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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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Any questions? Call 0408 467 258

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MelbushO Back for 2018 – Cardinia Reservoir, April 8

With temperatures reaching a sizzling 30 degrees, fitness was the key to success at Cardinia Reservoir, as all courses tackled a considerable number of contours.  It also paid to avoid the green, and to look for tracks and clearings, to speed up progress; the red line was not always the fastest option.  Great to see so many newcomers enjoying the experience of navigating with a map to find controls.

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Our next MelbushO is on Sunday April 29, at Hawkstowe Park, which is the western side of Plenty Gorge Park.

Directions: enter Plenty Gorge Park from Gordons Road; follow orienteering signs to parking. Melway 183 H8. Toilets available.  More Information

Choose any of the four courses – Long Hard, Short Hard, Moderate or Easy; and select your own start time between 10am and 11.30am.  No need to pre-register, just turn up and pay at Registration when you arrive.  We use Sportident electronic timing so if you own an SI stick bring it along; otherwise we’ll loan you one (included in your entry fee).

Entry is just $10 for adults and $5 for anyone under 21, and includes a colour map, loan of an SI stick or compass if required, coaching for newcomers, and refreshments.

 

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