• Dandenong Ranges. Parks Vic
    Dandenong Ranges. Parks Vic

Wild weather in Victoria in recent weeks and months has meant a number of the state's popular walking trails and parks are set to be out-of-action for months.

With the warm weather and the summer holidays quickly approaching, more than 10 of Victoria's most popular parks and reserves are suffering closures from storm damage.

Nine News reports that Parks Victoria has advised some are set to be closed from visitors into 2022, while several have already been closed since a storm in June.

Dandenong Ranges The 1000 Steps trail in Dandenong Ranges National Park, which Parks Victoria has dubbed to probably be Melbourne's most popular bushwalk, will not be abled to be used until sometime next year.

It has already been closed since June 9 when a storm caused "extensive damage" to the trail, according to Parks Victoria, with trees ripped out of the ground and railing and concrete stairs torn up.

Mornington Peninsula The wild storms in October have led to Arthur's Seat State Park in the Mornington Peninsula being closed indefinitely. While Mornington Peninsula National Park and Point Nepean National Park are open, a number of sites and walking tracks are out of action due to storm damage.

The October storms worsened damage at sites in the Macedon Ranges that were already recovering from the June storms.
There are closures at:

  • Macedon Regional Park - Walking track between Bawden Road and the Memorial Cross Reserve - Hoods Track - Francis Track - Link 1 Track - Link 2 Track
  • Coliban River Scenic Reserve (Trentham Falls) - Whole site closure including the toilet block and entrance to Trentham Falls
  • Hepburn Regional Park - Goldfields Track (from Telegraph Road to the Midland Highway) - Vehicle tracks south of the Midland Highway (except Old Tom Track)

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