Find Melbourne on the map. Let your eye drift north east. See all that green that stretches on and on? It’s yours for the exploring. Here’s a little list of wonder hikes north east of Melbourne to get you started…

On a trail staring east the bush below me is exploding with life as the day breaks. Nobody stirred in the campsite when I packed off ninety minutes ago, now I’m rewarded and taking in the rising sun solo from North Jawbone peak, central to the Cathedral Ranges in my home state of Victoria. It’s an early summer this year, and I can feel the need to escape the city and its heat – to find shade somewhere wild..

Wonder Hikes North East Of Melbourne

Where do I want to go?! Unknown to so many are the complete and utter gems scattered a sedimentary stones throw away from the Melbourne suburbs. Past traffic lie gullies and mountains! Past shopping centres sit flowing creeks and waterfalls! Take your weekend, invert it, and pack it with adventure nestled somewhere in our Great Dividing Range…

The possibilities are endless within an hour (or so) from town. Set off north east (this week) and you can be settling into some incredible hikes spiralling their way under magnificent mountainous Australian landscapes before your morning cuppa. A range of parks offer a huge array of quality weekend hikes, short and long, just waiting to be explored…by you!

The Cathedral Ranges State Park

This park looms from the distance as you conclude the classic drive through the Black Spur. For challenging, brief hikes, try either the Canyon or Wells Cave tracks – we’re talking breaking a nice sweat and throwing your pack ahead of you as you squeeze through rocky openings. Once you’re up top and taking in the awesome valley views, the Ridgeline and Razorback tracks run the length of the ridge making a spectacular full day hike north east of Melbourne.

Kinglake National Park

This is the Melbournian’s closest big park. Mostly remembered for the damage inflicted by the Black Saturday bushfires, the area has exploded back to life like all top quality patches after fire, and is right now bursting with life. Take the extensive Mt. Everard track, another day trip, and introduce yourself to an undulating, fascinating landscape full of wonder.

Toolangi State Forest

Just beyond Kinglike hides Toolangi State Forest but not for long! Who’d have thought you’d discover rainforest on the doorstep of Melbourne?! The Wirra Willa Walk winds under dense, ancient sassafras and myrtle beech trees, alongside the towering tallest flowering trees (and moss) in the world! The longer, equally brilliant Tanglefoot loop takes the better part of a day.

This is just the surface of what’s available in terms of hikes to the north east of Melbourne, and at only a short drive from the CBD, how could you ever, ever be bored? So pack something tasty, plenty of water, keep an eye on the weather, and have the best weekend possible!

These are the exciting moments of life. They’re our stories, and the uncontrollable buzz in every word that escapes our mouths because we were one of the lucky ones that didn’t just read about it but actually did it.

Walking Time/Difficulty

Canyon, Wells Cave – 30 minutes, hard/very hard
Ridgeline, Razorback – 2 hours, medium/hard
Mt Everard – 6 hours, medium/hard
Wirra Willa – 30 minutes, easy
Tanglefoot – 6 hours, medium/hard


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