I used to love bushwalking. Being a generally unsporty person, it’s one of the few forms of exercise I actually enjoy. Then came pregnancy, small children and prams.
I was pretty thrilled when a talented colleague, Julie Mundy, sent me a copy of her book, Melbourne’s Best Bush, Bay & City Walks. I wish I’d known about it earlier! It’s got tips for walking with kids and a handy reference table listing which walks are good for strollers, which have playgrounds and when to take the kids’ bathers for a mid-walk beach swim. Of course, being Melbourne, it also lists the walks which can involve a cafe stop!
Along with detailed maps and descriptions of over 40 walks around Melbourne (there are 28 which are good for strollers – I counted), you’ll also learn intriguing tidbits about history, culture and the natural world.
Did you know that Elwood has a 19th century canal system?
It’s not just bushwalks, either. Julie has mapped out great walks through Federation Square & Southbank, Melbourne’s Sporting Icons, Carlton & Queen Vic Market (which is basically a long series of cafe and food stops – I think I might start with that one) and the laneways and heritage of Melbourne.
My husband flicked through briefly before he declared his ambition to walk every one of the 44 trails in the coming years. I suggested we start with #44 (45 minutes, graded ‘easy’ and has a cafe stop) and work our way up to the literal pinnacle – #29 (Dandenongs Summit – 3 hours, graded ‘hard’, byo picnic and first aid kit).
Grab a copy from your local bookstore or order it online for free delivery anywhere in Australia.
Keep an eye out for Julie’s forthcoming book Melbourne for Dogs, to be released in May. You can follow her at her blog Melbourne Walks.