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Walking Groups

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21OUT004 - Outdoor Activities: Moderate Walking Group

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2021

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.

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.lSam 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

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 U3A name badge holder or First Aid Kit in backpack at all times. Download here

 

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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10 March 2021

Dandenong creek, Wantirna South

This walk begins at Nortons Park, Wantirna South. Toilets are available at start of walk and at the lunch spot in Jell’s Park.  We will walk across the grassy area to the main track, then down a moderately steep section to the main track to Jell’s park. We will walk around the Jell’s Park Lake, have lunch on the lawn before returning along Dandenong Creek by the same route, except towards the end when we will avoid the steep track and instead wind through the forested area, then back to the carpark across the lawns.  This walk is 8 km but flat and takes about 3 hours, not including the lunch stop. 

Getting there:  Meet at Norton’s Park, Wantirna South. Take the Monash Freeway, and exit left onto High St.  Follow High St (which becomes High St Road) eastwards for 10 Km, then turn right onto Nortons Lane. After about 300 m turn right turn right into the car park.  If the car park if full (unlikely) there is a second carpark about 100 m along Nortons Lane.  

Melway reference: p72, A2
Leader:
Marg Deighton


14 April 2021

Maribyrnong River, Footscray

This 8 km circuit walk follows the mainly flat and open banks of Melbourne’s “second river”, the Maribrynong. The track surface is mainly sealed. Features of this route are splendid views of the City, interesting modern housing which has replaced grimy industrial landscapes and plentiful bird life. Our track takes us through wetlands, parks and alongside Flemington Racecourse, while nearby a number of reminders of the area’s industrial past have been preserved. Near our turn back point an impressive golden statue of the Heavenly Queen may be observed in the Chinese temple grounds. The walk will commence from Pipemakers Park off Van Ness Avenue. If coming from the east, one possible route follows Brunswick Road, which becomes Ormond Road, then Maribrynong Road. Proceeding westward, after crossing the Maribrynong River take a left-hand turn at the lights into Van Ness Avenue. At the roundabout take the first exit into Pipemakers Park and park in the first carpark on the right. Toilets are available at the start of this walk and elsewhere along our route.

Melway reference: 28, B10
Leader: Alison Talbot


12 May 2021

Abbotsford, Studley Park, Kew -Yarra River circuit 8.5 Km

Nice river walk. Bush paths and not much pavement. Views from high points. Slight uphill but mostly flat or downhill. Three river crossings. Lovely old wooden suspension bridge. Wear boots / good grip and stick if needed as first part may be a little bit slippery if it’s been wet. Bring lunch. Coffee and food available at Studley Park Boathouse and at Abbotsford Convent precinct at the end. Toilets most likely at Boathouse (I’ll do another recce in next few days). Other toilets were closed last time due to COVID. Plenty of Bush toilets! Start at Andrews Reserve beside Collins Bridge, Abbotsford. You can park on East side of Collins Bridge along Yarra Boulevard or West side near Large Salvos Op Shop/ Victoria crescent. There are a few parking spots right next to steps going down to river behind Salvos. We go along the Yarra on one side and come back the other via Dights Falls. Plenty of nice places to eat lunch

Melway reference 2D, 11A
Leader: Moira Brown


9 June 2021

Cancelled due to COVID restrictions


14 July 2021

Willsmere-Chandler Park and Darebin Parklands

An easy walk along the Yarra River and Darebin Creek.  I’m estimating the walk and any diversions in Willsmere-Chandler Park and Darebin Parklands to be a total of about 8k.  The walk is very pleasant and I judged the return back along the outward route preferable to any alternatives I could find.  Meet at Willsmere-Chandler Park entrance in Willow Street, East Kew (turn off Belford Road left into Wattle Road, and then left into Willow Grove, where there is parking).  There are toilets in Wlllsmere and Darebin Parks. 

Melway ref. 45F1

Leader: Shirley Wardell


11 August 2021 Blackburn lake circuit

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



8 September 2021 Royal Botanic Cranbourne

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: Lily Adolphe

13 October 2021

Note this walk has changed

Riverbank Walk from Fairfield Boathouse

Our walk will take us down to the river bank below the Boathouse and the Pipe Bridge and we will turn right along a narrow mud and gravel path along the Yarra bank. This is very rustic and not frequented by either walkers or cyclists. It’s a very natural area with large parts protected. Wonderful river views particularly where the Yarra makes a U-bend. We will go round Yarra Bend Golf Club and head for Deep Rock and Dights Falls and then we’ll follow the Merri Creek trail back to our cars near Fairfield Boat House.

It’s an easy 7.3km walk but boots are recommended if there has been some rain. The path is not sealed and is often very close to the river water.

Meet in small car park in Fairfield Park just off Heidelberg Road. Toilets are at the car parks and in the Boathouse.

Options after completion: some refreshment in the Boathouse or a trip over the Pipe Bridge and a ramble on the other bank or both. The river is so lovely and unspoilt round here.

Melway ref. 30 J12. But it’s easier by phone as the print is so small. Set the map on your phone to Fairfield Park Boathouse. As you travel east west along Heidelberg Road (i.e., towards the City) your phone will take you left down Fairfield Park Drive and almost immediately on your right is a small car park. We will meet there

Occasionally this car park is full in which case turn back onto Heidelberg Road and then left into Yarra Bend Road. There are two car parks on either side within 100m of Heidelberg Road. Walk across Fairfield Oval to join the group above

Leader: Frank Devlin


10 November 2021

Note this walk has changed

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


 

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Conveners: Eva Carew-Reid, Lily Adolphe

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.

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Thursday 25 March 2021
Sherbrooke Forest

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 Grants Picnic Ground.

Melway Ref: Map 75 K4
Time: 10.15am for a 10.30 start of walk
Leader: Franz Hanke


Thursday 22 April 2021
Wilhelmina Falls, Murrindindi

Wilhelmina Falls are the highlight of this 12.9km medium grade circuit walk. They descend some 75m across a steep and slippery granite rock face. After visiting the falls the walk follows old forestry tracks. The falls are 92kms from Melbourne.

Getting there: Follow the Maroondah Highway to Lilydale, then onto Coldstream. Vere left along the Melba Highway and continue north to the small town of Glenburn. Follow the highway 6km further north, then turn right just before Devlins Bridge into Murrindindi Road and continue southeast to the Murrindindi Scenic Reserve. Park at the Suspension Bridge Car Park on the left.

Time: 10.15am for a 10.30 start of walk
Melway Ref: Map X910 R10
Leader: Franz Hanke


Thursday 27 May 2021
Mortimer Circuit Walk


This is an easy/moderate walk of about 9.5 kms. The western part of Bunyip State Park has now been reopened, following the bushfire two years ago, although the central area is still closed. The area around Mortimer Picnic Ground was not affected by the fire, and it is a very picturesque location, with a toilet, a few tables, and wood fired BBQs, but no shelter.
Getting there: Go via Gembrook. A suggested route is initially along the M1 and then Wellington Road to Emerald, or along Burwood Highway. From Gembrook, drive straight along Beenak East Road and the Gembrook-Tominbuk Road for about 5 km into Bunyip State Park, and Mortimer Picnic Ground is on the left. The road is now all bitumen and the total distance from the U3A is about 60kms and should take just over an hour.

Melway Ref: Map 14  R12
Time: 10.15am for a 10.30 start of walk
Leaders: Alan & Joan McCann


Thursday 24 June 2021
Mullum Mullum Creek Walk


Our midwinter walk will be closer to home. It’s a flat walk of 8km, involving a car shuffle, along the beautiful Mullum Mullum Creek on a bush bike/walking track. Toilets are at each end, and in between. Meet at Beasley’s Nursery car park, 195 Heidelberg-Warrandyte Rd, Warrandyte. Melway 34 F2. Then we’ll take half of the cars to Schwerkolt Cottage car park, Mitcham, Melway 49 D7 for start of walk.

Time:  10.15am for a 10.30 start of walk
Leader: Franz Hanke


Thursday 28 October 2021
Yarra River Boathouse (Studley Park) to Boathouse (Fairfield Park); and back

This is an easy/ moderate walk of about 9-10km along both banks of the Yarra River in Kew/ Fairfield. It is largely a dirt track with few hills to climb; but will likely have some mud pools if rain falls on it.

Starting from Kanes Bridge (park cars here)/ Studley Park Boathouse the outward route is North along the Eastern bank of the Yarra River to Fairfield Park Boathouse. Lunch will be at the public seating area beside the Boathouse.

The homeward route is South along the west bank of Yarra and then through Studley Park to Kanes Bridge/ Studley Park Boathouse. Toilets are available at both Boathouses; and at the Bellbird Picnic Area halfway along the outward leg.

Location: Studley Park Boathouse, Yarra Boulevard Kew.
Melway Ref: Map 44 H4
Time: 10.15am for 10.30am start

Leader: Nigel Flannigan


Thursday 25 November 
Kew-Ivanhoe circuit walk


This is a 13.3km walk, but very easy walking. It goes through parkland on the Darebin and Main Yarra trails, and on the linear parks through Kew.

Start and finish is at Victoria Park, Kew, where there is plenty of parking.



Melway Ref: Map 45 G5

Leaders: Colleen Clift and Barb Henderson


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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.


WEDNESDAY MARCH 17 2021
Elwood Beach and Canal walk

Meet at the corner of Brandon Close (where there is parking or the next street up) and North Rd, Brighton at 9.50 am. We will walk along the beach and work our way towards the Elwood Canal and and through the streets of Elwood to Elsternwick Park before returning to our starting point. Coffee midway at Turtle café

Distance: approx. 5km
Leader: Lorraine Doyle
Melway Ref:67 C7


WEDNESDAY APRIL 21 2021

Meet at the Flinders street information centre in Fed square at 9.50am. The walk will take us along the Yarra River to the north east corner of the Botanic gardens and onto Fawkner Park and back along St Kilda road to Fed Square. Coffee in the Botanic gardens

Distance: approx. 5 kms.
Leader: Ann Knowles Melway Ref: 2F G6


WEDNESDAY MAY 19 2021

Meet at Alamein station (parking in Ashburn Grove) where we will take the Anniversary trail to Gardiner’s Creek trail and back through Glen Iris and Ashburton with a coffee stop at The Pantry ¾ of the way along the trail before returning to Alamein station.

Distance: approx. 7 kms.
Leader: Lorraine Doyle
Melway Ref:60 D11


WEDNESDAY JUNE 16 2021
Malvern /Caulfield

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. Stopping for coffee half way opposite Hughesdale station

Leader: Lorraine Doyle
Melway Ref: 68 K11


WEDNESDAY JULY 21
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.

Stopping for coffee half way opposite Hughesdale station.

Distance: Approx 5 km

Melway: Map 69 B1

Leader: Lorraine Doyle


AUGUST 18
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.

Melway: Map 45 J2
Distance: 5km

Leader: Bev Devidas


SEPTEMBER 15
"Walking the Yarra Paths"

(2 hours plus coffee extra)

Start at 10 am. 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.

Map : 44 J/K 9/10

Leader: Lorraine Doyle


OCTOBER 20
“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 61 C4

Leader: Lorraine Doyle


NOVEMBER 17
Albert Park Lake

We will meet at the corner of Collins Street and Spencer Street in front of Southern Cross station where we will catch the No. 12 or No. 96 tram 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.

Melway : Map 2K C6

Leader: Lorraine Doyle

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