Top circuit walks

Thursday 17 December, 2020

There's nothing better than a circuit walk taking in great scenery and interesting natural and cultural landmarks. For a taste of Victoria's best, check out this selection on your next getaway.

Near Melbourne

Cumberland Walk, Yarra Ranges National Park – 4km, 1.5 hours

Starting from the Cambarville Picnic Area this easy to medium walk takes you past the Big Tree – the tallest known living tree in Victoria – the spectacular cascading Cora Lynn Falls and Cumberland Falls. As you walk among the tallest flowering trees in the world, you'll also see sweeping views down towards Warburton, and visit the Big Culvert, a beautiful moss-covered granite arch that runs beneath Woods Point Road. On your return, wander through the remains of the logging town of Cambarville and learn more about life here in the town's heyday.

Summit Circuit Walk, Arthurs Seat State Park – 1.8km, 1 hour

Enjoy spectacular views across Port Phillip Bay on this short walk suitable for most visitors. The track guides visitors to major interest points including the Seawinds Gardens, Matthew Flinders Cairn, William Ricketts sculptures, lookouts and the Seawinds Nursery Volunteers Indigenous Garden. On a clear day you can see all the way to the city skyline and Mount Macedon.

In Regional Victoria

Lake Surprise Crater Rim Walk at Budj Bim National Park – 2.6km, 2 hours

As the name suggests, this lake is a little surprise. The Crater Rim Walk is around Lake Surprise high up along the crater rim providing great views. It’s the perfect place to enjoy the scenery and learn more about the geology of the area and how Aboriginal people lived here

A young woman leading a man on a walk through Budj Bim National Park

Quinns Island Loop Walk, Cobram Regional Park – 2km, 40 minutes

Quinns Island is a waterbird haven formed by a bend in the Murray River that has been cut off by Scotts Creek. Enjoy this walk around the island – which is accessible to pedestrians only – to see the birdlife and learn about Aboriginal culture. A number of Aboriginal artefacts such as scar trees, flint tool and middens, have been found on the island.

Wallace to Cope Heritage Trail, Bogong High Plains, Alpine National Park – 6km, 2.5 hours

This scenic and relatively flat walk starts at Wallaces Hut, built in 1889 and thought to be the oldest cattlemen’s hut on the high plains. Walk along an old aqueduct, pass a scout chalet and Cope Hut, built in 1929 by the Ski Club of Victoria, then loop back through a heath filled valley. The camera is a must to capture the charm of these old huts, alpine wildflowers and the stunning views of the alps stretching into the distance.

McLoughlins and Ninety Mile Beach Walk – 1km, 30 minutes

At McLoughlins Beach you can stroll through wetlands, the estuary and sand dunes while keeping an eye out for wildlife like ducks and kangaroos. Once you’ve had your fill of the iconic Australian coastal vegetation, loop around via the footbridge to explore a remote and wild stretch of Ninety Mile Beach and marvel at the vast beautiful views.

Mount St Gwinear Track, Baw Baw National Park;– 6km, 3 hours return 

The walk to the summit of Mount St Gwinear winds through heathland and Snow Gum forest. The magnificent views, stretching across the valleys of the Thomson and Aberfeldy Rivers and into the Victorian Alps, are a perfect reward.

Bird Hide Loop Walk, Kings Billabong Park – 3.5km, 1 hour

Bordered by a wide stretch of the Murray River just minutes from Mildura, Kings Billabong Park is an ideal place to discover local river wetlands, nature and history. The park is home to majestic River Red Gums and a fantastic variety of birdlife. This easy 3.5km walk, ideal for the whole family, is a great way to take in the sights of the billabong. You can view an abundance of waterbirds living on the largest part of the Billabong from the bird hide.

Maits Rest, Great Otway National Park – 800m, 20 minutes

Learn more about the animals and plants that live in this ancient rainforest by taking a gentle walk suitable for everyone. Lush ferns and towering trees provide visitors with a cool shady escape. Following a recent $2.5 million investment, wide raised boardwalks, large platforms and seating along the walk allow people to absorb nature and reflect in this beautiful place. The new raised walkway not only improves the experience but also better protects the forest ecosystem. 

Check out our walking page for more great walks.

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