I did a nice easy walk today around the walking track and grounds of Deakin University’s Waurn Ponds campus. In Melbourne’s Best Bush Bay and City Walks book, I also included a walk around the historic halls and colleges of Melbourne University. Deakin couldn’t be more different – modern in every way and sited in a spacious, regenerated bushland setting on the southern outskirts of Geelong. Like all universities, Deakin sits on federal land, and is therefore publicly accessible. I would encourage people to visit and explore these centres of learning – the architecture is interesting and the grounds and facilities really pleasant, including good cafes and peaceful lakes for quiet contemplation. No dogs are allowed on campus, but as you can see, this gave me time to slow down and photograph the flowering gums in all their glory.