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Sunday Bus: Lal Lal Forest - Mt Doran - 14 & 16km - Sunday 30 September
The Lal Lal Forest is a small reserve of natural forest hidden just south of the Midland area often overlooked by walkers. It is seeped with lots of evidence of past gold exploration and incorporates the Lal Lal Blast Furnace, established as an iron smelter in 1874. The best views of the Lal Lal Reservoir are from the bus before the walks even start. Both walks will commence by visiting the ruins of the Lal Lal Blast Furnace. The Med walkers will descend to the Moorabool River for an up close and challenging experience. Once returning to the main track both walks will follow the same route visiting Champion Hill with its extensive evidence of local mining and descending again to the Moorabool River. While exploring the Lal Lal Forest we will visit some amazing strands of grass trees. Both walks will continue along 4WD tracks, animal tracks and cross country. The Medium group will explorer further off-track, skirting Mt Doran prior to meeting with the E/M Group and the bus. Both walks will have some challenges…steep ascents…cross country walking…but the rewards of an area not often visited far outweigh the challenges. . DISTANCE(S): 14km and 16km . TOTAL ASCENT(S): 500m and 550m . Melbourne Bushwalkers' Gradings: Easy/Medium and Medium . MORE DETAILS: Day Walks by Bus with Melbourne Bushwalkers: Additional walk Preview notes: Registration (membership) on Meetup is not the same as paid-up Membership of MBW. To become a paid-up Member with online booking and other benefits see: What to bring A day pack containing: * Lunch, a morning and afternoon snack. * Full water bottle - we recommend 2 litres, more in warmer weather. * An unlined waterproof jacket or cape, waterproof over-trousers (if your jacket is short). * Whistle, pencil and paper. * Personal and first aid items, including, sun screen, lip screen, toilet paper, identification, club green Health Card, some money etc. Note: The leader always carries a first aid kit. * A change of shoes is required on bus and car trips. Important to know Your RSVP on MeetUp lets us know who may be interested but does not add you to the booking list. To book on this walk you must attend in person at our clubroom on either of the two Wednesday evenings before the walk (located on the corner of William Street and A'Beckett Street; enter from William Street. We are open 7:00pm - 8.30pm). The costs are $25 bus fare plus $10 visitor fee if you are not a paid-up Member of Melbourne Bushwalkers.

Melbourne Bushwalkers

Corner William Street and A'Beckett Street · Melbourne

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At Melbourne Bushwalkers ( we offer a full program of walking activities throughout the year, ranging from our regular Sunday, Saturday & weekday day-walks to multi-day camping and longer pack-carry trips, with lots of options in between. A unique feature of our Sunday day-walks is the bus we provide. Sit back and relax in comfort traveling to and from your walk. Enjoy unique walks without the time lost in a long car shuffle. (Day Walks by Bus with Melbourne Bushwalkers (

This Meetup is only a door to some of our activities, selected walks and events which we think would appeal to beginning walkers as well as those more experienced. To participate in advertised walks as a visitor you must come to our club rooms to talk with the leaders about the walk and your bushwalking experience. A simple RSVP lets us know of your interest but does not add your name to the booking list. (Members of the club can book online.) To view our full program visit our online program of activities (

We are strategically located in the CBD on the first floor of the Royal Historical Society's building at the corner of William and A’Beckett Streets. The entrance to the clubroom is located on William Street and the address is 362 William Street (Melway 2F, B2), just up William Street from Flagstaff train station. The clubrooms are open on Wednesday evenings between 7:00pm and 8:45pm.

The club suits all levels of bushwalking and hiking experience. Benefit comes from the club beyond the walks - membership includes access to practical training (first-aid, bushwalking leadership, bush navigation, GPS navigation), bushwalking gear hire (backpacks, tents, sleeping bags, sleeping mats etc.) and social, educational & ecological activities.

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