Walking distance wonders (Issue 16, 2012)


WalkingYou need a break from your lectures and coursework at the Melbourne campus. The weather is great, and you would like to do something different, and cheap. So, where do you go?

Well, luckily, a range of great Australian outdoor attractions surround the La Trobe University Melbourne campus – and they are all within walking distance:

  • Bundoora Park – one of Melbourne’s largest and most diverse urban parks is only about a 20 minute walk from the campus. The park has a range of attractions, such as Cooper’s Settlement, a small farm where you will find native Australian animals and farm animals, from kangaroos to pigs and emus. It costs students only A$9 to enter the farm and it’s open every day from 10am to 4pm. There is also a Heritage Village where you can see some typical 19th century buildings including a traditional blacksmith barn imported from Scotland in the 1880s.


  • Three golf courses – the Strathallan Golf Course, Bundoora Public Golf Course and Latrobe Golf Park driving range are all within about a 25 minute walk from the campus. The semi-private nine-hole Strathallan course is nestled between nature reserves and habitats including the La Trobe Wildlife Sanctuary, near the far north-eastern corner of the campus. The course is open to the public on specific days during the week and on weekends. La Trobe students pay only A$10 for access to the green, on presentation of their student card. 


  • Bundoora Homestead – a detailed piece of Melbourne’s history is a short tram ride or 30 minute walk from campus on the edge of Bundoora Park. Built by one of Melbourne’s leading architects in 1900, this English Queen Anne Style mansion has been beautifully restored with a contribution from La Trobe University. The former home of one of Melbourne's leading horse racing pioneers is now an art centre and café. Entry to the homestead is free.


  • Gresswell Forest – if you have already been to our La Trobe Wildlife Sanctuary, you can wander through a neighbouring native Australian forest, complete with its own set of resident kangaroos. Located north-east of the campus, Gresswell Forest and the nearby Habitat Link and cascades are natural wonders – you will feel like you are very far away from the city. It takes about 30 minutes to get there and there are lots of relaxing 15-minute walks through Gresswell Forest. Download and print out a map to take with you and ensure you don’t walk alone or late in the day. Entry is free.