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.
If you're interested in any of the activities list below please refer to the online PDF program for full details.
December 26-30 - Long Weekend
Alpine National Park - Upper Howqua to Howitt Spur
This Christmas break explore the Mt Howitt and Upper Howqua region, taking on the challenging Crosscut Saw, Mt Speculation and resting at Macalister Springs. We'll also cover 'Stanley Name Spur' and Howitt Spur.
The area is always relatively quiet during this holiday period. You will need to be fit, carry water and be prepared for some tough and rocky sections as well as steep ascents and descents.
Hard/exploratory: 45km | Limit 6 | 300km NE Melb
December 26-1 January - Long Weekend
Bogong High Plains
Fancy spending your Christmas-New Year break in this beautiful part of Victoria? From our base camp south of Falls Creek we will walk to some of the local peaks, plains and huts around Rocky Valley. Expect four good day walks and some shorter walks. Early enquiries welcome.
Medium: 80km | Limit 16 | 400km NE Melb
January 9 - Monday
City to St Kilda
Take in historic buildings and gardens, Albert Park Lake, Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre, the Grand Prix Track, West St Kilda Beach, the new Stokehouse, Luna Park, Veg Out and Acland Street.
We plan to meet at 4pm on the Yarra by the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. We'll finish the trip at a pizza/pasta café. Home before dark.
Medium: 9km | Limit 20 | 1km W Melb
January 14 - Saturday
Easy-going Amble - Werribee River
Come and explore the meandering Werribee River, ending our stroll with coffee and lunch.
Easy: 5km | Limit 15 | 30km SE Melb
This walk takes us from Newport train station down side streets to Newport Lakes. We'll explore the lakes and be back for lunch at Newport and yes, there is an optional op shop visit at the end.
Medium: 12km | Limit 16 | 12km W Melb
January 21 - Saturday
Yarra River Walk
A Sunday morning walk along the Yarra River starting at Federation Square.
We will pass four of the bridges that span the Yarra River as we head towards Toorak, sections of the riverside have recently been revegetated with Australian native plants and trees.
Lunch is in the Botanical Gardens by the lake, before returning to Federation Square for ice-cream or you can explore the Arts Centre market.
If the weather is too hot, the walk will be postponed.
Medium/hard: 15km | Limit 16 | 1km S Melb
January 22 - Sunday
Our boat departs from Queenscliff and takes us to Mud Islands in Port Phillip Bay.
We'll walk mainly on the beach but there will be some saltmarsh scrub and wading through shallows. These islands are important bird breeding areas and the summer home for migratory waders from the Arctic.
We might also catch a glimpse of fur seal and gannet colonies.
Email bookings are preferred one month prior to the trip, which is being held in conjunction with the Friends of Mud Islands.
Medium: 5km | Limit 15 | 100km S Melb
January 28-30 - Long Weekend
Alpine National Park - Bogong High Plains
Spend the long weekend completing the Bogong High Plains circuit. You will need to take Monday off and be fit, well equipped and ready for one river crossing.
- Day 1: Howmans Gap, up Spion Kopje to Fitzgerald Hut.
- Day 2: Fitzgerald Hut to Ryders Hut.
- Day 3: Ryders Huts to Pretty Valley Hut and past Mt McKay, then back down to Howmans Gap.
Medium/hard: 45km | Limit 6 | 380km NE Melb
February 4 - Saturday
Lilydale Op Shop Walk
From Lilydale train station we head down river, around Lilydale Lake and then back into town for three quick op shop visits.
Medium: 8km | Limit 16 | 35km E Melb
February 11-13 - Long Weekend
Alpine National Park - Wellington High Plains and Lake Tali Karng
Spend the long weekend taking in the Wellington High Plains and Gable End with a day trip to Lake Tali Karng and the waterfalls that feed the lake. You will need to take Monday off for this trip.
On Friday night we meet up and camp in the Wellington River Valley. On Saturday we walk to Nyimba Camp before heading out to Gable End.
On Sunday it's off to Lake Tali Karng and then on Monday we pack up and hike back out over the high plains to MacFarlane Saddle.
Medium: 40km | Limit 6 | 350km NE Melb
February 11 - Saturday
Easy-going Amble: Plenty River at Greensborough
Come and investigate the Plenty River as it meanders through Greensborough and the imaginative Kalparrin Lake, which features a wetland built on top of an underground storage.
There will be the chance for coffee and lunch at the end of the trip.
Easy: 5km | Limit 15 | 20km NE Melb
February 12 - Sunday
U35s - You Yangs
Explore the beautiful You Yangs, which rise from the volcanic plains between Melbourne and Geelong.
This unique place inspired artists such as Fred Williams and Eugene von Guerard. Come for a bushwalk and experience it for yourself.
Medium: 12km | Limit 10 | 25km W Melb
Social Nights & Excursions
January 21 - Saturday
Excursion by Coach: Portarlington and Edwards Point
This will be an interesting trip with easy walks along the Geelong foreshore, at Portarlington and Edwards Point Nature Reserve. We may also visit an historic home.
The nature reserve is home to a vast array of indigenous plants and animals as well as the last remaining stand of coastal woodland on the Bellarine Peninsula.
Easy: 5km | Limit 57 | 110km SW Melb
January 24 - Tuesday
U35s Social Night
Hear about our recent walks, catch up with those you've walked with or meet new hiking buddies!
These social nights are an informal way of meeting other people aged under 35 (more or less) who are interested in bushwalking.
Details will be posted to the U35s email list and on Meetup.com closer to the date.
Growling Grass Frog monitoring
January 19 - Thursday
Join NatureWatch to carry out evening Growling Grass Frog surveys in Epping and Bundoora, collecting important long-term data on the survival of the species in these areas.
Starting at 7pm and finishing no later than 10.30pm there will be some walking on rocky ground in the dark.
Registration is required.
Easy/Medium: Limit 20 | 20km | N Melb
Contact: Christine Connelly, NatureWatch Coordinator by emailing email@example.com or phone 9341 6510