Five winter walks
Celebrate the best of the season on these scenic winter walks around Victoria. Take in waterfalls in the Dandenong Ranges, wander the Capital City Trail or suit up for some snowshoeing in the High Country.
Sherbrooke Falls Trail
Located just 50 minutes east of Melbourne, the popular Sherbrooke Falls Trail offers a gentle introduction to the scenic attractions of the Dandenong Ranges. Set out along the peaceful two-and-a-half kilometre walk (return) to Sherbrooke Falls, the closest waterfall to Melbourne and the perfect spot for a picnic. Wind through forest of Mountain Ash and keep your eyes peeled for native wildlife such as wombats, swamp wallabies, ring-tailed and brush-tailed possums.
Stop off at Grants Picnic Ground and pick up some seed to feed the wild native birds, including cockatoos, rosellas and parrots. Rest and refuel at the Piggery Café at Burnham Beeches, headed up by Vue de Monde maestro Shannon Bennett.
Capital City Trail
The 30-kilometre Capital City Trail is a popular inner-city cycling route but the three-kilometre section between Federation Square and South Yarra makes for a scenic adventure on foot.
Set off along the banks of the Yarra River through Birrarung Marr and make your way down to the popular Chapel Street precinct. Once there, explore the boutique shopping opportunities or grab a feed at the popular Top Paddock. If you still have energy in reserve, continue along the Merri Creek Trail, which connects Clifton Hill and Collingwood, and includes a pit stop at the Abbotsford Convent or Collingwood Children's Farm.
The You Yangs Regional Park
Set out towards Geelong and discover the You Yangs, an ancient volcanic formation that offers walkers, mountain bikers, horse riders and rock climbers a perfect outdoor playground all year round. Just over an hour west of the city, the You Yangs Regional Park features six walks ranging from the 100-metre walk up Big Rock to the gentle five-kilometre Branding Yard Trail. The East-West Walk is popular for its challenging 4.5-kilometre loop, which includes some rock scrambling and beautiful views of The You Yangs.
Safari conservation tour
Be inspired on an Echidna Walkabout tour, which combines Australian wildlife sightseeing with conservation activities. Choose from a range of walking tours, from one to four day experiences. Walk with kangaroos and koalas in their natural habitat on a full-day guided tour, take in Australia's most exciting coastline on a luxurious three-day tour of the Great Ocean Road, or explore southeast Australia's wilderness in the biodiverse forests of East Gippsland. All participants receive a certificate of thanks for their contribution to wildlife conservation.
Combine your love for walking with that of winter on a snowshoeing expedition in Victoria's High Country. Travel out to Mt Hotham, just four-and-a-half hours from Melbourne, and experience the pristine alpine environment. Explore 35 kilometres of trails and take in the breathtaking views from the top of the Great Diving Range. Access to trails is included in the resort entry and snowshoes can be hired from outlets on the mountain. Make your holiday something to remember by booking a night in Australia's first ever lux glamping snow eco domes.
Five winter walks
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