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Melbourne's Best Bush Bay and City Walks

Great news!  Today, my copy of Melbourne’s Best Bush, Bay and City Walks arrived, which means it is also now available through bookstores, other retailers and online – just in time for Christmas.

There is lovely weather beckoning you out of doors after the harsh winter and spring, so no excuse not to stretch your legs and take in the air (and the odd cafe or two)!  RRP is $29.95.  I hope you enjoy using it as much as I enjoyed walking and writing it! If you wish to order it direct through Woodslane Publishing, you can do so via this link: http://www.travelandoutdoor.com.au/title.aspx?isbn=192187435X

Do let me know what you think of the walks when you do them!

Thanks to all of you who have followed my authoring journey for this book – hope you will stay with me on the blog to whet your walking appetite for my next one, Best Walks of Geelong, the Bellarine and the Great Ocean Road, which will be out mid 2012.

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Well, while we are in post production with Melbourne’s Best Bush, Bay & City Walks, I am getting itchy feet, so have just started out on the next Walks Guidebook, which will cover Greater Geelong, the Bellarine and Great Ocean Road area.  It’s pretty chilly here this winter, but when the days are clear it makes for really beautiful walking.  We had a wonderful wander at Edwards Point, near St Leonard’s township, last weekend, venturing out into the remote-feeling saltmarshes of Swan Bay.  Yesterday, the kids and I took in Serendip Sanctuary, at the base of the You Yangs, which is just swarming with birdlife, include huge flocks of magpie geese, and pairs of cape barren geese, making the most of the lush, full wetlands and billabongs.  There were also some impressively immobile tawny frogmouths, feathers all plumped up against the cold.  Australia’s native wildlife is making the most of the bountiful seasons after the last decade of drought and the kangaroos and wallabies were looking very well fed and content, as they literally bounced around the carpark!  The Serendip Sanctuary is a wonderfully interesting and easy day out for families and international visitors keen to acquaint themselves with Australia’s birds and animals.

Edwards Point Sanctuary saltmarshes, Swan Bay

Wetlands at Serendip Sanctuary, near Lara

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Jamieson Valley from Jamieson Lookout

Well, it’s very exciting here – have just received the proofs of the Melbourne Walks book from Woodslane Publishers and the walks and photos and maps are looking terrific! I hope you will think so too.  In the last few weeks I have been busy with the final write up and now the designer, editor and cartopgrapher are doing their magic, so the book can be printed and in the shops in September.  But with all the writing, I have been missing my regular walks – especially as the weather in Melbourne is just magnificent at the moment!  So with the family, we sneaked away from Melbourne for the weekend and headed for Jamieson, in the High Country near Mt Bulla, about 3.5 hours drive north-east of Melbourne.  We had a glorious weekend of walking amidst the autumn leaves, boating on Lake Eildon (which is beautiful and 90% full for the first time in 16 years), dodging deer hunters and even doing a bit of horse back trail riding (which just confirmed to me that I am definitely a walker, not a rider!). The Goulburn and Jamieson Rivers were in full flow and there was snow on the hilltops – and we can highly recommend the Kevington Pub – what a classic! It certainly whetted my apetitie for the next two Walks Guides on the agenda, which will be Ballarat and the Goldfields, and Geelong and the Bellarine.

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