10 of the Best Hiking Trails in Australia

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Australia is a rare beauty of a land boasting it’s fair share of beaches, deserts, mountains and rainforests. If you enjoy hiking discover the best destinations to put your boots to the test with our top 10 picks for Australia’s best hiking trails.

1. Overland Track, Tasmania

A popular if somewhat perilous walk; the Overland Track is perhaps Australia’s best alpine hike, covering 65 kilometres of wildness through the Lake St Clair National Park, Cradle Mountain and the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

It’s a six day hike with stunning scenery and plenty of physical challenges to overcome. With almost half the track more than 1000 meters above sea level and extreme conditions in the winter, it’s recommended for prepared groups only. Find out more at the Tasmanian Parks & Wildlife Service.

2. Dove Lake Circuit, Cradle Mountain National Park

Walkers searching for a shorter walk in the same area can complete the Dove Lake Circuit, a 2 hour walk around Dove Lake and Cradle Mountain that is boardwalk for most of the way. Get more info here.

3. Larapinta Trail, Northern Territory

Running from the Telegraph Station in Alice Spring to Rwetyepme (Mount Sonder) across the West MacDonnell ranges, the 223 kilometre trail is quickly gaining a reputation as one of the best walks in the world.

Red slopes and rugged landscapes give way to rolling hills and river valleys. Unique flora, hidden watering holes and spectacular skylines make the Larapinta Trail the experience of a lifetime.

Find out more about this spectacular trail, including how where to stay and what you’ll need, at the Larapinta Trail website.

4. Freycinet Experience Walk, Tasmania

Get off the grid with this unique 4 day trekking adventure in the heart of the Freycinet National Park. Discover wildlife, ancient artefacts, white sand beaches and pink granite mountains. You can even go fishing by boat, swim and snorkel. The walk itself covers the entire Freycinet Peninsula including Wineglass Bay.

Knowledgeable staff are on hand to assist you and a selection of delicious food and wine is available to rejuvenate the body every evening. Find out more at the Freycinet Walk website.

5. The Arkaba Walk, South Australia

At 4 days and 3 nights, the Arkaba Walk is a great trail for small groups of walkers looking for a moderately challenging hike but only have a few days to spare.

Expect to cover anywhere between 6 and 15 kilometres per day. Traverse the Flinders Ranges, creek beds, grassy plains and rocky surfaces. You won’t need to have trekked before, but you should have some experience with you on the trail.

Groups can also book to have camp set up and waiting for them along with three course meal. For more on this exciting South Australian Walk check out the Arkaba Walk website.

Image courtesy of G Adventures.

6. Australian Alps Walking Track, Victoria/NSW/ACT

For trekkers looking for the ultimate mountain escape, the Australian Alps Walking Track is 655 kms of alpine adventure crossing two states and a territory.

The entire walk can take between 5 and 8 weeks to complete, starting in the town of Walhalla and ending in Tharwa, ACT this long distance track weaves through National Parks and mountains like Kosciuszko, Bogong and Bimberi Peak.

Navigational skills and a support crew for food drops are a must, making this one of the more involved walks in Australia. Check out more information at the Trail Hiking Website.

7. Cape to Cape Track, Western Australia

Combining coastal and inland views, this stunning west coast walking trail takes anywhere from 5 to 8 days to complete, covering 135 kms of coastal and inland terrain from Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse to Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse.

The entire track covers terrain of varying difficulty, but there’s several vehicle entry points along the way, allowing the walk to be tailored to suit your needs. Discover more at the Cape to Cape Track website.

8. Bay of Fires Lodge Walk, Tasmania

The spectacular north eastern coastline known as the Bay of Fires is one of the most immersive, pristine and dramatic landscapes in Australia.

A four day round trip, this is a guided walk for groups of up to 10 hikers.

Taking in beaches, rocky headlands and crystal blue seas, the gorgeous environs are matched by the award winning accommodation of the Bay of Fires Lodge where you can enjoy delicious meals, Tasmanian wine and spa treatments inspired by ancient indigenous practice. Find out more about the walk here.

9. Thorsborne Trail, QLD

Located on Hinchinbrook Island, access to the Thorsborne Trail is limited to just 40 people a day. What awaits those lucky few is a rare and beautiful experience. Pristine beaches, mountainscapes and rainforest are but some of the diverse landscapes you’ll traverse. The train itself is 32 kilometres and is walked in around 4 days. Discover more at the Outdoor Australia Website.

10. Six Foot Track, New South Wales

Traverse from Katoomba to Jenolan Caves in this 3 day adventure through 45 kilometres of historic sites, natural beauty and engaging environments. With a number of features and landmarks along the way, it’s one of the best walks in NSW. Find out more at the Six Foot Track website.

See Australia as it was meant to be seen

With so many continents to discover, there’s no better way to see Australia then by foot. Get back in touch with nature and rejuvenate the spirit. Start planning your next hike today.