Melbourne Women's Walking Club Inc.

Member of Bushwalking Victoria

Founded in 1922


Activities

Day Walks

Day walks are scheduled most weekends. These range in difficulty and length from easy to hard grading. They are led by experienced volunteer leaders who are assisted by two scouts, and locations are selected to provide a variety of terrain and points of interest.

Walk Gradings:
EasyGently undulating terrain walking on formed tracks. Distance up to 14 km.
MediumWalk may be off track and include steady climbs and descents. Distance 15 to 18 km.
HardSustained walking, moderate to hard climbs and descents including off track.

Day walks are generally within 2 hrs drive of Melbourne and members usually car pool, although coaches or public transport are sometimes used. Booking for a walk is done by phone with only 4 days notice being required.

Visitors and prospective members are welcome to come along on a day walk to experience the fun of walking in the bush and the camaraderie of the club.
Support is given to new members to enable them to find their feet quickly.

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Base Camps and Accommodation Trips are arranged so that members can go away for periods from a weekend to 10 days, staying in one location and exploring it extensively by day walking.

Recent trips include Mt Donna Buang, Marysville, Birregurra, Beechworth and Mt Hotham.

Interstate and Overseas Tours with an emphasis on walking are also planned. These longer trips are sometimes run by Tour Operators.

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Back Packing

There is a keen contingent of back packers in the club and trips away are regularly scheduled. These are of varying difficulty and duration. A beginnersí pack is held each year to give members the opportunity to try out backpacking and support is offered so members get the most out of the experience.

Recent trips include Tongariro Crossing (NZ), Mt Jagungal (NSW), Wilsons Promontory (VIC), Yuragir Coastal Walk (NSW) and Bibbulmun Track (WA).

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Other Outdoor Activities

Conservation work is popular, with the club responsible for bone-seeding an area within Arthur's Seat NP and members joining in on Bush Walking Victoria's sponsored working bees.

Bike Rides Several Bike Rides are scheduled each year - usually a day ride and a weekend away.

Canoeing and Rafting. Trips are periodically scheduled.

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Socials

There is an evening meeting most months where club members or guest speakers present topics of interest to our membership. A light supper is supplied.

There are also several lunches during the year and a Christmas lunch - all well attended.

Training

The club has a strong commitment to teaching bush-craft skills to members and developing new leaders. Map-reading, navigation, safety and basic first aid are taught both in the classroom and on practical training days outdoors. New members are encouraged to participate in these activities. Members are also given the opportunity to practise their skills on day walks and back pack trips under the walk leader's guidance.

Leadership

All the club activities are run by volunteers. Day walks are scouted beforehand by the leader and two scouts. It is exciting and challenging to walk through an unknown area to find the most interesting terrain, suitable tracks and off-track routes for the scheduled walk. Many members say that this is their favorite club activity!

Taking on positions of leadership, whether as a walk leader or committee member provides an opportunity for self development as well as the satisfaction of giving back to the club.

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