ Pipes NP offer guided walks for Bushwalking clubs, seven days a week. Walk Levels from easy to rough and hilly. Half or full day walking as many km as you want.

If you are interested in a guided walk for your club, contact Robert Irvine.
Email: robert.irvine614@gmail.com  Phone: 0407028264

Follow them on Facebook and Instagram

Family Walks for Summer

A lot of parents dread the six-week Christmas Holidays – what to do with children!  Nowadays, children spend a lot of time on devices and miss out on the healthy benefits of being outdoors. 

Why is the outdoors so important? Being outside gives your child the chance to explore the natural environment and have adventures. Your child can play games, test their physical limits, express themselves and build their self-confidence. Outdoor activities can teach them about the birds, plants and animals, a silent general knowledge lost on so many of the young ones. Vitamin D levels go up and the kids will be so much happier – healthy body, healthy mind. Adults joining in the fun will also be happier. 

Here are 10 lovely, doable walks to enjoy with your children and grandchildren over summer.
 

And here are two family-friendly walks at Anglesea that have recently been reccied by Bushwalking Victoria volunteers:
For more tips on bushwalking with children the Bushwalking Manual has some great advice HERE.
Conservation
These critically endangered South-eastern Glossy Black-cockatoos were spotted by Nature News team member Ben Williams in Gippsland recently.  The smallest of the black cockatoos, 'Glossies' have become more threatened after the 2019-20 bushfires.  Thanks to the South-eastern Glossy Black-Cockatoo Bushfire Recovery Project, these beautiful birds have a great chance of survival.

Read here for more information on this project.

 
Image: Nature News

Training 2023

 
Workshops: Using your Smartphone for Navigation

Westerfolds Park, Fitzsimmons Lane, Templestowe.
Sundays, March 12 or April 2, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

In this Workshop we will look at how GPS satellite navigation works – the theory, practicalities, advantages and limitations. We will discuss a variety of free smartphone mapping/navigation apps, including Avenza, maps.me, and Terra Map. An outdoor practical exercise will be included. Detailed notes, activity sheets and map will be supplied.

These workshops are open to all club members and Individual Bushwalking Victoria members.

Registration for the March 12 Workshop opens at 9.00am on Saturday February 4 via this
link.
Registration for the April 2 Workshop opens at 9.00am on Saturday February 18 via this
link.

When registering online, you will need to provide your Name, Mobile Number, Club or Individual BWV Member status and Make and Model of your Smartphone.

Enquiries:
bushnavigationandmaps@iinet.net.au

IMPORTANT: After registration, successful applicants will be provided with information on what to bring. They will also receive detailed instructions on phone setup. Preparation and pre-reading MUST be completed BEFORE the workshop. You must already be familiar with basic map/compass navigation and be conversant with your own smartphone e.g. be able to update software and install new apps.

Navigation Techniques: "Attack Point"

Hikers can never learn enough about navigation. We do have our devices, however, it never fails to use a map, compass and have knowledge of navigation tips and tricks.

An attack point is a feature which is near the objective, but much easier to find. For example, if the destination is a hut in a forest, a definite creek junction or nearby prominent knoll is chosen.  First navigate to the easier to locate junction or knoll, and once there the hut will be much closer and hence easier to find, say by a compass bearing.  Follow this link to the Bushwalking Manual for further information and graphics.

How to Keep our Feet Fit for Hiking

With the warmer weather on the way (here’s hoping), we will be spending more time in the outdoors being active. 

Hiking is a great way to get out in nature and explore the world around you, but it's important to remember that your feet are your foundation.To find out more, follow this
link


Photo credit:  Rune Enstad/Unsplash

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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

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