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Hard

Hard walks are 12 – 20km in length and typically involve walking on and off tracks through undulating terrain with sustained climbs and descents.  May involve rough terrain, thick scrub and/or rock scrambling.  Typically 20km would take 6 to 8 hours (walking time).  Applies to walks with a shorter distance but with difficult terrain or long walks which are less difficult.

The walk grades on the where2walk directory are provided as a guide only.  A range of individual factors can affect the actual grade such as size and mix of party, individual fitness and experience levels, weather conditions.

  • 3.1/5 rating (24 votes)
  • Day
  • Hard Experienced
  • 8 km
  • 6 hrs

Aberfeldy River

Baw Baw National Park

This off-track walk offers a sense of remoteness near the historic gold mining town of Walhalla, exploring the Aberfeldy River from Barnes Lookout.

  • 2.4/5 rating (18 votes)
  • Day
  • Hard
  • 9.6 km
  • 5 hours

Ben Nevis Walk

Mt Cole State Forest

A steep walk at the Northern end of the mountain range, with great views which often include wedgetail eagles and hang gliders.

  • 2.9/5 rating (15 votes)
  • Day
  • Hard
  • 18km
  • 6.5 hours

Blackwood - Ruth's Gully Circuit

Lerderderg State Park

Up to Sweet's Lookout, then to a high point of the ridge around picturesque Ruth's Gully, returning to Blackwood along Byers Back Track via the Tunnel.

  • 2.5/5 rating (11 votes)
  • Day
  • Hard
  • 16 - 17 km
  • 5 - 6 hours

Blairgowrie - Portsea (Front and Back Beaches)

Mornington Peninsula National Park

This walk has excellent coastal scenery, historical sites, artists views of the bay, views over Sorrento, a botanical gardens and old historical buildings. There are a number of secluded bays on the Bass Strait side of the Peninsula. Artists viewpoints are marked on the artists walk map obtained at the Information Centre near start of the walk. The walk takes you through Sorrento and Portsea as well as along Portsea's front and back beaches.

  • 4.2/5 rating (5 votes)
  • Day
  • Hard
  • 18 km
  • 5 - 6 hours

Cape Schanck - Gunnamatta - Rye Back Beach

Mornington Peninsula National Park

There are some pleasant bush tracks at first then a lot of beach walking, with excellent coastal cliff views at Cape Schanck. Car shuffle required.

  • 2.3/5 rating (6 votes)
  • Day
  • Hard
  • 14 km
  • 8 hours

Chinamans - Ararat Reservoir - Chinamans

Mt Cole State Forest

A variety of interesting bushland and rocky outcrops, passing the Ararat reservoir and Victoria Mill site.  Includes a number of steep climbs and descents with excellent views of the plains to the west.

  • 2.8/5 rating (13 votes)
  • Day
  • Medium Hard
  • 12.5 km or 18km
  • 4 hours or 6 hours

Cobungra Ditch Walking Track, Mt Hotham

Alpine National Park

A journey to discover why and how this water race was constructed in 1883-84. This is not just an ordinary water race, this was an engineering wonder that had to be surveyed and cut through one of the harshest and rugged landscapes in Australia.  There are a number of information boards along the walk.  Involves a descent at the beginning and a steady ascent at the end with walk along the ditch being mostly level with good views of the mountains. 

  • 5.0/5 rating 1 vote
  • Day
  • Medium
  • 19 km
  • 5.5 hrs

Daylesford Forests, Lakes and Falls

Hepburn Regional Park

This walk begins at Lake Daylesford, an artificial lake created in 1930 at the site of the Wombat Flat Diggings where gold was mined heavily in the 1850s. The walk follows the Lerderderg Track and affords an extended view of Daylesford from Cornish Hill. The track passes mullock heaps from disused mine shafts as it follows the route of the old Daylesford–Ballarat railway line to Jubilee Lake. The walk continues through the Wombat Forest and farmland to Sailors Falls which offers mineral springs and a cool lunch shelter. The return journey through the Hepburn Regional Park on the Goldfields Track gives much evidence of the gold rush era.

  • 3.3/5 rating (16 votes)
  • Day Backpack
  • Hard
  • 22 km
  • 9 hours

Dibbins Hut Circuit

Alpine National Park

This is a hard, long walk beginning high up with good views and descending to the Cobungra River and Dibbins Hut, which is set in a beautiful flat by the river. The return route goes past the Red Robin Mine. Involves a 650m height gain (and descent).  Alternatively complete the walk as a 2 day backpack (Medium to Hard depending on fitness).  It is essential that you check the Parks Victoria website prior to visiting this area.

  • 3.3/5 rating (29 votes)
  • Day
  • Hard
  • 21 km
  • 8 hours

Donnelly's Weir - Condons Track - Mt St Leonard - Donnelly's Weir

Yarra Ranges National Park

This walk involves a steep climb to the Monda Rd and Mt St Leonard, and a steep descent down a fire track back to the start of the walk.  Good views from fire tower on Mt St Leonard. Not for the faint hearted.

  • 3.1/5 rating (17 votes)
  • Day
  • Hard
  • 18 km
  • 6 hours

Donnelly's Weir - Road 11 - Mt St Leonard - Donnelly's Weir

Yarra Ranges National Park

This walk is the beginning of the Bicentennial National Trail which ends in Cooktown 5,300 km away.  It involves a 900m climb from Donnelly's Weir to the top of Mt St Leonard, and hopefully a good view.  The return is by the same route.

  • 0.0/5 rating (0 votes)
  • Day
  • Hard
  • 12 km
  • 4 -5 hours

Eurobin Creek to Rollasons Falls

Mount Buffalo National Park

Starting at the Park entrance this walk takes you to Rollasons Falls, the gem on Mount Buffalo we all pass by.  Involves a 500m climb and descent.


  • 3.4/5 rating (7 votes)
  • Day
  • Hard
  • 18 km
  • 7 hours

Ferntree - Ararat Reservoir - Ferntree

Mount Buangor State Park

A steep climb for approximately 1.5 hours past waterfalls and through eucalyptus forest to the sub alpine vegetation at the top of Mt Buangor. The walk is well signposted up to the summit. Beyond the summit the track is not signposted until the reservoir road.

  • 3.9/5 rating (13 votes)
  • Day Backpack
  • Medium Hard Experienced
  • Various
  • Various

Grand Strzelecki Track

Tarra-Bulga National Park

The Grand Strzelecki covers in excess of 100km of walking and hiking tracks stretching from Morwell National Park to Tarra-Bulga National Park and Balook in a 3 or 4 day hike. Divided into segments, the GST can also be walked in shorter sections, ideal for 1 or 2 day hikes.

  • 3.2/5 rating (24 votes)
  • Short Day Backpack
  • Easy Medium Hard Experienced
  • 300km+
  • Various

Great Dividing Trail

Pathway to central Victoria's hidden treasures, from deep gorges and fern-lined rivers to the artefacts and cultural heritage of the greatest gold rush the world has ever seen.

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