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Published July 8th 2019
The Very Best Of The Great Outdoors
While the seemingly never-ending list of attractions and things to do in Melbourne City is enough to keep someone busy forever, if you're looking for something a little more closer to nature, Victoria can deliver on that, too. Home of picturesque waterfalls, hikes, stunning views, crystal clear beaches and the green of tree canopies, Victoria certainly has it all in terms of nature. These are the very best natural attractions you need to visit in Victoria.
Hanging Rock & Macedon Ranges There's a chance you've already heard of Hanging Rock, at least in passing. Home of the infamous book and subsequent movie/TV show, Picnic at Hanging Rock, this volcanic formation is a lot less scary than it is made out to be. While there are plenty of hiding places along the trail, this is indeed a fantastic place for a picnic or relaxing day out. Macedon Ranges is also home to the Wombat State Forest, which is a great outdoor spot for adventurers. Best time to go: Autumn/Spring
Macedon Ranges is a colder area of Victoria, so make sure to come rugged up and to check on the weather. Come during the warmer months if you plan on having a picnic, or come in the colder months if you plan just to enjoy the scenery.
Cape Schanck, Mornington Peninsula The Mornington Peninsula has some of the best beaches in Victoria, and the Cape Schanck trail will allow you the best views of this wondrous place. Take pit stops along the beach to enjoy the view. You can pay to check out the lighthouse, too. Best time to go: Late Summer/Early Autumn The biggest problem you will face on the Mornington Peninsula is crowds. Go at a time that the sun is still out but school holidays are well and truly over.
Mt Donna Buang, Warburton Warburton has a long list of things to do in nature, including Mt Donna Buang. The mountain sees quite a few millimetres of snow during snow season, making it the perfect place to stop and play during winter. During summer months you can hike and enjoy the walking trails, or visit the close by La La Falls or Redwood Forest. Best time to go: August/September Honestly, there aren't too many times of the year that this isn't a fantastic place to visit. However, I think late winter is a great time if you want to still see some snow, whilst still enjoying the rest of the outdoor activities Warburton has to offer.
Erskine Falls & Lorne The Great Ocean Road may be the go-to for anyone wanting an outside adventure, but a stay at Lorne could easily be filled with just waterfalls. Erskine Falls is the most popular spot, with great reason, but make sure to check out less popular locations such as Henderson Falls and Phantom Falls. Best time to go: October/November
Busy crowds are also the biggest drawback of Lorne and the Great Ocean Road. Avoid the crowds and come and enjoy Lorne when the sun is just starting to come out.
Wilson's Promontory Pack a tent and get ready to camp in one of the best spots Victoria has to offer. The whole family can enjoy this completely nature based area, with hiking trails, a perfect 'squeaky beach', animal spotting and more to be enjoyed here. Best time to go: October/November Wilson's Prom gets really cold, and books up quickly during holidays. October and November still makes sure the sun is coming out and getting warmer while the crowds aren't so busy.
Buchan Caves can add a hint of history and education with the natural beauty, as you and the family can learn about the limestone creations. The Fairy Caves is a family favourite, as you see the glistening of the stalagmites and stalactites. Tours are operated by Parks Victoria to these caves. Best time to go: Spring/Summer
Walking through caves can be chilly business, so going when the weather is sunny and beautiful is a must. You can enjoy in the colder months but make sure you're rugged up well.
Mackenzie Falls, Reed Lookout & The Grampians
Grampians is a great family holiday spot in nature, and you can't go past Mackenzie Falls as a spot to enjoy the glistening water and tranquility. Take the 2km return trek to these falls that are hidden away and not as busy as other Grampians attractions. Reed Lookout will give you picturesque views of the surrounding mountain range, and if you feel like a hike, make sure you take The Balconies track to get an even better view. Best time to go: Autumn/Winter
The Grampians can certainly get chilly, but there is something fantastic about The Grampians when it's a chilly but clear day. If you take one of the many walks or hikes in The Grampians you won't want to be too hot, anyway.
Plan your next weekend escape in Victoria and visit one of these fantastic natural attractions.