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Walking Groups

18OUT001 - Outdoor Activities: Walking Group (Shorter)

18OUT004 - Outdoor Activities: Walking Group (Moderate)

18OUT002 - Outdoor Activities: Walking Group (Metro Walks: Short Walks on Tuesday)

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These are co-operative, self-help walking groups, with a member teaming up with other like minded members to offer to lead a walk of their choice. This is the best way to ensure our walking group remains a viable activity, and also provides a far wider range of options. The conveners are ready to suggest and help to plan walks with members. Thank you to all our leaders for this programme.

Participants need the fitness necessary to make the distance specified for each walk at a pace to keep up with the group.

It is necessary to book with the leader of each walk.

l0.lSam for 10.30am start (unless indicated otherwise).

Members needing assistance with transport, please the walk leader.

Wear name badges on all walks, with emergency details completed.

Wear strong walking shoes or boots and carry warm/waterproof clothing or sun protection as appropriate & also bring your Seniors card.

Bring your own cut lunch, drink, water bottle to carry.

Walks are automatically cancelled when (i) Melbourne forecast is 30 degrees or over; (ii) Total fire ban is declared and (iii) CFA Fire Danger Rating is Severe or above - as per the ABC Weather Report @ 7.25 pm on the day prior to the walk.


Walks Booking Sheet
To be completed by walk leaders for each walk. Download here

Acknowledgement of Risk Form
To be completed by each walker when enrolling. Download here

Incident Report Form
To be completed and submitted to the Secretary for any injury or similar occurrence. Download here




This easy 7.2 km walk starts from Kooyong Station and follows the Main Yarra Trail along the river to Birrarung Marr. Initially we will walk a short distance north along Glenferrie Rd until we reach the Gardiners Creek Trail, where we turn left and proceed on until we reach the Main Yarra Trail. We will cross to the south bank of the Yarra at Grange Rd and on to Birrarung Marr. You will return home using public transport (train from Flinders St or tram along Alexandra Parade). Picnic places, two toilet stops and a cafe are all available after Grange Rd. It would be possible to leave the walk early at Church St Cremorne.


Leader: Garry Warne



An easy walk along the Plenty River starting from Greensborough and walking towards Bundoora. We will walk for about 4 to 4.5 K and then return along the same route. The old swing bridge that I remember from childhood has been re-located and spruced up, but it is still the same bridge. We will meet at Whatmough Park, off Kalparrin Ave Greensborough. From Grimshaw St, turn left into The Circuit (lights), then take the second left (lights again) into Kalparrin Drive. Immediately after passing under the railway line, turn right and park near the oval.


Leader: Margaret Deighton



This easy 7 km walk starts at the O’Donnell Gardens in St Kilda (Luna Park stop 138 on tram routes 3, 16 and 96). We will walk a short distance following Shakespeare Grove to the Marine Boulevard.  We join the Solar System Trail from the south end of St Kilda Beach and walk to Port Melbourne i.e. the Sun (in St Kilda) to Neptune around the bay at Station Pier in Port Melbourne. Return by the 109 Tram at Port Melbourne to Flinders Street. There are plentiful picnic spots, toilet stops and coffee shops along the way.


Leader: Ruthie Scharley


EAST KEW AND BALWYN PARKS Wednesday 13th June.

A 7-8km circular walk starting in Hays Paddock which joins up with part of the Anniversary Outer Circle Trail. Meet in Hays Paddock car park which is off Longstaff Street.


Leader: Clare Carlson

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Convener: Bruce Gooley



Thursday 22nd March 2018. Marysville Lookouts

This walk is 13km long and the larger part of the route follows broad, well-maintained foot tracks, the rest is along gravel roads with a short stretch on the surfaced Cumberland Road.  No long climbs on this walk, only a few short sharp rises.
Meet at Marysville Tourist Information Centre at 10.15am.

Melway Map X910 T11. (Return journey from Melbourne GPO is 198km)
Leader: Franz Hanke


Thursday 26th April 2018. Tree Fern Walk, Bunyip State Park

This is a moderate 9.3 km circuit walk taking in a number of forest types. Follow Burwood Highway east from Melbourne to Belgrave and turn right at the round-a-bout and follow the Belgrave – Gembrook Road east for 24 kms to Gembrook. Continue straight through the town and follow the Gembrook-Tonimbuk Road south-east for a further 7 kms to the pretty Mortimer Picnic Ground on the left. The Mortimer Picnic Ground is a total of 51 kms from Hawthorn U3A.

Meet at the Mortimer Picnic Ground

Melway Key Map Page 14 Ref: R12 (Note this is Key Map 14 in the front of your Melway not Map 14)

Leader: Bruce GooleY


Thursday 24 May 2018   Emerald to Cockatoo Trail

This is a scenic 14 km (7 kms each way) linear walk through Wright Forest in the Eastern Dandenong Ranges starting from Kilvington Drive in Emerald.
Take the Wellington Road (C413) Exit from the Monash Freeway (M1) and continue to the end. Turn right into Belgrave-Gembrook Road (C412) towards Emerald. In Emerald, turn right into Kilvington Drive at the first roundabout past the railway crossing. Go past the shops and meet at the Gem Community Art Centre Car Park on the left.

Melway Ref: 127 E5. GPS Address: Kilvington Drive, Emerald.

Leader: Lily Adolphe.


Thursday 22nd June    Details to be confirmed


Thursday 26th July Lower Maribyrnong River Walk

We will walk from the Maribyrnong Boat House along the river for as long as we feel like it. This is an ideal winter walk along sealed paths and no steep hills.  Returning to the boathouse for well-deserved coffee and cake.
Meet at the Maribyrnong Boat House Restaurant, (north side of the river) 7 The Boulevard, Moonee Ponds.

Melway Ref.: Map 28 D8

Leader: Alison Talbot.

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Convener: Lorraine Doyle

These are all walks that can be accessed using public transport, so parking or long drives are not necessary

Download Term 1 walks with Leaders' contact details


“Hartwell Anniversary Trail”. Tuesday 20th March

Meet at Hartwell Station at the entrance to the outbound side of the track. We will follow the trail that runs through Camberwell and Canterbury as far as Whitehorse Road where we will stop for coffee before making the return journey to Hartwell station.

Melway 61 C4
Leader: Joan Goff


Frog Hollow /Ferndale Trail. Tuesday 17th April

Start at Riversdale Park on the east side of Riversdale Station. The walk will go through to Willison and Ferndale Park looping back to the Anniversary trail, returning to Riversdale Road and the station where we began.

Melway 60 B1
Leader: Fay Dunstan


"Walking the Yarra Paths". Tuesday 15 May

Start at 10 am. (2 hours plus coffee extra)

Meet at Yarra Park Reserve. There is limited Creswick Street Hawthorn and riverbank parking at the end of Denham Street, (near Richmond/Hawthorn bridge). Otherwise trams 48 and 75 are close by, stop 23. Walk starts on the Yarra River East bank and continues north to Collingwood Farm/Abbotsford Convent. Return via back roads and parkland to Walmer Street Kew ending at the starting place via the west side of the Yarra River. Note: Several flights of steps en route.

Melway 44 J/K 9/10.
Leader: Ruth Cameron


Malvern /Caulfield walk. Tuesday June 19

Meet at Darling Station on the outbound side where we will follow the green wedge to East Malvern and then make our way through the Urban Forest and Boyd Park to Railway Parade Hughesdale, looping back and returning to the station where we began.

Melway 68 K11
Leader: Lorraine Doyle


Albert Park Lake. Tuesday 17 July

Take Tram number 12 from Spencer Street/Southern Cross Station or number 96 from the corner of Collins and Spencer Street to Albert Road, MSAC stop and meet at the main entrance to the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre. The walk around the lake is approximately 5 -6 km. Catch the same tram back to the city to return home.

Melway 2K C6
Leader: Lorraine Doyle

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