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The Federation Walks Weekend is a Bushwalking Victoria (BWV) event. Each year one or more walking clubs affiliated with Bushwalking Victoria take turns to host the event in a different location. The event comprises a set of walks either on one day or over a weekend and is open to all members of affiliate or associate clubs and to individual members of Bushwalking Victoria.

The Federation of Victorian Walking Clubs was formed at a meeting held on 15 May 1934 consisting of eight founding clubs. The first combined hikes were held on 6 October 1935. Annual events comprising walkers from all clubs in the Federation have continued since that time with the exception of the war years. The name of the Federation was changed to Bushwalking Victoria in 2006.


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.

Registrations open on Saturday 1st July and close on Friday 1st September 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.

For more information about beautiful Warburton go to www.visitwarburton.com.au

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