Below are details of our scheduled Future Events and Base Camps:

Date: Saturday, 1st October to Sunday, 2nd of October 2022.
Event: BVW Federation Weekend.
Details: FedWalks 2022 is a Bushwalking Victoria event, and must be booked via the details to be provided. Will be based in Wangaratta. It can be assumed there'll be a variety of walks offered, ranging from Easy to Hard, on both days. There will be limits on bookings and this event usually is sold out very quickly! More details to come. Bookings must be made via BWV.
Date: Monday, 3rd October to Friday, 7th of October 2022.
Event: Grampians Peaks Challenge Stage 1.
Leader: Bill Casey
Details: The daily walks on each of the five days have now been finalised.  You will be pleased to learn that the Stage 1 longest daily distance is now 16km (was 20km), but the walks are still rated Medium plus because of the many ascents, sometimes long and sometimes steep.

Also, meeting time in Halls Gap each morning has been brought forward to 8am at the car park opposite the main shopping centre.

Mon 3rd - 16km - Mt Zero Car Park to Roses Gap Rd.  All on GPT.

Tue 4th - 16km - Roses Gap Rd to a point on Mt Difficult Rd North, 5km off the GPT.  The first 11km is on the GPT, then we walk 5km out to Mt Difficult Rd where cars can access.

Wed 5th - 14km - Mt Difficult Rd North to the first point at which the GPT crosses Mt Difficult Rd.  First we walk 5km back into the GPT, then 9km on it.

Thu 6th - 13km - From the above-mentioned crossing to Halls Gap.  All on GPT.

Fri 7th - 10km - Halls Gap to Silverband Rd.  All on GPT.

We will have walked 59km of the 166km GPT.


Date: Tuesday, 1st November to Friday, 4th of November 2022.
Event: Walhalla Base Camp.
Leader: Ron Bell (contact Ron for more details).
Details: Arrive Tuesday and Depart Friday.  Staying in Walhalla accommodation or Rawson. Walhalla is a picturesque village, located north of Moe and Traralgon. Nestled in a steep sided valley at the southern edge of the Victorian Alps, the town is surrounded by a national park, lush forests and fern gullies.  Walhalla is a historic gold mining town where in the 1860s onward the Long Tunnel mine produced 13.7 tonnes of gold. For more info see: https://www.travelvictoria.com.au/walhalla/. Tuesday: We are meeting at 11:30am at the picnic ground where we'll have lunch, and then do a walking tour around town, including the famous cricket ground and the cemetery, and it's possible to do a tour of the richest gold mine in Victoria if you wish.

Wednesday: Dinner tonight at the old pub where there's great food.

Thursday: 

Friday: return home.

To book your own accommodation you might try: 'The Mill House' 2br, 4 persons, ph 0427 899 709; 'Happy Go Lucky' 3br, 8 persons, ph 0414 789 488; 'Jacomb Cottage' 2br, 4 persons, ph 0450 385 483; 'Sancreed Cottage' 2br, 4 persons, ph 8373 4049; 'Windsor House' BnB 5 rooms 0407 519 215; 'Wild Cherry' BnB, 0427 975 042.


Date: Friday, 11th November to Sunday, 13th November 2022.
Event: Hamilton "20th Anniversary" Base Camp.
Leader: Darren McClelland
Details: 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.

Date: Tuesday,27th December 2022 to Sunday, 1st January 2023
Event: Howman's Gap Base Camp.
Coordinator: Col Purchase.
Details: Combined Base Camp event with Diamond Valley, Koonung and Waverly bushwalking clubs in the Alpine region near Falls Creek.   Fully catered with bunk room accommodation for 5 nights.  Vatious walks for each day, and a themed NYE party for the final night.
Bookings through the YMCA website, only. 
For further details and expressions of interest, contact: Col Purchase: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Phone: 0407 879 751.
For further details, download the following document: pdfHowmans_Gap 2022.
Date: Tuesday, 31st January to Friday, 3rd February 2023,
Event: Marysville Summer Base Camp
Leader: Ron Bell.
Details:  Contact Ron for further information.

Date: Sunday 27th to Friday 31st March 2023,
Event: Portland - Three Capes
Leader: Col Purchase.
Details:  Travel to Portland on Sunday the 26th of March for four days of walking a section of the Great South West Walk around Capes Bridgewater, Nelson and Grant; then return on Friday - or stay longer.  Distances will be 14 kms,15 kms, 13 kms and 15 kms respectively which will inlude walking tracks and along the beach at low tide.  Visitoing the Blow Holes, Petrified Forrest, Seal Colony, the lighthouse, the Pinnacles and Enchanted Forest; there will be several steep hills and undulations.  Details are attached, and book your own accommodation.  Col Purchase: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Phone: 0407 879 751.
For further details, download the following document: pdfPortland Daily Walk Descriptions

Date: Tuesday, 25th to Friday, 28th April 2023,
Event: Warburton Autumn Base Camp
Leader: Ron Bell.
Details:  Contact Ron for further information.
Date: Monday, 1st to Thursday 4th of May 2023.
Event: Grampians Peaks Challenge Stage 2.
Leader: Bill Casey
Details: Continuing along the GPT with some steady climbs requiring good fitness level. Up to 18km per day. 
Not suitable for novice walkers. Staying at Halls Gap. Suggest you book Sunday to Thursday nights. 

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!