Where to walk this Autumn/Winter
Monday 8 May, 2023
Some of state’s most fantastic bushwalks are best done at this time of year – no need to worry about extreme heat or endless flies buzzing around.
Here’s a selection of some of our top Autumn walks. Not only are these walks beautiful, they are also not so crowded so you’ll really feel like you’re stepping off the hamster wheel and taking a break in nature.
Yallock-Bulluk Marine and Coastal Park
Yallock-Bulluk Marine and Coastal Park – the 7km George Bass Coastal Walk from San Remo takes in sweeping views of coastal cliffs and the Bass Strait, where you may be lucky enough to spot whales on their winter or spring migration. The Punchbowl Lookout gives particularly spectacular views along the coast. In time this track will be extended to be a 32km trail all the way to Cape Paterson.
Beechworth area – Start by enjoying the sight of the spectacular Woolshed Falls in Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park. If you’ve a few hours to spare from there head off to walk to the nearby cascades in the Beechworth Historic Park. Enjoy beautiful views, rock formations, the changing bushland and scenery and the gently cascading water of Spring Creek.
Lake Eildon National Park - Autumn is the perfect time to try out some of the steeper or longer walks in the park that can be a bit strenuous in the warmer weather. Hiking up the steeper spurs will take you to sweeping views of the lake. Or venture out to Stones Hut for a look back in time. If something less strenuous is more your cup of tea there are flat gentle tracks along the lakeside that will introduce you to the plants, animals and history of the park.
Kooyoora State Park. Photo credit: DJAARA
Kooyoora State Park – Dja Dja Wurrung People have a strong connection with this park, which is jointly managed by Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation (DJAARA). Walk as little as 15 minutes to a stunning lookout, one hour to explore some caves, or up to three hours to take in more sights. These include interesting rock formations and sweeping lookouts across the plains.
Mount Alexander Regional Park– Often cloaked in mist, this area has great cultural and spiritual significance for Dja Dja Wurrung People. Take a short walk to enjoy the impressive rock formations of Dog Rocks. Or continue on to enjoy great views as you walk along the top of the range, rising 350 metres above the surrounding area, to Leanganook camping and picnic area.
Grampians Peaks Trail. Photo credit: Parks Victoria
Grampians Peaks Trail – A spectacular natural and cultural experience on the lands of the Jadawadjali and Djab Wurrung peoples, the challenging hike runs 160 kilometres from Mt Zero in the north to Dunkeld in the south There are a range of itineraries to choose from. Hikes can be as short as a single overnight hike or up to the full thirteen days. Bookings are now open for Winter 2023.
Wyperfeld – There are several walking tracks to choose from, particularly in the south of the park from Wonga Campground. As well as seeing the Mallee’s bird life aplenty, you can learn more about Victoria’s deserts, starting at the information centre and walking to lookouts and through the bush. Tailor the length of your walk based on your time, fitness and interest.
Lower Glenelg – Be surprised at the soaring limestone cliffs and wide expanse of the lesser-known Glenelg River. If paddling isn’t your scene then you can enjoy the spectacular sights and keep your feet dry by walking the riverside walking track. The Great South West walks runs along the river and you can choose to walk any section of this between campsites. If travelling with friends or family try a car shuffle to avoid walking out and back on the same track.
Before you set off, find out more about how to choose the right walk for you and get our top tips for enjoying a safe hike.
Parks Victoria is continually working to enhance and expand walking opportunities around the state. Find out more about projects that will ensure you can enjoy even more great walking opportunities into the future.