Camp­bell Read

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Tour guide, Punt­ing on the Lake He’s worked in var­i­ous tourism roles around Vic­to­ria, but Camp­bell Read’s lat­est po­si­tion is one of the city’s more un­usual: he guides vis­i­tors around the Or­na­men­tal Lake in the Royal Botanic Gar­dens Vic­to­ria's Mel­bourne Gar­dens on a punt. “It’s great show­ing peo­ple a dif­fer­ent aspect of the gar­dens,” says Camp­bell. “You don’t see the tur­tles, the veg­e­ta­tion on the is­lands or the rarer types of birds from walk­ing around.”

He es­pe­cially loves the bird life on the wa­ter, and en­joys shar­ing de­tails about the black swans and Necky, his favourite snake-necked darter, with guests.

Of course, float­ing through the park can be ro­man­tic, and Camp­bell has wit­nessed four mar­riage pro­pos­als, all of them suc­cess­ful. “Most of the time we are in on the plan and make a note in the book­ings,” he says. “That way I’m not talk­ing the whole time, so there’s a chance to ask the big ques­tion.”

Here are some of Camp­bell’s favourite Mel­bourne places:


On a sum­mer af­ter­noon, The Gem in Colling­wood is great for a beer.


Watch­ing the bats fly over­head at night from the top of the hill in Royal Park is quite stun­ning.


St Jerome’s Laneway Fes­ti­val (3 Fe­bru­ary) at Footscray Com­mu­nity Arts Cen­tre has a great vibe for a mu­sic fes­ti­val.

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