1. Great South West Walk – Portland
Grade of Difficulty: Easy/Medium
Discover long, lonely beaches, tracking limestone cliffs that rise out of a broad river and peaceful bushland on the spectacular 250km Great South West Walk. Starting and finishing in Portland in southwest Victoria, the walk loops northwest through the Cobboboonie Forest to the banks of the beautiful Glenelg River. Walkers follow the slow bends of the Glenelg downstream, past magnificent limestone cliffs and tranquil swimming holes to Nelson. The trail then heads back east along the coast, taking in the spectacular dunes and beaches of Discovery Bay. Climbing high above the Southern Ocean along the cliffs of Cape Bridgewater, you'll pass blow holes, the Petrified Forest and seal colonies. Lastly, the trail takes you through Bridgewater Bay and Cape Nelson before heading north and finishing back in Portland.
2. 3 Lookouts (Bismarck Track) - Marysville
Distance: 15km loop
Duration: 5 hours
Grade of Difficulty: Level 3
Climb up through the stringybark and mountain ash forest to four of Marysville's best lookouts for spectacular views across Marysville, the Cathedral Range State Park and Steavenson Falls. The most challenging trail in the area, the Keppel Lookout trail is fairly uneven and steep in places, so ensure you wear sturdy footwear and carry ample water and snacks.
3. Great Ocean Walk – Great Ocean Road
Where: Apollo Bay to 12 Apostles
Duration: 8 days
Grade of Difficulty: Medium
Strap on your walking boots and hit the spectacular Great Ocean Walk. Taken as a multiday adventure, the east-to-west epic has been labelled a 'mild to wild' journey as its remoteness and ruggedness increases the closer to get to the 12 Apostles.
Walkers who tackle this multiday experience stay in on-trail campsites or enjoy the comfort of B&B's, hotels or lodge accommodation, which is easily accessible from the numerous trailheads along the way. The sea and landscapes are layered by fascinating historical elements from the Indigenous connections to that of the pioneers and their tales of shipwrecks. This walk is a must-do experience!
4. The Pinnacle - Halls Gap
Where: Grampians National Park
Duration: 45 minutes to 1 hour
Grade of Difficulty: Medium
This is an easy route to the Pinnacle. This walk (from the Sundial carpark – via Devil's gap) is suitable for less confident walkers or those with children. Along the way, there's plenty of native wildlife along the way for the kids to spot including koala's, kangaroo's and maybe even an echidna. Whilst doing this walk, ensure you're wearing sturdy walking shoes as you may need to hop over water crossings and rocks. The Pinnacle lookout offers breathtaking views of Halls Gap and the Grampian's many peaks.
5. Maits Rest - Apollo Bay
Where: Great Otway National Park
Duration: 30 minutes (return)
Grade of Difficulty: Gentle
Another picturesque walk with the kids in tow. Take the self-guided rainforest boardwalk within the Otways and see the beautiful fern gardens and giant rainforest trees up to 300 years old. Take it slow, and take in the beauty of our wonderful world.
6. Grampians Peaks Trail – Halls Gap
Where: Grampians National Park, Halls Gap
Distance: 36km Return (three-day/two-night walk) or 22km to Borough Huts Campground (two days)
Duration: 17 hours (three-day walk) or 11 hours (two days)
Grade of Difficulty: Grade 4 rating, although some sections are Grade 5
Set off on the first section of the Grampians Peaks Trail, which will ultimately be a 13 day/12 night (one way) walk through rugged ancient landscape to some of the most breathtaking lookouts in Victoria. Rich in Aboriginal culture, the journey will provide an insight into the Jardwadjali and Djab Wurrung people who have walked and lived in these ranges for thousands of years.
The first stage of the trail is a two-day walk to Borough Huts or a three-day return trip to Halls Gap. A popular walking area for many years, this section has been upgraded with navigation markers, tent platforms and toilets to better service overnight hikers.
7. Bushrangers Bay Trail - Cape Schanck
Where: Cape Schanck
Duration: 2-3 hours (one way)
Grade of Difficulty: Moderate
Before you set out for Bushrangers Bay, take the time to follow the scenic route along the boardwalk to the famous Cape Schanck and its lighthouse, built from local stone in 1859. At the base of the basalt promontory lie numerous rock pools, and at its tip stands a spectacular volcanic plug called Pulpit rock.
8. Mt Oberon Summit Walk – Wilson Promontory
Where: Wilsons Promontory National Park
Distance: 6.8km return
Duration: 2 hours
Grade of Difficulty: Level 3. Suitable for most ages and fitness levels.
The picture says it all. This iconic Wilsons Prom hike boasts the most beautiful panoramic views over the coast and offshore islands. Follow the track on a steady uphill climb to the viewing platform at the summit of Mount Oberon. Although titled a Level 3 walk, it's emphasised that some bushwalking experience is required due to the short steep sections, rough surfaces and steps.
9. Surf Coast Walk – Point Impossible
Where: Point Impossible to Fairhaven
Duration: Can be a multi-day trip or several short walks
Grade of Difficulty: Very Easy (1) – Difficult (4)
Wander through inspiring seaside landscapes interspersed with coastal villages on the world-class 44km multi-use Surf Coast Walk Trail. The trails easy access and 12 trail heads makes it a perfect short, long or multiday experience.
The Surf Coast Walk takes in the beaches near Australia's surf capital, Torquay, including iconic Bells Beach, before striking out for Point Addis' grand vistas or sweeping bays and impressive lookouts. Visitors will be wowed by more soaring cliffs once at Anglesea and Point Roadknight and the Split Point lighthouse signals the trails end in Fairhaven.
10. Great Walhalla Alpine Trail – Mt Baw Baw
Where: Mt Baw Baw Alpine Resort to Walhalla
Duration: 2 days
Grade of Difficulty: Difficult (Level 4)
With a summit at one end and a river valet at the other, you can choose from two very different experiences on the Great Walhalla Trail – the traditional uphill route or the downhill route over a plateau to the historic tiny town of Walhalla. This trail offers a very abridged taste of the epic 650km Australian Alpine Walking Track. It links the historic mining township of Walhalla to the pristine snow gum environment of the Baw Baw National Park plateau and its nearby resort village.
The two-day end-to-end itinerary journeys through alpine plains alive with native wildflowers, twisted snow gums, towering mountain ash and prehistoric myrtlebeech. Hikers pass through the wonderland of geological formations at Mushroom Rocks, see the ruins of Talbot Peak Hut, and cross mountain streams and wild rivers.
Source: Tripadvisor, Visit Victoria, Bushwalking Victoria.