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Discover Your Local: Spring Walking Trails

We are blessed in and around Melbourne, to have so many beautiful walking trails where we can immerse ourselves in nature while enjoying fresh air, exercise and picture-postcard sights.

We are blessed in and around Melbourne, to have so many beautiful walking trails where we can immerse ourselves in nature while enjoying fresh air, exercise and picture-postcard sights.

Spring is the perfect time to set off on a wonderful walk along a scenic trail that’s close to home. Be dazzled by golden sprays of wattle and invigorated by scented bushland blooms, which together with the chirping of birds, the buzzing of bees and the sun’s warming rays, remind you that spring has definitely sprung.

The Anniversary Trail

A popular inner-eastern walking and cycling track, regularly used by many Boroondara and Stonnington residents, the Anniversary Trail runs for about 15 kilometres, connecting with the Main Yarra Trail at Fairfield, following the old steam-era Outer Circle line, which is now part of the Alamein line. The recreational walking and cycling trail was officially launched in 1991 to mark 100 years since the first steam train sounded its whistle.

The trail covers various terrain including pockets of pristine urban bushland, which in spring becomes a colourful oasis with wattle and native plants in bloom. A highlight is the urban forest, near East Malvern station, where a section of the old railway has been transformed into a nature reserve. The urban forest features a grassy picnic area, ponds, bridges, pedestrian, and cycle paths in a tranquil bushland setting. A popular trail when the sun comes out, you’re sure to enjoy the ambiance and even pop in for a takeaway coffee at Town & Country along the way.

Bay Trail – Brighton to Port Melbourne

The ‘scenic section’ of the Bay Trail, walking north from Middle Brighton Station, via Elwood, St. Kilda, Middle Park and Albert Park to Station Pier in Port Melbourne offers 12 kilometres of wall-to-wall picture postcard views. Enjoy ambling along, flanked by the waters of Port Phillip Bay with the city skyline as a backdrop plus be treated to a generous dollop of iconic Melbourne sights including the Brighton Bathing Boxes, Luna Park and St. Kilda Pier.

There are plenty of pockets of native trees and flowers just a few steps back from the sand and information boards along the way will tell you what sea birds and local plants to look out for as well as pointing out places of Indigenous cultural significance. The split multi-use path is popular with strollers, skaters, scooters, dog-walkers, and cyclists. In spring, the crowds come out in force to celebrate the sun’s return after a long winter hiatus. There are plenty of parks and cafes to stop for well-earned refreshments, and fish & chips at Station Pier is always a deserving treat at the end.

Balcombe Estuary Nature Trail

The Balcombe Estuary Reserve is a favourite walking destination for Mornington Peninsula locals and visitors alike (when allowed). The 53-hectare reserve is rich in biodiversity and includes 3.5 kilometres of walking tracks, mainly along a purpose-built boardwalk and series of bridges that stretch along Balcombe Creek from the coast emerging at The Briars historical property.

Superb in the springtime, educational ‘audio walks’ with a virtual ranger are available to describe of the array of different flora and fauna you may encounter including more than sixty species of woodland birds. Dogs on leads are permitted and there are also designated leash-free areas within the reserve. There is a popular picnic park at the start of the trail, at the mouth of the estuary just before Mt Martha village, and plenty of car parking.

Capital City Trail

The Capital City Trail is a 29.6 kilometre circuit that loops around Melbourne, covering beautiful iconic city sights. Whether cycling or walking, this is a popular trail thanks to its smooth, flat surface and urban location. With plenty of stops along the way worth visiting, you’re spoilt for choice – the Abbotsford Convent, Studley Park Boathouse, The Royal Botanical Gardens, Royal Park, and the historical Como House.

With so many sights to see, you’re sure to love this trail on a nice sunny day in Melbourne when lockdown restrictions allow more movement. Be sure to pick yourself up a share bike from a CBD corner and enjoy being on wheels, or embrace the trail on foot. Take the time to visit some of Melbourne’s iconic sights along the way, or bring a picnic and find a nice spot to enjoy lunch.

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