Long weekend escapes

Best walks two hours from Melbourne

Here are some great, fresh-air walks all within a two or three-hour-drive from Melbourne. They're perfect for a long weekend away from the hustle and bustle. 

Cora Lynn Cascades, Great Ocean Road

Take a breather at Cora Lynn - just right for the waterfall lover.

So who was Cora Lynn? This hilly, two-hour walk takes you through impressive rainforest to a small but beautiful set of waterfalls, where you might just find out.

It's an ideal day trip if you're heading to the Otways or to the coastal area around Lorne for your weekend escape. There are many other spectacular walking tracks nearby (Erskine Falls is particuarly popular) but we like this one!

From Torquay to Fairhaven

Airelys Inlet lighthouse Surf Coast Walk 11

No matter where you're staying on the Surf Coast, there's a walk for you. Check out all 12 of our walking tracks which take in the townships dotted along the coast, and of course the most spectacular natural scenery.

Section 1 begins just outside of the Torquay township exploring taditional Wathaurung country, while the final one of our walks (prepared by Surf Coast Shire Council) takes your from the lighthouse at Aireys Inlet to Fairhaven.

Trentham: Wombat Trail walk

Trentham woods walk

At just over 7km you can easily complete this lovely country ramble in two hours. It's a lovely loop of Trentham that leads the walker through the forest and small reserves that surround the town - itself just 95km from Melbourne.

Phillip Island: Cowes beach and Esplanade walk

Cowes Beach Phillip Island, Mussel Rocks

Heading to the Island? Well there's more to Phillip Island than the Penguin Parade and motorbikes!

The main township of Cowes is the perfect place for family swimming, walking and sand-play with its calm, bay-facing beaches.

This walk takes you from Anderson St in the west to Erehwon Point playground and includes stops at the Yacht Club, pier, beautiful Mussel Rocks and a beach-side cafe.

For more walking ideas at Phillip Island, see this great article from Wild Melbourne.


Apollo Bay walk

This 4km walk is a great introduction to the town of Apollo Bay on the Great Ocean Road. Conveniently the walk begins at the local tourist information centre. From there, stroll past a great playground and then along the banks of the Barham River. Of course, a walk here wouldn't be complete without making it to the wild and rugged ocean beach. There's also an optional stroll to the end of the breakwater. Finish up with some more urban attractions including a skate park and local art.

Mornington Peninsula: Bushranger's Bay to Cape Schanck

Animals aplenty at Cape Shanck

Impressive views, good exercise and less than one hour of walking time ... If that sounds like you, then here's a great reason to get out of Melbourne for a weekend.

This walk starts at the spectacular Cape Schanck lighthouse and ends with a descent to a spectacular beach. This walk has a few stairs and elavations so it's a moderate to challenging walk, but well worth it!

There's plenty of scope for wildlife-viewing along the way also. Just gorgeous!

Mornington Peninsula: Sorrento back beach to Portsea Pier

Can't decide whether to stay in Sorrento or Portsea?

Take this 7.7km walk and get the best of both worlds with a tour on foot that takes in both coastal and bush scenery. There's ample opportunity to dip your toes into the sea in between, and then finish with a big pub meal (in either town).

Gippsland: Grand Ridge rail trail, Mirboo North

Need a shot of green in the arm? Well, the hills are alive!

Well here's a very pleasant 12.5km walk (or ride) in the green, green heart of Gippsland. The trail showcases many historical gems, scenes of natural beauty and beautiful mountain views. 

Wodonga: Country tracks walk

This walk on Victoria's northern border provides panoramic views across Wodonga and the Baranduda Ranges.

Take your time with it; it's well-worth the effort and brings fitness benefits along the way. Take a camera and you'll also find some great shots to share.

A section of the leg - along the boundary to residential areas - is unmarked on the map as not having a track - in fact, there is a fire trail which connects it all up very easily. Further details from the Parklands Albury Wodonga site link.