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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.

Get the book! Contact the VNPA for a FREE copy of the activities program.


 

BUSHWALKING EVENTS FOR AUGUST 2013

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


SOCIAL NIGHT


Aug 27 (Wed) VNPA U35 SOCIAL NIGHT
CONTACT: Eloise Oxer 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 EloisE


 

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



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



PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

 

Aug 23 (Sat) BANYULE TO BEASLEYS- YARRA RIVER

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

Following the Yarra Trail along mostly flat terrain through beautiful parklands to Westerfolds Park and on through the historic Petty's Orchard towards Candlebark Reserve and Beasleys Nursery.  Return along the same route. Limit 18. 15 km NE Melb.


 

Aug 24 (Sun) NOOJEE IN WINTER (EC)

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

1392 (H)/ sparhawk150@hotmail.com

A mix of outdoor activities around Noojee including Toorongo and  Amphitheatre Falls, Noojee Bushland and Glen Nayook Reserves  and Trestle Bridge Historic Area. Limit 12. 100 km E Melb.


 

Aug 24 (Sun) WRIGHT FOREST

GRADE: easy 12km LEADER: Alison Thomas alithomas@iinet.net.au/ 0400 172 767 (6-9pm)

We will start our walk at Cockatoo and navigate through the Wright forest track network. We may catch a glimpse of Puffing Billy along the way. After stopping at Emerald Park lake for lunch and taking in the surrounds, we will walk back through the forest to Cockatoo. Limit 15. 45 km E Melb.


 

Aug 28 (Thu) EASY-GOING AMBLE - WILLIAMSTOWN FORESHORE

GRADE: easy 5km LEADER: Geoff Durham Bookings: Dale Stephenson 9885 0331 (H)

Come out of winter hibernation on this stroll along the seaside with plenty of historical interest. If you are slowing down for whatever reason, this walk is for you - flat and interesting, with coffee. 10.00 am start. Public transport option.  Limit 20


 

Aug 30 (Sat) YARRA JUNCTION - WARBURTON

GRADE: easy med 12km LEADER: Glenn King 0448 816 504

Bus from Lilydale Rail Station to Yarra Junction & walk the rail trail to Warburton & a loop walk along Yarra River. Limit 16. 70 km E Melb.


 

Aug 30 (Sat) YOU YANGS (EC)

GRADE: med16km LEADER: Cheryl Mioch 9397 7470/ 0412 743 866/ cherylmioch@bigpond.com

A great walk on undulating bush paths close to Melb. One big climb up Flinders Peak with views of Melbourne and surrounding country. Limit 15. 50 km SW Melb.


 

Aug 30 (Sat) WT&G: WARRINGINE PARK COAST WETLANDS

GRADE: easy 10km LEADER: Julia Pickwick j.pickwick@gmail.com/ 0433 977 396

One of the best kept secrets on the Mornington Peninsula, Warringine Park is unique as the only place you can walk through the saltmarshes and mangroves of the Western Port RAMSAR site. We’ll discover what makes this site so significant and VNPA Marine & Coastal Project Officer Simon Branigan will join us to explain what's at risk if the Port of Hastings development goes ahead.Limit 15. 70 km SE Melb.


 

Aug 30 (Sat) FRANKSTON TO MT ELIZA

GRADE: easy medium 12km LEADER: Elva Clementson 5975 3182

Starting at Frankston Station and taking in the coastal boardwalk, Sweetwater Creek, Daveys Bay and Canadian Bay. Public Transport walk. Limit 14. 50 km S Melb.


 

Aug 31 (Sun) WT&G: INDIGENOUS FLORA OF BEAUMARIS

GRADE: easy 3km LEADER: Rob Saunders srednuas@hotmail.com/ 9515 3383

Wander through four of the bushland and heathland reserves of Beaumaris for an early taste of spring.  Limit 12. 22 km SE Melb.


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