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

 October 2018 

Sunday 14 October 2018 – Mt Donna Buang, Grading:  S / B, 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 it 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 and hopefully, we will sight one on the day.  (Total ascent:  380m).
Trip Fee:  $12, Depart:     Lilydale (Maroondah Hwy) @ 8:30 am, Leader:     Raf Makary

Wednesday 17 October 2018 – Day Walk, Leader:    Peter Pearce. This will be followed by lunch at the Marine Hotel Brighton (to celebrate Bev Williams' 90th birthday)

Sunday 21 October 2018 – Muckleford State Forest, Grading:  M / B / E, Approx. Length:  16 kms

Located between Castlemaine and Maldon, Muckleford Forest is 125 kms north of Melbourne. This walk is relatively flat with only one section of it having any serious undulations, all easily manageable. The Red, White and Blue Mine is on the Victorian Historic Register and the poppet head above it is from the Deborah Gold Mine in Bendigo. The forest is part of the Dja Dja Warrung country and some traces of indigenous occupation remain. Hopefully, there will still be some wildflowers about.
Trip Fee:   $25, Depart:      Essendon Rstn @ 8:00 am  (Note early start), Leader:    Janne Skinner

Wednesday 24 October 2018- Day Walk, Leader:   Neil Parker

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

Sunday 28 October 2018 – Anakie Gorge, Grading:  M / B, Approx. Length:  13 kms

This walk is also known as the Ted Errey Nature Circuit. It takes in the 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.  (Total ascent:  415m)
Trip Fee: $16, Depart:    MAP @ 8:30 am, Leader:    Kitty Muntz

Wednesday 31 October 2018 – Day Walk, Leader:    Bev Williams

November 2018

Thursday 1 November 2018, Club night, Tips for Canny Travellers, Presentation by Kitty Muntz
This presentation will cover local and international travel and will include real-time demonstrations of various online travel-related websites.

Sunday 4 November 2018 – Ballarat Area, Grading:  TBA, Approx. Length:  16 kms

Two different walks on the table; one urban style, the other a mixed walk including town, open country and a big hill.  Some tweaking required before final decision, with further details prior.
Trip Fee:    $20, Depart:      MAP @ 8:00 am, Leader:     Stephen Courtney

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

Sunday 11 November 2018 – Rubicon, Grading:  L / E / B, Approx. Length:  18 kms

This is an exceptionally interesting walk in the Rubicon Valley Historic Area.Some of the features of this walk are views of the beautiful Royston River, Historic Trestle Bridges (including the Lubra Bridge), original largely intact tramways, together with an incredibly interesting look at Victoria’s Oldest Operating Hydro Electric Scheme (circa 1921).  Afternoon tea is planned at Taggerty.
Trip Fee:    $19, Depart:      Lilydale (Maroondah Hwy) @ 8:15 am, Leader:     Brett Gamon

Wednesday 14 November 2018 – Day Walk, Leader:    Robyn Ansell

Friday 16 November 2018 @ 12.30 pm, lunch at The Glasshouse, Caulfield Racecourse
Station Street, Caulfield East 3145 (Close to RStn)
Book:     Peter Pearce, by Wed 14 November 2018

Sunday 18 November 2018 –  French Island, Grading:  M / B / E, Approx. Length:  13 kms

Explore a corner of the isolated French Island:  green scrub, mangroves, as well as open farm land.  Rich and diverse flora; multitude of birds; maybe even spot some koalas. Far reaching views across the sea as we climb The Pinnacles.  Along the way, hear some history from the local guide, Lois, and afterwards, enjoy a delicious Devonshire Tea.  More details closer to the time.  Party limit:  20.
Trip Fee:  $6 (Plus return ferry fare & cost of Guide/ Devonshire Tea)
Depart:    Frankston RStn @ 9:00 am, Leader:    Anita Morkans

Wednesday 21 November 2018 – Day Walk, Leader:     Paul Smith

Sunday 25 November 2018 – Warramate Hills, Grading:  S / B, Approx. Length:  10-11 kms

While generally easy walking along tracks, there is one short, somewhat steep ascent to the summit ridge.  The 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 28 November 2018 – Day Walk, Leader:    Derek & Denise Townsend

Friday 30 November 2018 restaurant night @ 7:00 pm, Amici Trattoria, Classic Italian dishes
726 – 728 Burke Road, Camberwell 3124, Licensed / BYO, corkage $3.70 pp
Book with Anthea Rutter, by Tue 27 Nov 2018

December 2018

Sunday 2 December 2018 – Surf Coast, Grading:  M / E, Approx. Length:  14 kms

Tread the track that daring pioneer surfers carved through coastal scrub to reach the fearsome waves of Bells Beach. At every lookout, a stunning panorama: the “golden mile” of surfing, its reef breaks and brilliant surf.  Contrast the creature comforts of Torquay with the wildness of treacherous offshore reefs and the ships’ graveyard off Point Danger. Walking the “golden mile”, we will pass sheltered bays and wild headlands that gave the Surf Coast its name. Mainly gentle hills, no steps, and well-formed tracks.
Trip Fee:   $20,Depart:       MAP @ 8:30 am,Leader:      Anthea Rutter

Thursday 6 December 2018, Christmas Cheese & Wine Night, Hosted by Kitty Muntz (at her house).
More details closer to the time

Saturday 8 December 2018, Xmas Lunch, European Bier Café
120 Exhibition Street (cnr Little Collins Street), Melbourne, 3000
A 3-minute walk from Parliament RStn

* Sunday 9 December 2018 – Yarra Bend Park, Grading:  S / B, Approx. Length:  12 kms

The Yarra Bend Park is Melbourne's largest inner city bushland park. This circuit walk starts from thespectacular tree-top bat colony at the Flying Fox Lookout in Kew, then we walk along well-worn tracks aside the meandering Yarra River. This gently rambling walk provides frequent glimpses across Melbourne's city skyline. The walk crosses a few bridges. Sandstone and mudstone layers form a backdrop to Dights Falls. More details about the departure point closer to the time.
Trip Fee:  N/A, Depart:     Bellbird Picnic Area @ 8:30 am, Leader:     Deb Colville

Wednesday 12 December 2018 – Day Walk, Leader:    Jim Reynolds

Sunday 16 December 2018 – Byers Back Track, Grading:  S / B / R, Approx. Length:  11 kms

Perhaps the most popular walk in the Lerderderg Gorge. It follows one of the longest water races in the park. There are great views into the gorge and plenty of gold diggings, dry stone walls and mines along the way to keep things interesting. There will be a car shuffle to Blackwood. We start at O'Briens Crossing.
Trip Fee:    $18, Depart:       Essendon RStn @ 8:30 am, Leader:     Stephen Skaleskog

Wednesday 19 December 2018 – Day Walk  Plus Christmas LunchLeader:     Peter Pearce

Saturday 22 December 2018, Annual Christmas Bike Ride to Williamstown

Meet at the boat sheds close to Princes Bridge at 0930 hours. The gentle, flat ride to Williamstown from the city takes in Kings Domain, Fawkner Park, Albert Park Lake, Beaconsfield Parade, Station Pier, Westgate Park, Yarra crossing using the Punt, and down the Strand. Morning tea at Albert Park Lake; Italian lunch at Williamstown. Either return by train or ride back under Westgate Bridge and down Footscray Road to Southgate. Distances ~20 km or 35 km for the full circuit.   Leader:  Peter Pearce

*Sunday 23 December 2018 – Woodlands +, Grading:  S / B, Approx. Length:  12 kms

Walk in Woodland Park and Gellibrand Hill.  Airport views border the bush. An easy amble with some gentle hills through lightly wooded bush. The park also has stands of huge twisted gums whose branches reach to the ground.  Visit the historic Woodlands Homestead, a rare example of a large pre-fabricated timber house brought to colonial Australia from Britain.
Trip Fee:   $4, Depart:      Essendon RStn @ 9:15 am, Leader:      Evan Gellert

Wednesday 26 December 2018 – Boxing Day, (No walk today.) 

Sunday 30 December 2018 – NY is Coming! (No walk today.) 

New Year’s Day, Walk & Lunch, Upwey to Ferntree Gully, Grading:  S / B / R, Approx. Length:  12 kms

A mix of suburban street slog and bushland tracks (through Lysterfield Park and the Glenfern Valley Bushlands), with nice views of the surrounding countryside and distant city skyline. Some steep ascents and descents, so recommend grippy soles and poles. Lunch at the Royal Hotel, Upper Ferntree Gully. (We will get the train back to Upwey from Upper Ferntree Gully). Party limit:  25
Trip Fee:   N/A (Bring MyKi Card), Depart:      Upwey RStn @ 8:30 am *, Leader:      David Turner



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. There is one spot available due to a late exit.  If you are interested please contact 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 JanuaryWe shall spend the June long weekend in the Castlemaine region again, with 2 different walks and a possibility of extra ones depending on interest and attendance.  This will be a combined Clubs event again, with limited spaces. Accommodation at the same park, or choose your own. Saturday night hotel meal (perhaps in Chewton) with various jazz performances available over the weekend for those wishing to while away evenings (some free). A final reminder early in the New Year with full accommodation details. Register your interest with: Stephen Courtney

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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