Whether you’re someone who enjoys hiking in the cooler months or warmer months, one thing is for certain – Marysville is a popular location for many outdoor pursuits including hiking and camping.
This “listicle” is designed to give you a brief overview of some of the most popular and underrated walks in the area that we believe would cater for most adventure enthusiasts whether you be a beginner hiker or someone who is a little more experienced.
Regardless, we reckon the ones we have included are some of the must-do hikes in the Marysville area.
Keppel Lookout via Steavenson Falls Trail – 15kms
This Marysville hiking trail would have to be the most popular, most accessible and most searched hike in the entire area.
Taking in Steavenson Falls – arguably the most popular tourist attraction in town – and Keppel Lookout itself, this near-on 15km walk weaves its way through some beautiful scenery offering views of the wider Marysville region, as well as the Cathedral Ranges in the distance.
There are a number of locations you can begin this hike from, but we would recommend the Steavenson Falls car park.
To find out more about this adventure, click here.
Tree Fern Gully Trail – 9kms
Forming part of the aforementioned Keppel Lookout via Steavenson Falls trail, the Tree Fern Gully Trail is a solid little hike starting from the heart of town at Gallipoli Park.
Just shy of 9kms, it follows a steady bushland path along the Steavenson River as you make your way to the falls and back.
The great thing about the falls themselves is that it has two handy viewing platforms – upper and lower – for you to view this impressive waterfall from.
To read more about the Tree Fern Gully Trail, click here.
The Cumberland Track – 4kms
Very much an underrated, and not very well-known track in the greater Marysville region, the Cumberland Track is ideal for those looking for a short walk but without any crowds.
An easy 4kms, this trail includes two really nice waterfalls – Cora Lynn and Cumberland Falls – and winds its way through bushland and rainforest terrain.
It is worth noting that as it’s not often walked along, you may find you’re contending with fallen branches and a slightly overgrown path in certain sections.
You can read more about the Cumberland Track here.
Lake Mountain Day Loop Walk – 14kms
Located at the Lake Mountain Alpine Resort, the loop walk consists of a maze of tracks that can really be done any which way you like.
Starting from the resort car park, the trail follows several of the ski fields accessible for walkers outside of the snow season and takes in some amazing views along the way.
Whilst the picturesque scenery is evident every step of the way, you are constantly reminded of the Black Saturday fires of 2009 via the dead trees that litter the area.
A decent walk for those comfortable with navigating their way through a maze of trails, you can read more about this Marysville hiking trail here.
Keppel Hut Return Trail via Lake Mountain – 14km
Another genuinely interesting hike in the Lake Mountain area, the Keppel Hut Return Trail makes it away along the highest point in the Yarra Ranges.
Starting at the Lake M0untain Alpine Resort car park, and best-suited outside of snow season, you’ll make your way directly north-west/west along well-formed ski field paths before arriving at a much narrower path heading towards the hut.
Whether you’re staying for a few hours or overnight, the Keppel Hut area is a great spot with plenty of room to either sit down for something to eat or pitch your tent before heading back the following day.
If you’re not a fan of crowds and have some bushwalking experience, then this Marysville hiking trail might be for you.
Are There Any Other Marysville Hiking Trails To Explore?
These are Grade 4 & Grade 5 adventures respectively, so be sure to consider your current bushwalking experience before attempting either.