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short walks within 1-2 hours of Melbourne


  • The Briars historic homestead and Park, Mount Martha
  • Mount Martha Park
  • Sunnyside Beach, Mornington - clothing optional
  • Arthur's Seat State Park, McCrae - great views and gardens, King's falls
  • Point Nepean National Park
    • old Quarantine Station
    • old Fort Nepean
    • London Bridge coastal area and Portsea back beach
  • Diamond Bay and Bay of Islands
  • Bridgewater Bay, rock pool and Pirates Bay cave
  • Number Sixteen Beach, Dragon's Head and Lizard Head Rock
  • St Andrew's beach to Boag Rocks
  • Gunnamatta Ocean Beach
  • Fingal beach and sea caves
  • Cape Schanck Lighthouse and Two Bays walking track
  • Coolart Historic Homestead and wetlands near Balnarring and Somers beaches
  • Warringine Park, Hastings
  • Hastings Foreshore Reserve
  • Mount Worth State Park
  • Mirboo North Regional Park
  • Lyrebird Forest Walk, Mirboo North
  • George Bass coastal walk - Kilcunda
  • Baxter Beach, Kilcunda Harmer's Haven Coastal Reserve


  • Dandenong Ranges
    • William Ricketts Sanctuary short walk around scultures
    • Sky High Mount Dandenong - great views across Melbourne plus a restaurant (entry fee)
    • Olinda Falls
    • RJ Hamer Arboreteum - lovely mix of tree plantations on a hill side
    • National Rhododendron Garden - great in early Spring
    • Kokoda Memorial Walk - “The Thousand Steps” - if you need exercise
    • Alfred Nicholas Memorial Garden - large gardens worth a visit and photos
    • George Tindale Memorial Gardens - smaller garden
    • Sherbrooke Forest and falls
  • Emerald Lake Park - Puffing Billy station
  • Cardinia Reservoir Park
  • Kurth Kiln camp ground (not Kirth!) and Ship Rock Falls, near Gembrook
  • Bunyip State Park


  • Healesville Sanctuary (fee)
  • Badger Weir picnic area
  • Wombelano Falls Kinglake
  • Kalatha Giant Tree Walk, Toolangi
  • Wilhelmina Falls, Murrundindi


  • Heathcote:
    • Pink Cliffs
    • McIvor Range
    • Heathcote-Graytown NP - Dargile Forest Walk
  • Balaclava Mine, Whroo
  • Greater Bendigo NP - Whipstick


  • Conglomerate Gully walk, Riddells Creek - short walk to tiny waterfall
  • Hanging Rock - awesome location for exploring, walking and picnics
  • Trentham Falls and Bullarto railway station no walking though but worth checking out
  • Kyneton botanic gardens
  • Black Hill, Kyneton - nice relatively easy 1-2hr circuit walk over the hill
  • Turpin's Falls, Metcalfe - not much walking but worth checking out
  • Metcalfe Cascades - not much walking but worth checking out
  • Mt Alexander
  • Castlemaine gold fields
  • Maldon
  • Daylesford


  • O'Brien's Crossing, Lerderderg, Blackwood - bush walks
  • Garden of St Erth, Blackwood, nearby bush walks
  • Lal Lal and Moorabool Falls
  • Lal Lal iron mine area
  • Creswick State Park


  • Brisbane Ranges
    • Steiglitz historic gold mining
    • Anakie Adventure park for kids
australia/vic/shortwalks_1-2hrsmelbourne.txt · Last modified: 2023/07/21 16:16 by gary1

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