The Club conducts scheduled walks on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month and reconnaissance walks each other Tuesday. Scheduled walks are designed to take from 3 to 4 hours to complete but can require up to an hours traveling time to and from the starting point. Transport to and from the starting point is shared amongst members.
There are three groups of walkers: the Ramblers, the Hikers and the Trekkers.
The Ramblers group generally walks 8 to 12 kilometres on flattish terrain – walks which all members of the Club are capable of completing.
Hikers walks are a little shorter, slower paced and less strenuous than Trekkers Walks. Typically they are around 10km to 14km and avoid the steepest and most challenging routes. Where possible they meet at the same place as the Trekkers and often start their walk in the same general location but take a different or shorter version of the route. .
The Trekkers group caters for those who wish to engage in more challenging walks involving steeper terrain with elevation changes of up to 600 metres and covering a distance of 15 – 20 kilometres.
All groups walk with a day pack containing essential food drink and mandatory safety clothing and equipment. The Club takes the safety of its members very seriously and all members contribute to an accident insurance policy provided through Bush Walking Victoria. Tuition and mentoring in walk leadership and navigation are routinely provided and members supported to undertake first aid and CPR accreditation. See the Useful Links tab above for more information on sggested walking equipment and safety tips.
Scheduled walks are designed to be completed in four to six hours and with few exceptions are located in the West and Central Gippsland area where most of the Club’s members reside. Walks are usually in forested locations such as Bunyip State Park, Mount Worth Park, Baw Baw National Park, Tarago State Forest and Moondarra State Park.
A walks program is compiled six months in advance and generally includes a camping week away with daily scheduled walks. These are generally at locations outside of West and Central Gippsland. Past locations have included Apollo Bay, Ararat, Bright, Halls Gap, Jindabyne, Lake Tekapo in NZ, Western Tiers in Tasmania, Mallacoota, Marlo, Marysville, Portland, Nelson and Wilsons Promontory.
Example walk program – Walk program March to August 2018
The Club members periodically contribute to the improvement of local public walking tracks, by assisting the local DSE or Parks Victoria staff with track clearing and maintenance.