Federation Walks

Bushwalking Victoria is pleased to be hosting the 2023 FedWalks event to be held in the Wombat State Forest on 21-22 October 2023, based around the beautiful Trentham/Blackwood area.

The Wombat State Forest is in Central Victoria close to Daylesford, Blackwood, and Trentham; and is a favourite location for neighbouring regional clubs and several metro clubs.    The program of walks will include visits to Lyonville Springs, Garden of St Erth, Blackwood township and Mineral Springs, Lerderderg River, Nolan’s Creek Picnic Ground, Balt Camp and Yankee Mine – with the event based in Trentham.  There's a variety of activities to suit all levels of experience. 

This year provides an opportunity for participants to visit locations that have reopened after the devastation of the 2021 storms. Damage from the severe weather is still visible in some areas of the region. The forest offers an extensive network of trails, varying in difficulty levels and length - from steep ascents to rocky descents, the forest promises a diverse range of terrains for us to explore.  The area has a variety of flora and fauna; and can offer scenic views of the region. 

The event is open to members of Bushwalking Victoria and our Affiliated Clubs. Booking is required and spaces are filling up so don't delay - check out the walks program on this site and choose your challenge!  We look forward to seeing you there!


FedWalks2023 is happening on trails in the  beautiful Wombat State Forest.  The base for the event is the Sports Ground Reserve (Football Oval) at Trentham.

Participants are required to organise their own accommodation. With limited options available in Trentham and nearby Blackwood, Daylesford is a recommended alternative, although limited free camping is available at the sports ground.


The event will be held on the weekend of 21-22 October 2023 (check-in from 3:00pm Friday 20 October 2023).


A small team of dedicated volunteers from a number of clubs has organised this event. They are listed at the bottom of this page.

Thanks must also go to the volunteer activity leaders who come from a number of our affiliated clubs.  Without leaders and co-leaders this event simply would not be possible and we greatly appreciate the contribution of their time and efforts.

FedWalks 2023 group image


Many thanks to the following volunteers for taking on responsibility for organising this event:

  • Walks Program & Leaders - Col Purchase, Essendon BWC
  • Event Booklet - Jack Winterbottom, Ben Cruachan WC
  • Maps Production - Martin Norris, Strzelecki BWC
  • Local Liaison & Logistics, Mark Summers, Gisborne BWC
  • Volunteer Coordination - Gail Davies, Gisborne BWC
  • Admin Support - Gail Greenwood, Essendon BWC
  • BWV Liaison - Jenny Hosking, BWV Secretary
  • Event Convener - Robyn Shingles, BWV President