Activities Program

The main club activities are day walks and take place in a large number of different areas ranging from suburban parks to the nearby mountains. Historic walks around the suburbs of Melbourne are also on offer.
Basecamps, cycling and a range of social events are also offered. Trips within Australia, overseas and locally are also undertaken periodically.

Grading of Walks

It is most important that before you consider going on any walk, particularly those graded medium or more strenuous, you should consider whether you are sufficiently fit and experienced and have the necessary equipment.

Easy  Walking on gently undulating terrain, mostly on formed tracks. Suitable for most people. Walking time 4 to 5 hours, 6 to 12 km.

Easy/Medium  Gently undulating terrain, mostly on formed tracks with some short climbs. Walking time 4 to 5 hours, 10 to 15 km.

Medium   Some of the walk not necessarily on formed tracks, with some sustained climbs (1km or more). Walking time 5 to 6 hours, 10 to 20 km.

Medium/Hard   As for medium but includes rougher terrain, ie. heavy scrub, rock scrambling or longer climbs or descents. Walking time 5 to 6 hours, 10 to 20 km.

Hard   Consistent walking in difficult terrain, rock scrambling, thick scrub, steep ups and downs, creek crossings. Experienced and fit walkers only. Walking time 6 to 10 hours, 10 to 20 km

Activity Booking  - Once you have registered as a visitor or prospective member (which is free) you can use our online booking system to book. Click Membership or Visitors for more information.

These are our upcoming activities:

Rescheduled from last year’s lockdown.

Friday - 9k approx - easy medium -Point Smyth National Park - VB

Ssturday - 16k approx - medium - Mt Hoddle Trail, Fish Creek - through farmland and formed tracks, to Mt Hoddle, hilly sections and last ks on rail trail.

Sunday - 10k approx easy walk, Beach and bike track to Lower Tarwin.

Accom - Venus Bay Caravan Park, 56637728 - please contact to arrange www.venusbaycaravanpark.com.au

Park will offer 10% discount if enough bookings.  Let them know you are from DVBC.  

Saturday dinner - Lower Tarwin pub.

Further enquires contact Carole or Louise 

Activity Date Fri 02 Dec 2022 1:00 pm
Finish Date/Time Sun 04 Dec 2022 2:00 pm
Capacity 20
Bookings 21
Available places -1
Bookings OK until Sat 26 Nov 2022 5:00 pm
Meeting Place Venus Bay Caravan Park
Categories BASE CAMP, Easy/Medium

Enjoy some sea air! Meet at Sandringham Railway Station 09:18 (Eltham 07:53 connects). Walk along beachfront to St Kilda Pier, turn inland to Albert Park Lake. Do anticlockwise circuit of most of lake to Cormorant picnic area, then across parklands to stop 131 (Fraser St) on the St Kilda Light Rail for return to Flinders St. No hills and numerous bail-out options for anyone who wants a shorter walk. EM 16 km.

Activity Date Wed 07 Dec 2022 9:20 am
Finish Date/Time Wed 07 Dec 2022 2:30 pm
Capacity Unlimited
Bookings 6
Bookings OK until Tue 06 Dec 2022 6:00 pm
Meeting Place Sandringham Station
Categories WALK, Easy/Medium

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Birrarung Park Bulleen, Templestowe Rd Mel 32 H4

We will meet at 11.00 at the covered picnic area, near the toilet block (not the covered area near the playground). There is an easy flat walk from there.

Bring a munchie to share and a drink. Please note that we will be eating at 12.15, so we will wait for those who choose to arrive at that time!

Plan B: If, perchance, the picnic tables are already occupied by "someone else", carry a folding chair in your car and bring a hat. Let's hope for a bonza sunny day!

Activity Date Wed 07 Dec 2022 11:00 am
Finish Date/Time Wed 07 Dec 2022 2:00 pm
Capacity Unlimited
Bookings 11
Bookings OK until Tue 06 Dec 2022 12:00 am
Meeting Place Picnic ground, Birrurrung Park
Categories RAMBLE, Easy

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Our End of Year dinner will be celebrated  at The Bistro, Eltham Hotel, 746 Main Road Eltham. Apart from wining and dining and enjoying each other's company we will be presenting our annual awards.

The Mike Carter Annual Award for the most walks led; the Paul Drinkwater Annual Award for the most bike rides led and an award for the most Rambles led.  Awards too for participation in rambles, walks and bike rides.These awards haven't been presented since pre Covid when Metzner Hall was our venue. 

We will also be holding our Annual Photographic competition, but more on that later.

Put the date in your diary/calendar. We look forward to seeing you there so that we can celebrate together and look back on the year that has been.

Activity Date Thu 08 Dec 2022 6:00 pm
Finish Date/Time Thu 08 Sep 2022 10:00 pm
Capacity 60
Bookings 55
Available places 5
Bookings OK until Mon 05 Dec 2022 12:00 am
Meeting Place Eltham Hotel
Categories SOCIAL EVENT, Easy

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Details to come for our End of Year breakup at Westerfolds Park. Please 'Save the Date'.

Activity Date Wed 14 Dec 2022 9:00 am
Capacity Unlimited
Bookings 10
Bookings OK until Tue 13 Dec 2022 12:00 am
Categories SOCIAL EVENT, Easy

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Christmas ride & lunch at Westerfolds Park. Ride Westerfolds Park to Ruffeys Lake on off road trail.

Christmas lunch with the walkers. E, About 20 km. 9.15 start.

For lunch bring seat, crockery & cutlery, drink, plate to share. Melways 33 E3.  

Book on web booking or email or call or just turn up.

Activity Date Wed 14 Dec 2022 9:15 am
Finish Date/Time Wed 14 Dec 2022 11:45 am
Capacity Unlimited
Bookings 5
Bookings OK until Wed 14 Dec 2022 8:30 am
Meeting Place Porter St Westerfolds Park
Categories BIKE RIDE, Easy

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We will meet at 915 for a 9.30 start at the Westerfolds carpark off Porter St MEL 33 E3

This is an easy circuit walk of 8km prior to our Christmas lunch. We will cut across the carpark to the Yarra River which we will follow to Candlebark Park and then onto tracks adjacent to Petty's Orchard.The majority of the walk is off the main trail on dirt tracks with some short ups and downs.

For the walk bring: water morning tea and poles if you use them.

For the picnic bring: seat plate utensils your own meal and if you are able your salad or dessert to share

Activity Date Wed 14 Dec 2022 9:30 am
Finish Date/Time Wed 14 Dec 2022 11:30 am
Capacity Unlimited
Bookings 18
Bookings OK until Wed 14 Dec 2022 6:00 pm
Meeting Place Porter St Westerfolds Park
Categories SHORT WALK, Easy

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Activity Date Wed 14 Dec 2022 10:30 am
Finish Date/Time Wed 14 Dec 2022 2:00 pm
Capacity Unlimited
Bookings 7
Bookings OK until Tue 13 Dec 2022 12:00 am
Categories RAMBLE, Easy

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This popular base camp offers five night’s accommodation including 3 meals per day in the YMCA Lodge near Falls Creek. This camp has been running for a number of years offering a variety of walks over 4 days to choose between and is a fun and relaxing time with the chance to make new friends.

This is a Diamond Valley, Koonung, Waverley and Essendon Bushwalking venture with combined walks and activities including a New Years Eve celebration.

Our expectation is that singles willing to share a room (bottom bed only) will be around $530 and couples requesting their own room will be around $570 each. Final costs depend on the numbers attending.

A $200 deposit is required by the end of August via the Howmans website. Instructions will be sent at the start of August to those who register online for the camp. Once you have committed to this if you find you cannot come you will either need to find a replacement person or you may be required to pay the balance of your booking.

 

Activity Date Tue 27 Dec 2022 3:00 pm
Finish Date/Time Sun 01 Jan 2023 10:00 am
Capacity 26
Bookings 19
Available places 7
Bookings OK until Wed 30 Nov 2022 12:00 am
Meeting Place Howmans Gap YMCA
Categories BASE CAMP

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Meet at the Jumping Creek Reserve carpark Melway 24 A9, enter off Jumping Creek Road, Wonga Park. 

We will do two circuits in Warrandyte State Park, one to Black Flat and the other to Blue Tongue Bend, a total of about 8km . Good river views.

Bring morning tea, and lunch if  you like to have after the walk. 

Activity Date Wed 11 Jan 2023 9:00 am
Finish Date/Time Wed 11 Jan 2023 12:00 pm
Capacity 15
Bookings 6
Available places 9
Bookings OK until Mon 09 Jan 2023 6:00 pm
Meeting Place (In Activity Description)
Categories SHORT WALK, Easy

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