If you feel completely in tune with yourself, while being exposed to the elements, you will definitely fall in love with the beautiful hiking trails of Australia. The bewitching charm of ever-changing panoramic landscapes will compel you to heartily agree with the phrase, ‘it’s miles to go before I sleep’. Welcome to some of the most popular hiking trails of the Land Down Under.
Bay of Fires – Tasmania
This four-day affair is pretty gentle and you hardly cover 10 km each day. This fully guided walk passes through isolated coves and beaches, and there are kayaking facilities as well. The trail stretches from Tasmania’s north-east coast from Mount William national park to Launceston. The meals are cooked from locally sourced produce.
Wilderness Coast walk – Victoria
This 100 km hike takes you through the Croajingolong National Park in Gippsland. It’s pretty wild as there is no particular well-defined track here and the place has not been disturbed much by humans. The hike has three sections and campsites need to be booked well in advance for camping at any of the sections. You will see lots of wildlife during the hike and also get the chance to spend a night at a lighthouse.
Bibbulmun Track – Western Australia
This world famous walking trail runs for around 1,000 km from the Perth Hills to Albany on the South Coast. Along the way, it crosses national parks, forests, and valleys. There are nearly 50 campsites across the trail and it will take you 6 to 8 weeks to cover the distance. Of course, you need not go the entire way but if you do, you will earn the “end-to-ender” title.
Larapinta trail – Northern Territory
Spanning an area of more than 200 km from Alice Springs to Mount Sonder in the Northern Territory, the Larapinta Trail has as many as 12 individual sections and 41 campsites. So, you would be pretty much free to decide how much you would want to hike each day. The hike covers dry creek beds as well as high mountains and steep gorges. You will spot wildlife at Simpson’s Gap.
Thorsborne Trail – Queensland
This trail is delightfully secluded as not more than 40 hikers are permitted to use it on any given day. Situated about eight kilometres from Cardwell Coast, Thorsborne Trail runs across Hinchinbrook Island and is home to a variety of wildlife. The trail is among the largest island national parks in Australia and is also part of the Great Barrier Reef world heritage area.