Walking Since 1939
YHA Bushwalking Victoria
Day Walks & Social Events
- Sunday walks are our most popular type of activity; there is no need to book or contact the leader beforehand, just turn up at the specified meeting place and time. There is no limit on numbers. Check the Current Walks Program.
- Walks run nearly every Sunday in the year (unless fire bans or excessive heat)
- They are held in various locations within a couple of hours drive from the city.
- The majority are graded as easy through to medium walking level.
- Unless otherwise stated, we meet at 8:45 to depart at 9:00am returning to the city in the late afternoon usually around 6-7pm.
- Unless otherwise stated, the meeting place is at the plaza in front of Flagstaff Station, corner of La Trobe and William Streets in the city, but check the detailed listing for the event in case a suburban meeting point is being used instead.
- Sometimes a different meeting point is used, depending on which direction the walk is from Melbourne. All alternative meeting points are also next to a train station with unrestricted Sunday parking nearby.
- Saturday walks don’t have a set departure time or meeting point, each leader will make arrangements to suit their particular walk, set out in the Current Walks Program.
- These walks can be further from Melbourne and may leave earlier and return later than regular Sunday walks.
- They tend to be more difficult than Sunday walks, the majority are graded as medium through to hard walking level.
- Leaders typically limit group sizes to 12-16.
- Sometimes they are specialised (ex. navigation practice).
- They may involve a meal in a country hotel or restaurant on the way home.
- Bookings close on the Wednesday beforehand. This enables the leader to organise the meeting place and car-pooling.
Social or Non-bushwalking events
- Social and non-bushwalking activities don’t have a set departure time or meeting point, each leader will make arrangements to suit their particular activity, set out in the Current Walks Program.
- Social walks maybe through parklands and other public places, in urban/metro settings, often using public transport.
- Social walks may run during the week, after work hours, on weekends, with a theme (sausage sizzle, cake walk, dress for dinner walk) and may be followed by a BBQ or visit to a nearby pub.
- Non-bushwalking activities may include first aid training, navigation training, search and rescue training, regent honeyeater bird habitat maintenance weekends.
- Some activities are designed to be relaxing (eg our Friday night twilight walks), others more challenging (Thursday night FAST urban walks), check how these are graded in the Current Walks Program.
- As well as Social Walks we also have purely social events such as dinners or film nights.