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

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

Walking Trip Information

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).


walk details with contact details – to be advised


Metro Walks (Third Tuesday of the month)

click to download first half 2024 walks with contact details

Convener: Lorraine Doyle

We meet for each walk at 9.50AM for a 10:00AM start. Most walks are finished by 12.30 pm

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.

Bring your own water supply, your name badge/lanyard and wear appropriate footwear (not sandals).

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


MARCH 19        
Blackburn Lake

Beginning at Blackburn Lake car park off Central Rd, past the lake and through the green wedge to Furness Park towards Middleborough Road where we stop for coffee at Gourmet Girl before returning  a similar route.

Leader: Lorraine Doyle
Melway : Map 48 B11
Distance:  Approx 5 km


APRIL 16         
Albert Park Lake

We will meet at the corner of Collins Street and Spencer Street in front of Southern Cross station at 9.45 am where we will catch the No. 12 or No. 96 to Albert Road and the MSAC (Melbourne Sports and Aquatic centre). Our walk around the lake will begin from there and coffee at the cafeteria on our return.

Leader: Lorraine Doyle
Melway : Map 2K C6
Distance: 5 km


MAY 21                 
Wattle Park

Drive to and park on Judith Street. From there we follow the walking track along Gardiners Creek across Burwood Highway and follow the trail to the entrance to Wattle Park Through the park and past the oval where we stop for coffee at the Wattle Park Golf Club before returning via Riversdale Road, Station Street and back along the Gardiners Creek trail to our starting point on Judith Street.

Leader: Lorraine Doyle
Melway : Map 61 A6
Distance: 5 km


JUNE 18              
Hay’s Paddock, Kew East via outer circle

Meeting at the car park  for 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

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.


THURSDAY 21 MARCH 2024
Fort Nepean, Mornington Peninsula

This is a 10km circuit walk at Point Nepean, the westernmost part of Mornington Peninsula National Park, a region of untouched coastal scenery. It is also an area of historical significance with past military fortifications, along with a quarantine station established in 1852. This walk normally takes about 4.5 hours, allowing a little time to explore the tunnels and fortifications.
Getting there: Take the Nepean Hwy or Peninsula Freeway to Portsea, continue along Pt Nepean Road to Defence Road in Pt Nepean National  Park. Meet at the Gunners Cottage car park at 10.15am for a 10.30am start.
Melway Ref: 166 H7. (Trip distance by car from U3A Hawthorn is 100km, travel time 1.5hrs).
Leader: Franz Hanke


THURSDAY 18 APRIL 2024
Sherbrooke Forest

This is an 11km circuit walk (Sassafras Creek and Sherbrooke Falls 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 Grants Picnic Ground.
Melway  Ref: Map 75K4
Leader: Franz Hanke