Take your pick of 14 beautiful, dedicated walking trails mapped out around the Loddon Valley, from short town meanders to all-day hikes.
Spring is the ideal time for bushwalking, when the region’s State and National Parks put on a show. Among the forests, plains, river flats, wetlands and granite outcrops of the Loddon Valley, more than 300 fauna species thrive. That includes 70 different orchids and 80 different daisies. Travel the valley at walking pace and you’ll have a good chance of spotting them.
Make like a bushranger and go hiking up Mount Kooyoora, colloquially known as Melville’s Caves after the outlaw Captain Melville, who was rumoured to have hidden out here among the mountain’s crags and cracks. There’s a wonderful bird’s eye view of forest and farmland from the summit.
Find evidence of Indigenous occupation as you walk the valley. At Kooyoora rock wells and scar trees endure and the walking path around Little Lake Boort passes some of the last remaining canoe trees in the country.
Walking tracks and trails feature in Boort, Bridgewater, Inglewood, Laanecoorie, Pyramid Hill, Serpentine, Tarnagulla and Wedderburn.
All mapped out tracks are available in physical copy from the Loddon Visitor Information Centre.
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