From tropical rainforests to rugged mountains and golden beaches, Australia has it all. Gifted with such beautiful landscapes, Australia is hiking paradise and here is a list of some of our top hikes. These range from half day to more than a week’s hikes. Take a look and tell us your favourites.
Multi Day Treks
- Overland Track, Tasmania
This 65 kilometre trek from Cradle Mountain to Lake St. Clair is in the heart of Tasmania’s World Heritage listed wilderness. Walk the entire overland trek in six days and experience some ever changing and truly spectacular landscapes including vast alpine moors and dramatic mountain passes, dense mossy rainforest and majestic eucalypt woodlands. Experience the climb to Tasmania’s highest peak Mt. Ossa.
- Larapinta Trail, Northern Territory
This 223 kilometres long Larapinta Trail begins at the old Alice Springs Telegraph Station and meanders along the arid West Macdonnell Ranges through many gaps and sheltered gorges, climbing steeply over the rugged ranges, with numerous stunning views along the way. This exciting long distance walking track is divided into 12 sections, each a 1-2day walk. You can tailor your walking experience choosing section of your interest and time you want to spend on the Trail.
- Great Ocean Walk, Victoria
The Great Ocean walk is over 100 kms extending east to west, between Apollo Bay and the iconic Twelve Apostles near Princetown. The difficulty of trek increases along the walk becoming more challenging when reaching the rugged terrain through Ryans Den. The walk passes through Otway National Park with Parks Victoria providing seven hike-in-campsites. The walk is estimated to be completed in seven to eight days. During high tides, some section of the trek can be dangerous or impassable.
- Six Foot Track, New South Wales
This 45 kms long trek begins at the Explorer’s Tree on the great Western Highway between Katoomba and Medlow Bath and ends up at Jenolan Caves. Here in the valley the track passes through the historical site of the abandoned shale mining Megalong Village and continues on through farmland past the Megalong Cemetery. The track is best walked in spring or autumn and is estimated to complete in three days, however, you can take halts.
- Cape to Cape Walk, Western Australia
Take a superb coastal hiking in Western Australia’s Margaret River region, one of the longest coastal walk in Australia which is 135kms long. There are several inland forays which take in some lovely sheltered woodland sections as well as the magnificent Boranup Forest of towering karri. The whole trip is expected to be completed in ten days but multiple vehicle access points allow the Cape to Cape Track to be completed in smaller segments. Various camping areas are also available along the way for trek walkers.
- Kosciuszko Walk, New South Wales
The Mt. Kosciuszko Summit Walk from Charlottes Pass is a 9 km scenic route that follows the Old Summit road to the top of Mount Kosciuszko and takes you through attractions such as Snowy river, Seaman’s Hut and Rawson Pass. This multi-use trek is famous with bushwalkers and bike riders. You can return via the 12km Main Range Track to Mount Carruthers and Blue Lake taking in the spectacular views overlooking the Bogong Peaks Wilderness and the Australian Alps. The round trip should take you about six hours.
- Kings Canyon Rim Walk, Northern Territory
The Kings Canyon Rim Walk allows you to peer over sheer sandstone cliffs into the shadowy depths of the gorge, 150m below. Its also offers 400-year-old cycads, a mini-Purnululu of striped sand domes and an oasis called the Garden of Eden which has a permanent waterhole and, after winter rains, waterfalls. This is by far the most impressive walk associated with the Kings Canyon. The sheer height of these cliffs is 270m and allows a view of impressive weathered formations that resembles the remains of an Aztec City, earning them the apt name Lost City.
- Dove Lake Circuit, Cradle Mountain National Park
One of the best known walks of Tasmania, the Dove Lake walk is also one of the easiest and short walk in the Cradle Mountain region. At just 6km the flat gravel and duckboard track is very easy going, letting you view the jagged peak of Cradle Mountain which looms above the track, while ancient rainforest and alpine heathlands, buttongrass and stands of colourful deciduous beech provide a range of environment to explore.
- Binna Burra to Green Mountains (O’Reilly’s), Queensland
Binna Burra and O’Reilly’s are a part of the ‘Great Walk’ which can be completed in 6-7 hours situated in the Green Mountains section of the Lamington National Park. The border track passes through stands of Atlantic Beech forest, subtropical and cool-temperate rainforest and along with rim of the Tweed Valley volcanic erosion caldera. This 23 kilometres walk can be done in six to seven hours in either direction, independently or by using transport transfer provided by O’Reilly’s.
- Manly to the Spit Bridge
Our only city walk in this list, this lovely 10km walk starts from Manly Wharf and winds along the shoreline paths of Manly Cove and North Harbour to the natural bushland and scenic views of Dobroyd Head, part of the Sydney Harbour National Park. Then along the shores of Middle Harbour via Clontarf Beach to the Spit Bridge, Mosman, where you can catch a bus back to Sydney CBD if needed. There are numerous things to see and do along the way; like swimming at one of the many beaches along the way, exploring the Aboriginal rock carvings at Grotto Point, even whale watching in season, as well as learning about Sydney’s rich colonial history.
One Day Treks
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