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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.

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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If you're interested in any of the activities list below please refer to the online PDF program for full details.


Program Highlights


October 15 - Saturday

Lake Mountain Lookouts and Spring Flowers

Follow the ski trails and visit various lookouts including the highest point in the Yarra Ranges National Park. Hopefully there will be lots of spring flowers along the way.

Medium: 18km | Limit 18 | 120km NE Melb


October 15-16 - Weekend

Alpine National Park - The Crinoline Circuit

On this sub-alpine pack-carry hike we camp in the Wellington River valley on Friday night. On Saturday we hike from Tamboritha Saddle to the campsite at Long Hill Plateau (1290m).

On Sunday we trek over Mt Ligar (The Crinoline) and back to the cars. You will need to carry extra water and be ready for rock/scree scrambling, overgrown tracks and all weather possibilities.

Hard: 23km | Limit 6 | 300km E Melb


October 16 - Sunday

Walk, Talk & Gawk: Outer Circle Rail Trail

We'll go from the famous Chandler Highway Railway Bridge across the river into Kew and Camberwell. This is a public transport walk and includes history, technology, change and continuity...

Easy: 6km | Limit 15 | 9km E Melb


October 19 - Wednesday

How Many Fish in the Sea?

Help celebrate more than ten years of the Great Victorian Fish Count - Victoria's longest-running marine citizen science project, the data collected and the people who collect it.

Doors open at 6pm for drinks and nibbles, presentations will start at 6.30pm. The celebration takes place at 60 Leicester St, Carlton.

RSVP is essential by Friday 14 October. Please visit Eventbrite for more information and to book your spot.


October 23 - Sunday

Warrandyte State Park

Walk along the south bank of the Yarra River from the Warrandyte Bridge through Jumping Creek Reserve to Blue Tongue Bend. Accessible by public transport: Bus 364 from Ringwood.

Medium: 10km | NE Melb


Walk, Talk & Gawk: Baluk Willam Nature Conservation Reserve, Belgrave South - Part 2

Despite its small size, more than 250 flora species have been recorded in this 68-hectare reserve. Significantly, this includes over 90 orchid species, roughly a third of Victoria's orchid species. This walk will be led twice to take full advantage of the spectacular spring wildflower displays.

Easy: 6km | Limit 15 | 50km SE Melb


Mornington Peninsula National Park

Visit the bushland of the southern Mornington Peninsula.

Easy: 10km | Limit 12 | 85km S Melb


Wild Families Walk - Organ Pipes National Park

Join families to explore the Maribyrnong River and fascinating geological formations - Rosette Rock, Tessellated Pavement and the Organ Pipes. Following this short walk there will be a chance for a picnic lunch. Wild Families is a pilot program with the Victorian National Parks Association.

Easy: 2-3km | Limit 20 | 20km NW Melb

Contact: Caitlin Griffith on 93416508 or email


October 29-November 1 - Long Weekend

Gippsland Waratah Base Camp

From our base camp at Goongerah explore the remote old-growth forests of East Gippsland, each day looking for the Gippsland Waratah in flower and marvelling at the rainforest and pristine rivers on short walks and picnics in the bush.

Suitable for the family and with camping for camper trailers, off-road vans and tents. A joint trip with 4WD club members.

Medium: 300km | Limit 30 | 440km E Melb


The Cobberas and Cowombat Flat

Great walking in rocky sub-alpine country near the official source of the Murray River. We should have time to visit many of the attractions this area has to offer.

Hard: 50km | Limit 10 | 480km E Melb


Great South West Walk - Tarragal to Grant Bay

From Tarragal Camp to Grant Bay near Portland via Cape Bridgewater, Bridgewater Bay and Cape Nelson. Spectacular views along the coast, we will walk past the Blowholes and through the Petrified Forest.

Some beach walking with camping at designated sites. Enquire early, Parks Victoria sites need to be pre-booked.

Medium/hard: 54km | Limit 8 | 430km SW Melb


November 1 - Tuesday

Maribyrnong River

From Moonee Ponds train station this walk follows the Maribyrnong River, visiting Pipemakers Park before finishing at Footscray train station.

Easy/medium: 15km | Limit 16 | 7km NW Melb


November 5-6 - Weekend

Walk into history near Powelltown

An historic walking trail following old timber tramways linking the mountain towns of Warburton and Powelltown. The entire walk is forested, most of it beneath a towering canopy of Mountain Ash. Overnight stay at a bush campsite.

This should be well and truly enough to satisfy your urges to merge with nature. Some car shuffling will be necessary.

Medium: 32km | Limit 12 | 90km E Melb

November 5 - Saturday

Exploring the New Canadian Park - Ballarat

Ballarat has a new regional park on the south-eastern boundary of the town. This walk will explore bushland sections of the new regional park as well as trails through parts of Ballarat East that can be reached using local bus services from the Ballarat train station. So remember, bring your myki card.

Medium: 15km | Limit 15 | 110km WNW Melb


Lilydale Lake and Op Shop Walk

Walk from Lilydale Station down the river to Lilydale Lake, then around the lake and back for a quick visit to three op shops in the main street.

Easy: 12km | Limit 14 | 35km NE Melb


November 6 - Sunday

Enfield State Park to Staffordshire Reef

This track starts on the east side of Enfield State Park and follows many of the creeks associated with the gold mining era. There are old mining relics to see and, with a moist spring, wildflowers to enjoy.

The walk will finish at the historic Staffordshire Reef Cemetery and is part of a larger circuit walk proposal that will link the existing Great Divide Trail and Skipton Rail Trail. A long car shuffle is required. Early enquiries welcomed.

Medium: 17km | Limit 15 | 137km W Melb



Social Nights & Excursions


October 15 - Saturday

Excursion by Coach: Cape Schanck and the Briars

Visit spectacular Cape Schanck with walks at Merricks and Balnarring beaches. The afternoon will be spent exploring the historic Briars homestead and its visitor centre, wildlife sanctuary, wetlands and cafe. It is famous for its Napoleonic association.

Easy: 5km | Limit 57 | 88km SE Melb

Bookings: Larysa Kucan on 9347 3733 or Jan Lacey on 9329 8187.


October 26 - Wednesday

U35s Social Night

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 U35s email list closer to the date.



NatureWatch Activities


Wildlife Monitoring at Bunyip State Park

Help NatureWatch and the Friends of Bunyip State Park carry out wildlife monitoring using motion-sensing cameras and sound recorders. This is a full day's activity retrieving monitoring equipment and moving it to new locations in the park. There will be some driving on dirt tracks, registration is required.

We'll meet at Gembrook, 9.30am, and expect to finish by 4pm. More details on registration.

Dates: We'll be holding two events at Bunyip State Park this month - Saturday 8 October and Saturday 29 October.

Easy/medium: Limit 10 | 66 km E Melb

Contact: Christine Connelly, NatureWatch Coordinator by email or phone 9341 6510.


Grass Tree Monitoring, Brisbane Ranges National Park

Join NatureWatch to assess the health of Grass Trees in response to Phytophthora cinnamomi. We usually meet at a picnic ground at 10am (details to be advised on registration), finishing by mid-afternoon.

This is a fun way to see the Brisbane Ranges, learn about the disease and contribute to important long-term research. There will be some driving on dirt tracks, registration is required.

Dates: We'll be holding a number of monitoring events in the Brisbane Ranges this month, with your chance to join us on October 9, 15 or make a weekend of it by camping in the park overnight on October 22 and 23.

Easy: Limit 20 | 80km W Melb

Contact: Christine Connelly, NatureWatch Coordinator by email or phone 9341 6510.




November 3 - Thursday

Navigation Course: Maps, Compasses and GPS

Do you need some direction? Over three Thursday evenings in November (3rd, 10th, 17th) and a weekend day trip this course will help you get unlost with maps, compass and GPS.

Topics include reading maps and understanding the landscape, basic and advanced GPS use. Trainers are experienced leaders with plenty of stories to tell of geographic embarrassment.

Cost: $60 for Victorian National Parks Association members, $120 for non-members.

Limit: 12 | 1km N Melb