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.
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 email@example.com or phone 03 9347 5188.
Get the book! Contact the VNPA for a FREE copy of the activities program.
BUSHWALKING EVENTS FOR NOVEMBER 2014
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 firstname.lastname@example.org/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 1-4 (long) FORLORN HOPE PLAIN & MOUNT WOMBARGO (EC)
GRADE: hard 50km LEADER: James Shannon 9754 4951 (H) 0407 346 467 email@example.com
A remote walk in the the upper Buchan River wilderness area. This is a less frequented corner of the Alpine National Park. We may visit Reedy Creek Gorge also if time and conditions permit. Limit 8. 460 km NE Melb.
Nov 1-4 (long) STANLEY NAME SPUR, CROSSCUT SAW, MT SPECULATION, KING R,
THE MONUMENT (EC)
GRADE: med hard 37km LEADER: John Van Leeuwen 9739 5085 (BH)/ 0418 996 048
A circuit walk starting near Mt Stirling on Stanley Name spur camping below the Crosscut Saw. On the 2nd day we walk to Mt Speculation - some of the best 360 degree views in the alps & onto Mustering Flat campsite. Third day down Muesli spur to King R to camp on grassy flats. On the last day after crossing the river climb the Clear hills via Craigs Hut (Man from Snowy River fame) over the Monument and back to the cars. Lots of great views & wild flowers on an exhilarating walk. Limit 8. 240 km NE Melb (3.5hrs).
Nov 6 (Thu) AFTER WORK, EVENING WALK - ESSENDON
GRADE: 7km LEADER: Russell Bowey firstname.lastname@example.org/ 0417 328 651
Start around 7pm. Essendon has several great historical parks. Queens Park was a popular water hole for diggers on their way to the goldfields. Napier Park was a visionary donation to protect native woodlands as Melbourne expanded in the early 1900s. We'll have a look at some of the historic buildings along the way. Limit 12. 8 km NW Melb.
Nov 8 (Sat) LAKE MOUNTAIN LOOKOUTS
GRADE: med 16km LEADER: Sue Catterall 0417 526 519/ 9435 2857/ email@example.com
Following the ski trails and visiting various lookouts including the highest point in the Yarra Ranges National Park. Hopefully there will be lots of Spring flowers along the way. Limit 18. 120km NE Melb.
Nov 9 (Sun) U35 MURRINDINDI SCENIC RESERVE
GRADE: med hard 16km LEADER: Jeremy Woolhouse 9819 0845 firstname.lastname@example.org
In the northern end of the Toolangi State Forrest, The Murrindindi Reserve is a mixed species forest with tree fern gullies and the spectacular 75 m Wilhelmina Falls. The planned walk will combine the Boroondara track and Mill track. Details will be posted to the U35 e-group closer to the date. Limit 12. 100 km NE Melb.
Nov 9 (Sun) GEORGE BASS COASTAL WALK
GRADE: med 14km LEADER: Euan Moore email@example.com/
9827 5852 (H)
Walk along the beaches and cliff tops from San Remo to Kilcunda. Great scenery, regardless of the weather. Some climbing involved as the track follows the cliff tops in some areas and drops to the beach in others. Car shuffle required. Limit 10. 130 km SE Melb.
Further November events will be added early in the month.
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.