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

 July 2018

Sunday 1 July 2018 – Quarry Hills Bushland, Grading:  M / E, Approx. Length:  12 -13 kms

The Quarry Hills Bushland circuit takes us up high above South Morang’s urban area. On a clear day, the views of Melbourne’s skyline and the surrounding ranges are grand.Then it’s a walk through the streets with interesting natives and exotics, as well as man-made lakes that attract an abundance of various birds. A few short steep sections but overall, the walk is quite easy. 
Depart:      South Morang RStn @ 9:30 am,       Leader:      Batoul Barbar

Wednesday 4 July 2018 – Day Walk, Leader:    David Turner

Thursday 5 July 2018 - club night.  Presentation TBA.

Sunday 8 July 2018 – Warramate Hills, Grading:  M / B, Approx. Length:  10 – 11 kms

Easy walk along tracks with one short, somewhat steep ascent to the summit ridgeThe ascent starts at 125m above sea level and climbs to 422m at Briarty Hill.  This beautiful micro-mountain range often catches people's eye as they drive along the Yarra Valley. The wooded heights provide excellent views.  All around the base of the hills are creeks, frog-ponds, shady paths and of course, wineries by the dozen.
Trip Fee:  $8,   Depart:     Lilydale (Maroondah Hwy) @ 8:30 am,   Leader:     Raf Makary

Wednesday 11 July 2018 – Day Walk, Leader:    Jim Reynolds

Sunday 15 July 2018 – Andrew Hill Circuit, Grading:  M / B, Approx. Length:  13 kms

Andrew Hill is at the north-eastern end of Kinglake National Park, known as the Wombelano Block, and at 625m, is the highest point in this park.  Starting at the Gums Camping Area, the moderate walk follows wide tracks through Messmate and Peppermint forest and includes a steady climb up and over the summit.  Good boots and poles recommended.
Trip Fee: $8,   Depart:    Lilydale (Maroondah Hwy) @ 8:30 am,    Leader:    Clive Edington

Wednesday 18 July 2018 – Day Walk, Leader:    Anita Morkans

Friday 20 July 2018 @ 12.30 pm,  lunch at Spottiswoode Hotel, 62 Hudson Road, Spotswood 3015
Book:    David Turner, by Wed 18 July 2018

Sunday 22 July 2018 – Eastern Sherbrooke Forest, Grading:  S / B / R, Approx. Length:  10 kms

Along the trails of the eastern part of Sherbrooke Forest, gaze at towering Mountain Ash, Stringybark gums, ferns that cover sweeping gullies, as well as scenic grassy areas.  The forest also has an abundance of birds and other wildlife.  While short in distance, there are some quite steep sections. Grippy boots and poles recommended.
Trip Fee:    N/A,   Depart:      Belgrave RStn @ 10:00 am,    Leader:      Anita Morkans

Wednesday 25 July 2018 – Day Walk, Leader:     Peter Pearce

Friday 27 July 2018, Restaurant night @ 7:00 pm, Amici Trattoria, 726 – 728 Burke Road, Camberwell 3124

Classic Italian dishes,   Licensed / BYO, corkage $3.70 pp,   Book:      Anthea Rutter, by Tue 24 July 2018

Sunday 29 July 2018 – You Yangs, Grading:  S / R, Approx. Length:  11 kms

Although this park is part of the driest areas in Victoria, it contains an amazing variety and abundance of trees, shrubs, and wildflowers. Also around 200 species of birds. A few uphills, but the reward is well worth the effort.  In the absence of tall trees, and as the peaks and hills are not crowded upon each other, there are many excellent vantage points from which it is possible to see literally for miles! Bring good boots, and poles could be an advantage.
Trip Fee:    $12,   Depart:      MAP @ 8:30 am,   Leader:      Anthea Rutter

August 2018

Wednesday 1 August 2018 – Day Walk, Leader:    Anna Kuyt

Thursday 2 August 2018, club night. Presentation TBA.

Sunday 5 August 2018 –  Kinglake NP, Grading:  M / B / R, Approx. Length:  15 kms

The walk, entirely on well-made tracks, begins where Candlebark Track meets Extons Road, north of Kinglake.The morning is mostly downhill, trending at first then steeper onCaptains Creek Road until we reach Burgan Track. Downhills must be paid for, however. Half a dozen steep uphills of varying lengths with respites in between, one of which will be lunch. Bring poles and sturdy boots.
Trip Fee:   $9,  Depart:      Lilydale (Maroondah Hwy)@ 8:30 am,   Leaders:     Janne Skinner

Wednesday 8 August 2018 – Day Walk,   Leader:     Roy Tuner

Sunday 12 August 2018 –  Mt Macedon, Grading:  M / B / R, Approx. Length:  15 kms

An early warm-up steep climb of the south face to the Memorial Cross, which stands 21 metres in height and 1001 metres above sea level. The view from the cross takes in the entire southern plain towards Port Philip Bay.Then it’s around the western ridge trail before winding back into the village.  Grippy boots and poles recommended.
Trip Fee:    $12,   Depart:      Essendon RStn @ 8:30 am,   Leader:      Evan Gellert

Wednesday 15 August 2018 – Day Walk,   Leader:    Pam Chang

Friday 17 August 2018, lunch @ 12.30 pm, Doutta Galla Hotel, 339 Racecourse Road, Flemington 3031
Book:      Chris Avram, by Wed 15 August 2018

Sunday 19 August 2018 – Lal Lal Bungal,  Grading:  M / B / E / R,  Approx. Length:  13 kms

The Lal Lal Bungal Historic Area is a forested reserve of predominately Peppermint & Messmate gums.  Our circuit walk beings with a short scenic stroll, along the hillside, to the remains of a historic blast furnace where iron ore was smelted long ago.  We will then be soon in the forest, riddled with other evidence of early miners.  While generally easy walking, there are three significant ascents, including a steep one over a spur; total climbing of about 280m.  Grippy boots & poles recommended.
Trip Fee:   $20,   Depart:       Caroline Springs (Bunnings) @ 8:15 am,   Leader:      Anita Morkans

Wednesday 22 August 2018 – Day Walk,    Leader:      Anthea Rutter

Sunday 26 August 2018 – Spring Gully,  Grading:  S / B,  Approx. Length:  12 kms

This was once a bustling goldfield surrounding Spring Gully and Fryerstown; this now forms the basis of this interesting circuit walk. Dramatic names such as Murderers Flat, Break Neck Hill and Deadmans Flat conjure up images that are quite at odds with the rural tranquillity walkers will experience on the walk.
Trip Fee:  $24,   Depart:     Essendon RStn @ 8:30 am,   Leader:     Stephen Skaleskog

Wednesday 29 August 2018 – Day Walk,   Leader:    Bev Williams

Friday 31 August 2018, restaurant night @ 7:00 pm, Melina on the Rooftop
Recipes from the very heart of Greece, 168 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne 3000, Fully licensed (No BYO)
Book:       Jennifer Pitcher, by Tue 28 August 2018

September 2018

Sunday 2 September 2018 – Michaeldene Track,    Grading:  M / B, Approx. Length:  14 kms

Following a drive up the picturesque Black Spur, the walk will begin with a circuit around the back of Marysville, through Tree Fern Gully by the Steavenson  River to the Michaeldene Track, then to the Taggerty River Lookout, returning via Dickinson Track.  We will walk through new growth forest of eucalypts and ferns and past farmland.  There are some short descents and one, not too steep, ascent on tracks that are slippery if there has been rain; so grippy boots and walking poles are recommended.  Afternoon tea at Marysville.
Trip Fee:    $12,   Depart:       Lilydale (Maroondah Hwy)@ 8:30 am,   Leader:       Carmel Cleary

Wednesday 5 September 2018 – Day Walk,   Leader:     John Dixon

Thursday 6 September 2018, club night. Presentation TBA.

Sunday 9 September 2018 –Two Lakes / A Waterfall,   Grading:  L / E / B,   Approx. Length:  18 kms

This circuit begins at Sailors Falls near Daylesford and winds its way through attractive forest until we arrive at Lake Daylesford (hopefully for lunch) after which we will briefly wander through some of Daylesford’s streets until we turn off to Jubilee Lake . The final leg of the circuit is through the Wombat State Forest, finishing up back at Sailors Falls. Afternoon tea is planned prior to returning to home. The walk contains some ups and downs but nothing too serious. Walking poles and boots are advised.
Trip Fee:   $19,   Depart:     Essendon RStn@ 8:15 am,   Leader:     Brett Gamon

Wednesday 12 September 2018 – Day Walk,   Leader:    Robyn Ansell

*Sunday 16 September 2018 – Donnellys Weir,   Grading:  S / B,   Approx. Length:  10 kms

The walk will begin at Maroondah Reserve, hiking up the Rose Steps, to the top of the dam wall, through the gardens.  At times, the walk will follow the old aqueduct to Donnellys Weir.  There is a lovely picnic area at the weir, originally established by the old MMBW and vegetated with exotic trees such as cypress and redwood; it is also a small but historic part of Melbourne’s water supply.
Trip Fee:   $6,   Depart:      Lilydale (Maroondah Hwy)@ 8:30 am,   Leader:      Maree McTaggart

Wednesday 19 September 2018 – Day Walk,   Leader:      Stephen Skaleskog

Friday 21 September 2018, lunch @ 12.30 pm, Takumi Japanese Restaurant, 32 Bourke Street, Melbourne 3000
Book:     Jennifer Pitcher, by Wed 19 Sept 2018

Sunday 23 September 2018 – Cape  Woolamai,   Grading:  M / E,   Approx. Length:  12 kms

This Cape Woolamai circuit walk, including Collonades, has great views of the coastline as well as some great rock formations. Walking mainly through woodland but also along the beach (tide permitting) so expect some soft sand as well as steep steps.
Trip Fee:  $20,   Depart:     Yarraman RStn @ 8:30 am,   Leader:     Julie Bertisen

Thursday 27 September 2018 – Day Walk,   Leader:    Paul Smith

Friday 28 September 2018, Restaurant night @ 7:00 pm, Matsumoto, 48 Lygon Street, Brunswick East 3057
Classic Japanese & cook-at-the-table hot pots, Fully licensed (No BYO), Book:    Julie Bertisen, by Tue 25 Sept 2018

Sunday 30 September 2018 – TBA  Where will Barry lead us this time?
Leader:       Barry Petrie

October 2018 

Wednesday 3 October 2018 – Day Walk,   Leader:    Tom Chua

Thursday 4 October 2018, Club night - Presentation to be advised

Sunday 7 October 2018 –  TBA,   Leader:     Stephen Courtney

Albury: Tuesday 9 October to Friday 12 October 2018

A 3-night base camp in historic Albury, which hugs the mighty Murray River. There’s an introductory walk on arrival day. On the Wednesday, the option of the shorter or longer Murray River Wagirra Trail. Thursday hike up Mt Granya or take it easier with the Wodonga to Albury walk. Other activities may include bike riding and golfing. DIY accommodation; flexible limit of 35 participants.  Organiser: Jim Reynolds

Wednesday 10 October 2018 – Day Walk,   Leader:    Chris Smith

Sunday 14 October 2018 – Mt Donna Buang,   Grading:  S / B  (Total ascent:  380m),   Approx. Length:  11 kms

Mt Donna Buang and its surrounds are perfect for a spring walk.  The walk boasts enough natural beauty in its own right to guarantee is a bushwalking gem that can be done at a leisurely pace. We will also visit Mt Victoria and have the opportunity to climb the lookout tower at Mt Donna Buang with its 360° views. The area is also renowned for the nesting of lyrebirds which and hopefully we will sight one on the day.
Trip Fee:  $12,   Depart:     Lilydale (Maroondah Hwy) @ 8:30 am,   Leader:     Raf Makary

Wednesday 17 October 2018 – Day Walk

Leader:    Barry Petrie

Friday 19 October 2018 @ 12.30 pm, lunch at Rosstown Hotel, 1084 Dandenong Road, Carnegie 3163
Book:     Jill Natoli, by Wed 17 October 2018

Sunday 21 October 2018 – Anakie Gorge +,   Grading:  M / B ,   Approx. Length:  13 kms

This walk, with a total ascent of 415m, is also known as the Ted Errey Nature Circuit. It takes in Anakie Gorge, Stony Creek Reservoir, Outlook Track, and Nelson's Track.  It is a really interesting walk which uncovers various vegetation types and tracks ranging from well-maintained management tracks through to small creek crossings, boardwalks, and steep rocky sections.  Two lookouts afford great views over the ranges and local farmlands.
Trip Fee: $17,   Depart:    MAP @ 8:30 am,   Leader:    Kitty Muntz

Friday 26 October 2018, restaurant night @ 7:00 pm, Grace Darling Hotel, 114 Smith Street, Collingwood 3066
Classic pub fare,   Fully Licenced (No BYO),   Book:     Helen Bell, by Tue 23 October 2018


Maria Island: Sun 4 November to Thur 8 November 2018

Maria Island National Park is a special place - historic ruins, sweeping bays, rugged cliffs and mountains, and remarkable wildlife. Set just off the warm East Coast of Tasmania, the island is easily accessed by ferry. Walks will be both easy and medium. Currently booked out. Yet if you are still interested, your name can be added to the waitlist. Organiser: Raf Makary

Great Barrier Island: Wed 20 February to Sat 2 March 2019

Great Barrier Island lies in the outer Hauraki Gulf, New Zealand. The eastern shore of Great Barrier Island faces the ocean with high cliffs and long white surf beaches; the western side offers deep sheltered harbours and calm sandy bays. The forests, beaches and bays provide scope for all kinds of wilderness adventures, including wonderful hiking. Currently booked out. Yet if you are still interested, your name can be added to the wait list. Organiser: Raf Makary

Castlemaine:  Queens Birthday Weekend June 2019

Be prepared, Castlemaine is the venue for this date.  There is lots more detail to come, but accommodation will need to be booked by end of January.

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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