15 of Victoria’s Best Walking Trails

Victoria is home to some of the most spectacular landscapes in all of Australia. From the coast to the bush, there is such a diversity of scenery, all of which are relatively close to the CBD. There is nothing like reconnecting with nature to ease the pressures of the daily routine. Plan your next hike, walk or trail and experience what our beautiful state has to offer!

1000 Steps Walk- Yarra Valley & Dandenong Ranges

Distance: 4.3km

The 1000 steps is what fitness dreams are made of. If you’re tired of the gym and want a change of scenery, look no further. Set upon the majestic beauty that is the Dandenong Ranges National Park, the walk follows a creek up a luscious valley with spectacular views at the top. A favourite among locals, tourists and fitness fanatics alike, this is one of Victoria’s best known trails.

IronBark Basin Walk-The Great Ocean Road

Distance: 10.5km

Tucked between the famous Bells Beach and Point Addis, Ironbark Basin is an inland path that stretches along the coast, boasting some of the best views of the Great Ocean Road’s beaches and cliffs. The ocean views are paired with native bushland and local birds and animals and is sure to keep you amused for the 10km stretch. Catch a glimpse of the surf or have a dip at one of the many swimming spots.  

Warburton Redwood Forest Walk- Yarra Valley & Dandenong Ranges

Distance: Endless

One of Victoria’s most Instagramable spots, the Redwood Forest is densely populated with Californian Redwood trees creating an eerie enclave that could be mistaken for something out of a movie. This beautiful forest has been planted in seamless rows, muffling the sound of the outside world. A great spot for a picnic, yoga session or long thoughtful stroll.

  • Mount Oberon Summit Walk- Wilsons Promontory

Distance: 6.8km

Coined as the most beautiful sunrise in Victoria, put the Oberon Summit walk on your bucket list. Plan your sunrise trek ahead of time and enjoy the 360 views of Victoria’s most southern point. The view of the sprawling Wilsons Promontory is something that will stay in your mind forever, it’s truly a must-see for Victorians.   

Den Of Nargun Circuit Walk- East Gippsland

Distance: 5km

This hidden gem is concealed in the Mitchell River National Park and is a must if you’re in the Gippsland region. Experience the beauty of the national park, gaily trails, river, waterfall and the Den of Nargun. The den holds cultural significance and the Indigenous people believe that a Nargun lives in the den, a female creature that is made of stone apart from her arms and hands. The Nargun is legend to have pulled passers-by into the den. This incredible area is full of history and wonder, perfect for a weekend away or road trip.

Werribee Gorge Circuit Walk-Daylesford & Macedon Ranges

Distance: 10.4 km

Only a short distance from Melbourne, the Werribee Gorge Circuit walk is the perfect weekend hike. Explore climbs, river crossings, cable climbs, rock hopping and lookouts in this picturesque bushwalk. The ideal challenge, this trek is not for the faint-hearted or inexperienced. Its lengths and proximity to the gorge makes it a difficult one.

Toorongo Falls Circuit Walk- West Gippsland

Distance: 2.2km

Encompassing both Toorongo & Amphitheatre falls, this reserve is a day well spent. Surrounded by native bush and rewarded with two waterfalls, this trail is representative of Australia’s natural beauty. With the waterfalls as the focal point of this walk, be sure to take your time and soak up the natural wonder and dip if your feet in, weather permitting!

Tongue Point Walking Trail- Wilsons Promontory

Distance: 9.6km

One of the best coastal trails Victoria has to offer, the Tongue Point walk is full of ocean views, native bush and wildlife. Boulders tower above and the ocean below, making for a unique hiking experience. Wilsons Promontory is Victoria’s largest coastal wilderness and as such unique wildlife spotting’s is common. Try early morning or evening to optimise your chance of bumping into them!

Bushrangers Bay Walking Trail- Mornington Peninsula

Distance: 6.2km

Just a hop, skip and a jump away from Melbourne, the Mornington Peninsula is a favourite beach destination for Melbournians. The Bushrangers Bay walking trail is a coastal adventure that allows you to take in the stunning views of the Bass Straight. Get your heartrate up and then take a dip once reaching the white sand of Bushrangers bay.

Point Nepean Walk- Mornington Peninsula

Distance: 6km

Experience the very tip of the Mornington Peninsula. With Bass Straight on one side and Port Philip Bay on the other, this walk is a great way to experience the region. With windy conditions common, make sure to bring a windbreaker jacket with you.

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The You Yangs –Flinders Peak Track

Just west of the CBD, the You Yangs are often referred to as Melbourne’s forgotten mountains. A steep but rewarding climb, once at the top you can see all the way to the bay. Pair stunning views with unusual rock formations for a fun day out.

  1. Cape Woolamai Walk– Phillip Island

Distance: 8.5km

Often overlooked by Phillip Island’s more popular attractions, many are unaware that Phillip Island is also home to a cape. Spanning the length of the coast, the Woolamai Walk is the best way to explore the cape. The walks takes 3-4 hours, but with exceptional swimming spots along the way time will fly.

Yarra Bend Park- Kew, Melbourne

Distance: Optional

An inner-city favourite, the Yarra Bend Park trail is the largest area of natural bushland Melbourne has to offer. Featuring river escarpments, open woodlands and play areas this is perfect for a family day out. With boat houses, restaurants and parks scattered along the way there is so much activity to partake in. Make sure to keep an eye out for the Grey-headed flying fox, an endangered bat species that inhabits the parks surroundings.

The Pinnacle- Grampians National Park, Halls Gap

Distance: 4.2km

Depending which trail you decide to undertake, you’ll find yourself at either the famous Devil’s Gap or Victorian Grand Canyon and up to the Pinnacle. Both walks allow you to experience amazing rock formations, some of the best Australia has to offer in fact. Immerse yourself in the picturesque scenery of the Grampians on this relatively easy trail.

Banksia Park- Bulleen, Melbourne

Distance: 5km

Start at Banksia Park and enjoy the 5km stroll along the Yarra River towards The Heide Museum of Modern Art in Bulleen. Once you’re there explore the 15 acres of property that include gardens of sculptures and art pieces. Especially pleasant on an autumn Melbourne morning, when the leaves are starting to fall and everything is starting to look a litter greener.


 

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