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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.

 

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10th ANNUAL GROW WEST TREE-PLANTING DAY

Sunday 19 July

10th ANNUAL GROW WEST TREE-PLANTING DAY REGISTRATIONS NOW OPEN: www.growwest.com.au CONTACT: John Stirling 9699 7225, johnst@melbpc.org.au and Terese Dalman 0413 234 130 / teresedalman@gmail.com

Join enthusiastic tree-planters in a vital nature restoration project to restore badly degraded land west of Bacchus Marsh. This project has been supported by the VNPA over the past eight years. Enjoy a day planting in the company of others who care about our country. Limit 150. 70 km W Melb.




18TH ANNUAL PROJECT HINDMARSH TREE-PLANTING

Aug 15-16 (w/e)

18TH ANNUAL PROJECT HINDMARSH TREE PLANTINGREGISTRATIONS NOW OPEN:Search 'Project Hindmarsh 2015 Dimboola' on the Eventbrite website: http://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/project-hindmarsh-2015-registration .

Project Hindmarsh has been supported by the VNPA over the past 17 years. It is one of Victoria's major landscape restoration projects. It is one of Victoria's major landscape restoration projects. Join people who care about restoring degraded landscapes and also share great country hospitality. Details about this project are in the June Park. 380 km W Melb.


SOCIAL NIGHTS

 

Jul 30 (Thu) U35 SOCIAL NIGHT

Come along to this month's social night and meet some new or familiar faces. Friends and family most welcome. RSVP essential.

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EXCURSIONS

 

Jul 18 (Sat) EXCURSION BY COACH - KINGLAKE NP TO SEYMOUR
GRADE: easy 5km.

Up to Seymour and back, avoiding the Hume in favour of more minor roads and small towns. A short walk to Masons Falls in Kinglake National Park, before morning tea. It should be cool, damp and atmospheric. The Goulburn River at Seymour should be flowing well. We will have afternoon tea and time to explore in Kilmore. Limit 57. 110 km NE Melb.

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FORMAL DINNER


Aug 6 (Thu) FORMAL DINNER

Come and support the students at the William Angliss Training school in the city. A three course meal for $35. Limit 16.
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PROGAM HIGHLIGHTS

 

Jul 4 (Sat) ASHBURTON - HAWTHORN

GRADE: easy 10km. Starting from Ashburton Rail Station, we generally follow Gardiners Creek before heading northwards near the Yarra River to Hawthorn Rail Station. Limit 16. 10 km E Melb.
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Jul 4 (Sat) MELBOURNE CHOCOLATE WALK

GRADE: easy medium 14km.  Starting in St Kilda, walking around Albert Park Lake and through the Botanical Gardens. Then visiting lots of the chocolate shops in the city.
Limit 15.

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Jul 11-12 (w/e) BASE CAMP: FRIENDS OF THE PROM WORKING BEE

GRADE: easy 5km  

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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Jul 11 (Sat) EASY GOING AMBLE- BLACKBURN LAKE

GRADE: easy 5km.  

Our two hour EGAs on the mornings of the second Saturday of each month continue through winter. Blackburn Lake Sanctuary has been described as a ‘very tranquil bush land refuge in the eastern suburbs’. Stimulate your senses with some bush exposure. Coffee/lunch option at the end. Public transport option. Limit 15. 10 km E Melb.
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Jul 12 (Sun) YOU YANGS

GRADE med 16km.

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

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Jul 25-26 (w/e) BASE CAMP: MT STIRLING AND THE BLUFF IN SNOW SHOES (EC)

GRADE: medium 20km.  

A winter weekend away base camping at Sheepyard Flat and snow shoe hiking.  Saturday will be a full day trip driving up to Telephone Box Junction, Mt Stirling and hiking to the summit (10 km). On Sunday morning we'll pack up early and then time for a snow shoe walk from the car park at Refrigerator Gap (road conditions permitting) along the ridge line of The Bluff and back.
You can hire snowshoes, ski poles and wheel chains en route in Mansfield. Rug up and walk/snow shoe trek in the snow and fresh air, if you can walk then you can snow shoe. Limit 8. 350 km NE Melb.

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Jul 25 (Sat) PT COOK - ALTONA

GRADE: medium 18km.  

From Williams Landing Rail Station catch a bus to Point Cook, we will visit the Coastal Park, turning northwards passing the 100 Steps of Federation on to Altona Rail Station. Limit 16. 25 km SW Melb.

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Jul 25 (Sat) GUNNAMATTA TO CAPE SCHANCK

GRADE: med 16km.

A winter coastal walk that has it all - beach walking, sand dunes, rock pools and a light house. Morning tea at Fingal beach and lunch overlooking Pulpit Rock. Limit 15. 100 km S Melb.

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Aug 1 (Sat) BEAUFORT NTH (CAMP HILL) (EC)

GRADE: medium 15km.  

VicRoads is currently working on the duplication of the Western Freeway east and west of Beaufort. The bypass of Beaufort itself will most likely impact the forest north of the town, so this may be a last chance to see what this area has to offer.
You should expect typical goldfields open forest, with some attractive outlooks, and maybe wildflowers and orchids. We also have an interesting long train ride both ways. Limit 20. 160 km W Melb.

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Aug 1 (Sat) OP SHOPS OF STH MELBOURNE

GRADE: easy 12km.  

Round trip from South Melbourne to Port Melbourne and Albert Park visiting a few of the Op Shops on the way (no Sherpa supplied, must carry own purchases). Limit 15. 5 km S Melb.
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Aug 8-9 (w/e) ALPINE NP - MT FEATHERTOP IN SNOW SHOES (EC)

GRADE: hard 25km.  

A winter pack carry hike from Harrietville up the Bungalow Spur to Federation Hut in hiking boots and snow shoes. The plan is to either snow camp or stay in the hut. Sunday morning hopefully will be clear so we can safely try for a winter trek to the summit of Mt Feathertop (1922 M) before returning by the same route. You will need to be very fit and well equipped to stay warm and dry in minus zero weather especially at night. Friday night departure, you can hire snow shoes and poles in Myrtleford on Friday night until late. Limit 6. 350 km NE Melb.

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Aug 8 (Sat) EASY GOLING AMBLE - NEWPORT LAKE

GRADE: easy 5km.

Old quarries have been converted to a sheltered park with wetlands. Lubricate your joints with a gentle walk in pleasant surroundings with pleasant people. Public transport. Limit 15. 5 km W Melb.

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Aug 8 (Sat) WT&G: AROUND YARRA BEND WITH THE YARRA RIVER KEEPER

GRADE: easy medium 6km.  

Explore Yarra Bend Park, especially the flora and fauna right on the river, and learn about the work of the Yarra River Keeper and other champions of our precious river. Public transport may be possible. Limit 15. 5 km NE Melb.
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Aug 8 (Sat) QUEENSCLIFFE BEACH

GRADE: easy med 16km.

Walk around the beaches, by walks and tracks around Queenscliffe. The on-beach paths to Point Lonsdale. Limit 16. 100 km SE Melb.

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Aug 9 (Sun) WARRAMATE HILLS

GRADE: easy med 10km. 

An exploration of the Warramate Hills Nature Conservation Reserve near Woori Yallock. Most walking is on 4wd fire access tracks, with one steep grassy climb up to the summit ridge rewarded by excellent views on a good day. Limit 12. 50 km E Melb

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ADVANCE NOTICE

 

Canada East and West

August-September, 2015

A day walking trip is planned in August and September 2015, visiting the western and eastern Canadian provinces and national parks including Yoho, Glaciers, Banff, Jasper, Waterton Lakes, Point Pelee, Bruce Peninsula and Fundy.

A group flight from Vancouver to Toronto will be arranged, with minivans hired for travel within Canada. On a few days cycling or canoeing options will be offered.

Accommodation will be in modest hotels or cabins. The estimated cost of the 30 day trip is $5200, which would cover shared accommodation, some breakfasts, land transport, Vancouver to Toronto airfare and entrance fees. Please email me to request a detailed description of the trip. Grade: medium. Limit 12.

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Western Turkey

April 28 to May 18, 2016 (21 Days)


Visit Istanbul, Cappadocia, Atalya, Kas, Kusadasi, Canakkale and Gallipoli. Private transport and guides for walks and site visits.

Approximate price $4600 includes premium accommodation and most meals.

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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.