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Frugal thrills: spring in Melbourne

It’s past the midway mark for spring and the weather is finally warming up in Melbourne. Time to try 5 outdoorsy activities:

1) Bike it, hike it

Grab your bike, a mate or a date and pedal along the Capital City Trail, the Merri Creek Trail, or any other of Melbourne’s dedicated bike and pedestrian trails. For details on specific routes in and around the city, check out The Bicycle Network’s Melbourne’s Metro Trail Network page.

If you prefer a slower travelling pace, put on the hiking boots and explore one of the region’s many walks. I haven’t done Werribee Gorge yet, but apparently it’s a stunner.

Bike it, hike it, whatever you decide to do, don’t forget to take drinks and food so that you’re not spending a fortune on lunch along the way. Continue reading

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Footnote Frivolity***, My Suburb is My Gym

My bike is my gym

There’s a new gym in the neighbourhood. Foundation membership’s $12 per week, which is a steal for anyone who hearts their treadmill.

Unfortunately, I’ve always been gym shy. Once upon a time, when I had a gym card, I turned up to balance class once a week (if I was lucky) and my credit card got charged $35.95 fortnightly for facilities I hardly used.

When my friend offered to sell her bike to me, I decided to ditch the gym and give cycling a go. Continue reading