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The view of Safety Beach and Port Phillip from the top of Arthurs Seat State Park.

Arthurs Seat State Park

Rising above the Mornington Peninsula, Arthurs Seat State Park is a prominent feature in the landscape of Port Philip Bay.

A family go cross country skiing.

Baw Baw National Park

Spectacular year round, Baw Baw National Park covers a substantial part of the Baw Baw Plateau. As the snow melts see the hills come alive with vivid wildflower displays. Explore the wonderland of geological formations at Mushroom Rocks or walk or snowshoe one of the many trails that criss-cross through tangled snowgum forests.

Two men fish along 90 mile beach.

Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park

Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park adjoins an extensive lake system separated from the Tasman Sea by the sand dunes of Ninety Mile Beach. Swim, kayak, boat, or fish along the scenic expanses of sheltered water. Among the tranquil campgrounds, choose from 90 Mile Beach, Bunga Arm or Paradise Beach.

A man reads an information sign at Jawbone Marine Sanctuary

Jawbone Marine Sanctuary

Jawbone Marine Sanctuary protects a diverse ecosystem within its 30 hectares of coastal waters. Named for its shape, this forgotten and unspoilt place protects a unique collection of intertidal habitats and is a haven for coastal and marine life right next to Melbourne.

A young couple paddle kayaks on a sunny afternoon across Lake Eildon.

Lake Eildon National Park

Camp by Lake Eildon and enjoy a whole world of watersports in a spectacular setting. Go swimming, canoeing, waterskiing, sailing and fishing in the shadow of the Victorian Alps. Enjoy bushwalking or cycling along a network of trails. You'll share the picture-perfect surroundings with kangaroos, wombats and a huge variety of beautiful birds.

A walker stops to take in the sunrise at Mt Arapiles.

Mount Arapiles-Tooan State Park

Mount Arapiles is a spectacular feature, rising sharply from the Wimmera plains to form part of the Mount Arapiles-Tooan State Park.

Experience

Canoeing

Canoeing and Kayaking

Canoeing and kayaking are great ways to explore beautiful waterways. Enjoy the tranquility and spot wildlife that hikers don’t normally see.
A couple in their thirties take in the view along Dead Timber Track.

Hiking and bushwalking

Witness breathtaking natural scenery at some of Victoria’s most iconic places when you lace up your boots and take to a hiking trail.
Two friends go for a swim in Lake Elusive in Croajingolong National Park.

Freshwater swimming

Take a cool, invigorating dip in fresh waterholes, streams and lakes. Be sure to observe safety signs and take caution when swimming in nature.
Two teenage girls take part in a sailing race on Port Philip Bay in a small boat called Inkspot.

Boating and sailing

Take to the waves of Port Phillip and see Victoria's coast from the water or sail inland lakes and rivers by boat or charter.
A mother and daughter linger at the end of a pier on the Mallacoota Inlet

Piers and jetties

Stroll along coastal piers and jetties or cast a line and fish at popular catchment areas in Port Phillip and Western Port.
A diver takes a photo a school of fish in the Wilsons Promontory Marine National Park.

Scuba diving

Dive to the depths of the ocean floor in marine national parks or explore shipwrecks at the bottom of the bays.
A couple watch the sunset at a picnic table on the edge of Lake Catani at Mount Buffalo National Park.

Sunrises and sunsets

Spectacular sunsets from the summits and to west, and picturesque sunrises in the east , top-and-tail your day the perfect way.

Camping and Accommodation

Find the perfect campsite for your next getaway.

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Picture of Lysterfield lake with families enjoying water activities and swimming at the beach

Day trips from Melbourne without the long drive

We've put together a selection of fantastic parks for a day trip that only take an hour or less by car from Melbourne – and most of them offer great recreational activities or ways to cool off by a lake or river.

Connect to Country in Gariwerd this summer

This summer Brambuk: The National Park and Cultural Centre is hosting a range of live musical performances and cultural workshops conducted by some of Gariwerd’s most talented Traditional Owners.
Fern trees along the riverbank at the Redwoods Forest site in East Warburton

Redwoods Forest set for facilities boost

Visitors to the Yarra Ranges National Park will soon see improved walks, greater accessibility, new facilities and increased environmental protections at the popular Californian Redwood Forest area.
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