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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.


 


EXCURSIONS

 

Oct 18 (Sat) EXCURSION BY COACH - COOLART WETLANDS AND HOMESTEAD

GRADE: easy 5km BOOKINGS: Larysa Kucan 93473733/ Jan Lacey 93298187

Leader: Larysa Kucan. Situated on the shores of Western Port Bay, Coolart Historical Homestead is surrounded by coastal woodlands, wetland areas, lagoons and a formal garden. Magnificent views from the beach. There will be a visit to Boneo market and a stop at Tyabb. Limit 57. 80 km SE




ADVANCE NOTICE


Oct 7 (Tue) VNPA & BWAG ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

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

RSVP essential to the VNPA office by Fri 3 Oct. Join an interesting evening with fellow VNPA members. Help to elect a new committee, view some great slides from BWAG trips throughout the year, hear about some of the important conservation work of the VNPA and enjoy a presentation from a special guest speaker.

Nibbles and drinks provided. Meeting starts at 7.00pm in the ground floor meeting room at 60 Leicester St, Carlton. Doors open at 6.15pm.



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 Sunday, 26th October:

Oct 19 (Sun) U35 CATHEDRAL RANGE STATE PARK

GRADE: hard 18km LEADER: Jeremy Woolhouse  jeremy@jeremywoolhouse.com.au/ 9819 0845

Outstanding landscape features and diverse woodland types, including many native orchids. Koalas populate the extensive remnant manna gums. Our walk will take in little cathedral, Ned's peak and the two Jawbone peaks. Details will be posted to the U35 e-group closer to the date. Limit 12. 100 km NE Melb.


 

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 4 (Sat) MT MACEDON CIRCUIT

GRADE: medium 18km LEADER: Anna van Tatenhove annavt62@gmail.com/
0433 842 410

Starting at Mt Macedon township, this circuit walk takes in all of the Mt. Macedon area highlights. We climb up to the Memorial Cross before walking around to Camel's Hump, via Sanatorium Lake and Mt. Towrong. Some short steep sections but well worth the effort. Limit 15. 90 km NE Melb.


 

Oct 4 (Sat) MOGGS CREEK

GRADE: medium 15km LEADER: Mark Learmonth 9807 7506 (H)

A long bus ride to Moggs Creek, but this walk has some excellent views, a great ironbark forest, plenty of birds, and, hopefully, wildflowers to enjoy. We may also see some fossils in the cliffs, as we walk along the beach. Undulating terrain, with two climbs. This is a public transport walk. Limit 20. 130 km SW Melb.


 

Oct 5 (Sun) BLACK HILL RESERVE & KYNETON BOTANICAL GARDENS

GRADE: easy medium 10km LEADER: Andrew Johnson 0400 446 257 / 9743 1392

Discovered by Major Mitchell in 1836, Black Hill was used as a landmark by squatters to mark their boundaries.  At one time barren from heavy logging, the council commenced a replantation program in the 1960's.  Visit Kyneton botanical gardens afterwards. Limit 12. 75 km NW Melb.



Oct 7 (Tue) VNPA & BWAG ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
CONTACT: VNPA 9347 5188/ vnpa@vnpa.org.au

RSVP essential to the VNPA office by Fri 3 Oct. Join an interesting evening with fellow VNPA members. Help to elect a new committee, view some great slides from BWAG trips throughout the year, hear about some of the important conservation work of the VNPA and enjoy a presentation from a special guest speaker.

Nibbles and drinks provided. Meeting starts at 7.00pm in the ground floor meeting room at 60 Leicester St, Carlton. Doors open at 6.15pm.




Oct 8 (Wed) AFTER WORK LUNAR ECLIPSE WALK – LYSTERFIELD HILLS

GRADE: 6km LEADER: Russell Bowey russell.bowey@gmail.com/ 0417 328 651


Meeting a little before 7pm, we'll take the easiest route to the top of the hill in time for sunset over the city and unobscured views of the full moon (clouds permitting!) as it rises in the east. The moon progressively turns red as the lunar eclipse peaks around 9pm on the walk back to the cars. The frog ponds are at their best this time of year and roos are guaranteed. Limit 12. 30 km E Melb.


 

Oct 11-12 (w/e) MOUNT REYNARD AND SCRUBBY HILL (EC)

GRADE: med hard 24km LEADER: James Shannon 9754 4951 (H) 0407 346 467/ jmshannon1962@hotmail.com

A pleasant ramble in the Alpine National Park. Nice views, secluded campsite, interesting vegetation and a more unusual approach to this area are included. Limit 8. 300 km NE Melb.



Oct 11-12 (w/e) RIDE: WARRNAMBOOL TO PORT FAIRY RAIL TRAIL (EC)

GRADE: med 80km LEADER: Richard Tagg richard.tagg@oceanfree.net/  0404 808 242

 

After travelling to Warrnambool on the train we shall ride the rail trail to Port Fairy for Saturday night before returning on the Sunday. Optional extra day for anyone wanting to make a long weekend out of it. Limit 13. 270 km W Melb.


 

Oct 11 (Sat) ENDEAVOUR HILLS

GRADE: med 18km LEADER: Glenn King 0448 816 504

901 bus from Ringwood (or Dandenong) Station, walk through Endeavour Hills, Dandenong Police Paddocks, Churchill National Park, & Lysterfield Park. Travel by bus to Dandenong Rail Station. Limit 16. 25 km E Melb.


 

Oct 11 (Sat) BALDRYS CROSSING - GREENS BUSH

GRADE: easy medium 16km LEADER: Elva Clementson (03) 5975 3182

Come and enjoy this beautiful virgin bush area on the Mornington Peninsula. A chance to see kangaroos, wallabies and maybe even an echidna. Limit 14. 70km S Melb.


 

Oct 12 (Sun) WT&G: MORNINGTON TO MOUNT MARTHA

GRADE: easy medium 5km LEADER: Graham Patterson
grahampatterson@bigpond.com/9432 0163
Geology, fossils, history. We'll stick to the shore as much as possible. Some rock-hopping, some soft sand. Car shuffle required. Limit 12. 60 km S Melb.



Oct 16 (Thu) EASY-GOING AMBLE - JELLS PARK

GRADE: easy 5km LEADER: Geoff Durham 9523 5559
Don’t let lethargy defeat you. We will end our stroll around the lake and along Dandenong Creek at the cafe for coffee. 10am start. Public transport option. Limit 20


 

Oct 18 (Sat) BALLARAT HERITAGE SITES WALK (PART 2)

GRADE: medium 16km LEADER: Andrew Arnold 5334 2289
The second part (2014) of two springtime walks through Ballarat visiting natural areas, reserves and historic sites linked by walking tracks. This walk has been timed to provide an option of rail travel to Ballarat Station. Also you have the option of staying in Ballarat or Creswick overnight for the walk on Sunday. Limit 15. 110 km NW Melb.


 

Oct 18 (Sat) CATHEDRALS NORTHERN CIRCUIT (EC)

GRADE: med 9-12km LEADER: Evelyn Feller evefeller@gmail.com/ 5962 5227

A very scenic walk along the rim of the Cathedral Range. Will involve some scrambling and perhaps over grown track sections. Limit 8. 110 km E Melb.


 

Oct 19 (Sun) BALLARAT - CRESWICK REGIONAL PARK

GRADE: medium 15km LEADER: Andrew Arnold 5334 2289
Visit early mining sites and experience some of the changes in the local Creswick bush and the landscape that have occurred in the last 150 years. Limit 15. 120 km NW Melb.


 

Oct 20 (Mon) WT&G: SECRETS OF ST KILDA

GRADE: easy 5km LEADER: Julie Hunt hunt.jm@bigpond.com/ 9568 7515

St Kilda has a colourful past and present, as shown in its architecture and reserves. Join me for an informative and entertaining time. Public transport is best for this walk. Limit 12. 7 km S Melb



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. Carrya 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