Exploring Nature’s Beauty: 7 Must-Visit Hiking Spots In Melbourne

If you find joy in the great outdoors, we’re starting a series of the most popular hiking spots in our favorite cities from around the world. The first stop is our home ground, Melbourne

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Nestled amidst its bustling urban landscape, this vibrant city is surrounded by some of the most breathtaking hiking spots that will leave you awestruck. Lace up your hiking shoes, grab your trusty backpack, and head to our top 7 must-visit hiking spots in Melbourne and its surroundings.

1. Dandenong Ranges National Park

Just an hour's drive from Melbourne's city center lies the Dandenong Ranges National Park. The national park offers an array of trails for all skill levels. From the easy Fern Tree Gully to the more challenging 1000 Steps Kokoda Track, you'll be treated to lush rainforests, towering eucalyptus trees, and charming picnic spots.

2. Grampians National Park

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Head northwest to Grampians National Park to enjoy breathtaking vistas from places like The Pinnacle Lookout. Also, don't miss the opportunity to explore the Halls Gap Zoo, Victoria's largest regional zoo, and get up close and personal with the kangaroos, emu, wallabies, and more. 

3. You Yangs Regional Park

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Just a short drive southwest of Melbourne, the You Yangs Regional Park is the perfect playground for hikers and mountain bikers. Big Rock offers panoramic views of the surrounding plains, making it a great spot for a sunrise hike. 

4. Wilsons Promontory National Park

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Venture southeast to Wilsons Promontory, affectionately known as "The Prom," for an unparalleled coastal hiking experience. The park's diverse trails lead you through lush forests to secluded beaches and rocky headlands. Check out the Mt. Oberon Summit Track for an Instagram-worthy view that will take your breath away.

5. Sherbrooke Forest

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Back closer to Melbourne, Sherbrooke Forest within the Dandenong Ranges is a must-visit. Wander through towering Mountain Ash trees and look out for the local inhabitants – colorful parrots and curious lyrebirds. The peaceful aura of this forest is perfect for a rejuvenating hike and relaxing picnic.

6. Lerderderg Gorge

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Step back into history at Lerderderg Gorge, located northwest of Melbourne. The challenging trails follow the gorge, revealing remnants of gold rush-era water races and mining relics. The gorge's rugged terrain offers a unique hiking adventure for those willing to take on the challenge.

7. Great Ocean Walk

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Saving the best for last – the Great Ocean Walk. While not exactly within Melbourne, it's well worth the journey. Traverse along the stunning southern coastline, passing by iconic landmarks like the Twelve Apostles. This long-distance trail promises a multi-day adventure that will leave you with lasting memories.

Whether you're in the mood for rainforests, coastal beauty, or historical exploration, Melbourne and its surroundings are a treasure trove for every nature lover. So, pack your gear, pick a trail, and get ready to create unforgettable memories in the lap of Australia's natural wonders. 


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