FEDERATION WALKS WEEKEND
The Federation Walks Weekend is a Bushwalking Victoria (BWV) event. Each year one or more walking clubs affiliated with BWV take turns to host the event in a different location, offering the opportunity for bushwalkers to participate in walks led by walk leaders with local knowledge.
Some Fedwalks have been single day events, however BWV encourages host clubs to run the event over a weekend, making it more accessible to all Victorian bushwalkers.
The event is usually held annually in October, or November if in an alpine region.
The event name Federation Walks has its origins in the predecessor to BWV, when Victoria's peak bushwalking organisation was known as the Federation of Victorian Walking Clubs.
FEDERATION WALKS WEEKEND 2017 - Warburton
The 2017 Federation Walks Weekend will be held in the Warburton area, 75km east of Melbourne in the Yarra Valley.
The weekend will be hosted by Melbourne Bushwalkers over the weekend of Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th October 2017.
Registration bookings open on Saturday 1st July and close on Friday 1st September, 2017
VENUE AND ACCOMMODATION
Two venues will be used as follows:
1. Arrabri Lodge, 450 Woods Point Road, Warburton East
(5km, 5 minutes drive from Warburton Visitor Information Centre)
An accommodation and meals package will be offered at this venue consisting of dormitory accommodation and all meals. Apart from the package, Arrabri will be used for the Saturday dinner and evening social program. Bookings for this package will be available through TryBooking when registrations open.
Cost for two nights accommodation in a shared room, including 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners will be $252 per person or, if Friday night dinner is excluded, the cost will be $228 per person. The Friday night dinner is only available to those staying at Arrabri.
2. The East Warburton Public Hall, Woods Point Road, Warburton East
(200m before Arrabri Lodge traveling from Warburton).
The Hall will be used for all walk registrations, assemblies, departures, returns and also afternoon tea on both the Saturday and Sunday.
There is a great diversity of other accommodation around Warburton and the proximity to Melbourne also allows for day trips. Some alternative accommodation options will be provided in 2017.
The Warburton area encompasses some of the wilder and more rugged bushland close to Melbourne with tall mountain ash and deep river valleys. Gold was initially discovered in the region in the 1850's but by the 1890's the prospectors had moved on. The mountains and forests have now long been associated with timber harvesting. In 1901 a railway line was extended from Lilydale to Warburton strengthening the growing timber industry. This railway line closed in 1965 but is now known as the Warburton Rail Trail.
Old trestle bridges, narrow gauge timber railways and sawmills were situated in the forested area. Many of the original trestle bridges have collapsed but walking tracks utilize old logging tramways to visit historic sawmill sites. The southern and eastern slopes of Mt Donna Buang are steep and heavily forested with magnificent tree and ground ferns, while the rail trail and O'Shannassy aqueduct provide some spectacular forest walks beside creeks and through fern gullies.