Julie is the author of a number of guidebooks, including 'Melbourne's Best Bush Bay and City Walks' & 'Melbourne for Dogs' (with RSPCA). Read more of her adventures at her walks blog: walksmelbourne.com
Published July 18th 2012
Bushwalking Victoria, the umbrella group representing more than 8000 walkers and their clubs, are all about encouraging people to get out and walk. A fantastic initiative of theirs has been to produce a comprehensive series of free Green Walk guides which cover all sorts of walks in natural environments across the Melbourne metropolitan area.
There are currently 10 free guides available to download online, and they all include an easy to follow map, photos to inspire you, walking notes, details of the distance, level of difficulty, track surface, mobile phone coverage and whether dogs are allowed off leash. Most of the walks are between 1 to 2 hours long, and graded as easy, but with longer options as well.
These walks are all terrific to do as a family or with a group of friends, and many can be done with strollers. If after doing some of the Green Walks, the walking bug bites (and it will, believe me!), Bushwalking Victoria can also help put you in touch with a suitable walking group in your area.
These look good, but clicking on the links in the list only opens a Google Docs page... you have to go to the 10 Free Guides link, then download each guide (trying to view still opens the main Google Docs page...)