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New Map at Yanakie Block

Despite the dire forecast, the sun shone and the rain stayed away – perfect conditions to christen a new MelBushO map, Yanakie Block in Kangaroo Ground.  Tall eucalypts hugged the creek, while our eyes were drawn upwards to the top of the slopes – some very clear and open, others forested.  Control sites varied from small detailed contour features close to the watercourses, to broad spurs and gullies, and knolls which provided great vantage points.  Wildlife included wallabies and deer, as well as a flock of white cockatoos.  Courses were physically demanding and navigationally challenging; the perfect recipe for a great day outdoors.

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The final MelBushO for 2018 is on Sunday August 26, at Banksia Park in Bulleen – enter from Templestowe Road and follow orienteering signs.  Choose any of the four courses – Long Hard, Short Hard, Moderate or Easy.  Register and pay on the day, any time between 10am-11.30pm, with courses closing at 1pm.  Adults $10, juniors (u21) $5.  Electronic “sportident” timing will be used; your entry fee includes loan of a timing device, as well as a full colour map, coaching, and refreshments.

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Wonderful Woodlands

When there are kangaroos on the hop, and planes roaring overhead, you know its Woodlands! This is a park unlike any other in Melbourne, with sweeping hills, large granite boulders, intricate creeks, and farmland and fences to navigate.  A great time was had by all.

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The next MelBushO is on Sunday July 29, at a new map in Kangaroo Ground.  Take Henley Road of the Eltham-Yarra Glen Road, and follow orienteering signs.

Choose any of the four courses – Long Hard, Short Hard, Moderate or Easy.  Register and pay on the day, any time between 10am-11.30pm, with courses closing at 1pm.  Adults $10, juniors (u21) $5.  Electronic “sportident” timing will be used; your entry fee includes loan of a timing device, as well as a full colour map, coaching, and refreshments.

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Crowds at Candlebark Park

A chilly morning gave way to a glorious winter day – perfect for orienteering at Candlebark Park in Eltham.  A couple of hundred eager navigators agreed with us!  The Hard courses were treated to a loop of Eltham Lower Park with its miniature railway nestled beside the river. Then it was south across the bridge, and a climb up into the hillier terrain, where the complicated track network gave lots of route choices.  We had a lovely downhill across the open grassland before a final control in some erosion detail.  The easier courses had similar loops but did not venture over the bridge.

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The next MelBushO is on Sunday July 15, at the always popular Woodlands Historic Park, out near the airport. Where else can you be amongst mobs of kangaroos, while jet planes roar overhead?  There’s plenty of variety out here, with woodland scrub, erosion features along the creek, rock-strewn slopes, and open farmland criss crossed by fences and gates. Parking and toilets are at the main park entrance on Somerton Road.

Choose any of the four courses – Long Hard, Short Hard, Moderate or Easy.  Register and pay on the day, any time between 10am-11.30pm, with courses closing at 1pm.  Adults $10, juniors (u21) $5.  Electronic “sportident” timing will be used; your entry fee includes loan of a timing device, as well as a full colour map, coaching, and refreshments.

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Emerald Lake – A Little Patch of Europe on our Doorstep

A typical winter day in the Dandenongs – cold but clear, and the rain stayed away.  This map has a bit of everything from pockets of tall native trees to a patch of very European deciduous forest, plus the numerous tracks that follow the railway line, and of course the lake, bridges, and waddling ducks.  Puffing Billy’s whistle through the trees competed with the bird calls.  A very enjoyable way to stay warm!

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The next MelbushO will be at Candlebark Park in Eltham on Sunday July 1 – but note the start is in Westerfolds Park on the west side of Fitzsimons Lane.  Take the main entrance into the park and follow orienteering signs north towards the river.

Choose any of the four courses – Long Hard, Short Hard, Moderate or Easy.  Register and pay on the day, any time between 10am-11.30pm, with courses closing at 1pm.  Adults $10, juniors (u21) $5.  Electronic “sportident” timing will be used; your entry fee includes loan of a timing device, as well as a full colour map, coaching, and refreshments.

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Get Messy at MelbushO – Hawkstowe Park and Morang Wetlands, Sunday April 29

Just under 200 people enjoyed a fabulous day at Hawkstowe Park.  The picnic area was a picture with all the autumn foliage on show.  Most courses took competitors into the complex Morang Wetlands, a new part of the map. Great use was made of small gaps in fences, oddly shaped lakes, and some steep embankments, to create plenty of route choice, even on the Easy course.  There were some nice erosion features to get to grips with as well.  Generally the terrain was open and fast, but there were definitely some places where it paid to slow down and pay attention to the map!

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The next event is on Sunday May 26 at Balt Camp, near Bullengarook, featuring tall native timbers, some areas of thicker vegetation, and a network of tracks.

MelBushO events are the perfect way to get started in bush orienteering without travelling far from Melbourne – a great for kids and families to enjoy the outdoors and learn some new skills while getting down and dirty!  You can choose your own start time between 10am and 11.30am, and opt for any of the four courses. 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). Adults $10, under-21s $5.

Directions: turn north into Carrolls Lane (west of Bullengarook) from the Gisborne-Bacchus Marsh Road, and continue to Firth Road. Melway X909 H11. NO TOILETS AT EVENT

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