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Best places to "day hike" when you are in Melbourne – The best of Melbourne

If you are the adventure-loving traveller, then Victoria has much to offer. For those planning on visiting Melbourne, there are so many sites for a nice day outing and a hike or two. Here are a few you might want to note down for your travels.


Mornington Peninsula National Park

Bushrangers Bay Trail is located by the ocean which means the views are splendid! You can begin your hike after parking your vehicle at that Cape Schanck car park and walk through the farmland and Banksia Forest. The waters here are rich in marine life and that includes whales that you can spot while on your hike. There are several birds who will be flying about and tweeting some gossip of their own while kangaroos play hide and seek on the grasslands around you. You can finish off your hike with a laze in the sun by the beach and perhaps a dip in the ocean waters as well.


You Yangs Regional Park

Starting and finishing at Turntable car park this is one park that is pet friendly. Even you will not be able to bring your pet along on your vacation, you will see plenty of locals hiking Flinders Peak Walk with their furry friends. The 3.2 km walk will take you right to the peak of You Yangs where you are rewarded with grand views of the park. You'll definitely have worked up a sweat by the time you reach the top with a climb of 450 steps and a rise of 200 metres. But it's all worth the fuss!


Dandenong Ranges National Park

If you are a nature lover, you will definitely love being surrounded by trees on the Eastern Sherbrooke Forest Walk. You will begin your hike from Grants Picnic Ground, and the path will lead you to the bird feeding area. Walk past this and you will be at the Lyrebird Walk, keep heading up the path that might be steep in some places and keep to your right to view the rich vegetation and spot the odd little kookaburra that will run across from time to time.


Werribee Gorge

The Circuit Walk boast of incredible views and a bit of rock scrambling as well. You will also come across a post-hike water hole depend on what time of the year you visit the place. You will begin at Meikles Point and make your way through the path that goes around a river and will be taking a rocky road to the top of the hill. make your way to the Eastern Lookout for the best panoramic view of the park.


Organ Pipes National Park

The Organ Pipes circuit boasts of a beautiful natural landscape that has formed in the shape of organ pipes! It is just 40 minutes away from Avani Melbourne Box Hill Residences and a short distance away from many other places to stay in Melbourne. Start your hike at the Visitor Centre and you will pass the main attractions such as Tessellated Pavement, Keilor Plains and the Organ Pipes.