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 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 2018

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

January 2019

Tue 1 January 2019 – NYD Walk & / or Lunch, 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 thesurrounding 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 walkers. Prefer not to walk? Just come for a convivial lunch; estimated time of arrival 12.15 pm. (No party limit for lunch). Please advise when booking if walking only; walking and lunch; or lunch only; by Sun 30 December 2018.
Trip Fee:   N/A (Bring Myki Card)
Depart:     Upwey RStn @ 8:30 am
Leader:     David Turner

Wednesday 2 January 2019, No walk today; given the preceding day. 

Sunday 6 January 2019 – Fairhaven Onwards, Grading: M / E / B, Approx. Length: 12 kms

Starting at Fairhaven, on a well formed track, we head towards the AireysInlet Lighthouse, then onto Sunnymeade, Urquhart Bluff and then Point Roadnight along the sand. More details closer to the time. Please bring plenty of water and sunscreen, especially if it will be hot.
Trip Fee: $25|
Depart:     MAP @ 8:30 am
Leader:     Julie Bertisen

Wednesday 9 January 2019 – Day Walk, Leader:     Paul Smith

Sunday 13 January 2019 – Blue Mountain, Grading:  M / TBA, Approx. Length:  16 kms 

Given the time of year, this circuit walk in the Toolangi State Forest will be weather dependent.  Most climbing will be accomplished by morning tea, and the day’s walking will be mostly on varied vehicular tracks / roads.  Hopefully, finish before full heat.  Boots & poles recommended; bring ample water for prevailing conditions.
Trip Fee: $7
Depart:    Lilydale (Maroondah Hwy) @ 8:15 am
Leader:    Stephen Courtney

Wednesday 16 January 2019 – Day Walk, Leader:     Barry Petrie

Saturday 19 January 2019, BBQ @ Kitty’s Place, East Malvern: 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm
Book with Kitty on 0409 563 644 0r This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. preferably by Thu 10 January 2019.
Between Fri 11 & Thu 17 January 2019, please email, or phone only between 7 pm and 10 pm.
Bring own meat, drink & chair, plus a salad or dessert by arrangement with Kitty.

Sunday 20 January 2019 – Hastings / Jacks Beach, Grading: M / B, Approx. Length: 14 kms

This trail passes through Warringine Park which has a wide variety of ecosystems: mangroves, coastal wetlands, riparian vegetation, and healthy riparian woodlands. Home also to over 100 different bird species, 13 species of reptiles, 12 species of fish, 22 species of mammals, and many invertebrates. Several interpretative signs feature along the Bittern Coastal Boardwalk, describing features of the wetlands and their inhabitants.
Trip Fee:   $5
Depart:     Frankston RStn @ 9:00 am
Leader:     Flora Cham

Wednesday 23 January 2019 – Day Walk, Leader:     Jim Reynolds

* Sunday 27 January 2019 – Yarra Bend Park,  Grading: TBA, Approx. Length: TBA

Walk the Yarra River, including Dights Falls and the Collingwood Children's Farm, towards the city.More details in due course.
Depart:     Bellbird Picnic Area @ 8:30 am
Leader:     Deb Colville

Wednesday 30 January 2019 – Day Walk, Leader:     Boon Sim

February 2019

Sunday 3 February 2019 – Four Brothers Rocks, Grading:  M / B / R, Approx. Length:  14 kms

Starting at the Mortimer Picnic Ground, Bunyip State Park, a strenuous circuit along walking trails and management tracks, situated in rolling forested hills.  As height is gained, the nature of the forest becomes more open with an understory including banksia, correa and moss-covered boulders. The Four Brothers Rocks is a group of massive granite boulders.  Great views on a clear day.  Birdlife abounds.  Some trails muddy after rain and poles would be useful.
Trip Fee:   $7
Depart:      Upper Ferntree Gully RStn @ 8:30 am
Leader:      Clive Edington

Wednesday 6 February 2019 – Day Walk, Leader:     Anita Morkans

Thursday 7 February 2019, cLUB NIGHT - Photo Competition
Judged by our 2018 winner of all three categories (Scenes, People & Close-Ups): Chris Avram
+ “The Long Way to the Sierra Nevada’s”, Presentation by Brett & Maureen Gamon

Sunday 10 February 2019 – Sutherlands Creek, Grading:  M / B, Approx. Length:  12 kms

The circuit walk, in the Brisbane NP, follows little-used vehicular tracks, as well as a section along the trackless bank of Sutherlands Creek.  There is only one sustained climb, south - eastwards from the creek; otherwise easy walking along gently undulating tracks.  In this area you will find relics of the days when gold mining boomed briefly in the 1860’s and 1870’s, centred on the nearby town of Steiglitz.
Trip Fee:    $20
Depart:      MAP @ 8:30 am
Leader:      Anthea Rutter

Wednesday 13 February 2019 – Day Walk, Leader:     Anthea Rutter

Friday 15 February 2019 pub lunch@ 12:30 pm, Rosstown Hotel
1084 Dandenong Road, Carnegie 3163
Book:     Jill Natoli, by Wed 13 February 2019

Sunday 17 February 2019 – Sherbrooke Forest, Grading:  M / B / R, Approx. Length:  12 kms

The majestic Sherbrooke Forest is characterised by towering Mountain Ash and other eucalypts, deep fern gullies, as well as abundance of wildlife and birds - notably the superb lyrebird.  Starting with a steep climb from Belgrave, up to Coles Ridge Track, this circuit walk loops through the forest to Grants and O’Donohue Picnic Grounds before returning down via Hillclimb Track.  Poles and boots recommended, especially if wet.|
Trip Fee:   N/A
Depart:     Belgrave RStn @ 9:00 am
Leader:     Jill Natoli

Wednesday 20 February 2019 – Day Walk, Leader:      Vol Bulach

Friday 22 February 2019 @ 7:00 pm, restaurant night at Yu Chu, Modern take on SE Asia culinary delights
404 Glen Huntly Road, Elsternwick 3815
Licensed; BYO wine only; corkage $10 per bottle
Book:   Maureen Gamon, by Tue 19 Feb 2019

Sunday 24 February 2019 – Merri & Yarra Trails, Grading:  M / E, Approx. Length:  15 kms

Stroll the Merri Creek and Yarra River urban trails. Detour around billabongs and along grand boulevards.  Walking from Westgarth to Heidelberg railway stations. (Rail return to cars at Westgarth).
Trip Fee:   N/A (Bring Myki Card)
Depart:     Westgarth RStn @ 9:15 am

Wednesday 27 February 2019 – Day Walk, Leader:     Chris Smith

March 2019

Sunday 3 March 2019 – Christmas Hills, Grading: M / E / B, Approx. Length: 12 kms

This walk traverses the Warrandyte - Kinglake Nature Conservation Reserve (previously One Tree Hill Reserve) and includes total climbing of 380 metres. The vegetation consists mainly of box stringybark tree species with manna and swamp gums in the wetter gullies. There are kangaroos, wallabies and abundant birds, but the highlight of this area is the rare bright copper butterfly which is common in December and in good years in late February.
Trip Fee:   $3
Depart:       Eltham RStn @ 8:30 am
Leader:       Graham Johnson

Wednesday 6 March 2019 – Day Walk, Leader:     Peter Pearce

Thursday 7 March 2019, cLUB NIGHT - AGM (Including election of WCV Committee)
+ “Aeolian Islands and Eastern Sicily Walking Tour”, presentation by John Tusa

Sunday 10 March 2019 – Two Bays Walking Track, Grading: M / E / B, Approx. Length: 14 kms

Mornington Peninsula, with its spectacular clifftop strolls, has one of Victoria’s top walks, the “Two Bays Walking Track”. Stretching 26 kms through a diverse range of landscape, it is longest continuous walking track in the area. A part will be covered. While details will be available closer to the date, there aregreat views coming down from Arthurs Seat onto the beachside coastal track to Rye.
Trip Fee:   $ TBA
Depart:     Yarraman RStn @ 8:30 am
Leader:     Sue Edmonds & Paul Davis

Wednesday 13 March 2019 – Day Walk, Leader:     Neil Parker

Friday 15 March 2019 pub lunch @ 12:30 pm, East Malvern RSL
Stanley Grose Drive, Malvern East 3145
Book:     David Turner by Wed 13 March 2019

Sunday 17 March 2019 – French Island (Revisited), Grading: M / B / E, Approx. Length: 15 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; maybeeven 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 @ 8:30 am
Leader:     Anita Morkans

Wednesday 20 March 2019 – Day Walk, Leader:     John Dixon

* Sunday 24 March 2019 – Creswick, Grading: M / B, Approx. Length: 14 kms

This historic walk links Creswick with the gold rush past, encompassing the unique La Gerche Walking Track as well as the Landcare Walk. There is a wonderful view over St Georges Lake; an abandoned koala park; and numerous reminders of the region's gold rush past. (* Overall100 metres of climbing.)
Trip Fee: $22
Depart:     MAP @ 8:30 am
Leader:     Stephen Skaleskog

Wednesday 27 March 2019 – Day Walk, Leader:     Pam Chang

Friday 29 March 2019 @ 7:00 pm, restaurant night at Via Fratelli, Traditional Italian cuisine / pizzas

151 Waverley Rd, Malvern East, 3145
Licensed, BYO wine only, corkage $7 per bottle
Book:       Julie Bertisen by Tue 26 March 2019

Sunday 31 March 2019 – Moonlight Track, Grading: M / B / R, Approx. Length: 15 kms

The Moonlight Track sounds romantic, but the walk will be in daytime. This walk, in the Mt Worth State Park, near Warragul, provides an opportunity to view forests that once covered Gippsland, and out to sea. Tall wet forests of Mountain Ash, Mountain Grey Gum and Blackwood grow on the hills and slopes. Soft Tree-ferns and Rough Tree-ferns flourish within the sheltered gullies.Includes310m of climbing.
Trip Fee:   $20
Depart:     Yarraman RStn @ 8:30 am
Leader:     Peter Hughes

ADVANCE NOTICE

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

Lord Howe Island: Sunday 12 May to Friday 17 May 2019

A 5-night base camp on Lord Howe Island, which is characterised by tropical heat, palm trees and volcanic mountains. The island is barely 10 kms long, but has some of the Great Walks of Australia, collectively offering 45 kms of world-class hiking. Walks include Mount Gower (8-10 hours), Goat House Cave, Intermediate Hill, Kim’s Lookout, Malabar Hill, North Beach, and much more. Booked out; waiting list not feasible due to unavailability of flights (ie currently no seats left for required dates). 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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