Agnes Falls Scenic Reserve

French Island National Park

Mount Buangor State Park

Greater Bendigo National Park

Autumn Unseen Places

We know our famous places are truly Instagram-worthy. Social media is full of spectacular snaps and panoramas of the same incredible places in our parks. This autumn, why not go somewhere new, more interesting and a bit less known? Our Parks Victoria rangers invite you to discover some of nature's Unseen Places. Find unexpected adventures and unique scenery in the hidden gems of Victoria's diverse natural landscape. You’ll see that you don't have to travel far from Melbourne to catch a glimpse - and some snaps - of the great unknown.

Summit views at Mount Buangor State Park

Looking for sweeping summit views? Head north of Ballarat to Mount Buangor State Park. This peak is the highest in the area, and from here you can see stunning views of the surrounding countryside. Escape into the bush and pitch a tent at one of three campgrounds to explore these varied landscapes, including eucalypt forest, creek flats, waterfalls and steep escarpments. Experienced bushwalkers and hikers can go even deeper into these misty forests and bush-covered slopes via the 15km network of semi-remote and steep walking tracks that connect with Mount Cole State Forest.

Waterfalls cascading at Agnes Falls Scenic Reserve

Victoria's tall forests are lush and dense with sassafras, ferns and towering mountain ash with cascading waterfalls and a symphony of birdsong echoing through the trees. But rather than head west to Great Otway National Park, discover Agnes Falls Scenic Reserve. Hidden within the green, rolling hills of the Strzelecki Ranges, the meandering Agnes River cascades from a 59m height over rocks into a deep picturesque gorge, forming Agnes Falls. Pack a picnic and birdwatch in this protected pocket of old forest and native bushland.

Wildlife and windswept landscapes at French Island National Park

If you’re drawn to pristine coastline and secluded pockets of wildlife, think beyond Wilson’s Prom and take the ferry to French Island National Park. This island paradise situated in Western Port offers a haven of peace and serenity to visitors and a diverse range of wildlife, including rare birds and the most significant population of koalas in Victoria.

Rugged bushlands at Greater Bendigo National Park

Victoria's national, state and regional parks will take you off the beaten track. Where there's fewer people, there's more to be seen. Greater Bendigo National Park is an ideal spot for birdwatching, bushwalking, picnics and camping under the stars in beautiful and remote rugged bushland. Explore some of the best Box-Ironbark forest left in Victoria, home to diverse bird species, including that colourful autumn visitor, the Swift Parrot. Explore a bit further and see spectacular scenery along the Bendigo Bushland Trail and Goldfields Track.

Want more?

Take our Autumn Unseen Places Quiz to discover a park that might be a little less known, a little more interesting and definitely worth your next visit.

Or see the map below for more ideas of Unseen Places across Victoria.

Discover more Unseen Places in Victoria

The waterfall at Agnes Falls Scenic Reserve

See this picture perfect waterfall in South Gippsland

Take a picturesque road trip through South Gippsland and discover a beautiful Unseen Place that’s definitely worth taking a turn-off for. Agnes Falls Scenic Reserve, of Gunaikurnai Country, is a protected pocket of the old forests that once covered the Strzelecki Ranges,
River red gums line the Campaspe River at Rocky Crossing at Greater Bendigo National Park

Explore a rugged native landscape on the edge of Bendigo

Ready to discover the natural beauty of our Autumn Unseen Places? This rugged retreat into the wilderness can easily be found in central Victoria. At Greater Bendigo National Park, you’re rewarded with landscapes that celebrate our native bushland and so close to a major regional town.
The view from Cave Hill at Mt Buangor State Park at dusk

Discover hills, forests and sweeping views

Go deeper into nature and see the unseen. Victoria’s variety of landscapes offer so many interesting and diverse parks that are guaranteed to help you feel refreshed and connected to nature. Mount Buangor State Park, on Eastern Maar Country in central west Victoria has deep, lush forests, rugged slopes and mountain peaks.
A picturesque beach at French Island National Park

Head offshore and get closer to nature

Need a breath of fresh sea air? One of Victoria’s most underrated nature escapes isn’t even on the mainland - but this Autumn Unseen Place is closer to Melbourne than you think. Swap the noise of busy urban life for the peaceful tranquility of French Island National Park, on Bunurong Country.
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