Trips are planned from time to time to explore and visit areas beyond our region or outside the state. Trips for members and their partners have been to Mildura and Broken Hill, the Central Highlands near Tumut, and a cruise on the Murray River on a “Proud Mary”. Our most recent outing was a three day trip to the NE Victorian Art Silo Trail. In the past 12 months, despite the disruptions caused by COVID, we have also had day bus trips to Marysville, the Werribee Zoo and to Philip Island
Melbourne has many attractive venues suitable for outings each month. These outings are usually half days with conducted tours of places such as the State Library, Museum, Eastern Hill Fire Station, Botanical Gardens, The Shrine, or some of our Exhibitions and Displays in the City or suburbs.
Further afield are wineries in a number of different locations, the Air Force Museum at Pt Cook, Werribee Park and Mansion, and a number of graceful stately homes and gardens open for visitors.
Many dineouts are a lunch at a hotel or restaurant or a barbeque and a picnic lunch. Visits may be made to a number of venues to sample Asian and Indian meals. Evening dinners are popular with wives and partners participating. All outings and meals aim to keep costs down while still maintaining good value and quality.
Interested members play a social game of golf over 9 holes at an eastern suburbs golf course with all members being welcome to play. Recently we have played at Glen Waverley, Malvern Valley and Ringwood. After an enjoyable game of golf, members meet for a social drink and a chat at the 19th hole.
The walking group walks in interesting and scenic locations. After meeting and a ‘cuppa’, members go on a walk which is at an easy pace and on an easy grade. There is a shortened walk for members who don’t wish to undertake the full walk. It is usual to have lunch at the conclusion, either a picnic lunch or sometimes a lunch at a nearby establishment.
The club has an enthusiastic cycling group which meets once a month for a ride of 10 to 20 km. The ride is restricted to sealed walking/bike trails. New participants are warmly welcomed.
The cinema group is a popular club activity. Interested members and partners meet once a month to go see a film, usually at the Palace Theatre Balwyn.
The book club is part of the meeting which takes place each month. Members bring along books they have read which are then able to be swapped for other books. Swapping operates on an ‘honour’ basis.