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ImageI just love, love, LOVE walking in Australia on cool, crisp autumn days.  What’s not to like – you don’t get hot, you don’t have to carry gallons of water and you don’t have to worry about stepping on the slithery ones. Today Deb, co-author Indie-the-Dog and I headed for the Dandenongs – only 40 minutes from Melbourne’s city centre but a million miles away in terms of peace and beauty.  We did the 14km return trail walk from the beautiful hill town of Emerald to Cockatoo and back, taking in the spectacular autumn leaf beauty of Nobilis Gardens and Emerald Lake Park and the towering eucalyptus and colourful funghii of Wrights Forest. For a shorter walk you could always take the bus back from Cockatoo (though not with a dog), but we were glad of the return walk, as the weather only got better as we went along, and the late afternoon rays through the Japanese maples were breathtaking.  A fantastic bush walk with a dog, as there is an off-leash park at either end, though dogs must be on lead for the rest of it. If you do the walk without a dog on weekends and school holidays, you can take a load off and catch the Puffing Billy steam train back from Cockatoo at 3pm.

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Bellarine farmlands from the Bellarine Tourist Steam Train

Had a walk with a difference on the Bellarine Rail Trail on Sunday: walked the 17km of the Bellarine Rail Trail – mostly downhill thank goodness! – which goes from Drysdale to Queenscliffe through open rolling pastureland and beside the salt marshes of Swan Bay. Blustery wind but good walking weather and wonderful views. Was passed by lots of families with tots as young as 4 on bicycles – we all had the same goal in mind – getting to Queenscliffe in time to grab a cafe lunch and then catch the Bellarine Peninsula steam train back. Talk about travelling in style!

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