For those of us who spent 2020 in lockdown, I feel your pain. We've all lived through a once in a lifetime pandemic and personally, my home town of Melbourne experienced some of the strictest lockdowns in the World. Having an 8PM curfew, only 1 person per household permitted outside to allowable travel only within 5KM's of home, the 3 months in lockdown really taught me to appreciate the simple things in life, and this served as the inspiration behind our latest limited streetwear campaign. From Korean BBQ at my local Mrs Kim's with friends to something as simple as appreciating the great outdoors and everything that comes with it. Being a bit of a preppy city boy, who has never experienced hard labour and not once hiked in my life (I feel like it's a stupid activity), I promised myself after lockdown that I wanted to get out more and enjoy what nature has to offer and see what the hype is about. After much research and asking around, here are the must try places to hike, walk or enjoy the outdoors in Victoria...
1. Werribee Gorge State Park
"Where the hell is Werribee?" I initially asked when a colleague recommended this. The answer is, it's far, but it offers a plethora of hiking opportunities with some breathtaking views. Cue standard instagram shot from behind of me standing on rocks overlooking the panoramic view. I've been recommended to take the 8.5KM hike which takes about 3.5 hours to complete!
2. Albert Park Lake
I'm not going to lie, I've been here quite regularly and it's the closest running track to my place in Malvern, with a 5KM track around a scenic lake and city backdrop. The upside of this is that next to the Formula 1 pits, lie a bunch of basketball courts and outdoor futsal street courts which my mates and I used to frequent during the evenings. It's good for quick and easy central photoshoots too!
3. Macedon Ranges
"That sounds really far..." and again, yes it is, being an 81.1KM or 1 hour and 5 minute drive from my place, but the person who recommended this to me promised me "...a variety of eucalyptus and spring wildflowers. Glimpse popular wildlife like grey kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas and hundreds of species of birds". I was sold at wallabies but the views are kind of okay too I guess.
4. Gardiners Creek Reserve
This is for a quick - get in and out style walk, being in the heart of the burbs of Box Hill. Whilst nothing overly special, it offers a chance to enjoy the scenery and greenery at any time during the week, as well as a chance to grab a quick bite or boba at Box Hill Central right after.
5. Erskine River Track, Great Otway National Park
I'm sorry TLC, but I'm going to chase Waterfalls with this selection (God, what an awful dad joke). This boasts some of the best natural water features in the state including the 30 meter tall Erskine Falls. The ferns and rainforest atmosphere are a nice touch and I can imagine myself getting lost and forgetting I'm in Melbourne for a moment!