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.
Changes to the Program
Walk Cancelled: Two Sides to a Peninsula
June 25, Saturday.
June 26 - Sunday
Walk, Talk & Gawk Leaders Walk: Warringinge Park, Bittern
Ever thought about being a Walk, Talk & Gawk leader? Want to brush up on your Walk, Talk & Gawk skills? Then join other leaders for a guided walk at one of the best kept secrets on the Mornington Peninsula.
Grade: Easy, 10km.
Limit: 15 - 70km SE Melb.
July 3 - Sunday
We'll be taking this trip with the Friends of Mud Islands, starting off with a boat trip from Queenscliff we'll then walk around the islands.
We'll be mainly walking along beaches but there will be some wading through water as well as salt marsh and salt bush. These islands are part of the Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park and an important bird breeding area. They also offer refuge as a roosting area for migratory waders.
Thousands of birds use these islands and make for a great wildlife spectacle.
Grade: Medium, 5km.
Limit: 12 - 100km S Melb.
July 15 - Friday
Grow West Community Planting Day
Be part of this year's Grow West Community Planting Day and help plant 3000 trees at the Western Water Treatment Plant at Mt Cottrell.
You'll need to bring warm clothes, a hat, gloves and sturdy footwear. To minimise waste, please bring your own water bottle, cup, plate and cutlery for lunch. Lunch and afternoon tea will be supplied.
You can get more information and book your spot on the Grow West website >>
Social Nights & Excursions
June 18 - Saturday
Coach Trip to Mirboo North
Starting with morning tea in Korumburra, the main focus of this trip will be a walk along the Rail Trail at Mirboo North. There will be time to explore the town and a visit to a local boutique brewery or bakery.
Grade: Easy, 5km. Leader: Sue Parkill. To book please contact Larysa Kucan on 9347 3733 or Jan Lacey on 9329 8187.
Limit: 57 - 155km E Melb.
June 25-26 - Weekend
Project Hindmarsh Tree Planting Weekend
It's not long now until one of the highlights of the year, the Project Hindmarsh tree planting weekend, which takes place in the tiny country town of Rainbow on June 25 and 26.
The Victorian National Parks Association and our members have been part of this annual event for 18 years. It's a great way to get involved in a major landscape restoration project that is all about helping farmers and rebuilding native bushland.
If you'd like to be part of this fun weekend contact John Stirling on 9699 7225 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or Terese Dalman on 0413 234 130, email email@example.com.
Register online for Project Hindmarsh >>
June 29 - Wednesday
U35s Social Night Dinner
Hear about our recent walks, catch up with those you've walked with, or meet new friends to walk with! These dinners are a very informal way of meeting other Under 35s (more or less) who are interested in bushwalking.
Details will be posted to the U35 e-mailing list closer to the date. For more info email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Matted and Tangled: A new urban grassland project
With Merri Creek Management Committee, we're monitoring and improving habitat for the beautiful but threatened Matted Flax-Lily. There's two upcoming activities:
- 30 June - Thursday, 10am-2pm: GPS mapping and weeding of patches in Fawkner.
- 11 August - Thursday, 10am-12pm: Planting to restore buffers around patches in Reservoir.
Caught on Camera in the Wombat State Forest
Help move wildlife monitoring cameras to new sites. Some gravel track driving required. One-day activities starting in Trentham at 9.30am. Our last two dates for the season are on 12 June and 3 July.
To get involved in a NatureWatch activity or for more information, contact Christine on 9341 6510 or email email@example.com.