Melbourne makes us spoilt for choice when it comes to picking a bushwalk. Just one-hour drive from the CBD towards Dandenong Ranges, Mornington Peninsula and Yarra Valley we have some great spots for bushwalking. Not only this the city has many internal paths that will serve as a good spot. The question is, however, where is Melbourne’s best bushwalks?
From the Dandenong Ranges, the RJ Hamer Arboretum is a beautiful walking area especially in fall with all the many deciduous trees and views across the Yarra Ranges. It is possible to create this walk as long or as short as you like with many paths crisscrossing through the arboretum. The Olinda Valley walking trail starts and finishes and is a 12.1km yield (ensure that you take a map).
The Olinda Falls is a wonderful short but steep 500m walk in the Olinda Falls carpark which could be extended if preferred. You may see my review of Olinda Falls here. Sherbrooke Falls starting in the Sherbrooke picnic ground is and is a simple 2.4km return walk and is highly popular on weekends.
We all know the Kokoda memorial trail located in Ferntree Gully, or more commonly called the 1,000 steps but have you ever been on the Bellview Terrace trail to One Tree Hill? It’s 3 kilometres up and is a much harder workout than the measures, and the best part is you won’t be sharing the trail with 1,000 people.
Mornington Peninsula includes a couple of great walks with my favourite being the 28km 2 Bays Walk starting from Dromana going over Arthur’s Seat, through Main Ridge into Greens Bush and finishing in the Cape Schanck lighthouse. This track can be used for the Two Bays Trail Run held in January and is superb.
Bushrangers Bay is magnificent and well worth the walk ( 5km return). I recall doing this walk several times when I was younger and now integrate it into a longer walk to the Cape Schanck lighthouse for a 10.2 km walk.
Baldry’s Crossing is a beautiful short walk to the family at 3.9kilometers long. There’s always plenty of wildlife to see including kangaroos, echidnas and a lot of bird life. This walk can easily be lengthened to incorporate a few of the Two Bays Trail if chosen.
Pt Nepean National Park has some excellent coastal walks with loads of historical sights to see along the way.
The Yarra Valley is magnificent and has many fantastic walking paths. One of my favourites is the Mt St Leonard walking trail starting from Donnelly’s weir in Healesville to Mt St Leonard and return via Condon Track. This is no job for a faint-hearted as there many steep sections through-out the 21km walk, though you may make it 16km by going out and back through the National horse road.
The Warburton Rail Trail is a horizontal gravel trail that provides you with the choice of covering the whole space of 38km from Lilydale to Warburton either on bike or foot or you may pick a section to finish.
La La Falls is a scenic short walk (3.9km) in Warburton and is ideal to do within a day excursion.
Mt Donna Buang is the best training for aggressive runners/walkers, anyone travelling abroad to overcome some hills or to simply test your limits. This walk isn’t too long but let between 5 – 7 hours to finish it if not more if you prefer to stop for photographs and rest breaks.
Just from town is Lysterfield Lake Park and Churchill Park that combine together. On occasions, we’ve walked the perimeter of both parks on one day, which would be approximately 25km in complete but there are several distinct paths that criss-cross through the parks which options are limitless.
Northwest of town You Will Discover that the Trentham to Domino rail Whilst in Trentham Take a Look at the Trentham Falls. The Falls are among the longest single drop waterfalls in Victoria.
North of town will see you in the Macedon Regional Park that Has a 30km loop which links in with a lot of the sites like the Memorial trail. For a map And park notes.
I really enjoy walking through cool temperate For walks like this; I love the Toorongo Falls in Noojee, many walks in Marysville such as The Beeches and The La La Falls as mentioned previously.
For something totally opposite to rainforests Take a look at the You Yangs close Geelong. It’s a popular walking spot with great views from the top on a Wonderful day. Flinders Peak walking course is 3.2km return and is the highest peak.