Five breathtaking places to hike in Victoria

Rhiannon James

From cascading falls to postcard-worthy paradise – Victoria has a lot to offer its hikers.

This image shows the beautiful scenery at Wilsons Prom in Victoria. The photo has been taken from high above the beach and shows the bright blue water, white sand, and cliffs jutting out into the sea. The sky is bright blue with a few white clouds.
Published
30 Nov 2021
Last updated
30 Nov 2021
Reading time
10 min
Author
Rhiannon James

Does the warmer weather have you planning your next outdoors adventure?! 

We wanted to know your favourite places to hike in Victoria, so we put the call out on social media.

Here, with a round-up of your recommendations, we explore the varied terrain of Victoria's most beautiful places to take a trek. So if you’re planning a walk in the wild, or you just need to check you’ve been to all these top spots, take a look at the five places our Facebook community voted for.

The Grampians

This is an aerial shot of the Grampians showing a steep rocky cliffside and grassy rolling hills beyond it.

The Grampians National Park, part of Gariwerd Aboriginal cultural landscape, has the largest number of significant and ancient Aboriginal rock art paintings and shelters in southern Australia. The landscape is rich and diverse, with rocky mountains, majestic waterfalls and forested gullies to challenge and delight hikers. It’s a great place for spotting wildlife and wildflowers. With routes to suit all abilities  and walks to suit all fitness levels (including overnight hikes for the experienced hikers), there’s little wonder The Grampians was voted top.

You Yangs Regional Park

A mountain dotted with large boulders is visible in the background, while tree branches are in focus in the foreground

The bush meets huge, awe-inspiring boulders in the You Yangs Regional Park. A paradise for horse riders and mountain bikers as well as hikers, this unique landscape is dotted with towering granite peaks. The highest of these is Flinders Peak, which offers breathtaking views to Geelong and Melbourne.

While the Flinders Peak Lookout walk is a steep challenge, there are walks for all levels of fitness and ability to enjoy here, which could be why the You Yangs earned a big thumbs up on Facebook.

If you’d like to bring lunch, take your pick from the nine designated picnic areas, or there are plenty of welcoming cafes in nearby Lara.

You Yangs Regional Park is in the traditional Country of the Wadawurrung People.

Wilsons Promontory 

This image shows a bay with a curved white sandy beach and grass-topped cliffs extending out into the ocean. The sky and sea are both bright blue.

Wilsons Promontory may be a National Park, but perhaps ‘national treasure’ would be more fitting! This bushland, beach and peak-dotted paradise has something for every hiker, and it got your vote on social media.

Break up your walk with a dip in the sea, test your endurance with a hike up Mount Oberon, or soak up some history with a walk to Wilsons Promontory Lightstation.

There are day walks, overnight hikes and campground accommodation to choose from, so make a plan that works for your group's abilities. You can book free all-terrain wheelchairs, TrailRiders or beach wheelchairs, and  Parks Victoria’s All abilities access at Wilsons Promontory video  details the all-abilities walks available here.

While Victoria’s voters seem to think Wilsons Prom is the jewel in the Gippsland region’s crown, there’s plenty more to see and do while you’re in the Gippsland area , and even a rail-trail to follow.

 

Sailors Falls

This image shows a waterfall with a few individual streams of water falling. In front of it is a very tall tree. The cliffside under the waterfall has been worn away into interesting patterns and ridges, and the rock has golden accents.

A short 6km from beautiful Daylesford, Sailors Falls is a picturesque spot to stretch your legs – and trust us, the recently built staircase down to the Falls will leave your legs feeling well exercised!

For those using a wheelchair, the staircase features a viewing platform at the top for great views of the Falls.

One of the popular short walks, the Sailors Falls Mineral Springs Loop Walk, is just under 2km. But there are plenty of well-signposted longer walks to enjoy in the area. Bear in mind that the trails here can be particularly slippery after wet weather, so plan to wear good footwear!

The traditional owners of the land here are the Dja Dja Wurrung people. 

Werribee Gorge

Two people walk along a sandy track surrounded by short trees and grasses.

Perfect for hikers who love a challenge, Werribe Gorge put in an appearance as one of Victoria’s top spots to hike.

It’s easy to see why: There’s wildlife aplenty, and the cliffs provide fascinating scenery thanks to the colours and textures present in the geological layers. Plus, if your feet get hot in those sturdy boots, there’s the chance of a paddle in the rockpool. Bliss!

Be prepared, though, as the walks are challenging – taking you around narrow rocky ridges along the steep sides of the gorge.

You can make use of fireplaces and picnic tables at Werribe Gorge, or head to nearby Bacchus Marsh for a post-hike meal at one of the many restaurants.

More places to hike in Victoria

In case you’re in need of some extra inspiration, our Facebook community shared some more places that’ll have you grabbing for your hiking boots:

The Otways deserves an honourable mention for being home to a very healthy number of waterfall walks. But it's also a location worth bearing in mind for hotter days; this cool temperate rainforest is perfect for some shady exploration.

As it’s name suggests, the Cathedral Range challenges hikers to rugged and uneven terrain, with plenty of steep ascents and descents across rock faces that can be slippery. But it also rewards them with views that take your breath away – if the uphill climb hasn’t already!