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Best hikes trails just a short drive from Melbourne

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Melbourne is surrounded by beautiful landscapes and hikes trails and you don’t have to travel too far from the Melbourne CBD to enjoy them. Here some of the best areas for day hikes trail close enough to visit on a day trip. These spots are also great ways to experience Aussie wildlife and get a break from the rush.

Mount Macedon

It doesn’t get better than the Macedon Ranges, specifically Mount Macedon, when it comes to a quick trip out to the regions. The Mount Macedon is about 64 kilometres north-west of Melbourne  a 50 to 60-minute drive without traffic. It’s host to a range of beautiful walks varying in intensity. The 2.5km Sanatorium Lake Walking Trail is a more family-friendly option with a track through the bush and around a picturesque lake.

The 1.8km Camel’s Hump track is a fair bit more challenging, taking you up a 500m ascent to the highest peak in the Macedon Ranges and offering superb views.

More information about short walks in the Macedon Ranges can be found Macedon Ranges walking

Hanging Rock

Just A few km north of Mount Macedon is the famous Hanging Rock, best known for setting the scene of the mystery of Joan Lindsay’s 1967 book Picnic at Hanging Rock. The granitic boulders and impressive volcanic rock formations are fun to climb and offer scenic views.

There are three walks you can enjoy in the Hanging Rock Reserve. The Pinnacle Trail is more difficult with steep inclines and some manoeuvring around rocks to tackle, while the Base Walking Trail and Creek Walking Trail are more family-friendly. Also Hanging Rock Reserve is the only place on this list where you have to pay for entry – it’s $10 per car.

The reserve also closes earlier than others, at 5pm, with the last entry at 4pm.

You Yangs Regional Park

You Yangs Regional Park is another great spot to enjoy the bush and some great views  only a 48-minute drive west of Melbourne CBD about 55km.The park offers a range of different walks varying in length and intensity, and if you have a furry friend, you’re allowed to take your dog with you.

The trail to Flinders Peak Lookout is one of the best. It’s a short but steep track, with 450 steps that take you up to the highest point of the park, which offers views of the city, right across Port Phillip Bay to Geelong.

Kokoda Memorial Walk also know as 1000 Steps

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Probably one of the most popular walks near Melbourne CBD about 40km a 55-minute drive east is the Kokoda Memorial Walk (1000 steps), also known as 1000 Steps, in the Dandenong Ranges National Park Ferny Creek. This 5km track is popular among fitness fans and definitely requires at least a moderate level of fitness, as the steps are steep and do get your heart rate quite high.

The trail is less about the view than other walks and more about being immersed in the beautiful rainforest alongside ferns and gums and get ready its a long way up.

See Travel Guide Victoria

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