“Every person is more than themselves. He or she represents the unique meeting point in which converges the world’s events once, just once and never again. Therefore every story of every person is important, eternal and holy.” Herman Hesse
My partner Amanda and I founded Melbourne Walks in 1991 with the ideal of creating a family company that protected and promoted our environment and heritage. Our children now work with us as Melbourne tragics: – crazy about our city, our environment and our country.
Our first walking tour has evolved into 15 books and over a hundred different tours. People ask us to research specialist tours that no other company undertakes. We aim is to give our walkers rich personal experiences of the unseen world around us. We view each walk as a once-only theatre of the street with its unique interaction between participants, time, place and memory. The miners dug for gold, we dig endlessly for secrets in the landscape.
We partner with the traditional custodians of our sacred landscape to express our commitment to reconciliation and social justice. We are also supporters of Melbourne Heritage Action fighting to protect our vulnerable heritage with support of the National Trust. Join up – its free!
Our business is as sustainable as it gets. Walking is great for your health, the environment, local business and creating community. Our office is the street. We repair and use discarded bikes. We harvest bushtucker from the parks. We promote sustainability to hundreds of participants a year through tours such as Sustainable, Indigenous, Architecture, Explorer and Liveability Melbourne.
Melbourne Walks is accredited with the Professional Tour Guides Association of Australia and with Guides of Australia. We maintain public liability insurance, Working with Children Check and First Aid Certificates.
In 2015 two of our published books won awards at the Victorian Community History Awards. The judges described Melbourne Dreaming: A Guide to Important Places of the Past and Present as ‘a finely crafted example of a historical guide that provides inspiration for other guide writers.’
See Our 15 books
We also convene the annual Monty Python Soccer Match of Twits versus Philosophers every May in Fawkner Park. Better not to ask.
1991 Successful submission to government creating St Kilda Breakwater Penguin Sanctuary – now thriving, Go look from the pier!
1997 ‘ Australian Sister City Award: ‘Alfreda the City Penguin’ (children’s book in English and Japanese)
2001 Australian Centenary Medal: ‘contribution to community tourism‘
2002 Victorian Community History Awards – Best Walk/Tour Commendation
2007 Civic Project of the Year Award – Port Phillip (Coordinator St Kilda Children’s History Project)
2007 Citizen of the Year nomination – Port Phillip
2011 Indigenous Victorian Home and Community Care Award (VICAAD)
2011 Immigration Museum Exhibition ‘Fighting for Equality’ (six-months) – ADEC Coordinator
2011 Civic Project of the Year Award – Port Phillip (Publishing Coordinator of MPHG book & film ‘The Heart of Middle Park’)
2012 St Kilda Film Festival: Our fim ‘A Century of Lunacy: The Story of Luna Park’.
2014 Finalist: City of Port Phillip Business Excellence Awards – Tourism
2015 Lonely Planet votes Melbourne Walk’s Literary Tour as one of the ten best in the world.