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6 SECRET HIKES AROUND MELBOURNE
01. Post-work work-out YARRA BEND PARK 500M/20MIN
Thousands of grey-headed flying foxes flock above the city en masse at sunset but little is known about where they actually call home. Welcome to Bat HQ, about eight kilometres from the CBD at Yarra Bend Park, where keen walkers take to the Bat Colony Nature Trail to spot the creatures – also called fruit bats – hanging upside down on trees around the Bellbird Picnic Area. The fruit bats were relocated from Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens 16 years ago to stop them destroying the plants. 02. A slice of history WARRANDYTE STATE PARK 3KM/1HR There’s gold in them thar hills and you might just find some on this nearly forgotten walk through Warrandyte State Park. Or maybe not – after all, it has been more than 160 years since pioneers first mined the area when Louis John Michael discovered gold there in 1851, sparking the great Victorian gold rush. Located about 30 kilometres north-east from Melbourne’s CBD, the Gold Heritage Walk loops back to its starting point at Whipstick Gully car park and takes you past disused huts and historic mining sites.
YARRA BEND PARK (@MODERNBUSHWALKER)
—There are kilometres of gorgeous walking tracks around Melbourne but some are so tucked away, even the locals don’t know they exist. Lace up your hiking boots and get set to tackle these trails next—
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