The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and it’s the perfect time to get outdoors and stretch your legs. These five walking tracks are some of the best in Melbourne – so lace up those sneakers and give them a try!
Bayside Coastal Trail
Winding along 17 kilometres of pure seaside beauty, the Bayside Coastal Trail is the stuff of summer walking dreams. It runs all the way from Beaumaris to Brighton, but don’t be intimidated – you don’t have to do the whole thing. You can just hop on and off the trail wherever you like, and soak up as much of the scenery as suits you. The track covers four separate trails that celebrate the region’s art, history, environment and indigenous people, with audio tours available via a free phone app.
Werribee Gorge State Park
The stunning Werribee Gorge has four different walks of varying lengths and difficulties, so there really is something for everyone. Each path has something unique to see, including awesome views of the river, the gorge’s mighty cliff faces and several historic indigenous sites. There’s also swimming and rock climbing if you’re still not tired, as well as some of the nicest picnicking spots in Victoria.
Sherbrook Falls Trail
If you’ve ever felt like escaping real life and entering a fairytale, the Sherbrook Falls Trail is for you. Guiding you through a ferny forest, the track is a triumph of green, shady tranquillity. It’s quiet, easy going and only 1.2 kilometres either way, making it the perfect walking track for a hot day. Especially if you feel like dipping your toes into a cool, bubbling waterfall stream…
Tucked away in the Dandenong Ranges, the 1000 Steps is a really cool walking trail for anyone who wants a bit of a challenge. As the name suggests, the walk consists of 1000 steps leading up to One Tree Hill – so prepare to feel the burn. It’s pretty tough going, and your legs might be a little wobbly by the end (there’s no elevator, we’re afraid), but it’s definitely worth the effort once you reach the top. The view is out of this world.
Before you tackle the steps, why not tackle a bowl of fresh soup at 1000 Steps Cafe? Waratah Organics is also in the vicinity for the ultra-healthy, and Cafe Ferntree is local lunch heaven. (Note. Closed for maintenance until December 5th 2016)
Capital City Trail
If you’re not really one for getting out in nature, and you’d rather stay close to the hustle and bustle of Melbourne itself, you’re in luck! The Capital City Trail circles the city centre and many inner suburbs, spanning 29 kilometres of sights, sounds and attractions. It’s a brilliant way for tourists to explore what Melbourne has to offer – and even locals are sure to find something they never knew was there!