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Burke & Wills WALK

The Burke & Wills WALK is retracing Day 1 of the route taken by the intrepid explorers as they slowly moved out of Melbourne in 1860. For safety reasons, we have chosen not to try to cross busy roads but choose the wonderful walkways, trails and pedestrian viaducts as they pass over Flemington Rd and City Link. We walk Mount Alexander Rd footpath, past grand old buildings which still stand after 160 years of service.

Queens Park was their overnight stop, unpacking, camping, loading up and moving on, to the top of Australia. We refresh with a banana and water before walking past beautiful Victorian era homes, then follow the Moonee Ponds Creek as it flows past leafy, rocky outcrops and playparks.

Once again we cross the viaduct over busy roads, then walk beneath the grand old trees along Flemington Rd and finish at Nature Play in Royal Park to celebrate with a snack & fruit.

Entry Details

Adult $25 & Child $15

Entry fee is the same price for 13km or 7km walk.

Children aged 6 and under are free, they need to be well supervised by parent or guardian.

All walkers must be paid up and registered prior to the event.

Walkers starting at Queen's Park must arrange their own transport back to Queens Park from the finish

We encourage all walkers to be sponsored to support the work of the Fred Hollows Foundation. As little as $25 restores sight to a needlessly blind person.

Walk limited to 200 walkers don't miss out

Prams permitted for young children

Sorry NO dogs, bikes, or scooters permitted

Total walk 13km Loop

9am start Royal Park, finish Royal Park 1pm 13km Loop Walk

(10.30am start Queens Park, finish Royal Park 1pm 7km One Way Walk option)

Time and Location

Sun 11th Feb 2018 at 9:00am - 1:00pm AEDT

Royal Park, Parkville VIC 3052, Australia

We provide on the day

Number bib - to be worn on the walk

Register before Dec 31st & receive a special light weight micro fibre Fred Hollows Foundation sports cap & a personalised bib with your name

Opportunity to retrace history

Zumba with Tracey warm up 8.30am

Water / toilet stops

A snack and fruit

Directions, route markings

Free street parking nearby start finish

Complete route map upon booking

Lucky number draw at finish


We Suggest

Read about Burke & Wills in a book or online, it's a fascinating true story....

Bring full water bottle

Sun screen / hat

Weather protection


Terms and Conditions

These terms and conditions of Entry allow Phil & Susan McDonald to operate the Burke & Wills Walk. By registering to participate in the event, you accept and agree to be bound by these entry terms. If the participant is under 18 a parent or guardian must read the Terms and Conditions and accept on their behalf.

Wellbeing & Safety

All entrants are required to complete the entire form and pay the entry fee. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the event. It is your responsibility to have any medications that you require with you at all times. First Aid will be available at the event. Should you require ambulance transport, it will be at your own expense. Participants accept they are responsible for their personal belongings during the event. Valuables should not be left without supervision, as no liability will be accepted for loss or damage of personal belongings. Participants are not covered for injuries or damage if an accident occurs.


Your entry fees are not refundable if you change your mind or are no longer able to participate in the event. Your entry is not transferable to another person. Pensioners & seniors pay the same entry as adults. Any proceeds of entry fee will be donated to the Fred Hollows Foundation.

Your Entry Fee

Your entry fee will help cover costs to organise this community charity walk, providing all walkers with a safe and well organised event. Phil and Susan McDonald are committed to support The Fred Hollows Foundation’s goal to eliminate avoidable blindness and improve Indigenous Australian health outcome, so all proceeds of this walk will be donated to The Foundation.

By paying the registration fee each walker can arrange a personal fundraising page and Phil and Susan encourage all walkers to reach out to their network and fundraise. The efforts and generosity of your support will help The Foundation to restore sight and change lives to tens of thousands of needlessly blind people.

Cancellation of Event

There are times when circumstances such as extreme weather or safety conditions require us to change or cancel an event. We are not liable to the participant for any loss or damage in the event of poor weather before or during the event. The money goes to The Fred Hollows Foundation.

Traffic & Road Laws

Participants must follow all traffic & road laws including directions by Police, State Road Authority event staff & volunteers.​


Acknowledgement & Waiver

By registering and paying to participate in the Charity Walk:

1. You acknowledge that involvement in the event is a potentially dangerous activity and that you participate at your own risk.

2. You release Philip and Susan McDonald and The Fred Hollows Foundation and its agents from all claims for injury, loss or damage of whatever kind you may suffer in relation to the event.

3. By entering the event you consent to receiving and reading the information about the event. Event communication will primarily be via email. Updated information will be posted on the event website and through social media from time to time.

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 Join Phil and Susan for the 13km or 7km Walk              
from Royal Park, Melbourne - Sun 11th Feb 2018   

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