If isolation and this Melbourne winter have had you down from being locked inside too long, never fear! Some of the best delights of Australia are in our own backyard and depending on where you are in the state, they could be right around the corner. Keep your distance from others while embracing all there is to do in the great outdoors of Victoria.
1. Petersons Lookout
Showcasing the beauty of the Latrobe Valley, this quick but wonderful walk will take you to a panoramic lookout. In Tyers, this lookout will let you look above the Tyers River Gorge. If you need an extra activity, make sure to check out the Tyers Lookout, which is close by too.
Dubbed Melbourne's "best-kept secret", this little chunk of paradise can be found 180km south-east of Melbourne. While it may be a little more of a drive for you, the walk, view, and what lays ahead for trackers is well worth it. The Tarra Bulga National Park is home to Tarra Valley Rainforest Walk, an hour walk that will lead you to the Cyathea Falls. Also, take a visit to Tarra Falls, and of course, it wouldn't be a visit without checking out the impressive Corrigan's Suspension Bridge.
At the top of Mt Dandenong sits an adventure for couples, families, and wanderers all alike. The SkyHigh Gardens look over the Dandenongs with views all the way around. Or maybe get lost in the maze, or enjoy the daffodil display. If you can, get a booking at the SkyHigh Restaurant - with 360 views, its a wonderful dining and date experience. While there is an entry fee to check out the surroundings, it is well worth the cost for the beautiful view and surrounding flowers and fauna.
Also located in the beauty of the Dandenongs is the Kokoda Track Memorial Walk. If you're a fan of getting in some steps while being surrounded by nature, you will surely love this track. Dubbed the '1000 Step Track', this is the perfect track to get your step count up and an intense workout. There is plenty more to enjoy on the track though, with the track being a nod to the harsh conditions of the Kokoda trail in Papua New Guinea during 1942.
This quirky and awe-inspiring National Park is only 20km north-west of Melbourne, making it the perfect quick trip out of the city. It is home to the state-famous 'Organ Pipe' rock formation, created out of the old volcano the National Park now sits upon. Take a walk around the National Park or pack a picnic for lunch - this is one day trip not the be missed.