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cover over 41,000 square kilometres or approximately 17 S oper u t hcent e r nof the state. These wonderful nature reserves provide the stage for activities in which this state has become a major player: bushwalking and trekking. Parks Victoria is constantly seeking to improve the experiences available to walkers. The Great Ocean Walk, a coastal walk of breathtaking beauty spanning 104 kilometres, is a model example of this. The expansion of existing bushwalking infrastructure is also high on the authority’s agenda. There’s no doubt as far as people in the know are concerned: Victoria has developed, on the quiet, into a premiere bushwalking and trekking destination within Australia. With its vibrant and creative state capital Melbourne as an international centre, its compact, manageable size and excellent infrastructure, Victoria makes it easy for visitors to reach the major national parks with their diverse opportunities for walking and trekking. So pack your backpack, put on your walking boots, slap on some sunscreen and head off. Welcome to Australia’s paradise for walkers and hikers – Victoria!

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Bla Drive along the Great Ocean Road (www.greatoceanrd.org.au) nke t Ba y Poin Enjoy a helicopter flight over the Twelve Apostles t Lew is Bass Strait Rainbow Falls (www.12apostleshelicopters.com.au) Parker Hill Point Flinders 80 Watch the little penguins come ashore on Phillip Island (www.penguins.org.au) Cape Otway Lightstation Poin t Fran (www.globalballooning.com.au) Take a hot airCape balloon Otway flight over Melbourne klin Hit the streets on a Hidden Secrets Walking Tour in Melbourne (www.hiddensecretstours.com) Experience animals, volcanoes, Aboriginal culture: Tower Hill State Game Reserve (www.parkweb.vic.gov.au) Indulge in wine tasting in the Yarra Valley (www.domainechandon.com.au) Savour the culinary delights of the Milawa Gourmet Region (www.milawagourmet.com) Pamper yourself at the Hepburn Bathhouse (www.hepburnbathhouse.com) Play a round of golf at a world class course on the Mornington Peninsula (www.visitmorningtonpeninsula.org)

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Trekking backpack of 70 litres or more Waterproof bag 5for inside the backpack km Light, sturdy hiking tent Sleeping bag Sleeping mat Sleeping bag liner Headlamp Stove and cooking utensils Cutlery, cup, plate and bowl Water container Water filter or Micropur Pocket knife Topographical map Compass First aid kit Hygiene articles / personal medication Toilet paper Hand towel Sturdy walking boots (broken in) Sport sandals Waterproof jacket Waterproof overpants Thermal underwear Shorts Fleece or soft-shell jacket Socks Gaiters Long trekking pants Gloves and beanie Sunglasses, hat, sunscreen Synthetic fibre t-shirts (no cotton)

Appropriate behaviour in national parks For your own safety, but also to protect the fragile nature of Victoria’s parks, Parks Victoria has compiled a list of recommendations and regulations which should be observed by every walker and hiker. • Always stay on the path and avoid shortcuts • Spread out in pathless terrain (less damage from footprints) • Avoid delicate plants such as cushions of moss • Inform Parks Victoria about the number of hikers and the planned timeframe for the walking tour • Keep the group small (4-8 hikers) • Hike outside the high season (Dec – Feb) if possible • Minimise environmental pollution by taking stove, tent and hand trowel (to bury faeces) with you • Only light a fire when it is completely safe • Comply with Total Fire Bans • Keep the fire as small as possible; do not create new fireplaces • Only use dry, fallen wood for fires • Pour water on the fire until it is completely out before leaving • Pack to keep rubbish to a minimum • Do not burn or bury rubbish • Take out whatever you take into the wild • Collect the rubbish of other walkers • Do not feed wild animals • Use toilets where available • Bury faeces where there are no toilets

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WWI and is considered to be an engineering masterpiece. The construction of the road ended the isolation of hitherto remote coastal towns. Over the years the Great Ocean Road has developed into one of Australia’s major tourist icons. Highlights along the way include Cape Otway (www.lightstation.com) and its dramatic lighthouse which towers high above the untamed ocean and Port Campbell National Park (www.parkweb.vic.gov.au) with its points of interest: the rock stacks of the 12 Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge and the natural bridges The Arch and London Bridge. Short walks lead into temperate rainforest and to romantic waterfalls. Numerous options for overnight accommodation

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DAILY ITINERARY Day 1: (Sunday): Meet the tour guide at Walhalla’s Star Hotel in Walhalla at 3 p.m. Transfer to the Alpine Hotel in Mount Baw Baw Alpine Resort afterwards. Settle into accommodation. Enjoy an evening meal together Day 2: (Monday): Mount Baw Baw Alpine Resort – Bushcamp, 21 km, 5-7 hours, medium Day 3: (Tuesday): Bushcamp – Walhalla, 19 km, 5-7 hours, medium Day 4: (Wednesday): Breakfast at Walhalla’s Star Hotel

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FACTS Total length: 22 km Time: 7-8 hours Season: summer months November to March Start: Diamantina Hut (2.5 km west of Hotham Heights Alpine Village) Finish: Harrietville Grade: medium, exposed in places Maps: VICMAP Feathertop + VICMAP Harrietville (1:25 000) ) Infrastructure: marked track, shelter (Bungalow Hut) below the top of Mount Feathertop

3. Mount Bogong, Victoria’s highest peak Adventurous climb of Mount Bogong, the highest peak in Victoria at 1,986 metres. The reward on clear days is a superb panoramic view.

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Winter festival: Gnarled snow gums (left) are found between 1,300 and 1,800 metres in the Alpine National Park. The characteristic tree of the alpine regions is winter hardened and withstands the extreme weather conditions of Victoria’s mountains. A snow gum leaf in detail (below).

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The Great Alpine Road The Great Alpine Road is a 308 kilometre route over the main range of the Victorian Alps. It connects the small town of Bairnsdale in Gippsland to Wangaratta on the northern side of the ranges. This mountain road is Australia’s highest sealed road and is accessible all year round. Visitors experience breathtaking mountain scenery and pass through awe inspiring forests and pretty villages along the route. The Great Alpine Road travels from the coastal plains into farm studded hills along the Tambo River before climbing to an elevation of 1,800 metres. On the northern side, the Great Alpine Road winds down through

innumerable curves to Ovens Valley lying a mere 500 metres above sea level. The historic town of Omeo, once the centre of a gold mining region, and the ski resort, Hotham Heights Alpine Village (www.mthotham. com.au) lie alongside the alpine road. The highest point of the route is reached at Hotham. The route crosses the Alpine National Park between Dinner Plain and Harrietville. On the northern side of the mountains, after the winding descent into Ovens Valley, the road reaches the pretty town of Bright (www.brightvictoria.com.au). Bright is the departure point for a side trip to Mount Buffalo National Park (www.parkweb.vic. gov.au). The town of Wangaratta

is finally reached via Myrtleford. A detour (21 km) to the gold mining town of Beechworth (www.beechworth.com) just past Myrtleford is well worth the trip. From Bright, the Great Alpine Road becomes a road for gourmets. Products from numerous farms and vineyards are available for tasting in the particularly fertile region between Myrtleford (www.visitmyrtleford.com. au) and Wangaratta (www. visitwangaratta.com.au). The Milawa Gourmet Region (www.milawagourmet.com) is concentrated around the towns of Milawa, Oxley, Tarrawingee, Everton, Markwood and Whorouly.


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FACTS Total length: 7 km Time: 2.5 – 3 hours Season: all year round Start: intersection of Grampians Tourist Road and Victoria Valley Road Finish: same as starting point Grade: hard Maps: VICMAPS Dunkeld South and Abrupt (1:25 000) Infrastructure: marked walking track 3. Panoramic Mount Abrupt Steep mountain track on Mount Abrupt (827 m) which suddenly rears up out of the surrounding plains in the south of the national park. The ascent is rewarded with spectacular views.

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FACTS Total length: 6 km Time: 3 hours Season: all year round Start: Mount Abrupt car park Finish: same as starting point Grade: medium, steep in sections Maps: VICMAP Abrupt (1:25000) Infrastructure: marked walking tracks 4. Mount Stapylton Loop Adventurous round trip for fit and sure-footed hikers in the north of Grampians National Park. Spectacular view from the top of Mount Stapylton.

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FACTS Total length: 12 km Time: 4.5 hours Time of year: all year round Starting point: Grampians Tourist Road, 3.3 km south from Mount William Road turnoff End point: same as starting point Grade: medium Maps: VICMAP Mount William (1:25000) Infrastructure: marked walking trail

FACTS Total length: 12.2 km Time: 5-6 hours Season: all year round; very hot in the summer months December to February Start: Stapylton Campground Finish: same as starting point Grade: challenging, exposed in sections Maps: VICMAP Stapylton (1:25000) Infrastructure: marked walking tracks

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Unknown West For many visitors, the tourist interest in Western Victoria ends with the spectacular northern end of the Grampians. Where the sandstone cliffs of the mountains soar for the last time, the heat hazed plains of Wimmera, with its intensive agriculture, salt and clay pans and glistening monotony begin. And yet it is worthwhile pressing on a little bit further north. Not far from the small rural town of Horsham (visithorsham.com.au) hides the little village of Natimuk (www.

arapiles.net), an interesting artist colony, where several famous artists have settled. Only a few kilometres further west from Natimuk lies the Mecca for Australian climbers – the Arapiles (www.parkweb.vic.gov. au). With over 3,000 climbing routes, Mount Arapiles is the destination of choice for the international climbing elite. Non-climbers do not have to limit themselves to just looking on, however. A road leads to a superb lookout at the top where the view to the north over apparently endless plains is revealed. There

is also a walking trail leading to this lookout. North-west from Horsham lies Little Desert National Park (www.parkweb. vic.gov.au). The nature reserve, made up of three sections, is especially attractive to plant and bird lovers. The wildflower bloom in spring showcases the park’s surprising biodiversity. Although only around 400 mm rainfall is recorded on average in the region, over 670 plant species are to be found inside the reserve and more than 220 bird species have been recorded to date.


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GRANITE PLAYGROUND Mount Buffalo National Park is a freestanding granite massif near the Alpine National Park. The compact nature reserve attracts bushwalkers and climbers with its dramatic granite formations. 1. The Big Walk – The ascent of the plateau Long and strenuous climb to Mount Buffalo. The route runs through the massif’s most diverse vegetation zones, leads to waterfalls and rewards the traveller with breathtaking lookouts.

2. In the wilderness – Mount McLeod Track A day’s walking tour in the most isolated part of the national park, the North Buffalo Plateau. Highlight is the ascent of 1,545 metre high Mount McLeod.

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Total length: 16 km Time: 6-7 hours Season: summer months November to March Start: Eurobin Creek Picnic Area Finish: Gorge Day Visitor Area Grade: medium, steep in places Maps: VICMAP Eurobin & Buckland (1:25 000) Infrastructure: marked walking track

Total length: 16 km Time: 6 hours Season: summer months November to March Start: Reservoir Picnic Area Finish: same as starting point Grade: medium Maps: VICMAP Eurobin & Buckland (1:25 000) Infrastructure: marked walking track

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3. On the highest peak – The Horn Track Short walk on the Horn, the highest elevation in the alpine national park at 1,723 metres. The 360° view from the peak is superb. The walk is particularly beautiful at sunset.

4. Granite monuments – Corral – Castle Track Easy short walk to some of the park’s many rock sculptures. This walk leads into a less frequented area of the nature reserve.

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Total length: 3.5 km Time: 1.5 hours Season: summer months November to March Start: Cathedral Picnic Area Finish: same as starting point Grade: easy Maps: VICMAP Eurobin & Buckland (1:25 000) Infrastructure: marked walking tracks


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5. Mount Dunn loop walk A day’s walk which combines several of the park’s sights: The Gorge, Lake Catani and The Monolith. Highlight is the ascent of Mount Dunn.

FACTS Total length: approx. 15.5 km Time: 5 hours Season: summer months November to March Start: Mount Buffalo Chalet Finish: same as starting point Grade: medium Maps: VICMAP Eurobin & Buckland (1:25 000) Infrastructure: marked walking tracks

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Adventure playground Mount Buffalo Mount Buffalo National Park is not only an ideal place for bushwalkers. The plateau’s granite mountains and rock walls are also a popular destination for rock climbers. The Horn is a well-known climbing venue for beginners and those who want to venture onto medium grade routes. The walls of The Hump and The Cathedral also entice

with solid granite routes. The long and in parts extremely difficult routes at The Gorge are only suitable for experts with nerves of steel. Climbers take several days on some routes on The Gorge’s up to 300 metre high rock walls. Another group of adrenalin seekers who flock to Mount Buffalo National Park are hang-gliders. A starting ramp has been erected at the Gorge near Mount Buffalo Chalet, where hang-gliders lift off and then

slowly spiral high on thermals. Bright (www.brightvictoria.com. au), which lies at the foot of Mount Buffalo, is considered to be a top destination for hanggliders and paragliders in Victoria and offers ideal conditions for these kinds of aerial sports. The Eagle School of Microlighting and Hang Gliding (www.eagleschool. com.au) is also located in Bright.


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BEACHES, WILDFLOWERS AND GRANITE SHORES Wilsons Promontory National Park is considered Victoria’s most popular national park. Only around three hours’ drive from Melbourne, the animal-rich nature reserve enchants with its beautiful mix of landscapes including thickly forested mountains, open grass savannahs, hidden sandy beaches, superb shores and impressive granite formations. 1.Nature trail – Lilly Pilly Gully and Mount Bishop A rewarding half day loop walk which combines the dark rainforest along Lilly Pilly Gully with an ascent of the granite mountain, Mount Bishop (319 m), famous for its splendid views.

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FACTS Total length: 19 km Time: 6-7 hours Season: all year round Start: Mount Oberon Car Park Finish: same as starting point Grade: easy to medium Maps: VICMAP Wilsons Promontory National Park (1:50 000) Infrastructure: marked walking track, board walks 3. Open air zoo – Millers Landing A rewarding short walk to Corner Inlet in the northern section of the reserve where wildlife is plentiful. On this loop track, walkers discover landscapes and plant communities in stark

contrast to those found in the mountainous region of the national park.

FACTS Total length: 4 km Time: 6-7 hours Season: all year round Start: Millers Landing Car Park Finish: same as starting point Grade: easy Maps: VICMAP Wilsons Promontory National Park (1:50 000) Infrastructure: marked walking tracks N.B.: The short walk to Millers Landing can be extended by a side trip to Vereker Outlook (+ 6 km)


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Ocean and animals: The two main attractions of the nature reserve are the spectacular bays and beaches like Norman Beach at Norman Bay (top) as well as the plethora of animals, as indicated by the road sign near Darby Saddle (right).

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Phillip Island The little penguins come ashore at dusk. They waddle clumsily over the beach to their burrows – watched by large numbers of fascinated visitors. The nightly penguin parade in Phillip Island Nature Park (www.penguins.org. au) is one of Victoria’s major attractions. The 100 square kilometre large Phillip Island

(www.phillipisland.net.au) at the entrance to Western Port Bay southeast of Melbourne however has much more to offer to animal lovers, including the world’s largest colony of Australian fur seals on a boat ride with Wildlife Coast Cruises (www. wildlifecoastcruises.com.au), and koalas in the Koala Conservation Centre (www.penguins.org.au). Kangaroos, wallabies and possums

can also of course be seen in the wild, and bird lovers will love exploring the island’s wetlands. Phillip Island is also known for the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit (www.phillipislandcircuit. com.au). Everything revolves around motor sports here and major car and motorbike races are held on a regular basis.


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Rediscover nature. Reconnect with life. There’s nothing better for your wellbeing than getting out in nature. With over four million hectares of parks and waterways, Victoria has many different natural Australian landscapes to experience. From walks along the spectacular coastline of the Twelve Apostles, across the peaks of the Alps and Grampians and through the pristine landscapes of Wilsons Promontory, to the hundreds of kilometres of trails connecting our urban parks, rivers and the bays, there’s plenty to discover and enjoy in Victoria’s parks.

To find out more about Victoria’s parks contact Parks Victoria on +61 3 8627 4699 or visit www.parks.vic.gov.au


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