The best walking tracks just out of Melbourne
Walking is a great source of physical activity that’s inclusive because of the range of difficulty options, inclines and distances available. And though Victoria is a small state, it’s abundant when it comes to walking tracks that pay dividends in natural beauty, views and charming picnic spots.
Strap on your sneakers, walking boots and comfortable clothes and get ready to walk! But before you set off, remember to notify a friend or family member of your destination and estimated arrival and departure times, even if you’re walking in a group.
Just an hour out of Melbourne, Werribee Gorge is a hikers wonderland. There are numerous trail options, intense climbs, steep descents, rewarding lookouts and rugged beauty to boot. This walk is not for the faint-hearted though, and it takes around five or six hours to complete the 12.5-kilometre circuit. On a lengthy walk like this, be sure to take sufficient water supplies. Between two and three litres per person should do it.
Brimbank Park Nature Trail
Accessible by public transport and a mere 20 kilometres from the heart of Melbourne is the Brimbank Park Nature Trail. Suitable for beginner and intermediate walkers, this trail loops you around the Maribyrnong River for a convenient hour-long stroll. Keep an eye out for red-rumped parrots, white-faced herons and waddling wood ducks, all of whom call the park home. As such, if you bring your dog, they must be kept on a leash.
This walk offers you four-and-a-half kilometres of exquisite coastline to wander down at your own pace. With soft sand and uninterrupted views, the only challenge with this walk is the risk of tripping over your own feet while you’re mesmerised by the waves, sand dunes and endless sky! Just 20 minutes from Geelong, this walk is a year-round favourite.
Maroondah Reservoir Park
Located near Healesville in the centre of Victoria’s Yarra Valley is the Maroondah Reservoir Park. Water, gardens and animal life abound in this beautiful park just an hour from Melbourne. The Rose Steps Rotunda is the perfect place to take a break and snack on energy-filled, slow release foods like nuts, bananas or even a boiled egg. If you’re planning a longer lunch, pack salad rolls or use the barbecues dotted around the park to create a meal that will sustain you for the remainder of your journey.
Point Nepean Walk
This walk provides some of the best views on the Mornington Peninsula, looking directly across to Queenscliff and out to Port Phillip Bay Heads. It takes between two and three hours to complete the six-kilometre round-trip, and while mostly an easy track there are some stairs you’ll have to traverse to complete the walk. But trust us, the view is worth it! No matter what the season, always don a hat, sunscreen and layers to protect your skin from sun exposure and burn.
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