Melbourne Women's Walking Club Inc.

Affiliated with Bushwalking Victoria

1922 - 2022 Our Centenary Year

Our Centenary Year

In 2022 the Melbourne Women's Walking Club is celebrating its centenary!

The Melbourne Women's Walking Club (MWWC) was formed in 1922 by a group of young women excluded from the men-only Melbourne Walking Club. From the start the club held both day and weekend walks, wherever the railways could take them, to explore areas of Victoria's dense bushland. In the brief annual Christmas-New Year holiday period there were longer tours.
The club pioneered treks with packhorses supplied by mountain cattlemen who also acted as guides. In 1936, four members traversed the Barry Mountains in Victoria's high country, an astonishing achievement.

Today, the club provides for members of all abilities a diverse range of walks from the suburbs of Melbourne to regional Victoria, interstate and overseas. There are also a variety of social events for the newest as well as the oldest members to attend and stay connected.

A first history of the club was formally collated in 1987 in a volume entitled Uphill After Lunch. A new history titled Still on Track: 100 years of the Melbourne Women's Walking Club - will be launched in our centenary year. Many iconic walks and social events are taking place throughout the year.