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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 SEPTEMBER 2014

Sep 9 (Tue) NEW LEADERS INTRODUCTION BRIEFING

LEADER: Russell Bowey russell.bowey@gmail.com/ 0417 328 651

This is an opportunity for all those wanting to know more about becoming a Bush Walking and Activities Group trip leader. Apart from helping to support the club, leading offers as a range of benefits to the individuals involved.

The briefing outlines the process that the BWAG committee has in place to ensure our leaders are well trained and prepared. Ideal for those wanting to submit trips in the next program. Reservations required. Inner city venue. RSVP required. Limit 10


 

SOCIAL NIGHT

 

Sep 10 (Wed) KINGLAKE NATIONAL PARK RECOVERY with ION MAHER

CONTACT: VNPA 9347 5188/ vnpa@vnpa.org.au

Come and listen to Ion Maher, Ranger in Charge at Kinglake National Park for 23 years. His presentation will cover the park recovery since the Feb 2009 bushfires including rebuilding park infrastructure and the challenges of the environmental fire recovery program and some flora and fauna surprises including plant species not seen for many years.

Doors will be open from 7pm at 60 Leicester St, Carlton. The presentation will commence at 8pm. BWAG provide wine, tea and coffee for a $2 donation.


 

Sep 18 (Thu) FORMAL DINNER

LEADER: Cheryl Mioch 9397 7470/ 0412 743 866/ cherylmioch@bigpond.com

Enjoy fine dining at the William Angliss training school in the City. Three course meal for about $35. 7-9.30 pm. So enjoy a fine dining experience. This is combining with the U35 dinner. Limit 15.


 

Sep 24 (Wed) VNPA U35 SOCIAL NIGHT

CONTACT: Adrianna Koutsofrigas 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 Adrianna.


 

EXCURSIONS

Sep 20 (Sat) EXCURSION BY COACH - ANGLESEA AND AIREYS INLET

GRADE: easy 5km CONTACT: Larysa Kucan 93473733/ Jan Lacey 93298187 Leader: Larysa Kucan.
A visit to the Anglesea Wildflower Show, which includes displays of terrestrial orchids, native and indigenous flowers, and a guided wildflower walk will be the main focus of this trip. This will be followed by a cliff top walk at Aireys Inlet and a visit to the lighthouse. Limit 57. 120 km SW Melb.




ADVANCE NOTICE

 

Sep 20 -21 September (W/E) ANGAIR WILDFLOWERS WEEKEND & ARTWORK SHOW

This weekend celebrates the area's beautiful wildflowers, and will be held at the Anglesea Memorial Hall, 3 McMillan Street, Anglesea. No need to book. Enquires: admin@angair.org.au/ call 5263 1085/ www.angair.org.au



Oct 7 (Tue) VNPA & BWAG ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

CONTACT: VNPA 9347 5188/ vnpa@vnpa.org.au

RSVP essential to the VNPA office by Tues 1 Oct. Join an interesting evening with fellow VNPA members. Help to elect a new committee, view some great slides from BWAG trips throughout the year, hear about some of the important conservation work of the VNPA and enjoy a presentation from a special guest speaker.

Nibbles and drinks provided. Meeting starts at 7.00pm in the ground floor meeting room at 60 Leicester St, Carlton. Doors open at 6.15pm.




Oct 25 (Sat) ‘BARCODING’: A VNPA BENEFIT EXHIBITION

VNPA members and friends are invited to a free exhibition of innovative paintings depicting native flora and fauna by artist and VNPA member Sylvia Mair.
The exhibition invites us to consider the value placed on Australia’s flora and fauna by ourselves, our government and the general public. While acknowledging a generally undervalued perception of our natural world, we can join together here in celebration of its true worth.

To be officially opened on Saturday 25 October by VNPA director Matt Ruchel at Stephen McLaughlan Gallery in the famous Nicholas Building, Level 8, Room 16, 37 Swanson St Melb. Exhibition runs from 22 October to 8 November.  All sales income will be donated to the VNPA.



Nov 7–9 (W/E) BASECAMP FEDERATION WALKS WEEKEND – RAWSON

Booking are now open for this annual event, hosted this year by four Gippsland based Bushwalking Clubs.  There are a wide variety of walks to choose from for one or both days.  This Bushwalking Victoria event is open to members and affiliated clubs (VNPA is one). Details and registration at: www.fedwalks.org.au



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

 

Sep 4 (Thur) BURNT STABLE SPRING (EC)

GRADE: medium 20km LEADER: Mark Learmonth 9807 7506 (H)

This is a bushwalk absolutely typical of the Wombat State Forest area. We start in farmland in Musk, with extensive views across the local areas, then drop into mixed use forest tracks which seem to be heading nowhere. Surprisingly isolated for most of the day, we will see the Burnt Stable Spring, no longer shown on maps, but also a couple of real mineral springs, and lakes, during this very long day. This is a public transport walk. Limit 20. 150 km NW Melb.


 

Sep 6-7 (w/e) FRIENDS OF THE PROM

GRADE: easy LEADER: Deb Henry info@friendsoftheprom.org.au/

Come and help one of the busiest friends groups in Victoria on a working bee weekend. You may find yourself planting trees, surveying animal habitat, track clearing or other volunteer activities which we undertake for Parks Victoria. So come and help us look after an iconic National Park. Limit 20. 235 km SE Melb.


 

Sep 6 (Sat) MT TANGLEFOOT - MT ST LEONARD CIRCUIT (EC)

GRADE: medium 19km LEADER: Anna van Tatenhove  annavt62@gmail.com/ 0433 842 410

Winding through tall Mountain Ash forests and magnificent rainforest gullies, this is a great walk to escape the summer sun. A final short steep climb to the summit of Mt St Leonard will reward with wonderful views of Melbourne and is the perfect spot for lunch. Limit 15. 85 km NE Melb.



Sep 7 (Sun) U35 ART & NATURE-CHARCOAL-WERRIBEE GORGE

GRADE: easy 3km LEADER: Eva Klusacek 0423 053 318/ eklusacek@hotmail.com

Combine your passion for nature with some right-brain activity. We'll experiment with different techniques for charcoal and have fun capturing our surroundings on paper. No special talent required - just a willingness to give it a go! Limit 10. 65 km W Melb.


 

Sep 13-14 (w/e) BASE CAMP: U35 GRAMPIANS (EC)

GRADE: medium 20km LEADER: Jess Noske-Turner 0430 237 500/ j.nosketurner@gmail.com

The Grampians is home to some of Victoria's best day walks. We'll make the most of these by base camping in the Wonderland area, near Halls Gap. More details of the precise walks will be available closer to the date. Please note that we will be driving up on Friday to make the most of the weekend. Limit 12. 260 km NW Melb.



Sep 13 (Sat) MASONS FALL CIRCUIT

GRADE: medium 12km LEADER: Alison Fogarty alison_fogarty03@yahoo.com.au/ 0408 144 113

A circuit in Kinglake National Park that includes Mt Sugarloaf, Running Creek and Masons Falls.  Limit 12. 64 km N Melb.


 

Sep 13 (Sat) SEYMOUR HERITAGE WALK

GRADE: medium 12km LEADER: Philip Sharp sharpstick2011@hotmail.com/ 9434 5769 (H)

An iconic railway town with other interesting buildings and infrastructure. The area is best at this time of the year. Who knows, we might even get in a visit to the Seymour Railway Heritage Centre. Limit 12. 100 km N Melb.


 

Sep 14 (Sun) SPRING CREEK -  NORTHERN SECTION OF BRISBANE RANGES NP (EC)

GRADE: medium 13km LEADER: Julie Seamer  julie@vitalelixir.com.au / 0412 665 505

Few places so close to the CBD offer as much variety as the location for this walk. Around one fifth of Victoria’s native plant species are found here so while we enjoy our energetic and scenic hike we may even spot our State floral emblem, the pink heath and various wildlife. Prepare for a pretty picnic spot, a small steep section and plenty of opportunities to have a wonderful day outdoors. Limit 12. 73 km W Melb.


 

Sep 14 (Sun) DAYLESFORD 'THREE CHILDREN WALK' (EC)

GRADE: med 15km LEADER: Andrew Johnson 0400 446 257/ 9743 1392 sparhawk150@hotmail.com

This walk commemorates a tragic story from Daylesford's gold mining era. The walk is through areas that were once active goldfields and now form part of the Wombat State Forest and the Hepburn Regional Park. Along the walk are remnants of gold mines, water races and tramways. Limit 12. 105 km NW Melb


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Sep 20-21 (w/e) LITTLE DESERT NATIONAL PARK (EC)

GRADE: medium 30km LEADER: Anthony Fernando 0400 178 115/ xykruzine@yahoo.com

Early spring is the best time of year for wildflowers in this semi-arid park. The hike takes in a section of the Desert Discovery Walk which highlights the best features of the park at this time of year. Limit 8. 390 km WNW Melb.


 

Sep 20 (Sat) EASY-GOING AMBLE - GARDINERS CREEK BURWOOD

GRADE: easy 5km LEADER: Geoff Durham 9523 5559

Spring is here - enjoy its sights, sounds an scents. An up-and-back walk along a delightful section of Gardiners Creek between Riversdale Road and the Burwood Highway with a coffee break. 10.00 am start. Public transport option.Limit 20



Sep 20 (Sat) ANGELSEA TO POINT ADDIS AND RETURN

GRADE: med 16km LEADER: Louise Prendergast  lprendergast2009@hotmail.com/ 03 9826 0037

A spring weekend in Angelsea. Saturday we commence the walk by exploring the heathland. We then follow the coastal cliff top track to Point Addis exploring the Koori cultural area. There may be some beach walking depending upon the tides. Stay the night and enjoy Lesley's Angelsea wildflower walk the following day. Limit 15. 100 km SW Melb.


 

Sep 21 (Sun) WT&G: ANGLESEA WILDFLOWER WALK

GRADE: easy 10km LEADER: Lesley Gillespie 9386 9077/ lesley_gillespie999@hotmail.com

After a brief visit to the Anglesea Wildflower Festival, we will explore the reserves and bushland round Anglesea to enjoy the Spring orchid display. The pace will depend on what we find and there will be some hills. Why not book for Louise’s Angelsea to Pt. Addis walk on Saturday and make a weekend of it! Limit 15. 100 km SW Melb.


 

Sep 21 (Sun) INGLISTON GORGE / FALCONS LOOKOUT WERRIBEE GORGE AREA

GRADE: easy medium 10km LEADER: Doug Palmer 9399 4494/ dpalmer@iimetro.com.au

With easy access, variety, geology, views and mostly easy walking.  An excellent beginners or training walk. This day will include two short walks from (nearly) the same start-point, to see different parts of the Werribee Gorge area.  A '2 -for -1' value day! Limit 12. 70 km W Melb.



Sep 21 (Sun) WT&G: GEELONG: HISTORIC RIVER

GRADE: easy 8km LEADER: Julie Hunt hunt.jm@bigpond.com/ 9568 7515

The banks of the Barwon River feature some of Port Phillip's earliest remaining mansions. We will spot some and visit two (small entry fee). Start is 1km from the rail station. Limit 15. 75 km W Melb.



Sep 27 (Sat) DOCKLANDS PUBLIC ART WALK

GRADE: easy 10km LEADER: Cheryl Mioch 9397 7470/ 0412 743 866/ cherylmioch@bigpond.com

Have you seen the Docklands “cow in the tree” sculpture? Come and walk around the Docklands and view some of the 36 public art works in the area. Limit 15. Melb.



Sep 27 (Sat) WT&G: DEADMANS LOOP WILDFLOWER WALK - BRISBANE RANGES

GRADE: easy medium 6km LEADER: Julia Pickwick j.pickwick@gmail.com/ 0433 977 396

An excellent introduction to the southern aspect of the Brisbane Ranges NP and the perfect time of year to see the park in full bloom! For those interested in a little local history, there's scope to explore the Steiglitz township and cemetery after the walk. Limit 12. 80 km SW Melb.


 

Oct 4 (Sat) MT MACEDON CIRCUIT

GRADE: medium 18km LEADER: Anna van Tatenhove annavt62@gmail.com/ 0433 842 410

Starting at Mt Macedon township, this circuit walk takes in all of the Mt. Macedon area highlights. We climb up to the Memorial Cross before walking around to Camel's Hump, via Sanatorium Lake and Mt. Towrong. Some short steep sections but well worth the effort. Limit 15. 90 km NE Melb.


 

Oct 4 (Sat) MOGGS CREEK

GRADE: medium 15km LEADER: Mark Learmonth 9807 7506 (H)

A long bus ride to Moggs Creek, but this walk has some excellent views, a great ironbark forest, plenty of birds, and, hopefully, wildflowers to enjoy. We may also see some fossils in the cliffs, as we walk along the beach. Undulating terrain, with two climbs. This is a public transport walk. Limit 20. 130 km SW Melb.


 

Oct 5 (Sun) BLACK HILL RESERVE & KYNETON BOTANICAL GARDENS

GRADE: easy medium 10km LEADER: Andrew Johnson 0400 446 257 / 9743 1392

Discovered by Major Mitchell in 1836, Black Hill was used as a landmark by squatters to mark their boundaries.  At one time barren from heavy logging, the council commenced a replantation program in the 1960's.  Visit Kyneton botanical gardens afterwards. Limit 12. 75 km NW Melb.


 

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