Perched high on a ridge at the
edge of Melbourne's Port Philip Bay,
lies an almost secret pedestrian pathway
called The Millionaires Walk.
It is a public pathway,
with private houses on one side,
and the spectacular bay on the other.
Most of the houses don't even have
fences, so it feels like you are walking
through a private garden.
All along the pathway,
these beautiful rustic gates signal
the end of one garden...
...and the beginning of another.
The holiday houses represent
many different architectural styles...
And all the while,
there is the most amazing view across the bay...
...of private jetties complete with boat houses...
...little beach boxes...
..and the yachts which sail around the bay.
The land on each side of this walkway
is privately owned, but the little path
is public property.
Some of the beach houses are so close,
you can wave hello to the
happy residents as they eat their breakfast.
I often wonder if they enjoy
as much as the walkers enjoy
people~watching the residents.
And how does one enter this secluded
Millionaires Walk past the holiday homes
of some of Melbourne's oldest families?
Why, through this innocuous gate!
It looks like part of an ordinary fence,
and is reached through an ordinary street,
giving no clue to the magic views that lie within!
All images taken by blue fruit Easter Weekend 2011
Millionaires Walk, Portsea to Sorrento