The Most Beautiful Hikes In Victoria, Australia

Grampians National Park | © Stevage/WikiCommons
Grampians National Park | © Stevage/WikiCommons
Photo of Monique La Terra
9 February 2017

Lace up your hiking boots and get ready to tackle these trails. Challenge yourself with steep, rugged climbs knowing that spectacular scenery awaits you. From coastal to lush green treks and rocky scrambles, these are six of Victoria’s most beautiful hikes.

Mount Feathertop

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Ascending Mt Feathertop Stevage | © Steve Bennett/WikimediaCommons
The second highest peak in Victoria is 1,922 meters high and is a part of the Australian Alps. Located a four hours’ drive north-east of Melbourne, Mount Feathertop can be climbed via a number of routes; however, the most popular is the 11-kilometre south Razorback route. Start at the car park at Diamantina Hut and follow the scenic, undulating track to the Big Dipper and up to the peak where you’ll find picturesque 360-degree views of the Alps.

Werribee Gorge

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.

Myers Rd, Bacchus Marsh, Victoria, Australia

Sherbrooke Falls Trail

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.

Ridge Track, Sherbrooke, Victoria, Australia

The Pinnacle

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The Pinnacle
The Pinnacle | © Faj2323/WikiCommons
No matter your fitness level or ability, there is a track leading up to the Pinnacle for you. The easiest trail is 4.2 kilometres return and begins at Sundial car park. This trail is appropriate for families and will lead you to the top via Devil’s Gap. The more challenging route begins at Wonderland car park and will take you towards the Victorian Grand Canyon and up to the Pinnacle. Both tracks offer a spectacular look at the rock formations, and from the top, you can marvel at the immense scenery of the Grampians.

1,000 Steps

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.

Dandenong Ranges National Park, Mount Dandenong Tourist Road, Ferny Creek, Victoria, Australia

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Bushrangers Bay Trail

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.

Cape Schanck Road, Cape Schanck, Victoria, Australia