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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.

16km | Limit 15 | 40km N Melb

Contact name: Larysa Kucan 93473733 Contact phone: Jan Lacey 93298187
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This excursion will include a stop at Bannockburn for morning tea and a stroll, followed by a longer walk around the outskirts of Teesdale. We will travel through the townships of Shelford and Rokewood and lunch will be in Beeac. In the afternoon we will visit Alvie and Red Rock Lookout, which provides panoramic views of Corangamite district. A stop at Birregurra on the return journey.

6km | Limit 57 | 150km W Melb

Leader: Glenn King

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9.30am-4pm (approx. finish). Meet at Gembrook. Assist NatureWatch and the Friends of Bunyip State Park to carry out wildlife monitoring using motion-sensing cameras and sound recorders. Full day activity involving retrieving monitoring equipment and setting it up at new locations in the park. Some driving on dirt tracks. Registration required.

Limit 10 | 66 km E Melb

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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. We’ll walk to Balcombe Estuary in the morning and explore the wildlife reserve and historic buildings at the Briars in the afternoon.

9km | Limit 15 | 80km SE Melb

Contact name: Sue Parkhill Contact phone: 9510 4316
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Meet 1pm at Chelsea Station. We will start walking along the beach towards Aspendale then head inland to the Aspendale Gardens and the Mordialloc Creek. Coffee in Mordialloc before catching the train homeward.

8km | Limit 20 | 30km SE Melb

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An early spring weekend away snow shoe trekking from Windy Vorner at Falls Creek to Fitzgerald’s Hut where we will snow camp. Friday night camping at Mountain Creek (Tawonga) is an option. Saturday carpool at Mt Beauty, drive up to Falls Creek and head out along the pole lines to Fitzgerald’s Hut. Sunday return by Heathy Spur if the weather permits. Good fitness, gear and snow/ice camping experience are all necessary.

24km | Limit 6 | 350km NE Melb

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Explore part of the Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park including the site of the Garfield water wheel and the mining area of Welsh Village. On the way we’ll pass the Burke and Wills monument and Pennyweight Flat Childrens Cemetery. This should also be a good time of year for wildflowers. The start and end of the walk can be reached by train for those who don’t wish to drive.

15km | Limit 12 | 120km NW Melb

Contact name: Geoff Durham Contact phone: 9523 5559
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Spring is here—enjoy its sights, sounds and scents. If we have timed it right, the wattles should be flowering, and the flats are exceptionally rich in bird life.

5km | Limit 15 | 10km N Melb

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9.30am-4pm (approx. finish). Meet at Gembrook. Assist NatureWatch and the Friends of Bunyip State Park to carry out wildlife monitoring using motion-sensing cameras and sound recorders. Full day activity involving retrieving monitoring equipment and setting it up at new locations in the park. Some driving on dirt tracks. Registration required.

Limit 10 | 66 km E Melb

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ANGAIR’S Wildflower Weekend and Art Show, celebrating the Surf Coast’s remarkable biodiversity and wildflowers, will be held at the Anglesea Memorial Hall, 3 McMillan Street, Anglesea between 10am-4pm on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 September. More information: www.angair.org.au/activities/annual-wildflower-weekend-and-art-show

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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!

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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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