If you want to report a lost person in Victoria, please call 000 and ask for Police.

Bush Search and Rescue has assisted Police with search and rescue in Victoria for sixty years, as a community service provided by Bushwalking Victoria Inc. Our members are volunteers. Over 200 members are available for call-out to search for lost people missing in bushland areas or snowfields. All our searchers are highly experienced bushwalkers/cross country skiers who have had specialist training in search and rescue techniques. They are capable of operating independently in the field, for several days if necessary. 

Detailed notes for members can be found in Chapter 6 of the BSAR Manual.


Pickup locations for call-outs

  • PLOs will select relevant pick up locations for a search call-out. Locations and pick up times will be included in the call-out sms and email sent to searchers.
  • Searchers who can attend the search must reply to the call-out message with PICK UP LOCATION, NAME, CLUB (in that order)
  • Searchers then proceed to their confirmed pick up point by the time specified in the call-out sms and email, unless they hear otherwise from the PLO.
  • Cars are parked at pick up locations at the owner's risk and will be there for an indeterminate period.
  • It is preferable for searchers to have someone drop them off at the pick up location if possible
Pickup Location Search Area Location Notes

Northcote Police Station 

48 Dennis St, Northcote

All State

Park behind the Police Station in the shopping centre car park, as close as possible to the Police Station fence or back wall. 

Assembly point for departure is the foyer of the Police Station on Dennis Street. [map]



Ringwood Police Station, 31 Ringwood St.

All state

Car parking Eastland Shopping Centre, ground floor. Entrances 1 and 2 off Ringwood St. Park as shown on map. Walk to Police Station across Ringwood St.

[PDF version of map]


Monash University, Berwick Campus, 71 Clyde Rd. 


Car parking in gravel car park between cricket pitch and car pool parking area. (Ref A4 'permit parking' blue area on map)  

[Map] (PDF)


Car park north side of Burke St., opposite Warragul Leisure Centre (27 Burke St)

Central and East Gippsland

eg. Baw Baw and further east

Car park is lit at night.

Latrobe Valley

Latrobe Regional Hospital staff car park, 
Village Ave, Traralgon
East Gippsland beyond Traralgon From Melbourne, turn left off the Hwy. into Village Ave. (traffic lights), between Morwell and Traralgon. The car park is then on the left side of the road, opposite the hospital. The car park is lit at night.


Leongatha Police Station, 8 South Gippsland Hwy.

South Gippsland

eg. Wilson’s Promontory

North East Victoria


Caltex Service Centre 54 Ash St., Avenel

North East
Northbound, turn left off the Hume Hwy. at Jones St.


Bright Police Station, 7 Park St

North East

eg. Mt Hotham


Mt Beauty

Mt Beauty Police Station, 
28 Hollands St

Bogong High Plains

Mount Buller and Mt Stirling areas


Mansfield Police Station, 92 High St. (Maroondah Hwy.)

eg. Mt Buller, The Bluff

Western Victoria, North West and South West Victoria


Waurn Ponds Police Station
13 - 39 Rossack Drive, Waurn Ponds
South West
Park in Police/SES compound
Police Stn open 6:00 -10:00 pm
Access: phone 03 5247 3400 (24h)
Ballarat TBA West