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:

Castlemaine Base Camp

Castlemaine Base Camp – Mon 5 May 2025 to Thu 8 May 2025 for 3 nights

 

Staying at the BIG4 Castlemaine Gardens Holiday Park https://www.big4.com.au/caravan-parks/vic/goldfields/castlemaine-gardens-holiday-park

Walks over four days have been selected to provide the most interest/best walking/views etc of the area – There will be localised walks on the arrival and departure days (Mon &Thur) and a medium 11.5km (325m) ascent 5hr partially technical walk (Tue) and a contrasting flat (100m) but longer 18km walk ‘with a twist’ (Wed). There will also be time for some sightseeing in Castlemaine and the nearby town of Maldon.

Three 3BR (Sleep 4 – 2 double beds & 2 lower bunks) Villas have been secured under the name of Diamond Valley Bushwalking Club. Please gather four per cabin to sleep in each villa and book direct with the park.

Those wanting smaller studio-type cabins or camping sites can inform the park of our group name (DVBC) and they will assign sites nearest to the three villas.

For further information, contact the below via email/text (see member details at Members Information – List):

Stephen, Sandy, Catherine, or Darylene

 

 

 

Activity Date Monday 05 May 2025
Categories BASE CAMP, Easy/Medium

Sorry, fully booked

Pilbara Exploranges Trip

This is a 23 day Exploranges Trip specifically for members for the Diamond Valley Bushwlking Club.  Cost approx $8030.  Leaving from Perth and return to Perth - highlighting the Pilbara region.

Hike in deep gorges cut by hidden springs and swim in refreshing plunge pools - two of many reasons why the Pilbara is worth taking time to explore. Famous for its iron ore deposits which lend the landscape its fiery hues, the region contains some of the world’s most ancient natural landscapes, set amongst the beautiful Hammersley Ranges in Karajini National Park. Contrast these dramatic landscapes with the tranquility of Ningaloo Reef. Here we cruise and snorkel, discovering the delights of one of the most spectacular marine parks in the world, where the coral reef is just a short swim away

For a detailed itinerary or more information please email. Bookings are now being taken.

 

 

Activity Date Sunday 07 Sep 2025
Categories BASE CAMP, Easy/Medium

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A weekend of celebrations for the 40th anniversary of the formation of Diamond Valley Bushwalking Club.

A social function on Saturday 11th October, followed by a variety of walks to be offered on Sunday 12th October.

Activity Date Saturday 11 Oct 2025
Categories SOCIAL EVENT

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Grampians NP - Main Basecamp

Grampians NP Basecamp

Various graded walks throughout the northern , central and southern areas of the Grampians.

Expect conditions such as: steep hills; exposed rocky paths; light rock scrambling; cliffs; no shelter; poor visibility; sustained ascent; walking along steep exposed ridge. Please of course consider your ability before booking. 

Accommodation will be at Breeze Holiday Park, Halls Gap. There is cabin and site accommodation available, but due to the excellent location, it can get booked quickly. I have tried to avoid peak times and other clashes with the existing club programme. Please arrange your own accommodation.

Activity Date Monday 10 Nov 2025
Categories BASE CAMP, Medium, Medium/Hard

Sorry, fully booked

For those of us who do not wish to challlenge the highest mountains this camp will be running alongside the Grampians NP Main basecamp. Medium and easy/medium walks will be based around the Halls Gap area. We are staying at the same accommodation in Halls Gap at the Breeze caravan park.

More information will be provided closer to the camp. You will be notified when accommodation bookings open so that you can make your own booking.

Activity Date Monday 10 Nov 2025
Categories BASE CAMP, Medium, Easy/Medium

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Walk Description

A circuit walk starting in Menzies Creek.  Take in sweeping views across pasture lands and bush, Silvan Dam and even Port Phillip and Western Port Bays on a clear day.  Walking is a combination of gravel roads, verges, forest paths, and a little bit of bitumen. There are ups and downs and we follow the pretty Menzies Creek on board walks for a time.  This walk has it all hopefully including a passing Puffing Billy. Bring poles, water, morning tea & lunch. Meet at Hermons Saddle Reserve, Melway Map 124, C11. at 8.45 for 9.00am start straight up a steep dirt road. 12.5km and quite shaded in parts.

The drive from Eltham is approx. 115 km and 1h 35 m.


The total distance is 12.5 km with approx ascent/descent 532 meters.

Meet at Hermons Saddle Reserve, Melway Map 124, C11. at 8.45 for 9.00am start straight up a steep dirt road.

trekking poles, morning tea, lunch, water.

For carpooling meet at Meeting Place Map location (see below) at 8:30am.  Approx carpool cost $ 15.


GPS Track Details
Track length: 13.23 km
Total ascent: 532 m
Total descent: 543 m
Categories: Walk
Uploaded by: Marg King

Activity Date Monday 01 Dec 2025
Categories WALK, Medium

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Walk Description

Explore the walking tracks the southern areas of Plenty Gorge Park.

The walk is variable with broad wide tracks usually in the first half and narrower paths particularly closer to Plenty River.  Trekking poles would be helpful in some spots.  There are toilets and picnic tables at about the half way point where we plan to have morning tea.


The total distance is 10 km with approx ascent/descent 200 meters.

We plan to meet on the corner of Memorial Drive and River Avenue, Plenty.  Melways 10J4

trekking poles, morning tea, lunch, water.

For carpooling meet at Meeting Place Map location (see below) at 9.  Approx carpool cost $ 3.

GPS Track Details
Track length: 9.89 km
Total ascent: 271 m
Total descent: 273 m
Categories: Walk
Uploaded by: Val Sandeman

Activity Date Monday 08 Dec 2025
Categories WALK, Easy/Medium

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Walk Description


A walk in Kangaroo Ground

The total distance is 14 km with approx ascent/descent 178 meters.

Meet at Ness Lane

trekking poles, morning tea, lunch, water.

For carpooling meet at Meeting Place Map location (see below) at 9am.  Approx carpool cost $12.

GPS Track Details
Track length: 14.14 km
Total ascent: 315 m
Total descent: 318 m
Categories: Walk
Uploaded by: Val Sandeman

Test walk in Kangaroo Ground

Activity Date Tuesday 09 Dec 2025
Categories WALK, Easy/Medium

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Walk Description

Meet at Yarrambat Picnic area for an 8:30am departure.  Car pooling will be available or alternatively you can arrange your own transport and join us just around the corner of the Wallan Rd in Whittlesea at 8:45am.  There is a church car park if you don't want to park on the verge. We will convoy down about 6.5km along Wallan Rd to Bruces Creek Road, then take a turn right and then continue to the base of Mt Disappointment.

The walk rises 400m to the ridge mostly through tall Mountain Ash and then into the picnic ground of Mt Disappointment for lunch.  there are some steep sections where poles would be useful.

Please bring morning tea, lunch and plenty of water.

This walk was contributed by Peter Osborne.



The total distance is ?? km with approx ascent/descent ??? meters.

 

As the use of mobile phones on walks can be a source of annoyance to other walkers, we request that members observe the following:

  • The use of mobile phones on walks should be kept to a minimum and phones should be either turned off or switched to silent.
  • If you need to call someone or return a message, then please wait until the next refreshment or lunch break and preferably move away from the group.
  • If you are expecting an emergency call, then let the walk leader know, as a matter of courtesy.
  • If you become separated from the group, then your phone should be switched on to enable contact to be made.
  • Walkers need to advise the leader of their mobile phone number when booking in for the walk.


Enter address and Melway ref of walk start location HERE

trekking poles, morning tea, lunch, water.

For carpooling meet at Meeting Place Map location (see below) at ?time?.  Approx carpool cost $ ???.

GPS Track Details
Track length: 16.28 km
Total ascent: 663 m
Total descent: 668 m
Categories: Walk
Uploaded by: Peter Osborne

 

Activity Date Monday 22 Dec 2025
Categories RAMBLE, Easy

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Walk Description


A circuit walk starting in Menzies Creek.  Take in sweeping views across pasture lands and bush, Silvan Dam and even Port Phillip and Western Port Bays on a clear day.  Walking is a combination of gravel roads, verges, forest paths, and a little bit of bitumen. There are ups and downs and we follow the pretty Menzies Creek on board walks for a time.  This walk has it all hopefully including a passing Puffing Billy. Bring poles, water, morning tea & lunch. Meet at Hermons Saddle Reserve, Melway Map 124, C11. at 8.45 for 9.00am start straight up a steep dirt road. 12.5km and quite shaded in parts.The drive from Eltham is approx. 115 km and 1h 35 m.
The total distance is 12.5 km with approx ascent/descent 532 meters.
Meet at Hermons Saddle Reserve, Melway Map 124, C11. at 8.45 for 9.00am start straight up a steep dirt road.
Please bring: trekking poles, morning tea, lunch, water.
For carpooling meet at Meeting Place Map location (see below) at 8:30am.  Approx carpool cost $ 15.


GPS Track Details
Track length: 13.23 km
Total ascent: 532 m
Total descent: 543 m
Categories: Walk
Uploaded by: Marg King

Activity Date Tuesday 30 Dec 2025
Categories RAMBLE, Easy

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