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If you are someone who likes to walk with a purpose then there are a couple of really interesting, free guided walks coming up in and around Melbourne. All offer different sides of Melbourne that you don't get to see every day.
And, let's face it, this is the most beautiful time to walk in Melbourne in the mellow Autumn haze when the weather is still sunny but cooler and tinged with Autumn hues.
Autumn Discovery Tour at the Royal Botanical Gardens
Image from Royal Botanical Gardens
While the Royal Botanical Gardens are always lovely they are absolutely spectacular in Autumn when the elms, oaks, and many other deciduous trees explode into cascades of of yellow, red and orange. On these free guided tours you will discover fascinating facts about the plants and the history of the Gardens with a knowledgeable guide.
Royal Botanic Gardens Alexandra Avenue Melbourne Meet at the Visitor Centre, Observatory Gate
On the 23rd of March there will be guided walks around Woodlands between 11:00am-3:30pm. This is am amazing place with so many different things to see and do. For history buffs there is an historic mansion dating back to 1843, for gardeners there are heritage gardens and for animal lovers there are kangaroos and even famous retired race horses to pat.
Friends of Woodlands Park are offering both walking and cycling tours of the park around the old homestead. These depart from the information tent. There are also walking tours of the historic homestead and gardens and the paddocks where you will find living legend racehorse as well as kangaroos. These walks depart from the homestead entrance.
The two walks are part of the Live Grow Explore Community Live Day which looks at sustainable lifestyle choices. Other activities, at this great family event, include a BBQ lunch, a chance to meet Vasili Kanidiadis of Vasilis Garden to Kitchen TV Show, free bush tucker and ice creams and children's activities including face painting, pony rides, boomerang throwing and stories and games with the Landcare Fairy.
There will also be entertainment including Somalian spoken word performer Abe Nouk and Koori didgeridoo player Brent Young, country singer Lindi Rancie, soul singer Keagan Clotheir and singer songwriter Cass Planko as well as African dancers Zero Degrees.
The address is Woodlands Historic Park is at Oaklands Road, Greenvale.
Walk for Nature Play Week
Then on Saturday 5th April, 1pm - 3pm there is a FREE family walk for Nature Play Week. This is a chance to explore Elster Creek and introduce kids to the many birds, fish and waterfowl that live in this biodiverse area.
This is not a fast-paced hike but a gentle, guided walk from the beach to Elsternwick Park Lake learning about plants and animals along the way.
Meet beach-side at the footbridge on Ormond Esplanade where the Elwood Canal starts. Free although donations gratefully welcomed.
For other great activities click here and for some other great options during Nature Play Week at the Royal Botanical Gardens click here.
Very Edible Gardens Edible Weed Walk
Image from advertising of event
This will add new meaning to your daily walk. Learn how to find sustenance. Melbourne has an abundance of wild edibles if only you knew where to look. Come and walk with Very Edible Gardens to find out where edible weeds are lurking . Meet at North Melbourne Library. This free walk is on Friday the 28th of March between 10.30am 1pm
It leaves from the North Melbourne Library, 66 Errol Street North Melbourne. Click here to book.
South Melbourne's industrial area and St Kilda Road in 1938 looking south from Melbourne. State Library of Victoria image out of copyright.
Southbank always seems so new but in fact it is one of our most historic areas. It was important to the Kulin people as the only place where the Yarra could be crossed. Since 1835 it has also played an important role in Melbourne's history. The 19th and 20th centuries saw the development of major industry and in the 21st century it has become Melbourne's high density place to live. Taking this guided historical tour is like walking a time-line of the past, present and future.
The Southbank skyline and Princes Bridge viewed from Federation wharf on the opposite side of the Yarra River. Image Wikipedia
Walks start on Friday the 11 April through and run daily through to the 18th of April. The walks are on from 12:00 pm - 2:00 This event is organised by the Boyd Community Hub.
Presented by Southbank Library Service
at Boyd Melbourne
Friday 18 April, Friday 2 May &
Friday 16 May
12 pm 2 pm
For more details contact Michael Mackenzie/ Southbank Library Boyd 9658 8305 or by email on firstname.lastname@example.org