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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 SEPTEMBER 2014

SOCIAL NIGHTS

Sep 24 (Wed) VNPA U35 SOCIAL NIGHT

CONTACT: Adrianna Koutsofrigas 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 Adrianna.



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 Tues 1 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 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

 

Sep 27 (Sat) DOCKLANDS PUBLIC ART WALK

GRADE: easy 10km LEADER: Cheryl Mioch 9397 7470/ 0412 743 866/ cherylmioch@bigpond.com

Have you seen the Docklands “cow in the tree” sculpture? Come and walk around the Docklands and view some of the 36 public art works in the area. Limit 15. Melb.



Sep 27 (Sat) WT&G: DEADMANS LOOP WILDFLOWER WALK - BRISBANE RANGES

GRADE: easy medium 6km LEADER: Julia Pickwick j.pickwick@gmail.com/ 0433 977 396

An excellent introduction to the southern aspect of the Brisbane Ranges NP and the perfect time of year to see the park in full bloom! For those interested in a little local history, there's scope to explore the Steiglitz township and cemetery after the walk. Limit 12. 80 km SW Melb.


 

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.


 

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