More than 40 sites have been selected, and these are divided into 9 regions . The site descriptions for each region are grouped together so that once you are in an area it is easy to check out several sites if you wish. Site descriptions include a site summary, directions, track commentary, level of difficulty and a map. Generally directions to a particular site are given from the centre of the nearest town, the centre usually being the post office.
In any guide, choice of regions can be somewhat arbitrary but I have decided on the regions defined as forecast districts by the Bureau of Meteorology. If you are out and about, it is useful to know the current weather status and any fire warnings in summer. This may influence your choice of sites to visit.
Generally sites selected are reasonably close within a region. Walks are spread out across Victoria but are grouped by proximity so that you can visit multiple sites in a particular area. The book is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all sites – plenty of others have done that. What this book does offer is detailed, commented walks where you can combine activities, but with a bias towards the birds. It is a curated list of birding walks if you like.
You may wonder why some of the ‘big name’ sites are not in this book. They are covered in other guides. Instead I have chosen some of my favourite sites – generally they are less crowded but always have a range of different birds. Yes – it is my personal bias, but hopefully it will broaden your horizons. All of the sites I have walked many times over the years and watched them change over time. None are too demanding – I am over 70 and can still do all of them comfortably.
• North East
• East Gippsland
• North Central
• South West
• Northern Country
• West and South Gippsland