An Epic Collection Of The Best Walks In Victoria
By the Wild Women On Top team
Victoria is a hiker's dream. The air is fresh, the bushland is bursting with life, the coastline is magic, and the trails we love aren't busy all year-round.
This southern state has epic trails around every corner, walks that suit hard-core hikers and women who are new to bushwalking. If you're in Victoria for the weekend, or you get to live in this glorious part of the world, here's where we recommend you explore.
Mount Abrupt in The Grampians
Mount Abrupt is a great challenge for keen hikers and bushwalkers, with the climb exposing you to rock hopping and rock scrambling. Surrounded by dense bushland, you'll wind your way up the steep track to reach the peak where you'll find sweeping and breathtaking views of the grand Grampians National Park. The landscape is ancient and steeped in history, being cultural significant to the local Indigenous populations. Other stunning climbs in The Grampians include Mount Zero, The Pinnacles, and Mackenzie Falls.
Tipperary Track between Daylesford and Hepburn Springs
The Tipperary Track is a fabulous full-day microadventure and is particularly special because of its delightful natural springs. The 16km walk starts at the stunning Lake Daylesford and finishes at the Hepburn Springs. The track isn’t too challenging and is great for bushwalkers who are after a slow, steady hike with a lovely surprise to finish.
The Tipperary Track is about 40 minutes drive out of Ballarat, a charming Victorian town.
Mt Donna Buang, Warburton
Mount Donna Buang is in the iconic and stunning Yarra Valley. In winter, Warburton is popular with skiiers and snowboarders who take to the icy slopes. The trail to the summit of Mount Donna Buang is challenging, with the climb reaching an elevation of 1,080 metres. Home to forests of lush ferns, mossy boulders, and bubbling creeks this trek is full of natural beauty and bursting with life.
Keppel Lookout Trail via Steavensons Falls, Marysville
This 15km walk is another gem in the Yarra Valley. Steavensons Falls is the highlight of the walk, with the free-flowing waterfall surrounded by a variety of ferns and vibrant bushland. The views from the Keppel Lookout are spectacular, extending over the picturesque Cathedral Ranges.
Cape Schanck to Fort Nepean, Mornington Peninsula
This sliver of Australia's coastline is simply magical. There's a reason this is where we hold Melbourne Coastrek...
Along the peninsular, from Cape Schanck to Fort Nepean, you'll navigate your way through rich Australian bushland against the backdrop of rugged rocky cliffs. Feeling the fresh sea spray on your skin and hearing the waves crash against the rocks below will make you feel alive! This southern part of Victoria is serene and exhilerating.
Mount Buffalo is in the Victorian Alps, a popular destination skiing destination. The majestic mountain is eerily beautiful in winter but is also a perfect place to explore by foot in the warmer months.
The alpine views are spectacular and you can follow the ski trails on foot. The region is known for its wineries, so this area is the perfect blend of adventure, challenge, fitness, fun, and food if you're going on a weekend away.
Just an hour’s drive from Melbourne, you’ll find the Macedon Ranges, a glorious collection of peaks and valleys at the very southern end of Victoria’s Great Dividing Range.
Mount Macedon is a must-do hike in the Macedon Regional Park. On the climb to the peak you'll pass clusters of eucalyptus and towering trees. From the summit, the lookout is astounding and you'll get expansive views over the Macedon Ranges.
Mitchell River National Park is a hidden gem and is a favourite of Melbourne Trek Training coach Sarah Biggs. Mitchell River isn't widely known, so the tracks aren't busy, making this walk wonderfully peaceful.
The Mitchell River Walking Track is about 18km long and can be walked in a day. The trails are quiet, the vegetation is lush, and if you're going in the warmer months you can have a cheeky dip in creeks along the track.
Lerderderg Gorge Circuit, Lerderderg State Forest.
The Lerderderg Gorge Circuit is a 13.5km walk, in the serene Lerderderg State Forest. Starting at O'Brien's crossing, you'll follow the river and explore the magic of the East Walk. Koalas, kangaroos and and echidnas call this place home, so you're sure to meet some wildlife along the way. Just an hour from Melbourne, you'll immerse yourself in nature on this walk, walking under canopies and dipping your toe into steady creeks.
Trek Training is now in Melbourne, and these trails are exactly where you'll be exploring. If you're a Melbourne-based Wild Woman looking to explore with a tribe of like-minded hikers, get a Wild Trial pass and join us now!