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.
From April 2021 we are back to face-to-face meetings with a maximum of 70 people. COVID hygiene rules will apply and you must check-in via the Service Victoria QR scanner installed at the entrance to the meeting room.
2021 Speaker program
17 February - Matthew Mallett, wildlife photographer - postponed to March due to COVID restrictions
17 March - Matthew Mallett, wildlife photographer
21 April - Robyn Teed & Denis Ward, Members, Tips and Tricks for Packs, and Joslin Guest, Care of Feet
19 May - Annual General Meeting
16 June - Fran Callinan, Member, Murray River Walk
2020 Speaker program
19 February - Graeme Nyberg, Hiking in Japan
19 August - Gill Webb, Coast-to-Coast: Walking in Southern Spain (via Zoom)
16 September - Peter & Jenny Mason, Kim & Trevor Rosen, Walking in Coastal Northern NSW (via Zoom)
21 October - Amanda Lockett, Walking in Morocco (via Zoom)
18 November - Jim Dhaeze, Safety in the Bush (via Zoom)
2019 Speaker program
20 February - Cathy Nall, Three Great National Parks of Norway.
20 March - "What I did over the Summer break". Rob Russell, Everest Base camp via Gokyo Lakes ; Michael Bertie and others, The Tarkine Coast Track.
17 April - Martin O'Brien, Naturalist, ornithologist, What should I look out for on this walk? How to create fauna/flora lists for specific areas.
15 May - Annual General Meeting.
19 June - Arabella Eyres, University of Melbourne. Searching for the Critically Endangered Leadbeater's possum.
17 July - Penny Broome. A taste of Kyushu & the villages of Old Japan on the Nakasen way.
21 August - Club Members: Jenny Mason, The Cotswalds; Dorothy Dhaeze, Walking in Cornwall.
18 September - Dr Gary Presland. Writer, editor, historian. Indigenous peoples of the Melbourne area.
16 October- Colin Abbott. Cycling around Australia.
15 December Christmas party.
2018 Speaker program
21 February - Dorothy & Jim Dhaeze, Walking in Scotland; Peter & Jenny Mason, Alaska.
21 March - Daniel Bogdanov, adventurer. Finding my Way on the Pacific Crest Trail: Hiking 4200km from the Mexican Border to Canada.
18 April - David Morrison, formerly Bureau of Meteorology. Life in the Fridge: A Year in Antarctica.
16 May - Annual General Meeting and "Buy, Swap and Sell" event.
20 June - Dr Louisa Lee, Emergency Physician Northern Health. First aid management of the collapsed hiker.
18 July - 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.
15 August - Sandra Thwaites, The Tarkine Wilderness; Roger Thornton, The Larapinta Trail.
19 September - Fran Callinan, Iceland and Orkney; Michael Bertie, Patagonia.
17 October - Travis Easton, waterfall hunter and landscape photographer. 314 Waterfalls within 100km of Melbourne. Copies of Travis' books will be available for purchase at the meeting.
21 November - 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.
Club members Carmel Bourke and Michael Bertie spoke about recent overseas walks -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 will be talking about '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 from the Bureau of Meteorology with a fascinating presentation including a demo 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 from Birds Victoria presenting on finding Australian birds - see his recently published book: Finding Australian Birds
Glen Tarrant - Country Fire Authority - http://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/plan-prepare/
Greg Lefoe - Department of Environment and Primary Industries - Community involvement in biological control of environmental weeds
Ken Birch - President Victorian Alpine Huts - http://www.hutsvictoria.org.au/