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Walking Groups

18OUT001 - Outdoor Activities: Walking Group (Shorter)

18OUT004 - Outdoor Activities: Walking Group (Moderate)

18OUT002 - Outdoor Activities: Walking Group (Metro Walks: Short Walks on Tuesday)

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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




An easy scenic 6km walk with lovely views of the Darebin Creek and Yarra valley. We will go over the three new bridges crossing the Darebin Creek and the new one over the Yarra which were opened as recently as last April. Picnic in Willsmere – Chandler Park. Return to start. Round trip 6km but there are several options for walking further for those who wish. Meet at the car park on the left where Separation Street ends at Darebin Parklands


Leader: Frank Devlin



This is an easy 7 km walk along a wide flat path with tall trees that provide shade and which attract birds and animals. The walk starts and ends at the Lysterfield Visitor Area, which is an expansive grassy and tree-filled area for picnics, BBQs and games, next to the carpark. There are also two large toilet blocks and a drinking water fountain. The café is also an information centre. 

Meet at the carpark next to Lysterfield Visitor area. To get there, take the Monash Fwy, exit at Heatherton Rd, turn left onto Belgrave-Hallam Rd, then left onto Horswood Road


Leader: Garry Warne



Easy scenic walk of 5.5 - 6 km along the Yarra River on well marked paths, some gravel and some grassy. We start off alongside the river, then make a gradual ascent up Mount Lofty, which is more like a big hill than a mount. Up the top are lovely views over to Lilydale, Mount Dandenong and down to the Yarra River. There is a bench and little hillocks up there to sit and admire the view where we’ll probably have a snack.

For toilets, coffee and snacks we can head back through Warrandyte and stop at The Warrandyte Bakery. There are Public Toilets directly below and behind it. It’s fine to eat your own lunch there and order a tea/ coffee or something extra. It’s a wood-fired oven and their bread is especially nice. Take the Yarra Street exit out of Warrandyte on the roundabout past the Warrandyte Bakery (last non- bush toilet) heading East towards Wonga Park. After passing the Warran Glen Nursery on the left take the next left at the roundabout, on to Jumping Creek Road. Then follow this along till you come to a T Junction, turn left into Homestead Road which becomes Reserve Road. Follow this to Wittons Reserve where we will park, there are about 20 car parks there and I have never seen it full. Best to wear long trousers as there are snakes there, though I have never seen one.


Leader: Lily Adolphe



This is an easy 8 km walk around Lake Wendouree, along the Wendouree Parade walking track starting at the Botanical Gardens, then along Webster and Market Streets to the Historical Precinct in Ballarat.

Meet at Southern Cross Station to catch the 9.16 am V/Line Ballarat train to Wendouree Station (ETA 10.51 am). Trains return from Ballarat Station at 2.16, 3.16 and 3.39 pm

Leader: Lily Adolphe



Aprox 6-7km walk from Central Park to Glen Iris via Hedgeley Dene Gardens.

Meet Kingston Street near kids’ playground.

Melway Ref: 59 G10

Leader: Nicky Nixon

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Convener: Bruce Gooley



Thursday 28th June 2018. Cape Woolamai

This 8.0 km, 3 ½ hour walk, graded as ‘easy-medium’ starts at the Woolamai Surf Lifesaving Club on Phillip Island (little more than an hour’s drive from Melbourne’s south-eastern suburbs). The track proceeds south to Cape Woolamai, passes through coastal forest to the Cape Woolamai State Faunal Reserve, visits a historic granite quarry and returns to the starting point either along the beach (tides permitting) or by an inland route.

Meet at the carpark beside the Woolamai Surf Life Saving Club

From Melbourne drive south-east for 122km to San Remo via Dandenong and Cranbourne, cross the bridge onto Phillip Island. From the bridge proceed along the main road for a further 2.8 km before turning left on to Woolamai Beach Road. Follow the road for 2.9 km to the car park. There are public toilets at San Remo and behind the Woolamai Surf Life Saving Club in the car park.

Melway Map 734 C 12

Leader: Garry Warne


Thursday 26th July 2018. Lower Maribyrnong River Walk

We will walk from the Maribyrnong Boat House along the river for as long as we feel like it. This is an ideal winter walk along sealed paths and no steep hills. Returning to the boathouse for well-deserved coffee and cake.

Meet at the Maribyrnong Boat House Restaurant, (north side of the river) 7 The Boulevard, Moonee Ponds.

Melway Ref: Map 28 D8

Leader: Alison Talbot


Thursday 23 August 2018. Warburton Riverside Walk – Warburton

A 12 km circuit along the Upper Yarra River in Warburton which is positioned between picturesque mountains and old growth mountain ash forests. Places of interest along the way include the Redwood forest, Water Wheel Centre and murals depicting Warburton’s history painted by a local artist on the old railway platform. Follow Whitehorse Road/Maroondah Hwy [34] to Lilydale. Once past Lilydale, turn right into Warburton Hwy [B380] towards Warburton. Before Warburton township, look out for the carpark near the Tourism Information sign on the left (near the ‘now closed’ Patchwork Tea House).

Meet in this carpark which is across the road from Scotchman’s Creek Rd.

Melway Ref: 289 K4
GPS Address: Corner Warburton Hwy and Scotchman’s Creek Road, Warburton.

Leader: Lily Adolphe


Thursday 27th September 2018. Mordialloc to Carrum

This walk (about 10 kms) will take us from Mordialloc Station along the Mordialloc Creek, past part of the Edithvale-Seaford Wetlands and Patterson Lakes, ending at Carrum Station.

Meet at the West side of Mordialloc Station. Trains leave Flinders Street at 9.22 and Richmond at 9.25, arriving at Mordialloc at 10.05; however, it would be advisable to check the timetable for any possible changes a day or two before the walk.

Leader: Marg Deighton


Thursday 25 October 2018. Red Hill to Merricks and return

Approx. 13 km return. The walk is along the former apple orchard railway line to Merricks. It starts from the back of ‘The Epicurean’. BYO lunch as usual, or you can buy lunch at the Merricks General Store if you prefer. After lunch we return to Red Hill.

Meet outside ‘The Epicurean’, 169 Shoreham Road, Red Hill South.

Parking is at the back and coffee and toilet are available.

Melway Map: 191 A7

Leader: Eva Janina Carew-Reid


Thursday 22nd November 2018. Churchill National Park, Lysterfield South

This walk is about 7 km long with most of the route following broad, well-maintained foot tracks. No long climbs on this walk, only a few short rises. This is a shorter walk as part of the time will include a brief presentation/discussion on GPS, reading a topographical map, finding north points, use of a compass and navigating through the bush with a map and compass.

Meet at 10:15 am at the shelter and BBQ area close to the picnic area along the Army Rd at northern car parking area.

Melway Map 82 C 10 (Return journey from U3A is 55 km)

Leader: George Giummarra

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Convener: Lorraine Doyle

These are all walks that can be accessed using public transport, so parking or long drives are not necessary

Download Term 2 walks with Leaders' contact details


ALBERT PARK LAKE . Tuesday 21st August

Take tram No. 12 from Spencer street/ Southern Cross or No. 96 from the corner of Collins and Spencer Street to Albert Road and the MSAC (Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre) stop and meet at the main entrance into that centre. The tram stop is behind MSAC (There is a cafeteria near the main entrance and I will be in front of it) The walk around the lake is approximately 5 – 6 km. Catch the same tram back to the city to return home.

Melway 2K C6
Leader: Lorraine Doyle


Glen Iris. Tuesday 18th September

The walk will begin at the car park at Back Creek Reserve on Gardiners Parade, Glen Iris opposite Nettleton Park. The walk will take in a circuit along Back Creek and Gardiners Creek finishing where we began.

Melway 59 J8
Leader: Yvonne Fetherston


Botanic Gardens. Tuesday 16 October

Meet near the Information Centre in Federation Square, on the south east side of Flinders & Swanston St, near the pedestrian crossing for a 10am start. We walk along the path adjacent to the Alexander Gardens to the Tan and continue to Observatory Gate. From there we head into the gardens, past the Oak Lawn, Nymphaea Lake, and Guilfoyle’s Volcano.

Morning tea at the Terrace Tea Rooms.

Then on to Fern Gully and Perennial Border, a few of the highlights on our return, via the Lynch Gate and the Pioneer Women’s Commemorative Garden to Federation Square.

Distance: 5.3 km - approximately 2 hours

Please ring to confirm your participation

Leader: Ann Knowles     


Beach metro walk. Tuesday 20 November

Meet in the city at ground floor entrance of Southern Cross Station by 9.30am. We will then take the No. 96 tram together to St. Kilda Esplanade and join the beach path from St Kilda to Brighton stopping for coffee along the way. We will return by train to Richmond or Flinders St stations.

Leader: Fay Dunstan

Fay would appreciate bookings by the morning of Monday 19th November so that she can advise numbers for our coffee stop.


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