Arriving on the weekend of 23–24 November? Wondering what to do? Check out some of the following options related to environmental sustainability, nature conservancy and building preservation.

A great place to visit for environmentally concerned citizens and educators is the internationally renowned CERES (Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies). Visit the website first to find out how to get there, what’s on, and about its alternative technology park, community gardens, nursery, organic grocery, café and so much more…

The Commoners Co-op Planetary Survival series starts on Sunday 24 November from 10am to 5pm at Ross House, 247–51 Flinders Lane, Melbourne. Commoning by Design is a participatory action design workshop using ‘deep sociology’ to understand the need for global change. Planning and Communicating the regenerative economy is a co-design workshop exploring organisational models. Tickets at Eventbrite: https://bit.ly/32MP6CO

For day tours of places of natural beauty and to view special plant and animal species, check out the guided tours at Hike and Seek Tours. Locations include the 12 Apostles, Otways and Great Ocean Road; Phillip Island; Wilsons Promontory. Book ahead

Eco Platypus Tours also specialise in eco day tours from Melbourne to the Grampians, Yarra Valley, the Great Ocean Road Tour and Phillip Island and take historic building tours among their half-day Melbourne-based tours

The 90-minute Aboriginal Heritage Walk (Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria) — Womindjeka! — takes you through the ancestral lands of the Kulin (Koolin) Nation, with an Indigenous guide, a smoking ceremony and talks about using plants in traditional ways.

Find  links to free City of Melbourne self-guided walks including the:

  • walk through historic buildings in the shade of trees around University of Melbourne’s campus
  • Golden Mile Heritage Trail observing many of Melbourne’s most impressive historic buildings
  • green Fitzroy Gardens Walk and green Carlton Gardens Walk
  • (with the Royal Exhibition Building and 34 other points of interest)
  • brown Yarra River Walk accompanied by a podcast with original information
  • self-guided walk past St Kilda’sbest architecture and history (created by Heritage Victoria)
  • contemporary innovative design walk, including 23 ‘Marvelous Melbourne’ buildings.

To take your self-guided Fitzroy Aboriginal heritage walking trail of significant places and people, download the brochure to see more details.

For your self-guided tour through Billibellary’s Country with an Indigenous interpretation of University of Melbourne’s Parkville campus landscape, download the brochure.

Travel in the imagination of time through Melbourne’s six seasons ‘subtly reconstructed map as the context for understanding place and belonging for the Wurundjeri people.

For self-guided walks — or cycling tours — of water projects, including exploring water sensitive urban design in the CBD check out the details at the City of Melbourne’s Urban Water site. Those who want to learn about sustainable water management can view the tours on their mobile devices as they move around the city

Take a self-guided 90-minute walk around Elwood Village Trail and its waterways (City of Port Phillip, just south of the CBD) with 33 places of interest.

Take the sustainable shopper circuit at the South Melbourne market —

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