Frank to Schanck 2024 FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Women Walk 2024

COVID Safety

The Women’s Spirit Project takes the COVID-19 Health restrictions seriously and all activities will be undertaken in compliance with the government restrictions that apply for the duration of the event and training walks. 

  • All training walks and the event will be COVID-19 safe, the Women’s Spirit Project are in the process of developing a COVID-19 safe plan, in accordance with Dept of Health and Human Services COVID-19 guidelines around group numbers, density and masks. 
  • All participants will be required to commit to NOT attending events if they are experiencing any cold or flu-like symptoms. If symptoms develop during training/the event participants will be required to advise WSP Volunteers and leave the event immediately. 
  • The walk is subject to change (including date/route/numbers in a group) dependent on COVID-19 restrictions 
  • If the walk is unable to go ahead on the proposed date due to COVID-19 restrictions you will have the option to have your deposit refunded or held for the rescheduled date. 
  • More information about restrictions can be found on the DHHS website https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/victorias-restriction-levels-covid-1 

Each attendee (participant, volunteer, attendee or spectator ) is required to complete a symptom self-assessment prior to leaving home and not attend if they are unwell or have been instructed to isolate or quarantine.

And

  • Attendees must maintain at least 1.5m physical distance between those from other groups at all times.
  • To minimise movement, attendees must stay within their allocated spaces or seats where practical.
  • Requirements for face covering as per DHHS requirements, observe cough etiquette and personal hygiene measures.

We are monitoring government updates closely and are constantly adapting our procedures in accordance with current advice.  Our COVID Safe Plan is, therefore, a work in progress and will include many measures to take into account group sizes, staggered start times, social distancing, hygiene, cleaning and hand sanitizer, just to name a few.  

Onus will also be on participants to

  • Register
  • Sign in 
  • Sign out  
  • Confirm that you have no symptoms, have completed the symptom online assessment tool and that you are not waiting on test results or a close contact and to with-draw from the event and isolate if you do. 

In the event WSP is forced to cancel the WWW Frank to Schanck walk due to COVID19 and any governments restrictions put in place which prevent us from hosting the event, we will refund all event registration fees paid by registered participants.

The Women’s Spirit Project will provide participants and volunteers with clip on hand sanitiser.

Fundraising

No, you do not have to personally fundraise to participate in the event.

We are in the process of finalising an online fundraising platform to support the WSP to continue to deliver accessible, low-cost activities such as the F2S Walk in 2024, as well as our ‘Spirit of Transformation’ Programs – a fitness, health and wellbeing program for vulnerable women on a recovery journey, across Frankston, Kingston and the Mornington Peninsula in 2024.  

You will not be expected to contribute funds, however we greatly appreciate your support in promoting the Fundraising Campaign so Team Teal can continue to support women in the community. 

Registration

A $150 deposit is payable at the time of registration to secure your place in the Event.  

The closing date for all event registrations is Friday, 30 September, 2024.  

Full payment of your Event Registration Fee is due by Friday, 30 September, 2024. 

Merchandise will be handed out in person closer to the Event. Please keep an eye on our Facebook Page for notifications about merchandise distribution.  If you are interstate, or can’t make the training walks on those dates, you can collect your merchandise from the Event Desk at the start line on Friday 18 November, 2024. 

The Women’s Spirit Project is a non-profit organisation. Registration fees go towards non-refundable expenses to host the Frank to Schanck Event. The registration fee is non-refundable if you change your mind. 

If a registered participant needs to withdraw from the Event due to extenuating circumstances, (and upon presentation of a valid medical certificate, where applicable), a refund may be provided at the discretion of Women’s Spirit Project (WSP) Management. Where it is determined a refund shall be offered, a $75 administration fee will be deducted from any refund provided in accordance with the full terms and conditions. 

In the event WSP is forced to cancel the WWW Frank to Schanck walk due to COVID19 and any governments restrictions put in place which prevent us from hosting the event, we will refund all event registration fees paid by registered participants. 

Event Logistics

Bus transfers will be provided each day as follows:  

  • Day 1: Walking Route – Frankston Pier to The Briars in Mt Martha.  

For those wishing to leave their car at the FINISH line (The Briars, Mt Martha), a morning shuttle will depart from The Briars at 8.30am SHARP to transfer walkers to the START line at Frankston Pier. 

For those wishing to leave their car at the START line (Frankston Pier), an afternoon shuttle will depart The Briars no later than 4pm and travel back to the START line in Frankston.  

  • Day 2: Walking Route – Mt Martha to Rosebud 

Today, you will be transferred from Kangerong Holiday Park, Dromana to the start point in Mt Martha. In the afternoon, take the return shuttle bus from the finish point in Rosebud to Kangerong Holiday Park, Dromana. 

  • Day 3: Walking Route – Rosebud to Cape Schanck Lighthouse.  

Take the shuttle from Kangerong Holiday Park, Dromana to the start point in Rosebud. In the afternoon, you will be transferred from Cape Schanck Lighthouse to Kangerong Holiday Park, Dromana.

Car parking: 

Day 1 – Option 1. The Briars Park, Mt Martha (Visitors Centre Car Park) for the AM shuttle to the starting point at Frankston Pier.  

Option 2. Frankston Foreshore. Full day car parking on the South-bound Lane of Nepean Highway. 

 

Day 2 & Day 3 – Participants accommodating away from Kangerong Holiday Park will be required to make their own way to Kangerong Holiday Park, Dromana on Day 2 and Day 3. Car Parking is located along Point Nepean Road, Dromana, or in the side street (Kangerong Avenue, Dromana) or in the off-street car park located on the foreshore at the end of Carrigg Street, Dromana. 

Information on the exact route will be provided during the second F2S Walk Briefing on 22 October, 2024 

However, as a teaser, Day 1 will take us from the Frankston Foreshore in an undulating climb over Mount Eliza and via the Moorooduc train line through Mornington and ending at the Briars, Mt Martha.  

On Day 2, you can expect fantastic views as the trail descends from the heights of Mount Martha to the stunning foreshores of Safety Beach and Dromana.  Not to mention the amazing views from the beginning of the Two Bays Trail as our journey ascends Arthurs Seat. 

 If you love the bush, you’ll thoroughly enjoy Day 3 as we cross the Peninsula conquering the Two Bays Trail on our way to the Cape Schanck Lighthouse.

Day 1 – Arrive 8.45am for 9.15 walking departure. 

Day 2 – arrive 7.15am for 7.30 briefing and Bus departure. 

Day 3 – Arrive 7.15am for 7.30am briefing and Bus departure. 

 The walk will conclude no later than 4pm each day. For OHS reasons, anyone who is not set to reach the finish line by 4pm will be asked to leave the trail at the nearest exit point and will be transported by shuttle back to Kangerong Caravan Park. 

Meeting Location

Frankston Foreshore, Grassed area near Pier

Maps address: 3N Pier Promenade, Frankston VIC 3199

Meeting Time

 

Departure Time

 

Daily Distance

21km

Finish Location

The Briars, 450 Nepean Hwy, Mount Martha VIC 3934

Merchanise Collection

Available for collection at Event Desk from 9am.

Parking

Full day parking is available on the eastern side/south bound lane of Nepean highway.  All other parking is limited to 4hours

Morning Shuttle

For those wishing to leave their car at the FINISH line (The Briars, Mt Martha), a morning shuttle will depart from The Briars at 8.15am SHARP to transfer walkers to the START line in Frankston.

Afternoon Shuttle

For those wishing to leave their car at the START line (Frankston Pier), an afternoon shuttle will depart The Briars at no later than 4pm and travel back to the START line in Frankston.

Meeting Location

Kangerong Caravan Park, Dromana.

105 Point Nepean Rd, Dromana VIC 3936

Meeting Time

 

Departure Time

 

Daily Distance

26km

Parking

Full day parking is available in Kangerong Avenue, Dromana

Full day parking is available in the dirt car park at the beach end of Carrigg Street, Dromana

Morning Shuttle

9.30am Shuttle Departure SHARP (for transfer to start line)

Afternoon Shuttle

No shuttle. The walk will end where your car is parked.

Meeting Location

Kangerong Caravan Park, Dromana.

105 Point Nepean Rd, Dromana VIC 3936

  

Departure Time

 (Commute to start line)

Daily Distance

20km

Parking

Full day parking is available in Kangerong Avenue, Dromana

Full day parking is available in the dirt car park at the end of Carrigg Street, Dromana

Morning Shuttle

9.30am Shuttle Departure SHARP (Commute to start line)

Afternoon Shuttle

3.30pm From Cape Schanck Lighthouse to Kangerong Caravan Park Dromana.

 

Finish Line

1.45-3pm

Invite your loved ones to meet at the Cape Schanck Lighthouse car park to welcome you across the finish line and help celebrate your achievement.

 Invite your loved ones to meet you at the

Cape Schanck Lighthouse Reserve car park

to welcome you across the finish line and help celebrate your achievement.

Hiking Equipment

You only need to carry a ‘day pack’ which would contain your personal items for the walk such as food, water, snacks, sunscreen, medication, spare clothes, camera etc. Any overnight items can be left in your car.

Whatever would provide you with the best support and comfort level to walk on a variety of different terrains (including residential footpaths, bitumen roads, gravel and rocky trails, bush trails, grass, boardwalks and some sand) and over 20+ kilometres daily.  

Consider that the weather may be wet in early May and your shoes should offer some water-resistance to cope with walking through grass or puddles. The journey will take you from areas that are flat across undulating hills and will also include two steep descents and one steep incline. 

Potentially participants may easily make use of both styles of shoe (ie. changing between the morning session to the afternoon session). 

A recording of our Getting Ready to Walk Webinar is available at https://youtu.be/dKZn19XS_34 which includes tips from our panel of experts. 

Pack several pairs of thick wool blend or bamboo socks. They absorb moisture and cushion the feet. 

If you are prone to sore feet or blisters, changing socks during the walk and putting PawPaw Cream on your feet before and during walking can help. 

Strapping in advance and the use of blister bandaids are also advisable if your feet are prone to blisters. 

* Recommended 

If you don’t wear long pants that cover your shoes/boots, then Gators are recommended,  they assist in keeping grass seeds and small pebbles from entering into your socks and shoes/boots.  

Gators are available from outdoor stores, however a budget option is to wear tradie gators (available from Bunnings).

Hiking poles don’t need to be expensive, and it is recommended to use two poles to adequately support your body movement (left and right hand), although it is not essential.   

Hiking poles are recommended for longer hikes and are particularly useful going up and down steep inclines more so than on flat terrain.  Some packs and day bags offer designated storage places for hiking poles.  

Remember, if have forgotten to pack your hiking poles and you find you are missing them during your walk, the natural bush often will often provide the perfect size stick from the ground, which can be left in the bush when you have finished with it! 

Being aware of the weather-forecast is critical when venturing into the outdoors. Lightweight rain gear (like the pack & go pocket products), can be useful in a passing shower, but are unlikely to keep you dry in heavy rain for more than 5mins.

Investing in a good quality, weather-proof jacket (Goretex or similar) will be money well spent. 

If your jacket is older, you can re-waterproof this with waterproofing spray available from outdoor stores and Bunnings (eg: Selleys Watershield) please ensure you read and follow safety instructions and that it is appropriate for your gearWater-proofing spray can also be used on shoes and other gear. 

A shirt with long sleeves and a collar is ideal for both warmth in cold weather and protection from sunburn.

A light t-shirt should be carried and if it is cold a thermal is a good edition. Layering clothing is essential for staying warm after your period of activity ends and aiding recovery.  

Likewise, layering clothing can help to regulate body temperature and stay cool during periods of activity. 

 

A polar fleece long sleeve jumper will maintain warmth and is advisable as it is a lightweight, fast drying fabric.  Avoid cotton or bulky woolen jumpers whilst walking but these are great for the evening. 

Long pants are essential in cold weather.  

However, shorts are comfortable in most conditions and can be worn whilst hiking. 

Tight fitting jeans should not be worn.  Cotton fabrics do not dry quickly and are also not recommended.  

Tracksuit pants or loose-fitting pants are good for the evening.. 

A torch is essential. Head torches are excellent for freeing up hands. Remember to pack spare batteries! 

Day Bag Packing Ideas

You only need to carry a ‘day pack’ which would contain your personal items for the walk such as food, water, snacks, sunscreen, medication, spare clothes, camera etc. 

Any overnight items can be left in your car.

It is essential your pack fits properly, is packed properly and fits properly on your back. It should have wider shoulder straps and a firm padded hip belt. 

If your pack does not have a rain cover then lining your bag with a light-coloured bin liner can help keep things dry. It is easier to find things if the colour of the plastic is light, rather than a black bin liner – but this will also do.  

The below list is not exhaustive and many people have personal preferences:

Weather Protection

  • Cap/Sun hat & Beanie 
  • Sunglasses 
  • Scarf or tube scarf 
  • Rain Jacket 
  • Rain Pants (optional) 
  • Jacket 
  • Gloves (optional) 

Spare Clothing

  • Extra socks 
  • Hair elastics
  • Alternative shoes (eg: runners)

Electronics

  • Mobile phone
  • Back Up Battery Packs 
  • Phone Chargers/Cords 

Equipment – see equipment section for details

  • Personal First Aid Kit 
  • Gators * 
  • Hiking Poles (optional) 
  • Toilet Paper in Seal bag* 
  • Empty Plastic Bag* 
Food and Water
  • 2 litres of Water
  • Lunch (See food List) 
  • Snacks (See food List) 

Yes, you will need to carry the water you need to complete the walk each day.

2-3 litre water bladder with drinking hose is recommended for ease of access and carrying sufficient water. 

If using water bottles 2 x 1 litre water bottle, plastic or aluminum with a large mouth (for cleaning).

You will need to carry all of your snacks and lunch for during the walk. 

A morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea stop will be scheduled by your walk leader.

It is recommended to eat food that you normally eat and that you know your body is familiar with. 

The below are some ideas 

Snacks 

  • nuts 
  • fruit  
  • veggie sticks: celery, carrot etc 
  • bliss balls 
  • dry biscuits 
  • snack packs 
  • pretzels 
  • popcorn 
  • chocolate 
  • hard boiled eggs 
  • choc coffee beans  
  • protein bars 
  • protein shakes 
  • electrolytes 

 Lunch

  • salad packs 
  • tinned fish 
  • wraps 
  • sandwiches  
  • crackers
  • chips 
  • cold cooked pasta

 

 

WSP First Aiders will carry First Aid kits.

However, it is essential that everyone carries a personal first aid kit. This also ensure you have access to the products you like and are familiar with.

Personal first Aid Kit: 

  • Hand sanitiser (WSP will provide a clip on sanitiser to all participants) 
  • Blister-aids 
  • Bandaids 
  • Pain relief
  • Sanitary Items
  • Hair elastics 
  • Lip balm 
  • Paw Paw Cream 
  • Tissues 
  • Wipes  
  • Sunscreen 
  • Insect repellent

Snap lock bags are a great way to carry spare items or store damp socks, towels and rubbish.  

Alternatively, snap lock bags can prevent items from accidently getting wet if it rains. A plastic bag in your day pack can be used to sit on to stay dry during breaks or when changing socks. Plus, it won’t add much weight.  

A snap lock bag in your day pack with a small amount of toilet paper is a must, as public toilets tend to be out! 

Toilet roll in a zip lock bag for when the public toilet is out or you need to go in the bush. You can remove the middle to reduce space. 

A second zip lock bag or nappy bag or dog bag to put dirty toilet roll in if going in the bush. 

overnight Camping

If you would like to stay overnight at the Kangerong Holiday Park, Dromana, camping sites and cabins are available for you to book directly with the park which is our Event Hub location and is also the start/return point of our daily bus transfers. 
 

Kangerong Holiday Park offers 16 camp sites (situated together in a group) which are on hold for the event. Four people are permitted per site in line with current COVID capacity.  To book a camping spot, please contact the holiday park directly and be sure to mention the WSP Event when making your booking to be allocated one of our group sites. Camping fees are approximately $45.00 per site per night for two people.  

 The holiday park is situated at 105 Point Nepean Road, Dromana, Vic 3936 and can be contacted on 03 5987 2080. Further information, including their cancellation policy can be found on their website http://www.kangerong.com.au. 

Any WSP sites on hold will be released back to the general public on 30th September (unless sold sooner), so get in quick.  

 Please note, staying overnight during the Event is optional and the cost of accommodation is not included in the registration fee. 

If you are a local, you may commute from your home in your own vehicle to the daily shuttle location. Or, you can arrange to be dropped off and picked up privately from the Kangerong Caravan Park each day.  Please refer to the FAQs under the Event Logistics section to find out more about car parking. 

On the first night after Day 1 walk.  Check in at the caravan park is from 2pm onwards. 

No, you do not have to stay overnight. You can arrange to be picked up and dropped off at the relevant locations each day, or you can commute in your own vehicle to the daily start point. Please refer to these FAQ’s under the Event Logistics section to find out more about Car Parking. 

Overnight Items

You will need a plate, bowl, cups and utensils for evening meals and breakfast

Light weight camping plates, bowls cups and utensils can be found at many camping stores but are not essential, picnic gear is perfectly suitable. 

We recommend a camp chair, picnic blanket and warm layers a blanket and or jackets for the Saturday night event to keep you cozy.

This list is not exhaustive, there are many types of camper so use as a guide and add and omit items as suit you:

  • Tent 
  • Sleeping Bag 
  • Mattress/Sleeping Mat 
    Pillow 
  • Towel/Face Washer 
  • Personal Hygiene Items: 
    (deodorant,soaps,creams etc 
    hair elastics, brush etc) 
  • Toilet Paper 
  • Flash Light 
  • Head Torch + Spare Batteries 
  • night light 
  • Book 
  • Blanket – night event 
  • Plate/Cup/Utensils 
  • Chair – night event 
  • Back Up Battery Packs 
  • & Phone Chargers/Cords 
  • Snap lock bags* 
  • Garbage/plastic bags* 

This list is not exhaustive, use as a guide and add and omit items as suit you:

  • Sleeping Bag 
  • Pillow (optional) 
  • Towel/Face Washer 
  • Personal Hygiene Items 
  • Toilet Paper 
  • Flash Light 
  • Head Torch + Spare Batteries 
  • Night light 
  • Book 
  • Blanket – night event 
  • Plate/Cup/Utensils 
  • Chair – night event 
  • Battery Packs 
  • Chargers/Cords 
  • Snap lock bags* 
  • Garbage/plastic bags* 

Clothes For 3 Days: 

  • boots (waterproof suggested) 
  • 2-3 t-shirt 
  • 2-3 long sleeve tops/shirt 
  • 2-3 pants/leggings/ 
  • Tracksuit pants 
  • Fleecy jacket(s) for night 
  • Thermals (optional) 
  • 6 sets socks 
  • Underwear 
  • Pj’s 
  • Ugg Boots/ Slippers 
  • Beanie and hat 
  • Gloves 
  • Thongs (optional) 
  • Tradie Gators (optional but recommended)

Food  

Breakfast 

A dehydrated breakfast is being provided by our sponsor RAW TRAVEL for those staying at the camp ground (on Saturday and Sunday Only). Bring your own coffee, tea, UHT milk and any other extra breakfast items you need. Kangerong Holiday Park have fridges and kitchen on site. 

Lunch and Snacks 

You are responsible for your own lunch and snacks. Keeping your body fueled with good food and plenty of water is an important part of hiking. Refer to suggested food items in the day bag section.

Dinner 

Friday and Saturday night dinners will be provided. Please bring your own plate/cup/utensils. 

Water 

Tap water is available at the campsite. Bring your own bottled water if you don’t like tap water. 

Pre Event Training

The training walks are scheduled for the following dates and locations.  

Lookout for our WSP Volunteers who will be wearing their teal t-shirts. 

  • 14th February 2024 Frankston Nature Conservation Reserve Jeremy Way Frankston Sth – 8kms approx. 
  • 28th February 2024 Frankston Beach and Sweetwater Creek Walk Meet at Waves Restaurant (Long Island Dr Frankston Foreshore Car Park) – 8kms approx. 
  • 14th March 2024 Mt Eliza Quarry and Park Meet at Two Bays Rd carpark – 10kms approx.
  • 28th March 2024 Devilbend Reservoir Loop and Dangean Trail 170 Graydens Rd Moorooduc, meet in carpark – 14-16 kms approx.
  • 11th April 2024 Nunns Walk, Mornington plus Balcombe Creek Estuary Boardwalk Mt Martha to Briars Return Meet at Mornington Park – Schnapper Point Drive Mornington – 18-20 kms approx. 
  • 18th April 2024 Seaford Foreshore Reserve Walking Track. Meet at Seaford Station Car Park – 10-12 kms approx. 

No due to coverage under our insurance policy and in line with our COVID Safe Plan, children are not permitted at the training walks. 

Yes.  You are required to submit a registration form for the event if you wish to take part in the training walks (even if you cannot participate in the actual event) for insurance purposes and in order to comply with our COVID Safe Plan. 

SUCCESS!!

You’re now officially registered for the Walk4Wellbeing from Sat 02 October to Sun 28 November.

Please check your emails (including spam!) for next steps including instructions to get ready and meet our fabulous bunch of fellow participants.

We’re excited to have you on board. We’ll see you in the Facebook group soon (https://www.facebook.com/groups/169324257696064/about/)

Happy Trails,
Women Spirit Project team.