It may be cold outside, but that doesn’t mean you have to stay cooped up at home. Put on your best hiking shoes, grab a bottle of water and get ready for a day of adventure, as there’s nine new and upgraded walking trails to discover around Victoria. This is all thanks to the $106.6 million Victoria’s Great Outdoors program from the state government, which is all about boosting regional tourism and delivering better trails, campgrounds, four-wheel drive tracks and visitor facilities.
“Walking is a wonderful and affordable way to get out into nature, and these new trails will give people more options to do exactly that,” said Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Action Lily D’Ambrosio. “From tough hiking trails through to short walks featuring our most beautiful waterfalls, there’s a great range of options for Victorians to get out and enjoy our state’s spectacular flora and fauna.”
Where are the nine walking trails in Victoria?
- Flat Spur Walk – Mount Buller
- Herman’s Hill – Rainbow
- Keppel Lookout Trail – Yarra Ranges
- Latrobe River Walk, Noojee Trail, Toorongo Falls Linking Track – Noojee
- Mt Hendrick Walk – near Maffra
- Reid’s Tramline – Powelltown
- Rubicon Heritage – near Eildon
- Snobs Creek Falls Walk – near Eildon
- Wirrawilla Rainforest Walk – Toolangi
The Keppel Lookout Trail near Marysville opened last month. Stretching over 11 kilometres, this circuit walk features panoramic views towards the Cathedral Range and Lake Mountain.
Then, enjoy waterfall views near Eildon, thanks to the 4km Snobs Creek Falls track which takes you right up to the waterfalls.
Over in Gippsland, you’ll discover picturesque valley views on the Mt Hendrik Walk. This trail moves through forest, and heads towards the peak of Mt Hendrick for rewarding views.
Enjoy rainforest walks and cross the Noojee Trestle Bridge, as the linking track for the Noojee Trail, Latrobe River Walk and Toorongo Falls has reopened. Other new trails include Flat Spur Walk near Mount Buller and Herman’s Hill in the north-east.
Meanwhile, works are underway to upgrade 500 metres of walking trail and 200 metres of boardwalks at the Stevensons Falls campground in the Otways. These works will improve access to the waterfall, so that people of all abilities will be able to enjoy it in the future.
Works are also continuing on 13 kilometres of trails near Lake Burrumbeet, Mt Baw Baw Alpine Resort and Toolangi. These trails are expected to open next year.