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
Medical Information Form
To be completed and carried in U3A name badge holder or First Aid Kit in backpack at all times. Download here
Shorter Walks on Wednesday (6-8km)
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).
March 11 Finn’s Reserve, Templestowe
Access is from Duncan St. We will assemble at the car park. The path meanders along undulating hillsides offering vistas across the Yarra river, crossing over two footbridges. There is plenty of shade, making the walk suitable for whatever March throws up by way of weather.
Leader: Garry Warne
Melway: map 33 A4
April 8 Seaholm Railway Station to Williamstown Beach Station
Meet at Southern Cross Station at 9.15 to catch the 9.24 train to Seaholm (Werribee Line). From Seaholm Station, we will follow the Bay West Trail, starting at Seaholm, passing Cherry Lake, crossing the Kororoit Creek, following the creek to its mouth, then along the bay to Williamstown beach, and on Williamstown Beach train station. The walk is about 8 Km, easy flat walking.
Leader: Marg Deighton
May 13 Cancelled
June 10. Cardinia Reservoir Park, Narre Warren East/Emerald.
This walk is 6-8 kms along park tracks near Cardinia Reservoir, the second largest reservoir in Melbourne which transfers water to most parts of Melbourne and receives water from Silvan Reservoir and the Desalination Plant. The park is also home to a large variety of animals and birds and has viewing areas offering spectacular views over the water and surrounding districts.
Getting there: Go down Wellington Road towards Emerald. Turn right into Cardinia Creek Road and follow signs to Crystal Brook Picnic area.
Melway: Map 210 E3.
Leader: Lily Adolphe.
July 8th Maribrynong 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.
Getting there: 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.
Leaders: Anne & Jeff Lodge
Melways: Map 28, B10
MODERATE WALKS (10-14km)
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.
Thursday 28 May 2020. Fort Nepean, Mornington Peninsula.
This is a 10 km circuit walk at Point Nepean, the westernmost part of Mornington Peninsula National Park, a region of untouched coastal scenery with panoramic views across the heads of Port Phillip Bay to Queenscliff. It is also an area of historical significance with past military fortifications, dating back to 1880’s, World Wars 1 & 2, along with a quarantine station established in 1852.
The walk normally takes approx. 4½ hours allowing a little time to explore the tunnels & 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 10.15 am for a 10.30 am start. Please pick up The Pt Nepean Visitor’s Guide from the Pt Nepean Visitor Centre, a few kms before reaching Gunners Cottage.
Melway Ref: 166 H7. (Trip distance by car from U3A Hawthorn is 100 kms, travel time 1.5 hrs).
Leader: George Giummarra.
Thursday 25 June 2020. Sugarloaf Reservoir, Yarra Valley.
A 13 km scenic walk around Sugarloaf Reservoir near Christmas Hills. The walk starts at the Ridge Picnic area and follows the perimeter of the reservoir along grassy shores, in and out open dry forest, with excellent water views along the way. The walk will finish at the Saddle Dam picnic area. Boots & sticks/poles. Car-pooling is recommended. This walk requires a Car shuffle.
Getting there: Go down Canterbury Road, turn left on Elgar Road, at the end of Elgar Road, turn right on Doncaster Road, then left on Williamsons Road (47) which becomes Fitzsimons Lane (47). At the roundabout, turn right into Main Road (44) towards Eltham. Continue along Main Road which becomes Eltham-Yarra Glen Road. In Kangaroo Ground, turn right into Eltham-Yarra Glen Road (C726) and head towards Christmas Hills. Turn right into Simpson Road, Rob Roy and go to the end to the Main Entrance of Sugarloaf Reservoir Park.
Melway Ref: 273 B2
Leader: Lily Adolphe.
Thursday 23 July 2020. Eltham to Diamond Creek (Return), Eltham.
An easy 12 km walk along Diamond Creek on sealed paths or grass. This is a picturesque walk along the creek with flowering Wattles along the way. Meet at Eltham Station at 10.15 am for a 10.30 am start.
Getting there: By Train – Catch the 9.20 am Hurstbridge train from Flinders Street station or 9.29 am from Parliament station which arrives at Eltham station at 10.15 am. By Car - Go down Canterbury Road, turn left on Elgar Road, at the end of Elgar Road, turn right on Doncaster Road, then left on Williamsons Road (47) which becomes Fitzsimons Lane (47). At the roundabout, turn right into Main Road (44) towards Eltham. Continue along Main Road, turn left after Prior Street (on right) to access Car Park near Eltham station. More parking available at Eltham Central Park.
Melway Ref: 21 J4
Leader: Eva Carew-Reid.
Thursday 27 August 2020. Cape Woolamai and Churchill Island, Phillip Island.
An 8 km circuit walk which starts from the Woolamai Beach Surf Lifesaving Club walking along a combination of 3 Cape Woolamai walking tracks which passes through coastal forest, a State Faunal Reserve and granite quarry. Churchill Island is a short drive from Cape Woolamai, it has a couple of easy walks. A 2.5 km North Point Loop or a 5 km stroll around the island. The island is accessible via a narrow bridge from Newhaven and is famous for its Highland cows, Cape Barren geese, historic homestead and Grants Monument.
Getting there: From Melbourne, drive South-East to Phillip Island. After crossing the bridge, turn left into Woolamai Beach Road which ends in the Woolamai Beach Surf Lifesaving Club carpark. Meet near the club/kiosk. To Churchill Island, leave Cape Woolamai and drive to end of Woolamai Beach Road, turn right into Phillip Island Road, then turn left into Samuel Amess Drive. Go over the bridge (single lane) and park near the Café/Information Centre.
Melway Ref: 732 H10 or 734 D12. Churchill Island 732 H6.
Leader: Judy Collins.
Thursday 24 September 2020. The Plenty River Trail, Greensborough to Heidelberg.
An easy 12 km urban walk from Greensborough station along the banks of the Plenty River to Heidelberg station.
Getting there: Catch the 9.48 am Hurstbridge train from Parliament to Greensborough (ETA 10.26 am).
Melway Ref: 20 K2
Leader: Marg Deighton
Thursday 22 October 2020. 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 92 kms from Melbourne.
Getting there: Follow the Maroondah Highway to Lilydale, then onto Coldstream. Vere left along the Melba Highway and continue north for 38 kms to the small town of Glenburn. Follow the highway north for a further 6 kms, then turn right just before Devlin’s Bridge into Murrindindi Road and continue south-east a further 10 kms to the Murrindindi Scenic Reserve. Park at the Suspension Bridge Car Park on the left.
Melway Ref: X910 R10
Leader: Franz Hanke.
Thursday 26 November 2020. Merricks to Red Hill and Return, Mornington Peninsula.
A pleasant 13 km walk through varied farmland with good views across open, undulating fields. Glimpses of Westernport, 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 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 South Gippsland Hwy continue straight ahead to join the M780, Westernport Hwy (aka Dandenong-Hastings Road). Continue along this road to its intersection with C777 Frankston-Flinders Road. Turn left and continue several kilometres to the Station Ground Recreation Reserve (Merricks Pony Club) on the right. If you pass Merricks General Wine Store, you have gone too far.
Alternatively: From the Peninsula Freeway, take Frankston-Flinders Road to Station Ground Recreation Reserve (Merricks Pony Club) close to Merricks General Wine Store (3460 Frankston-Flinders Road). There is adequate parking just inside the main gate near the mobile phone transmission tower. Toilets are located here and at the lunch spot.
Melway Ref: 192 F9 [Also see pages 13 & 17 for area maps].
Leader: Anne & Jeff Lodge.
(Third Tuesday of the month)
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.
MARCH 17 “Hartwell Anniversary Trail”
Meet at Hartwell Station at the entrance to the outbound side of the track. We will follow the trail that runs through Camberwell and Canterbury as far as Whitehorse Road where we will stop for coffee before making the return journey to the Hartwell Station.
Leader: Lorraine Doyle
Distance: 5 km Map 61 C4
APRIL 21 PORT MELBOURNE
Meet at Southern Cross Station in front of the Clocks café. Then we will take the Light rail -Tram 109 together 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 via Tram 96
Coffee - Sandbar Café or West Beach Café
Leader: Lorraine Doyle
Distance: 6km Map 2J A6
MAY 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.
Leader: Lorraine Doyle
Distance: 5 km return Map 45 J11
JUNE 16 – BOTANIC GARDENS
Details to follow
Leader: Ann Knowles