Trail user groups

There are a number of user groups within the Shire which utilise the trail network

Horse riding

Nillumbik Horse Action Group (NHAG)

This horse riding association works to represent local horse riders in their equitable and ongoing access to recreational trails within the shire and on other matters relevant to horse ownership.

Through liaising with horse riders, the Shire and other land managers, the group promotes safe, enjoyable and responsible trail use on public lands and roadside reserves. The NHAG is supported by representatives from horse riding clubs across the Shire.




A group of keen riders who ride on Wednesday and Thursday mornings. There is a mixed age group, however most riders are retired. They ride mainly on bike paths, within and outside the local area. Rides into the city can involve a train trip and ride from the city to Altona or Williamstown and return on the train. Rides are between 20km to 55km.

Wednesday - longer and more difficult rides
Thursday – slower rides for the less experienced


Smiths Gully Mountain Bike Association

group of locally based mountain bike riders who formed to establish an organised presence to liaise with other riders and Council on rides through the local area.

Cycling Advocacy

Bicycle Network
Bicycle network
8376 8888



Diamond Creek Parkrun

A free, 5km timed run, jog or walk every Saturday starting at 8am.  An inclusive event, welcoming people of all ages and abilities.
Start at Marngrook Oval,
Main Hurstbridge Road, Diamond Creek. 


Diamond Creek Runners

Diamond Creek Runners is a recreational running club. DCR is based in Diamond Creek but run on tracks and trails all over the Nillumbik Shire and beyond. DCR meet regularly across the week, with members running for general fitness through to training for distances from 10km to marathons. DCR offers Start to Run programs twice a year. Membership is $25 per year.

Diamond Creek Runners



Eltham and Environs Walking Group

This local walking group has about 40 members.
Walks are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 9.30am to 11.30am. Walks are within 40 minutes’ drive of Eltham Library and there is usually a coffee stop after the walk.

Day-walks are held one Saturday each month and are usually within two hours’ drive of Eltham with the occasional interstate or overseas trip.

Membership $25 a year

Diamond Valley Bushwalking Club

The Diamond Valley Bushwalking Club is a group of people who like to walk in the bush, backpack, camp or cycle. Walks include metropolitan walking trails, forest, mountain and coastal walking. Participants gather at a meeting place and pool cars for the trip to the walk start. Most day walks are within one hours’ drive of Eltham.

Membership $25 per year

Nillumbik Community Health

Nillumbik Community Health organise a twice weekly walking group. The walks are for an hour on Monday and Friday mornings, leaving from 917 Main Rd Eltham at 9.15am

Nillumbik Community Health

Living & Learning Nillumbik

Living & Learning Nillumbik organise a regular walking group for an hour walk. They leave from various locations around the Shire.

Nillumbik U3A Walking Group

The Nillumbik U3A Walking Group has 75 members and walks almost  every Monday morning generally starting at 9.30am. The walks go for about 80 minutes but sometimes there are a short and long walks and occasionally during holidays a much longer walk. We car-pool or meet at the start of the walk. U3A offers about 50 courses for over 55 year olds and is based in the Old Court House on Main Road, Eltham.

For more information you can visit Nillubik U3A website, email or call 0468 300 764.


Nillumbik Emus Orienteering Club

The Nillumbik Emus Orienteering Club are a club where the accent is on enjoyment of the sport, friendship and the bush.  You are welcome to take part as a keen competitor or as someone who just likes the challenge of finding your way around a course.  Nillumbik Emus is affiliated with the Victorian Orienteering Association (OV).  Membership of the Club is broadly based with members from all parts of metropolitan Melbourne and regional areas.

The Club organises and takes part in the popular evening and weekend Park Street events. The more adventurous take part in weekend bush events. There are mountain bike orienteering events and some members take part in Rogaines. Almost all events are suitable for newcomers.  Their membership caters for all ages, individuals and families.

The club meets at events and keep in touch through a regular Club e-news and social gatherings.

For more information email Nilumbik Emus or visit the  Orienteering Victoria website