Trip Program

Date Sort descending Type Title Grade Distance
Fri, 12 Nov DAY Melbourne Royal Botanic Gardens. This walk will be split into 2 groups of 10 with Fiona Hare leading the 2nd group. Meet at the Visitor Centre, JardinTan. This circuit walk will meander along the Australian Forest walk to Guilfoyle's Volcano and into the new Arid Garden. We will stop at the Ornamental Lake for morning tea. BYO flask or buy a coffee from the Terrace coffee shop. We will continue around the lake and the rest of the gardens. We will have lunch on the lawn, BYO lunch and finish the walk back at Visitor Centre. S/E 8 km
Wed, 17 Nov DAY Cranbourne Gardens. Starting from Stringybark picnic area, via Trig lookout to Australian Gardens, where we explore the gardens and have lunch. We return to the cars via the wetlands for afternoon tea. No car pooling and bring your own afternoon tea. Double vaccination and masks required. E 11 km
Thu, 18 Nov DAY Balwyn to Ashburton. Catch a 109 Box Hill tram to Whitehorse Rd/Wharton St, Surrey Hills (stop 50). After a wander around Maranoa Botanic Gardens (circa 1901) and Beckett Park, walk through leafy Surrey Hills to Surrey Gardens for morning tea and then along the Back Creek Trail to South Surrey Park and a green corridor to Lynden Park. Lunch at Frog Hollow Reserve and then a short section of the Anniversary Trail from Hartwell to Ashburton. From Ashburton, catch a train for the homeward journey. E 13 km
Sat, 20 Nov DAY Warburton - Backstairs track, Mt Little Joe track rail trail. A circuit walk climbing the Back stairs track, along the Mt Little Joe track to Westburn and return via the rail trail Enjoy the heavily timbered areas which once provided timber for local sawmills. M/H 16 km
Mon, 22-26 Nov O/N Hellfire & Despair. 5 days walking, 50km with 3700m up/down. Distances are short but terrain is steep - & very steep in places. Some is off-track & exploratory. Day 1 drive to Upper Howqua & car-camp. D2 to Mt Howitt 10km. D3 to Mt Spec 8km. D4 over Mt Despair, steeply down into Wonnangatta 10km. D5 steeply back up to Mac Springs & on to Hellfire Ck 10km. D6 over Magdala, down Helicopter Spur & back to cars 11km. D7 drive home. Double covid vaccination required. H 50 km
Tue, 23-29 Nov BC Grampians in Springtime 2021. Springtime walking in the Grampians in 2021. Enjoy wonderful views and wildflowers. Walk on sections of the Grampians peak trail. Also explore some walks in the northern Grampians. Stay at comfortable lodges on the edge of Halls Gap. Longer driving required to some walks. Stay for 6 nights;. M/H 16 km
Tue, 23 Nov DAY First Aid Training. Red Cross, on behalf of BBC, is running a nationally recognised First Aid Certificate course for first-time learners or for people who want to upgrade their qualifications. M 1 km
Thu, 25 Nov DAY Sunbury South. Catch Metro to Sunbury for a circuit walk around Sunbury South including Wildflower Grassland Reserve, Jacksons Park, Wanginu Park, historic rail bridge, Holden Flora Reserve, Citriodora Reserve, site of former asylum, cemetery, Sunbury Park and Sunbury Village Green. From atop Jacksons Hill, views to Sunbury township, the city skyline, Macedon Ranges and the You Yangs. There is good interpretative signage throughout this walk. Walk proceeding/group size subject to government restrictions at the time. E/M 14 km
Sat, 27-28 Nov O/N Mount Stirling. Mt Stirling Alpine Resort - An excellent walk for new entrants to overnight walks. Camp at Bluff Spur Hut - Reach camp by lunchtime Saturday - Visit summit of Mount Stirling in afternoon .Optional afternoon trip to Craigs Hut on Saturday pm for the overactive. Tank water at Huts well as ground water approx. 400m from hut. No camp fires. Circuit walk from Kings Spur shelter hut. Travel to start via Mansfield on Friday pm. Return to cars before lunch on Sunday. Lunch in Mansfield. M 15 km
Sun, 28 Nov DAY Lerderderg Heritage River Walk/Whipstick Loop. Before lunch we will do the Lerderderg Heritage River walk, then lunch near the Gardens of St Erth. The Whipstick Loop will help our lunch go down!. M 15 km