Melbourne Circle Project

Melbourne Circle is an account of a series of walks around the suburbs of Melbourne by Nick Gadd.

Taken together, the walks form a circle around the city. Beginning in Williamstown in the south west, I walked in a clockwise direction, with very occasional brief detours into the city centre. The walk ended with a trip across the bay back to Williamstown, completing the circle.

As a reader, I found it to be extremely interesting, broad and includes some of the best ghost signs you will find anywhere.

Nick's words: it’s a very personal tour, and that’s part of the point. Every suburb, every street, has millions of stories worth telling, of which I’ve only mentioned a handful. Anyone who took a walk like this would easily find many others. It doesn’t take much – just a bit of observation, curiosity and imagination. They are out there, waiting to be uncovered.

Nick Gadd is a Melbourne writer. He is not a Melburnian (although he should be), he writes essays about Melbourne, history, literature, music and suburban life.

Stories by Melbourne Suburb

Abbotsford

Albert Park

Ascot Vale

Avondale Heights

Balaclava

Braybrook

Brunswick

Brunswick East

Carlton

Carlton North

Clifton Hill

Collingwood

Cremorne

Elwood

Essendon

Fishermans Bend

Fitzroy

Fitzroy North

Flemington

Footscray

Kensington

Maidstone

Maribyrnong

Melbourne CBD

Middle Park

Moonee Ponds

Newport

North Melbourne

Parkville

Port Melbourne

Prahran

Richmond

Ripponlea

St Kilda

St Kilda East

South Melbourne

South Yarra

Spotswood

Sunshine

West Footscray

West Melbourne

Williamstown

Yarraville