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Stamping IVV record books after the walk IVV - Year Round Walks and Monthly AussieWalks

Regular AussieWalks
(normally 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month
at 8 am)

Starting in April 2016, the regular Saturday AussieWalks have been incorporated into the Walking For Pleasure program of walks. AussieWalkers are encouraged to join Walking For Pleasure, for a minimal annual membership fee. Prospective walkers are invited to come along and try a walk of two before joining. Walking For Pleasure offers walks on most days of the week, with varying degrees of difficulty to suit walkers of all standards and abilities. Your Walking For Pleasure membership covers the cost of all IVV stamps, regardless of the day that you walk. Visitors who wish to obtain the IVV stamp will need to pay the regular walk fee.

Note: The annual walks for World Walking Day (2nd Sat in May) and St Nicholas Embassy Walk (2nd Sat in December) will be hosted jointly by Walking For Pleasure and AussieWalk IVV.The IVV stamp is free for all participants and you do not need to be a member of Walking For Pleasure to attend.

Year Round Walks

All of the Year Round Walks are run on a “all care but no responsibility" basis, with the walker agreeing that he/she participates voluntarily and at his/her own risk. The cost of all the Year Round Walks is A$5 per walk per person for those wishing to obtain the IVV credit (by applying the IVV stamp to their IVV Distance and/or Event Record Book(s) after they have completed the walk). More information about the IVV and its award program is also available.

The walks are generally in the range of 10 – 12 km long, although the new Lakes of Canberra and Centenary Trail series offers some shorter and longer distance options.
Links to a PDF version of the walk description and maps are included below.

Available walks are:

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

There are several year round walks in Canberra, and each of these walks offers different walk options and distances.

i) The 11 km Canberra Capital Walk starts at Parliament House, with walk options to the War Memorial or Telopea Park. The walk is generally flat, with some gentle rises, along paved paths. Alternate routes options are offered as part of our AussieWalk program (above), with the Sculpture Walk, Floriade Early Bird Walks and St Nicholas Embassy Walk.

ii) The Lakes of Canberra has a variety of options for you to enjoy:

- Lake Burley Griffin: 5 km central basin (bridge to bridge walk), 9 km eastern basin and wetlands and 16 km western basin options. The start/finish locations vary depending on the chosen distance. A 30 km option combines all of the walks to circumnavigate the entire lake, or you can elect to make the walk even longer by detouring down Black Mountain Peninsular and/or Weston Park Peninsular. Note - the eastern basin/wetlands loop has construction in the Kingston Foreshore area, but this does not prevent you completing the walk - just be prepared for minor detours and look forward to a wonderful walk when the foreshore works are finally completed! There is also some construction occurring near the National Gallery while the Bowen underpass is being completed, with minor detours in place for the central basin circuit.

i- Lake Tuggeranong Walk is 10 km (with a 7 km option for those that just want to do the lake loop). The walk is generally flat, with some gentle rises, along paved paths. A 5km option is available if you participate in the Tuggeranong parkrun event (walkers welcome). Note - construction near South Quay has temporarily closed part of the extension, so if you are not familiar with the area, we suggest walkers just complete the 7 km lake loop option at this time.

- Lake Ginninderra Walk is 10 km (with a 8 km loop for those that just want to do the lake loop). The walk is generally flat, with some gentle rises, along paved paths. A 5km option is available if you participate in the Ginninderra parkrun event (walkers welcome).

- Yerrabi Pond Walk is only 4km around the pond, but if you complete the Gunghalin parkrun event (walkers welcome) the distance is extended to 5km.

For details of regular parkrun events in Canberra (and elsewhere) and to register, go to the parkrun Australia website.

iii) The Canberra Centenary Trail is approx 150 km long, but can be tackled in sections. Details of the trail and section maps can be found at http://www.tams.act.gov.au/parks-recreation/recreational_activities/canberra_centenary_trail or you can download a GPX file to load into your GPS. Note that the GPX route does not show all of the loop options in the nature parks, but these sections are generally well signed. The GPX file is particularly useful for the residential areas that do not currently have any signage, and the printed maps do not provide sufficient detail. Note also that the Centenary Trail is evolving, with some alternative routes and detours while other construction is underway.

Special Awards:
Walkers who circumnavigate all of the three Canberra lakes (approx 50 km total) may earn a "Lakes of Canberra" patch.
Walkers who complete the entire Centenary Trail(approx 150km total) may earn a "Centenary Trail" patch.
Interested walkers must purchase a Lakes of Canberra and/or Centenary Trail Passport ($10 each) to record their progress. Walkers do not need to participate in the IVV program to qualify for these awards.

All of the Canberra walks are by postal arrangement unless you join us on one of our monthly group AussieWalks (normally 2nd and 4th Saturdays of every month). Over the year we complete all of the Year Round Walks, with some variations on some of the routes. Overseas and interstate walkers are also invited to contact us before your visit and we may be able to arrange walkers to accompany you, and perhaps also get your record books stamped at the same time.

Sydney, New South Wales

There are two walks in Sydney, and some of our walkers also choose to complete the 28km 7 Bridges Walk event in October, which is organised by the Cancer Council.

i) The 12km Historic Sydney City walk is generally flat and easy. (Note - there is currently some construction around Darling Harbour that requires a slight detour to the walk route)

ii) The 14 km Manly Scenic Walkway is more arduous and requires the use of public transport (bus and ferry) to the start and then again to return from the finish.
(The Manly Scenic Walkway is approx 10 km, but the extra loop to/from the lookout at the end adds an additional 3.6 km.

 

Albury-Wodonga "Mary's Walk"

The start/finish for this 10km walk is the old Albury-Wodonga Visitor Information Centre, Gateway Island, beside the Murray River, on the Hume Highway. The first route is through Wodonga on the Gateway Island/Sumsion Gardens red route that is shown on the guide maps posted in the area - the full route is also available at mapmywalk.com (and can be downloaded to your smart phone). This walk is very flat and easy, but does pass through mostly rural, non-populated areas. Much of the route follows the course of the Murray River, so may be inaccessible when the river is flooding.

Note - the Visitors' Centre on Gateway Island is now closed. If you start in front of the La Maison Cafe you will be in the right spot.

Melbourne, Victoria

This 12km city and gardens walk starts and finishes at the Flinders Street Railway station. You will walk through the city, Royal Botanic Gardens and Fitzroy Gardens.

Bairnsdale, Victoria

The start/finish for this walk is at Visitors 'Information Centre, Main Street (Princes Highway), Bairnsdale, Victoria.
This 10km Mitchell River and city walk is generally flat through the town and along the bank of the Mitchell River with a couple of small rises.

Lakes Entrance, Victoria

The start/finish for this walk is at the footbridge car park near the traffic lights on The Esplanade (Princes Highway), Lakes Entrance, Victoria.
This 10km lakeside and town walk is generally flat but you do have one climb up to the top of the Kalimna lookout area.

 

Adelaide, South Australia

New in 2015, an 11km+ walk around the city, riverside and botanical gardens, Adelaide is theplanned capital of South Australia and the 5th largest city in Australia; known variously as the "city of churches" and "festival city", the walk highlights the best of the city with historical buildings and parklands for you to enjoy. This walk is mostly flat.

 

"Postal Arrangements"

All walks rely on a postal arrangement with the Canberra Two Day Walk (CTDW) headquarters in Canberra.

After completing your walk/s, the required fees ($5/walk) and the answers to the questions are to be forwarded to CTDW (Attn IVV), together with your IVV record book(s) and a stamped, self addressed envelope. The books will then be stamped and returned by mail. Insert cards may also be used if you do not wish to mail your books. Please include a contact email address and you will then be advised when your books have been stamped and returned.

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