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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