Located 65 kilometres from Melbourne, the Werribee Gorge is a geological zone with a 500-million-year-old history that attracts avid hikers and rock climbers. The ten-kilometre Circuit Walk takes up to four hours to complete and will challenge you with its rugged and steep terrain, cable walks and thick scrub. Start at the Quarry picnic area and make your way in an anti-clockwise direction.
Visit the Dandenongs for a leisurely walk to Sherbrooke Falls. The 1.2-kilometre trail begins near the main entrance and takes 30 minutes each way. Immerse yourself among the lush ferns and breathe in the sassafras and mountain ash – some of which are up to 200 years old. The trail is relatively flat and is perfect for novice hikers.
Created in the early 1900s to honour the men who fought and died on the Kokoda Trail in Papua New Guinea in World War II, the 1,000 Steps is a steep pilgrimage representative of the Golden Staircase that was cut into the Kokoda Track between Uberi and Imita Ridge. The five-kilometre uphill hike will see you climb 776 steps (there aren’t actually 1,000) and pass through ferns and manna gums. The 1,000 Steps attracts fitness fanatics and those wanting a challenge.
Set off on the sandy, scenic route from the Cape Schanck Lighthouse, which dates back to 1856, and discover rock pools, hermit crabs, and coast banksias. The six-kilometre journey finishes at Boneo Road and will take two to three hours one way. Bring your binoculars and watch for the abundant bird life in the area.