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Walking & hiking

From rugged bush trails to spectacular coastal paths, the walks and hikes in the Geelong and Bellarine region are bound to inspire.

Bush walking

Head to the You Yangs and take a hike along one of its many spectacular bush trails. Make you way through a diverse landscape of towering eucalypts and sparse native shrubs, and spot koalas, kangaroos, echidnas and other wildlife along the way. 

Travel further north to the Brisbane Ranges National Park and choose from a range of inspiring walks through native bushland. Visit in spring to see Victoria's richest wildflower habitat and keep an eye out for the more than 170 birds that call the park home.

Take an ocean stroll

Whether you're in Point Lonsdale, St Leonards or Barwon Heads, you won't be disappointed by the number of breathtaking ocean walks on offer. Head along a network of walking tracks and take in the changing scenery, from windswept surf beaches to rocky coastal outcrops.

Bellarine Rail Trail

Ride the full 32-kilometre rail trail taking in the changing landscapes of the peninsula or choose a section to walk that's close to home. Take a detour out to local wineries and quaint country cafes as you go or reward yourself with a treat once you've finished your journey.

Up the Barwon River

Walk up to the mouth of the Barwon River, from Barwon Heads or Ocean Grove, and find secluded swimming and fishing spots along the way.  Or from Geelong, pack your lunch and head the opposite way. Follow the river through some great local parks, past Buckley Falls, and into Lake Connewarre and explore different walking trails as you go.

From wet to dry

Drive to Blue Waters Lake and the Begola Wetlands, two major inland water features, and find walking trails that pass through a wetland environment teeming with busy birdlife. Alternatively, take some time to explore Steiglitz, a former 1850s gold-mining town and choose from a number of interesting nearby bush walks.

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Walking & hiking

Geelong & the Bellarine

National parks & reserves

You Yangs Regional Park

The distinctive granite peaks of the You Yangs rise from the flat volcanic plains between Melbourne and Geelong. The You Yangs is a fantastic park...


Bellarine Rail Trail

Discover the Bellarine Peninsula, cycling along the old railway line from bustling Geelong past wildflowers and native birdlife to Queenscliff.

National parks & reserves

Serendip Sanctuary

The sanctuary, an excellent example of the open grassy woodlands and wetlands of the volcanic Western Plains, is the perfect place to learn about and...

National parks & reserves

Brisbane Ranges National Park

Little more than an hour's drive from Melbourne takes you to the state's richest wildflower habitat. Set in a low range of mountains dissected by...

National parks & reserves

Steiglitz Historic Park

Situated between Geelong and Ballarat, Steiglitz is almost a ghost town today but in the 1860s and 1890s it was a busy goldmining township with...

Beaches & coastlines

Thirteenth Beach

Grab your board or walking shoes and hit this popular surf beach, suitable for both learner and advanced surfers, and perfect for a refreshing stroll.


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