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by Lorraine A (subscribe)
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Published May 23rd 2019
40 short walks that are sure to delight

It was with much anticipation that I opened the parcel containing the latest walking guide to be published by Woodslane Press on Melbourne's Best River, Bay, and Lakeside Walks. As you might already know from my previous blogs and articles, I do LOVE a good stroll, and I was keen to find out if this guide featured any 'secret' walks that I had yet to discover around Melbourne's waterways.

The latest edition is Melbourne's Best River, Bay and Lakeside Walks, written by Julie Mundy and Debra Heyes. It includes 40 waterside walks ranging in distances from 1.5km - 10.5km with roughly 5-6 walks in each of the 'zones' that cover Central Melbourne, Southeast, Melbourne's West, Melbourne's North, Melbourne's East, Bayside and the Southwest.

With over 150 colour photographs in this 217-page guide, it's a visual feast of Melbourne icons, parks, bushland, flora & fauna, and off course.... waterways!

Each walk summary includes a colour map, easy to follow step-by-step walk directions, walking grade (all are either easy or medium in this book), the walk distance, estimated time, path/trail conditions, a brief history and/or information regarding local areas of interest, walk variations, and details of getting there (both by car and public transport). You will also find the 'walks at a glance section' includes whether there is a cafe, if dogs are allowed, and the highlights.

Overall I think Melbourne's Best River, Bay & Lakeside Walks is an invaluable visitor resource guide, that introduces readers to some great Melbourne walks, history, and sights to see. It's written by two knowledgeable locals who are passionate about showcasing and sharing their beloved hometown... And as a local myself I know that I haven't explored all 40 of these walks yet!

For me personally, there's no better way to relax, unwind, and escape life's little daily stresses, than to take a stroll surrounded by nature. And I'm not alone! In fact, I was only reading an article yesterday that suggested we should all be 'prescribed' a daily dose of exercise in nature for our physical and mental well-being by our GPs.

''Exercising around water may be optimal, but any natural environment is beneficial. And you don't have to be outside for hours at a time; just ten minutes will be enough to have an effect.'' - (as quoted from Qld Health website)

No wonder this successful series of walking guides just keeps on growing!

If you're not already familiar with the huge collection of walking guides published by Woodslane Press, then you can see the titles, and/ or purchase the full 22 book set at Booktopia here.

You can purchase a copy of this guide direct from Woodslane Press for $29.95 here, or any other online bookstore such as Book Depository, Booktopia, Dymocks and Angus & Robertson where you'll currently find it on sale for $24.75!

Please note that I was personally given a free copy of this guide to review it here for Weekendnotes Melbourne. I am not affiliated with Woodslane Press, nor am I receiving any money for this review.
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Why? A great guide to Melbourne's waterway walks
Where: Melbourne and surrounding suburbs
Cost: RRP $29.95
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