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Published June 2nd 2010
Beautiful Bayside, skirting Port Phillip Bay, is well known not only for its beaches, but also for its many significant residential properties and distinguished public buildings. Drive, hop on your bike or hoof it along any one of eight fascinating, designated architectural trails.
Bayside City Council has developed a great Bayside Architectural Trail Booklet highlighting the tracks. It contains over 100 buildings, maps, guides and stunning photos, as well as fascinating information about the properties.
You can see and download the booklet here. However, it's 160 pages long, so if you plan to do the trails, it's easier to ring the council, who will happily post you an easy to-carry copy to guide you along the way. The number's (03) 9599 4444.
Maps start on Page 144 and are simple to navigate.
Properties you might spot along the way include anything from the very first pioneer dwellings and splendid historical masterpieces to contemporary buildings reflecting the latest cutting-edge designs.
While exploring a diverse, exquisite range of architecture, you'll also get to know the area and its fascinating history better – and get fit in the process if you give the car a miss.
While you're in the area, you might also like to traverse a section of Bayside's famous Coastal Arts Trail.
After all that exercise and breathing in plenty of sea air, you'll definitely have earned a coffee at one of the area's many great cafes.