Whether you’re looking for a day hike or a week in the wilderness, Australia offers plenty of choice for both the amateur and experienced hiker alike. Hiking is an excellent way to experience the diverse landscapes of the country.
Here are four of the Great Walks of Australia to add to your bucket list.
The Bay of Fires sits at the edge of Mount William National Park in north-eastern Tasmania. The white sand beaches and orange, lichen-covered granite headlands, lapped by deep blue waters, provide dramatic landscapes, amazing diversity and plenty of wildlife.
From October to May you can walk along beaches, explore caves, climb over headlands and see wildlife on the 23km, four-day, three-night, guided walk with the Tasmanian Walking Company. Rest at Forester Beach Camp on the first night, then enjoy the warm hospitality and comfort of the award-winning Bay of Fires Lodge on the last two nights.
Indulge in Tasmanian local produce and wines every step of the way. On the third day, you can relax at the lodge, go swimming, kayak on nearby Ansons River or treat yourself with an optional day spa treatment.
Tasmania’s Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park is a World Heritage Area. The Tasmanian Walking Company offers a 65km, six-day walk in which you’ll wander through ancient rainforests, alpine meadows and button grass plains that were once covered by glaciers.
There are craggy peaks, majestic waterfalls, ancient stands of King Billy pines and more than a few wombats along the way. At the end of each day, enjoy hearty guide-prepared meals and sleep in beds in the comfort and privacy of the remote Cradle Mountain Huts. Guests can choose to add a side trip to Mount Ossa, Tasmania’s highest peak.
You’ll encounter diverse wildlife and water birds along the Murray River, creeks and old oxbow lagoons that meander through ancient red gum forests, dwarfed by spectacular red ochre-coloured cliffs. The daily walking routes are on private property and areas with exclusive access for Murray River Walk guests only.
Spend three nights on a modern houseboat — complete with hot shower and top deck spa overlooking the river — that cruises to your daily walking destination. Savour three-course dinners each night created using local ingredients that showcase the produce of the Murray River food bowl. Celebrate your journey with a tour and lunch at the award-winning Wilkadene Woolshed Brewery.
The four-day Margaret River Cape to Cape walk by is a fully-guided, small group walk which combines walking on the Cape to Cape track with once-in-a-lifetime food and wine experiences and luxury accommodation. Explore headlands, beaches, limestone caves and Karri forests. Opportunities to swim in the crystal clear ocean abound.
The walk features lunch with matched wines at an award-winning winery, private chef dinner showcasing local produce with a local winemaker on hand to present their wines, sunset clifftop drinks and a very special private didgeridoo performance with one of the region’s traditional owners.
Guests stay at the exclusive beachfront property, Injidup Spa Retreat, for the duration of the walk. The lodge offers complete luxury with private villas, uninterrupted views, luxurious bathrooms and private plunge pools. There is also a spa retreat on the property plus a communal area for Great Walks of Australia guests, which is used for group dinners.