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Because we love nature and we love our city, we are proud to
present Melbourne City Nature Walks. 

 

Enjoy half and full day walks seeing the city in nature, hearing
Melbourne’s stories, with refreshments and and a gift included.

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ABOUT

Experience nature, adventure, and surprising stories and get to know Melbourne like never before on Melbourne City Nature Walks.  We bring together small groups to enjoy half-day or full-day walks through Melbourne’s beautiful parks, gardens, and riverside bushland while absorbing the history and culture that is to be found and tell Melbourne’s story.  

 

Visitors will get to know the city intimately, and locals will also be surprised by hidden gems, and at times be overcome by their own nostalgia from their hometown.  Stop for refreshments at some of Melbourne’s best cafes and enjoy a lemon-scented gum bath salts gift to soak in along with Melbourne’s history and culture.    

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Introducing Melbourne
City Nature Walks

After taking hundreds of keen hikers on our City Nature Hike, and discovering so many different nature experiences and stories, Hiked is introducing a range of new city adventures, Melbourne City Nature Walks.  Themed half-day walks will be paired with stories of Melbourne's history and culture, refreshments, and a gift of salts to unwind afterward and savour the experience.  Visitors and locals can get to know Melbourne like never before.  

Check out some of the stories and photos on the Melbourne City Nature Walks facebook page.

This tour is developed by Katerina Volny, Hike Leader and Psychologist, and presented by Hiked Tours, a division of Kate Southall’s Hiked company, licensed Parks Victoria Tour operator.  Katerina designed these walks after discovering that there was plenty of nature to hike from the city centre, as well as the richness of Melbourne’s experiences in historical, sporting, and art works around the city.  

Dates and booking details to come

Melbourne City Nature Walk
- History, Women and War

4 hours, 11kms, refreshments, snacks, and gifts 

Our meeting and finishing location :The Fearless Girl sculpture in the centre of Federation Square


Starting in the centre of the city at Federation Square, take in the nature, history and culture of our beautiful city.  We take in at least 10 gardens and parks and 20 memorial sites, spanning each providing an insight into the city that Melbourne has become today. 

 

This walk gives us an opportunity to consider, in particular, how women have been represented through the ages, and also allows us to contemplate how we can relate to this today and into the future.  

For those that wish, there is also a chance to roll down the best grassy hill in the city. We have refreshments mid walk in The Botanic Gardens and snacks and drinks at its conclusion at Federation Square. 

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Melbourne City Nature Walk,
- By The Yarra and the Inner City
 

4 hours, 11kms, refreshments, snacks and gifts
 

Our meeting and finishing location: Victoria Park Station on Johnston St, undercover outside Dr Morse eatery.

 

We meet in the heart of the inner city at Victoria Park Station, and venture along the Yarra River, with indigenous history, a surprising waterfall, a bushland feel, and site of a world record high dive into the Yarra. 

 

We stop for refreshments at the Abbostsford Convent, and learn about some dark history, as well as the joyful space this is now. 

 

Back towards the city we see Melbourne’s historic home of the Collingwood Football Club, and largest mural on a building in the Southern Hemisphere that gives us an understanding of multicultural Melbourne. 

The Great Melbourne City
Nature Hike 25km

8 hours, 25kms, morning tea, lunch, gift

Our meeting and finishing location: The Fearless Girl sculpture in the centre of Federation Square

 

This is a walk for the keen walker.  We cover a lot of ground that includes many parks and gardens, and bushland along the Yarra River.  We have a well-earned lunch at Abbotsford Convent, with choices from several quality menus.

 

There is so much to see in this beautiful city and on this hike, you will see its beauty, it's charm and colour.  A great training hike for endurance with great sights along the way.

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Melbourne City Nature Walk,
Ladies of Melbourne for Mother’s Day

4 hours, 11kms, refreshments, snacks, and gift

Our meeting and finishing location: The Fearless Girl sculpture in the centre of Federation Square

 

Today we take a closer look at the ladies of Melbourne and how they are represented in sculptures and artwork throughout our parks and gardens. 

 

We have a queen, a war hero, mythical figures, and strong modern women.  This gives us a great appreciation of women through the ages in Melbourne, as well as ourselves.
 

ANZAC history

4 hours, 11kms, refreshments, snacks, and gift

Our meeting and finishing location: The Fearless Girl sculpture in the centre of Federation Square
 

On the eve of ANZAC day, we take this walk through the best of Melbourne’s parks and gardens, with a special focus on the many stories around the war memorial and surrounding gardens. 

 

Through all the difficulties of war we hear some remarkable stories as well as have an opportunity to remember many who have been impacted by wars through the ages.  We then loop through the beautiful Botanical Gardens, stop for refreshments, and take in some more sights along the Yarra back to Federation Square.

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History, Sport, and Religion and the AFL in Melbourne

4 hours, 11kms, refreshments, snacks, and gift

Our meeting location: The Fearless Girl sculpture in the centre of Federation Square

Our finishing location: Victoria Park Station (bring your myki for a 12-minute train ride back to Flinders St Station)

 

This walk honours the important place that the AFL and sports have in Melbourne and its a great time to do it at the end of the women’s season and beginning of the 2021 men’s season.  It has connected people together, sometimes with rivalry, and sometimes with difficulty. 

 

As we walk through some beautiful spaces in Melbourne we take in the stories and the sculptures in the Avenue of Legends at the MCG, as well as indigenous history, women in sport, and the historic home grounds of the Richmond and Collingwood Football Clubs. Some say that Melbourne is the AFL, so join us on this walk to learn more Melbourne and share your own footy experiences.

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Melbourne Arts and Parks

4 hours, 11kms, refreshments, snacks, and gift

Our meeting and finishing location: The Fearless Girl sculpture in the centre of Federation Square

 

This walk combines art and nature by exploring the works and the stories behind them that are within Melbourne’s beautiful parks and gardens.  Historical pieces from another time, modern works of Forward Surge, The Vault and Angel, and the joy of fountains reveal Melbourne’s personality. 

 

As we walk and talk, we will also share experiences of Melbourne’s prime galleries, the best shows of the moment, and Melbourne’s further afield sculpture gems. 

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What you get/ what’s included:

 

  • Experienced first aid trained guides.

  • Walks designed for you to get the best nature sights in Melbourne.

  • An understanding Melbourne through its best stories.

  • A friendly small group experience.

  • Mid-walk refreshments and end of walk drink at selected cafes - order what you prefer ahead when you book.

  • A gift of lemon scented gum magnesium bath salt soak, to relax in after the walk.


What do you need?

 

Bring you comfortable walking shoes, clothing appropriate for the weather, a bottle of water, and your curiosity.  Light refreshments are pre-ordered as part of the package, and meals available to purchase at the conclusion of the walks.   

 

How active do I need to be?

 

Our half-day walks are a little over 10kms over a 3-hour period, which allows for a moderate pace of walking with pauses to hear about the sights and a rest stop for refreshments.  Our full-day walk is 25kms and is for the keen walkers who have experience walking at a reasonable pace over several hours.  

 

Other important stuff:

 

We acknowledge the traditional owners of the land that we are walk on, the Boon Wurrung and Wurundjeri peoples of the Kulin Nation, and we recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. We pay our respects to their elders’ past, present and emerging.

 

All genders welcome for all hikes, LGBQTI friendly.

 

We are happy to design bespoke walks for private groups, groups with special mobility or disability needs, as part of an education program, or workplace team building activities. 

 

Contact MCNW on FB or 0417 055 638 for more information.