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Melbourne Outdoors

Summer in Melbourne. Opportunities abound around the city to enjoy free open air activities - beaches, cycle paths, walking trails and parklands.

The Kokoda Trail Memorial Walk, in the Dandenong Ranges National Park, is one of the most popular fitness walks close to the city. Only a 3km round walk but involving a steep climb up the thousand steps, built as a tribute to the gruelling 96km Kokoda Trail through the Owen Stanley Range in New Guinea, the site of Australian World War Two battles.

The Melbourne walk seems the equivalent of the popular Noosa National Park walk in Queensland. On any day and at any time there is a steady flow of walkers of all ages and levels of fitness toiling steadily or racing single mindedly up the track from the picnic area to the start of the steps and then up to the top to rest before the descent to the bottom.

Tall mountain ash and an understory of cool temperate messmate, grey box, stringybark, blanket bush, wattles, tree ferns, epiphytes and bracken, the intermittent calls of kookaburras, cockatoos, rosellas, bellbirds, currawongs in the fresh mountain air combine to create a pleasant and exhilarating exercise. We hear snatches of conversation as walkers approach and pass, admire the super fit and empathise with the strugglers, note the babies being carried in slings and back-packs, pause to rest and take in the surrounds and the view and glow with satisfaction when we reach our car for the trip home.

With our recently acquired bicycles we are discovering bike paths close to home and will eventually venture further afield.

Sunday bike ride along The Esplanade to The Sandbar, Middle Park, in the late winter sun.

A walk around Yarra Bend Park from Dights Falls in Abbotsford to the Studley Park Boatshed over the Yarra River

Cricket at Studley Park
Cricket at Studley Park
Kanes Swing Bridge, across the Yarra atStudley Park
Kanes Swing Bridge, across the Yarra atStudley Park
Hire boats at Studley Park Boatshed
Hire boats at Studley Park Boatshed
Start of the walk
Start of the walk
Sunlight on forest
Sunlight on forest
Descriptive memorial sign at the start of the walk
Descriptive memorial sign at the start of the walk
Directions along the track
Directions along the track
Walkers on the path to the steps
Walkers on the path to the steps
Bushland and fresh air
Bushland and fresh air
Walkers gathering around the base of the steps
Walkers gathering around the base of the steps
Limbering up
Limbering up
The steps at the start and another plaque
The steps at the start and another plaque
Water bottles left to collect on return
Water bottles left to collect on return
Barb in the shadows
Barb in the shadows
Barb climbing
Barb climbing
Female lyrebird seen scratching by the track
Female lyrebird seen scratching by the track
Imita Ridge, one of many plaques along the track
Imita Ridge, one of many plaques along the track
Memorial to the Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels of the New Guinea WWII campaign
Memorial to the Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels of the New Guinea WWII campaign
Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels memorial detail
Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels memorial detail
Tree ferns of two varieties
Tree ferns of two varieties
Moss on old mountain ash
Moss on old mountain ash
Philip on the walking track
Philip on the walking track
Last few steps
Last few steps
Resting at the top
Resting at the top
Triumph car owners picnic at the picnic grounds along the parking area
Triumph car owners picnic at the picnic grounds along the parking area
Triumph cars proudly displayed
Triumph cars proudly displayed
Triumph classic
Triumph classic
Triumphs again
Triumphs again
Cafe  in the picnic grounds
Cafe in the picnic grounds
Philip admires a car
Philip admires a car
Elwood Canal and road bridge
Elwood Canal and road bridge
Elwood Canal walking and cycle path
Elwood Canal walking and cycle path
St Kilda foreshore
St Kilda foreshore
St Kilda Pier view
St Kilda Pier view
St Kilda Pier and lone cyclist
St Kilda Pier and lone cyclist
Melbourne, view from St Kilda pier
Melbourne, view from St Kilda pier
 View between the palms
View between the palms
My bike
My bike
With my new bike
With my new bike
Cyclists on the bike path at Elwood
Cyclists on the bike path at Elwood
Philip and his bike
Philip and his bike
Barb and her bike
Barb and her bike
Philip rides home along the Elwood Canal bike path
Philip rides home along the Elwood Canal bike path
Brighton bike path.
Brighton bike path.
Brighton reflections
Brighton reflections
Still morning, Brighton
Still morning, Brighton
Brighton walkers
Brighton walkers
Bike Path towards Middle Brighton Baths
Bike Path towards Middle Brighton Baths
Morning view, Brighton beach
Morning view, Brighton beach
Brighton Pier
Brighton Pier
Dendy Beach Bathing Boxes
Dendy Beach Bathing Boxes
The Sandbar, Middle Park, August 2011
The Sandbar, Middle Park, August 2011
The Sandbar, Middle Park, August 2011
The Sandbar, Middle Park, August 2011
Middle Park jetty
Middle Park jetty
Along The Esplanade, Middle Park
Along The Esplanade, Middle Park
No, it's not mine!
No, it's not mine!
We'll go this way
We'll go this way
Studley Park Boatshed.
Studley Park Boatshed.
Enjoying the outdoors
Enjoying the outdoors
Old Man's Beard
Old Man's Beard
Dights Falls on the Yarra River, Yarra Bend
Dights Falls on the Yarra River, Yarra Bend
A walk in the woods, Yarra Bend
A walk in the woods, Yarra Bend
Eucalyptus blossom
Eucalyptus blossom
Studley Park Boatshed
Studley Park Boatshed
Wattle blossom
Wattle blossom
Eucalyptus bark
Eucalyptus bark