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short walks within 1 hour of Melbourne

  • Hanging Rock
  • Dandenong Ranges - Hamer woodlands, Sherbrooke forest
  • Mount Macedon / Camel's Hump
  • You Yangs
  • Werribee Gorge
  • Lerderderg Gorge
  • Werribee mansion and park
  • Organ Pipes National Park
  • Montsalvat artist colony, Eltham
  • Port Melbourne beach to Middle Park and St Kilda beaches - in summer

Melbourne CBD region

  • Melbourne Botanic Gardens
  • Alexandra Gardens
  • Fitzroy Gardens
  • Carlton Gardens

Melbourne suburbs

south-eastern suburbs

  • Brighton Beach
  • Half Moon Bay Beach, Black Rock
  • Karkarook Park, Moorabbin
  • Braeside Park wetlands
  • Edithvale wetlands and bird hide
  • Tirhatuan Wetlands, Mulgrave
  • Churchill National Park
  • Dandenong Wetlands and bird hide
  • Lysterfield Lake Park
  • The Pines Flora and Fauna Reserve, Frankston
  • Langwarrin Flora and Fauna Reserve
  • Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne
  • Cardinia Aqueduct trail in Pakenham

eastern suburbs

  • Fairview Park, Hawthorn
  • Koomba Park, Wantirna
  • Huntingdale Wetlands
  • Bridge Reserve and Fairway Reserve, Mt Waverley
  • Valley Reserve, Mt Waverley
  • Jell's Park, Glen Waverley
  • Birdsland reserve Belgrave Heights

north-eastern suburbs

  • Yarra Flats Park, Ivanhoe
  • Plenty River trail, Banyule Flats Reserve, Heidelberg
  • Montsalvat Artist Colony, Eltham - historic colony farm buildings, nice walk to explore (entry fee)
  • Barak Bushlands, Eltham
  • Westerfolds Park, Templestowe
  • Pound Bend Tunnel, Warrandyte State Park
  • Gold Heritage Walk, Warrandyte - Johnson's Mine, Fourth Hill Geraghty's Tunnel
  • Black Flat, Warrandyte State Park
  • Jumping Creek Reserve, Warrandyte State Park
  • Mt Lofty near Wonga Park
  • The 100 Acres Flora and Fauna Reserve, Park Orchards
  • Lilydale Lakes

northern suburbs

  • Woodlands Homestead and Park, Tullamarine
  • Plenty Gorge Parklands, Mill Park
  • Bundoora Park
  • Gresswell Forest Nature Conserve, Watsonia

north-west suburbs

Maribyrnong region

  • Maribyrnong River parklands:
    • Thompson Reserve and Pipemakers Park near Highpoint West Shopping Centre
    • Fairbairn Park
    • Maribyrnong Park
    • Afton St Conservation Reserve
    • Avondale Heights parkland reserve
    • Tea Gardens Reserve
    • Canning Reserve
    • Thompson Reserve

Footscray region

  • Footscray Park and along Maribyrnong River

Keilor region

  • Brimbank Park
  • Organ Pipes National Park

south-west suburbs

Port Melbourne / St Kilda area

  • Westgate Park - under Westgate Bridge - pink algae lakes
  • Sandridge Beach and lookout, to Port Melbourne beach then to Middle Park and St Kilda beaches
  • Albert Park

Newport region

  • Newport Lakes Reserve

Williamstown region

  • Williamstown port
  • Port Gellibrand Coastal Heritage Park
  • Cyril Curtain Reserve around the headlands
  • Williamstown beach
  • Jawbone Flora and Fauna Reserve / Paisley Challis reserve and birdhide alongside Kororoit Creek
  • Newport Railway Museum

Altona region

  • Cherry Lake reserve
  • Altona Costal Reserve alongside Kororoit Creek
  • Altona Beach
  • Doug Grant Reserve alongside beach
  • Truganina Park / Cheetham Wetlands / Altona Fireshore Reserve / Altona Meadows Natural Features walk along Skeleton Creek

Sanctuary Lakes region

  • Point Cook coastal park
    • Cheetham Wetlands Observation Tower and nearby beach
    • Point Cook Homestead - 1850's
    • RAAF Museum
    • Point Cook beach
    • Campbell's Cove beach

Werribee region

  • Werribee mansion and Werribee park precinct:
    • Werribee mansion gardens
    • Victoria State Rose Garden
    • Werribee Park sculpture garden and old farm sheds
    • Werribee Open Range Zoo



  • The Briars historic homestead and Park, Mount Martha
  • Mount Martha Park
  • Daangean, enter from Hodgens Road and find the Powerful owls in amongst the messmates
  • Arthur's Seat State Park, McCrae - great views and gardens, King's falls
    • walk from Waterfall gully road carpark around the Kings Falls circuit
    • Seawinds and walk the lookout walk or if you have two cars dump one there and walk from Kings Falls across through Seawinds to the Bunnarong track
  • 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
    • Bushrangers bay
  • Coolart Historic Homestead and wetlands near Balnarring and Somers beaches
  • Warringine Park, Hastings
  • Hastings Foreshore Reserve
  • Moonlit sanctuary, near Pearcedale
  • Mt Cannibal flora and fauna


  • Dandenong Ranges
  • Marysville, Steavensons Falls
  • Bunyip State Park - wetland board walk - interesting button grass flora and a lovely range of dragonflies
  • drive from Mt Donna Buang along Acheron Way to Narbethong
  • Seven acre rock do some tramways walks Powelltown ,Noojee


  • Hobb's Road Reserve, Bullengarook - nice wattles in late winter/early spring
  • Gisborne botanic gardens
  • Emu Bottom wetlands, Sunbury
  • Mount Macedon:
    • reservoir circuit walk through pine forest
    • Sanitorium Lake circuit walk - high elevation, moist
    • Camel's Hump - high elevation, rock climbing area but nice short walk up a brief incline to snow gums with great views to north
    • Memorial Cross - top of the mount, various walks available
    • Mount Towrong peak walk
    • fantastic very large private gardens (honesty box entry fee, seasonal, great for picnics, photos):
      • Forest Glade Gardens
      • Gardens of Tieve Tara
      • Duneira Estate


  • Long Forest walks, near Bacchus Marsh
  • Walk to old Draper's Load Antimony Mine, Pyrete Range
  • Lerderderg Gorge - bush walks along the river
  • Werribee Gorge - a range of interesting walks


  • You Yangs - granite outcrop overlooking Melbourne, great for walks and picnic, last entry is usually late afternoon pending season
  • Serendip Sanctuary - free, bird sanctuary, check open hours
  • Avalon beach and coastal reserve - walk around salt pans
australia/vic/shortwalks_melbourne.txt · Last modified: 2023/12/12 13:02 by gary1

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