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.
Additions to the Program
March 18-19 - Weekend
Alpine National Park - Bogong Village to the Fainters via Bogong Jack saddle
Get away for the weekend following fire trails from Bogong Village up to Bogong Jack hut, where we'll camp for the night. The trip includes a day pack visit to the twin summits of the Fainters (1880m). We return by the same route.
Expect superb views of Mt Feathertop. Good fitness and equipment is required. A Friday night camp at Mountain Creek, Tawonga, is optional.
Medium/hard: 24km | Limit 6 | 350km NE Melb
Changes to the Program
March 18-19- Weekend
Alpine National Park - Mt Bogong via Quartz Ridge
Walk postponed to January, 2018.
March 11-13 - Long Weekend
Sheepyard Flat, Upper Jamieson Hut, Eagles Peaks & Howqua River
Starting at Frys Hut, we'll walk along Lickhole Creek Track to Upper Jamieson Hut. The next day we return to Lickhole Saddle and climb Eagles Peaks, walking to the Howqua River east of Gardiners Hut. On Monday it's back along the river to the start.
Medium/hard: 37km | Limit 8 | 230km NE Melb
U35s Lake Tali Karng
Walk to spectacular Lake Tali Karng in the Alpine National Park over a relatively relaxing three days.
Day one sees 14 river crossings as we follow the Wellington River upstream. Day two is a loop with daypacks to Tali Karng itself via Riggall Spur and back along Lanigan Memorial Track. Day three we return via the Wellington River. Keep updated on changes via Meetup and the U35s email list.
Medium: 36km | Limit 12 | 265km E Melb
March 11 - Saturday
This hilly circuit walk from Belgrave Station 'chases' Puffing Billy to Selby then explores various parks and local streets until we reach Belgrave Lake, Mt Morton and Birdland Reserve.
Medium: 17km | Limit 15 | 35km S Melb
Easy-Going Amble - Brighton to Sandringham
If you do like to be beside the seaside, you will like this flat-as-you-can-get-stroll from Brighton Beach to Sandringham, with the option of coffee and lunch.
Easy: 5km | Limit 15 | 10km S Melb
March 16 - Thursday
Musk Station, Wombat State Forest - Public Transport Walk
This walk begins in the forest, beside the tourist railway (no trains operate on Thursdays), so much of it is level, and, when we break out into the farmland areas, there are great long distance views. In the last section, we climb Wombat Hill to the historic lookout tower, then descend into Daylesford.
Easy/medium: 13km | Limit 15 | 130km NW Melb
March 18 - Saturday
Warrandyte State Park
Walk along the south bank of the Yarra River from Warrandyte Bridge through Jumping Creek Reserve to Blue Tongue Bend. This walk is accessible by public transport - 364 bus from Ringwood.
Medium: 10km | Limit 12 | 25km NE Melb
March 19 - Sunday
Walk, Talk & Gawk: Point Nepean National Park
Explore historical Point Nepean, from the Quarantine Station to the forts.
Easy: 10km | Limit 10 | 90km SE Melb
March 25 - Saturday
Walk, Talk & Gawk: Eaglemont and Heidelberg Parks
We will walk around Eaglemont and Heidelberg, crossing the river into Bulleen and exploring parks and gardens large and small, private and public. Heidelberg School painters, Walter Burley Griffin designs, and lots of birds and other wildlife will be among the sights. This is a public transport walk.
Easy: 6km | Limit 15 | 10km E Melb
March 26 - Sunday
Immigrants Trail - Port Melbourne
Come and explore the Immigrants Trail where our walk starts at Station Pier, the introduction to Victoria for many immigrants back in the 1850s.
Our walk will take us around the surrounding streets of the former Sandridge (now Port Melbourne) area and we will talk about some of the history along the way. There are plenty of choices for cafes and an optional cuppa after the walk.
Easy: 4km | Limit 12 | 5km S Melb
March 28 - Tuesday
William Angliss Dinner - City Campus
The Angliss Restaurant buffet is a great way to try the many and varied dishes they have on offer. It's just $35 for a three course buffet, all you can eat. Great value and great fun.
Limit 16: CBD Melb
April 1 - Saturday
Ballarat West Wetlands
This walk starts and finishes at Wendouree train station and covers the North Gardens Wetlands, Lake Wendouree, and wetlands to the west of Ballarat. It includes water bodies in the Barwon, Corangamite and Hopkins basins, and natural and newly-created features.
Hard: 15km | Limit 15 | 110km WNW Melb
Blackburn Op-shop Walk
Join us for a walk around Blackburn Lake and surrounding streets, taking in some op shops on the way, and then some more a short drive away.
Medium: 10km | Limit 16 | 15km E Melb
April 2 - Sunday
New members and supporters picnic
Be introduced to the Victorian National Parks Association community and our work at this easy-going stroll and afternoon tea at Yarra Bend Park.
This will be a great opportunity to meet VNPA staff and volunteers, learn about our conservation and community learning work, our busy activities program, 65 years of achievement and enjoy the wonderful surrounds of the river, birds and bugs.
This activity is for new members and supporters, but open to anyone who would like to learn more about the VNPA.
RSVP is essential: Email Amelia Easdale at email@example.com or phone 9341 6500. Afternoon tea provided.
Easy: Max 25 people | 1km walk | from 2-4pm.
April 8 - Saturday
Easy Going Amble - Gardiners Creek in Glen Iris
A walk beside the Monash Freeway may not sound appealing, but when it's along the adjacent Gardiners Creek, it is a surprisingly enjoyable experience, especially with the option of coffee and lunch to recover. Public transport available - Tooronga train station to Darling station.
Easy: 5km | Limit 15 | 10km E Melb
Ferny Creek and Sassafras Creek - Public Transport Walk
We begin with a circuit around the grounds of the Ferny Creek Horticultural Society, then amble through Sherbrooke Forest and the beautiful Nicholas Gardens. We then follow Sassafras Creek as it winds through the Dandenongs, as far as a large park near Monbulk, where we connect with our return bus trip.
Easy/medium: 14km | Limit 15 | 40km E Melb
Walk, Talk & Gawk: Abbotsford Success Stories
Explore the St Helliers Road Abbotsford precinct on a farmers' market morning.
Explore the market and meet stallholders to hear how 15 years of markets have changed their lives and their businesses. Visit the Collingwood Childrens' Farm and the Abbotsford Convent. This is a public transport walk, with a stretch of the Yarra Trail thrown in.
Easy: 4km | Limit 15 | 4km E Melb
Forests Forever Easter Ecology Camp - East Gippsland
Why not spend your Easter in the heart of South East Australia's botanical wonderland?
Camp among Peppermint and Manna gums on the Brodribb River. Spotlight for wildlife. Explore ancient and beautiful forests with expert biologists. Be inspired to help save East Gippsland's spectacular forests.
Where: Goongerah, East Gippsland (70km north of Orbost VIC, 96km south from Bombala NSW).
Cost: $75 for the weekend, $35 for one day.
Concessions available. Children under 13 years free.
For more information and to book your spot, go to www.eastgippsland.net.au/forestsforever
Social Nights & Excursions
March 8 Wednesday
Conservation and Birds in Colombia with Michael Feller
Michael Feller will share his experiences with conservation, birds and national parks from his travels in Colombia. Doors at 60 Leicester St, Carlton open at 6.30pm for a 7.30pm start. Entry is $2. Tea, coffee, wine and biscuits provided.
March 18 - Saturday
Excursion by Coach: Warrnambool
This visit to Warrnambool includes walks along the foreshore to Thunder Point and Lake Pertobe. There will also be stops at Inverleigh and Colac.
Easy: 6km | Limit 57 | 250km SW Melb
Leader: Glenn King
March 25 - Saturday
U35s Social Night
In a break with tradition, this is less a social 'night' than a family friendly, social Saturday picnic. Bring a rug and a plate, and hear about our recent walks, catch up with those you've walked with, or meet new friends to walk with! Details will be posted to the U35s email list and on Meetup closer to the date.
RSVP is essential. Contact: email firstname.lastname@example.org
March 25 - Saturday
Caught on Camera in the Wombat State Forest
Join NatureWatch and Wombat Forestcare to kick off this season's wildlife monitoring, learn how to use motion-sensing cameras and help get the cameras out to our first sites.
We'll meet in the Wombat State Forest near Trentham, full details will be provided on registration. The trip will include some driving on dirt tracks (car-pooling encouraged).
This event will be fully field-based and focused on learning how to use the cameras and setting up the first monitoring sites. Normally we have a report back on the previous year's results to kick off the season, but this year we're holding off until our five-year report is ready, which will be later this year.
Morning tea is provided and registration required, email NatureWatch Coordinator Christine at email@example.com or phone 9341 6510. The day runs 9.30am-12.30pm.
Easy/Medium: Limit 30 | 100 km NW Melb