Looking for something to do this weekend? Pack a picnic, take in the fresh air and make a day of it!
Located in the Mt Dandenong Ranges in Upper Ferntree Gully, a hot spot on weekends. Lush greenery and wildlife surround you up the steps to the lookout (you might be lucky enough to see a wallaby or lyrebird during your walk). Parking can be tough during peak times, so park further away near the railway station if you don’t mind the extra walk.
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Located in Pentland Hills, with a wide variety of walks to suit everyone. Many of these walks lead to swimming holes and picnic areas so pack your swimmers!
Located in Hanging Rock between Woodend and Mount Macedon, 70km North-West of Melbourne. This rare volcanic masterpiece stretches a 30min return trip to the summit, with views of the valley.
Tooronga Falls Circuit
Located in Toorongo Falls Reserve, the circuit takes between 45min – 1 hour and stretches 2.2km. Greenery and native animals line the path to two waterfalls, which you can relax and cool off mid walk.
Warburton Redwood Forest
Located in Warburton, this beautiful forest filled with Redwood trees perfectly aligned and handmade nests made from visitors to the forest out of fallen branches.
Plant Based Picnic ideas
- Dates stuffed with peanut butter
- Fruit salad
- Tamari roasted almonds
- Fry’s schnitzels sandwiches
*Always let family and/or friends know when you’re going on a hike so they know when to expect you back.
*Only attempt a difficulty level your comfortable with and always pack water, sunscreen and snacks to stay hydrated and full.