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15
Dec
2021

Edithvale - Seaford Environmental Wetlands Area 2. Carrum to Seaford Circuit.

Wed Dec 15th 2021 8:50:00 -2:30:00

Meet outside the Windsor Hotel in Spring Street (Parliament Station) to catch a bus to Caulfield Station at 9.00 am and then train to Carrum. The walk starts at Carrum Station and heads north to the Patterson River. another short stroll along the riverside takes us to Launching Way (toilets) where we change direction to walk south to Carrum Ray Dore Reserve. From there, we walk to Eel Race Road and the track that will take us around the Wetlands to Seaford where we will stop for lunch (toilets).

After lunch, we walk back to Carrum around the opposite side of the Wetlands.

The walk is flat (sea level) and mostly in the open. Boots are recommended.

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

 

 

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18
Dec
2021

Railway Dam

Sat Dec 18th 2021 8:00:00 -3:00:00

Railway Dam is a quiet spot on the edge of the Fryers Range State Forest, between Chewton and Elphinstone.  Meeting at the bush camping area across the road from the dam, we will first complete the Junction Walk, learning a little of the history of this area. After completing the Junction walk we will pick up an old water race following this for a short section before making our way along mountain bike tracks and dirt roads. 

There should be plenty of spring wildflowers on display and we will also view some beautiful brick culverts built in the 1880's.

The walk involves walking on water races which will have obstacles and are overgrown in spots. Sections of the walk will be over rocky / loose surfaces. there are several hills in the walk, and while not overly long do have steep sections.  this is a partial Bob Friendly walk

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19
Dec
2021

Woowookarung Regional Park, Ballarat

Sun Dec 19th 2021 9:30:00 -4:00:00

Woowookarung Regional Park is on the south-eastern edge of Ballarat.  The land was previously the Canadian State Forest and a favourite haunt of rubbish dumpers and other undesirables.  Parks Victoria and a local community group have spent much time and money in recent years starting to build it into an attractive venue for walkers, cyclists and horse riders.  Eventually the Goldfields Track between Buninyong and Ballarat will be re-directed through the Park. During the day we will walk along two nature trails, and climb gently to a lookout over Ballarat and with a view of the distant Great Dividing Range.

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22
Dec
2021

Lysterfield Park circuit

Wed Dec 22nd 2021 9:30:00 -4:00:00

Please note:  All participants in this activity must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 (or have a valid medical exemption) and able to prove this if requested by the leader.

This 15km easy circuit is situated in the scenic Lysterfield Park in Melbourne's south-east. There are some gentle undulations but nothing too challenging. A good opportunity to experience some peaceful walking close by to Melbourne.  Parks Victoria have done an excellent job of isolating mountain bikers from walkers on most tracks. Cafe in the vicinity for afternoon tea. Walkers asked to contribute to Citylink tolls in addition to petrol fee.

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29
Dec
2021

Fitzroy Gardens & Botanical Gardens

Wed Dec 29th 2021 9:30:00 -3:30:00

 

Please book on website and also phone Ron 0429 384 057 to advise you're coming.

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12
Jan
2022

Mt Macedon

Wed Jan 12th 2022 8:30:00 -4:00:00

As well as registering on the website, please also phone Ron on 0429 384 057 to advise you're coming.

 

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16
Jan
2022

Sugarloaf Reservoir Circuit

Sun Jan 16th 2022 8:00:00 -4:00:00

This is a 16km circular walkaround the Sugarloaf Reservoir  in the Christmas Hills. The walk is  mainly through bushland around the reservior and is relatively flat although there are a couple of short steep climbs half way around the walk.

Most of the walk is on well worn dirt paths around the reservoir, there is a small amount of road walking involved in crossing the dam wall and for a kilomotre of so afterwards. There are a few low lying sections of the walk that are quite muddy, particularly if there has been recent rain.  You will need to bring walking boots. 

Bring normal walking gear. We will stop for morning tea and lunch. 


 

 

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19
Jan
2022

Dandenong to Carrum.

Wed Jan 19th 2022 8:50:00 -2:30:00

Leaving Dandenong Station, the walk heads south down Hammond Road to get onto the Dandenong Creek Trail and then we walk southwesterly to meet up with the Eastlink Trail at Mile Creek. We then follow the Eastlink Trail south along Dandenong Creek until it flows into the Patterson River and passing the National Water Sports Centre on the way to Carrum. The northern end of the Patterson Lakes suburb will be passed on the way to the new overhead railway before arriving at Carrum Station for the train journey home.

The walk is flat and mainly in open areas which can be windy at times, so come prepared with appropriate clothing. Because of the lack of shade/cover during most of the walk, if the forecast temperature for the Patterson Lakes area is 30 degrees or above, the walk will be postponed and moved to a later date on the programme.

This is the third walk in the series of Wetlands Walks in the area.
Meet at Flinders Street Station Coffee Shops by 8.50 am. to catch the train to Dandenong ( 9.00 am.). Unfortunately, Metro have chosen 17-19 January to organise further disruptions on the Dandenong line. The trains terminate at Westall Station and we transfer to a bus, express to Dandenong Station, adding about 10 minutes to the journey.
Luckily, for the return journey, the Frankston line is or should be operating to its normal every 10 minute service between Carrum and Flinders Street, so there should be no delays getting home.

The walk starts at Dandenong Station and heads south to get onto the Dandenong Creek Trail, and then proceeds to meet up with the Eastlink Trail at Mile Creek. We follow the Eastlink Trail to Carrum, walking mainly on the embankment alongside Dandenong Creek and the Patterson River. Before arriving at Carrum, we pass by the northern end of the Patterson Lakes suburb and marina and will get a chance to look into the lakeside from the floodgates.
The current forecast (10 January) for the Patterson Lakes area for 19 January is for a max. Temperature of 24 deg. C.and a 20% chance of < 1 mm. of rain. This of course may change, and because the walk is mainly in the open , with a lack of shade/cover, if the forecast temperature for the Patterson Lakes area changes to 30 deg. C or above , the walk will be postponed and moved to a later date on the programme. If this occurs, all registrants will be notified by email.
Boots are recommended as most of the embankment walking is on a gravel surface and is level nearly all the way.


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

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23
Jan
2022

Louise's Warburton Walk

Sun Jan 23rd 2022 7:30:00 -4:30:00
This walk starts off innocently enough, lulling you into a false sense of security, don’t be fooled though, this walk is for those that enjoy a good challenge

Starting at the Warburton Recreation Reserve we will make our way downstream along the river path, which is very pleasant and has wonderful views along the river.  After about 2 1/2 kms we leave the river and enjoy more pleasant walking along the Warburton to Lilydale rail trail.  Morning tea will be held in Millgrove, where there are seats, toilets and a bakery, what could be more civilised and relaxing.  After a well-rested morning tea, we head back on the rail trail for a short stint before crossing the highway and making our way past some houses into the Yarra Ranges State Forest, picking up a nice wide and graded fire trail, which starts off easily enough with a gentle grade.

However, this does not last long before we go up, up, up, to the peak of Mt Little Joe our total ascent is only 470 metres, all of which is done in only a couple of kilometres.  Once at the top we are rewarded with no view whatsoever, the forest though is very pleasant and well shaded.  Once our breath catches up with us and after a well earned lunch rest then it is down, down, down.  The down is steeper than the up!

Finally, we will reach the Backstairs track which makes lovely walking back into Warburton, meeting up with the rail trail once again and then finally back to our cars and afternoon tea or an ice-cream at one of Warburton’s many cafes, before heading home.

The walk is rated at moderately hard, is all on track and is only 13 km long.  It could be a Bob friendly as there is only one long hill.  Because it is a bit of a drive across town, we will leave MPBC car park at 0730hrs

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25
Jan
2022

Darebin Creek and Main Yarra Trails bike ride

Tue Jan 25th 2022

Please note:  All participants in this activity must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 (or have a medical exemption) and able to prove this if requested by the leader.

This bike ride takes in the Main Yarra Trail, Darebin Creek Trail Moonee Ponds Creek Trail and Capital City Trail.  There is a short section of about 5km on (mostly) quiet suburban streets to connect the first two trails through Rosanna and West Heidelberg.   Coffee in Rosanna.  BYO lunch.

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