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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

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Hattah Rabbit Warren and Aquatic Weed Survey

Saturday 6th - Monday 8th June

This is a repeat of the successful rabbit warren searches that we have carried out in Hattah-Kulkyne NP under the direction of the Mallee CMA and Parks Victoria rangers.

We will be walking off-track using GPS units to line search an area that has been subject to rabbit control. Our purpose is to locate warrens that are still active to enable follow-up treatment. A secondary purpose will be to record the location of any Malleefowl mounds that we may come across.

This year there will also be a group who will search the waterways from canoes looking for invasive aquatic weeds and recording their location. This is a new activity that will be assessing the effectiveness of locating these weeds.

When booking please indicate if you are interested in this activity. If we have more people wanting to canoe than canoes then we will swap people around over the two days. Some prior canoeing experience is necessary.

Survey equipment including GPS units, UHF radios, Canoes, Buoyancy vests, Hi-viz vests will be provided.

On the Monday morning there will be the opportunity to do a short walk before returning to Melbourne. We will be base-camping at Hattah NP. Car-pooling will be arranged. Participants should plan to reach Hattah on the evening of Friday 6th June.

Grade: medium, Limit: 36, 450km NW of Melbourne.

Leader: Euan Moore phone 9827 5852, calamanthus5@bigpond.com


 

SOCIAL NIGHTS

May 27 (Wed) VNPA U35 SOCIAL NIGHT

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 Saeed. RSVP essential.

CONTACT: vnpa.u35social@gmail.com


 

CHANGES TO THE PROGRAM


Date changed from 18-19 April to 23-24 May

May 23-24 (w/e) CAPE OTWAY TO AIRE RIVER (EC)

Pack carry weekend on the Great Ocean Walk. Starting from Cape Otway Lighthouse on Saturday and camping overnight at Aire River, walking through delightful coastal heath with wonderful ocean views. Sunday returns along the same route. Limit 8. 150 km SW Melb.

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Walk postponed:

May 16-23 (long) NADGEE WILDERNESS WALK (EC)

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Program Highlights



May 23 (Sat) LIMEBURNERS BAY (EC)

A long, almost level walk through and around Lara (near Geelong). Limeburners Bay is an important wetland for birds, and we walk along Hovells Creek via the historical monument to the marvellous Serendip Sanctuary. Many of the paths are sealed, and somewhat more tiring than expected. This is a public transport walk. Limit 20. 70 km SW Melb.

GRADE: medium 20km

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May 24 (Sun) WT&G: BALCOMBE CREEK AND ESTUARY, MT MARTHA

Known to the Boon Wurrung and Bunurong people as Tji'tjin'garook or the voice of frogs, the environmentally and culturally significant Balcombe Estuary is listed as a site of regional significance as the only major estuary on the eastern side of Port Phillip Bay that retains any major geomorphological values. For those interested, there is scope to explore the wetlands and wildlife reserve at the Briars after the walk. Limit 15. 60 km S Melb.

GRADE: easy 7km

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May 24 (Sun) WESTERFOLDS WANDERINGS

Take in the surrounds of the Heidelberg parkland and Yarra River, finishing in Westerfolds park. Limit 15. 17 km NE Melb. GRADE: easy 10km

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May 30 (Sat) SHERBROOKE FOREST

From Belgrave Rail station, bus to Olinda, return to Belgrave by following local trails along Sassafras & Sherbrooke Creeks, and a visit to Alfred Nicholas Gardens. Limit 16. 40 km E Melb. GRADE: easy medium 14km

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May 30 (Sat) PENINSULA COASTAL WALK

If you love walking beside the ocean, then this is a walk for you. The Mornington Peninsula walk is 100kms long with lots of peaceful bays, ocean coastline and bush walking. Commencing at Rye we will explore a section from Pearce's beach.GRADE: 18km

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Jun 6-8 (long) WYPERFELD NP (EC)

The Queens Birthday long weekend is a good opportunity to visit the north-west parks, when temperatures are cooler and there is more time to explore. Wyperfeld is a fascinating park where riverine woodland meets mallee desert. We hike out through both habitats to the remote campsite where we spend two nights, with a day walk between out to the Snowdrift dune and other corners of the park. Limit 8. 400 km NW Melb. GRADE: medium 40km

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Jun 6-8 (long) HATTAH RABBIT WARREN SEARCH (EC)

This is a repeat of the successful rabbit warren searches that we have carried out in Hattah-Kulkyne NP under the direction of the Mallee CMA and Parks Victoria rangers. We will be walking off-track using GPS units to line search an area that has been subject to rabbit control. Our purpose is to locate warrens that are still active to enable follow-up treatment. On the Monday morning there will be the opportunity to do a short walk before returning to Melbourne. We will be base-camping at Hattah NP. Car pooling will be arranged. 500 km NW Melb. GRADE: medium 20km

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Jun 6 (Sat) FRANKSTON TO SEAFORD

Starting at Frankston station, we will do part of the Peninsula Link Trail, going through Pines Flora and Fauna reserve, Belvedere Reserve and finish at Seaford. Public Transport Walk. Limit 14. 45 km SE Melb. GRADE: easy medium 15km.

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Jun 8 (Mon Queens Birthday) BEAUMARIS, BUSH AND BAY

Meet at Cheltenham Station about 11.00. BYO lunch. Walk past famous golf courses to Beaumaris and visit a few pockets of nature reserves. Continue to Ricketts Point and follow the walking track around Beaumaris Bay and finish the walk at Mentone Station. Limit 20.

GRADE: easy 7km

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Advance Notice

Canada East and West

August-September, 2015

A day walking trip is planned in August and September 2015, visiting the western and eastern Canadian provinces and national parks including Yoho, Glaciers, Banff, Jasper, Waterton Lakes, Point Pelee, Bruce Peninsula and Fundy.

A group flight from Vancouver to Toronto will be arranged, with minivans hired for travel within Canada. On a few days cycling or canoeing options will be offered.

Accommodation will be in modest hotels or cabins. The estimated cost of the 30 day trip is $5200, which would cover shared accommodation, some breakfasts, land transport, Vancouver to Toronto airfare and entrance fees. Please email me to request a detailed description of the trip. Grade: medium. Limit 12.

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Western Turkey

April 28 to May 18, 2016 (21 Days)

Visit Istanbul, Cappadocia, Atalya, Kas, Kusadasi, Canakkale and Gallipoli. Private transport and guides for walks and site visits.

Approximate price $4600 includes premium accommodation and most meals.

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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.