A perfect walk for inquisitive kids and adults to share. Explore some interesting nooks and crannies of East St Kilda and Balaclava (Cit of Port Phillip).
Entrance to Alma Park West. WATCH YOUR STEP (Poo Alert!) This is a dog park, so keep a look out. Dog watching can be fun though, and APW has lots of spots to sit and do it.
Playground for all ages. Lots of guided and unguided play, places to rummage, hills to roll down - and THAT flying fox!
They get a view, we get some passive surveillance. Everyone wins! Theres a shop down on the corner too, if you need an icecream.
If I was looking for somewhere to practice my scooting or to play street soccer, this is the place (sans cars, of course).
Theres a cafe, grass, trees and more places to rummage. Good spot for a bite and a rest.
Good spot for the littlies - plus it's got a fence which I know helps with the supervision.
Carlisle Street Balaclava. It must nearly be lunchtime, yeah? Lots of interesting shops and eateries. Or, if you're over it, Balaclava train station up above!
You don't have to walk all the way around from Carlisle Street like I did. You could just cut through down William Street past the interesting industrial sites that have been put to new uses...
It wouldn't be an urban walk without street art now, would it?
The playground's interesting, but the hidie holes and paths through the scrub (garden beds) are more interesting, I think. There's some 'art' going on here to (among other things!)
They may not be pretty, but they are worth exploring... together.
Every neighbourhood needs more of these 'parklets' - to encourage people out of their loungerooms, I think.
It's paths like this that people who drive cars just don't know of, and that kids of all ages should discover for themselves.
Oooh I wish we had more of these where I live. The locals know about it, and lots of people use it. Where are they going? Where do they come from?
If you've come this far, I hope you didn't miss a couple of gems. Did you see the rope swing someone put up outside their house? What about the burrow at the end of Albion Street? Go back. Look.
If this street were a person, it would give hugs to passing bike riders, I'm sure.
If you took any less than 3 hours to do this walk, I reckon you missed most of it. Sandringham one way, CBD the other. Go home.