Contact name: Ruth Stirling Contact phone: 9699 7225
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Catch the 10.14am train from Southern Cross (Bendigo Line) and travel 50 minutes to Riddells Creek. A look around the town sights. The train came through in the 1850s. Walk west along Wheelwrights Rd, to the Conglomerate Flora and Fauna Reserve for picnic lunch. Homeward train 3.45pm (note, no other train choice). Coffee back in the city.

8km | Limit 20 | 61km N Melb

Contact name: Jarrod Boord Contact email: [email protected] Contact phone: 0423 258 510
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Bellarine Snorkel Tours will lead families on a morning snorkel under St Leonards Pier to count fish. Snorkelling equipment/training provided. Children must be at least eight and attend with a responsible adult. Children under nine require one supervising adult in the water per child. Registration essential. Cost: VNPA members free, non-members adults $9, children $3, family $20.

Limit 10 | 104kms S Melbourne

Contact name: Taariq Hassan Contact email: [email protected]
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The entire southern circuit of the Prom is best done in three nights and four days in early summer before the school holidays start. This walk will be Sunday to Wednesday. Day 1: Telegraph Saddle to Sealers Cove. Day 2: walk to Little Waterloo Bay. Day 3: walk to Roaring Meg. Day 4: walk out Tidal River via Oberon Bay. Good fitness and gear are required.

55km | Limit 6 | 280km SE Melb

Contact name: Sue Parkhill Contact phone: 9510 4316
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Meet 1pm at Hawthorn Station. The last of the Monday walks for the year will be through some of the lovely eastern suburbs and the Outer Circle Trail to Kew for a Christmas coffee and cake.

8km | Limit 20 | 7km E Melb

Contact name: Lesley Gillespie Contact email: [email protected] Contact phone: 9386 9077
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From our bush base camp at Buckety Plain we will explore walking trails on the High Plains during five day walks including aqueducts, huts and peaks. Early interest welcome.

100km | Limit 10 | 400km NE Melb

Contact name: Taariq Hassan Contact email: [email protected]
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Come and walk the challenging loop around Mt Bogong and the High Plains. We will carpool from Mt Beauty. Walk route includes Ropers Hut, Grey Hills, Bogong Creek Saddle, the Quartz Ridge, Mt Bogong summit, Cleve Cole Hut, the T Spur, Duane Spur and back to the cars at Watchbed Creek. Excellent fitness, experience and gear are necessary.

60km | Limit 6 | 350km NE Melb

Contact name: Caitlin Contact email: [email protected]
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Try a new way of discovering nature with your family by downloading a Wild Families activity sheet from our website.

Take a Wild Families ‘Alphabet Walk’ or try your hand at being a ‘Bird Detective’ in your local area. The activity sheets also include great ideas for fun day trips to places such as Jawbone Flora and Fauna Reserve near Williamstown or Mt Macedon.

A great idea for the school holidays!

Contact name: Cheryl Mioch Contact email: [email protected] Contact phone: 9397 7470 / 0412 743 866
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Take the train to Bendigo to visit the art gallery and see the new exhibition of Hollywood custom designer Edith Head. Costumes are from a wide range of films and film stars, from day wear to extravagant evening gowns. There is a charge to enter the exhibition – $12 concession, $15 adult.

5km | Limit 16 | 115km NW Melb

Contact name: Louise Prendergast Contact email: [email protected] Contact phone: 9826 0037
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From Jells Park we walk around the lake and follow a number of trails within the park and up towards Shepherds Bush. Not too challenging, the trail is mostly sealed and flat.

18km | Limit 16 | 25km SE Melb

Contact name: Geoff Durham Contact phone: 9523 5559
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Recover from the festive season. A flat stroll up one side of the creek and down the other, ending at Mordialloc for optional coffee/lunch.

5km | Limit 15 | 30km SE Melb

Contact name: Ruth Stirling Contact phone: 9699 7225 / 0418 245 151
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Meet at Middle Brighton Station at 3pm for a beach walk to Fitzroy Street, St Kilda, for pizza.

8km | Limit 20

Contact name: Larysa Kucan 93473733 Contact phone: Jan Lacey 93298187
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Sit back, relax and enjoy the ocean views as we travel along the Great Ocean Road. Our first stop will be in Anglesea for morning tea and a stroll. Lunch, and perhaps a swim, will be in Lorne. Apollo Bay, situated at the foothills of the Otway Ranges, will be our destination for the afternoon.

Leader: Larysa Kucan

5km | Limit 57 | 188km SW Melb

Contact name: Anna van Tatenhove Contact email: [email protected] Contact phone: 0433 842 410
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Taking the train to Altona Station, we walk down to the beach and follow the Hobson’s Bay Coastal trail through the parklands, beach and foreshore areas of Altona to Williamstown. After lunch in Williamstown, we will take in the maritime precinct making our way back to Spotswood. From Spotswood, we catch the punt across the river, before walking back to either Flinders Street or Southern Cross Station via South Wharf.

21km | Limit 18

Contact name: Sue Parkhill Contact phone: 0432 413 442 / 9510 4316
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Meet at Tram Stop 17 in St Kilda Road at 10am. An earlier start than usual, we will meander through parks and gardens to the Yarra River, then depending on the weather, decide which way to head next. BYO lunch or buy something along the way.

8km | Limit 20

Contact name: Taariq Hassan Contact email: [email protected]
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Australia day long weekend scenic day walks based at JB Plain near Dinner Plain village. Option to camp near Freeburgh Thursday night. Meet in Harrietville Friday morning. Drive to near Mt Hotham and walk to ‘The Twins’ (10kms), then drive to JB Plain and set up a hike-in base camp near JB Hut. Saturday, the Hotham Huts loop (18kms) and Sunday morning, visit Mt Blue Rag (10kms) on way out. Good fitness and camping experience are required.

40km | Limit 6 | 350km NE Melb

Parks Victoria needs immediate, long-term funding boosts

The management of Victoria’s national parks and nature conservation reserves is in serious decline and can only be rectified through a major boost in long-term funding, the Victorian National...
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Parks Victoria needs immediate, long-term funding boosts

The management of Victoria’s national parks and nature conservation reserves is in serious decline and can only be rectified through a major boost in long-term funding, the Victorian National...
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