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Melbourne is surrounded by green spaces, beautiful gardens, great beaches and miles of trails for both walking and cycling. Whether its along the trails of Port Phillip Bay or the Yarra River there is something for everyone and these walks are easily accessible from the CBD. Take along a picnic lunch or try your luck along the way - you are never too far from a cafe anywhere in Melbourne.
THE YARRA TRAIL
The Yarra River is one of the most cherished Melbourne icons. It has been the dreaming path for the Wurundjeri tribe, fresh water for settlers, and muse
and subject for the painters of the Heidelberg School. For us it is a winding green corridor of park and bushland that takes us from the inner suburbs
right into the bushy Melbourne edges - almost untouched by traffic and noise. This section of the Yarra Trail will take you from the Hoddle Street
Bridge in Richmond to the beautiful Dights Falls in Kew - its a 15km round trip but the walk is super flat and very easy to walk or ride.
There is plenty to see along the way including the beautiful Abbotsford Convent - comprised of 11 historic buildings, gardens and car park spread
over 6.8 Hectares in a sweeping bend in the Yarra River. With a focus on creativity, culture and learning the Convent is now home to over 100 artist
studios and offices for small businesses, a radio station, four eateries, an open air cinema, food and craft markets, two galleries, an extensive program
of events and venues for rehearsals, performances, classes, workshops and conferences. Our top pick here is Lentil as Anything, a vegetarian restaurant
that operates a pay-as-you-feel model that believes that everyone deserves a place at the table. As a non-profit organisation, Lentil provides nutritious
food to all members of the community without drawing attention to someone’s ability to pay, and has found that those who can afford to pay cover for
those who can’t. It has been successfully running on this donation basis for over 13 years.Most meals are vegan and gluten free and are prepared with
organic fruit and vegetables as much as possible. Lentil as Anything also offers organic, fair-trade tea and coffee and homemade chai.
Located just next door to the convent is the awesome Collingwood Childrens Farm where the whole family can enjoy time spent with animals of all shapes and sizes - the cafe here is awesome if you are in need of a coffee or something to drink.
Abbotsford Convent Information
PORT MELBOURNE TO ST KILDA
Another iconic Melbourne walk, this time along the shores of the beautiful Port Phillip Bay. Take thye 234 Garden City bus from just next door at the Queen Victoria Market all the way to Barack Road in Port Melbourne and from there it's just a 5 minute walk to Princes Pier. The historic Princes Pier is possibly one of the most photographed icons of Melbourne with the hundreds of old timber posts rising up out of the water. Early morning or late afternoon are the best times to visit to take advantage of the great light across the water. The much more modern Station Pier is close by and is the port for big cruise ships visiting Melbourne as well as the Spirit Of Tasmania car ferry that operates between Melbourne and Devonport in Tasmania.
The walk along the beachfront is easy with a wide pathway and a bike lane (watch out for rollerbladers too) the whole way. the walk to St Kilda will take about 40 minutes and will take you through the bayside suburbs of Albert Park and Middle Park - these suburbs are also home to the Australian Formula One Grand Prix but the track is set well back from the beach. As you walk toward Stkilda the giant palm trees of the Catani Gardens soon give way to the silhouette of the iconic Palais Theater and Luna Park built in 1919 and 1912 respectively. When you walk through the famous mouth of Mr Moon to enter Luna Park you know you in for lots of fun. The historic Scenic Railway is the oldest continually operating Roller Coaster in the world, this world famous roller coaster will not only provide you with heart-stopping dips and turns, but also the most stunning views of Port Phillip Bay St Kilda has to offer. Check out the video below.
If you still have the energy after visiting all the rides you can head to Acland Street in St Kilda, this area was one of the centres of Melbourne’s Jewish community, building synagogues and schools and with Acland St featuring shops and restaurants catering to this community. However the centre of the Jewish community has slowly moved eastwards to Caulfield. Acland St has lost its distinctive Jewish ambiance but you will still find some of the original cake shops. They are well worth a try. If you are looking for something a little more substantial then we wholeheartedly recommend Cicciolina, this restaurant has been a St Kilda institution since 1993, with chef Virginia Redmond at the helm since inception. Open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week.
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