Best nature walks in regional Victoria
For critter spotting
Barmah National Park – near Echuca
Length: 4 km
Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Stroll through the world’s largest river red gum forest along the Murray River in the traditional Yorta Yorta lands of Barmah National Park, about 40 km from the town of Echuca.
The Park's Lakes Loop Track promises sightings of native critters such as grey kangaroos and koalas, along with more than 200 resident bird species including emus, spoonbills, sea eagles and parrots of every hue.
Flat Spur Walk - Mount Buller
Length: 6.5 km
Time: 2 hours and 30 minutes
Whether you’re visiting the mountains for the magnificent ski season or just looking to enjoy Mother Nature in all seasons, don’t miss the chance to experience the Flat Spur Walk trail in the Mansfield State Forest when it arrives.
Located just over three hours from Melbourne, the multi-use trail has been designed for both walkers and horse riders, with future plans to connect to attractions and accomodation.
Tip: If you're planning to do the walk in the winter months, be careful of snow and ice forming on the path. Take your time, slow down, and stop to smell the snow gums.
Herman's Hill – Rainbow
Length: 2.7 km
Time: 45 minutes
While there may not be a pot of gold waiting for you at the end, walk the new and improved Herman’s Hill trail in Rainbow. Half an hour from the Grampians, the new walking trail includes upgrades like interpretive signage and bench seats, and is perfect for day hikers looking to get off the beaten track – literally.
A quieter walk of short and steep sandy hills, the trail is peppered with natural vegetation, plants, and birds, culminating in the magnificent views atop Herman’s Hill lookout.
Wirrawilla Rainforest Walk – Toolangi
Length: 1 km
Time: 14 minutes
Just 25 minutes from the great food and wine of Healesville lies Toolangi, home to a National Forest, and the seventh-largest tree in Australia - the Kalatha Giant.
Toolangi is also home to the newly developed Wirrawilla Rainforest Walk.
A shorter trail for those just looking for a stroll amongst the bush and birds, this relaxing route takes hikers through luscious ferns and leafy gum trees, trickling Myrtle Creek waters and natural greenery.
Latrobe River Walk, Noojee Trail, Toorongo Falls Linking Track – Noojee
Length: 6.3 km
Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Just two hours east of Melbourne lies the linked hiking track in Noojee, a town in Gippsland surrounded by dense bushland west of Mt Baw Baw. An Aboriginal word meaning ‘contentment’ or ‘rest,’ the Noojee walking trail is best enjoyed this way, when stopping to take in the waterfall and rainforest views.
While this linking track is not entirely new, upgrades mean the trail has reopened for avid hikers who can enjoy the soothing forest hike and walk across the Noojee Trestle Bridge.
Keppel Lookout Trail - Yarra Ranges
Length: 11 km
Time: 3 hours 30 minutes
On the outskirts of Marysville lies the Keppel Lookout Trail, a circuit encompassing breathtaking views of the great Australian outdoors, including waterfalls, wildlife, Lake Mountain, and the Cathedral Ranges on this day hike from Melbourne.
The hike is best done anti-clockwise, and is considered strenuous and slippery in parts, but worth it for the spectacular panoramic reward upon reaching the Keppel Lookout platform.
Make a holiday out of it with a stay at the nearby RACV Healesville Country Club & Resort.