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Events Calendar

This page hosts the previews of our upcoming events that in the foreseeable future will be conducted in accordance with our COVID-19 Safety Plan.

The page is normally updated towards the end of the month, except in November and December, and all events are generally open to the public.

The details of our upcoming events are also contained in our Club Newsletter, which you can download using the links at the bottom of the page. The newsletters are published every month except January, and also contain reviews of events from the previous month and general Club news.

Videos taken on our walks

Listed below are videos that have been taken on some of our walks. We hope you enjoy them:

January 31st - K Rd Cache & Werribee Park:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQtRbSP7NzI

March 14th - The Granites & Falcons Nest:     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TN2RgCpaL-k

April 20th - Daylesford:                                         https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yt0lFvV2_kA

COVID-19 Safety Plan

The Club has implemented a COVID-19 Safety Plan to enable activities to resume within current Victorian Government regulations, and advice from Bushwalking Victoria, current as at: 6 January 2021.

  1. Social distancing of 1.5 m shall be enforced at all times during Club activities with masks mandatory if social distancing conditions cannot be met.
  2. All participants must sign-in on the Activity Sheet at the meeting point.

Wherever possible, AVOID CARRYING PASSENGERS IN YOUR CAR UNLESS THEY ARE FROM YOUR HOUSEHOLD.

If travelling in a car with someone who is not a part of your household they must be from only one other household.

  1. Passengers should sit on the back seat to maintain social distancing, with a maximum of three people in the car.
  2. Everybody in the car should wear a mask unless they have a lawful exemption.
  3. Increase ventilation in the vehicle by opening windows wherever possible, and avoid using air conditioners on recirculate.
  4. High touch surfaces in the car should be cleaned and sanitised regularly.
  5. No more than 200 people may attend an outdoor gathering – as per current recommendations which may be varied if conditions change before the date of the event.

Register To Attend An Event

red exclamation markPlease note that registration for an event closes at noon of the day before the event.

WBOC Member

If you are a member of the Werribee Bushwalking & Outdoor Club you should register directly with the Leader.

Dependent minors (under 16 years of age) under the supervision of a financial member may participate in any event (subject to the approval of the event leader) at no cost provided a Guest Walker Form is completed for each event.

Guest

If you want to participate in an event as a guest you must This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Your details will be forwarded to the Leader who will then contact you to assess your level of experience and determine if the event is appropriate for you. If you are approved to participate, download the Guest Walker Form and sign the acknowledgement of risk, then present the completed form plus the $5 participation fee to the Leader at the meeting point.

You may participate in up to three events as a guest before deciding to join the Werribee Bushwalking & Outdoor Club.

Member of Another BWV Affiliated Club

If you are a member of another Bushwalking Victoria affiliated club you are welcome to participate in our events but you must This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and register as a guest and also advise the name of your regular club. Your details will be forwarded to the Leader who will then contact you and generally approve your participation. In this case the $5 participation fee will be waived.

Things You Need To Know

  1. The majority of our events involve car pooling and it is expected that each passenger will contribute to the cost of fuel by making a small donation to their driver, normally $5 or $10 depending on the distance. Our events often conclude with a visit to a local café for refreshments before returning to Werribee.
  2. The rating of a walk is based on the most challenging aspect of the track as determined by our Walk Rating Scheme. Apart from distance, the rating may be influenced by the conditions in one section and therefore not indicative of the entire walk. The walk preview should provide sufficient details for you to determine if the walk is within your capability.
  3. Typically on an event you will need a backpack, good walking shoes or boots, 2-3 litres of water, lunch, snacks, and your own small first aid kit including any personal medications you may need. Depending on the time of year you might also need sunscreen and a hat or cap. We also recommend a lightweight rain coat or poncho that can be stored in your backpack.

Our Upcoming Events


Sunday 23 May 2021

Grade 3 rating iconWerribee River Walk, Wombat Forest

Distance: 6 kms circuit.

Meet: 8.15 am for 8.30 am departure from the carpark opposite Hungry Jacks Werribee.

Leader(s): Rob.

Distance to the start is 145km. Directions will be given on the day.

This walk is in the Wombat State Forest, a designated area for the Powerful Owl and the Great Glider. We will stop at Ballan on the way as there are no toilets at the picnic area. The walk starts at the Werribee River picnic area and crosses a bridge over the river to a set of steps leading uphill, before descending alongside the river.

The path is undulating with some steps in the steeper parts. The forest is attractive with good views of the river.

After a while we reach a junction where the path turns to the right and goes to Carrols Spring which, unfortunately, is capped.

Walking downhill we reach the river. There is a shallow ford to be crossed on stepping stones to get to the opposite side. The track is easy to follow, similar to the other side, with some steps and fallen trees to climb over.

We should reach the picnic ground in time for lunch and a rest before heading home. A refreshment stop at Ballan or Bacchus Mash would be a good way to finish off the day.

Steps
Steps, credit: Elise 2014.


Sunday 6 June 2021

Grade 3 rating iconLerderderg Heritage River Walk

Distance: 8.5 kms circuit.

Meet: 8.15 am for 8.30 am departure from the carpark opposite Hungry Jacks Werribee.

Leader(s): Sumi and Nigel.

Approximately 60 mins drive from Werribee. We will stop at Blackwood town centre for toilets just before arriving at Jack Cann Reserve.

This is an easy to moderate walk and starts and finishes at the Garden of St Erth near Jack Cann Reserve. Most of the trail follows old waterways which were used for various gold mining purposes. The first and the last couple of hundred meters of the trail runs through pine trees which are absolutely beautiful. The forest is rich with wildflowers, gullies with tall ferns, trees and the sound of flowing water making this walk quite enjoyable.

The path is narrow but solid and flat throughout the walk with a few ups and downs in places. The trail can be slippery when damp as the terrain is mostly clay.

Halfway through the walk we will stop for lunch near the waterway so pack your lunch for the walk. Most of the return walk follows the water trail. Fallen trees are common and adds a bit of adventure to the walk.

Approximately a 4 hour walk, we should be back around 1:30ish for a rest near the Jack Cann Reserve before heading home. The St Erth Café, nursery and beautiful garden is inviting if you are interested – entry fees apply to the Garden. Also, there are Cafés in the Blackwood or Bacchus Marsh town centres if you want to stop for a coffee.

For this walk you will need to bring drinking water, morning tea, lunch and snacks, hiking boots or suitable walking shoes, winter and rain appropriate gear and walking poles if you have them. There are only two picnic tables available in the Reserve area so best to bring something to sit on.

Lerderderg Heritage River
Lerderderg Heritage River, credit: Sumi April 2021.


Sunday 13 June 2021

Grade 2 rating iconSkeleton Waterholes Creek - Morris Rd to Old Geelong Rd

Distance: 10.5 kms Circuit.

Meet: 8.45 am for 9.00 am departure from the carpark opposite Hungry Jacks Werribee.

Leader(s): Elise.

We will carpool from Werribee or meet at the park on Duck Haven Place. Limited roadside parking is available here.

This walk starts and ends at Duck Haven Park following a wide, mostly flat concrete path. This would be a grade one if it weren't for the distance and technically it should be a grade 3 because it is more than 10kms. Most of the trail is quite open so if it is a sunny day you may need sunscreen and or a hat.

From the park we walk under and then over the Morris Rd bridge and pick up the trail along the east bank.

We stay on the east side, walk under Sayers Rd and then continue until we reach the Federation bike trail. Here we detour over the bike trail crossing the creek and then descending to the other side to continue our journey along the west bank to Old Geelong Rd.

After a brief stop we will return along the west bank of Skeleton Creek. Along the way you will catches glimpses of the creek's many waterholes. Two bridges span the creek offering inviting detours for better views of the waterholes.

We walk back under the Sayers Rd and end back at the park just in time for BYO lunch.

Skeleton Waterholes Creek
Skeleton Waterholes Creek, credit: Elise April 2021.


Sunday 27 June 2021

Grade 3 rating iconEdwards Point Wildlife Reserve

Distance: 6.5 kms return.

Meet: 8.15 am for 8.30 am departure from the carpark opposite Hungry Jacks Werribee.

Leader(s): John.

Edwards Point is situated in St Leonards on the Bellarine Peninsula. Distance from Werribee is approximately 80 kms and takes around 1¼ hrs depending on traffic.

This is a coastal woodland park with a couple of bays with spectacular scenery and lots of birdlife, including migratory birds, but I can't guarantee they will be around when we do the walk.

The walk is easy, along sand and soil pathways. There are no hills and depending on the weather it shouldn't be slippery but we may encounter water over the track if it's been raining.

We will take water and a snack on the walk. Carrying your backpack is optional.

On return to the carpark we will have lunch. There are a couple of cafes in town but I don't know what they are like so it is up to yourselves if you want to try these.

Boardwalk through the wetlands
Boardwalk through the wetlands, credit: Elise 2019.


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