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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.

Get the book! Contact the VNPA for a FREE copy of the activities program.


 

BUSHWALKING EVENTS FOR OCTOBER 2014


SOCIAL NIGHTS

Oct 22 (Wed) VNPA U35 SOCIAL NIGHT

CONTACT: Eva Klusacek U35 Social vnpa.u35social@gmail.com


Come along to this month’s social night and meet some new or familiar faces. Friends and family most welcome. To find out more about this month’s event, keep posted to the U35
e-group for updates or contact Eva.


 


ADVANCE NOTICE


Oct 25 (Sat) ‘BARCODING’: A VNPA BENEFIT EXHIBITION

VNPA members and friends are invited to a free exhibition of innovative paintings depicting native flora and fauna by artist and VNPA member Sylvia Mair.
The exhibition invites us to consider the value placed on Australia’s flora and fauna by ourselves, our government and the general public. While acknowledging a generally undervalued perception of our natural world, we can join together here in celebration of its true worth.

To be officially opened on Saturday 25 October by VNPA director Matt Ruchel at
Stephen McLaughlan Gallery in the famous Nicholas Building, Level 8, Room 16,
37 Swanson St Melb. Exhibition runs from 22 October to 8 November.  All sales income will be donated to the VNPA.


 

Nov 7–9 (W/E) BASECAMP FEDERATION WALKS WEEKEND – RAWSON


Booking are now open for this annual event, hosted this year by four Gippsland based Bushwalking Clubs.  There are a wide variety of walks to choose from for one or both days.  This Bushwalking Victoria event is open to members and affiliated clubs (VNPA is one). Details and registration at: www.fedwalks.org.au




CHANGES TO THE PROGRAM

Change of date from 8-9 Nov.

Nov 22-23 (w/e) RIDE: GRAND RIDGE RD - LATROBE VALLEY (EC) GRADE: medium hard 120km LEADER: Ric Halford mamrdh@bigpond.com/0408 304 607

Come and sample the scenic delights of Gippsland from your saddle via the Grand Ridge Road and some quiet country roads. There will be some challenging hills but nothing a moderate cyclist hasn't experienced. The views and downhill runs will make our efforts worthwhile.
Overnight stay in a B&B or a farmhouse near Mirboo North. We take Vline trains to and from our tour's end points. Limit 8. 90 km E Melb.


 

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS



Oct 24 (Fri) WT&G: OUTDOOR SCULPTURES, UNI MELBOURNE

GRADE: easy 2km LEADER: Julie Hunt BOOKINGS: Jeanne Klovdahl 0459 717 563 jlchiklov@live.com

This is an easy-paced amble through the campus, focusing on sculptures acquired by the University of Melbourne since the early 1950's. Several works are integral parts of buildings based on thematic relevance, while others are placed within appropriate environmental spaces. The planning of architectural features and open areas will also be covered. BYO picnic; drinks and snacks available en route. Limit 15. 2 km N Mellb.



Oct 25 (Sat) ‘BARCODING’: A VNPA BENEFIT EXHIBITION

VNPA members and friends are invited to a free exhibition of innovative paintings depicting native flora and fauna by artist and VNPA member Sylvia Mair.
The exhibition invites us to consider the value placed on Australia’s flora and fauna by ourselves, our government and the general public. While acknowledging a generally undervalued perception of our natural world, we can join together here in celebration of its true worth.

To be officially opened on Saturday 25 October by VNPA director Matt Ruchel at
Stephen McLaughlan Gallery in the famous Nicholas Building, Level 8, Room 16,
37 Swanson St Melb. Exhibition runs from 22 October to 8 November.  All sales income will be donated to the VNPA.


 

THE GOLDFIELDS TRACK

The Goldfields Track, designed by the Great Dividing Trail Association, starts at Mt Buninyong outside Ballarat and finishes 210 km later in Bendigo. Over the course of the next three programs Louise Prendergast, Anna Van Tatenhove and Sue Catterall will be leading sections of the entire walk in sequence over designated weekends.


Oct 25 (Sat) GOLDFIELDS TRACK - MT BUNINGYONG

GRADE: med 14km LEADER: Louise Prendergast lprendergast2009@hotmail.com/

03 9826 0037


The start of the Goldfields Track walk to Bendigo a wonderful chance to work through varying forests and landscapes. Section 1 commences at the summit of the extinct volcano, Mt Buninyong. From the top we descend down Wallaby track into the township
of Buninyong. A chance to explore Victoria's oldest inland post contact settlement, established in 1841, before following the trail to Whitehorse bridge. Limit 15. 126 km NW Melb.


 

Oct 25 (Sat) RIDE: HASTINGS/MORNINGTON PENINSULA

GRADE: med 50-60km LEADER: Wilma Van Dijk 0409 537 303/ garryandwilma@gmail.com

Explore some interesting cycle paths around parts of the Mornington Peninsula.

Through coastal areas and bushland and whatever else we can find. Hybrid or mountain bike preferable. Limit 12. 75 km SE Melb.


 

Oct 25 (Sat) OCEAN GROVE NATURE RESERVE

GRADE: easy 10km LEADER: Dale Stephenson 9885 0331 (H)

A visit to the last significant example of original woodland on the Bellarine Peninsula.
Limit 12. 105 km SW Melb.


 

Oct 26 (Sun) GOLDFIELDS TRACK - WHITEHORSE BRIDGE WALK

GRADE: medium 22km LEADER: Sue Catterall 0417 526 519/ 9435 2857/ suecatterall203@hotmail.com

The second instalment of The Goldfields Track extends through Yarrowee and Reden wetlands following the Yarrowee River, and into Ballarat township taking in some wonderful heritage buildings including the Ballarat Woollen Mill and Railway Station and the antique Eastern Oval followed by a side trip around Lake Wendouree. Car shuffle required. Limit 15. 100 km NW Melb.


 

Oct 26 (Sun) WT&G: ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS CRANBOURNE

GRADE: easy 9km LEADER: Julia Pickwick j.pickwick@gmail.com/ 0433 977 396

Perfect time of year to explore the gardens as there will be spring wildflowers aplenty. We'll explore the remnant bushland in the morning and then wander through the award winning Australia Garden after lunch. If we're lucky, we may even spot a bandicoot or two. Limit 15. 40 km SE Melb.


 

Nov 1-4 (long) FORLORN HOPE PLAIN & MOUNT WOMBARGO (EC)

GRADE: hard 50km LEADER: James Shannon 9754 4951 (H) 0407 346 467 jmshannon1962@hotmail.com

A remote walk in the the upper Buchan River wilderness area. This is a less frequented corner of the Alpine National Park. We may visit Reedy Creek Gorge also if time and conditions permit. Limit 8. 460 km NE Melb.


 

Nov 1-4 (long) STANLEY NAME SPUR, CROSSCUT SAW, MT SPECULATION, KING R,

THE MONUMENT (EC)

GRADE: med hard 37km LEADER: John Van Leeuwen 9739 5085 (BH)/ 0418 996 048

A circuit walk starting near Mt Stirling on Stanley Name spur camping below the Crosscut Saw. On the 2nd day we walk to Mt Speculation - some of the best 360 degree views in the alps & onto Mustering Flat campsite. Third day down Muesli spur to King R to camp on grassy flats. On the last day after crossing the river climb the Clear hills via Craigs Hut (Man from Snowy River fame) over the Monument and back to the cars. Lots of great views & wild flowers on an exhilarating walk.  Limit 8. 240 km NE Melb (3.5hrs).


 

Nov 6 (Thu) AFTER WORK, EVENING WALK - ESSENDON

GRADE: 7km LEADER: Russell Bowey russell.bowey@gmail.com/ 0417 328 651

Start around 7pm. Essendon has several great historical parks. Queens Park was a popular water hole for diggers on their way to the goldfields. Napier Park was a visionary donation to protect native woodlands as Melbourne expanded in the early 1900s. We'll have a look at some of the historic buildings along the way. Limit 12. 8 km NW Melb.


 

Nov 8 (Sat) LAKE MOUNTAIN LOOKOUTS

GRADE: med 16km LEADER: Sue Catterall 0417 526 519/ 9435 2857/ suecatterall203@hotmail.com

Following the ski trails and visiting various lookouts including the highest point in the Yarra Ranges National Park. Hopefully there will be lots of Spring flowers along the way. Limit 18. 120km NE Melb.


 

Nov 9 (Sun) U35 MURRINDINDI SCENIC RESERVE

GRADE: med hard 16km LEADER: Jeremy Woolhouse 9819 0845 jeremy@jeremywoolhouse.com.au

In the northern end of the Toolangi State Forrest, The Murrindindi Reserve is a mixed species forest with tree fern gullies and the spectacular 75 m Wilhelmina Falls. The planned walk will combine the Boroondara track and Mill track. Details will be posted to the U35 e-group closer to the date. Limit 12. 100 km NE Melb.


 

Nov 9 (Sun) GEORGE BASS COASTAL WALK

GRADE: med 14km LEADER: Euan Moore calamanthus@netspace.net.au/
9827 5852 (H)

Walk along the beaches and cliff tops from San Remo to Kilcunda. Great scenery, regardless of the weather. Some climbing involved as the track follows the cliff tops in some areas and drops to the beach in others. Car shuffle required. Limit 10. 130 km SE Melb.


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.