Great Walks of Australia

When on holiday in Australia, bushwalking is one of the most sought after things to do. Travellers expect to be able to have adventures, hiking through the Australian bush. Of course, Australia does not disappoint on this wish; in fact it delivers in so many ways.

Visitors can walk beach trails, mountain trails, tracks in every National Park, and so on. Here are three of the Great Walks of Australia that deliver at least two of those Australian holiday bucket list tasks: rugged four wheel driving and bush walking. When travelling to some of the more rugged areas in Australia, you will want to hire a four wheel drive vehicle from Budget so that you don’t have any problem getting to the places you want to go.

Tips for Bushwalking in Australia

Whenever you are bushwalking, you should also prepare ahead of time and take all the necessary precautions. Understand the fitness level requirements of your walk, no matter how long or short it is. Also be prepared with the proper emergency supplies, drinking water, shoes, outer wear, sunscreen, and hats to help you in the elements. Check the weather reports before leaving and see if there are any possible weather changes during your stay, if it is more than one day. Let someone know where you are going and when you are expected back. Some remote areas do not have mobile phone coverage. Lastly, when bushwalking, or travelling anywhere in Australia, remember to preserve the beauty here for future generations. Take nothing but pictures and leave nothing but footprints.

The Scenic Rim Trail

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The Scenic Rim is located near Gold Coast in Queensland. It is considered the hinterland of the Gold Coast. The Scenic Rim region is just west of the coast and encompasses a large wilderness area that is Heritage-listed and includes 14 different protected national parks. The Scenic Rim itself is a geologic formation of mountains and extinct volcanoes that form a quarter of a circle that make up the rim formation. The Scenic Rim Trail is an organised four day walking tour through the Scenic Rim. The walking tour includes moderate walks each day with accommodations at Spicers Canopy and Spicers Peak Lodge. While trekking the Scenic Rim Trail, you will experience the dense rainforest, the open vastness of Spicers Gap and the Great Dividing Range, local wildlife, winding trails, creeks, and panoramic views of the Scenic Rim and Fassifern Valley. This is a perfect bushwalking holiday for those who love the rugged outdoors, but prefer lodging accommodations over camping.

The Larapinta Trail

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The Larapinta Trail is a trek through the West MacDonnell Ranges in the remote and rugged Northern Territory. Your starting point is likely the city of Alice Springs. The trail heads west from there and ends at Mount Sonder in West MacDonnell National Park. The Larapinta Trail is 223 km and takes 16 days; however, there are shorter options available that still allow you to see the amazing beauty of these outback mountains. You can hire one of many different walking tour guide companies and see what the different walks are that they offer. You can choose from day walks, overnight walks that take two days to complete, or extended walks that take 8 to 11 days to complete. Each walk is rated differently from easy to difficult and you can choose it based on that or based on what scenery you want to see. Some of the top sights on the Larapinta Trail include Standley Chasm, Brinkley Bluff, Mount Sonder, Serpentine Gorge, Hugh Gorge, Ormiston Gorge, Jay Creek, and Tangentyere Junction.

Cradle Mountain Hut Walks in Tasmania

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The Cradle Mountain Huts Walk is probably one of the most adventurous bushwalks in all of Australia. It is located inside Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park in the mostly undiscovered and uninhabited remote north west of Tasmania. The Cradle Mountain Huts Walk is part of the larger, Overland Track. You can pick from a four day or a six day walking itinerary. Included in your Cradle Mountain Huts Walk are accommodations at the “huts” each night. The huts provide you with private accommodations, hot showers, and hearty meals. Your walker’s base begins at Quamby Estate where you will get a gear check and introductions to your group. The sights you’ll see along the way include plenty of wildlife and bird watching opportunities plus:

  • Ancient temperate rainforest
  • Crater Lake (carved by a glacier)
  • Dove Lake
  • Plateau Creek
  • Waterfall Valley
  • Barn Bluff
  • Pine Forest Moor
  • Glacial plains
  • Lake Will
  • Mt Pelion West
  • The Forth River
  • Frog Flats
  • The Pelion Plains
  • Swimming holes
  • Abandoned copper mines
  • Pelion Gap
  • Mt Ossa
  • 2000 year old King Billy Pines
  • Mersey River
  • Waterfalls
  • Forested land
  • Eucalypt forest
  • Cynthia Bay

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  1. rebecca says:

    Wow! those are some really good ones I have never heard of

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