From beach-side trails to perfectly manicured gardens, Melbourne has hundreds of walking tracks guaranteed to take your breath away. It’s time to give your activewear a proper workout and discover the best walking tracks around the city.
Start your journey at the Cape Schanck lighthouse and wind your way along the boardwalk to the secluded beach below. Throughout the 2.6km walk you’ll pass several lookout spots; take the opportunity to stop and take in the views. Even if you don’t see a pod of whales splashing around, the views are always worth the trek.
The Mount Dandenong Ranges are a breath of fresh air from the hustle and bustle of the city. If you’re looking to work up a sweat, then 1000 Steps (part of the Kokoda Memorial Walk) is the track for you. Native trees and fernery shade the track, making it perfect for traipsing all year round. Don’t be fooled, though, because 1000 Steps is no promenade through paradise: this 3km walk follows a non-stop accent with uneven steps designed to test your physical mettle and mental hardiness. Take it on.
Arthurs Seat State Park
Seawinds Gardens is just a short stroll from the Arthurs Seat summit. These gardens are a great place to spot wildlife, enjoy a picnic and take in the stunning views of Port Phillip Bay.
After years of planning the new Eagle Sky Lift is now open in Arthurs Seat. Glide over the the highest point of the Mornington Peninsula in a state-of-the-art gondola and enjoy sublime bird’s-eye views of the canopies below.
A little bit over an hour east of the city in Healesville lay Maroondah Reservoir Park.
If you’re heading out to the Yarra Valley, take a pit stop and stretch your legs here along the way. With barbecues, picnic tables, playgrounds, waterfalls and walking tracks there are plenty of things to do and see.
For a nice relaxing walk to take in the impressive views of the dam, take the Lookout Track that takes you up the rose-lined steps, then across the dam wall.
For a more challenging walk take the Henderson’s Hill Track for a moderately-paced 1.4km walk.
Point Nepean is truly one of Victoria’s most beautiful landscapes. Known for its important role in the early settlement and Australian defence, it has now become a must-see tourist destination.
This area is more than just a walking track. Discover the historic Quarantine Station, Point Nepean Cemetery and the many military forts, tunnels and gun emplacements that dot the coastline.
Point Nepean is also home to much of Australia’s famous wildlife including wallabies and echidnas.
Once you get to the top of the walk, you will be at the most westerly point of the Mornington Peninsula with sweeping views of Bass Strait, the Rip and Port Phillip Bay.
Take a drive 1-hour west of Melbourne to Werribee Gorge. Keen hikers should try the 10km Circuit Walk around the gorge rim, but be warned, this section does require some rock scrambling and is not for the faint of heart.
If you’re after a shorter, less intense walk try the 3km Gorge walk. And, since you’re making a day of it, why not stop for a fam picnic along the way?
So what are you waiting for? Lace up those shoes and get trekking! Looking for a spot to stay in Victoria? Here are the hottest travel deals for you.
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