A newer activity of the Probus Club of Melbourne North, introduced in 2016, is a guided walk to a place of interest. These are held on the third Tuesday of each alternate month. Different members of the Club share in leading the walk. Members and guests meet at a designated location in Melbourne, easily accessible with public transport, for a guided walk, concluding with an optional lunch together.
The first walk for 2018 was held in March. This was a walk around the Brighton area including the impressive 1874 mansion surrounded by Kamesburgh Gardens. The walk passed the historic John Knox Presbyterian Church (1876) and the presbytery of St James Catholic Church (1860) as well as attractive Edwardian houses and streetscapes. After the short walk, the group stopped for lunch at a cafe near Gardenvale station, returning to the city by mid afternoon.
The walk of interest in May was through Melbourne’s famous lanes. This was led by architect and street artist David Wignall, who explained the difference between graffiti and street art. The group braved some rain to wander through the lanes, whilst David explained the history behind some of the work. Afterwards, many stayed to enjoy a light lunch at one of the many cafes in the area.
For further photos from the walk through Melbourne lanes, please click here.
In July, a small group had a guided tour at the State Library of Victoria, particularly looking at the exhibition The Changing Face of Victoria. Afterwards the group had lunch at Mr Tulk’s café.
The next walk will be on Tuesday 18 September. This will be around the eastern half of the original campus of the University of Melbourne starting at 11.00 am. We will meet on the corner of Monash Road and Swanston Street, opposite Faraday Street and alongside Tram Stop 1. The walk will last a little over an hour. We will then proceed to lunch in Lygon Street.
For enquiries about Walks of Interest, please email here.