Walking is the most popular form of recreational activity for Victorians, and has environmental, health and social benefits. Walking is also part of every trip, either the entire journey or as connecting trips to public transport or parked vehicles.

Places to walk

In Merri-bek there are some great places to get out and about and explore on foot:

  • Explore the hustle and bustle of Sydney Road. Part middle eastern souk, part Mediterranean bazaar – the fresh food retailers along this shopping strip are renowned. Brides also come from afar to find that perfect dress or matching pair of shoes, and the cosmopolitan cafes and funky boutiques draw a crowd.
  • Walk along the Merri Creek trail. Discover Brunswick’s own Russian Orthodox Church, complete with gold “onion domes," CERES Environment Park, remnants of old bluestone quarries, or have a picnic on the banks of Coburg Lake.
  • Watch birds at Jacana Wetlands along Moonee Ponds Creek. Further downstream, marvel at the wooden trestle bridge across the valley, or watch the planes take off and land at Essendon Airport.

See walking trails and bike paths for more information.

Walk to School Month

Primary school students in Merri-bek will be getting active with friends and family this October as they walk to and from school for the VicHealth Walk to School month.

Council supports local schools and families by delivering local Walk to School activities and initiatives that support ongoing active travel.

Walk to School encourages primary school students to walk to and from school to build healthy habits for life and highlights the many benefits of walking for children such as improving fitness, building friendships and even reducing traffic and pollution.

With some great prizes up for grabs and plenty of fun and competitions for students during October, Walk to School is a free, easy, and fun way for kids to get the 60 minutes of exercise they need each day. Find out more at Walk to School.