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Introduction to Walking and Camping Activities

Walker on pack-carry trip. Setting up camp.

Our Program of Walks and other activities is published quarterly with detailed information about each upcoming event. It is published in the monthly Newsletter and on the Website. A variety of walking trips is available, each graded by experienced club members. The Tips for New Bushwalkers gives some helpful guidance to those who are new to the activity.

Sunday Day Walks

Setting off on a Sunday Bus walk.

One of the institutions of Melbourne Bushwalkers is the Sunday Walk which happens 51 Sundays throughout the year. The destination is generally within 1 - 1.5 hours drive from Melbourne, with a bus or cars departing usually at 8:45am and usually returning by 6.30pm. The Sunday Walk generally splits into two groups:

Sometimes, trips may have a harder grading, e.g. "easy" and "medium" or "easy/medium" and "medium". , If in doubt, prospective walkers should discuss with trip leaders the grade and level of fitness required.

If bus transport is used a charge of $25 ( $20 concession ) plus $10 for visitors (temporary members), and a $5 late-payment fee if applicable. If car transport is used a km allowance is paid by each passenger to the driver. The amount for the chosen walk should be shown in the Walk Preview. For details of booking procedures refer to the relevant FAQ item.

To join the bus or carpool, members and visitors (temporary members) meet at the corner of William and A'Beckett Streets opposite Flagstaff Gardens well before 8:45am (unless otherwise indicated in the program and/or preview for specific walks). The bus will leave at 8:45am sharp so allow plenty of time for check-in with the leader and boarding the bus.

Weekend Walks

Walkers on a pack-carry walk.

Weekend trips are planned on most of the weekends of the year. These may be day walks from a base camp or lodge accommodation or pack-carry walks over two or more days. Longer trips are arranged for public holiday weekends, both within Victoria and interstate. Occasionally, small groups arrange trips to New Zealand. Prospective walkers should discuss with the trip leader the level of fitness and other requirements for the trip, if inexperienced with such trips.

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Relaxing after setting up the tents on The Overland track.
Relaxing after setting up the tents on The Overland track.
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Taking in the views on the Great Ocean Walk.
Taking in the views on the Great Ocean Walk.
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Balancing around the heights in the Victoria Alps.
Balancing around the heights in the Victoria Alps.
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Canoe trip down the Glenelg River.
Canoe trip down the Glenelg River.
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Crossing the Lerderderg River during a weekend hike.
Crossing the Lerderderg River during a weekend hike.

Other Day Walks

Relaxing over coffee after a day walk.

Transport

Walkers arriving by car.

The club organises bus or car transport for Sunday Walks (see above) and private transport (members' own cars) is generally used for most other walks and activities, with car-sharing arrangements organised by individuals or via the trip leader. A contribution to running costs is the accepted levy per passenger. For average cars on good roads the Club recommends that each passenger contribute 10c/km for 2 or 3 occupants (including the driver), reducing to 8c/km for 4 in the car. (The charges are subject to regular review and passengers should confirm the current guideline with the driver.)

Bushwalking is inherently risky and walkers are responsible for their own safety. Always - "Talk before the Walk" and tell leaders if you have any pre-existing health conditions, special medication requirements or allergies. We want you to have fun and return home safely.