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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 JANUARY 2015


SOCIAL NIGHT

Jan 29 (Thu) VNPA U35 SOCIAL NIGHT
CONTACT: Zen Zeng 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 Zen. RSVP essential.



EXCURSIONS

Jan 29 (Thu) EXCURSION BY TRAMBOAT - MARIBYRNONG RIVER 
GRADE: easy 1km BOOKINGS: Larysa Kucan 9347 3733 or Jan Lacey 9329 8187

LEADER:Larysa Kucan. Escape the heat of the city by cruising up the Maribyrnong River on the Tramboat. Sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery. Morning tea and lunch will be served on board. Early bookings welcome. Limit 47.


 

CHANGE OF DATE

 Date changed from 23-26 Jan to 6-9 March:

Mar 6-9 (long) ALPINE NP - MACALISTER SPRINGS - MT HOWITT (EC)
GRADE: medium 25km LEADER: Taariq Hassan taariq.music@gmail.com/ 9459 3495

A long weekend away at MacAlister springs, 1600+ M up in the Victorian Alps, with a 2 night base camp. Friday night at Platypus camp in the Wellington River valley. On Sat morning we will drive up onto the amazing Howitt high plains and it is a 6 km walk from the car park to the camp site. Sunday will feature a day walk on the Alpine trail to Mt. Buggery. The views should be spectacular. Monday we will pack up and head home. You will need to be ready & fully equipped for all alpine weather extremes, have no fear of heights and be sure footed. Beginners looking for a memorable overnight pack carry hiking experience are welcome. Limit 6. 350 km NE Melb.


 

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS


Jan 31 (Sat) ‘BRING A FRIEND FOR FREE’ SUGARLOAF RESERVOIR (EC)
GRADE: medium 16km LEADER: Sue Catterall 0417 526 519/ 9435 2857/ suecatterall203@hotmail.com

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Bring a guest to experience a BWAG walk. The VNPA member must book the guest when booking the walk and know the guest has the appropriate level of fitness for the walk. The member will pay the usual walk fee (or hold a walks pass) and there is no charge for the guest.

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Sugarloaf Reservoir Park in the spectacular Christmas Hills. In the 1900's Melbournians used to travel to Christmas Hills to seek 'clean air and an invigorating climate'. Hopefully we can supply both as we circumnavigate the beautiful reservoir. Limit 18 (including guests). 35 km NE Melb.


 

Jan 31 (Sat) RIDE: HASTINGS - MORNINGTON PENINSULA
GRADE: medium 50-60km LEADER: Wilma Van Dijk 0409 537 303/ garryandwilma@gmail.com
Rescheduled from October. 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 bikes preferable. Limit 12. 75 km SE Melb.


 

EVENTS FOR FEBUARY 2015


Feb 1 (Sun) WT&G: SASSAFRAS CREEK, DANDENONG RANGES 
GRADE: easy 7km LEADER: Julia Pickwick j.pickwick@gmail.com/ 0433 977 396
Escape the summer heat and join us for a delightful walk through cool temperate rainforest. We’ll follow Sassafras Creek from Sassafras to Monbulk and may even spot a lyrebird or two. Car shuttle required. Limit 15. 50 km E Melb.


 

Feb 1 (Sun) RIDE: U35 - CYCLE AND SNORKEL 
GRADE: medium 55km LEADER: Eva Klusacek 0423 053 318/ eklusacek@hotmail.com
Cycle from the city along Port Phillip Bay foreshore to Rickett's Point in Beaumaris & exploring the Marine Reserve by the best way possible - snorkelling! Back to city via bike or train. Limit 8. 27 km SE Melb.


 

Feb 7 (Sat) U35 SUGAR LOAF RESERVOIR (EC)
GRADE: medium 16km LEADER: Saeed Joulaei 0478 300 217/ saeed.joulaei@gmail.com
This walk takes us around the perimeter of the serene Sugar Loaf lake. This walk offers chance to observe the reclusive wild life and expansive views of the Great Dividing Range, Dandenong Ranges and the city of Melbourne. We will start and finish at the Ridge picnic area. Limit 10. 45 km NE Melb.


 

Feb 7 (Sat) ALTONA TO NEWPORT BAY WALK
GRADE: easy medium 14km LEADER: Cheryl Mioch 9397 7470/ 0412 743 866/ cherylmioch@bigpond.com

Starting at Altona walking along the beach fronts and bird wildlife areas. Through Williamstown to look at this historic town then onto Newport station. Can be done by public transport. Limit 15. 20 km W Melb.


 

Feb 8 (Sun) MORNINGTON PENINSULA BEACHES 
GRADE: easy medium 13km LEADER: Andrew Johnson 0400 446 257/ sparhawk150@hotmail.com

The walk crosses the breadth of the Peninsula taking in Sorrento, Portsea and the back beaches. Road and beach walking. Limit 12. 105 km S Melb.




ADVANCE NOTICE



Apr 3-6 (long) FORESTS FOREVER ECOLOGY CAMP
GRADE: easy LEADER: VNPA VNPA 9347 5188/ vnpa@vnpa.org.au

The annual Forests Forever Ecology camp is jointly run by Environment East Gippsland and the VNPA. This is a base camp where it is possible to take part in various activities such as a tour of Erinundra rainforests, bushwalks and Caught on Camera. In the evenings there are talks and discussion about the forests and how they can be protected. Watch for further details in Nature's Voice and on our website along with links to online booking.  If you would like to volunteer to assist with the camp please contact the VNPA office now. 450 km E Melb.


 


Aug 15-13, 2015 (long) CANADA EAST & WEST
GRADE: medium LEADER: John Bales jlbales12@gmail.com/ 0433 603 629/ 9913 5118

A day walking trip is planned in August/September 2015, visiting the western and eastern Canadian provinces and National Park visits will include Yoho, Glaciers, Banff, Jasper, Waterton Lakes, Point Pelee, Bruce Peninsula and Fundy. A group flight from Vancouver to Toronto will be arranged. In addition, minivans will be hired to travel around 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 $5,200, 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. Limit 12


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.