Melbourne: Brighton Beach to City 20km

A lovely Melbourne spring day, sunny, with little wind, so I took the train to Brighton Beach and walked back to the Melbourne’s city centre from there. My walk took me northwest along the beaches to Port Melbourne. Then off

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Melbourne: Eltham station to Heidelberg station 15km

A nice suburbian parkland’s walk today, between the two Melbourne northeastern train stations of Eltham and Heidelberg. My original thought was to start walking from Diamond Creek instead of Eltham, but lack of immediate trains for that destination altered my

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Frankston to Carrum via Seaford Wetlands 14km

This hike from Frankston to Carrum was not planned. In fact, walking an old favorite from Frankston to Mordialloc was my thinking (earlier post here). When the train and I arrived at Frankston, I realised that I had never explored

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Dandenong Ranges National Park: Mount Evelyn Forest 12 km

The Mount Evelyn Forest is the latest addition to the Dandenong Ranges National Park, added in 1997. Earlier, farming and logging took place here. Other parts were aqueducts moving water off Silvan Reservoir. Those corridors now forms part of Olinda Creek Walking Track. Once

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Woodlands Historic Park: Gellibrand Hill Circuit 13km

Woodlands Historic Park is one of Melbourne’s largest parks. Located in Melbourne’s northern suburbia, an hour’s drive from the city centre. Former farming land, it contains several ruins and a renovated historic homestead. And yes, Woodlands Historic Park is also next

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Mornington Peninsula: Coastal walk 26km

My 2nd hike with the YHA Bushwalking Club was the Coastal Walk on the Mornington Peninsula outside Melbourne. However, the incomplete map below finishes around Koonya Beach at 22km. Rather than the 26km to Sorrento Back Beach, today’s hiking destination. Reason: limited iPhone

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Dandenong Ranges National Park: 1000 Steps loop 12km

Return to southwestern Dandenong Ranges National Park to climb its popular “1000 steps”. I covered those 1000 steps in an earlier post, but today I hiked beyond last time. The map… Crisp morning and an early start, waiting for the train at Flinders Street station. My destination was

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Melbourne: Sugarloaf Reservoir 17km

Sugarloaf Reservoir is one hour northeast of Melbourne and is one of nine dams providing the city with drinking water. You can hike around the whole dam which is what I did today… Map below indicates location of Sugarloaf Reservoir (in bold). Many of

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Dandenong Ranges National Park: Mount Dandenong loop 16km

Mount Dandenong, of course, is a mountain. Although, at 633 meters maximum height, not exactly registering worldwide. Still, total climb around 640 meters and your legs feel it afterwards. I underestimated this Mount Dandenong hike. Thought that it would run alongside the hill, from one side to

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Melbourne: Lysterfield Lake Park 16km

Lysterfield Lake Park once provided Melbourne’s Mornington Peninsula with drinking water. Today, the dam and surrounding areas are an important refuge for native wildlife. I saw perhaps 100 wild kangaroos and lots of birds today. Plenty of rabbits too although not

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