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Hiking and bushwalking

Victoria's dramatic and diverse landscape and climate provide the perfect excuse to get outdoors and climb mountain peaks and ranges, whether it's hiking through the Alpine region or the Great Ocean Walk, Parks Victoria offers a variety of experiences to suit all kinds of hikers and bushwalkers with a range of experience levels.

Witness breathtaking natural scenery at some of Victoria’s most iconic places when you lace up your boots and take to a hiking trail. From alpine mountain peaks to rugged coastal and inland ranges, hiking and bushwalking is a popular nature activity all year round. Be inspired by the spectacular outlook atop Mount Rosea, panoramic views from the Pinnacle Lookout and ancient rock features of the Grand Canyon along the Grampians Peaks Trail. Experience Grampians National Park in all its glory with overnight hiking to remote locations and campgrounds. Alternatively, Alpine National Park offers winding hiking trails along alpine ridges through snow gum woodlands and snow grass plains, over rocky summits and past historic huts, offering an achievable and rewarding hiking challenge with spectacular views every step.

Closer to Melbourne, there are multiple national and state parks with both short and medium distance hiking and bushwalking trails, perfect for a day trip. Choose a track to suit your fitness and experience level in Cathedral Range State Park, experience remote, unspoilt bushland in Lerderderg State Park, or climb to the summit of Mt Donna Buang in Yarra Ranges National Park.

Top hiking and bushwalking parks

Three friends stop for a quick drink late in the afternoon on their walk from Hotham to Falls Creek.

Falls to Hotham Alpine Crossing

One of Victoria's icon walks, the 37km Falls to Hotham Alpine Crossing (FHAC) is a 3 day/2 night walk through the Alpine National Park, linking the resort villages of Falls Creek and Mt Hotham.
A woman leads her partner across the Razorback track surrounded by stunning views of the Rubicon Valley.

Cathedral Range State Park

The Cathedral Range is a spectacular seven km ridge of sharply upturned sedimentary rock.
A young couple walks up through ancient lava flows to Sundial Peak in the Central Grampians.

Grampians National Park

Rising abruptly from the surrounding Western Plains, the Grampians (Gariwerd) is a series of rugged sandstone mountain ranges and forests rich in wildlife. One of Victoria’s most popular holiday destinations, the park is a great venue for camping, climbing, scenic drives, bushwalks and nature study.
Two women walk an Australian Cattle Dog alongside a rocky creek.

Amblers Crossing

Camping is permitted at Amblers Crossing. Amblers Crossing is 4WD or walk-in access only and due to the terrain and track surface is accessible in dry weather only.
A picturesque photo of the stone hut near the Horn at Mt Buffalo.

Mount Buffalo National Park

Sheer cliffs, granite tors, waterfalls and big views make Mount Buffalo a must-see alpine retreat

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Father and son bird watching on boardwalk

Bird watching

From bushland to wetlands and everything in between, parks provide habitat to an abundance of common and rare bird species. Go for a wander and see how many you can spot.
Two women follow the path through scrub up Mt Bogong with mountain views in the distance.

Walking

Whether you’re after a gentle stroll or something long-distance, there are walking trails to suit all levels of fitness and ability.
A couple take a tour of Spermwhale Head with traditional owners from the Gurnaikurnai Land and Water Aboriginal Corporation.

Aboriginal heritage

Learn more about the culture, history and contemporary aspirations of the Aboriginal Traditional Owners of our land.
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.
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.
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