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Victorian YHA Bushwalking Group

The YHA Bushwalking Club runs trips most weekends of the year. We have walks to suit almost anyone, from social strolls and day walks to overnight weekend trips, base-camps, pack-carrys and more challenging expeditions. If you are unsure of what would best suit your ability, read on for more specific information on what to expect.

We recommend starting with something you are comfortable with before you move on to more challenging walks. After you know what kind of walk you are interested in, check the Walks Programme which has a quarterly calendar of organised events and walks. Transport is by private car with leaders arranging car-pooling for those who need a lift or are willing to share a ride. Fuel costs are shared in accordance with the club's petrol policy.

Day Walks
Sunday Walks:
  • Sunday walks are our most popular type of activity, there is no need to book or contact the leader beforehand just turn up on the day.
  • The Sunday walks are held in various bush locations within a couple of hours drive from the city.
  • Unless otherwise stated, we meet in the city at 8:45 to depart at 9:00am returning to the city in the late afternoon usually around 6-7pm.
  • The meeting place is at the plaza in front of Flagstaff Station, at the corner of La Trobe and William Streets in the city. Click here to view the map.
  • The Sunday walks are graded as easy to medium walking level.
Saturday Walks:
  • Saturday walks don't have a set departure time or meeting point, each leader will make arrangements to suit their particular walk.
  • These walks tend to be further from Melbourne and thus leave earlier and return later then the regular Sunday walks they are also often set at a harder walking level.
  • Sometimes they are specialised (ex. navigation practice).
  • The day will often involve a meal in a country hotel or restaurant on the way home.
  • For all Saturday walks you must contact the leader at least three days before the walk to be able to participate as the leader will nominate a time, meeting point and arrange car pooling in advance.
Social Walks:
  • Designed to be relaxed Social Walks are an event that can be enjoyed by all.
  • There is no need to book or contact a leader beforehand just turn up at the meeting place.
  • Short and generally easy walks through parkland and other public places, generally within the Melbourne metropolitan area.
  • Social walks usually run after work hours –Twilight walks.
  • May be followed by a BBQ or visit to a nearby pub.
  • Please note as well as Social Walks we also have social events check our

Weekend Walks

Weekend walks can visit areas anywhere between 1 to 4 hours (100-350 km) drive from Melbourne. Leaving on the Friday evening they return Sunday evening, except for some of the closer trips that leave early Saturday morning; these are called "short weekends". For weekend walks you must book either at Clubnight or by contacting the trip leader by the Monday evening prior to the trip. The leader will usually contact drivers involved in car-pooling by Wednesday evening and those needing to be picked up can often be collected from their door (although they may be asked to make their way to a convenient pick up point).
Accommodated/Hostel trips:
  • Accommodated weekend trips mean you have a roof over your head and don't need to provide any camping equipment, just the normal gear for a day walk.
  • Accommodation is normally in cabins or YHA hostels.
  • These trips are self-catered with the possibility of eating out in the evening if good local facilities are available.
  • These types of walks are usually rated between "easy" and "medium" walking levels.
  • Base-camps are camping trips offered with the convenience of being able to put your camping gear, food and clothes in following vehicles.
  • You are required to bring (or arrange to share) tents as well as supplying your own sleeping mats and sleeping bags,as most camps are a short distance from the vehicles lightweight packing isn't an issue, although occasionally on some trips the campsite may be situated a couple of kilometres from the car park.
  • The locations range from commercial campgrounds with plenty of facilities, to designated vehicle-camping areas in national parks where amenities are more basic.
  • Base-camp walks are rated anywhere between an "easy" to a "hard" walking level.
  • These walks require you to bring your own pack and carry all your food, clothing and camping equipment for all or most of the walk.
  • Pack-Carry trips are fully self-catered although stove (and tent) sharing can often be arranged.
  • These walks are rated between between a "medium" to "hard" walking level.
  • Occasionally there are introductory pack-carry walks in which the walk to the campsite is no more than 2-3 hours over easy terrain. The remainder of the walking can then be done carrying only a daypack.
  • These introductory walks are highly recommended for those without prior pack-carrying experience.
Extended Trips:
  • Extended trips may be to less accessible areas in Victoria or prime bushwalking regions interstate.
  • Longer walking trips are often carried out over holiday periods, (Easter, Christmas and New-Year) although regions where the most appropriate season doesn't coincide with any major holidays may require a week or two off during winter/spring.
  • Extended trips can be pack-carrys, base-camps, a combination of the two or fully accommodated; check the walks programme to find out about planned extended trips.


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