If you want to explore some of Victoria's amazing natural landscapes, you've come to the right place.
Our outdoor adventure program has something for everyone. Watch the countryside roll by as you cycle our amazing rail trails around Melbourne and way beyond.
Cost: Most events are $5 members or $9 non-members. But see activity for cost.
Membership: We encourage you to join as a member online or call VNPA on 03 9347 5188. Visitors can participate in up to three trips.
If you're interested in any of the activities list below please refer to the online PDF program for full details.
Changes to the Program
New Trip: Alpine National Park: The Crinoline Circuit
May 21-22 weekend.
For this two-day overnight pack hike we'll meet and camp at campsite number 12 in the Wellington River Valley, north of Licola on Friday night, May 20. The next day involves a car shuttle of sorts to the Tamboritha saddle to start the sub-alpine hike.
The Saturday night camp will be at Long Hill Plateau (1300m). Day two we trek over Mt Ligar a.k.a 'The Crinoline' and back down the valley, returning to the car/s by mid afternoon. You will need to carry some extra water and be ready for rock/scree scrambling, overgrown tracks and all manner of mountain weather.
Grade: Hard, 25km.
Limit: 6 - 250km NE Melb.
New Trip: Marilyn Munro Exhibit, Bendigo
June 4, Saturday.
A social day in Bendigo visiting the Marilyn Munro exhibit and taking an informal short walk through the nearby park and central Bendigo to view the city's historic buildings.
Great South West Walk - Tarragal to Grant Bay
Dates changed from 25-28 March to Cup Day Weekend, October 29 to November 1.
Travel from Tarragal campsite to Grant Bay near Portland via Cape Bridgewater, Bridgewater Bay and Cape Nelson. Spectacular views along the coast as we walk past the Blowholes and through the Petrified Forest.
Some beach walking involved with camping at designated sites. Enquire early, Parks Victoria sites need to be pre-booked.
Grade: Medium/hard, 54km.
Limit: 8 - 430km SW Melb.
May 14 - Saturday
Easy-going amble - Westerfolds Park
Westerfolds is a large metropolitan park on revegetated former farmland on the Yarra River, and is dominated by the 'Manor House'. After our two-hour stroll there will be the option of finding somewhere for coffee/lunch. Public transport is an option.
Grade: Easy, 5km.
Limit: 15 - 20km NE Melb. Westerfolds Park Melway Map 33 Ref. G2 Bus.
With great views of Melbourne, this undulating walk includes one big hill but the views are lovely.
Grade: Medium, 16km.
Limit: 16 - 60km W Melb.
May 15 - Sunday
A circuit from Millgrove near Warburton. After an initial 200m climb from the Yarra River to the aqueduct, the walk follows the aqueduct before dropping back down to the Yarra and returning along the river track and the Warburton Trail. Lunch in Warburton, on the way past.
Grade: Medium, 15km.
Limit: 12 - 90km E Melb.
May 14-15 - weekend
Base camp: Friends of the Prom working bee
Come and help this busy Friends group on a working bee weekend in one of Victoria's most iconic national parks. You could find yourself planting trees, surveying animal habitat, track clearing or other volunteer activities, which we undertake for Parks Victoria.
Grade: Easy, 5 or 10km. Leader: Deb Henry, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0409 338 182.
Destination: 235km SE Melb.
May 21 - Saturday
Easy ascent of Mt Riddell near Healesville with good views.
Grade: Easy, 12km.
Limit: 10 - 50km NE Melb.
May 22 - Sunday
Walk, Talk & Gawk: Nature Nippers Sherbrooke Falls - Dandenong Ranges National Park
Come and explore the magic of Sherbrooke Forest on this family friendly walk to Sherbrooke Falls through fern gullies and towering mountain ash forests. Suitable for all ages. Children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Grade: Easy, 3km. Leader: Julia Pickwick, email email@example.com or phone 0433 977 396.
Limit: 20 - 50km E Melb.
May 28 - Saturday
Peninsula coastal walk
A lovely scenic walk with lots of peaceful bays, ocean coastline and bushwalking as we explore a section of the 100km Mornington Peninsula trail.
Grade: Med/hard - 17km.
Limit: 16 - 100km S Melb.
Walk, Talk & Gawk: Wonga Park History Walk
This walk didn't eventuate last program, so here it is again. Explore the historic village and environs of Wonga Park, with its connection to the Eight Hour Day movement, and maybe sample a cider to celebrate the area's famous orchard past.
And if you like, you can amble or drive down to the river afterwards. Public transport is not feasible, but car pooling certainly is.
Grade: Easy/medium - 6km.
Limit: 15 - 33km E Melb.
The Pyrete Range is a relatively recent addition to Lerderderg State Park. We will walk into the historic Drapers Antimony mine and then on to Pyrites Creek where we will pass through a small peaceful gorge before making our way back to the cars via two almost hidden gullies - Monument and Wobbly.
In places we will be walking in a creek bed, so the ground will be quite rocky.
Grade: Medium/hard - 14km.
Limit: 12 - 59km NW Melb.
From Belgrave Rail Station, catch the 663 Bus to Olinda. Return to Belgrave along Sassafras Creek and Sherbrooke Forest.
Grade: Easy/medium, 15km.
Limit: 16 - 40 km E Melb.
June 2 - Thursday
Upper Moonee Ponds Creek
On this largely level walk, we follow Moonee Ponds Creek downstream from just near Tullamarine Airport to the suburb of Strathmore, observing how the creek and its surrounds change (some very attractive, a couple awful). We use buses to get to the start and back from the walk.
Grade: Easy/medium, 16km.
Limit: 20 - 25km NW Melb.
June 4 - Saturday
Easy-going amble: Antonio Park and Yarran Dheran
A happy two-hours strolling through Antonio Park to Schwerkolt Cottage and the Eastlink Trail along Mullum Mullum Creek to Yarran Dheran. Optional coffee afterwards. Public transport option.
Grade: Easy, 5km.
Limit: 15 - 20 km E Melb. Melway Map 49 Ref. C9 Heatherdale Station.
Banyule to Beasleys
Following the Yarra Trail from Banyule Flats through parklands to Westerfolds Park along the Yarra River and on through the historic Pettys Orchard and Candlebark Reserve to Beasleys Nursery. Return the same route.
Grade: Medium, 21km.
Limit: 18 - 15km NE Melb.
June 11-13 - long weekend
Murray-Sunset National Park
The Queens Birthday long weekend is a good opportunity to visit Victoria's northwest parks, when the weather is cooler and there's more time to explore.
The Pink Lakes are an interesting part of the arid Murray-Sunset National Park, and get their colour from the algae that grows in their very salty waters. The walk starts from the Pink Lakes on Saturday morning and heads north into the park to Mt Crozier, a high sand dune that offers sweeping views over the flat mallee landscape, where we camp for the night.
We return to Pink Lakes and camp Sunday night. We will do a short walk around the lakes on Monday morning before the long drive back to Melbourne.
Grade: Medium, 40km.
Limit: 8 - 500km NW Melb.
Rabbit warren and weed survey - Hattah-Kulkyne National Park
Help find rabbit warrens and invasive weeds in Hattah-Kulkyne National Park. This volunteer activity is carried out with the Mallee CMA and supervised by local park rangers.
The search will involve off-track walking through all mallee habitats. Participants must have a reasonable level of fitness and be able to easily move through and around bushes and fallen trees for up to six hours in a day.
GPS units and training in their use will be provided.
Shared transport will be organised with departure from Melbourne on Friday 10 June.
This is the best time of year to visit Hattah and we will have time to do a half day bushwalk on the Monday morning before returning home.
Grade: Medium, 20km.
Limit: 35 - 450km NW Melb.
Social Nights & Excursions
May 11 - Wednesday
Book, map and photo swap night
Do you have travel guide books or maps you no longer need? Well, share them! We're sure there is so much great travel knowledge out there with our members from many worldly adventures.
After a short introduction you can visit four 'info hubs' from Australia and Asia and check out what others have to swap and share.
Bring books maps, stories, trip notes and photos. Doors open at 6.30pm at 60 Leicester St, Carlton. The session will start 7.30pm. Tea, coffee, wine and biscuits provided. Entry is $2.
More info: Email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone the Victorian National Parks Association on 9347 5188.
May 25 - Wednesday
U35s social night dinner
Hear about our recent walks, catch up with people you've walked with, or meet new friends to walk with! Dinners are a very informal way to meet other Under 35s (more or less) interested in bushwalking.
Details will be posted to the U35s email list closer to the date.
More info: Email email@example.com.
Caught on Camera in Wombat State Forest
Help move wildlife monitoring cameras to new sites. Some gravel track driving required. One-day activities starting at 9.30am.
Activities run every three weeks. Contact Christine on 9341 6510 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.