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MelbushO at Banksia Park, Sunday September 10

The last MelbushO for this season was a great event at Banksia Park, a new map beside the river, right near Heide Art Museum in Bulleen.  The courses gave everyone a taste of sprint style orienteering, which is a good warmup for Sprint Into Spring, which starts in mid October.

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MelbushO will be back next year in April, and we look forward to bringing you another fantastic program of bush orienteering right on your doorstep. Meanwhile, visit our websites and check out our Spring and Summer events!

Sprint Into Spring – October-November, Saturday afternoons, in Melbourne campuses and parks

Park and Street Summer Series – four nights a week, all over Melbourne, all summer long, from mid October

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Woodlands – Happy Anniversary

Tuckonie Orienteers celebrated their 45th anniversary by hosting MelbushO at Woodlands Historic Park.  It was 45 years to the day that the club held its first event at Little Bullengarook – check our photos page to see the old-fashioned maps!

It was a glorious winter’s day with plenty of sunshine, and no wind!  From the detail of the erosion features along the creek, to the sweeping, boulder-strewn hillsides, various navigational skills were tested.  As I approached the broad saddle between the two main hills, I realised I was surrounded by a mob of curious kangaroos – while the planes roaring overhead were a constant reminder that we were right on the doorstep of the world’s most livable city. Quite a contrast.

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If you’d like to enjoy the wonderful open spaces that Melbourne has to offer, and do it with a map and compass, come along to the next (and final) MelbushO at Banksia Park on Sunday September 10.  There will be four courses with something for everyone: a Long Hard, Short Hard, Moderate, and Easy.  Choose which one you’d like to do, and start any time between 10am and 12 noon.

Adults $10, juniors (u21) $5. Entry fee includes hire of electronic timing equipment, coaching, colour map, and refreshments. Enter and pay on the day at Registration. Enquiries: voa@iinet.net.au

 

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MelbushO and VicBushO in July

Orienteering at Plenty South – Sunday July 23

Plenty South – a fantastic sunny day, with plenty of kangaroos spotted.  Andras set excellent courses which challenged us physically, gave us lots of route choice, and encouraged the less experienced navigators to try some cross country legs, and build their skills.

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Orienteering at the You Yangs – Sunday 30 July

Definitely a venue where it is wise to think about using the tracks and road in preference to the red line, and one where it paid to check your control numbers – there were different final controls for different courses, and some got caught out.  The long climb through the first few controls was rewarded by magnificent views, and superb granite.  Quite a few had a run first, before taking to their bikes.

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Orienteering at Woodlands – Sunday 20 August

The next MelBushO is on Sunday August 20 at Woodlands Historic Park in Greenvale – enter from Somerton Road.  MelbushO is a great way for newcomers and families to learn basic navigation skills. There will be four courses with something for everyone: a Long Hard, Short Hard, Moderate, and Easy.  Choose which one you’d like to do, and start any time between 10 am and 12 noon.  After exploring the park with a map, you can enjoy the historic homestead, retired racehorses, and plane spotting.

Adults $10, juniors (u21) $5. Entry fee includes hire of electronic timing equipment, coaching, colour map, and refreshments. Enter and pay on the day at Registration.

Enquiries: voaATiinet.net.au

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Brimbank Park

After a frosty start the sun came out for an enjoyable event in Brimbank Park.  The two longer courses crossed the river and experienced the variety of terrain on offer – open mowed parkland, grassy flats and steep rocky hillsides, with planes overhead and pylons.  The easy course had a control very close to a playground requiring a compulsory stop for the kids.

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Eltham Lower Park

It was a glorious winter’s day and we all enjoyed the trails and hillsides of Eltham Lower Park. It was a busy place with trail runners, slalom canoeists, pony clubbers and orienteers!

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The next MelbushO is on Sunday July 2 at Brimbank Park in Keilor.  There will be four courses with something for everyone: a Long Hard, Short Hard, Moderate, and Easy.  Choose which one you’d like to do, and start any time between 10am and 12 noon.

Adults $10, juniors (u21) $5. Entry fee includes hire of electronic timing equipment, coaching, colour map, and refreshments. Enter and pay on the day at Registration.

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