Events

For further details on how to attend our events as a visitor, and becoming a member, please contact our secretary at: secretary@essendonbwc.org.au.

09
Nov
2022

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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11
Nov
2022

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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12
Nov
2022

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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12
Nov
2022

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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16
Nov
2022

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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19
Nov
2022

Mt Cobbler and Mt Speculation

Sat Nov 19th 2022 8:00:00 - Sun Nov 20th 2022 4:00:00

Mt Speculation, on the Australian Alps Walking Track, is one of the most scenic campsites in Victoria, with 360 degrees of alpine views. In good weather a summit camp is worth the extra thirty minutes of lugging your pack up from the lower campsite at Camp Creek.

Getting there is not all that easy. In the absence of a serious 4WD, this route will take the easiest walking route, starting at Lake Cobbler.

From Lake Cobbler we’ll walk up to the Cobbler Plateau then drop packs and do a one-hour side trip to the craggy and very distinct summit of Mt Cobbler. From there it’s a road-bash to Camp Creek, and, weather permitting, we’ll camp on the summit of Mt Speculation, otherwise we’ll camp at the more sheltered saddle at Camp Creek.

On Sunday we’ll return via a foot track along scenic clifftops to Mt Koonika, then back to the road and descend to Lake Cobbler.

This is an alpine walk, with Mt Speculation topping out at 1700m, so all participants must be prepared for the possibility of cold conditions.

Suitable for novice pack walkers with a bit of self-confidence and at least one easy pack walk experience.

About Getting There

From Bennies camping area (meeting point 1), the road up to Lake Cobbler is unsealed and slightly rough in places. AWD medium clearance SUV’s are the recommended minimum vehicle type, for example Toyota RAV4, Subaru Forrester, etc

 

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22
Nov
2022

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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23
Nov
2022

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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26
Nov
2022

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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27
Nov
2022

TBA

Sun Nov 27th 2022

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About Essendon Bushwalking Club

The Club was formed in 1975, and is a major club servicing the Northern and Western suburbs.

The main theme of the club is to enjoy the great outdoors and through participation learn new skills and have FUN!