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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.

 

Bookings and more information

For all the details on the events listed, contact the VNPA on vnpa@vnpa.org.au or phone 03 9347 5188.

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BUSHWALKING EVENTS FOR DECEMBER 2014


SOCIAL


Dec 12 (Fri) END OF YEAR DINNER - GLENFERRIE HOTEL

LEADER: Sue Catterall 0417 526 519 / 9435 2857 / suecatterall203@hotmail.com
Celebrate another great VNPA year and catch up with friends for Christmas drinks and dinner.
Plenty of time to swat up for the famous Christmas VNPA Quiz. Meet at 6.30pm, dinner at 7pm. Address: 324 Burwood Rd. Hawthorn, near intersection with Glenferrie Rd. It is 5 minutes from Hawthorn Railway Station and Tram 16. Bookings essential. RSVP by Friday 5th Dec.




PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS



Dec 13 (Sat) DONNELLY'S WEIR
GRADE: medium 17km LEADER: Mark Learmonth 9807 7506 (H)

After a walk out of Healesville, we enter the Maroondah Reservoir Reserve, enjoying the parkland and the lookout over the reservoir. After climbing Hendersons Hill, we amble along an aqueduct to Donnelly's Weir, with its ambience and history. This is a public transport walk. Limit 20. 60 km NE Melb.


 

Dec 13 (Sat) EASY-GOING AMBLE - DAMPER CREEK MT WAVERLEY
GRADE: easy 5km LEADER: Geoff Durham 9523 5559

Retain your mobility by getting out and about in the bush. A return stroll along this impressively restored creek. 10 am start. Public transport option. Limit 20


 

Dec 13 (Sat) LYSTERFIELD LAKE TO BIRDS LAND RESERVE
GRADE: medium 16km LEADER: Louise Prendergast lprendergast2009@hotmail.com/ 9826 0037

The walk will head north along Logan's track to Wellington Road. We may see wallabies or kangaroos along the way. Cross over Wellington Road and head up Dargon track for a short while, then we will make our way to Birds Land reserve via Gully track, Abrahams and Sunset tracks, before re-joining Dargon track, into Birds land reserve and back through Lysterfield Lake track. Limit 15. 45 km E Melb.


 

Dec 17 (Wed) ELTHAM TO WESTERFOLDS PARK
GRADE: easy 6km LEADER: Raimonne McCutchan 9439 8351 (H)/ 0432 227 478

Walk through parklands to Westerfolds for Christmas lunch near the river Yarra. Limit 15.
15 km NE Melb.


 

Dec 20-21 (w/e) SUMMER SOLSTICE PROM IN A DAY (EC)
GRADE: hard 45km LEADER: Deb Henry dhen9068@bigpond.net.au/ 0409 338 182

This is a very long day walk taking in the legendary Southern circuit of Wilsons Prom. This walk will start at Telegraph Saddle car park and visit Sealers Cove, Refuge, Waterloo and Oberon Bays, ending at Norman Bay Beach Tidal River.
You will need to be either an experienced day or overnight walker. We will drive to the Prom on Friday night and start the walk early on Saturday morning. Sunday will be recovery and a relaxed drive home. Limit 8. 235 km SE Melb.


 

Dec 26-Jan 1 (long) BASE CAMP: HOWQUA RIVER - ALPINE NP (EC)
GRADE: medium 50km LEADER: Guy Williams 0418 124 833 / guy.willms@gmail.com

Spend the Christmas to New Year period in this beautiful area with some great walks. Using a vehicle base camp on the Howqua River we will visit Mt Timbertop, Eagle Peak, The Bluff and Ritchies Hut further up the river. Early enquiries welcome. Limit 12. 220 km NE Melb.


 

ADVANCE NOTICE


Jan 17-18 (w/e) GOULBURN RIVER CANOEING WEEKEND
GRADE: medium 40km LEADER: John Bales jlbales12@gmail.com/ 0433 603 629/
9913 5118

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 $35 per person. Camping, cabin or motel accommodation options available. Applications close 8th January. Limit 12. 130 km N Melb.



Aug 15-13, 2015 (long) CANADA EAST & WEST
GRADE: medium LEADER: John Bales jlbales12@gmail.com/ 0433 603 629/ 9913 5118

A day walking trip is planned in August/September 2015, visiting the western and eastern Canadian provinces and National Park visits will include Yoho, Glaciers, Banff, Jasper, Waterton Lakes, Point Pelee, Bruce Peninsula and Fundy. A group flight from Vancouver to Toronto will be arranged. In addition, minivans will be hired to travel around 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 $5,200, 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. Limit 12


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.