The best winter hikes near Melbourne
From the You Yangs to the Yarra Ranges, here are nine stunning hikes near Melbourne.
After months of social distancing and self-isolation, even the chill of winter isn’t enough to keep Victorians cooped up inside. The easing of COVID-19 restrictions has seen a surge in people taking to the great outdoors for their daily dose of exercise, vitamin D and low-key escapism.
So swift has the return to outdoor outings and exercise been that some well-worn trails have been overwhelmed, and in the interests of public safety, authorities have temporarily closed the 1000 steps/Kokoda Memorial Walk in Ferntree Gully and the Warburton Redwood Forest until 11.59pm on Sunday 21 June.
But Victoria has a wide choice of beautiful walks, many of them within a few hours of Melbourne. So grab your scarf, pull on your hiking boots and get ready to embrace the feeling of (chilled) freedom from the four walls of your home.