Top Outdoor Experiences Around Regional Victoria

There’s something in the air right now! And it isn’t the sweet smell of jasmine. 

Lockdowns are over and the people of Victoria are free to travel to their heart’s content. It’s clear though, that many are seeking experiences that are outdoors; just to be on the safe side.

To help you out, we have put together a list of some of our favourite outdoor experiences from across the state.

Guided Rainforest and Mindfulness Tour
Healesville #onehourout

Tours Yarra ValleyThis 3-hour tour will be your time to slow down, connect to your senses and deepen your relationship with the forest ecology. The walk is a moderate grade (mostly flat with some short climbs and steps) and 3kms in total. Your facilitator will guide you through mindfulness-based practices, share stories of the landscape and elucidate relationships between forests and human wellbeing. This is a great one to get kids out in nature as children under 12 are free (limited to two kids per adult).

Check out this tour here.

Otway Fly
Ferguson #twoandahalfhoursout

Great Ocean Road ExperiencesThe rainforest treetop walk at Otway Fly is a fantastic nature-based adventure for every family member. The 600 metre-long, 30 metre-high elevated walkway provides unrivalled views of the unique beauty of the region’s flora and fauna, from the rainforest floor up to the soaring heights of the treetops. There’s also a 47-metre tall spiral tower and cantilever perched above Young’s Creek – a truly exhilarating experience as you gently sway with the rainforest canopy. The more adventurous will want to zip through the leafy treetops of the Otway Ranges on the Zipline Tour.

Thanks to the visitors centre, retail shop and cafe, you could practically stay all day.

Find out more here.

Tour, Taste & Educate
Dixons Creek #onehourout

Things to do Yarra ValleyThis edible forest tour is nothing like you would have experienced before — over 300 plus plants that are grown either for nourishment or medicinal purposes; planted within a one-acre forest garden. You will be guided by one of the team who lovingly created the space and learn the health benefits and reasons why individual plants were selected. Meander through the six different areas including tea, wetlands, bush tucker, sensory, berry and woodlands.

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Daylesford Longhouse Farm Tour
Elevated Plains #onehourout

Farm Tour MelbourneYou begin this tour by charting the Longhouse journey from inception till today and will be taken through the architectural commissioned structure and features. You will then be taken on a guided tour of the farm to learn about the farming principles and sustainability features, from water-harvesting to composting. The tour includes a chance to meet a broad array of farm animals from dairy cows to goats and pigs and ends with a Longhouse-made treat and light refreshments.

Book the tour here.

Art in the Vines – Sculpture Exhibition
Newham #onehourout

Sculpture Exhibition MelbourneHead to Hanging Rock Winery to experience over twenty-five renowned local and national artists exhibiting mesmerising sculptures. The venue has fast established itself as the home of sculpture in the Macedon Ranges and one of the biggest sculpture exhibitions in the state. You can even book a guided wine tasting then walk the sculpture trail before relaxing with a generous cheeseboard while taking in the Macedon Ranges’ most iconic vista.

Details and booking here.

Wicking Bed Workshop
Dromana #onehourout

Workshops Mornington PeninsulaIn this hands-on one-hour workshop, you will be taken through the steps to create your own wicking bed at home. Wicking beds are a wonderful way to grow vegetables because they are self-contained and extremely water efficient. They’re ideal for locations where plants can not be watered every day, even in the height of our summers. After the workshop, you’ll enjoy a delicious snack from the Torello Farm kitchen and a cuppa with others in the group.

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Mansfield Bush Walks

Bush Walks High County
© Joseph Barrientos

Mansfield Bushwalks offer a range of guided ‘pack~free’ short walking tours, ideal for all fitness levels and all age groups. With the convenience of local pickup and drop-off, their walks are a great way to spend a few hours or the whole day connecting with nature and discovering breathtaking scenery. There are various packages to choose from that include introductory walks to others that suit the more adventurous.

Head here for all the details.

Phillip Island Penguin Parade
Ventnor #twohoursout

Phillip Island Penguin ParadeWhen was the last time you visited the largest little penguin colony in the world? Maybe it’s time to head back to the Phillip Island Penguin Parade to experience the magic of watching these amazing seabirds waddle home from the ocean to their burrows any night of the year from viewing platforms and boardwalks. You can explore the boardwalks and see the penguins in their colony with their partners and chicks. While you’re in the area why not check out the Koala Conservation Reserve and wander the tree-top boardwalks to watch koalas up close in their natural habitat.

More details here.

Alpine Trout Farm
Noojee #twohoursout

Trout Farm MelbourneA great family adventure is had when you get to catch a fish to cook yourself. At the farm, you can catch trout or salmon and then fire up the bbq facilities to cook up your catch or take it home if you’d prefer. The farm is open at weekends, on public and school holidays and they will supply you with what you need to get fishing. Make a full day of it and take in the Rokeby to Neerim Trail while you are there.

Find out more here.

Warrook Farm
Monomeith #oneandahalfhoursout

Farm Tour MelbourneTake a ‘hop on, hop off’ scenic wagon ride through the Australian bush with your Aussie Farmer Guide on this farm tour surrounded by historic farm buildings, wildlife and wonderful eucalypt and pepper trees. The farm tour includes cow milking, petting pens, whip cracking, sheepdog demonstrations and sheep shearing. There’s also a fauna park showcasing Australian native animals such as kangaroos, wombats and emus.

Head here for the details.

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