From road trips to secret beaches, day hikes and sunset sails: Alissa Jenkins gives a rundown on hot activities to keep you on the go in VIC this summer.
Enjoy the outdoors
01. Lie back and enjoy the outdoor cinema at Falls Creek this summer.
02. Channel the Man from Snowy River with a horse riding tour in Victoria’s High Country, through the Bogong High Plains and surrounding national parks. Rides range from an hour and a half through to five-day camping trips and cater for various riding abilities.
03. Beat the heat among the ancient trees at Melba Gully in the Otways, and return at night to see the resident glow-worms in action.
04. Take a scenic bike ride along one of Australia’s best bike tracks – the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail. Flat, sealed and passing many local food producers, it’s suitable for a range of fitness levels and ages.
05. Enjoy balmy summer nights at one of Melbourne’s many outdoor bars, such as Riverland bar on the Yarra.

Take to the water
. Take a scenic 40-minute ferry ride from Queenscliff to Sorrento, or vice versa, linking two of Victoria’s magnificent coastal regions: the Bellarine Peninsula and Mornington Peninsula. The daily ferry service with Searoad Ferries transports both passengers and cars so you can get out and explore at your own pace before jumping back on board.
07. Swim with dolphins and seals within the southern reaches of Port Phillip Bay, an area renowned for unique sea life.
08. Drive the Great Ocean Road and learn to surf along the way. Once you’ve mastered the art, you can test your skills at Bells Beach near Torquay – home of the Rip Curl Pro Surf Tour.
09. Fish to your heart’s content on the Grampians’ many waterways, such as Lake Wartook, Lake Fyans and Rocklands. It’s a freshwater fisherman’s paradise, with the region home to brown and rainbow trout, redfin, Murray cod and silver perch, among other species.
10. Hire a houseboat on the renowned Murray River as it flows through northern Victoria. Stop off and explore the townships along the way from Corryong to Mildura, or enjoy fishing, swimming or canoeing from the boat.

Top 3 day walks
11. The Dandenong Ranges Tourist Track is a 17km stroll past cool creeks, gullies and eucalypt-covered ridges, graded moderate to easy. It can be undertaken from either direction, starting from the townships of Sassafras or Emerald, and can be broken up into shorter sections by stopping at picnic areas along the way.
12. A new walk to try in Mount Hotham this summer is the Huts Walk, which opened in April. It links three of Hotham’s historic huts – Spargo’s, Derrick and Silver Brumby – and encompasses a range of landscapes such as shady forests, damp gullies and waterfalls.
13. The Camel Pad Track through Hattah-Kulkyne National Park follows the route used by camel riders to transport salt from Sunset Country to the Murray River over 100 years ago. It is a gentle 10km walk from Hattah General Store to Lake Mournpall campground, and is abundant with wildlife, especially native birds.

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