Top 5 Hikes

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Who doesn’t like hiking? Well, to be honest, up until a couple of years ago I wasn’t a particularly big fan of anything that had to do with nature, including hiking. I have no idea what changed, but something did. And since coming to Australia, where there are abundant hiking opportunities as well as clear hiking trails, it has blossomed. Today we’re sharing Klaus and Fritz’s top 5 places or trails to hike on in Victoria.

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Hepburn Regional Park

If you are looking for some easy hiking in pretty nature that’s not too far from Melbourne, this might just be it. Follow one of the set trails and walk between the mineral springs, or do as we did and make up your own that matches the time and effort you want to put in. The nature is beautiful and serene, and surprisingly few people, so the walks are generally incredibly peaceful. Keep an eye out for wombats. We didn’t see one, but managed to spot an echidna instead, which isn’t too shabby either.

Combine this with a trip to Mt Franklin Reserve for a walk along the ledge of the old crater. Not ready to go home? Camp in the sheltered crater and do it all over the next day!

Parks Victoria website – Hepburn Regional ParkParks Victoria website – Mt Franklin Reserve

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Photo: Angela Zheng

Hanging Rock

Hanging Rock is a great all-rounder hike for everyone. An hour drive from Melbourne, it’s both close and convenient. The trails are well prepared and quite a few parts of the trails are even concrete or paved, making it a lovely easy hike that is ideal for beginners or families. There is a $10 entrance fee per car, but we promise you, it will be worth it. Once you get to the summit, there are lots of different places to explore, rocks to climbs and views to enjoy. The park is opened daily between 9am-5pm. If you want to stay over there are self contained cottages close to the entrance, or there are accommodation options available in the quaint village of Woodend, which is close by.

Hanging Rock

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Photo: Angela Zheng

Grampians

Grampians is the perfect destination for a long weekend. To make the car drive more worth it, plan on spending two nights there rather than one. There are plenty of different hikes matching any level of hiking experience, from easy, short hikes to difficult hikes ranging up to eight hours. The hikes take you through different sceneries, through lush, covered forest, to climbs up the beautiful cliff formations.

Like animals? This might be the place to spot some. You are sure to see quite a few kangaroos and if you are lucky you will see some wombats and echidnas. Get into the car and head down to Wartook Valley to get an almost guaranteed peek of some emus (although personally I stay as far away from them as I possibly can).

The center of the park is called Halls Gap, which is generally where you’d stay. No need to book camping in advance, pick from one of many camp sites, either private ones or ones by Parks Victoria.

Parks Victoria website – Grampians

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Photo: Angela Zheng

Razorback Ridge at Mount Feathertop

Mount Feathertop, located in the Australian Alps, is the second highest peak in Victoria. The Razorback Ridge trail is the most popular hike on Mount Feathertop. It’s also more advanced, so this is for all y’all more experienced hikers out there. Before you begin your hike you’ll have to make your way the 340km from Melbourne. Make sure you book in two days and make sure you can pack well. Because at this location, there is no way for you to drive to the campsite, you have to hike. It’s a 24km hike (approximately 6 hours), which will take you on an exposed tree-less path and leave you fairly exhausted. The campsite itself is lovely, and from it you can make smaller excursions such as walking to the summit of Mount Feathertop, or visit a fresh water spring.

Parks Victoria website – Mount Feathertop

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Photo: Angela Zheng

Wilsons Promontory

Wilsons Prom is a great holiday destination for families or anyone wanting a varied park experience. Go hiking one day and the next head on over to a pristine beach for a swim. The best thing about Wilsons Prom is the wonderful and unique nature, which is varied. From beautiful beaches and lush fern gullies to massive sand dunes, you are sure to be impressed and in awe over the nature. Also, you are pretty much sure to spot a wombat every day. That could be the best thing ever.

The main camp area Tidal River is packed with families. Therefore, if you have kids, this might be the place you want to head to. Your little one will make a best friend with a cool looking tricycle, and you’ll have a bit of wee time to relax.

Wilsons Promontory is quite far away from Melbourne and therefore it’s best to head there for a longer stay. If you plan to go over a weekend or over holidays, be sure to book in advance as camping spots are often completely booked out. Understandably so, it’s such a great place to spend a few days!

Parks Victoria website – Wilsons Promontory


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