AUTUMN CELEBRATION - Dandenong Ranges for Newbies - Sunday 28 April 2019

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AUTUMN CELEBRATION -  Dandenong Ranges for Newbies - Sunday 28 April 2019

Time: April 28, 2019 from 8:45am to 4pm
Location: Britannia Mall
Street: 485 Whitehorse Road
City/Town: Mitcham
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Phone: 0408833764
Event Type: leisurely, scenery, social, picnic
Organized By: David Atkinson
Latest Activity: Apr 28, 2019

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Event Description

Crickets are chirping, the days now have a chilly edge and leaves are turning colour. Autumn is in the air, a perfect time to explore Melbourne's glorious Dandenong Ranges. Much loved by Melbournites we think we know the “Dandies” well but there are always new delights to discover and besides, how pleasant to be reacquainted with an old friend. If you haven’t toured the Dandenong Ranges on a scooter before, then you haven’t really experienced it. The mix of native forest background interspersed with exotic trees in their Autumn colours provides stunning scenery. However to be surrounded by all this beauty rather than view it from within the confines of a steel box is another matter altogether. 


This leisurely ride is perfect for confident beginners. All members are welcome but we would particularly like to see new members as well as those who have yet to get their scooters out beyond city limits. Its also a great ride for older geared Vespas. We will be avoiding the main tourist roads as much as possible as we wind our way towards Emerald. Our route through the hills looks like a drunken pretzel as we criss-cross the slopes of the Dandenong ranges. All this meandering will take us along some of the most beautiful roads in the ranges, past villages nestled in the hills with charming names such as Sassafras, Olinda, Kalorama, Monbulk, Kalista and Sherbrooke. We'll delve through forests of towering mountain ash and stringybark, buzz past quaint 1920s guest houses and gracious homes with grand European gardens and plunge into verdant fern gullies all the while breathing in the fresh eucalypt-scented mountain air exquisitely blended with a cheeky twist of two-stroke oil. Hairpin bends, steep hills, thrilling descents and some short sections of dirt road will make us feel alive and invigorated. We may even bump into Puffing Billy along the way.

Breaks and Lunch

Mid morning refreshments or perhaps a Devonshire Tea will be available before we take a brief stroll through the beautiful gardens of Burnham Beeches to see its three-storey Art Deco mansion. A picnic lunch is planned at Emerald Lake around 1.45pm. Eats that can be shared are most welcome.

Ride Departure Point and Time

Our usual spot in the east, Britannia Mall, 485 Whitehorse Road, Mitcham (pull into the north side service road at the start of Mitcham shopping centre). Several cafes in this mall will cater for our needs. The ride will leave at 9:30 am sharp so arrive at 8:30 am if you need breakfast and coffee beforehand.

The ride totals about 154 kms. You should be able to do that distance comfortably on a tank however please arrive at the departure point with a full tank of fuel as finding a petrol station in the hills is not an easy matter. Petrol is available at Emerald after lunch if needed. Remember to pack that picnic lunch!

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Comment by David Atkinson on April 26, 2019 at 15:54

Hi Damyn, welcome to the club. As Julie mentioned if you own a Vespa it's easy to join the club prior to the ride next Sunday. As a member you will be covered by the club's public liability insurance policy. Yes, please meet us in the hills. I have suggested that another rider, Samantha, meet us at The Basin. I expect us to pass through there between 9:50 - 10:00 am. We won't be able to stop so if you want to start your day with a coffee then arrive earlier than that. The Chocolate Dragonfly is a nice cafe. 1317 Mountain Highway, The Basin. I guess you could scoot to this meeting point from Belgrave along Burwood Highway and then Forest Road. Just let me know if this suits you. We look forward to meeting you next Sunday. Can you stop those leaves from falling off the trees until we get there? David

Comment by Damyn Gordon on April 25, 2019 at 18:49

Hi, I have only just joined the group.  In other words, I am a "newbie" and am a little unsure how this works.  I would love to come along on the ride on Sunday, but do I have to take out membership first?  Or am I allowed to just join the ride.  Also, I live in Belgrave, which is in the hills.  Is there a place close by where I can meet you as you pass through?  Look so forward to your response.  

Comment by David Atkinson on April 23, 2019 at 22:35

Hi Samantha. Its great that you can come along on the ride next Sunday. Could we meet you at The Basin? This spot will allow you to enjoy the best of the ride as there are a number of funky deviations off the usual tourist routes. There is a nice coffee shop there to start your day, The Chocolate Dragonfly, 1317 Mountain Highway, The Basin. We should pass through there between 9:50 - 10:00 am. Just let me know if that suits you, David

Comment by Samantha Gunn on April 22, 2019 at 18:47
Hi there. Could you post your route. I would like to meet you in the hills as Mitcham is the other side of the hills from me. Looking forward to the ride.

Comment by Greg_ on April 21, 2019 at 22:35

Is this an incentive?


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