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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

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MALLEEFOWL SEARCH

 

Sep 5-6 (w/e)

The Malleefowl is a threatened species which occurs in suitable habitat in north-west Victoria. Help search for Malleefowl nest mounds in and around the Nurcuong Conservation Reserve south of the Little Desert.

The method will be similar to that used when searching for rabbit warrens in Hattah NP and will involve off-track walking following a GPS transect. Field equipment (incl GPS & UHF radios) and training will be provided. We will be camping at the Natimuk Caravan Park.

There will be a talk about Malleefowl conservation on Saturday evening. This activity will be conducted in conjunction with the Victorian Malleefowl Recovery Group and Greening Australia as part of the conservation effort within Habitat 141. Limit 20. 330 km NW Melb.

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CHANGES TO THE PROGRAM

 

Date changed from Aug 6


FORMAL DINNER

Sep 1 (Tue) Come and support the students at the William Angliss Training school in the city. A buffet meal - three courses cost of $35 excluding drinks. Lots of wonderful dishes to choose and lots of delicious things to eat. Booking essential.

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Date changed from Oct 3:

 

Sep 12 (Sat) THE MONDO TRACK

With a total climb of 650 meters this is not one for the faint-hearted. The walk follows walking trails and management tracks as it passes through dry open forest into tall Mountain Ash forest on the crest of the Great Dividing Range. Limit 15. 767km NE Melb.

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PROGAM HIGHLIGHTS

 

Aug 29 (Sat) IVANHOE - HEIDELBERG

From Ivanhoe Rail Station, we follow the Yarra River parklands north to Heidelberg Rail Station. Limit 16. 12 km NE Melb.

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Aug 29 (Sat) ANGLESEA - PT ADDIS

We commence this walk by exploring the Angel
sea heathland. Hopefully we will see some of the wildflowers in bloom. After the heathland we will follow the coastal track to Point Addis and Iron Bark basin exploring the Koori cultural area. Great views are had from the coastal path. There may be some beach walking depending upon the tides. Some short step sections. Limit 15. 100 km SW Melb.

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Aug 30 (Sun) You Yangs

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

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Sep 5-6 (w/e) BASE CAMP: FRIENDS OF THE PROM WORKING BEE


Come and help this busy friends group on a working bee weekend in one of Victoria's most iconic National Parks. You may find yourself planting trees, surveying animal habitat, track clearing or other volunteer activities which we undertake for Parks Victoria. 235 km SE Melb.
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Sep 5-6 (w/e) BEERIPMO WALK (EC)

Overnight walk with no car shuttle. Very good camp site with tank water. Clear walking track with great views. Blow away the winter chills with a beginning of Spring walk. Limit 8. 160 km NW Melb.
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Sep 5-6 (w/e) MALLEEFOWL SEARCH

The Malleefowl is a threatened species which occurs in suitable habitat in north-west Victoria. Help search for Malleefowl nest mounds in and around the Nurcuong Conservation Reserve south of the Little Desert.

The method will be similar to that used when searching for rabbit warrens in Hattah NP and will involve off-track walking following a GPS transect. Field equipment (incl GPS & UHF radios) and training will be provided. We will be camping at the Natimuk Caravan Park.

There will be a talk about Malleefowl conservation on Saturday evening. This activity will be conducted in conjunction with the Victorian Malleefowl Recovery Group and Greening Australia as part of the conservation effort within Habitat 141. Limit 20. 330 km NW Melb.
For full details order our bushwalking and activities program >>


 

Sep 5 (Sat) THE GURDIES

The Gurdies NCR is a small reserve in the hinterland east of Westernport Bay, and rarely visited by walkers. But, perhaps it should, because it contains lots of wildflowers, an attractive view, history and enjoyable walking. We also explore the coastal
history of Grantville on this walk. Limit 20. 70 km SE Melb.
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Sep 6 (Sun) CRANBOURNE BOTANICAL GARDENS RAMBLE

Enjoy a ramble through the extended gardens and trails of the Australian gardens. A wonderful opportunity to see plants and trees from a variety of habitats across Australia. The surrounding trails pass through wetlands, grasslands and heathlands. We will include a walk up to the Trig Point for great extended views from the bay to the city. Limit 15. 45 km SE Melb.
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Sep 6 (Sun) U35 MASONS FALLS KINGLAKE NP (EC)

45m falls feature on this walk where, along the route, Running Creek has cut through the ancient volcanic capping of the Kinglake area. Also taking in Mt Sugarloaf, we pass through a diversity of vegetation on a well made track. Limit 12. 75 km N Melb.

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Sep 8 (Tue) NEW LEADERS INTRODUCTION BRIEFING

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.
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ADVANCE NOTICE

 

April 28 - May 18, 2016 (21 Days), WESTERN TURKEY

Visiting Istanbul, Cappadocia, Atalya, Kas, Kusadasi, Canakkale and Gallipoli. Private transport and guides for walks and site visits. Approximate price $4,600 includes premium accommodation and most meals. Contact John Bales (jlbales12@gmail.com) to request a detailed itinerary.

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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.