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Indie, 'Melbourne for Dogs' co-author

I’d like to introduce Indie to you – she’s our new spoodle pup – just 11 weeks old and has already stolen our hearts (though our cats are not so impressed!).  As well as keeping me company for the walks guidebooks I am currently writing, she is going to be helping me research a new book I am working on over the next 6 months: Melbourne for Dogs.  I know a lot of walkers in Melbourne like to take their canine friends when they go out for a walk (or perhaps it’s the other way around!), but it’s not always easy to find out where and when you can responsibly take your dog off leash.  In the Melbourne’s Best Bush, Bay and City Walks book, as well as the others I am working (Geelong and the Great Ocean Road, I have listed which walks are suitable for dogs.  However, this new book will be entirely dedicated to great walks, parks, beaches, cafes and events in Melbourne where your pooch is welcomed.  I would love to hear from you about your favourite off-leash and dog-friendly parks and open spaces in and around Melbourne, so that Indie and I can come and check them out!

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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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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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Back in Melbourne again, and it’s a really, thoroughly cold winter this year.  The thought of getting out for a walk leave you cold – literally?  Think again – Melbourne is the one Australian city you really do want to be in the winter: wandering through the tiny lanes and alleyways of the Melbourne CBD, sidewalk cafes jammed together under toasty warm outdoor heaters, you’re forgiven if you think you are wandering the street in the old town in Genoa or Barcelona.  In fact the city of Melbourne comes alive in the winter – there is so much to see and do, and it’s only by getting out and strolling through the arcades, alleys and various nooks and crannies, that you’ll find all the curiosities, tiny cafes with steaming lattes and fabulous street art.  Check out Centre Place off Flinders Lane and go from there.  Wrap up warm and enjoy!!!  

Centre Place in mid-winter, Melbourne

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