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.
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.
Bookings and info: For details on the events listed, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 03 9347 5188.
BUSHWALKING EVENTS FOR MARCH 2014
Mar 11 (Tue) NEW LEADERS INTRODUCTION BRIEFING
This is an opportunity for all those wanting to know more about becoming a Bushwalking and Activities Group trip leader. Apart from helping to support the club, leading offers as a range of benefits to the individuals involved. The briefing outlines the process that the BWAG committee has in place to ensure our leaders are well trained and prepared. Ideal for those wanting to submit trips in the next program.
Reservations required. Inner city venue. RSVP required. Limit 10
Mar 22 (Sat) BRING A FRIEND FOR FREE - BIG AND LITTLE PENINSULA
This is a 'bring a friend for free' trip, where trip fees are waived for visitors who come at the invitation of a VNPA member. GRADE: medium 14km
Visit the Upper Yarra Goldfields where the Big and Little Peninsula tunnels are located on the Yarra River. Contact me for more details if you would like to bring a friend. Limit 15. 75 km E Melb.
Mar 12 (Wed) VNPA SOCIAL NIGHT
Associate Professor Don Garden author of ‘Conservation Journeys, A short history of the VNPA’, will speak to us about his new book. Victorian National Parks and other conservation reserves are a gift to our children and grandchildren, the nation and the world. As part of its 60th anniversary, the VNPA has commissioned a history of the Association and its role in the broader conservation movement.
Environmental historian reveals this fascinating history through research and accessible writing. Doors will be open from 7pm at 60 Leicester St, Carlton. The presentation will commence at 8pm. BWAG will provide wine, tea and coffee. $2 donation appreciated.
Mar 26 (Wed) VNPA U35 SOCIAL NIGHT
Come along to this month's social night and meet some new or familiar faces. Friends and family welcome. To find out more about this month's event, keep posted to the U35 e-group for updates.
Mar 15 (Sat) EXCURSION BY COACH - MOUNT WORTH
GRADE: easy 5km
A visit to Mt Worth State Park, abundant in Mountain Ash and Blackwood, will include a rainforest walk. There will also be a visit to the Drouin Farmer's Market. Limit 57. 125 km SE Melb.
CHANGES TO THE PROGRAM
Re-scheduled from Feb 22-2
March 1-2 (w/e) U35 BASE CAMP: MOROKA GORGE (EC)
GRADE: easy/med 20km
Escape the summer swelter in Melbourne and join us for a weekend in the southern section of the Alpine National Park. After driving up Friday night, day 1 is a 12 km walk to Moroka Gorge and the falls - lovely spot for a swim and some rock hopping. On Sunday we'll do the short (5km) Pinnacles loop or check out some other nearby short walks. Limit 10. 310 km SE Melb.
Re-scheduled from Feb 1-2
Mar 14-16 (Long W/E) BOGONG HIGH PLAINS COPE HUT TO TOWONGA HUT GRADE: med 21km
A weekend away walking, pack carrying and camping on the undulating high plains near Falls creek. We will drive up to Mountain Creek (near Tawonga) on Friday night and camp there. After an early start on Saturday we will drive up to Fall's Creek and park at the Cope Hut car park. We shall walk out across the high plains and camp at Tawonga Huts for one night. This walk follows the Australian Alps walking trail pole lines for most of the way.
There is an optional visit to some of the nearby peaks on the plateau along the way . Walkers need to be equipped for all weather conditions, reasonably fit and able to carry a pack with all their gear.
Re-scheduled from January 18th
March 22(Sat) U35 - ANAKIE GORGE, TED ERREY, STONY CREEK CIRCUIT
GRADE: medium 12km
A decent circuit walk involving a nice ridge with a couple of great look out spots overlooking the Stony Creek Water catchment and views back towards the bay. Finish by walking through Anakie Gorge which is good spot for Koala spotting. 80 km W Melb.
ADDITIONS TO THE PROGRAM
REGENT HONEYEATER PROJECT NESTBOX CHECKING – BENALLA
15/16 March, 5/6 April, 3/4 May
It's on again! Here's a superb opportunity to see our beautiful little gliders as they rest up for the day in our nest boxes and with nearly 400 nest boxes to inspect, you're sure to have some delightful sights! Come and join us for a weekend of fun, fascination, and friendly company, as you work with other volunteers to see who is at home in the boxes, gain some insight about the effects of the long hot summer, and think about what we can do to assist the wildlife.
March 15 (Sat) Wombat Forest Community Day
Want to join us as a citizen scientist researching animals in the Wombat State Forest?
Find out what it's all about at our Caught on Camera Community Day, Saturday 15 March in Trentham. It's free and will be loads of fun!
Forests Forever Easter Ecology Camp
Spend Easter in the heart of East Gippsland 18-21 April, 2014.
Every Easter for the past 30 years Environment East Gippsland has been showing people the best of East Gippsland's beautiful and complex forests as part of its Forests Forever ecology camps.Participants camp on the Brodribb River surrounded by peppermint and manna gums.
For details and to book visit www.forestsforever.vnpa.org.au
Mar 1 (Sat) INGLISTON GORGE / FALCONS LOOKOUT (WERRIBEE GORGE AREA)
GRADE: easy/medium 12km
Easy access, variety, geology and views. This day will include two short walks from (nearly) the same start-point, to see a different part of Werribee Gorge. A '2 for 1' value day! Limit 12. 70 km W Melb.
Mar 1 (Sat) BARWON HEADS TO OCEAN GROVE
GRADE: med 13km
Continuing our exploration of the Barwon River, we start at Ocean Grove and walk to Barwon Heads, crossing the bridge where the river flows out to the ocean. The views from the bluff are stunning; out over the beach and Bass Strait. We walk to Thirteenth Beach for lunch before returning to Ocean Grove for the obligatory post-walk coffee and cake. Limit 16. 10 km SW Melb.
Mar 1 (Sat) MT MACEDON CIRCUIT
GRADE: medium 18km
Starting at Mt Macedon township, this circuit walk takes in all of the Mt Macedon area highlights. We climb up to the Memorial Cross before walking around to Camel's Hump, via Sanatorium Lake and Mt Towrong. Some short steep sections but well worth the effort. Limit 12. 90 km NE Melb.
Mar 2-3 (Sun/Mon) MORNINGTON PENINSULA BEACHES PACK WALK
GRADE: easy 22km
Taking public transport to Safety Beach, we will walk along the calm bayside beaches with time for a swim along the way or on our arrival at the Rye Foreshore Reserve where we will camp for the night. Dinner at a local establishment. Next day after a leisurely breakfast, we will walk on to Sorrento for coffee then along the Millionaires' walk to Portsea for lunch at the pub before the bus home. A pack walk with a difference, and if you so choose you can buy all your food and drinks along the way. Sunday night is nice and peaceful in Rye, so take a long weekend and take this Sunday-Monday walk with me. Limit 8. 60 km S Melb.
Mar 2 (Sun) RIDE: PRESTON TO WILLIAMSTOWN
GRADE: medium 50km
We will start out at the Merri Creek Trail in Preston and then join the Yarra Trail into the city, passing though Southbank and on along the Yarra to the punt at the Westgate Bridge. From there we will cross to Williamstown for lunch. We return to the city ending at Flinders Street Station. If your car is in Preston you can get a train back there. The bulk of the ride is off-road. Limit 12. 15 km N Melb.
Mar 5 (Wed) WT&G: PORT MELBOURNE
GRADE: easy 5km
Guest guide Janet Bolitho, former Mayor of Port Phillip, will lead a morning circuit Walk, Talk and Gawk from Station Pier westward including Sandridge and Webb Dock East. Come along and share Janet's knowledge and interest. Meet at the light-rail terminus at Beacon Cove. Limit 15. 5 km S Melb.
Mar 8-10 (long) WILSONS PROM NP SEALER'S COVE /WATERLOO BAY CIRCUIT (EC)
GRADE: medium/hard 39km
The classic east coast circuit of the Prom offers some of the best walking and coastal scenery in Australia. We'll drive down on Friday night and camp nearby to the Prom and then head out for Sealer's Cove on the Saturday morning. Sunday we go from Sealers to Little Waterloo Bay via Refuge cove and over Kersop's peak and down to the beach at Little Waterloo Bay for a well-earned swim. Monday is a hike back to Tidal River via Oberon Bay and a drive home. Good pack hiking fitness and camping experience are necessary. Camp sites need to be booked in advance so please make early enquiries. Limit 8. 250 km SE Melb.
Mar 8-10 (long) MT BOGONG-NORTHERN PLAINS TRAVERSE (EC)
GRADE: medium 35km
Starting near Falls Creek this walk will take in some of Victoria's highest mountains, some famous huts, some breath taking laughs and finish in the valley below near Mountain Creek. Some steep up and down hill sections. Option to come up early on the Friday. Limit 13. 390 km NE Melb
Mar 8-10 (long) MCFARLANE SADDLE, LAKE TALI KARNG, WELLINGTON RIVER (EC)
GRADE: medium/hard 35km
A walk from McFarlane Saddle to Lake Tali Karng via Spion Kopje. The descent to Lake Tali Karng is very steep down Gillios track but the reward is going down to a most beautiful lake hidden in the mountains much visited by many people over countless decades. We may possibly camp at the lake on Saturday night or nearby and continue down the Wellington River on Sunday with 15 river crossings so expect wet feet. We will camp at one of a number of very pretty camp sites on the river on Sunday night and finish the walk back at the road north of Licola. Limit 8. 300 km E Melb.
Mar 9-10 (Sun/Mon) BAW BAW OVERNIGHT PACK WALK FOR FAMILIES WITH KIDS (EC) GRADE: easy 9km
A beginner overnight walk for parents and 5-10yo kids on the lovely high plateau of Baw Baw National Park. We'll start from Baw Baw Village and camp near the Australian Alps Walking Track. While the walk to our campsite is only 4km, there is the option to explore further for energetic kids (and parents). Limit 12. 200 km E Melb.
Mar 12 (Wed) FERNSHAW-MORLEY TRACK
GRADE: easy/medium 10km
From Dom Dom saddle, descend through tall forests to fern gullies and Watts river. Limit 15.
70 km NE Melb.
Mar 13-16 (long) RIDE: WANGARATTA-BEECHWORTH-BRIGHT-MT BUFFALO
GRADE: hard 270km
Escape Melbourne during the Grand Prix for this challenging ride. The ride, which can be easily accessed by rail, starts and ends at Wangaratta. The first three days will be on the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail. On day one we will ride to Beechworth a 42km ride which involves a steady uphill climb for about 15km. Day two we go from Beechworth to Bright, a reasonably easy 72km ride. On day three we head on to explore Mt Buffalo which includes a steep and steady ride to the top and very easy trip back down to Bright. Day 4 we return to Wangaratta, an 82km trip. Limit 10.250 km NW Melb.
Mar 13 (Thu) EASY-GOING AMBLE - DOCKLANDS
GRADE: easy 5km
What is happening at Docklands? Is it a deserted monstrosity or a fascinating experiment in innovative landscaping and architecture? 10.00 am start. Limit 20
Mar 15-16 (w/e) RIDE: GOULBURN VALLEY TO GOLDFIELDS (EC)
GRADE: easy/medium 105km
This is an opportunity to explore some rural attractions away from the freeway and hopefully, if timetables allow, it will be a car-free weekend. We take the train to Nagambie in the late afternoon on Friday, stay overnight in Nagambie, cycle to Heathcote on the Saturday, stay overnight in Heathcote, cycle to Seymour on Sunday before taking the train home to Melbourne on Sunday evening. Accommodation will be shared rooms in budget motels or cabins. Limit 10. 150 km N Melb.
Mar 15 (Sat) BLAIRGOWRIE ON THE MORNINGTON PENINSULA
GRADE: easy/medium 13km
Ocean cliff tops, wild surf, bay beaches, tea tree covered tracks and a swim at the end if you wish. Limit 14. 70 km S Melb.
Mar 16 (Sun) OLINDA FOREST
GRADE: easy/medium 11km
This walk takes in a waterfall, the R.J. Hamer Forest Arboretum and a lookout from which the Great Dividing Range and Yarra Ranges can be viewed. Limit 12. 85 km E Melb.
Mar 16 (Sun) WT&G: BETWEEN FAIRFIELD AND KEW BOATHOUSES
GRADE: easy/medium 6km
Follow the river, investigating past and present uses, landforms, flora, and fauna (if we're lucky); we'll meander there, have a cuppa, then have a brisk walk back. Public transport encouraged. Limit 15. 6 km E Melb.
Mar 22 (Sat) WT&G: WESTERN TREATMENT PLANT WETLANDS
GRADE: easy km
The Melbourne Water Western Treatment Plant is one of the most important bird habitats in Australia. As well as many native waterbirds the area is the summer home to migratory waders that spend our winters nesting on the Arctic tundra. Our tour will be by car with frequent stops to look at the concentrations of birds that use this area. In order to keep the number of cars to a minimum we will car pool while at the WTP. Limit 20. 50 km SW Melb.
Mar 23 (Sun) WT&G: BLACK ROCK TO MENTONE
GRADE: easy/med 6km
Geology, changes to the coastline, fossils and how an early 'overlander' built his house. We'll stick to the shore as much as possible - a little bit of rock-hopping on the headlands. Limit 12. 20 km S Melb.
Mar 29-30 (w/e) BASE CAMP: WEST RIDGE-MT BULLER (EC)
GRADE: medium/hard 16km
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 base camp the night, Sunday a somewhat more sedate walk. Limit 13. 250 km NE Melb.
Mar 29 (Sat) EDWARDS POINT
GRADE: easy/medium 14km
Based around St. Leonards (near Portarlington), this walk is mostly flat, but does include some sand. We walk through the town, then onto two delightful walking tracks to Charlie’s Hole and Edwards Point. We also visit a really tiny reserve. Expect panoramic bay views, and regenerating bushland. This is a public transport walk. Limit 20. 120 km SW Melb.
Mar 29 (Sat) ALTONA TO NEWPORT BAY WALK
GRADE: easy/medium 16km
Starting at Altona, walking along the beach fronts and bird wildlife areas through Williamstown for an icecream or hot chocolate, Finishing at Newport Station. Accessible by Public transport. Limit 15. 20 km W Melb.
Mar 30 (Sun) MORNINGTON PENINSULA NP
GRADE: easy 10km
Visit the bushland of the southern Mornington Peninsula. Limit 12. 85 km S Melb.
Cleaning your boots to reduce Dieback
Scrub your boot soles with a 70% methylated spirits/water mixture to kill Phytophthora cinnamomi spores before leaving the affected area.