Stage Three: Adopting the Mountains

Stage III is a dynamic, strong community of active young people who engage in purposeful, practical conservation and recreation in Victoria’s mountains and at home.

The Stage III program is open to anyone who wants to be involved in helping and hiking in Victoria’s mountains. There are no prerequisites. Everyone is welcome to join one of our trips to enjoy and give back to the high country, learn new skills, get out in the outdoors, fundraise and meet like minded people.
Stage III has its own committee that meets several times a year to set goals, plan and debrief events, trips and projects.


Join an upcoming trip or attend an event. Trips and events are organised by the Stage III committee and advertised on the stage III facebook group


What sort of projects/hikes do you do?

Stage III runs a diverse range of projects at Wollangarra, in the mountains and at home in their local communities, as well as fundraising events in Melbourne. Current projects and trips include hikes in the high country, hut restoration and maintenance, walking track construction and maintenance and revegetation. They also run hikes in the high country with Mt Feathertop, Lake Tali Karng and Mt Howitt being regular favourites. They also have flat weeks at Wollangarra where they help out Woll with some of the jobs needed to be done on the flat.

How long are the programs?

They are varied. There are day events, night events, weekend work parties and week long programs. It all depends on who is organising it and what they want to do.

What do you need to bring?

Your own camping/hiking gear. Wollangarra can usually provide anything you don’t have, such as boots, packs and raincoats. Most hikes or projects have a daily cost of $25. The trip leader will advise you of specific details.

Do you need any previous experience?

Not at all. The work we do is easily learnt on the job and the walks are usually not too difficult. A positive attitude and a moderate degree of physical fitness will help. You will be living simply, sleeping in tents and often cooking on campfires or portable stoves.

What do you have in place to keep everyone safe?

There will always be a staff member with Wilderness First Aid qualifications and outdoor experience on trips to support the group and manage any safety issues. The group will carry an extensive first aid kit and have the means to communicate with emergency services should the need arise.


The Stage III Committee play an essential role in the governance and organisation of Stage III. Committee members meet regularly and hold different roles and areas of responsibility. The Committee is open to any Stage III young person and offers numerous training opportunities. If you are interested in joining the committee or checking out a meeting please get in contact with the Stage III Facilitator at Wollangarra (03 5148 0492)

Stage Three Bank Account

If you wish to donate to stage three please transfer money to:

BSB 633000
Account 151686300
Please ID your payment with your name and the purpose of the donation.


If you want more information about Stage III or are keen to join feel free to call the Stage III facilitator at Woll on 5148 0492. This role is taken on by a Woll staff member and  changes every year.

Helpful forms

Permission Form Under 18 Medical Form 18+ Medical Form Stage 3 What To Bring