Australia

Best walks, hikes and treks in Australia [View list of walks]

About Australia

As the world’s sixth largest country, Australia offers an enormous variety of natural wonders and pleasures, although most wouldn’t come here for the culture alone.

Any visitor will be amazed by the sheer variety of Australia’s landscapes and eco-zones, thanks in particular to very different Tasmania hanging in a daggy sort of way off its south-eastern derriere, but also to the tropical riches of its far north. It is most famous, though, for the red and orange deserts of its great centre and north, with their fabulous, other-worldly vistas, lethal fauna and ancient aboriginal cultures: most travellers will want to get. Vibrant Sydney and Melboune are also strong draws, as are the pleasures of the coasts and the wine areas.

The Australian landmass has ancient origins, resulting in heavily eroded mountains reaching no higher than Mount Kosciuszko, in the Australian Alps, at 2228 m.

 So, Australia has things to fascinate everyone, children included, and, yes there are even art galleries. The variety of travel and tours you can make in Australia is as a result huge. We tell you about walking below, but have a look here for a huge selection of the Australia travel, tours, holidays and activities available.

Walking, hiking and trekking in Australia

Australia  has some of the world’s best walks, hikes and treks, ranging from famous mountain hiking and trekking trails such as the Overland Track in Tasmania to great wilderness walks (aka bushwalking, truly wold walking on remote areas with no, or no marked, paths, requiring real back-country skills) ) such as in Kakadu, the Larapinta Trail, the Flinders Ranges, the Jatbula Trail and in western Tassie, to geological absurdities like Uluru (Ayers Rock) and the Federal Pass, to historic routes such as the Six Foot Track to coastal beauties and glories (Wilson’s Promontory, the Great Ocean Walk, the Bay of Fires, the Freycinet Peninsula and other Tassie explorations), to intriguing and lovely islands (Maria Island, Norfolk Island) and ancient sites (Uluru, again).  

So, walking, hiking and trekking tours and holidays in Australia are so varied that everyone’s taste and energy levels can be met. Walking in Australia isn’t just for hard-nuts, although there is plenty to get their juices flowing. The lazy and youngsters alike will be enthralled by what it offers: Australia walking, trekking and hiking holidays and tours really can be for everyone. Have a look at the website of one of Australia's top bushwalkers, John Chapman - www.john.chapman.name – for ideas.

See the list below for a (currently incomplete – please give us your recommendations!) list of the best walks, treks and hikes in Australia. Various of these are in our world’s Top 100 list.

Best times to walk vary: while summers are very hot and dry in parts of the country, they the best time to walk in the Australian Alps or on the island of Tasmania. Winter is excellent for hiking on the northern coastal areas and the great, dry centre. Spring and autumn make for good hiking almost anywhere in the country.

Famous walking regions include:

-          Tasmania’s wild west and gentler but still wondrous east

-          Kakadu National park

-          The Flinders and Macdonnell Ranges

-          The Blue Mountains

We intend that our walk pages contain detail and photos on walking, hiking or trekking routes, including books, best times and weather, how to get there, possible problems, walking, trekking and hiking firms, organisers and guides in Australia, accommodation in Australia and useful links. But this takes a lot of research, so if they are not "there" yet, please give us any suggestions you may have.

Wilpena Pound
© Gorge Ben Rogers Cradle Mountain Area
Cradle Mountain - Dove Lake © Copyright Flickr user Phil @ Delfryn Design Brookton Highway to Sullivan Rock on the Bibbulmun
A 3 day walk thro stunning forest country. - © John Fenn

Best walks, hikes and treks in Australia

You can sort the walks by category by clicking on the category titles.

(The rating of walks marked * is currently provisional.)

Region Walk Name Walkopedia Rating Difficulty Day Walk
Possible?

  Lord Howe Island
81*
Variable Yes
 New South Wales First Western Road
83*
Moderate Yes
 New South Wales Katoomba to Mittagong
0*
Yes
 New South Wales Sydney Harbour Bridge
81*
Moderate Yes
 New South Wales The Six Foot Track
84*
Strenuous Yes
 New South Wales/Alps Mt Kosciuszko
74*
Yes
 New South Wales/Blue Mountains Federal Pass
81
Strenuous Yes
 Northern Territory Jatbula Trail
83*
Yes
 Northern Territory King's Canyon
83
Moderate Yes
 Northern Territory Larapinta Trail
81*
Strenuous No
 Northern Territory Ormiston Gorge and Pound
81
Strenuous Yes
 Northern Territory Uluru (Ayers Rock)
88.5
Strenuous Yes
 Northern Territory West Macdonnell Ranges
84
Variable Yes
 Queensland Thorsborne Trail, Hinchinbrook Island
80*
Strenuous Yes
 South Australia Fleurieu Peninsula
82*
Yes
 South Australia Heysen Trail
80*
Yes
 South Australia/Flinders Flinders Ranges
80*
Yes
 South Australia/Flinders Wilpena Pound
85*
Yes
 Tasmania Bay of Fires
83*
Variable Yes
 Tasmania Cradle Mountain Area
84
Variable No
 Tasmania Frenchman's Cap
77*
Difficult No
 Tasmania Freycinet Peninsula
84
Variable Yes
 Tasmania Maria Island
84*
Variable Yes
 Tasmania Mt Field National Park
82*
Variable Yes
 Tasmania Overland Track
88
Strenuous No
 Tasmania South Coast Track
82*
Very Difficult No
 Tasmania Tasman Peninsula
83*
Variable Yes
 Tasmania Tasmania
88
Variable Yes
 Victoria Great Ocean Walk
85*
Variable Yes
 Victoria Great South West Walk
85*
Variable Yes
 Victoria Wilson's Promontory Southern Circuit
84*
Moderate Yes
 Victoria/Alps Mt Feathertop
0*
Variable Yes
 Western Australia Bibbulmun Track
85*
No
 Western Australia Bungle Bungles
84*
Yes
 Western Australia Cape to Cape Track
0*
Yes


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