There’s no better way to finish a hike than watching the sun go down on another epic day. So we’ve rounded up seven awesome Victorian locations where you can get your fix of fresh air and inspirational sunsets.
1. Great Ocean Walk – Shipwreck Coast
Sunset location: 12 Apostles Lookout
Starting point: Princetown
Head to the coast and walk the final 8km of the Great Ocean Walk. From Princetown you cross the river and follow the trail along the clifftops, with glimpses of the ocean opening up to full-blown panoramic vistas of the coast. Finish up at the 12 Apostles lookout for an epic sunset over the famous limestone stacks.
Return: The Great Ocean Walk is a one way trail, so before you go, organise a local taxi or transfer service to take you back to your starting point. Or pre-plan a car shuffle!
2. Razorback Trail – High Country
Sunset location: Mt Feathertop
Starting point: Diamantina Hut, Mt Hotham
Pack your tent and overnight gear and walk the Razorback Trail in Victoria’s High Country. Starting at Diamantina Hut, it’s 10km along the mountain ridges to set up your camp at Federation Hut. At dusk, head up Mt Feathertop to watch the sun dip below the mountains.
Return: Stay overnight at Federation Hut and hike out the next day.
3. Bayside Trail – Melbourne
Sunset location: Brighton Beach
Starting point: St Kilda Beach
For something a little easier and closer to home, walk the 5km section of the Bayside Trail from St Kilda to Brighton Beach. There’s plenty of people-watching opportunities along the way, as locals walk, ride, skate, and rollerblade past you. Finish up at the iconic bathing boxes at Brighton Beach as the sun sets over the bay.
Return: The Bay Trail is well-lit at night if you want to walk back to your starting point, or jump in a taxi or Uber to return.
4. Two Bays Trail – Mornington Peninsula
Sunset location: Bay Lookout, Seawinds Gardens
Starting point: McCrae Lighthouse
For a short and sweet hike, walk this 4km section of the Mornington Peninsula from McCrae Lighthouse up to the top of Arthur’s Seat. A steady incline and plenty of steps in this section of the Two Bays Trail will have you ready to sit, relax, and watch the sun go down once you reach the top. For the best view, head to the Bay Lookout to check out the peninsula and Melbourne’s city skyline in the distance.
Return: Follow the trail back down to the Lighthouse, or organise a local taxi.
5. Boroka Lookout – Grampians National Park
Sunset location: Boroka Lookout
Starting point: Halls Gap
To really get the heart pumping and quads burning, take the trail from Halls Gap to Boroka Lookout; an epic sunset location in the Grampians. The 6km walk is a steady uphill track, with a steep incline right at the end, before you reach the lookout. It will have you working up a sweat and getting admiring views from people who took the easy option and drove there.
Return: Hike out or hitch-hike out with other sunset viewers – taxi/transfer services are limited here.
6. Mt Bishop Trail – Wilsons Promontory National Park
Sunset location: Mt Bishop Summit
Starting point: Lilly Pilly Gully car park
Wilsons Promontory has some spectacular locations for sunset, but to try a less popular option, head to the Mt Bishop Trail. Starting in the Lilly Pilly Gully car park, the 3.5km trail winds its way up the summit, with panoramic views of the Prom’s western coastline waiting for you when you get there.
Return: Hike out only.
7. Cape Woolamai Circuit – Phillip Island
Sunset location: Woolamai Beach
Starting point: Woolamai Beach car park
Trek Phillip Island’s coastal trail around Cape Woolamai for spectacular views over the island and surrounding coastline. Look out for the local wildlife as you go, including penguins and the migrating shearwaters. There’s a 6km or 9km option to complete the circuit, and when you’re done sit back on the sand at Woolamai Beach and relax as you watch the sun go down.
Return: Complete the circuit and you’ll be back where you started for sunset!
Before You Go:
Plan your return journey
Some of these hikes require you to complete a return walk. If so, make sure you have a head torch and emergency supplies.
If you think you’ll need a lift back, book ahead, as some places have limited taxi and transfer services.
Check the weather
Check the weather so you can pack accordingly – but also so you can score an epic sunset. Clear, or partly clear, evenings will provide the goods!