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Top 9 Walks in Australia

Top 9 Walks in Australia

Lace up your hiking boots and head outdoors to discover the top 9 walks in Australia, and discover some of the natural marvels waiting for you in your own backyard. From treks through World Heritage National Parks to glorious oceanside strolls, this land really is abundant with beauty rich and rare.

The best walks in Australia: Great Ocean Walk

The Twelve Apostles on the Great Ocean Walk, VIC. Image © Visit Victoria and Roberto Seba.

 

1. GREAT OCEAN WALK, VIC

See the Twelve Apostles in a way that can’t be done from this walk’s namesake coastal road. Pass the Great Otway National Park and Cape Otway Lighthouse, keeping an eye out for koalas, wallabies and wedge-tailed eagles on the way.

Time: 8 days
Length: 100km
Difficulty: Easy-moderate

 

2. THREE FALLS GRAND HIKE, MORIALTA, SA

Passing all three waterfalls in Morialta Conservation Park and lined with crystalclear creeks, this great half-day trip for the family is one of the best walks in Australia. It’s located less than half an hour from Adelaide and circuited so you leave and arrive from the car park.

Time: 3–4 hours
Length: 7.3km
Difficulty: Moderate

 

3. BLUE MOUNTAINS GRAND TRAVERSE, NSW

Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of this World Heritage-listed National Park, studded with hidden waterfalls, creeks and swimming holes. This walk takes in views of the Three Sisters, Grand Canyon and Valley of the Waters.

Time: 3 days/2 nights
Length: 10–17km per day
Difficulty: Moderate

The Blue Mountains Australian Walk

The Blue Mountains. Image © Destination NSW.

 

4. FRASER ISLAND GREAT WALK, QLD

You’ll follow the trail of Australia’s original inhabitants on this long but rewarding walk through forests and across sand dunes, with lookouts and dips in freshwater lakes breaking up the journey.

Time: 8 days
Length: 90km
Difficulty: Moderate

 

5. WINEGLASS BAY CIRCUIT, TAS

Wineglass Bay is the prime attraction of Freycinet National Park, boasting fine quartz sand and fabulously blue ocean views. Small coves found along the beach make for refreshing swimming breaks.

Time: 5 hours

Length: 12.8km

Difficulty: Moderate

 

6. BONDI TO COOGEE COASTAL WALK, NSW

This walk highlights iconic Australian destinations such as Bondi, passing some of Sydney’s best beaches on the way. Admire the surfers out on the water, or go for a snorkel in Gordon’s Bay and see a host of native marine life.

Time: 2 hours
Length: 6km
Difficulty: Easy

Coogee to Bondi Australian Walks

Coogee to Bondi Coastal Walk. Image © James Horan; Destination NSW.

 

7. BLUFF KNOLL, WA

Climb one of the most spectacular peaks in Western Australia. After passing a small waterfall on the wildflower-lined walking trail, you’ll be rewarded with stunning views of the Stirling Ranges from Bluff Knoll at the summit, 1095 metres above sea level.

Time: 1–3 hours
Length: 6km
Difficulty: Moderate

 

8. VALLEY OF THE WINDS, NT

Experience the true heart of the Australian desert and the impressive towering red rock formations of Kata Tjuta, also known as the Olgas. The Anangu people believed the great snake Wanambi once lived on the summit. Head out early to beat the day’s heat.

Time: 3 hours
Length: 7.4km
Difficulty: Moderate

 

9. TWO BAYS TRAIL, VIC

Take your time walking along beautiful beaches and clifftops of the lovely Mornington Peninsula; the views are spectacular. This trail connects Port Phillip Bay and Western Port Bay. Take a picnic and stop to take in the beauty of popular Seawinds Gardens on the way.

Time: 1–2 days
Length: 26.5km
Difficulty: Moderate

 

This article appeared in volume 29 of Signature Luxury Travel & Style. To subscribe to the latest issue, click here.