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Look Who’s Walkin’ - Part Two: Our Top Family Beach-Side Walks in Melbourne

With summer on our doorstep, Melbourne is calling you for seaside walks and sand-filled play. Here are some of our favourite beach-side adventures:

St Kilda 

Not many can resist the fun of Luna Park in St Kilda. If your little ones are just that bit too little then there is a fantastic park to be found at Neptune Street. Sister of Soul is the place to visit for a yummy juice or smoothie to sip on as you stroll along the pier with bubba.

Hampton 

The beach-side suburb of Hampton provides lots of entertainment for families, with it’s parks and swimming beaches. Thomas Street South Reserve has a great wooden playground for the little ones to explore. With plenty of outdoor seating, Cornerstone and Co. Cafe makes a good spot to stop for lunch.

Elwood 

There is a beautiful walk in store for you along the Ormond Esplanade. Be sure to bring your hats, apply that sunscreen and pop on the sunglasses as it gets quite hot and glarey. For lunch, Little Sunflower Cafe is not far up Glen Huntley/Ormond Road. They serve the best buddha bowls in town and there is seating out the front for parents with prams. 

Chelsea 

Chelsea beach is a nice spot to visit. The Bicentennial playground is the perfect place for your little ones to run wild and Soul Press in nearby Edithvale will cure your smoothie craving. 

Frankston Foreshore  

Frankston Beach is a plesant spot to spend the afternoon. Nature Cafe makes a good choice for lunch with plenty of vegetarian and vegan options on the menu. Frankston Foreshore playground is lots of fun for the little ones, or there is the bright and bold Bellam Park further inland on Cranbourne Road.

Mornington Pier   

A nice walk around Mornington Pier is always lots of fun. There is a fantastic playground and reserve for the little ones to run around at Mornington Park. Soul Press is the place to go when hunger strikes with their nourishing açaí bowls and delicious smoothies, or you can try Thanks Albert with a yummy selection of vegetarian burgers to choose from. If you need to do some shopping while you are out and about Natural Balance along the main street has a big range of organic goodies. 

Remember to always be sun-safe on your walks! Visit www.sunsmart.com.au for more sun-safety tips.

Enjoy your summer! 

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Look Who's Walkin' - Part One - Best Walks in Melbourne’s Outer East

Whilst my little one isn't walking yet that doesn't mean I still can't enjoy a nice walk and fresh air with her! It's so much fun to explore the great outdoors, and it makes for a lovely weekend date with the family (puppies included where possible!). Here some of our favourite walking trails and tracks:

Warburton Rail Trail

This trail technically starts behind the Lilydale train station, however you can start out at various alternate points along the trail (such as Mount Evelyn, Wandin, Seville, Killara). The trail runs all the way through to Warburton. Parts of the trail are a breeze with the pram (such as Seville to Killara), but do note there are sections that are not pram-friendly. It is also best to pack supplies, as not all sections of the trail have toilets or cafes close-by. There are great playgrounds at Mount Evelyn and Yarra Junction for your little ones to enjoy.

Warrandyte River Walking Track

This is one of our favourite walking tracks for sure! Even before we had our little one we spent many weekends at Warrandyte with our dogs. This beautiful walking track along the Yarra River is very popular with families, and gets super busy in the warmer months. Keep an eye out for the Warrandyte Community Market, which runs from 9am - 1pm on the first Saturday of each month.

Lilydale Lake Walking Track

Lilydale Lake offers an easy quick walk along the trail looping around the lake. The pram handles the track with ease, so you can enjoy this track even with a newborn. There are BBQ shelters and public toilets at the beginning/end of the trail. The best feature is the massive playground for your little ones to run wild!

Sherbrooke Forest Walk, Belgrave

This is a longer walk, but so worth it! The walk begins near Old Monbulk Road in Belgrave, treks through the stunning Sherbrooke Forest and loops back around to Belgrave. The walk can take up to 3 hours to complete. This one is best for the baby carrier, as tracks are not pram-friendly at all.

Jells Park Walk, Wheelers Hill

This is a beautiful, scenic walk where your little ones can enjoy spotting birds in the wetlands and watching the ducks play in the lake. There are also fun playgrounds for adventure seekers. The walk can take up to an hour, and the trail is pram-friendly. If the weather is nice, why not stop by one of the parks many BBQ areas and enjoy a bite to eat?!

Blind Creek Trail, Ferntree Gully

This walking trail is perfect for those with prams. The trail starts off at Tim Neville Arboretum Park/playground in Ferntree Gully, and ends at Blind Creek Trail near Scoresby Road in Knox. It can take up to an hour to complete if walking at a slower pace (or longer if your little ones stop to play at the playgrounds along the trail!).