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Top 7 Hiking Trails In Australia
For those who love hiking, Australia certainly does not disappoint. Because of its well-endowed natural resources, Australia features a wide selection of world-famous hiking trails that both locals and tourists have attempted to conquer. In this post, you will find seven of the best hiking trails found Down Under.
Kosciuszko Main Range – Charlotte Pass
This is a popular circuit that offers some of the continent’s finest Alpine sceneries. Take note of weather warnings and also fire conditions before you plan a hike here. In good weather, you can see right across the mountainous scenery to the far horizon. It takes around 9-10 hours to complete and you will climb a total of approximately 900 metres.
Great Ocean Walk
This trail is a collection of paths from Victoria’s lovely Apollo Bay resort right down parallel to the famous Great Ocean Road, with sustained and wonderful sea views throughout backed up by fascinating features such as the “London Bridge” and “12 Apostles” rock formations. Sample the track with a 3-hour walk, or take the full 200 -kilometre trail for an unforgettable healthy holiday.
The 80km Overland Track in Cradle Mountain/Lake St. Clair National Park in Tasmania is generally regarded as one of the best in Australia. There are plenty of opportunities for side-trips off the main path to see sights such as Tasmania’s tallest mountain, or Australia’s deepest lake. Plenty of alpine-style forests to explore too.
This series of hiking paths across the Northern territory extends for more than 220 kilometres but can be sampled in easy ‘bites’ if you don’t have three weeks to spare. The trail hugs the top of the West MacDonnell Ranges and includes attractions like Simpsons Gap, Ellery Creek Big Hole, Ormiston Gorge and Glen Helen Gorge, starting at the old Alice Springs Telegraph Station and finishing up at Mount Razorback.
The Budawang National Park, topped by the Scenic Rim – a rugged yet relatively undemanding cliff line just inland from the south-east coast of New South Wales. The trail passes close to fabulous rock formations including The Castle and Pigeon House. Ideal for those who like to spend a night under canvas, the Budawangs are best hiked in spring or autumn when the weather is at its most comfortable.
Fraser Island Great Walk
Check if it’s open – sometimes it is closed to protect local wildlife, or because of fire or weather warnings – but the track across the breathtaking, varied scenery of Queensland’s Fraser Island is unforgettable. This is the world’s largest sand island and the trail comprises a 90-kilometre walk that takes several days and a number of shorter sections for day-walkers.
Western Australia’s Stirling Ranges provide some of the country’s very best bush walking, some 330 kilometres south-east of Perth. Bluff Knoll, the region’s highest peak, is one of the attractions. Always warm and rarely wet, this is bushwalking at its finest.