When it comes to hiking destinations, Australia really is spoilt for choice. Whether
you’re looking for an intense hike or a leisurely stroll, there is a wide range
of options suited to entice walkers of all aims, levels and abilities. Here,
we’ve taken a look at the 15 best hiking destinations in Australia to set you on
1. Larapinta Trail, Northern Territory
Located in the West MacDonnell Range, the Larapinta Trail is a challenging 16-20 day
trek that covers 223km of bleak yet beautiful scenery. This is a hike that definitely
isn’t for beginners, and walking during the cooler months from April to September
is highly recommended.
Food drops and rest days are required to complete the hike, and while the hike is
hard, it is one way with relatively good access at both entrance points. For hikers
willing to take on the challenge, the reward in the form of jaw-dropping, unique
scenery is one that’s well worth the effort.
2. Bay of Fires
Lodge Walk, Tasmania
The Bay of Fires Lodge Walk, covering a patch of coastline at the edge of Mount
William National Park in north-eastern Tasmania, is an idyllic hike that takes you
through scenery that appears to be untouched for thousands of years. Rocky headlines
and a pristine stretch of pure water provide a dramatic backdrop to your hike, and
gives you the opportunity to explore caves and beaches with perfect, soft white sand.
Anytime from October to May is the best time of year to enjoy this dramatic hike, and
experience some of the most glorious natural scenery and spectacular views that
Australia’s southernmost state has to offer visitors.
3. Cradle Mountain Huts Walk, Tasmania
The Bay of Fires is not the only region of Tassie that has the potential for some
Cradle Mountain, one of Australia’s most spectacular World
Heritage Areas, offers two hiking options – a challenging six day course or a
shorter, easier four day walk for hikers who have a little less time on their hands.
During both of these options you will have the opportunity to wander through ancient
rainforests that seem frozen in time past waterfalls and over boundless grass plains
that will do great things for your sense of wellbeing.
4. Scenic Rim Trail, Queensland
South East Queensland’s Main Range National Park is best explored through the
four day Scenic Rim Trail which showcases the unique wildlife and vegetation of this
part of Australia. Discover stories, rituals and traditions of the indigenous
inhabitants of the region while you walk through ancient volcanic plateaus, mountains,
ridges, escarpments and forests.
This is one part of Australia that definitely
isn’t explored as much as it should be, and provides a restful yet enlightening
spiritual experience for anyone looking to see how the natural living environment
connects with the local indigenous people. Definitely a must-walk if you ever find
yourself in South East Queensland.
5. The Arkaba Walk, South Australia
A guided four day walk that traverses South Australia’s ancient, iconic
Flinders Ranges, The Arkaba Walk is the perfect hike to explore this unique part of the
country. This experience will have you seeing iconic Australian wildlife like
kangaroos, wallaroos and emus, as well as rich, spectacular Outback scenery.
terrain reflects over 600 years of geological history and also is a part of recent
history. Hiking through the terrain will give you a renewed respect for the pioneers
who settled in this part of the country, which is harsh yet undoubtedly beautiful. Camp
under endless starry skies and enjoy this unique, strangely touching part of the
6. Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk, Victoria
The Twelve Apostles Lodge walk is a trail alive with native bushland and wildlife,
taking you through a variety of landscapes along the spectacular coastline between
Apollo Bay and the iconic Twelve Apostles.
From cool-climate rainforests to coastal
cliff tops and even remote beaches that seem lost to time, the Twelve Apostles Lodge
Walk has something to offer every hiker. Witness Australia’s iconic wildlife like
wallabies, koalas and fur seals and see some wildlife that you’ll see nowhere
else in the world. The Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk is a sedate, easy way to visit some
of the sites that often get missed when someone drives hastily through the Great Ocean
7. The Maria Island Walk, Tasmania
If tranquil, unspoilt beauty is something you’re interested in then you
can’t do much better than the Maria Island Walk in Tasmania’s Maria Island
National Park. J
ust a few kilometres off Tasmania’s east coast, this walk blends
spectacular coastlines with rare wildlife and a look into Australia’s unique
convict history. A must-do if you’re ever in that part of the
8. Freycinet Experience Walk, Tasmania
Another beautiful Tasmanian hike, the Freycinet Experience Walk is a four day hike
that takes you straight through the Hazard Mountains (renowned for their pink granite)
and the rich coast forests of Wineglass Bay.
While you’re hiking the Freycinet
Experience Walk you will be able to discover some rich, rarely explored corners of this
spectacular part of the world.
9. Fraser Island Great Walk, Queensland
The Fraser Island Great Walk is a five to seven day trek covering 84 kilometres,
which serves as a perfect introduction to this part of the world.
relatively easy trek, although walking during the colder months of the year from April
to September is generally recommended and you will be required to take out camping
permits for wherever you stop during the trek.
10. South Coast Track, Tasmania
Yet another amazing coastal hike to take if you’re visiting Tasmania, the
South Coast Track generally takes from six to nine days to complete and spans a
distance of 85 kilometres.
It’s generally regarded to be a track with a medium
difficulty level, and is easy accessible via public transport, but it is recommended
that you complete the trek during the warmer months of the year.
11. Cape to Cape Track, Western Australia
If you ever find yourself on the West Coast of Australia, you owe it to yourself to
attempt the Cape to Cape Track which spans some spectacular scenery unique to that part
of the world.
Water is a little hard to find on the track, but the trek is relatively
easy and should take you anywhere from six to eight days to complete.
12. Western Arthur Range Traverse, Tasmania
The Western Arthur Range Traverse is located in Southwest Tasmania and provides one
of the more difficult routes mentioned on the list.
It’s recommended you make the
walk during summer as it follows a steep and tricky route that spans 75 kilometres and
generally takes about eight to 11 days to complete.
13. Wilderness Coast Walk, Victoria to NSW
What better way to explore the Eastern coast of Australia than to embark upon the
Wilderness Coast Walk?
While you will need to get a permit in advance to take this
route, the reward is some beautiful, jaw-dropping scenery over four to five days of
hiking with a moderate difficulty.
14. Australian Alps Walking Track, Victoria/NSW/ACT
This is one route that is not for the faint of heart. The Australian Alps Walking
Tracks takes hikers from the high country of ACT, NSW and Victoria over 655 kilometres
of sometimes-brutal terrain, and generally takes 45-60 days of difficult hiking to
The rewards including the scenery and sense of accomplishment are well worth
the effort though.
15. Thorsborne Trail, Queensland
If you ever find yourself in Hinchinbrook Island in Far North Queensland, you owe it
to yourself to attempt the Thorsborne Trail. This four to five day hike has a moderate
difficulty but rewards you with some spectacular scenery.
Please be aware though that
if attempting the hike you will have to book in advance.
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