Australia is well known for its oceans, open plains, rainforests, and mountains, making it one of the best places for hikers to spend their days. Here are a few of the best hiking trails to explore.
Overland Tracks, Tasmania
This trail takes up about 65km of Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park. This beautiful trail has amazing views which include D’Alton and Ferguson falls. If you’re not comfortable with walking on your own you can book a guided walk with the park’s wildlife services. Be sure to check the weather forecast before heading out to this trail because it is known to be very wet!
Binna Burra to Green Mountains, Queensland
This track passes through the Atlantic Beech Forest and subtropical rainforests giving hikers amazing views. If you stop at the Wanungara Lookout you’ll have a view of Limpwood Valley, Mount Warning, and sometimes even Byron Bay. This hike can take up most of the day so be sure to stay hydrated and dress accordingly.
Six Foot Track, New South Wales
Located in the Blue Mountains, this long-distance track from Katoomba to Jenolan is two meters wide. The trail was built over 100 years ago and is a great way to explore the beauty of the Blue Mountains and learn about the history behind it. Along the way, you’ll run into some challenging climbs but once you get into the caves it will be all worth it.
People usually bring a tent for the Six Foot Track, alternately with some planning, you can stay at some lodges along the way.
Cape to Cape Walk, Western Australia
Pack your bags properly because this seven-day walk will take you some time. The track follows the coast, with some stops at beaches and cliff-top views. The Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin lighthouse are both stops where you can get information about the trail or sign up for a guided tour.
Manly to the Spit Bridge
If you’ve never hiked in the middle of a city, then we’re about to change that. Sydney Harbor National Park is the perfect place to hike in peace (see articles to come about cycling through Sydney’s waterways). The trail has outlooks of Castle Rock beach where many people stop for a quiet lunch with a view. Enjoy the view out the heads and towards Manly from Tania Park (two different lookout points), and try to find the secret beach with the old shacks! Either take two cars and park one at Manly and the other at the Spit Bridge, or catch the 144 bus back to the start. Generally it’s nicest to finish in Manly and have an ice cream at one of the many great ice creameries.