Tag Archive | walking

Point Nepean National Park


The 560 acre Point Nepean National Park is located on the tip of the Mornington Peninsula. It has played an important part in Victoria’s history as a quarantine station then later miltary defence in case Australia was ever invaded through Victoria. For me, it’s a beautiful, rugged area. It’s possible to walk from the eastern edge to the entrance. It will take a long time but I’ve done a lot of the walk and it’s spectacular.


These cute, wood-carved dolphins are placed outside the entrance to the park.









Looking across from the tip of the national park to the Bellarine Peninsula on the other side of Port Phillip Bay. I posted photos from that side when I went to Geelong a few weeks ago.

A walk around South Melbourne – part 2

Mum recently borrowed a book from her local library that had a lot of different walks you could do in and around Melbourne. The first time I looked at it I thought there were a few good walks but the second time I realised that I wanted to do most of them. I also realised I had already done some of them. Now that the weather is getting better we are going to do more walking and sightseeing. We love being tourists in our own town. There’s no better way of getting to know a place than by getting out of your car and walking. You see so much more.

South Melbourne isn’t a place I knew a lot about. Apart from a few job interviews years ago in the business district of the suburb I haven’t been there a lot. I’ve been past it and around it often enough. It borders Albert Park, Port Melbourne and Port Phillip Bay, all places I’ve been to a lot more. I was looking forward to this walk. It was a nice day for walking too.

It took a while for us to get our bearings but parked near the corner of Park and Ferrars Sts. That was actually stop 4 on the tour but we decided it was easy to park there. When we got a block away from the South Melbourne Market we decided to go in there for lunch. I loved the range and prices of the fruit, vegies and items in the butchers.


One of the modern developments in South Melbourne. This one has a modern scene printed on the side depicting the trams rustling down South Melbourne.



This beautiful, old building was a school but is now apartments. I’ve seen other such buildings turned into apartments as well.



Nixon Place is an example of the cobblestone laneways spread through many inner-city suburbs. There is a drainage channel running down the centre. These laneways were used by night soil collectors and ice delivery men before mod cons such as indoor bathrooms and fridges.


Nowadays, the Caledonian is a house but it was originally built as a hotel.


These heritage-listed prefabricated portable cottages are an example of the housing that was required in the 1850’s Gold Rush. Demand was so high that they had to come up with a cheap, easily-built type of housing. They are maintained by the National Trust and are only open on the first Sunday of each month.



Another example of Gold Rush housing. This one is a wooden prefabricated house. The owners have very cleverly built a double storey house beside and behind the wooden house. It’s very well designed, providing a discreet home and not destroying the look of the wooden house.


Rochester Terrace. An example of the beautiful rows of terraces.


A walk around South Melbourne – part 1


South Melbourne is one of the oldest suburbs in Melbourne, being just 2kms south of the city. It was originally named Emerald Hill because it was an attractive green hill behind the swampy land south of the Yarra River.

Within a few decades it became one of the homes of the working class. There were a number of industries operating in this and nearby suburbs and they needed somewhere to live. There are streets of tiny workers cottages on the western side of the suburb. Further east are much more grand two and three storey homes with iron lacework. The town hall is one of the most magnificent in Melbourne.


The photos above and below are of the Old St Vincent de Paul Orphanage for Boys. Nowadays it’s the McKillop Family Services building. It is also listed on the Victorian Heritage Register.


The much plainer Orphanage for Girls, located just behind the Boy’s Orphanage.




I love this small building. It was probably an old corner milk bar.

A lovely row of red and gold terraces.


Walking tour: East side of Melbourne


Scot’s Church

This cute little garden is on the boundary of Scot’s Church.

We saw this piece of art on the wall near Naura House.

Old Treasury Building – this is now the Registry Office and Births, Deaths and Marriage. They also hold exhibitions about Melbourne’s history. I didn’t realise this until recently so will go and see some of them.

It was built during the Gold Rush in the 1850’s when Melbourne was the richest city in the world and known world-wide as Marvellous Melbourne. Amazingly, it was designed by a 19 year old architect.

Walking tour: More of Collins St


Have a look closely at the building above. Can you see what makes it remarkable? Comment if you can.

We were heading further east of the city during the walking tour. The lower the building number, the more prestigious the address. The lower numbers make up the ‘Paris end’ of Collins St. This is where you go to find the expensive, international retailers such as Prada and Luis Vuitton. Before it became the Paris end it was where the medical practices were. It was a big deal if you were going to a Collins St specialist. And expensive.

We stopped to look at this building which is opposite the T & G building. It’s a beautiful building that was originally built as a medical practice. Jeremy pointed out what makes this building different. When you know what it is you realise how obvious it is.

The building is now dwarfed by the Hyatt Hotel.


Walking tour: T & G building


When it was built, the T & G Building at 161 Collins St was described as the most beautiful building in Melbourne. T & G stands for Temperance and General as it was built by the Temperance Society. Mum pointed out that it was also known as the Tooth and Gum building because when she was growing up many dental specialists had their clinics in there.

There is a big trend in ‘shadowing’ buildings in Melbourne these days. I read an article about it a few weeks ago and Jeremy mentioned it and pointed out some buildings that had been shadowed. This is where they keep the historical facade and build a modern building behind it. Some architects are saying it is cheating and doesn’t really keep the history of the building so in fact we are still losing so much history.