At Localing we do as many day trips as we do city tours. Victoria has so much to offer and while every group wants something a little different, we find certain common features appeal to many of our guests. Great local produce and beautiful scenery come to mind. Not surprisingly, something a bit physically active always goes down a treat. Sometimes that’s cycling along a rail trail or hitting the bay on stand up paddleboards. More often than not it’s a walk or short hike and with weather like this last week has been throwing up, it’s the perfect way to say goodbye to winter. Below we feature some of our favourite walks in easy reach of Melbourne, perfect for a daytrip with Localing or on your own.
Werribee Gorge State Park is just 65km from Melbourne and features some 564 hectares of native bushland. The Werribee river runs through the gorge which is bounded by steep cliffs with patterns of folded seabed sediment, glacial material, and lava flow. The walk should take three to four hours, follow the orange markers anti-clockwise from the Quarry Picnic Area.
Ferntree Gully is a beautiful rainforest area near the Yarra Valley, a short drive north-east of Melbourne. The 1000 Steps walk is a local favourite and a real treat for its spectacular vistas and lush surrounds. The One Tree Hill Picnic Ground is a solid few hours, mostly uphill from the Ferntree Gully Ranges Office. The trail is actually a Kokoda Memorial so it’s a great way to celebrate and commemorate the sacrifice made by our diggers.
Cape Schanck on the Mornington Peninsula is a real treasure offering some of the best coastal scenery close to Melbourne. For those who don’t have time to make it out to the Great Ocean Road or Wilsons Promontory, it’s a good compromise with a handful of great coastal walks. Our favourite walk in the area departs from the Fingal Picnic Grounds of Cape Schanck Road, and makes its way through interesting bushland along the coast, up and down stairs and across impressive coastal boardwalks. It’s just the right amount of challenging and you can reach the Cape Schanck Lighthouse in under half an hour. For something a little more demanding start at Gunnamatta Beach, from here the Lighthouse is about an hour and a half each way.
Other great options include the Brisbane Ranges, Arthurs Seat and the Bass Coast near Phillip Island. These are all less than two hours away and just perfect for a little bit of getting back to nature. Go on, the fresh air and sunshine will do you good.
On Localing tours we partner great activities with wonderful food from the best local eateries, killer vineyards, unique features like hot springs, mazes and breweries. Throw in a dairy, a chocolate factory, an art gallery or antiques emporium... Its your interests with our knowledge and expertise and the result is something quite special. Find out more here!