Sabine Falls Search, April 2007

Sixteen BSAR members responded to the search for a Scottish tourist, William Bliss, 19, who become lost in the Sabine Falls area north of Apollo Bay in the Otway Ranges. He became lost on the afternoon of Tuesday April 3, 2007.

A search of more than 40 Police, SES, Parks and other volunteers was organised on the Wednesday. As he was not found during that day BSAR was placed on standby and a called out initiated later in the evening ready for a 0430 transport to the search area on the Thursday morning.

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Missing woman at Mount William found, January 2005

A female bushwalker with overnight gear was reported missing Sunday 16 January 2005 near Mt William in the Grampians. She had separated from her companion to do a “short walk” on the Major Mitchell Plateau and failed to meet up at the agreed rendezvous point.  

She was last seen at a bush camp on the headwaters of First Wannon Creek. This is on the Major Mitchell Plateau where the waking track crosses the creek. The walking track goes south from Mt William, crosses the Major Mitchell Plateau on he high ground then curves southwest to the Halls Gap Dunkeld road.

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Mount Buffalo search for Marino Folino, May 2004

On 15th May 2004, call out was conducted to search for a missing walker at Mount Buffalo Gorge near the Chalet.

Mr Marino Folino had parked his car at The Gorge car park on Thursday 13th May and appeared to have gone walking. Police Search and Rescue, SES and some climbers conducted initial searching on the two days prior to BSAR being called.


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Lake Mountain Search, August 2002

Call-outDate: Sunday 4 August to Wednesday 7 August 2002

On Sunday 4 August two visitors at Lake Mountain went for a short walk east from the Toboggan Run 2, near Gerratys Car Park at Lake Mountain.  They were separated and when one did not return he was reported missing at 4.30pm.

Bushwalkers Search and Rescue was called at midnight.  Seventeen members responded to the first callout, and arrived at Lake Mountain at 10am Monday 5 August.

A second callout of BSAR that evening provided a further 20 searchers for Tuesday.

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Cambarville search, March 2003

Call-outDate: Monday 17 & Tuesday 18 March 2003.

Local Police and SES conducted a search for missing man near Woods Point Road, Cambarville on Sunday 16 March without success.  The Police Search and Rescue Squad joined the search that evening and called in Bush Search and RescueAR.  Thirty three BSAR members arrived  at Cambarville by 8.00am Monday 17 March.

The search was conducted in along main streams, side gullies and spurs of Armstrong Creek and the Arnold Creek watershed to the northeast of Cambarville.

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Search for Alfred Howie at Wilsons Promontory – the first search

We don’t know the names or the clubs of the 11 volunteer bushwalkers who left the Russell Street Police Headquarters in 2 trucks early on Friday 6 May 1949 for Port Welshpool. There they boarded a fishing ketch and were landed on the east coast of Wilsons Promontory to join the large search for a missing bushwalker.

This was the first occasion volunteer bushwalkers organised through the Federation of Victorian Walking Clubs (now Bushwalking Victoria) assisted in a bush search.


The search for Alfred Howie, a solo walker missing at Wilsons Promontory, commenced on 6 May 1949.  No trace of him was ever found.  What happened to him?

His family recall one possibility discussed at the time. Given that his destination was Refugee Cove, he may have fallen off the slippery log crossing Sealers Creek at Sealers Cove, either at high tide or when the Creek was in flood and been washed out to sea.

The newspapers of the time tell the story.



Thank you to the family of Alfred Howie for sharing their recollections and records.

See “The Scroggin Eaters, A history of bushwalking in Victoria”; pp 183 to 190 for a detailed account of the search.