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Where to hike this Summer

With the weather warming up and the holidays approaching, we are planning bushwalking and hiking in Victoria’s best hotspots. If you wish to escape the city hustle and bustle below is a list of the best hiking places right on our doorstep, just waiting to be explored.

EASY
The Domino Trail – Trentham to Lyonville – Return (Near Trentham, Victoria)
Length: 12km
Duration: 4hours
Location: Western Victoria
Distance from Melbourne CBD: 85km (85km north west of Melbourne)

Trentham to Lyonville hike is an easy and enjoyable walk running along the old railway line with the exception of a short detour around the bridge over Coliban River (about 600 metres from Lyonville).

The walk is approximately 6km long and will take about 2 hours to complete one way. After a few minutes walking, you will discover the first old wooden bridge built in the late 1870’s which crosses Stoney Creek. A few metres after the bridge, on your left, you will see the old Sunnyside foundry built in 1893 to produce the famous Trehella car jack.

This is an amazing walk and sign boards along the rail explain the history of the area.

The Pinnacle – Wonderland track – The Grampians – Return (Near Halls Gap, Victoria)
Length: 4 km
Duration: 2.5 hours
Location: Grampians National Park
Distance from Melbourne CBD: 256km

The Pinnacle – Wonderland Track in the Grampians is the most amazing 4 km hike. The walk will make you travel via the impressive Grand Canyon and wonderful rock formations of Silent Street to the breath-taking views from the Pinnacle.

Although this is a short and easy hike, it is recommended for fit walkers, as the track involves rock steps, several seasonal water crossings and some rock hopping.

 

MODERATE
Ferny Creek Anzac Memorial Loop – One way (Near Sherbrook, Victoria)
Length: 6 km
Duration 1.50 hours

The Dandenongs is rich with hiking spots.  An excellent one is the Anzac Memorial to Sherbrooke Falls via Break Point track.

Full of surprises along the way, you can choose to shorten or lengthen the hike as with almost every trail in the hills, other tracks intersect.

Wonderland Loop – Grampians National Park – Halls Gap – Return (Near Halls Gap, Victoria)
Length: 11 km
Duration: 5 hours
Location: Grampians National Park

Distance from state capital: 253 km

Enjoy a popular half day walk in the Grampians which starts and end at Halls Gap. Well known for its scenic views as well as its proximity to numerous attractions located within the park, the walk is the best option for visitors looking for a one day trip.

Please note that although categorised as medium, there are some sections where the walk is hard. If you are a novice and want to experience a challenge, this walk will be the perfect one to start exploring your strength.

DIFFICULT
Grampians Peaks Trail | Halls Gap | Pinnacle | Bugiga Hiker Camp | Mount Rosea | Borough Huts
Length: 36 km
Duration: (3 days/2 nights)

Location: Grampians National Park
Distance from Melbourne CBD: 253km

The best way to enjoy with this hike is to start from Halls Gap, travel through section one of the Grampians Peaks Trail and conclude at Borough Huts. You can park your car at Borough Huts, as the walk is going to end at this spot.  Once at Borough Hut, organise a Halls gap tourism shuttle bus run by Roy Clapp to pick you up and take you to the starting point for the walk. You first stop will be Venus Baths, continue walking to the Pinnacles, as there is not much to see at Venus Baths. You will discover some great stops on the way such as Grand Canyon, Cool Chamber and Silent Street. The last section leading to the Pinnacle is a difficult hike, so better to go slowly to be able to make it to the top.

Your itinerary should be:
Day 1: Halls Gap to Bugiga Hiker Camp via Pinnacle
Day 2: Bugiga Hiker Camp > Mount Rosea > Borough Huts

Once at the Pinnacle you will discover an amazing view and will be able to take a 360 video. This is a formidable hike with some great views and a memorable walk in the Grampians.

Wilsons Promontory – Refuge Cove
Length: 34 km
Duration 2-3 days
Location: Wilsons Promontory National Park
Distance from Melbourne CBD: 225km

Wilsons Promontory to Refuge Cove is a 34km return hike located in the Wilsons Promontory National Park. The hike which should take you between 2-3 days to complete will lead you to stunning, secluded beach situated on the eastern side of the Prom, accessible via a walking track from Sealers Cove to the North or Little Waterloo Bay to the South. Follow the track between Sealers Cove and Refuge Cove to discover fantastic great views, surrounded by lush vegetation.

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