Victoria has 36 National Parks, covering 26,000 km², or about 10% of the state's area. To soak up some of the state's most beautiful landscapes and richest environments, be sure to check out at least a few of these National Parks during your time in Victoria.
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The Grampians National Park offer rugged, breathtaking scenery. Located four hours west of Melbourne, the Grampians are well worth a prolonged stay. Enjoy great bushwalking tracks, rock climbing and fishing, or see some ancient Aboriginal rock art.
Wilsons Promontory National Park, colloquially known as the Prom, is situated at the southernmost tip of mainland Australia. It is home to a vast wilderness area that's a popular destination for short and long bushwalks. If bushwalks aren't your thing, you can also opt to stay at the main camp ground and enjoy some of the beautiful beaches and wildlife nearby.
Mornington Peninsula National Park is a popular destination for locals and visitors alike. Located about an hour's drive south of Melbourne, the peninsula boasts some excellent beaches for swimming and surfing. If you don't mind a crowd, summer's a perfect time to visit Mornington.
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If you have Victoria on your itinerary, then chances are you're already planning to visit Port Campbell National Park. The Twelve Apostles are one of the state's most iconic attractions, and the Great Ocean Road is an impressive coastal drive leading from Torquay to Warrnambool. In addition to the beautiful coast line and stunning rock formations, Port Campbell National Park is a rich habitat for native flora and fauna.
Also along the Great Ocean Road is Otway National Park, featuring cool temperate rainforest. While much of the park is inaccessible, there are several places where you can enjoy its natural riches: at Maits Rest, a short, easy walk through the rainforest near Apollo Bay; the Otway Fly, a tree-tops walk that will set you back about $20AUD but is well worth the price; and the Cape Otway Lightstation, mainland Australia's oldest surviving lightstation, affording incredible views of the coast and a dip into Victoria's past.
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