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At Melbourne Bushwalkers (https://mbw.org.au/index.php) we offer a full program of hiking and 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 (https://mbw.org.au/mbw_activities/walks/MBW_bus_walks.php))

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 (https://mbw.org.au/mbw_activities/MBW_activities_program.php).

We are strategically located on the ground floor of the The Mission to Seafarers Victoria building at 717 Flinders Street, Docklands (Melway 2E, 8J). 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.

Upcoming events (5)

Presentation: Walking in South Australia (John Chapman)

Mission to Seafarers

John Chapman is one of Australia's most active walkers and the author of 15 current books in print. In association with his co-authors he redefined the way walking books are presented, drawing on his extensive experience, and has opened the door to many different walks to bushwalkers across Australia. John will be presenting his experiences of walking the Gammon Ranges plus the link from the Gammon Ranges through to the north end of the Heysen Trail (passes through ranges but its private property which permission to cross was obtained). Including a section (the last 2 weeks) of the route Warren Bonython used when he first followed the Flinders ranges from south to north. Bonython is credited with the conception of the Heysen Trail. In 1973, he and friend Charles McCubbin walked 463 kilometres north-south across the Simpson Desert, pulling a 250-kilogram loaded trailer dubbed "the Comalco Camel", the trek lasting 32 days. Come along and hear first-hand the story of this adventurous journey. Visitors welcome. If you are attending as a visitor please send us an email to [masked] to let us know so that we can be sure to have enough supper. When: 7:45pm, Wednesday 24 July Where: In the clubrooms, 717 Flinders Street, Docklands (The Mission to Seafarers building) MORE DETAILS: Forthcoming Social Events https://mbw.org.au/mbw_activities/social/MBW_social_program.php GETTING TO THE MISSION TO SEAFARERS VICTORIA Melbourne Bushwalkers is now located at The Mission to Seafarers, Victoria, 717 Flinders Street, Docklands. A note has been prepared to assist Members and visitors with Public Transport options and parking locations. A copy can be downloaded from the Downloads Page of the website or from the following link: https://mbw.org.au/downloads/misc_getting_to_the_Mission_to_Seafarers_Victoria_10-2018.pdf

Sunday Bus: Dargile Forest - Mt Ida - 12 & 14km - Sunday 14 July

Melbourne Bushwalkers - Bus departure

From our drop-off point at the Dargile Forest Picnic Area, the shorter walk may elect to visit William Lagoon before returning to the picnic area. This is a small man-made dam NE of the start point, the access track passes through forest containing both native and introduced trees, notably conifers. Most of the main walk for both groups is along rough vehicular tracks in Red Ironbark forest. Here the understory is sparse, we may see early blooming wildflowers. The longer walk ascends sandstone ridges to Mt Ida from which there are good views of Mt Camel to the north, Lake Eppalock westwards with Mt Alexander even further west and the settled Heathcote area close by to the south. . DISTANCE(S): 12km and 14km . TOTAL ASCENT(S): 210m . Melbourne Bushwalkers' Gradings: Easy and Easy/Medium . MORE DETAILS: Day Walks by Bus with Melbourne Bushwalkers: https://mbw.org.au/mbw_activities/walks/MBW_bus_walks.php Additional walk Preview notes for this activity: https://mbw.org.au/mbw_activities/2019072801 For details of other Melbourne Bushwalkers activities, including day walks and multi-day trips, visit: https://mbw.org.au/mbw_activities/MBW_activities_program.php Please note, 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: https://mbw.org.au/MBW_membership.php 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. We are located at The Mission to Seafarers Victoria, 717 Flinders Street, Docklands. We are open 7:00pm - 8.30pm. If you arrive early enjoy a coffee or wine from the bar and look around this impressive historic building which is open to the public from 11am to 8pm.). The costs for the walk are $25 bus fare plus $10 visitor fee if you are not a paid-up Member of Melbourne Bushwalkers.

Sunday Bus: Lakes Daylesford - Wombat Creek - 16 & 18km - Sunday 11 August

Melbourne Bushwalkers - Bus departure

Daylesford township is located between Ballarat and Bendigo, 1.5 hrs east of Melbourne. The area is well known for a history of gold mining, logging and mineral spas. We will start our walks near a spring east of Lake Daylesford. Walking along on well known tracks like the dry diggings and lerdarderg trails. Along the way we will see lake Daylesford and other water bodies and parks before continuing on along a old rail way line into the forest. Terrain is undulating gold mining country with no large hills. Both walks are similar in what you see and we hope you can join us for this relaxing walk. . DISTANCE(S): 16km and 18km . TOTAL ASCENT(S): Some steep hills . Melbourne Bushwalkers' Gradings: Easy and Easy/Medium . MORE DETAILS: Day Walks by Bus with Melbourne Bushwalkers: https://mbw.org.au/mbw_activities/walks/MBW_bus_walks.php Additional walk Preview notes for this activity: https://mbw.org.au/mbw_activities/2019081101 For details of other Melbourne Bushwalkers activities, including day walks and multi-day trips, visit: https://mbw.org.au/mbw_activities/MBW_activities_program.php Please note, 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: https://mbw.org.au/MBW_membership.php 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. We are located at The Mission to Seafarers Victoria, 717 Flinders Street, Docklands. We are open 7:00pm - 8.30pm. If you arrive early enjoy a coffee or wine from the bar and look around this impressive historic building which is open to the public from 11am to 8pm.). The costs for the walk are $25 bus fare plus $10 visitor fee if you are not a paid-up Member of Melbourne Bushwalkers.

Sunday Bus: Trampoline Walk - 14 & 18km - Sunday 25 August

Melbourne Bushwalkers - Bus departure

This is a great and a bit challenging walk in the Dandenongs that includes the much talked about firebreak track (Glasgow Track) (Medium group). Both walks will commence on a track south of Glasgow Road, Montrose and follow the tracks till Camelia Track where the two groups will take separate routes. The Easy/Medium Group will continue along Camelia Track until Doongalla Homestead is reached. The Medium Group will continue up Glasglow Track and will eventually reach Doongalla Homestead. From Doongalla Homestead both groups follow the same route to the end at Wicks Reserve in The Basin. There is a fair bit of hill walking involved and, weather permitting, we should expect some excellent views. . DISTANCE(S): 14km and 18km . TOTAL ASCENT(S): 710m Rise and 1010m Rise . Melbourne Bushwalkers' Gradings: Easy/Medium and Medium . MORE DETAILS: Day Walks by Bus with Melbourne Bushwalkers: https://mbw.org.au/mbw_activities/walks/MBW_bus_walks.php Additional walk Preview notes for this activity: https://mbw.org.au/mbw_activities/2019082501 For details of other Melbourne Bushwalkers activities, including day walks and multi-day trips, visit: https://mbw.org.au/mbw_activities/MBW_activities_program.php Please note, 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: https://mbw.org.au/MBW_membership.php 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. We are located at The Mission to Seafarers Victoria, 717 Flinders Street, Docklands. We are open 7:00pm - 8.30pm. If you arrive early enjoy a coffee or wine from the bar and look around this impressive historic building which is open to the public from 11am to 8pm.). The costs for the walk are $25 bus fare plus $10 visitor fee if you are not a paid-up Member of Melbourne Bushwalkers.

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