7 Popular Australian Hiking Tracks
Get on the Hiking trail!
Australia is a land of incredible beauty and a vast diverse landscape. From rugged mountain ranges, spectacular rainforests, pristine waterfalls and picture perfect coast lines. One way to see this stunning country is to hit the trail on foot through hiking. Hiking can give you an up close and personal look at nature, have you conquer mountains and swim in waterholes. Not only that, hiking can give you a rewarding and wonderful sense of accomplishment.
Here are 7 popular Australian Hiking Tracks
Wilson’s Prom (VIC)
Wilson’s Promontory is a spectacular national park that winds it’s way both inland and along stunning coastal inlets. The Northern circuit will take you around 3-5 days to complete, most of which is a wilderness circuit and the path is not easily defined. Recommended for experienced hikers, either as a guided tour or independently. The Southern circuit has the more popular shorter routes and can be navigated in a day or overnight. Hikes in the Northern circuit must be booked in advance.
Overland Track (TAS)
The most popular hiking track in Australia is the Overland Track which encompasses the beauty of Cradle Mountain and the surrounding area of the Lake St Claire National Park. This hike will take you 5-7 days to complete and must be booked in advance. This is a medium level hike that will take you to Tasmania’s highest mountains. There are plenty of organised tours to help make your hike worry free or you can hike the track independently.
Conondale Range Great Walk (QLD)
The Conondale Range Great Walk is located within the Conondale National Park, just one hour north of the Sunshine Coast. Hiking this trail can be done as a day trip or for the full circuit over 56 kilometres it will take you 4 days. This scenic hiking trail will take you through tall canopy forests, over creeks and waterfalls. The track can be hiked independently.
Blue Mountains (NSW)
Within the vast Blue Mountains, there are numerous short walks that make up this area from the very easy short tracks, to the somewhat difficult. Some of the most stunning views can be seen in the Blue Mountains National Park, from deep gorges to rocky cliff tops. Mount Solitary offers some spectacular views, whilst the Three Sisters can be viewed from Echo Point.
Cape to Cape (WA)
The Cape to Cape trail in Western Australia is an easy trek that will take you through the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park and the Margaret River region. This hike will take you around 6 to 8 days and covers some 135 kilometres along the coast line. The Cape to Cape hike can be done as a guided tour or as an independent hike.
Larapinta Trail (NT)
If you are up for a mega challenge then take on the Larapinta Trail in the Northern Territory. This hiking trek will take you around 16 to 20 days and is one of the most challenging in Australia. The trek takes you on a journey through the West MacDonnell range and covers some 200 kilometres. The landscape varies from a rugged landscape, cliff lookouts, gorges and waterholes. The trek begins at Simpsons Gap and finishes at Mount Sonder. It is recommended that you take an organised tour rather than an independent hike.
Yurrebilla Trail (SA)
The Yurrebilla Trail in South Australia covers around 56 kilometres and can be done over 3 days. The hike begins at the Belair train station and winds it’s way through the Belair National Park before finishing at Ambers Gully. Expect to see views of Adelaide and the valleys below, when climbing the summits. The track is also home to the Yurrebilla Trail ultra marathon circuit. This hike can be done independently.
Research your hike and study the recommended hiking map/route guide
Research the climate and where comfortable and appropriate clothing
Check whether you need a permit to camp overnight or pay park entrance fees
Bring enough water to cover your hike or source where water can be safely obtained
The Australian environment is challenging - don’t over estimate your ability