Walking Since 1939

Navigation / Rogaining Practice near Taradale


Distance: 12km to 15km

Bookings are not required for this walk, just turn up at:   8:45am   Flagstaff station forecourt (corner William and Latrobe Sts, CBD).

The leader will organise car-pooling and provide directions to the location of the walk.  Drivers are really appreciated to help car-pool walkers between the meeting point and the walk location. There is free all-day parking nearby if your vehicle isn’t needed for transport, but please check parking signs.

The drive from the meeting point to the starting point of the walk will take about 100 minutes and is 220 km return.

The walk will take around 6 hours including breaks.

Expect to return to the meeting point around 6.30pm.

Walk Description

This is not a standard Sunday YHA walk, as the route and distance will be decided on the day by the participants. Due to the nature of the event, much of the walk will be off track.

This is a chance to improve your navigation skills in the bush using a map and compass, and learn some of the basics of rogaining.

For more information on Rogaining, please see


We will be using the permanent rogaine course near Taradale, to cover the practical applications of the following topics:

  • What the symbols mean on a map
  • How to work out where you are on the map.
  • How to use a map and compass to navigate
  • Basic Rogaining strategy.

All walkers are welcome, but please note that much of the walking will be cross- country and off track.

What to bring

To get the best out of the day, it is recommended to bring an orienteering type compass, and a print out a paper copy of the map (A3, colour if possible), available here:


There may be some extra compasses and maps to borrow on the day.

You will also need the usual items for a day walk:

• Day pack
• Sufficient water (2 litres, more on hot summer days)
• Lunch and snacks
• Hat, sun screen
• Suitable outdoor clothing (no jeans/sneakers!)
• Rainwear & warm jacket
• Proper walking shoes/boots

Refer to our Gear Checklist page for more details.   If you are not properly equipped, the walk leader can decide not to let you participate on this walk.

Booking Fee:

YHA Bushwalking Victoria Members: Free
Non-members: $7  (please pay the leader CASH at the start of the walk, no credit cards)

Passengers must pay the driver their share of car-pooling costs as described on the Car-pooling page. Please bring cash for this purpose.

Still have questions?

Check out What happens on a walk.

Check out Day walks and social activities.

Contact the leader using the “Enquiry” button below BEFORE 8 pm on the preceding Wednesday.

Activity Date(s)


September 1, 2019 8:45 am


September 1, 2019 6:30 pm







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