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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.

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 info: For details on the events listed, email us at vnpa@vnpa.org.au or phone 03 9347 5188.

 
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BUSHWALKING EVENTS FOR APRIL 2014

   

Apr 18-21 (long) MT HOTHAM, MT FEATHERTOP, BOGONG HIGH PLAINS CIRCUIT (EC)

GRADE: med/hard 51km

A circuit walk starting from Diamantina Hut out along the razorback to Mt Feathertop camping in the top section of Diamantina Spur to avoid the crowds at Federation hut with a climb of the peak to admire the spectacular views from Victoria's second highest mountain. We will descend Diamantina spur on Saturday and climb up onto the Bogong High Plains via Westons hut and camp near Tawonga hut.  
On Sunday we will walk across the Bogong High Plains passing Pretty Valley pondage, Mt Jim and the Basalt Temple to camp at Dibbins hut.  Monday we will climb up past Derrick Hut to the Mt Loch car park. Limit 8. 400 km NE Melb.


 

Apr 20 (Sun) WT&G: FRANKSTON TO MOUNT ELIZA

GRADE: easy/med 6km

Middens and mansions, traverse the fault line that borders the bay. We'll stick to the shore as much as possible - a little bit of rock-hopping on the headlands.  Limit 12. 40 km S Melb.


 

Apr 25-27 (long) COBUNGRA RIVER AND YOUNGS HUT (EC)

GRADE: medium 35km
We will start on the Great Alpine Road near Hotham Airport and complete an interesting circuit that takes in the Cobungra River, McNamaras Hut, Youngs Hut and Dibbins Hut. The walk concludes with views from Mt Loch and Mt Hotham.  Limit 10. 380 km NE Melb.


 

Apr 27 (Sun) MT MONDA & GRACEBURN WEIR

GRADE: medium/hard 11km

Walking from the Dom Dom Saddle to Fernshaw via Mt Monda (9km) travels along a section of the Maroondah Aqueduct, surrounded by mountain ash. The descent from Mt Monda is steady to steep with an elevation drop of 785m. Opportunity to visit nearby Graceburn Weir (3km), built in 1891, on the trip home. Limit 12. 80 km NE Melb.



SOCIAL NIGHTS

 


Apr 23 (Wed) VNPA U35 SOCIAL NIGHT

CONTACT: VNPA 9347 5188/ vnpa@vnpa.org.au

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


 

EXCURSIONS


Apr 19 (Sat) EXCURSION BY COACH-CRESWICK AND WOMBAT RAIL TRAIL

GRADE: easy 5km   

Leader: Glenn King. The main feature of this excursion will be the walks along the Wombat Rail Trail and through historic Creswick Regional Park. Visits to Ballan and Creswick .

Limit 57.


 

CHANGES TO THE PROGAM

Rescheduled from 12 -13th April:

May 3 (Sat) TWO BAYS WALKING TRACK

GRADE: medium 28km

A great walk from Dromana to Cape Schanck. Good views over the peninsula and a variety of landscapes. Early enquiries welcome. Limit 14. 88 km S Melb


 

Rescheduled from 13th April:

May 5 (Sun) MT IDA

GRADE: medium 12km

Located in Heathcote-Greytown NP, Mt Ida rises from the Dargile Forest to look out over the Heathcote township. The NP contains the last vestiges of the Box-Ironbark bush not destroyed during the historic gold rush. Limit 12. 115 km NW Melb.



Walks cancelled as tracks closed because of fire damage:

 

May 3-4 (w/e) GRAMPIANS NP - MT. DIFFICULT


 

ADDITIONS TO THE PROGRAM


May 24-25 (w/e) BASE CAMP - GRAMPIANS NATIONAL PARK

GRADE: med/hard 14km

A walking weekend away, based at the YHA Eco Hostel in Hall’s Gap, featuring a day walk at the Chimney Pots or The Fortress.  We will drive up on Friday night and make an early start on Saturday, driving out to the start of one of these walks, depending on which one is open.  If we are lucky and swift we might be able to manage both.  A possible morning walk up the Boroka Peak overlooking Hall’s Gap on Sunday morning will round off a late autumn Grampians weekend away. 

Be prepared for all kinds of weather and self catering will be the modus operandi.  This activity is suitable for fit people who are comfortable scrambling up, down and over rocks.  You’ll need to book your own bed/s at the Hall’s Gap YHA Eco Hostel, so early enquiries about this trip are welcome.  Limit 8. 250km W Melb.


 

REGENT HONEYEATER PROJECT NESTBOX CHECKING – BENALLA

5-6 April, 3-4 May

It's on again! Here's a superb opportunity to see our beautiful little gliders as they rest up for the day in our nest boxes and with nearly 400 nest boxes to inspect, you're sure to have some delightful sights!  Come and join us for a weekend of fun, fascination, and friendly company, as you work with other volunteers to see who is at home in the boxes, gain some insight about the effects of the long hot summer, and think about what we can do to assist the wildlife. For more details contact:  Ray Thomas  (03) 57 611 515  ray@regenthoneyeater.org.au


 

April 18 - 21 April Forests Forever Easter Ecology Camp

Spend Easter in the heart of East Gippsland

Every Easter for the past 30 years Environment East Gippsland has been showing people the best of East Gippsland's beautiful and complex forests as part of its Forests Forever ecology camps.Participants camp on the Brodribb River surrounded by peppermint and manna gums.

For details and to book visit www.forestsforever.vnpa.org.au


 

April 15 Westernport: a bay on the brink

Westernport Bay is a site of global significance for aquatic birds but threatened by a massive port development that will increase shipping traffic and the risk of oil spills.

Find out why plans to expand the Port of Hastings into an international container port could put Westernport's birdlife at risk.

Join us at the Hastings COmmunity Hub, Tuesday 15 April.

Event details and to book


 

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS


Apr 18-21 (long) MT HOTHAM, MT FEATHERTOP, BOGONG HIGH PLAINS CIRCUIT (EC)

GRADE: med/hard 51km

A circuit walk starting from Diamantina Hut out along the razorback to Mt Feathertop camping in the top section of Diamantina Spur to avoid the crowds at Federation hut with a climb of the peak to admire the spectacular views from Victoria's second highest mountain. We will descend Diamantina spur on Saturday and climb up onto the Bogong High Plains via Westons hut and camp near

Tawonga hut.  On Sunday we will walk across the Bogong High Plains passing Pretty Valley pondage, Mt Jim and the Basalt Temple to camp at Dibbins hut.  Monday we will climb up past Derrick Hut to the Mt Loch car park. Limit 8. 400 km NE Melb.


 

Apr 20 (Sun) WT&G: FRANKSTON TO MOUNT ELIZA

GRADE: easy/med 6km

Middens and mansions, traverse the fault line that borders the bay. We'll stick to the shore as much as possible - a little bit of rock-hopping on the headlands.  Limit 12. 40 km S Melb.


 

Apr 25-27 (long) COBUNGRA RIVER AND YOUNGS HUT (EC)

GRADE: medium 35km

We will start on the Great Alpine Road near Hotham Airport and complete an interesting circuit that takes in the Cobungra River, McNamaras Hut, Youngs Hut and Dibbins Hut. The walk concludes with views from Mt Loch and Mt Hotham.  Limit 10. 380 km NE Melb.


 

Apr 27 (Sun) MT MONDA & GRACEBURN WEIR

GRADE: medium/hard 11km

Walking from the Dom Dom Saddle to Fernshaw via Mt Monda (9km) travels along a section of the Maroondah Aqueduct, surrounded by mountain ash. The descent from Mt Monda is steady to steep with an elevation drop of 785m. Opportunity to visit nearby Graceburn Weir (3km), built in 1891, on the trip home. Limit 12. 80 km NE Melb.



Cleaning your boots to reduce Dieback

Scrub your boot soles with a 70% methylated spirits/water mixture to kill Phytophthora cinnamomi spores before leaving the affected area.