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Photo6The Diamond Valley Bushwalking Club is a group of people who like to walk in the bush, backpack, camp or cycle with a friendly sociable group of similarly interested people. The Club caters for people with a wide variety of interests and levels of fitness. Visitors and potential new members are welcome to walk with us.

The Diamond Valley Bushwalking Club was formed in 1985 by people associated with the Eltham Living and Learning Centre. It has since grown into a Club of around 200 members. The members of the Club mostly reside in the Nillumbik and Banyule council areas although a number of members come from wider afield.

The Club has a strong interest in conservation and encourages members to look after and care for the environment. The Club has a non-smoking policy.

Club Meetings
The Club meets on the third Thursday of every month (except January and June) at 8pm (7.30pm for new members) at Metzner Hall, Judge Book Village (Melbourne City Mission), Eltham (Melway 21 J4). Meetings generally have a guest speaker, followed by a short break for tea/coffee and then the Club meeting which finishes around 10pm. View Map

Affiliation
The Diamond Valley Bushwalking Club is affiliated with Bushwalking Victoria. This affiliation offers walkers Public Liability Insurance while taking part in Club walks and also enables contact with other walking clubs around Victoria.

Newsletter
Bush Telegraph, the Club’s quarterly newsletter for members, publishes walk reports and news from around the Club.

Activities
The strength of the Club lies in its excellent walks program. Walks programs are published twice a year, January to June and July to December. All walks offered by the Club are graded – Ramble, Easy, Easy/Medium, Medium, Medium/Hard or Hard to provide some guidance as to the level of fitness, experience and equipment required.

The program includes the following activities:

Day Walks: Diamond Valley Bushwalking Club has day walks every Wednesday and Sunday throughout the year. The Wednesday program usually has a minimum of two activities each week, a ramble, an easy or medium walk or a bike ride. The Sunday program is usually an easy/medium to hard walk. The range of walks offered includes metropolitan walking trails, forests, mountain and coastal walks.

The social aspect of walking is encouraged and participants gather at a common meeting place and pool cars for the trip to the walk start. Most day walks are within one hour's drive of the usual meeting place in Eltham.

Back Packs: There are a number of keen back packers in the Club who organise expeditions into the Victorian wilderness, which are included in the Walks Program.

Base Camps: Club members offer an exciting range of base camps in each program. A walks program is prepared for each day of the base camp for the enjoyment of all participants.

Cycling: Cycling activities are offered as an alternative to walking but usually when a cycling activity is arranged, a walk is also available for those unable or not interested in riding. Bike riding weekends are occasionally offered on the program.

Overseas Trips: Overseas walking or tourist trips are a regular feature. Recent trips organised by members include Nepal, China, Tibet, Iran, Malaysia, Borneo and New Zealand.

Interstate Trips: Trips to the North West, Blue Mountains, Central Australia, Tasmania and Lord Howe Island to name a few, are also well patronised.

Base Camp Blogs:  View what the members get up to in some recent Base Camp blogs (Thredbo 2013 & Waratah Bay 2014)


Click pdfhere for Walks Program example. - Contact details have been removed.


The Club has an extensive collection of books, maps and other walk resources available for loan to members.