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by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (subscribe)
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Published May 9th 2023
FREE guided walks
You Yangs, Free walks Parks Victoria, Parks Victoria
You Yangs - Parks Victoria

Walking is a free activity, but often when you join a guided walk, you have to pay for the experience. So, it's worth knowing about Parks Victoria's guided walks. Booked through Eventbrite, and led by knowledgeable guides they are FREE to join.

They are perfect if you don't want to walk alone. Or if you are interested in hiking but are unsure of where to start. The following can be taken as one-off experiences or you can make the guided walks part of your regular wellbeing or fitness routine.

This is a summation of some of the walks but if you need more details click on the booking link that supplies more information.

Here's what's on offer.

1.Kinglake National Park Mindfulness Walk

Parks Victoria
Parks Victoria

Ranger Tony Fitzgerald takes you through the beautiful Kinglake National Park and helps walkers explore the concept of walking mindfully through nature.

The walk takes approximately 45 minutes along an unpaved bush trail. There are accessible toilets, picnic tables, as well as other walking tracks available to explore after the activity.

This walk is suitable for all ages 12 years up. Bookings are essential.

Various dates, starting at 9.30 am on Sundays. Book here.

2.You Yangs Regional Park.

A Parks Victoria volunteer leads you through the serenity of the bush to gain stunning views from Big Rock. This walk is a medium-difficulty grade that includes small hills and uneven ground. The walk is approximately 1.5 hours duration.

Bookings are essential. Book here. Various dates on Saturdays from 10 am to 11.30 am.

3.Macedon Regional Park Sanitoruim Eco Trail Walk

Macedon Regional Park Sanatorium Eco Trail Walk
Parks Victoria, Macedon Regional Park Sanatorium Eco Trail Walk

Led by Parks Victoria volunteers this is a 3km trail, a circuit through beautiful forest and past the picturesque historic Sanatorium Lake a purpose-built mass of water created in 1899 to service a tuberculosis hospital that was never built.

This beautiful trail is popular with photographers.

The walk takes approximately 1.5 -2 hours and is a moderate-level trail, with some hills and uneven terrain.

For other great things to do in the area, see this article. This walk could be a full day's outing or a weekend away! This is generally a Wednesday walk starting at 9.30 am.

Bookings are essential.

4.Frankston Nature Conservation Reserve.

At Frankston Nature Conservation Reserve you can explore and see many of the Mornington Peninsula's native plants and animals.

The reserve is an important habitat area and refugee for wildlife and plays an important role as a habitat stepping stone between the remaining bushland areas on the Mornington Peninsula. 

Join a Parks Victoria volunteer-led walk through this exciting area.

This is a chance to walk the new 3km Kookaburra Bush Circuit (approximately 1-1.5 hours to complete).

The Wednesday walk is on a newly built boardwalk, through a shaded gully with wattles, pine and native grasses. The loop is completed via the wide Sweetwater Track beside the creek where you can hear eastern brown froglets.

See cormorants and ducks before strolling across the picturesque dam wall. This walk is not suitable for prams or bicycles.

Bookings Bookings here and here.

5.Dandenong Ranges Park Walk

Dandenong Ranges Parks Victoria
Dandenong Ranges Parks Victoria

Walks are from the well-known Grant's Picnic Ground in Kallista. Enjoy a volunteer-led walk along the Lyrebird Loop circuit trail where you enter the rainforest and see spectacular Mountain Ash, eucalypts and large tree ferns. Listen for the call of the lyrebird.

This 5.5km walk is on Thursdays at 9:30 am. It is of moderate difficulty and includes some hills and uneven terrain.

Trailrider all-terrain wheelchairs can be reserved from Grants Picnic Ground for those with limited mobility. Hire is free and bookings must be made in advance.

Click here for walk bookings.

6.Yarra Bend Park.

Yarra Bend Walk
Yarra Bend - Parks Victoria

A lovely leafy walk through the well-known Yarra Bend Park. Learn about this beautiful urban oasis and the species that live here from knowledgeable volunteer guides.

This is considered an easy walk with some small hills and a dirt track. The walk lasts 1-1.5 hours and meets at Studley Boathouse carpark.

Walks are on Wednesdays and Saturdays at different times. Book here.

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Some nice walks Nadine for the fit and almost fit. Group walks are a good idea, you are guaranteed not to get lost.
by Neil Follett (score: 3|4744) 27 days ago
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