Looking for an excuse to take some leave from work? Or found yourself with a few spare days? Either way Victoria has you more than covered with an array of spectacular multi-day hikes just waiting for you to tackle. Whether you want to walk for a few days or a few weeks, Victoria has something epic for you to do nearby, no matter what part of the state you live in. So here’s nine of the best Multi-Day Hikes to be found in Victoria.
The Wilderness Coast Walk – Croajingalong National Park
Situated in the top right hand corner of Victoria, the Wilderness Coast Walk traverses 100km of rarely visited and pristine coastline. The track typically takes 5-7 days to complete however It is possible to complete this walk in sections if required. This section of the East Coast is utterly unique and is one of the few truly remote wilderness hiking regions of Victoria. Bookings are required for campsites along the trail. Also, as this region has been declared a wilderness area, minimal impact bushwalking is strongly encouraged.
Mt Hotham to Mt Bogong (via Mt Feathertop)
The Mt Hotham to Falls Creek crossing (37km) is becoming well known as a popular hiking trip, but we say why not extend your trip to take in other premier sections of the Victorian High Country that are less well travelled (~100km). For the adventurous, instead of taking the B-line towards Falls Creek, why not head off across the picturesque Razorback Ridge Track to Victoria’s most impressive mountain, Mt Feathertop. From the summit you can spot Mt Bogong in the distance, only a few days walk away. The trail then heads down the steep, rough and rarely used Diamantina Spur to the West Kiwea River. Follow this track upriver to Dibbins Hut and then all you have to do is follow the Australian Alps Walking Track across the High Plains to Mt Bogong, relishing in the beauty of the spectacular Alpine National Park.
The Australian Alps Walking Track
This long distance walking track winds its way along the Great Dividing Range for 655km from Walhalla in South Eastern Victoria to Tharwa, ACT. This impressive feat generally takes people about 40-50 days to complete and takes hikers through all the best sections of the Alpine Region. Kudos to you if you can make time to undertake this epic trail but for everyone else, you can simply pick any section of this trail to complete and you will not be disappointed in the slightest.
The Bluff to Mt Cobbler
This 3-4 day section of the Australian Alps Walking Track is among the most spectacular of the entire trail and so is an absolute must for any mountain lover. A car shuttle will need to be pre-organised unless you want to walk back the way you came (not a bad option actually). But nonetheless, this hike will take you over some of Victoria’s highest peaks, along impressive escarpments, across steep ridgelines and provide spectacular views almost the entire trip. It’s a beautiful part of the world and something you definitely do not want to miss.
Wilsons Promontory Circuit
An absolute classic, in fact this hike is more or less a right of passage for all outdoor loving Victorians and it’s no secret that you should do it too. The southern circuit from Tidal River to Telegraph Saddle via Little Waterloo Bay and Sealers Cove (~40km) is most commonly hiked due to its renowned pristine beaches. But if you’re up for a slightly off the beaten track adventure in the park then the Northern Circuit is for you as it is significantly less visited. Regardless of where you decide to go, the park is full to the brim of incredible scenery including huge granite mountains, rainforests and an extensive rugged coastline. Just remember to book campsites early if you’re planning to hike here because it does get busy.
This little known trail was opened in 2012 and will take you through some of the most spectacular National Parks in Southern Gippsland. At 100km in length this Trail starts in amongst the koala filled eucalypt forests of Morwell National Park before winding its way across the plains and climbing up into the stunning rainforest of Tarra-Bulga National Park. This sub-tropical rainforest is rarely visited but is so beautiful you would be forgiven for thinking you were in the Otways on the Great Ocean Road. This track is maintained by a dedicated group of volunteers and the track helps to sustain some of the small communities it passes through making this a beautiful walk that also supports small rural communities.
Grampians Peaks Trails
In the Western part of the state you will find the impressive sandstone mountains of the Grampians rising up and towering above the otherwise flat landscape. This unique National Park is soon to be home to the iconic Grampians Peaks Trail, currently the first section of the trail has already been completed and offers a 36km loop. Leaving from Halls Gap this section encompasses incredible rock formations, stunning views, and is rich in aboriginal culture. Once construction of the entire track is completed, this trail will become an epic 13 day hike that takes in all the best regions of this incredible National Park.
Great Ocean Walk
It’s no secret that the Great Ocean Road is heavily congested and filled with tourist busses, so why not lace up your boots, and get to know this iconic coastline on your own two feet without having to deal with the crowds. At 104km long this walk will not only take you past the most notable attractions along the road, but it will also take you along kilometers of untouched beaches and through remnant rainforest inaccessible by vehicles. There is no better way to explore this region and in the company of some good friends, this is indeed a top Victorian walk. This walk does require bookings so make sure you plan ahead.
Great South West Walk
Starting in the small coastal town of Portland you can tackle the entire 250km Great South West Walk in one awesome trip or in small sections, whatever suits you. But believe us when we say that every single kilometre is well and truly worth it. The coastal scenery changes every day and you’ll be walking past everything from sand dunes to coastal cliffs, from the Glenelg River to freshwater lakes, and if you time it right, you might even spot some Blue or Southern Right Whales playing just off shore. This rugged coastline draws many parallels with that of the Great Ocean Road only very few people visit this area meaning you’ll have much of the walk to enjoy yourselves, making for a very special trip.
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