SIX REASONS WHY YOU MUST WALK IN VICTORIA
For its size – it terms of what you can see and do – Victoria fights above its weight. From long strips of incredible coastline to areas of pure wilderness this state has it all. And if you want to explore it on foot Life’s An Adventure has you covered.
The first of their six pack-free walking destinations is the Great Ocean Walk. If you want to walk the 100km+ track carrying all your gear it’ll take you around a week. What Life’s An Adventure offers is a three-day highlights trip showcasing the best bits of the walk. Cape Otway, Moonlight Head, Wreck Beach and Princetown are some of the spots you’ll explore. And of course the pièce de résistance, the Twelve Apostles which you’ll walk to and then fly over during a scenic heli flight.
The next walk is three-days at Wilsons Prom in the state’s east. Covering over 50,000 hectares this national park is a landscape of rugged granite mountains, lush rainforests, pristine beaches and stunning coastline. Darby River, Squeaky Beach, Telegraph Saddle and Vereker Outlook are some of the hiking highlights here. You’ll also get to see ‘the Prom’ from the Southern Ocean onboard a cruise boat as your explore the local marine park.
Next stop, the Grampians. Covering 168,000 hectares Grampians National Park is renowned for its outstanding mountainous scenery. On this three-day walk you get to experience the new Grampians Peaks Trail, and do walks including the Chatauqua Peak Loop Walk and the Wonderland Walk to the Grand Canyon and the Pinnacles for outstanding views. On day three you’ll walk to some spectacular waterfalls then hop on a helicopter and see the whole thing from the sky.
Destination four is three days walking parts of the historical Goldfields Track between Ballarat and Bendigo. You’ll cross rivers, discover deep gullies and disappear into ancient rainforest. Along the way you’ll encounter an array of nectar feeding honeyeaters as well as colourful parrots. Daylesford, Hepburn Springs, Porcupine Ridge and Fryerstown are some of the areas you’ll see. And you can’t visit Victoria’s famous Spa Country without indulging in a natural mineral spa which you’ll get to experience at your accommodation, Peppers Mineral Springs Hotel.
Our second-to-last destination is the Mornington Peninsula, an hour south of Melbourne. Known for its splendid beaches and wines, the peninsula’s best-kept secret is its magnificent state and national parks. This superb three-day walk showcases the best walking sections of the 100km Mornington Peninsula Trail, exploring stretches of stunning forest and ferny glens, magnificent coastal scenery and the cliffs of Cape Schanck with its imposing lighthouse. Along the way you’ll pop into the odd vineyard, and accommodation and meals as always are first-class.
And last – but by no means least – is the four-day Victorian Alpine walk. Victoria’s High Country region encompasses an extensive area of alpine mountain terrain about 380km northeast of Melbourne. This walk traverses diverse landscapes of forests, alpine grassland, winters snow-blanketed mountains, precipitous ridges and high plains. You’ll get to visit some of Australia’s most iconic alpine huts including Wallaces Hut (1889), a stunning piece of bush architecture which has been classified by the National Trust.
There you go, six amazing pack-free walks showcasing the very best of Victoria!