Square Bottle – Razor Back Circuit

Razorback Lerderderg Lerderderg Gorge, Melbourne, Victoria

12 Km Hard M-8-7  Starting from Mt Blackwood Road and Square Bottle Track, we follow the narrow Razorback Track with a steep descent to the Lerderderg River, which we cross.  This can be knee high so bring a change of shoes and towel.  After a second crossing we take the steep Kenworthy Track to Vodka...

The Briars, Mt Martha Boardwalk and Bathing Boxes

Mt Martha 450 Nepean Highway, Mt Martha, VIC

15 Km Medium M-3-3 Starting at the Briars, Mt Martha, we walk through the wildlife sanctuary, then on to Fossil Beach and the quaint bathing boxes at Mt Martha North Beach with the return to the Briars via Balcombe Creek boardwalk.

Bungal State Forest

Bungal Forest

15 Km Medium M-4-6  After fording Bungal Creek, we follow Crossing Track, Gravel Pit Road and Koolooroo Track to the picnic ground.  We then follow riverbanks off track.  This section is only about 1.5 Km.  From the top of the ridge, we go cross country to Ballark Road and stroll back to the cars.

Mullum Mullum Trail – Schwerkolt Cottage to Ringwood Lake and return

Mitcham 2 Deep Creek Road, Mitcham, VIC

10 Km Easy M-2-1  Starting from Schwerkolt Cottage, we follow the Mullum Mullum Trail along the creek, dodging under roadways until reaching clean air and remnant bushland.  Morning tea at Ringwood Lake and returning to explore the surrounds of the historic cottage, which is open for inspection after lunch.

Maroondah Dam – Donnelly’s Weir

Healesville Maroondah Main Loop Road, Healesville, VIC

11 Km Medium M-5-3  An interesting return walk via the dam wall, through scenic bush, tall gums, ferny gullies and farmlands alongside the aqueduct.  There is one steady uphill where we will pace ourselves.

Ruffey Lake – Creeklands

Doncaster Muriel Green Drive, Doncaster, VIC

10 Km Medium M-5-3  Starting at Ruffey Lake, we cross the park to Ruffey Creek Track, which we follow to Parker Street.  Coffee will be at Power Plant Cafe, with a return to Ruffey Lake.

St Kilda to City

St Kilda 66 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda, VIC

8 Km Easy S-1-1  A good walk for a wintery Wednesday.  We’ll start walk at St Kilda Station, wander around Albert Park Lake - coffee at the Boat Shed Cafe - and up to the Shrine Precinct.  Then a stroll through Kings Domain and Queen Victoria Gardens to end the walk at Federation Square.

Graytown – Melville Lookout – Heathcote

Graytown

16 Km Medium L-5-5  This walk features a gold mining ghost town, a WW2 POW Camp and a bushranger's hideout.  We start at the Graytown POW camp and walk past the gold mining area and historic cemetry.   We go through ironbark forests in the Heathcote Graytown National Park on good tracks followed by a 100...

Little Hampton – Wombat State Forest

Wombat State Forest

14 Km Easy M-3-3  A relaxed bush walk on four wheel drive and bush tracks through a pretty forest near Trentham.  We should have views towards Mt Macedon and Hanging Rock and the possibility of spotting old gold diggings.

Eastlink Trail – Springvale Road to Mullum Mullum Creek

Donvale 1 Eastway Avenue, Donvale, VIC

7 Km Easy Medium S-4-2  This is a half day walk along the Eastlink Trail through natural bush off Mullum Mullum Park.  We head back along the same route, except at Park Road, we cross over to use a trail on the south side of Eastlink.  There are a few steepish pinches along the way.

Sailors Falls and Wombat Forest

Sailors Falls Ballan Daylesford Road, Sailors Falls, VIC

16.5 Km Medium L-4-4  We start at Sailors Falls Reserve.  This is a reasonably flat and open walk with many small undulations.  We walk down Shanahans Lane and Manna Gum Road along an old railway alignment to Jubilee Lake.  We continue towards Daylesford along the Lake onto Wombat Creek Road.  Then we have a 7...

Social Solstice walk and dinner

Bulleen Yarra Valley Boulevard, Melbourne, Victoria

8 Km Easy S-2-1  A pleasant afternoon walk along the Yarra Flats, Bulleen Park and Bolin Bolin Billabong.  Warm clothing recommended.