Guest post by Geraldine Mills, a self-confessed wanderlust and travel writer.
Hiking is a great physical activity to get yourself into. Not only is it good for your health, but you can do it anywhere. It also gives you the chance to reach a number of places while you’re taking care of your physical health. One of the places that you should consider going to for a long hike is Australia.
The Land Down Under has plenty of beautiful hiking trails that are worth going to if you’re an avid hiker.
On that note, if you want to organize a hiking trip to Australia, then make sure that you check out these 15 hiking trails before you go.
15 Beautiful Hiking Trails in Australia
The trails are sorted in no particular order.
1. Larapinta Trail
Larapinta Trail is located in the Northern Territory and is one of the many hiking trails that Australia has to offer.
If you plan on going to this hiking trail, then be prepared. This isn’t exactly the type of hiking trail that anyone can go to. Avid hikers can have a tough time with some parts of the hike, so experience with hiking will be better.
It’s beautiful, but it is also home to all sorts of critters. You have to watch out for snakes like the King Brown snakes. These snakes won’t really chase you down as long as you don’t mess with them, so be careful.
2. Overland Track
Located in Australia’s Tasmania island, the Overland Track is a verdant and isolated hiking trail that makes you feel in tune with nature.
From the magical creeks and rivers to the alluring mountains around you, there is much for you to behold.
Meanwhile, it’s highly recommended to take this hiking trail with a group of people such as the Tasmanian Walking Company. That’s because you’re going to go days without any other means of connection to the outside world.
Overland Track changes with the seasons, so it’s a place that you’ll definitely want to come back to again.
3. Thorsborne Trail
Thorsborne Trail stretches at about 32 kilometers, which can take you approximately four days or so to finish. This is another hiking trail that is good for experienced hikers since you need a certain level of self-sufficiency to traverse it.
There are several camping sites available along the trail. However, you will need to have permits to be able to camp and walk the trail. Therefore, you should make sure that you book beforehand. Otherwise, you might be disappointed.
Thorsborne Trail gives you the opportunity to camp by the beach, which can be a delightful respite from the arduous travel you’ll experience getting there.
4. South Coast Track
Another coastal hike that is very challenging and will need experienced hikers equipped with walking sticks and knowledge is the South Coast Track.
This hiking track is actually a part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Site, so it is well-taken care of. It is a great chance for you to see all of the interesting wildlife in Australia.
The best to go here is from December to March.
5. Arkaba Walk
Located within the Flinders Ranges region is this interesting and awesome hiking trail called the Arkaba Walk.
Going here means you’ll get to be around incredible landscapes like the Flinders Ranges. The night sky is also a worthy sight while you’re here since the sky is undisturbed by artificial lights.
From the plant life to the fauna, you’ll see a lot of the natural beauties of Australia.
6. Bay of Fires
Also located in Tasmania is a hiking trail called the Bay of Fires.
It is another coastal hike that will expose you to the crystal sands and the sparkling blue waters, which is a great sight that will boost your mood as you hike along the trail.
To complete the hike, it will take you around four days in total.
7. Cradle Mountain
Cradle Mountain National Park is a great place to hike, whether you’re looking for a short but sweet day hike or a more rigorous multi-day hike.
They have many hiking trails such as the Enchanted Walk, which will only take you about 30 minutes to finish. You can even get a chance to find a platypus if you keep an eye out.
8. Fraser Island Great Walk
The Fraser Island Great Walk is a hiking experience you wouldn’t want to miss. It takes you from the beautiful coasts to enchanting woodlands, and then to the rainforest at the heart of the island.
If you take the overnight hikes, then it’s a lot like you get 3-in-1 for your trip.
9. Frenchmans Cap
Another hiking trail in Tasmania is the Frenchmans Cap, which is essentially the most notable peak located in the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park.
If you want to take your time with the hike, then you can finish it within three to five days. However, you can also finish it in two days if you so choose.
Make sure that you wipe your shoes before you start the trail so that you protect the area’s flora from fungi that can kill native plants.
10. Australian Alps Walking Track
Located in Victoria, New South Wales is the Australian Alps Walking Track that stretches 655 km long.
It is definitely a walking track not meant for people who don’t like hiking up altitudes since this goes through mountains. Moreover, you’ll need six to eight weeks to finish this track.
If you’re really looking for a nature retreat, then this is your dream destination.
11. Mount Amos
If you want to hike on Mount Amos, then you need to go to the Freycinet National Park. It is one of the three mountains located in the area, and these three mountains are known as the Hazards.
Since the walk is steep, it’s not good for kids or for the elderly. A certain level of physical fitness is required before you can reach its peak. However, the reward is a 360-degree view of the national park.
12. Six Foot Track
You don’t need to be too much of an expert to be able to hike the Six Foot Track, but you do need to have the right equipment and physical strength.
The last leg of the trail is the really challenging part, so be prepared.
13. Cape to Cape Track
The Cape to Cape Track is a hiking trail that leads you to both the coastal area and the bit of verdant forests.
You can certainly hike this by yourself if you’ve got the experience, but going on a guided walk is nice too, not to mention that they have accommodations available.
The months of March to May are a great time to try the hike.
14. Maria Island Walk
Maria Island Walk gives you a chance to find the rare animals of Tasmania. It is going to take you four days to accomplish the trail, so take this chance to go on a guided walk to learn more about its beautiful history.
15. Dove Lake Circuit
This hike is literally a trail that goes around Tasmania’s Dove Lake, so your view is most likely going to comprise of the beautiful blue Dove Lake.
It’s great for a short hike since it will only take you two hours to finish. You can’t go wrong with this circuit as it’s very easy to do, so if you’re looking for a day hike.
Australia has a lot of hiking trails open for both veterans and newbies.
If you’re looking for a change of pace, then why not try hiking in one of these hiking trails that Australia has to offer?
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Author: Kaspars Misins
Kaspars is a long term traveler and a travel blogger from Latvia. He loves going on long walks, reading non fiction books and spending time outdoors. Together with his girlfriend Una they have been traveling – volunteering – working abroad since 2013. On We Are From Latvia they share their experience and things learned along the way.