The Pinnacle walks at the Grampians

Mt Donna Buang

Mountain bike riding in Arthurs Seat State Park

The Horn at Mount Buffalo

Rock climbing at the You Yangs

Mountains of Spring adventure

The warmer spring weather is the perfect excuse to get outdoors and explore mountain peaks. Choose your own adventure by hiking, biking or climbing.

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Hiking

When you hike up a mountain, you’ll be rewarded with views across spectacular landscapes. Victoria’s parks offer a variety of hiking trails to suit all fitness and experience levels. Choose from short and medium distance hikes, or pack your tent for overnight hiking to remote locations and campgrounds. For the seriously adventurous, you can hike through the mountains for multiple days on the Grampians Peaks Trail or Falls to Hotham Alpine Crossing.

So, what are you waiting for? Head to our hiking page to plan your next mountain climb.


Popular mountain hikes:

A family take in the view of the Yarra Ranges from the elevated platform at Mt Donna Buang.

Mount Donna Buang

At an elevation of 1245 metres, the summit features a lookout tower which is 21 metres high and offers panoramic views over Melbourne, the Yarra Valley, Dandenong and Cathedral Ranges, Mount Baw Baw and the Alps. It is also a popular picnic area and starting point for walks on the mountain.
A young man offers his hand to his walking partner at the summit of The Pinnacle in the Grampians National Park.

The Pinnacle walks

Choose from two different routes up to The Pinnacle lookout – an easy to medium walk from Sundial Carpark and a more challenging climb from Wonderland Carpark.
A couple in their thirties approach the summit lookout at the Horn of Mount Buffalo.

The Horn

Enjoy a picnic with a view at The Horn before climbing to the highest point in Mount Buffalo National Park and surveying the folded mountains of the Great Dividing Range stretching into the distance.
A mother and young daughter walk across Sugarloaf Saddle in magnifficent panoramic views either side of them.

Razorback Trail

This track links The Farmyard to Sugarloaf Peak. It crosses exposed rocky outcrops. Look for the markers to help you keep to the track This walk is rated hard with an expected duration of two hours.

Mountain Biking

For those who prefer the thrill of rushing downhill, our parks provide plenty of options for keen mountain bikers. Whether it be for enjoyment, fitness or that adrenaline rush, grab your bike and head for a park. There are ample options for bikers of all abilities, from the flatter terrain of Lysterfield Park to the deep gradients and challenging terrain at Kinglake National Park. Before you head out, watch the making of the Bowden Spur Downhill Mountain Bike Track.

Ready to jump on your bike? Head to our mountain biking page for more ideas and tips.


Popular mountain bike trails:

A young mountain biker attempts a drop while cheered on by his father and older sister at the You Yangs Regional Park.

Mountain Biking

The You Yangs has two designated mountain biking areas that contain over 50 kilometres of exciting and environmentally sustainable trails that cater for riders of all ages and ability.
Three mountain bikers turn left through a berm.

Mountain bike trails in Lysterfield Park

Explore a 24km network of purpose-built mountain bike trails at Lysterfield Park, suitable for all skill levels.
Mountain bike riders on their bikes in the park

Mountain biking in Arthurs Seat State Park

Enjoy the park's large trail network with friends or individually, or you can join a local riders club. There are options for all abilities.
Two downhill mountain bikers descend Bowden Hill in Kinglake National Park.

Bowden Spur Mountain Bike Area

Experience the thrills of downhill mountain biking at Bowden Spur Mountain Bike Area. Shepherds Track will challenge and delight the most seasoned mountain bike riders. With dirt jumps, rock gardens, flowing earth berms and off-camber riding, there's excitement at every twist and turn.

Rock Climbing

For a rock-climbing challenge only nature can provide, plan your next climb for one of Victoria’s parks.  Choose from a variety of other great spots like Cathedral Range State Park, Mount Buffalo National Park and You Yangs Regional Park. Work on your technique with options suitable for everyone for beginners to experts. Going with a guide is the best way to ensure safe and sustainable rock climbing.

Want to start climbing? Make sure you visit our rock climbing page before you go.


Popular rock climbing parks:

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.
Two women in active wear walk up the granite steps on the way to Flinders Peak.

You Yangs Regional Park

Magnificent views, birdlife and a mecca for walkers, horse riders and mountain bikers - welcome to the You Yangs! The distinctive granite peaks of this park rise abruptly from the flat plains below. Flinders Peak and Big Rock have panoramic views out to Melbourne, which is just an hour away.
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
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.
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