Once you emerge from the pine trees, this 10km (6.2 mile) coastal hike leads you to all the best bits of Mornington Peninsula National Park. Visit at low tide and you’ll be able to take the lower track down to the beach to enjoy even more idyllic views of Victoria’s dramatic coastline . Continue reading “Hiking Review: Fingal Beach Coastal Walk”
Situated just under an hour north-west of Melbourne is Werribee Gorge State Park. The Circuit Track takes you alongside the Werribee River before curving back to provide views of the gorge itself.
Once again, I was keen to find a hike within the urban area of Melbourne rather than something further afield. As it turns out, this week’s adventure from Abbotsford Convent, along the Andrews Reserve Trail and the Main Yarra Trail hardly constitutes a hike (at only 3.5km return and flat most of the way). But it was a nice walk so I think it still deserves a post of its own.
This week I was looking for a hike a bit closer to home, so I chose the Bay Trail, a path that extends along Melbourne‘s Port Phillip Coastline. The trail begins in Spotswood and runs all the way to Seaford, 45km down Melbourne’s coastline. Cycling the entire trail would be manageable in a day but walking it, not so much. Of course, you can just choose a section that suits you and that’s exactly what I did. I chose to walk the Brighton to St Kilda section and back again. This was only a 13.5 km return hike but it takes you past three iconic Melbourne landmarks; the Brighton beach boxes, Luna Park and St Kilda Pier so it’s not a bad choice for tourists either.
Yesterday I had a day off work and Melbourne was having an unusually smoggy day (for what is usually a very clean city). So I decided I needed to head somewhere a little more remote for some fresh air, views and exercise. A quick google search led me to the Cape Woolamai Trail on Phillip Island. I’ve been to the island a few times but hadn’t ventured out to the cape at the eastern end. Two hours later and I was looking out over a world-famous surf beach ready to begin my hike.
If you’re staying in Melbourne and you can only choose one side trip, I would suggest you pay a visit to the Great Ocean Road. The celebrated route starts in Torquay, about an hour and a half south-west of Melbourne, and extends 243 km (150 miles) along the coastline to Allansford. The road and its surroundings are heritage listed and when you drive along it it’s not hard to see why. Victoria’s coastline is wild and this is the best way to experience it.
The Cathedral Ranges are only a couple of hours north-east of Melbourne yet somehow I only heard about them for the first time this year. If you want panoramic views of a quintessential country Victorian landscape then the Cathedral Ranges are for you. There are eucalypt forests for miles around. Standing on top of a mountain we felt like we were the only people in the world and suddenly the exhausting trek up all seemed worth it.