How to book an activity

For members: Information on walk and contact details are in the newsletter which will be found in the 'Members' area.

For visitors:

See the 6-months program Walk Program_Feb_to_Jul_2018 updated May_18  then contact our Activities coordinator, give the day, date and location of the activity you are interested in, your name, phone number and email address. The activity leader will contact you with further details:

Meeting places

There are 2 places in Geelong where we meet before a walk. We then share cars to drive to the walk location. Sometimes  other meeting places are organised.

‘Vytas' carpark, Corner of Bayview Parade and Carey Street, Hamlyn Heights 

Map Vytas



Barwon Community Centre, 33 Mount Pleasant Road, Belmont



We share car driving. Every driver is given 33 cents per kilometre driven. This is shared between all those who get a lift. The activity leader will say how much you are due to pay.

After walks we often gather for refreshments at a local café.

Bring these

Print and fill in this Emergency Form Form_Emergency_Information.pdf and bring it with you;

print and fill in this Visitors Form and give it to the activity leader GBC_Visitors_attendance_form.pdf.

Guidelines are listed below for what to bring with you on walks.

6-months activity program, 1st February to 31st July 2018

 Walk program_Feb_to_Jul_2018 updated May_18

Walk Gradings

Easy/Family     Easy day walks confined to tracks with a maximum distance of 8 km. Suitable for people of all ages.

Easy     Walking mainly on tracks with not too many ups and downs. Distance is usually less than 10 km and suitable for beginners who are in good health.

Easy/Medium   Moderate ups and downs, on tracks mainly, but some light scrub and forest areas off walking tracks. Distance usually 10-15 km. Suitable for active people with limited experience.

Medium            Consistent walking required with moderate-to-steep ups and downs, medium scrub and forest off tracks. Moderate degree of fitness required.

Medium/Difficult           As for medium but with thicker scrub, steeper climbs, or longer distances. Moderate+ degree of fitness needed.

Difficult            Hard, consistent walking in difficult terrain, including steep climbs, heavy scrub and river crossings. Extended walks in alpine areas in this category.


What to bring on a day walk

This list is a guide only.

  • food, for morning break and for lunch.
  • water bottle (minimum I litre, more in hot weather)
  • day pack
  • good boots
  • waterproof jacket
  • Warm jacket
  • First-aid kit: personal medications, sunscreen, insect repellant, note paper and pencil
  • Emergency Information Form (link to this)
  • sunhat
  • whistle (for emergencies)
  • toilet paper
  • waterproof pants (if rain is expected)
  • woollen beanie, gloves (in cold weather)
  • maps
  • Change of clothes for trip home - left in the car during the walk
  • Plastic bag for muddy boots

What to bring on an overnight walk

Whatever time of the year you go, you need to be prepared for the full range of weather conditions, It is vital not to skimp on safety items but also don’t overload your pack, this would greatly detract from your enjoyment of the walk. Between one fifth and one third of your body weight (depending on fitness) is a comfortable carrying load for most people.

The gear check list below should be used as a guide only. Experience will teach which items are less necessary for particular walks. Check with the leader for specific equipment requirements.


  • tent, poles and pegs
  • groundsheet, sleeping mat/Thermarest
  • sleeping bag (down or equivalent insulating value, at least to -5°C), inner-sheet
  • rucksack
  • waterproof pack liner (e.g. heavy duty plastic bag)


  • First-aid kit: personal medications, sunscreen, insect repellant, note paper and pencil
  • Emergency Information Form (link to this)


  • thermal underwear (woollenIsynthetic - not cotton)
  • shirt (woollen, synthetic)
  • trousers (woollen synthetic - NO jeans)
  • shorts
  • lightweight inner socks
  • heavy woollen socks
  • sun hat and warm hat, e.g. balaclava
  • sunIsnow glasses
  • woollen jumper or fibrepile jacket
  • mittens/gloves
  • overmittens (waterproof)
  • rain jacket (waterproof with hood, Goretex japara fabric, knee/thigh length)
  • overtrousers (waterproof)
  • gaiters
  • boots and sandshoes
  • towel (lightweight travel towel)
  • change of clothes for wearing in tent


  • fuel stove and fuel
  • 1 or 2 billies, pot grab
  • waterproof matches
  • knife, fork, spoon (1 or 2), plate, cup, (and dish?)
  • water bottle or wine cask inner
  • scourer for washing up


  • high energy food (scroggin, chocolate, etc.) for eating on the track, main meals (eg rice, or noodles, fresh vegies, cheese, freeze dried or other lightweight foods; avoid heavy items especially tins; remove any excess packaging)
  • do not attempt to diet while walking


  • compass
  • topographic map
  • whistle


  • note paper and pencil
  • lip salve
  • toilet paper (unbleached - degrades faster)
  • tooth brush, paste
  • lightweight hand trowel (for burying faecal waste)
  • camera
  • rope (for pack hauling and safety on some walks)
  • torch and batteries
  • plastic bags (to keep your gear dry)
  • spares (shoelaces, needle & thread, cord, etc.)
  • toilet soap (motel issue size)
  • comb

Travel home

  • change of clothes for trip home - left in the car during the walk



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