Best Hiking Trails In Australia [Top10)

Best Hiking Trails In Australia [Top10)


Post Last Modified – May 17, 2020

Top 10 Best Hiking Trails In Australia

A closer look at some of the Best Hiking in Australia. This country is the perfect setting for hiking enthusiasts.  There are beautiful landscapes and natural wonders pretty much anywhere you turn in Australia.  Most of the standard trails require more than one day to complete, but you can always cut them into shorter hikes or make it a backpacking holiday!

The 10 Best Australian Hikes

 

The Tasmanian Trail

Best Hiking Trails In Australia #1

This is a long distance trail that runs 460 km from Devenport to Dover in Tasmania. It has 15 sections and each ends at a town or a campsite so these sections can be hiked separately. One takes about 2 to 3 days. This track passes right through national parks, reserves and state forests.

There are many scenic outlooks including the Great Lakes region, Great Western Tiers, Arthurs Lake, Bronte Park, the Dervent River and the mighty Huon River where you can walk over a suspended bridge among the treetops and see the living world from the bird’s view.

The Great Ocean Walk

Best Hiking Trails In Australia #2

This trail is located 200 km from Melbourne, on the south-west coast. It is 104 km long and stretches from Apollo Bay to The Twelve Apostles. This is probably one of the most beautiful trails in Australia as it runs along sandy beaches and high cliffs overlooking the ocean.

There is plenty of wildlife to see along the way, including koalas, kangaroos, kookaburras and wombats. Accommodation ranges from basic campsites to modern lodges.

Don’t skip the Otways where you can see dinosaur fossils, shipwrecks and the lighthouse!

The Blue Mountains Trails

Best Hiking Trails In Australia #3

The Blue Mountains are just an hour and a half outside of Sydney and there is a wide variety of hiking tracks you can explore. Regular Blue Mountain tours should not miss the hike from Echo Point to Katoomba Falls which will let you see the spectacular Three Sisters rock formation.

You can also walk along Rhododendron gardens and Blue Gum forest to see waterfalls.

There are many trails here you can walk easily in a day.

Whitsunday Great Walk

Best Hiking Trails In Australia #4

This is another gorgeous hike running 30km through the subtropical national park on the Whitsunday Islands. It stretches from Brandy Creek through Convay State Forest and ends at Airlie Beach. If you ever wanted to take a stroll through a tropical paradise, look no further.

You will see beautiful palms, tulip oaks, colorful butterflies and exotic birds.

Great North Walk

Best Hiking Trails In Australia #5

This trails covers 250 km connecting two New South Wales’ largest cities: Sydney and Newcastle. Most of the trail was originally made and used by indigenous people so it is very old in some parts, and some paths have only been created recently.

You can see many things along this path, from the oldest Anglican cathedral in Australia to the world’s widest steel-arch bridge.

There are many B&B’s and hotels along the way, so you can walk this trail in series or just sections of it.

Great North Walk – Aboriginal Heritage

Best Hiking Trails In Australia #6

We have to give special attention to the Aboriginal Heritage part of the Great North Walk, which stretches 90km from Congewai to Staples Lookout. The highest peak of Mt. Warrawolong is the place where sacred Aboriginal ceremonies were held, and where you can see some of the world’s oldest rock engravings .

There are beautiful waterfalls and pristine nature along the way which will transport you back to dream time and connect you with the spirits of the ancients.

Kalbarri National Park

Best Hiking Trails In Australia #7

Kalbarri National Park covers an area of almost 200, 000 hectares along the Murchison River as it winds its way to the sea. There are very high limestone and sandstone cliffs, bush walks and look outs with picnic areas.

Kalbarri is famous for its spectacular flora most of which blooms from July into early summer.

Karijini National Park

Best Hiking Trails In Australia #8

This is Western Australia’s second largest national park and the hike is some 185 km long. It is located almost 500 km from Karratha. Karijini’s top sites are its famous gorges that turn into steep slopes, but these gorges are only for the brave ones.

You have to be well prepared and supplied. This is as wild as it gets in Australia.

Lane Pool Reserve

Best Hiking Trails In Australia #9

This reserve is situated 100 km south of Perth, in the Murray River Valley. It is small, just over 2 km, and it is perfect for a relaxed weekend in the nature. There are forests and the valley, and the river with its small waterfalls, rapids and still pools.

You can see parrots and magpies, and wonderful wildflowers in spring.

Purnululu National Park

Best Hiking Trails In Australia #10

The famous rocky domes of the Bungle Bungle Range located in Purnululu National Park are nowadays a world heritage site and have been the sacred lands of Aboriginal people for millennia. The domes and rocks change color as the sun moves across the sky, giving the place an otherworldly look. It covers 47 km and there are camping sites.

Wherever you choose to go, be sure you pick a trail that corresponds to your fitness level and endurance. Be prepared for high temperatures in the summer and low temperatures at night in some mountainous regions.

This article was written by Kate Flannery, linguistics major by day, globetrotter by the rest of the day. She prefers adventure travel, backpacking, and sailing as a means of transport. This article was inspired by a Blue Mountain Tours and a weekend tour she did in the Blue Mountains.

Kata Tjuta – Walpa Gorge Walk

Special Mention

As you can see, there’s some great hiking in Australia for people of all ages and levels of physical fitness.  As a matter of fact, my wife and I enjoyed a leisurely hike on our recent visit “Down Under.”

When touring the famous Ayers Rock in the Outback on our fabulous vacation in Australia a few years ago, we enjoyed a beautiful 2.6 kilometer hike at Kata Tjuta.  This easy trail is known as the Walpa Gorge Walk and is definitely worth taking in.

For more detailed information on this area, I have included an official website below for your convenience.

➡   Walks in Kata Tjuta

I’ve also listed the Official Australia Tourism link below to their website for your convenience. I’ve directed the link to their page on Australia’s Top Hiking Trails. It’s filled with excellent information on everything this beautiful Country and its amazing hikes have to offer.

➡   Tourism Australia – Walks &  Hikes

Safe and Healthy Travels! 🙂

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