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Lace up your boots made for walking and hit the trail. Some of our best walking trails are just a short drive from Melbourne, perfect for a day trip. Wander along coastal cliff top trails, follow towering rainforest fronds to tumbling waterfalls, and clamber up peaks overlooking open plains.  

We've picked out our favourite day walks and hikes around Melbourne for you to wander.  

Want to explore further? Head to nearby state, regional and national parks for an excellent range of trails.

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Day hikes near Melbourne

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Hanging Rock Trail

Climb the now extinct volcano that was made famous by the classic Australian novel and later movie Picnic at Hanging Rock for stunning views.

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Sherbrooke Falls Trail

Enjoy a gentle introduction to the Dandenong Ranges on this gentle walk to Sherbrooke Falls and find a new favourite escape for walks and picnics.

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Keppel Lookout Trail

Climb up through stunning forest to four lookouts for spectacular views across Marysville, the Cathedral Range State Park and Steavenson Falls.

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George Bass Coastal Walk

Walk in historic footsteps along the cliffs from San Remo towards Kilcunda, taking detours to deserted beaches accessible only by foot or boat.

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1000 Steps

March your way up the steep, 1000 step-climb to experience a tiny sense of the exhaustion felt by the Australian soldiers following the Kokoda Trail.

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Forest Ecotourism Walking Trail

Walk through native forests of the Macedon Ranges, passing through stands of tall eucalypts and moist gullies of beautiful ferns.

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Fort Nepean Walk

Follow this short trail to Fort Nepean past The Rip, the treacherous divide between Point Nepean and Point Lonsdale that has claimed many ships.

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Bushrangers Bay Trail

Take in sweeping views of wild coastline as you walk past native flora and bird life, from Cape Schanck and its famous lighthouse to the bay.

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Cape Woolamai Walk

Strap on your walking shoes and wind your way along Phillip Island's most southerly point that culminates in a superb panorama of the island.

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Parks near Melbourne

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Cathedral Range State Park

The Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges region is home to some of Victoria's most impressive tall forests. Once logged to make masts for ships, the...

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Sugarloaf Reservoir Park

Nestled in the Christmas Hills, Sugarloaf is a tranquil setting for a picnic or a stroll near the reservoir shores, offering wonderful views across...

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Werribee Gorge State Park

Werribee Gorge retains a wild, rugged natural beauty. The park offers spectacular views and great opportunities for bushwalking and rock climbing....

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Warrandyte State Park

The closest state park to Melbourne, Warrandyte is a haven for picnickers, bushwalkers, canoeists, birdwatchers and those who enjoy peace and...

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Dandenong Ranges National Park

Take a relaxing walk through forests of towering mountain ash in the Dandenong Ranges National Park, just an hour’s drive from Melbourne's CBD.

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Macedon Regional Park

The Macedon Ranges form the southern end of Victoria's Great Dividing Range and feature a diverse range of natural and cultural features. The 2,379...

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Lerderderg State Park

Rising in the Great Dividing Range, the Lerderderg River has cut a 300 metre deep gorge through sandstone and slate, almost bisecting the park. The...

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Arthurs Seat State Park

Rising above the Mornington Peninsula, Arthurs Seat is the most familiar of all Port Phillip Bay landscape features. Its 314-metre summit, reached by...

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Scenic lookouts

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