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


September 2017

Wednesday 20 September 2017 – Day Walk,  Leader:    Barrie Petrie,  Phone:      0428 843 623

Fri 22 September 2017 @ 7:30 pm, restaurant night at  Mythos House, Greek cuisine
11-13 Victoria Street, Doncaster 3108
BYO wine only; corkage $5 per bottle
Book:  Clive Edington by Tue 19 September 2017

Sunday 24 September 2017 – Marysville, Grading:  M / B / R, Approx. Length:  13 kms

Following a trip up the picturesque Black Spur Drive, we will commence the walk in the town of Marysville at the Information Centre. The Wilks Creek Trail will take us through areas of regenerating forest on bush tracks with some short, steep sections to the Anderson Mill Picnic Ground. The mill was one of the most productive in the region, supporting a small community. Being spring time, it is expected that we will see some brilliantly coloured wildflowers along the track. Sections of the track will be slippery if wet, so boots and walking poles recommended.
Trip Fee:   $12, Depart:      Lilydale RStn @ 8:30 am, Leader:     Carmel Cleary

Wednesday 27 September 2017 – Day Walk, Leader:      David Turner

October 2017

Sunday 1 October 2017 – Wombat Creek Dam, Grading:  M / B, Approx. Length:  15 kms

This circuit begins and ends at the Wombat Creek Dam, a few kilometres south-east of Daylesford.From the dam, we follow the Burnt Stable Track southward to where it meets Specimen Dam Road. A long steady hike up Specimen Dam Road (trending up rather than a climb) before joining the final leg of the Three Lost Children’s Walk back to the Wombat Creek Dam. There are no particularly challenging ups or downs although the Burnt Stable Track may be slippery if wet. 
Trip Fee:    $20, Depart:      Essendon RStn @ 8:30 am,  Leader:      Janne Skinner 

Wednesday 4 October 2017 – Day Walk, Leader:    John Dixon 

Thursday 5 October 2017, Club night: Into the Wilds of South Africa
Presentation by Martin Vloedmans

Sunday 8 October 2017 – Kilcunda Area, Grading:  M / E, Approx. Length:  17 kms

Yippeee!!, longer days now daylight savings is in place. Kilcunda is situated on the pristine and rugged South Gippsland coastline. The name has been reported by one authority to mean, 'Oh dear, the sticks”.Full details of this walk are not confirmed at time of print, but expect reasonable trails and undulations.  More information closer to the time.
Trip Fee:  TBA,  Depart:     Dandenong (Old Bunnings) @ TBA,  Leader:     Stephen Courtney 

Wednesday 11 October 2017 – Day Walk, Leader:     Peter Pearce 

Sunday 15 October 2017 - Wilhelmina Falls, Grading:  M / B, Approx. Length:  13 kms 

Wilhelmina Falls, a part of the beautiful Murrindindi Scenic Reserve, is located in the Toolangi State Forest.  The hike involves 400m of up and down.  There is a fairly demanding steep section, combining steps cut into the rock, with occasional support chains, and metallic staircases.  There should be excellent views of the Falls with their 75m drop down a steep granite rock face.  After the descent from the Falls, the walk is alongside the river.  Wear sturdy footwear.
Trip Fee:  $12, Depart:    Lilydale (Maroondah Hwy) @ 8:30 am, Leader:    Kitty Muntz

Wednesday 18 October 2017 – Day Walk,  Leader:     Boon Sim

Friday 20 October 2017 @ 12.30 pm, Pub lunch at Zagame’s Caulfield Hotel, 25 Derby Road, Caulfield East 3145
Book:      Chris Avram by Wed 18 October 2017

Sunday 22 October 2017 – White Point Diggings,  Grading:  M / B / E,  Approx. Length:  13 kms

Discover some history of this part of the Wombat SF when transport was needed to move timber and potatoes. This hike encompasses the headwaters of Sailors Creek and part of the GDT, to visit the obscured White Point Diggings site.  While including some minor road walking, the hike eventually follows a railway easement from yesteryear.  See bridge remnants, cuttings, a culvert and a former station site.  Overall, easy walking with only gentle hills.
Trip Fee:    $20,  Depart:      Essendon RStn @ 8:30 am,  Leader:      Anita Morkans

Wednesday 25 October 2017 – Day Walk,  Leader:     Paul Smith

Friday 27 October 2017 @ 7:00 pm, Restaurant night at Railway Hotel, Genuine Italian cuisine, 800 Nicholson Street, Fitzroy North 3068
Fully licensed (No BYO), Book:    Robin Edwards, by Tue 24 October 2017

Sunday 29 October 2017 – Boar Gully,  Grading:  M / E,  Approx. Length:  15 kms

A walk in the forests in the north of the Brisbane Ranges National Park. Mostly easy walking on old roads  and  little  used bush tracks, through some of the richest wildflower areas of Victoria, with spring being an ideal time. Further afield, the walk includes views across the western basalt plain to Melbourne, and promises to be an engaging walk at a great time of the year.
Trip Fee:    $15,  Depart:      Essendon RStn @ 8:30 am,  Leader:    Peter Hughes

November 2017

Wednesday 1 November 2017 – Day Walk,  Leader:     Roy Turner

Thursday 2 November 2017 - Club Night "Exploring Flinders Ranges: Geology & Walking"
Presentation by Chris Avram & Deb Colville 

Sunday 5 November 2017 – Jackson’s Lookout +,  Grading:  S / B,  Approx. Length:  11 kms

Jackson's Lookout, Hunts Dam and Mineral Springs. We start at Hepburn Primary School.  A walk through open stringybark and box forest, with excellent views from Jackson's Lookout.  We visit gold rush era Hunts Dam, built in 1860's, plus two mineral springs to sample the water.  Generally well formed tracks with some rough rocky surfaces.  Sturdy boots recommended.
Trip Fee:   $23,  Depart:      MAP @ 8:00 am,  Leader:      Julie Bertisen

Wednesday 8 November 2017 – Day Walk,  Leader:     Ava Johnson

Sunday 12 November 2017 – Pt Nepean NP,  Grading:  S – M / E,  Approx. Length:  13 kms

Gentle walk with many spectacular views of Port Phillip Bay, "The Rip" and Bass Strait.  Alsomany points of historical as well as military interest; optional short side walks to appreciate these.  Meet at W. E. Newton Reserve (near Portsea Pier; toilets and nice cafe within). Do not worry about restricted parking there; all cars have to be moved, to a longer term spot, before the walk starts.
Trip Fee:    N/A,  Depart:      As above & be ready to move by 10:00 am,  Leaders:    Paul Davis & Sue Edmonds

Wednesday 15 November 2017 – Day Walk,  Leader:     Vol & Gisela Bulach

Friday 17 November 2017 @ 12.30 pm - Pub lunch at Royal Standard Hotel, 333 William Street, West Melbourne
Book with Paul Davis by Wed 15 November 2017

Sunday 19 November 2017 – East Walk,  Grading:  M / B / R,  Approx. Length:  15 kms

The East Walk follows the eastern bank of the river south of O’Briens Crossing. Most of the circuit follows intermittent water races and foot trails  ascending the Cowan Track to the top of the gorge.  The rich gold mining past is on display and there are excellent views of the river along the way. This track can be at times quite slippery when wet and time is needed to complete the walk.  Hopefully it will be drier in November.  So the walk can be classified as hard or medium, depending on the weather.
Trip Fee:   $17,  Depart:     MAP@ 8:30 am,  Leader:     Stephen Skaleskog

Wednesday 22 November 2017 – Day Walk,  Leader:      Marion & Ian Strong

Friday 24 November 2017 @ 7:00 pm, Restaurant night at Vanilla Lounge Upstairs, 17-21 Eaton Street, Oakleigh
Modern Greek feast, 
Fully licensed (No BYO),  Book with Chris Avram, by Tue 21 November 2017

Sunday 26 November 2017 – Olinda Falls Circuit,  Grading:  M / E / B,  Approx. Length:  12 to 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 29 November 2017 – Day Walk,  Leader:      Jim Reynolds 

December 2017

Thursday 1 December 2017 - Club night. Christmas Cheese & Wine Night

Sunday 3 December 2017 – Surf Coast,  Grading:  M / E,  Approx. Length:  15 kms

Enjoy a walk along one of the best coastlines in the world! Commencing at Bells Beach on the Surf Coast, we walk through the inland sheltered forest of the Ironbark Basin in the Great Otway National Park, where we will enjoy spectacular views from the Point Addis Lookout. Search for rare orchids, echidnas and reptiles.  We follow the coast trail which takes us across the heathland into Anglesea, where we finish on the Riverbank. There will be beach walking; walking on formed tracks; and some short steep hills and steps.
Trip Fee:    $22,  Depart:       Essendon RStn @ 8:30 am,  Leader:       Anthea Rutter

Wednesday 6 December 2017 – Day Walk,  Leader:     Derek Townsend

Saturday 9 December 2017, Christmas Lunch at the Metropolitan Hotel, 263 William Street (cnr Lt Lonsdale)
More details soon.

Sunday 10 December 2017 – Arthurs Seat,  Grading:  M / B,  Approx. Length:  15 kms

This walk is mostly on forest trails starting with a climb up the side of Arthurs Seat, through various bushlands and open grassland, before taking the Kings Falls circuit (usually dry in summer). Then through the Seawinds Gardens with a William Ricketts sculpture walk. From here, it is onto the Matthew Flinders Cairn, and up to the top of Arthurs Seat. The return includes a circuit through the forest on the TC McKellar Track.  On a clear day, the views are fantastic, looking out over the bay, Port Phillip Heads, the You Yangs, and the city. 
Trip Fee:   $11, Depart:     Dandenong (Old Bunnings) @ 8:30 am, Leader:     Nickola Cooper

Wednesday 13 December 2017 – Day Walk,  Leader:      Anthea Rutter

Saturday 16 December 2017- Annual Christmas Bike Ride to Williamstown
Easy, flat, approx. 28 km ride around The Capital City Trail with a stop for coffee and ending with lunch at Southbank.  Meet at the boatsheds, Princes Bridge for a 9:30 am start.For further information, visit: wikipedia.org/wiki/Capital_City_Trail.  Leader:  Peter Pearce

Sunday 17 December 2017 – Philip Island +,  Grading:  M / E,  Approx. Length:  12 kms

We walk a different part of Philip Island.It is a very pleasant easy walk with beautiful scenic views.Starting from the Conservation Hill Reserve, we walk the Mangrove Boardwalk and visit the Rhyll Inlet. A world renowned habitat for migratory waders and resident birds. Then we walk the Churchill Island Loop with exploration to the nearby Fisher Wetland.  Car shuffle will be required.
Trip Fee:   $22,  Depart:     Dandenong (Old Bunnings) @ 8:30 am,  Leader:     Flora Cham

Wednesday 20 December 2017 – Day Walk *,  Leader:     Barrie Petrie
Plus Christmas Pub Lunch - Hosted by Peter Pearce. 

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.) 


New Year's Day

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.  Meet your leader / host, David Turner, at Upper Ferntree Gully RStn @ 9:00 am, on Monday 1 January 2018.  Bring MYKI. (S / B; approx. 9 kms).  More details in the next Club Program.

Auckland, New Zealand:  Late February / Early March 2018

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 bush walking).
So popular that it booked out in a day, and already has a lengthy wait listing.   Leader:  Peter Pearce

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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