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Victoria is the smallest of the mainland states. While the smallest, in many ways it is one of the more interesting as it contains a wide range of diverse scenery. This is due to the mixed geology of the state.
The best known walking area is Wilsons Promontory. This is the large peninsula thats extends south into Bass Strait. It is the most southern point of the Australian Mainland and there are two circuit walks. The southern circuit can be done in 3 or 4 days while the less known and harder northern circuit takes 3 days.
The next best known walking area are the Victorian Alps and covers about 20% of the state. This is the main mountain range that starts north-east of Melbourne and heads north-east towards Canberra. The alps are covered with eucalypt forest with the highest points being just above the treeline. This extensive forest of 100m plus tall hardwood trees was very attractive for logging and an extensive network of roads and vehicle tracks criss-cross the alps. While the logging is not always attractive, the road system has provided vehicle access to most areas. The result for bushwlkers is that there are a huge variety of two and 3 days walks that can be tackled and bushwalkers are widely dispersed across the region. The Bogong High Plains contains 10 of the 11 highest peaks in the state and is a popular walking area. Much of the are is a high plateau covered with grass and patches of snowgum forest and a network of walking tracks. The most popular are Mt Bogong, the states highest peak and Mt Feathertop, the states second highest peak.
Linkiing all of the alps is the 768km long Australian Alps Walking Track (AAWT). This runs from Walhalla, east of Melbourne through the alps into New South Wales and Canberra. It varies from well-marked track to poorly defined pads. On the southern side of the alps there is the 210-km long McMillans Track, it is very similar to the AAWT except that is has more river crossings.
Other popular walking areas are the Grampian Ranges in the west, the Great Dividing Trail/Goldfields Trail which links Ballarat to Bendigo and the Great South West Walk in the south-west corner of the state.

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Last updated : May 22nd 2021