Escape the concrete jungle and get outdoors this summer – Melbourne has some fantastic walking tracks and parks right on it’s doorstep.
5 Melbourne walks
As the weather heats up get outdoors and spend a day exploring the quieter side to Melbourne; here are 5 great parks a short distance from the city with some fabulous walking tracks. You might be lucky enough to spot some native Australia wildlife, such as kangaroos, echidnas and koalas.
For more information head to parkweb.vic.gov.au to learn about the range of amenities at each park.
Located in Melbourne’s outer south eastern suburbs only a 50 minute from the CBD is Lysterfield Park. This beautiful park is well known for its 20km of mountain bike tracks and for beginners and enthusiasts alike, plus extensive tracks for walking and cycling. There’s also Lysterfield Lake with its protected bays and sandy beaches. You may even see a kangarooo!
Dights Falls Loop Trail, Yarra Bend Park
Nestled between the Eastern Freeway and Abbotsford is Yarra Bend Park housing the Dights Falls Loop Trail. You’ll soon forget that you’re still in the inner suburbs in this quiet pocket of bushland. The track is 4.2km long so perfect for an afternoon stroll with friends. The river is lined with yellow gums providing plenty of shade.
Overlooking the Yarra in the northern suburbs of Melbourne is Westerfolds Park, perfect for canoeing, walking, cycling and picnicking. There are 6km worth of sealed trails throughout this park and an adventure playground for children. Explore the 120 hectares of parkland and bush or pack a picnic for a relaxing afternoon.
Pound Bend Walk, Warrandyte State Park
Further up the river is Pound Bend Walk in the Warrandyte State Park. With picnic areas, a canoe launching pad and views of the Yarra River, this 3.5km track is easy even for the most inexperienced walker. Learn a thing or two about the native Wurundjeri people with the Aboriginal Interpretive Signage Trail, a group of signs along this track exploring the Wurundjeri history and culture.
1000 Steps, Dandenong Ranges
Melbourne’s most popular and well known walking track is the Kokoda Track Memorial Walk, incorporating the 1000 Steps. Whilst only 3km long, it is quite a steep track so a reasonable amount of fitness is required. Enjoy views of lush forest with tall mountain ash trees and ferns covering the forest floor or stop by One Tree Hill lookout and enjoy spectacular views of Melbourne. There are plenty of other walking tracks in the Dandenong Ranges; visit their website to find out more.