The Melbourne Walking Club (MWC) was founded in 1894 and is the oldest walking club in Australia. Membership is open to anyone, male or female, aged 16 years or over.
The Melbourne Walking Club today has approximately 275 members. The Club is affiliated with Bushwalking Victoria, and MWC members are insured through this organization when taking part in Club events.
Most of the Club walks are currently one-day walks in suburban and country areas and are held during the week and usually on two Sundays each month. The walks range from easy metropolitan walks to more difficult walks in the bush. Extended walking and camping activities are also encouraged. Walks on weekdays are popular events for members who have retired or are perhaps working part-time, just as the Sunday walks program is popular with members who are still working. Occasional bike rides, bus trips and cycling weekends may be included in the programme. Activities are listed in a monthly Circular. Over a 12 month period, there are usually about 100 events in the Club program.
The Club owns a modern ski lodge on Mt Buller, available to members and their guests for both winter and summer use. A nightly tariff is charged to stay at the lodge which varies according to the time of year. The Club also has the use of a small hut at Mt Donna Buang.
The Club also has a Club hut, known as the Walter E. Briggs Hut, in a forest setting near the summit of Mount Donna Buang, which is also available for use by Members.
The aims of the Melbourne Walking Club are to promote and encourage recreational walking in congenial company and to foster the conservation of our natural heritage. Walking is an enjoyable and healthy recreation and, with plenty of opportunity for discussion on the experiences of life, friendships are formed amongst members.
The Club welcomes anyone who may be thinking about joining a bushwalking club and would like to participate in a walk as a visitor. Click here for Membership details, or Contact Us for more information.