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.
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.
Bookings and info: For details on the events listed, email us at email@example.com or phone 03 9347 5188.
BUSHWALKING EVENTS FOR DECEMBER 2013
EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST
Feb 2014 LEADBEATER'S POSSUM PROJECT
We are looking for interested people to participate in a one-off Leadbeater's Possum monitoring activity. We will be travelling to the Lake Mountain area on a Friday night in February to survey Leadbeater's Possums during the evening. We are also considering hosting a basecamp at Upper Yarra Dam with easy walks on Saturday and Sunday. If you would like to know more and / or register your interest contact VNPA.
Dec 7-8 (w/e) WILSONS PROM NP OVERNIGHT HIKE SEALER COVE
GRADE: easy/med 20km
A classic early summer overnight hike to the gorgeous beach and bush at Sealers Cove. The track is now open to walkers after the 2011 floods. Limit 8. 250km SE Melb.
Dec 7 (Sat) LONG FOREST ROAD
GRADE: medium 12km
Escape the pre-Christmas rush and spend six hours in a remnant pocket of mallee bush less than one hour from the GPO! Some scrambling off track can be arranged. Birdos also welcome. Limit 15. 30km W Melb.
Dec 8 (Sun) WALK TALK & GAWK - COOLART WETLANDS & HOMESTEAD
GRADE: easy 5km
Come along to experience this wonderful historic property complete with its late Victorian style mansion, gardens and wetlands. Bring along your field glasses as this area is a great spot for bird watching. Limit 14. 80km S Melb.
Dec 11 (Wed) RUFFEY CREEK
GRADE: EASY 9km
Follow the creek from Templestowe to Ruffey Lake Park for a celebratory lunch. Limit 15. 15km NE Melb.
Dec 14-15 (w/e) MT BOGONG VIA STAIRCASE AND ESKDALE
GRADE: hard 26km
A weekend away climbing Victoria’s highest peak and camping at Cleve Cole Hut. We’ll ascend via The Staircase spur and descend along Eskdale Spur. We’ll meet and camp on Friday evening at Mountain Creek campsite. This is one hike worth telling friends about when completed. Limit 8. 350km NE Melb.
Dec 14-15 (w/e) CANOEING - MURRAY RIVER AND BARMAH LAKE
GRADE: medium 60km
Canoeing on the River Murray and Barmah Lake. Overnight camp on the banks of the Murray. Canoe hire arranged as part of the trip. Limit 12. 200km N Melb.
Dec 14 (Sat) EASY-GOING AMBLE: DAREBIN PARKLANDS
GRADE: easy 5km
Described as a deep picturesque valley, a rather enchanting retreat, Darebin Creek has been transformed from a weed infested drain to an impressive linear park, 10am start. Public transport access by train. Limit 20
Dec 19 (Thur) BURNT STABLE SPRING
GRADE: medium 20km
Burnt Stable Spring is shown on some old maps as a location within the Wombat State Forest, but has long disappeared from newer maps. However, it is still recognizable, as we traverse a large section of this ‘inviting’ bush which is the Wombat. We also avoid most of the gorges, so the walk is long, rather than difficult. This is a public transport walk. Limit 20. 100km NW Melb
Dec 21-22 (w/e) RIDE: BALLARAT SKIPTON RAIL TRAIL
GRADE: med 105km
This charming rail trail passes through the centre of an old gold mining area where extensive alluvial and reef gold deposits were worked on by European and Chinese miners. It passes through open farmland, mullock heaps and sections of bushland. Overnight stay in Skipton . Limit 12. 110km W Melb.
Jan 18-19 (w/e) CANOEING – GOULBURN RIVER
GRADE: medium 40km
The Goulburn River summer irrigation flows provide excellent flat-water canoeing. Some of the river sections around Alexandra are scenic with interesting billabongs and birdlife. The weekend will be suitable for novice paddlers with good swimming skills and upper body fitness. Canoe hire about $55 per person. Camping or cabin accommodation options available. Applications close 9th January. Limit 12. 130km N Melb.
Cleaning your boots to reduce Dieback
Scrub your boot soles with a 70% methylated spirits/water mixture to kill Phytophthora cinnamomi spores before leaving the affected area.