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.
Additions to the Program
March 18-19 - Weekend
Alpine National Park - Bogong Village to the Fainters via Bogong Jack saddle
Get away for the weekend following fire trails from Bogong Village up to Bogong Jack hut, where we'll camp for the night. The trip includes a day pack visit to the twin summits of the Fainters (1880m). We return by the same route.
Expect superb views of Mt Feathertop. Good fitness and equipment is required. A Friday night camp at Mountain Creek, Tawonga, is optional.
Medium/hard: 24km | Limit 6 | 350km NE Melb
Changes to the Program
March 18-19- Weekend
Alpine National Park - Mt Bogong via Quartz Ridge
Walk postponed to January, 2018.
February 4 - Saturday
Lilydale Op Shop Walk
From Lilydale train station we head down river, around Lilydale Lake and then back into town for three quick op shop visits.
Medium: 8km | Limit 16 | 35km E Melb
February 11-13 - Long Weekend
Alpine National Park - Wellington High Plains and Lake Tali Karng
Spend the long weekend taking in the Wellington High Plains and Gable End with a day trip to Lake Tali Karng and the waterfalls that feed the lake. You will need to take Monday off for this trip.
On Friday night we meet up and camp in the Wellington River Valley. On Saturday we walk to Nyimba Camp before heading out to Gable End.
On Sunday it's off to Lake Tali Karng and then on Monday we pack up and hike back out over the high plains to MacFarlane Saddle.
Medium: 40km | Limit 6 | 350km NE Melb
February 11 - Saturday
Easy-going Amble: Plenty River at Greensborough
Come and investigate the Plenty River as it meanders through Greensborough and the imaginative Kalparrin Lake, which features a wetland built on top of an underground storage.
There will be the chance for coffee and lunch at the end of the trip.
Easy: 5km | Limit 15 | 20km NE Melb
February 12 - Sunday
U35s - You Yangs
Explore the beautiful You Yangs, which rise from the volcanic plains between Melbourne and Geelong.
This unique place inspired artists such as Fred Williams and Eugene von Guerard. Come for a bushwalk and experience it for yourself.
Medium: 12km | Limit 10 | 25km W Melb
February 18 - Saturday
Enjoy a walk though eucalypt and fern forests with views over Port Phillip Bay. This is a circuit walk and explores trails throughout the Arthurs Seat State Park, including part of the Two Bays Trail.
Medium/hard: 18km | Limit 16 | 94km S Melb
London Bridge - Public Transport Walk
The London Bridge area is the most northern beach in the Mornington Peninsula National Park. We'll travel there on the scenic Mornington Peninsula bus service. Once we leave the bus, expect some spectacular views, time to explore London Bridge itself, and enjoyable beach walking.
Medium: 13km | Limit 15 | 100km S Melb
February 21 - Tuesday
Walk, Talk & Gawk: Seabirds in the City
We head out on the town after work to meet some of the city's sassiest residents - the penguins, gulls, cormorants and terns that call Melbourne home.
We'll find out about some of their favourite places to eat and drink and get their thoughts on feathery fashions and urban development. If it's a very hot evening we might even join them for a swim. Bring all your seabird questions and a picnic dinner.
Easy: 5km | Limit 15 | 3km S Melb
February 23 - Thursday
Walk, Talk & Gawk: Alphington to Fairfield, the meandering way
It takes just 12 minutes to walk a straight line between Alphington and Fairfield railway stations, but our longer, meandering stroll along the Yarra River passes through hidden parks, criss-crosses marks left by history, changes in land use, secrets and maybe even a ghost...
This is a public transport walk.
Easy: 6km | Limit 15 | 8km NE Melb
March 2-5 - Long Weekend
Australian Alps Walking Track Clearing - Baw Baw National Park
Help clean up the Australian Alps Walking Track where it traverses the Baw Baw plateau. There will be a variety of work to undertake, requiring a range of skills and experience, including chainsawing, brush cutting, clearing debris, transporting equipment and fuel, clearing water bars and replacing/adding track markers.
Parks Victoria will supply all food and water, so please provide us with the days you will attend and any special dietary requirements. You will need to bring all your camping gear (tent, sleeping bag and mat etc.).
We will camp at Jeep Flat Track, a short walk from the Mt St Gwinear carpark. Remember, we will be in alpine conditions, so bring appropriate clothing.
Come for a day or stay the entire four days. To help with planning and catering please book by Thursday 16 February.
March 5 - Sunday
We join the Friends of Mud Islands for a trip to Mud Islands, a nature reserve out in Port Phillip Bay made up of low-lying islands and a shallow tidal lagoon. To get there we catch a boat from Queenscliff.
The walk is mainly on the beach but does involve some walking through saltmarsh scrub and shallow wading.
These islands are important bird breeding areas as well as the summer home for migratory waders from the Arctic. The trip may also include seeing fur seal and gannet colonies.
Email bookings are preferred one month prior to the trip.
Medium: 5km | Limit 15 | 100km S Melb
March 11-13 - Long Weekend
Sheepyard Flat, Upper Jamieson Hut, Eagles Peaks & Howqua River
Starting at Frys Hut, we'll walk along Lickhole Creek Track to Upper Jamieson Hut. The next day we return to Lickhole Saddle and climb Eagles Peaks, walking to the Howqua River east of Gardiners Hut. On Monday it's back along the river to the start.
Medium/hard: 37km | Limit 8 | 230km NE Melb
U35s Lake Tali Karng
Walk to spectacular Lake Tali Karng in the Alpine National Park over a relatively relaxing three days.
Day one sees 14 river crossings as we follow the Wellington River upstream. Day two is a loop with daypacks to Tali Karng itself via Riggall Spur and back along Lanigan Memorial Track. Day three we return via the Wellington River. Keep updated on changes via Meetup and the U35s email list.
Medium: 36km | Limit 12 | 265km E Melb
March 11 - Saturday
This hilly circuit walk from Belgrave Station 'chases' Puffing Billy to Selby then explores various parks and local streets until we reach Belgrave Lake, Mt Morton and Birdland Reserve.
Medium: 17km | Limit 15 | 35km S Melb
Easy-Going Amble - Brighton to Sandringham
If you do like to be beside the seaside, you will like this flat-as-you-can-get-stroll from Brighton Beach to Sandringham, with the option of coffee and lunch.
Easy: 5km | Limit 15 | 10km S Melb
Forests Forever Easter Ecology Camp - East Gippsland
Why not spend your Easter in the heart of South East Australia's botanical wonderland?
- Camp among Peppermint and Manna gums on the Brodribb River.
- Spotlight for wildlife.
- Explore ancient and beautiful forests with expert biologists.
- Be inspired to help save East Gippsland's spectacular forests.
Where: Goongerah, East Gippsland (70km north of Orbost VIC, 96km south from Bombala NSW).
Cost: $75 for the weekend, $35 for one day. Concessions available. Children under 13 years free.
For more information and to book your spot, go to www.eastgippsland.net.au/forestsforever
Social Nights & Excursions
February 8 - Wednesday
Puffins on Skomer Island with Tracey-Ann Hooley
This month Tracey-Ann Hooley recounts her tales from a puffin-infested island - summer seabird surveys on Skomer. Doors open at 6.30pm for a 7.30pm start, 60 Leicester St Carlton.
Entry is $2 - tea, coffee, wine and biscuits provided.
Contact: Victorian National Parks Association, email email@example.com
February 25 - Saturday
Excursion by Coach: Tarra Bulga National Park
An early morning visit to Drouin farmers market and a walk through the cool temperate rainforest at Tarra Bulga. A suspension bridge will take us over a fern-filled gully. Afternoon tea stop in Yarragon.
Easy: 5km | Limit 57 | 195km SE Melb
Leaders: Lorraine Benn and Larysa Kucan
February 28 - Tuesday
U35s social night
Hear about our recent walks, catch up with those you've walked with, or meet new friends to walk with! Our U35s social dinners are an informal way to meet other under 35s (more or less) who are interested in bushwalking.
Details will be posted to the U35s email list and on Meetup closer to the date.