Walking Groups

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.

Please read these notes

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

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

MEETING POINTS/TIME
l0.15am for 10.30am start (unless indicated otherwise).

TRANSPORT
Members needing assistance with transport, please the walk leader.

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

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

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

CANCELLATION
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.

Forms to download

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

Medical Information Form
To be completed and carried in your U3A name badge holder or First Aid Kit in backpack at all times. Not for collection by U3A Hawthorn. Download here

Shorter Walks on Wednesday (6-8km)

Convener: Marg Deighton

Participants for each walk must register with the walk leader not later than the day before the walk.

We meet for each walk at 10:15AM for a 10:30AM start.

Walks will be cancelled if, on the 7PM news the night before, the forecast maximum temperature is 30 degrees C or more. Also, at the leader’s discretion, if strong winds or heavy rain are forecast.

Bring your own picnic lunch and water supply, and wear appropriate footwear (not sandals).


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WEDNESDAY 9 March 2022 – confirmed
Kooyong, St Kevins, Burnley Gardens, Leonda

Approx 8km walk starting at Kooyong Station.

An exploration of local mostly green walk trails, flat, apart from one small climb to Heyington Station and then onto the Burnley Gardens. A mini tour of the gardens including a lunch break and a Yarra side walk back to Swan Street and Leonda. Some people may want to peel off here for easier transport home, otherwise we continue through Fairfield Park, Glenferrie Road and back to Kooyong Station. Lots of parking down by the side of Vision Australia or catch the No16 tram or train to Kooyong Station.

Meet Kooyong Station near the level crossing gates.

Melways Ref: 59 C3
Leader: Clare Carlson


WEDNESDAY 13 April 2022 – confirmed
Cranbourne Botanical Gardens

This is an easy 6 km walk along the tracks of this award-winning Australian garden which celebrates the beauty and diversity of Australian flora, landscapes, art and architecture The garden features more than 170,000 individual native plants and it is home to wallabies, possums and the Southern Brown bandicoot.

Take the Monash Freeway (M1) towards Phillip Island, take the exit ramp to South Gippsland Highway (M420) and go through Cranbourne and continue along South Gippsland Highway towards Junction Village. Turn right into Ballarto Road, (the turn-off is located approximately 500m past the Cranbourne Racecourse) and drive to the main entrance. Meet in the car park near the visitor/information centre.

Melway Ref: 133 F10   GPS – 1161 Ballarto Road, Cranbourne
Leader: Marg Deighton.  This was Lily’s walk, planned for last year. Thanks for the planning, Lily.


WEDNESDAY 11 May 2022 – confirmed
Eltham Lower Park to Tikalara Park and Return

This 7.5-kilometre walk links the Diamond Creek Track to the Main Yarra Trail. It follows the Yarra River past Petty’s Orchard and its confluence with the Mullum Mullum Creek to a point opposite Tikalara Park. Although there are some sections of boardwalk, most of the footing is firm gravel. There is every likelihood of kangaroo sightings and a wide variety of birds. Despite being shared between walkers and cyclists the track is not a busy one mid-week, but participants should be on the lookout for approaching bicycles. Meet at Eltham Lower Park. Enter the park at Hohnes Road off Main Road, Eltham. Keep right at the roundabout and proceed to the carpark at the Cricket Club pavilion. There is ample parking and a toilet nearby.

Melway Ref: 21 H10
Leaders: Anne & Jeff Lodge


WEDNESDAY 8 June 2022 – confirmed
Riverbank Walk – Yarra Bend Park and Fairfield Park

Park on Yarra Boulevard as near to Chandler Highway Bridge as possible. Meet at entrance to Guide Dogs.

We will take the track along the Kew side of the river which has one or two steepish bits but with stunning river views until we reach the Pipe Bridge where we will cross. Toilets are available in the Fairfield Boat House. We will then walk along the Fairfield bank on a little used path in delightful woodland beside the river until we reach the edge of the bat colony where we will turn away from the river, close to the golf driving range, until we reach Yarra Bend Road.  We will follow the road until we get to Fairfield Park. After crossing this we will walk along Park Crescent and back to Chandler Highway bridge.

About 7km. Good walking shoes or boots recommended. Some of the track surfaces are not sealed but are very walkable.

Melway Ref: 45 B1.
Leader: Frank Devlin


WEDNESDAY 13 July 2022

Leader: Volunteer needed


WEDNESDAY 10 August 2022
Blackburn lake circuit – confirmed

An easy, approximately 6 km walk along one side of Gardiners Creek to Blackburn Lake, where we will have lunch, and then back along the other side of the creek. A connecting street is also involved at one stage.

Meet at Kalang Park, where there are only a few parking spaces, but otherwise you can park in nearby streets.

Melway Ref: 47 H12
Leader: Inge Hanke


WEDNESDAY 14 September 2022

Leader: Volunteer needed


WEDNESDAY 12 October 2022

Leader: Volunteer needed


WEDNESDAY 9 November 2022

Leader: Volunteer needed

Metro Walks (Third Tuesday of the month)

click to download Term 1 2022 walks with contact details

Convener: Lorraine Doyle

We meet for each walk at 9.50AM for a 10:00AM start.

Walks will be cancelled if, on the 7PM news the night before, the forecast maximum temperature is 30 degrees C or more. Cancellation may also occur at the leader’s discretion, if strong winds or heavy rain are forecast.

Bookings: It is necessary to book with the leader of each walk. Members are expected to participate in all the walks, except where extended leave of absence is due to illness, overseas travel or other personal reasons. If there is a waiting list for this group, you may forfeit your place if you are absent for more than 2 walks without notifying the conveners.

Only members of U3A Hawthorn who are enrolled in this course may attend the walks.

Meeting Points/Time: 9.50am for a 10.00am start (unless indicated otherwise)) at the designated meeting place on the program.
Transport: Members needing assistance with transport should contact the walk leader.
Name Badges: Wear U3A name badges on all walks together and carry a current Medical Information form in case of an Emergency.

Additionally, ensure you have filled out the Acknowledgement of Risk form as well as the Coronavirus form that you should have filled out at the beginning of your first class of the year and left at the office.


TUESDAY MARCH 15 2022
Hartwell Anniversary Trail

Meet at Hartwell Station at the entrance to the outbound side of the track at 9.50 am for a 10 am start. We will follow the trail that runs through Camberwell and Canterbury as far as Whitehorse Road where we will stop for coffee at Town and Country before making the return journey to Hartwell station. There is enough parking in the street as many are still working from home.

Melway Map: 61 C4
Leader: Lorraine Doyle

Distance: Approx 6 km


TUESDAY APRIL 19
Malvern /Caulfield

Meet at Malvern East 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. We will stop for coffee half way opposite Hughesdale station

Melway Map: 69 B1
Leader: Lorraine Doyle

Distance: Approx 5 km


TUESDAY MAY 17
Hay’s Paddock, Kew East via outer circle

Meeting at Hay’s Paddock off Leason St, Kew East walking to Whitehorse Rd Deepdene where we stop for coffee at Town and Country café before returning a similar path back to where we began.

Leader: Bev Devidas
Melway Map: 45 J2

Distance: 5km


TUESDAY JUNE 21
“Walking the Yarra Paths” (2 hours plus coffee extra)

Start at 10 am. Meet at Yarra Park Reserve. There is limited parking in 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 Map: 44 J/K 9/10.

Leader: Lorraine Doyle


TUESDAY JULY 19
CAMBERWELL STATION to MALING ROAD, CANTERBURY

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 on the inbound side of the track. Coffee will be in Maling Road, Canterbury before the return walk.

Melway Map: 45 J11
Leader: Lorraine Doyle

Distance: 5 km return

Moderate Walking Group


Conveners: Inge and Franz Hanke

The Moderate Walking Group is a co-operative, self-help group with members offering to lead a walk of their choice. This is the best way to involve everybody and provide a far wider range of options. The co-ordinators are ready to suggest and help to plan walks with members. Thank you to all our leaders for this programme.

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

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

Meeting Points/Time: 10.15am for 10.30am start (unless indicated otherwise)) at the designated meeting place on the program.

Transport: Members needing assistance with transport should contact the walk leader. Car- pooling is strongly recommended for long distances.

Name Badges: Wear U3A name badges on all walks with emergency details completed and carry a current Medical Information form in case of an Emergency.

Gear: Wear strong walking shoes/boots, take sticks /poles for rough slippery terrain and carry warm/waterproof clothing or sun protection as appropriate. Bring your Seniors card, a personal First-Aid Kit, whistle and a compass.

Lunch: Bring your own lunch, drink, water bottle in your day pack.

Cancellation: 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 can also be cancelled at the discretion of the walk leader and/or Convener/s.

Acknowledgement of Risk: An Acknowledgement of Risk form must be signed and returned to Reception or the Course Convenor before participating in this activity.

click to download Term 1 2022 walks with contact details

THURSDAY 24 March 2022
George Bass Coastal Walk

This is an easy/medium walk of approximately 14km from Punchbowl Road car park to Shelley Beach, near Kilcunda, and then back.

Meet at Anderson roundabout car park (toilets here, but not at the lunch stop) at 10.15am, then we need to drive a further 3.5km to Punchbowl Road car park.

Getting there: Take the South Gippsland Hwy, M420, to Anderson roundabout car park. Distance from Glen Waverley 100km, approximately 1 hour’s drive.

Melway Ref: Map X912 Q11
Leader: Franz Hanke

THURSDAY 28 April 2022
Merricks to Red Hill and Return

A pleasant 13 kilometre walk through varied farmland with good views across open, undulating fields. Glimpses of Western Port, Phillip Island and the Nobbies are highlights of the early section of the track. The second half of the track follows the easement of the former railway and is more shaded with an easy gradient. The track surface is unsealed, mainly in good condition but with some areas of loose gravel and protruding tree roots. Walking poles could be useful. Lunch will be eaten in the park at Red Hill before returning the same way.

Getting there: From Camberwell take the Monash Freeway Southbound to Exit 19 and join the M420. At the intersection with the South Gippsland Highway continue straight ahead to join the M780, Westernport Highway (a.k.a. The Dandenong – Hastings Road). Continue along this road to its intersection with C777, the Frankston-Flinders Road. Turn left and continue several kilometres to the Station Ground Recreation Reserve (Merricks Pony Club) on the right. If you pass the Merricks General Wine Store you have gone too far.

Alternatively: From the Peninsula Link Freeway take the Frankston – Flinders Road to the Station Ground Recreation Reserve (Merricks Pony Club) just before, but close to, the Merricks General Wine Store, (3460 Frankston – Flinders Road).

There is adequate parking just inside the main gate near the mobile telephone transmission tower. Toilets are located here and at the lunch stop. Melways Reference: 192; F9. Also see pages 13 & 17 for area maps.

Leaders: Anne & Jeff Lodge

THURSDAY 26 May 2022
You Yangs Walk

We will do 3 walks.

  1. Flinders Peak, 2.4km return, 1 hour. Easy/medium
  2. Flinders Peak circuit, 4.1km, 1.5 hours. Easy/medium
  3. Branding Yard circuit, 5.2km, 1.5 hours. Easy

Meet at the Turntable car park at the end of Turntable Drive, You Yangs Regional Park

Getting there: From Melbourne take the Princes Freeway past Werribee to the Little River turnoff. Continue west 6km into Little River, then a further 10km west following the signs to the You Yangs Regional Park.

Melway Ref. Key Map, page 11, C11
Leader: Franz Hanke

Further walks still to be organised with member participation.