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Friends Volunteers: Come and join us!

The Friends of the Great South West Walk is an active voluntary group in Victoria’s south west. Regular crews work along the 252km walk, trimming, mowing and repairing the walk, while Landcare groups work on erosion control and revegetation in the most exposed sections.  New volunteers welcome. 

Contact:  Jen 0417 345440    Gordon 0428 234248   Frank 0448 430537    Graeme 0355231927

The Friends Group also plans regular walks on and around the Great South West Walk, co-ordinated by members and experienced walkers. New walkers, whether for regular or occasional walks,  are always welcome.   

Contact: Sarah 0417 051020 Phyl 0488 629163  Julie 0355232131  Lou 0400 145220   

Track Maintenance Crews:

Click the links below for information about each group.

The Tuesday Gang

The Thursday Crew

The Saturday Crew

Landcare Teams:

Click the link below to find out more about Landcare Projects around Cape Bridgewater. 

Erosion and Weed Control & Revegetation

 

Walking Groups:

Recreational Walks Program (click here for the link to the program) Walking with the Friends Group offers the opportunity to walk with others and share knowledge of the history, terrain, flora and fauna of this beautiful South-West corner of Victoria, which is becoming increasingly popular with locals and visitors to the area. We welcome new members and visitors. [more]

Autumn Supported Walks
The 2024 Supported Walk is now fully booked.     There is no waiting list for future walks, with registrations for the 2025 Supported Walk being offered to members first from 1/6/24 and to the general public from 1/7/24. Take out a membership to support our volunteers and receive our monthly newsletter with special member-first offers.

The Friends Group hosted an overnight walk for members along the Glenelg River on 13th/14th Feb. 2024. Walkers carried all their gear and were lead by two volunteer guides. For more opportunities such as these check out our monthly newsletter.

Other Events:

GSWW 40th Anniversary – Monday 13th Nov 2023

Celebrations began on Monday 6th November, 2023. Portland and district schools had been working on contributions to recognize the significance of the Walk for students, schools and the community.  Their work was displayed in the Glenelg Library – Portland, with an opening event to launch the exhibition taking place on Thursday 9th November.  This display is open to the public until Monday 11th December and we highly recommend a visit. 

Saturday celebrations included a recreational walk at Cape Nelson along the Sea Cliff Nature Walk. This special walk was created in the late 1970s and proved inspiration for  the creation of the 262km GSWW.  A short ceremony was held on the cliff at the GSWW Historic Marker, the site of the original opening in 1983.

The Friends Group hosted a celebratory dinner on Saturday evening for 120 members, sponsors and guests with those present reminiscing about the original planning and construction of the Walk, also enjoying a memorabilia display, slide show and some presentations.