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Published August 13th 2021
Walks don't have to be boring with these great outdoors
Whilst we may be stuck in another lockdown, that doesn't mean we have to do it all inside. Getting out into the great outdoors is still possible and going for that daily walk is vital for keeping that mental health up. Luckily, we live in a very beautiful state, so there are many wonderful walks and nature reserves right on our doorstep. If any of these are within your 5km radius - check them out today!
The Briars is a family favourite on the Mornington Peninsula and there's no guess why. These fantastic easy to manage trails are perfect for families looking to get out and about in lockdown. Try to spot birds and animals in the trees as you walk along.
Where: Mt Martha How long does it take? 1-2 Hours For: Beginners
This 4 kilometre long walk will take you right through the best of Brighton East, with a few hills and bumps along the way, making it perfect for the intermediate walker. If you have children, primary school-aged children and up will appreciate this walk!
Where: Brighton East How Long Does It Take: 1 Hour For: Intermediate
Moving to the inlands of the east, the Frankston region is nothing short of beautiful walks and parks. If you're over the busy coastlines, check out the Langwarrin Flora and Fauna Reserve. With mostly flat surfaces, you'll find wheelchair friendly sections as well as pram friendly, making it a perfect option for the whole family. It's also a beginner level walk, so no hearing complaints of tired legs.
Where: Langwarrin How long does it take? 1 Hour For: Beginners
A list of the best walks in Victoria wouldn't be complete without including the ever so popular 1000 steps trail. Not for the faint of heart, the 1000 steps gets increasingly difficult, but it sure is worth it. For those looking for a fun fitness trail in the Dandenong Ranges, this is a perfect option.
Where: Dandenong Ranges How Long Does It Take? 1 - 2 Hours For: Intermediate
If you're not after a challenging walk like the 1000 steps but you definitely want to enjoy the beauty of the Dandenong Ranges, look no further than the Olinda Falls Walking Track. Choose between a moderate or difficult trail and be blown away by the beautiful falls themselves.
Where: Dandenong Ranges How Long Does It Take? 30minutes to 1 hour For: Intermediate to Expert
This walking trail sure is out of this world. Following the Bay Trail of the St Kilda to Port Melbourne coast, this 5.9km trail is an exact to scale replica of the distance from the sun to all the planets. Start at the sun and walk all the way down to Pluto (yes, Pluto is included!) and enjoy the amazing views St Kilda beach already plays host to. Perfect for beginners with a mostly flat surface trail.
Where: St Kilda How Long Does It Take? 1 Hour For: Beginners
The massive Devilbend Reservoir located on the Mornington Peninsula, boasts 422 hectares of natural vegetation and another 250 hectares of water. There is plenty to see along the trails, which you can choose between two fairly strenuous tracks. For those looking for a great exercise with plenty to see, this one is fantastic.
Where: Moorooduc How long does it take? 2 Hours For: Intermediate
The Merri Creek Trail is a dual walking/bike track perfect for families local to the area needing some fresh air, or beginners looking for a nice stroll. The mostly flat footpath makes it super easy walking and be on the lookout for animals as you follow the creek along. Stop for a coffee along the way at one of the great coffee shops too!
Where: Fitzroy North How Long Does It Take: 2 Hours For: Beginners
Located in Yarra Bend Park, the 3.2km long Dights Falls Trail is a highlights reel of the fantastic sights of Yarra Bend Park. Situated so close to Melbourne CBD, Yarra Bend Park is the largest natural bushland near Melbourne and includes a walk past the Yarra Bend Lunatic Asylum - totally spooky but very cool!
Where: Kew How Long Does It Take: 1 Hour For: Intermediate
In the western suburbs, you'll find Newport Lakes, extensive bushland in a bustling suburban area. With a playground and a lake, it's a great family spot for a walk, with the self-guided trail just an easy 40 minutes, with about 2 kilometres in length.
Where: Newport How Long Does It Take: 40 minutes For: Beginners
Get outside and enjoy Melbourne, even if we're in lockdown, with these great walks.