Victoria's Best Hiking Trails
Many of Victoria’s most picturesque walking and hiking trails have no seasonal closures, so as long as you’ve got the right gear, you can don your activewear year-round and discover some of the most Instagram-able spots the state has to offer.
THE GREAT WALHALLA ALPINE TRAIL
There's an uphill or a downhill option depending on where you start (go on, challenge yourself to the uphill battle!) Expect to see the gorgeous Baw Baw National park in all its snow gum glory as well as the Mushroom rocks and the ruins of Talbot Peak hut. At the end of the uphill trek you'll find Baw Baw resort village, equipped with a bar where you can grab a well-deserved coldie.
UPPER YARRA GOLDFIELDS
You'll be immersed in the gold mining history of the area while being treated to the stunning, leafy scenery. There's a few options when it comes to trails to make sure you bring a map!
GREAT OCEAN WALK
The famous walk is a whopping 100km but brings the best of both bushland and beach terrain (and scenery!). On this hike you'll be taken through the coves of Shelley Beach, the picture-perfect Blanket Bay with a stop to take in the incredible Cape Otway Lighthouse. You can expect all the trappings of a scenic hike including lush forests with small creeks, overwhelming seascapes and even a shipwreck, if you decide to take a detour to Wreck beach before re-joining the main trail.
KOKODA MEMORIAL WALK
Along the trail, you'll see plaques that tell the stories of the soldiers who fought and died in the war among the stunning fern trees and other lush greenery.
WINTER WALKING TIPS
Unless you're scared of a little snow, there's no reason to avoid exploring these gorgeous walks and hikes in the cooler weather, but it is important to ensure you've got the right gear to stay warm and safe. Layering correctly will make sure you don't freeze but remain comfortable enough along your hike (especially the long ones!) Three layers of clothing is recommended - a base layer to keep you warm (think thermals), a mid-layer to regulate your temperature (a fleece will do the trick) and an outer layer to protect from the elements like wind and rain (add a rain jacket to your checklist).