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Looking for ideas? There are so many ways you can get into nature at any time of year.

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Explore on foot

From easy walks to challenging hikes, find the trail that's right for you.
Three friends enjoy a picnic on the grass in front of the historic Wallace Hut.

Top circuit walks

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.
A young couple walking their dog across a bridge with two friends following behind

Victoria's dog-friendly walking trails

While dogs aren’t allowed in our national and state parks, there's still plenty of great places you can get into nature with your pooch. So, grab a lead and a handful of treats, whistle up the dog and head for the park.
A grandmother watching her grandson happily walking while his mother pushes his younger brother in a pram at Jells Park

Top 10 pram-friendly walks

Getting out into nature with young children is great for everyone’s wellbeing. With the little one strapped into the pram they can learn about nature and discover many of the beautiful places around Melbourne and across Victoria.
Two people walk across a dry pink salt lake.

Five great winter hikes in north-west Victoria

The days might be getting shorter, but don’t rush to pack away your hiking boots. Getting out into nature in the crisp, clear days of winter is invigorating in a whole new way.

Top spots for a coffee and a warming winter stroll

Instead of curling up on the couch as the cold sets in, why not enjoy the special pleasures the cooler weather brings? This winter, get into nature in one of the most rewarding ways: with a friend, a hot drink, and a relaxing stroll.

Experience nature

Get outdoors enjoy your favourite activities, or maybe it's time to try something new.
Two campers relax at their campsite after a long paddle.

Choose your adventure at these camping spots

Now is the perfect time to get out and camp under the stars. Before you pitch your tent, spend the day exploring the nature around you. There’s lots of ways to enjoy our parks — whether you’re looking for a challenge, to learn something new or to just relax with family and friends.
Stargazing in the Murray Sunset National Park.

Fun things to do in nature after dark

Just because darkness is falling doesn’t means parks aren’t great places to experience, as long as it’s done safely. In fact, there are some special experiences to be had in parks at dusk or after dark.
A family plays on the adventure playground at Braeside Park.

Melbourne's best park playgrounds

Kids can get outdoors and enjoy nature at one of the many fabulous playgrounds in Victoria's urban parks. With playscapes designed for all ages and abilities, you're sure to find a playground perfect for your family.
Snorkelling at Barwon Bluff Marine Sanctuary

Discover an underwater world

If you're looking for the best places to see underwater ecosystems and encounter marine wildlife, look no further! We've rounded up some of the best ways to explore marine protected areas. So, pack your togs, wetsuit, a mask and snorkel and head to the coast!

Sharing nature's stories

Find out what makes our parks special. From the plants and animals that live there to the people who protect it, get to know nature a little better.
A couple follow a walking path through luscious rain-forest ferns.

Connect to the medicine of the forest

You might be familiar with the special sense of peace that comes with being immersed in nature. But did you know that the health benefits of spending time in our parks go far beyond simple relaxation?
Four cultural heritage rangers walking on Dja Dja Wurrung Country

Woven Together By Spirit

For many Victorians, Castlemaine Diggings is synonymous with the gold rush: that famous period in the late 1800s when thousands of migrants flocked to Central Victoria to seek their fortunes on the gold fields. But Castlemaine Diggings Heritage National Park and its surrounding areas have a history much older and richer than the precious metal industry that briefly but dramatically occupied the landscape.

Seven unexpected things found in our parks

When you think of Victoria’s parks, the first things that comes to mind are probably found on land – mountains, trees and grassy plains. However, did you know that Parks Victoria also manages 30 marine protected areas? What you’ll find there might surprise you!
Researchers prepare a dig site at Yallock-Bulluk Marine and Coastal Park

Discover a history of fossils at Yallock-Bulluk Marine and Coastal Park

Along the coast of Yallock-Bulluk Marine and Coastal Park, stretching from San Remo to Inverloch, the waves are unearthing precious relics that have lain buried in the rock for millions of years. This stretch of coastline is home to some of the richest fossil sites in Australia, and here, new clues from the distant past are constantly surfacing.
A weedy seadragon swims along near the sea bed.

Meet some of our unique marine life

Marine national parks and sanctuaries exist to protect Victoria’s unique and diverse marine ecosystem, and the many plants and animals that live in them. Meet some of the marine life that these parks protect.

Virtual backgrounds for your next online meeting

With these stunning backdrops you can (virtually) be surrounded by nature at your favourite park. Just click on an image below, and it will open up in a new tab. Right-click and save the image to your computer. Then follow the upload instructions from your online meeting application.
Herons Reef, Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park

Herons Reef, Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park

Step back to the gold mining era of the 1850’s at Herons Reef, Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park.
Mount William, Grampians National Park

Mount William, Grampians National Park

Take in the stunning view of the Grampians National Park from Mount William.
Hopetoun Falls, Great Otway National Park

Hopetoun Falls, Great Otway National Park

Sit amongst the lush ferns at the base of Hopetoun Falls, Great Otway National Park.
Jells Park

Jells Park

Relax on the vast lawns amidst tall gum trees at Jells Park in Melbourne’s south-east.
The Horn lookout, Mount Buffalo National Park

The Horn, Mount Buffalo National Park

Bask in the blue sky and enjoy the view from The Horn lookout, Mount Buffalo National Park.
Murray Sunset National Park

Murray-Sunset National Park

Enjoy the tranquil calm of the rugged bushland landscape at Murray-Sunset National Park.
Twelve Apostles, Port Campbell National Park

Twelve Apostles, Port Campbell National Park

Look out onto the iconic view of the Twelve Apostles at sunset, Port Campbell National Park.
Whisky Bay, Wilsons Promontory National Park

Whisky Bay, Wilsons Promontory National Park

Sunset on the beach amongst the granite rock formations at Whisky Bay, Wilsons Promontory National Park.
Wilsons Promontory Marine National Park

Wilsons Promontory Marine National Park

Admire the delicate coral structures of our underwater parks at Wilsons Promontory Marine National Park.
Yarra River

Yarra River

Unwind on the calm waters and clear reflection of the Yarra River.
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