Monthly meetings 

Meetings are held in the Phyllis Hore Room, rear Kew Library, Cotham Road, Kew (Melway Map 45 D6), on the third Wednesday of each month (except January), commencing at 8pm. Visitors are requested to arrive by 7.40pm.


2023 Speaker program

15 July - Jordan Crook, VNPA, The VNPA and Conservation Issues affecting Walkers in 2023.

19 June - Member Michael Bertie, The Via Francigena - the "other" Pilgrim Route in Medieval Europe.

19 April - Member Diane Keating and Martin O'Brien, An artist's view of some threatened native Victorian birds.

15 March - Stephen Platt, Nature Unmasked.

15 February - Member Chris Ashe, A Brief History of Victoria's National Parks.


Past Speakers

Faye Kirkwood and John McCaskill from Rotarians for Bees, video and talk on Bees

Member Ian Graham, Victorian Native Orchids

Geoff Lays, A Layman's Guide to Fungi

Member Fran Callinan, Walk the Yorke, a talk about South Australia's Yorke Peninsular coastal walk.

Martin O'Brien, Being Attentive and 'Hearing Your Place in Nature'

Robyn Teed & Denis Ward, Members, Tips and Tricks for Packs, and Joslin Guest, Care of Feet

Fran Callinan, Member, Murray River Walk (Zoom meeting)

 Michael Bertie, Member, The Australian Ignatian Trail, South Australia (Zoom meeting)

Geoff Lays, photographer, The Top End/Kakadu (Zoom meeting)

John McRae, The Tree Project (Zoom meeting)

Graeme Nyberg, Hiking in Japan

Gill Webb, Coast-to-Coast: Walking in Southern Spain (via Zoom)

Peter & Jenny Mason, Kim & Trevor Rosen, Walking in Coastal Northern NSW (via Zoom)

Amanda Lockett, Walking in Morocco (via Zoom)

Jim Dhaeze, Safety in the Bush (via Zoom)

Cathy Nall, Three Great National Parks of Norway.

Rob Russell, Everest Base camp via Gokyo Lakes; Michael Bertie and others, The Tarkine Coast Track.

Martin O'Brien, Naturalist, ornithologist, What should I look out for on this walk? How to create fauna/flora lists for specific areas.

Arabella Eyres, University of Melbourne. Searching for the Critically Endangered Leadbeater's possum.

Penny Broome. A taste of Kyushu & the villages of Old Japan on the Nakasen way.

Jenny Mason, The Cotswolds; Dorothy Dhaeze, Walking in Cornwall.

Dr Gary Presland. Writer, editor, historian. Indigenous peoples of the Melbourne area

Colin Abbott. Cycling around Australia

Dorothy & Jim Dhaeze, Walking in Scotland;  Peter & Jenny Mason, Alaska.

Daniel Bogdanov, adventurer.  Finding my Way on the Pacific Crest Trail: Hiking 4200km from the Mexican Border to Canada.

David Morrison, formerly Bureau of Meteorology.  Life in the Fridge: A Year in Antarctica.

Dr Louisa Lee, Emergency Physician Northern Health. First aid management of the collapsed hiker.

Kim Wen, Chinese Community Council of Australia Victorian Chapter.  The Great Walk: following in the footsteps of Chinese goldminers in the 1850s from Robe (South Australia) to the Victorian goldfields.

Sandra Thwaites, The Tarkine Wilderness;  Roger Thornton, The Larapinta Trail.

Fran Callinan, Iceland and Orkney; Michael Bertie, Patagonia.

Travis Easton, waterfall hunter and landscape photographer. 314 Waterfalls within 100km of Melbourne.

Lindall Kidd, Birdlife Australia. The threatened bird network project.

Dr Sapphire McMullen-Fisher, FungiMap and Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne. Fabulous Fungi - What They are Doing in our Ecosystems.  

Club member Chris Boag.  Web resources for planning walks.

Club member David de Bondi. Walking poles and pole etiquette.

Carmel Bourke, Samaria Gorge Crete; Michael Bertie, the Ignatian Camino NE Spain

David Morrison, ex Bureau of Meteorology. Planning your walk for the weather.

Club member Dennis Ward. Walking in Wales: the Wye Valley Way.

Sarah Ryan, Maps Coordinator State Library of Victoria. Early exploration and settlement in Victoria.

Dr Erin Matchan, School of Earth Sciences, University of Melbourne. Volcanism in Victoria and landforms created by recent events eg Tower Hill and Mt Eccles.

Rob Hyatt, Koorie Heritage Trust. Victoria's aboriginal heritage.

Hamish Webb from the Department of Environment, Land Water and Planning, Climate Change Policy - Forest, Fire and Regions

Ray Thomas: Regent Honeyeater Project 20 years down the track - a success story worth telling!

Greg Harding: Walking the west coast of Tasmania.

Zac Lewis, Australian Wildlife Conservancy: Back from the brink: restoring Australia’s lost and declining biodiversity.

George Mifsud & Robyn McCutcheon from Vicmap Topographic Mapping. An overview of the history of government mapping.  

Club members speaking on recent treks through Larapinta and Tasmania

Dean Stewart, Bureau of Meteorology, presentation and demnstration of the Bureau's new meteye website

Rod Costigan from Bush Search and Rescue

Club members talking about recent walks in the Blue Mountains

Tim Dolby, Birds Victoria, Finding Australian birds - see his recently published book:  Finding Australian Birds 

Ken Walker, Melbourne Museum, Citizen Science.

Glen Tarrant - Country Fire Authority -

Greg Lefoe, Department of Environment and Primary Industries, Community involvement in biological control of environmental weeds

Ken Birch, President Victorian Alpine Huts -



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