Your favourite places in your 5km lockdown zone

It's day four of Melbourne's stage four lockdown and as Premier Daniel Andrews says, each day in this pandemic feels like a month. Under the current lockdown rules, Melburnians are only allowed only to travel within a 5km radius of their home to go shopping and for one hour of exercise a day (with a few exemptions).

We asked readers to share with us where they are finding joy in their immediate surroundings as we deal with the sad news of mounting cases and increasing deaths. Here are some of your responses:

"I live near Flemington Racecourse and walk my dog here each morning. It’s nice to be able to see the city even from a distance." – Danielle

Flemington RacecourseCredit:Danielle


"My happy place." – Kingsley

The fridge.Credit:Kingsley


"My children are getting to know our bend of the Werribee River very well. So lucky to have these amazing old gum trees so close. What a spot!" – Christiane

The banks of Werribee RiverCredit:Christiane


"We are lucky enough to have Studley Park and Yarra Bend within our 5 kilometres, with the beautiful Yarra River which is a great escape!" – Margaret

Studley Park.Credit:Margaret


"So lucky to live next to beautiful Jells Park in Wheelers Hill. Six-hundred hectares of superb natural environment." – Kaye

Jells Park.Credit:Kaye


"Here’s the view from my kitchen window. I’m spending more time than usual at this spot, and this pink flourish makes it bearable." – Nell

Magnolias in Ivanhoe.Credit:Nell


"We have a beautiful park – Queens Park – just a few minutes walk from our house. Great spot for runs, walks and being surrounded by nature." – Aga

Queens ParkCredit:Aga


"Aspendale Beach (I live in Mordialloc)." – Rachel

Aspendale BeachCredit:Rachel


"Today, we’re taking our brand new baby Harry home from hospital. He was born on Monday during the weirdest time in history. We’re looking forward to taking him home to Windsor and using our daily hour outdoors to show him the best coffee shops. Luckily for us, our 5km covers the Tan and we can wait to take him for his first lap." – Ella

Baby Harry.Credit:Ella


"We are very blessed to have a section of the beach between Frankston and Mt Eliza, Frankston Reservoir, Langwarrin Flora and Fauna Reserve, a section of the Peninsula Link trail, and the Mt Eliza Regional Park within our 5km radius, all within a quick walk or bike ride from our house – we don’t even need to get in the car! We make use of them regularly all year round for walking, running, bushwalking, and cycling, but current times make us appreciate even more where we live. It’s actually quite funny when everyone disparages Frankston, as it’s a wonderful place to live!" – Michelle

Frankston beachCredit:Michelle


"Walking the beach track around Beaumaris Bay with Daisy the dog. Crisp fresh air, lapping of the waves and the odd pelican. So good for the soul." – Sandra

Beaumaris Bay with Daisy the dog. Credit:Sandra


"I've never been more grateful to live next to the Dandenong Ranges National Park. I work in the city and it feels strange not to be amongst the hustle and bustle of Melbourne, but I can take a short stroll in the park and find views like this that make me feel like I'm not so far away." – Hayley

The bush.Credit:Hayley

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