Forget about the cold weather, rug yourself up in warm clothes, put on a pair of comfortable shoes and take an interesting and informative walk around central Melbourne. This is one of the best ways of connecting with your city – seeing the streets, buildings and taking a look back at the history of Melbourne through fresh eyes. And everyone knows that walking is an ideal way of keeping fit and healthy.
There are an endless variety of self-guided walks and tours around the city. You can wander through the streets and lanes of the shopping district; explore the waterfront areas along the Yarra River or investigate lots of heritage buildings and historical sites.
Many walks can be planned before you leave home but if you are not sure where to begin, a series of self guided walks have been compiled by City of Melbourne staff and are available as brochures and easy-to-follow maps. One brochure, aptly called Melbourne Walks contains seven easy walks all starting at Federation Square where you can get hold of it at the Melbourne Visitors Centre.
The maps of eight different walking and jogging tracks be also be downloaded from here, which also provides handy hints for setting off on your adventure. Another benefit of a nice casual walk around the city is coming across shops (you may not have known about before) where you can help stimulate the economy or finding some unusual places to grab a bite to eat.