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The Carrum to Warburton Trail is 90 kms in length. The Mooroolbark section runs for 1.7 kms between Taylor and Hull Road... [more]
The Lilydale to Warburton rail line was opened in 1901 and closed in 1965. The rail track is now the Lilydale to ... [more]
The recent unveiling of three murals on the wall of the local IGA store in the Wandin North shopping area, added to Wand... [more]
This five-hectare reserve was previously used as showgrounds for the Lilydale Show Society and the municipal pound, henc... [more]
This 700-metre street is well-established in a well-established suburb. There are many original houses and many newly bu... [more]
This is a 68-hectare hidden gem in suburbia. Not hidden are the two circuit paths totalling 6.3 kms., through open space... [more]
Port Chalmers is the sea port for Dunedin on the east coast of New Zealand's South Island. It lies midway along the Otag... [more]
This well-established street undulates for just over one kilometre of nostalgia, judging by the number of picket and oth... [more]
This is a 3.1 km. circuit walk through bush, past wetlands and suburbia. Download the map and take it with you to avoid ... [more]
This 14.4 hectare reserve was purchased by the Shire of Lilydale in 1960, making it the largest shire-owned reserve in M... [more]
First impressions count and my first impression of walking into Vintage & Collectables Marketplace was how large it wa... [more]
Lilydale and Coombe Cottage in Coldstream are synonymous with Dame Nellie Melba. In 1909 she purchased the 60-acre prope... [more]
Victoria Road is eight kilometres in length starting at Maroondah Highway in Lilydale and ending at Spadonis Bushland Re... [more]
Pete's Bargain Centre is not big, it is huge. You will be welcomed by a lovely young lady declaring the centre open. ... [more]
Jarlo Drive is the entrance to Lilydale Lakeside Campus of the Box Hill Institute. But there is much more than that to ... [more]
A sea of white sails is the vista that confronts you on a visit to Lillydale Lake on any Saturday morning. The lake... [more]
If you think the 1000 steps in Tremont (Melways 74. H.2.) is beyond you, try the 100 steps in Wonga Park. At the en... [more]
This walk is a pleasant stroll along a country road. It is not sealed and has no footpaths. Thomas Cr. meanders and... [more]
This 2.17 hectare park, bounded by Market, Castella and Chapel Streets is a green oasis almost in the centre of Lilydale... [more]
Walking into Happy Days, I was half expecting to see The Fonz behind the counter serving coffee. He wasn't, but b... [more]
This is definitely an 'up-market' market. Everything is of the highest quality, from food cooked before your eyes, fre... [more]
The Coldstream Cultural Walk links Coombe Estate with the township of Coldstream. The walk features a series of eight sc... [more]
As you wander through the Mooroolbark Terrace, your first impression of First Impressions Clothing Exchange is that it i... [more]
As you travel through parts of Victoria's Western District you will see kilometres upon kilometres of stone walls, along... [more]
Terang is in Victoria's Western District. It is 212 kms south-west from Melbourne, 142 kms west of Geelong and 46 kms ea... [more]
On my many street walks, I have noticed statues of Buddha in all shapes and sizes. Where do they come from, I ask myself... [more]
St. Michael's is a small church on Mt. Dandenong Tourist Road, Kalorama. It is easily missed as you wend your way along ... [more]
As you wander along your own street or others in your neighbourhood, you will see many birds. Almost every street has tr... [more]
This newly opened deli at Lilydale Market Place is a haven for foodies. Think deli and you immediately think ... [more]
The main benefit of exercise is to maintain a healthy body, but there are many other benefits if your exercise is a walk... [more]
As you wander around your neighbourhood, you may have noticed an occasional box or small glass fronted cabinet full of b... [more]
Glenburnie Road is a road of two contrasts. The section from Canterbury Road to Langford Road is narrow and undul... [more]
Camperdown is 190 kms west of Melbourne on the Princes Highway. As you travel across the flat volcanic plains of the wes... [more]
Noorat is a small hamlet on the Terang to Mortlake Road, 211 kms west of Melbourne. The 2016 census recorded 333 residen... [more]
Hedgeley Dene Gardens in Malvern East is definitely a people's garden, judging by the people using them. Older couples... [more]
Rowville Lakes are three lakes in the Lakes Estate, which runs between Stud Road and Bridgewater Way in Rowville. The ... [more]
Due to the current health crisis, you may be deprived of your daily exercise of a walk in the park or around the block. ... [more]
This beautifully landscaped reserve is almost hidden, as being a former quarry it is below eye level. It is not on a maj... [more]
Stage 1A of the Lilydale to Yarra Glen rail trail has recently been opened to walkers and cyclists. Stage 1A is from Lil... [more]
The Warrandyte Riverside Market is just that, a market along the banks of the Yarra River which flows through Warrandyte... [more]
The Yarra River walk at Warrandyte is about 2.5 kms in length, but I have concentrated on the 1km stretch which passes a... [more]
Before I qualified for a driving licence, I dreamed of owning a sports car. You know, one of those cars that the soft... [more]
This rather small garden is hidden away behind the strip of shops in Mount Dandenong Road in Montrose. It can also be ac... [more]
An antique shop in a country town is normal fare. But three in one town? Yarra Glen boasts three, all in the main stre... [more]
\You get three Kingfishers with this tour. The company, Kingfisher Cruises, the boat, M.V. Kingfisher and the bird, the ... [more]
The chance of a flight in a Douglas DC-3 doesn't happen every day, but Air Nostalgia, operating out of Essendon Aerodrom... [more]
The Camperdown Mill self-contained apartments are advertised as unique, historic and luxurious; and they are. - Uni... [more]
Anglicare, the Treasure Chest. 24 John Street. Hours: 9am - 4pm Mon. to Fri. Despite its small frontage, the... [more]
Anglicare Op Shop in Lilydale is closing on 30 June 2023 Consequently, it is having a 'closing down sale'. O... [more]
01/06/2023 - 30/06/2023
Clement Deschamps was born in Switzerland in 1844 and came to Australia with his father in 1854. He later established th... [more]
Fuller Street is in a well-established area with many mature street trees and very well-established gardens, some even o... [more]
The sign is half correct. The market is operating but the café is awaiting council approval. Meanwhile, owner K... [more]
This avenue is a bit of an enigma. It is well established, judging by the large blocks, old fences, and many overgrown g... [more]
Sherwood Road is a 900-metre, slightly undulating road, on the former Chirnside Park Country Club golf course site. ... [more]
Columbia Boulevard is one of the many streets on the former Chirnside Park Country Club golf course. It is very steep in... [more]
The wetlands consist of a series of joined small ponds with the largest, at the northern end, a mecca for water birds. ... [more]
Hender Street is a well-established street with a combination of old and new residences. Most blocks had a variety ... [more]
Floral Design is an apt description of the Sweet Caroline florist shop in Mt. Evelyn. The moment you walk in you fe... [more]
Eco Soul Collective is a collective of over 80 small businesses, focusing on friendly and ethical practices. They have a... [more]
01/05/2023 - 13/05/2023
The Treasure Corner Op-Shop in Mt. Evelyn is typical of today's op-shops. On entering you could be forgiven that you... [more]
Mt. Evelyn Station was on the Lilydale to Warburton rail line. Remnants of the station are still evident, now part of ... [more]
Walking along Felix Grove I had the feeling I might see a cat – and I did, a ginger moggie staring at me from under a tr... [more]
Croydon Wetlands is a 500-metre section of the Tarralla Creek Trail, which runs for 5.5 kms from Hewish Road in Croydon ... [more]
Belvedere Drive meanders for 1.4 kms and is slightly undulating. It runs between Swansea Road and Sheffield Road and is ... [more]
When walking along a street, have you ever had the feeling that you are being watched? I have, walking along Allambanan ... [more]
Orange Grove runs for 1.3 kms from Scoresby Road. It is a busy road, indicated by speed humps, roundabouts and chicanes,... [more]
Frederick Street runs off Dorset Road. It is just over 500 metres in length, but its floral display makes it a slow walk... [more]
This community market is held on the first Sunday of the month in the River Street car park. It is a large market ... [more]
The highlight and surprise of Grey Street was the sighting of a giraffe peering over a high fence. Grey Street star... [more]
Walking into Wandin Florist is a calming experience. You are surrounded by the beauty of flowers, the greenery of indo... [more]
First Impressions Clothing Exchange, previously in Mooroolbark, is now located on the first floor at 7-9 John Street, Li... [more]
The Cire organisation has three markets per year at the Chirnside Park Community Hub, an Easter market, a Winter market ... [more]
Legends of the Skies (LOTS) Theatre are again presenting an Anzac Eve performance at the Moorabbin Air Museum. ... [more]
This mostly unmade avenue runs for 700 metres from Grey Street to Vasey Concourse. It is more of a country walk than a s... [more]
I knew this was going to be an enjoyable walk as soon as I started. Stretched before me was a line of picket fences. Irv... [more]
This 1.2 km meandering and undulating crescent runs off Birmingham Road. It is narrow, has no footpaths and the verge ve... [more]
The sign says Gilmore Reserve, Melways say Gilmour Park. It is both. Accessed from New Road your first sighting is ... [more]
This 700-metre undulating boulevard is a no-through road running off Swansea Road. There are no footpaths, but the grass... [more]
When I saw the shop name of Petite Maison, my schoolboy French interpreted it as 'small house'. On entering, it man... [more]
As you enter you immediately get the feeling of well-being, through the ambience and the organic aroma which greets you.... [more]
This may only be a 700-metre road between Swansea Road and Belvedere Drive but in that distance, there is a lot to see. ... [more]
Ruthven Way may be only almost 700 metres long, running from Valma Gve. and Cheong St. It is a narrow, straight, but und... [more]
Kerr Crescent starts and ends at the Mt. Dandenong Tourist Road. It presents a pleasant circuit walk of just over 800 me... [more]
Montrose Fruit Basket is in the delightful Montrose Shopping Strip at the start of the Mt. Dandenong Tourist Road. ... [more]
This small market is held on the third Sunday of the month. On my visit, there were only about twenty stalls, but a larg... [more]
This 800-metre thoroughfare runs from Velma Gve until it meets and becomes Montana Pde. It meanders and undulates thr... [more]
Heathfield Grove runs for 800 metres from Mt. Dandenong Tourist Road to Sheffield Road. It is unsealed, narrow, undulat... [more]
Myrtle Road is a 700 mt. road running off Canterbury Road to Matlock Street. It is an old established area of Melbo... [more]
This section of Belfast Road runs for almost a kilometre from Cardigan Road to Cambridge Road. It is a little more urban... [more]
This almost permanent roadside pop-up shop is in MacIntyre Lane, Yering. It pops up every weekend and has for many yea... [more]
Belfast Road runs for 1.8 kms from Edinburgh Road to Cambridge Road. The first section runs for 750 metres from Edinburg... [more]
This newly opened wine outlet in Lilydale is the largest, both in size and range of products. Before you walk in,... [more]
Moore Avenue is almost a country lane. It is unsealed and runs for 900 metres between Swansea Road and Mountain Crescent... [more]
The Posie Project almost defies description. Before you enter, you notice a couple of small tables under the veranda a... [more]
This one kilometre road runs between Mt. Dandenong Road and Cambridge Road. It's a well-established area with a fo... [more]
This 600 mt. lane runs off Liverpool Road. It is a no-through road with a surprise at the end. It is semi-rural wit... [more]
This monthly market is not large but it is quality. It is managed by the Heathmont Lions Club, easy to find, free off-st... [more]
This small shop in Main Street, Croydon is an Aladdin's Cave of floral beauty. My first impression was, "where ... [more]
Belmont Road West runs off Bayswater Road for almost one kilometre. It is a well-established area with large bloc... [more]
This store is huge, just under one acre in size and all under the one roof with plenty of off-street parking. T... [more]
Belmont Road East is a little undulating in a well-established area. It is a tree-lined, no through road running for 700... [more]
The Australian raven is a member of the corvidae family as are crows, although the term 'crow' is in general use for all... [more]
Ever wondered why the road you live on may be called an avenue, a boulevard or a court instead of a plain old street? Wa... [more]
A residential area on the corner of Mt. Dandenong and Colchester Roads has four streets named after English poets; Brown... [more]
Byron Road is only a short no through road but has an abundance of interest, particularly if you like looking at flowers... [more]
Switchback Road, Chirnside Park, runs for 1.8 km. from Victoria Road to Edward Road. It is undulating and steep in parts... [more]
What is a quad, I asked myself when I saw the street sign. It was a shortened version of a quadrant, a street that goes ... [more]
Raw by Earth is an Australian-owned business based in Gembrook, Victoria. Products are handmade paying attention to de... [more]
25/11/2022 - 23/12/2022
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