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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]
 
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
This 900-metre crescent starts at Warranwood Road and ends at Wonga Road. It is a well established area of large bl... [more]
This small cafe at the North Croydon Plaza on Maroondah Highway is an ideal spot to call in for a coffee or lunch. ... [more]
Reilly Street is a straight undulating 900-metre street running from Wantirna Road to Great Ryrie Street. It is a w... [more]
Dorset Road wetlands is a constructed wetland on part of the former Croydon Golf Club. It is to control urban stormwater... [more]
Innove is a pop up shop in the Lilydale Marketplace. What first attracted my attention was a series of rainbow... [more]
07/11/2022 - 22/12/2022
This small op shop is in Old Dandenong Road, Dingley, opposite the roundabout where Old Dandenong Road, Centre Dandenong... [more]
Walking into Five Star Music in Maroondah Highway Ringwood you would be forgiven for thinking you are in guitar heaven... [more]
This 800 metre no-through road starts at Centre Dandenong Road and meanders until it reaches Albert Place. It is a... [more]
Who doesn't love freshly baked scones, topped with jam and cream? Then follow the instructions below.Recipe 1This is sai... [more]
First impression of this street is its multitude of colourful flowers. It is a busy 1.3 km street starting at Cante... [more]
The annual Lilydale Show is on again this November. The Lilydale Agricultural & Horticultural Society was formed in 19... [more]
19/11/2022 - 20/11/2022
There are three Clarke Streets in Lilydale. It's the same street separated by Maroondah Highway and Melba Park. Numbers... [more]
This is almost country with acreage rather than blocks. The 800 metre no through road meanders past large dwellings and ... [more]
This almost 700 metre quiet drive curves past many well-established houses and a park. Many colourful and different... [more]
Ringwood is known for its clock tower. Conceived as a War Memorial after the Great War, the clock tower was built in 192... [more]
The first thing I noticed on Thomas Street was a magpie sitting in a green leafy tree with dark cloud background. Very p... [more]
The sight of a red coffee banner flag is enough to excite coffee lovers from 100 paces. My most recent sighting was in... [more]
All residences in Greeves Drive are units. The area is Australian Unity's Walmsley Friendship Village. It is a no-... [more]
The sulphur-crested cockatoo is native to eastern Australia from Cape York to Tasmania. Sulphur-crested cockatoos' ... [more]
Legends of the Skies theatre is about to take off into the skies again from the Casey Hangar (Moorabbin Air Museum). Th... [more]
27/10/2022 - 30/09/2022
Spring brings out the flowers and the flowers bring out the bees giving a close-up look at nature. A patch of brill... [more]
Walking past one house, I had the feeling I was being watched. I was. A black and white cat was staring at me intensely ... [more]
This road starts at Maroondah Highway and runs straight for 1.3 kms to a roundabout at the intersection of Wicklow and K... [more]
If your preferred form of exercise is a walk around your local park or just around your block, you are sure to meet dogs... [more]
Lakeside Crescent starts and ends at Croydon Hills Drive. Thus it gives a pleasant 700 metre circuit walk. The outs... [more]
Velma Grove is only a short 600 metre walk but it offers a visual bonanza of floral beauty. Not many gardens featur... [more]
We all know that electricity is anything but free but there are a few simple measures that will give you some free power... [more]
It could be called the daisy capital of Croydon North. There are two sides to this lane. One side is like normal s... [more]
A cat was an unusual sight on this walk. It was at home, just watching me pass by. Another unusual sight was what l... [more]
This short 500 metre walk is a floral bonanza. Almost every garden has something to stop and admire, or in my case photo... [more]
This road runs from Station Street for just over four and a half kilometres before finishing at the entrance of Yarra Fa... [more]
Edward Road runs for 5 kms from Maroondah Highway to Coldstream West Road. The first 1.6 km from Maroondah Highway is r... [more]
As soon as I parked my car I knew this was going to be an interesting street walk. Before me stood six pink and grey gal... [more]
Victoria Peak is a hill on the western half of Hong Kong Island. It is also known as Mount Austin and locally as The Pea... [more]
This meandering avenue of just over 500 metres runs off Boronia Road alongside Knox private hospital. It was a du... [more]
I knew this was going to be an enjoyable walk the moment I stepped out of the car. I was greeted with a cacophony of rau... [more]
Cafes can pop up in many unusual places but one in the middle of a used car yard is unusual. The Car City Café is j... [more]
Cire Services provide flexible learning opportunities, education and training and many community programs and services t... [more]
In 1903, geologist William Hamilton Ferguson was mapping the rocky coastal outcrops a few kilometres west of Inverloch a... [more]
This boulevard starts and ends on Allens Road. It's only a 700-metre semi-circle street, but joining them along Allens R... [more]
What better name for a restaurant whose premises are an ex-fire station. There were eight in our group including ... [more]
For a glimpse of what Inverloch looked like before settlement, take a stroll through this woodland reserve. This sh... [more]
Shack Bay is between Inverloch and Cape Paterson on the Cape Patterson Road. Its name came from the coal miner's shacks... [more]
Olive Grove is a straight one-kilometre road running from Dorset Road to Albert Avenue. It is a well-established area fe... [more]
Grantville is a small town on the Bass Highway in Gippsland, 103 kms south-east of Melbourne. On the corner of Pier Road... [more]
Arguably the most popular tourist attraction in Inverloch is only eight kilometres from the town centre along Cape Pat... [more]
Edward Road runs for 5 kms from Maroondah Highway to Coldstream West Road. The first 1.6 km from Maroondah Highway is re... [more]
Screw Creek is a large creek that feeds into Anderson Inlet on the eastern edge of Inverloch. It is accessed at the... [more]
Every country town has a bakery and Inverloch is no exception. The exception is the size. Paul the Pieman's, A'Beckett... [more]
Nangathan Way is a 1.9 km hilly and meandering street running up and down between Yarra Road and Holloway Road. I... [more]
This 1.5 km. crescent meanders from Bellara Drive to Diane Crescent. It's a well-established area with a host of things ... [more]
North, South, East and West are the four links to Circle Ridge is an 800 metre oval street around a ridge. The only acce... [more]
I must admit that I am fascinated by streets adjacent to each other being named on themes, such as Pacific Drive and Atl... [more]
This street meanders and undulates for 700 metres. The north side is all residential, with most of the south side adjace... [more]
Sunset Drive is a 700 mt. no through newly-established drive and is a delightful walk. It runs off Liverpool Road, is fl... [more]
You don't have to leave home to become aware of noisy miners. You may find them on your property and even a short street... [more]
If you have wandered or driven past houses in some well-established suburbs you may have noticed small shed-like structu... [more]
This 900 metres avenue is straight but undulating in parts. A stand-out item was a blue and white VW Kombi van mailbox. ... [more]
Blu Waters is a fish shop in the Lilydale Marketplace. They always have a large range of fresh fish, both whol... [more]
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