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Walking Australia

From short walks to month long treks, Australia has walking trails to inspire hikers of all abilities.


Experience primeval, World Heritage wilderness along Tasmania's Overland Track, or follow the spine of the West MacDonnell Ranges on the Larapinta Trail in the Northern Territory. See Australia's heartland as you walk sections of South Australia's Heysen Trail, which stretches from the Fleurieu Peninsula to the Flinders Ranges. Take on the rugged Blue Mountains over a series of short walks, or explore lush Gondwana Rainforest in the Gold Coast hinterland. Walks vary from single day treks in Victoria's Wilsons Promontory to the state-spanning 1,000 kilometre (621 mile) trail of Western Australia's Bibbulmun Track. 

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The Overland Track

The Overland Track

Travel through the heart of Tasmania’s World Heritage-listed wilderness on this famous 65-kilometre trek from Cradle Mountain to Lake St Clair. Walk the entire Overland Track in six days or do short and day walks from the Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre and Dove Lake. Remember the end-to-end walk requires planning. You’ll need to book in advance with Tasmania’s Parks & Wildlife Service and take with you a good tent and warm sleeping bag. While the route has eight basic stove-heated huts, there’s no guarantee of space. The best time to walk the track is between November and April, when the weather is milder and days are longer for Daylight Saving. During April, you can see the spectacular changing colours of the deciduous beech. As well as a physical challenge, this walk is a true communion with nature. You’ll see lakes, forests and gorges, mountains and moors, spectacular waterfalls and steep, stony peaks.

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Six Foot Track

Six Foot Track

See forests filled with towering eucalypts and pretty fern gullies and then descend to experience majestic underground caves, on this historical track from Katoomba to Jenolan Caves.

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The Heysen Trail

The Heysen Trail

Hike all the way from Cape Jervis on the Fleurieu Peninsula to the mountain town of Parachilna on the 1,200 kilometre Heysen Trail. Or mix and match day and multi-day walks, choosing from dramatic coastlines, farmland and forests, picturebook towns, vine-lined valleys and rugged mountain ranges. Like a quality box of chocolates, this trail offers the best of South Australia's wildly assorted scenic beauty. Walk next to waterfalls in Deep Creek Conservation Park and visit the historic German village of Hahndorf. Taste wine in the world-famous Barossa Valley and see settler-relics in the grazing country beyond. Head into the Flinders Ranges, where fossils date back millennia and Aboriginal rock art is as old as the Dreaming. Walk over Mt Remarkable and to the rim of the ancient, awe-inspiring crater of Wilpena Pound. Sleep in campsites, huts and shelters or in any of the towns dotting the trail.

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The Thorsborne Trail

The Thorsborne Trail

Trek the 32km Thorsborne Trail along the eastern coast of Hinchinbrook Island - an untouched tropical paradise on the coast between Townsville and Cairns. Over four days you'll traverse cloud-cloaked mountains, jungle-like rainforest, melaleuca swamps and pristine white beaches. See a panorama of wildlife, from bright butterflies and birds to crocodiles, sea turtles, dugongs and dolphins. This is a true wilderness walk for the experienced walker - the path isn't graded or hardened so can be difficult to traverse in places. Walk in either direction, camp in any of the seven designated sites and remember to ‘leave no trace'. Only 40 people can walk the trail at any one time, so book your permit well in advance. Planning and following safety guidelines is vital. The best time to walk is during the cooler months from April to September. You can reach the island on a ferry or water taxi from Cardwell or Lucinda.

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Australian Alps Walking Track

Australian Alps Walking Track

Cross three states, four national parks and some of Australia's highest peaks on this tough long-distance walk. The trail follows the crest of the Australian Alps for 65km, from Walhalla in Victoria to Tharwa just south of Canberra. Wind up and down the Baw Baw Plateau, Mt Howitt, the Bogong High Plains and the Cobberras in Victoria. Traverse the rugged mountains of Kosciuszko National Park in New South Wales and the rocky wilderness of Namadgi National Park near Canberra. Pitch your tent in the wilderness, stay in camping grounds, historic huts or alpine resorts close to the track. Do day treks or combine shorter, more manageable sections of the trail. The end-to-end walk takes about 50 to 60 days and is strictly for the intrepid traveller.

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TOP WALKING EXPERIENCES IN AUSTRALIA

Great Walks of Australia

Great Walks of Australia

Discover Australia's collection of premium guided walk experiences. These multi-day walks let you explore spectacular regions of the country in comfort.

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The Larapinta Trail

The Larapinta Trail

Trek along the outback backbone of the West MacDonnell Ranges to attractions such as Simpsons Gap, Ellery Creek Big Hole, Ormiston Gorge and Glen Helen Gorge.

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Guide to Tasmanian Walking

Guide to Tasmanian Walking

From gentle strolls to epic adventures, the best way to experience Tasmania's wilderness is on foot.

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On foot: luxury itinerary for hikers and walk...

On foot: luxury itinerary for hikers and walkers

Put your best foot forward and explore some of Australia’s magnificent landscapes on a walking holiday.

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Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk

Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk

Walk through lush Gondwanan rainforest and along the rim of an ancient, eroded volcano on this spectacular series of day walks. The trail traverses a landscape as old as the dinosaurs, linking World Heritage-listed Lamington and Springbrook plateaux with Egg Rock and Turtle Rock in the scenic Numinbah Valley. See the Tweed Volcano which erupted around 25 million years ago and the powerful, crystal-clear streams and waterfalls that continue to erode it today. Explore Woonoongoora, known to the local Yugambeh people as ‘Queen of the Mountains'. Learn their ancient ancestral legends of how the rivers and valleys were formed. Camp in the rainforest at Green Mountains, Woonoongoora and The Settlement or in the private camping area at Binna Burra. The best time to walk this track is between March and October, when temperatures are milder.

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GREAT CITY WALKS

Guide to the Bondi to Bronte Coastal Walk

Guide to the Bondi to Bronte Coastal Walk

There’s good reason why the Bondi to Bronte Coastal Walk is one of Australia’s most photographed destinations

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Sydney's Great Coastal Walk

Sydney's Great Coastal Walk

Traverse Sydney's spectacular coastline – from Barrenjoey in the north to Cronulla in the south – on this eight day adventure.

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Off the beaten track: Bushwalking in Canberra...

Off the beaten track: Bushwalking in Canberra

Lace up your boots and get ready to see Canberra in a whole new way.

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Guide to Sydney Harbour National Park

Guide to Sydney Harbour National Park

Go bushwalking, picnic on harbour islands, swim from secluded beaches and trace convict and Aboriginal history in Sydney Harbour National Park.

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Guide to Namadgi National Park

Guide to Namadgi National Park

Explore tranquil bushland, breathtaking vistas and rich Aboriginal history in the Australian Alps mountain range, just 45 minutes from the city of Canberra.

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