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bushwalks within 200km of Melbourne

must do walks for the tourist

  • Otway Ranges and Great Ocean Road rainforest and coastal walks (140km to Lorne)
  • Hanging Rock (76km N)
    • if going here, make a day trip through the old gold mining towns of Maldon, Castlemaine, and then to the mineral spa water region of Daylesford. One could even extend this tour to the gold mining towns of Clunes, Creswick and Ballarat.

bushwalks around Melbourne


  • Pt Cook coastal park
    • Homestead Circuit Walk
  • Werribee River Regional Park
  • You Yangs (53km SW)
    • small range of massive granite boulders formed from slowly cooling volcanic magma 365 million years ago during the Devonian period when Australia was within the Antarctic circle and joined to Gondwanaland. The covering sedimentary layer has long been eroded leaving the hard granite exposed many millions of years ago.
    • nearby at Anakie are dormant volcanos which are very recent with lava flows around 2-3 million years ago
    • the You Yangs and Brisbane Ranges cause a rain shadow effect causing the western suburbs of Melbourne to be drier than the eastern suburbs.
    • Mt Rothwell Little River Earth Sanctuary - night tours can be arranged to view the near extinct native animals in the wild protected by fencing.
  • Brisbane Ranges (100km SW to Steiglitz)
  • Otway Ranges and Great Ocean Road rainforest and coastal walks (140km to Lorne)


  • Werribee Gorge (70km W)
  • Lerderderg Gorge (90km W)
    • O'Brien's Crossing - camping ground
    • Blackwood heritage gold diggings walks
  • Creswick State Forest (130km W) incl. 100 year old oak forest
  • Mt Buangor (190km W)
  • Langi Ghiran (190km W)


  • Organ Pipes National Park - Keilor - lava formations
  • Emu Bottom Wetlands Reserve and Homestead - Sunbury - historic homestead
  • Mt Macedon (68km N)
  • Hanging Rock (76km N)
    • awesome little walk only 20-30minutes to summit, car park fees apply
  • Black Hill Summit Hike - Kyneton District (94km N)
  • Gobaw Ranges (86km N)
  • Mt Alexander (130km N) - Dog Rocks granite boulders, Oak Forest
  • Castlemaine gold diggings heritage park (120km N)
  • Muckleford gold diggings (135km NW)
  • Daylesford mineral springs walks (114km NW)
  • Heathcote-Graytown National Park (156km N to Graytown)


  • Warrandyte State Park (15-35km E)
    • Pound Bend Walk
    • Bob's Wetlands
    • Whipstick Gully Circuit - gold mining relics
    • Longridge Park Walk - Warrandyte
    • Currawong Bush Park Walk - Warrandyte
    • Gold Heritage Walk
    • Mt Lofty Circuit Walk
  • Christmas Hills district
    • Smith's Gully
    • Panton Hill
  • Plenty Gorge parklands
  • Kinglake
  • Toolangi State Forest (60km NE)
    • Sculpture Walk
    • Yea River Walk Toolangi
    • Wirra Willa Rainforest Walk
    • Tanglefoot Walking Track
  • Yea River Walk - Yea (80km NE)
  • Wilhelmina Falls - Murrindindi Scenic Reserve (85km NE)
  • Black Range State Forest (100km NE)
    • Murrindindi River Walk - Tramway Section


  • Yarra parklands
  • Yarra Valley district
    • Yarra Junction - Little Yarra Riverside Walk
    • Lilydale-Warburton Rail Trail
    • Yellingbo Nature Conservation Reserve (50km E)
  • Dandenong Ranges
    • Mt. Evelyn Aqueduct Trail
    • Emerald Lake Park
    • George Tindale Gardens (Sherbrooke)
    • Belgrave Lake Park
    • Karwarra Australian Plant Garden - Kalorama
    • Kalorama Park Nature Trail - Kalorama
    • Gembrook Bushland Walk
    • Butterfield Nature and Flora Reserve - Emerald
    • Wright Forest Walk - Cockatoo
    • Mt. Morton - Belgrave Heights
    • William Baluk Flora Reserve - Belgrave Heights
    • Police Paddocks Walk - Endeavour Hills
    • Ridge Road Reserve (John's Hill) - Kallista
    • Dandenong Ranges Tourist Track
    • Emerald-Cockatoo Trail
    • Mine Shaft Forest Reserve - Macclesfield
  • Bunyip State Park (60km E)
  • Kirth Kiln Park (65km E)
    • Tomahawk Creek Track
    • Gilwell Track
  • Warburton (80km E)
    • Warburton - Yarra River Walk
  • Yarra Ranges NP (~80-100km E)
    • Narbethong Forest Walk
    • O'Shannassy Aqueduct Trail
    • Mt. Donna Buang
  • Noojee State Forest (100km E)
    • Toorongo Falls
  • Marysville State Forest (100km NE)
    • Keppel Falls and Phantom Falls Tracks
  • Cathedral Ranges State Park (120km NE)
    • Ned's Peak Walk - steep! 6km 2hr


  • Lysterfield Hills
    • Churchill NP
    • Lysterfield Lake Park
  • Pakenham and west Gippsland region
    • Beaconsfield Flora and Fauna Reserve
    • Wilson Botanic Park - Berwick - good views
    • Cardinia Aqueduct Trail - Pakenham (50km SE)
    • Chamber's Flora and Fauna Park - Upper Pakenham
    • Yarrabubba Forest Reserve - Maryknoll
    • Bunyip Nature Sanctuary - wetlands
    • Labertouche Creek Fauna and Flora Reserve
  • Mt Worth State Park (120km SE)
  • Lyrebird Forest Walk - Mirboo North (140km E)
  • Morwell NP (150km SE)
  • Phillip Island (140km SE)
  • Tarra Bulga NP (180km SW) - 1-4km walks
  • Wilsons Promontory (224km SE)

south (Mornington Pensinsula)

australia/vic/melbourne_bushwalks.txt · Last modified: 2023/07/21 16:17 by gary1

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