Upcoming Activities

 Contact the Secretary (details below) for more information an any walk or social activity

Grading of Sunday Walks

Most Sunday walks will have two code letters to denote length and terrain, e.g. S/R under 14km. Tough scrambles etc.

* on Sunday walks denotes recommended walks for beginners. Most Wednesday walks are suitable for beginners.
The code letters denote:

S Up to 12km             E Fire trails/tracks, beaches

M 12 - 17km              B Bush tracks

L Over 17km              R Some scrub or steep


December 2017

Sunday 24 December 2017 – Christmas Eve,  (No walk today.) 

Wednesday 27 December 2017 – Day Walk,  Leader:    Stephen Skaleskog

Sunday 31 December 2017 – New Year’s Eve,  (No walk today.) 

January 2018 

Monday 1 January 2018 – Doongalla + Lunch, Grading:  S / B, Approx. Length:  9 kms

Welcome the New Year in with a pleasant walk through the Doongalla Forest, from Kalorama to Mt. Dandenong, with splendid views of the countryside below.  Lunch afterwards at the Mt. Dandenong Hotel.  (Seniors menu available.)
Trip Fee:    N/A – Bring Myki,  Depart:      Upper Ferntree Gully RStn @ 9:00am,   Leader:      David Turner

Wednesday 3 January 2018 – Day Walk, Leader:    Pierre Ah-Ching

Sunday 7 January 2018 – Surf Coast, Grading:  M / E / B, Approx. Length:  13 kms

Aireys Inlet to Anglesea. This walk is the other half of the Surf Coast walk which was led by Anthea Rutter on 2 Dec 2017.  The walk offers great  views  from  the cliff and combines a beach walk (4.5 km) and bush.  Meet at the Four Kings Carpark near the Aireys Inlet Information Centre, where we will walk east towards Melbourne, past Urquhart Bluff and Point Roadknight, finishing at Anglesea.  A car shuffle will be required to pick up the cars at Aireys Inlet for the drive home.  Bring sunscreen and plenty of water if hot. 
Trip Fee:  $24,   Depart:     MAP @ 8:00 am, Leader:     Julie Bertisen

Wednesday 10 January 2018 – Day Walk,   Leaders: Vol & Gisela Bulach 

Sunday 14 January 2018 – Warrandyte State Park, Grading:  M / B, Approx. Length:  14 kms 

Warrandyte State Park’s lightly wooded landscape is dominated by the Yarra River. This undulating walk, on rocky paths, will take us along the edge of the river, as well as include some fire trails through the bush.  The park is home to a variety of eucalypts, the most common being Red Box, while large Manna Gums line the river.  Kangaroos, kookaburras and other wildlife may be spotted along the way.  Grippy boots recommended and poles may be handy.
Trip Fee: $2, Depart:    Ringwood RStn @ 9:30 am, Leader:    Anita Morkans

Wednesday 17 January 2018 – Day Walk,   Leader:     Tom Chua

Saturday 20 January 2018 - BBQ at Kitty's place, East Malvern:  12:00 noon to 4:00 pm
Bring own meat, drink & chair
Book with Kitty by Tuesday 16 January 2018

Sunday 21 January 2018 – Somers to Sandy Point, Grading:  S / E, Approx. Length:  12 kms

Originally known as Balnarring East, the town was renamed for a popular former Governor of Victoria who set up the local Lord Somers Camp.  This is an easy beach walk on firm sand.  Bring your bathers if it is warm weather and you fancy a swim.  There is a good cafe for coffee at the finish of the walk.
Trip Fee:    $6,  Depart:      Frankston RStn @ 9:30 am,  Leader:      Flora Cham 

Wednesday 24 January 2018 – Day Walk,    Leaders:     Jenny Stone & John Lute

Sunday 28 January 2018 – Silver Creek,  Grading:  M / B, Approx. Length:  14 kms

A scenic walk in the Kinglake National Park area southwest of Flowerdale, where the Club may not have walked in some time. Some steep climbs totalling 750m up and 750m down over the circuit. An area devastated in the 2009 fires that is still regenerating.
Trip Fee:    $12, Depart:      Eltham RStn @ 9:00 am,   Leader:      Evan Gellert

Wednesday 31 January 2017 – Day Walk,   Leaders:  Jim Reynolds & Rosemary McClumpha

February 2018

Thursday 1 February 2018, Photo Competition
Judged by our 2017 winners: Robin Edwards (People) and Peter Pearce (Scenes & Close-Ups)
Presentation by Bushwalking Victoria (Details closer to the time)

Sunday 4 February 2018 – Bushrangers Bay,  Grading:  S / B,  Approx. Length:  10 kms

Named after two escaped convicts, this lovely walk passes Bushrangers Bay and lets you discover the plant and animal life of the Cape area. This coastal cliff top walk has excellent views over the sea and rocky bays as well as the spectacular Cape Schanck and its lighthouse. Inland, you also get views over the surrounding farmland and into the creek valley below. There are lots of birds calling as you walk through the Banksia forest and there are grassy clearings where it's not difficult to spotkangaroos.
Trip Fee:   $12,  Depart:      Frankston RStn @ 8:30 am,  Leader:      Raf Markary

Wednesday 7 February 2018 – Day Walk,  Leader:     Chris Smith

Sunday 11 February 2018 – Kurth Kiln RP,   Grading:  M / B,  Approx. Length:  15 kms

A walk through varied forest types.  This Regional Park is mostly known for its historic kiln, built during the 2nd World War to make charcoal for gas units fitted to cars.  The plant communities range from Mountain Ash forest and riparian forest to shrubby foothill forest and swamp heathland. The diversity of the plant life attracts a range of wildlife including wombats.
Trip Fee:    $11,  Depart:      Dandenong (Old Bunnings) @ 8:30 am,  Leader:      Clive Edington

Wednesday 14 February 2018 – Day Walk,   Leader:     Stephen Skaleskog

Friday 16 February 2018 Pub lunch @ 12.30 pm at Malvernvale Hotel
1321 Malvern Road, Malvern 3144
Book:      Barbara Thiel by Wed 14 February 2018

Sunday 18 February 2017 – Bunyip State Park,  Grading:  M / E,  Approx. Length:  16 kms

The Bunyip State Park Southern Circuit is full of mountain ash and plenty of wildlife. However, we are unlikely to encounter a Bunyip, the dark furry animal with a round face, small ears and fiery eyes that glow in the dark! Following a series of roads and tracks, the route commences and finishes at the Mortimer Picnic Ground. Overall, the trail offers a variety of ascents and descents but nothing that is overly challenging.
Trip Fee:   $10,  Depart:     Dandenong (Old Bunnings) @ 8:00 am ,  Leader:     Martin Collis 

Wednesday 21 February 2018 – Day Walk,  Leader:      Peter Pearce 

Friday 23 February 2018 restaurant night @ 7:00 pm at Sons of Mary
Australian modern – share / tapas available
14 Spink Street, Brighton 3186
Fully licensed (No BYO)
Book:    Julie Bertisen, by Tue 20 February 2018

Sunday 25 February 2018 – Sugarloaf Circuit,  Grading:  M / B,  Approx. Length:  15 kms

The Sugarloaf and Christmas Hills Circuit is a relatively easy walk around the Sugarloaf Reservoir with one or two modest climbs. There are plenty of kangaroos and the occasional deer.  The route is fairly well defined with great views, at the highest points, of the city and the Yarra Valley.  At most times, the water is within view as we walk through open bushland and more heavily timbered areas.
Trip Fee:   $4,  Depart:     Eltham RStn @ 8:30 am,  Leader:     Anthea Rutter

Wednesday 28 February – Day Walk,   Leader:      Bev Williams

Late February / Early March 2018: Auckland, New Zealand
A week away over the ditch to the beautiful city of Auckland and its surrounds. We would be tramping of course (which loosely translated means bushwalking). So popular that it booked out in a day, and continues to have a lengthy waitlist.

March 2018

Sunday 4 March 2018 - Willimigongon Creek,  Grading:  M / B / R,  Approx. Length:  14 kms

Our walk commences in the pretty Mt Macedon village with its sublime private gardens.  Before long, a rocky steep path winds its way to the summit of Mt Towrong; on a clear day, the valley views are splendid.  Our route then becomes more gradual as we head to the Sanatorium Lake.  Famous for its intense reflections, the lake was constructed around 1899, and remains as a tranquil place.  Our stroll along a mixed vegetation eco-trail includes stands of tall eucalypts and moist fern gullies.  Grippy boots and poles recommended.
Trip Fee:    $10,  Depart:       MAP @ 8:00 am,  Leader:       Anita Morkans

Wednesday 7 March 2018 – Day Walk,   Leader:     Roy Turner 

Thursday 8 March 2018 * AGM, Including election of WCV Committee
“The trip that got us started on walking: some walking experiences in the Pyrenees, with a few side trips”
Presentation by Peter Hughes
* A week later than normal  due to the Auckland Base Camp

Sunday 11 March 2018 – Ada Tree, Charlie Creek +,  Grading:  M / B,  Approx. Length:  16 kms

This is a medium difficult walk which follows disused timber tramways through a very attractive forest (big trees, ferns, etc.).  On this route, we will visit two historic sawmills, complete with rusting boilers and old machinery.  One creek crossing is involved which could present a challenge if wet.  Other sections of the walk involve bush tracks and relatively short sections of gravel road.  Walking poles and gaiters are advised. Afterwards, we will have afternoon tea at Warburton before returning home.
Trip Fee:   $13,  Depart:     Lilydale RStn @ 8:15 am,  Leader:     Brett Gamon

Wednesday 14 March 2018 – Day Walk,  Leader:     Neil Parker 

Friday 16 March 2018 pub lunch @ 12.30 pm at Mount Erica Hotel
420 High Street, Prahran 3181
Book:      Peter Pearce by Wed 14 March 2018

Sunday 18 March 2018 – Donnellys Weir,  Grading:  M / E / B,  Approx. Length:  14 kms

The walk will begin at Maroondah Reserve, walking up the Rose Steps to the top of the dam wall through the gardens.  The walk at times will follow the old aqueduct to Donnellys Weir.  There is a lovely picnic area at the Weir.
Trip Fee:  TBA,  Depart:     Ringwood RStn @ 9:00 am,  Leader:     Maree McTaggart

Wednesday 21 March 2018 – Day Walk,  Leader:     Martin Vloedmans 

Friday 23 March 2018 restaurant night@ 7:30 pm at Sappa Hills
Diverse Vietnamese cuisine
621 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn 3122
Licensed; BYO wine only; corkage $7 per bottle
Book:       Anthea Rutter, by Tue 20 March 2018

Sunday 25 March 2018 –  Werribee Gorge,  Grading:  S / B / R,  Approx. Length:  8 kms

This energetic short walk explores the depths of Werribee Gorge and the most famous of Melbourne’s western gorges. Walkers will be surprised at the rugged terrain, its grand scale and many spectacular views along the way.
Trip Fee:  $13,  Depart:     MAP @ 8:30 am,  Leader:     Stephen Skaleskog

Wednesday 28 March 2018 – Day Walk,  Leader:     Anna Kuyt


Bogong High Plains:  Wednesday 18 April to Sunday 22 April 2018 

A 4-night base camp at Falls Creek.  There will be half-day as well as full-day walks, mainly on the Bogong High Plains.  The mountain peaks that rise above the plateau surface in the High Plains include many of Victoria’s highest summits, with tens of huts in this area to see. Also, a side trip, arranged by one of our members, to visit one of the AGL’s hydro sites and maybe get some local history as well.   In high demand.  If you are still interested, your name can be added to the wait list.  Organiser:   Raf Makary.

Albury: Tuesday 9 October to Friday 12 October 2018

A 3-night base camp in historic Albury, which hugs the mighty Murray River. Activities will include an introductory walk on arrival day, a choice of two walks on the Wednesday and Thursday, a bike ride, and golfing. DIY accommodation; flexible limit of 35 participants. Further information will be available around May 2018, when bookings open.

Please contact Secretary Brett Gamon, 493 Kooyong Rd, Elsternwick 3185, telephone (03) 9530 8282 between 7 pm and 9 pm for more information on walk start times, meeting points and costs.  A complete program will be mailed on request. Or email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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