From panoramic views on coastal trails to cool, lush rainforests, hiking trails in Australia offer something for everyone, whether you’re a seasoned hiker or an avid ambler. Get your walking shoes ready, as we take a look at where to go.
Grand Canyon Loop, Sydney
Grand Canyon Loop, Blue Mountains, New South Wales
Thundering waterfalls, sandstone cliffs and steep gorges are the reward for the 5 hour trek through the Grand Canyon, in the Blue Mountains National Park. Don’t forget to pack a picnic and stop at Govetts Leap Lookout to take it all in.
Bouddi Coast Walk, New South Wales
The Bouddi National Park is located on the Central Coast of north Sydney. When you do the 13km, return trip hike, you’ll see eucalypt forests, sandy beaches, secluded coves and unbelievable coastal views. When you get to Maitland Bay at the most northerly point of the walk, check out the S.S. Maitland shipwreck, which is visible at low tide.
It’s an easy 2 hour walk to discover the other-worldly landscapes created by the Pinnacles, in the Nambung National Park. This makes it a great walk for the whole family, to see thousands of limestone pinnacles rising from the desert, some of which are up to 3.5 metres.
When you reach the top, 360-degree views over the Tweed River, the Gold Coast and Cape Byron await.
Mt Warning, New South Wales
Next time you’re on holidays in Byron Bay or the Gold Coast, don’t miss the chance to hike up lush Mt Warning. It takes about 5 hours return, at an easy pace, however the last ascent is a steep, rocky challenge, with hand-held rails to help you up. When you reach the top, 360-degree views over the Tweed River, the Gold Coast and Cape Byron await.
Overland Track, Tasmania
The Overland Track, Tasmania
If you’re a seasoned hiker, Tasmania’s Overland track is an absolute must. You’ll need to invest in a bit of training though, before attempting the 6-day trek through the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. You start at Ronny Creek in Cradle Valley, right near magnificent Cradle Mountain, before traversing valleys, ancient rainforests, moorlands and alpine meadows.
Coomera Circuit, Lamington National Park, Queensland
The Lamington National Park is an oasis of green, just a short drive from the Gold Coast. If you love waterfalls, the 17.5km walk offers them in abundance, from trickling forest creeks to the spectacular Coomera Falls. Be sure to stop at Coomera Lookout, for happy snaps and inspiration, on the edge of a cliff.
Nicole Leigh West
Nicole Leigh West is the author of fiction novel, 'The Gypsy Trail' and an internationally recognised travel and lifestyle writer.
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