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Outdoorsy activities to do in Melbourne?

I'm looking for outdoor adventures and activities to do during my trip to Melbourne this January. Any suggestions? 

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top answer by
Phillip from Caloundra

A must-do when visiting Melbourne is the Puffing Billy Railway a 2 foot narrow gauge steam railway in the Dandenong Ranges. Take the Belgrave Line train from the city and your swim trunks in the summer and allow a full day with lunch followed by a swim in Lake Emerald.

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answered first by
Michelle from Melbourne

Melbourne is a great walking city and there are loads of parks on the city fringe that make a great impromptu picnic spot. Also walking down by the river is very nice. There are public barbecues that you can use or, closer to the city itself, plenty of great cafes and bars. You might like to use the Melbourne bike hire and pedal off down the river. The Yarra Trail goes right from the inner city to the outer suburbs and you can always deviate from it to have a break, eat and drink. To get a feel for the local flora and fauna, you need to get out of town though. Some of the great walks (that won't take too long) are at Hanging Rock (about an hour's drive north of the city), the forest trails at Sassafras which will be very lush (although you'll need to keep up to date with any fire alerts. While Sugarloaf Reservoir is also a great spot to walk and have a picnic.

If you want to take a dip, there are some great pools - I'd recommend Prahran pool or Fitzroy Swimming Pool or you can head to one of the bay beaches at Kerferd Rd or St Kilda. The best beaches are to be found a fair drive from Melbourne - Bells Beach if you're a surfer for example is just over an hour's drive southwest of Melbourne. This is for serious surfers but there are plenty of other beaches nearby and, some great food. The other side of the bay is also terrific. I'd recommend the 'back beaches' at Sorrento and Portsea in particular. If you wanted to do a loop around the bay, there's a ferry that goes from Sorrento to Queenscliff.

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  2. Sugarloaf Reservoir (attraction)
  3. Prahran (city)
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  5. Kerferd Rd (attraction)
  6. St Kilda (city)
  7. Bells Beach (attraction)
  8. Sorrento (attraction)
  9. Portsea (attraction)
  10. Queenscliff (city)
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answered by
Doug from Victoria (Australia)

If you enjoy Mountain Biking, you can go to Lysterfield Lake where they have several kilometers of single trail.  Some of it is very easy and there are a couple of diamond areas.  You can rent decent bikes at Trailmix right at the lake.  Lots of kangaroos to see, particularly early in the morning.

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answered by
Matt from Gold Coast, Queensland

Take a kite surfing lesson down St Kilda, or I enjoy a morning jog starting in Melbourne city then towards (down) Clarendon St and jog a lap around Albert Park Lake and back for a coffee at a cafe that you spotted at the start of the jog. 

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Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne are world class. Also catch a game at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

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answered by
Christine and Jules - from Melbourne

Hey Drew! There's a lot of beautiful day trips around Melbourne for hiking and such. We did the 1000 steps carpark (not sure why it says carpark) which is a lovely hike in the Dandenong ranges. Afterwards definitely check out Miss Marples Tearoom for tea and some of their famous scones. We've also heard the You Yangs Regional Park are great for hiking, as well as Wilsons Promontory. If you want to feel like you're in nature, but stay in the city, don't miss the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne.

Check out our Melbourne bucket list if you want some more ideas/ descriptions of those areas. We're leaving in January so trying to squeeze everything in. Have fun, January is going to be beautiful!

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  3. You Yangs Regional Park (attraction)
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  5. Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne (attraction)
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answered by
Dennis from Kerpen

Grampians National Park is a bit to drive but great for hiking and rockclimbing. Or go to Sorrento and swim with the dolphins. Can't remember the name of the tour but you'll find it if you google.

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answered by
Danny from Paris

Couple of great things. Stand up paddle boarding on the bay. Hire RPS boards in Elwood Go to St Kilda to skydive and the beach in Melbourne

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answered by
David from Mornington, Victoria, Australia
Do You have any specific sport/activite as there is a few kite surfing companies down on St KildaSt Kilda Beach. Or best of all Adrenaline or Visit Victoria


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