Melbourne Circle Project

Melbourne Circle Project

Melbourne Circle ProjectMelbourne Circle is an account of a series of walks around the suburbs of Melbourne which I took in 2014-2016.

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.

Nick Gadd

Nick Gadd: Writer and urban explorer Melbourne. Walking the city at

Nick Gadd writes essays about Melbourne history literature music and suburban life.

Stories by suburb

This blog describes a series of walks all connecting up into a circuit of Melbourne on foot.


The real and the fake in Abbotsford

Albert Park

London calling

Ascot Vale

The Temperance Triangle and the six o'clock swill

Avondale Heights

Apocalypse Heights


The diverse charms of St Kilda East (and Balaclava)


Architecture and peanut butter


Wandering Brunswick

Brunswick East

A deco dairy and stories on walls


The American architect and the angry donor
Italian films in 1950s Carlton

Carlton North

Modernism and Victoriana
A cuppa in Carlton North

Clifton Hill

The bricks and stones of Clifton Hill
Boots and all


Footy moustaches and electric girdles: it's The Sportsman!
The transformations of Collingwood


The icons of Cremorne


The romance of Elwood


Mansions and monkeys
Suburban drift on Buckley Street

Fishermans Bend

Completing the circle


Architectural extremes on Nicholson Street
Three ghostsigns three stories

Fitzroy North

Fitzroy North or North Fitzroy?


Functional fancy Flemington


A peek inside the Grand Theatre Footscray
So fine a place of entertainment - the lost theatres of Footscray
The Hot Shot pool saloon
Footscray revisited


Industrial reminders from Kensington to North Melbourne


Three scenes from Maidstone


Explosives on the Maribyrnong
Melbourne CBD

An appointment with Dr King

Middle Park

Designs for living

Moonee Ponds

Fading signs in Moonee Ponds


Death and resurrection

North Melbourne

A walk along Victoria Street (part one)
A walk along Victoria Street (part two)
Layers of ghosts on Abbotsford Street


The strangeness of Royal Park
Elvis and billiards in Melbourne cemetery

Port Melbourne

Whisky on the rocks
From the ocean to the lake
Dream houses past and present


Memories of Commercial Road
Turkish baths and oyster saloons: the story of Prahran Arcade
Lost on Chapel Street


Squizzy Taylor in Richmond
Wall of champions
Lovell's hairdressers to Loulou's relaxology
The Australian Mont De Piete
Tales from Richmond Hill


The Top Shop and the pharmacy

St Kilda

Many-layered St Kilda
Spaghetti coffee and drag: more from St Kilda

St Kilda East

Three women of St Kilda Cemetery
Diverse charms of St Kilda East

South Melbourne

Bank Street stroll
The lost names of Emerald Hill

South Yarra

Hollywood on the Yarra
Schnapps emus and boots


The West Gate Bridge disaster


A flutter on the monkeys

West Footscray

James Flood's exclusive limousines
Slugs and fonts at the Museum of Printing

West Melbourne

Life wasn't meant to be radioactive


Changing spaces in Williamstown
Skin deep
Mr Vowles' underclothing depot


Growing up in the Yarra Coffee Palace
The sinking village

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