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Walking

Walking is both an excellent form of exercise and a great way to see some of the spectacular scenery that Victoria has to offer. There are myriad trails throughout the state, which can be walked in anything from half an hour or less, to several days, or even weeks.

Long distance walks

  • Australian Alps Walking Track

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    Extending for 650 kilometres from Walhalla to Canberra, the Australian Alps Walking Track is a challenging walk for experienced bushwalkers. Much of the trail is through national parks and it traverses both mountain forests and high plains. As most parts of the track are far away from towns, walkers need to be self-reliant.

  • Grampians Peaks Trail

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    (only some stages open so far) The 144 kilometre Grampians Peak Trail extends from Mount Zero in the north of the Grampians National Park to the township of Dunkeld in the south. It connects some of the most famous peaks in the Grampians, winding its way through a variety of landscapes and vegetation types. Along the way are panoramic views, rugged ranges, relics of Aboriginal culture and several camping areas.

  • Great Dividing Trail

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    Located mainly in the Goldfields region, the Great Dividing Trail covers a distance of 280 kilometres, taking in historic mining areas and a variety of natural features. It follows the top of the Great Dividing Range, connecting the towns of Bacchus Marsh, Ballarat and Bendigo via several of the area's smaller towns. It is divided into a number of smaller tracks making it easy to walk just short sections of the trail.

  • Great Ocean Walk

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    The Great Ocean Walk extends for a distance of around 100 kilometres between Apollo Bay and the 12 Apostles. See spectacular rugged coastline with sandy beaches and tall cliffs, the Cape Otway lighthouse, forests, rivers, waterfalls, wetlands and native wildlife. Visitors can enjoy short day walks or for those who wish to undertake overnight hikes, there are several walk-in camp sites along the way.

  • Great South West Walk

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    The Great South West Walk is a 250 kilometre walking track that forms a giant loop between Portland and Nelson. It passes through 4 national parks and follows the coast along the Discovery Bay Coastal Park and inland along the Glenelg River. Along the way see stunning natural features including sandy beaches, rock formations, ocean views, forests and the picturesque Glenelg River with its gorges and limestone cliffs.

Guided walking tours

For those who wish to undertake walks with an expert guide, there are several tourism operators which offer this service.

  • Gippsland High Country Tours

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    Offering ecotours and walking tours in east Gippsland, led by experienced local guides who provide comprehensive commentary

  • Good Times Tours

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    Specialises in small group guided overnight hikes on the Grampians Peaks Trail. Tour includes all hiking equipment, food and return transport from Melbourne. Custom tours are also available.

  • Good Times Tours

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    Specialises in small group guided overnight hikes on the Great Ocean Walk. Tour includes all hiking equipment, food and return transport from Melbourne. Custom tours are also available.

  • Grampians Eco Tours

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    Discover the natural beauty of the Grampians and explore those quiet areas away from tourists. See wetlands, dramatic rock formations, ancient Aboriginal rock art and enjoy close encounters with local wildlife. Walking tours are conducted in small groups and tailored to physical ability. There is no better way to explore the Grampians than on foot. Sightseeing and winery tours are also available.

  • Grampians Tours & Adventures

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    Our local knowledge and passion allows us to create unique as well as distinctive nature based adventure experiences from our base at Halls Gap in the Grampians National Park. Choose from bushwalking, night walks, rock climbing, abseiling and 4WD tours.

  • Great Walhalla Alpine Trail Walk

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    Experience a fully guided 2 day walk along a 40 kilometre section of the Australian Alps Walking Track between Mount Baw Baw and Walhalla. Everything is taken care of, including food, water, tents at the overnight bush camp, and accommodation at both ends of the walk.

  • Otway Eco Tours

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    Operating fully guided tours through the Great Otway National Park and along the Great Ocean Walk. Discover Australia's most elusive animal on a guided platypus canoe tour departing from the Otway's town of Forrest. Take a mountain bike trail tour or simply hire a bike.

  • Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk

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    Experience some wonderful walking in Victoria with a range of vehicle assisted guided walks along the spectacular coastal route of the Great Ocean Walk

  • Walk 91

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    Providing walkers with services for the popular "Great Ocean Walk" between Apollo Bay and the 12 Apostles, including transport to different sections of the walk, accommodation packages, delivery of food and supplies to your camping spot, camping equipment hire, and educational guided walks through rainforest, bush and along beaches ranging from one hour to a full day

National and state parks

Victoria's many national and state parks offer an extensive network of walking tracks through diverse landscapes including coastal areas, mountains, forests, lakes and wetlands.

Rail trails

Enjoy a walk along the many rail trails in Victoria. These decommissioned railway lines cover a fascinating range of landscapes and are ideal for walking, as well as cycling and horse riding.

Useful walking guides

Trail Hiking

Trail Hiking presents a range of carefully documented hiking trails in Victoria. Over 200 trails are covered including maps, elevation profiles, photos and downloadable GPS files. There are also tips and safety information to help you when tackling those longer walks.

Walking maps

Walking Maps features a large selection of walking maps that people have created from around Australia, with a strong emphasis on walks within Victoria. With clear directions, points of interest and photos included with most walks, this should excite and inspire you to explore Victoria on foot.