Contact name: Jessica Noske-Turner Contact phone: 0430 237 500
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Hear about our recent walks, catch up with those you’ve walked with, or meet new friends to walk with! Dinners are an informal way to meet others Under 35 (more or less) who are interested in bushwalking. Details will be posted to the U35 email list closer to the date. For more info email [email protected] or contact the host,
Jessica Noske-Turner. RSVP essential.

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This is a surprisingly pleasant suburban walk in Craigieburn. For much of the walk we follow the Malcolm Creek Reserve, where there are reportedly 366 red gums – one for every day of a leap year! Mostly walking on concrete paths but with some possible walking along grassy reserves. Meet at Craigieburn Railway Station at 9.30am. BYO lunch and water. Afternoon tea towards the end of the walk at a local cafe.

Distance: 16km  Limit: 15 Location: 40km N Melb

Contact name: Dale Stephenson Contact phone: 03 9885 0331
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A walk taking in the bay and ocean beaches at Sorrento.

Distance: 13km  Limit: 12 Location: 85km S Melb

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The Great Forest Picnic at Mt Donna Buang

Our great forests need a great park now!

On Saturday 13 May we need you to join 400 people on Mt Donna Buang to send a message so big it’s one the Victorian government can’t ignore. We did it at the Prom for our parks in 2013, let’s do it for our unprotected forests!

Join us at Mt Donna Buang summit picnic ground, north of Warburton between 11am and 2pm to show our love for parks and our unique forests of the central highlands.

The magnificent Mountain Ash forests of Victoria’s Central Highlands are home to the world’s tallest flowering plants and the critically endangered Leadbeater’s possum. Despite a great campaign at the last election and two years of talks through the Victorian Forest Industry Taskforce, these forests are still being logged and we are still waiting for a new Great Forest National Park.

Help us spell out the message ‘WE *heart* PARKS’ in the heart of the forest and send a clear message to the Victorian Government that we want our forests and their wildlife protected in a Great Forest National Park now – before they are logged into oblivion.

Bring some warm clothes, your picnic rug and lunch and enjoy some live music and a cuppa after we’ve sent our message. Take in the beautiful views from the lookout tower or go on a short walk from the picnic ground.

Register to be part of this special event

There is limited space at Mt Donna Buang picnic ground, so please register through Eventbrite to make sure you are part of this event.

As part of your registration, you can book a seat on a chartered bus that will bring you from Melbourne to the picnic ground and back ($20 plus $2 booking fee) or you can car share with friends and make your own way there. Parking is limited so please try and come in a full car. It’s about two hour’s drive from Melbourne to Mt Donna Buang.

(Please drive to the summit picnic ground via Warburton and Mt Donna Buang Rd – other roads may be closed at this time of year.)

You can choose from two pick up points if you are coming on the bus:

  1. Arts Centre Melbourne – St Kilda Rd, Melbourne CBD
  2. Kew – 53 Barkers Road, Kew

Once you are registered we’ll send you more information and reminders closer to the day.

This event is organised by VNPA and supported by:

Supporter groups for The Great Forest Picnic

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Come and celebrate our 20th anniversary tree-planting weekend with Project Hindmarsh from July 7-9 at the Little Desert Nature Lodge, 16km south of Nhill.

Victorian National Parks Association members have proudly supported this major landscape restoration project since its inception. We will be planting at four sites this year – two at Jeparit and two near Dimboola. Details and Eventbrite online booking will follow soon.

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