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.
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.
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.
We took the Tasman Highway north to Freycinet National Park, a remote, coastal haven and hiking paradise. Fresh seafood, native wildlife and perfectly white, sandy beaches is what Freycinet is all about.