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About Melbourne Bushwalkers

Melbourne Bushwalkers Inc. (est. 1940) is one of Australia's largest and longest established bushwalking and hiking clubs, with around 580 members and over 83 years of walking history. The first fifty years of the club have been documented in an excellent book which has been reproduced on this site. (See: The Melbourne Bushies - Fifty years along the track)

River crossing on a New Zealand trip.

River crossing on a New Zealand pack-carry trip.


The club offers a full programme of activities throughout the year ranging from our regular easy-graded Sunday Walks using dedicated bus transport, through a diverse mid-week program of day walks and other activities, to weeks long local and overseas pack-carry trips. Our activities programme is not limited to walking and includes base camps, canoeing and cycling, with social events all year round.

During the year to December 2023 a total of over 160 trips were held with around 2290 "member participants" along with around 380 "visitor participants". Day walks continue to be the most popular, including the Sunday Walks held every Sunday. Around 60 different club members contributed their time, effort and expertise during the year to leading the trips, for which the club is very appreciative.

The club holds regular skills development, First Aid and navigation training sessions for leaders and members to help build their bushwalking skills and safety in the bush.

Tree-planting on Regent Honeyeater activity.

Tree-planting on Regent Honeyeater activity.


Melbourne Bushwalkers Inc. is an affiliate member of Bushwalking Victoria and actively engages in search and rescue and track clearing and maintenance activities coordinated by this group.

The club in its own right is also actively engaged in relevant conservation activities throughout Victoria and contributes to the broader development of bushwalking in Australia through submissions to current enquiries.

The club supports worthy conservation activities, such as the Victorian National Parks Association, The Wilderness Society and tree planting as part of the Regent Honeyeater Project near Benalla.