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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.


Special Event

Secrets of the Wombat State Forest

Join us for this free talk to hear about the importance of the Wombat State Forest and how it can be best protected.

Speakers include Wombat Forestcare President Gayle Osborne and our Executive Director Matt Ruchel.

When: Saturday 3 September, 2pm-3.30pm.

Where: Newham Mechanics Institute, 1292 Rochford Road, Newham.

Book: Phone 5421 9660 or email


Changes to the Program

Change of Date: Walk, Talk & Gawk - CERES to the Abbotsford Convent

  • 18 August, Thursday

Starting at CERES Community Environment Park in East Brunswick, we'll follow the Merri Creek down to where it joins the Yarra River at Dights Falls, then continue along the Yarra to the Abbotsford Convent.

There will be history, environment and stories about sustainability as we go! This is a public transport walk, with coffee available at both ends.

Grade: Easy, 6km.

Program Highlights

August 6 - Saturday

Bring a Friend for Free - Sugarloaf Reservoir

Every now and then we host 'bring a friend for free' events, where members of the Victorian National Parks Association can bring along a guest to one of our events for free. It's a great chance to encourage friends and family to get out into nature.

This time we'll visit Sugarloaf Reservoir Park in the Christmas Hills, a place popular with Melburnians in the 1900s who were seeking 'clean air and an invigorating climate'.

Hopefully we can supply both as we circumnavigate the beautiful reservoir.

Grade: Medium, 15km.

Limit: 18 people.

Location: 35km NE Melb.


August 7 - Sunday

Drysdale to Queenscliff, including a Heritage Train Trip

Walk the rail trail from Drysdale to Queenscliff then return on a heritage train back to Drysdale. The train trip costs $20.

Grade: Medium, 18km.

Limit: 14 people.

Location: 94km SE Melb.


August 6-7 - Weekend

Alpine National Park Beginners Snow Camp

Too afraid of Yetis for snow camping? Fear not! Enjoy a wonderfully wintery weekend with plenty of time to get the hang of camping in the snow. There will also be the chance to try skiing or pull on some snowshoes.

Note: the trip location will be decided the week before, and all winter alpine trips are subject to cancellation or change according to weather conditions.

Grade: Easy, 20km.

Limit: 8 people.

Location: 400km NE Melb.


August 6-8 - Long Weekend

Alpine National Park - Mt Feathertop and the Razorback

We're spending this long weekend at Victoria's second highest peak, Mt Feathertop. On Saturday we'll slog it up Bungalow Spur in snowshoes with heavy winter packs.

We'll snow camp at Federation Hut. If safe, we'll head for the summit. If conditions are clear on Sunday, we'll take the Razorback to Diamantina Hut.

On Monday will we return down the Bon Accord Spur. Snow camping experience is necessary.

Grade: Hard, 35km.

Limit: 6 people.

Location: 350km NE Melb.


August 13 - Saturday

Uralla Reserve: Public Transport Walk

This is a small Trust for Nature reserve in the Strzelecki Ranges just south of Trafalgar in west Gippsland.

From the railway station, a shared path leads to the reserve. We complete a circuit of the reserve, starting with a substantial climb to the top for about 45 minutes. After that, it is gently downhill all the way through forest.

Grade: Easy/medium, 11km.

Limit: 20 people.

Location: 120km E Melb.

Easy Going Amble - The Maribyrnong River & Newells Paddock Wetlands

Having explored Caulfield Racecourse we wanted to see what Flemington Racecourse has to offer. This flat walk along the Maribyrnong River takes in Newells Paddock Wetlands Reserve.

At the end of the walk we will try and find somewhere for lunch and a coffee.

Grade: Easy, 5km.

Limit: 15 people.

Location: 4km W Melb.


August 14 - Sunday

Brimbank Park Family Walk

Rug up and bring the kids for an enjoyable walk in Melbourne's north-western suburbs. Pushers and prams are most welcome.

Grade: Easy, 5km.

Limit: 20 people.

Location: 25km NW Melb.


August 20 - Saturday

Andrews Hill, Kinglake

This is an up hill and down hill walk through mountain ash forests and along creeks lined with tree ferns before returning back around Andrews Hill to the beginning. We can lunch halfway at the Gums Camping Area where there are toilets and picnic tables.

Grade: Medium, 12km.

Limit: 12 people.

Location: 60km N Melb.


August 20-21 - Weekend

Alpine National Park Snow Gum Ski Tour

Let's go skiing through Snow Gums! Grab your snow camping gear and camera as we search for wild wintry landscapes and inspiring Snow Gums. Suitable for those with snow camping and ski-touring experience.

Note: the trip location will be decided the week before, and all winter alpine trips are subject to cancellation or change according to weather conditions.

Grade: Medium, 35km.

Limit: 8 people.

Location: 400km NE Melb.


August 28 - Sunday

Walk, Talk & Gawk: Baluk Willam Nature Conservation Reserve, Belgrave South - Part 1

Despite its small size, more than 250 flora species have been recorded in this 68ha reserve. Significantly, this includes over 90 orchid species that make up roughly one third of all Victoria's orchid species.

This walk will be led twice (the other on October 23) to take full advantage of the spectacular spring wildflower displays.

Grade: Easy, 6km.

Limit: 15 people.

Location: 50km SE Melb.


U35s Whiskey Creek Circuit

This is an adventurous walk in the surprisingly rugged Lerderderg Gorge area. This walk includes steep climbs and some creek crossings, but you'll be rewarded with sweeping views of the gorge.

Please note that Jess's walks frequently change dates due to work travel, so express your interest in this walk early to be updated of changes, or subscribe to the U35s e-group.

Grade: Easy/medium, 11km.

Limit: 10 people.

Location: 122km NE Melb.


September 2-4 - Long Weekend

U35s Great Ocean Walk - Overnight Hike

Tread the last section of the Great Ocean Walk - from Johanna Beach to the Twelve Apostles.

This is a 3 day/2 night pack carry walk. Overnight hiking experience and your own equipment is required.

Grade: Easy/medium, 43km.

Limit: 6 people.

Location: 220km SW Melb.


September 3-4

Alpine National Park - Falls Creek to Edmondson Hut

A weekend of springtime snow shoe hiking and snow camping in the Falls Creek-Bogong High Plains area. On Saturday we'll head for Edmondson Hut, set up a snow camp and then explore the Mt Nelse area.

Sunday will be the hike out and drive home. Snow camping experience is necessary.

Grade: Medium/hard, 25km.

Limit: 6 people.

Location: 350km NE Melb.


Friends of the Prom Working Bee

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 any other activities they undertake for Parks Victoria.

Grade: Easy, 5km.

Location: 235km SE Melb.


September 8 - Thursday

Kilcunda - Public Transport Walk

Kilcunda is a special place. From the V/Line bus we get an overview of the coastline then head off on our walk along the beach, which can be soft, and is always dramatic.

Our return trip is much easier, a mixture of woodland, open views and the famous bridge, recently restored. The walk will feel longer than its actual length.

Grade: Medium, 13km.

Limit: 20 people.

Location: 110km SE Melb.


September 10 - Saturday

O'Keefe Rail Trail Walk

Come and discover the O'Keefe Rail Trail travelling from Bendigo to Axedale. We walk along a section of the Bendigo Bushland Trail and over the Axe Creek suspension bridge.

This is an easy walk on a gravel track. In January 1888 Andrew O'Keefe began construction of the line and in July his own locomotive, named 'Sue', set off down the line. A car shuffle will be required.

Grade: Medium, 19km.

Limit: 18 people.

Location: 155km NW Melb.


Easy Going Amble - Edinburgh Gardens

The Edinburgh Gardens have provided respite, recreation, health and inspiration for the residents of Fitzroy North for more than 150 years.

There will be the option of coffee and lunch in trendy Brunswick Street.

Grade: Easy, 5km.

Limit: 15 people.

Location: 4km NE Melb.


Social Nights & Excursions


August 10 - Wednesday

Travelling the USA and Canada with Basia Dziedzik

Basia will tell tales of her experiences travelling in a 1971 Chevy van with her son through Colorado, Utah, Arizona, Nevada, California and a foray into Colombia in search of iconic national park landscapes and the American psyche.

Location: 60 Leicester St, Carlton. Doors open at 6.30pm for a 7.30pm start. Entry is $2. Tea, coffee, wine and biscuits provided.

Contact: The Victorian National Parks Association on 9347 5188 or email


August 20 - Saturday

Skipton Rail Trail

This excursion will include a stop at Bannockburn for morning tea, followed by a 6.5km walk along the rail trail into Skipton for lunch. In the afternoon a 5km walk along the rail trail will take us into Linton. Afternoon tea will be in Ballan.

Grade: Easy, 6km.

Limit: 57 people.

Location: 65km NW Melb.


September 1 - Thursday

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.