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.
Changes to the Program
Change of Date: Walk, Talk & Gawk - CERES to the Abbotsford Convent
- 18 August, Thursday
Starting at CERES Community Environment Park in East Brunswick, we'll follow the Merri Creek down to where it joins the Yarra River at Dights Falls, then continue along the Yarra to the Abbotsford Convent.
There will be history, environment and stories about sustainability as we go! This is a public transport walk, with coffee available at both ends.
Grade: Easy, 6km.
July 21 - Thursday
William Angliss Buffet Dinner
The William Angliss Buffet is a great way to try the many and varied dishes they have on offer. For just $35 enjoy a three-course, all you can eat buffet. Great value and great fun!
Limit: 16 people.
Location: Melbourne CBD.
July 23 - Saturday
Grants Picnic Ground and Silvan Reservoir
Starting in the cool Sherbrooke Forest we head into Lyrebird country. Towering mountain ash and stunning ferns await us. The track alternates between tough and challenging to easy and gentle. Through Alfred Nicholas Gardens, along the Sassafras Creek to Olinda, we then head down through the RJ Hamer Arboretum and out onto the open track to Silvan Reservoir. A car shuffle will be needed on the day.
Grade: Medium to hard, 21km.
Limit: 18 people.
Location: 50km E Melb.
July 24 - Sunday
Walk, Talk & Gawk: Coolart Wetlands and Homestead, Somers
This is a nature lover's paradise with wetlands, bushland and beach access. The National Trust classified property also features an historic homestead, outbuildings and a farm machinery collection.
Grade: Easy, 7km.
Limit: 15 people.
Location: 85km SE Melb.
Yarra Family Walk - Dights Falls Loop Trail
A short walk in inner Melbourne with the opportunity for a picnic and play. On this walk you will discover the sites of the former 'Lunatic Asylum', the lookout over Galatea Point, the 'Greenlink, Yarra Bend' revegetation area, the former Deep Rock Swimming Club, the Koori Garden and Dights Falls.
Grade: Easy, 4km.
Limit: 12 people.
Location: 5km E Melb.
July 23-24 - Weekend
Mt Stirling in the Snow
It's hard to beat a weekend of snowshoe hiking and snow camping at Mt Stirling.
On Friday night we camp at Carters Mill. From Telephone Box Junction we will snowshoe up the hill and set up a snow camp at the Bluff Spur Hut area. There's also an option for a return snowshoe hike to Craig's Hut before dark. Sunday is a return trip.
You must have proper snow camping gear rated to -10C. Snowshoes and poles can be hired.
Grade: Medium to hard, 20km.
Limit: 6 people.
Location: 250km NE Melb.
July 30 - Saturday
Starting at Glen Waverley train station this walk follows Scotchmans Creek with a visit to Valley Reserve. At the end the walk detours to Oakleigh train station.
Grade: Easy to Medium, 15km. Contact Glenn King on 0448 816 504.
Limit: 16 people.
Location: 20km SE Melb.
August 6 - Saturday
Bring a Friend for Free - Sugarloaf Reservoir
Every now and then we host 'bring a friend for free' events, where members of the Victorian National Parks Association can bring along a guest to one of our events for free. It's a great chance to encourage friends and family to get out into nature.
This time we'll visit Sugarloaf Reservoir Park in the Christmas Hills, a place popular with Melburnians in the 1900s who were seeking 'clean air and an invigorating climate'.
Hopefully we can supply both as we circumnavigate the beautiful reservoir.
Grade: Medium, 15km.
Limit: 18 people.
Location: 35km NE Melb.
August 7 - Sunday
Drysdale to Queenscliff, including a Heritage Train Trip
Walk the rail trail from Drysdale to Queenscliff then return on a heritage train back to Drysdale. The train trip costs $20.
Grade: Medium, 18km.
Limit: 14 people.
Location: 94km SE Melb.
August 6-7 - Weekend
Alpine National Park Beginners Snow Camp
Too afraid of Yetis for snow camping? Fear not! Enjoy a wonderfully wintery weekend with plenty of time to get the hang of camping in the snow. There will also be the chance to try skiing or pull on some snowshoes.
Note: the trip location will be decided the week before, and all winter alpine trips are subject to cancellation or change according to weather conditions.
Grade: Easy, 20km.
Limit: 8 people.
Location: 400km NE Melb.
August 6-8 - Long Weekend
Alpine National Park - Mt Feathertop and the Razorback
We're spending this long weekend at Victoria's second highest peak, Mt Feathertop. On Saturday we'll slog it up Bungalow Spur in snowshoes with heavy winter packs.
We'll snow camp at Federation Hut. If safe, we'll head for the summit. If conditions are clear on Sunday, we'll take the Razorback to Diamantina Hut.
On Monday will we return down the Bon Accord Spur. Snow camping experience is necessary.
Grade: Hard, 35km. Contact Taariq Hassan by email, email@example.com, or phone 0411 966 924.
Limit: 6 people.
Location: 350km NE Melb.
August 6 Saturday
Bunyip State Park NatureWatch Community Day
Join NatureWatch and the Friends of Bunyip State Park for our annual Community Day, which kicks off the monitoring season each year.
The day includes a presentation about our 'Caught on Camera' and 'Communities Listening for Nature' projects as well as hands-on training in the forest for setting up monitoring equipment.
Registration: Lunch is provided, but please register at NatureWatch.eventbrite.com.au >>
Grade: Easy. Contact NatureWatch Coordinator Christine Connelly on 9341 6510 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Location: Gembrook, 10am-3pm - 66km E Melb.