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Walking Groups

17OUT001 - Outdoor Activities: Walking Group (Shorter)

17OUT004 - Outdoor Activities: Walking Group (Moderate)

17OUT006 - Outdoor Activities: Walking Group (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


Convener: Garry Warne

Click to download a copy of the Term Two Programme with contact phone numbers

WEDNESDAY 8TH MARCH - cancelled due to heat Rescheduled to 29th March


For bird-watchers visiting the Melbourne area, this is second only to Werribee.  So far, 148 species, both water birds and bush birds, have been recorded there. The park also contains the Banyule Native Gardens and Banyule Homestead.
We will meet at the car park, reached via Somerset Drive.

Melway Ref: 32 F2

Leader: Gary Warne



An easy walk of approximately 6.5 Km along made paths around Jawbone Reserve and Newport Lake. The Jawbone Reserve was established as a rifle range in 1877 and used to train soldiers and police. It was the venue for rifle shooting of the 1956 Olympic Games. It is now administered by Parks Victoria. Newport Lakes Reserve was originally a quarry. Park in the small car park at the end of Maddox Rd or beside the JT Gray Reserve in Maddox Rd.

Melway Ref: 55 K10 F8

Leader:  Marg Deighton   



The Gardens are located 500 m from the Olinda township along the Olinda Monbulk Road. Turn into The Georgian Road with the car park 50 m on your right. The main walking trail is sealed, but taking in the unsealed paths will take us around the entire garden and give us a round trip of 5 k. You will encounter some steeper grades on this This easy walk of about 6 km is along both sides of the Mullum Mullum Creek, starting off in a southerly direction. Meet at Beasleys Nursery and Teahouse car park. walk.

Melway Ref: 34F2

Leader: Inge Hanke



From Lilydale Railway station the walk is a pleasant, flat 7 km following Olinda Creek Trail to Lilydale Lake, across the wall, and around the Lilydale Lake and extensive Wetlands. Meet at the Bus Shelter south of the Station. There is long-term/weekend parking on the west side of the railway line (before the rail). Alternatively catch the 9-07 train from Flinders Street. The train stops at Richmond, Glenferrie and Camberwell, then all stations to Lilydale. Train arrives Lilydale at 10-03.

Melway map reference 38 E4

Leader: Ruth Cameron



This is an easy 7 km walk in an area best known for a unique geological formation - basalt columns formed by molten lava a million years ago. The National Park is just off the Calder Freeway (M79) about 20 km north-west of Melbourne across the road from the Calder Park Thunderdome.

Meet: outside the Visitor Information Centre

Melway Ref: 3 D4

GPS Address: Organ Pipes Road, Diggers Rest

Leader: Lily Adolphe



An easy walk of 6-7km following paths, trails, tracks, and boardwalks through park and bushland and around billabongs along Dandenong Creek. If it has been raining there may be a few short slippery areas. Abundant birdlife. Frogs if we’re lucky.

Meet at the car park off Norton’s Lane which runs S from High Street Road.

Melway Ref: 72 A2

Leader: Clare Carlson



An easy 7 km walk from Kyneton railway station through the Botanical Gardens, along the Campaspe River to the Racecourse then back to the station via historic Piper, Ebden and Mollison Streets.

Meet on the platform at Southern Cross Station – Bendigo Line at 9.00 am for departure at 9.15 am.
Return trains leave Kyneton at 2.16, 3.21, 3.51 pm and later.

Melway Ref: X909 F8

Leader: Garry Warne



The Gardens are located 500 metres from the Olinda township along the Olinda Monbulk Road. Turn into The Georgian Road with the car park 50 metres on your right. The main walking trail is sealed, but taking in the unsealed paths will take us around the entire garden and give us a round trip of 5 k. You will encounter some steeper grades on this walk.

Meet in the Car Park, which is 50 metres from the main entrance to the Gardens

Melway Ref: 66 K6

LEADER: Lorraine Doyle



An enjoyable walk of about 6 Km from the Studley Park boathouse around the Yarra to Dights Falls, then along the Merri Creek to Fairfield Park. From there we’ll make our way across the Pipeline Bridge to walk along the Yarra as far as Chandler Highway and return to Fairfield Park along the Main Yarra Trail. Then it’s back across parkland to the Boathouse, where we will purchase our lunch. Meet in the Boathouse car park, reached by turning into Boathouse Road from Yarra Boulevard.

Melway Ref: 44H4

Leader: Shirley Wardell

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Convener: Bruce Gooley

Click to download a copy of the Programme with contact phone numbers

Thursday 24th August 2017

Scotchman’s Creek

This walk is along a pretty green wedge that follows Scotchman’s Creek through to Gardiners Creek. It is flat and on a path, so it is quite good for a winter walk. We will meet at Mount Waverly Railway Station on the Glen Waverley line on the outbound platform. The walk to Tooronga station is about 15 km. However there are numerous stations all along the way where you can end the walk if you want to. To East Malvern Station for instance is 8 kms.

Contact: Alison Talbot

Thursday 28th September 2017

Kallista, Sassafras Creek

This is an easy/medium 11km circuit walk, starting at Grants Picnic Ground car park in the Dandenongs. Well over half the route follows clearly defined foot tracks, with the remainder being along surfaced roads. There is only one steep climb, and the last track drops quite steeply back to the picnic ground nearby.

Meet at Grant’s Picnic Ground.
Melway Ref: Map 75 K4

Leader: Franz Hanke.

Thursday 26th October 2017

Churchill National Park and Lysterfield Park

These parks take in much of the southern side of the Lysterfield Hills and form a valuable link between the Dandenong Valley and the Dandenong Ranges. These parks are a haven for native birds, mammals and reptiles and provide great recreational opportunities. They fortunately retain a valuable portion of what was once a common landscape.

Meet main entrance for Churchill National Park. Churchill Park Drive
Melway Ref. 82 C11.

Leader: Barbara Quinn.

Thursday 23rd November 2017

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

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Convener: Lorraine Doyle

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

Tuesday   16th May 2017  

Albert Park Lake

Take tram 112 from Spencer Street/ Southern Cross to Albert Road and meet at MSAC (the next set of lights to your right). The walk around the lake is approx. 5- 6 km.

Catch the same tram back to the city Coffee - Carousel Cafe

Meeting Time: 10am
Melway Ref. 2K C6

Tuesday 20th June


Light rail -Tram 109 from Southern Cross station to Station Pier The walk stretches from Station Pier in Port Melbourne to St Kilda Pier a walk of 6 km.

Catch the light rail back to the city Tram 96

Coffee - Sandbar Café or West Beach Cafe

Meeting Time: 10am
Melway Ref.
p 2J A6

Tuesday 18 July


Meet at Princes Bridge (St Kilda Road) just down from Flinders Street Station. The walk follows along ‘THE TAN’ track down to Domain Road then will continue on to the MCG and Birrarung Marr. Approximate distance 4 km.

Observatory Café Botanic Gardens

Meeting Time: 10am
Melway Ref.
2F G7

Tuesday 15 August


The walk will take in mainly paths and quiet streets around Camberwell and Canterbury.

The walk will begin at Camberwell station. Meet at the entrance to the walking bridge over the railway line.

Distance 5 km return

Meeting Time: 10am
Melway Ref. 45 J11

Tuesday 19 September


This walk follows the Gardiner’s Creek trail from the U3A Hawthorn Car park where we will meet and finishes at the Malvern East Railway station. Coffee will be across the road from the station at Jack and the Beans Talk. Then return to the Malvern East station (on the Glen Waverley line) to make your way home.

Distance 4.6 km

Meeting Time:10am
Map 59 H6

Tuesday 17 October


Take the No. 96 tram from Southern Cross and meet at Stop 128 Albert Park (just before Albert Road and MSAC). A walk through some interesting areas of South Melbourne /Albert park making our way eventually to Beaconsfield Parade Port Melbourne for coffee. We return from Port Melbourne ( Station Pier) on the No. 109 light rail back to the city (Southern Cross station).

Distance 5 km

Meeting Time:10am
Map 2K C6

Tuesday 21 November

Gardiners Creek Trail - Ashburton

Meet at the entrance (only one) to Alamein station, Ashburton (end of the Alamein line). We will follow Gardiner’s Creek Trail through the Green Wedge to Riversdale Road, Burwood. (near the corner of Warrigal Road) Coffee at Chocolate Couture. Afterwards, the No. 70 tram will take you down Riversdale Road towards Camberwell Junction back towards the city.

Distance 6 km

Meeting Time:10am
Maps 60 D1

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