Whether you are after a gentle stroll or a challenging hike, walking in Victoria’s beautifully preserved national parks, reserves and suburban parks will leave you feeling refreshed and alive.

Choose your scenery from forests, mountains, coasts, river valleys and historic areas and choose your level from short, facilitated walks and build up to medium, long and overnight walks.

With the chance to tune into nature and enjoy the fresh air, to be soothed by a breeze in the trees, to feel sun on your face and improve your physical and mental health, you’re certain to want to spend more time walking in Victoria’s parks.

Welcome Walks

Need some inspiration and support to start walking? Welcome Walks are free walks facilitated by our volunteers or rangers.

Wonderful short walks for everyone

Sherbrooke Loop, Dandenong Ranges National Park

Starting at Sherbrooke Picnic Ground, this 4.8 kilometre loop walk passes through a variety of spectacular vegetation from moist temperate rainforests and ferns, to towering Mountain Ash trees. There are more than 130 species of birds in the park including the elusive Lyrebird.

Dights Falls Loop Trail, Yarra Bend Park

You may be in the inner city, but being in this park will have you thinking you’re miles away. This 4.2 kilometre loop walk allows you to discover the sites of the former lunatic asylum, while the Galatea Point viewing platform is the perfect vantage point to spot Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoos, Sacred Kingfishers and Rainbow Lorikeets.

Jawbone Track, Cathedral Range State Park

This challenging 2.5 kilometre return walk takes in rugged landscape features as it follows a steep climb to the crest of the range. Keep a lookout for koalas!

Button-Grass Nature Walk, Bunyip State Park

Offering picturesque views of the nearby Weatherhead, Black Snake and Blue Ranges, this 3 kilometre self-guided walk is home to the rare Swamp Bush-Pea and Southern Emu Wren.

For something more challenging

Victoria has some great long-distance walks, through some of the most spectacular landscapes this country has to offer. You don’t have to be superhuman to do a long-distance hike, but you do have to be experienced. Here are just a few challenging hikes to get you started.

Great Ocean Walk

The Great Ocean Walk is a one-way long-distance walk extending from the Apollo Bay Visitor Information Centre through the Great Otway and Port Campbell National Parks to finish at the iconic Twelve Apostles, near Princetown. The spectacular walk weaves its way through tall forests, coastal heathlands, wild rocky shores, river estuaries and windswept cliff-tops presenting amazing views. Visit www.greatoceanwalk.com.au for detailed information. Hikers should carry the official Information Guide and Map to the Great Ocean Walk. Call Parks Victoria Information Centre on 13 1963 to purchase your copy.

Australian Alps Walking Track

Discover some of Australia’s finest alpine national parks as this track takes you 650 kilometres from Walhalla to Canberra and along tracks in the Baw Baw, Alpine Kosciusko and Namadgi National Parks.

Great Dividing Trail

This 260 kilometre walking trail, which can be walked in smaller sections, follows the top of the Great Dividing Range from Bacchus Marsh to Bendigo. Linking old gold rush towns, and the forests, hills and lakes that straddle the Great Dividing Range, it allows walkers time to savour central Victoria's unique combination of gold rush heritage and natural beauty.

Great South West Walk

A challenging walk that allows you to experience some of Victoria’s finest scenery including native forests, majestic rivers, breathtaking caves, rugged coastlines and quiet lakes. The walk passes through Lower Glenelg National Park, Discovery Bay Coastal Park and Cape Nelson State Park, and can be explored through shorter or overnight hikes, or the more adventurous can complete the entire 250 kilometre, 12-day circular hike. Visit www.greatsouthwestwalk.com for further information.

Please note that permits may be required for overnight hikes. Contact Parks Victoria on 13 1963 for more information before visiting.

Looking for inspiration?

Where2Walk is a walks directory by Bushwalking Victoria listing walks provided by members. The comprehensive Bushwalking Victoria website also has lots of information about safe and responsible walking as well as details of walking clubs across the state.

Nature-friendly tips for a safe journey

A selection of great parks for walking