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INTRODUCTION

Posted on 2016.07.07 at 21:48


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[posted July 7, 2006]

Why walk Melbourne’s tram network?

Well, as my profile says, I was bored with my usual walking circuits and itching to explore more of this fabulous city. It’s so easy to get stuck in a routine: work, home, usual shopping/entertainment areas and rarely venturing from these oft-travelled routes.

I know people who drive to popular walking venues – namely Albert Park Lake and The Tan around the Royal Botanic Gardens – but that sort of defeats the purpose. And as for treadmills … urgh! Unless it’s being used as a warm-up for further exercise at the gym, a treadmill can feel like the road to nowhere. But when you go for a walk you can look back at the distance covered and feel a great sense of accomplishment.

Walking is not just about exercise, it’s also about getting out in the fresh air to discover new sights and sounds (and occasionally smells).

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shameless book promotion

Posted on 2015.07.07 at 23:22
 


[posted July 7, 2008]

A year ago, when I was celebrating breaking the 100km tramwalking barrier, I dedicated the walk along the start of the 
No 55 (West Coburg to Domain Interchange) to a late friend who used to live in the area.

Twelve months and another 137km later I'm nearly at the end of my journey, which I later realised had been inspired to some degree by Kerrie and her determination to live life to the fullest ... no matter how short it was so cruelly cut.

Kerrie's story has just been released in print, written by her husband Danny as a gift to their son Eddie (the toddler who used to stuff stones in his mouth).

It's a beautiful story and had me alternating between laughing out loud and having a quiet sniff as memories were recalled.

Look for it in the Australian biographies section of your local book store. It should also be available soon on Amazon.

Walker

Dear Eddie: God, Turtles and Letters about Mum  by Danny Russell (Murdoch Books, RRP $30)
ISBN: 9781741962086 (pbk)
Dewey number: 362.196994
http://www.murdochbooks.com.au/deareddie.htm
 


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PROGRESS & LINKS

Posted on 2015.06.30 at 12:39
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UPDATED 1/11/08 (Elizabeth St - pt I)
                     28/11/08 (Elizabeth St - pt II)


TIME WALKED (actual time, does not include overlaps): 48hr 20min

DISTANCE WALKED (actual distance, does not include overlaps): 239.71km

ROUTES (walks in progress):
No 86 - Bundoora to Docklands (4hr 20min)(21.53km)
   Part 1 (map), Part 2 (map), Part 3 (map), Part 4 (map), Part 5a, Part 5b, Part 5c, Part 5d, Part 5e (maps I, maps II), Part 6 (map), Part 7 (map), Part 8 (map)
No 109 (east)
- Box Hill via city to Port Melbourne (2hr 40min)(13.18km)
  
Part 1 (map), Part 2 (map),
No 112 (north) - West Preston via city to St Kilda/Fitzroy St (1hr 50min)(9.76km)
  
Part 1 (map), Part 2 (map),
No 70Wattle Park to Docklands (3hr)(14.58km)
  
Part 1 (map), Part 2 (map), Part 3 (map), Part 4a, Part 4b, Part 4c (maps I, maps II),
No 48 - North Balwyn to Docklands (2hr 30min)(12.68km)
  
Part 1 (map), Part 2 (map), Part 3a, Part 3b, Part 3c (maps I, maps II),
No 30 - St Vincents Plaza to Docklands  (30min)(2.9km)
   Part 1a, Part 1b, Part 1c, Part 1d (maps I, maps II)
City Circle - 50min, 4.53km
   Flinders St: Part 1a, Part 1b, Part 1c (maps I, maps II).  La Trobe St: Part 1a, Part 1b, Part 1c, Part 1d (maps I, maps II).

ROUTES (completed walks):
No 1 (north) - East Coburg via city to South Melbourne Beach (1hr 20min)(6.61km)
  
Part 1 (map), Part 2 (map), full route
No 1 (south) - South Melbourne Beach via city to East Coburg (1hr 25min)(6.71km)
  
Part 1 (map), Part 2a, Part 2b (map), Part 3a, Part 3b, Part 3c (maps), full route
No 3 - East Malvern to city (2hr 55min)(14.75km)
  
Part 1 (map), Part 2 (map), Part 3a, Part 3b, Part 3c, Part 3d (map), Part 4a, Part 4b, Part 4c (maps), full route
No 5 - Malvern to city (2hr 35min)(12.65km)
  
Part 1 (map), Part 2 (map), Part 3a, Part 3b, Part 3c, Part 3d (map), Part 4a, Part 4b, Part 4c (maps), full route
No 6 - Glen Iris to city (2hr 35min)(12.79km)
  
Part 1 (map), Part 2 (map), Part 3a, Part 3b, Part 3c, Part 3d (map), Part 4a, Part 4b, Part 4c (maps), full route
No 8 (north) -  Moreland via city to Toorak (1hr 15min)(6.17km)  
   Part 1 (map), Part 2 (map), full route
No 8 (south) - Toorak via city to Moreland (1hr 55min)(9.64km)
  
Part 1 (map), Part 2a, Part 2b (map), Part 3a, Part 3b, Part 3c (maps), full route
No 16 - Kew via St Kilda to city (4hr 15min)(20.34km)
  
Part 1 (map), Part 2a, Part 2b (map), Part 3a, Part 3b, Part 3c, Part 3d (map), Part 4a, Part 4b, Part 4c (maps), full route
No 19 - North Coburg to city (1hr 40min)(8.34km)
   Part 1 (map), Part 2 (map), Part 3a, Part 3b, Part 3c (maps), full route
No 24
- North Balwyn to city (La Trobe St west end)  (2hr 25min)(12.6km)
   Part 1 (map), Part 2 (map), Part 3a, Part 3b, Part 3c, Part 3d (maps I, maps II), full route
No 55 (north) - West Coburg via city to Domain Interchange (2hr)(10.33km)
   Part 1 (map), Part 2 (map), Part 3 (map), full route
No 55 (south) - Domain Interchange via city to West Coburg (25min)(2.18km)
  
Part 1 (map), full route
No 57 West Maribyrnong to city (2hr 05min)(10.35km)
   Part 1 (map), Part 2 (map), Part 3 (map), Part 4a, Part 4b, Part 4c (maps), full route
No 59 - Airport West to city (2hr 35min)(12.84km)
   Part 1 (map), Part 2 (map), Part 3 (map), Part 4a, Part 4b, Part 4c (maps), full route
No 64 - East Brighton to city (3hr 25min)(16.13km)
  
Part 1 (map), Part 2 (map), Part 3 (map), Part 4a, Part 4b, Part 4c, Part 4d (map), Part 5a, Part 5b, Part 5c (maps), full route
No 67 - Carnegie to city (3hr 05min)(15.52km)
  
Part 1 (map), Part 2 (map), Part 3a, Part 3b, Part 3c, Part 3d (map), Part 4a, Part 4b, Part 4c (maps), full route
No 72 - Camberwell to city (3hr 30min)(16.86km)
  
Part 1 (map), Part 2 (map), Part 3 (map), Part 4a, Part 4b, Part 4c (map), Part 5a, Part 5b, Part 5c (maps), full route
No 75 - Vermont South to city (4hr 30min)(22.98km)
   
Part 1 (map), Part 2 (map), Part 3 (map), Part 4 (map), Part 5a, Part 5b, Part 5c (maps I, maps II), Part 6 (map), full route
No 78 - North Richmond to Prahran (Brighton Rd) (1hr 25min)(6.87km)
  
Part 1 (map), Part 2 (map), Part 3 (map), full route
No 79 - North Richmond to St Kilda Beach (1hr 35min)(7.58km)
  
Part 1 (map), Part 2 (map), Part 3 (map), full route
No 82 - Footscray to Moonee Ponds (1hr 50min)(9.13km)
  
Part 1 (map), Part 2 (map), full route
No 95 - Melbourne Museum to Bourke St (west end) (35min)(2.52km)
   Part 1, Part 1b, Part 1c, Part 1d, Part 1e (maps I, maps II), full route
No 96 (north)
- East Brunswick via city to St Kilda (1hr 25min)(6.76km)
   Part 1 (map), Part 2a, Part 2b, Part 2c, Part 2d, Part 2e (maps I, maps II), full route
No 96 (south) - St Kilda Beach via city to East Brunswick (1hr 30min)(7.21km)
   Part 1 (map), Part 2 (map), full route
No 109 (west) - Port Melbourne via city to Box Hill (45min)(3.51km)
   Part 1 (map), full route
No 112 (south) - St Kilda/Fitzroy St via city to West Preston (1hr 10min)(5.9km)
   Part 1 (map), Part 2 (map), full route
 


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HOT SPOTS

Posted on 2014.01.31 at 18:16

Direct links to some of Melbourne's favourite destinations and tourist attractions as seen on my tramwalks:

ALBERT PARK (Beach, Victoria Ave and Bridport St)  (link)  (map
BOURKE ST, city  (maps I, maps II)
     Pt 1 - Royal Exhibition Building (Nicholson St) to Exhibition St  (link)
     Pt 2 - Exhibition St to Swanston St  (link)
     Pt 3 - Swanston St to Elizabeth St (Bourke St Mall)  (link)
     Pt 4 -  Elizabeth St to King St (inc Bourke Place)  (link)
     Pt 5 - King St to Spencer St  (link)
BRIDGE RD (Richmond) and FITZROY GARDENS  (link)  (map)
BRUNSWICK ST, Fitzroy  (link)  (map)
CHAPEL ST (South Yarra/Prahran/Windsor)  (link)  (map)
ELIZABETH ST, city  (maps)
     Pt 1 - Pelham St to La Trobe St  (inc Queen Victoria Market)  (link)
     Pt 2 - La Trobe St to Bourke St  (link)
     Pt 3 - Bourke St to Flinders St
ENTERPRIZE WHARF and QUEENSBRIDGE SQUARE  (link)  (map)
FLINDERS ST, city (maps I, maps II)
     Pt 1 - Spring St to Swanston St  (inc Forum Theatre)  (link)
     Pt 2 - Swanston St to Queens St (inc station)  (link)
     Pt 3 - Queen St to Spencer St (inc Immigration Museum)  (link)
HIGH ST, Armadale  (link)  (map)
LA TROBE ST, city  (maps I, maps II)
     Pt 1 - St Vincents Plaza to Exhibition St  (link)
     Pt 2  - Exhibition St to Elizabeth St  (link)
     Pt 3  - Elizabeth St to King St (inc Flagstaff Gardens)  (link)
     Pt 4 - King St to Docklands  (link)
MUSEUM and ROYAL EXHIBITION BUILDING  (link)  (map)
NEIGHBOURS SET (Pin Oak Court, Vermont)  (link)  (map)
QUEEN VICTORIA MARKET - Peel St  (link)  (map); Victoria St  (link)  (map)
ROYAL PARK  and ZOO (link)  (map)
SMITH ST, Collingwood  (link)  (map)
SPENCER ST, city - (link)  (maps); Exhibition Centre  (link)  (map); Southern Cross station  (link)  (map)
SPORTS PRECINT (inc MCG and Melbourne Park) and BIRRARUNG MAR  (link)  (maps)
STATION PIER, Port Melbourne  (link)  (map)
ST KILDA - Beach and Pier (links pt 1, pt 2)  (map) - Acland St, Esplanade  (link)  (map)
ST KILDA RD (St Kilda to city)  (maps)
     Pt 1 - Carlisle St to Commercial Rd  (link)
     Pt 2 - Commercial Rd to Domain Interchange  (link)
     Pt 3 - Domain Interchange to city  (western side: inc Victoria Barracks, Arts Precint)  (link)
     Pt 4 - Domain Interchange to city  (eastern side: inc Shrine of Remembrance, gardens)  (link)
SWANSTON ST, city (maps)
     Pt 1 - Fed Square to Collins St (inc St Paul's Cathedral)  (link)
     Pt 2 - Collins St to Lonsdale St (inc Town Hall, Manchester Unity Building)  (link)
     Pt 3 - Lonsdale St to Melb Uni terminus (inc State Library of Victoria)  (link)
SYDNEY RD (Brunswick) and ROYAL PARADE (inc Melb Uni)  (link)  (map)
TRAM MUSEUM, Hawthorn  (link)  (map)
VICTORIA ST, Richmond  (link)  (map)
WILLIAM ST, city (inc Queen Vic Market)  (link)  (map)
 


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progress report

Posted on 2008.11.01 at 16:01
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CELEBRATING ... 48 HOURS ON THE ROAD


TIME WALKED (actual time, does not include overlaps): 48hr 20min

DISTANCE WALKED (actual distance, does not include overlaps): 239.71km

THIS WALK (completed):
No 19 - North Coburg to city (2hr 5min)(10.27km)
No 57 - West Maribyrnong to city (2hr 25min)(11.78km)
No 59 - Airport West
to city (3hr)(14.77km)

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full route - 19, 57, 59

Posted on 2008.11.01 at 15:47
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No 19 - North Coburg to city
No 57 - West Maribyrnong to city
No 59 - Airport West to city

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map - 19, 57, 59

Posted on 2008.11.01 at 15:32
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ELIZABETH ST
ROUTES 19, 57, 59
(stops 9-1)

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ELIZABETH ST (routes 19, 57, 59 cont) - pt I

Posted on 2008.11.01 at 14:59
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Elizabeth St - pt I

No 19: North Coburg to city

No 59: Airport West to city

No 57: West Maribyrnong to city




from Pelham St to Flinders St (terminus) - stops 9-1 – 25 min (1.93km)
Google Earth: 37 48’07.23”S, 144 57’27.10”E  to  37 49’04.79”S, 144 57’53.73”E

Google Maps: start and finish


Elizabeth St is a bit of an odd mixture.


At the northern end it’s commercial showrooms and other businesses, but not exactly the sort of area that attracts visitors keen on serious retail therapy – although the Queen Victoria Market on the Victoria St corner is an exception to the rule.


Further south, after La Trobe St, more traditional shopping kicks in, including the GPO development on the intersection with the Bourke St Mall. This walk ends at the western entrance to Flinders St station.


Elizabeth St is also where you can go cruising for motorised transport of the two or four-wheel variety.


And before I forget, this post marks 48 hours on the road exploring Melbourne’s tram network by foot.

(Note: Photos were taken over several different days over the months on two different cameras, so light/tree foliage etc may vary.)



 

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ELIZABETH ST (routes 19, 57, 59 cont) - pt II

Posted on 2008.11.01 at 14:05
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Elizabeth St - pt II
(posted 28/11/08)




La Trobe St to Flinders St - stops 5-1 - 12min (0.95 km)

La Trobe St to Lonsdale St
In my previous post, I said Elizabeth St was the place to come if you were after motorcycles.

And this is the block to shop for motorised two-wheel transport ranging from nifty little Vespas for zipping around town to enormous touring Harley-Davidsons with seats that look as comfy as the most expensive armchair, CB radio and four-speaker sound system (complete with intercom for the pillion passenger – who BTW has an elevated seat with a backrest for added comfort). “Head out on the highway” indeed ... but in this case I reckon for these easy ridin’ Steppenwolf fans it’s more a case of “live to be extremely pampered” than “born to be wild”.

The amount I know about motorbikes could be written on the back of a Metcard ticket, but even I slow down while walking along this section of Elizabeth St (on the western/outbound side) to have a look. Motorbikes are sold further north along Elizabeth St, and not every shop along this section is to do with bikes ... but it’s pretty close.

The line-up along the footpath is suitably impressive (beware the domino-effect of accidentally knocking just one) ...

 

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new camera = new obsession

Posted on 2008.10.02 at 14:08
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Like the subject says, I've treated myself to a new camera, which also means I'm redoing photos from my four unposted final walks (Collins St, Spring St, Elizabeth St and Docklands).

In the meantime, here's a pic I took at the recent Royal Melbourne Show, featuring a trio of alpacas:

There's also a full report - and plenty more pictures - on the Walking Melbourne website.

Walker



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