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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.

Pack your tent, pull on sturdy boots and trek Victoria's peaks. We also have awesome ski trips.

Jump into a kayak and explore our incredible marine national parks.

 
 
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Or simply slip into a pair of comfy walking shoes and go for a gentle amble with friends. See you in the great outdoors!

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.

 

Bookings and more information

For all the details on the events listed, contact the VNPA on vnpa@vnpa.org.au or phone 03 9347 5188.

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BUSHWALKING EVENTS FOR MARCH 2015


SOCIAL NIGHT

 

Mar 25 (Wed) VNPA U35 SOCIAL NIGHT
CONTACT: Eloise Oxer or Jess Noske-Turner vnpa.u35social@gmail.com

It's Social Night time again, but this time with a twist! Come along with your walks books and walking ambitions for an U35 "Choose-Your-Own-Adventure" night. We'll chat about any walks you've been itching to do, the kinds of walks you prefer, and other kinds of activities you're keen to try.
No adventure is too big to dream about over a beer! To all current leaders and potential leaders, would be especially great to have you there! Keep posted to the e-group for details, or contact Eloise or Jess. RSVP essential.


 

ADVANCE NOTICE

 

Apr 3-6 (long) FORESTS FOREVER ECOLOGY CAMP
GRADE: easy LEADERS: VNPA & EEG. 9347 5188/ vnpa@vnpa.org.au

Bookings are now open for the annual Forests Forever Ecology camp which is jointly run by Environment East Gippsland and the VNPA. This is a base camp where it is possible to take part in various activities such as a tour of Erinundra rainforests, bushwalks and Caught on Camera. In the evenings there are talks and discussion about the forests and how they can be protected. For further information and bookings see: http://www.eastgippsland.net.au/forestsforever 450 km E Melb.


 

CHANGE OF DATE

Date changed 21 March to 18 April:

Apr 18 (Sat) THE GOLDFIELDS TRACK - TIPPERARY WALK & BEYOND (EC)

GRADE: medium 18km LEADER: Anna van Tatenhove annavt62@gmail.com/ 0433 842 410

The first installment of the Goldfields Track for this program, we set out along the Tipperary Track. Linking the villages of Daylesford & Hepburn Springs we follow historic water races along the Wombat, Sailors & Spring Creeks. From Hepburn Springs Mineral Reserve we will pass Jackson's Lookout & Beehive Gully to Sawpit Gully - once the site of the Dry Diggings School. Car shuffle required. Limit 18. 108 km NW Melb.


 

Date changed from 22 March to 19 April:


Apr 19 (Sun) THE GOLDFIELDS TRACK - SAWPIT GULLY AND THE GOLDEN MOUNTAIN (EC) GRADE: 21km LEADER: Louise Prendergast lprendergast2009@hotmail.com/ 9826 0037

Sawpit Gully Road and the Golden Mountain walk to Vaughan Springs. Once the alluvial gold ran out the miners left, leaving behind stone buildings and lots of mining relics. We pass water races, and the Tubal Cain mine. Golden mountain was an epicenter for the Chinese miners who came in their thousands to try their luck. Car shuffle required. Limit 15. 120 km NW Melb.



Date changed from 18 April to 2 May:


May 2 (Sat) BARWON RIVER (EC)
GRADE: medium 17km LEADER: Louise Prendergast lprendergast2009@hotmail.com/

Come and explore the Barwon River from Fyansford including the historic Paper Mill, Buckleys falls, the Bunyip Pool, Queens Park through Balyang sanctuary and the Yolinko Aboriginal gardens. Limit 16. 85 km SW Melb.



Date changed from 18-19 April to 25-26 April:


Apr 25-26 (w/e) CAPE OTWAY TO AIRE RIVER (EC)
GRADE: medium 20km LEADER: Peter Whelan 9243 8812/ Peter.Whelan@melbourne.vic.gov.au


Pack carry weekend on the Great Ocean Walk. Starting from Cape Otway Lighthouse on Saturday and camping overnight at Aire River, walking through delightful coastal heath with wonderful ocean views. Sunday returns along the same route. Limit 8. 150 km SW Melb.


 

Walk postponed to next program:


Was Mar 21-22 (w/e) THE CROSSCUT SAW (EC)
GRADE: medium 31km LEADER: Fiona Buntine 0419 549 786/ fionabuntine@me.com

Pack-carry weekend from the Upper Howqua Camping Area to Mt Speculation via Mt Howitt, Mt Buggery and back. Limit 12. 330 km NE Melb.



Walk postponed to next program:

Apr 25-26 (w/e) BASE CAMP: MITCHELL RIVER NATIONAL PARK (EC)
GRADE: medium 25km LEADER: Tracey-Ann Hooley tahooley@bigpond.com

A weekend exploring the Mitchell River National Park. Includes an 18km day-walk, some nocturnal wildlife spotting and time to relax and enjoy the river. Limit 12. 300 km E Melb.


 

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS



Mar 28-29 (w/e) WEST RIDGE MT BULLER (EC)
GRADE: medium hard 16km LEADER: Richard Tagg richard.tagg@oceanfree.net/ 0404 808 242

Away from the ski runs, Mt Buller's West Ridge offers a steep and spectacular walk, some rock scrambling required. West Ridge day walk on Saturday, car camp at base of mountain within walking distance of swimming hole and café, and an easy walk to finish with on the Sunday. Limit 11. 250 km NE Melb.



Mar 28-29 (w/e) CHROMITE MINE, ALPINE NP (EC)
GRADE: medium 25km LEADER: Anthony & Denise Fernando 0400 178 115/ xykruzine@yahoo.com

Come along and find out more about the unusual serpentine habitat at the old chromite mine-site near Licola. We will follow the Wellington River upstream from the Tamboritha Rd towards the well known Lake Tarli Karng, then follow a tributary, Dolodrook River, to a natural clearing which is the manifestation of serpentine habitat. Walk involves several river fordings. Limit 8. 260 km E Melb.



Mar 28 (Sat) LYONVILLE MINERAL SPRING (EC)
GRADE: medium 17km LEADER: Mark Learmonth 9807 7506 (H)/

Wombat State Forest contains all sorts of tracks. This walk starts at the historic Bullarto Railway Station, then wanders through the forest, via the mineral spring and along the delightful Domino Trail into Trentham. Very few real hills make this an enjoyable excursion. This is a public transport walk. Limit 20. 100 km NW Melb.



Mar 29 (Sun) OLINDA FOREST
GRADE: easy medium 11km LEADER: Andrew Johnson 0400 446 257/ sparhawk150@hotmail.com

This walk takes in a waterfall, the R.J. Hamer Forest Arboretum and a lookout with views of the Great Dividing Range and Yarra Ranges. Limit 12. 50 km E Melb.


 

Apr 3-6 (long) FORESTS FOREVER ECOLOGY CAMP
GRADE: easy LEADER: VNPA 9347 5188/ vnpa@vnpa.org.au

The annual Forests Forever Ecology camp is jointly run by Environment East Gippsland and the VNPA. This is a base camp where it is possible to take part in various activities such as a tour of Erinundra rainforests, bushwalks and Caught on Camera. In the evenings there are talks and discussion about the forests and how they can be protected. Watch for further details in Nature's Voice and on our website along with links to online booking. If you would like to volunteer to assist with the camp please contact the VNPA office now. 450 km E Melb.


 


ADVANCE NOTICE


Aug 15-13, 2015 (long) CANADA EAST & WEST
GRADE: medium LEADER: John Bales jlbales12@gmail.com/ 0433 603 629/ 9913 5118

A day walking trip is planned in August/September 2015, visiting the western and eastern Canadian provinces and National Park visits will include Yoho, Glaciers, Banff, Jasper, Waterton Lakes, Point Pelee, Bruce Peninsula and Fundy. A group flight from Vancouver to Toronto will be arranged. In addition, minivans will be hired to travel around Canada. On a few days cycling or canoeing options will be offered.

Accommodation will be in modest hotels or cabins. The estimated cost of the 30 day trip is $5,200, which would cover shared accommodation, some breakfasts, land transport, Vancouver to Toronto airfare and entrance fees. Please email me to request a detailed description of the trip. Limit 12.



April 28 to May 18, 2016 (21 Days), WESTERN TURKEY
Contact John Bales (jlbales12@gmail.com) to request a detailed itinerary

Visiting Istanbul, Cappadocia, Atalya, Kas, Kusadasi, Canakkale and Gallipoli. Private transport and guides for walks and site visits. Approximate price $4,600 includes premium accommodation and most meals.


 

Reduce the threat of Dieback – wash your boots


Dieback is the dying back of plants, and it often results in death of many of our native plant species. It is frequently caused by Phytophthora cinnamomi (the disease formerly known as Cinnamon Fungus). This is an invading plant disease that lives in the soil. Many of our plants have no resistance to it.

About 2000 different plant species (most of them Australian) are susceptible to the disease.  Collapsed grass-trees are only one indicator of the presence of the disease. It is important therefore to stay on the tracks when walking through diseased areas. If you walk off-track your boots will carry infection.

The only way to remove the contamination is to clean out all soil from your footwear and wash and brush them with disinfectant before you leave the area. Carry a plastic trough, some methylated spirits and water and brushes for this purpose. Or use a stiff brush and spray the cleaned boots with a 70% methylated spirits/water solution.  Insist that the rest of the group also clean their footwear.

The swimming spores are very tiny and have no cell wall so they are very easily killed with any disinfectant, but any soil or gravel on your footwear will prevent the disinfectant from reaching them. You must not wait until you get back home but clean the footwear immediately.