NEED a time-out from footy talk and skinny lattes? There are a bunch of great off-road tracks not too far from Melbourne CBD.
In fact, Lerderberg State Park is only 70-odd kilometres away from the city and makes for a great afternoon trip. Stretch your legs a big further and the Otways and Grampians NP make for great weekend destinations.
We’ve only listed a handful, so let us know of the ones we’ve missed in the comments section below.
4x4 tracks close to Melbourne
Alpine National Park
Location: 400km northeast of Melbourne
This immense 6474km² national park sprawls across central and north-east Victoria.
Location: 200km southwest of Melbourne
Not much more than an hour from Melbourne, via the world famous Great Ocean Road, you’ll find the Otways.
Grampians National Park
Location: 260km west of Melbourne
Lerderderg State Park
Location: 70km northwest of Melbourne
This 201.8km² state park is popular with off-road tourers, campers, anglers, rock-climbers and bushwalkers.
Little Desert National Park
Location: 340km northwest of Melbourne
The 1326km² park has a fantastic mix of sandy desert terrain and huge river red gums beside the Wimmera.