Federation Walks Event - 20 October 2018 - Mornington Peninsula
Federation Walks Event Date: Saturday, 20 October 2018
Bookings Open: Saturday, 18 August 2018
Bookings Close: Firday, 5 October 2018 at noon.
Please note that this is an ALL WEATHER EVENT, apart from extreme weather conditions which are unlikely in October.
Please click here to have a look at the different walks on offer and the walk maps and track notes. A huge thank you to Liz Robinson (editor and track notes) and Andrew Robinson (map production) from the Koonung Bushwalking Club who gave us hours and hours of their time to prepare the walk notes and maps. Please click here for the walks program showing departure times.
Refreshments: Tea, coffee, fruit juice and water will be available at Elgee Park all day.
Afternoon tea: Please join us at 16:00 at Elgee Park Winery for afternoon tea hosted by Bushwalking Victoria. Coffee, tea and fruit juice will be served with a selection of cake, slices, and fresh seasonal fruit with live background music provided by Kayla Schafte and her guitar.
Wine Tastings: You will be able to sample the magnificent Elgee Park Wines on Saturday.
The booking buttons are below.
This year's Federation Walks event is hosted by Bushwalking Victoria with the help of many of our members volunteering their time and expertise! Peter Conroy (Bushwalking Victoria Fed Walks Organiser) and Judy Hunter (Bushwalking Victoria Board Member) are at the helm bringing everything together.
The event is open to all Bushwalking Victoria members and affiliated bushwalking clubs. Members are welcome to invite friends or family to give bushwalking a go! The two family walks in Coolart are open to the public. If you would like to become a member, you can join us as an Individual Member for $20 per year, just click here. If you prefer to join a club, have a look at our affiliated clubs by clicking here and join one near you!
There will be 16 walks with different gradings on offer including a family-friendly walk in Coolart - so gather your kids and grandchildren!
Please click here for the walks program showing departure times.
A maximum number of 10-18 participants can participate in a walk depending on the walk grading. For the family-friendly walks, each family can have up to 6 participants with a maximum of 19 families per walk. The family walk will be offered twice on the day, one mid-morning and one mid-afternoon. This will appear as Family Walk- Coolart 1A and 1B when booking.
Here is a general walk grading guide, that may be helpful to you: Walk Gradings.pdf
The most challenging walk on the day is the Two Bays Walking Track. There will be two groups doing this walk, to allow for more participants. This will show as Two Bays Walking Track 16A and 16B when booking.
A qualified walk-leader and a co-leader (whip) will lead each walk. Most of the leaders are also qualified First-Aiders. Thank you to all our amazing members who volunteered to lead walks!
Walks will have staggered starting times depending on the grade and distance.
The picturesque Mornington Peninsula offers a variety of interesting and beautiful places to walk. It has deep ferny valleys, wild ocean shorelines, gentle bay beaches, rocky escarpments, rolling green hills and forests with kangaroos roaming. The area has a rich and varied history and is, of course, ripe with boutique wineries, cider houses, and award-winning restaurants. So much to be enjoyed, so close to Melbourne, so make a weekend out of it!
Elgee Park Winery will be the place where we all gather to meet and greet, enjoy refreshments, register for our selected walk and taste some delicious wines. They have lovely sculpture walks too and one is listed as a Fed Walk option for you, it is walk number 4 on the walks list.
Elgee Park is located in Merricks North with access off Nepean Highway Dromana, Mel 161 G3. Here is a map of how to get there.
If you would like to stay over on Friday and/or Saturday evening, here are some accommodation options:
How to book:
Bookings are administered through TryBooking - a huge thank you to Anna Thompson form VMTC (Victorian Mountain Tramping Club) for her hours of work to design and integrate the booking pages.
Participating in a walk costs $20 per person and $20 per family (up to 6 members for the Coolart family walk) to cover overheads such as printing the walks booklet and afternoon tea.TryBooking charges a 30 cents booking fee per transaction.
Have a look at the walks program and pick your top 3 walks as numbers for each walk are limited, so you may not be able to get a place on the walk of your first choice when you book, so have some alternatives ready. Depending on the grading, each walk can accommodate between 12-18 participants. When all the places for a walk have been booked, you will not be able to purchase a ticket for that walk and it will show as sold out. You can buy a maximum of 4 tickets per booking, if you would like to buy more tickets, just start another transaction once you have purchased the first 4 tickets. This is to make sure that everyone has a fair go at getting a place on a walk of their choice. For the family walks at Coolart, each family can book up to 6 participants for a total cost of $20 in one transaction. If a family has more than 6 participants, you will need to purchase another set of tickets as one parent/guardian is needed for each group of up to six.
Click on the applicable booking button below to book your walk.
Follow the process in TryBooking. You will be issued with a ticket to print at home or store on your mobile device. On the booking page, there is a box to tick if you are willing to carpool and take other participants on your walk in your car. Please tick this box if you are happy to do so, then we can work out logistics.
Once bookings close on 5 October at noon, we will be in contact with you with final arrangements. Please make sure you enter the correct e-mail address and mobile phone number when you book otherwise we will not be able to contact you.
Bring your tickets with you and register for your walk at Elgee Park on either Friday, 19 October (between 17:00 - 19:00) or Saturday, 20 October (between 07:00 - 10:00). Participants in the family-friendly walks do not have to register at Elgee Park, you can go straight to Coolart, 20 minutes before your walk is due to depart, the walk leader and co-leader will register participants there.
Each participant/family will receive a Federation Walks 2018 booklet when they register at the event with all the information for the different walks. Thank you again to Andrew and Liz Robinson for taking the booklet design and production on board as well!
If something unforeseen happens, you can cancel your booking until 10 October 2018 for a full refund. The 30 cents TryBooking fee can't be refunded. No refunds will be processed after this date in order to allow enough time before the event for other participants to take your place on the walk you booked.