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Links

This page contains links to sites useful and of interest to bushwalkers. The list is not definitive.

Bushwalking umbrella organisations

Bushwalking Victoria

Bushwalking Australia

Outdoors Victoria

Management of Outdoor Activities for severe weather conditions

Outdoor leader online (previously Bushwalking and Ski Touring Leadership: Outdoor Recreational Leadership in Australia)

Victorian land managers

Parks Victoria

Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP)

Bushwalking environment

Park Watch, quarterly magazine of the Victorian National Parks Association (VNPA)

Environmental weeds (including State prohibited weeds), Agriculture Victoria

Weather information & snow reports

Bureau of Meteorology (BoM)

WeatherZone

Snow reports - Victoria

Fire status, fire bans and planned burns (Victoria)

Information about fire bans or current fires: Country Fire Authority (CFA)

Information about current fires (and other emergencies; VicEmergency) and planned burns on public land (Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning).

Tide information

Tide predictions for Victoria

Travel conditions and road closures (Victoria)

Changed road & traffic conditions, traffic alerts, roadworks & planned events:

Traffic & road alerts

Roadworks

Freeway travel times

Route planner and Travel times

Park closures

Online maps and map reading guides

Order 1-page topographical maps online: VicMap

Map Reading Guide (Geoscience Australia)

Map Reading Guide (National Parks Association of N.S.W.)

This is one component of their 'Bushwalking 101', an attractive, interesing and useful series that also includes Using a Compass.

Bushwalking etiquette & walker responsibility

Starting out at bushwalking: Make a Start

Minimal impact walking: Tread Softly

Guide to the use and care of our mountain huts: Hut Etiquette

Guidelines for safe walking

  • Guideline for the inexperienced walker & reminder for the experienced: Walk Safe
  • Trip intentions - BBI's walks management system ensures that the walk intentions (walkers, route, travel arrangements and other relevant information) is known.
    If you are walking outside the club, it is aways good practice to let at least one specific person know where and what your are planning to do. A trip Intentions form is available for this purpose: Victoria Police's Outdoor Information Sheet including Trip Intentions Form.
  • For general information about what to do if you get lost, become separated, encounter a flood or an electrical storm etc is available on Bushwalking Victoria's Walk Safe page.
  • For information about appropriate safety equipment (eg, beacons) for bushwalking, visit Bush Search and Rescue's (BSAR) Safety First pages.
  • Communications for bushwalkers
    A manual that has been prepared by Rik Head of Bush Search & Rescue Victoria to assist bushwalkers in Victoria to make an informed choice on communications systems suitable for use in the bush.

  • Compendiums

    • An Online Guide to Bushwalking and Tramping is a comprehensive compendium of all sorts of information relevant to safe bushwalking.  NOTES: (1) If there is a conflict between the information in this compendium and a BBI policy or guideline, the BBI policy or guideline takes precedence.  (2) This is a sponsored website and includes advertisements and other information relating to the sponsor's products.  Its inclusion on the BBI website does not mean BBI endorses the sponsor's products.

First aid

Australian Resuscitation Council

The Australian Resuscitation Council provides information about techniques for resuscitation approved for use in Australia. 

It also guidelines and management information for a comprehensive range of mishaps and traumas.

Index to Guidelines: https://resus.org.au/guidelines/index/

Bites and stings

Information about prevention of and first aid for snake bite and information about the bitesof other venemous creatures: Australian Venom Research Unit.

Public toilets

Public toilet map, Victoria