Walks in Nature: Melbourne and Walks in Nature: Sydney by Explore Australia

Walking cards with easy-to-follow maps

By Laura McKinnon
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Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House

Walks in Nature - Melbourne
Melbourne skyline and Yarra River, Melbourne, Victoria
Walks in Nature - Sydney


Walks in Nature: Sydney and Walks in Nature: Melbourne are card sets with a difference. Each card gives details of a scenic walk and by flipping the card you get a map of the walk’s location.

There isn’t mad search through a book or turning back to the contents page to find a map, it is all there right in front of you. It is a fantastic tool for people who just want to get up and go, as the location research has been done for you.

Each card grades the walk (easy, medium, hard), gives a return distance (none bigger than 20kms), gives a Melways / Sydways reference and has notes particular to that particular walk (things like a track being unsealed, dogs not permitted etc.).

The cards also give a brief description of the walk which points out specific highlights, where to stop and eat and has a photo of the location.

Another great feature is that the walks are organised seasonally and differentiated by a colour coding system.

With a simple glance you can see which walks are suited for this time of year. You can also be confident that if you live or are staying in Melbourne or Sydney you won’t have to travel too far to experience the walks on offer.

All of the suggested trails in the Walks in Nature: Sydney deck of cards are within two hours’ drive of Sydney's city centre. Some of which include:

  • Manly to North Head (Manly)
  • Bondi to Coogee (Eastern Beaches)
  • Great North Walk (Berowra Valley Regional Park)
  • Waterfall to Heathcote (Heathcote National Park)
  • Nepean Gorge (Blue Mountains National Park)
  • Manly Dam (Allambie Heights)

This focus on proximity to Melbourne city is repeated in Walks in Nature: Melbourne deck of cards with walks including:

  • Cape Schanck (Mornington Peninsula)
  • Sorrento to Blairgowrie (Mornington Peninsula)
  • Domino Trail (Great Dividing Range)
  • Sherbrooke Forest (Dandenong Ranges)
  • Yarra River (Southbank)
  • O’Shannassy Aqueduct Trail (Yarra Ranges National Park)

Each box contains 32 walk cards and is a great buy for the casual walker, and for visitors wanting to see a little more outside the state's capitals, without going too far.

For those environmentally minded the package is also FSC certified; the paper used in making the package is from responsible sources.


Walks in Nature: Sydney and Walks in Nature: Melbourne are published by Explore Australia (Melbourne, Vic, 2010; 32 cards) and retail in Australia for RRP A$24.99 each.

They can be purchased online via Booko.com.au here »



  • Sydney (NSW)

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