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Jan 1 Sun
SUNDAY 1ST JANUARY NEW YEARS DAY PICNIC
Picnic lunch followed by a short walk around the Merri creek area.
More Info: 0428 447 539 or thenomads@thenomadsinc.org.au or www.thenomadsinc.org.au
Jan 2 Mon
NEW YEAR PUBLIC HOLIDAY - CYCLE RIDE TO LANGWARRIN FLORA AND FAUNA RESERVE
Upon arrival in Frankston, we will cycle along the track next to the Stony Point Railway line around to the Reserve. Langwarrin Flora and Fauna Reserve covers 214ha and is 5km east of Frankston. It contains a substantial network of cycling tracks. The reserve was an important Aboriginal site for the Boonerwrung tribe. In 1886 it was established as the Langwarrin Military Reserve. During WW1 it held German prisoners of war then a hospital was set up for soldiers returning from Egypt and France. Evidence of its past uses remain for visitors to observe. The reserve also holds vegetation of state significance plus is an important habitat for native fauna, particularly small mammal species. After touring the Reserve, we will cycle along the bike paths on McClelland and Skye Roads to Seaford and, weather permitting, a swim before taking a train back to home destinations.
More Info: 0428 447 539 or thenomads@thenomadsinc.org.au or www.thenomadsinc.org.au
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Jan 8 Sun
LAKE WENDOUREE & VICTORIA PARK CIRCUIT WALK
Lake Wendouree and Victoria Park are located close to the Ballarat City Centre. The lake is 6 km in circumference. It used to be a swamp that was deepened over a century ago. Over the past several years, the lake had dried out completely till last year when the drought ended, bringing it back to its former glory. Some of the attractions during the walk are sculptures, botanic gardens, vintage trams, begonia conservatory and the statues of past Prime Ministers.
More Info: 0428 447 539 or thenomads@thenomadsinc.org.au or www.thenomadsinc.org.au
Jan 9 Mon  
 
Jan 10 Tue
PLANNING/ SOCIAL NIGHT
Come along to the Planning Meeting, and then stay for our monthly social evening where members talk about upcoming events, share a meal and compare notes on past activities. All members are welcome – you don't have to volunteer for an activity. New members are especially invited to this meeting as an orientation to Nomads activities
More Info: 0428 447 539 or thenomads@thenomadsinc.org.au or www.thenomadsinc.org.au
Jan 11 Wed  
 
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Jan 14 Sat
NUDE BEACH DAY AT POINT ADDIS
Enjoy a pleasant nude beach day, with a leisurely lunch and swim. Optional activities include, body surfing in a moderate surf, a 1km beach walk to the rocky headland towards Southside and a short nude walk through the forest and tea-tree behind the beach near Southside.
More Info: 0428 447 539 or thenomads@thenomadsinc.org.au or www.thenomadsinc.org.au
Jan 15 Sun
Midsumma Carnival - Sunday 15 Jan 2012 12pm – 5pm.

Carnival is the opening event of Midsumma's annual queer arts and cultural festival.

This massive 'picnic in the park' is the biggest single event in Midsumma's program. Thanks to the support of our principal partner, City of Melbourne, Carnival 2012 will again be a FREE celebration for the entire community to enjoy; queer, straight and everything in between, everyone is welcome!

Free entertainment will also feature from 12-5pm at Birrarung Marr, our new home just behind Fed Square. Teaser performances from some of the best events in the program will whet your appetite for what's on offer for the next three weeks of festival, all over Melbourne. Be sure to take the tram or train in preparation for a fun-filled day of frivolity and festivity on the banks of the Yarra. A feast of diversity will be laid out for your pleasure on the lower terrace, where a cacophony of stallholders will bare their wares, providing the perfect strolling destination for that time in the day when you feel like finding a new view, new friends and lots of eye candy!

Williams Natural Pet Company presents the inimitable Dulcie's Dog Show, and JOY 94.9 will be broadcasting the excitement of the Midsumma Carnival live to air, so you can listen online at www.joy.org.au.
CITY PARKS WALK TO MIDSUMMA CARNIVAL
After two hours taking in some of the best points of interest of the inner city parks, the walk finishes at the Midsumma Carnival at Birrarung Marr.
More Info: 0428 447 539 or thenomads@thenomadsinc.org.au or www.thenomadsinc.org.au
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Jan 22 Sun
MIDSUMMA EVENT – BURNLEY TO FAIRFIELD VIA KEW
A scenic walk through beautiful bush settings close to the CBD. We will be walking along the Yarra River on both bush paths and pavements from Victoria Gardens (Richmond) to Fairfield.
More Info: 0428 447 539 or thenomads@thenomadsinc.org.au or www.thenomadsinc.org.au
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Jan 26 Thu
Forest Glade is a private home set amidst 10 acres of beautiful gardens. This Open Day is an annual fixture in the Midsumma Calendar, and is a wonderful fund-raising event for JOY 94.9. The Melbourne Rainbow Band and the Melbourne Gay & Lesbian Chorus will be on hand to entertain and Motafrenz will also have a selection of classic cars on display.

Directions: Forest Glade, Mt Macedon Rd, Mt Macedon.
Drive through the township of Mt Macedon. About 1 km after the township you will see Forest Glade on the right hand side. You will see a number of cars parked on the side of the road and you should also see JOY signage and balloons along the way.
Bring: Picnic, hat, sunscreen, rug/chairs.
Note: BBQs and pets/animals are not permitted. All refuse must be taken when you leave.
Payment: Pay on the day
Contact: JOY 94.9 for further details 1300 JOY 949 (1300 569 949) or check out the website for details and a map on how to get to Forest Glade
AUSTRALIA DAY PICNIC – VALLEY RESERVE, MT WAVERLEY
It’s a picnic lunch, so bring a rug (or similar), picnic chairs if needed, sunscreen, plates etc – to have a relaxing time amongst convivial company.
More Info: 0428 447 539 or thenomads@thenomadsinc.org.au or www.thenomadsinc.org.au
Jan 27 Fri  
 
Jan 28 Sat
Fundraiser for the Pos. Living Centre. Dolly Diamond - Luke Gallagher - Jon Jackson - Kaye Sera - Tix vis Midsumma site.
Jan 29 Sun
FIRTH PARK AT WOMBAT STATE FOREST (NEAR TRENTHAM)
This 2 ½ hour walk starts from the site of the former Firth homestead, goes to the site of the former Anderson sawmill and then returns along forest roads, all within the Wombat State Forest. Leisurely picnic lunch and BBQ to follow.
More Info: 0428 447 539 or thenomads@thenomadsinc.org.au or www.thenomadsinc.org.au

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Feb 4 Sat
FUORI! was Italy's first major gay and lesbian rights group, founded in 1972. FUORI, in Italian, means to COME OUT.

ArciLesbica Australia invites everybody to FUORI! an evening of Dancing under the Stars al Fresco!

To be held in Melbourne's Italian epicenter Piazza Italia in Lygon St, Carlton the night will bring together people from all 'rainbowspheres & heteroshperes'.

A FREE event, dance the night away under Midsumma's Italian Stars, with live music provided by first-class entertainers the Rob Severini Duo.

Additionally learn the Pizzica Tarantella (an Italian folklore dance) with Rosa of the Melbourne School of Tarantelle.

MC Carmelina Di Guglielmo (yes!)


So FUORI! & enjoy a night al Fresco Italian style!

DETAILS:

Where: Piazza Italia (Argyle Square) Lygon St, Carlton
Date: Saturday 4 February
Time: 7pm-10pm
Cost: Free
For more info: 0408 137 037 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 0408 137 037 end_of_the_skype_highlighting begin_of_the_skype_highlighting arciles_au@hotmail.com or 0408137037
Feb 5 Sun
PRIDE MARCH AT ST KILDA
Come along to march with Pride alongside other Nomads and friends. The more the merrier, so please bring along your friends – you don’t need to be a member to march! The official speeches will occur at 3.30pm and the celebrations in Catani Gardens will kick off on the main stage from 4pm. The route will remain the same as in previous years.
More Info: 0428 447 539 or thenomads@thenomadsinc.org.au or www.thenomadsinc.org.au
‘The 17th Annual Pride March Victoria will occur on Sunday the 5th of February 2012 at 2pm. The starting point will be the park on the corner of Fitzroy Street and Lakeside Drive, with the March proceeding down Fitzroy Street and finishing with a concert in the Catani Gardens.

Pride March Victoria recognises and celebrates the people and events that inspire the courage, solidarity, pride, diversity and strong sense of community of Victoria's gay, lesbian, bisexual, intersex and transgender people.’

If you can’t attend, listen to the broadcast commentary from JOY 94.9
Feb 6 Mon  
 
Feb 7 Tue
SOCIAL NIGHT
Join us for our monthly social evening where members can enjoy a meal, talk about upcoming events, compare notes on past activities and float ideas on events they would like to see run.
More Info: 0428 447 539 or thenomads@thenomadsinc.org.au or www.thenomadsinc.org.au
Feb 8 Wed  
 
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Feb 12 Sun
 
TALLAROOK STATE PARK NUDE WALK (OFF HUME FREEWAY JUST BEFORE SEYMOUR)
Enjoy a pleasant nude day, hiking along a walking track with a leisurely lunch and swim at a dammed lake with waterfalls. Look out spot with views over the Goulburn river valley. Afternoon tea at the end of the day at the Freemans picnic spot within park after the walk for those interested.
More Info: 0428 447 539 or thenomads@thenomadsinc.org.au or www.thenomadsinc.org.au
WARRANDYTE POUND RESERVE TO WARRANDYTE CIRCUIT WALK
We meet at Pound Road and from there we will make our down to the Pound Bend Reserve tunnel. From there we will walk through the park, maybe spot the odd Koala or Kangaroo and slowly we will make out way to the township of Warrandyte. In town, one can find many eateries so you can either bring your own lunch or buy something while there. The town is quite beautiful and one can and should enjoy walking around while checking out the small and interesting shops. Once lunch is over we will make our way to the Warrandyte mines (more information will be given on the day). From the mines we will slowly make our way back to our cars along the Yarra River.
More Info: 0428 447 539 or thenomads@thenomadsinc.org.au or www.thenomadsinc.org.au
Feb 13 Mon  
 
Feb 14 Tue
TUESDAY 14TH TO WEDNESDAY 15TH FEBRUARY GRAMPIANS AND GREAT OCEAN ROAD TOUR
This outing provides a chance to travel at leisure by train to Ararat, where there is ample time to take a tour of “J Ward”, have lunch and stroll through the Botanical Gardens and the town centre. From Ararat, we catch the coach to Warrnambool, travelling via Halls Gap, the Grampians Tourist Road, Dunkeld (short stop), Hamilton, Macarthur and Port Fairy.
More Info: 0428 447 539 or thenomads@thenomadsinc.org.au or www.thenomadsinc.org.au
Feb 15 Wed  
 
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Feb 19 Sun
RHYLL WETLANDS POINT TO POINT WALK (NORTH-EAST SECTION OF PHILIP ISLAND)
This is a very easy 7km stroll through these amazing wetlands of international recognition. A point to point walk, we will meet at Rhyll and organise a short car shuffle to the start of the walk at the Oswin Robert Koala Reserve. We will walk through the reserve up to the wetlands and follow the board walk and track back to Rhyll taking a lunch break mid way. This is a pleasant little stroll with some lovely views so bring your cameras. There are plenty of cafés in Rhyll for tea afterwards.
More Info: 0428 447 539 or thenomads@thenomadsinc.org.au or www.thenomadsinc.org.au
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Feb 23 Thu
Open Rehearsal
Date: Thursday 23rd February 2012
Time: 7.30pm – 10pm
Venue: Will Sampson Centre, Henry Street, Windsor
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Feb 26 Sun
WESTERN PLANTATIONS, YOU YANGS
This 5 hour circuit covers the seldom visited Western Plantations which are normally the province of mountain bikers and horse riders, however, there are sufficient tracks among the trees to not interfere with their activities. Starting with a visit to Big Rock, the walk heads out into the eucalypt plantations, crossing Sandy Creek Rd into the western section of the park. Hovell Ck marks the western boundary of both the park and the walk, which returns around the southern portion of the plantations. Improvised afternoon tea - back at the cars.
More Info: 0428 447 539 or thenomads@thenomadsinc.org.au or www.thenomadsinc.org.au
Feb 27 Mon  
 
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Details - via ALSO
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Mar 3 Sat
NUDE WALK – BAMANIE FOREST (NEAR MEREDITH)
A nude walk in a small and remote State Forest along 4WD tracks, animal pads, and into the Woodbourne Creek valley.
More Info: 0428 447 539 or thenomads@thenomadsinc.org.au or www.thenomadsinc.org.au
Mar 4 Sun
SOUTH ELTHAM/ LAUGHING WATERS ROAD TO NORTH WARRANDYTE
We meet at Reynolds Rd and after signing forms and introductions we will head down towards the river and Laughing Waters Rd. Once on Laughing Waters Rd we will head towards Warrandyte State Park. The walk will take us through a really wonderful part of Eltham and some remote parts of the Warrandyte State Park. Kangaroos are common here with the odd Wallaby and koala. This walk is fairly easy but there will some downhill and uphill involved. Part of the walk will be through tea tree forest with maiden hair fern carpet. Latrobe University do study the wetlands in the area so for the ones interested, you will get to see catchment areas as well as sample containers they use for researching purposes. From this side of the river, there is also a quite wonderful view of the Warrandyte tunnel.
More Info: 0428 447 539 or thenomads@thenomadsinc.org.au or www.thenomadsinc.org.au

Mar 5 Mon  
 
Mar 6 Tue
SOCIAL NIGHT
Join us for our monthly social evening where members can enjoy a meal, talk about upcoming events, compare notes on past activities and float ideas on events they would like to see run.
More Info: 0428 447 539 or thenomads@thenomadsinc.org.au or www.thenomadsinc.org.au
Mar 7 Wed  
 
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Mar 9 Fri
FRIDAY 9TH TO MONDAY 12TH MARCH LABOUR DAY WEEKEND - MOUNT ECCLES NP
This weekend looks at three of the Western District volcanoes and the results of their lava flows.
• Friday 9th March: For those available, travel to Mt Eccles via Port Fairy (A1) and MacArthur (C184) or via Penshurst (B140) and MacArthur (C185), to claim our camp-sites.
• Saturday 10th March: Easy 2 km/ out and back. Meet up with remainder of group at Tower Hill, have lunch (bring or buy in Warrnambool) climb the dome and view the crater, and take the circular drive to view the bird life (binoculars recommended). Drive to Mt Eccles via Port Fairy and MacArthur for newcomers to set up camp.
• Sunday 11th March: Lava Canal walk. Medium 8 km/ circuit. Carry lunch and water. The circuit is basically level but some tracks are narrow, ill-defined and rocky underfoot. The walk takes in Tunnel Cave (torches), the western side of Lake Surprise (the crater), the peak of Mt Eccles, the Shaft down into a lava tube, Natural Bridge (an intact lava tube) and a return route along a collapsed lava tube. As an option, a circuit of Lake Surprise at water level is just 2 km more.
• Monday 12th March: Lava Flows. Pack up camp. Carry lunch and water. Drive north to view lava blisters (tumuli), Harman's Valley lava flow, and Byaduk Caves (torches). Drive to Mt Napier to climb the peak and view the scoria cone and magma shield. Return to Melbourne via Hamilton or Penshurst.
More Info: 0428 447 539 or thenomads@thenomadsinc.org.au or www.thenomadsinc.org.au
Mar 10 Sat
SATURDAY 10TH TO MONDAY 12TH MARCH LABOUR DAY WEEKEND – BACKPACKING AROUND MOUNT HOWITT
This event will provide an opportunity to backpack in the high country.
More Info: 0428 447 539 or thenomads@thenomadsinc.org.au or www.thenomadsinc.org.au
Mar 11 Sun
CHILLOUT FESTIVAL AT DAYLESFORD
Sunday Picnic Day - Join the Nomads under our BIG Banner
More Info: 0428 447 539 or thenomads@thenomadsinc.org.au or www.thenomadsinc.org.au
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Mar 15 Thu
15 – 25 March 2012
Melbourne Queer Film Festival
Australian Centre for Moving Image (ACMI) at Federation Square Melbourne & Greater Union 131 Russell St Melbourne & Loop, 23 Meyers Place Melbourne
www.mqff.com.au
(03) 9662 4147 – info@mqff.com.au
The 22nd Melbourne Queer Film Festival screening the best of local, Australian and International queer film: shorts, documentaries, features, panels and parties.
Mar 16 Fri
15 – 25 March 2012
Melbourne Queer Film Festival
Australian Centre for Moving Image (ACMI) at Federation Square Melbourne & Greater Union 131 Russell St Melbourne & Loop, 23 Meyers Place Melbourne
www.mqff.com.au
(03) 9662 4147 – info@mqff.com.au
The 22nd Melbourne Queer Film Festival screening the best of local, Australian and International queer film: shorts, documentaries, features, panels and parties.
Mar 17 Sat
15 – 25 March 2012
Melbourne Queer Film Festival
Australian Centre for Moving Image (ACMI) at Federation Square Melbourne & Greater Union 131 Russell St Melbourne & Loop, 23 Meyers Place Melbourne
www.mqff.com.au
(03) 9662 4147 – info@mqff.com.au
The 22nd Melbourne Queer Film Festival screening the best of local, Australian and International queer film: shorts, documentaries, features, panels and parties.
SATURDAY 17TH TO SUNDAY 18TH MARCH OVERNIGHT CAMPING WALK - WILSONS PROMONTORY NATIONAL PARK
Leaving Tidal River Saturday morning for a 2 day overnight backpacking walk, down to the coast and the coast. Camping at designated camping ground (with drop toilet) in dunes behind the beach, opportunity for a swim on arrival. A great week-end way to get (or keep fit) and enjoy a coastal walk in the bush.
More Info: 0428 447 539 or thenomads@thenomadsinc.org.au or www.thenomadsinc.org.au
Mar 18 Sun
15 – 25 March 2012
Melbourne Queer Film Festival
Australian Centre for Moving Image (ACMI) at Federation Square Melbourne & Greater Union 131 Russell St Melbourne & Loop, 23 Meyers Place Melbourne
www.mqff.com.au
(03) 9662 4147 – info@mqff.com.au
The 22nd Melbourne Queer Film Festival screening the best of local, Australian and International queer film: shorts, documentaries, features, panels and parties.
Mar 19 Mon
15 – 25 March 2012
Melbourne Queer Film Festival
Australian Centre for Moving Image (ACMI) at Federation Square Melbourne & Greater Union 131 Russell St Melbourne & Loop, 23 Meyers Place Melbourne
www.mqff.com.au
(03) 9662 4147 – info@mqff.com.au
The 22nd Melbourne Queer Film Festival screening the best of local, Australian and International queer film: shorts, documentaries, features, panels and parties.
Mar 20 Tue
15 – 25 March 2012
Melbourne Queer Film Festival
Australian Centre for Moving Image (ACMI) at Federation Square Melbourne & Greater Union 131 Russell St Melbourne & Loop, 23 Meyers Place Melbourne
www.mqff.com.au
(03) 9662 4147 – info@mqff.com.au
The 22nd Melbourne Queer Film Festival screening the best of local, Australian and International queer film: shorts, documentaries, features, panels and parties.
Mar 21 Wed
15 – 25 March 2012
Melbourne Queer Film Festival
Australian Centre for Moving Image (ACMI) at Federation Square Melbourne & Greater Union 131 Russell St Melbourne & Loop, 23 Meyers Place Melbourne
www.mqff.com.au
(03) 9662 4147 – info@mqff.com.au
The 22nd Melbourne Queer Film Festival screening the best of local, Australian and International queer film: shorts, documentaries, features, panels and parties.
Mar 22 Thu
15 – 25 March 2012
Melbourne Queer Film Festival
Australian Centre for Moving Image (ACMI) at Federation Square Melbourne & Greater Union 131 Russell St Melbourne & Loop, 23 Meyers Place Melbourne
www.mqff.com.au
(03) 9662 4147 – info@mqff.com.au
The 22nd Melbourne Queer Film Festival screening the best of local, Australian and International queer film: shorts, documentaries, features, panels and parties.
Mar 23 Fri
15 – 25 March 2012
Melbourne Queer Film Festival
Australian Centre for Moving Image (ACMI) at Federation Square Melbourne & Greater Union 131 Russell St Melbourne & Loop, 23 Meyers Place Melbourne
www.mqff.com.au
(03) 9662 4147 – info@mqff.com.au
The 22nd Melbourne Queer Film Festival screening the best of local, Australian and International queer film: shorts, documentaries, features, panels and parties.
Mar 24 Sat
15 – 25 March 2012
Melbourne Queer Film Festival
Australian Centre for Moving Image (ACMI) at Federation Square Melbourne & Greater Union 131 Russell St Melbourne & Loop, 23 Meyers Place Melbourne
www.mqff.com.au
(03) 9662 4147 – info@mqff.com.au
The 22nd Melbourne Queer Film Festival screening the best of local, Australian and International queer film: shorts, documentaries, features, panels and parties.
Mar 25 Sun
15 – 25 March 2012
Melbourne Queer Film Festival
Australian Centre for Moving Image (ACMI) at Federation Square Melbourne & Greater Union 131 Russell St Melbourne & Loop, 23 Meyers Place Melbourne
www.mqff.com.au
(03) 9662 4147 – info@mqff.com.au
The 22nd Melbourne Queer Film Festival screening the best of local, Australian and International queer film: shorts, documentaries, features, panels and parties.
THE OLINDA VALLEY CIRCUIT WALK
This walk would be in the top end of the medium range as there are some fairly steep gradients involved that can be quite tedious unless you're prepared;18kms in length along bush and management tracks this walk takes in the Olinda Falls where we will stop for lunch. Our return will see us encircle the top end of the forest and then proceed down through the pleasant R J Hamer Arboretum back to the start.
More Info: 0428 447 539 or thenomads@thenomadsinc.org.au or www.thenomadsinc.org.au

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Apr 1 Sun
MOUNTAIN RAILWAY AND RIVERSIDE WALK
After meeting at the designated point, we will drive in the minimum number of cars the short distance to the Kerrisdale Mountain Railway. There, we will travel on this mountain railway to the top of the range, with the train travelling up steep gradients (as steep as 1 in 12.5 or 8%) and via a zig-zag. After the train journey, we will visit the working steam museum where we will be shown a number of steam engines most of which are in working order. Our train travels completed, we return to the car park for Lunch and then set out to walk along the rail trail for about 8km to the Trawool Resort where we will finish off the day with tea/coffee. If time permits, we will visit the Granite Quarry.
More Info: 0428 447 539 or thenomads@thenomadsinc.org.au or www.thenomadsinc.org.au
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS.
PARTNERSHIP MIGRATION FORUM.

The Greek gals and guys groups, together with the VAC GMHC and AGMC have organised a forum about migration law, with a focus on partnerships. The Gay and Lesbian Immigration Task Force (GLITF) will be providing us with the facts and share some experiences. After the information session, you will have an opportunity to ask questions.

· When? Sunday 1st April – 4pm until 6pm.
· Where? Betty Day Community Centre - 67 Argyle Street, St Kilda.
· Cost? Free.
· Entry? The event is open to all.
Apr 2 Mon  
 
Apr 3 Tue
PLANNING/ SOCIAL NIGHT
Come along to the Planning Meeting, and then stay for our monthly social evening where members talk about upcoming events, share a meal and compare notes on past activities. All members are welcome – you don't have to volunteer for an activity. New members are especially invited to this meeting as an orientation to Nomads activities
More Info: 0428 447 539 or thenomads@thenomadsinc.org.au or www.thenomadsinc.org.au
Apr 4 Wed  
 
Apr 5 Thu
THURSDAY 5TH TO MONDAY 9TH APRIL EASTER CAMP AT MOUNT COLE STATE PARK
Mt Cole State Forest is the gateway to the Grampians; we will walk through cool fern gullies and alpine plateaus and rest to take in the views across the spreading plains to Langi Ghiran and the Grampians. Participants may arrive on Thursday afternoon/evening, Friday or Saturday; most will return home on the Monday. However, you can stay longer or shorter. Among the mixture of activities will be:
• Cave Hill circuit walk (Part of the Mt. Cole Beeripmo Walk);
• Langi Ghiran State Park walk ( Langi Ghiran State Park is some 25 km to the West car shuffle);
• Mount Buangor to Mount Cole Reservoir walk ( Mount Buangor State Park 10 Km to the North car shuffle);
All walks are easy to medium as there are some small hills and a small amount of off track involved, but there will be plenty of time to complete each walk (no time trials)
More Info: 0428 447 539 or thenomads@thenomadsinc.org.au or www.thenomadsinc.org.au
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Apr 14 Sat
SATURDAY 14TH APRIL CHESTNUT HUNT IN THE DANDENONGS
The walk will commence through the tall timbers of Sherbrooke Forest to Grants Picnic Ground. The track then rises sharply to Sherbrooke Lodge. We will continue through a newly created State Park and onto the Ferny Creek Reserve, our lunch stop. Novices will be given initial training in the art of chestnut hunting at Ferny Creek Reserve. After lunch, we will undertake serious chestnut hunting as we proceed into areas where the big chestnuts grow. It is recommended that one brings tongs and a “rip-proof” bag in order to hunt chestnuts successfully. With the recent good rains after years of drought, the quality of the chestnuts should be very good this year.
The walk will conclude at Upper Ferntree Gully Railway Station after descending via the Kokoda 1000 steps trail. Afternoon tea will be provided for a reasonable fee at a famous Ferntree Gully institution.
More Info: 0428 447 539 or thenomads@thenomadsinc.org.au or www.thenomadsinc.org.au
Apr 15 Sun
SUNDAY 15TH APRIL LAKE MOUNTAIN TRAILS WALK
Subject to track conditions, we will car shuffle back to Snowy Hill car park and climb Lake Mountain, visiting three lookouts on the way, before descending back to Gerraty's. From there we will do a circuit of the ski trails via Echo Flat and Triangle Junction with a side trip to another lookout before returning to Gerraty's.
More Info: 0428 447 539 or thenomads@thenomadsinc.org.au or www.thenomadsinc.org.au
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SUNDAY 22ND APRIL MT WORTH
Mount Worth State Park takes in 1040 hectares of natural forest, re-generated native bush and cleared pastures in the Western Strzelecki Ranges. The park protects a remnant of forests that once covered the western Strzelecki Ranges. Tall wet forests of Mountain Ash, Mountain Grey Gum, and Blackwood grow on the slopes. Soft tree ferns flourish in the sheltered gullies. This area was extensively logged in the 1920s and rusty bits can be seen. Birdlife is abundant. We will do two separate loop walks. Firstly up Moonlight creek, south on the Link Tk, then back down the Divide track. The second circuit is in the lovely ferny gullies, and passes through some areas where there was extensive logging in the 20s. This second shorter loop should not be missed. After the walk we will undo all of the good exercise with beverages and cakes at the Darnum Tea rooms
More Info: 0428 447 539 or thenomads@thenomadsinc.org.au or www.thenomadsinc.org.au
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Apr 25 Wed
WEDNESDAY 25TH APRIL ANZAC DAY MOUNT BAW BAW CIRCUIT WALK
This walk is on top of the world among the snowgums and to the summits of Mt. Baw Baw, and Mt. St. Phillack. We may walk to Mt. St. Gwinear. We will walk along many of the cross-country ski trails and the walking trails from Mt Baw Baw village.
In Autumn, the ground will be relatively dry, but if there has been recent rain, some of the trails may be a bit boggy. With clear weather, there should be views to the South over the Gippsland Plain and to the North to Mt Buller and to the East to Mt St Phillack and Mt. St. Gwinear.
More Info: 0428 447 539 or thenomads@thenomadsinc.org.au or www.thenomadsinc.org.au
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Apr 29 Sun
SUNDAY 29TH APRIL ANGLESEA CIRCUIT WALK
Walking along the coast we’ll round Point Roadknight and then to Urquhart Bluff. From the bluff we’ll head inland to join the South Coast Walk up to the coastal heathland and the views from Mount Ingoldsby. We then skirt to old open cut mine to reach Coogarah Park on the north side of Anglesea. From there it’s not far to the starting point car park.
More Info: 0428 447 539 or thenomads@thenomadsinc.org.au or www.thenomadsinc.org.au
Apr 30 Mon  
 
 
May 1 Tue
TUESDAY 1ST MAY AGM/ SOCIAL NIGHT
In place of our regular social gathering, the first part of this night will involve the formal business necessary to satisfy the requirements of our incorporation as an Association, including presentation and acceptance of financial and other reports, and the election of office bearers for the next 12 months. After this, please stay either for a meal or for socialising. There will be a special mail-out to all members in advance of the AGM.
More Info: 0428 447 539 or thenomads@thenomadsinc.org.au or www.thenomadsinc.org.au
May 2 Wed  
 
May 3 Thu  
 
May 4 Fri
FRIDAY 4TH TO SUNDAY 6TH MAY NATHALIA CAMPING & CANOEING WEEKEND – CLOTHING OPTIONAL
Enjoy a friendly and relaxing weekend camping on the banks of the Broken Creek. Many mod cons provided for your comfort.
We plan to do a 10km downstream paddle from Nathalia to our camp on the Saturday, probably stopping for lunch or a snack on the way. (Life-jackets are compulsory.) Otherwise laze and chat around the camp, go for a swim, fish in the river, stroll through Crown Land beside the river, swap a massage or bring your bike for a ride - easy flat country at Nathalia. To keep warm in the evening we have a camp fire and a hot tub which holds 15!!
May 5 Sat  
 
May 6 Sun
SUNDAY 6TH MAY POINT NEPEAN NATIONAL PARK & QUARANTINE STATION
Point Nepean has been part of the Mornington Peninsular National Park since December 1988, 21years later the former Quarantine station and later Officer Cadet School was opened to the public. We will walk to the station and spend some time exploring the many historical buildings and items of interest before following one of the new walking tracks via Cheviot Hill to the Point Nepean Fortress.
This part of the peninsular has some of the most beautiful coastal views so don’t forget to bring your camera.
More Info: 0428 447 539 or thenomads@thenomadsinc.org.au or www.thenomadsinc.org.au
May 7 Mon  
 
May 8 Tue  
 
May 9 Wed  
 
May 10 Thu  
 
May 11 Fri  
 
May 12 Sat
SATURDAY 12TH MAY CIRCLE CYCLE RIDE - CAMBERWELL TO CITY
Departing from Camberwell we will pick up the Anniversary Outer Circle Rail Trail and cycle through Hartwell, Burwood, Ashburton and Alamein to East Malvern. A refreshment break will be taken at the Dairy Dell shop at East Malvern. Back on the bikes the journey takes us through the Urban Forest Reserve and Boyd Park to Hughesdale Station.
After a short cycle along Poath Road we pick up the Rosstown Rail Train to cycle through Murrumbeena, Carnegie and Caulfield to Elsternwick, we then pick up the cycle path alongside the Elwood Canal and head towards the Beach Cycle Trail. It’s a short ride into St Kilda for a lunch break in Acland Street.
After lunch is back onto the Beach Cycle Trail heading north to Port Melbourne. The final section is cycling alongside the Light Rail Track into the City with direct access to Flinders Street Station. As we pass a number of railway stations along the way, participants can depart prior to the end if unable to complete the total ride.
More Info: 0428 447 539 or thenomads@thenomadsinc.org.au or www.thenomadsinc.org.au
May 13 Sun
SUNDAY 13TH MAY IVANHOE CIRCUIT WALK
Ivanhoe (here including suburb-ette Eaglemont) is a leafy enclave that is arguably at its best in autumn. With the suburb hosting many short rights-of-way, a couple of which lead to semi-private parks/commons, walking is an ideal way of taking in the sights. From Ivanhoe Station, we will walk south to the Yarra bank at Wilson Reserve. A well-used but unmade path – which could be muddy/slippery on the day – leads east along the Yarra bank for 2km to the next reserve. From here, the remainder of the walk will be in solid suburbia. Lunch will be in one of two semi-private parks/commons near East Ivanhoe shopping village. After lunch, we will climb the heights of Eaglemont, and then saunter north-west to pick up the start of the 1.5km long Donaldson’s Creek linear park. A short walk back to Ivanhoe Station, with an optional café stop in Ivanhoe village, will complete the walk.
More Info: 0428 447 539 or thenomads@thenomadsinc.org.au or www.thenomadsinc.org.au
May 14 Mon  
 
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May 20 Sun
SUNDAY 20TH MAY TANGLEFOOT TRAIL CIRCUIT WALK
The track winds through Mountain Ash forests, mainly regrowth from the 1939 forest fires. There are many older giants in the gullies, some 200 or more years old. Slow-growing tree ferns line the gullies. It is very lush and green with easily crossed creeks. The area has many lyrebirds. There are quite long stretches of flat ground walking as well as the medium grade stretches.
More Info: 0428 447 539 or thenomads@thenomadsinc.org.au or www.thenomadsinc.org.au
May 21 Mon  
 
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May 27 Sun
What: When: Where: RSVP:
ALGA Special Open Day & Life Membership Inductions 1-4 pm [formalities at 2], Sunday 27 May 2012 Training Room, VAC/GMHC 6 Claremont Street South Yarra So we have enough champagne and sparkling mineral water it would be great if you could RSVP to algarchives@hotmail.com by Thursday 24 May.
SUNDAY 27TH MAY CARROLL’S SPRING CIRCUIT WALK
After travelling in convoy for some 11 km towards Daylesford to the walk start, an unmarked forest track leads to the upper reaches of the Werribee River. Depending on recent rains, crossing could be by stepping stones or possibly through shallow water. Then a foot track on the East bank leads to Carroll's Spring and later to a picnic area on the Blakesville road. The road bridge provides a dry crossing to the West bank and another foot track back to the original forest road and the cars.
More Info: 0428 447 539 or thenomads@thenomadsinc.org.au or www.thenomadsinc.org.au
May 28 Mon  
 
May 29 Tue  
 
May 30 Wed  
 
May 31 Thu  
 
 
Jun 1 Fri
A feast of queer film highlights from June 1 – 3 at The Sun Theatre, Yarraville.

Tickets are on sale now!

For those who may have missed MQFF in March or simply want to see some of the great titles again … don't miss your chance for drama, romance, documentary and laughter!

Opening Night is the fabulous Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same on Friday 1 June.

The program includes great drama with The Green from USA and Kawa from New Zealand, the fascinating Australian documentary The Cure, and the brilliant British biopic Daphne

There will also be a screening of the OZ Shorts – the best in Australian short film - SUNDAY 3 JUNE at 4pm. OZ Shorts is a free session, tickets will be available to collect from the Sun Theatre from 3pm on Sunday 3rd June only.
Jun 2 Sat
See June 1
Jun 3 Sun
See June 1
SUNDAY 3RD JUNE ANAKIE GORGE CIRCUIT
Anakie Gorge features an exceptionally wide variety of plants (highlighted on the Ted Errey Nature Circuit, which we follow for part of the walk), along with the remains of gold-mining and early water-supply projects for Geelong. We climb steeply to three lookouts with views of Melbourne, Anakie Gorge and the distant Bellarine Peninsula. A section of the three-day Burchell Trail returns us to Stony Creek, which we follow downstream through the gorge to our starting-point. Please note: dogs are not permitted in the Brisbane Ranges National Park.
More Info: 0428 447 539 or thenomads@thenomadsinc.org.au or www.thenomadsinc.org.au
Jun 4 Mon  
 
Jun 5 Tue
TUESDAY 5TH JUNE SOCIAL NIGHT
Join us for our monthly social evening where members can enjoy a meal, talk about upcoming events, compare notes on past activities and float ideas on events they would like to see run.
More Info: 0428 447 539 or thenomads@thenomadsinc.org.au or www.thenomadsinc.org.au
Jun 6 Wed  
 
Jun 7 Thu  
 
Jun 8 Fri
FRIDAY 8TH TO MONDAY 11TH JUNE QUEEN'S BIRTHDAY WEEKEND AT TATONG
We will camp on a private property at Tatong, south-east of Benalla, from Friday afternoon until Monday. The camping area is among the apple and pear trees in the orchard, sheltered by hedges. Hot and Cold showers and toilets are available. There may be room for some to camp inside a hall. There will be a fee to pay to cover the cost of the facilities provided by our host. The property is close to the Mount Samaria National Park and also quite close to Mount Wombat.
More Info: 0428 447 539 or thenomads@thenomadsinc.org.au or www.thenomadsinc.org.au
Jun 9 Sat  
 
Jun 10 Sun  
 
Jun 11 Mon  
 
Jun 12 Tue  
 
Jun 13 Wed  
 
Jun 14 Thu  
 
Jun 15 Fri  
 
Jun 16 Sat  
 
Jun 17 Sun
TWO TOWNS WALK - DROUIN TO WARRAGUL
On arrival at Drouin we will have a short walk to Civic Park where we will have an early lunch. After lunch we walk along the shared bike/foot concrete path the 8km to Warragul through parkland & new housing estates including 3km along Drouin Warragul Road (old Princes Hwy) with views to the Baw Baw Plateau & Strzelecki Ranges. At Warragul we will have a short snack stop at Rotary Park then do a detour along the Warragul Linear Trail which follows Hazel Creek, about 2.5km return. While we wait for the train home we will have refreshments at a venue near the station. Train departs at 17:08 & arrives at Southern Cross 18:52.
More Info: 0428 447 539 or thenomads@thenomadsinc.org.au or www.thenomadsinc.org.au
Jun 18 Mon  
 
Jun 19 Tue  
 
Jun 20 Wed  
 
Jun 21 Thu  
 
Jun 22 Fri  
 
Jun 23 Sat  
 
Jun 24 Sun
SUNDAY 24TH JUNE 30TH ANNIVERSARY WINTER SOLSTICE DINNER
Details to be advised in next Newsletter
More Info: 0428 447 539 or thenomads@thenomadsinc.org.au or www.thenomadsinc.org.au
Jun 25 Mon  
 
Jun 26 Tue  
 
Jun 27 Wed  
 
Jun 28 Thu  
 
Jun 29 Fri  
 
Jun 30 Sat
Will Sampson Hall
102 Henry Street, Windsor
(Melways Ref 2P G2)
Saturday 30th June 2012
Doors open at 6:30pm. First round starts at 7:30pm
$18 per person or $130 for a table of 8
 
Jul 1 Sun
TUESDAY 3RD JULY PLANNING/ SOCIAL NIGHT
Do you want to see more of a particular activity, or do you have a particularly favourite area of Victoria you would like to share with others? Do you have an idea for something apart from the regular walks? Come along to the Planning Meeting, and then stay for our monthly social evening where members talk about upcoming events, share a meal and compare notes on past activities. All members are welcome – you don't have to volunteer for an activity. New members are especially invited to this meeting as an orientation to Nomads activities.
More Info: 0428 447 539 or thenomads@thenomadsinc.org.au or www.thenomadsinc.org.au
MOUNT LOFTY CIRCUIT WALK – WONGA PARK
This would have to be one of the shorter walks to date for me but definitely worth it. We will begin the walk at Wittons Reserve and will make our way on a comfortable path and alongside the river. The walk itself is quite easy until we start heading towards the peak of Mt Lofty and this is where the walk will get just a little bit harder. Mt Lofty stands at around 100m above sea level and once on top, has the best view of the Yarra Valley and ranges beyond.More Info: 0428 447 539 or thenomads@thenomadsinc.org.au or www.thenomadsinc.org.au
MOUNT LOFTY CIRCUIT WALK – WONGA PARK
This would have to be one of the shorter walks to date for me but definitely worth it. We will begin the walk at Wittons Reserve and will make our way on a comfortable path and alongside the river. The walk itself is quite easy until we start heading towards the peak of Mt Lofty and this is where the walk will get just a little bit harder. Mt Lofty stands at around 100m above sea level and once on top, has the best view of the Yarra Valley and ranges beyond.More Info: 0428 447 539 or thenomads@thenomadsinc.org.au or www.thenomadsinc.org.au
Jul 2 Mon  
 
Jul 3 Tue
PLANNING/ SOCIAL NIGHT
Do you want to see more of a particular activity, or do you have a particularly favourite area of Victoria you would like to share with others? Do you have an idea for something apart from the regular walks? Come along to the Planning Meeting, and then stay for our monthly social evening where members talk about upcoming events, share a meal and compare notes on past activities. All members are welcome – you don't have to volunteer for an activity. New members are especially invited to this meeting as an orientation to Nomads activities.
More Info: 0428 447 539 or thenomads@thenomadsinc.org.au or www.thenomadsinc.org.au
Jul 4 Wed  
 
Jul 5 Thu  
 
Jul 6 Fri  
 
Jul 7 Sat  
 
Jul 8 Sun
ANGLESEA ENVIRONS
This is a variant on the walk done 29/04/2012. It will be a 13 km anti-clockwise circuit walk in the Anglesea area following mostly park & coastal paths.
More Info: 0428 447 539 or thenomads@thenomadsinc.org.au or www.thenomadsinc.org.au
Jul 9 Mon  
 
Jul 10 Tue  
 
Jul 11 Wed  
 
Jul 12 Thu  
 
Jul 13 Fri  
 
Jul 14 Sat  
 
Jul 15 Sun
MALDON – HISTORIC CENTRE AND ENVIRONS
This activity will concentrate on the industrial relics from Maldon’s mining past, combining a car tour around some outlying sites with a walk/ climb to the top of Mt Tarrangower and through some areas of past mining activity and concluding with a brief walking tour of the historic town. There is an optional guided tour of a former mine (Carman's Tunnel - $5/ head).
More Info: 0428 447 539 or thenomads@thenomadsinc.org.au or www.thenomadsinc.org.au
Jul 16 Mon  
 
Jul 17 Tue  
 
Jul 18 Wed  
 
Jul 19 Thu  
 
Jul 20 Fri  
 
Jul 21 Sat  
 
Jul 22 Sun
BALLARAT – HISTORIC AREAS WALK AND ART GALLERY
We will assemble outside the Ballarat station, walk to the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery approx. 5 minutes walk away ,spend approx. 1-1.5 hrs, luncheon details and exact walking route will be weather dependant but will focus on the Victorian heritage streets of the Ballarat CBD. I will confirm the route in a later message. Return train departs Ballarat station at 4.57 pm, arrives Southern Cross at 6.26 pm. All welcome.
More Info: 0428 447 539 or thenomads@thenomadsinc.org.au or www.thenomadsinc.org.au
Jul 23 Mon  
 
Jul 24 Tue  
 
Jul 25 Wed  
 
Jul 26 Thu  
 
Jul 27 Fri  
 
Jul 28 Sat
BEGINNERS’ LAKE MOUNTAIN CROSS COUNTRY SKIING
Lake Mountain is great for learning to cross-country ski. It is only 2 to 2½ hours from Melbourne with mainly gentle slopes for beginners. No experience is necessary and a Nomad will give tutoring. We is looking into weekend accommodation in the area, so if you are wanting to ski both days of the weekend, accommodation may be available for a small group, so make your intention known ASAP or you may miss out.
More Info: 0428 447 539 or thenomads@thenomadsinc.org.au or www.thenomadsinc.org.au
Jul 29 Sun
EPPING TO SOUTH MORANG
An easy & short urban mid winter walk, the first of three walks in the Epping/South Morang ever growing outer suburban residential areas, along paved shared bike/foot trails next to creeks & through parkland. This walk is along the path next to the new rail extension to South Morang with two side trips. We walk from Epping Station along Cooper Street a short distance to the Darebin Creek Trail & follow, soon joining the Fendon Creek Trail. Depending on whether two new foot bridges are open will determine if we can do a loop or return the same way as we came. Returning to the rail line, we then follow for about 2km before detouring through parkland. Again returning to the rail line, continue to South Morang Station & on to the Westfield Plenty Valley Shopping Centre for refreshments. Afterwards we make our way back to the Station & catch a train home.
More Info: 0428 447 539 or thenomads@thenomadsinc.org.au or www.thenomadsinc.org.au
Jul 30 Mon  
 
Jul 31 Tue  
 
 
Aug 1 Wed  
 
Aug 2 Thu  
 
Aug 3 Fri  
 
Aug 4 Sat
SUNDAY 4TH TO SUNDAY 11TH AUGUST SKI WEEK / OR WEEKEND AT FALLS CREEK
A 7-day ski trip at Falls Creek is being planned for Sunday 5th August to Sunday 12th August. We will be staying at the cosy Cosela Ski Lodge which provides ski in ski out access from Wombats Ramble and no over snow transport requirements. This will be a cross country ski, downhill ski and snow board week leaving Melbourne Sunday and leaving Falls Creek Sunday. The accommodation cost will be $360 per person for the 5 nights Sunday to Thursday and weekend nightly charge for Friday and Saturday is $110 per night. You can come for the full time or part thereof.
More Info: 0428 447 539 or thenomads@thenomadsinc.org.au or www.thenomadsinc.org.au
Aug 5 Sun  
 
Aug 6 Mon  
 
Aug 7 Tue
SOCIAL NIGHT
Join us for our monthly social evening where members can enjoy a meal, talk about upcoming events, compare notes on past activities and float ideas on events they would like to see run.
More Info: 0428 447 539 or thenomads@thenomadsinc.org.au or www.thenomadsinc.org.au

Aug 8 Wed  
 
Aug 9 Thu  
 
Aug 10 Fri  
 
Aug 11 Sat  
 
Aug 12 Sun
COOLART HOMESTEAD & WETLANDS
In mid-winter, take a day out not far away from Melbourne. The Coolart Homestead will be open to view - a fine example of a Victorian Mansion built in the late 19th Century. It is surrounded by woodland and wetlands. At the time of writing, the wetlands are full and the birdlife is prolific. We will visit several bird observation hides, and walk through the woodlands, including a short walk along the Merricks Creek and the foreshore of Westernport Bay. Lunch will be taken in the ornamental gardens (or in the stables if inclement weather). Depending on the weather, we may also stroll along the beach and back as low tide is about 1:30pm.
More Info: 0428 447 539 or thenomads@thenomadsinc.org.au or www.thenomadsinc.org.au

Aug 13 Mon  
 
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Aug 15 Wed  
 
Aug 16 Thu  
 
Aug 17 Fri  
 
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Aug 19 Sun  
 
Aug 20 Mon  
 
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Aug 31 Fri  
 
 
Sep 1 Sat
ST Kilda Town Hall - Melbourne Argonauts.
The Melbourne Argonauts Queer Rowing Club (MAQRC) is hosting its annual fundraising Trivia Night at St. Kilda Town Hall.

Sep 2 Sun
ORNITHOLOGICAL EXPEDITION (BIRD WATCHING) AT POINT WILSON
This is a bird watching trip. It will be slow moving, spending a lot of time staying still and enjoying the wildlife. Point Wilson is where Melbourne’s sewerage discharges through a network of ponds. You might think of this as a bit gross, but it is not as you would expect. There are a lot of lakes that are quite clean, with an amazing array of bird life you will not see anywhere else. It is not free access (as it is a bird refuge) but we can arrange access for the morning. We might also have a guide for the day.
More Info: 0428 447 539 or thenomads@thenomadsinc.org.au or www.thenomadsinc.org.au
Sep 3 Mon  
 
Sep 4 Tue
SOCIAL NIGHT
Join us for our monthly social evening where members can enjoy a meal, talk about upcoming events, compare notes on past activities and float ideas on events they would like to see run.
More Info: 0428 447 539 or thenomads@thenomadsinc.org.au or www.thenomadsinc.org.au
Sep 5 Wed  
 
Sep 6 Thu  
 
Sep 7 Fri  
 
Sep 8 Sat  
 
Sep 9 Sun
SOMERS BEACH WALK
In the first days of spring, take a day out not far away from Melbourne for a brisk beach walk. Low Tide is forecast to be at 11:45 giving us the benefit of walking on firm sand. We will walk along the beach on the northern side of the entrance to Westernport Bay from the foot of the stairway to Sandy Point opposite Cowes and are likely to see dolphins in the water as well as sea-birds. Sandy Point is presently growing due to the large movement of sand being moved along the coastline. At low tide, we can walk nearly 1 km out along the spit formed by the sand. Depending on the weather, we may then walk on to Swan Bay where black swans are usually plentiful to be seen. On return to Somers village, we will take a 15-20 minute drive to afternoon tea and a browse around the Tyabb Packing House which, for those who don’t already know, is a former cool-store fro apples that is approximately the size of a football field and is full of antiquities, trash, treasure, collectables, and nick naks from yesteryear – and maybe even a purchase or two.
More Info: 0428 447 539 or thenomads@thenomadsinc.org.au or www.thenomadsinc.org.au
Fundraiser for the David Williams Fund - Laird Hotel.
Sep 10 Mon  
 
Sep 11 Tue  
 
Sep 12 Wed  
 
Sep 13 Thu  
 
Sep 14 Fri
FRIDAY 14TH TO SUNDAY 15TH SEPTEMBER SPRING WEEKEND OR DAY WALK(S) IN LORNE
Saturday 15th – Erskine Falls up and back 16ks, or a car shuffle can be arranged for those who only want to do one way. Walk from Lorne through the camping ground and up the track to the falls. Return the same way. A beautiful walk, done many times.
Sunday 16th - Kalimna & Sheoak Falls circuit 15ks or can be halved for those not wanting to do both falls. This gentle walk commences at the Sheoak Picnic area and follows the route of an old timber tramway. The walk traverses through dense tree ferns, native forest, and follows a fresh water creek for most of the way. We stop at the Lower Kalimna Falls and then onto the upper Kalimna Falls. A climb up a small hill will take us to Lunch. We then walk to Castle Rock for stunning views of the Ocean and overlooking the Cumberland River, then down to the Sheoak falls and back to the Sheoak Picnic area along the Sheoak creek passing a cave known for the nesting site of Welcome Swallows during spring. For those wanting to shorten this walk they can take an easy shortcut back to the Picnic area and forego Sheoak Falls..
More Info: 0428 447 539 or thenomads@thenomadsinc.org.au or www.thenomadsinc.org.au
VISIT THE WEBSITE FOR ALL THE DETAILS

www.springmigration.com.au/index.htm
Sep 15 Sat
The Melbourne Rainbow Band presents its Spring Concert featuring music from and inspired by the silver screen. From spaghetti westerns and Hollywood classics to modern day blockbusters - Music For A Darkened Theatre will explore the music of composers such as John Williams, Danny Elfman and James Horner.

For tickets and more information visit www.mrb.org.au
Sep 16 Sun
WESTERFOLDS PARK TO TIKALARA PARK CIRCUIT WALK
From Mia Mia Gallery we make our way through the park and towards Candle Bark Park. From there we head towards Petty’s Orchard, we past the Orchard and over a small bridge crossing the Mullum Mullum creek.
We will make a couple of stops to look at the rapids and there’s also a rather old and interesting cottage to look at. We will stop for lunch somewhere in the bush. Once lunch is over we will slowly make our way back to the Gallery/Café and if open then I am sure a hot chocolate will go down nicely!
More Info: 0428 447 539 or thenomads@thenomadsinc.org.au or www.thenomadsinc.org.au
Sep 17 Mon  
 
Sep 18 Tue  
 
Sep 19 Wed  
 
Sep 20 Thu  
 
Sep 21 Fri  
 
Sep 22 Sat  
 
Sep 23 Sun
SUNDAY 23RD SEPTEMBER WESTERFOLDS PARK TO TIKALARA PARK CIRCUIT WALK
From Mia Mia Gallery we make our way through the park and towards Candle Bark Park. From there we head towards Petty’s Orchard, we past the Orchard and over a small bridge crossing the Mullum Mullum Creek. We will make a couple of stops to look at the rapids and there’s also a rather old and interesting cottage to look at. We will stop for lunch somewhere in the bush. Once lunch is over we will slowly make our way back to the Gallery/Café and if open then I am sure a hot chocolate will go down nicely!
More Info: 0428 447 539 or thenomads@thenomadsinc.org.au or www.thenomadsinc.org.au
Sep 24 Mon  
 
Sep 25 Tue  
 
Sep 26 Wed  
 
Sep 27 Thu  
 
Sep 28 Fri  
 
Sep 29 Sat  
 
Sep 30 Sun
SUNDAY 30TH SEPTEMBER WHIPSTICK LOOP WALK - BLACKWOOD
This walk is situated in the Wombat State Forest and traverses part of the Great Dividing Trail, and loops down around Whipstick Creek through some beautiful open eucalypt forest, and mining water races to bring you back to the starting point at the Blackwood Hotel. Along the walk there is historical evidence of various types of mining with both vertical and horizontal shafts. All of the mining in the area was conducted by hand in very difficult conditions. After the walk we can have afternoon tea at the local general store.
More Info: 0428 447 539 or thenomads@thenomadsinc.org.au or www.thenomadsinc.org.au
 
Oct 1 Mon  
 
Oct 2 Tue
PLANNING/ SOCIAL NIGHT
Do you want to see more of a particular activity, or do you have a particularly favourite area of Victoria you would like to share with others? Do you have an idea for something apart from the regular walks? Come along to the Planning Meeting, and then stay for our monthly social evening where members talk about upcoming events, share a meal and compare notes on past activities. All members are welcome – you don't have to volunteer for an activity. New members are especially invited to this meeting as an orientation to Nomads activities.
More Info: 0428 447 539 or thenomads@thenomadsinc.org.au or www.thenomadsinc.org.au
TUESDAY 2ND OCTOBER PLANNING/ SOCIAL NIGHT
Do you want to see more of a particular activity, or do you have a particularly favourite area of Victoria you would like to share with others? Do you have an idea for something apart from the regular walks? Come along to the Planning Meeting, and then stay for our monthly social evening where members talk about upcoming events, share a meal and compare notes on past activities. All members are welcome – you don't have to volunteer for an activity. New members are especially invited to this meeting as an orientation to Nomads activities.
More Info: 0428 447 539 or thenomads@thenomadsinc.org.au or www.thenomadsinc.org.au
Oct 3 Wed  
 
Oct 4 Thu  
 
Oct 5 Fri  
 
Oct 6 Sat
DT's Hotel. 2pm
Oct 7 Sun
SUNDAY 7TH OCTOBER CIRCLE CYCLE RIDE – CAMBERWELL TO CITY
Departing from Camberwell we will pick up the Anniversary Outer Circle Rail Trail and cycle through Hartwell, Burwood, Ashburton and Alamein to East Malvern. A refreshment break will be taken at the Dairy Dell shop at East Malvern. Back on the bikes the journey takes us through the Urban Forest Reserve and Boyd Park to Hughesdale Station. After a short cycle along Poath Road we pick up the Rosstown Rail Train to cycle through Murrumbeena, Carnegie and Caulfield to Elsternwick. We then pick up the cycle path alongside the Elwood Canal and head towards the Beach Cycle Trail. It’s a short ride into St Kilda for a lunch break in Acland Street. After lunch is back onto the Beach Cycle Trail heading north to Port Melbourne. The final section is cycling alongside the Light Rail Track into the City with direct access to Flinders Street Station. As we pass a number of railway stations along the way, participants can depart prior to the end if unable to complete the total ride.
More Info: 0428 447 539 or thenomads@thenomadsinc.org.au or www.thenomadsinc.org.au
Oct 8 Mon  
 
Oct 9 Tue  
 
Oct 10 Wed  
 
Oct 11 Thu  
 
Oct 12 Fri  
 
Oct 13 Sat  
 
Oct 14 Sun
Helem Melbourne (Arab Gay Group) Launch Party
Helem Melbourne is pleased to announce a launch party, Arabic Night, to celebrate the Arabic GLBTIQ community.
We would like to invite everyone to join us at this event to show their support...
Come and enjoy our Music and shows...
Free Entry (Gold coin Donation)
Helem Melbourne (Arab Gay Group) Launch Party
Helem Melbourne is pleased to announce a launch party, Arabic Night, to celebrate the Arabic GLBTIQ community.
We would like to invite everyone to join us at this event to show their support...
Come and enjoy our Music and shows...
Free Entry (Gold coin Donation)
SUNDAY 14TH OCTOBER WARBURTON & YARRA RIVER WALK
Yarra River water levels permitting will start the day crossing the river from the meeting point – otherwise we’ll head off along another just as scenic path. The area is very lush and green with a very unusual tunnel dug through a hill by gold miners in the 1800’s. The paths can get quite steep although not too strenuous. There are also some old gold mines. .
More Info: 0428 447 539 or thenomads@thenomadsinc.org.au or www.thenomadsinc.org.au

Oct 15 Mon  
 
Oct 16 Tue
Annual General Meeting
Oct 17 Wed  
 
Oct 18 Thu  
 
Oct 19 Fri  
 
Oct 20 Sat  
 
Oct 21 Sun
SUNDAY 21ST OCTOBER MURRINDINDI SCENIC RESERVE, MILL TRACK, WILHELMINA FALLS CIRCUIT WALK
A river and forest walk in an area which was burn out in the 2009 bush fires. Now a few more years on, the beauty has returned with help from the long wet winters, Flora and Fauna are in abundance. The camping and picnic areas have all been rebuilt with great new facilities. The walk has a couple of up-hill sections in the pre-lunch stage, follow by a moderately steep decent after lunch with beautiful views of Wilhelmina Falls on the way down. Dogs are not permitted. Optional afternoon tea is planned to be at the Singing Gardens cafe in Toolangi.
More Info: 0428 447 539 or thenomads@thenomadsinc.org.au or www.thenomadsinc.org.au
Oct 22 Mon  
 
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Oct 28 Sun
SUNDAY 28TH OCTOBER NUDE WALK - GOLDIE BUSHLAND RESERVE, LANCEFIELD
Leisurely stroll along a pleasant tree lined lane to the bushland reserve which has a pleasant attractive creek with orchids and other native plants. Kangaroos and wallabies are known to use this as a haven. At the top of the reserve we will have lunch and intend to follow a disused 19th century rail reserve/escarpment, adjacent to previous walked path back towards the cars. The walk offers many wildflowers and views. If the day is hot, you may like to have a swim in the dam or waterhole on No.3 Creek. Bring a small towel. After the walk (optional) around 2pm we will head to a local Nomads house about 12kms away for a nude afternoon tea on the lawn of his acreage farm with a walk to the river.
More Info: 0428 447 539 or thenomads@thenomadsinc.org.au or www.thenomadsinc.org.au
Held at the Pos Living Centre. More info: contact the VAC.
Held at the Pos Living Centre. More info: contact the VAC.
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Nov 1 Thu
Human rights law Centre 461 Bourke St 6pm.
THURSDAY 1ST TO TUESDAY 6TH NOVEMBER YANAKIE/WILSONS PROMONTORY (CUP DAY WEEKEND)
We have a private house at Yanakie overlooking Corner Inlet just near the park entrance. You can come down for as many days as you like. It is quite flexible. There are many nice day walks in the area. We will decide where to walk each day taking into account considering the condition of the weather and the participants. The base offers hot showers, comfortable accommodation, and a log fire to warm up if the day is cold.
More Info: 0428 447 539 or thenomads@thenomadsinc.org.au or www.thenomadsinc.org.au

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SATURDAY 3RD TO TUESDAY 6TH NOVEMBER (MELBOURNE CUP) 30TH ANNIVERSARY WINTER SOLSTICE DINNER
Details to be advised in next Newsletter
More Info: 0428 447 539 or thenomads@thenomadsinc.org.au or www.thenomadsinc.org.au
Vic AIDS Council fundraiser. N/Melb Town Hall. Contact VAC for details.
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Saturday Nov 10
DT's Hotel
164 Church Street, Ricmond
1.00PM Onwards

GOLD COIN DONATION
Nov 11 Sun
SUNDAY 11TH NOVEMBER BLUE MOUNTAIN (NEAR TRENHAM)
Blue Mountain is one of the many extinct volcanic peaks that sit by the Great Dividing Range. It is in a small settlement named Newbury which used to be prosperous when it was known as Garlicks Head, during the gold rush days. The Blue Mountain also used to be a fire watch point as it overlooks the entire forest over the South and East. The Fire Tower is not open to the public. The Blue Mountain sits at about 110 metres higher than Newbury, and peaks at 873 metres. We shall commence the walk from Kearneys Rd. About 300 metres before reaching the summit, we shall pass an historic cemetery. The gradual ascent to its peak gives us a vantage point, overlooking the extensive forest and is quite impressive with views of farms near Newbury and several distant peaks. We will have lunch here. Before we commence our descent, we shall take a track that veers off for about 200m, for a glimpse of the film set used for the T.V. series, 'The Man From Snowy River'. It is on a private gated property hence viewing is only from far. Bring your binoculars. For the descent, we will partly retrace the walk and eventually veer off into a track which leads to Myrniong-Trentham Rd. There is plenty space to walk on the side of the road which then leads us back to the cars in Kearneys Rd. After the walk, afternoon coffee/tea/cakes etc is optional at a well known historic bakery and café named Red Beard in Trentham ( which is about 3km from Kearneys Rd.
More Info: 0428 447 539 or thenomads@thenomadsinc.org.au or www.thenomadsinc.org.au
Chapel off Chapel, Prahran - 1.30pm Contact JOY 94.9 for details.
Nov 12 Mon
.AGMC Inc - Australian GLBTIQ Multicultural Council Inc 7.30 pm at the VAC in Sth Yarra
Nov 13 Tue
Contact them for details.
TUESDAY 13TH NOVEMBER SOCIAL NIGHT
Join us for our monthly social evening where members can enjoy a meal, talk about upcoming events, compare notes on past activities and float ideas on events they would like to see run.
More Info: 0428 447 539 or thenomads@thenomadsinc.org.au or www.thenomadsinc.org.au
Nov 14 Wed
Great Northern Hotel 644 Rathdown St Carlton 7.30pm
Nov 15 Thu
7.30pm at the VAC in Sth Yarra
Blend - 6pm QV Centre - Melbourne
THURSDAY 15TH TO TUESDAY 20TH NOVEMBER CAMPING AND CANOEING WEEKEND, NATHALIA – CLOTHING OPT
Enjoy a friendly and relaxing weekend camping on the banks of the Broken Creek next to the red gum forest. Many mod cons provided for your comfort. Choose your activities according to your mood and the temperature. Feel free to paddle a canoe or swim in the river next to the camp. You may prefer to unwind around the all day camp fire, swap a few stories or wander off and have some meditation time. We are planning to do a couple of downstream group paddles with car pick up and if possible a paddle in a near-by lake. Nathalia township is worth a look. A couple of coffee shops are available. Take the bike for an easy 6km ride (or maybe use the car). The neighbouring forest is deserted, so a nude walk or ride could be fun! It seems we will have a massage workshop this time, providing tuition in neck massage, lomi lomi massage and many-hands massage etc. Our old favourites will be back - the 15 man hot tub, and steam tent (probably a bigger one this time).
More Info: 0428 447 539 or thenomads@thenomadsinc.org.au or www.thenomadsinc.org.au
Nov 16 Fri
Shepparton - 16 - 17 Nov www.outintheopen.org.au
Nov 17 Sat
Fitzroy Bowls Club. Contact Spikers for details.
Nov 18 Sun
Melbourne Gay & Lesbian Chorus Trivia afternoon on Sunday, November 18, 2012, at 2pm at the Richmond Town Hall.
SUNDAY 18TH NOVEMBER PLENTY GORGE PARK (PART TWO)
For the ones that have been to the Plenty Gorge Park, this is part two and the Southern part of the Park which is in Plenty. At this part of the Park one can find a massive quarry which now is filled with water and is known as the Blue Lake. The views from certain areas expand towards the city and are quite spectacular. We are looking at covering roughly around 8-10 kilometres with the terrain being quite easy but we have a couple of minor hills to go over. We will stop for lunch somewhere in the bush so make sure you have your packed lunch and water.
More Info: 0428 447 539 or thenomads@thenomadsinc.org.au or www.thenomadsinc.org.au

Substation - Newport www.westsidecircus.org.au
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State Library steps. Full details at the Equla Love web site.
Nov 25 Sun
SUNDAY 25TH NOVEMBER MOUNT BAW BAW CIRCUIT WALK
This walk is on top of the world among the snowgums and to the summits of Mt. Baw Baw and Mt. St. Phillack. We may walk to Mt. St. Gwinear. We will walk along many of the cross-country ski trails and the walking trails from Mt Baw Baw village. With clear weather, there should be views to the South over the Gippsland Plain to the ocean and to the North to Mt Buller and Mt Buffalo and to the East to Mt St Phillack and Mt. St. Gwinear
More Info: 0428 447 539 or thenomads@thenomadsinc.org.au or www.thenomadsinc.org.au

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North Melb Town Hall - 7.30pm "Don't You Want Me Baby"
North Melb Town Hall - 7.30pm "Don't You Want Me Baby"
North Melb Town Hall - 7.30pm "Don't You Want Me Baby"
North Melb Town Hall - 7.30pm "Don't You Want Me Baby"
Positive Living Centre. Partial AIDS Quilt Display. Special guests. ALL welcome. Details closer to the event.
Dec 2 Sun
SUNDAY 2ND DECEMBER CORA LYNN (LORNE)
After positioning cars for the end of the walk, we leave the Blanket Leaf Picnic area (toilets) and follow the Cora Lynn Creek downstream, crossing it several times. The walk is through eucalypt forest and fern groves. We pass the Cora Lynn Cascades and Phantom Falls. We walk down the creek-bed through The Canyon to the Sheoak Picnic Area and then down banks of the Sheoak Creek to the car park at the beach. Most of the walk is along well-formed paths, however part is along and across the Cora Lynn Creek where we do some rock-hopping, therefore grippy soles are recommended. While cars are retrieved, there will be an opportunity to relax on the beach before we round-off the day with some refreshment.
More Info: 0428 447 539 or thenomads@thenomadsinc.org.au or www.thenomadsinc.org.au

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TUESDAY 4TH DECEMBER CHRISTMAS BBQ/ SOCIAL NIGHT
Join us on the banks of the Yarra for a pre-Christmas BBQ, in lieu of our monthly social evening, at Yarra Bank Reserve in Hawthorn, a pretty, secluded spot that is protected from wind and extreme sun.
More Info: 0428 447 539 or thenomads@thenomadsinc.org.au or www.thenomadsinc.org.au
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Hallelujah it's the chorus. St Marks Church. 7.30pm. Gold Coin entry.
SATURDAY 8TH TO SUNDAY 9TH DECEMBER WEEKEND CAMP & CHRISTMAS PARTY AT HALLORA
Join The Nomads at the Hallora Public Hall, which The Nomads last visited in 2008, for the Christmas Party. Arrive Saturday afternoon to set up your tent and to help with the preparation. Expect an enjoyable evening, wining, and dining. On Sunday, after breakfast and tidy-up, we will leave the Hallora Hall for an easy-grade short walk in the local area.
More Info: 0428 447 539 or thenomads@thenomadsinc.org.au or www.thenomadsinc.org.au
1pm DT's Hotel. RSVP to info@livingpositivevictoria.org.au
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Globe Christmas - FRUITS/BLEND - CROWN Metropol Skybar
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