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 activity was held in September 2016 and visited Historic Mansions of East Melbourne, including the former home of the designer of the Treasury and Fitzroy Gardens.
The “Walk of Interest’ held on a lovely sunny day in May 2017 was around the Coburg Lake area, including the old Pentridge Gaol. After the walk, the group enjoyed lunch together.
In July 2017, ten members really enjoyed a walk around part of the University of Melbourne, led by Allan Rodger, accompanied by his insightful anecdotes about the site developments. Following the walk, most stayed for lunch together at the Dr Dax restaurant in Royal Parade.
The next walk, the last for 2017, was held on a hot November Tuesday. Starting from Flinders Street Station, members visited parts of St Kilda Road and the Botanic Gardens, concluding with lunch at the Terrace Café in the Gardens.
The first walk for 2018 will be held on Tuesday 20th March. This will be a walk around the Brighton area including the impressive 1874 mansion surrounded by Kamesburgh Gardens. We will pass the historic John Knox Presbyterian Church (1876) and the presbytery of St James Catholic Church (1860) as well as attractive Edwardian houses and streetscapes. For this walk please meet at Flinders Street Station under the clocks five minutes before 10:00 a.m. in order to catch the 10:09 a.m. Sandringham train to Gardenvale. After morning tea, we will commence our walk, which is listed as easy and likely to take forty minutes. Afterwards, we will stop for lunch at a cafe near Gardenvale station and return to Flinders Street mid afternoon.
For enquiries about Walks of Interest, please email here.