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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.

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.


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If you're interested in any of the activities list below please refer to the online PDF program for full details.


Program Highlights


September 8 - Thursday

Kilcunda - Public Transport Walk

Kilcunda is a special place. From the V/Line bus we get an overview of the coastline then head off on our walk along the beach, which can be soft, and is always dramatic.

Our return trip is much easier, a mixture of woodland, open views and the famous bridge, recently restored. The walk will feel longer than its actual length.

Grade: Medium, 13km.

Limit: 20 people.

Location: 110km SE Melb.


September 10 - Saturday

O'Keefe Rail Trail Walk

Come and discover the O'Keefe Rail Trail travelling from Bendigo to Axedale. We walk along a section of the Bendigo Bushland Trail and over the Axe Creek suspension bridge.

This is an easy walk on a gravel track. In January 1888 Andrew O'Keefe began construction of the line and in July his own locomotive, named 'Sue', set off down the line. A car shuffle will be required.

Grade: Medium, 19km.

Limit: 18 people.

Location: 155km NW Melb.


Easy Going Amble - Edinburgh Gardens

The Edinburgh Gardens have provided respite, recreation, health and inspiration for the residents of Fitzroy North for more than 150 years.

There will be the option of coffee and lunch in trendy Brunswick Street.

Grade: Easy, 5km.

Limit: 15 people.

Location: 4km NE Melb.


September 17-18: Weekend

Lake Eildon National Park

Lake Eildon is not just for boaters. There are plenty of trails and remote campsites that can be enjoyed on foot. This walk takes us from Jerusalem Creek campground to the Taylors Creek remote camp, in the more densely forested southern end of the park, taking in peak views along the way.

Grade: Medium, 15km.

Limit: 8.

Location: 140km NE Melb.

ANGAIR Wildflower & Art Weekend

Every spring wildflowers light up the heathland surrounding Anglesea on Victoria's Great Ocean Road and the local community celebrate with the Angair Wildflower & Art Weekend.

Weekend celebrations will include guided wildflower walks, spectacular displays of indigenous flowers, a 'roaming reptiles' display and there will be arts, crafts and local plants for sale.

The weekend is a great way to become a native wildflower explorer on this beautiful stretch of coast.

Where: Anglesea Memorial Hall, McMillan Street, Anglesea.

Inquiries: Phone 5263 1085, email or visit


September 18 - Sunday

Walk, Talk & Gawk: McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park / Langwarrin Flora and Fauna Reserve

Take in a touch of culture perusing more than 100 sculptures during the morning at McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park before heading down to the beautiful Langwarrin Flora and Fauna Reserve for a stint of wildflower spotting after lunch.

Grade: Easy, 10km.

Limit: 15.

Location: 40km SE Melb.


October 1 - Saturday

Anglesea Walk

A springtime circuit walk of Anglesea exploring the coastline and heathlands with time to stop and look for spring wildflowers.

Grade: Medium, 16km.

Limit: 15.

Location: 100km SW Melb.


October 1-2: Weekend

Alpine National Park - Bogong Village to the Fainters by Snow Shoe

A weekend of spring hiking and summit snow shoeing with overnight pack carry and camping in the Fainters/Bogong Village area. On Saturday we'll head to Jack Saddle Hut, where we will set up camp and explore the twin summits of the Fainters (1880m+).

On Sunday we return by the same route. Friday night camping at Mountain Creek is an option.

Grade: Hard/exploratory, 25km.

Limit: 6.

Location: 350km NE Melb.

Beginners Pack-carry: Mt Cole State Forest

Looking for an easy introduction to pack carrying? Then this trip is for you! Come walking through lovely fern forests and across alpine plateaus in the shadow of the Grampians at Mt Cole State Park.

The walk will be preceded by a gear review and planning evening. Come and find out what overnight walking is all about.

Grade: Easy, 20km.

Limit: 6.

Location: 220km NW Melb.


October 6 - Thursday

Coimadai Creek: Long Forest Reserve

The Long Forest Reserve is a Noah's ark of rare and unusual plants and animals. This relatively easy walk is being advertised on Victoria's Seniors Week program and has relatively gentle undulations.

Grade: Easy/medium, 10km.

Limit: 15.

Location: 49km NW Melb.


October 8-9 - Weekend

Beeripmo Walk

This is an overnight walk with no car shuttle, camping at a very good site with tank water. Look forward to a clear walking track with great views. Blow away the winter chills with a lovely spring walk.

Grade: Medium, 22km.

Limit: 8.

Location: 160km NW Melb.


October 8 - Saturday

Point Roadknight - Public Transport Walk

A few years ago the Surf Coast Walk was moved much closer to the coast between Anglesea and Aireys Inlet.

This walk is now mostly along the beach, but we also walk through the heathland behind. Expect expansive views and a scenic trip on our V/Line bus, along with seabirds on the shore.

Grade: Medium, 15km.

Limit: 20.

Location: 120km SW Melb.


Easy Going Amble - Westgate Bridge Memorial Park

The Westgate Bridge collapsed on 15 October 1970. We visit the Westgate Bridge Memorial Park, the Stoney Creek Backwash with its mangroves, and the Stony Creek Park, ending with an optional coffee and lunch.

Grade: Easy, 5km.

Limit: 15.

Location: 7km W Melb.


October 9 - Sunday

Walk, Talk & Gawk: Point Nepean National Park

Explore historical Point Nepean, from Quarantine Station to the forts at the point. Some beach walking included.

Grade: Easy, 10km.

Limit: 10.

Location: 90km SE Melb.



Social Nights & Excursions


September 14 - Wednesday

Social Night: Spanish Sierra Nevada National Park with Taariq Hassan

Taariq will talk about his lung-busting ascent of Mulhacen Peak (3843m) in Southern Spain, including the moody weather above the treeline and the peculiarities of the Refugio Poqueria.

Doors open at 6.30pm for a 7.30pm start, 60 Leicester St, Carlton. Entry is $2, with tea, coffee, wine and biscuits provided.

Contact: Phone the Victorian National Parks Association on 9347 5188 or email


September 17 - Saturday

Excursion by Coach: Cranbourne Botanic Gardens

The Royal Botanic Gardens at Cranbourne are full of native Australian plants.

This trip includes time to explore the gardens, visitor centre, garden shop and cafe. Walk options are to Trig Point Lookout for 360 degree views or a longer bushland walk. On our return trip there will be a stop at a Port Phillip Bay beach or cliff top.

Grade: Easy, 5km.

Leader: Ruth Stirling.

Limit: 57.

Location: 45km SE Melb.



NatureWatch Activities


September 17 - Saturday

Wildlife monitoring at Bunyip State Park

Help set up motion-sensing cameras and sound recorders to record forest wildlife as part of this joint project between NatureWatch and the Friends of Bunyip State Park.

This is a full day and will involve retrieving monitoring equipment and setting it up at new locations in the park. There will be some driving on dirt tracks.

We'll meet at Gembrook, 9.30am, and the day should finish around 4pm. More details will be made available on registration.

Registration is required: Contact NatureWatch Co-ordinator Christine Connelly on 9341 6510 or email

Grade: Easy/medium.

Limit: 10 people.

Location: 66km E Melbourne.