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Monthly Club Meeting (7:30pm)

Wed Nov 9th 2022 7:15:00 -9:00:00

Club meeting at St John's (any change in venue will be notified by email)

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Hamilton "20th anniversary" base camp

Fri Nov 11th 2022 - Sun Nov 13th 2022

To celebrate 20 years of leading you wonderful people on walks, rides etc, I am putting on a base camp of easy walks!

Arrive on Friday night.  On the Saturday we will drive to the Wannon falls for a very short walk.  We will then walk 11kms of  the Hamilton – Coleraine Rail Trail to reach the small township of Coleraine, where we can do a further 5km walk around town, visiting the Points Arboreteum.  On this day we can walk as little as 1km or as much as 16km, all easy grade.

Saturday evening we will have a meal out in Hamilton.

On Sunday we will walk the other half of the rail trail, this time from Hamilton township towards Wannon Falls.  Another 11km.

Both walks require car shuffles and if there is a non-walker happy to collect drivers at the end of the walks that would be a big help.

Important note:  Please book accommodation early as it is likely to be in short supply due to the Dunkeld Cup.  I will be staying at the Lake Hamilton Motor Village and Caravan Park, (ph: 03 5572 3855).  Bookings are by phone only at the time of writing. I am camping and can share a site with another person or couple.  Basic cabins, as an example, are $185 for four persons, per night.  Deluxe cabins are $215 for four people.  Let me know if you need help finding people to share with.

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Queens Park to Sandringham bike ride

Sat Nov 12th 2022 9:00:00


Leave 9 AM Queens Park at Bowling Club gate, mostly bike paths, minimum road cycling to Pier 35 for coffee with a good view of Westgate Bridge

  1. Moonee Ponds Creek trail & Capital City trail to Docklands.
  2. Pier 35 [Fishermen’s Bend] for morning tea, can see Westgate Bridge & Docklands from Pier 35, scenic. 2 kms ride on Lorimer St. [can use footpath if concerned about trucks]
  3. Under Westgate Bridge to Port Melbourne along bike tracks. Cycle pass Fresh Water & Salt Water Lakes
    Pretty much flat. Small amount of gravel cycling
  4. Continue on past Station Pier
  5. Ride on Bay Trail [Beach Road] to Sandringham shopping centre for lunch or BYO. Can catch train home from here or retrace steps past Crown Casino, Capital City Trail, Moonee Ponds Creek path.

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Woodlands Historic Park Wander.

Sat Nov 12th 2022 9:30:00 -2:30:00

Starting at Woodlands Homestead, the walk takes us to Moonee Ponds Creek near the Park entrance and the Ben Chaffey Water Trail. From there, we follow the creek in a south east direction, checking out the magnificent river red gums along the way. We leave the Creek near where it meets the Moonee Ponds Creek Trail and head north to the Parks Victoria

Office and workshops.. From there we wander towards Providence Road before turning into the grounds of the now derelict Greenvale Hospital/Sanatorium.

Leaving the hospital grounds for a while, we explore the area around the nearby Weeroona Cemetery before moving on to the Greenvale Dam at the southern end of the Grounds. This takes us back into the deserted area for a look around the southern section including the water towers where one of the Sanatorium Hospital shelters existed.

Leaving this historic area, we make use of a horse trail alongside the sugar gum plantation to get back to the Parks Victoria Office and then cross country to Woodlands to the finish at the Homestead.

An added bonus could be that the Park may be covered with the purple of Patterson's Curse which is usually out in abundance at this time of year.

Meet at Woodlands Homestead top car park by 9.30 am. The walk involves some easy cross country walking off tracks, so boots are re ommended.

Covid restrictions must be adhered to where applicable and all walkers must be fully vaccinated.

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Western Port to Port Phillip. Stage 3 - Baxter to Frankston.

Wed Nov 16th 2022 9:00:00 -2:30:00

Meet by 9.00 am. at Flinders  St. Station, at the rear of the Info. Centre.. We travel to Frankston to catch the Stony Point train at 10.37 am. and due to arrive at Baxter (toilets) at 10.46 am.

Leaving Baxter, the walk heads north for about 2.5 km., when we arrive at the entrance to the Langwarrin Flora and Fauna Reserve, where we will wander around this former Military Reserve and WW1 German POW detention centre. A hospital was also set up for returning soldiers from France and Egypt.

Leaving the Reserve, we follow the railway line along the Bay Trail back to Frankston Station, where the trains leave every 10 minutes for Flinders St. Station.

Covid restrictions must be adhered to where applicable, and all walkers must be fully vaccinated.

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Anglesea Perimeter Walk East

Tue Nov 22nd 2022

We will meet at the car park for the children's play ground.  At the rounabout in town turn left then right into the gravel area.  Follow the track to the right and you will come to the playground.  From here we walk aong the beautiful Anglesea Riiver to the beach. Leaving the beach we will head up into the heathlands a biodiversity hotspot then make our way to the top of the hill for some terrific views of the coast. We then head down towards town to cross the road then go back into the forest surrounding the town and gradually make our way back to the river and the end of the walk  A generally easy walk with a couple of hills. .

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Anglesea Perimeter Walk - West

Wed Nov 23rd 2022

Meeting at 10am at the car park opposite the general store / cafe past which is over the bridge and past the service station.  From here we will make our way following the Anglesea River to Coogoorah Park before heading away from the river to Coalmine Road which will give views of the old Alcoa mine site.  From here we head upwards to the high point of the walk Mt Ingoldsby. It is now downhill through the Otway National Park to the beach.  Tides permitting we will walk along the beach to Pt Roadknight  beach then head up to the cliff top walk with wonderful views before descending to the Anglesea River and back to the car park..  Walking poles could be uesful in some sections.

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Emu Bottom Wetlands and Kismet Creek - Sunbury.

Sat Nov 26th 2022 9:00:00 -1:30:00

This walk is a repeat of the June 2022 midweek walk and involves a couple of circuits around the Northern areas of Sunbury and Jackson's Creek. In the morning, the walk visits the Emu Bottom Wetlands area and includes some short hills and off track walking. After lunch, the walk returns along the Kismet Creek Trail, and therefore mainly flat. 
Because of the off track sections, boots are recommended, and walking pole(s) could be useful.

Meet at the corner of Ligar Street and Riddell Road in Sunbury ( Melway382 D3) - toilets available - by 9.00 am.

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Christmas Get Together Brimbank Park

Sun Nov 27th 2022

Christmas Get Together

 The EBWC Committee invites fellow members, family, partners and children to come together to celebrate Christmas and another year of wonderful walks.

Sunday, 27th November at Brimbank Park (Melways15B10) starting at 4.30pm with a Christmas Scavenger Hunt followed by a BYO picnic. The Scavenger Hunt should be a fun event for all ages with huge prizes...or maybe modest prizes...but definitely fun. And there may be further Christmas surprises on the day.

We’ll set up a picnic spot near Car Park B. Please bring your own food, drinks and chairs and folding tables if you have them.

We look forward to seeing you all there, and feel free to wear something festive!

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Tarneit to Werribee via the Werribee River.

Wed Nov 30th 2022 10:00:00 -2:30:00

The walk starts at Tarneit Station and heads through Tarneit West to Davis Creek. We then follow this creek south to about 1 km. south of Hogans Road to a point where the Werribee River joins up with Davis Creek. We continue to walk alongside the Werribee River as it continues to flow towards Port Phillip Bay to the walk finish at Werribee Station.

During the walk we will pass both modern and historical points of interest, including Cowies Hill Water Tower , the Hume and Hovell Memorial Tree, the sit of the Golden Fleece Inn, the site of the Chaffey brothers Werribee Irrigation Colony, Riverbend Historical Park and the Southern Water Diversion Dam. If the water level has subsided enough by the time of the walk , we may be able to cross the Werribee River ito Presidents Park at one of the few crossings or one time fords in the area - without getting wet feet?

The walk finishes at Werribee Station where there are two options for returning home.

  1. Catch a Metro train at Werribee Station towards Flinders St. Station, using Footscray, North Melbourne or Flinders St. Stations as an interchange for you local line.
  2. Catch a bus back toTarneit Station to catch a V Line train back to where you started from in the morning. Bus services 170, 180 and 182 will all take you back to Tarneit Station within 30 minutes, and you get a sight seeing tour of Werribee, Hoppers Crossing and Tarneit for no extra cost?‍♂️.
    The walk is mostly on suburban paths or cycle tracks and is mainly flat, so runners would be suitable unless it has been raining in the days before the walk. Walking poles are not necessary unless you feel more comfortable using them.
    The following train timetable is suitable for getting you to Tarneit in time for the start (VLine permitting).     
    Southern Cross. dep.        9.10 am.         9.30 am.
    Footscray.                          9.18 am.         9.38 am.  
    Sunshine.                           9.23 am.         9.43 am.  
    Deer Park.                          9.28 am.         9.48 am.
     Tarneit.  arr.                       9.37 am.         9.57 am.  
    If starting at Southern Cross, I suggest meeting at the Vintage Clock before 8.55 am. and making your way as a group to the designated platform. 
    The 9.10 am. train will be going to South Geelong.  
    The 9.30 am. train will be going to Waurn Ponds.        
    When registering, please indicate which train time and which station you intend using.              

 Please note: There will be disruptions on the Craigieburn and Upfield lines on the walk day. Trains will be replaced by buses between Essendon and Flagstaff on the Craigieburn line and between Coburg and Flagstaff on the Upfield line. Walkers who plan to meet at Southern Cross and would travel on the affected train lines should make a note of the disruptions and perhaps make alternate plans to get there.

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