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


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

April 2018

* Sunday 1 April 2018 – Westerfolds Park, Grading:  M / B, Approx. Length:  12 kms

An easy walk along the Main Yarra Trail and the Westerfolds Park Circuit. The Yarra, one of the most cherished Melbourne icons, has been the dreaming path for the Wurundjeri tribe, fresh water for settlers, and muse and subject for the painters of the Heidelberg School.Westerfolds Park offers over 120 hectares of parkland, where you can spot plenty of native vegetation and wildlife.
Trip Fee:    $1,   Depart:      Heidelberg RStn @ 9:00am,   Leader:      Flora Cham 

Thursday 5 April 2018 – Day Walk,     St Leonards to Portarlington (12kms, easy), Leader:    Paul Smith
Note!    Bookings open:  Thursday 22 March 2018,  Party limit:  25

  • 9:30 am ferry from Victoria Harbour, Docklands to Portarlington arriving 11:00 am.
  • 3:30 pm ferry from Portarlington to Docklands arriving 5:00 pm.

After the walk booking is acknowledged, pre-book your return ferry tickets. (www.portphillipferries.com.au)
Ferry fare:  Concession and Seniors return $26; adults return $29; Myki needed for bus from Portarlington to St Leonards.

Thursday 5 April 2018, Club night,   “The trip that got us started on walking: some walking experiences in the Pyrenees, with a few side trips”,   Presentation by Peter Hughes

* Sunday 8 April 2018 – Coronet Bay & Corinella,   Grading:  S / E / B,   Approx. Length:  10 kms

A mostly flat gentle amble, combining beach, cliff top paths and rural roads, with nice views of Westernport Bay, French Island, as well as the surrounding countryside.
Trip Fee:  $16,   Depart:     Yarraman RStn @ 9:00 am,   Leader:     David Turner

Wednesday 11 April 2018 – Day Walk,   Leader:     Peter Pearce 

Sunday 15 April 2018 – Brisbane Ranges,   Grading:  M / B,   Approx. Length:  15 kms

You may find this circuit walk, at the northern end of the Brisbane Ranges, dizzying as we loop and loop off the appropriately named Loop Track. Views of nearby hills, creek valleys and wind turbines. Undulating with occasional, but short, calls for a bit of extra oomph.
Trip Fee: $13,   Depart:    Essendon RStn @ 8:30 am,   Leader:    Janne Skinner

Wednesday 18 April 2018 – Day Walk,   Leader:     Pierre Ah-Ching

Friday 20 April 2018 @ 12.30 pm, pub lunch at Bomba Tapas Bar, 103 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne 3000
Book:    Jennifer Pitcher, by Wed 18 April 2018

Sunday 22 April 2018 – Olinda Falls Circuit,   Grading:  M / B / E,   Approx. Length:  12 - 14 kms (TBC)

Olinda Falls Circuit with a distinctly artistic twist. After meeting, we drive to the William Ricketts Sanctuary (Sculpture Garden) where we wander through beautiful forest pathways, packed with frequent surprises.  After this we move onto the main event. This walk is fairly short on distance but big on impressive rainforest and tranquil sounds of a fast running stream, waterway views and local birdlife. There are ups and downs but there is no reason to hurry.
Trip Fee:    $3,   Depart:      Upper Ferntree Gully RStn @ 9:30 am,   Leader:      Brett Gamon 

Wednesday 25 April 2018 – Day Walk,   Leader:     Anna Kuyt

Friday 27 April 2018 @ 7:00 pm, restaurant night at Via Campanella
Southern Italian cuisine, 452 Glenhuntly Road, Elsternwick 3185, Fully licensed (No BYO)
Book:    Maureen Gamon, by Tue 24 April 2018

Sunday 29 April 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. There are 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

May 2018

Wednesday 2 May 2018 – Day Walk,   Leader:     Anthea Rutter 

Thursday 3 May 2018, Club night (to be confirmed)

Sunday 6 May 2018 – Two Bays Walking Track,  Grading:  M / E / B,  Approx. Length:  12 - 15 kms

This section of the Two Bays Walking Track covers a part of Arthurs Seat SP, some parts of Rosebud Streets and back roads, and Mornington Peninsular NP.There are some downhill sections, views and you may see some wildlife.
Trip Fee:   $TBA,   Depart:      Yarraman RStn @ 8:30 am,   Leaders:     Sue Edmonds & Paul Davis

 Wednesday 9 May 2018 – Day Walk,   Leader:     Anita Morkans 

Sunday 13 May 2018 – Boar Gully,   Grading:  M / E / R,   Approx. Length:  15 kms

A hilly circuit walk in the forests in the north of the Brisbane Ranges NP.  Starting from the Boar Gully campsite, our track takes us along some ridge-lines, through old slate quarries for views across the western basalt plain to Melbourne, then down into wet gullies before a steep uphill stretch. Then it’s a descent to the lush Little River Gorge before returning to the campsite.  Promises to be an engaging walk.
Trip Fee:    $15,   Depart:      Essendon RStn @ 8:30 am,   Leader:      Peter Hughes

Wednesday 16 May 2018 – Day Walk,   Leader:     Roy Turner

Friday 18 May 2018 @ 12.30 pm, pub lunch at Anglers Tavern, 2 Raleigh Street, Maribyrnong 3032
Book:      Roy Turner, by Wed 16 May 2018

Sunday 20 May 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 top 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:   $12,   Depart:       MAP @ 8:30 am,   Leader:      Anita Morkans 

Wednesday 23 May 2018 – Day Walk,   Leader:      Stephen Skaleskog 

Friday 25 May 2018 @ 7:00 pm, restaurant night at The Bank on Collins, Modern pub fare
394 Collins Street, Melbourne 3000,   Fully licensed (No BYO)
Book:       Jennifer Pitcher, by Tue 22 May 2018

Sunday 27 May 2018 – Raf’s Walk (TBA).   Leader:     Raf Makary

Wednesday 30 May 2018 – Day Walk,   Leader:      Derek Townsend

June 2018

Sunday 3 June 2018 – Masons Falls,   Grading:  M / B / R,   Approx. Length:  13 kms

Masons Falls is the most popular section of the Kinglake National Park. The walk will take us along the forested slopes of the Great Dividing Range.  We will start the walk on Mount Sugarloaf and then lunch at Masons Falls. The walk passes through a variety of vegetation including messmate forest with bracken understorey, open grassy areas, austral grass trees, ferns and hazel pomaderris. You might see the swamp wallaby, platypus, water-rat or kangaroo! There are sheltered picnic tables, water, and toilets at the picnic areas. You also might see some beautiful birds!
Trip Fee:    $8,   Depart:       South Morang RStn @ 8:30 am,   Leader:       Anthea Rutte

Wednesday 6 June 2018 – Day Walk,   Leader:     John Dixon 

Thursday 7 June 2018, Club night - A Journey into Myanmar,  Presentation by Bev Williams

Sunday 10 June 2018 – Whipstick Loop,   Grading:  S / B,   Approx. Length:  9 kms

A very enjoyable forest walk, linking the villages of Blackwood and Simmons Reef via the Whipstick and Back Creeks. The walk follows original water races passes through various gold mining sites.
Trip Fee:   $17,   Depart:     MAP @ 8:30 am,   Leader:     Stephen Skaleskog

Wednesday 13 June 2018 – Day Walk,   Leader:     Boon Sim 

Friday 15 June 2018 @ 12.30 pm, pub lunch at Elsternwick Hotel, 259 Brighton Road, Elwood 3184
Book:      Anita Morkans, by Wed 13 June 2018

Sunday 17 June 2018 – East of Kurth Kiln,   Grading:  M / B,   Approx. Length:  12 – 13 kms

Pending a look-over, it is planned to do a loop around Fishers Track and Bunyip Valley Road, plus another section to be determined. We will start and end at Basan Corner, at the east end of Kurth Kiln Regional Park. The total distance will be at most 13 kms. The route is undulating with a total up and down of 500m, and only about 3 km of the route is on the flat.  The gradients are by and large not steep. Poles and grippy boots are recommended.
Trip Fee:  $10,   Depart:     Upper Ferntree Gully RStn @ 8:30 am,   Leader:     Kitty Muntz

Wednesday 20 June 2018 – Day Walk,   Leader:     Neil Parker 

* Sunday 24 June 2018 – Red Hill,   Grading:  M / E,   Approx. Length:  12 kms

This is a pleasant walk along the old Red Hill Rail Trail. Some good views of Western Port Bay and Philip Island along the way with opportunity to see some fungi as well as check out some local shops and a bakery. The trail could be muddy if there has been recent rain.
Trip Fee:  $6,   Depart:     Frankston RStn @ 9:30 am,   Leader:     Julie Bertisen

Wednesday 27 June 2018 – Day Walk,   Leader:     John Gibbons

Friday 29 June 2018 @ 7:00 pm, restaurant night at Corte, Spanish cuisine
115 Bay Street, Port Melbourne 3207,   Fully licensed (No BYO)
Book:       Julie Bertisen, by Tue 26 June 2018


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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