COVID-19 Walking ActivitiesDue to the slowing of the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Victoria, restrictions on sport and recreation activities have been eased. The Victorian Chief Health Officer has approved the resumption of sport and recreation activities effective from 13 May 2020, subject to restrictions.
At an Executive meeting on Monday, 18 May 2020, the easing of restrictions and implications for the Melbourne Walking club were discussed. As many of our members have expressed interest in walking again as soon as possible the Executive is advising that the MWC regular Walks program will recommence on 1 July 2020 subject to any restrictions which may apply at the time.
Between now and 1 July 2020, it is planned that there will be two modified MWC Sunday walks and five recces held.
For walks prior to 1 July 2020, the circular will not carry rendezvous information. Members wishing to walk will have to contact the leader and register to attend. The leader will then advise rendezvous details.
For specific details, see the Current Walk Statuses page.
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 18 years or over.
The Melbourne Walking Club today has approximately 285 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 a bush hut, located in a tranquil setting 90 minutes from Melbourne, which is available to members and their guests to stay and enjoy the bush without the need to carry and pitch a tent.
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.
Note: A $5.00 fee is charged to all visitors attending club walks. Click here for more details.
To download forms, visit the Downloads page.