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 are interested in joining any of the events listed below please phone our office on 9347 5188 or email email@example.com to book your spot.
February 10 - Wednesday
Wild Magazine: Australian Wilderness Heritage with Campbell Phillips
Founded in 1981, Wild is Australia's first and longest-running outdoor magazine created to promote conservation through adventure.
Now in its 35th year in print, Wild is undergoing a new phase of development under its current editor, Campbell Phillips.
Join Campbell for a discussion of Wilderness Adventure and Conservation in Australia, how things have changed over 35 years and how they may continue to change in the future.
Additional topics include adventure writing, photography and 'adventuring for a cause'.
Doors open at 6.30pm, 60 Leicester St, Carlton. The session starts at 7.30pm, and we'll provide tea, coffee, wine and biscuits. Entry is $2.
Contact: Phone the VNPA office on 9347 5188 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your spot.
February 13 - Saturday
Easy Going Amble - Edwardes Lake Park
Around the lake and up the creek - Edgars Creek that is - two hours easy morning walking finishing with an optional coffee. This outing is accessible via public transport. Melway Map 18, Ref. E5 Reservoir Station.
Grade: Easy, 5km.
Limit: 15 - 12km N Melb.
Take a walk through eucalypt and fern forests with vantage points over Port Phillip Bay. This circuit walk explores trails throughout the Arthurs Seat State Park, including part of the Two Bays Trail.
Grade: Medium/hard, 16km.
Limit: 16 - 94km S Melb.
February 14 - Sunday
Jan Juc to Anglesea Coastal Walk
This should be a pleasant summer walk with a stop at Point Addis for lunch. We will need to do a car shuffle. Bring your bathers.
Grade: Medium, 18km.
Limit: 16 - 106km SW Melb.
Walk, Talk and Gawk: Coolart Wetlands and Homestead at Somers
A nature lover's paradise with wetlands, bushland and beach access, this National Trust classified property also features a historic homestead, outbuildings and a farm machinery collection.
We'll explore the park first and end the day at the beach where dolphins are frequent visitors.
Grade: Easy, 6km.
Limit: 15 - 85km SE Melb.
February 13-14 - Weekend Trip
French Island National Park cycling tour
The best way to get around French Island is by bicycle. We'll catch the early Stony Point ferry across to the island on Saturday, then cycle 5km to the Fairhaven campsite.
After setting up camp, we spend the rest of the day with a packed lunch doing a lap of the island, visiting its most interesting nooks and crannies. On Sunday morning we'll take a shorter ride for views over Westernport Bay, then back on the ferry.
The terrain is relatively flat but sandy in places, so mountain bikes are a must.
Grade: Medium/hard, 100km.
Limit: 8 - 80km SE Melb.
February 13-15 - 3 Day Trip
Alpine National Park - Wellington High Plains and Lake Tali Karng
Join us for a long weekend of hiking in the Victorian Alps (you will need to take the Monday off). On Friday night we camp in the Wellington River valley north of Licola. On Saturday we drive up to MacFarlane saddle and hike across the Wellington High plains (1450m+) to our base campsite.
If time permits we'll visit either The Sentinels, Gable's End or Mt Spion Kopje. On Sunday we explore the magical Lake Tali Karng and the waterfall that feeds the lake. Monday is the hike out and drive home.
Grade: Medium/hard, 40km.
Limit: 6 - 350km NE Melb.
February 20 - Saturday
Walk, Talk and Gawk: Yarra Bend with the Riverkeeper
Explore Yarra Bend Park's native plants and animals and learn about the work of the Yarra Riverkeeper and other champions of our precious river.
Grade: Easy/medium, 6km.
Limit: 15 - 5km NE Melb.
February 21 - Sunday
U35s Western Bluff and Falcons Lookout
Reportedly the most spectacular walk in the Werribee Gorge State Park, this trip is part scramble and includes a very steep ascent. Although short in distance, the walk may take four hours to complete. Dramatic terrain and sweeping views of the Werribee River.
Grade: Exploratory, 5km.
Limit: 12 - 64km NW Melb.
February 27 - Saturday
Mt Dandenong - Kalorama and Doongalla Estate
Ever been to Melbourne's iconic mountain - Mt Dandenong? Starting and finishing at Kalorama we will take in the old Doongalla Estate and R. J. Hamer Forest Arboretum. Great views, good hills, lovely walk.
Grade: Medium/hard - 18km.
Limit: 18 - 47km E Melb.
This is a delightful walk through cool mountain forests. We leave the bus at Warburton, then walk along the Yarra for a short distance before climbing a steep road to the O'Shannassy Aqueduct.
We then wander back down the Dee River to shops in Millgrove to wait for our return bus. Expect some very nice views.
Grade: Medium, 15km.
Limit: 20 - 80km E Melb.
Ripponlea Gardens and Op Shop Walk
Stroll through Ripponlea gardens then the streets of Elsternwick before hitting a few op shops. This is a public transport walk.
Grade: Easy, 12km.
Limit: 15 - 5km E Melb.
March 3 - Thursday
William Angliss Formal Dinner
Come along to one of the wonderful dinners created by the students at Williams Angliss in the city. It's just $35 for a three course meal.
March 5-6 - Weekend Trip
Lake Eildon Base Camp
On May 16 in 1940 a RAAF Avro Ansen Aircraft on a training exercise crashed into Mt Torbreck. On Saturday we'll walk to the plane wreck and the summit of Mt Torbreck. Late afternoon we'll set up camp in Eildon township. If you don't like camping, there is the option of booking your own alternative accommodation.
Dinner is at the pub. On Sunday we will do a 5 or 10km walk in the Lake Eildon National Park (Blowhard or Estate Spur).
Grade: Medium, 15-20km.
Limit: 10 - 180km NE Melb.
March 6 - Sunday
Federation Square to Herring Island
Take in beautiful parklands and views of inner Melbourne as we walk from Federation Square to the sculpture park at Herring Island and return. A small fee will apply for the punt ride across the island.
We're hoping to tie the walk in with the Herring Island Summer Arts Festival. Bring a packed lunch for when we reach the island.
Grade: Easy, 8km.
Limit: 20 - 3km E Melb.
Walk, Talk and Gawk: Nature Nippers Rainforest Explorer, Toolangi
A family friendly adventure into the heart of the rainforest along the Wirrawilla boardwalk in the Toolangi State Forest. This area forms part of the proposed Great Forest National Park. We'll also stop off at the Kalatha Giant - one of Victoria's largest and oldest trees, and explore the Toolangi Sculpture trail where we may even make a temporary sculpture of our own!
Grade: Easy, 3km.
Limit: 20 - 85km NE Melb.
Fryerstown to Castlemaine Trail
A lovely walk with scenery and history. Also known as the Cry Joe Walk, this track from historical Fryerstown passes through dry forest and areas rich with gold mining history, and includes views from The Monk. Public transport option via the V-Line train.
Grade: Medium, 18km.
Limit: 14 - 115km NW Melb.
We're running this trip to Mud Islands in conjunction with the Friends of Mud Islands. To get there we'll take a boat from Queenscliff then explore the island's beaches, with some wading through water involved as well as saltmarsh and saltbush.
These islands are part of the Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park, an important bird breeding area and feeding and roosting grounds for migratory waders. The thousands of birds that use these islands are a great wildlife spectacle.
Grade: Medium, 5km.
Limit: 12 - 100km S Melb.
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.