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Avon Loop – Oxford/Cambridge Terrace

Funky flower pots

Funky flower pots

Central City Avon Loop

If you’re looking to get a bit urban, this central city Avon loop offers lots of interesting sights and stops. Miss A (on balance bike) and I did this walk on a beautiful sun-shiny day, just before Easter. Stop for a coffee and cookie in New Regent Street. Check out a map of our route, and pictures below.

We parked on Oxford Terrace off Barbadoes Street and set off in a loop across the bridge and back along Cambridge Terrace. We walked up as far as Colombo Street where we crossed the bridge opposite Victoria Park and headed back along Oxford Terrace.

We did this walk in April 2015 (autumn).


  • Lots of parking all along this loop so you could start anywhere.
  • Smooth paths all the way, except for a short stretch from Kilmore along Cambridge until Manchester, which was stony. Mostly, buggy, little-person bike, and scooter-friendly.
  • Info boards to explain the planned developments in the Avon precinct e.g., the Margaret Mahy Family Playground.
  • Heaps of seats along the way, and several drinking fountains.
  • Ducks!
  • Quirky art.
  • Acorns and chestnuts aplenty (early autumn).
  • Places of Tranquility Garden.
  • Cool murals.
  • Passed by Victoria Square and a short walk up to the Square (more nice spots to explore).
  • New Regent Street – very picturesque and a great place to stop for a coffee or cookie, or both! (There’s Mrs Higgins Cookies, Coffee Lover’s Cafe, and the Caffiene Laboratory).

Our route

All up we tracked 2.99 kms in 1 hour, although with multiple stops we were out for about 1 hr 20 mins.

Our stroll in pictures

Click on a picture to view in a slideshow.

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