The cooler months are an ideal time to enjoy bracing walks and experience some of Victoria’s breathtaking natural landscapes. Here’s our round up of some lesser known walks.
Those intimidated by the prospect of a 104km trail can experience the spectacular Great Ocean Walk with a choice of short, day or overnight walks. Walkers can step on and off this stunning coastal trail at various points as it follows the coastline between Apollo Bay and the 12 Apostles.
Triplet Falls Rainforest Walk provides another short-walk option in the Great Otway Park. The hour-long loop walk through ancient rainforest serves up spectacular views of the three cascade waterfall.
The Grampians’ MacKenzie River Walk also has magnificent falls – the largest in the region – as its centrepiece. The more challenging 7km walk (approx 3hr return) is well worth the effort; the trail meanders up the MacKenzie River Gorge to the terraced Fish Falls culminating at the powerful MacKenzie Falls.
For majestic views of a different nature, the Cape Woolamai Trail on Phillip Island gives walkers the opportunity to spot Southern Wright and Humpback whales at this time of year. The 8km walk through dunes, beaches and along the cliff tops is suitable for families.
Further east, Gippsland’s Snowy River Estuary Walk also provides walkers the chance of seeing migrating whales in stunning natural surrounds.
For something different, a cultural option in Gippsland is the new Stratford Arts Trail, a 3km interactive, MP3 guided, arts and sculpture walk.
The Mount Evelyn Treasure Hunt Walk in the Dandenong Ranges is another new family-friendly walking trail. The route winds through the bush along Olinda Creek, incorporating the Warburton Trail and Aqueduct Walk, and a variety of experiences along the way. Visitors can pick up a map from local cafés in Mount Evelyn village and enjoy a free tea or coffee on their return.
Those with an adventurous spirit will also enjoy Secret Forest Walks’ GPS Treasure Hunt and broader selection of GPS-assisted walks in the Daylesford and Macedon Ranges region.
For more information and options see: www.visitvictoria.com