With the colder weather fast approaching, many Melbournians are eager to make the most of the final glimpse of sunshine and start making the most of the stunning scenic walks that Melbourne has to offer.
To help you decide where to head to this weekend, we’ve put together a list of the 8 best walking trails around Melbourne that are guaranteed to get your heart pumping.
A Melbourne icon, The Tan is a much-loved favourite among runners, walkers and parents with prams alike. Featuring in many of Melbourne’s fun-run and marathon events, the trail is mostly flat and runs a total of 3.8km long, outlining the Royal Botanic Gardens before circling back around the King’s Domain parklands.
Maribyrnong River Trail
Set in the heart of Melbourne’s inner west, the Maribyrnong River Trail follows the Maribyrnong River all the way from Southbank to Brimbank Park. The trail runs an expansive 28km, and is a popular place for locals to bring along their friends of the four-legged variety.
Toorongo Falls Reserve
Take a road trip out to the Gippsland area for a glimpse of the glorious Toorongo Falls. Less than 2 hours away from the Melbourne CBD, choose from either the Toorongo Falls Circuit Walk or the Amphitheatre Circuit Walk (or try both!) and get ready to take in some spectacular views.
1000 Steps Kokoda Track Memorial Walk
The infamous 1000 Steps can be busier than Bourke Street, but this place is popular for a reason. Set in the lush surrounds of the Dandenong Ranges, the 1000 steps features 3km of steep terrain, as well as a series of memorial plaques to commemorate those who fought on the real Kokoda Trail in Papua New Guinea, during World War II. Beat the crowds and stop by mid-week to see what all the fuss is about.
Werribee Gorge Circuit Walk
If you’re after something a bit more challenging, Werribee Gorge State Park is the place for you. Just 40 minutes west of the city, the Werribee Gorge Circuit Walk offers 10km of picturesque panoramic views of all that the gorge has to offer.
Mount Oberon Summit Walk
Further southeast of the CBD lies the wondrous Wilson’s Promontory, where you’ll find the famed Mount Oberon Summit Walk. The 6.8km trail features a winding, shaded path, and the summit itself offers one of the most stunning 360 sunrise viewpoints in the state.
Warburton Redwood Forest Walk
East Warburton’s Redwood Forest is like something out of a fairytale, and the majestic walking trail is truly a must-visit destination. Home to approximately 1500 Californian Redwood trees, the Heritage Listed forest makes for the perfect place to bask in nature’s beauty.
Bushranger’s Bay Walking Trail
One of the many hidden gems of Mornington Peninsula, the Bushranger’s Bay walking trail is one walking trail not to be missed. Head down the coast for a 6.2km round trip that leads you to the breathtaking Bushranger’s Bay – a stunning stretch of beach surrounded by rugged cliffs.
Image: Mount Oberon Summit Walk, @kayehbee
Article: Kellie George