Where to get back to nature this winter

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The walking tracks, cycling trails and national parks near the RACV Inverloch, Goldfields and Cobram Resorts enable adventures in nature to be enjoyed all year round.

Forget hibernating this winter, avid bushwalkers know that the cooler months offer some of the best conditions to enjoy a hike or bike ride in nature. Not held back by scorching temperatures or crowded trails, bushwalking and cycling in winter offers more space and less noise than during the high season.

The most important part of enjoying outdoor adventures in winter is having a warm, comfortable place to return to each night. These RACV resorts in three very different locations tick all the boxes for a winning winter getaway.   

Mornings on the Murray River

Enjoy a big river break in Cobram

Only a three-hour drive from Melbourne, the Murray River region of Victoria is an underrated winter break destination full of surprises.

Situated in one of the state’s most significant food bowls, the peaceful bushland setting of the RACV Cobram Resort ensures its popularity with everyone from family groups to active retirees.

But what does a winter break at the RACV Cobram Resort look like?

Whether staying in a spacious Two-Bedroom Apartment or a Self-Contained Cabin, winter gives guests the opportunity to explore the region’s national parks, walking trails and mighty Murray River at a relaxed pace.

Guests can choose to go on light walks around the resort’s 1.8 kilometre walking track, stroll around Barooga Botanical Gardens or go on a full-day bushwalk through the world’s largest River Red Gum forest at Barmah National Park.

Cycling enthusiasts will love the area’s uncrowded bike trails, all easily accessed by hiring a bike from the resort. Locals will tell you that cycling along the levee banks of the Murray is a blissful way to wind down.

Foodies will relish visiting the region’s various farm gates and produce stores. If you’re keen on supporting local growers, this is the place to stock up on olive oil, cheese, strawberries, gourmet meats and fine wine.

Back at the resort, a 25-metre indoor heated pool and spa means visitors can enjoy a relaxing soak no matter what the temperature is outside.

L - R: RACV Cobram Resort, Cycling out of the resort, kangaroos congregate at a Barooga vineyard

Walk this way on the Bass Coast

Perfectly positioned near some of Australia’s best walking trails and scenic lookouts, the RACV Inverloch Resort is a top location to base yourself when pursuing winter adventures throughout the Bass Coast.

It doesn’t matter if you’re kicking back with your partner in an Ocean View Room or enjoying a fun family weekend in a Three-Bedroom Villa, the RACV Inverloch Resort has all the ingredients for a successful winter break.

Zenith Lounge’s combination of comfortable armchairs and a gas-log fire make it a favourite spot for guests to take in panoramic coastal views with a red wine in hand before moving onto Radius Restaurant to feast on Gippsland’s world-renowned cheese, beef and smallgoods.  

Any bushwalker will tell you that a hearty meal is all the more tasty after spending a day out in the fresh air. Luckily, Inverloch is surrounded by some of Victoria’s greatest walking trails.

The Screw Creek Townsend Bluff Estuary Walk is an easy walk that is accessible for most thanks to a series of interconnected boardwalks. Taking only 30 minutes to complete, this scenic trail offers pretty views of Anderson Inlet and wildlife spotting opportunities.

In Wonthaggi, the State Coal Mine Central Area Walking Tracks are a collection of five walks that showcase the area’s coalmining past as well as native birdlife and vegetation.

Popular with families, the Cape Paterson Foreshore Walk is an easy, 20-minute walk with clifftop lookouts revealing stunning ocean views framed by a moody winter sky.

For dramatic ocean views and blustery sea breezes befitting of a centuries-old romance novel, a winter walk through Cape Liptrap Coastal Park is recommended. The whale watching season runs through winter in these parts, so keep watch for a whale sighting no matter what season you visit.

For those that can’t resist the allure of a two-wheeled adventure, resort bike hire puts the Bass Coast Rail Trail and Great Southern Rail Trail on the adventure agenda.

When returning to the resort in the afternoon, an indoor heated pool, spa and sauna allow guests to warm up and wind down after a day of exploration.
 

L - R: View of Georgie Bass Coastal Walk; Screw Creek;  Eagle's Nest Walk

Make tracks in the Goldfields

Many visitors are familiar with the heritage buildings, monuments and museums of the Goldfields region. But this beautiful corner of Victoria is also home to walking tracks and cycling trails that offer something for all ages and interests.

Spanning an epic 200 kilometres, the Goldfields Track connects Bendigo and Ballarat via a series of small, character-filled villages. Experienced mountain bikers and fit bushwalkers often tackle this trail by breaking it up into smaller pieces over several days. A short half-day walk or longer, multi-day hike along the Goldfields Track may reveal echidnas, kangaroos, old miner’s cottages, and remnants of Gold Rush-era mine shafts.

In Ballarat, the Lake Wendouree Trail and Eureka Trail are shorter, more accessible walks that give visitors the chance to take in local history and natural beauty while staying in the city. 

The RACV Goldfields Resort’s prime location within the Creswick State Forest means visitors can enjoy picturesque views from the balcony of their room, while mountain biking on the resort’s trail or teeing off at the resort’s golf course – considered one of the best forest courses in the state.   

From exploring dramatic clifftop trails on the Bass Coast, to enjoying misty mornings on the Murray, and tackling bush tracks by bike in the Goldfields, Victoria’s natural world is alive and well in winter. 
 

L - R: Bunninyong Botanic Gardens; Walking track through the fog; walking along Lake Wendouree

Banner image: RACV Inverloch Resort

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