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.
December 3 - Saturday
- Lake Mountain and Spring Flowers Walk
December 3-4 - Weekend
U35s Erskine Falls Trip
We follow the fern-laden Erskine River up to Erskine Falls, camping at Cora Lynn with an option for Cora Lynn Creek. It will be a short walk but with full packs. Expect some river crossings and wet feet. Postcard perfect photos guaranteed.
Easy: 19km | Limit 8 | 150km SE Melb
December 3 - Saturday
Newport Lakes Walk
We walk from Newport train station down side streets to Newport Lakes, around the lake and then back for lunch at Newport. And yes, there is an optional op shop visit at the end!
Easy: 12km | Limit 14 | 12km W Melb
December 4 - Sunday
Bike Ride: Diamond Creek to Fairfield
The train takes us to Eltham, we then cycle north along the Diamond Creek Trail to Edenvale Environment Centre and Eltham North Reserve, then back to Fairfield via Main Yarra Trail. We'll finish with treats at Fairfield Boathouse.
Expect some short road sections in Eltham connecting the off-road trail.
Easy/Medium: 40km | Limit 15 | 40km NE Melb
December 5 - Monday
Walk, Talk & Gawk: Scotchmans Creek
Who was the Scotchman and why was Oakleigh originally in Chadstone? This is a re-run of an historic Oakleigh and Scotchmans Creek Walk Talk & Gawk. This time we will also visit the wetlands as part of a loop from Oakleigh train station, finishing in a Greek cake shop as requested!
Easy: 5km | Limit 15 | 15km E Melb
December 10-11 - Weekend
Mt McLeod & Mt Buffalo National Park
This charming hike takes in the northern end of the Mt Buffalo plateau, finishing at a picturesque alpine meadow at the foot of Mt McLeod, where we'll camp for the night. We'll have time to take in the magnificent view over the Ovens Valley and beyond, and enjoy the abundant wildflower displays of summer.
Medium: 20km | Limit 8 | 350km NE Melb
December 10 - Saturday
Williamstown evening walk
Join us for a loop walk around Williamstown with great views of the beach and some of the historical houses. We'll stop for dinner, either BYO or fish and chips.
Easy: 12km | Limit 14 | 7km S Melb
Contact: Cheryl Mioch on 9397 7470, 0412 743 866 or email email@example.com
Lysterfield Lake and Surrounds
Setting off from Lysterfield Lake we'll explore trails up to the trig point and across to the granite boulders before returning via the lake circuit.
Medium: 16km | Limit 15 | 45km SE Melb
Contact: Louise Prendergast on 9826 0037 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Easy-going Amble - Diamond Creek at Eltham
Take in the natural beauty and artistic ambience of the parklands along Diamond Creek, including Alister Knox Park, ending the year with a celebratory coffee/lunch.
Easy: 5km | Limit 15 | 20km NE Melb
Contact: Geoff Durham on 9523 5559
December 11 - Sunday
From Grants Picnic Ground, we climb steeply towards Sassafras before wandering back downhill past Sherbrooke Falls and stopping for lunch at Belgrave. After lunch, we return to Grants Picnic Ground via Coles Ridge.
Medium: 8km | Limit 12 | 35km E Melb
December 16-18 - Long Weekend
Wilsons Promontory National Park - South-eastern Circuit
A December trek around the south-eastern Circuit of Wilsons Prom is always a pleasure. You will need to take Friday off to do this beautiful walk, which offers superb scenery.
On Friday morning we'll hike from Tidal River to Sealers Cove. Saturday takes us to Little Waterloo Bay via Refuge Cove and on Sunday we return via Telegraph Track.
Medium/hard: 36km | Limit 6 | 250km SE Melb
December 17 - Saturday
Warneet and Blind Bight - Coastal Villages and Nature Conservation Reserves
Visit these two little-known villages on Westernport Bay as part of two 5km walks. If we are lucky we may spot bandicoots, echidnas and birdlife.
Easy: 10km | Limit 15 | 60km SE Melb
December 26-30 - Long Weekend
Alpine National Park - Upper Howqua to Howitt Spur
This Christmas break explore the Mt Howitt and Upper Howqua region, taking on the challenging Crosscut Saw, Mt Speculation and resting at Macalister Springs. We'll also cover 'Stanley Name Spur' and Howitt Spur.
The area is always relatively quiet during this holiday period. You will need to be fit, carry water and be prepared for some tough and rocky sections as well as steep ascents and descents.
Hard/exploratory: 45km | Limit 6 | 300km NE Melb
December 26-1 January - Long Weekend
Bogong High Plains
Fancy spending your Christmas-New Year break in this beautiful part of Victoria? From our base camp south of Falls Creek we will walk to some of the local peaks, plains and huts around Rocky Valley. Expect four good day walks and some shorter walks. Early enquiries welcome.
Medium: 80km | Limit 16 | 400km NE Melb
Social Nights & Excursions
December 8 - Thursday
BWAG Christmas Dinner
Celebrate another great year with the Victorian National Parks Association's Bushwalking and Activities Group while catching up with friends for Christmas drinks, dinner and the annual quiz at the Clyde Hotel in Carlton, 6.30pm.
RSVP: There is a limit of 40 people for this event, so please RSVP no later than Friday 2 December by sending an email to email@example.com
Growling Grass Frog monitoring
- December 8 - Thursday
Join NatureWatch to carry out an evening Growling Grass Frog survey in Epping and Bundoora (in the same night), collecting important long-term data on the survival of the species in these areas.
Starting 7pm and finishing no later than 10.30pm. Involves some walking on rocky ground in the dark.
Registration is required, email Christine at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 9341 6510.
Easy/Medium: Limit 20 | 20 km N Melb