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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             T - Formed tracks; rail trails; roads; beaches

M - 12 - 17km               B - Bush tracks

L - Over 17km              O - Off-track

 August 2019

Sunday 25 August 2019 – Hepburn Springs, Grading:  Easy / M / B, Approx. Length:  14 kms

This walk traverses typical goldfields bushland, with varied topography, passing a number of interesting historical features including the Blowhole, gold diggings, aqueduct / water race, and is the home of Australian cricket bat willow.
Trip Fee:    $20
Depart:       Essendon RStn @ 8:30 am
Leader:      Stephen Skaleskog

Wednesday 28 August 2019 – Day Walk, Leader:    Anita Morkans

September 2019

Sunday 1 September 2019 – Olinda Falls, Grading:  Medium / M / B / T, Approx. Length:  12 kms

Bring your family and friends (15 years & over), inc. those celebrating Father’s Day, for a fun and festive day!  We start at the William Ricketts Sanctuary with sculptures of Aboriginal Australians set into rocks and trees. Then onto the Mechanics Track, which winds its way through a ferny gully to Olinda Falls.  On the way back, a steep, long and rocky track (382m climb) with the rainforest giving way to Stringybark trees standing tall.
Trip Fee:    $3
Depart:       Upper Ferntree Gully RStn @ 9:30 am
Leader:      Brett Gamon 

Wednesday 4 September 2019 – Day Walk, Leader:      Anthea Rutter 

Thursday 5 Sept 2019, Club night: "Short Walks In & Around Colombian Villages"
Presentation by Robin Edwards

Sunday 8 September 2019 – Maribyrnong River, Grading:  Easy / L / T, Approx. Length:   18 kms

Walk starts at Canning Reserve, Tea Gardens Drive, Avondale Heights.  This walk is along a quiet part of the Maribyrnong River; opportunity to see lots of bird life and maybe a wallaby or fox as well.  We walk 9 km in total, into Brimbank Park, then return along the same path, with a different perspective, to the starting spot. Very pretty. (* GPS Ref:  16 Tea Gardens Drive, Avondale Heights 3034)
Trip Fee:  N/A
Depart:     Tea Gardens Drive * @ 9:30 am
Leader:     Julie Bertisen

Wednesday 11 September 2019 – Day Walk, Leader:      Robyn Ansell

Friday 13 September 2019 @ 12.30 pm, Pub lunch at Malvernvale  Hotel
1321 Malvern Road, Malvern 3144
Book with Stephen Skaleskog, by Tue 10 Sept

Sunday 15 September 2019 – TBA, Grading:  TBA, Approx. Length:  TBA

No details available at the time of publication.  But look out closer to the date when Rosemary reveals the description of her walk.
Leader:    Rosemary Latimer

Wednesday 18 September 2019 – Day Walk, Leader:     Tom Chua 

Sunday 22 September 2019 – East Kurth Kiln, Grading:  Medium / T / B, Approx. Length:   14 kms

This circuit walk in East Kurth Kiln RP is mainly on quiet dirt roads which are flat or gradually descend through tall eucalypt forest, sometimes with lush tree fern understory. The middle 3km is exposed, on an SEC track below transmission lines; this section is uphill with some short steep climbs.  Overall we go up and down almost 500m.  Poles are not essential, but will make the uphill bits easier.
Trip Fee:  $10
Depart:     Upper Ferntree Gully RStn @ 8:30 am
Leader:     Kitty Muntz

Wednesday 25 September 2019 – Day Walk, Leader:    Peter Pearce 

Friday 27 September 2019 @ 7:00 pm, Restaurant night at The Wasabi Place, Extraordinary modern Japanese fusion
192 High Street, Kew 3101
Licensed & BYO (No corkage)
Book:    Kathy Barakis, by Tue 24 Sept 2019

Sunday 29 September 2019 – Lal Lal Bungal, Grading:  Medium / M / B, Approx. Length:  13 kms

The Lal Lal Bungal Historic Area is a forested reserve of predominately Peppermint & Messmate gums.  Our circuit walk begins 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

ADVANCE NOTICE

Flinders Island:  Monday 21 October to Sunday 27 October 2019 

When you set foot on Flinders Island, you step into a world of sparkling beaches, rugged ranges, abundant wildlife, flora and clear sapphire waters.  Discover the jagged mountains that jut from the wild ocean like giant sea creatures.  Various walks will be planned, both easy and medium.  For the diehard, a difficult walk up to Mt Strzelecki can be arranged.  Currently booked out; but your name can be added to the wait list by contacting Raf Makary, the leader.

Barwon Heads:  Monday 18 November to Thursday 21 November 2019 

Barwon Heads is located on the southern coast of the Bellarine Peninsula, offering a diverse variety of coastal attractions, from the shallow and sandy shoreline of the Barwon River to the windswept surf beaches.  A network of surrounding walking tracks provides views over the town centre, along the Barwon River and in all directions across Bass Strait.  Main walks will be approximately 12 kms on the Tuesday and Wednesday.  DIY accommodation.  More details closer to the time.  Bookings (by email) open Friday 5 July 2019 (8:00 am).  In the interim, expressions of interest may be lodged with Jenny Stone, the leader.

Baw Baw / Rawson:  Friday 6 December to Tuesday 10 December 2019

The Great Walhalla Alpine Trail offers a very abridged taste of the epic 650-kilometres Australian Alpine Walking Track.  Walks will include much of the Alpine walking track sections between Rawson and Walhalla, including some of the 2014 Federation Walks.  A ride on the historic train between Walhalla and Thompson point will be included.  Currently booked out; but your name can be added to the wait list by contacting Raf Makary, the leader.

New Zealand (North Island):  Saturday 22 February to Thursday 5 March 2020

A 12 day cycling / walking adventure to New Zealand’s North Island, designed for a very small group.  For bike rides (all on off-road tracks) e-bikes might be the most suitable to hire.  Walks will be very scenic, relatively short, but often far from flat!  Meals will take in local fare. Transport will be in a hired 12-seater bus, and accommodation comfortable.  Due to a cancellation, one spot is now available; if you are interested, please contact Peter Pearce, the leader.

Great Ocean Road:  Monday 16 March to Monday 23 March 2020

Walk the iconic coastline of the Great Ocean Road. The big skies and wild nature of the walk will astound you.  Discover the region’s diversity of plants, animals and scenery.  Weave your way through tall forests, coastal heathlands, beside wild rocky shores and along windswept cliff-tops presenting amazing views. Over the 8 days, we will complete the whole walk from Apollo Bay to the Twelve Apostles. Currently booked out; but your name can be added to the wait list by contacting Rosemary Latimer, the leader.

Please contact Secretary Peter Hughes, 7 Nicholson St, Essendon 3040, mobile 0417 038 343 for more information on walk start times, meeting points and costs.  A complete program will be emailed on request. Or email:  enquiries@walkingclubvic.org.au