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Had a fabulous walk around the Goldmine Heritage Trail behind Warrandyte today – wish I’d taken my torch to explore Geraghty’s tunnel – carved into solid rock.  A great walk for kids as well as adults, with stepping stones across Anderson’s Creek, gold panning possibilities and all those mines.  Stopped by Pound Bend Reserve on the way back to look at Pound Bend Tunnel, which was carved into the rock to divert an entire bend of the Yarra River while the miners fossicked for gold on the dry river bed.  With the recent rains, the river is swollen and the water is absolutely gushing out of the downstream opening of the tunnel – think grade 5 rapids!  A very impressive sight – I was keen not to fall in!!!

Pound Bend goldmining tunnel

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Brighton Beach Houses

Really enjoyed (past tense – it’s raining again today!) the much-awaited burst of spring weather over the weekend, and have been busy working on the Bayside chapter of the Melbourne Walks book.  Spent a lovely day exploring historic Elwood canal as it twists its way out to the sea, then went for a long walk down along the Bayside trail to the iconic Brighton Beach Boxes.  After the drawn-out winter, the sea air and warm sand is my ‘chicken soup for the soul’.

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Tacking Point Lighthouse and Miner's Beach, on the Port Macquarie Coastal Walk

 

Another Walking detour entry while on holidays away from Melbourne: 

Heading south from Brisbane, we stopped in at Port Macquarie and had a spectacular walk earlier this week along part of the new 8km Coastal walk.  The kids really enjoyed clambering over the headland between Shelly Beach and the secluded, rockpool-strewn Miner’s Beach.  The short steep climb up the stairs to the doll’s house proportions of Tacking Point Lighthouse was luckily wind-assisted, and roundly rewarded with the spectacular sight of huge humpback whales breaching and smashing back into the waves on their annual migration.  Tacking Point was named by Matthew Flinders on his 1802 circumnavigation of Australia and the lighthouse sits atop it looking much like a tiny white Greek Island church.  For more info on the coastal walk: http://www.portmacquarieinfo.com.au/explore/location.aspx?cid=30&id=200

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Part of the 17th Sydney Biennale, Roxy Paine's 'Neuron' (2010) outside the Museum of Contemporary Art on Sydney's Circular Quay.

 

A great excuse for an urban ramble yesterday when we arrived in Sydney and needed to stretch our legs.  So different to walking in Melbourne, with all those stairs around the Rocks! Parked at Manly Wharf in North Sydney and caught the wonderful old Manly Ferry across the Harbour to Circular Quay.  Probably among the most scenic commuter transport in the world – and the kids really enjoyed riding the big swells coming in through the Heads!  Spent a wonderful afternoon wandering up and down the historic streets and staircases of the Rocks and enjoying the street art and the Rock’s markets.  Ended up at the Museum of Contemporary Art where the whole family enjoyed the art on show there which is part of the 17th Sydney Biennale.  Only regret was we didn’t have time to take the free ferry around to newly opened Cockatoo Island, an old convict-built prison and dock complex in the middle of the Harbour.  It’s now open for the public to explore and a unique exhibition site for another 56 of this year’s Biennale’s artists.  The Biennale’s website includes free art walk guides to download: www.biennaleofsydney.com.au

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