** Note: due to Victoria's COVID-19 Lockdown #6, this event has been moved from 10 October to 7 November **
Escape the city and enjoy a full-day spring hike through the picturesque Dandenong Ranges, on what will be a unique event, taking in the lush scenic forest, birds, views of the city, walking tracks, falls and the crisp/fresh air. This event caters for the experienced/ fit hiker who demands a 'real hike' and wants to break out a sweat. This event is graded 'hard' with a number of steep short inclines throughout. This event is limited to 20 people.
This is intended to be a public transport friendly event where the start and end points will be accessible by train. There is no carpooling for this event, however, you may organise your own lift with fellow walkers if you wish.
GRADE | LENGTH | TYPE: Hard -> Challenging (in sections), approximately 15.5 km, this event caters for experienced hikers and those with fitness levels that are able to climb short steep tracks. This event is not suitable for first timers or those with limited fitness abilities. If in doubt, contact the leader prior to booking to discuss your fitness levels/suitability for the hike.
We will meet at Croydon Station before boarding a bus to our first section of the hike at Kalorama.
BOOKING: By Friday 5th November. To register, click on Get Tickets.
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NOMADS COVIDSAFE CHECKLIST: Checklist 210606: Mt Dandenong Hike - Kalorama to Olinda Falls via Doongalla Forest.
FURTHER INFORMATION: explorethedandenongs.com.au/western-slopes-trail-mt-dandenong
MEETING TIME | LOCATION: 09:45am at Croydon Train Station, Railway Grove. Exact meetup point will be provided prior to the event by email.
MAP REFERENCE: Melway map 50 grid J3 | Google map goo.gl/maps/LhvezYQ8CpHcSDoy7.
DISTANCE | TIME FROM GPO: 35 km, approximately 35 minutes to drive, 50 minutes by public transport. There is car parking available at the train station for those who wish to drive. We will all take the bus to the starting point regardless of whether you drive to the meeting spot or not. You will need a Myki card for this event and a face mask to ride on public transport.
PUBLIC TRANSPORT: This is a public transport friendly event.
By Train: Take the Lilydale train from Flinders Street and get off at Croydon Station. We will then catch the 688 bus to the starting point as a group. At the conclusion of the walk, the same bus will take us back to Croydon, with a connecting train back to the CBD.
FOOD/DRINKS: Carry lunch, snacks and at least 1-2 litres of water. Also carry sunscreen and a hat, your facemask and hand sanitiser. Bring your Myki card for the return trip by train/bus. We will stop at a coffee shop for morning tea where you can buy lunch to take with you. There will also be an afternoon tea stop.
APPAREL | FOOTWEAR: Suitable boots/hiking shoes and dress according to the weather forecast (layering). The mountains are usually a few degrees cooler but you will quickly warm up as you begin the hike! Ensure your shoes are waterproof as some of the paths most likely will be wet/muddy and a bit slippery if it has rained heavily prior to the event. Your boots will get some dirt/mud on them!
LEADER: Jason T. | Email LeaderJasonT.email@example.com if you have any questions.
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