Contact name: Contact: Eva Klusacek U35 Social Contact email: [email protected]
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Hear about our recent walks, catch up with those you’ve walked with before, or make new friends to walk with in the future! Dinners are a very informal way to meet others under 35 (more or less) who are interested in bushwalking. Details and contact information for the host will be posted to the U35 email and Meetup list. RSVP essential.

Contact name: Anna van Tatenhove Contact email: [email protected] Contact phone: 0433 842 410
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ACTIVITY CANCELLED

This circuit walk is a great showcase of the Lerderderg River’s gold mining history with its water races, abandoned mines and mullock heaps. We will make our way up to Blackwood via the Byers Back Track where we will have lunch in the Mineral Springs Reserve, before heading back via Shaw’s Lake and the Tunnel.

22km | Limit 18 | 87km W Melb

Contact name: Deb Henry Contact email: [email protected] Contact phone: 0409 338 182
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Before the snow falls come and see a spectacular park of the high country. The Razorback Ridge to Mt Feathertop walk is on the roof of Victoria and it is a great start for those who want to explore the overnight walking experience for the first time. Done enough day walks? Then come overnight hiking.

24-30km | Limit 6 | 350km NE  Melb

Contact name: Glenn King Contact phone: 0448 816 504
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From Yarraville Railway Station, we will walk down the Yarra River and cross the river on the punt (fee). Then walk through Westgate Park and follow the bay to St Kilda, finishing near Luna Park.

14km | Limit 16 | 5km S Melb

Contact name: Mark Learmonth Contact phone: 9807 7506 (H)
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This public transport walk begins in Doncaster East. We travel through Bellbird Park and Yarran Dheran Reserve, then above Eastlink to finish at Heatherdale Railway Station. Surprisingly ‘bushy’, and the home of large numbers of birds.

14km | Limit 15 | 25km NE Melb 

Contact name: Terese Dalman Contact email: [email protected] Contact phone: 0413 234 130
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Annual boneseed weeding at Arthurs Seat. Work alongside other bushwalking clubs to remove boneseeds from our marked plots on Cook Street Spur, while enjoying a beautiful part of the peninsula. Mostly boneseed regrowth and easy to remove. Lunch provided afterwards at Sea Winds on top of Arthurs Seat.

Limit 20+ | 70km SE Melb

 

Contact name: VNPA Contact email: [email protected] Contact phone: 9341 6500
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An erudite collection of short talks intended to inform and entertain. On a diverse range of topics from tall stories to fascinating facts.

Come and hear a number of speakers on the one night and get your gold coin donation’s worth. 60 Leicester St Carlton. Doors will open at 6:30pm for a 7:30pm start. Entry $2. Tea, coffee, wine and biscuits provided.

Contact name: Evelyn Feller Contact email: [email protected] Contact phone: 5962 5227
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We will be visiting a number of Victoria’s western volcanoes such as Mt Leura, Mt Napier, Mt Eccles and Tower Hill. We will be doing short hikes at each location, and observing how there has been good restoration work in some. The location for Saturday night’s base camp is yet to be determined.

14km | Limit 10 | 360km W Melb

Contact name: Geoff Durham Contact phone: 9523 5559
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The World Heritage listed Royal Exhibition Building and the Macarthur and Murchison Squares, are of state historical and architectural importance. These are the two most intact squares from an important phase of urban improvement initiated by the Surveyor-General Clarke, containing a great variety of buildings. Optional lunch/coffee.

5km | Limit 15

 

Contact name: Cheryl Mioch Contact email: [email protected] Contact phone: 9397 7470 / 0412 743 866
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Going via train, we will visit the Bendigo Art Gallery and see their exhibition on Marimekko Design Icon. Then lunch at the gallery and train home.

5km | Limit 16 | 154km NW Melb

 

Contact name: Eva Klusacek Contact email: [email protected] Contact phone: 0423 053 318 
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NEW ACTIVITY ADDED TO THE PROGRAM

Walk up to Flinders Peak to get scenic 360 degree views of Port Phillip Bay, Geelong, and maybe even Macedon Ranges, if it’s a clear day. Afterwards, we’ll do the circuit walk. Some steep sections. You Yangs have some spectacular granite boulders. The area has inspired famous landscape artists such Fred Williams and Eugene Von Guerrard. Maybe you will feel inspired here too.

8km | Limit 10 | 62km SW Melb

Contact name: Lesley Gillespie Contact email: [email protected] Contact phone: 9386 9077
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ACTIVITY RESCHEDULED (previously 20 May, now will be on 13 May)

A lovely wooded walk with a chance to take in some historic features around Trentham and Lyonville. This is a great location to see some colourful and unusual fungi in autumn. There will also be an opportunity for cake and coffee for those who are interested.

14km | Limit 14 | 95km NW Melb

Contact name: Sue Parkhill Contact phone: 0432 413 442 / 9510 4316
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Meet at Craigieburn Station at 11am. We will walk from the station along the Aitken Creek Linear Park. The finer points of the walk are still to be checked out, but there is sure to be a coffee shop at the end.

 8km | Limit 20 | 30km N Melb

Contact name: Cheryl Mioch Contact email: [email protected] Contact phone: 9397 7470 / 0412 743 866
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William Angliss is a training school with fine dining. Great value at $35 for all you can eat and the food is fantastic. Booking essential. Close to public transport in the city.

Limit 14

Contact name: Taariq Hassan Contact email: [email protected]
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A weekend pack-carry hike to the campsite at Mt McLeod on the northern section of the Mt Buffalo plateau. Hopefully there will be some fine late Autumn weather and views. Friday night option to camp at Nug Nug near Lake Buffalo. Saturday meet at the park entrance and drive near the trailhead. Hike out to Mt McLeod and camp. Return on Sunday the same way. Booking hike-in campsites is necessary.

20km | Limit 6 | 350km NE Melb

Contact name: Bookings: Larysa Kucan Contact phone: 9347 3733 
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Castlemaine is a heritage smorgasbord with many listed buildings including the Market Hall, Castlemaine Art Museum and the botanical gardens established in 1860. We will sample the Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park, the impressive Garfield Water Wheel and the Forest Hill Historic Gold Diggings. We will also call in on the Wesley Hill Market. Morning tea in Malmsbury and afternoon tea at Daylesford.

Leader: Geoff Durham

5km | Limit 57 | 122km NW Melb

 

Contact name: Anna van Tatenhove Contact email: [email protected] Contact phone: 0433 842 410
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ACTIVITY CANCELLED

Starting at Mt Macedon township, this circuit walk takes in all of the Mt Macedon area’s highlights. We climb up to the Memorial Cross before walking around to Camel’s Hump, and then back to the township via Sanatorium Lake and Mt Towrong. Some short steep sections, but well worth the effort.

18km | Limit 18 | 65km NW Melb 

Contact name: Louise Prendergast Contact email: [email protected] Contact phone: 9826 0037
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If you love walking beside the ocean, then this is a walk for you. The Mornington Peninsula walk is 100kms long with lots of peaceful bays, ocean coastline and bush walking. Commencing at Rye we will explore a section from 16th Beach, Pearce’s Beach to Diamond Bay.

17km | Limit 16 | 100km S Melb

Contact name: Deb Henry Contact email: [email protected] Contact phone: 0409 338 182
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Come and help the busy friends group on a working bee weekend in one of Victoria’s most iconic national parks. You may find yourself planting trees, surveying animal habitat, track clearing or other volunteer activities which we undertake for Parks Victoria.

5km | 235km SE Melb

Contact name: Darren McClelland Contact email: [email protected] Contact phone: 0449 167 776
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Bunyip State Park is located on the eastern side of the Dandenongs. Parks Victoria are doing an outstanding job of controlling the trail bikes, thereby opening up many opportunities for walking in this beautiful park. This loop walk is in the vicinity of Black Snake Road, taking in Russells Track and a number of 4WD tracks.

 14km | Limit 15 | 60km E Melb

Contact name: Glenn King Contact phone: 0448 816 504
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Leaving from Waurn Ponds Railway Station, we follow Waurn Ponds Creek to Marshall Station. The walk will also visit the local University.

15km | Limit 16 | 75km W Melb

 

Contact name: Ruth Stirling Contact phone: 9699 7225 / 0418 245 151
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Meet at Canning Reserve Avondale Heights at 1pm, to walk downstream to Aberfeldie and a café.

7km | Limit 20 | 12km NW Melb

Contact name: Contact: Kathleen Ryan U35 Social Contact email: [email protected]
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Hear about our recent walks, catch up with those you’ve walked with before, or make new friends to walk with in the future! Dinners are a very informal way to meet others under 35 (more or less) who are interested in bushwalking. Details and contact information for the host will be posted to the U35 email and Meetup list. RSVP essential.

Contact name: Eva Klusacek Contact email: [email protected] Contact phone: 0423 053 318
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Leaving Melbourne on Friday night, we will base camp at Tidal River. The weekend will involve exploring the beauty of this coastal national park via a couple of day walks.

30km | Limit 8 | 225km SE Melb

Contact name: Geoff Durham Contact phone: 9523 5559
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REVISED DATE

Discover something new. We will walk along the coast from the mouth of the Werribee River at Werribee South, east to Wyndham Harbour, a big marina and housing development. Private car, or bus from Werribee Station.

5km | Limit 15 | 40km SW Melb

 

Contact name: Mark Learmonth Contact phone: 9807 7506 (H)
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The Gurdies Nature Conservation Reserve is a small reserve protecting one of the largest remaining areas of native vegetation on the eastern shore of Westernport Bay. The rest is used for farmland, sand extraction or housing development. We circuit around the whole 260 hectares, then walk along the foreshore to finish at Grantville Jetty. Mangroves are also an important feature of this foreshore.

12km | Limit 15 | 80km SE Melb

Contact name: VNPA NatureWatch Contact email: [email protected] Contact phone: 9341 6500
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10am-3pm (approx. finish). Join NatureWatch and Victoria University researcher Dr Megan O’Shea to monitor spiny rice-flower (Pimelea spinescens), a threatened grassland species, at a reserve in the Brimbank City Council area. Registration required.

Limit 10 | 21 km NW Melb

Contact name: Richard Tagg Contact email: [email protected] Contact phone: 0404 808 242
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Leaving the cars at home, we shall catch the train to Upper Ferntree Gully Station. The walk will take in spectacular mountain ash trees, fern gullies and native birdlife. Some steepish, but friendly, hills involved.

14km | Limit 12 | 30km E Melb

Contact name: Taariq Hassan Contact email: [email protected]
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ACTIVITY DETAILS CHANGED

Due to very dry conditions, this walk will now be conducted as a series of day walks. We will stay at the Hall’s Gap YHA on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. Walkers will need to book their own beds in advance. Further details to be announced.

The Fortress/Mt Thackeray overnight hike will be re-scheduled for spring 2018.Winter pack carry hike to the remote Fortress and Mt Thackeray area and the Manja Cave of Hands. Friday night: meet at Hall’s Gap YHA. Saturday: carpool AWD/4WD to trailhead at Buandik campground, hike to Fortress hiker campsite. Sunday: Hike to Mt Thackeray campsite. Monday: Hike to Buandik campsite, drive home. Rock scrambling, creek crossing; good winter gear and fitness required. Advance YHA and campsite bookings necessary.

 27km | Limit 6 | 275km NW Melb

Contact name: Euan Moore Contact email: [email protected] Contact phone: 5472 1572 / 0407 519 091
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Volunteer activity working with Mallee CMA and PV rangers mapping high priority weeds in the Hattah-Kulkyne NP. There will be two days of off-track walking, following set routes using a GPS (training  provided). Monday morning we will do a short walk to enjoy this great national park. Travel from Melbourne on Friday. Camping at Lake Mournpall.

Contact name: Deb Henry Contact email: [email protected] Contact phone: 0409 338 182
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The snow never arrives on the Queen’s Birthday long weekend, so come walking at the Prom instead. We will do the southern circuit. If you would like to step up to multiple nights out, then this could be the trip for you to go further than one night out under the stars.

42km | Limit 6 | 235km SE Melb

Contact name: Ruth Stirling Contact phone: 9699 7225 / 0418 245 151
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The Friends of West Gate Park have done extensive planting in a new area downstream. Meet at The Age building, corner Collins and Spencer Street at 11am. We will take the bus to WGP. BYO lunch. Finish at Station Pier and Tram 109.

6km | Limit 20

Contact name: VNPA Contact email: [email protected] Contact phone: 9341 6500
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Parks Victoria ranger, Jonathon Stevenson, will put on his bird nerd hat and speak about the wonderful variety of coastal birdlife in Victoria. From Hooded Plovers to Oyster Catchers, Jono will share his enthusiasm for all things feathered. Do you know your coastal birds? Come and let Jonathon expand your horizons. 60 Leicester St Carlton. Doors will open at 6:30pm for a 7:30pm start. Entry $2. Tea, coffee, wine and biscuits provided.

Contact name: VNPA NatureWatch Contact email: [email protected] Contact phone: 9341 6500
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10am-3pm (approx. finish). Join NatureWatch and Victoria University researcher Dr Megan O’Shea to monitor spiny rice-flower (Pimelea spinescens), a threatened grassland species, at a reserve in the Brimbank City Council area. Registration required.

Limit 10 | 21 km NW Melb

Contact name: Bookings: Larysa Kucan Contact phone: 93473733
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This excursion will centre on Euroa, north east of Melbourne in the Strathbogie municipality, half way between Benalla and Seymour. After a morning tea stop, we will explore the town which has a colourful history, including a bank that was robbed by Ned Kelly, the famous bush ranger. We will also walk the Sevens Creeks Trail.

Leader: Sue Parkhill

7km | Limit 57 | 148km NE Melb

Contact name: Cheryl Mioch Contact email: [email protected] Contact phone: 9397 7470 / 0412 743 866
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Train or car to Lilydale, then bus to Seville. Then walking the gentle, winding tree-lined track back to Lilydale.

14km | Limit 16 | 45km E Melb

Contact name: VNPA NatureWatch Contact email: [email protected] Contact phone: 9341 6500
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10am-3pm (approx. finish). Join NatureWatch and Victoria University researcher Dr Megan O’Shea to monitor spiny rice-flower (Pimelea spinescens), a threatened grassland species, at a reserve in the Brimbank City Council area. Registration required.

Limit 10 | 21 km NW Melb

Contact name: Julie Hunt Contact email: [email protected] Contact phone: 9568 7515
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NEW ACTIVITY ADDED TO THE PROGRAM

Who was the Scotchman and why was Oakleigh originally in Chadstone? This is a history/linear park walk, looping from Oakleigh railway station to the wetlands on the Creek Trail. Finishing in a Greek cake shop!

5km | Limit 15 | 18km SE Melb

Contact name: Glenn King Contact phone: 0448 816 504
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We will start from Doncaster Shopping Centre (various buses available) and walk to East Kew, loosely following the proposed rail line (100 years ago) through local parks and reserves.

14km | Limit 16 | 10km E Melb 

Contact name: Sue Parkhill Contact phone: 0432 413 442 / 9510 4316
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Meet at 1pm on the racecourse side of Caulfield Station. The Caulfield Racecourse Reserve is exactly that – a lovely public park with all the usual facilities. BBQ and picnic area, small sports ground, walking track, fishing lake and boardwalk – right smack in the middle of Caulfield Racecourse.

6km | Limit 20 | 13km SE Melb

Contact name: Contact: Eva Klusacek U35 Social Contact email: [email protected]
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Hear about our recent walks, catch up with those you’ve walked with before, or make new friends to walk with in the future! Dinners are a very informal way to meet others under 35 (more or less) who are interested in bushwalking. Details and contact information for the host will be posted to the U35 email and Meetup list. RSVP essential.

Contact name: Louise Prendergast Contact email: [email protected] Contact phone: 9826 0037
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A winter coastal walk that has it all – beach walking, sand dunes, rock pools and a lighthouse. This walk includes a cardiac workout – over 400 steps each way to Fingal Beach for morning tea. Lunch at Cape Schanck.

16km | Limit 16 | 100km S Melb

 

Contact name: Jonathan Starks – Hindmarsh Landcare Facilitator Contact email: [email protected] Contact phone: 0429 006 936
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This year the annual planting event will be based at Kaniva. We’re heading west this year to Dinyarrak, a one-horse town near the South Australian border. We will be planting 12,000 trees, shrubs, herbs and grasses on a 13 hectare property which covers a Grey Box – Buloke grassy woodland, a Black Box swamp with Yellow Gum hinterland, plus a section of Tatiara Creek. We will be returning many of the wetland plants along the creek edge and Black Box Swamp, as well as re-planting a lot of understorey plants in the adjacent woodlands, denuded after decades of grazing.

Victorian National Parks Association members have proudly supported this major landscape restoration project since its inception.

If you would like to join us, you can register through the link on our website at www.hindmarshlandcare.org.au

A bus from Melbourne Melbourne (cost $60 per person) will be available if sufficient demand. Contact Jonathan Starks [email protected] to register your interest in using the bus.

420km W Melb

 

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Over the past 13 years, Grow West has worked with thousands of volunteers and hundreds of landholders, who have helped plant more than a million trees in the Upper Werribee Catchment. VNPA volunteers have been contributing to this project for many years.

Put the date in your diary now, more details to come soon.

Parks Victoria needs immediate, long-term funding boosts

The management of Victoria’s national parks and nature conservation reserves is in serious decline and can only be rectified through a major boost in long-term funding, the Victorian National...
Mornington Peninsula National Park, Cape Schanck. Photo: Indigo Skies Photography | (2.0 Generic CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Parks Victoria needs immediate, long-term funding boosts

The management of Victoria’s national parks and nature conservation reserves is in serious decline and can only be rectified through a major boost in long-term funding, the Victorian National...
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