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WHEN and why did Houdini dive in the Yarra River? What is Melbourne's Canvas Town? Where can you find a Jeff Kennett gargoyle?

These gems and many more of Melbourne best kept secrets are uncovered in a new guide to the city's top walks.

The free Melbourne Walks booklet, the city's first walking guide of its kind, details six strolls which can each be done in less than three hours.

The step-by-step guide also lifts the lid on a treasure trove of little known Melbourne trivia and history for walkers to discover along the way.

The pocket book was the brainchild of Federation Square's management, which teamed up with Melbourne Council and Museum Victoria for the project.

All the walks begin and end in Federation Square.

"It struck us as odd that there was not a definitive and free guide to help and encourage tourists to discover, and locals to rediscover, this great city,"Federation Square chief Peter Seamer said.

"Walking is the best way to discover Melbourne.

"Developing the Melbourne Walks booklet made perfect sense to us, as Fed Square marks the centre of Melbourne and the best place from which to start and end walking tours."

Museum Victoria researcher Justin Francis, who worked on the book, said: "This guide will enable visitors and locals to discover our wonderful city through new eyes, discovering the intrigue of its past and sampling its delights of today."

The free guides, which cost $50,000 to produce, are available from Friday at Melbourne Visitor Centre (town hall).

30 Nov 2003

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