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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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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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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

 

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.