Whether you’re a tourist or a townie, an accomplished hiker or a beginner, these are the top hikes in Australia you don’t want to miss, no matter where you’re based.
Noosa National Park – Queensland
If you’re visiting the great sunshine state then you simply can’t miss a trip to Noosa National Park. This 2 hour adventure will have you taking in the sandy beaches, coves and rocky headlands as you hike along the 10.8km coastal track. The track takes you along Noosa National Park all the way to Hells Gate. From the route you may even be lucky enough to catch glimpses of dolphins, manta rays and turtles. You’ll definitely want to bring a good camera along as at the end of the line you’ll find yourself taking in the magnificent views of Alexandria Bay and the North Shore.
Need a shorter hike? Noosa National Park has multiple trails including the 1km Palm Grove Circuit and the 2.4km Noosa Hill Track.
Larapinta Trail – Northern Territory
The Larapinta Trail in the West MacDonnell Range is not a hike for the faint hearted. As a 223km and 16-20 day (including rest days) journey, you’ll want to be well experienced for this one. The trail first opened 14 years ago and has since become one of the world’s most popular hikes. You can choose to go it alone, or join a guided trek. A guided walk will have you staying in tented camps and enjoying wine with your fellow travellers. Independent walkers usually camp at the more basic sites that have fewer facilities than the ones used by tour operators.
“The Larapinta Trail showcases so much that is iconic about Central Australia. It is arguably the best-known arid-zone long-distance walk.” According to Central Australian Parks’ acting director Chris Day, in an interview with Australian Geographic, “About 50 per cent of walkers take on Larapinta under their own steam as independent walkers organising their own itinerary and logistics. The majority of these trekkers undertake the entire 223km rout too.”
Bay of Fires Lodge Walk – Tasmania
For those wanting something a little different, combine hiking with luxury in this walking tour of the Bay of Fires. This guided trek at the edge of Mt William National Park in north-eastern Tasmania, will immerse you in one of the most pristine environments in the world. Explore the coves and the white sandy beaches, while coming face to face with the native Tasmanian wildlife. The guided walk departs daily from October to May and is a four-day scenic experience. You’ll be in an intimate group of no more than 10 walkers. The first night you’ll stay at Forester Beach Camp, a private camp with magnificent views of the surrounding white-sand beach. The second and third nights’ accommodation is at the multi-award winning Bay of Fires Lodge, an eco-conscious retreat.
The Six Foot Track – New South Wales
This track follows the path cut from Katoomba through the Blue Mountains to Jenolan Caves. The route was formed to create a more direct way to the popular tourist destination. The Six Foot Track takes around 3 days on foot and is best walked in the spring or autumn. Summers in NSW can become unbearably hot while the winters are wet and cold. The trail was carved to follow existing paths like old Brumby tracks and the paths made by the earliest European explorers two centuries ago. Much of this area is World Heritage listed and you’ll be able to explore the lush eucalyptus forests, Aussie bushlands, waterfalls and enjoy the native wildlife that abounds the area, including wombats, wallabies and kangaroos.