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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.

Pack your tent, pull on sturdy boots and trek Victoria's peaks. We also have awesome ski trips.

Jump into a kayak and explore our incredible marine national parks.

 
 
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Or simply slip into a pair of comfy walking shoes and go for a gentle amble with friends. See you in the great outdoors!

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.

 

Bookings and more information

For all the details on the events listed, contact the VNPA on vnpa@vnpa.org.au or phone 03 9347 5188.

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BUSHWALKING EVENTS FOR NOVEMBER 2014


SOCIAL NIGHTS



Nov 26 (Wed) VNPA U35 SOCIAL NIGHT

CONTACT: Jeremy Woolhouse U35 Social vnpa.u35social@gmail.com

Come along to this month’s social night and meet some new or familiar faces.  Friends and family most welcome. To find out more about this month’s event, keep posted to the U35 e-group for updates or contact Jeremy.




CHANGES TO THE PROGRAM


Change of date from 8-9 Nov.

Nov 22-23 (w/e) RIDE: GRAND RIDGE RD - LATROBE VALLEY (EC)

GRADE: medium hard 120km LEADER: Ric Halford mamrdh@bigpond.com/
0408 304 607

Come and sample the scenic delights of Gippsland from your saddle via the Grand Ridge Road and some quiet country roads. There will be some challenging hills but nothing a moderate cyclist hasn't experienced. The views and downhill runs will make our efforts worthwhile. Overnight stay in a B&B or a farmhouse near Mirboo North. We take Vline trains to and from our tour's end points. Limit 8. 90 km E Melb.


 

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS


Nov 22-23 (w/e) BAW BAW FAMILY OVERNIGHT HIKE (EC)

GRADE: easy 9km LEADER: Robert Argent Robert.M.Argent@gmail.com/ 0417 502 191

Join us for an easy family overnight hike, with the young ones setting the pace. We will walk across the undulating Baw Baw Plateau to camp overnight near Mt St Phillack, with an easy walk out the next morning. Limit 12. 200 km E Melb.



Nov 22-23 (w/e) RIDE: GRAND RIDGE RD - LATROBE VALLEY (EC)

GRADE: medium hard 120km LEADER: Ric Halford mamrdh@bigpond.com/
0408 304 607

Come and sample the scenic delights of Gippsland from your saddle via the Grand Ridge Road and some quiet country roads. There will be some challenging hills but nothing a moderate cyclist hasn't experienced. The views and downhill runs will make our efforts worthwhile. Overnight stay in a B&B

or a farmhouse near Mirboo North. We take Vline trains to and from our tour's end points. Limit 8. 90 km E Melb.


 

Nov 22-23 (w/e) MOUNT BUFFALO NP ROCKY CREEK (EC)

GRADE: medium 25km LEADER: Anthony Fernando 0400 178 115 / xykruzine@yahoo.com

A walk across the Mt Buffalo plateau taking in the great views, granite tors and wildflowers.Dropping off the plateau we find the charming campsite at Rocky Creek. Limit 8. 330 km NE Melb.


 

THE GOLDFIELDS TRACK

The Goldfields Track, designed by the Great Dividing Trail Association, starts at Mt Buninyong outside Ballarat and finishes 210 km later in Bendigo. Over the course of the next three programs Louise Prendergast, Anna Van Tatenhove and Sue Catterall will be leading sections of the entire walk in sequence over designated weekends.

Nov 22 (Sat) GOLDFIELDS TRACK-CRESWICK MINERS WALK (EC)

GRADE: med 20km LEADER: Sue Catterall 0417 526 519/9435 2857/ suecatterall203@hotmail.com

The third installment of the Goldfields Track is the Creswick Miners walk. It travels past the White Swan Reservoir, through white trunked Manna Gum Forest, the gold mining area of Slaty Creek and  the beautiful, former mining dam, St Georges Lake. Car shuffle required. Limit 15. 110km NW Melb.



Nov 23 (Sun) GOLDFIELDS TRACK - WG SPENCE WALK (EC)

GRADE: medium 23km LEADER: Anna van Tatenhove  annavt62@gmail.com/ 0433 842 410

The next installment of the Goldfields Track extends from Creswick to Mollongghip through intensive gold mining country. Named after W.G.Spence, one of the founders of Federation, we pass through the countryside where he grew up and worked. Car shuffle required. Limit 15. 130 km NW Melb.


 

Nov 30 (Sun) O’SHANNASSY AQUEDUCT

GRADE: medium 15km LEADER: Rob Saunders srednuas@hotmail.com/ 9515 3383

A 15 km circuit, beginning and ending at Millgrove near Warburton.  After an initial 200m climb from the Yarra River to the O’Shannassy Aqueduct via Dee Road, the walk follows a delightful track along the aqueduct to Yuonga Road, before dropping back down to the Yarra and returning along the river track and the Warburton Trail. Lunch in Warburton on the way past. Limit 12. 90 km E Melb.


 

Nov 30 (Sun) LONG FOREST NATURE RESERVE, BALLAN AREA

GRADE: easy medium 8km LEADER: Doug Palmer 9399 4494 / dpalmer@iimetro.com.au

Explore the Ballan area. This is an excellent beginners walk along Comadai Creek & Long Forest tracks, enjoying forest scenery & creek habitats. Easy access. Limit 12. 80 km W Melb.


 

Dec 5-7 (long) WILSON'S PROM NP - LT. WATERLOO BAY/REFUGE & SEALERS' COVES

GRADE: medium hard 36km LEADER: Taariq Hassan  taariq.music@gmail.com/ 9459 3495

"Promoholics" come and get your fix! A classic 2 night pack carry hike, we will walk the SE circuit in an anti-clockwise direction, to some of the best beaches at the Prom. We meet on Friday morning and walk to Lt. Waterloo bay.  Saturday we walk to Sealers' cove and Sunday we walk back to Telegraph saddle and head home via a stop at Tidal River for a swim. Limit 6. 300 km SE Melb.


 

Dec 6 (Sat) GOLDFIELDS TRACK - ANDERSONS TRAMWAY & WOMBAT FOREST WALK (EC)

GRADE: med hard 26km LEADER: Anna van Tatenhove  annavt62@gmail.com/
0433 842 410

The final installment of the Goldfields Track for this program extends from Mollongghip to Daylesford, the end of what is known as the Wallaby Track.  We start by traversing Anderson's Tramway which was built to carry logs from the Wombat Forest. We walk through the Wombat Forest, over the Great Divide as we make our way to Lake Daylesford. Car shuffle required. Limit 15. 109 km NW Melb.


 

Dec 6 (Sat) WT&G: WILLIAMSTOWN HISTORICAL WALK

GRADE: easy 5km LEADER: Cheryl Mioch 9397 7470/ 0412 743 866/ cherylmioch@bigpond.com

Walking around the main streets of Williamstown exploring the local historical buildings, listening to some of the stories from the area and then a picnic lunch or fish and chips down by the pier. Public transport walk. Limit 15. 5 km W Melb.


 

Dec 6 (Sat) PRE-CHRISMAS PICNIC BIKE RIDE - DANDENONG TO WHEELERS HILL

GRADE: easy med 20-30km LEADER: Wilma Van Dijk 0409 537 303/ garryandwilma@gmail.com

Come along for a social picnic bike ride and celebrate some Christmas cheer. Starting at Dandenong  this is an easy to medium ride, finishing at Wheelers Hill.  All on cycle paths and suitable for any bike riders comfortable with a 30km ride. Limit 15. 5-10 km 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.