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About us

 

     Our program

 

Our program consists of walks generally on the third Saturday of each month from February to November. These walks are usually about 10 to 15 kms long, from a starting point within a couple of hours of Melbourne. Walkers provide their own transport, with many members forming ‘car pools’.

 

Each year we have a five- or six- day excursion with day walks from shared accommodation (such as cottage, motel or lodge) at locations such as Cradle Mountain, Tasmania (2007), Thredbo, NSW (2008), Cape Bridgewater (2009), Flinders Island (2010), Falls Creek (2011), Rawson (2012), Central West Tasmania (2013), Heysen Trail SA (2014), Eden NSW (2018) as well as two or three walking weekends at various time of the year from places such as Cape Otway (Great Ocean Walk), Gellibrand (Beechy Rail Trail Walk) or Castlemaine and Bendigo (Dry Diggings Track).

 

Walks are scoped by an experienced walk leader who also prepares notes that are circulated by email before each walk. These notes outline the walk, its level of difficulty and give ‘how to get there’ directions and meeting arrangements. Many walks offer options for differing levels of fitness. See 2019 Program and Walk Notes for information about our current program.

 

In addition to walking together, each year we have a couple of very enjoyable social occasions – a long lunch mid-year and a more informal barbecue at years-end..

 

 

Why do we do it?

 

 

Our walks are not solely exercises in physical fitness. We delight in the beauty and diversity of landscapes in Victoria and interstate. Some members are keen photographers, poets and painters. Conversation along the track is lively and wide-ranging, with members’ expertise and interests including ecology, conservation, history, water management, music and overseas travel.

 

While most members are in their fifties and upwards, we welcome new members of any age, especially younger walkers. We enjoy the mix of interests and ages that stimulates conversation and adds to the range of perceptions and responses to the bush.

 

 

Our history

 

 

In 1975 our foundation President, the late Dr Gretna Weste AM, an
Associate Professor of Botany, led the first walk through the Werribe
e Gorge. In 2005 the MUAB published Amblers, Ramblers and Scramblers: A History of the Melbourne University and Alumni Bushwalking Group 1975–2005. The work was reprinted in 2009 and copies are available from the Secretary of MUAB for $20. This book gives a lively account of the group’s foundation and evolution. Reflections, photographs andpaintings from more than 25 members illustrate both the group’s activities and the responses to the bush by individual walkers. The book also includes fine line drawings by artist, Janet Fenton. The bushwaking boots that head this website are featured in the book and are used here with Janet's permission. 

 

The publication of this book was assisted by a grant from the University of Melbourne History of the University Unit.

 

In 2015 the group celebrated its 40th anniversary, and produced a commemorative set of coasters featuring the bushwalking boots logo, available from the secretary for $20 per set of 4.

 

In 2017 we became incorporated as Melbourne University and Alumni Bushwalkers Inc.

 

 

Gretna Weste

 Gretna Weste, AM - Foundation President