Melbourne Day Hikes

Guided Full day tours of Melbourne Hikes. $40 per walk, includes morning tea.

Melbourne Day Walks – A collection of great walks for those new to bushwalking or those keen to get out and learn about, and enjoy, a few hidden gems in Victoria.

Kalorama Park Circuit, Dandenong Ranges National Park

Walk: 12.6km.  Moderate terrain (a few short, but steep hills), moderate length.
Time: 9am – 3pm (approx)
Cost: $40.  Includes – morning tea, guiding. Does not include: lunch (bring a packed lunch with you).
Meet at:  Dandenong Ranges National Park – Silvan Dam lookout Carpark

2020 Dates: Saturday July 4th & Saturday July 25th

Description: This beautiful walk through Melbourne’s iconic Dandenong Ranges National Park will take you through stunning forests filled with lush green ferns and magnificent old gums,it has many highlights, starting from Kalorama lookout  with spectacular views of Silvan dam. We then climb some steep but short hills before coming across a historic Kyeema crash sight of then take in some fabulous views towards the city from (sky high or Bourke’s lookout) a steep zig zag track down to the beautiful picnic grounds of Doongalla before making our way back to the lookout along an undulating trail through the forest.

Bookings: Click here for Saturday 4th July OR here for Saturday 25th July

More info: Click here for more information on the Kalorama Circuit Day Walk

 

Werribee Gorge Circuit, Werribee Gorge State Park

Difficulty: 12km (10km loop + 2km in and out).  Moderate/challenging terrain (some rock hopping and narrow gorge sections), moderate length.
Time: 9am – 3:30pm (approx)
Cost: $40.  Includes – morning tea, guiding. Does not include: lunch (bring a packed lunch with you).
Meet at: Werribee Gorge National Park – Quarry Picnic Area Carpark.

2020 Dates: Saturday 11th July  & Saturday 1st August

Description:This walk into Werribee Gorge offers some great views of surrounding hills and valleys, as well as the beautiful gorge home to the Werribee River. Soon after the start of the walk we head up to the ridge around the gorge taking in a great variety of plants and some nice views of the valley and surrounds. A steepish descent into Junction pool will be followed by Morning Tea. We then ascend out of the pool and down into the main section of Werribee Gorge with highlights being the sheer cliffs and beautiful needles beach. We follow the river for an hour or so – be prepared for some rock hopping – and head to Meikles picnic ground alongside a historic canal and weir.

Bookings: Click here for Saturday 11th July OR here for Saturday 1st August

More info: Click here for more information on the Werribee Gorge Day Walk

Northern Range Circuit & Flinders Peak, You Yangs Regional Park

Difficulty: 15km (12km loop + 3km return to Flinders Peak).  Moderate terrain (except for some short steep sections and ascent to Flinders Peak), moderate length.
Time: 9am – 3:30pm (approx)
Cost: $40.  Includes – morning tea, guiding. Does not include: lunch (bring a packed lunch with you)
Meet at: You Yangs Regional Park – Turntable Carpark

2020 Dates: Saturday 18th July & Saturday 8th August

Description:Starting with the East West Walk, we will circumnavigate Flinders Peak, taking in stunning views across the park, huge granite boulders everywhere, and an array of wildflowers in the warmer months. We will then add the northern circuit to wonder through the sections of the park filled with a few interesting stories from the past. We will finish our walk with the return climb to Flinders Peak, named after explorer Matthew Flinders who summited in May 1802 to survey the area. At 319 metres, the peak makes for excellent views across the western volcanic plains to the city and Port Phillip Bay.

Bookings: Click here for Saturday 18th July OR here for Saturday 8th August

More info: Click here for more information on the You Yangs Day Walk

Tour Length:
6 to 8 hours
Distance walked:
Between 12 and 15 km
Difficulty:
moderate; See FAQ
Dates:
4. Jul 2020
11. Jul 2020
18. Jul 2020
25. Jul 2020
1. Aug 2020
8. Aug 2020

Highlights of this walk

Get out in nature this weekend and join us on a full day walking tour of one of the spectacular walks near Melbourne. Learn about some of the plants, animals or history of the area. Enjoy the revitalising sounds and smells of nature.

Details about accommodation, what to bring, transportation, food, etc.
Details about accommodation, what to bring, transportation, food, etc.

Accommodation

As these are day walks, there is no accommodation component.

What to bring

Please bring with you: 1 to 2 litres of water (and put some in your car for your drive home), sturdy and comfortable walking shoes/boots, comfortable clothes for walking in (long pants and long sleeves are ideal to protect your skin from the sun), hat, sunscreen, sunglasses. On most day walks you will also bring a packed lunch.

Food

We will provide morning tea. Bring a packed lunch with you.

Transport

Transport from Melbourne to the start of the day walk is not included. We will provide details for where to meet and how to get there for each walk.

This walk includes

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Homemade morning tea

We’ll bake a cake to share and carry with us hot water, milk, tea and coffee for our morning break.

Professional guiding and support from local guides

We go the extra mile to make sure your tour will be memorable. We guide you on each walk, tell stories about the surroundings and make sure you return home feeling better than ever.

Day Walk FAQs

What is the average age of Inspiration Outdoors’ guests?

About 80% of our walkers are aged between 45 – 75. Our youngest guest has been about 35 and our oldest was 82. We get a roughly 60/40 female to male split.

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Are your walking tours just for “bushwalkers”?

Our walks are for anyone who enjoys walking and nature – bushwalkers or not. Our walks are conducted in safe, supportive and fun environments and you don’t need specialised equipment or experience to undertake them. We give you information about what you will need to bring and how you should prepare for each tour and we’re always here to answer any questions or concerns.

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Discover Melbourne’s walking trails with us

Enjoy some great social walks with locals and visitors to Melbourne. Enjoy a cuppa and delicious homemade cake for morning tea and bring a packed lunch to enjoy in nature. Return home feeling tired but refreshed after a day in the bush.

What people have said

Every detail was thought of while still allowing for a relaxed holiday. The walks were well structured with informative guides telling us about the wildflowers, trees, birds, history and whales! We walked mid September and it was magic. Just like walking through someone’s garden with magnificent views of the coast. The food provided is healthy, fresh and tasty. Guides were excellent and the group was full of likeminded people who got on well. Thank you!

Justine M, Cape to Cape Track 2019

Such a beautiful part of the world to be able to walk through and admire. I cannot praise our guides enough, in making this trip a wonderful experience. They felt like family but treated us like royalty from the moment we met. Every request was considered and where possible, achieved. The walk itself is very do-able, especially when carrying a day pack only. The food was amazing, the accommodation very comfortable and some little off-track side trips made this holiday more than just the walk itself. Inspiration Outdoors’ communication throughout the booking process and lead up to the trip was more than adequate. Thank you

Sheree W, Cape to Cape Track 2019

Pricing

$40 pp

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What are my payment options?

Payment can be made by:

  • Direct deposit
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Can I cancel my booking?

If you need to cancel your tour;

  • 85 days or more, you will be refunded all monies paid, less a $50 administration fee.
  • 42 to 84 days prior to departure, you will lose your deposit
  • 28 to 41 days: 25% of full tour cost
  • 14 to 27 days: 50% of full tour cost
  • less than 14 days: 100% of full tour cost, no refund

If you have any concerns about cancelling, please take out travel insurance covering this contingency. This policy will be adhered to despite the most compelling and compassionate circumstances.

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