Australia is a very beautiful country with well preserved national parks and nature reserves where superb hiking trails have been developed. On these trails, you can climb on mountain ranges, trek through rainforests, walk beside scenic beaches, and amazing lakes. Australia offers hikers great natural views that will refresh the body and mind. Some of those great trails and nature walks are highlighted below.
1. Larapinta Trail, Northern Territory
The Larapinta Trail is a 223km long path that offers one of Australia’s best hiking experiences. It is split into 12 sections so you can walk and complete each section in 1 to 2 days. The trail is built on the Euro Ridge and passes through sheltered gorges like the Ormiston Gorge, gaps like the Simpsons Gap and it takes you up steep mountains like Mount Sounder. Since it is quite remote, it is best hiked with a group.
2. Overland Track, Tasmania
The Overland Track in Tasmania is a 65km hike that usually takes about 6 days to complete at a stretch. It passes through the Cradle Mountain and St. Clair National Park. You can hike alone after registering with the Parks and Wildlife Service or walk with one of the guided-walk operators. Some highlights on this trail include the splendid views of the Cradle Mountain from Marion’s Lookout and the stunning D’Alton and Ferguson waterfalls.
3. Six Foot Track, New South Wales
This 44km track was originally created as a 6-foot wide path for loaded horses to pass beside each other. Starting at Explorer’s Tree, the track moves downhill to the Megalong Valley before crossing the Cox’s River at Bowtells Swing Suspension Bridge. After climbing up a steep slope you will arrive at the Black Range before you get to the Jenolan Caves.
4. Cape to Cape Walk, WA
Cape to Cape is a 135km trail located in the south western part of Western Australia. It aligns with the ridgeline from the Cape Naturaliste lighthouse to the lighthouse of Cape Leeuwin. You will cross several beautiful beaches, walk along coastlines, and climb cliffs where you see rare plants like the exotic spider orchid and dolphins hunting schools of salmon. You may hike this track alone for seven days or with a guided group tour.
5. Great North Walk, Hunter Valley, New South Wales
If you enjoy hiking through a combination of pristine bushland and beautifully cultivated scenic vineyards, you will relish your experience in the Hunter Valley. From the Bimbadeen Lookout on this trail, you can have a unique view of the beautiful city of Cessnock. It is quite easy to start here and follow the ridgeline of Mount View till you arrive at Pokolbin Mount road. More experienced walkers can trek through the 13km path from Millfield village through the bushland till it descends into Hunter Valley’s dry rainforest and ends at the Tinklers Winery. You will see the grass tree, a very unique and uncommon native Australian plant that can withstand bush fires and blossom in drought. It has attractive flowers that grow at the end of 2m long spikes.
6. Great Ocean Walk, Victoria
The Great Ocean Walk is a 104km stretch that begins at the Apollo Bay and curves through a thick forest with eucalyptus and gum trees before it stops at the Cape Otway Lighthouse. On the way, you will walk through sand dunes, pass beside spectacular beaches and walk on top of cliffs. A major highlight on this track is the Twelve Apostles, which are famous limestone stacks very close to the coast.
7. Thorsborne Trail, Queensland
After taking a boat to the pristine Hinchinbrook Island located between Cairns and Townsville, you can hike the rugged 32km Thorsborne Trail located on the east coast of the island. For about four days, you will climb up steep mountains, walk through thick rainforests and stroll beside white beaches. On this trail, you will see a lot of wildlife including crocodiles, birds, dugongs, and dolphins. The trail is a little bit difficult for the beginner but it will be an exciting challenge for an experienced hiker.
These are just a few of the many exciting and challenging trails you can walk on in Australia. Many of them allow you to walk alone, in a group or as a guided tour. Get ready to enjoy majestic views of one of the most beautiful natural environments in the world.